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WorkReadyNH, LRCC Advanced Manufacturing, & NH Works, Working Hand-in-Hand

LACONIA — Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) Advanced Manufacturing (AM) student, Jeffrey Bilodeau of Meredith wasn't sure what he would get out of attending LRCC's WorkReadyNH program.

He was referred by NH Works, the State's employment agency. "Give it a try," said NH Works Laconia Office Manager, Carol Cantin and Bilodeau did. He has now completed the 3-week training and the rest is history.

"Jeff's experience with WorkReady at LRCC lead to a boost in self-confidence, a sense of accomplishment, and a source of inspiration to go back to school," says LRCC WorkReadyNH Program Director Manuela Bittner-Shuey. "The WorkReadyNH program gave Jeffrey the nudge needed to move into a career pathway that he had been thinking about for quite some time. With only twoweeks to the beginning of the Spring Semester,  Bilodeau registered and arranged for funding for the LRCC AM certificate program; again, the rest is history."

When asked what he felt was the best part of the WorkReadyNH program, Bilodeau believed that the small group size, role playing, discussion, and hands-on activities helped him absorb the workplace soft skills needed in today's job market. "WorkReady Instructor, Stephanie Alicea; Program Assistant, Valarie Young and I made the program memorable for Bilodeau. Jeffrey will do well in whatever he chooses to pursue."

Bilodeau's future goals include completing the LRCC Advanced Manufacturing Certificate program, securing a CNC Machinist position in the area, and continuing for the LRCC AM Associate Degree.

For information about WorkReadyNH, call (603) 366-5396. To find out more about LRCC's Advanced Manufacturing Associate Degree and Certificate programs, call (603) 366 – 5301 or visit the College's website, www.lrcc.edu.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 07:42

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Habitat for Humanity Completes Franklin Home

FRANKLIN — Lakes Region Habitat for Humanity would like to congratulate the Soboslai/Emerson family, proud new owners of their first home on Dearborn Street in Franklin. This marks LR Habitat's 32nd home in the Lakes Region and their first handicap accessible home. Krysten Adel, president of Lakes Region Habitat for Humanity, along with the entire Board of Directors, are incredibly proud to welcome them as our newest partner family.

Habitat would also like to thank the many volunteers and supporters, without whom this build could not have happened. A huge thank you to John B. Robinson, president of Wood and Clay, who donated his time as general contractor for the job. With his superior oversight, many other members from the Lakes Region Builders and Remodelers Association got involved.
These include Carl Johnson (surveying), Belknap Landscaping (excavation), Coleman Concrete, Mountain Top Builders (labor), Penco (plumbing), RJD Electric (electric), and Pella (windows). Other vendors making significant contributions include Boulia-Gorrell Lumber Co, Ron Anderson of Lowes in Gilford, Rowell Sewer & Drain (porta-potty), Casella Waste Systems (dumpster), and Belletetes Lumber.

In addition, the mission of Habitat for Humanity, providing decent, affordable housing, could not be achieved without the help of the many volunteers who make this work possible. Habitat had significant assistance on this project from the Sanbornton Congregational Church as well as St. James Episcopal Church, where the Soboslai/Emerson family worships.

Rob, Kelly and RJ Soboslai, with Barbara Emerson, have also contributed much to the building of their new home. Logging over 500 sweat equity hours, they have been instrumental in making their dreams of home ownership a reality. We are very excited for them and look forward to the formal dedication of their new home some time after Easter.

Lakes Region Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International and has been providing decent, affordable housing in the Lakes Region since 1982. The organization has now completed 32 homes and looks forward to building many more. For more information, to donate or to get involved call 524-4820 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . You can also visit Lakes Region Habitat's website at www.lrhabitat.org.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 08:25

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Circle Trot runners could earn $400 for their school

PLYMOUTH — Students, teachers and parents are invited to participate in the 4th annual Circle Trot scheduled for Sunday, April 13th from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The run/walk sponsored by the Circle Program, in collaboration with Plymouth State University's Center for Active Living and Healthy Communities, will feature 10K, 5K, and 2K distance options.

All proceeds will go to benefit the Circle Program which is a summer camp and year-round mentoring program providing qualified New Hampshire girls and young women with the skills, courage and confidence they need to handle challenges in their lives. 

Area schools can participate to win prizes that will benefit the school community. The total number of registrations from each school will help determine its standing. Participating schools will be competing for a 1st place prize of $400 towards sports and wellness equipment of their choice. The winning team will be determined by the highest percentage of participants to total school population. Students, parents, teachers, friends and siblings can all count for a vote as long as they are registered for the Circle Trot.

To register for the race visit http://www.active.com/plymouth-nh/running/distance-running-races/circle-trot-4th-annual-2014 before Thursday, April 10.  During registration answer the "School Spirit Challenge Vote" question with the name of your school. Votes will be tallied and the winner will be announced at the event.

For more information call (603) 536-4244 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 08:16

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Genealogy Interest Group to hear about blogging

WOLFEBORO — Patricia Crossett presents a program on the basics of setting up a blog on Thursday, April 10 at the Wolfeboro Public Library at 7 p.m. The program will include a  step-by-step set-up of a blog and viewing various existing blogs.

Crossett began doing genealogical research in the 1960s and has been doing research ever since, both for her own family and for others. For many years she has taught a variety of beginning genealogy classes. Currently she is teaching a four-week beginning genealogy and family history class for the Institute of Lifelong Education at Dartmouth (ILEAD).

The Lakes Region Genealogy Interest Group presents free workshops at the Wolfeboro Public Library on a monthly basis.  For more information please call Cindy Scott at the Wolfeboro Public Library at 569-2428 or visit www.wolfeborolibrary.org.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 08:06

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