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Leadership Lakes Region group spends a day learning about educational issues

LACONIA — LRGHealthcare recently sponsored Leadership Lakes Region's annual Educational Issues Day.

The day was planned by three professional educators who graduated from the leadership program last year; Gilford Superintendent of Schools Kent Hemingway and Laconia School District's Technology Integration Facilitator, Karen Switzer and Academic Coordinator for Learning Steve Tucker. The trio was assisted by Leadership Lakes Region Coordinator Jennifer McLean.

The Day began at Gilford Elementary School where Principal Danielle Bolduc introduced three young students who demonstrated their computer programmed robotic vehicle. This was followed by three more students demonstrating their interactive computer math lesson using a classroom "smart board". Superintendent Hemingway and Curriculum Developer Scott Laliberte then walked the Leadership class through various computer exercises demonstrating the State's Common Core Standards.

The Leadership group then traveled to the new Huot Technical Center for a lunch prepared by the Culinary Arts students under the guidance of Department Chairman Jack Aldrich and Instructor Rhonda Fahrner. The students represented the towns of Gilford, Belmont, Tilton, Meredith and the City of Laconia. Following lunch, retired Huot Center Director Scott Davis led the group in a team building exercise followed by a presentation by NH Ball Bearing's Gary Groleau and Huot instructor Ken Martin about the Manufacturing/Engineering Program at the Center and the recent grant the Lakes Region Community College received to promote and assist students pursuing manufacturing careers.

The program continued with a presentation by Assistant Principals, Anthony Sperazzo from Gilford High, former member of Leadership Lakes Region, Christopher Ennis, from Laconia Middle School, the Laconia High/Middle Schools Resource Officer, Laconia Police Officer Steve Orton and the Director of the Huot Center, David Warrender. The four gentlemen covered safety and security issues as they pertain to schools in light of recent tragedies around the country. Several area college students and LHS senior Garrett Guillmett conducted a panel discussion with LHS Guidance person Wendi Hamill on innovative ways now available to high school students to earn Alternative Credit.

The Education Day concluded with the Leadership Lakes Region class of 23 area professionals taking a walking tour of the Huot Center followed by a computer lab demonstration of the Career Cruising Software; a program which allows students unsure of their career options to input their personal interest and choices with the software aligning those interests with potential careers to consider.

"Our Day was jam-packed" said Program Coordinator McLean "but the class really learned a lot by "going back to school' for this day" she added.

Leadership Lakes Region's next program, Economic Issues Day, is scheduled for February 5th. For more information visit www.leadershiplakesregion.org.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 11:51

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Sanbornton Film Series opens with 'Groundhog Day'

SANBORNTON — The Sanbornton Congregational Church – UCC in partnership with the Sanbornton Town Library is sponsoring a Film Series held on the first Wednesday of every month on the second floor of the library. Show time is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

The first film, to be shown on February 5, will be "Groundhog Day'', (1993) 1 hour 42 minutes.

Bill Murray is at his wry, wisecracking best in this romantic comedy about a weatherman caught in a personal time warp on the worst day of his life. Teamed with a relentlessly cheerful producer (Andie MacDowell) and a smart-aleck cameraman (Chris Elliott), TV weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is sent to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities.

But on his way out of town, Phil is caught in a giant blizzard, which he failed to predict, and finds himself stuck in small-town hell. Things get worse; Phil wakes the next morning to find that it's Groundhog Day all over again... and again... and again. Groundhog Day was cheered by critics as Bill Murray's best movie ever.

Following the film a discussion will be led by Rev. Ruth Martz.

For further information call the library at 286-8288 or visit the church's web site at uccsanbornton.org.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 11:34

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Use and Benefits of Social Media for Seniors

LACONIA —  Facebook gives people the opportunity to connect with others from the comfort of their homes. People can feel a part of family and friend's life events even though they're far away. A recent study by Dr. Sheila Cotton, a sociologist and associate professor at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, showed regular internet use was associated with a 30 percent decrease in symptoms of depression.

Debbie Bolduc, marketing consultant and owner of BizBuzz Marketing Partners, will present a program on the social media site Facebook at Taylor Community's Woodside Building, Friday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. Bolduc hopes by educating seniors she can help them stay connected in a new way and keep their minds active. "Studies have shown a link between lack of social interaction and Alzheimer's, so we now know more than ever how important it is to stay connected to family and friends," she said.

To RSVP, call 524-5600, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., or email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 11:29

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Senior Momentum Trivia sponsored by Gilford Parks and Rec.

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department will be sponsoring a Senior Moment-um program featuring an afternoon of trivia on Monday, January 27th at noon in the Community Church Fellowship Hall. for a fun afternoon of trivia.

Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch. The Parks and Recreation Department will provide the trivia, as well as coffee and tea.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722.


Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 11:24

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