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Meredith Village Savings Bank awards $99,000 in charitable grants

MEREDITH -- Meredith Village Savings Bank has awarded grants totaling $99,075 to area nonprofits through the MVSB Fund at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

The Charitable Fund contributions include 21 grants, totaling $85,075, to assist agencies with their individual needs. In addition, $14,000 will also be disbursed to area food pantries. These grants are in addition to the Bank's many local contributions in the form of sponsorships, donations and scholarships, as well as the extraordinary volunteer efforts of its employees.

"The MVSB charitable fund was developed as part of our long-term commitment to investing in the communities and people we serve," said Rick Wyman, executive vice president and CFO for Meredith Village Savings Bank who also serves as a trustee of the Charitable Fund. "Community support has been a central part of our mission since the bank was founded in 1869 and we are thrilled to be able to provide this funding to deserving organizations each year."

The recently-selected 2014 Charitable Fund recipients are:

-- Ashland Historical Society, awarded $5,000 for the Whitten House restoration project. The goal of this project is to restore the historic Whitten House to showcase the layers of periods and use through which the house has survived. The building will be integrated into the Ashland Museums and the Ashland Elementary School's local history curriculum providing a tangible experience to local students and providing a learning lab for regional and national preservationists.

-- Ashland Police Department, awarded $3,800 to update an in car video recorder and purchase two body cameras for officers to wear on duty. Having quality video of incidents both aides in the conviction of suspects and provides training opportunities for officers to review and learn from real-life incidents.

-- Day Away Program of Bristol, awarded $2,500 to help support the salary of their registered nurse/director. The Day Away Program provides a period of respite for the caregivers of eligible individuals in the early stages of Alzheimer's Disease or related type of dementia. The respite care is supervised by a paid, licensed Registered Nurse who oversees the care of participants and the volunteer companion caregivers.

-- Genesis Behavioral Health of Laconia, awarded $5,000 for the development of video, marketing collateral and database support. These resources will be used to obtain community support and awareness, engage prospective donors and investors and attract additional funding.

-- Gilford High School Robotics Team, awarded $5,000 to contribute to program expenses for the team's inclusion in the 2015 FIRST Robotics Competition program. This program promotes the learning of mechanical, electrical, and software engineering skills in a real world environment and provides students the opportunity to obtain college scholarship funds.

-- Gilford Youth Center, awarded $2,500 to help support van rental cost and travel expenses for their summer day camp. The Gilford Youth Center will work in conjunction with the Gilford Community Church, Gilford School District and Gilford Got Lunch! to offer a 7-week summer day camp to Gilford Middle School students at free and reduced rates based on financial need.

-- Got Lunch! of Ashland and Holderness, awarded $1,000 to help support its summer lunch program that packs and delivers healthy lunches to the children in need during the summer months.

-- Great Waters Music Festival of Wolfeboro, awarded $2,000 to help support the creation of a High School Jazz Band Festival. The festival will take place in the Spring of 2015 and Jazz Bands from local high schools will be invited to participate.

-- Greater Lakes Child Advocacy Center of Laconia, awarded $6,000 to support their Americorps Victim Advocate position. The Advocate plays a critical role in the nearly 200 child abuse investigations conducted at GLCAC annually; providing direct service support, referrals to community resources, continued contact with families, and community outreach through awareness trainings and presentations.

-- Inter-Lakes Day Care & Nursery School of Meredith, awarded $6,549 to install heat and sprinkler systems in a new second story addition that they plan to build next year. The addition will provide the space needed for an additional infant/toddler classroom to help meet increased demand for infant/toddler care in the Lakes Region.

-- Lakes Region Humane Society of Ossipee, awarded $5,000 to renovate attic space to create an indoor exercise and training room for dogs. The addition of this indoor space will allow for canine exercise during cold weather, the ability to conduct public dog training classes year round, and will allow for one-on-one training of shelter dogs with the goal of placing dogs in their forever homes faster.

-- Moultonborough Public Library of Moultonborough, awarded $3,700 to purchase six tablets to expand the technology education program for patrons. This grant will help the library meet increased demand for technology education and support and give library patrons a new method for accessing information and staying connected to family and friends.

-- New Beginnings of Laconia, awarded $5,000 to fund a new learning lab that will incorporate technology and trauma-informed advocacy to deliver comprehensive services to those whose lives have been affected by domestic and sexual violence in Belknap County. The learning lab will reduce the length of shelter stays, increase successful transitions from the shelter and increase the self-confidence and self-sufficiency of shelter guests.

-- Pemi Youth Center of Plymouth, awarded $2,500 to support its after-school program, which provides Plymouth area youth a safe and supportive place to come make new friends, gain positive role models and participate in fun and educational activities that help them build confidence and expand their interests.

-- Sandwich Children's Center, awarded $5,000 to obtain key tools, training, equipment and marketing materials necessary to develop an after school program for the community.

-- Samuel H. Wentworth Library of Center Sandwich, awarded $5,000 to help uncover and restore the library's barrel-vaulted ceiling, a key architectural and design feature of the historic building. Application of high-efficiency insulation between the ceiling and roof will help improve heating and cooling efficiency in the building, while the uncovering and restoration of the building's gable end windows will bring in more natural light.

-- The Barnstormers Theatre of Tamworth, awarded $7,500 to support "The Living Classics" educational outreach initiative. This program supports the literary and artistic curriculum of local schools and gives Junior and Senior High School students the opportunity to develop an appreciation for American and World Literature as well as the spoken word in performance by connecting students to their literary and artistic heritage.

-- Transport Central of Plymouth, awarded $5,000 to help develop a regional travel-training program for Grafton County. This project will provide the needed outreach tools and education to connect community members with the appropriate transportation service for their needs.

-- Winnipesaukee Wellness Center (LRGHealthcare) of Center Harbor, awarded $2,000 to subsidize the center during periods when members are inactive due to medical needs. The center offers seniors of the Northern Lakes Region a safe place to begin and continue an exercise program to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.

-- Wolfeboro Nursery School of Wolfeboro Falls, awarded $3,726 for tuition assistance, field trips and teacher certification programs. This grant will help the nursery school continue to provide quality early childhood education while maintaining affordable tuition rates for local families.

-- Wright Museum of World War II of Wolfeboro, awarded $1,750 to help support the "Memories of World War II" Exhibition. This traveling exhibit created by The Associated Press contains 120 black and white photographs taken during the war by some of the finest photographers of the era. The of World War II will be displayed at the Wright Museum between July 12 and Sept. 26.

The bank established the Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund in 1997 under the leadership of John Starrett who was then president and CEO of the bank. Since then, 269 grants totaling $1,071,067 have been awarded to a wide range of environmental, social, educational, and historic projects throughout the Greater Lakes Region and Plymouth areas. Over the years, the fund has supported literacy programs, after-school programs, environmental monitoring and education, restoration of historic structures, organizations that provide support for individuals and families in challenging circumstances, and equipment that helps save lives.

The deadline for consideration for the next grant cycle is Oct. 15. Applications are available on the bank's website and at all MVSB offices.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 11:10

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Free clinic for kids on Feb. 7 at Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby

 

MEREDITH — On Saturday, February 7, in conjunction with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, The Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby will host the "Let's Go Fishing" program. This is a free hands-on clinic for kids and their parents on the basics of ice fishing that has been developed and will be presented by the Fish and Game Department.

The clinic is geared toward kids but is open to anyone; those 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. All equipment will be provided – you do not need to have a fishing license to participate. The first 100 participants will receive a goody bag.

Sessions will run hourly at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. at in the roped-off area on Meredith Bay near the Meredith Rotary HQ trailer on Lake Winnipesaukee. Come and learn about ice-fishing techniques, including using tip-ups, sounding the hole and operating power augers. Then the kids will fish.!

Tickets for the Great Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby are available to purchase online at the Meredith Rotary website (www.meredithrotary.org), as well as a wide variety of vendors throughout New Hampshire. Starting on Friday, February 6 at 8 a.m., tickets and fishing licenses will be available at the Rotary HQ trailer in Meredith. Price of a Derby ticket is $30.

"Remember, you don't have to fish to win cash prizes," according to Craig Wiggin, Derby Chairman for 2015. "Everyone who purchases the $30 Derby Ticket has the opportunity to win hundreds of dollars in cash prizes throughout the weekend. Additionally, there are two $5,000 cash drawings during the weekend," according to Wiggin.

"This will mark the 36th year of the Ice Fishing Derby," Wiggin stated, "and with our prize structure that includes more than $50,000 in cash prizes, we are expecting a big crowd and a great time to be had by all."

Late breaking information is always available by calling 603-279-7600 or by visiting the Meredith Rotary Club website at (www.meredithrotary.org) or Facebook page.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 11:01

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NH Children’s Trust offers free training series

LACONIA – Do you work with children or families? NH Children's Trust is bringing a research-based training to the Lakes Region for anyone to attend – with no cost to attendees.

Beginning January 21, trainers Maria Doyle and Julie Day begin a series aimed to strengthen families and ultimately prevent child abuse and neglect. They kick off the year at the Lakes Region Community Services at 719 N. Main Street in Laconia on the 21st with an overview session, followed by two full-day sessions in February and April.

The course offered, Bringing the Protective Factors Framework to Life in your Work, is a 7-module training with real-world examples of ways caregivers can promote the Protective Factors.
These Protective Factors are characteristics that when present and robust in families, build on families strengths, buffer risks and promote better outcomes for children, families and the community. Professionals who work with children are in a great position to promote these characteristics through small but significant changes when approaching their work.

This series meets the requirements for Child Care Professional Development hours. Attending all 3 sessions provides 16 professional development hours and could satisfy almost an entire year's requirements and enhance your capacity to help the families of the children in your care. The training is especially relevant for those whose work focuses on children and families, childcare and social workers, teachers, nurses, coaches, etc.
Grant funding from the Samuel P. Pardoe Foundation and the Franklin Savings Bank Fund for Community Advancement allows us to present this training at no cost to participants. NH Children's Trust urges those who are interested in attending to register as soon as possible.
For more information, and to register for the training, visit http://nhchildrenstrust.org/trainings/PFTrainingLaconia or contact Julie Day at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Slam Poet Mckendy Fils-Aime Presents Workshop, Community Conversation

PLYMOUTH — The Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire's upcoming school and community residency with poet and educator Mckendy Fils-Aime includes two events in Plymouth.

Mckendy is a Haitian-American poet and educator living in Manchester, where he is an instrumental organizer and co-host of his home slam, the long-running and wildly popular Slam Free or Die. A seven-time veteran of the National Poetry Slam, Mckendy has been published in Freezeray, Word Riot and Drunk in a Midnight Choir. He is currently working on his debut poetry collection, Prayer in the Cracks.

These events are for anyone who loves poetry, writes poetry, or just want to finds out what slam poetry is all about. Additional information about McKendy and his presentations in other communities of the North Country can be found at www.aannh.org.

The Art of Speaking: A Workshop for Writers, will be held Sunday, January 18 (tentative), 2-3:30 p.m. Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, Fellowship Hall, 4 Post Office Square. Long before it was written, poetry was an oral art form — it was spoken. Because of movements like poetry slam and Poetry Out Loud, more and more people are returning to these roots. In this workshop participants will discover new ways to give life to the written word. Learn the basics of giving an effective poetry performance. $10/Adults, $8/AANNH Members, $5/Students, $3 for AANNH Student Members. No one will be turned away if price is a hardship. For professionals and new writers alike, ages 12 and up.

Conversation on Race & Poverty in Light of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Legacy, will be held on Sunday, January 18, 5 p.m. Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, 4 Post Office Square, Plymouth. Mckendy will introduce himself and share some of his poetry on themes of race and identity. Dr. Meg Petersen of Plymouth State University will then facilitate a discussion with Mckendy and those in attendance around issues of race and poverty in light of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy. Donations gratefully accepted — All are welcome.

Mckendy's North Country residency is presented by the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, with operating support from the NH State Council on the Arts and the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation. Local support comes from a variety of community partners.

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