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Laconia Christian holds father-daughter dance

LACONIA — This past Saturday evening, lovely ladies from pre-school through high school arrived at Laconia Christian Academy on the arms of their dads for a very memorable father-daughter dance.

From 6:30 til 8:30 p.m. the girls and their fathers waltzed, swung and boogied to music new and old. The gym was decorated festively with balloons, flowers, ribbons, and gossamer, creating a dreamlike atmosphere. The young ladies were adorned in their best dresses, new hairdos, and freshly painted nails.

The evening was emceed by local DJ Carroll Brown a.k.a. "Solitary Man", well known for his musical and singing talents. He kept everyone on their feet with a wonderful assortment of dance choices, fun classics like the "Hokie Pokie" and the "Chicken Dance", as well as a limbo contest.

Pete and Kristin Pelletier of Simpell Photography took posed photos and candids of everyone throughout the evening. A professional photo CD will be made available at a later date for the girls and their families.

Attendees were treated to waltz lessons by a friend of the school, Jane Jepsen. She led many dancers through several basic and intermediate steps. What fun to see the dads trying to not step on their daughters toes while keeping up with the tempo.

Members of the LCA "PAC" committee helped with organizing, decorating and making this a memorable night for the girls.  Renaissance Florals of Bristol donated three beautiful arrangements and Prescott's Florist of Laconia donated a $20 gift card.

Visit the website, www.laconiachristian.org and like us on Facebook for pictures and upcoming events. Be on the lookout for our Spring production of "Fiddler on the Roof" to be held at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse on May 22nd, 23rd, and 24th.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 07:32

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Innisfree hosting local author Dan Huydek

MEREDITH — Innisfree Bookshop at the Mill Falls Marketplace in Meredith will be hosting Dan Heyduk on March 28, from 2-4 p.m. for the signing of his new book ''Meredith Chronicles''.

Dan Heyduk a Meredith resident, is currently researching and writing about local history. His history column "Passing Time," appears in the Meredith News.

Meredith Chronicles is a unique town history going beyond the documents and dates of its ancient beginnings .The book illustrates the unique character of this multifaceted community. Combining summertime swims that give way to brisk winter fun, Meredith stories endure.

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Five-day fundraiser at patrick's pub helps support Belknap Mill

Five-day fundraiser at patrick's pub helps support Belknap MillGILFORD — With springtime on the minds of New Hampshire residents and visitors, 'Spring Into Action' will be sponsored at Patrick's Pub & Eatery in Gilford to support the historic Belknap Mill. Guests who visit for lunch or dinner on Sunday, March 29 through Thursday, April 2 can enjoy the opportunity to have 25% of their meal cost donated to the Belknap Mill.

Patrick's General Manager, Megan Page, shared, "Patrick's management and staff are proud of our commitment to support community organizations. As a business member of the Belknap Mill, we are hopeful that many customers will invite their friends, family and business associates to participate in this 'Give Back' event."

Belknap Mill Managing Director, Beth San Soucie, added, "When you visit Patrick's during our Spring Into Action event, be sure you mention the Belknap Mill to insure that your server records the 25% donation from your tab. On behalf of our Board of Directors and members, we want to express our sincere appreciation to Patrick's and to all who participate in this five day fundraiser."

The Belknap Mill, at 25 Beacon Street East, Laconia, is the oldest, unaltered brick textile mill in the country, built in 1823. It has a permanent exhibit that interprets the history of the textile industry in Laconia, and has changing monthly exhibits focusing on the arts and history, as well as educational programs for all ages. For further information on the Mill and its events, visit www.belknapmill.org or call 603-524-8813.

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PSU's historic Samuel Read Hall re-opens after renovation

PLYMOUTH — In the spring of 1923 the Normal School in Plymouth opened Samuel Read Hall Dormitory to accommodate a growing student population. Ninety-two years later, Plymouth State University officials rededicated the ivy-covered building with a ceremony marking its transformation to state-of-the-art instructional and office space through a $4 million makeover.

After a 16-month renovation, Samuel Read Hall Building officially re-opened its doors on Friday, March 6. The revamped academic building is now home to the departments of Counselor Education and School Psychology (CESP); and Nursing, which continues to grow in size and popularity. The Center for the Environment and Center for Rural Partnerships are also located in the facility.

"This project represents a truly creative solution to preserving a historical building and making it genuinely work for 21st-century means," says President Sara Jayne Steen. "The building gracefully retains historic features while providing modern classroom and laboratory space. It is now a lively home for talented faculty dedicated to helping talented students grow and succeed."

Gary Goodnough, chair of CESP, also expressed his excitement for the new space and the opportunities it will provide to students and faculty. "We have new space up on the third floor, classroom space, seminar rooms and clinic space for training graduate students and providing support to the University community," says Goodnough. "From a department perspective, we now have a home where our faculty can work together."

The renovation also emphasizes the institution's prioritization of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curricula. "This is the governor's year to focus on STEM and the new Hall Building allows us to do exciting things to expand our capacity in STEM facilities and increase the number of students who will join New Hampshire's workforce. It is part of a strategic plan for the future of Plymouth State University," said Steen.

In line with Plymouth State's commitment to sustainability, the building features environmentally friendly construction efforts, including repurposing materials from the original building, installing energy-efficient windows and LED lighting, and using energy recovery units
to capture heat and cooling energy from the building that preheats or pre-cools the discharged air.

Samuel Read Hall Building's namesake, Samuel Read Hall, was an educator who opened the first school for the instruction of teachers in the United States. He is also often credited as the inventor of the blackboard. PSU's Vice President for Finance and Administration Stephen Taksar commented on the progression of education tools today, saying "I believe he [Hall] would be amazed at our equivalent use of those teaching aids, including SMARTboards, wireless networks and mobile technology, all integrated throughout this renovated building."

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Julie Bernier noted, "This renovation is about moving PSU forward to best serve our students, faculty and staff, in addition to our partners and those businesses who hire PSU graduates."

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