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PSU Integrated Arts Conference held January 24

PLYMOUTH — The 19th annual Integrated Arts Conference presented by Plymouth State University's Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC) moves to Friday this year and uses the Common Core and the new National Core Standards as its theme.

The day of workshops and presentations will be held January 24, 2014 at the Silver Center for the Arts on the PSU campus. The conference is presented in conjunction with the New Hampshire Department of Education, with support from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Arts Learning Network. The conference is one of five aspects of ETC's 2014 initiative, culminating with a full-scale production of Oliver! January 22-26 in the Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center.

Elementary school teacher and integrated arts graduate student Kirsten Mohring says an education rich in the arts enhances cognitive development and student performance. "It creates a multi-sensory, integrative environment that fosters higher-order thinking skills and the essential qualities needed for the 21st century student. With the arts we can teach students to think outside the box and not be defined by it."

After a welcome by ETC co-founder and creative director Trish Lindberg, PSU Professor of Health and Human Performance Irene Cucina will share her ideas about how the arts can be the impetus to improve academic success. Marcia McCaffrey, N.H. Department of Education arts consultant and facilitator for the National Coalition for Core Standards will follow with a broad overview of the new National Core Arts Standards. McCaffrey says the conference "is a great opportunity to learn about, imagine and inform the possibilities for the future of arts learning in New Hampshire."

Breakout sessions with concurrent workshops will be held from 10-10:55 a.m. and 11:05 a.m.-12:30 p.m. In session one, topics include exploring the new National Core Arts Standards and building understanding for the Common Core, presented by McCaffrey and Lyn Ward Healy.

Session two topics investigate what can be done with the Common Core in workshops such as Connecting Oliver to Social Class; Common Core Standards and Core Competencies for Dance and Theater; Unlocking the Heart, the Hands and the Mind; Pip, Pip, Cheerio—the Arts of the Times and Using Oliver! as a Gateway to History and the Common Core.

After lunch at the University dining hall, 2013 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year Heidi Welch will talk about why the heart needs the arts. Welch has taught music in New Hampshire since 1996. She has presented workshops in the areas of assessment and music electives, and holds a master's degree in education focusing on instruction and curriculum.

At 2 p.m. PSU's award-winning professional educational theater troupe, TIGER (Theatre Integrating Guidance, Education and Responsibility), will perform Bully-Free You and Me. This new TIGER production integrates research on the importance of educating bystanders about the powerful role they play in helping to stop bullying behavior in schools.

Conference participants will have an opportunity to "construct and reflect" in a post-performance discussion with presenters beginning at 2:45 p.m. and to create a Reflection Quilt with Lindberg and Kirsten Mohring at 3:15 p.m. A Conversation Café opens at 4 p.m. with light refreshments, music and an opportunity for networking, followed by a wrap-up session ending at 5 p.m. during which participants can share final thoughts.

The registration fee of $115 includes the full-day conference, a staff development certificate, lunch, refreshments, an electronic teacher resource book, and a ticket to Oliver! Cost is $95 without performance.

Registration is available online at https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=15739. For information or to register by telephone, call Deb Stalnaker at (603) 535-2933.

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CAP program seeks volunteer drivers

BERLIN — The Tri-County Community Action Program's transit program is looking for volunteer drivers for its' Dial-A-Ride and Long Distance Medical Transportation program.

Volunteer pick up our passengers in their personal vehicles, at their home, or a predetermined pickup spot, and drive them to their destination, and then back home. These trips may be local or long distance trips to places such as Dartmouth Hitchcock, Catholic Medical Center, etc.

Volunteers will be reimbursed for all of their mileage at fifty five cents (.55) per mile.

For more information contact Beverly Raymond, CCTM, Director of Transportation, Tri-County Community Action Program at 603-752-1741 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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121713 Greg Goddard, Gunstock Honored at Good Scout Award Luncheon

LACONIA — The 22nd Annual Greater Lakes Region Good Scout Award Luncheon was held on December 4. This year's luncheon was chaired Mark Primeau, President & CEO of Bank of New Hampshire, and raised a total of $46,000 for the Daniel Webster Council.

The Good Scout recipients at this year's luncheon were Greg Goddard, General Manager for Gunstock Mountain Resort and Corporate Honoree Gunstock Mountain Resort. Guest speaker and Star Scout from Troop 75 in Bow, Joe Lulka, reflected on what he has learned as a patrol leader in his troop, the National Youth Leader Training course he attended, and his experience this summer at the National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in Mt. Hope, West Virginia.

The $46,000 raised from the luncheon will benefit and enrich scouting throughout the Lakes Region. Scouting remains strong in New Hampshire and throughout the entire nation. Scouts are still guided by the ideals of the Scout Oath and Law, having come to the aid of their neighbors and communities in ways both large and small.

To find out more about the Daniel Webster Council, visit www.nhscouting.org.

Bank of New Hampshire, founded in 1831, provides deposit, lending and wealth management products and services to families and businesses throughout New Hampshire. With 21 banking offices throughout New Hampshire and assets exceeding $1 billion, Bank of New Hampshire is the oldest and largest independent bank in the state.

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Genealogy workshops in Wolfeboro

WOLFEBORO — Beginning on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 the Wolfeboro Public Library in conjunction with The Lakes Region Genealogy Interest Group will be offering a series of workshops for anyone who is interested in genealogy. Each workshop in the series will be offered on the first Tuesday morning of the month from 10 a.m. to  noon and will feature both manual methods and computer generated programs for recording genealogy.

The first workshop is for both beginner and more advanced genealogists. Packets of blank pedigree charts, family group sheets and research logs will be provided for those wishing to record their genealogy without the use of computer programs. For those wishing to use computer generated genealogical programs, Legacy Family Tree has donated discs of their 7.0 program.

The main portion of each Tuesday program will delve into not only the tried and true methods of researching family records, but will also address innovative solutions for uncovering those hidden and elusive family records, frequently known as "brick walls", records which often baffle family genealogists.

For a short portion of each Tuesday program, the newly released version of Family Search/Family Tree will be delved into in detail with weekly focus on mastery of just one aspect of this comprehensive research tool. Family Search/Family Tree allows the public to access a large portion of the worldwide digitized and indexed census records, birth records, death records, burial records, marriage records, probate records, land records and military records which are held in the Family History Library, the largest such library in the world. Unlike other available programs of this nature, there is no subscription fee required and no other fees charged in order to access these documented records.

For more information call 569-2428 or visit www.wolfeborolibrary.org.

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