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Meredith Village Savings gives 8,500 grant to Gilford High robotics team

GILFORD — The Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) Charitable Fund has awarded an $8,500 grant to Gilford High School FIRST Robotics Team 1831. This grant will help offset FIRST Robotics Competition registration fees and travel costs for the team.

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Competitions combine the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," develop teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against their competitors. As technology advances, the FIRST program gives students the opportunity and tools to keep pace with growing need for technical knowledge.

This year Gilford High School's team, led by head adult mentor, Mike Andrews, was told to fabricate a robot that could pick up and dispense a ball at various heights, within six weeks. Their creation, the Yelping Turkey II, brought them to the Quarter Finals for the Granite State District.

"Not only does this team give students hands on experience in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), but it also helps students refine their education path and opens doors to college scholarship opportunities that they would not otherwise have access to," said Jackie Drever, adviser for Gilford High School FIRST Robotics Team 1831. "Since 2006, our team members have received nearly $250,000 in scholarship funds and many have gone on to successful careers in STEM fields."

FIRST was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge and life skills. For more information about FIRST, visit: www.usfirst.org.



Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 08:39

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Gilford Rotary to put on pancake breakfast on Old Home Day


GILFORD — The Gilford Rotary Club will be hosting its annual Pancake Breakfast Saturday, Aug. 23, from 7 until 10 a.m. at the Gilford Youth Center on Potter Hill Road. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children.

Gilford Rotary's secret recipe all-you-care-to-eat pancakes will be served, along with sausage, orange juice, and hot coffee. All proceeds benefit the Cheryl

Walsh Scholarship Fund.

The scholarship was started at the urging of President Richard Ayers and other members of Gilford Rotary in 1988, and was first presented to Corey Ellis in 1989. Originally thought of as an "initially endowed" and eventually "self-sustaining" program, Gilford Rotary initially funded the Scholarship with seed money. The proceeds/earnings of the investments plus contributions by members of the foundation, board and Selection Committee as well as Gilford Rotary have resulted in $500 to $2,500 grants to the recipients over the years.

Since the beginning, a silver commemorative bowl, a citation, and the grant have been given to recipients at Senior Awards Night in June. Since the beginning, a selection committee of board members, friends and past recipients has conducted interviews to select the recipients. The scholarship has traditionally attracted applications from the

brightest and most talented leaders and scholar/athletes of the senior class.

Another fund-raising activity which supports the fund is the Rotary District Ski Race.

Tax-deductible contributions may be sent to Treasurer, Cheryl Lynn Walsh Memorial Scholarship Foundation, c/o Gilford Rotary Club, P.O. Box 7091, Gilford, NH 03247-7091.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 08:22

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Streetcar Company to present final performance of the summer on Tues.

LACONIA — Streetcar Company, one of the longest running community theater groups in the Lakes Region, is holding the final show of their 2014 Summer Series, on Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m., in Pitman's Freight Room, 94 New Salem St., Laconia. The doors will open around 6:30 p.m.
The Aug. 5 show got "rave reviews" from the attendees who saw the three one-act plays and the songs provided by musical guest Steve Gonzalez. Laconia's Nerisshia Bodwell teamed up with Gonzalez for a duet from "Phantom of the Opera." Gonzalez has agreed to return for the Aug. 19 show, along with singers Kelli Powers and Doreen Sheppard. They will perform between the one-act plays.

Rick Morten will also be performing one of his monologues during the evening.

Streetcar will have light refreshments available for sale at the performance. There is no charge for admission.

The Aug. 19 show will kick off with a performance by SKYT, Streetcar Kids and Youth Theatre. The show, titled "4 Seasons," is being directed by Raelyn Cottrell and features a cast of local youngsters, ages 3 to 14. The show is a mixture of narration and songs. The cast members are making their own costumes and props.

The second show of the evening will be a repeat performance of the proposal scene from "The Importance of Being Earnest." The play was performed at the show on Aug. 5 with Rick Kincaid, Valerie Kimball, and Oriana Filiault as the featured performers.

Next up is "Dinner with the McGuffins," which was written by Chris Sheppard. The show features Rick Kincaid and Valerie Kimball as the parents; Braeden Alward and Chelsea Parent as teen-age lovers; Danny Catalano and Nerisshia Bodwell as FBI agents; Doug Embree as Grandpa, and Eric Marsh.
The evening ends with "Post It's," a bittersweet story written by Paul Dooley and featuring Evelyn Taylor and Eric Marsh. The actor and actress read Post-It notes between a couple that span the duration of their lives together. This show is being directed by Kristine Snow.
The show will go on – rain or shine – in the comforts of Pitman's wonderful indoor venue. The cast members are looking forward to performing these shows for you so grab some friends, come on down, find a seat, settle in with some refreshments and enjoy the shows.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 August 2014 10:37

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Poet Marie Harris to read at the Clark House Museum

WOLFEBORO — Marie Harris, Poet Laureate of NH from 1999-2004 and author of G is for Granite: a NH Alphabet Book and Primary Numbers: A NH Number Book, will share both her adult poetry and children's books at the Clark House Museum on Thursday, August 21 from 1-3 p.m.

Harris's newest picture book is called, The Girl Who Heard Colors," and will be heard and discussed with the author during this event. Children will be encouraged to engage in conversation with the author about writing and poetry. Adults and children will have the chance to also hear some of the author's poetry during this program.

A door prize of one of Harris's books of poetry and children's books will be awarded at this program. Reservations for the event are encouraged. For more information or to reserve a space, call the Wolfeboro Library 569-2428 or 569-4997. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 August 2014 10:30

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