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Pitmans Hosting Cheryl Arena Blues Band on January 10

LACONIA — The Cheryl Arena Blues Band will be at Pitman's Freight Room on Friday, January 10, at 8 p.m. Admission is $12 and Pitman's is a  BYOB venue.

Cheryl sizzles with excitement as she mesmerizes audiences with her sultry voice and powerhouse energy. She is a triple threat- a great songwriter, vocalist and blows harp like there's no tomorrow.
Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, she began playing harmonica and immersing herself into the Blues in 1987. Boston was an inspiring place to be as she was surrounded by so many talented harmonica and horn players She has recorded on several cds with her most recent one, being her first solo effort, "Blues Got Me" including 7 original songs, backed by a stellar 7 piece band and produced by Duke Robillard, who also plays on a few cuts.
For tickets or information call 527-0043 or 494-3334 www.pitmansfreightroom.com

Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 11:18

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Affordable Care Act Patient Navigator Schedules Visits in Area

BELMONT — Ms. Donna Toomey, Belknap County's Certified Patient Navigator, has announced her updated schedule of presentations on the Affordable Care Act. The public is invited to attend the session that is most convenient for them. On Thursday, January 9, between 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Ms. Toomey will be at the Belmont Senior Center.

On Tuesday, January 14, she will be at the Tilton Senior Center between 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and at the Franklin Public Library between 5:30 and 7 p.m.

She is scheduled for a presentation between 5:30 and 7 p.m. at the Meredith Public Library on Thursday, January 16. On Wednesday, January 22, she will be at the Andover Town Offices between 6 and 7:30 p.m. and on Thursday, January 23, she will have a presentation in the conference room of Health First in Laconia (22 Stafford St.) between 6 and 7:30 p.m.

Those who need help in enrolling in an Affordable Care Act insurance plan, may contact Ms. Toomey directly at 603-934-1464 extension 119, or Ms. Marian Gill at the Lake Region Partnership for Public Health's Service Link office at 603-528-6947, to set up an appointment.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 10:49

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League of Craftsmen offering class on Felted Flowers

MEREDITH — A Frolic with Fiber: Felted Flowers for Embellishments class with Nancy Evans will be offered Saturday, January 11 from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the Meredith Gallery of the NH League of Craftsmen.
This class will cover the basics of how to make wet felted flowers. Use them in pins, for hair pieces, to decorate a hat, or make a necklace. Centers of the flowers can be beaded for added interest. Incorporating silk (nuno felting) will be covered.

Each student should bring a couple of old towels to class for the purpose of blotting water from their projects, and drying their hands as they work. The centers of the flowers are embellished with seed beads, and if desired students may bring their own. There will also be beads available from the instructor.

Tuition is $45 per student, and there is no additional materials fee. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register visit the League of NH Craftsmen on 279 DW Highway, Meredith, NH or call at 603-279-7920.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 10:39

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Two local high schools receive science grants

ALTON — Some students in Northern New England received a surprise this holiday season, as they learned that their class was one of eight winners in S. W. Cole Engineering, Inc.'s third annual Dig Into Science contest held during the latter portion of 2013.

The company made surprise presentations to schools across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Announced in September, the contest asked students in first through 12th grade to create a video in which they interviewed a person who worked in one of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. The prize for each winning class received a $1,000 stipend to attend a science, engineering or math-related field trip.

After choosing the winning videos from a pool of approximately 50 entries, S. W. Cole worked with the principal of each school to make the announcements in front of the winning class as well as other students in the school. This year's winners are: Ann Smith's Fifth Grade Math Class at Matthew Thornton School, Londonderry, Vicky Sweezy's AP Biology Class at Prospect Mountain High School, Alton, Bailey Bergeron's Period Six Class at Dover Middle School, Dover, David McDonald's Block 3 STEM Class at Belmont High School in Belmont. Three additional schools in Maine and one school in Vermont were awarded the prize as well.

Teachers and students alike noted the benefits of participating in the contest. Zach Mayo, one of the students in the winning class at Prospect Mountain High School in Alton, explained how entering the contest helped him learn about a topic he may not have had the opportunity to study otherwise. His class interviewed an intern at the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services about milfoil, a type of invasive species that has affected some lakes in the region. "I didn't know how bad the problem was, especially in Lake Winnipesaukee, until we started researching it," said Mayo.

Zach's teacher, Vicky Sweezy, hoped that the experience has given Zach and his classmates knowledge that they will use after they graduate. "Making this video was a great learning experience that's preparing them for things they are going to encounter in the working world, and college," said Sweezy.

"We were pleased with the response and quite impressed with the enthusiasm, creativity and hard work that all the students put into their videos," said Bob Chaput, P.E., Senior Vice President at S. W. Cole Engineering, Inc. S. W. Cole Engineering, Inc.'s President, Paul Kohler, P.E., explained that the firm has a long tradition of promoting the engineering and science professions.

"Our founder, Stephen Cole, P.E., has always encouraged our employees to be involved in professional organizations," he said. "The company has a 34-year history of hiring engineering and science students, part time and seasonally, to gain practical experience, and many of them are still with us. Our hope is that this contest encourages students to consider the engineering and science professions."

Last Updated on Friday, 03 January 2014 12:15

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