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Congregational Church preparing to host the 45th Hazel Duke Thanksgiving Dinner

LACONIA — The Congregational Church of Laconia will host the 45th Hazel Duke Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 28, 2013 beginning with appetizers at 11:30 a.m. and dinner at noon.

The dinner was named after a Laconia elementary teacher with a vision for a community meal for anyone wishing to share fellowship and thanks with others. More than 30 volunteers will participate in preparing for the event aided by contributions from local businesses and organizations including: Contigiani's Catering, Hannaford, and the St. Andre Bessette Parish.

All are welcomed to attend. Please call 524-0668 to reserve a place at the table.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 09:02

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Local Author Gina McGuire Publishes Motivational Book

LACONIA —  Having worked as a nurse, teacher and fitness instructor, author Gina E. McGuire found herself saying/writing motivational phrases to help others get unstuck and reach their optimal potential.

In "Are You Full of S.H.I.T.(Senseless, Harmful, Intrusive Thoughts)?: Go from Crappy to Happy" (published by Balboa Press), she has collected all of her motivational phrases and now presents them to anyone who needs a quick pick-me-up.
"This book helps readers monitor the food for thought that they use to fuel their brain," says McGuire. "It is a nutritious diet of positive, inspirational and motivational messages that improve their mental health and take them from crappy to happy."
As readers progress through the phrases, they encounter all of the human condition, from procrastination to pessimism, with insights on how to successfully navigate every issue that enters their lives. The book allows readers to start anywhere to help quell what ails them.
An excerpt from "Are You Full of S.H.I.T. (Senseless, Harmful, Intrusive Thoughts)?":
"Holding on for dear life? Maybe you're clinging to something or someone that needs to make a graceful exit. It's time to relax your grip. You can't catch something better if your hands are already full. Whether it's a job, a relationship, or even a stage of life, knowing when to let go and move on shows vision, poise, and belief in the future. Think back on your own life for a moment. How many things that seemed bad at the beginning turned out to be some of the best things that ever happened to you?"
Gina E. McGuire live sin Laconia and works as a teacher for the Laconia School District at the Huot Technical Center. She was formerly a school nurse for ten years in the district. She has a fitness show on the local public access station, LRPA channel 25, called Fitness Made for You! She continues to teach fitness classes in Meredith at the Fitness Edge, and previously worked for a decade at the Laconia Athletic and Swim Club. She is the mother of four adult children, Jamie, Conor, Colin and Patrick.

More information can be found at ginaemcguire.blogspot.com and www.ginamcguire.com.

The book is available in hard cover, soft cover and as an E-Book and is published by Balboa Press, a division of Hay House, Inc. – a leading provider in publishing products that specialize in self-help and the mind, body, and spirit genres.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 08:58

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LRCC Computer Student Designs Shaker School District Website

LACONIA — Belmont High School (BHS) graduate and Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) Computer Technologies Honor Student Dave Caouette of Belmont, wanted to give something back. He certainly has done so.

Shaker Regional School District Superintendent, Maria Dreyer  sought out LRCC Computer Technologies Department Chair, Sann Lavallee  of Belmont for assistance.

"I was unhappy with the website," says Dreyer during an interview in her office in Belmont. "When it was created, the website was great; the problem was that it had never really been updated. Sann felt that one of her students could do a Capstone Project and show the skills learned in classes and laboratories. The project has worked out magnificently and School Board members and I are thrilled with the results of David's efforts."

Caouette was asked to come and talk formally with Dreyer about the original project a little over a year ago. She was so happy with him that the offer was made for Caouette to create a new Shaker Regional School District website and the rest is history.

"I wanted to give back to my high school and school district as schools are really reflections of their communities," says Caouette. "Whenever people can get community members and students involved, it is the most wonderful thing that can happen."

Caouette began the massive task in September 2012. He completed the website at the end of the summer and still consults with Paulette Rouse, Assistant to the Superintendent, and others on technical facets of the website.

"What I have loved about computers is just how open choices are and how one can apply his/her skills in so many different areas," says Caouette. "One of the reasons I chose Computer Technologies is the vastness of the field. I will graduate from LRCC with an Associate Degree in Database Administration this December and transfer to a Bachelor's Degree program in Computer Science at Plymouth State University."

"What a resume builder," says Dreyer. "To say he did the school district's website and have it on display for the world to see is fantastic! I wish Dave the absolute best in all future endeavors."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 08:53

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Children's Dentistry of the Lakes region and Kennell Orthodonitics expands to Plymouth

PLYMOUTH —  Children's Dentistry of the Lakes Region and Kennell Orthodontics celebrated with a ground breaking ceremony Friday October 25 at the site of their new office building to be located at Boulder Point, off the Tenney Mountain Highway in Plymouth.

Working with Misiaszek Turpin PLLC architect firm, and Bonnette, Page & Stone Corporation, as the construction management partner, both of Laconia, the dental practices broke ground on a new 6,500 square foot office building that will be able to provide dental services for the children of the Northern Lakes Region and North Country Regions of NH. Children's Dentistry of the Lakes Region and Kennell Orthodontics will be opening their second location in the spring of 2014.

In attendance at the ceremony were Dr. Melissa Kennell and Dr. Matthew Smith of Children's Dentistry of the Lakes Region, Dr. Alan Kennell of Kennell Orthodontics, Barry Salta, project manager for Bonnette, Page & Stone (BPS), and Misiaszek Turpin Architects Soyna Misiaszek and Adam Morton.

According to Dr. Melissa Kennell, "Our practice has been blessed with great success and growth since our opening in Gilford in 2011. We have grown significantly in the central Lakes Region of New Hampshire and see a large draw of patients north of our current location. Given the interest and demand, we find it to be the perfect next step to grow our children's focused dental practice and provide our unique and custom family friendly office in our future patients' backyard. We believe that with the help of Misiaszek Turpin and BPS, we have designed a building that will not only be impressive to our families and comfortable for our staff, but also space efficient and energy efficient. The building will also incorporate the latest technologies that you would expect to a find in a modern dental practice." Both businesses plan to begin scheduling patients by the end of this year, 2013. The new office location is on the right at Boulder Point, just after the Plymouth Wal-Mart Shopping Center.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 08:31

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