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Exploration panel allows Huot students to learn about careers in plumbing, HVAC

LACONIA  — On Wednesday, January 14, The Huot Technical Center offered exploration panel to provide information about careers in Plumbing and HVAC systems. Students from the Huot Center Plumbing and Heating Class and the regional sending schools attended the panel discussion made up of guest speakers from local companies and agencies.
Students had the opportunity to hear firsthand how their education will play out in the real world - and the future is bright. The Heating and Plumbing field has been established by the Federal Government as a "Bright Outlook" field, meaning employment is expected to grow rapidly for the next several years and will have large amounts of openings, including in areas of new and emerging occupations. The plumbing industry is an up-and-coming career that requires training and a strong, dedicated personality. Becoming a plumber with the education from the Huot Plumbing program helps ensure a secure job, and a good income. During the discussion, students discovered that the plumbing industry is one of the most stable careers in the country, and trained workers in the heating and plumbing fields are in high demand in today's world.
Harvey Woodside of the Granite Group echoed these statements, explaining that once trained, a plumber could gain employment in any location around the country and the world. Bob Terrio of Stafford Oil, explained how the majority of the plumbing and heating workforce are seasoned employees, and the need for a young competent workforce is imminent. Cliff Grenon, an alumni from the Huot Tech Plumbing and Heating class 2001 and Jason Cross, both from Laconia Refrigeration, explained how their role relies on self-discipline, and is challenging; always varied with opportunities to constantly learn new approaches and work with new technologies.

RJ Pauley, a 2014 Huot Plumbing and Heating Alumni, discussed how he gained successful employment at Granite State Heating and Plumbing, LLC. and enrollment into the apprenticeship program. RJ shared how the Huot program helped him advance in his apprenticeship. Because his class hours at the Huot were taken into consideration, he was able to complete the typical 4-year program in only 3.

Fran Wendelboe, President of the Belmont 4-H Fairgrounds, described how the 2nd year plumbing students have been invaluable in the renovation of the 300 year old building. Fran gave great advice of work practices and expectations, and tied in local industry practices with state legislation.
Students were encouraged to ask questions and talk individually with the employers. They were excited about the potential areas of employment which include: Private Contractors, Plumbing Supply Companies, Building Supply Companies, Federal State and Local Governments, Industry and Institutions (Maintenance), Heating Supply Companies, Air Conditioning Supply Companies, Fuel Oil Companies.
The Huot Technical Institute is grateful for the continued relationships within the community. The local guest speakers offered a face and inspiring testimonial to the purpose of what students are learning. Students walked away with a greater insight into their options after completing the Heating and Plumbing program, and the possibilities of pursuing a successful career.
For more information on the Huot Technical Center Plumbing and Heating Program, contact Mike Schofield - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 08:25

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Gilmanton Year-Round Library celebrates 5th anniversary

GILMANTON — On September 12th, 2009, the Gilmanton Year-Round Library celebrated its grand opening with many visitors, most receiving library cards. Five years later the Library has 1,653 card holders and some 13,500 items on the shelves. But numbers alone don’t tell the whole story.

In addition to two weekly story time sessions, children’s programming has grown to include the wildly popular Lego Club and early release day Afternoon at the Movies. Paper and Popcorn gives young patrons the opportunity to compare popular movies with the books they are based upon. The summer reading program continues to draw more participants every year, with nearly 300 attendees in programs this past July.

The Gilmanton Year-Round Library also has many opportunities for people learn a craft, hone one's skills and share knowledge with others, through monthly Crafting for the Clumsy and children’s Crafternoon sessions.

The Library hosts various community groups who make use of the ample meeting space, including Magic the Gathering, the Gilmanton Gathers book group and various scouting troops.

The Library offers the opportunity for patrons to borrow books not in the library's immediate collection, at no extra charge, through the state-wide interlibrary loan system. The Library will soon be providing the much anticipated eBooks.

The Gilmanton Year-Round Library is proud of the amazing growth in the past five years in both the number of patrons using the library as well as the increase in the services and programming offered. In addition, the Library makes note of the connections that have been made with the members through the various activities provided. The library encourages members of the community to stop in, and become part of the community.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 08:19

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Downsizing seminar at Taylor Community on Feb. 13

LACONIA — The Taylor Community in Laconia will offer an informative Downsizing Seminar to provide helpful tips and advice for anyone planning to downsize. The seminar, led by senior move manager Mariluz Flanders, is scheduled for Friday, February 13 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Woodside Building at Taylor Community.

Many seniors have lived in their home for years, even decades, during which time they've accumulated a lot of personal possessions. Paul Charlton, who works with seniors planning their move to Taylor Community, notes it can be overwhelming for many. "I talk with people who are really excited to move. Then they go home and become paralyzed when they look at all the stuff in their closets, attics, sheds and basements. That's where the advice of senior move managers can help; they do this for a living and their help is invaluable." Current Taylor residents will also be on hand to share their downsizing experiences.

The event is free and open to the public. To reserve a place at the seminar, call Taylor Community at 366-1400, Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 January 2015 10:16

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Lecture Jan. 27 on historic churches of Laconia

LACONIA – Laconia Historical and Museum Society will host a reception for its newest exhibition entitled "The Historic Churches of Laconia" on Tuesday, January 27 at 6 pm at The Laconia Public Library. This exhibition will remain on display through the month of March.

In addition to the amazing architecture of Laconia's historic churches, comes a rich history ... those lost to fire and those rebuilt after fire, buildings raised to add a second level and steeples lowered ... and even those that have moved across town and face a new beginning. This exhibition was designed to share that rich history.

"I have always been in awe of the amazing architecture that surrounds us in Laconia – and our Historic Churches are an excellent example of that,'' says LHMS Executive Director, Brenda Kean. "Pulling this exhibit together has been a series of great adventures and new discoveries. I am so excited to share with our community the pieces that we have gathered ... some of them haven't been seen by the general public for more than 75 years."

This event is free and open to the public. For more information about this event, contact Laconia Historical and Museum Society at 603.527.1278, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the web at LaconiaHistorical.org.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 January 2015 10:12

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