GILFORD — The Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation awarded a total of $273,550 to 282 students this year, the organization reports.
About 40 percent of the foundation's funds were awarded to graduating high school seniors, with the balance going to upperclassmen. The foundation notes that its support does not stop after a student's freshman year.
Foundation officials said the organization was able to provide this financial assistance because off its many generous donors or donor funds.
Since its founding in 1956, the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation has awarded nearly $4.9 million to almost 4,500 students pursuing higher education.
Paulette Loughlin, the foundation's president, emphasized, "The Foundation, however, is merely the conduit. It is the over 500 donors (not including the thousands who have contributed to specific memorial funds or special fundraisers over the past 58 years) who deserve the credit for this proud record. They are the ones who have been extending a helping hand to local students looking to continue their education and fulfill their career goals.
"Many of our donor funds are very specific," she continued. "Some donors are interested in specific majors and many target specific high school graduates, such as only a Laconia or Gilford or Belmont High School graduate."
Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 10:35
MOULTONBOROUGH — Author Dan Szczesny will discuss his hiking memoir, "The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie," on Monday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m., at the Moultonborough Public Library.
Szczesny will explore the book in which recounts how he and his 9-year-old ward, Janelle, first set foot on the trail to Mt. Kearsarge in November 2011. Neither of them knew that this easy hike to one of the state's most popular mountain tops would change both their lives. But what followed was a hiking odyssey that lasted over a year as the two criss-crossed the state on their way to a 225-mile epic attempt to complete a little-known hiking list called The 52 With a View.
Szczesny will tell how their treks help form a unique and unforgettable bond that transformed both their lives.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 10:30
LACONIA -- The Lakes Region Planning's Commission meeting will be devoted to a state Department of Environmental Services listening session on Monday, July 28, starting at 6 p.m. in the Laconia Middle School Multi-Purpose Room.
The listening session will focus on freshwater shoreline topics, including docks and other shoreline structures, as well as the relationship with the Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act. DES will also provide an overview and seek ideas on the major concepts under consideration as part of the Wetlands Program Rulemaking and Process Improvement Effort, including the permitting process, evaluation standards, and technical requirements.
DES is undertaking a significant, multi-year effort to improve the technical standards, operations, and decision-making processes used by the Wetlands Bureau.
The overarching goals of this effort are to: Enhance transparency and predictability, increase consistency and standardization, and ensure scientifically-based decisions that protect New Hampshire's sensitive and important natural resources.
Those interested are encouraged to visit the NHDES webpage on this effort for more information, including a discussion guide that introduces many of the key topics that will be discussed on the 28th as well as summaries from listening sessions held earlier in 2014. You can also submit a comment directly to NHDES from the webpage (http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wetlands/process-improvement.htm).
Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 10:27
MEREDITH — Tom, his best friend Huckleberry Finn, and sweetheart Becky Thatcher find themselves knee-deep in many raucous adventures in Laura Eason's family-friendly, fast-paced and fun adaptation of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The play takes to The Winnipesaukee Playhouse's stage from July 23rd through August 2nd.
Eason's new adaptation will bring out the child in all audience members as they witness Tom and his friends exploring the thrill of mischief-making, the pangs of first love, the cold shivers of an adventure gone wrong and the excitement of discovering buried treasure.
The production is directed by Bryan Halperin and features William Vaughn as the title character. It includes original music composed for the production by NH-based musician Joel Mercier. Imaginative and inventive staging will bring audience members swiftly from one adventure to another. A cast of seven brings to life the characters of Tom's world including Becky, Huck, Injun Joe, Aunt Polly and more. The company includes Playhouse favorites Adam Kee, A.J. Ditty, Nicholas Wilder, Bryn Austin, Rebecca Tucker and John C. Nagy III. Toby Miller will be making his Playhouse debut. The versatile cast will also provide musical accompaniment, on instruments as diverse as the banjo and the vibraslap.
The Winnipesaukee Playhouse provides a full evening of food and entertainment. Drinks, light meals, and snacks are available before each performance. Patrons can enjoy their food and drink outdoors, either in the sun or under shade, while being entertained by free "Busker Alley" pre-show performances of live music on the outdoor stage. Buskers will be performing on selected nights, so be sure to check the website ahead of time to catch these acts.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer will be the third play of the summer season performed at the new Winnipesaukee Playhouse campus in Meredith. The Summer 2014 season is generously sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank, Kovio's K-9, and the Bank of New Hampshire. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is further supported by the generous sponsorship of Chippers, Cross Insurance and Dead River Company. It is recommended for ages 8 and above.
Performances are July 23rd – August 2nd and are Mondays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm, with additional matinees Thursday July 24th and Monday July 28th at 2 pm. Tickets for the Orchestra are $29, with Balcony seats for $10. There are also Student Rush tickets available one hour prior to show time, for $20 in the Orchestra, cash only.
Tickets can be ordered by calling (603)-279-0333 or by using a credit card at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org. The Winnipesaukee Playhouse also offers free educational programs: "How'd They Do That?" a backstage tour at 6-6:30 pm on Thursday, July 24th, "Symposium" a pre-show presentation offering insight on the play from 6-7 pm on Tuesday, July 29th and "Talk-Back Wednesday" a post-performance Q&A with cast and director on Wednesday, July 30th.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 10:23