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Gilford Rotary Selling Engraved Bricks at Craft Fair

GILFORD — This Saturday, December 7 at the Christmas Fair at the Gilford schools, Gilford Rotary will be selling engraved bricks that will be located around the flag pole at the Gilford Village Field.

Each personalized engraved four by eight brick will become part of the permanent Gilford flagpole garden. A 50 dollar investment will help support the Gilford Rotary Club's ongoing local fundraising efforts.

Gilford Rotary will also be selling ornaments by Hermann Defregger that will depict the covered bridge that Gilford Rotary Club built and donated to the town in 1995.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 10:14

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Leadership changes announced at Spaulding Youth Center and Foundation

NORTHFIELD —  Spaulding Youth Center Board of Trustees Chairman Michael Ventura announced the following leadership changes at Spaulding Youth Center and Foundation.

His announcement follows a thorough leadership succession and transition planning process to prepare for Susan S. Calegari's plans to step down as CEO and President in January 2014.
At the October annual meeting Ventura was elected Chair of Spaulding Youth Center Board of Trustees, succeeding James Clements in that role; and Hali Dearborn was elected Chair of Spaulding Youth Center Foundation Board of Directors, succeeding Ventura. Both of these newly-elected officers have served with distinction as board members, highlighted by co-chairing a successful $3.2 million capital campaign to build a new school at Spaulding.
Noting the Board's acceptance, with respect and regret, of Susan Calegari's resignation, Ventura stated, "During Susan's 10-year tenure, first in her role as Vice President for Development, and in the past six years as CEO and President, she has skillfully led with determination, commitment to excellence, and good humor. Her tireless leadership of the new school building project and capital campaign; her deft management of the leadership team during a time of program growth and expansion; her diligent stewardship of resources and finances; and her keen understanding of the importance of strong staff, Board, donor, referral source, and community relationships are but a few of the hallmarks of her time at Spaulding. Jim Clements, Hali Dearborn and I could not be more effusive in our praise; and we are also pleased that she has agreed to take on a newly created position of Chief Innovation Officer after she takes a well-deserved break."
Ventura continued, "In addition, Hali Dearborn and I are delighted to announce that Jim Clements has been selected to succeed Susan as CEO and President. I know we speak on behalf of all board members that we could not be more pleased with the outcome of this leadership succession process. A lifelong educator and school administrator, many know Jim in his most recent role as Head of Tilton School, and all of us know him as a thoughtful leader and enthusiastic advocate for young people."
Clements added, "Though our roles have changed, the four of us are energetically committed to ensure strong leadership at the board and executive levels and to the continuity of excellence in services to children and their families. Spaulding is poised for growth and we enthusiastically look forward to the opportunities and possibilities which await us."

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 10:11

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Plymouth Leadership Academy session focuses on education

PLYMOUTH — On November 6th the Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce held the third session of its Leadership Academy at Holderness School. The class gathered together in Livermore Hall to gear up for a day full of conversation around the topic of education in the State of New Hampshire and the local region.

The discussion of the day focused on public education through the lenses of leaders of Early Childhood education up through public university and college. Class co-facilitator Ty Gagne started off the first session of the morning by leading a panel of local public education leaders from the Plymouth region discussing roles and responsibilities in their respective positions, along with insight into their thoughts on how education has changed over the years. The panel was comprised of Mark Halloren, Superintendent of Schools, Michael O'Malley - SAU 48, Principal – Newfound Regional High School, Julie Flynn, Principal – Plymouth Elementary School and Karen Ferguson, Health and Safety Coordinator – Tri-County Head Start.

There was a discussion between the panelists and the Leadership Academy class around today's educational standards set by the State of New Hampshire and the Federal Government. The panelists gave an inward look into the challenges each of them face on a daily basis in public education, ranging from students who may be homeless, meeting the needs of each student in the classroom, ensuring that kids have a chance to eat healthy, and are receiving the medical attention they need that they may not necessarily get at home.

The second session of the day was led by Daniel Barrick, the Deputy Director of the NH Center for Public Policy. Barrick began his presentation by reviewing research data showing how education has been and is currently funded in the State. Discussions ensued regarding the path NH has chosen to fund public education.

Todd Leach, Chancellor of the University System of NH and Sara Jayne Steen, President of Plymouth State University were the two special guests who took part in the first afternoon session of the day. Chancellor Leach began with an overview of the four schools within the USNH system, and explained how the system is funded overall. President Steen reviewed what Plymouth State has to offer and what it does to fit into the community it resides in. She also discussed All Well Center project taking place across the river in Holderness.

The class actively discussed with the Chancellor and President how education has changed over the years in high education along with a great debate how the system is primarily funded on student tuition. During the discussion, the class was alarmed that NH is close to last in the country for state funding of public higher education and Pre-K through 12.  

The day concluded with a visit from Michelle Holt-Shannon, Associate Director of NH Listens. After a day of learning from various speakers and panelists about education in NH, Michelle took the opportunity to lead class in a discussion about what we learned from the speakers along with what their thoughts were on what needs immediate addressing in public education in NH. This facilitation gave the group a chance to have very open conversation and allowed them to start brainstorming how we as a group could make a difference in public education.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 10:07

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North Sandwich Store, Sandwich Police Holding Christmas Toy Drive

SANDWICH — The annual North Sandwich Store and Sandwich Police Department - Sandwich Toy Drive - has begun. All toys, gifts, and monetary donations may be dropped off at either the North Sandwich Store or the Police Department. Any checks should be made out to: Sandwich Toy Drive.

The toy drive will be ongoing through December 21. The Community Wrapping Party will be held at the North Sandwich Store on Saturday, December 21 at 6 p.m.

The annual Sandwich Community Christmas Tree Party will be held in the upstairs of the Sandwich Town Hall on Sunday, December 15 at 3:30 p.m. This party is sponsored by the Sandwich Woman's Club with the assistance of several other organizations in town. Each child in Sandwich from birth through grade 3 will receive a small gift from Santa. This includes the families who have children at the Sandwich Central School but who do not live in Sandwich.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 09:57

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