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Civil Air Patrol squadron hosting open house today

LACONIA — The Hawk Composite Squadron, New Hampshire Wing Civil Air Patrol, will hold its Fall Open House at the Laconia Municipal Airport on September 26, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force, is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to training youth (12 – 18 years old) in the areas of aerospace education, leadership, character development and emergency services, while instilling the values of integrity, volunteer service, excellence and respect. The squadron is also open to adult members interested in air crews and ground search and rescue teams. The Hawk Composite Squadron, the local squadron of this national organization, will be holding an open house in the terminal of the Laconia Municipal Airport. Anyone interested in joining this organization, as either a cadet member or adult member, should attend this meeting. Any questions they may have will be answered, including information regarding flight training and scholarship opportunities. Refreshments will be provided.

NH Wing, Civil Air Patrol will have several displays to include a Cessna 182 aircraft, emergency services vehicles and equipment to further demonstrate its search and rescue capabilities. Aerospace Education will display model rockets and aircraft built by members. There will be a recruiting booth for those ages 12 to adult interested in the three missions of Civil Air Patrol which are Cadet Programs, Aerospace Education and Emergency Services.

For more information regarding the Open House, please contact Nick Orgettas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information on the Civil Air Patrol refer to hawksquadron.nhcapcadets.org.

Civil Air Patrol is a non-profit auxiliary of the United States Air Force with over 61,000 members. It is tasked for over 90 percent of the inland search and rescue missions by the Air Force Rescue and Recovery Center. In 2010 the organization was credited with 113 saves. The adult members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counter drug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. They also take a lead role in mentoring to some 26,000 youth and aerospace education to both the public and its members. Civil Air Patrol has been performing missions for America for over 70 years.
Please note membership applications will be available, so bring valid proof of identity.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 07:31

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Belmont farm welcomes the public this weekend to learn about alpacas

BELMONT — On September 28 and 29, Juniper Knoll Farm in Belmont is participating in National Alpaca Farm Days. During the weekend, alpaca breeders from across the United States and Canada will invite the public to come to their farm or ranch to meet their alpacas and learn more about these inquisitive, unique animals, the luxury fiber they produce, and why the alpaca business is perfect for environmentally conscious individuals.

From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Juniper Knoll Farm will welcome guests to join them for an informative visit and tour, all free. Juniper Knoll Farm is located at 307 Bean Hill Road.

Alpacas, cousins to the llama, are beautiful, intelligent animals native to the Andean Mountain range of South America, particularly Peru, Bolivia and Chile. The United States first commercially imported alpacas in 1984. There are now over 160,000 registered alpacas in North America.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 07:29

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New England Collegiate American Choral Directors Conference at PSU

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University will host the second annual New England Collegiate American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Conference September 28 at the Silver Center for the Arts on Main Street in Plymouth.

The day's activities will focus on movement and body awareness for conductors and singers and will feature clinicians including Lisa Billingham, author of The Complete Conductor's Guide to Laban Movement Theory; Jenni Cook, faculty member at the University of New Hampshire and PSU faculty members Victoria Cole (Alexander Technique) and Emily Jaworski (Yoga for Singers and Conductors).

The conference will also include a performance by the Plymouth State University Chamber Singers, directed by Professor of Music Dan Perkins, PSU director of choral activities.

The registration fee (which includes lunch) is $10 for ACDA members, $15 for non-members and free of charge to collegiate chapter advisors.

Although this conference is geared towards pre-service professionals; teachers, conductors and other music professionals are strongly encouraged to attend.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 01:48

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Holy Trinity Parish to Begin Respite Day Care Program

PLYMOUTH — On Thursday, November 7, Holy Trinity Parish is scheduled to begin a Day Away Program for caregivers of adults with Alzheimer's disease or Dementia.

Day Away is a social respite program held once a week from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace Chapel in Bristol. Day Away will provide short-term temporary relief to those who are caring for family members.
Even though family members/caregivers receive great joy in providing care to their loved ones so that they can remain at home, the physical, emotional and financial consequences can be overwhelming without some support, such as respite. Day Away is designed to provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere for participants to help maintain their independence, encourage socialization, be mentally stimulated and remain active. Trained volunteers and an RN are on-site to provide 1-1 supervision for the participant. A nominal fee of $25 includes lunch. Eligible participants must be able to ambulate with a cane or walker, or walk without assistance, participate in a social setting, use the bathroom without assistance, have the ability to self administer medication and live at home with their caregivers.

As well as lunch, participants will have the opportunity to gather with a volunteer companion for coffee and discuss with them their life and interests. There will also be time for an adult worthy craft, light exercise, and ballroom dancing. After lunch, time is allotted for the
participants to play Bingo and other low impact games. The day will end with a social gathering and light refreshments.

A meeting will be held at the Minot-Sleeper Library in Bristol, Thursday, October 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Interested parties are encouraged to attend to learn more about the program. Time will be allotted for questions. Contact Fran Olson at 603-744-6828 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 09:23

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