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Altrusa Hosts Family Literacy Day at Woodland Heights

LACONIA — Altrusa of Laconia's  NH Family Literacy Day which was hosted in conjunction with the Granite State Reading Council took place on Saturday, April 12, at Woodland Heights Elementary School in Laconia.

Exhibits outside the school included two race cars, the Laconia D.A.R.E. police car, the Laconia Fire Departmentʼs large fire truck and the Laconia Fire Department ambulance. Smokey the Bear was with the fire department! Children asked questions, toured and were able to sit in the driverʼs seats. McAuliffe Shepard Discovery Center had a large solar telescope set up for viewing.

Inside the school, exhibits were set up featuring live macaws (a favorite), face painting, a bug display and interesting presentations and activities from the Squam Lakes Science Center, Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center, the NH Humane Society, Charlie Needs a Cloak, Let Go Your Mind (LEGO), NHTI Dental Hygiene students and the Bank of New Hampshire. Penny the Panda, Betty the Bokworm, The Tooth Fairy and Whiskers (the Woodland Heights Elementary School mascot) delighted the children. Healthy snacks were provided.
Free books were distributed at each exhibit. More than 175 children attended the event and took their new books home in a cloth book bag.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 06:35

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Huot Tech Center Students Get Advice on Transition to Adulthood

LACONIA — Huot Technical Center Student Shyanne Labrecque writes:

Adulthood: What is it, but an intimidating part of life that scares all high school students?
Fortunately, the Huot Technical Center hosted its first annual Senior Conference "This Is It!" designed to help students with the daunting transition from the backpacks of high school to the world of work or further education. The seminar was attended by 150 students from Belmont, Franklin, Gilford, Inter-Lakes, Laconia and Winnisquam Regional High Schools.

The conference focused on student's fears and concerns of the unpredictable world outside of their familiar school surroundings and offered students advice and guidance on how to navigate their roles ahead. The following workshops focused on different aspects of adult life: Personal Health and Wellness, Money Matters for Young Adults, Living Like an Adult and Decision Making and the Ying and Yang of Yes and No. The stimulating community speakers were: Michael Seymour, Bank of NH Pavilion at Meadowbrook, Jen Schongalla, a registered Yoga Teacher with 500 hours of training, James Glover and Eric Petell, TD Bank, Chief Mike Moyer (retired), Laconia Police Department, and Officer Patrick O'Reilly, Belknap Correctional Facility.

We, the Huot Class of 2014, would like to thank all the guest speakers for giving us a beneficial insight into "Life as an adult" because for us, "This really is it!"

All involved can conclude that the conference was a great success and the Senior Conference will be back in 2015.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 06:31

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Laconia Community Gym Closing until June

LACONIA — The Laconia Community Center's Gym will be closed from May 1 through June 6-7 when it will reopen for  regularly scheduled programs. This is necessary as the gym floor is being replaced.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 01:37

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NorthernTrespass film will be shown at PSU Thursday

PLYMOUTH —  A New Hampshire-made film that lays out the case against the Northern Pass Project will be shown on the PSU campus on April 24. The showing is being sponsored by Common Ground, Plymouth State University's environmental and social justice student organization, with the assistance of the PSU Office of Environmental Sustainability and the PSU Social Science Department.

The film is entitled Northern Trespass and it is the product of New Hampshire filmmakers Jan Marvel and Michelle Vaughn. The screening is set for Thursday, April 24, at 7 p.m. in the Boyd Science Center, Room 144 on the PSU campus. Following the showing, the filmmakers will be present for a Q & A session, along with Jack Savage from the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. The Forest Society has taken a position in opposition to the Northern Pass Project, at least as currently designed.

A quote from the film's Website (http://www.northerntrespass.com) reveals the focus of the film: "What's all the fuss about the Northern Pass Transmission project? Why are so many people opposed to it? This documentary pulls the veil off and exposes the project for what it really is, an unnecessary and destructive profit-driven proposal that threatens the very essence of New Hampshire and its people."

The showing is free and open to the public.

For further information, contact Sam Durfee, President of Common Ground at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Gary McCool, faculty adviser, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 09:47

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