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Fund established to assist Wolfeboro fire victims

WOLFEBORO — Donations are being accepted to help a Wolfeboro couple whose home was destroyed by fire which resulted in serious injuries to one of them.

Artisans John and Mary Beth Cole saw their home and all their belongings go up in flames in the early morning hours of Nov. 21.

The fire left Beth Cole with third-degree burns over 60 percent of her body. She remains in a coma in Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Thanks to the Red Cross, John Cole, who suffered minor burns, has been able to stay at a hotel adjacent to the hospital, but will soon have to vacate the hotel room.

A fund has also been set up at TD bank under the name of Muriel LaRochelle. People will need to note on their payment: "Relief Fund for Mary Beth & John Cole."

After being awaken by his dog, John Cole tried to put the fire out, but when the smoke and flames became too much, he and his wife tried to escape. Unfortunately his wife went back into the burning house to rescue the couple's other dog.

John said his wife is expected to remain in the hospital for more than a month, but he only has two more nights in his hotel. He said he hopes someone will help out so he can stay by her bedside in Boston.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 08:35

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Lecture on the historic churches of Laconia offered on Monday

 

LACONIA  —  At the Laconia Historical and Museum Society's December Lecture Program on  Monday, December 15 at 7 p.m. LHMS Executive Director, Brenda Kean will present a lecture on the Historic Churches of Laconia.

Laconia is the home of many architecturally beautiful buildings and among them are the many historic churches. As a follow-on to a recent driving tour, Brenda will share photos - past and present – of the churches that were included as well as their tales of the past ... and future.

"I have long admired the architecture of Laconia's Historic Churches and wondered at the beauty that must be inside." says LHMS Director, Brenda Kean, "Our recent tour was an invitation for Laconia Residents to pay a visit to these architectural gems – learn about their history and view their amazing interiors."

The program is free and open to the public. For more information about this event, contact the Laconia Historical and Museum Society at 603-527-1278, email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit on the web at www.laconiahistorical.org.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 08:19

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Hebron Hazard Mitigation Plan Committee to meet on December 16

HEBRON — The Hebron Hazard Mitigation Plan Committee will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 1 p.m. at the Public Safety Building, 37 Groton Road.

The committee, which is represented by a variety of local interests, is focusing on the natural and man-made hazards that put Hebron at risk, as well as the development of recommendations to protect the safety and well-being of town residents.
Areas of concern in the 2009 Plan included flooding, severe winter weather, and wildfire. With the update to the Hazard Mitigation Plan, community leaders will be able to prioritize actions to reduce the impacts of these and other hazards.

A copy of the 2009 Hazard Mitigation Plan can be viewed at the town's Hazard Mitigation website http://www.hebronnh.org/hazard-mitigation-committee.html.

More information can be obtained by calling Fire Chief John Fischer, who is also Hebron's emergency management director, at 744-5584, or David Jeffers, regional planner at the Lakes Region Planning Commission at 279-5341.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 11:27

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Meadowbrook Charitable Foundation raises over $25,000 to support Lakes Region’s future rock stars

GILFORD — The Meadowbrook Charitable Foundation is excited to announce the winners of the Foundation's season-long fundraisers.

The 2014 Guitar Raffle winner, Kerry Bergeron, of Belmont, bought raffle tickets at each of the 8 concerts she attended this season at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook, in hopes of increasing her odds at being chosen this year's winner. When advised she was the winner of the autographed guitar (which also includes coveted season tickets for the upcoming 2015 Eastern Propane Concert Series), Kerry was thrilled and excited to bring home her one-of-a-kind piece of memorabilia and begin planning her summer fun for 2015.

What's better than an overnight at a local resort and catching Darius Rucker live at the last show of the 2014 Eastern Propane Concert Season? Buying a 50/50 raffle ticket and getting word you're the winner of $1,155 – that's what. Peter McAnespie of Lowell admits he thought the email confirming he was the winner was a gimmick – but was thankful a friend saw the Facebook post on the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook's Facebook page – sharing the good news with its fans. A last minute decision to come to Gilford, see the show, spend the night and grab a 50/50 raffle ticket was the best decision he could have made says McAnespie while he posed with students and Foundation Board Member Ed Darling, to receive his check.

Each year, the Foundation holds fundraisers to assist school music and performing arts programs around the Lakes Region. This year, the Meadowbrook Charitable Foundation has raised in excess of $25,000 in support of music and performing arts programs in the community. With events like the Guitar raffle, the 50/50 raffle and the annual Golf Tournament, the Foundation works hard to keep music in our schools.

The Meadowbrook Charitable Foundation is proud to report, this year, each participating school will receive a check for $1,500. Schools participating in 2014 include: Kingswood Regional High School, Franklin High School, Inter-Lakes High School, Laconia High School, Winnisquam Regional High School, Belmont High School, Newfound Area School District, Gilford High School and Prospect Mountain High School.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 11:22

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