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Lake Winnipesaukee Museum to hear about State School on Wednesday

LACONIA — Lake Winnipesaukee Museum is hosting a presentation, "The Laconia State School: Understanding Our Past to Create a Better Future for People with Disabilities", featuring Gordon Dubois on Wednesday, August 20 at 7 p.m. 

Opened in 1903 and closed in 1991, the Laconia State School was the state's only residential institution for children and adults labeled "feebleminded." Using an extensive collection of slides, artifacts and videotaped oral histories, Gordon Dubois traces the evolution and growth of this institution. The presentation provides insight into the principle features of society's values and changes in those values during the twentieth century. It also connects Laconia State School's institutional history with larger social ideals and principles, which led to national trends and social policy.

Particular attention is paid to the eugenics period and the social inclusion movement, which led to the eventual closing of the institution. Gordon Dubois has an M.S. Indiana State University; DuBois worked for 40 years in the disability field in Maine and NH most recently for the NH Bureau of Developmental Services. He worked at Laconia State School from 1977 until it closed in 1991. A wealth of documents (files, letter, manuscripts, and artifacts) were catalogued at the NH Department of Archives and Records Management. DuBois became fascinated with the history of Laconia State School and to a larger degree the history and social condition of people with disabilities.

This event is free and open to the public and is made possible by a grant from the NH Humanities Council. To RSVP call 366-5950.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 09:30

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Inaugural poet Richard Blanco to speak at book-author lunch in Moultonborough

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Moultonborough Friends of the Library holds its annual Book-Author Luncheon at Bald Peak Colony Club on Wednesday, September 10 featuring Presidential Inaugural Poet, Richard Blanco. The Luncheon will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m

Richard Blanco is hailed as one of the most passionate poetic voices and distinguished storytellers of the current age. As an historic poet, public speaker, professor and memoirist, he continues to invite audiences to reconnect to the heart of the human experience and all of its beautiful diversity. Through the power of his words and presence, Blanco taps into our unspoken dreams, hopes, and frustrations. He captures the human spirit and condition in all of its complexities by opening up our minds and encouraging individuals to see beyond their differences and to share in the universal experience of our humanity. Blanco appeals to audiences everywhere and inspires a new way to think and feel about the poetry of our day. He makes poetry an accessible, inclusive, and transformative part of our everyday lives

A cash bar on the Bald Peak Terrace will be available beginning at noon. Tickets are $35 per person and are available for purchase at the Moultonborough Library until Wednesday, September 3.  Guests are asked to observe the Bald Peak Dress Code: No denim and collared shirts for gentlemen. 

Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 09:25

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Local residents among graduates of AmeriCorps Community Corps

LACONIA — Trevor Bisson of Laconia and Colin Evans of Canterbury are among 480 members who graduated from AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) in late July.

Each member was part of a team of about 10 diverse individuals. These teams traveled to, lived in, and completed several six- to eight-week-long projects for different communities across the Great Plains and western United States.


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Miles for Smiles 5K to be held on Sept. 6 in Plymouth

PLYMOUTH — Lakes Region Community Services' fourth annual Miles for Smiles 5K Run/Walk will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 6, in downtown Plymouth. The starting line is at the Plymouth Regional Senior Center, 8 Depot St. and the race begins at 6 p.m.

Proceeds from Miles for Smiles help to fund dental care for adults with developmental disabilities. Except for extractions, dental services for adults are not covered by Medicaid, leaving many unable to receive the care they need for good oral health.

"The wonderful thing about Miles for Smiles is that it spotlights how caring and supportive our community is," said LRCS Associate Director Laurie Vachon. "The way that dental professionals, businesses, students, local families and others have supported us in helping individuals meet a very basic human need is truly heart-warming."

Miles for Smiles major sponsors are: Dr. Raymond Thomas Finn Jr., DMD/Beautiful Smiles of the Lakes Region; Shauna L Gauthier, DMD/Oral Surgery of New England and Dental Implant Center; Northeast Delta Dental, Concord; NH Dental Society; Tilton Family Dental and Winnisquam Dental. Other sponsors include Community Guaranty Savings Bank, Circle Dental of Meredith, and Jeffrey R, Crowell, DMD of Laconia.

"So many organizations, groups and businesses have embraced Miles for Smiles over the past few years," said Vachon. "In addition to our wonderful sponsors, other area businesses are showing their support by donating raffle prizes. Several raffle prizes, including gift certificates to many local restaurants and retail businesses, will be raffled off after the completion of the race.

There is a discounted entry fee of $20 for anyone who registers by Monday, September 8. Registration on the day of the race is $25. The first 50 registrants are guaranteed a race T-shirt.

The route weaves through the downtown Plymouth area and is substantially flat. The race is professionally timed.

 Register online at https://g2racereg.webconnex.com/smiles5k2014, or find the link to the online registration form at www.lrcs.org. For more information on participating in the race or helping to sponsor the event, visit lrcs.org, find the "Miles for Smiles 5k run/walk race" on Facebook, or contact Erin Pettengill at LRCS 603-966-3981.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 09:08

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