Lakes Region Community College offering Late Start Classes for spring semester

LACONIA — Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) is offering new Late Start Classes for the 2015 Spring Semester. Courses will begin on Monday, February 23, as well as the new Hybrid Term II courses that start Monday, March 23.

"Over the years potential students have missed the Spring Semester enrollment period and have been unable to take courses until the following semester," says LRCC Academic Affairs Vice President, Tom Goulette. "Not anymore. LRCC faculty and staff are ready today to assist more and more students in a timely manner!"

LRCC Late Start Classes beginning Monday, February 23 include College Composition, College Comp/Portfolio, Math Prep, and Introduction to Sociology. The Hybrid Term II, where half of the class is held online and half in the classroom, giving students the best of both worlds, starts Monday, March 23. Hybrid Term II courses include Software Applications, Designing for the Web I, Cultural Anthropology, Foundations of Conflict Resolution, Political/Social Issues of Human Services, Human Growth & Development, Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Dependency, and Critical Thinking and Decision Making. All of the classes mentioned above will be completed by Monday, May 11.

For additional information, contact the LRCC Admissions Department at 524-3207 ext. #6766. One may also call toll-free, 1-800-357-2992.

Plymouth reverend offering ‘Ashes to Go’ on Main St.

PLYMOUTH — On this Ash Wednesday, many Christians will head to church for a special blessing. But for those who do not have time, there is another alternative in Plymouth: A program called Ashes to Go.

Next Wednesday the Rev. Grace Burson, of the Epsicopal Church of the Holy Spirit will administer ashes on Main Street in Plymouth from 2 to 4 p.m.

During the ritual, Burson will recite a short prayer, and then press ashes against each person’s forehead, moving her thumb in the shape of a cross, and saying, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

The ashes come from burned palms from Palm Sunday service last year.

On the Christian calendar, Ash Wednesday begins Lent, the 40-day period of reflection and fasting that leads to Easter.

According to the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, Ashes to Go is about bringing spirit, belief, and belonging out from behind church doors, and into the places where people go every day.

New Hampshire's Episcopal bishop, the Rt. Rev. Robert Hirschfeld, along with two priests, will administer ashes in Eagle Square in Concord, and another Ashes to Go ceremony is scheduled to take place in Portsmouth.


Gilmanton Winery named a 'Farm of Distinction'

GILMANTON — Marshall and Sunny Bishop, owners of the Gilmanton Winery and Camelot Alpaca Farm, are the proud recipients of the "Farm of Distinction" Award, an honor presented at the 32nd Annual NH Farm & Forest Expo, held February 6 and 7.

The annual awards ceremony recognizes industry leaders and their contributions over the past year. "Farms of Distinction," a program of the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food that annually recognizes those New Hampshire Farms that go the extra mile to keep their busy farmsteads neat and attractive, thereby portraying a positive image for New Hampshire agriculture.

"We are extremely honored to receive this award. Running the winery and alpaca farm is rewarding in itself and to receive an award for doing our dream job is just icing on the cake," said owner Sunny Bishop.

The Gilmanton Winery opened in 2006 and is located in the former home of Grace Metalious, author of the novel "Peyton Place." The winery also operates as a restaurant serving lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Camelot Alpaca Farm is located on the same property, home to 14 Huacaya alpacas.

For more information about the winery, please visit or call 267-8251.

Altrusa of Laconia installs reading equipment at HealthFirst Care Center


The 2014 Make a Difference Day project for Altrusa International of Laconia saw the club supply the HealthFirst Family Care Center iin Laconia with bookcases, children's cubes set up with reading supplies for young people, a small table and two chairs, a small child's desk, and lots of books and magazines for both children and adults which were collected by club members.

This facility sees approximately 1,200 individuals per year that are income-eligible and unable to be seen by the local hospital facility. This Family Care Center operates on a minimum budget and Altrusa of Laconia was happy to supply them with reading materials and bookcases. The patients are allowed to take the reading materials home with them after their health care visit.

The health facility Referral Specialist, Charlie Douillette, shares Altrusa's view of the importance of literacy for all ages. This project helps with Altrusa's mission of promoting literacy throughout the community and assists in making a dream come true for the HealthFirst Family Care Center. This will be one of Altrusa's ongoing literacy projects, in addition to their other current literacy projects of supplying books on tape and large-print Readers Digests for the Eldercare unit at Lakes Region General Hospital and providing a new book and information on the importance of reading to the parents of each newborn at Lakes Region General Hospital.

For more information about Altrusa of Laconia, visit their website: