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STRIDE Program Graduates Second Class at PSU Ceremony

LACONIA — The STRIDE (Sodexo Training and Employment for Individuals with Disabilities for Employment) program at Plymouth State University congratulated another class of graduates on December 19. The ceremony for intern graduates and their families was held at PSU's Hartman Union Building.

The goal of the 15 week program, sponsored by Lakes Region Community Services and Sodexo at PSU, is to create a pool of qualified individuals who will be trained and eligible to apply for positions in the food services industry within Sodexo and with other employers.

Rosemary Gelinas, the mother of STRIDE graduate Chrissy Gelinas, said the experience was invaluable for her daughter. "She made great friendships with interns and staff members," said Gelinas, adding that the routine and expectations of the program helped her daughter to develop excellent work habits.

"She was excited about the program. She was getting up on time and making sure she had everything she needed before leaving the house. She's really grown and matured," said Gelinas. "The program doesn't limit them. It shows them possibilities and opens new doors."

Lakes Region Community Services is a nonprofit, comprehensive family support agency with a primary focus of providing supports to individuals with developmental disabilities and/or acquired brain disorders and their families. A dynamic human services organization, LRCS offers other essential and critical services to individuals in the Lakes Region from birth through a lifespan. At the core of LRCS' work are inclusion, acceptance, and building strengths and partnerships – whether at the individual, family or community level.

LRCS has offices in Laconia and Plymouth which combine to serve families residing throughout Belknap and Southern Grafton Counties. To learn more about the Lakes Region Community Services contact Joanne Piper Lang at 603-5224-8891 or visit www.lrcs.org.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 09:51

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Author of the Month: Brendan Smith at Gilford Library January 23

GILFORD — On Thursday, January 23 the Gilford Public Library will host author and humorist Brendan Smith for a special presentation on Flatlanders and life in New Hampshire.

Born and raised in Long Island, Brendan moved to central New Hampshire in the 1980's. Over the next ten years, Brendan worked hard at adjusting to life in New Hampshire, with often hilarious results. Since 1995, Brendan has been recounting his humorous adventures weekly on the pages of The Weirs Times and Cocheco Times. His "F.O.O.L. (Flatlander's Observations on Life) in New Hampshire" column has proved to be both popular and prolific, as his writing continues today. The very best of his column was recently published into a book, The Flatlander Chronicles.

His presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room. This program is free and open to the public.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 10:37

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Adult curling program in Gilford starts Thursday

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a six-week pick-up curling program for adults on Thursday evenings. The program will be held at the Arthur A. Tilton Ice Rink from 6:30–7:30 p.m. beginning on January 23 and running through February 27.

Curling is the sport of “sliding stones” down the ice in an attempt to get your “stones” closer to the target than your opponent. Although this activity is held on the ice, participants do not wear ice skates. Participants should dress to be outside and should wear sneakers or boots.

Cost for this program is $2 per evening and participants can register at the start of the program. For more information please contact the Gilford Parks and Recreation Dept. at 527-4722.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 10:18

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Sledding Party in Laconia Friday Night

LACONIA — Laconia Parks & Recreation is inviting everyone to the Laconia Sledding Hill this Friday, January 24, from 6–8 p.m.

The hill is located on South Street which is just after the cemetery on Academy Street. There will be a bonfire for people to warm themselves by, lights to sled by and cocoa and marshmallows.

For questions call 524-5046.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 10:15

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