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Adult Education Enrichment Classes Can Light Up Your Life

LACONIA — Add a class to your night life and brighten your future this Winter with Laconia Adult Education, invites Mrs. Peggy Selig, Program Director.  Fly Tying, Belly Dancing, Welding, Gluten Free Cooking, Yoga, Quilting, Drawing, Knitting, Water Color Painting, Dog Obedience, and Computer classes are just a few of the courses offered for the Winter Semester 2014. Enrichment classes are scheduled to begin the week of January 27-30, 2014. Laconia Adult Education truly offers something for everyone, notes Mrs. Peggy Selig, Program Director.

You can prepare for the SAT or the HiSET(High School Equivalency Test), attend Laconia Academy to get your high school diploma, or enjoy the evening Wine Tasting Seminar and Gourmet Dinner. Enroll in a Reiki, Tai Chi Chih or Cake Decorating Class.  Learn how to speak Spanish or Sign Language. Enjoy a class in Mah Jongg Made Easy, Digital Photography or the Oil Painting Studio.

Spice up your cooking skills and learn about French Country Cooking. Learn how to make Sushi and other easy and delicious Chinese recipes. Computer classes for the Computer Illiterate are offered in addition to Microsoft Office Basics: Word and Excel.

Take a class in Welding Basics Arc, Gas, Mig & Tig or Woodworking and an Advanced Welding, specializing in TIG Techniques. Find out about the benefits of Holistic Roots to Healthy Living and Lifestyle Choices taught by Brian Paterson, ND.

Algebra I/Accuplacer, Chemistry & Lab or Human Biology & Lab are all available for pre-nursing students. Learn to train your dog in a Basic or Advanced Dog Obedience class that will help fill leisure evening hours productively.

The Adult Tutorial Program for Belknap County helps non-reading adults learn to read, write, and do simple mathematical computations needed for everyday life. The Tutorial Program also needs tutors who are willing to help people learn to speak, read and write English as a second language. Volunteer tutors are needed to be trained to work on a one-to-one basis with adult students who cannot read and need to learn to speak English.

Laconia Adult Education offers a wide variety of enriching opportunities and experiences for everyone in the community. Call 524-5712 or stop by the Adult Education Office located in Room #108 at Laconia High School.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:45

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Belmont Baseball Registration Dates Set

BELMONT — Belmont Baseball Organization is holding registrations for the Cal Ripken 2014 season on the following dates and times at Belmont Elementary School for all Belmont and Canterbury residents. Saturday, January 25, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday, February 1 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, February 12, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, March 12 5 p.m. to 6:30. p.m.

Dues per player are $30 for Tee Ball, $40 for Coach Pitch and $50 for Minors and Majors, if there are two or more players per family there is a $5 discount per player. New players must bring a copy of their birth certificate and all players must bring proof of residency. Any player born prior to May 1, 2010 and on or after May 1, 2001 is eligible for Cal Ripken Baseball League competition. Registration, medical release and volunteer forms are available at time of registration and a valid government issued photo ID is required for all volunteers.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:39

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LCHIP Grant Allows Mill To Finish Cupola Project

LACONIA — The Belknap Mill, one of 39 grant recipients in this year's round of Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) funding awards, will now be able to complete its cupola restoration project that began in 2012.

The Mill, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, had received an LCHIP grant at that time to do exterior work that would address a water leakage problem caused by a rotting foundation under the cupola housing. With additional support from Bank of New Hampshire, the Mill began repair and restoration work on the cupola, base, clerestory, main roof, and end gables. The water problem was corrected but more work remained.

During the repair project, workers discovered that the finial that holds the weathervane also had seriously deteriorated. Because the finial was original to the building and had to be reproduced in the same wood and the same historic scale and finish, that work was very expensive. The flagpole which, while not original, was part of the Mill's image, since it had been there for so long, also needed repair.

That is the work that now will be completed, thanks to the LCHIP grant. Executive Director Denise Sharlow said the grant will cover the milling of the finial, the replacement of the flagpole, and the cost of hiring a crane to install it all. The Mill hopes to complete the project at the beginning of the summer.
LCHIP announced the grant as part of a ceremony honoring all of this year's grant recipients, including projects in Alton, Barnstead, Belmont, Gilford, Meredith, and Sanbornton.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:35

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GHS mag named the "Most Outstanding High School Literary-Art Magazine" in the country

GILFORD — Obsessive Image, the Literary/Art magazine of Gilford High School, has been named the "Most Outstanding High School Literary-Art Magazine" in the country for the third straight year. The magazine is scored in the areas of content coverage, organization, design, presentation, and creativity. Out of a possible 1,000 points, Obsessive Image scored 990 points.

In their remarks that go along with the award, ASPA states that "Obsessive Image is an amazing publication! You have mastered not only the elements of a good publication, but you have also published excellent works from your school population. Obsessive Image is a model for those up-and-coming magazines and inspiration for those magazines that haven't quite "aced" the necessary skills."

The editors for the 2013 Lit Mag included Sarah Gill and Roland Dubois, now freshmen in college. The editors remaining on the 2014 staff are Sarah Cook, Lindsey Essaff, Casey Warnick, Jake Adams, Stratton Coleman, Emily Hanf, and Nate Boutwell. Joining these students on the 2014 staff are Olivia Edson and Heather Hunt. Advisor to the magazine is Gilford English teacher Scott Hutchison.

"We hold high standards," says senior Sarah Cook, "what's good doesn't always get in. We showcase the best work being produced in the school, and Gilford writers and artists are incredibly strong."

Junior editor Jake Adams feels that "It's kind of crazy the way we work—we received and read over 400 pieces of writing last year, and they go through multiple rounds of discussion and voting to be included. And then there's the art and photography—we looked at a lot of outstanding student work, and we're happy with what we put together."

Advisor Scott Hutchison laughs, "I feel like I might be repeating myself since this is the third year for us winning the award, but when it comes to our success we're really reaping the fruits of a cumulative effort that starts with a community philosophy of support. Gilford is a community that supports the schools and it supports the arts. It begins with people being enthusiastic about school programs. If you walk through the GES, GMS, or GHS hallways, you see wonderful student art and photography on display. Gilford is alive, vibrant, and talented, and these incredible editors at the high school level are committed to bringing those artistic efforts into focus."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:31

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