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Young local figure skaters do well at competition

On Saturday, November 16, local skaters from the Magic Blades Figure Skating Club and Plymouth State Skating Academy competed at the Gate City FSC's Basic Skills Competition in Nashua. MBFSC and PSSA have been parallel programs for three years, sharing curriculum and coaches, but recently joined forces in September to promote the sport of skating in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.

Middle school student Maggie DeVoy, of Sanbornton took 1st place, Preliminary Test, in Group B. Colleen Harriman, of Bridgewater took 4th place, Pre-preliminary Test, in Group C. Harriman is a student at Newfound Middle School. Emily Alperin of Newton Massachusetts, placed 2nd in the Beginner Program, in Group A, and is a student at New Hampton School. Elementary school student Alexandra Dunstan, of Campton took 3rd place, Beginner Program, Group B.

Basic Skills Competitions are sanctioned by US Figure Skating and the purpose is to promote a fun, introductory, competitive experience for the beginning skater. Competitions are open to all beginner skaters who are registered members in a U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills.

Magic Blades Figure Skating Club has been serving the Lakes Region since 1997 under the direction of Barbara Adams. Magic Blades operated clubs in both Waterville Valley and Laconia until 2006. In 2007 it moved its home ice to the Tilton School Ice Arena where it has stayed a small but vibrant fixture in the local community. When the Plymouth Ice Center opened in the summer of 2010, Adams, an employee of Plymouth State University, assisted with the start-up of the learn-to-skate program. She called upon her familiar Magic Blades coaching staff, and the two programs have worked closely, but separately ever since. Nicole Cochrane, of Laconia, is the current skating director for PSSA program.

This year the two clubs will not only continue to share its talented staff, but have worked to promote skating among its members as well as to the larger community. Both clubs are US Figure Skating Basic Skills programs offering membership through USFS, as well as the USFS badge program, showing progress through the skills. Both programs offer 30 minute lessons with 30 minutes of free, practice ice. Skaters ages three through adult are welcome to join.

Both programs offer skating instruction from beginner through advanced levels for figure and hockey skaters. The only real decision is to determine the best location or day that works for you. For more information visit the program webpages: www.MagicBlades.org or www.Plymouth.edu/Arena.

Last Updated on Friday, 29 November 2013 08:49

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PSU employee recognition ceremony

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen recognized more than 90 University employees and retirees in a ceremony on November 13. Dozens of co-workers, friends, and family members attended the annual event. Steen thanked employees for their dedication and provided each of them with a gift for service to the University; the President's Office also made a donation to the student support foundation in lieu of a rose for each landmark year recipient.

"Today we're gathered to honor our own; Recognition Day is one of the traditions that makes Plymouth State University special," Steen said. "We're here on the same mission, to ensure our students are going to make the world a better place for the next generation. Today is a day we say thank you to our faculty and staff, to express our gratitude to the people who have created the environment that gives our students the chance to succeed and excel."

Retirees Charles Brown, Jerrold Griffin, James Koermer, David McBride, Annette Mitchell, Nancy Pettengill and Bonnie Breen-Wagner were recognized for their dedication to Plymouth State. President Steen noted the seven retirees cumulatively have worked at the institution for more than 200 years. "Each retiree has made his or her mark on the institution, as well as on their field and we're grateful for everyone's achievement."

Larry Spencer, professor emeritus in Biology, who has taught regularly since leaving his full-time position, was recognized as the longest serving employee, celebrating his 45th year of employment at the institution.

The 30 year recipients include- Trent Boggess, College of Business Administration; Michelle Fistek, Social Science; Marcia Huckins, Center for Young Children and Families; Soo Jang, College of Business Administration; and Roger Kleinpeter, Computer Science and Technology.

The 35 year recognition goes out to- Christopher Buckley, English; Robert Egbert, Social Science; Mark Gilman, Sodexo; David Leuser, College of Business Administration; and Gary McCool, Library and Academic Support Services.

40 year recipient recognition- Betsy Cheney, Public Relations and Carleen Graff, Music, Theatre, and Dance. The 45-year recognition was presented to Larry Spencer, Biological Sciences.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU News Services Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Friday, 29 November 2013 08:42

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Laconia Parks and Rec offers Christmas Programs

LACONIA — The Laconia Parks and Recreation Department  has a number of holiday programs planned for December.

On Tuesday, December 3, Santa Claus will call the children of the Laconia area, to wish them happy holidays and ask what they would like for Christmas. Call Laconia Parks & Recreation at 524-5046 to fill out a registration form. Forms must be filled out no later than Monday, December 2. This program is free of charge and will be very exciting for children.

On December 11 from 6-8 p.m. a family program called Hurray for the Holidays will be held at the Laconia Community Center. Participants will be making Christmas ornaments and singing or listening to Christmas carols. The fee is $2 per person. Call Laconia Parks & Recreation to register by December 7 at 524-5046.

A Mother/Child Cookie Decorating program will be held on December 13 from 6–8 p.m. All materials will be supplied and participants will take cookies home with them. The fee for the program is $10 per family of 4 with $2 each additional person. Register with Laconia Parks & Recreation by December 7 at 524-5046.

Christmas caroling will start at he Community Center on December 4 at 7 p.m. and participants will leave to sing door to door at the Taylor Community. This is a free event and will bring a smile to some, cocoa will be provided bring your own travel mug. Call 524-5046 to sign up by December 2 at 524-5046.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 09:50

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Plymouth chamber workshop on social media marketing

PLYMOUTH - The Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce is once again partnering with Constant Contact and the Enterprise Center at Plymouth to bring another exciting event to the Plymouth area on Wednesday, December 11 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Common Man Inn in Plymouth.

Joanne Randall, owner of Leap Year Marketing, will be back to share tips and strategies to simplify social media marketing. While social media has become an integral part of the marketing mix for most small business owners, how to connect and engage with customers on these platforms is still a mystery. Randall will help simplify the process and teach time-saving aspects for a social media marketing strategy.

In this information-packed session, attendees will learn how to: implement time-saving techniques, create valuable content, and build a quality community. Business owners and marketers will walk away with a better understanding of why social media is important to their business, how social media fits into their marketing mix, and tools to help create a social media marketing strategy that works for their small business.

To register or for more information call 536-1001 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 09:44

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