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100% Pass Rate for Huot LNA Students for 4th straight year

LACONIA — For an unprecedented fourth consecutive year, the Huot Career and Technical Center has earned a 100% pass rate on the state Licensed Nurse Assistant (LNA) examination.

This year sixteen students from schools across the Lakes Region took part in the Nurse Assistant program at the Huot Center. The program prepares students for a variety of health careers with the Nursing Assistant (NA) curriculum being a cornerstone of the program. Instructor Gina McGuire could not be more pleased with her students, "I'm so honored to be a part of this program that allows me to not only give back to the profession of Nursing that I love so much, but to be a guiding force for students to realize their potential that leads them to a career in health care right out of high school."

Students choosing to pursue NA licensure must follow a more rigorous schedule than typically required of high school students. This includes coming in early and on weekends to complete sixty-five required "clinical hours". Unlike typical high school classes, the NA program must follow the strict guidelines of the NH Board of Nursing. Additionally, many of the clinical sites where students work require them to pass additional screenings before interacting with patients.

For these students, the benefits of becoming an LNA far outweigh the extra work required. LNAs typically start at hourly wage of $11-$12/hour, which is much above the typical minimum wage earned by recent high school graduates. Many program alumni will also use this certification to help pay their way through nursing school in pursuit of becoming a registered nurses or other health career professionals.
The Huot Center will acknowledge these and other talented students at their annual Awards Night on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. in the LHS Auditorium.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 June 2014 09:21

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Red Sox Ticket auction benefits Got Lunch!

LACONIA — GOT LUNCH! Laconia is auctioning off 4 Red Sox vs. Orioles Box seat tickets for a September 8 game at 7:10 p.m.

WLNH 98.3 will be auctioning off these four tickets June 6–June 9th. All the proceeds from the auction will go to support GOT LUNCH! Laconia; the local community collaborative that delivers healthy groceries to children during the summer months.

To place your bid, go to the WLNH facebook page and put your bid in the comment box under the picture posted: www.facebook.com/983LNH Bidding will close at 10 a.m. Monday June 9. The seats are in Loge Box 162, LL – behind third base and valued at $70 each and are very hard to get.

Davis and Towle Group Insurance and Financial Services donated the tickets.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 June 2014 09:14

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Technology Training, Kindle Loans at Meredith Library

MEREDITH — So you're number five on the waiting list for your favorite author's latest book and don't think you can wait another minute. Why not try checking out the library's Kindle Fire? Tell us what book you want, we'll buy it instantly and download it onto the Kindle for you to read. Take our Kindle home and try it out for a week.

While you're using it, try watching one of the many movies or TV shows you can access for free using the library's Amazon Prime account. Play a game of Sudoku. Give the Kindle a good test drive in case you are considering purchasing one of your own.

Not sure how to use a Kindle Fire? Register for a class with Christopher. Chris offers thirty minute or one hour time slots for one-on-one technology assistance with laptops, PCs and tablets. Or, stop by Wednesdays between 6:30-7:30 p.m. for the Technology Drop-in Hour with Matthew. People with technology issues who need immediate assistance can stop in at that time without an appointment.

Already own a Kindle, tablet or other e-reader device? Don't forget that you can checkout and download ebooks and audio books from our website at www.meredithlibrary.org at no cost.

We also have wi-fi. Come in this summer with your iced coffee and enjoy the air conditioning while surfing the web or answering your emails. Bring in your laptop and access our genealogy databases such as Ancestry.com, AmericanAncestors and HeritageQuest.

Each month Christopher hosts a Computer Club where a technology topic is highlighted and then attendees are free to ask their own questions. It meets the second Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m.

If you don't have your own device, the library still offers eight public PCs. Time is limited to thirty minutes per user, but if no one is waiting, you may stay on as long as you like. Print copies for 20 cents per page. We also offer scanning services at no charge.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 June 2014 09:09

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Laconia Community Center open on Saturdays

LACONIA — The Laconia Parks & Recreation Department would like to welcome everyone back to the Community Center as of June 7.

We will be having new gym times during the day on Saturdays throughout the summer and fall.
We will be open from 10 a.m. to 12 noon for Family Open Gym Time for only $5 per family. There is new Pickleball time  time from1–3 p.m. for $2 per person and Ooen Basketball time for high school ages and up from 3-5 p.m. for $2 per person.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 June 2014 09:06

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