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GCC Food Pantry Assembling Christmas Baskets

GILMANTON — The Gilmanton Community Church Food Pantry and Thrift Shop is putting together Christmas baskets and items like ham, pineapple, jelly, coffee, juice, cereal, peanut butter, pickles, cake and frosting mix are some of the special items that are needed. Any item, in any amount, is genuinely appreciated.

Donations can be dropped off at collection sites located at the Gilmanton School, Gilmanton Year Round Library, and Academy Building or at the Food Pantry and Thrift Shop during regular hours.

Some toys are still on the wish list of a few of the children being sponsored by the Adopt-a-Child program.

The Food Pantry & Thrift Shop can be reached at 603-364-0114.

The GCC Food Pantry recently received a large food donation and generous cash donation from Grace Capital Church of Laconia.

The 50% off sale for all items tagged with a red or green barb continues through December 21.

The GCC Food Pantry and Thrift Shop is located on Route 140 in Gilmanton Iron Works and parking is available at the Gilmanton Community Church parking lot. Hours are Wednesdays, 3–7 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Monetary donations may be mailed to GCC Food Pantry and Thrift Shop, PO Box 6, Gilmanton Iron Works, NH 03837.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:05

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First Annual Lakes Region Rotary Car Show Raises $10,000

LACONIA — The first ever Lakes Region Rotary Car Show held on July 27 at the Weirs Beach Lobster Pound, was a huge success, raising more than $10,000 to benefit several local charities.

Checks were recently presented to several local organizations at a special awards breakfast held at the Water Street Café. Local non-profit recipients included the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation; Laconia Education Endowment Foundation; Lakes Region Child Advocacy Center; the Circle Program; the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region; LHS Athletic Field; Lakes Region Youth Leadership Program; Laconia Area Community Land Trust; and LRGHealthcare.

Lakes Region Rotary members were proud to welcome 150 vehicles and more than 700 participants to their first car show. Cars from all decades ranging back to the 1910's took part in this great event. The day welcomed beautiful weather and the perfect opportunity for enthusiasts to showcase their one-of-a-kind cars, all to benefit important Lakes Region charities.

"As of that morning we had just 37 cars registered for the event; by 11:00 the Weirs Beach Lobster Pound lot was packed with more than 150 vehicles," explains Lakes Region Rotary President Scott Wilkinson. "Between car owner and spectators we had more than 700 people take part in the event. We exceeded all expectations we had for the first year of the event and we're already making plans for next summer's car show," states Wilkinson.

AutoServ stepped up as the $2,500 Presenting Sponsor of the event, and Bank of New Hampshire and Graham & Graham CPAs in Laconia each signed-on as $1,000 Gold Sponsors. Additional supporters included Binnie Media, CG Roxane, Comcast Spotlight, EFI, The Weirs Times, Vermont Soapstone, and WEMJ 1490AM. Members are particularly grateful to the many car owners, spectators, vendors, volunteers, and the team at the Weirs Beach Lobster Pound.

The 2nd Annual Lakes Region Rotary Car Show will be held on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the Lobster Pound. For 2014 sponsorship and vendor opportunities contact Kristian Svindland: 524-8973 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 09:56

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PSU Integrated Arts Conference held January 24

PLYMOUTH — The 19th annual Integrated Arts Conference presented by Plymouth State University's Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC) moves to Friday this year and uses the Common Core and the new National Core Standards as its theme.

The day of workshops and presentations will be held January 24, 2014 at the Silver Center for the Arts on the PSU campus. The conference is presented in conjunction with the New Hampshire Department of Education, with support from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Arts Learning Network. The conference is one of five aspects of ETC's 2014 initiative, culminating with a full-scale production of Oliver! January 22-26 in the Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center.

Elementary school teacher and integrated arts graduate student Kirsten Mohring says an education rich in the arts enhances cognitive development and student performance. "It creates a multi-sensory, integrative environment that fosters higher-order thinking skills and the essential qualities needed for the 21st century student. With the arts we can teach students to think outside the box and not be defined by it."

After a welcome by ETC co-founder and creative director Trish Lindberg, PSU Professor of Health and Human Performance Irene Cucina will share her ideas about how the arts can be the impetus to improve academic success. Marcia McCaffrey, N.H. Department of Education arts consultant and facilitator for the National Coalition for Core Standards will follow with a broad overview of the new National Core Arts Standards. McCaffrey says the conference "is a great opportunity to learn about, imagine and inform the possibilities for the future of arts learning in New Hampshire."

Breakout sessions with concurrent workshops will be held from 10-10:55 a.m. and 11:05 a.m.-12:30 p.m. In session one, topics include exploring the new National Core Arts Standards and building understanding for the Common Core, presented by McCaffrey and Lyn Ward Healy.

Session two topics investigate what can be done with the Common Core in workshops such as Connecting Oliver to Social Class; Common Core Standards and Core Competencies for Dance and Theater; Unlocking the Heart, the Hands and the Mind; Pip, Pip, Cheerio—the Arts of the Times and Using Oliver! as a Gateway to History and the Common Core.

After lunch at the University dining hall, 2013 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year Heidi Welch will talk about why the heart needs the arts. Welch has taught music in New Hampshire since 1996. She has presented workshops in the areas of assessment and music electives, and holds a master's degree in education focusing on instruction and curriculum.

At 2 p.m. PSU's award-winning professional educational theater troupe, TIGER (Theatre Integrating Guidance, Education and Responsibility), will perform Bully-Free You and Me. This new TIGER production integrates research on the importance of educating bystanders about the powerful role they play in helping to stop bullying behavior in schools.

Conference participants will have an opportunity to "construct and reflect" in a post-performance discussion with presenters beginning at 2:45 p.m. and to create a Reflection Quilt with Lindberg and Kirsten Mohring at 3:15 p.m. A Conversation Café opens at 4 p.m. with light refreshments, music and an opportunity for networking, followed by a wrap-up session ending at 5 p.m. during which participants can share final thoughts.

The registration fee of $115 includes the full-day conference, a staff development certificate, lunch, refreshments, an electronic teacher resource book, and a ticket to Oliver! Cost is $95 without performance.

Registration is available online at https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=15739. For information or to register by telephone, call Deb Stalnaker at (603) 535-2933.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 09:42

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CAP program seeks volunteer drivers

BERLIN — The Tri-County Community Action Program's transit program is looking for volunteer drivers for its' Dial-A-Ride and Long Distance Medical Transportation program.

Volunteer pick up our passengers in their personal vehicles, at their home, or a predetermined pickup spot, and drive them to their destination, and then back home. These trips may be local or long distance trips to places such as Dartmouth Hitchcock, Catholic Medical Center, etc.

Volunteers will be reimbursed for all of their mileage at fifty five cents (.55) per mile.

For more information contact Beverly Raymond, CCTM, Director of Transportation, Tri-County Community Action Program at 603-752-1741 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 09:31

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