Lakes Region Child Care Services nominated for 2015 Let’s Move program

LACONIA — The NH Department of Health and Human Services, Division for Children, Youth and Families-Child Development Bureau and the NH Department of Education, Division of Program Support, Bureau of Nutrition Programs and Services have announced that their nomination for the 2015 Let's Move. Child Care Program is Lakes Region Child Care Services (LRCCS) will be recognized at the 29th National CACFP Conference in Las Vegas in April.

Lakes Region Child Care Center was selected for their extensive work with Let's Move! Child Care, the Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC), Early Sprouts, Farm to Preschool and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). LRCCS has been nominated due to their multi-faceted approach to child wellness that begins with their program and classroom practice and extends to engaging their community in helping children and families become healthier and more active.

LRCCS, a non-profit organization serving families in central NH with children ages 6 weeks through 13 years, runs three children care centers and four before and after school programs located in Belmont, Laconia and Plymouth. LRCCS has been participating in "Let's Move" since it was first introduced. Their philosophy promotes healthy choices and they have ongoing assessments that allow them to gauge how the program is supporting these annually. They have adapted the recommendations in all programs through practice and policy to support statewide initiatives and improve quality for their children, families, and staff.

"We are thrilled to be chosen to represent New Hampshire," said Marti Ilg, Executive Director, "We feel that nutrition and movement curriculum are essential in promoting overall health and development. By participating in a wide range of programs focused on the health of children, their families and our staff, we aim to create a best practice environment."

Recent initiatives have included nutrition education and monthly cooking activities to promote color and variety and healthy nutrition; on site gardening at all of the child care centers; participation in the Early Sprouts program at the Belmont Early Learning Center; involvement in a public initiative to get fresh fruits and vegetables into local convenience stores; and hosting of parent education nights. To learn more, visit

Pitman’s Freight Room hosting Ben Knight on Saturday

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room presents Ben Knight on Saturday, Feb 7 at 8 p.m.

Knight has been banging on instruments since he was a kid. He started with the pots and pans until his parents broke down and bought him a drum set. In high school, he started playing piano, but he still slammed on it like he was playing drums. Today, he performs classic hits from the early days of rock and roll and he's playing harder than ever, in addition to writing and recording his own material.

He released an EP in 2013 titled "Breaking the Keys" that was completely funded by teaching piano lessons and street performing in Boston, and has just recently released a second EP called "Any Strand of Hope." Both were recorded in Syracuse NY and feature full band arrangements and horn

Catered dinner buffet available before the show. Call 527-0043 in advance for dinner reservations.


Hebron Hazard Mitigation Plan group to meet on Tuesday

HEBRON — The Hebron Hazard Mitigation Plan Committee is in the process of updating its 2009 Hazard Mitigation Plan. The committee will have its next meeting on Tuesday, February 10 at the Public Safety Building at 1 p.m. 

The committee, which is represented by a variety of local interests including the Board of Selectmen, Fire and Police Departments, Conservation Commission, and local citizens, is focused on the natural and man-made hazards that put Hebron at risk as well as the development and prioritization of recommendations to protect the safety and well being of town residents.

Residents of Hebron and representatives from neighboring communities are encouraged to attend and provide input. Another method of providing input to the committee is through a survey at

Hazard Mitigation Planning is as important to reducing disaster losses as are appropriate regulations and land use ordinances. The most significant areas of concern for Hebron is being determined through this process. Areas of concern in the 2009 Plan included flooding, severe winter weather, and wildfire. With the update to the Hazard Mitigation Plan, community leaders will be able to prioritize actions to reduce the impacts of these and other hazards. Community leaders want the town to be a disaster resistant community and believe that updating the Hazard Mitigation Plan will bring Hebron one step closer to that goal.

A copy of the 2009 Hazard Mitigation Plan can be viewed at the town's Hazard Mitigation website For more information please call Chief John Fischer, Hebron Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director at 744-5584 or David Jeffers, Regional Planner, Lakes Region Planning Commission at 279-5341.

LHS freshman to participate in Miss N.H.’s Oustanding Teen event

DERRY — The eleventh annual Miss New Hampshire's Outstanding Teen Competition is set for Saturday, February 14 at 2 p.m. for the first preliminary round and 7 p.m. for the second preliminary round. The competition will continue on Sunday, February 15 for the finals at the Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton's Academy's Spaulding Arts & Humanities Center in Derry. Sophia Joyal of Laconia and freshman at Laconia High School will vie for scholarships and the right to compete at the Eleventh annual Miss America's Outstanding Teen in July in Orlando Florida.

New Hampshire's Outstanding Teen Competition is a program for girls' ages 13 to 17 years of age. It is the little sister program to the Miss America Organization. The competition is intended to encourage and reward talent, communication skills, community service, and academic achievement. The Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program, Inc., the official state chapter of the Miss America Organization, sponsors the teen program. Sophia Joyal will perform her talent of a monologue on Saturday, February 14 at the 2 p.m. competition show.
The contestants are vying for more than $4,000 in scholarship grants. Miss New Hampshire 2014 Megan Cooley along with Marc Willis, will serve as co emcees of the event and Miss New Hampshire's Outstanding Teen Caroline Carter will crown her successor. The program's producer is Miss New Hampshire 2003, Candace Glickman. Pattie Lamontagne chairs the event with her co-chair Miss New Hampshire 2005 Audra Paquette Burns.
Tickets are available at the door at a price of $32.50 for adults and 17.50 for students under 18 or seniors over 62. The one ticket allows entrance to both Saturday preliminaries and the finals on Sunday. The box office at the theater opens one hour before each event.