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Heart and Hands Thrift Shop opens in Meredith


MEREDITH — The newly formed Ecumenical Heart and Hands Thrift Shop held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a grand opening ceremony Thursday morning and also received blessings from pastors of the three churches which joined together to make it a reality.
Replacing a popular, local, charitable thrift store which closed in 2015, the Heart and Hands shop is a collaborative effort to fill a much-needed resource by the leadership and congregations of three Meredith churches — the First Congregational Church, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and Trinity Episcopal Church.
Dr. Russell Rowland, pastor of the First Congregational Church, said that the Shaker motto "Hands to work and hearts to God sums up quite well what our new, nonprofit thrift shop is all about."
Proceeds from this nonprofit thrift shop will directly benefit other community nonprofit organizations which need assistance, and it will be run by community volunteers.
The shop will be open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donated items are accepted during those hours.
The following items that are clean, good shape and working will be accepted: clothing, footwear, accessories, dishes, pots and pans, utensils, jewelry, knickknacks, pictures, greeting cards, books, movies, music, towels, bedding, curtains, children's clothing, toys, games with no missing pieces, seasonal décor, table clothes, place mats, yarn, craft supplies, fabric, costumes, antiques, bureaus, small furniture, lamps, hand tools, instruments, new candles, unused toiletries/ sports equipment. The shop will not accept electronics, air conditioners, TVs, microwaves, large appliances, cribs, car seats, exercise equipment, used pet items, humidifiers, vacuum cleaners, guns, ammo, 6'+ couches, pillows, ski boots or mattresses.
Volunteers are needed to assist in the store to help receive and sort goods. Those who would like to volunteer are asked to join by calling the coordinator Pam Patenaude at 520-444-0088.

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Bargain hunters look over clothes at the Hearts and Hands Thrift Shop on Maple Street in Meredith. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

Meredith car crash leads to DWI charge

MEREDITH — An Alton man was charged with driving while intoxicated, subsequent offense, after being involved in a car crash on Route 104 yesterday around noon.

Police said Jonathan Clifford, 40, no address given, was headed west when he swerved into path of an Ambrose Construction truck being driven east.

They said the driver of the truck swerved to avoid the crash, but the two vehicles sideswiped and Clifford's vehicle rode up an embankment and crashed into a tree near the eastbound lane.

He said the State Police checked the truck for mechanical deficiencies but found none.

Clifford was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and was arrested there for DWI.

– Gail Ober

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Rescuers work at the scene of a crash in Meredith Thursday. Jonathan Clifford of Alton, 40,  was charged with DWI. (Courtesy photo)

Gilmanton Police find two boys shooting pellet guns at cars

GILMANTON — Police caught up to two boys who allegedly shot a pellet gun and a BB gun at passing vehicles on Province Road near Prescott Road Wednesday afternoon.

Police Chief Matt Currier said a sergeant met with individuals who found their car windows broken and vehicles dented. After a brief search of the area, he found two boys hiding under a camper trailer.

He seized a BB pistol and two BB and pellet guns from them. They were taken to the police station and later released to their parents.

Currier said four cars were damaged by the two. No injuries were reported.

He said he wanted to thank the victims who stopped immediately and called police, giving them an opportunity to respond and catch the two before more damage was done.

– Gail Ober

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These are two of the three guns seized by Gilmanton police. (Courtesy photo)

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Four cars were damaged Thursday by boys shooting BB and pellet guns. (Courtesy photo)