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Help support kids! Visit D'Angelo Apr 15-21 — 20% of meal gets donated - 04/15/2018
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Visit D'Angelo between April 15th to April 21st to enjoy a great sandwich and support the kids in our community.

Just get a coupon there or print this one and they will donate 20% of your meal total to the Kiwanis Club of Keene! Works for eat in, take out or delivery!

Chris Coates tells the Club about the Keene Education Foundation - 04/04/2018
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Chris Coates tells the Club about the Keene Education Foundation

April 4, 2018

The Mission of the Keene Education Foundation (KEF) is to support the overall excellence of the Keene New Hampshire School District by raising and providing funds for the benefit of its students. Chirs Coates has been a School Board member and was one of the individuals involved in creating the Foundation. Currently they are looking for donations to build a new playground at Wheelock School. The project will cost $90,000. They have raised about $54,000 so far and are asking the local clubs to donate if possible.

Check out their website for more information.

The Kiwanis Club learns of Homeless Outreach efforts in Keene with Elizabeth Sayre and Eli Rivera at The Pub. March 28 - 03/28/2018
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Rob Waters, the Coordinated Entry Manager, Homeless Outreach for Sullivan, Cheshire and W. Hillsboro Counties came to our morning meeting and shared his knowledge of the challenges of the Housing First program. Rob works with individuals and families both in the area shelters and with those living in the woods in our areas. His agency is able to offer help with the security deposit and first months rent. He works with local landlords. He even helps to prevent homelessness if he is aware of the need before someone is homeless. There are non interest loans available to cover some housing costs. The shelters in Keene provide temporary places for folks to stay. He is able to offer his support for...

Kiwanis of Keene made donation to Rise for Baby and Family for their multisensory playground - 03/28/2018
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Peg Bruce met with Toni Ellsworth, Executive Director of Rise for baby and family, to deliver a donation from the Kiwanis Club of Keene for the multisensory playground Rise is building for use by the children who come to the Center. Over two thirds of the estimated cost of the playground build has been raised and they plan to break ground in April with the hopes that the playground will be ready to be used by children sometime in June of this year. They are still welcoming donations, contact Toni at 603-357-1395. 

You can also visit their Facebook page: Look for their post from March 12th which has a picture of the planned playground and more...

Kiwanis Club of Keene presented a check to RSVP reading-to-children program: March 27 - 03/27/2018
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Peg Bruce, the Secretary of the Kiwanis Club of Keene presented a check to Kathy Baird and Alison Riley to support the RSVP reading-to-children program. 

Also known as America Reads. Monadnock RSVP’s America Reads program matches volunteers age 55+ with struggling students in grades K-3 to provide literacy support and help them become proficient readers by the end of third grade. Currently, 88 volunteers are serving over 900 children at 16 schools and nine Head Start/early learning programs. This money along with other donations the agency has received will allow the agency to purchase books so that each child currently involved in the program will have a book chosen for them. 


Keene City Manager Elizabeth Dragon visits the Kiwanis Club of Keene on March 21 - 03/21/2018
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We had an informative visit with Keene's new City Manager, Elizabeth Dragon at our weekly meeting. She covered multiple subjects from the challenges of increasing the members of our workforce to the future need to update the downtown infrastructure. She shared her efforts to work with the town of Swanzey to encourage development around the Keene Airport which she feels is an underutilized asset. She was very willing to answer questions from the members. 

Elizabeth Dragon has a twitter account: if you want to follow her.

Heather Jasmine of Keene State College speaks to our Club about "Kids on Campus" - 02/28/2018
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Heather Jasmine, the Educational Program Coordinator at the Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies of Keene State College spoke with our Club on Wednesday February 7th. She touched on the many programs and educational opportunities that the College offers. She did focus more on the "Kids on Campus" summer program for children preschool through 8th grade. The program started 13 years ago and does a great job of bringing children in and getting them excited about learning. The one week classes are taught by teachers from local schools who use inventive ways to teach. Classes about Woodland Creatures, Blast Off to Space, Bubbles, Lego Adventures, Pirate Camp and so many more...

Stonewall Farm Event Director and Board Member Spoke to The Kiwanis Club of Keene on February 21 - 02/21/2018
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On February 21st we had two visitors from Stonewall Farm who shared their history with the farm and the many children’s activities that are available for visitors. Jen Doyle, Events Director and Megan Burke Kidder, a Board member of Stonewall Farm each spent time telling us about the farm. Jen let us know that the farm achieved organic designation this past summer and their milk is supplied to Stonyfield Dairy and is used in the processing of their organic yogurt. They are starting a process of using cover crops in their gardening rather than turning the soil over. There are 19 cows and they hope to get ten more, they will be adding chickens and ducks. 

They have many children’s...

Dr.Todd Silberstein, Cardiologist spoke to the Kiwans Club of Keene on February 14  - 02/14/2018
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 Dr. Todd Silberstein, D.O. who has been a cardiologist at Cheshire medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock Keene for the past 12 years, spoke to our club about heart health on Valentine’s Day, February 14th. Michele Giarusso, the Associate Practice Manger came with him though she did not speak. 

Dr. Silberstein reviewed the importance of listening to your body – that will help you to recognize the symptoms of heart attacks. Many are familiar: shortness of breath, pain in your chest but others are less well known: GI upset, feeling lightheaded, an ache in your jaw, tingling in your fingers. If it is a new symptom, you should contact your doctor and be evaluated. He did spend...

Kiwanis Members Learn about the Monadnock Sustainability Network - 02/04/2018
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John Kondos, president of The Monadnock Sustainability Network (MSN), along with Jeff Scott and Ron Rzasa, spoke to our club about the benefits of locally owned, community supported solar initiatives. Formed in 2008, MSN is a group of business and community leaders who support sustainable living practices through education, outreach, and collective action.

The first local solar project completed by the MSN was at The Monadnock Food Co-op in March 2016. The photovoltaic (PV) panels cover the available roof area of the Co-op, converting sunlight into electricity. The two year initiative was collaboration between Antioch University New England, a dedicated steering committee of local citizens and...