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WinnAero’s ACE Academies expands summer program with space camp designed for middle school students

GILFORD — "Every day my son comes home and tells us about his adventures, fun facts and what he learned".

"Based on our son's attitude after each day at camp, we feel this program (ACE Academy) was overall a positive learning and social experience''

These quotes were two of the testimonials received from parents following the 2014 ACE Academies where hands-on STEM activities come to life. WinnAero, the non-profit organization which runs ACE Academies, in conjunction with the FAA, is looking to expand enrollment this year along with student activities. One new initiative is Space Camp designed for Middle School children.

The full ACE Academy schedule for 2015, with all sessions meeting at the Laconia Airport, is as follows:

July 13-17 and repeated July 20-24.....ACE Aviation Camp for Grades 3-5. Meets mornings only from 8:30-Noon.

July 13-17....ACE Aviation Camp for high school students; meets full days.

July 13-17....ACE Space Camp (new in 2015) for middle school students; meets full days.

July 20-24....ACE Aviation Camp for middle school students; meets full days.

All camps are co-ed and faculty members are New Hampshire certified teachers under the leadership of WinnAero Board member and ACE Academy Director Dan Caron. Caron holds numerous awards for teaching excellence in STEM-related activities.

"We're already signing up some early applicants for 2015 so we encourage parents and students to download an application from our website to get started." Caron stated. The website is www.winnaero.org. Tuition for the various camps is also on the website along with financial assistance information and a listing of various hands-on activities planned by age group. Caron encourages families to check out the website to see why ACE Academies have grown in enrollment every year.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015 11:10

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LRGH Nursery Guild’s Baby & Children’s boutique to be on April 11

LACONIA — The Lakes Region General Hospital Nursery Guild will be holding its annual Spring/Summer Baby and Children's Boutique on Saturday, April 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Laconia Community Center, 306 Union Ave.

The Nursery Guild is accepting donations/consignments of gently used clothing (infant to size 18 youth and maternity), toys and children's furniture. Consignments/donations will only be accepted on Wednesday, April 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Thursday, April 9, from 9 a.m.to 6 p.m. at the Community Center. Fall/winter clothing, stuffed animals, car seats or cribs will not be accepted.

The guild is also looking for volunteers to help with this event.

Proceeds from the boutique help benefit women's and children's health services throughout the Lakes Region communities.

Those who want further information about the guild or who want to volunteer at the boutique can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 524-3211 ext.3018, and leave a message and a member will return the call.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015 11:00

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Streetcar Company’s Barnum cast learning circus tricks from a pro

MEREDITH — Erin Lovett Sherman ran off and joined the circus. Luckily for the Streetcar Company, the longest running community theatre company in the Lakes Region, she came back.

In addition to her work as the Artistic Director of ARTSFEST, and the Director of Youth and Outreach Programming and Circus Arts Coach at New England Center for Circus Arts, Erin is putting the cast and crew of Barnum, Streetcar's latest production, through the paces of being part of the circus.
The Streetcar Company is bringing Barnum, a Circus Musical, to the stage at the Inter-Lakes Community Auditorium May 1st, 2nd and 3rd, and Erin has her work cut out for her. In addition to the usual work memorizing lines, perfecting songs, and figuring out where and when to be, the cast working with Erin is learning stunts, magic, dance and yes, even swinging from the rafters. They couldn't have a better instructor, as Erin is a dancer, aerialist, performing artist, choreographer, educator, and director.
Erin is not alone in bringing this production to the local stage. As a community theatre group, Streetcar is fortunate to have lots of local talent and volunteers to work with, as the show's director Jessica Alward and Producer Raelyn Cottrell, can attest to. You will not want to miss Bo Guyer bringing the character of P.T. Barnum to the limelight, Chris Fernandez as the Ringmaster or the soulful blues being sung by Cecilia Zarella.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015 10:57

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Dr. Merrithew moves from Speare Memorial Hospital to Primary Care office


PLYMOUTH — Dr. Dana Merrithew has returned to his primary care roots, joining the patient care team at Speare Primary Care. Well known in the community, Dr. Merrithew has most recently been a familiar face as one of the hospitalists at Speare Memorial Hospital—a hospital-based physician responsible for coordinating a patient's care in the hospital.

Trained as an internal medicine physician, Dr. Merrithew is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, with an additional certification in Geriatrics. After earning both his bachelor's and doctorate from Boston University, he completed his residency at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Boston. Of particular clinical interest to Dr. Merrithew is helping patients with chronic disease management, including diabetes, COPD, and dementia.

"We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Merrithew to Speare Primary Care," notes Practice Administrator Chuck Hulse. "Specializing in geriatric medicine, and being a long-term resident of central New Hampshire, Dr. Merrithew brings another level of confidence and comfort to our patient population, and assuring their continuity of care."

Located at Speare's medical office building at Boulder Point in Plymouth, Speare Primary Care offers expanded care options for patients of all ages. Adds Physician's Assistant Britt McDonald, "This is the community where we live, work and play and it is important to people to have access to the care they need, when they need it, in the community where they live from providers they know. We offer that at Speare Primary Care." Speare Primary Care is accepting new patients. Call 536-1881 to schedule an appointment.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015 10:50

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