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Winnisquam FFA members compete at Bretton Woods

TILTON — Members of the Winnisquam Regional Agricultural Education Center FFA chapter attended the 84th Convention of the Granite State Association of FFA held recently the Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods.

The 21 students from the Winnisquam Center joined with students from nine other New Hampshire agricultural education programs who attended the three-day conference.

FFA members competed in Career Development Events (CDEs), participating in leadership workshops and attending awards sessions.

Several Winnisquam Ag Center students were recognized for their work in agriculture. Grace Weingartner and Iris LaRochelle placed first in their categories, with recognition also going to Tyler Swain, Andrew Broughton, Cheyenne DeHart and Alexis Colpack.

Winnisquam teams competed in various events, with the Agricultural Sales group taking first place state-wide. The team consisted of Sierra Laughy, Grace Weingartner, Iris LaRochelle and Adam Spaulding, with Spaulding earning first and Weingartner fourth as individuals. Also capturing first was the Parliamentary Procedure team of Dan McCall, Trever Cammett, Chelsea Davis, Spaulding, DeHart, Weingartner and Laughy. The Winnisquam Forestry team was fourth in the state, with Charlie Taylor, McCall, Cammett and Davis competing.

In the Impromptu Speaking CDE, Spaulding was first in the experienced division, with Weingartner, Maria Daneault, Billy Chavenelle, Brenna Audet and Cam Atherton also bringing home ribbons. Sarah Lambert placed third in Extemporaneous Speaking, while Spaulding, LaRochelle, Taylor and Davis were recognized in the Demonstration event. Also receiving awards, in the Job Interview contest, were Laughy, Swain and Sierra Dolan.

One Winnisquam FFA'er, Chelsea Davis, was awarded the State FFA Degree, while Maria Daneault was elected to the position of State Secretary. All 21 Winnisquam participants took advantage of this outstanding opportunity to meet like-minded students from across the state, develop their leadership skills and expand their horizons.

The FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America) is a national organization of nearly 580,000 members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 28 April 2014 09:28

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Eastern Star Bean Supper May 3

CENTER HARBOR — Ellacoya Chapter #43, Order of the Eastern Star will resume its Bean Suppers on Saturday, May 3, 2014. This year the suppers will be monthly on the first Saturday of each month through November. The supper is held in the Squam Valley Masonic Building which is located on Rt 3/25 at the Center Harbor/Holderness town line.

As a “not for profit” organization, the profits of our fundraising activities, in addition to helping the chapter meet its necessary expenses, are shared with local, state and national organizations such as the Cancer Society, American Heart Association and others. Ellacoya Chapter, with another area chapter, sponsors Plymouth Assembly of the International Order of Rainbow for Girls. This year special fundraising efforts and monies earned from the chapters across the state will be donated to the Shriners Burns Hospital in Boston.

Tickets are available at the door. Cost is $8 each for adults and $3 for children with ticket sales beginning at 4:30 p.m. Serving starts at 5 p.m. and continues until 7 p.m. or until food runs out.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 08:30

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Senior Moment-um program on laughter on Monday

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department will be sponsoring a Senior Moment-um program on Monday, April 28th at the Gilford Community Church Fellowship Hall at noon. 

The program is titled “Laughter is the best medicine.” Attendees are asked to bring a lunch and a joke to share either from memory or something to read aloud. Dessert and Coffee provided.

To RSVP or for more information contact the Gilford Parks and Recreation Dept. at 527-4722.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 08:19

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Walk MS Laconia event will set out from Opechee Park on May 10

LACONIA — The first time Army Capt. Alicia Burrows took part in an Multiple Sclerosis walk, it was in the dark, in the desert, in Kuwait. She was stationed there, but wanted to participate in the MS Challenge Walk, in honor of her mother Suzanne who has MS. She walked/ran on a track on the base overnight, coinciding with the walk on Cape Cod. Four years later and more than 6,100 miles closer, Burrows, now stationed in New York, will join her mother, father, sister, and brother for Walk MS Laconia on Saturday, May 10.

"I am proud of all my kids," said Suzanne Burrows. But it was her daughter's determination to help the cause, despite being so far away, that inspired Suzanne to join the Laconia walk two years ago. Her team, Suzie's Slow Pokes, has raised more than $11,000 in two walks.

This year's Laconia walk will take place at 10 a.m., starting from Opechee Park.

Suzanne said the National MS Society was there for her when she needed help making her bathroom handicapped accessible, now she wants to return the favor.

"Hopefully this is giving back -- putting some money back in the coffers."

The Walk MS Laconia follows a five-mile route.

MS (multiple sclerosis) interrupts the flow of information between the brain and body and can stop people from moving forward in their lives. It is typically diagnosed between ages 20 and 50, but teenagers and even young children can have the disease. More than 2,500 individuals and families are affected by MS in New Hampshire alone.

Those interested in taking part in the walk can access information and sign up online at walkMSgne.org

Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 08:15

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