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AFL gives $2,000 toward Phase 2 of WOW Trail

BELMONT — AFL, a leading global fiber optics manufacturer and service provider, presented a $2,000 grant for the WOW Trail of Laconia in support of its trail expansion. The WOW Trail provides a safe, alternative route for runners, bikers and walkers of all ages to stay active. AFL's grant will help fund the construction of Phase 2 of the WOW Trail.

"The WOW Trail is currently 1.3 miles in length and has fast become a unifying landmark and point of pride for the city of Laconia," said Gretchen Gandini, executive director of the WOW Trail. "A completed WOW Trail will contribute significantly to the vitality of our community."

The WOW Trail is named for the three lakes it will one day showcase; Winnisquam, Opechee and Winnipeasukee. Once completed, the WOW Trail will attract an estimated 152,000 users and is expected to bring in 38,000 users from out of town, which could bring in at least $1.8 million in new visitor spending each year. The WOW Trail is dedicated to promote, design, build and maintain the nine-mile rail trail through the city of Laconia as a part of the regional rail trail network that will one day connect the town of Meredith, NH and the city of Franklin, NH.

"By supporting the WOW Trail, we are committing to the health and safety of our community as we do our associates," said Sean Adam, general manager of AFL's Test and Inspection division. "We are excited to see the trail come to fruition and are equally proud to be a part of it."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 07:41

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Rebecca Rule to speak in Groton on April 25

GROTON — Groton Historical Society presents 'Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in NH" on Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m. at Groton Town House located at 754 North Groton Road.

Drawing on research from her book, "Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in NH, the Present, the Past and the Future", Rebecca Rule regales audiences with stories of the rituals, traditions and history of town meeting, including the perennial characters, the literature, the humor and the wisdom of this uniquely New England institution.

Refreshments will be served. There is no charge for the program - paid for by the NH Humanities Council.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 07:29

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Committee on Aging to talk about proactive health care

GILFORD — The Belknap Area Committee on Aging will host a program designed to help people to become more proactive in their health care on Friday, April 10, at 10 a.m. at the Wesley Woods Community Center.

Jessalynn Lakowicz from HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital will discuss the importance of a program called Speaking Up which aims to help people become a part of their own medical team.

Empowering individuals to take a role in preventing health care errors by becoming active, involved and informed participants of their health care team. A discussion that includes the following topics: Knowing your rights, identifying your follow-up care needs, educating yourself on your diagnosis and treatments, and Speaking Up when you have questions or concerns. Lakowicz has more than 15 years experience working in healthcare in a variety of settings including home care, skilled nursing, and acute rehabilitation levels of care. Additionally, she facilitates several support groups for individuals who are living within the community with progressive illnesses and post-acute diagnoses, focused on providing resources, education and encouraging advocacy.

The Speak Up Program utilizes the resources available from The Joint Commission. The commission's mission is to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.

These events are open to the public and free of charge. Further information can be obtained by contact Stace Hendricks at 603-528-2555 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . A light breakfast is served.

The Mission of the Belknap County Area Committee on Aging is to advocate and inform the public on matters relating to the development and implementation of local, state and federal programs / issues affecting well-being, independence and dignity in keeping with New Hampshire's goal to keep seniors healthy, helping us to realize full potential.

The Wesley Woods Community Room is located off Route 11A, behind the First United Methodist Church.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 April 2015 10:36

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Exhibit space available at 7th Annual Alton Rotary Home Show on April 25


ALTON — The Alton Rotary's 7th Annual Home, Garden and Food Show will be held at Prospect Mountain High School on Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will feature exhibits by many local and regional businesses, including food, home building, gardening and civic non- profit organizations.

"We are well ahead of last year, at this time, for the number of businesses who have reserved booth space for this year's Home Show" reports Alton Centennial Rotary Club President David Bloser. "But we still have room for a few more."

There will be a number of Rotary raffles to win prizes such as a digital camera, Netbook computer, DVD player, 10.1 tablet, and a flat screen TV. All proceeds are donated by Rotary back into the community to charities and for special needs. Public admission is free and the Prospect Mountain School junior class will be selling lunches to help them raise money for their 2016 class trip. For information on exhibiting, see: www.AltonRotary.org. click on: Home Show info, or call 569-3745


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