GILFORD — The Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing School is celebrating its 27th year, The season opens on Monday, June 23. Children ages 7-18 can take sailing lessons in one and two week sessions. Adult classes are also offered out of Meredith Bay. And to add to the excitement, LWSA has purchased a new piece of property at 25 Davis Road, just south of our past abutting property near Fay's Boatyard.
Sailing School Director Anthony Sperazzo, who has been at the helm for the past six years, says there will be some new faces combined with the seasoned veteran on thos year's staff. 7th year veteran instructor, RJ Darabant, will continue as the Operations Director. He will oversee the day to day operations and teach many of the advanced classes. Darabant earned his Level 2 coaching certification and is eager to build community relationships for new programs.
Ben Crosby will return for his 2nd year as an instructor, and is finishing up his junior year at Inter-Lakes. He recently lived at sea on a boat named Harvey Gamage, which sailed to the Caribbean. Crosby has a wealth of sailing background and also competes in the J80 races on Thursday nights on Lake Winni. Liam Shanahan, also a 2nd year instructor, is finishing up his junior year at the Bancroft School in Worcester, Massachusetts. He recently won a science fair in Massachusetts with his project on "Effect of Sail Section Profile on Lift Generated Up-Wind Sails".
New instructors, but not new to the program, are Elizabeth Toates-McCabe, Inter-Lakes local Chris Yopp, and Alex Fox. Fox attends the University of Michigan and studies viola performance and performing arts management. He grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and has been a life-long sailor. Fox even competed on the Opti Junior National team. Toates-McCabe and Yopp have come up through the program as campers, junior instructors, and will now be instructors.
All classes for children 11 to 16 include ten days of instruction, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Classes for 8 to 10 year olds are one week. Level one students are introduced to sailing and safety in and around sailboats. Beginning sailors learn to rig, sail, and steer the boat. The Sailing School also offers half day lessons to 7 year olds for an introduction to sailing.
Operations Director, RJ Darabant, said he's extremely excited about incorporating the recently purchased larger keelboats known as Sonars to the children so they can transfer their knowledge of smaller boats onto larger cruising boats. s.
Due to paramount interest in youth sailboat racing opportunities, the School offers a Tuesday night Youth Racing Club open to any sailor who can demonstrate adequate basic boat-handling skills. This program is from 4:30-7 p.m. LWSA will also offer their newly implemented Open Sail night on Wednesdays from 4:30-6:30.
Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 09:18
LACONIA — Lakes Region Community College and the Community College System of NH (CCSNH) recently honored James McCollum, Principal at Laconia High School, for his work promoting the Running Start program, a partnership between the Community College System and NH high schools that enables high school juniors and seniors to get a jump start on their college education. The award was presented May 6 at a ceremony in Concord.
Running Start is an enrollment partnership that enables high school students to take courses at their schools that satisfy both high school and college requirements. Course credits through the Running Start program are accepted at NH's community colleges, as well as many other colleges and universities in and outside New Hampshire. Each course costs just $150, providing substantial savings to NH students and their families from the cost of a college education. Seventy-three New Hampshire public high schools participate in the Running Start program, which has grown to over 6,000 course enrollments annually.
CCSNH Board Chairman Paul Holloway, System Chancellor Ross Gittell and NH Department of Education Commissioner Virginia Barry presented the awards.
According to Paul Holloway, "There has never been a more important time for the Running Start program. With the budget challenges faced within public education, finding strategies to make college affordable for our New Hampshire students is critical. Running Start enables students and their families to save thousands from the cost of college."
James McCollum was selected for his commitment to creating a culture where his school community understands the educational and economic benefits of dual enrollment, through publicizing the program to students, parents, and the wider school community. McCollum was also recognized for his innovative thinking, vision and his goal to be both a bridge as well as a transporter to college for Laconia students.
Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 09:15
GILFORD — Patrick Altmire has been granted a full scholarship to attend the University of Akron School of Music for a Graduate degree in Music Performance. Patrick recently graduated With Distinction from Penn State University Schood of Music with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education where he was a 4 year Dean's List student.
Patrick is a 2010 graduate of Gilford High School and former student of Mrs. Lyvie Beyrent Director of Instrumental Music at Gilford High School and Mr. Timothy Gilmore Percussion Professor at Plymouth State University.
Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 09:10
LACONIA — The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) announced today that the organization will be donating $10,000 to the Belknap Mill Society for their Window Improvement Project. Funding for this project was made possible through the sponsorship of the Mary Butler Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, located in Laconia.
The Belknap Mill was founded as a nonprofit organization in 1970 with a mission to preserve and protect the building and maintain an historical museum. The Belknap Mill supports and provides cultural and educational opportunities for Laconia and the Lakes Region. At 190 years old the Belknap Mill is the oldest unaltered brick textile mill in the nation and is listed on the Historic Register of Historic Places.
Denise Sharlow, Executive Director, of the Belknap Mill said, "We are so happy to be receiving such a generous donation from the DAR. We realize that our grant is just one of many generous donations that the DAR has made throughout the year to preserve our nation's history. They serve our nation as partners in stewardship, with those who are charged with preserving our heritage, education, and American History."
Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 09:03
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