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LRCS Teams Up with Centerplate to train food service interns

LACONIA — Centerplate, one of the largest hospitality companies in the world and the provider of food services at Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford, graduated its first class of interns from the CRAVE program (Centerplate Recruiting and Assistance for Valuable Employees) on Friday, March 21. This new 12-week on the job training internship program was developed in partnership with Lakes Region Community Services to provide individuals with disabilities an opportunity to learn the skills needed to attain competitive employment in the food serves industry.

Commenting on the program's success, John Timbrook, General Manager for Centerplate at Gunstock stated "It has been great to have the interns here each day. They really enjoy being here and are learning useful kitchen and social skills that will help them in future positions."

Mary MacDonald, Centerplate Assistant GM, talked about the success of the program at the CRAVE graduation ceremony. "The interns came in and developed as a team and helped us all grow. I am blown away by how our staff embraced this program. It has been wonderful to watch our employees have an opportunity to be a mentor to an intern. They embraced the interns and together worked with humor, patience and collaboration. The impact Centerplate has had on these interns pales in comparison to the impact they have had on us."

LRCS believes every person should have the opportunity to access and maintain meaningful employment and is committed to assisting people with disabilities reach their career goals. For more information on employment services contact an LRCS job developer at 524-8811.

Lakes Region Community Services is a nonprofit, comprehensive family support agency with a primary focus of providing supports to individuals with developmental disabilities and/or acquired brain disorders and their families.  LRCS has offices in Laconia and Plymouth which combine to serve families residing throughout Belknap and Southern Grafton Counties. For more information contact Joanne Piper Lang at 603-524-8811or visit www.lrcs.org.

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Belmont Middle School 8th Grade Fundraiser at Patrick's Pub

BELMONT — The winter has been long, cold, and windy, so it is now time to get out of the house and dine at Patrick's Pub & Eatery in Gilford. For the week of April 13-17, Patrick's Pub & Eatery has allowed the Belmont Middle School 8th Grade to hold a fundraiser.

Anyone who eats at Patrick's Pub & Eatery and mentions 'Belmont Middle School 8th Grade" during that week will be helping out the 8th grade with their end­ of ­year activities. Patrick's will donate 25% of the food purchase for that week to the BMS 8th grade.

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Gilmanton Students Learn Bike Maintenance

GILMANTON — In March, the Gilmanton PTA and Gilmanton School sponsored Bicycle Safety Awareness Week. As part of the event, all students from grades six through eight were invited to participate in an Advanced Bicycle Maintenance Class hosted by volunteer bicycle mechanics from Port City Makerspace. Some students brought their own bikes on which to work. Other students who did not own a bicycle, were able to build or refurbish a mountain bike under the guidance of Makerspace volunteers, many of whom are professional bike mechanics working at local shops. These teens were then able to take the bike home at the end of the class. This was a two-day workshop in which students learned the ins and outs of bicycle safety, maintenance and repair.

Sixth grader Jeremy Wilson worked much of the time with mechanic Joss Reeves and PCM co-founder, Ross Beane. "The experts worked with me to repair the bicycle, explained things well, and made sure I understood what we were doing. I liked the fact that you could take a used bike and turn it into a new one by using new parts. I think I can do this now by myself because they taught me so well."

Eighth grader Sandor Gamache had some experience in changing tires and in adjusting brakes before taking the class. "Even though I knew some basic things, I learned a lot more about deraillers and shifters. This was a great program to learn how to fix your bike if you're out on the trail and have a problem. No one ever wants to have to walk their bike home."

Special thanks go to Pedal Power Bike Shop, Portsmouth, for the donation of materials and expertise. Highland Mountain Bike Park sent a volunteer from their staff to help with the program, as well.

Port City Makerspace is a cooperative not-for-profit workshop space founded by people who love to build and fix things. It is a community based shop that provides tools and workspace to members for a low monthly fee. Currently, it has a strong focus in four disciplines: metal, wood,
electronics and bicycles. But, they are continually expanding including the addition of an automotive shop. The space, located on Islington St. in Portsmouth is the ultimate playground for folks who tinker, design, build, fabricate, prototype, make and machine. For more information about the Advanced Bicycle Mechanics/Build-A-Bike Program, or the mission of Port City Makerspace, check them out online at: http://www.portcitymakerspace.com.

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Leadership Academy accepting applications for 2015 class

PLYMOUTH — Now going into it's second year, the local Leadership Academy, which will graduate its first class in a couple of weeks, is now accepting applications for the 2015 class and interviews will be scheduled by the end of May for the Class beginning in September 2014. According to Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Scott Stephens, candidates who live or work in communities in the Newfound, Plymouth, Squam, Baker-Pemi-Waterville Valley regions are encouraged to apply. More information can be found on the Plymouth Regional Chamber website at plymouthnh.org, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call 536-1001.

Stephens, of Campton, and Primex Chief Executive Officer, Ty Gagne, of Holderness, graduates of the Leadership New Hampshire Class of 2013, are the co-founders of this program.

"Our region is surrounded by other regional leadership programs. We saw both a gap and an opportunity to develop a program specific to the Plymouth and Newfound areas." said Gagne. "There is a great deal of talent and social capital in our communities, and this program will help grow and sustain both."

"The Leadership Academy participants have had the opportunity to develop and expand their level of awareness and engagement as an individual, as a community member and as a professional," explains Stephens. 'To achieve these outcomes for the next class, the Academy seeks to identify individuals who currently hold, or are aspiring toward leadership roles, drawing from diverse personal and professional backgrounds."

Program session days run from September through May, meeting one day a month at a variety of locations throughout the region. In addition to sessions on state and local government and non-profits in New Hampshire, topics to be covered in depth include education, healthcare, the environment and sustainability, the criminal justice system and economic development.

Founding Director of the Center for Rural Partnerships at Plymouth State University, and PSU's Provost for Research and Engagement, Dr. Thad Gulbrandsen, a 2011 graduate of Leadership New Hampshire, agrees that networking is a very crucial component of the program.

"The relationships that are formed go far beyond anything that could easily be developed in the course of our regular working lives," said Guldbrandsen. This gives you the ability to interact with people from all around the state and to tap into a broader network. "Professional relationships become deeper, richer and more authentic. It strengthens the connections between people and enables them to collaborate more effectively. There are many great leaders in our region, but we can all learn more and get better at working together."


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