PLYMOUTH — A Campton resident who is a dedicated community volunteer is the recipient of Plymouth State University's 2013 Sara Jayne Steen Operating Staff (OS) Service award. Barbara LaJeunesse, who is known as Babs, has been employed at PSU for seven years as an Administrative Assistant for University Studies and the Undergraduate Advising Center, but her work at the University and for the region goes far beyond her day job.
Her volunteer efforts are extraordinary. She has been an enthusiastic volunteer for the past 25 years for Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue, which covers all of New England; she also volunteered for Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, the Plymouth Senior Center and serves her local neighborhood district as Clerk. At PSU, she helps with the Festival of Trees community fundraiser, the OS Raffle Basket fundraiser, the University's Convocation and Commencement events, spring clean-up days, the OS Welcoming Committee for new employees and the Student Employee of the Year Award Committee.
"I am so honored, because volunteerism has been such a big part of my life, and it is very nice to be recognized for it," LaJeunesse said. "It was the most special award I could have possibly received. I love the fact that this University promotes and encourages students to volunteer."
Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen said in addition to her volunteer accomplishments, LaJeunesse has earned a reputation as an exceptional resource in helping students achieve their academic goals.
"Babs is someone about whom I have heard about for years from students, whose help for them was so extraordinary that they want to tell others," said Steen. "She reaches out to make others' lives better and exemplifies the University motto of service."
The Operating Staff Speaker, Nikki-Ann Nunes, introduced LaJeunesse as the winner and described her as a role model, who truly cares for the students she serves.
"Babs brings a unique perspective to her advisees trying to decide on a major, having 38 years of real world experience working in a variety of jobs, including office manager, account executive, supervisor, manager, and business owner."
The criteria for the award include exemplifying the spirit and values of the institution, being dedicated to providing a learning environment that supports development of the mind, body and spirit, being actively involved in University activities, and being engaged in service to the wider community.
LaJeunesse said she was shocked when she was announced as the OS Service Award winner.
"I felt like I was having an out of body experience because I was in such shock. It was completely and utterly unexpected," LaJeunesse said.
She and her husband Frank moved to New Hampshire in 2003; she began work at PSU in 2006. LaJeunesse has two stepchildren and five grandchildren. She and her husband have adopted eight golden retrievers in the past 30 years, most of them "seniors."
The Sara Jayne Steen Operating Staff Service Award winner was chosen by a seven member panel of faculty, staff, community members and students.
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 09:58
GILFORD — As the onset of winter brings about the end of the golf season, it also marks the beginning of the first full winter season of golf at The Golf Club at Patrick's Place, recently constructed above Patrick's Pub & Eatery in Gilford. Located at the junction of Routes 11 and 11B in Gilford, the new club will be opening its doors to the public to play a complimentary nine holes of golf on any of their 40 golf courses on Saturday, November 23 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
"We're inviting the public to come out and try the golf simulators, have some fun and experience our new club." says PGA Professional and Club Manager Dan Wilkins. "We are really pleased to have built a facility that will offer area golfers the most accurate and technologically advanced golf simulator on the market, along with an environment that members will really enjoy."
The Open House will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, with tee times reserved for foursomes every two hours. Visitors are invited to call Wilkins at the club at 387-2597 to reserve their tee time. In addition, guests can play the 'closest to the pin contest' and 'longest drive contest' for some great prizes while enjoying complimentary refreshments.
The club features three state-of-the-art golf simulators with 40 golf courses from around the world to choose from, along with driving ranges and training aids to help players stay sharp during the long winter season. In addition, Wilkins will be offering lessons, utilizing video swing analysis and comprehensive data for those interested in making maximum improvements to their golf game. "The simulators offer an outstanding environment for teaching, from the novice to the advanced golfer" explains Wilkins. "It's an ideal setting for individual lessons".
In addition to providing a venue for the serious golfer and want-to-be golfer, the club provides members and their guests a great social setting with a comfortable lounge area for golfers to enjoy. The BYOB facility has everything needed for an enjoyable round of golf, with kitchen facilities, comfortable seating, big screen TV's (with smaller TV'sat each golf simulator), a putting area and more. In addition, the club hosts special nights for ladies on Tuesday evenings and men on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
There are limited memberships still available. For a membership application and club rules and regulations, call Dan Wilkins at 387-2597 or visit www.thegolfclubatpatricksplace.com.
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 09:48
LACONIA — The Lake Winnipesaukee Watershed Association (LWWA) is pleased to announce a new slate of officers for 2013/2014. The new board represents a mix of continuing members and new members in 2013. The LWWA board provides strategic direction and oversight to the lake association in its mission to protect the water quality and natural resources of the Lake Winnipesaukee watershed. The new board assumed its duties on September 11.
The 2013/14 Board of Directors is as follows: officers Diane Hanley, president; Dean Anson, vice-president; Lee Duncan, treasurer; Rick DeMark, secretary; board members Steve Preston, Steve Kahl, and Steve Wingate.
LWWA welcomes Steve Wingate as the newest member to the Board. With an extensive background in forestry and strong volunteer ethic Wingate is a great asset. After graduating with an M.S. in Forest Management he served five years in the U.S. Army, including a tour in Vietnam and Germany. He then began a 40 year career in the U.S. Forest Service during which he worked on five different national forests in specialties such as forest and wildlife management, and watershed based resource planning. Since retiring Wingate has continued to share his knowledge and expertise by working as a consultant on several special projects; most recently for a forest management plan for the New York City municipal watershed in the Catskill Region.
Wingate's strong volunteer ethic is evident in the many activities and organizations in which he is involved. A resident of Tuftonboro, he is a member of the Tuftonboro Conservation Commission, Joint Community Milfoil Committee, and Mirror Lake Watershed Committee. He is also a Lakes Region Planning Commission Commissioner and planning advisor, and a member on the UNH Cooperative Extension Advisory Committee and Lay Lakes Monitoring Program. LWWA will benefit greatly not only from Wingate's forestry expertise, but also his enthusiasm, energy and active involvement to get things done.
Do you have an interest, passion, skill, or knowledge to share that would benefit the mission of LWWA? To learn more about the organization and what it does please visit www.winnipesaukee.org or call 581-6632.
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 09:41
LACONIA — American Legion Post 1 will offer a Thanksgiving Day Buffet to its members and their guests from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28. For planning purposes please call and let the bartender know how many will be in your group. 524-9728.
Post 1 is a smoke free building.
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 09:34
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