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Free clinic for kids on Feb. 7 at Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby


MEREDITH — On Saturday, February 7, in conjunction with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, The Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby will host the "Let's Go Fishing" program. This is a free hands-on clinic for kids and their parents on the basics of ice fishing that has been developed and will be presented by the Fish and Game Department.

The clinic is geared toward kids but is open to anyone; those 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. All equipment will be provided – you do not need to have a fishing license to participate. The first 100 participants will receive a goody bag.

Sessions will run hourly at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. at in the roped-off area on Meredith Bay near the Meredith Rotary HQ trailer on Lake Winnipesaukee. Come and learn about ice-fishing techniques, including using tip-ups, sounding the hole and operating power augers. Then the kids will fish.!

Tickets for the Great Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby are available to purchase online at the Meredith Rotary website (www.meredithrotary.org), as well as a wide variety of vendors throughout New Hampshire. Starting on Friday, February 6 at 8 a.m., tickets and fishing licenses will be available at the Rotary HQ trailer in Meredith. Price of a Derby ticket is $30.

"Remember, you don't have to fish to win cash prizes," according to Craig Wiggin, Derby Chairman for 2015. "Everyone who purchases the $30 Derby Ticket has the opportunity to win hundreds of dollars in cash prizes throughout the weekend. Additionally, there are two $5,000 cash drawings during the weekend," according to Wiggin.

"This will mark the 36th year of the Ice Fishing Derby," Wiggin stated, "and with our prize structure that includes more than $50,000 in cash prizes, we are expecting a big crowd and a great time to be had by all."

Late breaking information is always available by calling 603-279-7600 or by visiting the Meredith Rotary Club website at (www.meredithrotary.org) or Facebook page.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 11:01

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NH Children’s Trust offers free training series

LACONIA – Do you work with children or families? NH Children's Trust is bringing a research-based training to the Lakes Region for anyone to attend – with no cost to attendees.

Beginning January 21, trainers Maria Doyle and Julie Day begin a series aimed to strengthen families and ultimately prevent child abuse and neglect. They kick off the year at the Lakes Region Community Services at 719 N. Main Street in Laconia on the 21st with an overview session, followed by two full-day sessions in February and April.

The course offered, Bringing the Protective Factors Framework to Life in your Work, is a 7-module training with real-world examples of ways caregivers can promote the Protective Factors.
These Protective Factors are characteristics that when present and robust in families, build on families strengths, buffer risks and promote better outcomes for children, families and the community. Professionals who work with children are in a great position to promote these characteristics through small but significant changes when approaching their work.

This series meets the requirements for Child Care Professional Development hours. Attending all 3 sessions provides 16 professional development hours and could satisfy almost an entire year's requirements and enhance your capacity to help the families of the children in your care. The training is especially relevant for those whose work focuses on children and families, childcare and social workers, teachers, nurses, coaches, etc.
Grant funding from the Samuel P. Pardoe Foundation and the Franklin Savings Bank Fund for Community Advancement allows us to present this training at no cost to participants. NH Children's Trust urges those who are interested in attending to register as soon as possible.
For more information, and to register for the training, visit http://nhchildrenstrust.org/trainings/PFTrainingLaconia or contact Julie Day at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 10:54

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Slam Poet Mckendy Fils-Aime Presents Workshop, Community Conversation

PLYMOUTH — The Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire's upcoming school and community residency with poet and educator Mckendy Fils-Aime includes two events in Plymouth.

Mckendy is a Haitian-American poet and educator living in Manchester, where he is an instrumental organizer and co-host of his home slam, the long-running and wildly popular Slam Free or Die. A seven-time veteran of the National Poetry Slam, Mckendy has been published in Freezeray, Word Riot and Drunk in a Midnight Choir. He is currently working on his debut poetry collection, Prayer in the Cracks.

These events are for anyone who loves poetry, writes poetry, or just want to finds out what slam poetry is all about. Additional information about McKendy and his presentations in other communities of the North Country can be found at www.aannh.org.

The Art of Speaking: A Workshop for Writers, will be held Sunday, January 18 (tentative), 2-3:30 p.m. Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, Fellowship Hall, 4 Post Office Square. Long before it was written, poetry was an oral art form — it was spoken. Because of movements like poetry slam and Poetry Out Loud, more and more people are returning to these roots. In this workshop participants will discover new ways to give life to the written word. Learn the basics of giving an effective poetry performance. $10/Adults, $8/AANNH Members, $5/Students, $3 for AANNH Student Members. No one will be turned away if price is a hardship. For professionals and new writers alike, ages 12 and up.

Conversation on Race & Poverty in Light of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Legacy, will be held on Sunday, January 18, 5 p.m. Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, 4 Post Office Square, Plymouth. Mckendy will introduce himself and share some of his poetry on themes of race and identity. Dr. Meg Petersen of Plymouth State University will then facilitate a discussion with Mckendy and those in attendance around issues of race and poverty in light of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy. Donations gratefully accepted — All are welcome.

Mckendy's North Country residency is presented by the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, with operating support from the NH State Council on the Arts and the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation. Local support comes from a variety of community partners.

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Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce holding its 96th Annual Membership Meeting on January 15


LACONIA — The Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce will be holding their 96th Annual Membership Meeting & Awards Luncheon presented by Bank of New Hampshire on Thursday, January 15 at The Margate Resort in Laconia.

Check in will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the luncheon meeting will be held from Noon to 1:30 p.m. "Bank of New Hampshire is proud to be a longtime supporter of the Lakes Region Chamber," stated Mark Primeau, President & CEO for Bank of New Hampshire. "Chamber membership collectively partners local businesses providing community vision and leadership. Bank of New Hampshire understands the hard work that the Chamber does is vital to the growth of business in the Lakes Region."

"The Chamber's Annual Meeting is the largest opportunity when most of our member businesses gather at one time," announced Chamber Executive Director Karmen Gifford. "We are proud of the growing opportunities that we offer our business partners throughout the year. We will be celebrating accomplishments, recognizing our Golden Hammer, Golden Trowel and Environmental Awards winners, and we are excited to have Dennis Delay, an Economist from the NH Center for Public Policy Studies as our keynote speaker."

Registration for the annual meeting is $40 per person and can be made directly from the Chamber's website at LakesRegionChamber.org.

Statistics show that if your company is an active member of a Chamber of Commerce, you are communicating a good business strategy that you are a company using good business practices, involved in your community, care about customers and that you are reputable.

The Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce collectively represents more than 450 businesses located in over 18 cities and towns. The mission of the Chamber is to create value for the members through collaboration and education that promotes an engaged community and thriving economy for the businesses in the Lakes Region. For additional information, contact Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce at 603-524-5531, visit them on the web at LakesRegionChamber.org and social media networks including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 10:35

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