LACONIA — Nearly 150 volunteers fanned across the Lakes Region yesterday to lend a hand to nearly 30 nonprofit agencies — eight of them in Laconia, undertaking some 65 projects on the annual Day of Caring of the Granite United Way Central Region, sponsored by AFL-Noyes of Belmont.
Aqualogic, Inc. of Gilford partnered with the city's Conservation Commission to remove trash and debris from the upper reach of the Winnipesaukee River above the Avery Dam. John Jude of Aqualogic deployed the craft he uses to remove milfoil from water bodies, along with two divers — his son Dominic and Wayne Kreiensieck — who worked together with Scott McPhie of the Planning Department, Michael Foote of the Conservation Commission and Lisa Morin of the Belknap County Conservation District.
By the lunch hour Dominic Jude said they had pulled three bicycles, a wheelbarrow and a shopping cart from the river, along with several barrels of smaller items like bottles, cans and hub caps. Foote, who cruised the river in a canoe, said that several larger items, among them a 55-gallon drum and pickup truck cap, were marked with buoys and will be removed when the water level is drawn down next month.
Meanwhile, a team from Hannaford supermarket was busy at the Boys & Girls Club of the Lake Region. In the basement, Rose Lafamme and Peg Frankel spent the day moving the art room to new quarters where there is a working sink and organizing a myriad of art supplies and materials. Together they meticulously sifted and sorted buttons, beads, crayons, colored pencils and other supplies, placing each in its own container and arranging them neatly on shelves. "We're getting through this," Laflamme said, wondering how long everything would remain in its place.
Upstairs Mike Harrison, an experienced who maintains the meat department at the supermarket while pursuing his education in health science and administration, cleaned and stained a pair of picnic tables. Suspecting he might not finish the job, Mariah Hoffman, unit director of the club, told him not to worry, since the boys and girls from Laconia Middle School would relish putting the final touches to the tables. Harrison said that employees from Hannaford often volunteer, adding that recently he and others ran five kilometers in support of the troops.
Other teams did painting, landscaping, cleaning and repairing at the Greater Lakes Child Advocacy, Laconia Area Community Land Trust, Salvation Army and Carey House, Lakes Region Child Care, Belknap Mill, New Hampshire Catholic Charities and St. Vincent de Paul.
The day began with a breakfast for volunteers at the St. Andre Bessette Parish Hall and ended with a reception at the Christmas island Steak House.
CAPTION: Dominic Jude, a diver with Aqualogic of Gilford, scours the bed of the Winnipesaukee River near the trestle on Messer Street searching for trash and debris. He, together with his father John and fellow diver Wayne Kreiensieck, volunteered to work with the Conservation Commission to clean up the river on the Day of Caring, sponsored by Granite United Way. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch)
CAPTION: Peg Frankel (left) and Rose Laflammer (right) of Hannaford's volunteered to relocate and reorganize the art room at the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region on the Day of Caring. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch)
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