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Shaker Village welcomes board members

CANTERBURY — Canterbury Shaker Village has recently announced that James Garvin, Stanley Smith, Joan Noga and Ray Cragie have joined the Board of Corporators. The four new members bring decades of experience in the areas of historic preservation and education to the National Historic Landmark, which is dedicated to preserving the Shakers' 200-year legacy of entrepreneurship, innovative design and simple living.

James Garvin is an adjunct professor at Plymouth State University and the former State Architectural Historian, a position he held from 1987-2011. Prior to assuming his government post, he served as the Curator at the New Hampshire Historical Society, the Portsmouth Athenaeum and Strawbery Banke Museum. Garvin has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2010 Strawbery Banke Heritage Award and the 2011 New Hampshire Preservation Alliance award for leadership in historic preservation. Garvin's extensive published works include A Building History of Northern New England, for which he received three awards. In addition to his new position as a Canterbury Shaker Village Corporator, Garvin currently serves on the editorial board of the New Hampshire Historical Society, the Historic New England Preservation Committee, the Strawbery Banke National Council, and the New Hampshire State Historical Resources Council.

Stanley Smith was Executive Director from 1982-2004 of Historic Boston Incorporated, a non-profit preservation and real estate organization that rehabilitates historic and culturally significant properties in Boston. During his tenure with the organization, he increased the organization's net assets; raised funds for the acquisition, restoration, rehabilitation and preservation of pivotal properties of historic significance throughout the city; and created the Steeples Project, which provided $1.3 million in matching grants to 47 religious property owners around Boston for planning and implementation of major repairs and illumination of steeples domes and towers that punctuate the skyline and serve as landmarks. Smith has served on the board of directors for many notable historic and cultural organizations and has been the recipient of several historic preservation awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the Lifetime Preservation Achievement Award from the New England Chapter of the Victorian Society in America.

Joan Noga taught Family and Consumer Science at Manchester Central High School for 38 years. During her tenure she served as the Department Chair for Business Education and Industrial Arts and sat on the Re-accreditation steering committee, the Staff Development committee, the District Instructional Standards committee, and the National Honors Society steering committee.

Ray Craigie is the retired music and band director at Belmont High School. During his 28 year tenure at the school, he grew the program five fold, founded the Belknap Mountain Invitational Music Festival along with the school's jazz band, Cabaret nights and Monster concerts. Craigie began his career in the Haverhill Cooperative School District, where he was the band director for 10 years. He has served on the New Hampshire Band Directors Institute as the Lakes Region representative.

"I helped draft the Village's historic preservation easement during my tenure with the Division of Historical Resources," said James Garvin, retired state architectural historian and newly elected member of the Canterbury Shaker Village board. "I'm excited to have the opportunity to work more directly with the board and staff to help further the goals of preserving this precious architectural and cultural landmark."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 05:43

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One-Week Summer Camp Program at Laconia Airport

LACONIA — Now in its fourth summer, the ACE Academy, or Aviation Career Education Academy, is an educational outreach program of the Federal Aviation Administration. With course materials provided by the Civil Air Patrol, the session offers a fun, interactive aviation summer camp experience. Held at the Laconia Airport, the camp offers programs for elementary, middle and high school students interested in aviation and aerospace. The curriculum includes flight planning and simulation, aviation history, flight physics, and the design and maintenance of aircraft. In 2013, the camp had more than 28 students from over 15 towns and cities in New Hampshire and two surrounding states.

Dan Caron is Program Director/Lead Instructor for the ACE Academy and also a member of the Civil Air Patrol. During the school year, he is a high school technology educator in southern New Hampshire. Now in his fourth summer as an ACE Academy educator, he enthusiastically awaits the nice weather and the summer camp experience.

"The kids get a wonderful opportunity to explore the field of aviation from many different angles," states Caron. "The curriculum for the ACE Academy is both rigorous and enjoyable, and the kids have to use and stretch their imagination which provides a seriously engaging program."

With a heavy emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), students will make rubber band airplanes, and calculate things like drag and velocity with variables such as weight and materials. Caron's enthusiasm for the program is obvious; he was given the prestigious Teacher of the Year in Aerospace Education award for 2013 by the national Civil Air Patrol, a testament to the infectious zeal he provides to his students.

Caron says the ACE Academy would not be possible without several local partners. Laconia Airport is one such partner, providing meeting and classroom space in the terminal. Airport Manager Diane Terrill confirms the support of the program by the municipal, general aviation airport. "Aviation education is not just about flying. There are so many wonderful careers to explore beyond the obvious one of piloting an aircraft. It's wonderful to see so many young people engaged in this strong summer program. Laconia Airport is just a small piece of making this youth camp a reality."

The other partner in the ACE Academy program is a local aviation education resource center, WinnAero, which has proven to be a key lifeline for the camp.

WinnAero is the Aviation and Aerospace Education Center at Winnipesaukee. The organization cites three key missions: the first is to promote interest in young people in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through aviation and aerospace learning based programs and experiences. The second of its missions is to provide programs and activities to foster enthusiasm for "flight" in people of all ages and lastly, to showcase "career opportunities" in aviation, aerospace and related fields.

While WinnAero is a key financial supporter of the ACE Academy, its success is a direct result of the efforts of those involved with WinnAero. According to Bill Seed, President of WinnAero, the academy fosters a love of aviation practices for all those involved. "Creating an interest for young people in the science and technology of flight is why WinnAero is involved with the ACE Academy. By providing scholarships and funding, the ACE Academy brings new levels of interests into the aviation field, which is ever-evolving. Being a partner with the ACE Academy is a privilege for our organization."

The one week aviation-related ACE Academy is now accepting registrations for the 2014 summer program. The middle and high school programs will run from July 28 - Aug. 1, with the elementary program running from Aug. 4 - 8. Class sizes are limited, with only 10 students per age group so available space will fill up fast. Additional information about the Academy can be found at the WinnAero website (www.winnaero.org) or by contacting Diane Terrill, Airport Manager at Laconia Airport (Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone: (603)524-5003.) Those interested in information about WinnAero and their mission to foster enthusiasm for "flight" in people of all ages, should contact: Bill Seed, Phone: (603)387-2123, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 05:37

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Hypnotist performing at Inter-Lakes High School on May 2

MEREDITH — The Inter-Lakes class of 2015 is hosting hypnotist Paul Ramsay on Friday, May 2 at 7 p.m. in the Inter-Lakes Community Auditorium.

Tickets are $7 if purchased in advance and $10 at the door. To purchase tickets or for more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . '; document.write(''); document.write(addy_text72151); document.write('<\/a>'); //-->\n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Individuals under 18 years old that want to participate in the show must have a signed permission slip.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 09:02

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Gilford Library reading by author Meyers

GILFORD — Author Barbara Meyers will present a reading from her book, “Common Ground, Uncommon Gifts: Growing Peace and Harmony Through Stories, Reflections, and Practices in the Natural World on Thursday, April 24 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Gilford Public Library.

Barbara Meyers, MSW, is a clinical social worker with a private psychotherapy practice in New Hampshire. She works with children, adolescents, adults, and families and often draws upon stories and lessons from the natural world in her work. Her first book,” Common Ground, Uncommon Gifts” uses a modern version of the Native American Medicine Wheel as a tool to invite readers to engage the natural world as wise teacher both for one’s personal life and the well-being of the planet.

This program is free and open to the public.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 09:00

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