Local bait shops stocked with tickets for 36th Meredith Rotary Fishing Derby

MEREDITH -- The Meredith Rotary Club has stocked a variety of bait and tackle stores with Derby tickets to sell for the 2015 Ice Fishing Derby scheduled to take place during the weekend of Feb. 7-8.

In addition to online ticket sales available on their website (www.meredithrotary.org) tickets can be purchased at Wildlife Taxidermy in Manchester, AJ's Bait and Tackle in Meredith, and other local establishments, including Skelley's Market in Moultonborough, Winnipesaukee Dive Shop in Wolfeboro, and Murphy's Mobil in Moultonborough.

The 36th annual Ice Fishing Derby is scheduled for the weekend of February 7-8. A full list of participating vendors can be found on the Meredith Rotary website, under Fishing Derby/Where to Buy a Derby Ticket.

The 2015 Fishing Derby has been enhanced to provide all cash prizes for the winning fishermen, and a prize structure (introduced in 2013) that increases the opportunity for each fisherman to win the top prize with the capture of the largest fish in the seven available categories.

"Everyone who purchases a Derby ticket has a chance to win cash prizes," according to Craig Wiggin, Chairman of 2015 Derby. "We have 14 drawings on Saturday for $100 each, and 32 drawings on Sunday for $100 each. Additionally, we have a $5,000 cash drawing on both Saturday and Sunday, so you don't even have to fish to be eligible for these prizes, all you need is a valid Derby ticket."

Late breaking Fishing Derby information is available on the Meredith Rotary Club website and on its Facebook page. During the Derby, updates will be available on the Meredith Rotary Facebook page, as well as several radio stations.

Rebecca Rule to visit Gordon Nash Library

NEW HAMPTON -- Well known humorist, author and storyteller Rebecca Rule brings her stories of New Hampshire and the characters that make New Hampshire unique to the Gordon Nash Library on Thursday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m.

Rule has been collecting and telling stories of New Hampshire and New England for more than 15 years. She has several books to her credit, including her popular "Heading for the Rhubarb and "Live Free and Eat Pie."

She comes from a long line of New England storytellers and has spent much of her life collecting and telling stories which have their roots imbedded in the granite of New Hampshire.

In keeping with the spirit of the New Hampton Oral History Project, audience members will be invited to contribute stories of their own.

Rule's appearance is sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council, and is free and open to the public.

Refreshments will be served and Fritz Robbins' prints will be on sale. For more information you may contact Gordon DuBois at 279 0379

Inter-Lakes Math Team finishes 2nd of 9 competitors at meet held on Dec. 18

MEREDITH — The Inter-Lakes white math team placed 2nd out of 9 teams at their meet, held on December 18, 2014. Newfound was first with 152 points, Inter-Lakes second with 133 points, and Belmont third with 125 points. After three meets Inter-Lakes is still in first place with 389 points, followed by Newfound with 353 points, and Belmont with 332 points.

On the White team, Johnny Cox had perfect scores in Algebra I, Algebra II, and Advanced Math scoring 18 points. Other high scorers included Liam Donohoe with 14 points, and Tyler Taggett with 12 points. Isabel Cunningham, Sam Otis, Ambrose Bean, Kodey Converse, Ariana Lopez, Joshua Schmalle and Parker Caswell contributed the remaining points.

The Inter-Lakes Blue Team finished 7th out of 9 with a total of 77 points. The team was led by Trevor Colby and Cam Daly, each with 14 out of 18 points, and Eli Lopez with 12 points. Kylie Dickinson, Cammy Labonte, Angelo Burgess, Kaylee Converse, and Ian Daly also contributed towards the 77 points.

Plymouth State University awarded for encouraging community service projects

PLYMOUTH — For the eighth year in a row, Plymouth State University has been named one of the nation's top schools for encouraging community service among its students.

PSU was chosen for the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and was the only school in New Hampshire chosen for three Honor Rolls: Community Service, Education and Economic Opportunity.

The list annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement. Plymouth State President Sara Jayne Steen noted PSU's recurrent appearance on the list is a testament to the institution's devotion to one of its core values.

"Our students live the Plymouth State motto, Ut prosim (That I may serve)," Steen said. "They both give and receive enormous benefit from this good work which is part of our responsibility to the state as a public institution."

The Corporation for National and Community Service chose 766 colleges and universities for the Honor Roll based on a series of factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school's commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service. The program is administered through the federal Learn and Serve America program, which supports and encourages service learning throughout the United States.

PSU students enrolled in the Doctor of Education degree program teamed with The Bridge House, a 20-plus bed homeless shelter in Plymouth to raise money for an energy efficient chest freezer and provided monthly community meals. PSU students are engaged in projects supporting many of the Whole Village's activities on behalf of children and families.

Bienvenue New Hampshire is a University-tourism industry collaboration in which PSU undergraduate students translated the Pemi Valley Chamber of Commerce brochure into French as one of numerous projects enhancing northern NH business owners' interactions with French-Canadian tourists.

For Food on the Border, PSU undergraduate students researched "strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats facing the local food movement in the context of several regional initiatives of Northern Vermont, Northern New Hampshire and southern Quebec's local food systems."

"PSU continues to engage students in various projects and topics, many of which are relevant to their field of study," said Linda Corriveau, '11G, PSU's Community Service Coordinator. "At the same time, faculty, staff and students are continuing to strengthen the community with their dedication and contributions."

Plymouth State students donate hundreds of thousands of hours on projects, such as mentoring area youth, staffing blood drives, maintaining hiking trails and leading environmental projects.