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Winnisquam FFA members attend winter leadership camp

TILTON —  Eleven members of the Winnisquam FFA Chapter spent the weekend of January 16 at the annual NH FFA Winter Leadership Camp, where they improved their skills as young leaders, met other FFA members from around the state and participated in social activities. In all, over 50 students of agricultural education engaged in the event.

Campers participated in workshops on subjects such as diversity, ethics and goal setting. The seminar was led by Corey Flournoy, a former National FFA President and founding partner of Creative Outreach, a diversity and motivational consulting group. Assisting Flournoy were the six NH FFA State Officers, teens from across the state elected to leadership positions by their peers.
NH FFA Leadership Camp has been held annually for more than 16 years, and remains one of the organization's most popular activities. It is funded in part by the NH FFA Foundation, with participants paying only a portion of the cost to attend. The event is held at the Brookwoods Conference Center in Alton, on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. While at the event, the students meet and interact with other teens from some of New Hampshire's 14 agricultural education programs, sharing meals, workshops and recreational activities.

The FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America) is a national organization of over 610,000 members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. The organization has 7,665 chapters located throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA's mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Local, state and national activities and award programs provide opportunities for students to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. Visit www.nhffa.org for more information.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 12:07

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Walk MS in Laconia May 9

LACONIA — Nearly 200 people are expected to raise $22,000 to support cutting-edge research and life-changing programs and services for people living with multiple sclerosis at the annual Walk MS in Laconia taking place on Saturday, May 9 at Opechee Park. Check in begins at 9 a.m. followed by the 10 a.m. start.

Walk MS, is an opportunity for people living with MS and those who care about them to connect and join together to be inspired and raise critical funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Walk MS: Laconia attracts friends and families of people affected by MS, people living with MS, corporate teams, and individuals who want to help end MS forever. Participants will walk a five-mile fully accessible route. Each year, nearly 333,000 people walk to create a world free of MS across the country. Walk MS is presented by Biogen Idec; with additional sponsorship from Acorda Therapeutics, Bernie & Phyl's Furniture, and Domino's Pizza.s.

Visit www.WalkMSgne.org, call 1-800-344-4867 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 12:03

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Snow sculpture party to be held in Belmont in February

BELMONT — Snow sculptures are a fun way to enjoy a NH winter, and in Belmont, a great community activity for the month of February. If the temperatures rise enough for snow, especially wet and sticky snow, there will be snow sculptures in the village green near the Belmont Library.

Gretta Olson-Wilder, Special Event Coordinator, is inviting students, businesses, neighborhoods, families, and civic organizations in Belmont to create works of art out of the white stuff. All designs must be pre-approved. Registration forms, which require your proposed design, are available on the town's website (www.belmontnh.org). Those wishing to participate, must drop off all completed forms at Belmont Town Hall before Friday, February 6. A kickoff party for the snow sculptures is planned for Saturday, February 14 at 10 a.m., if we receive some warmer winter temperatures for natural snow making. Enjoy hot cocoa and a waffle bar to chase away the winter chill.

If there is no sticky snow, then the event will be postponed until February 2016. For up to date information on the event or if you have any questions, check out the town's website at www.belmontnh.org, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call Gretta at 603-998-3525.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 10:01

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Local photographer, Meredith Village Savings Bank contribute to Genesis

LACONIA — Earlier this winter, local photographer Jon Secord committed to contribute 25% of his photography sales between the period of November 15 and December 15 to Genesis Behavioral Health (Genesis). During this time frame he was able to raise $500 for the organization through his photography sales. Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) exceeded their promise to match Secord's donation, by adding an additional $1500 to bring the donation to $2000.

Secord began this charitable endeavor on his own last year, when he raised $225 for Genesis during the holiday season. "When I did this last year, I had no idea how much I would be able to contribute, but I learned that even a small amount makes a big difference. This year I decided to seek out a community partner in hopes that I could make an even larger impact and I was so thrilled when MVSB decided to join in my efforts to help this great organization," said Secord.

"We are so inspired by Jon's mission to give back through his talent as an artist and we are honored to be a recipient of his efforts," said Kristen Welch, Director of Development and Communications for Genesis Behavioral Health. Genesis plans to use the funds to purchase cold weather clothing for local children and families this winter.

Secord specializes in New England landscape photography, especially the mountain, lakes and seacoast regions of the New Hampshire, and Hermit Island in Bath, Maine. His photography can be viewed and purchased at www.jsecordphoto.com.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 09:54

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