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Jump N Joy Plans Turkey Drive for 50 Families

LACONIA — Jump N Joy is starting a turkey drive to help 50 families have the best Thanksgiving ever and will be accepting the following items until the week of Thanksgiving during business hours.
1.Stuffing-boxed
2.Vegetables-canned
3.Cranberry Sauce-canned
4.Gravy
5.Gift cards to a supermarket, preferably Shaw's but will accept any that you would like to give.
*With the gift cards we will purchase turkeys, potatoes, butter, milk, rolls/bread and dessert the day before drop off.

We will be having a special food drive on Saturday, November 9, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For those who would like to bounce that day, thefre will be $2 off the full price admission.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 November 2013 10:35

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New Belmont High School initiative puts focus on students being college & career ready

BELMONT — Being college and career ready is the new movement at Belmont High School, and with the School-to-Career program in full swing, students have teamed up with local professionals to better prepare them for future success.

The new School-to-Career Coordinator at Belmont High School, Amy Burke said, "Students at BHS have a great opportunity where they can learn more about career pathways, explore occupations, test the waters, and see if it is a good fit for them! Businesses around the Lakes Region have been gracious and wonderful to work with. They open their doors and take the time to meet with students and show them the ropes. It is more than a mentoring experience; it is a life changing experience for some!" 

According to Paige Norkiewicz, a junior at Belmont High School, "I would encourage more students to participate in school-to-career opportunities because it is an amazing way to learn more about jobs/subjects you are interested in." 

Norkiewicz recently spent the day with Engineers from the NH Department of Transportation in Construction, Highway Design, Environment, Materials & Research, Bridge Design and Right of Way departments. With Civil Engineering as her main career aspiration, she has already scheduled her next school-to-career opportunity with NH Department of Environmental Services to explore this arena in more depth.

Chris Ennis, a senior at BHS has also taken advantage of the new database and is earning credit through an internship at The Lakes Region Boys & Girls Club which he discovered using the new database. He is able to spend time learning from supervisor, Norm Gilbert, while practicing his skills motivating and leading youth in areas of sports, fitness, and recreation.

“This real world learning experience has helped me discover skills that I didn’t even know I had. Being able to think quickly on my feet, being prepared for unplanned situations, and being able to communicate effectively all have had a major impact on my life and my future.”

Belmont High's School2Career program offers students career and post-secondary explorations, job shadows, internships, informational interviews, company tours, career forums, employment preparation workshops, resume services, application assistance, job searching techniques, and guidance with the new career software tool, CCSpringBoard. This provides an interactive Living Portfolio and Matchmaker assessment tool, occupational profiles, detailed career information and more.

In November, students will have the opportunity to participate in the first of four Career Panels planned for this year featuring local professionals from a different career pathway each time. Education & Training will start in November. Transportation, Distribution & Logistics is scheduled for January. Arts, A/V Technology & Communications will be in March. Health Science-Biotechnology Research & Development will close out the school year in May.

Students or business interested in participating or for more information about the Belmont High School's School2Career program, visit https://sites.google.com/ site/belmontschooltocareer/ or contact Amy Burke directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 267-8477x343.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 November 2013 10:22

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Lakes Region Tourism Association Awards Annual Scholarships

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Tourism Association awarded the Mildred A. Beech Scholarship and Mel Borrin Scholarship at their Annual Meeting held October 2 at The NASWA Resort's Blue Bistro.

The Mel Borrin Scholarship was awarded to James McManus, a junior at Plymouth State University, whose major is Tourism Management & Policy. The Mel Borrin Scholarship is awarded to a student who has shown enthusiasm and entrepreneurial skills and is self-motivated to succeed.

The Lakes Region Tourism Association awards the Mildred A. Beech Scholarship to a student attending a college, university or technical college in the Lakes Region to pursue a degree in tourism, hospitality and/or culinary arts. This year's scholarship went to Kaitlyn Mercier, who is attending Lakes Region Community College with a triple major in Culinary Arts, Baking & Pastry, and Restaurant Management.

The Lakes Region Tourism Association is the official tourism board of the region, representing close to 100 communities, 273 lakes and ponds, and more than 400 businesses in central New Hampshire, including area attractions, restaurants, retail establishments and accommodations.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 November 2013 10:15

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ETCs "Marking the Moment" Wins New England Theatre Conference Moss Hart Award

PLYMOUTH — The Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC) production of the original musical Marking the Moment, which honored the 250th anniversary of the Town of Plymouth, was named the 2013 overall winner of the Moss Hart Memorial Award by the New England Theatre Conference at a ceremony October 26

ETC is in its 20th year of producing intergenerational theatre experiences with cast from across the region. It is a partnership of the Plymouth State University College of Graduate Studies, Plymouth Elementary School and Friends of the Arts.

Marking the Moment, written by Professor Trish Lindberg, artistic director of ETC, and PSU Professor Emeritus of History Manuel Marquez-Sterling, captures illustrative vignettes from Plymouth's history in song and dance to retell stories and historical episodes collected by the writers. The idea is rooted in history—in 1913, community members staged tableaux around town to mark the town's 150th anniversary, according to Lindberg.

The NETC award presenter called Marking the Moment, "an epic original work. ... The simple logistics of moving more than 100 people on and off stage was challenge enough, but the fluid blocking of story and the development of all the individual characters was near genius. The mind-boggling costumes, makeup, lighting, music and special effects left the audience truly in awe and the reviewer with the sense of what an incredible undertaking and collaboration this was. Truly the spirit of community, truly the spirit of theatre, and truly worthy of the Moss Hart Award."

Lindberg says human interest was a significant element in selecting the characters and stories to portray. "I was looking for the stories...the everyday people, as well as famous figures and founding families," she says. "I'd like people to feel more connected to Plymouth after seeing this show. All of us are making history every day."

Marquez-Sterling used his skill as a dramatic writer to shape the history as a drama. For him, historical fiction is a necessary side of "factual history," helping to explain what so frequently the facts by themselves cannot.

Will Ogmundson of Sutton wrote the music. Ogmundson says he tried to have the music for this production match the time period it represents. "Babe Ruth's song is ragtime, the 1950's song harkens back to Jerry Lee Lewis, and the 1930's era piece is a Charleston, to give a few examples, so the style is constantly shifting," the composer says.

The cast included 120 people ages 8 to 77 from 20 towns. Everyone from a local doctor, a lawyer, a contractor, the university president, provost, dean and director of athletics, the founder of the Common Man family of restaurants, members of Pemigewasset Chorale Society as well as community members and children from area schools and students from Plymouth State helped to mark moments in Plymouth history.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 November 2013 10:07

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