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LHS grad receives newman scholarship at LRCC

LACONIA — Laconia High School honors graduate Dylan Martel is doing a number of things right. Most recently he has graduated in the top 30 from LHS, has chosen to attend Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) this fall, and has been awarded LRCC's Bonnie Newman Scholarship in the amount of $6,000.

Martel, a Laconia native, will be studying Fire Science at LRCC, the second largest Fire Science program in the United States of America.

Martel's Principal at LHS, Jim McCollum, has also done a number of things right. He has been designated LRCC's Running Start Education Advocate of the Year, which he was awarded for strongly supporting the opportunity for LHS students to earn college credits while at the same time meeting their secondary school requirements.

"Let's face it," says McCollum enthusiastically, "allowing high school students to complete up to their first year of college while still in high school is a no-brainer; the cost is next to nothing. It is imperative to encourage post-secondary continuing education in America. LHS's relationship with LRCC is a very good one."

When looking at the numbers, McCollum feels that LHS Running Start registrations through LRCC are likely to triple from the prior year for the coming fall. He also stated, "LHS Running Start Coordinator, Steve Tucker, has been fantastic as has LRCC Running Start Coordinator, Kalene Barney. Everyone is working together superbly for the ultimate benefit of the students."

Martel was unable to take advantage of Running Start, originally a building trades student at LHS, where the relationship between LHS and LRCC in that specialty area had not come to fruition. However, Martel's younger sister, Hailey Martel, is planning to sign up for LRCC Running Start classes at LHS and take even more of them in her junior and senior years.

"Many of my LHS classmates are going far away to college," says Martel. "My family and I felt strongly that we should look closer to home and LRCC's Fire Science program is the right choice for me. The Community College Foundation Bonnie Newman Scholarship is a huge plus as well."

Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 09:32

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Unique book & music sale at Gilford Methodist church

GILFORD — The United Methodist Church, at 18 Wesley Way off of 11A. in Gilford, has received an unusual collection of books and music from the Chuck French family and others. Many people in the area knew Chuck as a collector of historical information, art and music.
The sale of these items will begin on Friday, Sept. 12, from 1-6 p.m., and on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
This will not only be of interest to antique book dealers but also to local people who will be able to pick up a novel, biography, historical books or music at a bargain price.
The proceeds of this sale will go to the church to help defray the cost of maintaining the building that is often used by nonprofit organizations free of charge. A tithe, 10%, of the proceeds will go to missions beyond the local church.
For more information call Nancy at 524-2580.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 September 2014 05:06

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‘Bess the Book Bus’ in town on Sept. 13

LACONIA — Bess the Book Bus will join the festivities at Prescott Farm's 5th annual Harvest Festival from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday September 13. Brought to the event by Altrusa of Laconia, free books will be handed out to all children who attend.

Altrusa of Laconia supports literacy and is excited to have Bess the Book Bus come to Laconia for the first time. Bess the Book Bus is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization committed to extending literacy across the country. Run by Jennifer Frances of Tampa, Florida, the organization visits local communities across the country in a specially designed “book bus,” coordinating reading events and providing children with a free, new book for them to keep. 

Since starting Bess the Book Bus in 2002, the program has grown into one of the nation’s most innovative mobile literacy initiatives. Thanks to a network of volunteers and support from CITGO, Transitions Optical, Townsend Press, annual Success is in, 2014. The 2014 Success is in Sight tour will serve Mercedes-Benz USA and other corporate sponsors, Bess the Book Bus has visited 48 states, supported more than 60,000 children, and donated more than 450,000 books.

For more information, visit www.bessthebookbus.org.


Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 09:24

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Greater Meredith Program planning ‘Spooktacular Series of Events’ for October

MEREDITH — The Greater Meredith Program Promotions Committee has begun organizing for "2014 October in Meredith- A Spooktacular Series of Events".

Businesses, clubs, and individuals are invited to create some real community spirit by hosting a fall event and listing it in the GMP October Events Guide and/or participating in the Scarecrow Contest.

Members of the business community are invited to get involved in a variety of ways by hosting an event and listing it in the events guide or by entering the business scarecrow contest and automatically be entered in the town wide Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt. Families will visit all the scarecrows at businesses in town and get a chance to vote on the best and win prizes. The scarecrows will also be judged by a panel of judges.

To participate and for more information call the Greater Meredith Program at 279-9015 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 09:21

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