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Holderness Central wins Circle Trot School Spirit Challenge

PLYMOUTH — For the second year in a row, the Circle Program announced Holderness Central School as the winner of the 2014 Circle Trot School Spirit Challenge. This challenge was designed in 2013 to get more youth participating in healthy living by walking or running in the Circle Trot, a spring 2K/5K/10K race put on by the Circle Program in collaboration with Plymouth State University’s Center for Active Living and Healthy Communities.

Twenty-nine schools from Concord to Lincoln were in the running this year. Registered Circle Trot participants were able to vote for their own school or whatever school they affiliated themselves with. Parents, teachers, students and friends came out to participate and vote. The award was given to the highest percentage of votes per school's total student population. Holderness Central School (15%) led the way again, taking the win over runner-up, Plymouth Elementary School (5%). Other top finishers included Lin-Wood School (3.6%), Thornton Central School (3.2%) and Newfound Middle School (3%).

In a small ceremony Holderness Central was awarded $400 to go towards sports and wellness programs, generously donated by Sippican Partners Construction Management of Ashland, NH. In attendance were Holderness Central School Principal, William VanBennekum, Sippican Partner’s, Sam Barnum, Circle Trot Race Director, Brooke Wakefield, several Circle Trotter students and Kim Johnstone of Holderness Central School’s Wellness Committee.

Holderness Central School plans to use the funds for their annual Wellness Week that includes exercise, sleep, safety and nutritional facts among other things. During a full week of activities kids will have a hula hoop and jump rope contest, sample smoothies with ingredients such as kale, yogurt, and apples, yoga and meditation and a dance performance by PSU students. During recess kids will get the chance to feel the effect of their food choices by eating one single M&M and then “walking it off” over 120 yards around the school yard.

For more information about how your school can get involved with next year’s School Spirit Challenge, contact Brooke Wakefield at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Circle Program at (603) 536-4244.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 07:34

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PSU's Drerup Gallery hosting 'Meaning, Metaphot and Myth' exhibit

PLYMOUTH — The Karl Drerup Art Gallery and Exhibitions Program at Plymouth State University will present Meaning, Metaphor and Myth by Hans Guggenheim, April 28–May 16 in the Drerup Gallery's "Shoebox Gallery." The opening reception will be held from 4­­–6 p.m. on Monday, April 28 and will include a presentation on klecksography by the artist.

Klexography explores the art of making images from inkblots. This intriguing form of art making involves both the artist and the viewer. The exhibition will provide an opportunity for visitors and student groups to study and respond to the images, drawing on philosophical, psychological and cultural influences. Guggenheim will share a series of klecksographs he has created and invite viewers to find characters, shapes and meaning within the artworks.

Experiencing a work of art first-hand and understanding the cultural and historical context in which it was created can increase one's appreciation of art, and this is the thinking behind a multifaceted gift to PSU from the world-renowned anthropologist, artist, and humanitarian. The gift is allowing PSU students to experience works of art from Guggenheim's private collection on campus, learn more about the artwork by attending lectures by Guggenheim, and delve into the context of the artwork in class.

Guggenheim has been a professor of anthropology at MIT and a visiting scholar at Harvard's Center for International Affairs. He studied art history in New York and traveled the world for Life magazine as an artist and reporter. A staunch advocate for arts and education, he founded Projectguggenheim in 1997, providing art programming for young people and students in remote regions around the world.

Meaning, Metaphor, and Myth is the fourth and final presentation in the series by Professor Guggenheim that included War in Art: Connections and Synchronicity, The Pale Fox Yapilou, and Sketches are Contagious/From Egypt with Love.

The Karl Drerup Art Gallery in the Draper and Maynard Building on North Main Street in Plymouth is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Wednesday from 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 1–4 p.m. and by appointment during the academic year.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 07:25

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'Early bird' registration available for Prescott Farm summer camp

LACONIA — The deadline for early bird registration rates for the Prescott Farm WildQuest Summer Camp is Wednesday, April 30.

WildQuest Summer Camp is offered nine weeks out of the summer, starting June 23 and is for children ages 4-15. Camp always includes nature activities, animal and plant identification, arts and crafts, quests, games, and hands-on learning. Most of the day is spent outdoors.

The camp's goal is to foster an appreciation and understanding of the natural and cultural history of Prescott Farm, and by extension, children's own special places as well. The camp strives to enhance children's ecological awareness and provide fun learning opportunities in a community-minded and non-competitive atmosphere.

There are several options in terms of age groups so that each child receives an age-appropriate experience.

This summer WildQuest will offer Pre-K Pioneers (Ages 4-5), Explorers (Ages 5-7), Questers (Ages 6-12) and Teen Trekkers (Ages 12-15). Depending on the group some attend camp half day, partial day or full day. Each camp week is also a different theme. Some of this year's camp themes include Garden to Table, Life on the Farm, Let's Go Camping, Survivor, and Nature's Builders.

Prescott Farm is a non-profit organization that offers environmental education for all ages throughout the year including WildQuest camps, public programs, field trips, and long-term partnerships with local elementary schools.

To register for WildQuest Summer Camp visit the Prescott Farm website at www.prescottfarm.org. Or call with questions at (603) 366-5695.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 07:22

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Laconia Christian Spring Carnival held May 10th

LACONIA — Laconia Christian Academy is hosting a Spring Carnival on Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. 

Laconia Christian Academy is a non-denominational Pre-K through grade 12 school committed to providing a stimulating educational experience in a nurturing environment that fosters a passion for God’s truth. This event will help raise funds for LCA’s Tuition Grant program.

For more information call (603) 524-3250 or visit www.laconiachristian.org

Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 07:17

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