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Gunstock building Terrain Based Learning Center

GILFORD — Gunstock Mountain Resort is building the first Terrain Based Learning Center in the state of NH. This project is estimated at $175,000 in earth moving, expanded snow making, lighting and extending the surface lift to create a completely new learning experience. The new learning center is among more than $1 million of investments recently made to the resort.

Learning to ski or snowboard has traditionally been on flat terrain with little representation of what is on the mountain, or the skiers movements to help make turns, and navigate runs. The new Terrain Based Learning Center will feature: Rollers, a Sluice, The Dish, The Spine and a Mini Pipe. These features are designed to help the skier or rider "feel" the mountain and use their natural movement to change the direction of the ski or snowboard. As they progress form the surface lift to the complex designed for beginners, served by the Penny Pitou quad lift, the Terrain Based Learning Center will again reduce the learning curve and build their confidence.

"Scott Goeller, Gunstock's Snowsports and Outdoor Adventure Manager was instrumental in testing these ideas out last season, and presented an exciting, forward thinking plan to the senior management team last year", says Greg Goddard, GM at Gunstock Mountain Resort. "In conjunction with Jeff Jacobsen, Gunstock's Resort Services Director, Gunstock again is going to take a leadership role in a new way to get the beginner skier and rider up on the mountain and enjoying the day, using movement based learning.

Gunstock has invested more than $1 million on improvements, preparing for winter with additional lighting, a new snow cat, snow making and trail improvements for the coming winter season. Gunstock has been a leader through the years when it comes to technology, and teaching. This year Gunstock will feature a learn to ski free week from Dec. 7 to Dec. 15. By signing up for the award winning 3 day Mountain Magic program, the first day is free.

Gunstock also has a 4 to 7 week outreach program giving schools and recreation departments the opportunity to bring younger skiers and riders to the mountain. These midweek programs at Gunstock bring 2,500 kids a week to the sport for the program. Anyone wishing to get their community or school involved should call Gunstock at 603-293-4341.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 09:39

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PSU graduate scholarship goes to high school teacher

PLYMOUTH — Bonnie Robinson, a teacher at Lebanon High School was named the 2013 recipient of Plymouth State University's Dennise Maslakowski Graduate Education Scholarship. Robinson was chosen because of her commitment to graduate education in advancing her teaching potential.

Robinson is a student in PSU's Doctor of Education in Learning, Leadership and Community advanced degree program. The scholarship was created in memory of the late Dennise Maslakowski, PSU's former Associate Vice President for the College of Graduate Studies.

"Earning an EdD is the next step in my pathway to achieving my full potential," Robinson said. "I know that my students are inspired by my enthusiasm for learning, just as I am inspired by them."

Bonnie earned a Master of Education degree and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership from Plymouth State, in addition to a bachelor's in Education from UVM. She hopes to complete her doctoral degree at PSU in 2014. She is the Extended Learning Opportunity coordinator at Lebanon High School, which allows students to earn high school credits through non-traditional learning. Hundreds of students are pursuing classes at local colleges including Dartmouth, Lebanon College, and the Community College Systems of New Hampshire and Vermont. In addition, students earn credits through internships, private instruction, independent study, online learning, and community service.

Robinson is a member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Accreditation Visiting Team, Lebanon High NEASC Chair, and is an active member of the Handel Society of Dartmouth College, the Lebanon Opera House Board of Directors and the North Country Community Theatre.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 09:31

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Bank of New Hampshire Celebrates with 2020 Vision Quest

LACONIA —  Bank of New Hampshire is proud to be a supporter of 2020 Vision Quest and their mission to inspire people to reach beyond adversity and achieve their highest goals. In addition to the recent sponsorship of 2020 Vision Quest's Peak Potential Dinner, Bank of New Hampshire's John Swenson, VP - Loan Serving Manager has also joined the 2020 Vision Quest Board of Directors.

On August 24, Randy and Quinn Pierce of 2020 Vision Quest climbed to the summit of Mt. Flume and back on a spectacular late-summer day, completing their original quest to climb the New Hampshire forty-eight 4,000' mountains. Their journey logged a total of over 340 trail miles and over 110,000 feet of elevation gain. The non-winter version of the NH 48—with its twisty, rocky, root-filled trails—holds plenty of challenge for the foot not guided by sight. But when the team stepped out of the woods and off the Liberty Spring trailhead that Saturday afternoon, this amazing accomplishment was in the books. Randy is the first blind person ever to complete this feat, and Quinn the first Guide Dog.

The accomplishment actually means that they completed their second round of these mountains in 37 months, as the team used the easier footing of winter in their historic single-winter-season summit of all these peaks from December 21, 2011 through March 10, 2012.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 09:13

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Lions Club collecting electronic waste on Saturday

GILFORD — Members of the Laconia-Gilford Lions Club will be holding an Electronic Waste Collection Day on Saturday, October 19 in the Lowe's parking lot in Gilford from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. According to President Lori Chandler, "Money raised on October 19 will allow the Lions Club to meet pressing needs in our community such as eye glasses and hearing aids, stocking of local food pantries, college scholarships, and holiday food baskets for families in need" 

All old electronics can be handed over to the Laconia-Gilford Lions Club during their Electronic Waste Collection Day (EWCD) so that they can be recycled. The small fee charged is less than the local transfer station's prices. Cash or checks will be accepted but not debit or credit cards.

Following is a list of items you may want to drop off: computer monitors, laptops, CPUs, Servers, CD/DVD players, camcorders, AV equipment, VCRs, speakers, mice or keyboards, copiers, faxes, scanners, printers, phones (land and cell), phone systems, UPS systems, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, cords, cables and computer accessories.

In addition, they will also take microwaves, air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers, water heaters, washing machines, dryers, gas or electric stoves, dishwashers, dumb terminals, and TVs. Anything with a cord not listed will also be accepted.

You cannot drop off: oils, paints, thinners, batteries, tires, items containing mercury such as fluorescent and CFL light bulbs or thermometers, capacitors, ballasts, or any other hazardous waste.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 09:07

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