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Morin receives PSU’s Distinguished Operating Staff Award for 2014

PLYMOUTH — A longtime Plymouth State University Administrative Assistant described as 'hard-working and dedicated,' was named the PSU's 2014 Distinguished Operating Staff Award recipient at a May 15 campus ceremony. Daphne Morin of Lamson Learning Commons was chosen from a field of five semi-finalists for the annual award. 

The award was presented to Morin by PSU President Sara Jayne Steen. When asked about Morin Steen stated that she is a well-respected, popular employee who received glowing recommendations due to her knowledge of the University and work ethic.

"She's described as the glue that holds things together in the Lamson Learning Commons," Steen said. "People talk about all of the enormous work she has done, both personally and professionally. She is a both a leader and cheerleader, keeping communication flowing."

Morin, a Plymouth State employee since 1993, was nominated by her co-workers, who wrote in their recommendations, "she spends an incredible amount of time serving others in Lamson and around campus...she is adaptable, and can answer any question, from the major, overarching structural issue down to where you can find a Phillips head screwdriver."

She is a Bridgewater native and a first-generation college graduate; she earned a bachelor's in Communication Studies from PSU in 2012. She also donates a decorated tree annually for Plymouth's Festival of Trees fundraiser.

Morin said she was surprised when she was announced as the winner of this year's Distinguished Operating Staff award. "I'm amazed, this is such a surprise," said Morin. "It's a wonderful tribute that my co-workers have acknowledged me with this award and I appreciate that."

CAPTION — Daphne Morin, left, of Bridgewater accepts the 2014 Plymouth State University Distinguished Operating Staff Award from PSU President Sara Jayne Steen. (Courtesy photo)

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Jackie Bonafide photography at the Belknap Mill

LACONIA — The Belknap Mill will host an exhibit of the photography of Jackie Bonafide during the month of June.

Bonafide is looking forward to the June exhibit and sharing her "Discovery" photographs. A reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibit will be held on Wednesday, June 4 from 5-7 p.m.

The exhibit will be at the mill from June 2 through June 30. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bonafide is a photographer who specializes in nature. Growing up on Long Island, NY, she spent childhood summers on Silver Lake in Madison, where her grandparents instilled in her a great love and reverence for nature. She earned a B.A. in Studio Art (focusing on photography) at Newton College, Newton, MA, and later a M.Ed. in English Education/Teaching Writing at Plymouth State College. She has been a New Hampshire resident since 1973.

She and her husband, Phil, raised two sons, Chris and Mike, in Sanbornton. She spent many years working in public relations for nonprofit organizations as well as in development and institutional advancement. She worked as an independent consultant and later held full-time positions with Tilton School, the New Hampshire Writers Project, Community Health & Hospice (now Central New Hampshire VNA), and the New Hampshire Veterans Home.

She began taking pictures when she was old enough to hold and aim a camera. She always carries at least one camera with her everywhere she goes and is committed to "taking nature pictures naturally"—with no artificial manipulation of the image. She explores lakes and takes pictures from her kayak in summer and follows animal tracks in winter.

Her photographs are in permanent collections at: The New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton; Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia,; the Taylor Community in Laconia;  Meredith Bay Colony Club in Meredith and Franklin Regional Hospital in Franklin.

Her original photo notecards are blank inside and packaged with an envelope in a clear cellophane sleeve. They are available at: The Belknap Mill Gift Shop in Laconia; Bonita D. Story Antiques & Estate Jewelry in Meredith; Gibson's Bookstore in Concord; the Sanbornton Public Library in Sanbornton; Lamb's Ear Yarns in Gilford; the Howling Coyote Gift Shop at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness; New England Porch Rockers in Laconia; and VynnArt Art Supply & Gallery in Meredith.

Her photos have been published in New Hampshire newspapers and on websites. She is the author of two photo essay books, The Earth Goes to Sleep and The Earth Wakes Up. Her photos are available in various sizes, matted & mounted; framed or unframed. Inquiries and commissions are always welcome.

The theme of her exhibit at the Belknap Mill is "Discovery," and Bonafide explains her technique, "I take photographs of nature, mostly, and sometimes of people. I choose a subject carefully, thinking about how light is illuminating it, how I will 'frame' it, planning the angle of the photograph, and shooting the photograph at the right moment. I do not enhance my images with photo manipulation software. I want my nature photos to be completely natural."


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Bank of New Hampshire Returns as $10,000 Title Sponsor of the 2014 LRGHealthcare Golf Classic

LACONIA — For the sixth year Bank of New Hampshire has signed on as the $10,000 Title Sponsor for the LRGHealthcare Golf Classic.

The August 11 tournament will take place at  Laconia Country Club. Players will participate in a scramble format, choosing to golf in either the morning or afternoon round (shotgun starts at 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.). Each flight will be followed by a  meal, gifts, and prizes for the participants.

Over the years this tournament has raised more than $912,000 to support the LRGHealthcare HealthLink Program, an information and referral service as well as an access program for those who are uninsured or underinsured in the Lakes and Three Rivers regions. The HealthLink Program now features a convenient voucher program. Every $100 raised through the Golf Classic connects a local patient in need with a medical provider.

"Bank of New Hampshire is proud to continue to sponsor the LRGHealthcare Golf Classic and the HealthLink program," states Mark Primeau, President & CEO for Bank of New Hampshire. "As partners in Lakes Region, together we strive to make our community stronger by providing important programs for the underinsured or uninsured."

"As we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of HealthLink we are reminded of the many local families who are able to receive medical services during a time of need," adds LRGHealthcare SVP of Administrative and Facilities Services Suzanne Stiles. "Deepest thanks to the hundreds of sponsors, supporters, and golfers who come out for a great day, for a very important cause."

Several sponsors have already joined Bank of New Hampshire in supporting this event, including GOLD SPONSOR DiGiorgio Associates Inc./Monitor Builders Inc.; SILVER SPONSORS Brennan & Pike and Cross Insurance; BRONZE SPONSORS Giguere Electric, Inc., Landmark Benefits, Inc., Meredith Village Savings Bank, and MetroCast Business Services; CART SPONSORS LRGHealthcare Board of Trustees and Franklin Savings Bank; and CORPORATE SPONSORS Golden View Health Care Center, Gragil Associates, Inc., Humana MarketPOINT, Inc., Jackson Lewis LLP, Northern Peabody LLC, and Stanley Elevator Company, Inc. The Irwin Automotive Group is proud to be a Hole-in-One sponsor of the LRGHealthcare Golf Classic.

Foursome spots and sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information contact the Office of Philanthropy at LRGHealthcare, 527-7063 or visit our website: www.lrgh.org.


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Children's Auction Giving Guidelines described at June 17 meeting

LACONIA — Following an amazing 2013 WLNH Children’s Auction which raised $510,801 to benefit local children and families, the Auction’s Distribution Committee is holding a public meeting to outline its giving process and priorities for the 2014 auction on Tuesday, June 17 at 9 a.m. in the Taylor Communities Woodside Building, Elm room.

All current and formerly funded organizations, as well as 501 C-3 organizations which provide services to children across the WLNH Children’s Auction service area (broadly defined as Lakes Region out to Bristol, up to Campton, over to Wolfeboro and across to the Franklin area), are welcomed to attend.

Many of the thousands of individuals who donate to the Auction each year are unaware of the process by which their donation is distributed to assist children and families. The distribution of their donation is separated into distinct categories (A, B, C +D). Category A is for immediate needs such as holiday toys, coats, boots, food and items that are essential for those in immediate need. The Salvation Army is an example of a Category A organization.

Category B is for those community services which provide support that ultimately will prevent people from requiring the types of immediate needs outlined in Category A. “B” services would teach people the skills necessary to be independent of social services over time, such as Lakes Region Community Services.

Category C funds are utilized for organizations’ capital needs such as Lakes Region’s Boys and Girls Club recent transition to the former Saint James Episcopal Church building in Laconia. Category D funds are for recreational activities for children such as the Circle Program.

The important thing for community members to understand isn’t the specific categories, but that the WLNH Children’s Auction invests their donations across a wide continuum of community services. The application process demands that organizations have local governance and can quantifiably demonstrate that they have produced the results your donation has made possible. “The process by which the WLNH Children’s Auction distributes funds really is extensive,” sited Distribution Co-Chair Christopher Boothby. “All Auction donations are strategically reinvested into our communities to insure that collectively, we get the best outcomes for our children and families in need”.

A complete list of funded organizations, along with funding criteria and application information can be found at www.childrensauction.com. To RSVP, or for more information about the Distribution Committee’s public meeting call 520-8185.

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