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Plymouth State University awarded for encouraging community service projects

PLYMOUTH — For the eighth year in a row, Plymouth State University has been named one of the nation's top schools for encouraging community service among its students.

PSU was chosen for the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and was the only school in New Hampshire chosen for three Honor Rolls: Community Service, Education and Economic Opportunity.

The list annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement. Plymouth State President Sara Jayne Steen noted PSU's recurrent appearance on the list is a testament to the institution's devotion to one of its core values.

"Our students live the Plymouth State motto, Ut prosim (That I may serve)," Steen said. "They both give and receive enormous benefit from this good work which is part of our responsibility to the state as a public institution."

The Corporation for National and Community Service chose 766 colleges and universities for the Honor Roll based on a series of factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school's commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service. The program is administered through the federal Learn and Serve America program, which supports and encourages service learning throughout the United States.

PSU students enrolled in the Doctor of Education degree program teamed with The Bridge House, a 20-plus bed homeless shelter in Plymouth to raise money for an energy efficient chest freezer and provided monthly community meals. PSU students are engaged in projects supporting many of the Whole Village's activities on behalf of children and families.

Bienvenue New Hampshire is a University-tourism industry collaboration in which PSU undergraduate students translated the Pemi Valley Chamber of Commerce brochure into French as one of numerous projects enhancing northern NH business owners' interactions with French-Canadian tourists.

For Food on the Border, PSU undergraduate students researched "strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats facing the local food movement in the context of several regional initiatives of Northern Vermont, Northern New Hampshire and southern Quebec's local food systems."

"PSU continues to engage students in various projects and topics, many of which are relevant to their field of study," said Linda Corriveau, '11G, PSU's Community Service Coordinator. "At the same time, faculty, staff and students are continuing to strengthen the community with their dedication and contributions."

Plymouth State students donate hundreds of thousands of hours on projects, such as mentoring area youth, staffing blood drives, maintaining hiking trails and leading environmental projects.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 11:17

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Irwin Toyota receives President’s Award

 LACONIA — Earlier in 2014 Irwin Toyota Scion was notified that they were selected by Toyota Motor Sales to be the winner of the company's most coveted accolades, the Toyota President's Award. The award honors those businesses that are superior in all facets of their operations, with an emphasis on maintaining Toyota's high standards for customer satisfaction. With the award finally in hand the entire Irwin team has a lot to celebrate.

Irwin Toyota has received this award due to their excellence in each of a series of categories, including customer sales satisfaction and customer service satisfaction, in addition to other sales and certification metrics. Irwin has become dedicated to operational excellence and superior customer care. Irwin's excellent customer care has immensely contributed to the winning of this award. They consistently respond to their customer needs and fosters loyalty that creates a brighter tomorrow for Toyota Motor Sales.

The President's Award is an incredible recognition for the dealerships and shines a light on real-life instances that embody Toyota's values of safety, reliability and an overall commitment to customer service to make all owners part of the larger Toyota family around the globe. "We're excited and honored to win this prestigious award. We've put a tremendous amount of effort into improving our level of customer service as well as facilities. We have to thank our employees and customers who made this possible," said Chris Irwin, Vice President of Irwin Toyota Scion.

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Piano & violin duo to kick off Taylor Community’s 2015 series of monthly programs

LACONIA -- Pianist Paul Dykstra and violinist Zoia Bologovsky will be the leadoff performers as the Taylor Community begins its 2015 Community Series of monthly programs, Taylor Community's President and CEO Bob Selig has announced.

Dykstra and Bologovsky will perform Sunday, Jan. 11, at 3 p.m. at Taylor's Woodside Building.

The 2015 Taylor Community Music Series is sponsored by Bank of New Hampshire.

"Our music series has been a great success over the past two years," said Selig. "These concerts offered a variety of the highest caliber of musicians from throughout New Hampshire and beyond. Many perform nationally as well as internationally. Each performance attracted crowds of up to 180 residents of Taylor Community and the Lakes Region.

"We're delighted Bank of New Hampshire has chosen to partner with us again this year, allowing us to invite renowned musicians from around the state to bring the love of music to the community each month," he said.

"Bank of New Hampshire is pleased to be the lead sponsor of Taylor Community's Music Series for the third year," said Mark Primeau, the bank's president and CEO. "We look forward to the performances for 2015 and hope the local community enjoys all the talented musicians scheduled."

In their program Dykstra and Bologovsky will be playing Prokofieff and Grieg sonatas and Gershwin preludes.

Dykstra has been performing and teaching in Western Canada and New England for the past 34 years. He's a member of the College of Examiners of the Royal Conservatory of Music and its counterpart in the U.S. – the Music Development Program – traveling and assessing young artists in Canada and the U.S.

Bologovsky is a graduate of the Julliard School and has toured throughout Europe and the U.S. as first violinist with the Arden String Quartet. She is currently concertmaster of North Shore Philharmonic, MetroWest Symphony and the Portsmouth Symphony.

Selig added the music series wouldn't be a reality without Taylor Community resident Bill Bell.

"We're grateful to Bill for introducing Taylor to his musical contacts throughout the state. He really took the lead and made it possible to bring a variety of talented musicians to our community." Bell was previously principal cello of the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra, while continuing a lifetime of playing chamber music.

"The Lakes Region is a music lover's community," said Bell. "We already have the first six concerts lined up for 2015 and I think people will be very pleased with the results."

"These types of events are one of the reasons so many people choose to move here," said Taylor Marketing Director Paul Charlton. "We enjoy being able to offer a variety of entertainment at no cost to the general public."

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LRGHealthcare announces Evroks Corporation as Gold Sponsor of Red Dress Gala fund raiser

LACONIA —  LRGHealthcare is pleased to announce that the Evroks Corporation has signed-on for a fifth year in a row as a Gold Sponsor of the Red Dress Gala to be held on Friday, February 13 at Church Landing at Mill Falls at the Lake. Proceeds from the Red Dress Gala support cardiac services and technology at LRGHealthcare.

Evroks joins Presenting Sponsor MB Tractor & Equipment; Candy Bar Sponsor DiGiorgio Associates Inc./Monitor Builders Inc.; Cocktail Reception Sponsor MRS - Medical Reimbursement Specialists; Entertainment Sponsor Lakes Region General Hospital Auxiliary; Gourmet Coffee Bar Sponsor Meredith Village Savings Bank; Photo Booth Sponsor Bank of New Hampshire; Silver Sponsor Decorative Interiors; Valet Sponsor Atlantic Parking Services, LLC (APS); Bronze Sponsors AutoServ Dealerships, Binnie Media, DAK Financial Group LLC, Denise Tucker Group, Dr. Paul F. Racicot, FairPoint Communications, Franklin Regional Hospital Auxiliary, Franklin Savings Bank, Gilford Well Company, Lakes Cosmetic Institute, LRGHealthcare Senior Team, Rae Mello-Andrews & Friends, The Brilliant Gems!, and The Lake Dockers. Corporate Sponsors include BlueSpire Marketing, Cross Insurance, Health Plans, Inc., Landmark Benefits, Inc., and Stewart's Ambulance Service.

The theme of this year's event is Dinner at Tiffany's. This elegant evening will feature a delicious meal created by The Common Man culinary team, live & silent auctions, and dancing to local favorite Paul Warnick and Phil 'n the Blanks. Major event supporters are Church Landing at Mill Falls at the Lake, Comcast Spotlight, Crown Design, Divine Inspirations, 5 Star Entertainment, Lakes Region Floral Studio, MW Animation & Video, Paul Warnick and Phil 'n the Blanks, The Common Man, Tylergraphics, Inc., and Warren Bailey.

The gala is sold-out but if interested in attending please call the LRGHealthcare Office of Philanthropy to be added to the wait list: 527-7063 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 11:00

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