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Granite United Way Delivers $14 Million in Support to local communities

LACONIA — Granite United Way's Board of Directors have announced that $14 million in support will be delivered to local communities throughout New Hampshire and Windsor County, Vermont this year. This impressive figure is a result of the recently completed grant funding process led by more than 140 volunteers across the state, including many of them here in the Central region where they committed 500 volunteer hours to the process.

Statewide, the grant funding process and donor designations awards $4.6 million to more than 500 non-profit programs that provide important services. Additionally, Granite United Way initiatives provided $1 million in community investments such as literacy initiatives, tax preparation assistance, 2-1-1 NH and other critical services across the state.

"Granite United Way continues to work with local volunteers in identifying needs within each of our regions, including the Central Region," said Gary Long, Chair of Granite United Way Board of Directors. "Our local volunteer decision-making teams are embracing the strategic goals we've set as a Board of Directors to further the impact we've seen happening with donor investments."

In addition to the volunteer-led grant funding process, Granite United Way has played a key role in several critical initiatives that combined bring in $8.7 million into the community. Examples of these initiatives are the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program that returned $6.3 million in federal tax refunds this year to struggling families throughout New Hampshire and Windsor County, Vermont. Granite United Way also worked closely with its 2-1-1NH initiative and programs like Familywize to secure more than $2 million in prescription drug savings for New Hampshire residents.

"Our deliberations this year were no less challenging than in the past. The applicants, as always, are high impact programs with excellent leadership. They provide critically needed services and are highly valued partners in our efforts to reduce poverty by 20% by 2020 in Belknap County. We worked through decisions focusing on our poverty reduction goal and ensuring we invest in necessary and sustainable social service that will provide maximum return on donor dollars. After site visits and interviews with the programs leadership, we had numerous heart felt conversations, laboring over limited funding dollars." said Maryann McCormack, Granite United Way Board Member and Community Impact Committee member.

Programs like the Lakes Region Child Care Services are among the non-profit programs that will be awarded funding this year.

"Granite United Way funding allows Lakes Region Child Care Services Inc. (LRCCS) to fulfill our mission to provide high quality, affordable, child care. This is a critical work support and provides great value to business and communities. High quality child care changes the trajectory of each child's life. The Nobel Prize winning economist, James Heckman, estimates a seven to ten percent, per year, return on investment in early childhood. This number is based on increased school and career achievement as well as reduced costs in remedial education, health, and criminal justice system expenditures. This return on investment out performs the Dow Jones and the S&P 500 index." said Marty Ilg, Executive Director of Lakes Region Child Care Services.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 06 June 2014 08:58

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George Hobbs now leading Astro Division of New Hampshire Ball Bearing

LACONIA — New Hampshire Ball Bearing has hired George Hobbs as the new operations manager of the Astro Division here. He succeeds Jim St. Pierre, who will retire at the end of this year after 40 years with the company.
Throughout his career, Hobbs has built a reputation for being driven, results-oriented, and an agent of positive change. The divisions and business units he has managed have all experienced an increase in productivity, rapid improvements in on-time delivery, a reduction in quality escapes, and drastic improvements in customer satisfaction.

Hobbs has spent most of his career in the aerospace industry, working from 1980 to 2004 for various business units of Pratt & Whitney in Middletown, CT and North Berwick, ME. Starting in 1995, he was fast tracked into senior-level operations management when he was assigned to lead Pratt & Whitney's Turbine Blade Unit. The other business units he has managed since then include General Machining, Blade Outer Seals, Aftermarket Service and, finally, Commercial Engines, which is a division with five product lines that contributed to 30 percent of company's revenues.

In 2005, Hobbs was hired as an operations manager by Westinghouse Electric, in Cranberry Township, PA. He then served as plant manager of Nuclear Components Manufacturing division before becoming vice president of Continuous Improvement, the position he held before joining NHBB.

Hobbs holds a BS in business from the University of New Hampshire System and an MBA from Boston University. He has also acquired various certifications in leadership development, Lean Manufacturing, and Six Sigma. Notably, he was recognized in 2003 as a high achiever by Boston University.

As part of NHBB's formal succession planning process St. Pierre will remain on-board in an advisory role to assist with the transition. St. Pierre will be involved in select corporate projects and continue to report to Rich Bardellini, vice-president of Manufacturing.

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11th annual Kainen Flynn Memorial Fishing Derby today

GILFORD — The 11th annual Officer Kainen M. Flynn Memorial Fishig Derby, sponsored by the Gillford Police Relief Association will be held today at the Gunstock Recreation Area.

Lines go in the water at 9 a.m. and the pond at Funstock is packed with recently stocked trout. Registration is free and orizes will be awarded to the top anglers in several age groups.

Hamburgs and hot dogs will be sold to help meet expenses for the event, which promotes water safety as well as keeping Officer Fynn's memory alive.

 

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Walks & Talks Series Returns to Castle in the Clouds

MOULTONBOROUGH — The popular Walks & Talks program series returns to Castle in the Clouds beginning Monday June 9 with a Bird Walk on the Castle estate led by renowned ornithologist Robert Ridgely. The Bird Walk leaves the Carriage House at 8:30 a.m. – enter via Ossipee Park Road.

Walks & Talks take place each Monday, June 9 though August 25. See the entire series schedule, which includes Nature Photography, a Wildflower Walk, Wilderness Survival, and many more nature-themed topics, at www.castleintheclouds.org. Walks &Talks are $8 per person or free for Friends of the Castle. Space is limited and reservations are strongly recommended. Call 603-476-5414 to reserve a spot. This series is generously sponsored by Mill Falls at the Lake.

 

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