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Belknap County Republican Committee plans Common Core Forum Nov. 13

LACONIA — Common Core is the name given to a revised curriculum as mandated by the State and Federal governments through New Hampshire's Department of Education. Many states and local communities have accepted the new curriculum; however, many questions and concerns are now being raised about the curriculum. Some of the areas in question are its components, its value, its impact on local control of education, and the cost to taxpayers.

In an effort to address these and other questions and concerns, a "Common Core Forum" is being held on Wednesday November 13 at 7 p.m. at the Beane Conference Center, 35 Blueberry Lane in Laconia. The Forum is open to the general public, however, people are asked to RSVP by November 8 for this event as seating is limited.

The intent of the Forum is to create greater awareness of what Common Core is, and what its proponents and opponents are saying about it. The Forum will feature five panelists with a wide range of knowledge about Common Core. The panelists include two experts who also served on the Common Core panel discussion held recently at the Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College which was attended by over 200 people. They are Sandra Stotsky, Ed.D and Jamie Gass, Pioneer Institute. Joining them on the panel are Ann Marie Banfield, a Common Core expert from Cornerstone Policy Research; Glenn Cordelli, a New Hampshire State Representative serving on the House Education Committee; and Doris Hohensee, representing New Hampshire Families for Education.

The Forum is being hosted by the Belknap County Republican Committee, but it is intended to provide information about Common Core to the general public since Common Core affects all families regardless of political affiliation.

For more information, or to RSVP, email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 04:37

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Brad Wolff Named NH HIstory Teacher of the Year

ASHLAND — Recently retired Ashland Elementary School social studies teacher, Brad Wolff, has been named the Gilder Lehrman 2013 New Hampshire History Teacher of the Year.

Wolff was honored with the presentation of this award at the Annual Conference of the New Hampshire Council for the Social Studies in Manchester on Tuesday, October 29.  Recognized for his outstanding work in the classroom, Wolff was chosen for the level of inspiration he provides to students, his career achievements in education, and his extensive use of primary documents in his curriculum. He was recognized for engaging students with dedication and creativity.
Wolff received a $1,000 award, a certificate of recognition, and an archive of books and historical resources which were presented in his name to the Ashland School library.

As part of the award, Ashland School has been designated as an affiliate school with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. This will provide enhanced access to the Institute's collection of over 60,000 online documents, professional development, student resources, and opportuniites to participate in additional enrichment activities.

Dedicated to excellence in the field of American History and the improvement of history education in our schools, the Gilder Lehrman Institute has developed an array of programs for schools, teachers, and students that now operate in all fifty states. The Institute's programs have been recognized by awards from the White House, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Organization of American Historians.
Wolff continues to be a student and teacher of American history, most recently as a session presenter at the Annual Conference of the NH Council for the Social Studies. Brad and his wife, Karen, live in Moultonborough where they are active members of the community.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 04:35

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Glad Tidings Christmas Fair in Gilford Saturday

GILFORD — The Glad Tidings Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday, November 9 at First United Methodist Church in Gilford. The festivities will run from at 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Handcrafted gifts from knitted goods to quilted items, antiques and collectibles that include many pieces of fine china, silver, linens, needlework, house plants, a variety of homemade baked goods, a cookie walk and toys will be available.

In addition to holiday items for purchase, a verity of soups, sandwiches, or donuts and coffee will be available throughout the day. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be on hand to listen to Christmas wishes.

First United Methodist Church is located on Rt. 11A near the Laconia-Gilford Rt. 3 by-pass. Church office phone number is 524-3289.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 11:50

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Committee on Aging program Friday on Medicare Part D

GILFORD — Belknap County Area Committee on Aging will host Alice Young, from Paige Insurance to discuss Medicare Part D and what people need to be doing now to make sure they have the proper coverage.
BCACOA meets on November 8 at 10 a.m. in the Wesley Woods Community Room. Wesley Woods is located behind the First United Methodist Church off Rte.11A in Gilford. For more information, contact Stace Dicker-Hendricks at 603-528-2555 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 11:48

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