Meredith Bay Colony Club to host workshop on aging on May 18

MEREDITH — Meredith Bay Colony Club will be hosting Catherine Turgeon who will be presenting a free workshop entitled, "Age is Just a Number: Change how you think about getting older and change your experience".

The event will be offered on Monday, May 18 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. at MBCC, 21 Upper Mile Point Drive in Meredith.
The focus of the workshop will be how our mindset about getting older dramatically affects our daily experiences. Catherine will help participants uncover core beliefs on getting older, discover their origins and recognize how they impact daily life. She will offer concrete ways to shift these beliefs to a more positive, life-affirming outlook.
Catherine Turgeon is a certified life coach and AAMET EFT Practitioner who specializes in supporting people in the role of caregivers, as well as sharing how to move through maturity much happier and healthier than you can imagine possible. She brings extensive personal and professional experience to these topics.
This workshop is open to the public and pre-registration is required. For more information and registration, visit or write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PSU awards 2015 Maslakowski Education award to Rose Colby

The 2015 Plymouth State University's Dennise Maslakowski Education Award was given to Rose Colby of Epping who was chosen because of her commitment to quality, competency-based education.

The award was created in 2008 in memory of the late Dennise Maslakowski, PSU's former Associate Vice President for the College of Graduate Studies. "To receive this honor means a great deal because it bears Dennise's name and it represents how deeply she valued my role in shaping the leaders of tomorrow through the education leadership program at PSU," said Colby. "Dennise was a visionary and a tireless educator. I was incredibly moved at the news of this award."

Colby is currently a Competency-Based Learning and Assessment Specialist assisting schools in designing high quality competency, assessment, and grading reform systems in many states. She is a competency education specialist with the N.H. Department of Education and a member of the Advisory Board and contributor to Competency Works, the national clearinghouse and resource for innovative practices in competency education. N.H. Education Commissioner Virginia Barry praised Colby's selection as the Maslakowski Award recipient.

"Rose Colby's experience over the last three decades as a NH science teacher, middle school principal, educational consultant, adjunct instructor, and transformative educational leader has made her an invaluable asset to the State of New Hampshire, and, over the last five years, to the nation," stated Barry. "Her expertise has contributed to the enormous growth and development of new and promising K-12 competency-based learning environments across New Hampshire as well as many other states. Ever an exemplary educator, she has accomplished much by building a substantial cohort of exceptionally prepared educational leaders in schools and districts that will serve us for many years to come."

"I do not know any other person more dedicated to improving the educational experience for all students than Rose," writes Esther Asbell, SAU 16's Assistant Superintendent and Chair of New England League of Middle Schools. "She listens with intent and responds with care when working with educators. She truly has a passion for learning and for sharing that passion. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of receiving the scholarship as Rose, who has dedicated her life's work to constantly improve the education provided to each child."

"What sets PSU's education programs apart from other institutions is the faculty's relationships with our students," Colby said. "The Educational Leadership program is known for its 'value added' content; most of the faculty are practitioners in the field and bring a wealth of wisdom and experience into their interactions with students. My students know that they can contact me at any time and many of them do, especially as they consider their first administrative position. I consider it a great honor to have these mentoring relationships long after the students have completed their programs."

Colby earned a bachelor's in Biology from Emmanuel College and both a master's in Biology and an Advanced Graduate Studies Certification in School Administration from Rivier College. She is the past president of two influential Granite State educational associations, the N.H. Association of School Principals and the N.H. Science Teachers Association.

Singer-songwriter to perform at Franklin Opera House

FRANKLIN — Audrey Drake will return to Franklin for a performance at the Franklin Opera House on Saturday, May 16, at 7 p.m.

Drake is a singer, songwriter and recording artist who entertained at last summer's concert series in Odell Park.

Tickets may be purchased on line at or by calling 934-1901.

Program on ‘The Shaker Legacy’ in Belmont on May 19

BELMONT — On Tuesday, May 19 at 7 p.m. at the Corner Meeting House in Belmont, Darryl Thompson, will discuss “The Shaker Legacy,” a program about the Shakers.

Thompson’s father, Charles “Bud” Thompson, founded the museum at Canterbury Shaker Village with three Shaker sisters. Thompson currently works as a historical interpreter at Canterbury Shaker Village. Given his long history with the Shakers, he knowledgeable about the Shakers customs and their contributions to our way of life; he has lectured widely about the Shakers, authored articles about them, and taught Elderhostel courses on Shaker history.

The Shakers made ingenious contributions to our society in the areas of: agriculture, industry, medicine, music, furniture design, women’s rights, racial equality, craftsmanship, social and religious thought, and mechanical invention and improvement. Thompson explores some of these contributions in his lecture and, having lived among the Canterbury Shakers for over thirty years, shares some of his personal memories and pictures.

The program is funded by the "Humanities-To-Go" Program and presented in cooperation with the NH Humanities Council and the Belmont Historical Society. The presentation is free and open to the public; refreshments will be provided. Handicapped parking is located at the end of the ramp on Sargent Street. Additional parking is located below the meeting house in front of the Police Station and also about a half block down Sargent Street toward the south. For further information, contact Christine Fogg at 524-8268.