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Pike Food Drive brings in record donations

BELMONT — Pike Industries has declared their 7th annual food drive a major success, as employees collected over 1,366 pounds of food for pantries across New Hampshire and Maine.

Beneficiaries of the food drive include the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Laconia and donation centers in Farmington, Berlin, Colebrook, Manchester, the Seacoast Region and the Upper Valley in New Hampshire. Officers from the company delivered over 720 pounds of food to the St. Vincent de Paul Pantry in time for the holidays.

Pike Industries also matched the food donations with financial contributions, bringing the total amounts to $4,676.96.

"This year's food drive has been our most successful to-date," said Lindsey Mills, who coordinated the drive. "Pike Industries would like to thank everyone who contributed to this important effort."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 09:24

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011014- Laconia Academy Winter Semester begins Jan. 13

LACONIA — Laconia Academy is the adult evening high school diploma program in the Lakes Region. The Winter Semester 2014 classes start the week of January 13–16.

The following courses will be offered: Suspense!, Algebra I/Accuplacer, Terrible Lizards, Math Concepts/ Algebraic Thinking, Pre-Algebra, U.S. History, Chemistry & Lab, Sports Literature, Math 4 Me!, Got Economics!, American Literature A-Z and Human Biology & Lab.

This program provides adults with a "second chance" to earn a high school diploma," states Peggy Selig, Program Director. Laconia Academy also enables In-School Youth, enrolled in day high school programs, to take courses at night if they have failed classes during the day. With the principal's permission, any In-School Youth may enroll at Laconia Academy. This cooperation with local area high schools helps prevent In-School Youths from dropping out of high school or having to repeat their senior year.

Students attending Laconia Academy can earn high school diploma credits in several different ways. Credit is given for previous high school credits earned and life experiences such as military service, work experience, apprenticeship training, correspondence courses, certificate programs and homemaking. Credits are earned by passing courses at Laconia Academy.

A copy of one's high school transcript from the last school attended is required upon enrollment. It is necessary in order to transfer those previously earned high school credits to one's current record at Laconia Academy.

Bank of New Hampshire has established limited scholarship help for those students demonstrating financial need living in Laconia, Gilford, Meredith, Center Harbor, Plymouth, Bristol and Moultonborough. This scholarship help will enable students to return to school at night and complete their high school education. The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation through the Adult Success Program Grant (ASP) has also provided limited scholarship for these individuals who qualify in addition to limited scholarship assistance through the Pardoe Grant.

Anyone interested in enrolling for the winter semester 2014 or learning more about the program is urged to call 524-5712 or stop into the Laconia Adult Education Office located in Room #108 at Laconia High School.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 05:19

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Branding Workshop at Enterprise Center at Plymouth

PLYMOUTH — What is your brand? Does your product or service have a brand identity that clearly distinguishes it from the competition? Join the Enterprise Center at Plymouth (ECP) for an informative morning to forge your business's brand.

On Saturday, January 18, Plymouth State University (PSU) Professors Terri Dautcher of the College of Business and Administration, and Pamela Anneser of the Art Department, will present a 3 hour workshop on Branding at the Common Man Inn and Spa in Plymouth from 9 a.m. to to 12 noon.

Learn how to identify your niche, craft your message and connect with your target market. Understand the value of visual positioning and how to use it to keep your business top of mind. Terri and Pam will offer strategies to help build a distinguished brand.

Whether you're a student looking to start a new business for extra income, an established Main Street business wanting to grow your customer base, or a third generation business competing in new markets, branding is an important part of your marketing efforts and will help to establish your business as foremost in your industry with its unique attributes.

Spend some time with these marketing and graphic wizards in this fast-paced, interactive workshop as they share their insights and offer tips to help you plan for business success.

Seating for this morning event with refreshments is limited, so reserve a spot today by contacting the Center office at 535-3222 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . There is a charge of $20 per person for this workshop (scholarships are available for those who qualify).

Terri Dautcher is a member of PSU's College of Business and Administration faculty teaching marketing and professional development to both graduate and undergraduate classes since 2007. Her decades of corporate experience span various industries from transportation to non-profit to other worlds. Terri hails from Philadelphia, PA where she received her MBA from Temple University; prior to that she received her BA from Dickinson College.

Pamela Anneser is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at PSU working with students to hone their skills and talent for the workforce as she coordinates PSU's in-house pro bono Student Design Company. She has worked as a graphic designer for top brands throughout the northeast and as a freelance artist. Pamela hails from CT where she taught at the Hartford School of Art, received her MFA from Yale University and her BFA from the University of Hartford.

As part of their ongoing commitment to business growth and development, the Enterprise Center at Plymouth brings educational seminars and professional skills training to Grafton and Belknap Counties. Managed by Plymouth State University, the ECP is an incubator in your community complete with one-stop services and assistance for business owners and entrepreneurs through each step of their business. For more information about programs or the ECP, you may contact the Center office at 535-3222, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.EnterpriseCenterNH.com.

This program is sponsored by the NH Community Development Finance Authority, Plymouth State University, and the Economic Development Councils of Belknap and Graton Counties.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 12:35

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Senior Momentum Dinner Theatre on January 22

GILFORD — Gilford Parks and Recreation, in conjunction with the Gilford Middle School Performing Arts, is sponsoring a Dinner and Theatre evening for participants of the Senior Moment-um Program on Wednesday, January 22.

Participants will meet in the Gilford High School Lobby at 5 p.m. to enjoy a pasta dinner. Following the dinner they will head into the Auditorium to watch the Middle School's performance of "Beauty and the Beast". There is no fee for this program, but space is limited and reservations will be accepted on a first come basis. Participants must RSVP no later than 12 noon on Friday, January 17.

For more information or to RSVP, contact the Gilford Parks and Rec. Dept. at 527-4722.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 12:31

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