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PSU educator recognized by Wellness Council

PLYMOUTH — The Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) has recognized Plymouth State University health educator Denise Normandin as one of the nation's Top 100 Health Promotion Professionals.

Normandin, a Registered Dietician Nutritionist, is the Program Manager for Healthy PSU, the institution's program promoting positive health for PSU employees and their families. The Top 100 Health Promotion Professionals are chosen based on peer voting and on the empirical review of a distinguished judging panel.

"I am honored to be recognized as one of the Top 100 Health Promotion Professionals by WELCOA," Normandin said. "This is a true testament that hard work achieves results. However, without the support of family, friends and colleagues this achievement would not have been possible. I am grateful to be in a profession that I love and to be able to help and motivate individuals to live healthier lives."

A year ago, Normandin established and nurtured a thriving group of employee "Wellness Champions" to help promote and lead campus-wide health behavior initiatives, including engagement, physical activity, healthy eating, stress reduction and benefits cost containment. The most successful program to date is a "Walking at Work" program that nearly one in four employees have participated in. Last July, the Healthy PSU program was awarded the American Heart Association's Fit-Friendly Worksite Gold Award, another tribute to Normandin's leadership and hard work.

"Denise is a true health promotion professional," said Caryn Ines, PSU's Interim Director of Human Resources. "Her passion and creativity are integral to the success of Healthy PSU. This recognition as one of the Top 100 Health Promotion Professionals is well-deserved."

Before arriving at PSU in 2013, Normandin had more than 15-years' experience in nutrition and health promotion expertise at LRGHealthcare, in Laconia, New Hampshire and Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro. While at Huggins Hospital, she managed outpatient nutrition services as well as engaged the community and employees in health and wellness activities.

WELCOA is one of the nation's most-respected resources for creating healthy workplaces. For more than a quarter-century, WELCOA has worked with hundreds of businesses and organizations in developing, delivering and sustaining a healthy workforce.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 09:58

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Sen. Ayotte to be keynote at Lincoln Reagan Dinner

LINCOLN — The Pemi Baker Valley Republican Committee is pleased to announce thatwn Republican United State Senator Kelly Ayotte will be keynoting the committee's upcoming Annual Lincoln Reagan Dinner on Friday, February 13 at the Indian Head Resort in Lincoln.

"We are very excited to welcome Senator Ayotte who has been a hard working advocate for the working families and veterans of the Pemi Baker Valley and the state of New Hampshire. Kelly understands the North Country and we appreciate very much her efforts to protect the rights of New Hampshire landowners and her work to preserve our pristine landscape, which is vital to the North Country's economy," said State Senator for the district, Jeanie Forrester.

Senator Ayotte serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support. She also serves on the Senate Budget Committee, Senate Commerce Committee, Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee and the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee.

"Sen. Ayotte is fighting for New Hampshire families in our nation's capital—working to strengthen New Hampshire's economy, repeal Obamacare, and roll back the Obama Administration's job-killingregulations. I commend her and look forward to hearing more about the important work she is doing on these issues, as well as her efforts to help our veterans and to restore America's standing in the global community," said PBVRC Chairman, Omer Ahern, Jr.

"I appreciate the PBVRC's tireless efforts on behalf of the Republican Party in New Hampshire, and I'm honored to keynote this year's Lincoln Reagan Dinner," said Senator Ayotte. "With new Republican leadership in the U.S. Senate, I'm working hard to cut wasteful Washington spending, repeal Obamacare and the harmful medical device tax, and create a better economic climate that generates more opportunities for families in the North Country and across our state."

Tickets for the dinner are $50 per person and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information or to purchase tickets,  contact Jeanie Forrester at (603) 279-1459 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 09:50

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Lakes Region Chordsmen offer Singing Valentine

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Chordsmen will present their annual Singing Valentine program on Friday, Feb. 13 and Saturday, Feb. 14 covering the entire Lakes Region.

Those who would like to have a barbershop quartet sing a  Valentine love song to their special person can arrange to have that take place at a home, at work or at a local restaurant.

The suggested  donation is $35 and includes a rose and  a picture of their special person with the quartet.

For reservations and specific times call one of the following:

John Richardson 293-8028.

Jerry Murphy 524-7290.

Steve Loring 664-8908.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 09:46

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Performance of Beethoven sonatas at the Taylor Community on February 15

LACONIA — Pianist Gregg Pauley presents The Emperor's Key, his fifth concert in the series a State of Wonder: The 32 Piano Sonatas of Beethoven, Sunday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. The program will be held at Taylor Community's Woodside Building and is free and open to the public.

Pauley has been praised by critics for having "perfect dynamic nuances," being "at times technically brilliant" and for "playing with a maturity that belies his age." The Southern California native earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California and his master's from Mason Gross School for the Arts at Rutgers's University.

He's performed at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center; Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall; live on radio and television and throughout the U.S. and abroad. In addition to his performance schedule, Mr. Pauley maintains a full teaching schedule and is in demand as an adjudicator and Master Class teacher. He is on the piano faculty at Concord Community Music School, St. Paul's School and Tufts University.

Taylor Community is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community whose mission is to provide the highest quality retirement living options to support the independence, health and dignity of community residents. For more information, visit www.taylorcommunity.org or call 366-1400.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 February 2015 12:21

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