Applications for Lakes Region Dancing With The Stars fund raiser accepted through June 15

MEREDITH — Lakes Region Dancing with the Stars is accepting applications for the November 2015 show.

Plans are underway for the sixth annual show which will be held Friday, evening November 13, 2015 at the Inter-Lakes Community Auditorium (Inter-Lakes High School), Meredith, N.H.

All participants dance away with dollars for donation to community charity organizations of their choice. The winning couple will receive 50 percent of the show's proceeds; the 1st runners-up will receive 25 percent of the show's proceeds, and the remaining contestants will share the balance of the proceeds. Each star is asked to fund-raise a minimum of $500 prior to the event and also asked to help raise awareness in the community about his/her charity.

To be part of the 2015 cast, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application and rules sheet no later than Monday June 15. The cast will be chosen in July.

Laura Brusseau and Ashley May Halsey, co-founders of Lakes Region Dancing with the Stars have raised over $45,000 for Lakes Region Non-Profits.

Lakes Region Community College recognizes students at awards banquet

LACONIA — Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) Marine Technology student, Charles "Chet" Tasse received the President's Award of Excellence from LRCC Marine Technology Professor, Jake Marsh during the College's Awards Banquet recently. Tasse was the top Marine student at LRCC for two years in a row.

"Chet has become a real asset to the marine trade," says Professor Marsh. "He is hard working, extremely knowledgeable in his craft, and is a real team player. Chet will be successful in his new full-time position at Lakeport Landing Marina."

Tess earned his Bachelor's Degree from University of New Hampshire- Durham before coming to LRCC to study Marine Technology. "Once Chet got a taste of becoming a marine technician, he exceeded Marine faculty's expectations in every way," continues Marsh. "Chet is the model student for LRCC's Marine Program."

Additional Awards Banquet recipients were in Accounting, Michael Giovanditto (Gilford) and Barbara Cail (Belmont); Advanced Manufacturing, Barry Beede (Belmont) and Edward Kenney (Meredith); Automotive Service Education Program, Sam Lecuyer (Winooski, VT) and Forrest Powers (Unity); Automotive Technology, Brian Moriarty (Ashland) and Thomas Gaydos (Sanbornton); Business Management, Joshua Allen (Laconia) and Angel Natal (Northfield); Computer Technologies, Natalie Weeks (Belmont) and Candace Boris (Campton); Culinary Arts, Martha Hempel (Gilmanton Iron Works) and Joel Karam (Manchester); Early Childhood Education, Carolina Ansaldo (New Hampton) and Christina Napoles (Meredith); Electrical Power & Control Technologies, Derek Dutton (Tilton); Electrical Systems Installation & Maintenance, Derrick Paquette (Groveton) and Cameron Woolsey (Bristol); Electro-Mechanical Technician, Zachary Maynard (Farmington) and Mark Barmby (Pembroke); Fine Arts, Wesley Truncone (Franklin); Fire Protection, Shelby Wheeler (Milford) and Kenneth Smith (Plymouth); Fire Science, Thomas Gleason (Pelham) and Joshua Olszewski (New Durham); Graphic Design, Jessica Coutu (Belmont) and April Brown (Belmont); Human Services, Daniel Brogan (Wolfeboro) and Marlaina Burke (Belmont); Liberal Arts, Elijah Gravenhorst (Belmont) and Paul Allard (New Durham); Marine Technology, Andre Brunelle (Ossipee); Media Arts & Technology, David Clark (Northfield) and Justin Mills (Laconia); Nursing, Andrea Marshall (Center Sandwich) and Ilona Diaz (West Ossipee); Office Technology Management, Sarah Cadorette (Belmont) and Carolyn Muniz (Tilton); Pastry Arts, Heather Bridgmon (Plymouth) and Nicole Swindell (Northwood); and Restaurant Management, Marguerite Kennish (Brentwood) and Christian LaRoche (Deerfield).

BHS Raider Run to be held May 22

BELMONT — The 12th Annual Raider Run at Belmont High School will be held on Friday, May 22 at Belmont High School.

Throughout the past four years, seniors in National Honor Society (NHS) at Belmont High School have organized the event, which benefits charities throughout New Hampshire. The Class of 2015 senior members have selected the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD) as the organization to benefit from this year's race.

According to President Shannon Conway, "When we met as a group, we knew that we wanted to donate the proceeds to an organization that helps children, kids who aren't as fortunate as we are, and CHaD does just that." The Children's Hospital at Dartmouth, located in Dartmouth, New Hampshire, is one of 205 hospitals nationwide that offer specialized care for children.

Community service is a large part of the experience NHS offers, and the Raider Run displays this. Throughout the process members helped in many different ways to ensure the event's success. "I really enjoyed going around and encouraging my classmates to sign up to race. Through this I was able to share my passion for such a great cause," says member Charlie Witham.

In addition to soliciting runners, various members have gathered donations, organized volunteers, and created the t­shirts for the event. Racers can sign up by calling This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 267-6525.

"The Raider Run has always been the talk of the school this time of year," recalls Senior Colton Cadarette. "Belmont is known for their ability to come together as a community to support each other, and this event is no different."


Spaulding youth center hosts 9th annual national foster care month celebration

NORTHFIELD —  Spaulding Youth Center was proud to serve as the host location for the Annual National Foster Care Month Celebration on Saturday, May 2nd. The celebration was planned and presented by the New Hampshire Division of Children, Youth and Families in cooperation with Bethany Christian Services. To kickoff May as National Foster Care Month, foster and adoptive families from across New Hampshire were invited to attend this celebration and partake in this fun outdoor event.

"At Spaulding Youth Center, we are so honored to host this event for the fourth year in a row," shared Pat Seaward-Salvati, Admissions and Community Based Programs Director. "Every year, attendees rave about this event, our campus and their experience. The families look forward to this celebration every May, and because of their enthusiasm, the number of participants grows a little more each year." Final tallies from Saturday indicate another attendance increase with over 245 guests and 75+ volunteers, including the Franklin Elks Club which donated food and meal preparation for all participants.''

Starting at 10:30 am, the Annual National Foster Care Month Celebration registration opened, welcoming invited guests to the Spaulding Youth Center campus. From there, participants could enjoy a wide variety of activities offered by Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Buster's Balloon Animals, Back in the Saddle, Author Marv Klassen-Landis, and Life is good. Spaulding's own Experiential Challenges Outdoors (EChO) program instructors facilitated rock climbing for participants. To conclude the event, BAE Systems donated fifteen laptops which were awarded to lucky attendees. Special thanks to Wendy's Wonderful Kids for helping to produce this event.

For those interested in learning more about foster and adoptive opportunities, Spaulding Youth Center is currently hosting the spring schedule of Foster and Adoptive Care Essentials (FACES), which is a series of free workshops to provide training to the general public. The training is offered by Granite State College Education & Training Partnership and is hosted at Spaulding Youth Center at 72 Spaulding Road, Northfield. Interested individuals can sign-up for one module or the whole series, and online registration can be completed at For questions or more information on FACES, contact Carol Sanborn 603-286-8901 x 212 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..