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LRCC Welcomes Gunstock Ski Club Members

LACONIA — Gunstock Ski Club (GSC) members are involved in the Winter-Term Program at Lakes Region Community College, doing their schoolwork in a small private group while using most daylight hours to train for ski racing events in their age groups U14 (12-13-year-olds) and U16 (14-15-year-olds).

LRCC has made a classroom available for the participants to use in the academic portion of their program. Running from December 1 through April 1, the GSC is responsible for the race training portion of the program. Parents and private tutors are responsible for the classroom work.

"It is great that these GSC athletes are able to pursue their dream of full-time ski training in the winter while still being enrolled in their home town schools," says Turner McLaughlin, responsible for the 175 GSC members who train on weekends and vacations at the Gunstock Mountain Resort. "The winter is so short; these kids will have a leg up on the competition as long as they keep up with their schoolwork at the same time. The academic piece of the program, with the space provided by LRCC, has made this Winter-Term Program experiment a success."

Students must maintain stringent academic standards in order to participate in the Winter- Term Program. "I am so glad to see that LRCC facilities are able to be used by community organizations in whatever capacity that is needed," says Turner McLaughlin. "It sure fills a niche for us."

"LRCC puts community first," says LRCC Admissions Recruiter, Jessica Dade  of Gilmanton, mother of participant, Kat Dade. "Everything is coming together superbly."

GSC President Turner McLaughlin remembers LRCC well when the College was opened in 1967. "I was amazed at how far the school has come from when the doors were initially opened," says Turner McLaughlin, almost in tears when she revisited LRCC for the GSC Mid-Term Program. "Everything has come full circle and my father would be extremely proud if he saw the College and expansions today."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 09:44

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NH Charitable Foundation Supports Belknap Mill's Summer Concert Series

LACONIA — With funding from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and other local partners, the Belknap Mill is well on its way to planning the largest summer concert series ever in Rotary Park.
The Mill will produce two concert series to run from June 4 through the end of August. The first series will continue the Music in the Park concerts on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., featuring local artists and five NH Arts Roster artists recommended by the NH State Council on the Arts. The Mill has scheduled 12 groups, ranging from Franco-American artist Lucie Therrien to the Crunchy Western Boys, from children's funny man Michael Zerphy to World Music artist Randy Armstrong.
Then, on Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m., local workers can come to Rotary Park and enjoy energetic music, healthy lunches, a bit of Zumba, and raffle prizes to get them through the work day. The Belknap Mill will play host to a variety of upbeat musicians to get everyone moving. Order ahead and have a healthy lunch waiting for you at the park. (To pre-order, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .) Spend time in the sun enjoying music and lunch while you plan your weekend get-away. Don't worry about messy weather: The concerts will not be cancelled. During inclement weather, the concerts will move to the Belknap Mill's third floor where there will be comfortable seats, healthy lunches, and a brand new Friday experience.
To let the Belknap Mill know what you think about the new Friday Live Lunch, email Executive Director Denise Sharlow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 10:55

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Appalachian Mountain Teen Project 30th Annual Family Skate

WOLFEBORO — The Appalachian Mountain Teen Project's 30th Annual Family Skate will be held on March 1 at 2 p.m. at the Pop Whalen ice arena in Wolfeboro. Since 1984, the Appalachian Mountain Teen Project has been gathering for an Annual Family Skate.

Rental skates are available at a discounted rate and some snacks will be provided. The AMTP encourages alumni, family and friend to reply in advance so the organization knows how many to account for.

The AMTP is a non-profit organization that provides long-term mentoring support and leadership opportunities for youth in the Lakes Region. For more information about AMTP and upcoming events visit www.teenprojectnh.com or call the office at 569-5510.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 10:45

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Alaskan Wilderness Hiking Program, February 6 from 6:30–7:30 p.m.

GILFORD — The Gilford Public Library will host a special presentation by wilderness hiker Kristin Gates on Thursday, February 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

This past summer, at only 26 years old, Gates became the first woman to traverse Alaska's Arctic Brooks Range solo. Kristin's trip took her 1,000 miles across this isolated mountain range. Since there are no roads, let alone hiking trails, north of the Yukon River, she bushwacked and packrafted the entire distance.

Kristin will share stories and pictures of her wild river crossings and daily grizzly bear sightings, and what it was like to travel through one of the last pieces of true wilderness in North America. Kristin will also talk about her next expedition, following the route of the old gold miners up in Alaska. She estimates that this trip should take 2.5 months and will cover over 3,000 miles. This presentation is free and open to the public.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 10:41

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