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EMT Exam Prep class offered at LRCC in May

LACONIA — The New Hampshire Division of Fire Standards, Training, and Emergency Medical Services (NH Fire Academy & Bureau of EMS) will be offering an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Exam Preparation Session at Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) beginning on Thursday, May 7 at 4 p.m.

"The EMT Exam Preparation Session is a great opportunity to partner with the Bureau of EMS, offering the Training Session, and welcoming area EMS providers to LRCC," says LRCC Fire Technology Professor, Eric Perry. "LRCC personnel jumped at the opportunity to host the Bureau of EMS on the Laconia campus as we have an Advanced EMT program finishing at the same time. The extra exam preparation will benefit members of LRCC's campus community as well as other local EMS providers."

"Currently certified EMT Intermediates who are transitioning into Advanced EMT candidates have to take the same national certification exam," continues Perry. "This program gives them a sneak-peek at the exam content and provides an overview of test-taking strategies."

For additional information about the EMT Exam Preparation Session, contact Perry at 524-3207 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 07:29

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Conservation District says don’t ‘off-road’ in mud season

LACONIA — The Belknap County Conservation District (BCCD) urges people to refrain from driving their trucks and recreational vehicles in open fields and down unstable woods roads during 'mud season'. While this activity may provide a few moments of fun the damage may be seen and felt for many years. The initial damage of 'off-roading' during mud season is the immediate loss of ground cover plants and exposure of the soil.

Very often this is followed by loss of the exposed soil which can be washed away by rain, snowmelt, and sometimes blown away by strong winds. If the area of exposed soil is uphill from a stream, pond or lake there is a good chance the soil will end up washing into the water and may cause several forms of pollution.

Another form of soil erosion is caused when mud is transported on the tires or body of a vehicle. This valuable soil eventually litters the roadway or is lost at the car wash. The general rule of thumb is that it takes 500 years for nature to make just one inch of soil; and soil is the resource that is responsible for much of our food, our building materials, medicine, and our economy.

The soil doesn't need to be eroded away to become a problem. Soil can become compacted, or become too hard for plant roots to grow in or water to soak in to. This happens when wet soil is repeatedly pressed down by vehicles or footsteps. The evidence of compaction can be seen as poor quality or complete loss of plants in the area affected. One type of damage that may take more than one season to become evident is the death of large trees. A driver doesn't need to run into a tree to harm it. Large trees close to the tracks of a frequently driven over area may die due to the trauma and loss of soil suffered by their roots.

For more information on soil erosion prevention, tips on how to keep our water healthy, or the Opechee Bay Forest visit the Belknap County Conservation District at 2 Airport Road, Gilford, or telephone 527-5880.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 07:26

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Knights of Columbus support Eagle Scout’s project at Camp Fatima

GILFORD — Ian McNeil, a Life Scout in By Scout Troop 243, is working on Eagle Scout project which will see as many as three handicap amps installed at Camp Fatima in Gillmanton Iron Works.

McNeil, who has attended the camp for seven years, says that one area in the Junior Division of the camp is only 50 percent handicapped accessible and that each ramp which is built will allow at least seven more handicapped campers to attend each camp session.

He says that each ramp will cost about $1,200 for supplies and that he is looking to raise $3,6000 for his Eagle Scout project.

He is asking donors to make their checks payable to Troop 243 and in the memo section write Ian McNeil's Eagle project and send it 26 Orchard Drive, Gilford NH 03249. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by those who would like to volunteer for the project, which will see building work take place in May and early June.

Among those organizations contributing to support the project are the Knights of Columbus, Laconia Council 428.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 07:22

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Give your marketing plan a thorough spring cleaning

PLYMOUTH — The Enterprise Center at Plymouth will present a program Spring Clean: Your Marketing Plan on Thursday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

The presenter for this free seminar is Jennifer Pinckney. Participants should come prepared to shake the dust off their marketing plan. The working session will focus on the process of creating a marketing strategy that will help identify prospects and reactivate customers to sustain and grow small to medium sized businesses.

As part of their ongoing commitment to business growth and development, the Enterprise Center at Plymouth brings educational seminars and professional skills training to Grafton and Belknap Counties. The ECP is an incubator/accelerator that provides a one-stop shop of services and referrals to assist business owners and entrepreneurs through all aspects of business acumen. For more information, contact the Office at 535-3222 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

These programs are supported by the NH Community Development Finance Authority, Plymouth State University, and the Economic Development Councils of Grafton and Belknap Counties.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 07:19

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