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PSU professor’s book about Hurricane of 1938 wins prestigious history award

PLYMOUTH — An international atmospheric research group has recognized Plymouth State University Meteorology Professor Lourdes Avilés with their 2013 Choice History Award for her book about the Great Hurricane of 1938, Taken by Storm, 1938: A Social and Meteorological History of the Great New England Hurricane. The Atmospheric Science Librarians International (ASLI) presented their award to Avilés at the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Meeting February 5 in Atlanta, Georgia.

"I am honored and incredibly excited to receive this recognition," said Avilés. "I am lucky to work at such a supportive University that not only allows me the freedom to pursue my scholarly passions but also celebrates them. Receiving an international award from the Atmospheric Science Librarians association means a great deal to me."

In writing the book, Avilés described the meteorological conditions that led to the storm, New England's worst natural catastrophe, as well as comparing the forecasting and warning methods used in 1938 to modern day technology such as weather observation networks based on satellites, sophisticated hurricane forecasting computer models and mass media communication warning about potentially severe weather.

The book focuses on what actually occurred seventy-five years ago as the powerful storm shot north toward a densely populated area that was unprepared. As a result of what became known as the Great New England Hurricane, weather forecasting, meteorology, and storm preparation, already in transition, were radically transformed.

"Students were fortunate to work with Professor Aviles as she produced this landmark study of a storm that people across New England still discuss," said PSU President Sara Jayne Steen. "The book offers an insightful analysis of the science and also of the human side of what occurred, as resilient New Englanders endured disaster and met challenges with courage."

Taken by Storm, 1938: A Social and Meteorological History of the Great New England Hurricane is published by the American Meteorological Society and is available at bookstores and online. Avilés is a member of the AMS History Committee on the History of Atmospheric Science and the AMS Board on Higher Education.

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Dog Obedience classes start March 5

LACONIA — The next dog obedience class will begin March 5, at the Laconia Community Center: beginners from 6–7 p.m.; advanced 7–8 p.m. running every Wednesday. The cost will be $54 for the 4 weeks.

Dogs must have all of their shots before joining the class. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. For questions and registration, go to the Laconia Parks & Recreation Department's office at the Community Center at 306 Union Avenue or call 524-5046.

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Weekly Laker Publication Sold to Maine Company

WOLFEBORO FALLS — The sale of The Panoramic Publishing Group, publisher of the weekly Laker newspaper and 10 other ancillary
publications, to Daniel L. Smiley, general manager of Turner Publishing in Turner, Maine, has been completed. Terms of the sale were not announced.
Brad Lipe had been only the second owner in the 30-year history of the publishing company located in the heart of Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire's most famous lake and summer home to former presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Lipe has launched a variety of publications to complement the Laker which is published weekly 24 times a year from Mother's Day to Columbus Day, including year-round dining guides in New Hampshire and Maine, Boating on the Lakes of New Hampshire and Laker at Home Magazine to name a few.
John Szefc of W.B Grimes & Company represented Lipe in the sale. Smiley has also acquired the newspaper's office building at 83 Center St. in
Wolfeboro Falls. Lipe said that Smiley, who has over 30 years of experience in newspaper, printing,
publishing, advertising and direct-mail, is the perfect candidate to succeed him and the newspaper's founders, Kathy and Dick Eaton, from whom Lipe acquired the Laker in 2001.

Smiley has spent the last 16 years working with Turner Publishing where the team has created Maine's largest direct-mail newspaper company
reaching over half a million Maine residents with their seventeen community publications.

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Sunflower Natural Foods Offers Spring Classes (259)

LACONIA — Sunflower Natural Foods will offer a series of free community classes and events starting this Saturday. Anyone interested in attending a class or the movie screening should sign up by calling 524-6334 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with their name, number, and the class they want to attend.

Heart Health Class: Saturday, Feb. 15 10 am – Noon

Vegetarian Sushi for Beginners Class: Saturday, March 1 10 am – 11:30

"Our Common Roots" Film Screening: Saturday, March 15 4 pm – 6 pm

The Great Change (Menopause Class): Saturday, March 29 10 am – Noon

Powered by Produce Class: Saturday, April 12 10 am – 11:30

Lyme Disease Class: Saturday, April 26 10 am – Noon

Herban Safari (Finding food & medicine in an Urban setting): Saturday, May 3 10 am – Noon

Annual Plant Sale: Saturday May 10 and Saturday May 17 9 am – 3 pm..


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