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‘Faces of Laconia’ photo project to be displayed at Taylor Community

LACONIA — Lakes Region Photographer Alan MacRae presents a program about his project entitled "Faces of Laconia," at Taylor Community's Woodside Building, Monday, April 7 from 7-8 p.m. The project includes the portraits of 23 people who have made significant contributions to Laconia and the surrounding area. The display will remain available for viewing throughout April.

MacRae worked with Brenda Kean, executive director of the Laconia History and Museum Society, contacting and interviewing people they felt had made a difference through their unique contributions to the the city. They interviewed most of the people in their own homes or workplace, where MacRae could get photos in a natural setting, most comfortable to the subjects.

The event is free and open to the public but RSVPs are requested to ensure seating. Call 524-5600 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Taylor Community is a not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community whose mission is to provide the highest quality retirement living options to support the independence, health and dignity of community residents. Visit www.taylorcommunity.org and like us on Facebook to keep up with all our events.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 07:33

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Plymouth Wastewater Treatment Plant wins Excellence Award

PLYMOUTH — Wastewater Treatment Plant was recently selected by EPA for a 2013 Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Award. The Plymouth Village Wastewater Treatment Plant staff, led by Superintendent Kirk Young, was recognized by EPA's New England Office for exceptional work in operating and maintaining the wastewater treatment plant.

The plant was one of two facilities in New England acknowledged for exemplary performance during 2013. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services was instrumental in nominating this facility. The plant has been provided with outstanding support and leadership from the Plymouth Village Water and Sewer District over the years.

“The professionals operating these wastewater treatment plants, as well as the municipalities and the state environmental agencies that support them, are essential to keeping our environment healthy by protecting water quality. EPA is proud to give them the credit they deserve,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA's New England Office.

The EPA Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Award was established to recognize and honor the employees of publicly owned wastewater treatment plants for its commitment to improving water quality with outstanding plant operations and maintenance. More often than not, and particularly with the smaller facilities, conscientious operators and staff continue to perform exceptionally with limited resources.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 08:59

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PSU photo book boasts 200 images

PLYMOUTH — In 1808, Revolutionary War veteran Col. Samuel Holmes gave $500 towards the establishment of what became Holmes Plymouth Academy. Several other schools followed on the site until 1871 when Plymouth Normal School, now Plymouth State University, was established.

A newly released book celebrates the many accomplishments and people who have molded what is today Plymouth State University into a hallmark of educational excellence. The book combines more than 200 historical and current images to the tell story of the University's past and present.

PSU Professors Marcia Schmidt Blaine and Louise McCormack researched and wrote the historical text. "What do the citizens of the State of New Hampshire need in higher education," Schmidt Blaine and McCormack ask in their opening paragraph. "Genuine engagement, a close relationship between students and their faculty, service to the state and the world, cooperative works with local communities and international partners, and a vision for the future." These "answers," they write, have guided Plymouth State throughout its history.

The PSU story begins in 1808 with the founding of Holmes Plymouth Academy "for teaching and instructing youth." The Academy closed in 1840 and a succession of schools and seminaries used the buildings.

In the late 1860s, with the State of New Hampshire needing more and better trained school teachers, the legislature in 1870 called for the creation of a state "normal school." Several towns vied for the honor of hosting the school, but Plymouth's proposal of using the former Academy buildings plus the additional sums raised from the town, its citizens and the railroad won over the legislature. The New Hampshire State Normal School at Plymouth opened in 1871, became Plymouth Teachers College in 1939, Plymouth State College in 1963, and Plymouth State University in 2003.

Blaine and McCormack also write about the changes in campus life. They discovered a note in the 1916 Normal School catalog stating that "serious life demands its recreations and variety... One hour a week is required of all for physical training." Dinners in Mary Lyon Hall in the 1920s were "sit-down affairs with tablecloths and servers," and each fall on "Mountain Day," Normal School students would climb Mt. Stinson or Mt. Moosilauke. By the 1960s and 1970s, students began working with administrators to have a greater say in campus life, including the privilege of not having to sign in and out of their residence halls.

The story of the present day University is told using pictures instead of words. These photographs occupy more than 100 pages and depict the University's present-day student body, academic environment and campus life. Many iamges are presented for the first time. Arranged in sections from classroom teaching to research, athletics to arts, and several pages highlighting the beauty of the campus and its surroundings, the photos offer readers a glimpse of a vibrant Plymouth State of today.

In addition to Schmidt Blaine and McCormack, other staff members contributed to the book. Barbra Alan served as editor and Lisa Prince designed the layout and coordinated printing. Both work in the University's Office of Public Relations. Other staff members are also listed as contributing photographers.

The book Plymouth State University is available for preview at go.plymouth.edu/photo-book, along with information for ordering online. Copies are also available for purchase in the Plymouth State University Bookstore, located in the Hartman Union Building.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 08:45

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Art Association Artists of the Month On Display Until April 21

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Art Association announces the artists selected for this month's popular Artists of the Month Program. As the Association draws from the entire Lakes Region, this program is aimed at exposing the Association and its members' work across the entire area.

Each month, a jury selects from submissions by member artists to be featured at various businesses in the Lakes Region. These original pieces might be oil or acrylic paintings, watercolors, pastels, photos or collages.

The following member artists will each have art work on display until April 21 at these Lakes Region business locations: B.J. Eckardt, Northway Bank, Laconia; Jay Fitzpatrick, Northway Bank, Tilton; Jean Kennedy, Franklin Savings Bank, Gilford; Gisela Langsten, Northway Bank, Meredith; Kazuko Okubo, VynnArt Gallery & Art Supplies, Meredith; Joanne Reynolds,
Belknap Mill, Laconia; Eileen Russilillo, Franklin Savings Bank, Main Office, Franklin; Marlene Witham, Bank of New Hampshire, Gilford.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 08:37

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