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Gilford Robotics Team hosting pasta dinner

GILFORD — A pasta dinner to raise money for the Gilford High School (GHS) FIRST Robotics Team will be held Saturday March 7 at the Gilford Community Church from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m..

Dinner prepared by parents and students of Robotics team consisting of; baked ziti, spaghetti with choice of marinara or meat sauce, vegetable antipasto, Caesar salad, garlic bread and homemade dessert buffet will be served. Price is $8 per person, $5 for 12 and under, $20 per family.

Tickets available at the door or from team members or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 971-219-4054. In addition there will be robots on display as well as a 50/50 raffle.

FIRST Robotics 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.

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 and the need grows for more STEM graduates, the FIRST program gives students the opportunity and tools to keep pace with growing need for technical knowledge.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015 09:55

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Bristol hazard mitigation plan meeting Tuesday

BRISTOL — The Bristol Hazard Mitigation Plan Committee will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 5 p.m. at the Bristol Fire Department, 85 Lake St.

This meeting will focus on risk assessment and identification of gaps in protection. Residents of Bristol and representatives from neighboring communities are encouraged to attend and provide input. Also note that public input is being gathered through a brief survey posted on the town website http://www.townofbristolnh.org/.

Hazard Mitigation Planning is as important to reducing disaster losses as are appropriate regulations and land use ordinances. The most significant areas of concern for Bristol are being determined through this process.

In the 2010 Plan these included urban fire, lightning, and winter hazards. With the update to the Hazard Mitigation Plan, community leaders will be able to evaluate the status of current plans, policies, and actions then develop and prioritize actions to reduce the impacts of these and other hazards.

The Hazard Mitigation Committee is represented by a variety of local interests including the Fire, Police, and Public Works Departments, the Planning Board, the Town Administrator, the Newfound Area Nursing Association, and a local business owner.

Further information can be obtained by calling Chief Steve Yannuzzi, Bristol Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director at 744-2632 or David Jeffers, Regional Planner, Lakes Region Planning Commission at 279-5341.


Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015 09:53

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Needlework artist exhibit at The Studio in Laconia

LACONIA — For some, the idea of needlework may conjure dusty pillows in an elderly relative's home. For artist Jayson Twombly, needlework becomes the medium for creating tiny portraits, "My Little Friends". Twombly's gallery of work beckons viewers closer with precise stitches and vibrant color, yet turns traditional portraiture on its head, a pixellated version of the human face. The images are all designed by the artist from photographs, and demonstrate both a mastery of design and a delight in the play of color and form.

"My Little Friends" will be at The Studio, 50 Canal Street in Downtown Laconia, through early March. There is an opening reception on Friday, February 20 from 5 to 7 pm, with light refreshment, live music and an opportunity to meet the artist and his "Little Friends".

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015 09:48

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Adult Education offering SAT Prep starting March 11

LACONIA — Laconia Adult Education will be offering an SAT (College Board) Preparation Class beginning on Wednesday, March 11 for seven weeks. The SAT Preparation Classes are scheduled to end on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 in time for the SAT Exam that is scheduled to be given on Saturday, May 2.

The SAT Preparation Classes are designed to help students score better on the mathematics, reading comprehension and written essay sections of the SAT Exam. The SAT Exam will test subject areas that students have learned throughout four years of high school. Emphasis will be placed on three segments: reading, writing and arithmetic. A perfect score on the SAT Exam is 2400.

The writing section will be divided between multiple choice questions on grammar and style and an essay students must write on an assigned topic. In the past, the SAT Exam had been strictly multiple choices. The SAT Exam now is becoming a test of critical reading, comprehensive writing and higher mathematics in addition to a test of learned skills that you use to reason. Students will improve problem solving skills involving basic math, Algebra, Algebra II and Geometry.

Emphasis will also be placed on helping the student score better on the written essay portion of the exam. The SAT Preparation classes will also help to prepare the students for the different types of questions asked, when to guess at a question, and how to pace oneself so as to not run out of time. Test taking tips will also be given. The skills required by the new SAT are those same skills needed by all high school students today.

For more information or to enroll in the SAT Preparation Class, the student should contact Peggy Selig, Director, Laconia Adult Education at 524-5712.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 February 2015 11:06

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