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Adult Education class in Microsoft basics

LACONIA — Adult Education is offering a four week Microsoft Office Basics computer class beginning on Tuesday, October 21 and Thursday, October 23, 2014. The class will meet from 6:30 to ­8:30 p.m. at Laconia High School.

This course will allow those individuals who are only slightly familiar with Microsoft Programs to get a leg up and learn all the tips and tricks that make each program easier to use as well as more efficient. This class is designed for people who already work with these programs, but don’t feel thoroughly knowledgeable or who want to learn some new tricks. Students will learn about formulas and pivot tables in Excel, how to create spreadsheets and some additional tips for Word.

The class content is flexible, and will be based in some part on student needs. Students will need to bring a flash drive to class to save their personal files. Along with learning how to navigate through these Microsoft programs the class will be teaching beginner skills in each application that will allow you to easily create and format letters in Word, apply the spreadsheet capabilities of Excel to everyday use.

To enroll in the class or for more information, call the Laconia Adult Education Office at 524-­5712.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 October 2014 09:47

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Central N.H. VNA & Hospice flu shot clinics

LACONIA — Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice will be offering flu shots at clinics around the area starting next week.

The schedule of clinics is:

-- Tuftonboro, Town Hall, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m.-noon.

-- Alton, Community Center, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1-2:30 p.m.

-- Belmont, Belmont Senior Center, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 11 a.m.-noon.

-- Sandwich, Doris Benz Center, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

-- Wolfeboro, Wolfeboro Congregational Church, Friday, Oct. 17, 12:30-2 p.m.

Clinics are able to bill Medicare Part B, Medicaid, Harvard Pilgrim and Anthem Blue Cross. The cost for those who have different insurance or none will be $25.

Anyone can get the flu (even healthy people), and serious problems from influenza can happen at any age. People age 65 years and older, people of any age with chronic medical conditions, and very young children are more likely to get complications from influenza.

Because the flu is contagious everyone is encouraged to receive a flu vaccine, say Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice officials.


Last Updated on Friday, 10 October 2014 09:42

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‘Keep the Heat On’ sets goal of $50,000

PLYMOUTH — The 10th Annual Keep the Heat On (KTHO) fundraiser will take place in Plymouth State University's Prospect Hall on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, with a goal of raising $50,000 for fuel assistance to families in fifteen local communities.

This event, which includes a buffet dinner provided by more than twenty area restaurants, as well as exciting silent and live auctions, always receives tremendous community support. Last year, KTHO brought in a record $46,000, but incredibly, that money ran out by the end of March. The need for assistance continues to grow, and the KTHO Committee’s fundraising goal grows with it.

While the autumn foliage is still in its glory, the Plymouth Area Community Closet (PACC) is already gearing up for the winter heating season. State and Federal fuel assistance remain limited, which means that the money raised at the KTHO dinner and auction will be critical in addressing the need for help in Alexandria, Ashland, Bridgewater, Campton, Dorchester, Ellsworth, Groton, Hebron, Holderness, Plymouth, Rumney, Thornton, Warren, Waterville Valley, and Wentworth. In addition to the proceeds from ticket sales, auctions, and contributions, the generosity of sponsors adds significantly to the amount of fuel assistance the PACC is able to distribute. Last year, sponsors donated over $20,000 to KTHO, but to reach the $50,000 mark, sponsorship will have to be even higher in 2015. Business' or community members interested in sponsoring the event are encouraged to call Sponsorship Chair Bill Bolton at 238-2995, Auction Chair Joyce Weston at 536-2856, or KTHO Committee Chair Martha Richards at 536-2279.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 October 2014 09:38

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Huot Law Enforcement Students Investigate Their Future


LACONIA — Students studying Law Enforcement at the Huot Technical Center have many opportunities to explore exciting career options within the field ranging from local and state police departments, federal law enforcement agencies, fish and game wardens, criminal investigators, correctional officers and private security. One thing they all have in common is the responsibility to protect citizens and their property, apprehend suspects and enforce the law.

Gilford Patrol Officer Adam P. VanSteensburg and his K9 Partner "Ike" presented to the Law Enforcement Class about the partnership between Ike and Officer VanSteensburg. Officer VanSteensburg explained the important role of dogs in law enforcement operations and the two main classifications of police dogs (K9's), detection and general purpose.

While Detection dogs are most commonly trained to detect either drugs or explosives (never both) they can be trained to detect anything. In airports, for example, police canines have food detection dogs or ones that detect money. There are also K9s trained to detect cadavers (human remains), and even pregnant female lobsters (for fisheries officers).

General purpose K9s are trained in tracking, apprehension (bite work), article searches (items with fresh human scent, as in a gun that was thrown away), building searches, and open searches (suspects hiding in woods or field, no tracking). Throughout the presentation, Ike demonstrated various skills, with the highlight being the apprehension of a suspect, who in this case was played by former Laconia Police Chief Miket Moyer.

The K9 class presentation is one of many learning experiences that provide students with the knowledge and skills to transfer into higher education and the workforce.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 October 2014 09:11

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