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Appalachian Teen Project welcomes Americorps volunteer

WOLFEBORO — Jeanne Clark, a New Hampshire native of Henniker, will be joining the Appalachian Mountain Teen Project (AMTP) and the Kingswood Youth Center (KYC) this fall as an Americorps VISTA member. This initiative was taken with the goal of helping the two youth organizations to collaborate and unite in their efforts to serve the youth of the Governor Wentworth School District.
AMTP is a community-based, nonprofit organization committed to supporting healthy development and resilience in youth, families, and communities throughout the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. The KYC serves the youth of the Governor Wentworth Regional School District by offering after school programs in a safe, positive environment where students can grow, learn, and develop life skills. Both organizations have joined forces in the past, and have created the Americorps position in the hopes of furthering their efforts and being of greater service to the youth as well as the surrounding community.
The Americorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) is a national service program aimed towards alleviating poverty, and was originated by President John F. Kennedy in 1965. This particular program has been in operation for 49 years, and has been part of the Americorps program network since 1993. As a VISTA, the member commits to a year-long, full-time position to serve specific nonprofit organizations, projects, or public agencies.
This year, Clark will be assisting the AMTP and KYC in their efforts to continue building on the administrative, organizational, and financial capacities of both organizations. Clark is a graduate of Colby-Sawyer College with her degree in environmental science, and has a background in nonprofits and customer service. She has also completed two cross country road trips, studied wildlife and community management in East Africa in the spring of 2011, and just returned from living in the pacific northwest for a year. 
For more news and information on AMTP, please call the office at (603) 569-5510, or visit www.teenprojectnh.org. For the KYC, please call (603) 569-5949 or visit www.thekyc.org.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 10:22

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PSU’s Liz Ahl awarded fellowship to work on ‘Holderness’

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University English's, Liz Ahl, is the recipient of the Moondancer Fellowship at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs, Ark. The yearly fellowship is awarded to a writer whose work deals with the environment or nature. While at the Colony during her two week stay, Ahl will be working on a collection of poems called “Holderness,” named for the town where she lives.
“My intention with these poems is to evoke a strong sense of place that’s rooted in the overlapping and symbiotic ecosystems of human history and ecology/biology, or between human time and geologic time,” said Ahl. “Many ‘natural’ features of Holderness – Squam Lake, Rattlesnake Mountain, the Pemigewassett River, and so on – intersect with human activity to create this place where we live. Ice harvests, town meetings, mud season, and other seasonal events co-create, with natural phenomena, the ebb and flow of the years.”
Ahl is the author of three chapbooks, which are typically collections, usually of poetry, of twenty to forty pages. Her first chapbook, A Thirst That’s Partly Mine, won the 2008 Slapering Hol Press chapbook contest. A third chapbook, Talking About the Weather, was published in a limited edition in 2012 by Seven Kitchens Press.
Ahl calls her first chapbook of poems, A Thirst That’s Partly Mine, “my first concentrated effort to focus on the natural world as a writer.” The collection, in the words of the publisher, “explores the ways humans perceive and interact with a natural world that can seem both intimately connected to our concerns and yet profoundly unknowable.” 
Ahl’s Talking About The Weather, continued her interest in writing about the natural world, with poems about mud season, plagues of acorns, and splitting wood. Individual poems by Ahl have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. She has worked at Plymouth State since 2002.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 10:19

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Lakes Region VNA announces truck raffle winner

MEREDITH — On August 24 at the end of the Meredith Craft Fair the Lakes Region VNA conducted the winner’s drawing in their “Ticket To Ride” truck raffle. According to Chuck Thorndike, LRVNA Board Chairman the lucky winner is Jim Petty of Maynard, Massachusetts.

“Our congratulations go to Jim and his wife Michelle and our heartfelt thanks go to all the generous people who supported our raffle by purchasing tickets,” said Thorndike. 

Linda Lee, Chair of the LRVNA Fund Raising committee added, “This was much more than a raffle for us. By relying on Board Members and other volunteers to staff the various sales locations we turned this fund raising event into a true community outreach program. We were able to thank existing supporters in person, and welcome new supporters to the LRVNA family.”

All of the funds generated will be used to provide quality, affordable home health care to local community members, regardless of their ability to pay. In closing the drawing Thorndike also extended his thanks to AutoServ of Tilton for supporting the raffle with on-site ticket sales and providing the new Ford 150 STX pickup which was displayed around Meredith and Center Harbor during July and August. “They were wonderful to work with, and we can’t thank them enough for their generous support,” he added.

The Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association, formerly the Visiting Nurses of Meredith and Center Harbor, was founded in 1923 to provide high quality healthcare to residents of Meredith and Center Harbor in the comfort of their own home regardless of insurance coverage or ability to pay. Our caring professional staff works closely with our clients and their physicians to develop a customized home care plan to help our clients reach goals of recovery, optimum health and independence.

CAPTION — Jim and Michelle Petty of Maynard, Massachusetts, the lucky winners of the LRVNA Ticket to Ride. (Courtesy photo) 

Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 10:02

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Sanbornton, Tilton Democrats to ‘Meet the Candidates’

 SANBORNTON — Voters of Sanbornton and Tilton, the towns of Representative District, Belknap #4, are invited to meet their local Democratic candidates on Thursday night, September 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lane Tavern, Sanbornton Square. There will be time to socialize and to speak with the candidates as the evening begins. Each candidate will address the group and will be available for individual conversations over coffee and dessert that will follow.

Incumbent State Representative Ian Raymond of Sanbornton and candidate for state representative Jane Alden, Tilton, are expected to participate. Dave Pollak, Candidate for Belknap County Commissioner has been invited, along with Mike Cryans, candidate for Executive Council, District #1, and Carolyn Mello, candidate for State Senate District #2.

Lawn signs, bumper stickers and buttons will be available for those who desire to show support for the candidates. Those who wish to volunteer in preparation for the General Election on November 4 will be welcomed. For further information, contact Gail Morrison, 603-286-4596.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 09:58

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