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Pemi-Baker Literacy receives grant from Meredith Village Savings Bank

PLYMOUTH — The Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) Fund has awarded a $3,000 grant to Pemi-Baker Literacy, which is located within the Whole Village Family Resource Center in Plymouth. The organization will use the grant funds to purchase a new laptop computer and other expenses. The new laptop will provide them with enhanced access to the latest online study materials and tests.

Pemi-Baker Literacy works with other local social service agencies to identify individuals who may be looking to obtain their high school equivalency diploma or improve their computer skills and provides them the training and guidance needed to reach their education goals. The organization's services include one-on-one tutoring and small classes in the areas of reading, writing, math, English as a second language, high school equivalency exam preparation and basic computer skills.

"We are still continually awed by our students' courage and motivation to further their education," said Darci McCarthy, Executive Director. "We are so appreciative of the generosity of the volunteers and contributors, who have supported our efforts to provide quality education services to adults in need in our community."

In May, 2001, Pemi-Baker Literacy was born out of a series of community meetings focused on filling the gaps in literacy needs in the Plymouth area, particularly basic adult education. The outcome of those meetings was a volunteer-based tutoring program , which has since grown to include small classes in the areas of reading, writing, math, English as a second language, preparing for the high school equivalency exam and basic computer skills. For more information about Pemi-Baker Literacy, please visit: www.pemibakerliteracy.org

MVSB established the Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund in 1997 under the leadership of John Starrett who was then president and CEO of the Bank. Since then, 248 grants totaling more than $971,992 have been awarded to a wide range of environmental, social, educational, and historic projects throughout the Greater Lakes Region and Plymouth areas. Over the years, the Fund has supported literacy programs, after-school programs, environmental monitoring and education, restoration of historic structures, organizations that provide support for individuals and families in challenging circumstances, and equipment that helps save lives. The deadline for consideration for the 2014 grant cycle is October 15, 2014. Applications are available on the Bank's website (www.mvsb.com) and at all MVSB offices.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 06:42

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3 PSU professors honored at Faculty Day

PLYMOUTH -- Three Plymouth State University professors -- Paul Rogalus, Scott Coykendall and Mark Green -- were honored recently by their faculty colleagues at the institution's annual Faculty Day.

Julie Bernier, PSU's Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, presented Green with the Award for Distinguished Scholarship and Rogalus received the Award for Faculty Service. Coykendall received the Faculty Advising Award from Student Senate member Evan Gaudette on behalf of the student body.

"I am so pleased and honored to have the opportunity to recognize faculty excellence this morning with three awards," said Bernier. "It is particularly satisfying to be able to honor such wonderful and deserving colleagues."

Rogalus, an English professor, has been a member of the PSU faculty for 24 years. Aside from his classroom responsibilities, he helps students find their passion and get the most from their college experience through his work with numerous student organizations, including Poets & Writers, PSU's student literary club; Mentoring Enhances Student Achievement (MESA), the English Department's peer mentoring program; and WPCR, the student-run radio station.

Coykendall, a Communications and Media Studies Assistant professor since 2002, was chosen for the Advising Award, which was created and managed by the undergraduate student body to recognize outstanding advising from a faculty member.

"Advising is such an important part of teaching, it's really gratifying to have my students succeed and to be a part of that success," said Coykendall.

Green, professor of hydrology, joined the graduate faculty in the Center for the Environment and the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at PSU in 2009. He fulfills a dual role teaching graduate-level classes and acting as a research hydrologist at the Northern Forest Research Station. This combination of responsibilities positions Green as a "bridge," connecting and engaging students in his work. Green also travelled to Japan last year as a Fulbright researcher. With Japanese colleagues, Green studied hydrologic data from U.S. and Japanese forests to understand how forests and hydrologic function recover from disturbance.

"Gaining an understanding of the larger questions about human-water-environmental interactions goes far beyond Plymouth and even the US," said Green. "Working collaboratively, we have a valuable opportunity to find answers that can apply around the world."

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 06:37

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Belknap Mill reduces hours of operation

LACONIA — A reduction in hours for the Belknap Mill to be open to the general public has been announced by the Board of Trustees for the Belknap Mill Society. The Mill will typically be open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, although hours may vary due to events and private functions.

The Belknap Mill will dedicate time to develop its award-winning fourth grade program, My First Day of Work at the Mill, become the sought after space for rentals with its historic charm and renovate its museum space for special events and showings. The Belknap Mill will continue to be open to the general public on Thursdays when Stewart Ramsey holds his sock demonstration, replicating the history of the Mill, as well as continue to work with local artists to showcase their work in the galleries.

Beth San Soucie, the managing director for the Belknap Mill, says, "we are working hard to incorporate STEM education into our mission by putting the 'A' in STEM; moving the Mill – full STEAM ahead. All while doing our best to minimize disruptions to the services we provide to the public/'' San Soucie will be working closely with the Board of Trustees to further refine and expand the offerings of the oldest, unaltered textile mill in the United States and official meetinghouse of New Hampshire.

As the hours of the Belknap Mill will vary, please check the website for a list of events and hours at www.belknapmill.org, call ahead at (603) 524-8813 or email Beth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The Belknap Mill has a permanent exhibit that interprets the history of the textile industry in Laconia, and has changing monthly exhibits focusing on the arts and history, as well as educational programs for all ages.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 06:32

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Technology Night Every First Thursday of Every Month At the Irwin Automotive Group

LACONIA — Due to the overwhelming response of the Irwin Technology Nights, the Irwin Automotive Group will now be hosting an Irwin Technology Night the first Thursday of every month at 5 pm.

All owners are welcome regardless of where they have purchased from! There will be food and prizes for the event as well. These events have been very popular and due to space there is a limit to the first 50 people.

Those interested in attending the fun and informative event can RSVP to alan.faro@ irwinzone.com (603 581 2935) if you own a Toyota/Scion/Ford/Lincoln or to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (603 581 2994) if you own a Hyundai.

Those unable to attend or who have questions can call/e-mail Erik Faro at 603 581 2970--e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 10:27

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