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Pleasant Street School launches ‘Year of the Book’

LACONIA — Pleasant Street Elementary School in Laconia has launched The Year of the Book, a year-long event celebrating reading, writing and literacy.

The program, funded by a Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF) grant, kicked off on Sept. 17. The $25,000 grant provides literacy programs, events, support, professional development and new books over the course of the school year. Each student in the school received a free book to take home. Seven more book giveaways are scheduled throughout the year.

Duncan McDougall, executive director of CLiF helped Pleasant Street School launch the grant with a storytelling presentation and book giveaway. Other schools receiving the grant are Valley View Community School in Farmington, Beech Street School in Manchester and Stewartstown Community School in West Stewartstown.

Mrs. Rosenfeld, Pleasant Street's school librarian, was delighted with the student response to the CLiF program.

"I am so proud of our students. They were enthralled by Mr. McDougall's stories and they enthusiastically responded to his questions. PSS students were a top notch and well behaved audience. One second grade student told me that 'the more you read books, the smarter you get' and she is absolutely right," she said.

The CLiF sponsors for The Year of the Book at Pleasant Street School are The Couch Family Foundation and Matt and Margaret Rigtmire.

CLiF is an independent nonprofit based in Waterbury Center, Vt. It was founded in 1998 and its mission is to nurture a love of reading and writing among low-income, at-risk and rural children in New Hampshire and Vermont. For more than 16 years CLiF has supported and inspired 160,000 young readers and writers through five literacy program sponsorships and has given away more than $3 million in new, high-quality children's books.

CLiF does not receive any federal or state funds for its programs. It relies solely on the generosity of individuals, local companies, social organizations and foundations. For more information please visit www.clifonline.org.

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Explore a Truck on Saturday at Laconia Public Works Garage

LACONIA — Youngsters and grown-ups will have a chance to get a close-up view of trucks of all kinds on Saturday when the Laconia Parks & Recreation and Public Works departments co-host the annual Explore a Truck Day. The event will take place at the Laconia Public Works garage on Bisson Avenue between 10 a.m. and noon.

Kids of all ages and parents will be able to explore all different types of vehicles. There will be vehicles such as an excavator, payloader, bulldozer, dump truck, snow plows, fire trucks, police cars, tow trucks and a tree company.

There will also be some food available.

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Better Choices, Better Health workshop at Franklin Regional Hospital

FRANKLIN — Community members can learn how to manage your chronic pain symptoms, diabetes, or arthritis with the Better Choices, Better Health workshop presented by LRGHealthcare in conjunction with the Franklin Area VNA during one of two upcoming free sessions at Franklin Regional Hospital. Sessions will be offered on Tuesday’s, beginning September 30 through November 4 from 6-8 p.m. or on Wednesday’s, beginning October 15 through November 19 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Those attending the workshops will apply skills for living a full, healthy life with a chronic condition, learn to set weekly goals and develop a practical step-by-step plan for improving health and quality of life. Weekly topics include healthy eating, physical activity, relieving stress, pain and fatigue management, and more. Workshop leaders will guide participants through this proven program developed by the Stanford University School of Medicine. These sessions are ideal for anyone living with a chronic health condition or a caregiver of someone with a chronic health condition.
For more information or to register for this upcoming workshops, please call LRGHealthcare Education Services at 527-7120.

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Plymouth State University to host Homecoming & Family Celebration Sept. 26-28

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University will hold its Homecoming and Family Celebration the weekend of Sept. 26-28.

Check-in will be Friday, Sept. 26, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Hartman Union Building, and Saturday, Sept. 27, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ice Arena and Savage Welcome Center on Holderness Road.

Activities include sports events, magician Joel Meyers, poetry and music from the contemplative to the comedic entitled Living in the Moment with PSU faculty Elizabeth Daily and Allan DiBiase, the annual Foley 5k footrace, an alumni golf tournament at Owl's Nest Resort & Golf Club, a harvest festival, a cornhole tournament and an evening of entertainment at the Silver Center with comedian Tig Notaro.

Friday evening's Connections dinner, hosted by university President Sarah Jane Steen, will welcome donors, student scholarship award recipients and invited family members at the annual event honoring philanthropy and achievement.

Recognition Awards will be presented to eight alumni at 11 a.m. Saturday during a Celebrating Excellence brunch at the Ice Arena and Savage Welcome Center.

The Alumni Achievement Award will be presented to Jim Goss of the class of 1968, and Gary Rabinovitz of the Class of 84.

Goss, of Concord, is executive director, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Department of Defense. Rabinovitz, of Canton, Mass., is RP/AM lab manager, Reebok International.

Distinguished Alumni Service Awards will be presented to Gene Stearns (Class of 1962) and Roberta Wallace Stearns (Class of 1961) of Northwood. Both are retired owners and educators of Casco Bay College in Portland, Maine.

Faculty/Staff Award of Excellence award will be presented to Craig Russell (Class of 2005) of Plymouth, head coach of  PSU men's ice hockey team.

Tim Carrignan, Class of 2004, of Cheverly, Md., will receive the Recent Alumni Award of Excellence. Carrignan is a cultural sector professional in Washington, D.C.

The Ut Prosim Award will be presented to Bill Andrews (Class of 1962) of Milford, a retired sales and marketing manager, Johnson Precision Inc.; and Sharon (Langlois) Andrews (Class of 1962) of Milford, retired preschool teacher, Moppets Co-op Nursery School.

Some events require preregistration. Details are online at www.plymouth.edu/celebration.

General information about events at PSU is online at ThisWeek@PSU, http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.

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