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Woodwind Quintet to perform at Taylor Community

LACONIA — The 2014 Taylor Community Concert Series continues with the Lakes Region Woodwind Quintet on Sunday, September 21 at 3 p.m. in Taylor's Woodside Building, 435 Union Ave.

 The group features Doris Henney, Flute; Kenda Corcoran, Oboe; Debbi Gibson, Clarinet; Nancy Goldenhar, Bassoon; and Robin Jackman, French Horn. A variety of music from Classical to Blues will be featured. The Quintet last performed at Taylor in November 2013 and drew a large audience. This concert is generously being sponsored by Taylor Community Resident Florence Merrill. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 09:33

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Laconia Historical hosting Main Street Program

LACONIA — On Monday, September 15 at 7 p.m. the  Laconia Historical and Museum Society will welcome David Stamps and Warren Clement to present their lecture covering the history of the community-wide effort known as The Main Street Program.

On May 6, 2002, Laconia was awarded status as a NH Main Street Community after beginning work on the application and organization less than six months before. That all this happened so quickly was not just a testament to the more than 50 volunteers and hundreds of hours, but really reflected many positive changes that had been occurring in Laconia for the previous decade.

This presentation will trace the story of the founding of Laconia Main Street highlighting this decade with photos and original documents and PowerPoints.

This lecture will be held at The Laconia Public Library. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information about this event, call The Laconia Historical & Museum Society at 603.527.1278 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 09:30

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Paint Wolfeboro event rescheduled to this saturday

WOLFEBORO — The Paint Wolfeboro event, originally scheduled for last weekend, has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 13. The forecast for possible severe storms forced the date change.

Art lovers are encouraged to visit Wolfeboro for the Governor Wentworth Arts Council's fifth annual Paint Wolfeboro event. Area artists will gather at locations in downtown Wolfeboro for a day of open-air painting. Visitors can watch works of art being created and can purchase pieces either during the day or at an afternoon sale in Cate Park. Look for the artists around town in their yellow T-shirts.

Paint Wolfeboro runs from 10 to 2, with the sale scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Community Bandstand in Cate Park. Mark Dearborn -- a local musician and member of the Traveling Wolfeburys -- will perform in the park from 2 to 3 p.m., and light refreshments will be served.

New this year, children can join in the outdoor painting fun by trying their hand at watercolor painting in Cate Park from 12:30 to 2 p.m. For a small donation, each child can create a painting to take home, along with a watercolor kit for future fun. Children must be at least four years old and accompanied by an adult.

Artists can still sign up to be part of the fun. For more information and a registration form, visit wolfeboroarts.org, email the group at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call one of the co-chairs: Debbie Hopkins (603-569-4994) or Madelyn Albee (603-569-1701). Artists pay $15 to participate, and they set the price for their paintings and keep 60% of the proceeds from the sale of their work. Any unsold paintings remain the property of the artist.

Money raised from the Paint Wolfeboro event funds educational activities sponsored by the Governor Wentworth Arts Council, including grants to schools and libraries in five local communities.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 09:27

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PSU Earns High National Ranking in Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills Test

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University students rank in the 95th percentile in the United States for "value added" knowledge, or knowledge and skills gained during the undergraduate years according to the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA), a standardized test. The results show Plymouth State University students make key gains in critical thinking and problem solving skills during the four years they spend in the classroom, labs and in research activities.

The Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) uses a "value-added" outcome measurement to examine a college or university's contribution to student learning. The CLA measures critical thinking, analytic reasoning, problem solving, and written communication skills. The assessment consists of open-ended scenarios that require thoughtful written responses. David Zehr, PSU's Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies, says Plymouth State tests incoming first-year students and graduating seniors to gauge how much they've learned in four years.

"Along with course content we're teaching them valuable skills like problem solving, critical thinking, reasoning with quantitative information, and effective writing," Zehr said. "It says we're doing what we ought to be doing: we're taking students through their four-year education and helping them to develop the skills they're going to need to be successful in the job marketplace and in life."

Each school participating in the CLA has a predicted value added score, based on students' SAT scores and other factors. Zehr noted PSU exceeded expectations by placing in the 95th percentile for "value added" knowledge, or knowledge and skills gained during the undergraduate years.

"For all of the schools that participated in the CLA, we're in the top five percent on the value added dimension," said Zehr. "Based on these test results, our faculty can take great pride in the work they do with our students."

The CLA was developed in 2002 by the Council for Aid to Education; since then more than 1,000 colleges and high schools have participated in the program. PSU's institutional report was released August 28.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 07:32

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