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Financial aid counselor available to help students in Belmont, Gilford & Laconia

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce that, effective February 18, Doreen Richards, our new Financial Aid Counselor, will be available at Belmont, Gilford and Laconia High Schools.

Dr. Richards will be on each of the high school campuses, on a weekly basis. It will be her job to assist in navigating students through the sometimes-tricky waters of the financial aid and scholarships application process for post secondary education. Beginning in March, Dr. Richards will be at Belmont High School on Tuesdays from 11 am to 3 pm, Laconia High School on Wednesdays from 11-3 and on Fridays at Gilford High School for the same time period. The FAC will also be available, by appointment, for parents of students as well. Appointments for parent may be made during or after regular school hours.

On Tuesday, February 17th, members of the guidance departments for each of the participating schools met with the new Financial Aid Counselor (FAC) as well as the Executive Director and president of the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation. The team met to discuss how to integrate this new position in with the guidance offices. The group is hoping to have Dr. Richards serve area students in a variety of ways including: help with filling out FAFSA forms for financial aid, offer scholarship advice and scholarship research information, help with completion of any applications or other forms requested by colleges, offer college and career guidance as it relates to the finances available to students and their families, advise parents and students about the meaning and implications of awards letters from colleges as they come in to students. It is hoped that the FAC will also serve as a clearinghouse of information for the guidance departments in each school about college applications, filing dates and independent scholarships available both locally and nationally. Additionally, Doreen hopes to be available over the summer for students and their families if students decide to change their first choice school for any reason.

The Financial Aid Counselor position is a concept funded by an anonymous local resident. The donor approached the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation over the summer with a generous idea: to help college-bound students with their financial planning and offer a service, through LRSF, as a complement to the services offered by local high school guidance offices. The donor is aware of the skyrocketing cost of a college education over the past decade. These costs represent a burden, which both students and parents carry for years and can have a profound impact on a student's future financial status with respect to buying a house or a car, or just finding a position that will allow the individual to pay back the monies owed. The donor has also seen this financial burden impacting parents of students as they approach retirement age with a large debt over head.

Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation has been assisting college and post-secondary students with scholarship opportunities for nearly 60 years. Executive Director, Joan Cormier, welcomes this opportunity to have this service as a complement to all that we presently do for students in the area. She is pleased that this donor has stepped forward to fund a position that will hopefully further assist area students and is pleased to have this grant position under the LRSF umbrella.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 09:53

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Bristol Lions Club selling tickets for Spring Raffle

BRISTOL — The Bristol Lions Club is preparing for its Spring Raffle to help raise funds that help support vision and hearing services in the Newfound area.

This year the Spring Raffle will be offering prizes donated by merchants, individuals and other clubs from Bristol and the surrounding community.

Raffle ticket sales will take place each Saturday from March 7 to April 4. The main sales efforts will take place at Bristol Shop n Save. Club members plan to be at the store from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4. The drawing for prizes takes place April 5.

The prizes this year are: 1st Prize: 100 gallons of home heating oil from Dead River Co.; 2nd Prize: One night at the Inn On Newfound Lake; 3rd Prize: One night at the Inn on Newfound Lake; and 4th Prize: $100 grocery certificate at Shackett's.

Tickets cost $1 each, or $5 for six tickets.

Raffle tickets may be purchased by the general public at the Bristol Shop n Save, Andy & Sons Plumbing & Heating Inc. Organizers say other locations may be added closer to the drawing date of April 5.

Sponsors of this year's Spring Raffle include the Dead River Co., the Inn On Newfound Lake, Shackett's, Village Pizza, Twin River Designs, Fred's Auto Trends, Parkhurst & Co., Bond Auto. The club is hoping to add other sponsors as the first day for ticket sales approaches.

Proceeds from the Spring Raffle help to support the club's mission of providing eyeglasses for students in Bristol and New Hampton who had severe vision problems, as well as helping defray the costs for a Bristol resident who needed cataract surgery, or hearing aids needed by folks in Alexandria, Danbury and Bridgewater.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 09:46

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SCORE offers Intro to QuickBooks workshop

LACONIA — SCORE Lakes Region will offer an "Introduction to QuickBooks" workshop from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on March 11 at the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce building, 383 South Main Street, Laconia, located across from Vista Foods.

The workshop is sponsored by Bank of New Hampshire and will be presented by Charlene Smith, owner of QB Support Services LLC, who is QuickBooks Advanced Certified and is also certified in: QuickBooks Online, Point of Sale, and Enterprise. Smith started QB Support Services, LLC in 2011 after graduating with High Honors from Lakes Region Community College with an Associates Degree in Accounting and a concentration in Business Management.

Discussion topics during the first session include;
• How to initially set up your software package;
• Accounts receivable/Accounts Payable;
• Important transactions;
• File transfers to the bookkeeper and or accountant.

Registration is required. Seating is limited to the first 12 people to register and pay for the workshop. Tuition is $25 per person if paid in advance or $30 at the door. Checks may be sent to SCORE Lakes Region, 383 South Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246. Register online at http://lakesregion.score.org.

Networking and registration  will take place from 5-5:30 p.m.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 09:44

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Annual Leprechaun Leap 5k is March 14 in Belmont

BELMONT  — On Saturday, March 14 at 10 am, runners and walkers of all ages will be participating in the 3rd Annual Lakes Region Leprechaun Leap 5k in Belmont.

The Leprechaun Leap is a nice end-of-winter/early spring 5k which consists of relatively flat paved and unpaved roads. The event is held as a fun way to celebrate the St. Patrick's Day holiday and to promote a healthy lifestyle in the Lakes Region. Fun-loving participants take this opportunity to sport their many shades of green, orange and gold by wearing costumes (encouraged, but not necessary), their favorite Celtics attire, or jazzy exercise gear.

Commemorative fleece headbands will be given to the first 50 pre-registrations that are received at Town Hall by Tuesday, March 10. Entry fee for pre-registrations, as well as day-of event registrations, is $10. Course map and registration forms can be picked up at Belmont Town Hall or Belmont Library. They can also be printed from the Town of Belmont's website at www.belmontnh.org.

Questions regarding this event can be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Gretta Olson-Wilder at 998-3525. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 09:41

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