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LRCC Offers New Health Information Technology Program

LACONIA  — Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) announces a new Associate Degree Program for the Fall Semester 2014 on Prescott Hill. The new Program is Health Information Technology (HIT) through LRCC's Computer Technologies Department.

"LRCC faculty and staff are excited to offer a new and unique program in the Community College System of New Hampshire," says LRCC HIT Department Chair, Sann Lavallee of Belmont, who also heads LRCC's Computer Technologies Department. "What a progressive move for LRCC to prepare individuals to set up systems specializing in the most efficient healthcare information updates that can improve the overall efficiency of patient care."

The main professor of LRCC's new HIT Program will be Donna Morgan of Gilford, a LRCC graduate who earned the Associates in Applied Science with a focus in the Medical Profession in 1994. Morgan also continued for her Bachelor's Degree at Daniel Webster College in Management and Information Technology. Morgan then completed her Master's Degree in Business Education at Southern New Hampshire University.

"HIT is the top topic in healthcare," says Professor Morgan, an Information Technology expert at LRGHealthcare in Laconia for a number of years. "It is extremely difficult to find qualified Health Information Technology professionals in the workplace. In fact, worker shortages have become a top concern according to executives in the health profession."

"Individuals completing LRCC's HIT program could earn over $50,000 a year with a two-year Associate Degree according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics data compiled using actual salaries of health information professionals across America," says Lavallee. "Success of the new HIT Program will be determined by student employment and/or transfer to a four-year institution after graduation. I believe that LRCC Professor, Donna Morgan, is ideal to teach the basic HIT courses given her vast experience in the real world of health information technology."

For additional information about LRCC's new HIT Program, contact the Admissions Department at (603) 524-3207 ext. 6766. One may also call toll-free, 1-800-357-2992.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:39

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Irene Goddu to Exhibit at Meredith Gallery

MEREDITH — Local artist Irene Goddu will exhibit her watercolor paintings at VynnArt Gallery July 11th through the 13th.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, Irene has dedicated in a career in art since 1991. She formerly resided in Nashua, New Hampshire, for 22 years and now lives in Laconia.

The rich subject matter in New England affords Irene a never ending resource to paint. She chooses to paint peaceful settings and places to ponder in New Hampshire and around New England. Looking to create an emotional response that calms the soul, she enjoys being able to take you back to a place you may have been and to evoke pleasant memories. She creates paintings in all sizes but has a particular fondness for creating miniature paintings that can be as small as 1 inch x 2 inches.

Irene's medium of choice is watercolor with a style that is self taught as a balance between realism and impressionism, where the realism is more painterly instead of being photo realistic. Her paintings have continued to receive numerous awards over the years in local, regional and international exhibits and are a part of many corporate and private collections

VynnArt is located at 30 Main Street, in Meredith (Next to Mill Falls Market Place). For further information go to www.vynnart.com or call (603) 279-0557.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:36

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Civil War Reenactment at Weirs Beach Saturday

LACONIA — The Laconia Historical and Museum Society announces Civil War Reenactment at the N.H. Veterans Association

July 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In remembrance of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, the NHVA will be hosting artillery and cavalry Civil War re-enactment units which will demonstrate weaponry and tactics of the era, several cannon battery firings, the Military Serenade Brass Band and a presentation by "Abe Lincoln" and "Mary Todd Lincoln". Festivities will begin at 11 a.m. and run through 5 p.m.

Participating units will include the 1st NH Volunteer Cavalry Regiment, the 5th Massachusetts Artillery Battery, 6th Maine Battery Light Artillery and the 12th NH Volunteer Regimental Serenade Band. Steve and Sharon Wood from Claremont will present "Abraham and Mary Lincoln: The Long and the Short of It", a living history program set in 1861.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call The Laconia Historical and Museum Society at 603.527.1278 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the web at www.laconiahistorical.org.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:30

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The Wharf Rats return to Pitman's Freight Room this Sunday


LACONIA — The "Pointless Forest Presents" concert series returns to Pitman's Freight Room on Sunday, July 13 at 7 p.m. featuring two local favorites. The evening's featured act is the popular folk/rock/jam band "Wharf Rats," playing two sets, featuring originals and select covers from the '60s and '70s, that are arranged and performed in a way that is equal parts eclectic and electric.

Formed three years ago and based in Lakeport, the Wharf Rats play a number of originals by singer/songwriter (and Rats frontman) Peter Brunette, as well an ambitious selection of "traditional" folk/rock songs by artists such as the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Tom Petty and Van Morrison. With three or four guitars (depending on the song) and five vocalists, Brunette's full-toned acoustic-electric Takamine, the classic Stratocaster lead guitar sound of Leighton Thomas, Phil Sanguedolce's sweet Sho-Bud pedal steel, Gibson SG and PRS electric guitars (and Martin acoustic-electric), and his wife, Janet Sanguedolce's Larivee acoustic-electric, they form a seamless sonic curtain in the front of the mix. Janet also adds a powerful and soulful presence on lead and backing vocals.

The mix of guitar and vocal sounds rhythmically blend and ethereally twist through the numbers, while the rock solid drumming of "Super" Steve Austin (Meredith) and extended improvisational bass figures of Kyle Nickerson drive the polyrhythmic beat. Opening for the Wharf Rats is Rutland, Vermont native Don Bartenstein. Don is a singer-songwriter with a varied repertoire of folk and pop tunes, and a favorite on the local acoustic music scene.

The show starts at 7 pm. Doors open at 6. Tickets are $12, General Admission BYOB; for advance tickets or reservations, call 603-393-7875 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call Pitman's Freight Room directly at 603-527-0043. For further information, check out the artists and the venue on Facebook: Wharf Rats (https://www.facebook.com/wharfratsNH), Don Bartenstein (https://www.facebook.com/don.bartenstein) and Pitman's Freight Room (https://www.facebook.com/pitmans.freightroom).

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:26

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