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Moultonborough School District Wins Technology Grant Contest

MOULTONBOROUGH — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) has announced that Moultonborough School District is the winner of the "What's not to 'Like'? Facebook Technology Grant Contest." The $3,000 grant will be used by Moultonborough Academy's Technology Education Department to purchase a 3D printer.

Over the summer, MVSB reached out to local school administrators and asked how they could benefit from an additional $3,000 in technology resources. The Bank received responses from five school districts: Gilford, Governor Wentworth Regional, Inter-Lakes, Laconia and Moultonborough. These submissions were posted on MVSB's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/MeredithVillageSavingsBank) for a two-month voting period. Throughout the contest Moultonborough and Inter-Lakes competed closely for the lead and in the final week Moultonborough pulled ahead to win.

Moultonborough School District entered the contest hoping to be able to provide their high school's Technology Education Program with a 3D printer. The Technology Education program at Moultonborough Academy has a strong foundation in engineering and emphasizes the process of problem solving and critical thinking to help students prepare for further education and career opportunities in engineering fields.

Students take on a variety of problems and go through the process of research, planning, prototype development, production and sales. Many of the projects taken on by students are community-based or environmental projects coordinated by Technology Education teacher, Brendan Quinn. During one recent project, students designed and produced floating loon signs/markers for the Loon Preservation Committee in Moultonborough.

"It's more important than ever that we are providing students with the education and experience necessary to pursue careers in technology-related fields, such as engineering and manufacturing," said Moultonborough Academy's Superintendent Susan Noyes. "The Technology Education program at Moultonborough Academy provides students with opportunities to tackle real-world problems with the use of 3D Computer-Aided Design Software. This grant to purchase a 3D printer will help students bring their plans and ideas to reality."

The "What's not to 'Like'?" Facebook contest was part of a three-month education themed initiative for MVSB, during which the Bank posted financial tips and resources on its website and Facebook page. In addition to the school district contest, community members that voted for their favorite school district also had the opportunity to enter to win one of five iPad minis. The iPad mini winners are:

• Joan Beach Little of Center Sandwich
• Patty Bourque of Moultonborough
• Nancy Rowley of Gilmanton
• Lisa Tibbetts of Meredith
• Steve Watson of Moultonborough

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 09:34

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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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