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102313LakesRegionTourismAward: 3X LRTA Tourism Award

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Tourism Association awarded the annual Tourism Award to the Winnipesaukee Playhouse at the association's annual meeting held October 2 at The NASWA Resort's Blue Bistro in Laconia.

The Annual Tourism Award was established to recognize an individual or business that has made a difference during the past year to bring visitors into the Lakes Region and Central New Hampshire. Examples include the enhancement of an event or attraction, development of an event or attraction, outstanding marketing/promotion of a related achievement that had an economic impact by bringing visitors to the area.

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse, established by Bryan and Johanna Halperin and Neil and Lesley Pankhurst, has contributed greatly to the performing arts culture of the Lakes Region since their opening in 2004. In addition to putting on year-round professional productions, the Playhouse also hosts community and children's theatre programs.

In 2013, the Winnipesaukee Playhouse opened its newly remodeled 194-seat theatre at the former Annalee factory in Meredith. This doubles the amount of people their original theatre could hold, as their previous theatre in Weirs Beach only had 84 seats.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 09:56

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Vendors wanted for GIlmanton Craft Fair

GMILANTON — The Gilmanton Craft Fair will be held on November 30  from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Any crafters looking to participate can purchase a space by Friday, November 15th. Cost is $40 per space.
Those interested in participating as vendors are asked to call Sarah Meserve at 528-7828 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 09:17

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NH Youth Deer Hunt Set for October 26-27

CONCORD — New Hampshire's youth deer weekend, Saturday and Sunday, October 26-27, gives young people age 15 and younger the opportunity to go deer hunting with an adult mentor, without the pressure of competing with thousands of adult hunters.

Accompanying adults must be licensed hunters and are not allowed to carry a firearm.

Prospects for this year's youth season are good, according to Dan Bergeron, Deer Project Leader for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. New Hampshire's deer population is healthy and will provide excellent opportunities. In 2012, young hunters took 388 deer during the youth weekend.

New Hampshire has offered a special youth deer hunt since 1999. Nonresident youth may participate in New Hampshire's youth deer weekend only if their state of residence allows New Hampshire youth to participate in its youth deer hunt.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 09:07

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Only 7 Weeks Left To Take the G.E.D.

LACONIA — The GED Exam has helped provide adult learners, who dropped out of high school, to obtain the equivalent of a high school completion. Beginning in January 2014, New Hampshire will no longer be offering the GED Exam. New Hampshire was the second state to announce that it will begin offering the HiSET (high school equivalency test). The HiSET Test was developed by non-profit Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the University of Iowa's Testing Program (ITP).

New Hampshire joins an increasing number of states, educators, policymakers and employers looking for a high school proficiency exam that includes elements that are critical to providing out-of-school youth and adults with proof of their readiness for the workplace or higher education.

Laconia Adult Education is urging individuals in the Lakes Region who have taken the GED Exam and failed it or who have only taken parts of the GED Exam to come in and finish the GED Exam before December 12, 2013. The scores on the current GED Exam wil lnot be carried over to the HiSET Test. This means that you will have to start all over again.

The HiSET test's five subject areas – writing, social studies, science, reading, and math-will be revised to more closely reflect Common Core State Standards, a set of English and Mathematics standards and topics that students are expected to learn. The new HiSET Test will also have either a paper based test as well as a computer based test.

Laconia Adult Education offers both daytime and evening GED/HiSET Test preparation classes that are free. The daytime classes meet Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The evening classes meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-8:30 p.m.

For more information about the GED or HiSET preparation classes or testing dates, please call the Laconia Adult Education Office at 524-5712.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 09:02

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