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Local attorneys participate in Bar Association’s ‘Civics in Action’ program

TILTON — Several New Hampshire attorneys volunteered their time to provide school presentations on the topics of civics, law and government as part of the NH Bar Association's program, Civics in Action Goes Viral.

Representatives from Wescott Law recently visited two area high schools. Attorney Allison Ambrose has been with the firm for four years and Kathrine Lacey, currently a law clerk with the firm, recently passed her bar exam and will be sworn in as an attorney on November 17.

The presentations focused on the protections and rights afforded to citizens by the United States Constitution, including the fourth and fifth amendments, the system of checks and balances, as well as a review of New Hampshire government. The presentation ended with a fun game of Constitutional Bingo based on the questions from the citizenship test immigrants must pass to become naturalized citizens of the United States.

"I was impressed with their natural ability to connect with students and make the visit positive and inclusive for all," states Denise Lessard, a teacher at Winnisquam Regional High School. "They were engaging and well-received by my students. The material they covered was particularly relevant as we were in the midst of studying the US Constitution in that class, a tenth grade course called American Government and Citizenship."

Franklin High School teacher Michael Cowles reports students in his two Freshman American Government classes appreciated the interactive approach taken by Ambrose and Lacey.

"Overall the program opened their eyes to parts of the Constitution that could apply to them, even at their age, such as the Bill of Rights." Cowles notes a second benefit to the presentation. "It was good for them to see and hear from people who actually have to know this stuff for their job because a lot of students aren't interested in Government as they don't see that a lot of it applies to them."

Civics in Action began in 2011 in response a study of adult US Citizens which revealed a concerning lack of knowledge about the topic. For example, only thirty eight percent of those questioned were able to name all three branches of the US Government and a shocking thirty three percent were unable to name a single one. In an effort to create a fun, yet educational program to address this issue, volunteers from law firms quiz adult social and civic clubs, and students in high school classrooms using the same questions that immigrants must take to become naturalized citizens of the United States.

Interested teacher in have this program come to their school may sign up at: http://www.nhbar.org/law-related-education/CivicsInActionGoesViral-Form.asp.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 11:11

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LRSO Holiday Pops Concert a Real Musical Extravaganza

MEREDITH — The Holiday season is upon us, and that means glorious holiday Pops music is soon to fill the air. This year's Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops concert will be performed on Saturday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 14 at 3 p.m. at the Inter-Lakes High School Community Auditorium.

The 65 member symphonic orchestra will feature many familiar wonderful holiday favorites such as: "We Wish You A Merry Christmas", " It's Christmas Time", "Stille Nacht", and a Holiday sing-along are among the wide mix of Holiday classics sure to captivate both young and not-so-young.

Joining the LRSO for this Holiday extravaganza are both the 15 member Granite State Handbell Ringers and the 30 member Concord community Chorus. The Granite State Ringers have brought bellringing to a new and amazing height. Each ringer will manage as many as 10 bells at once. This requires a special technique that may mean holding two bells in each hand at a time and then switching bells in mid-song.  The Ringers will be featured in: "Christmas Bells Overture", "We Three Kings", "Come Join Their Song", "Carol of the Bells", and more.

The Concord Community Chorus, under the direction of Ben Greene, will perform: "Hallelujah Chorus" by Handel, "Twas The Night Before Christmas", "White Christmas" plus others with the LRSO orchestra.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children and students through college. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.LRSO.org/tickets, or from Innisfree Bookshop and the Mobil station across from the town docks in Meredith; Greenlaw's Music in Laconia; and Baywater Books in Center Harbor. Any unsold tickets will be available at the door starting one hour before performance time.



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Yoga studio to mark Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

MEREDITH — A local International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day event will be held Saturday, Nov. 22, at Sacred Waters Yoga Studio fron noon to 3 p.m.

The gathering will include a screening of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's new documentary, "The Journey."

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is the one day a year when people affected by suicide loss gather in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope. Organizers say that for many loss survivors, attending a Survivor Day event is an opportunity to discover that they are not alone in their experience of losing someone they know and love to suicide.

To learn more about International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, visit survivorday.org, call 603-528-2145, or email Tammy Levesque of the Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 10:49

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LRGH giving purple caps to newborns through Dec.

LACONIA — We've all heard it. The newborn is crying and the new parent, barely awake and so frustrated, mutters, "What's wrong?"

There's a common belief that if a baby won't stop crying, it's because something is wrong and the parent needs to fix it. Sometimes though, the best thing to do is to put the baby back in its crib and walk away. This is where the purple hats come in.

This November and December, Lakes Region General Hospital, one of New Hampshire's birthing hospitals, is giving a special gift to newborns' families. Babies receive PURPLE, hand-knit hats to serve as a reminder to parents that their baby will likely go through a stage of increased crying. This is in addition to the regular education new parents of over 80% of infants born in New Hampshire already receive on the Period of PURPLE Crying – the normal developmental stage of increased crying infants may go through between two weeks and six months of age.

To caregivers and parents, this stage can be exasperating to say the very least. With an elevated level of stress and frustration, shaken baby syndrome and other forms of infant abuse can happen to even the most unsuspecting new parent. In fact, the most common trigger of Shaken Baby Syndrome is frustration with infant crying. The hope is that these PURPLE hats will remind parents and caregivers to have a plan when their blood starts to boil and that this crying, though at times horribly upsetting, is normal if the child is healthy and comfortable.


Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 10:43

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