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Laconia Rotary Elects Board Members

LACONIA — Laconia Rotary recently installed Pat Anderson as its president for 2014-2015. Charlie Bullerwell, outgoing President, thanked the Board of Directors and the members of the club for their support. Bullerwell said, "This year, the Board worked together to help Laconia Rotary grow and evolve. I want to thank my fellow Rotarians for the opportunity to become a leader."

Ms. Anderson stated, "Laconia Rotary has a great reputation in the community and it is an honor to lead the organization this year. Rotary does a lot for the Lakes Region, and participates in international projects as well. We welcome new members who want to help us make a difference in our community."

The following individuals were elected to the Board of Directors: Charlie Bullerwell, Immediate Past President; Kristen Welch, President Elect; Joanne Piper-Lang, Secretary; Jon Nivus, Treasurer; Hazel Zimmer, Seargeant-At-Arms; and Ed Engler, Rob Stewart and Curtis Stafford, Directors.

Laconia Rotary is a member of Rotary International, an international service organization that is open to membership to all individuals. Its objectives are to encourage and foster opportunities for service, high ethical standards in business and professions, and advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace. The club meets at 12 noon on Thursday at the Belknap Mill. For further information about Rotary, call Jon F. Nivus 528-4959.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 08:37

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Author of 'My Husband Is a Woman Now to speak at Wolfeboro Library

WOLFEBORO — Leslie Hilburn Fabian, author of "My Husband is a Woman Now: a Shared Journey of Transition and Love" will speak about her experiences as a wife supporting her husband's transition to female on Tuesday, August 12, at the Wolfeboro Public Library at 7 p.m. The program is free and open to all.

In 2009, Fabian's husband, David, was dissatisfied with life and struggled with depression. David, an orthopedic surgeon who had been privately cross-dressing for most of his life, realized that brief forays into the world as Deborah were no longer enough. For two decades Leslie had witnessed her husband's devastation each time he returned to his male persona. As a result, Leslie encouraged him to begin the process of becoming who he long to be, yet she also openly admitted that she could not know what this would mean for their relationship.

A year into David's two year transition to become Deborah, Leslie began writing, using it as a powerful outlet for her own challenging process. "It was clear that, in supporting his transition, I was having one of my own," Leslie explains. Her book, published in early 2014, chronicles the details of the remarkable journey she and David, now Deborah, have traveled together.

Along with Leslie, Deborah will also speak of life before, during, and after the transition. A book signing will follow the presentation.

Fabian holds a Master of Social Work degree from Boston College, is licensed as an Independent Clinical Social Worker in Massachusetts, is a psychotherapist, minister, and public speaker.

For more information please call Cindy Scott at the Wolfeboro Public Library at 569-2428 or visit www.wolfeborolibrary.org.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 08:32

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Lee Settlement walking tour Saturday at the Castle

MOULTONBOROUGH — On Saturday, August 9, the Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT) is offering an educational walking tour of the historic Lee Settlement in the Ossipee Mountains, on land that is now conserved as part of LRCT's 5,381-acre Castle in the Clouds Conservation Area.

The approximately 3-mile easy-moderate walk on level to rolling terrain will depart promptly at 9 am and return at approximately 12 noon. Participants arrive by 8:45 am to have time to check in and prepare for the walk. This program will be limited to 30 participants; preregistration is required. Those who preregister for the excursion will be sent additional detailed information.

Cellarholes and other remnants of the Lee Settlement, where six families settled beginning in 1790, are still visible from trails that have been restored by LRCT's dedicated stewardship volunteers. These trails are part of LRCT's trail network at the Castle in the Clouds Conservation Area, which was acquired by LRCT in 2002 and encompasses over 30 miles of trails maintained by LRCT volunteers.

LRCT Guide John Oliver, a descendent of the Lee family, the first family to settle in this area, will lead participants to cellarholes and historic sites and will share stories of the people who lived here long ago. He will also present historic tools and household items used by his ancestors who lived in the Settlement.

To preregister, contact the Lakes Region Conservation Trust at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603-253-3301. All LRCT guided excursions are free to all.

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PSU Hosts National Writers Project Camp for Teachers and Children


PLYMOUTH — Seven grade-school students clutch their notepads and anxiously eye each other in a Plymouth State University classroom as they prepare to share their inner-most thoughts out loud. The students are part of the National Writers Project (NWP) summer writing camp, and today culminates their efforts as they read their work to each other, their teachers and family members. The camp's goal is to help young people improve their writing skills; PSU English Professor Meg Petersen organizes the week-long camp and says the children are taught a variety of writing styles and encouraged to have fun developing their own voices in it.

"We want children to develop a sense of joy in writing and to have them work on their writing in a situation where they are not pressured," Petersen said. "Our goal is to have them come out of the camp loving to write; that's our most important goal."

"Many children in schools think of writing as something that they have to do, it's forced and difficult, and unless they discover the joy in it, they're not ever going to be able to do it really well," Petersen added.

Michael Bramer, who will enter sixth grade in Campton Elementary School this fall, said he enjoyed the camp.

"I learned writing is much easier than I thought–it was fun," said Bramer. "I got to write stuff that I really liked and I got to write stuff that I didn't know about, like poems."

This is the eighth year PSU has hosted a summer writing camp. NWP writing camps are also held in Hampstead, Peterborough, Meredith, Concord and Laconia.

In addition to the writing camp for children, PSU also hosts a weeklong workshop for writing teachers, dedicated to improving the quality of writing instruction throughout New Hampshire.

The teachers work closely with the students during writing camp, gaining valuable experience in

instructing students on how to improve their writing skills.

Founded in 2002, the National Writing Project in New Hampshire, (formerly Plymouth Writing Project) is the New Hampshire chapter of the National Writing Project, and is based on the belief that access to high quality educational experiences is a basic right of all learners and a cornerstone of equity. The National Writing Project focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation's educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all learners.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 08:19

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