CONCORD — Two residents of the Lakes Region, Sarah Fox, JD, of Sanbornton, and Stacey Savage, RN, BSN, CPEN, of Wolfeboro, have joined the board of directors of the NH Children's Trust, the state chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA).
Fox grew up in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire and still calls it home. She earned a degree in elementary education from Boston University, and early in her career taught in Ecuador, Inter-lakes Elementary School and as a child care director. During this time, she served as a CASA volunteer, providing a voice for abused/neglected children in court.
The experience inspired her to pursue a career in child advocacy and she went to University of New Hampshire School of Law where she graduated with a JD and a Masters of Education Law. She worked at the Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education as an Education Consultant. From 2007 to 2011, she worked as the the Court Improvement Project Training Specialist for the Family Division and she currently serves as the Circuit Court Coordinator. Fox is a 2012 graduate of Leadership New Hampshire. She has been a foster mother to three great children - an experience which has proved to be her most challenging and rewarding endeavor.
Born and raised in Abington, Massachusetts, Savage moved to Wolfeboro in 1999 with her husband. She has three children and two grandchildren. She became a nurse in 1997 and has primarily worked in Emergency Nursing. Having been on the Board of the NH Emergency Nurses Association since 2009, she served as President in 2012-2013. She has been active in advocacy work for emergency care as well as mental health.
NH Children's Trust advances its mission of leading the drive to eliminate child abuse and neglect by promoting universal prevention programs with the general population, and secondary prevention strategies targeted to individuals or families where there is a higher risk of maltreatment. Programs are focused on young children and families, collaborative in nature and likely to have a lasting impact in the elimination of child abuse and neglect.
NH Children's Trust plays a key role in providing training, technical assistance, resources, evaluation and accreditation support to direct service programs. The organization strivse to improve systems and public policies to support healthy outcomes for children. In addition, NH Children's Trust works to engage the general public, community, business, religious and parent leaders in taking actions to eliminate child abuse and neglect in New Hampshire.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:57
PLYMOUTH — Pease Public Library will present John Anderson, local photographer and Plymouth State University professor, showing his videos and discussing his experience as "artist in residence" for the White Mountain National Forest through the Arts Alliance and the US Forest Service on Wednesday, February 5 at 7 p.m. in the library's Community Room.
Anderson's photographs of this period will be displayed on the walls in the main floor of the library for the month of February.
Anderson has been creating art for 35 years, saying art has always been "quiet and peaceful." His art is influenced by an integrated art process called a "Sit-See" where students draw what they find in nature where they are sitting. Anderson, however, instead of drawing, uses a camera and lights to show off his observations. The smallest detail, contrast of color and shape, subtle color variations and translucency, and tactile quality drive a never-ending amazement and fascination of the natural world.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:51
CANTERBURY — Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire (NOFA-NH) will offer two seed related workshops at the historic Canterbury Shaker Village on February 21 and 22.
"The Power of Seeds: Rebuilding Our Seed Heritage" will be offered on Friday, February 21 from 6-8 p.m. A Seed Production Technical Assistance Workshop for farmers and gardeners will be offered on Saturday, February 22 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Matthew Goldfarb and Petra Page-Mann, Founders of Fruition Seeds, will instruct both workshops.
"The Power of Seeds: Rebuilding Our Seed Heritage" will focus on the history, significance and techniques of seed saving. Using simple tools, participants will have an opportunity to clean wet- and dry-seeded crops as well as bring home some seed. Participants can expect to come away inspired and empowered on how you can start saving seeds and be a part of rebuilding our seed heritage. The cost to attend is $12 for Canterbury Shaker Village and NOFA-NH members, $13.50 for not-yet-members and includes refreshments. Registration is limited to 60 people.
The Seed Production Technical Assistance Workshop will be a hands-on training program for NH organic farmers and gardeners that will teach the skills necessary for saving high-quality organic seed. The training program will take place for one full-day session and will combine classroom training with hands-on experience (seed cleaning) in important aspects of plant breeding and seed production. The cost to attend is $40 for Canterbury Shaker Village and NOFA-NH members, $45 for not-yet-members and includes lunch. Registration is limited to 50 people.
"Canterbury Shaker Village is pleased to be partnering with NOFA-NH to present these two agriculture related workshops at our historic site," noted Maisie Daly, Education Manager "The Shakers were pioneers in the field of agriculture and invented the seed packet. Hosting today's farmers to discuss and learn practical skills about how to maintain and build our seed heritage is in keeping with that legacy."
Fruition Seeds is committed to seed source transparency with a goal to help educate growers in locating seeds best suited to their needs and offer solutions to help manifest an economic, ecological, and cultural shift in the nation's food system. Co-founder and workshop instructor, Petra Page-Mann has worked for seed companies on both coasts, on homesteads and for a multinational seed company where she developed the skills, commitment and vision to revitalize our regional seed supply here in the Northeast. Co-founder and workshop instructor, Matthew Goldfarb began his career in farm-based education and sustainable food production and distribution systems in 1994. Since then he has studied and worked within this field in a number of positions including: the design and management of diversified farms, consulting work with farms and farm-education organizations, conducting small farms research at Cornell, teaching high school biology and agriculture, academic work in Rural Sociology. He holds a Masters in Business in Administration from Babson College.
"Teaching farmers, gardeners, land care professionals and consumers the art and importance of traditional seed breeding and saving is a direct way to ensure that more regionally regenerative, ecologically sound gardening, farming, and land care practices are being used throughout the state," noted Ray Conner, Beginning Farmer Program Coordinator, NOFA-NH. "Seed breeding and saving is a perfect next step in the evolution of organic agriculture in our state. I look forward to seeing some seed farms sprout up in NH."
To register for one or both of these workshops, visit www.shakers.org.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 10:24
SANDWICH — Sandwich will host it's second annual Winter Carnival Nordic ski race on Saturday, February 1 at 10:30 a.m. on Quimby Field in Center Sandwich. This is a fun classic style community race with all abilities welcome. There will be local high school competitors as well as all ages and abilities.
Race registration begins at 10 a.m. at the Parks and Recreation Department in Center Sandwich. No fee for entry.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 10:07
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