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Central NH Skating Academy Opens Season Thursday (230)

LACONIA — Jennifer Tondreau and her team of skating professionals will open the Central New Hampshire Skating Academy's 2013-2014 season at the Laconia Ice Arena on Thursday, October 3.

These energetic and enthusiastic professionals bring their extensive experiences with Disney on Ice, the Ice Capades, competitive ice dancing and hockey skating to central New Hampshire. Using the Ice Skating Institute (ISI) curriculum, lessons from beginner to advanced levels will be offered to recreational skaters from age 3 to 103.

In addition to the Learn to Skate Program, comprised of a 30 minute lesson and 30 minutes of practice time, the staff will offer Off Ice Training for the Figure Skater to build core strength, increase flexibility and improve figure skating maneuvers on the ice, and Edge, Power and Positions for the Skater, which will consist of meditative school figures, cardiovascular power skating and skills and position training.
Central NH Skating Academy's Performance Company will offer two public performances this season. The Christmas Recital Show to be held on December 14 and the company's 11th annual Spread Your Wings and Soar Cancer Benefit Show, all proceeds of which are donated to a local family fighting cancer, on March 15.
The Central New Hampshire Skating Academy is a not for profit organization dedicated to the provision of recreational, theatrical and learn to skate programs to the central New Hampshire community. Additional information can be obtained at www.cnhskatingacademy.org or by calling 226-5683.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 07:13

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Marion E. Gibbs, 93

BELMONT — Marion E. Gibbs, 93, of 27 River Street #5, died at the Lakes Region General Hospital on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.
Mrs. Gibbs was born April 28, 1920 in Saugus, Mass., the daughter of the late George W. and Pearl (Townsend) Smith. She resided in Saugus, Mass. for many years and was a member of the Saugus Congregational Church. In 1972, she moved to Laconia.
Survivors include two sons, Bruce E. Gibbs and his wife, Maggie, of Belmont and Alan G. Gibbs and his wife, Anna, of Concord; two daughters, Virginia E. Adams and her husband, George, of Barrington and Linda J. Chartier of Laconia; 13 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Gibbs was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Ralph E. Gibbs, in 1998 and her brother Chester Parker of Bridgton, Maine.
She enjoyed painting, making handmade cards, camping, and needlework and truly loved her arts and crafts.
Marion treasured all the special moments with her family and she had a smile for everyone. She touched many people's hearts with her warm and welcoming demeanor.
There will be no calling hours.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 1 p.m.at the 1st Congregational Church 301 Pembroke Street Pembroke, N.H. 03275.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation P.O. Box 7312 Gilford, N.H.03247-7312 or the First Congregational Church 301 Pembroke Street Pembroke, N.H. 03275.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Lincoln Financial Foundation Awards $7,000 grant to Riverbend Center

CONCORD —  Riverbend Community Mental Health has received a $7,000 grant from Lincoln Financial Foundation for one of its most innovative children's programs, the ASD Emotional and Social Enrichment Program (AESEP). Lincoln Financial Foundation has been a supporter of the program for seven consecutive years.

"Lincoln Financial Foundation believes this is an important investment in the well-being of children with Asperger's Disorder and their families," said Byron O. Champlin, program officer for the Lincoln Financial Foundation.

"Riverbend plays a critical role in the capital region, touching the lives of many children and adults. By supporting Riverbend, Lincoln Financial Foundation's goal is to help assure strong and innovative mental health services that benefit the entire community."

Lincoln Financial Foundation's support for the AESEP program has allowed parents of children receiving treatment for Autism and Asperger's Disorder to obtain training, peer support, and education about how autism spectrum disorders, which includes Asperger's, affect their children and impact the family structure.

Said Allan M. Moses, Acting President/CEO of Riverbend, "We are very grateful to Lincoln Financial Foundation for its ongoing support. This year's support allows us to focus on the children and their groups that enhance their skill building to improve their success in school, at home and with their peers.''

Founded in 1963, Riverbend is the Capital region's sole community mental health center and largest provider of specialized mental health and emergency psychiatric services in central New Hampshire. Over 9,000 children, families and adults are served annually, including many serviced by a facility in Franklin.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 06:54

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Plymouth Rotary honors Scott King by naming him a Paul Harris Fellow

PLYMOUTH — Scott King, a long-time Plymouth Rotarian from Holderness, was recently honored by Meredith Rotarian Bonnie Hunt when she named Scott a Paul Harris Fellow, one the highest honors that Rotary International offers its members.

Paul Harris founded Rotary in 1905, and Harris spent much of his life trying to discover what makes people "do good" for others. Harris's philosophy was that every worthy action and good deed must pass Rotary's Four-Way Test by asking; 1. Is it the truth? 2. Is it fair to all concerned? 3. Will it build good will and better friendships? 4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Bonnie Hunt and her fellow Rotarian's from Meredith joined the Plymouth Club for breakfast at the Common Man with the idea of surprising Scott King with the Paul Harris Award since King's life and actions have demonstrated the very best of Paul Harris' dedication to "doing good." Hunt said, "I want to give a special shout-out to someone who is always there with a smile and a big hug for me, and for his 'we-can-get-it done attitude' that gets whatever 'it' is done."

Hunt went on to describe King's long list of accomplishments, all of which meet and exceed the Four-Way Test, such as his work on the Rotary Riverfront Amphitheater, his extensive service and assistance to veterans, and special projects he has spearheaded such as the Wounded Warriors Program on Little Squam, the Holderness War Memorial, and the Holderness Historical Society Building. King has also decorated many funeral homes to honor veterans who served in the Tenth Mountain Division, so that when their family members arrived for a viewing, the home was proudly dressed to honor their loved one for their ultimate sacrifice to our country.

Bonnie summed it up, "For my part, Scott's the guy who gave me a rose that doesn't die, when he showed me the stone he had engraved for my daughter and then built a beautiful spot in a stone wall in her memory. There is no way for me to repay him except to honor him through Rotary, and through the Rotary Foundation with the Paul Harris Award. Of all the people I know in Rotary, Scott King exemplifies "Service Above Self" – in all walks of his life; and he epitomizes the spirit and intent of the highest award that Rotary has to bestow."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 06:48

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