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Central NH VNA recognizes volunteers

MOULTONBOROUGH — Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice staff and Board members showed their appreciation this past Wednesday evening by honoring over 60 of their volunteers with a dinner catered by Magic Food Catering in Moultonborough.

Volunteers for Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice hold a variety of roles that range from assisting in the office as administrative volunteers, working with children in the Young Family Program, helping the Fund Development Office, Hospice care, bereavement work, veteran presentations and alternative therapies, such as reiki, music therapy and pet therapy.

"Volunteers served more than 3,000 hours this past year helping our patients and their families get through some very challenging times," said Pamela Littlefield, volunteer coordinator. "We couldn't be more proud of the compassion, commitment and excellent care they bring every single day."

This year, four volunteers were recognized who held five consecutive years of service: Jacinta Cullen of Meredith, Marie Madeleine Marchand of Moultonborough, Donna Schinlever of Gilford and Chris Schwidder of Meredith. In addition, six veteran volunteers were honored for their work with We Honor Veterans program which allows veterans at the end-of-life to be thanked for their service to our country. Knitting groups from Stitches of Love in Laconia, Helping Hands Ministry in Wolfeboro, and the Sanbornton Church Knitters were recognized for the hand-knitted red, white and blue lap robes they donate that is also given to each Veteran who is honored. In addition, the Wolfeboro Home and Garden Show volunteers who have, for the past 28 years, donated to Hospice were acknowledged.

To cap off the evening, Randy Pierce, president and founder of 2020 Vision Quest, who, with his guide dog, Autumn, shared his adventures as a blind man overcoming adversity and the impact community and volunteer engagement have had in his life.


Last Updated on Monday, 01 June 2015 08:29

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Alton Bay religious center planning ecumenical service

ALTON -- The Alton Bay Christian Conference Center is inviting people of various denominations to attend a special service scheduled for Saturday, June 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the center's Tabernacle Building.

The event, called Lakes Region Night of Worship, is being sponsored by the New Hampshire Alliance (nhalliance.net) in partnership with many churches and ministries around the Lakes Region.

The service will include a mix of contemporary praise songs and traditional hymns. Organizers hope the event will reach across generational and denominational lines. The service will also include times for silent prayer.


Last Updated on Friday, 29 May 2015 10:45

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O'Reilly Auto Parts Signs On as Presenting Sponsor of Lakes Region Rotary Car Show

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Rotary Club has announced that O'Reilly Auto Parts has signed-on for a second year in a row as Presenting Sponsor of the Lakes Region Rotary Car Show, to be held Saturday, July 25 at Faro Italian Grille in Weirs Beach.

Lakes Region Rotary's first two shows proved enormously successful, welcoming more than 150 vehicles in 2013 and 200 in 2014, in addition to nearly 1,000 spectators -- raising over $10,000 each year for local charities.

Several local non-profit organizations will benefit from the 2015 Lakes Region Rotary Car Show. This year's featured charity is Camp Resilience, a local program that brings wounded warriors and injured first responders to the Lakes Region to recover their physical, mental and emotional well-being. Program leaders consult with Veteran's Association staff to thoughtfully select individuals who have endured serious injuries or conditions including limb amputation, traumatic brain injuries, and post-traumatic stress, and might benefit from this opportunity.

Three to five-day sessions take place several times throughout the year here in the Lakes Region. Small groups of 8-15 participants are trained on life skills including: how to effectively communicate in order to build stronger familial and community relationships; resume, job search and interview strategies; and financial management. Certain sessions may focus on sleep management or healthy living; an upcoming session in June will incorporate Equine Therapy.

Camp Resilience is a non-profit organization run by the Patriot Resilient Leader Institute. The program relies on donations and grants to succeed, and each session runs over $5,000. Lakes Region Rotary members are honored to help out by raising funds through their upcoming Car Show.

"O'Reilly Auto Parts has been a great partner to the Lakes Region Rotary these past couple of years," states Lakes Region Rotary President Scott Wilkinson. "Their support as Presenting Sponsor of the Car Show will go a long way in helping Camp Resilience and several other important charities in the Lakes Region to thrive. We're proud to partner with O'Reilly, and with the Camp Resilience program."

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information or to register a classic car for the July 25 show visit www.lakesregionrotary.org/carshow call 603-556-8969 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The club meets for breakfast at the Water Street Café in Laconia on Tuesdays at 7 a.m




O'Reilly Auto Parts recently signed-on as the $2500 Presenting Sponsor of the Lakes Region Rotary Car Show, to be held on Saturday, July 25th at Faro Italian Grille in the Weirs. Proceeds will benefit several local organizations including featured charity Camp Resilience, a local program that helps wounded warriors and injured first responders to recover their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Pictured from left to right: Lakes Region Rotary Secretary Lou Guevin; Rotary President Elect Becky Doherty; O'Reilly Auto Parts (Laconia) Store Manager Mark Rano; Rotary Member Travis Cole; Camp Resilience Volunteer Chris Ray; Rotary Member Larry Greeley; Rotary President Scott Wilkinson; and Rotary Members Gary Liptak, Jen Roy, Gary Adams, and Jeff Pierson. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 June 2015 08:51

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Got transportation?

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Planning Commission (LRPC) Transportation Technical Advisory Committee 
(TAC) will meet at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at the Weirs Community Center, located at 25 Lucerne Avenue, Laconia. The meeting will include a presentation by Rebecca Harris, Director of Transport N.H.

Transport N.H. is comprised of a network of organizations in New Hampshire working to create an integrated transportation system that provides options for people to get around. The meeting will reconvene at a storm water project on White Oaks Road in Laconia for a brief discussion with city staff about issues leading to the project being undertaken, funding sources for construction, and post-construction storm water benefits.

All members of the public who are concerned about any aspect of transportation are encouraged to attend and provide their input. For additional information about this meeting please contact the Lakes Region Planning Commission at 279-8171.

Last Updated on Friday, 29 May 2015 10:34

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