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Broadband Stakeholders Group to Meet Feb. 28

MEREDITH — The Lakes Region Planning Commission (LRPC) has been working to help communities better understand the availability of high-speed broadband internet access and plan for reliable, affordable broadband internet solutions. The ability to access high-speed internet will have a significant impact on the economic development of a community now and well into the future.

At the next Lakes Region Broadband Stakeholder Group (LRBSG) meeting on Friday, February 28 at 9 a.m. in the LRPC First Floor Conference Room the group will continue to review the draft of the NH Lakes Region Broadband Plan with a focus on recommendations and implementation strategies. They will also be discussing plans for a public forum that will be held later in 2014 to update citizens on the status of the NH Broadband Mapping and Planning Program, and introduce the draft NH Lakes Region Broadband Plan and maps for public review.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 09:59

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PSU Alumna Catherine Dwinal Named 2014 Teacher of the Year by Technology Institute for Music Educators

PLYMOUTH — Laconia music teacher Catherine Dwinal,'10, has been recognized by her peers as the nation's top music teacher. The prestigious Mike Kovins Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME) Teacher of the Year Award recognizes outstanding dedication and enthusiasm in music educators who have introduced technology into their music classrooms. It is named in honor of the late Mike Kovins, who was instrumental in starting Technology Institute for Music Educators in 1995.

Since earning a bachelor's in Music Education from Plymouth State University, Dwinal has been teaching elementary general music and chorus at Elm Street and Pleasant Street schools in Laconia since 2010. Switching schools every quarter, she teaches over 30 general music classes, a brand new iBand, and 2 different after-school chorus programs. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding dedication and enthusiasm in music educators who have introduced technology into their music classrooms as a means to teach the standards of their music education program.

"I've surrounded myself with the right people who are always there to support, guide, and encourage everything I try," Dwinal said. "As long my students walk out of my room everyday encouraged to create, listen, and overall love music, I've done my job and with technology I can support that."

She uses her technology skills in and out of the classroom; she also a regular presenter about elementary music technology at educational conferences. PSU Music, Theatre and Dance Department chairman Dr. Jonthan Santore said Catie's national recognition is not surprising.

"When Catie was a student, she always exhibited strong interest in both technology and music education -- we're so proud of her bringing these interests together so strongly in her professional work," said Santore.

Catie was also proudly featured this year in National Association for Music Education's October 2013 issue of Teaching Music magazine for her work with TI:ME commercial members Quaver Music and integrating technology into her classroom.

The award was presented to Ms. Dwinal during the keynote presentation on Thursday, February 13 at the TI:ME National Conference held in conjunction with the Texas Music Educators Association conference in San Antonio, TX.

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Arts Collaborative February Vacation workshops beginning on Feb 25

MEREDITH — The Arts Collaborative has some creative offerings planned for February school vacation.

On Tuesday, February 25 children 6-12 years can choose to participate in "Puppet pals and Crazy Characters" from 9:30 a.m. to noon. In this workshop children will dream up some amazing, bold, crazy, brave and silly characters, and bring them to life in hand made puppets, using bits and pieces of fabric, paper, recycled treasures and more. A Fun with Color workshop will be offered from 12:30-3 p.m. In this workshop students will explore color mixing, blending, stamping, sponging, splattering, and painting. Children are encouraged to bring their own snacks, and lunch if they plan to stay for both workshops.

On Wednesday February 26 pre-teens and teens can choose "Altered books and Creative Journaling" from 9:30 a.m. to noon. During this class teens will take an old bookand paint, tear, stamp, collage, embellish and make it their own unique artistic statement. Photos, ticket stubs, and stickers that have special meaning can be brought from home, or can be chosen from the studios plentiful collection of unique materials. A "Canvas Painting" workshop will be offered from 12:30- 3 p.m. Students will make their own original paintings using acrylic paints.

"It's a great chance for kids to make a mess and try new ideas and experiment with art in a non- judgmental process oriented environment. I love to watch their eye's light up with delight and pride at their accomplishments and discoveries. It's also a nice chance for parents to get a break or accomplish some work, while the children have fun during the busy vacation week." Says experienced teaching artist Heidi Little. 

Pre-registration is required for all workshops. For more information visit www.theartscollaborative.net or contact Heidi Little at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 09:45

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Italian Club Presents Mask Making for Carnevale

GILFORD — Once again, the NH Lakes Region Italian Cultural Club brings an interesting aspect of Italian Culture to the Lakes Region. The club has obtained a professional from "Behind the Mask Studio" who will present a talk and demonstration on mask making as it is done in Venice each year for Carnevale and in other areas of the world.

This event will be held at Pheasant Ridge Country Club on March 28 at 6 p.m..
An Italian dinner catered by Contigiani's is included and the cost including the dinner is $30. This event is by reservation only. Call Alice Contardo at 527-0551 or Joe Adrignola at 496-3839 to reserve seats for this interesting presentation.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 07:36

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