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Plymouth Leadership Academy session focuses on education

PLYMOUTH — On November 6th the Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce held the third session of its Leadership Academy at Holderness School. The class gathered together in Livermore Hall to gear up for a day full of conversation around the topic of education in the State of New Hampshire and the local region.

The discussion of the day focused on public education through the lenses of leaders of Early Childhood education up through public university and college. Class co-facilitator Ty Gagne started off the first session of the morning by leading a panel of local public education leaders from the Plymouth region discussing roles and responsibilities in their respective positions, along with insight into their thoughts on how education has changed over the years. The panel was comprised of Mark Halloren, Superintendent of Schools, Michael O'Malley - SAU 48, Principal – Newfound Regional High School, Julie Flynn, Principal – Plymouth Elementary School and Karen Ferguson, Health and Safety Coordinator – Tri-County Head Start.

There was a discussion between the panelists and the Leadership Academy class around today's educational standards set by the State of New Hampshire and the Federal Government. The panelists gave an inward look into the challenges each of them face on a daily basis in public education, ranging from students who may be homeless, meeting the needs of each student in the classroom, ensuring that kids have a chance to eat healthy, and are receiving the medical attention they need that they may not necessarily get at home.

The second session of the day was led by Daniel Barrick, the Deputy Director of the NH Center for Public Policy. Barrick began his presentation by reviewing research data showing how education has been and is currently funded in the State. Discussions ensued regarding the path NH has chosen to fund public education.

Todd Leach, Chancellor of the University System of NH and Sara Jayne Steen, President of Plymouth State University were the two special guests who took part in the first afternoon session of the day. Chancellor Leach began with an overview of the four schools within the USNH system, and explained how the system is funded overall. President Steen reviewed what Plymouth State has to offer and what it does to fit into the community it resides in. She also discussed All Well Center project taking place across the river in Holderness.

The class actively discussed with the Chancellor and President how education has changed over the years in high education along with a great debate how the system is primarily funded on student tuition. During the discussion, the class was alarmed that NH is close to last in the country for state funding of public higher education and Pre-K through 12.  

The day concluded with a visit from Michelle Holt-Shannon, Associate Director of NH Listens. After a day of learning from various speakers and panelists about education in NH, Michelle took the opportunity to lead class in a discussion about what we learned from the speakers along with what their thoughts were on what needs immediate addressing in public education in NH. This facilitation gave the group a chance to have very open conversation and allowed them to start brainstorming how we as a group could make a difference in public education.

 

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North Sandwich Store, Sandwich Police Holding Christmas Toy Drive

SANDWICH — The annual North Sandwich Store and Sandwich Police Department - Sandwich Toy Drive - has begun. All toys, gifts, and monetary donations may be dropped off at either the North Sandwich Store or the Police Department. Any checks should be made out to: Sandwich Toy Drive.

The toy drive will be ongoing through December 21. The Community Wrapping Party will be held at the North Sandwich Store on Saturday, December 21 at 6 p.m.

The annual Sandwich Community Christmas Tree Party will be held in the upstairs of the Sandwich Town Hall on Sunday, December 15 at 3:30 p.m. This party is sponsored by the Sandwich Woman's Club with the assistance of several other organizations in town. Each child in Sandwich from birth through grade 3 will receive a small gift from Santa. This includes the families who have children at the Sandwich Central School but who do not live in Sandwich.

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Gallery Space Spotlights Bead Artist Cari Ordway

LACONIA — The Gallery Space is proud to spotlight creative bead artist Cari Ordway for the month of December.

Cari is owner of Bead Devine in Gilford and has been beading for 10 years. She is presently completing her requirements in the Master Beader Program in Deerfield. She has expanded her skills of bead weaving to include silver and precious metal clay designs over the past year.

She reflects on this exhibition by saying, " This is an opportunity for me to share my original pieces and skills with the Lakes Region Community that has inspired my designs."

In addition to exhibiting her creative pieces in the Gallery Space she will also be demonstrating her skills, conducting hands on workshops, and offering supplies on Saturday, December 7 between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. in the Studio Workshop at FCAC at 27 Canal Street in Downtown Laconia.

This event is a part of the Downtown Laconia Christmas Open House and will be part of the continuing efforts of the Gallery Space to collaborate with local businesses, artists, photographers, printmakers, and sculptors to promote the quality work being created in the Lakes Region.

The Art Supply Shoppe will be holding special Christmas discounts throughout the day and the FCAC Art Workshop area will be hosting painting demonstrations, limited edition prints, caricatures, and cartooning workshops. Refreshments will be served during the day.

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Waterville Valley Fire and Ice December 14th

WATERVILLE VALLEY — Waterville Valley is hosting a "Fire and Ice" holiday celebration on December 14.

The Waterville Valley Ice Arena hosts the home hockey teams, the New England Wolves and the Fighting Spirit, as they face off against their competitors on Saturday, December 14 from 12 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Guests can watch a local ice carver, Jeff Day, make progress on a sleigh ice figure in Town Square and view the two already carved masterpieces throughout the afternoon. Free ice skating will be available from 3-4 p.m. at the indoor Ice Arena, and a complimentary Wine Tasting for adults is scheduled in Jugtown Country Store from 3-5 p.m. The Rey Center and Recreation Department will host the annual Candy Cottage workshop and display. To participate in the Flaming Passport, those attending the event are required to visit each of the Town Square shops throughout the day, to have a chance at winning dinner at The Lantern.

At 4 p.m. Plymouth artist and author, Marcia Santore, will do a reading from Story Songs, her set of three new Christmas themed books. Marcia Santore's vibrant illustrations transform three traditional Christmas carols into contemporary stories. This reading will take place at The Rey Center. Afterwards, guests can linger at the outdoor fire pit for complementary hot cocoa with friends and family.

A number of other activities will be held throughout December, including Customer Appreciation Day on Thursday, December 5, when the Town Square Merchants extend gratitude to all patrons by rolling out extra savings on retail purchases and dining. The Rey Center will host an artisan fair all month, open Wednesday-Sunday each week through December 22.

New Year's eve provides a great opportunity to partake in family fun activities, special restaurant menus, and lodging, complete with an array of fireworks at 7:30 p.m. over Corcoran pond.

For more information about these events visit www.waterville.com or www.visitwatervillevalley.com or by calling 1-800-GO-VALLEY.

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