LACONIA — The Laconia High School Athletic Department in conjunction with the Coaches Council is proud to announce the reinstatement of the Laconia Athletic Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was introduced in 1983 and was active through 1985. After a three year hiatus, there was a fourth class elected in 1989. Upon research, there have not been any findings of any other classes at the time of this release.
There are a total of 18 Hall of Famers to date. The Laconia Athletic Coaches Council that is made up of former and current coaches with vast years of coaching experience. The Coaches Council was put together in 2007 to work as a governing body to support athletics in many different ways. One of the most recent directives has been to revive the Athletic Hall of Fame. From there, a committee was put together to write a mission, develop parameters, and implement a schedule to go forward.
The mission of the Laconia High School Hall of Fame is to recognize past student-athletes, coaches, contributors, and teams to preserve the memory of their accomplishments or their exemplary service to the LHS Athletic Program. The Hall of Fame and our school community value pride, leadership, and honor and celebrate achievement, tradition, integrity, and sportsmanship.
The LHS tradition of athletics goes back over 100 years. Several athletes have been nominated in years past. There are no records of past nominees, so for future recognition, all applicants will start fresh from here on. The Hall of Fame Selection Committee will be made up of the following: The LHS Athletic Director, at least one administrator, active and retired educator(s) from LHS, active or inactive coach(s) who have coached for at least five(5) years in the Laconia School District, and community member(s) who have strong enduring connections to Laconia High School Athletics.
The Coaches Council will choose the first Selection Committee. Afterwards, the Selection Committee will choose its members with the approval of the school administration. The LHS Athletic Director will serve as the chairperson of the committee. Voting for candidates will be done by secret ballot. Non-voting members may be appointed by the Selection Committee to support its efforts to conduct historical research, design and update the web page, plan functions, assist in financial matters, and anything else the Committee decides to support the Hall of Fame.
The criteria for consideration are as follows: Participation or service in the athletic program at LHS, or performance in the school district; athlete or coach's eligibility begins seven years after graduation or completion of coaching; and representation of the the values, attitude, and conduct that align with the school's mission during and following his of her career at LHS. The nominator must also provide evidence of worthiness through statistical data, clippings, All-state, All-conference, All-American, school or state records, team or individual awards, contributions to the Laconia athletic community, etc.
It is the duty of the nominator to provide as much information as possible, then, it is up to the Selection Committee to cross-check the information for validity. The Selection Committee will only evaluate information sent by the nominator. Nominations are due by May 31, 2014. Nomination forms can be found on the Laconia High School website at www.laconiaschools.org, under the Athletics tab.
The Selection Committee will announce the inductees at some point during the first two weeks of July. Induction will occur on the evening of Saturday, September 20 during Homecoming festivities. There will be a pre-reception for invitees at the Meredith Village Savings Bank Culinary Arts Center in the new Huot Center, followed by a banquet in the auditorium, and completed back at the Meredith Village Savings Bank Culinary Arts Center for a dessert reception. The incoming class will be announced along with a re-
induction recognition of the 18 prior inductees, whom are: Class of 1983 Inductees(YOG), Class of 1984 Inductees(YOG), Penny Pitou(1956), Jack Irwin(1950), Kathy O'Neil(1977), Jeep Munzey(1949), Richard Tilton(1927), Guy Hamel(1968), Bernie LaCroix(1949), Doug Hounsel(1951), Class of 1985 Inductees(YOG), Dick DeVarney(1961), Peter "Beau" Lessard(1949), Steve Stetson(1969), Bidge Clement(1927), Mike Giguere(1969), Robert "Bobby" Conway(1941), Kent Yale(1972), Chip Veasey(1973), and the Class of 1989 Inductees(YOG).
For any further info please contact Craig Kozens at 455-5235.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 February 2014 10:54
LACONIA — To celebrate the first year in the new center; the Huot Technical Center is to host the Lakes Region Chamber Business After Hours on Thursday, February 20, from 4-6 p.m.
This will be an engaging opportunity for area business professionals and Huot Alumni to connect and tour the various programs of the Huot Technical Center: Automotive; Biotechnology; Building Construction; Business Financial Management; Business Management, Business and Medical Office Technology; Culinary Arts; Careers in Education; Health Science; Law Enforcement; Manufacturing Engineering technology; Multi Media Communication; Pre-engineering and Resort and Recreation Management.
The night will give local businesses a chance to see where the Lakes Region's future workforce is being educated and prepared for the needs of the area.
The Huot Technical Center is a regional program for students of Belmont, Franklin, Gilford, Inter-Lakes, Laconia and Winnisquam Regional High Schools. Students are offered career and technical education programs, that enable them to gain a better insight into a variety of career choices. Students learn through varied and hands-on experiences, allowing them to develop career-minded skills in areas of interest.
Guests attending this event will enjoy a delicious variety of beverages and food prepared by Chef Jack Aldrich; Rhonda Fahrner and students enrolled in the Culinary Arts program. The evening will also feature classroom tours and several door prizes.
For more information, contact the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce at 524-5531. Registration is now open on the Chamber's website at www.LakesRegionChamber.org.
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GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department will be sponsoring a Senior Moment-um-program on Monday, February 18 at 9 a.m. for “Coffee and a Modern Classic”. The program will be held at the Community Church, Fellowship Hall.
The featured film is "My Fellow Americans” shown in honor of President’s Day. The movie and coffee are free of charge, with breakfast available for anyone interested at $2 per person, which includes blueberry pancakes and sausage.
Anyone interested in breakfast must RSVP by Friday, February 14. To RSVP or for more information contact the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722.
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MEREDITH — The American Legion Post 33 is hosting a Meat Bingo event on Saturday, February 15 at 3 p.m. at the Post located at 6 Plymouth Street.
All proceeds from this event will directly the Kylee Flint Education Fund. Kylee's father was a Marine and passed away in 2007. The public is invited to help in this important event. Smoking at this event is prohibited.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 February 2014 10:42