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Plymouth State University’s Steen Award given to financial aid counselor


PLYMOUTH — A dedicated Plymouth State University financial aid counselor who strives to provide superior customer service has been named the recipient of the 2014 Sara Jayne Steen Operating Staff (OS) Service award. Christine Hoch of Plymouth has worked at PSU for more than 10 years. Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen said Hoch has earned a reputation as an outstanding resource in helping students and families navigate the often complex system of higher education funding.

"At PSU, we focus on engaging with students," said Steen. "Christine exemplifies that sense of dedication to students and to excellence."

"I am very honored," Hoch said. "I never thought I did anything special; I like helping people figure out what their options are and how to get where they want to go. I love the customer service part of the job, because it feels really nice to know I've helped a student reach a goal."

The criteria for winning the award include exemplifying the spirit and values of the institution, being dedicated to providing a learning environment that supports development of the mind, body and spirit, being actively active involved in University activities, and being engaged in service to the wider community.

Hoch started at Plymouth State a decade ago as a temporary administrative assistant in the Center for the Environment. Since then, she has committed herself to volunteering for various University, professional and community organizations, including the PSU Operating Staff Fundraising and Scholarship committee, PSU Professional Development Committee, the New Hampshire Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators Conference Planning Committee and at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Plymouth.

PSU's Financial Aid Director, Crystal Gaff, is Christine's supervisor, and supported her nomination for award.

"I am so excited to hear that Christine is being honored by this award as she is dedicated to PSU students and her local community," said Gaff. "She is very deserving of this honor."

Hoch, a Garwood, New Jersey native and Rutgers University graduate, lives in Plymouth with her husband, Brendon, and their son, Nathan.

The Sara Jayne Steen Operating Staff Service Award winner was chosen by a five member panel of faculty, staff, community members and students.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 December 2014 10:03

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Homeless memorial candlelight vigil in Veterans Square on December 21

LACONIA — Sunday, Dec. 21, the longest night of the year, and the official first day of winter, will begin with a "candlelight" vigil at 5:30 p.m. in Veterans Square, to raise awareness of those who are homeless or homeless people who have died.

The vigil is being coordinated by Catholic Charities of New Hampshire.

The annual memorial observation is now a tradition among Laconia area faith communities and community service providers and is held in conjunction with the National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day traditionally held on Dec. 21. Laconia is one of more than 150 cities nationwide to mark this observance.

Organizers are encouraging members of the public to come with a "candle" of some sort, being it a flashlight or some other type of illumination.

To learn more about the face of homelessness or to make a difference, please contact Leonard Campbell, Parish and Community Services coordinator, 528-3035 or www.nh-cc.org.

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Newfound Area Churches to hold Christian Unity services week of Jan. 19-23

BRISTOL -- The Newfound Area Churches will be holding Christian Unity services at noon daily the week of Jan. 19-23, to mark the annual observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

There will be a light luncheon following each service.

The churches which will serve as venues for this series of services are:

Monday, Jan. 19, Union Congregational Church of Hebron.

Tuesday, Jan. 20, New Hampton Community Church.

Wednesday, Jan. 21, Bristol United Church of Christ.

Thursday, Jan. 22, Our Lady of Grace Chapel, Bristol.

Friday, Jan. 23, Bristol Baptist Church.

Further information can be obtained by calling 744-3885.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 December 2014 09:50

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Holiday Customer Appreciation Party at Irwin Automotive on Wednesday

LACONIA —  The Irwin Automotive Group is inviting all of our customers in on Wednesday, December 17th for a Holiday Customer Appreciation Party. There will be food, beverages, and door prizes. Irwin will also be giving away free oil changes and state inspections and raffling off a set of snow tires (must be present to win).

Join Irwin at 5pm for the festivities and RSVP by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (603 581 2968) for Irwin Toyota-Scion Ford-Lincoln and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (603 581 2994).

Last Updated on Friday, 12 December 2014 09:46

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