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Franklin Savings Bank Fund for Community Advancement makes 11 awards

FRANKLIN — Over $46,000 was recently distributed to local community organizations through the Franklin Savings Bank Fund for Community Advancement program. Eleven organizations throughout Central New Hampshire are using the 2014 funds to implement new projects or to build upon current ones.

Recipients of the 2014 Fund for Community Advancement Funds include Boys and Girls Club of Greater Concord, Copper Cannon Camp, Paul Smith School PTO, Tapply-Thompson Community Center, Tilton-Northfield Recreation Council, NH Children's Trust, American Red Cross of NH, The Friends Program Inc., Choose Franklin, Catholic Charities New Hampshire, and Franklin Falls Downtown Development Authority.

Organizations applying for the next round of grant distributions should do so by the January 2, 2015 deadline.

Eligibility information including categories of support, market areas served, and applications are available by visiting "What's New" at fsbnh.com or by visiting in person at any of the seven Franklin Savings Bank offices throughout Central New Hampshire. Projects chosen for funding will be celebrated at the third annual Fund for Community Advancement Event in October.

The one-million dollar fund, established by the bank in September 1997, was created to provide support to varying community organizations through grants. Since its inception, 156 grants totaling over $792,600 have been awarded. For additional information about the Franklin Savings Bank Fund for Community Advancement, call Dorothy Savery at (603) 934-8316 or toll-free at (800) FSB-4445. To see all of the Fund organizations celebrated, the programs funded by the FSB program, the video documenting the recipients, and more, visit facebook.com/franklinsavingsbank and www.fsbnh.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 12:05

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Community Action Program hires new manager for Tilton Senior Center

TILTON — The Belknap-Merrimack Community Action Program (BM-CAP) has announced the appointment of its new Tilton Senior Center Manager, Cindy Clarenbach. Cindy hails from Franklin, and has many years of experience working with seniors, and coordinating activities for them.

The center is located at 11 Grange Road in Tilton, and serves Tilton, Northfield, Sanbornton, Winnisquam, Lochmere and all surrounding towns, however all seniors are welcome. The new BM-CAP center hours are Monday -Thursday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, with a drop-in day on Friday from 10-1 staffed by volunteers. BM-CAP is now providing brunch on Mondays at 10:30 am and lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 am. To reserve a spot for a meal call the Center at 527-8291. A $2 donation is suggested for those over 60. There is a $6 charge for those under age 60.

Also, the CAP Rural Transit Bus Service is now available on Tuesdays. The bus will pick riders up at their doors and return them back home. Destinations depends on riders' needs but includes Walgreens, Walmart, Tanger Outlet, grocery stores and more such as doctor's appointments, the bank, or the Tilton Senior Center. The bus schedule is managed through the Belmont Senior Center, so contact Cheryl, the Center Manager, at 267-9867 to discuss your needs and to set up your ride. A 24 hour notice is needed. The suggested ride donation is $2 round trip.

On Wednesday, January 14 there will be an Open House at 10:30 am. This is a chance for the Tilton community to meet Cindy and share ideas for the coming year. Cindy would love to hear what people are interested in and discuss the future of the Center. Coffee and refreshments will be provided. Also, those looking for a purposeful and fun volunteer opportunity, the Center needs help preparing and serving meals on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, so this is a great chance to stop by to see what the center offers and discuss volunteer opportunities.

If you would like more information about the Tilton Senior Center or are interested in reserving a lunch, call Cindy at 527-8291.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 11:53

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Kickoff party for Lego Club at Gilman Library

ALTON — The brand new Lego Club at the Gilman Library will hold a kick-off on Saturday, January 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Agnes Thompson Meeting Room on the lower level of the library.

To kick-off the Lego Club a special movie will be offered. Light refreshments will be served.
An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied 'Special', is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis.
Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Writers: Phil Lord (screenplay), Christopher Miller (screenplay), Dan Hageman (story), Kevin Hageman (story), Phil Lord (story), Christopher Miller (story)
Stars: Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Alison Brie, Keith Ferguson, Will Ferrell, et al
The first official club meeting will be held on the third Saturday of February, on the 22 at 11 am, in the Agnes Thompson Meeting Room on the lower level of the library.

The club is still accepting and welcomes more Lego donations for the club.
For more information call 875-2550 or visit the library website www.gilmanlibrary.org
If the Gilman Library is closed due to inclement weather, the program will be held the following month on the third Saturday.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 11:40

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WinnAero offers series of teacher workshops

GILFORD — Winn Aero, the STEM-oriented educational non-profit organization, has announced its upcoming winter-spring series of Teacher Workshops.

The six workshops entitled Aerospace Dimensions will run on Saturdays and will take place at the Terminal Building at Laconia Airport. The workshops may carry professional development credits in STEM based on the sending school district's policies. Check-in will be at 8:30 and adjournment at 3:30. The workshops are based on the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Aerospace Education modules. There is a $40 registration fee for teachers who are already Aerospace Education Members of CAP. Non-members pay $75 for their first workshop and then $40 for all subsequent workshops. The first-time $75 fee includes membership in the CAP Aerospace Education Program which automatically makes the teacher eligible for follow-on workshop discounts as well as access to CAP's nationally recognized learning modules. For all attendees, their workshop registration fee covers the costs of all materials, lunch and snacks.

The six sessions are: January 24, Introduction to Flight; February 7, Aircraft Systems and Airports; March 7, Air Environment; March 21, Rockets; April 4, Space Environment and April 18, Spacecraft. Teachers who attend these workshops will actually "do" the hands-on activities just like their students would. They will also learn about grant organizations which could help the teacher implement the subject matter in his/her classroom. Teachers may sign up for just the workshops which interest them or for the full schedule.

WinnAero Education Director, Dan Caron, will conduct and oversee the workshops. Caron is currently a high school Technology/Engineering teacher and has been recognized numerous times for teaching excellence by educational organizations. Those recognitions include CAP Teacher of the Year, Air Force Association Teacher of the Year, ITEEA Distinguished Technology Educator, AIAA Educator Achievement Award Recipient and EbD-STEM Professional Development/Curriculum Author. Registration forms and additional information are on-line at www.winnaero.org or by contacting Caron directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Seating is limited.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 11:18

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