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Laconia Harley-Davidson raffling off 2015 Street Glide to benefit the New Hampshire Food Bank

MEREDITH — Laconia Harley-Davidson is jumpstarting the 2015 Laconia Motorcycle Week in a big way, by raffling a coveted Harley-Davidson 2015 Street Glide motorcycle to raise $50,000 for the New Hampshire Food Bank.

"We are thrilled to give Harley-Davidson fans the chance to win a brand new Touring bike from the innovative 2015 Rushmore Harley line-up, and we are equally pleased to be able to give back in such a big way to the NH Food Bank and help veterans in need," said Anne Deli, owner of Laconia Harley-Davidson. "Laconia Harley-Davidson has always made it a point to support New Hampshire's veterans. This year, during Bike Week, we are dedicating Thursday, June 18th as Veteran's Appreciation Day with a ride, party and vigil to honor those who have served our country. Considering that veterans reside in 24% of households the NH Food Bank serves, this raffle is going to have a substantial impact on a vulnerable population."

During the past six years through its annual charity motorcycle raffle, Laconia Harley-Davidson has raised $185,000 to support a variety of New Hampshire nonprofit organizations, including the Loon Preservation Society, The Winnipesaukee Playhouse, the NH Food Bank, and the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region. Last year, Laconia Harley-Davidson raised $30,000 for two local charities: David's House, which serves as a no-cost home away from home for families with children receiving treatment at Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and the Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association, which developed an adaptive sailing program.

At $10 apiece, just 5,000 raffle tickets are available. Tickets can be purchased at Laconia Harley-Davidson in Meredith and White Mountain Harley-Davidson in North Conway, through Saturday, September 5. One lucky winner will be drawn on September 5 during Laconia Harley-Davidson's "Chrome Coming" from noon to 3 p.m. at the Meredith dealership. Tickets will be sold throughout the 92nd Laconia Motorcycle Week from June 13-21. Tickets may also be purchased at http://nhfoodbank.org/Laconia-Harley-Davidson-Charity-Raffle.aspx.

"We are so grateful for this incredible support from Laconia Harley-Davidson. This donation will have a major impact on the services we provide to veterans in New Hampshire," said Mel Gosselin, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities NH.

The NH Food Bank supplies millions of pounds of food annually to more than 400 partner agencies. During 2014, the NH Food Bank reached a record food distribution of 11 million pounds, which is equivalent to nearly 9.2 million meals; a nearly 30% increase from 2013. The Food Bank is aiming to increase its distribution this year by 10% to 12 million pounds of food to meet the needs of the 143,200 people in New Hampshire who are food insecure, meaning they do not know where their next meal is coming from.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 05 June 2015 11:19

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Community Caregivers honor volunteers

MOULTONBOROUGH —  The Charlotte A. Leavitt Award in Recognition of Outstanding Volunteer Service was awarded to Elizabeth "Mackie" Heinrich and accepted on her behalf by her husband George "Bud" Heinrich at the recent 2015 Interlakes Community Caregivers 2015 Annual Meeting.
"Let us remember all the contributions Mackie has made to Community Caregivers. We honor her by continuing to make our nonprofit an outstanding organization, providing much needed services to our neighbors and helping them in their daily lives," stated John Buckley, ICCI Board President.
As a volunteer for over 15 years, Mackie was totally committed to Community Caregivers, its mission and its operation. She served on the Board of Directors, as Board Secretary and Board President, a volunteer on various committees, a coordinator and a volunteer driver. Even during her prolonged battles with cancer, she continued to help Caregivers behind the scenes in whatever way she could. Mackie generously gave of her talents. She designed the ICCI logo, created the newsletter, wrote the original Coordinator's manual, attended to all the organization's graphic needs, and was their "photographer on the scene" at many events. She was always a loyal and dedicated supporter of the Community Caregivers' cause, their neighbors and other volunteers.

Over the winter, the Board voted to name Mackie as the second recipient of the Charlotte A. Leavitt Award in Recognition of Outstanding Volunteer Service. Charlotte, Community Caregivers Co-Founder for whom the special recognition was named, was able to present the award to Mackie prior to her passing in March.

Held at Lemon Grass Restaurant in Moultonborough on May 19, Volunteer Recognition also went to those contributing 5, 10 and 15 years of service. Patricia Lincoln, Volunteer Education Committee Chair, and Connie Cunningham, Public Relations Committee Chair, presented certificates to:

5 Years of Service: Gail Miller, Anthony Sabutis, Sandra Sabutis, Mary Ellen Monico

10 Years of Service: Rose Marie Phillips

15 Years of Service: Earl Miller

Words of appreciation continued throughout the event by John Buckley, Board President, and Ann Sprague, Executive Director, for all volunteers in general and those in particular were recognized at the meeting.

This event was supported in part through generous funding provided by Bald Peak Community Fund, Skrungloo Farm Grant Program, and the NH Electric Co-op Foundation.

In 2014, ICCI volunteers donated almost 5,000 hours performing over 1,200 services and drove 52,000 miles providing rides to those in need.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 June 2015 11:09

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Meredith garden club to hear all about bees Thursday

MEREDITH — The Community Garden Club of Meredith will host Pemi-Baker Beekeepers' president, Gerard Godville, on Thursday, June 18 at the Meredith Community Center for a discussion of the ways gardeners can encourage bees to visit their gardens.
Godville, assisted by other members of the club, will share the ways pollinators enhance gardens and how homeowners or orchard keepers can attract more of them.
The mission of the Pemi-Baker Beekeepers Association is to bring local beekeepers together "for the purpose of learning and sharing information on the art of beekeeping". The membership is open to all those who are truly interested in learning the history, techniques, skills, and development of a beekeeping establishment. . . as a hobbyist or an entrepreneur for the honey industry.
Learn about the history, hives, and habits of bees: much about them isn't readily apparent. For instance, bees are attracted to flowers, but did you know they have five-eyes and cannot see the color red? Another surprising fact: bees are attracted more to smells, than to color. Are you aware that honeybees are the only insect that produces food for humans? Honeybees have been producing this food for about 100 million years. By the way, honey is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and an antiseptic.
What does some information like this mean for the home gardener? Enjoy your red flowers, but planting in the blue-green range (with some oranges and yellows) will attract bees. The color white is one that bees are likely to avoid, hence beekeepers wearing white clothing. Gardeners will want to remember that scented soaps, scented laundry detergents, or perfumes on their skin will attract the bees' attention. However bees will not sting unless they perceive a threat, or unless their hive is threatened. Did you know honeybees are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we consume? So – if you enjoy raspberries or blueberries on your cereal, or tomatoes on your salad come to this presentation and learn more about what we all can to encourage and "bee" friends with these helpful pollinators.

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Busy weekend planned at Gunstock Mountain

GILFORD — A multitude of activities are planned at Gunstock Mountain Resort's Adventure Park this weekend.

Fishing Derbies will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7. Both events are free for kids age 15 and under. Saturday registration begins at 8 a.m. and is hosted by the Gilford Police Department. The derby takes place from 9:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. with awards following. For more information, visit the Gilford PD website or call (603) 527-4737.

On Sunday the derby takes place from 9 a.m. to noon and will be run by the Belknap County Sportsmen's Association. Bait, food and instruction will be provided. It is not necessary to pre-register for the Sunday event.

Gunstock Mountain has numerous well-maintained hiking trails as well as an Off-Road Segway X2. Never been on a Segway? No worries, Gunstock's experienced staff will give you a comprehensive lesson before guiding you through the trails.

How about a Zip Tour? Gunstock's zipline tour was judged "The Best in N.H. for 2015" by New Hampshire Magazine's Readers' Poll.

To make a reservation, call (603) 737-4388 or reserve your space via www.gunstock.com.  

 

 

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