New Hampton School senior raises $2,400 for Carey House

LACONIA — A local high school senior presented the Carey House with a check for $2,400 to offset the costs of fuel oil this winter.

Madison "Maddie" Schumacher of Morningside Drive is entering her senior year at New Hampton School and raised the money for the shelter by holding yard sales, soliciting contributions from family and friends and selling items on E-Bay.
Stafford Oil also contributed $300 to the cause.

The Carey House is a not-for-profit private shelter owned by the Salvation Army. At the present time, it is the only homeless shelter in the greater Laconia area.

This is the second year in a row Schumacher has raised money for a charity over her summer break. Last year she raised and donated money for the Kurn Hattin School (Vermont) for at-risk children.

For Carey House Director Amanda Lewis, the payment of what she said could be as much as two to three months of oil bills — depending on the price and the weather — is "absolutely wonderful."

Lewis noted that is was heartening to see someone so young taking an active role in her community and helping those who are less fortunate.

When asked what Carey House would do with the $2,400 freed from the oil budget by Schumacher's donation, she said money would be spent on critical repairs to the property and some would be added to the funds they use to help people buy toiletries, diapers and cleaning supplies. She also said some of it would be used to offset program fees for those who cannot pay them.

Schumacher is vice president of her senior class and plays volleyball, tennis and basketball. She said she plans on studying medicine and becoming a physician.


CUTLINE: New Hampton School senior Maddie Schumacher (right) gives Carey House Director Amanda Lewis (left) a voucher for $2,400 for heating oil for the winter. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)

Randy Potter joins Merrimack Mortgage Company Potter

MEREDITH — Merrimack Mortgage Company, LLC. is pleased to welcome Randy Potter to its Lakes Region branch.

Potter, formerly with Regency Mortgage in Meredith, has joined Merrimack Mortgage Company's lineup of experienced, licensed loan originators. Potter will be based in the Lakes Region branch office, located at 92 Main Street in Meredith. As he has done in the past, he will continue to focus on helping home­buyers in Meredith, Center Harbor, and Laconia. He will also now be serving the greater Lakes Region community.

With over 23 years experience as a loan originator, Potter brings a wealth of knowledge to the company.

"We are so excited to have Randy on our team. His experience, enthusiasm, and commitment to providing exceptional customer service will be invaluable. He has an impeccable reputation, and his business philosophy is very much in line with our customer­centered approach here at Merrimack Mortgage", says branch manager Jennifer McCall.

Potter is a 5­-year resident of Meredith, where he lives with his wife and 2 children. He is an active member of is community. Potter has been a member of the Lakes Region Board of Realtors affiliates since 2014.

Randy Potter can be reached at ​603-­279-­7902 Ext. 225 ​or via email at ​This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Established in 1983, Merrimack Mortgage Company is a direct­to­consumer mortgage lender headquartered in Manchester. Recently acquired by HarborOne Bank, the largest co­operative bank in New England, the company has 31 sales offices located throughout New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, and Connecticut.


Randy Potter (Courtesy photo)

Genesis mental health agency awarded grant for primary care

LACONIA — Genesis Behavioral Health has been awarded a $1.6 million grant by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration that will enable the agency to integrate primary with behavioral health care at sites in Laconia and Plymouth.

Dr. Vladimir Jelnov, medical director at Genesis, explained that individuals with serious mental illness are at greater risk than others from chronic conditions and diseases like obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and diabetes. "It is challenging enough for a person with a thought disorder to manage their illness without the added complication of a chronic health condition," he said, adding that on average the life-span of the mentally ill is shortened by 25 years. "It's our role as providers to ensure we are caring for the whole person," Jelnov continued, "Bringing primary care to the mental health center will hep our patients tremendously."

Gensis will partner with HealthFirst Family Care Center and Mid-State Health Center to offer primary care at each of its sites in Laconia and Plymouth. The project, called OneHeath, is expected to improve outcomes, expand access and reduce costs while providing patients with high quality medical care.

Genesis is designated by the state as the community mental health center serving more than 3,500 children, adults and families in Belknap County and southern Grafton County each year.