Lakes Region HEAL to visit Main Street Marketplace on Thursday

LACONIA — In Savor the Season tent on Thursday, August 21 Tammy Levesque, Wellness Coordinator for the Laconia Schools and Program Coordinator for Lakes Region HEAL will present a program for children. Levesque and helpers will be in the tent at the Laconia Main Street Marketplace from 3-5 p.m.

How many different vegetables are sold at the market? What is an Aunt Molly's ground cherry? Do they taste more like melon or pineapple? Does a kale smoothie really taste good? Parents and children will find the answers to these questions and more when they visit the market. Children can feed the worms in a worm farm, and create a mini Sunflower Shoot garden to take home. The tent will be open rain or shine, and participation is free. The Savor the Season tent is sponsored by the Lakes Region Food Network, with support from the Laconia Main Street Marketplace. To learn more about the Lakes Region Food Network, visit

Laconia School District hires new early childhood coordinator

LACONIA — The Laconia School District is pleased to announce that Julie Sackett will become the SAMHSA Grant Early Childhood Coordinator in September 2014. Sackett has worked in the New Hampshire Lakes Region for several years as an early childhood educator.

As the Early Childhood Coordinator, Sackett will be responsible for the development, organization and assessment of comprehensive services for families and children from birth through age five including early childhood family education classes, early childhood screening, school readiness services in the preschool, family outreach including parent education at community locations and family literacy; overseeing/coordinating the assessment of mental, emotional, and behavioral health needs of preschool children in Laconia from birth through age five and their families. Laconia is one of three communities in our state to receive these grant funds and to be participating in the process of improving cross agency collaboration to support our children and youth.

Sackett has recently been Director of Head Start, Early Head Start and Child Care in Belknap and Merrimack Counties where she has had the opportunity to participate in and lead the work of many of the programs that will be used in the Early Childhood Coordinator position. Sackett has worked with Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) as the system used to support positive behaviors in preschool programs. She has a good understanding of home visiting programs and has developed relationships with personnel who work with these programs at the state level. Sackett participated on the leadership team that developed the Kindergarten Readiness Indicators, a collaboration of Head

Start and the NH Department of Education. She has served as a member of Spark NH, the early childhood

advisory council for NH, as well as the Policy Committee, and the Task Force to develop the Child Care

Development Fund Plan for the state and as the Chair of the Child Care Advisory Council. Through these

associations, she has developed an awareness of successful early childhood projects. We are confident in

her skills to provide successful support services for young children and their families in Laconia.

Please join us in welcoming SAMHSA Grant Early Childhood Coordinator Julie Sackett to this leadership

position in the Laconia School District community.

Groton Historical to learn about state dog

GROTON — Groton Historical Society will host a free NH Humanities Council program entitled "Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire's State Dog, the Chinook" on Sunday, October 5 at the Groton House.

This program looks at how dog sledding developed in New Hampshire and how the Chinook played a major role in this story. Explaining how man and his relationship with dogs won out over machines on several famous polar expeditions, Bob Cottrell will cover the history of Arthur Walden and his Chinooks, the State Dog of NH. Cottrell will be accompanied by his own Chinook, Tug. Refreshments will be served.

Woodcuts exhibit at Carega Gallery

SANDWICH —  The exhibit of White Line Woodcuts by Boston artist Lisa Houck is currently on display at the Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery. A closing reception featuring a visit from the artist will be held on Saturday, August 30 from 5-7 p.m. with a featured artists talk beginning at 6 p.m.

Houck's White Line Woodcuts are an expressive display of color, texture, and pattern. Through her powerful sense of design, she incorporates bold patterns, animals, and other elements of the landscape. Reminiscent of early Japanese prints, Houck's White Line Woodcuts bring together watercolor and printmaking. 

Houck is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA) and Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, (MA/MFA). She works in a variety of different mediums. From watercolor, oil on wood, ceramic and mosaic to etchings, she is able to express her views of nature through a myriad of different colors and patterns. Houck's work can be found in numerous collections including, The Boston Athenaeum, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Fidelity Investments, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston to name a few.

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