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'Better Together' Annual Celebration on December 3

LACONIA —  Better Together of the Lakes Region's Annual Celebration Dinner will take place on Tuesday, December 3 from 5-7 p.m. at Lakes Region Community Services, 719 No. Main Street in Laconia.

Anyone interested in making our community the best place for children and families is encouraged to attend the dinner; a conversation on substance use in our community; a celebration of Better Together's past year's efforts and plans for the coming year.

Stand Up Laconia, an action team of Better Together, will share information on substance use in the community and on efforts to make positive change. RSVP to Shannon Robinson-Beland at 603-581-1571 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Better Together, whose motto is "Taking our community from ordinary to EXTRAORDINARY," is a grassroots effort to rekindle a spirit of neighborhood and community in the Lakes Region. Better Together was initiated in the spring of 2010 by the Lakes Region Children & Family Coalition, a group of organizations serving children and families throughout the Lakes Region committed to working together to strengthen families and community.

Better Together meets regularly on the fourth Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. in the Laconia Middle School Library. The next scheduled meeting is on January 23. Newcomer orientation is held from 4-4:15 p.m. For more information visit: www.lakesregionbettertogether.webs.com, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Shannon Robinson-Beland at 581-1571.

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Lakes Region Singers present two Christmas concerts

GILFORD — The Lakes Region Singers will again present two performances of its Christmas Concert this year. The first program will be held on Friday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m., plus an afternoon program on Sunday, December 22, at 3 p.m. Both concerts will take place at the First United Methodist Church, on Route 11-A in Gilford.

"Our musical line-up will offer something for everyone this time," said Director Karen Jordan, "and we'll showcase more soloists and instrumental accompanists than ever before."

The Adult Chorus performance will open with the joyous 'Let All Creation Celebrate' featuring the Hallelujah Handbell Choir. Following will be a stirring mixture of serious anthems like 'In the Bleak Midwinter' (with Phil Breton on oboe), 'Carol of the Magi' (with Mimi Jones on cello), and 'I Wonder as I Wander' (with Allison Withan on flute), plus rollicking treatments of 'Jingle Bells', 'Swing a Christmas Carol', and the Ukrainian folk tune 'Sleigh Bells'. Piano accompaniment features the talents of Kelly Cleveland of Belmont.

The Youth Chorus will then take the spotlight with lively versions of 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town', 'In Winter', and 'Sparklejollytwinklejingle' from the movie Elf. Rounding out the Adult Chorus program are such poignant pop favorites as It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas and Believe from the movie Polar Express. The grand finale will pull out all the stops with 'Joyful All Ye Nations, Rise!', combining Youth Chorus, Adult Chorus, handbells, trumpet, trombone, organ, and piano.

A suggested donation of $8 per person or $15 per family of four will be taken at the door to help cover expenses. There will be homemade refreshments at each intermission, along with a visit from Santa.

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Young local figure skaters do well at competition

On Saturday, November 16, local skaters from the Magic Blades Figure Skating Club and Plymouth State Skating Academy competed at the Gate City FSC's Basic Skills Competition in Nashua. MBFSC and PSSA have been parallel programs for three years, sharing curriculum and coaches, but recently joined forces in September to promote the sport of skating in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.

Middle school student Maggie DeVoy, of Sanbornton took 1st place, Preliminary Test, in Group B. Colleen Harriman, of Bridgewater took 4th place, Pre-preliminary Test, in Group C. Harriman is a student at Newfound Middle School. Emily Alperin of Newton Massachusetts, placed 2nd in the Beginner Program, in Group A, and is a student at New Hampton School. Elementary school student Alexandra Dunstan, of Campton took 3rd place, Beginner Program, Group B.

Basic Skills Competitions are sanctioned by US Figure Skating and the purpose is to promote a fun, introductory, competitive experience for the beginning skater. Competitions are open to all beginner skaters who are registered members in a U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills.

Magic Blades Figure Skating Club has been serving the Lakes Region since 1997 under the direction of Barbara Adams. Magic Blades operated clubs in both Waterville Valley and Laconia until 2006. In 2007 it moved its home ice to the Tilton School Ice Arena where it has stayed a small but vibrant fixture in the local community. When the Plymouth Ice Center opened in the summer of 2010, Adams, an employee of Plymouth State University, assisted with the start-up of the learn-to-skate program. She called upon her familiar Magic Blades coaching staff, and the two programs have worked closely, but separately ever since. Nicole Cochrane, of Laconia, is the current skating director for PSSA program.

This year the two clubs will not only continue to share its talented staff, but have worked to promote skating among its members as well as to the larger community. Both clubs are US Figure Skating Basic Skills programs offering membership through USFS, as well as the USFS badge program, showing progress through the skills. Both programs offer 30 minute lessons with 30 minutes of free, practice ice. Skaters ages three through adult are welcome to join.

Both programs offer skating instruction from beginner through advanced levels for figure and hockey skaters. The only real decision is to determine the best location or day that works for you. For more information visit the program webpages: www.MagicBlades.org or www.Plymouth.edu/Arena.

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PSU employee recognition ceremony

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen recognized more than 90 University employees and retirees in a ceremony on November 13. Dozens of co-workers, friends, and family members attended the annual event. Steen thanked employees for their dedication and provided each of them with a gift for service to the University; the President's Office also made a donation to the student support foundation in lieu of a rose for each landmark year recipient.

"Today we're gathered to honor our own; Recognition Day is one of the traditions that makes Plymouth State University special," Steen said. "We're here on the same mission, to ensure our students are going to make the world a better place for the next generation. Today is a day we say thank you to our faculty and staff, to express our gratitude to the people who have created the environment that gives our students the chance to succeed and excel."

Retirees Charles Brown, Jerrold Griffin, James Koermer, David McBride, Annette Mitchell, Nancy Pettengill and Bonnie Breen-Wagner were recognized for their dedication to Plymouth State. President Steen noted the seven retirees cumulatively have worked at the institution for more than 200 years. "Each retiree has made his or her mark on the institution, as well as on their field and we're grateful for everyone's achievement."

Larry Spencer, professor emeritus in Biology, who has taught regularly since leaving his full-time position, was recognized as the longest serving employee, celebrating his 45th year of employment at the institution.

The 30 year recipients include- Trent Boggess, College of Business Administration; Michelle Fistek, Social Science; Marcia Huckins, Center for Young Children and Families; Soo Jang, College of Business Administration; and Roger Kleinpeter, Computer Science and Technology.

The 35 year recognition goes out to- Christopher Buckley, English; Robert Egbert, Social Science; Mark Gilman, Sodexo; David Leuser, College of Business Administration; and Gary McCool, Library and Academic Support Services.

40 year recipient recognition- Betsy Cheney, Public Relations and Carleen Graff, Music, Theatre, and Dance. The 45-year recognition was presented to Larry Spencer, Biological Sciences.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU News Services Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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