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Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health receives $50,000 gift

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health (LRPPH) recently received a $50,000 bequest from the late Richard "Dick" Dearborn, local resident, business executive, and founder of EPTAM Plastics.

"It's difficult to find the right words to express my appreciation and that of the Partnership Board of Directors and staff for this generous gift,"said Lisa Morris, executive director of LRPPH. "Although, I did not know Dick, I do know of his exceptional devotion to this community, philanthropy, his business and its employees. The Partnership staff care deeply about the health of our community and are committed to the work we do to improve health outcomes. It is amazing to be recognized with this unexpected gift!"

The Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health goal is to improve the health of the community through disease prevention and health promotion. Programs include services and supports for older adults and family caregivers (ServiceLink) substance misuse and suicide prevention, healthy eating, active living-public health emergency preparedness, school based immunization clinics, oral health and melanoma prevention education, immigrant integration and more.

Learn more about LRPPH and make a donation by visiting their website at www.lrpph.org or calling them at 528-2145.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 09:26

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Squam Science Science Center to host water issues workshop on March 12

HOLDERNESS — Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is creating a major new trailside experience called the Water Matters Pavilion that will open in the summer of 2016. Paired with this project will be various workshops offered, the first being held on  Thursday, March 12, during Plymouth State University's annual Water Week. The free workshop is at 3:30 p.m. in Boyd Hall, room 144. Squam Lakes Association (SLA) will be on hand to share information about local water issues.

Funding for the Water Matters Pavilion is from the Science Center's almost completed $4 million Nature Matters capital campaign. The Water Matters Pavilion will house almost 20 exhibits, including live animals - mink, turtle, warm and cold water fish - and will use water as a theme to teach about water cycles, watersheds, threats to water, and water as a resource.

To build excitement and awareness about water and the upcoming new Water Matters Pavilion, the Science Center is working with the non-profit organization Art for Water to create a three-dimensional Stream of Conscience art installation to be on display at the Science Center from May 1, 2015 through November 1, 2016. The Stream of Conscience project is made possible by funding from the Steinwachs Family Foundation.

Through visits to schools and with Science Center attendees, Art for Water Founder and Director Christine Destrempes and her associates will talk with groups about global and local water issues. Participants will be invited to help create the Stream of Conscience display. During the workshops, Art for Water staff members will give a slide presentation about global and local water issues, followed by questions and answers, ending with solicitation of written contributions with participants' thoughts and reflections about water. The resulting written-upon paper pieces will be formed into a river of thoughts that represents the interconnectedness of all life. By bringing people together in the making of public art, this project will also foster stewardship of water as a precious natural resource.

Other workshops are planned for local public schools and at the Science Center where members of the public will be able to view and add their thoughts with help from trained Science Center volunteers. A free adult summer lecture series starting on Tuesday, July 7 will focus on water issues as well. See the Science Center's website, www.nhnature.org, for events listings.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 09:17

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Lakes Region Chamber meet & greet at LASC on March 18

LACONIA — Laconia Athletic and Swim Club (LASC) will be hosting the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce Meet & Greet event on Wednesday, March 18 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Laconia Athletic & Swim Club is located at 827 N. Main Street, Laconia, across the street from the Laconia Fire Department.

Team LASC is excited to tour all of the new features and services that are currently being added to the facility, including a new childcare room, a new yoga and barre studio, a new Fit TRAXX small group training studio and a new, expanded and upgraded cycling studio. Attendees are invited to chat with LASC's Certified Wellness Coaches, who will be on hand to answer questions about nutrition, exercise and stress management.

Refreshments will be provided and some really great door prizes will be awarded. For more information, contact the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce at 524-5531. Registration is now open on the Chamber's website at www.lakesregionchamber.org.

CAPTION — Pictured are Tom & Lori Oakley and the Laconia Athletic & Swim Club Crew along with members of the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 09:08

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PSU to host All New England Jazz Fest on March 24

PLYMOUTH — Top high school jazz musicians from 20 New England schools will gather at Plymouth State University March 24 for a daylong program of workshops, rehearsals and an evening concert.

The festival will feature a full jazz big band led by guest conductor Jeff Galindo, performing the works of such jazz luminaries as Oliver Nelson, Count Basie and Buddy Rich. Galindo will also perform as a featured soloist with PSU's jazz ensemble.

Chris Klaxton, PSU director of jazz bands, will lead a large jazz combo featuring a program of jazz classics and some repertoire from "off the beaten path."

Klaxton says the All New England Jazz Festival brings together some of New England's finest young musicians. The students come from diverse backgrounds and experience, and the festival builds community in a wide geographic sense. It also enables students to inspire and learn from one another, an experience Klaxton says they might not find day-to-day at home.

"Working with Jeff Galindo is a privilege for any musician," Klaxton says. "These young students can gain a great deal of on-the-job knowledge working with such an accomplished and in-demand player."

PSU jazz musicians also get to share the stage with Galindo, and play for an informed and appreciative high school audience who are there expressly to soak it all up.

The concert begins at 6 p.m. in Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts on Main Street in Plymouth. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for youth and $6 for seniors at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 08:59

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