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Rebecca Rule to visit Gordon Nash Library

NEW HAMPTON -- Well known humorist, author and storyteller Rebecca Rule brings her stories of New Hampshire and the characters that make New Hampshire unique to the Gordon Nash Library on Thursday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m.

Rule has been collecting and telling stories of New Hampshire and New England for more than 15 years. She has several books to her credit, including her popular "Heading for the Rhubarb and "Live Free and Eat Pie."

She comes from a long line of New England storytellers and has spent much of her life collecting and telling stories which have their roots imbedded in the granite of New Hampshire.

In keeping with the spirit of the New Hampton Oral History Project, audience members will be invited to contribute stories of their own.

Rule's appearance is sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council, and is free and open to the public.

Refreshments will be served and Fritz Robbins' prints will be on sale. For more information you may contact Gordon DuBois at 279 0379

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Inter-Lakes Math Team finishes 2nd of 9 competitors at meet held on Dec. 18

MEREDITH — The Inter-Lakes white math team placed 2nd out of 9 teams at their meet, held on December 18, 2014. Newfound was first with 152 points, Inter-Lakes second with 133 points, and Belmont third with 125 points. After three meets Inter-Lakes is still in first place with 389 points, followed by Newfound with 353 points, and Belmont with 332 points.

On the White team, Johnny Cox had perfect scores in Algebra I, Algebra II, and Advanced Math scoring 18 points. Other high scorers included Liam Donohoe with 14 points, and Tyler Taggett with 12 points. Isabel Cunningham, Sam Otis, Ambrose Bean, Kodey Converse, Ariana Lopez, Joshua Schmalle and Parker Caswell contributed the remaining points.

The Inter-Lakes Blue Team finished 7th out of 9 with a total of 77 points. The team was led by Trevor Colby and Cam Daly, each with 14 out of 18 points, and Eli Lopez with 12 points. Kylie Dickinson, Cammy Labonte, Angelo Burgess, Kaylee Converse, and Ian Daly also contributed towards the 77 points.

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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.


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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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