Got Lunch! Laconia volunteers launch this year’s effort to feed kids

By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — Eat Out for Got Lunch! Laconia week began Monday as volunteers who will provide school children with nutritious lunches throughout their summer vacation gathered for lunch at T-Bones/Cactus Jack's, one of 11 participating restaurants, to jump start the sixth year of the program.

The program delivers fresh vegetables and fruit, along with protein in portions recommended by the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Service. Last year more than 230 volunteers delivered lunches to an average of 576 children a week for 10 weeks for a total of 28,780 lunches.

Aaron Lichtenberg of Woods Farm in Alton, coordinator of the Lakes Region Agricultural Collaborative, which supplies the program with locally grown vegetables, Tony Felch of the Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction and Pat Kelly of WLNH/WEMJ Radio, were honored guests at lunch yesterday. Got Lunch! Laconia also partners with Vista Foods to provide families with $5 voucher to purchase eggs, milk, yogurt or cheese each week.

Burrito Me, Patrick's Pub, Lyon's Den, Village Bakery, The Local Eatery, Brick Front, Holy Grail of the Lakes Region, Faro Italian Grille, Hector's Fine Food and Spirits and Tavern 27 are also taking part in Eat Out – Got Lunch! Laconia week by generously contributing a portion of their proceeds to the program.

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Volunteers for the Got Lunch! Laconia launched at T-Bones/Cactus Jack's to kick off Eat Out for GOT LUnch! Laconia week. Clockwise, from left: Aaron Lichtenberg, Dave Barth, Ted Tunicliffe, Tony Felch, Rev. Paula Gile, Stan Brallier, Pat Kelly and Sandy Brallier (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch)

Gilford Police rescue ducklings

Gilford Police Officers Doug Wall and Andrew Salmon hold four ducklings they rescued from a drain pipe near Shaw's Supermarket in the morning of May 13. Wall saw some ducklings crossing the street and noticed these four in the drain pipe. Salmon, with assistance from a crew from Gilford Fire and Rescue, climbed down to the drain and rescued them. N.H.  Fish and Game officers took the ducklings to have someone who would take care of them until they were old enough to be reintroduced into the wild. (Courtesy photos)

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Alton pedestrian killed on Route 28 Friday

ALTON —  A 25-year-old Alton man was killed Friday night after he was struck by a motorist while walking on Suncook Valley Road around 9:37 p.m.

Police said Tyler Houghton died at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Nathan Hall, 20, of Barnstead. Police said he had minor injuries.

While the investigation is continuing, police said it appears that inclement weather and limited visibility were factors in the incident. They also said the road is very narrow in that area and there is very little shoulder for walking.

Anyone who has any information is asked to call the Alton Police at 875-0757.

— Gail Ober

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