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‘Homemade breakfast’ event at Gilford Elementary draws 62% of students

GILFORD — The line of students went out the door of Gilford Elementary's Cafeteria Wednesday morning when over 200 students purchased a, "Homemade Breakfast," organized by Gilford Elementary Food Services and a new grassroots group, Gilford Community for Healthy Kids.

"Our goal today was to create an event that would give Gilford parents the opportunity to show their support for healthy food at the Elementary School," said Bethany Cote, a founding member of Gilford Community for Health Kids, "This turnout speaks volumes of what our community values."

According to Kim Dubuque, Food Services Director of Gilford School District, there were a total of 214 breakfast sold on Wednesday morning. The average sales for school breakfast are typically 60-80 per day. The year-to-date participation is 17.9% at Gilford Elementary School, while Wednesday's Homemade Breakfast had a participation rate of 62.2%. The menu consisted of a real egg cheddar cheese omelet, whole wheat toast, orange slices, and choice of milk or juice. The Gilford Elementary Food Services Department executed the event flawlessly despite the colossal, and unexpected, participation increase.

This was the first event organized by Gilford Elementary Food Services and Gilford Community for Healthy Kids. The event was marketed via facebook, a flyer, and word of mouth. The flood of support from Gilford parents is fueling Gilford Community for Healthy Kids to continue it's mission with a second event focusing on lunch. "While marketing this event to the community, we received a great deal of feedback from parents, asking us to focus on school lunch," said Jen Coapland, one of the organizers of Gilford Community for Healthy Kids, "and that is what we would like to focus on next."

The mission of  Gilford Community for Healthy Kids is to improve the health, well-being and academic success of our students through community engagement and the empowerment of Gilford School District leaders to provide healthier food options in our school menus.
Specific goals include:
1. Reduce highly processed food through increased "in-house" cooking.
2. Reduce/eliminate artificial dyes & flavors and preservatives.
3. Reduce the amount of added sugar.
4. Increase locally-sourced produce and meats.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 April 2015 07:25

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April events at Moultonborough library: women’s liberation, state dog, scarves and building a library in Nicaragua

MOULTONBOROUGH — Moultonborough Public Library will host various events during the month of April, which include: a program on women's liberation, the N.H. state dog, how to turn scarves into cover ups, and a power point on a community outreach project in Nicaragua.

Scholar Mike McKinley will present a historical program entitled "Annie Oakley and Calamity Jane: Pioneers of Women's Liberation" on Tuesday, April 7, at 10:30 a.m. at the Moultonborough Public Library.

The program will explore the life and times of Phoebe Ana Moses (a.k.a. Annie Oakley) and Martha Jane Canary (Calamity Jane). Oakley competed successfully in a man's world without giving up her femininity, grace and charm, but Calamity Jane broke every rule designed to keep women in their place in the male-dominated Victorian Age and is viewed by some as a disgrace to all womankind. Yet, both went against the norm and became prime movers in the early struggle for women's equality and symbols of feminine independence and freedom.

The Historical Society will hold their first program of the season on Monday, April 13 at 7 p.m. The topic will be "Harnessing History: New Hampshire's State Dog, the Chinook," with Bob Cottrell and his Chinook dog, Tug. This program looks at how dog sledding developed in New Hampshire and how the Chinook played a major role in this story. Explaining how man and his relationship with dogs won out over machines on several famous polar expeditions, Cottrell covers the history of Arthur Walden of Tamworth and his Chinooks, which are now the State Dog of New Hampshire.

On Thursday, April 16, at 10:30 a.m., Jennifer Correia, owner of the local shop, "Beyond Obsession," will present a program entitled, "Tie One On With Us," in which she will demonstrate the various ways to tie and wear scarves and beach cover-ups.

The plans to renovate a village schoolhouse into a library in El Hatillo, Nicaragua, and ways the community can contribute will be discussed during a power point presentation on Monday, April 20, at 7 p.m.

El Hatillo is a small impoverished village located near Leon, Nicaragua. Former Peace Corps volunteer, Danielle Costanza, previously assigned to this site, has maintained communication with people of the village. The villagers have expressed a need for a small community library, as most children do not own a book, or have access to books.

Students of Moultonborough Central School have been fund raising through bake sales and coin drives to raise money for shelving, books and basic repairs. They are hoping to raise another $400 in order to apply to "Library in a Box," an organization that supplies books to needy communities. In addition, Moultonborough Central School will have a book drive to collect Spanish books. The group working on the project is also creating an Amazon wish list where supporters can buy books to donate. Since it will be a community library along with children's books there is a need for cookbooks, agriculture and gardening books for adults.

Some of the people working on the project plan to travel to El Hatillo in August and work with the villagers to clean up the classroom, build shelves, and set up the library. It is estimated that about $3,000 needs to be raised to complete the project.

All programs take place in the library meeting room, located off the lobby near the main entrance, and the public is invited to attend. The library is handicapped accessible. For more information, please call the library at 476-8895.

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Holy Trinity teacher honored by local DAR chapter

LACONIA  — The Mary Butler Chapter of DAR began their new year with its annual Pot Luck Luncheon meeting on Monday, March 16 at the Gilford Community Church. Hostesses for the event were Barbara St. Pierre, Polly Towle, and Darlene Sellars.

A special guest of the meeting was Karen Sullivan, New Hampshire DAR Outstanding Teacher of American History winner. Ms. Sullivan was Mary Butler's nominee for NH State DAR American History Teacher of the year and is an American History teacher at Holy Trinity School in Laconia.

Helen Holbrook was announced as Mary Butler's nominee for the DAR New Hampshire Profile Award for her Service and Patriotism to the Mary Butler Chapter and the local community.

The Mary Butler Chapter of DAR meets the third Monday of the month from March through December. Visitors and perspective members are welcome at meetings. For more information contact Registrar Mary Flaherty at 603-524-0723.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 April 2015 07:15

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Gilford Library to host poetry party on April 7

GILFORD — The Gilford Public Library will hold a poetry party on Tuesday, April 7, from 6 to 7 p.m., to mark National Poetry Month.

Being held as part of a week-long, statewide celebration, this Poetry Party is a chance for people of all ages to come together to simply read, recite, or listen to poems they know and love. Participants are encouraged to bring a poem to share, or just come to listen.

Light refreshments will be provided. Further information is available by contacting the Gilford Public Library at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 524-6042.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 April 2015 07:05

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