LACONIA — The manager of the area's largest food pantry is appealing to the public to donate turkeys needed to fill Thanksgiving food baskets.
Jo Carignan, manager of the food pantry operated by the St. Vincent de Paul Society, said that she expects that 800-plus families will qualify for Thanksgiving baskets this year. With the holiday now less that two weeks away, she has received 200 turkeys.
"I need about 600 more" she said Friday morning.
Carignan, who has worked at the food pantry for 24 years, said that she always gets anxious as the time approaches to give the food baskets to needy families. But, "This year I'm panicking earlier," she said.
She urged those who can, to donate a turkey, preferably frozen, weighing around 20 pounds, explaining that most food baskets go to families of four to six people.
One of the reasons Carignan is worried about the level of donations is that organizations which have typically called her with promises of donating a number of turkeys have so far not done so. She said some of these groups are charitable organizations. Others are local businesses.
Carignan noted that in past years a local manufacturer has given turkeys to its employees, and that some of those turkeys ended up being donated to the food pantry. But this year the company opted to give its employees gift cards instead of turkeys.
Anyone who wants to donate one or more turkeys can drop them off at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry at 1269 Union Ave., Monday through Saturday between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., between now and next Saturday, Nov. 22, when the food basket distribution will begin. Carignan said the pantry would also appreciate the donation of fresh vegetables.
"We can use everything," she said.
Carignan expected the number of requests for Thanksgiving food baskets would be "up a little" from last year. "But not a whole lot. It's always a guessing game," she observed.
Last Updated on Saturday, 15 November 2014 12:29
BELMONT — About 100 Belmont Middle School sixth graders have worked together on an integrated Human Body Project over the last three weeks, which has created an impressive display of art work on walls on the third floor of the school, including a giant skeleton model more than 12 feet long which is suspended from the ceiling.
''We made the skeleton through trial and error in the classroom. At first it fell apart but we finally got it to hold together,'' says 11-year-old Raven Gates, who along with her 12-year-old partner Katharyne Davies, were among the students who helped put together the framework.'
''We measured our own body parts and then multiplied the average by three so we could make the skeleton,'' said Davies, who said that the skeleton is made from recyclable materials, including cardboard and plastic bottles and wrapped with window shrink wrap to hold it together.
Both she and Gates agreed that head of the skeleton bears a resemblance to E.T. ''It's fun to watch the reaction of the other students to the skeleton,'' said Gates.
The project used several curricular areas, including science, art, technology and computers as well as the school's enrichment program.
''It's a STEM project involving science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics,'' says art teacher Jaylene Bengston, who watched Friday as Alex Connell, a student teacher in the art program, made minor repairs to the skeleton to keep it firmly attached to the ceiling.
Technology/computer teacher Celeste Craig said the said that students especially enjoyed the technology part and created their own videos which explained their poster and project.
Sixth graders Gabby Day and Aurora Couto worked as a team to prepare a poster on the human nose and even created their own webpage as part of the project.
''It was a lot of fun,'' said Day, who along with Couto, demonstrated how people could use a QR code placed on their poster or model download related videos from their website to a smartphone.
Students were assigned body systems or organs to study and then worked together in groups of up to four according to science teachers Dianne Klabechek and Tom White. The groups then used computers for research and the preparation of their posters.
In the art room, they made scale models of the organ or system they had been assigned and then spent time on computers making their own web pages and videos and incorporating a photo of the poster they had created.
An open house for parents, which was held Thursday night, brought out about 35 families to view the completed projects.
Gates said that the students had a good time explaining their projects to the visitors and received many favorable comments from their guests about the work they had done.
''It was nice to be able to tell people what we had done and have them ask us questions,'' she said.
Last Updated on Saturday, 15 November 2014 12:22
GILMANTON — The New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration has set the 2014 property tax rate at $22.93 per $1,000 of assessed value, an increase of $1.78, or 8.4 percent, over the 2013 rate of $21.15.
The total assessed valuation fell $33,028,396 or 6.8 percent, from $480,547,164 to $447,518,768, and the amount to be raised by property taxes increased by $105,045, or 1 percent, from $10,094,837 to $10,199,882.
The town portion of the property tax rate fell from $4.97 to $4.10 and the county tax from $1.39 to $1.34 while the school portion climbed from $12.36 to $14.82 and the state education tax from $2.43 to $2.67.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 02:33
BARNSTEAD — The New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration has set the 1014 property tax rate at $23.96 per $1,000 of assessed value, an increase of 46 cents, or 2 percent, over the 2013 rate of $23.50.
The total assessed valuation rose $911,082, or .02 percent, from $968,009,854 to $468,920,936, and the amount to be raised by property taxes increased by $235,643, or 2.1 percent, from $10,809,905 to $11,045,548.
The town portion of the property tax rate rose from $5.24 to $5.30 cents and the school portion from $14.31 to $15.06 while the state education tax dropped from $2.63 to $2.32 and the county tax from $1.32 to $1.28.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 02:22
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