BRISTOL — The Newfound Math Team completed their competition in the Lakes Region Math League with a meet in Laconia on February 12. Newfound had an outstanding effort, equaling their highest point- total this season and taking first place among the ten teams in the division.
Overall, Newfound finished in a close second place for the Division Title, falling short of the eventual champion, Plymouth, by four points. To put it in perspective, the four points is equivalent to two questions over the entire season. The JV Math Team, comprised of only sophomores and freshmen, finished as the League champions in their Division, composed of seven schools around the Lakes Region.
A number of Newfound's Mathletes received post-season accolades. Joshua MacLean was recognized as the highest scoring freshmen in the entire Lakes Region Math League. Josh answered 34 out of 45 questions correct throughout the season. Megan Geldermann received an award for being the top scoring Senior in her Division. Junior Keegan Tracy earned a medal for the highest overall scorer in the Division ¨C outscoring over 100 competitors. Keegan correctly answered 78% of his questions throughout the year.
Newfound then competed in the 42nd Annual State Mathematics Contest which was held on March 18 at Plymouth State University. The Mathletes had an impressive day placing fourth out of seventeen schools in the State's Small Schools Division. David Gibson and Jacob Holton lead the Bears with 24 points each.
The Math Team will be in flux next year as they graduate nine Mathletes. They will be focusing on recruiting for another strong run in the League
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 09:21
LACONIA — The WOW Trail is in a final push to raise funds to build Phase 2 of the trail later this year, and Patrick's Pub & Eatery in Gilford is inviting the public to their "High 5 for the WOW Trail" fundraiser to help make this happen.
"Visit us at Patrick's this month and donate $5 to the WOW Trail and we'll give you $5 Off on your next visit" explains Allan Beetle, co-owner of Patrick's and president of the WOW Trail. "And as a thank you for your support you'll have the chance to win some really great prizes from our WOW Trail sponsors." Sponsors supporting this effort include InnSeasons Resorts, Piche's Ski & Sport, Laconia Athletic & Swim Club, MC Cycle & Sport and the Woodstock Station.
The 1.3 mile WOW Trail runs from Elm Street in Lakeport to Downtown Laconia at North Main Street, mostly along the active state-owned railroad corridor. Phase 2 of the planned 9 mile rail trail will extend to the Belmont town line, where it will connect with the proposed first section of the Belmont trail making a contiguous 4 ½ mile recreation trail. Ultimately, the 9 mile WOW Trail will be part of a 25 mile Franklin to Meredith rail trail corridor.
"We're delighted with the activity out on the first phase" says Beetle. "Trail counts show over 40,000 users a year on the first section, and this will only increase as the trail grows to include more connection points. With 4 ½ miles of trail, this begins to get more interesting. But the real impact will be when we connect up to the Weirs and then on to Meredith, offering trail users retail, lodging, public beaches, residential areas and outstanding scenic vistas. That's when we will see the maximum economic impact we are working towards".
An Economic Impact Study prepared by the Belknap Economic Development Council estimates that a completed WOW Trail would generate 152,000 users each year, with 38,000 of those users coming from out of area generating net new spending of $1.8 million annually. Nationwide, rail trails demonstrably improve quality of life, encourage healthier lifestyles, provide a safe place for active commuting and generate significant economic impact to the communities they serve.
The community is invited to visit Patrick's during the month of April and donate $5 to the WOW Trail and in return, get a $5 Off coupon for a return visit. Patrick's hosts Team Trivia Monday's at 7 p.m.; Family Night (kids ½ priced meals with games and prizes) every Tuesday night and live music Wednesday thru Saturday night.
Patrick's, located at the junctions of Rt 11 and Rt11B in Gilford, is about to celebrate their 20th year in operation under Jeff and Allan Beetle. They have twice been recognized as the NH winner of the Good Neighbor Award by the National Restaurant Association in part for their work and support of the WOW Trail.
For more information about Patrick's entertainment schedule or specials, visit www.patrickspub.com or for the WOW Trail, visit www.wowtrail.org.
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 09:13
CONCORD — The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has appointed 21 new members to its regional advisory boards.
The Foundation's eight regional advisory boards — Capital, Lakes, Manchester, Monadnock, Nashua, North Country, Piscataqua and Upper Valley — are comprised of local members who monitor the needs of their communities to inform Foundation grant-making programs and provide guidance and counsel to staff and the board of directors on local and statewide issues.
Each regional advisory board member serves a three-year term. Current membership across the eight regional advisory boards totals 106.
New members in the Lakes Region include Cynthia A. Hemeon-Plessner of Laconia, the vice president of marketing at the Meredith Village Savings Bank; Jeff Kantar of Alton, a financial advisor and planner with Northwestern Mutual and Carol Gerken of Meredith, a principal of Wingate Enterprises Consulting.
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 09:06
LACONIA — CASA of NH is pleased to announce that twelve new volunteers have recently completed the pre-service training necessary to be an advocate for children who have been abused in our communities. They have received comprehensive training and are assigned a volunteer supervisor so they always have someone to turn to as they get to know the child they are assigned to and represent the child's best interests, complete court reports and show up to hearing approximately every three months until the child is able to have a safe and permanent home.
Laconia resident, Frieda Yueh added, "The training was in incredible and our class was phenomenal. So fun and informative and funny! We loved it and look forward to the next experiences.''
"The training program was an amazing experience. I am so impressed with this organization and am energized to become a contributing member," said Peter Bixby of Laconia.
Their efforts in conjunction with the existing volunteers at CASA of NH save the State of NH approximately 3.5 million dollars a year. Volunteer advocates meet with the child they are assigned to work with monthly, attend periodic court hearings and speak with the various adults involved with the child.
Statistically, young people who have a CASA have far better outcomes than those who do not and get into a safe and permanent home faster than those without a CASA volunteer advocate. CASA of NH is working diligently to recruit, screen, train and support enough advocates to serve every child, but because of the demand they are only able to take on 82% of the abuse / neglect cases throughout the state.
Due to the critical need for more advocates in the Lakes Region, trainings are scheduled in the next few months in Plymouth, Manchester and throughout the state. If you are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer or exploring various ways you can support CASA of NH, contact Jen Buteau at 536-1663 or visit www.casanh.org .
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 09:02
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