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Genealogy workshops begin in Wolfeboro on June 24

WOLFEBORO — The Wolfeboro Public Library, in conjunction with The Lakes Region Genealogical Interest Group, will conduct a series of four genealogical workshops beginning on Tuesday, June 24 at 10 a.m. The workshops are free and open for all community members.

The workshops, presented by Dee and Guil Ide, will teach the fundamentals of using the Family Tree feature at FamilySearch.org. These workshops are an opportunity to dig deeper into how best to use Family Search for genealogical research.

The individual sessions will include: June 24, Navigate FamilySearch/Family Tree and Add/Edit Information; July 1, Quickly Add, Edit and Merge Ancestor's Records and Easily Locate and Attach Ancestor's Supporting Records; July 8, Capture and Attach Ancestor's Records from Free Internet Sites; and July 15, Locate Photos, Documents and Stories and Attach Them.

The Library has one hundred fifty plus computers for patrons to use. One-on-one assistance is available to patrons helping them to use the center's resources as they research their ancestors.

For further information about this event, call 569-2428 or visit www.wolfeborolibrary.org.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 10:39

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LRGHealthcare purchases hydraulic lift for Laconia Fire Department ambulance

LACONIA — It was just three months ago when Laconia Fire Chief, Kenneth Ericson approached LRGHealthcare President & CEO, Tom Clairmont about the possibility of the hospital making a substantial purchase for the Laconia Fire Department. After hearing about the hydraulic lift the Chief hoped to purchase for their primary ambulance and all the benefits that came with it, Clairmont was quickly sold.

At a cost of $11,000, LRGHealthcare happily showed its support for the Laconia Fire Department and purchased the hydraulic lift which was recently installed. Manufactured in California, the lift has the ability to lift the stretcher and a patient from ground level to the ambulance at a weight capacity of 1,100 pounds. The lift also collapses and slides in between the chassis rails making it easily accessible for the EMTs.

Not only does the lift provide more stability and safety for larger patients, but it's a great benefit for the EMTs as well. "This will save a lot of backs," stated Deputy Fire Chief, Shawn Riley. Many injuries have occurred to EMTs when attempting to lift a larger patient into the ambulance and it's made for high costs for the Fire Department to treat them. The hydraulic lift eliminates the cause of those injuries. Laconia Fire Department is currently the only Fire Department north of Boston to have this valuable piece of equipment.

LRGHealthcare and Laconia Fire Department have had a long standing relationship working together to keep Laconia safe. "Once again, we appreciate the outstanding support of LRGH," Laconia Fire Chief, Kenneth Ericson comments. "They continually go above and beyond in this partnership."

LRGHealthcare President & CEO, Tom Clairmont says, "These guys are on the front line every day. So, if we can make their job a little safer, it's the right thing to do."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 10:30

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Visiting Vets Reflect on Camp Resilience Experience

GILFORD — Seventeen Boston-area veterans, all clients of the Boston VA Center, recently visited the Lakes Region at the invitation of the newly-formed Patriot Resilient Leader Institute (PRLI).

While here, the veterans participated in the first-ever Camp Resilience. This effort combined recreational activities, team-building exercises and practical computer skills in the areas of job searching and creating resumes which translate military experience into civilian job titles. The Camp utilized facilities at Lakes Region Community College, Gunstock, Gilford Town Beach, Lake Winnipesaukee and the Gunstock Inn.

All seventeen guests were unanimous in their praise of the efforts put forth by the PRLI Team which was augmented by Alton and Gilford Rotarians, boat captains, Gunstock staff and Business Department Chairperson at LRCC, Carlene Rose. Individual feedback sheets from the visitors reflected comments such as "I came with high expectations and you've exceeded them. The treetops course, Segway, boat tour, cookout and jobs seminar are memories. (Reflecting on the Gunstock Inn) Excellent service. On a scale of 1 to 10, this experience is an 11! Very calm and serene here. We are lucky to have people like you (the PRLI crew)". Work has already begun for the PRLI Team on the next visit by another group of wounded warriors. That is expected to be early August.

The funds to pay for this first visit came from the Gilford Rotary, Lakes Region Dental, the State of NH VFW, Laconia Knights of Columbus, Tim and Maura O'Connor and numerous other generous local individuals. Tim O'Connor was a West Point classmate of PRLI founder, Kurt Webber, Lt Col, US Army (ret.)

Deep discounts and/or goods and services for the veterans were provided by the Gunstock Inn, Fireside Inn and Suites, Shaw's of Gilford, Gunstock Resort, Fay's Boat Yard, Gilford Rotary, Island Fishing Charters, NH Fish & Game, Lakes Region Community College, Hector's Restaurant and Abe Dadian,who volunteered his time and expertise over two days to help the vets work on their resumes and job skills.

Anyone who wishes to support future wounded warrior initiatives of the PRLI is encouraged to make a donation via credit card or PayPal at www.prli.us. Checks may also be mailed to the PRLI, c/o Bank of New Hampshire, 62 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH 03246.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 10:26

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Greater Meredith's "Bringing It Back to NH" Event draws many students to think about careers

MEREDITH — Inter-Lakes High School's freshman class and other students received great insight into different careers by listening to a panel of speakers last week. The Greater Meredith's Career Partnership Program focuses on economic development through job shadows, internships, a guest speakers' bureau, volunteer and community services and a one-day Job Fair.

This year's speakers were: Brian Swan, 2008 Inter-Lakes graduate and one of the first students to take advantage of the Career Partnership Program; Carmen Lorentz, Director of the NH Division of Economic Development; and Julie Gnerre-Bourgeois, owner of Giuseppe's Restaurant in Meredith. Each panel member had time to 'share their story' of their life to the students.

Brian Swan's interest has always been in the automotive industry. He had an internship at Lovering Volvo of Meredith while in high school which really opened his eyes to this industry. He went away to Southern NH for college and found himself graduating and working in the industry at Irwin Automotive for six years. He recently landed another position at Holderness School as their main mechanic.

His advice to the Inter-Lakes students is, "Use all of the resources available to you here at ILHS, such as the Career Partnership Program, it proved to be very beneficial for me".

Carmen Lorentz received her Master's Degree in Public Policy and lived in DC for a while, but found herself missing her family in NH very much. There is something about NH that keeps bringing people back! She then lived in NY for over 5 years and enjoyed a consulting position in Sarasota Springs, NY with her main focus on Economic Development. After having her son, she realized that she wanted more than ever to get back to NH with her family so with her husband and son, they moved back to the Lakes Region. She acquired a great position with the Belknap Economic Development Council where she was the Executive Director for 3 years. Recently, she was asked to head up the NH Division of Economic Development for the state.
​Carmen's advice to the students is: "Do what makes you happy. There are a lot of opportunities right here in NH, especially trades. Learn all you can and don't be afraid to take a chance on an opportunity". ​
Julie Gnerre-Bourgeois is the owner of Giuseppe's Restaurant in Meredith.  Julie is from York, ME. Her dad opened up 2 restaurants in that area (one in Old Orchard Beach and one in Brunswick), which were the old Giuseppe's. The whole family worked there serving, cooking and entertaining. Julie worked for the family business and learned from a young age and had many other interests, including photography and singing. She also studied Health Physiology and switched to become a music major. She traveled and went 'on the road' to Alaska with her brother and his band and was the lead singer. After one year, the band broke up and Julie found herself home again, but with the greatest experiences. When she was age 25, her dad asked her if she wanted to manage and work at a new Guiseppe's Restaurant in Meredith. From that point on, Julie has ​grown her business.

Her advice to our students is, "Follow your dreams. I did. I have been involved in many things but always came back to what made me happy".

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 10:21

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