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PSU hosting All New England Band Festival

PLYMOUTH — The Department of Music, Theater, and Dance at Plymouth State University will host more than 200 high school musician participants in the All New England Band Festival Monday, November 25 at 7 p.m. in the Hanaway Theater at the Silver Center for the Arts on the PSU campus.

The students will work with composer Samuel Hazo, and Thomas Root (Director of Bands at Weber State University in UT) throughout the day, forming two bands to rehearse music written by the guest conductors and others for the evening performance.

The Plymouth State University Symphonic Band, directed by Professor Mark Stickney, will open the performance with Samuel Hazo's Olympiada and Thomas Roots' Under the Rose, an unpublished work that will be performed outside of Utah for the first time. PSU Professor Fred Sienkiewicz will be featured as trumpet soloist on Bruce Broughton's Excursions, and the program will conclude with John Mackey's award-winning composition, Aurora Awakes.

Tickets for the concert are $8 for adults and youth and $6 for seniors and are available at the Silver Center Box Office at 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.


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Jump N Joy Plans Turkey Drive for 50 Families

LACONIA — Jump N Joy is starting a turkey drive to help 50 families have the best Thanksgiving ever and will be accepting the following items until the week of Thanksgiving during business hours.
3.Cranberry Sauce-canned
5.Gift cards to a supermarket, preferably Shaw's but will accept any that you would like to give.
*With the gift cards we will purchase turkeys, potatoes, butter, milk, rolls/bread and dessert the day before drop off.

We will be having a special food drive on Saturday, November 9, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For those who would like to bounce that day, thefre will be $2 off the full price admission.

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New Belmont High School initiative puts focus on students being college & career ready

BELMONT — Being college and career ready is the new movement at Belmont High School, and with the School-to-Career program in full swing, students have teamed up with local professionals to better prepare them for future success.

The new School-to-Career Coordinator at Belmont High School, Amy Burke said, "Students at BHS have a great opportunity where they can learn more about career pathways, explore occupations, test the waters, and see if it is a good fit for them! Businesses around the Lakes Region have been gracious and wonderful to work with. They open their doors and take the time to meet with students and show them the ropes. It is more than a mentoring experience; it is a life changing experience for some!" 

According to Paige Norkiewicz, a junior at Belmont High School, "I would encourage more students to participate in school-to-career opportunities because it is an amazing way to learn more about jobs/subjects you are interested in." 

Norkiewicz recently spent the day with Engineers from the NH Department of Transportation in Construction, Highway Design, Environment, Materials & Research, Bridge Design and Right of Way departments. With Civil Engineering as her main career aspiration, she has already scheduled her next school-to-career opportunity with NH Department of Environmental Services to explore this arena in more depth.

Chris Ennis, a senior at BHS has also taken advantage of the new database and is earning credit through an internship at The Lakes Region Boys & Girls Club which he discovered using the new database. He is able to spend time learning from supervisor, Norm Gilbert, while practicing his skills motivating and leading youth in areas of sports, fitness, and recreation.

“This real world learning experience has helped me discover skills that I didn’t even know I had. Being able to think quickly on my feet, being prepared for unplanned situations, and being able to communicate effectively all have had a major impact on my life and my future.”

Belmont High's School2Career program offers students career and post-secondary explorations, job shadows, internships, informational interviews, company tours, career forums, employment preparation workshops, resume services, application assistance, job searching techniques, and guidance with the new career software tool, CCSpringBoard. This provides an interactive Living Portfolio and Matchmaker assessment tool, occupational profiles, detailed career information and more.

In November, students will have the opportunity to participate in the first of four Career Panels planned for this year featuring local professionals from a different career pathway each time. Education & Training will start in November. Transportation, Distribution & Logistics is scheduled for January. Arts, A/V Technology & Communications will be in March. Health Science-Biotechnology Research & Development will close out the school year in May.

Students or business interested in participating or for more information about the Belmont High School's School2Career program, visit https://sites.google.com/ site/belmontschooltocareer/ or contact Amy Burke directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 267-8477x343.

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Lakes Region Tourism Association Awards Annual Scholarships

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Tourism Association awarded the Mildred A. Beech Scholarship and Mel Borrin Scholarship at their Annual Meeting held October 2 at The NASWA Resort's Blue Bistro.

The Mel Borrin Scholarship was awarded to James McManus, a junior at Plymouth State University, whose major is Tourism Management & Policy. The Mel Borrin Scholarship is awarded to a student who has shown enthusiasm and entrepreneurial skills and is self-motivated to succeed.

The Lakes Region Tourism Association awards the Mildred A. Beech Scholarship to a student attending a college, university or technical college in the Lakes Region to pursue a degree in tourism, hospitality and/or culinary arts. This year's scholarship went to Kaitlyn Mercier, who is attending Lakes Region Community College with a triple major in Culinary Arts, Baking & Pastry, and Restaurant Management.

The Lakes Region Tourism Association is the official tourism board of the region, representing close to 100 communities, 273 lakes and ponds, and more than 400 businesses in central New Hampshire, including area attractions, restaurants, retail establishments and accommodations.

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