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082113 Adult Ed Fall Courses

LACONIA — The Laconia Academy adult evening high school diploma program Fall Semester will begin the week of Monday, August 26 through Thursday, August 29.

During the the Fall Semester the following courses will be offered: Chemistry & Lab, F = Fractions, The Underdogs, Rhyme or Reason, Film Studies, Algebra I, Forces of Nature, Psychology: What's Normal, Math Concepts/PreAlgebra, Kings & Queens, Algebra II/Accuplacer/Assistments.org and Human Biology/Lab.

The goal of Laconia Academy is to enable adults to receive an high school diploma. Students attending Laconia Academy can earn high school diploma credits in several different ways. Credit is given for previous high school credits earned and life experiences such as military service, work experience, apprenticeship training, correspondence courses, certificate programs and homemaking. The Laconia Academy is also approved for those eligible for V.A. benefits.

Laconia Academy also enables In-School Youth, enrolled in day high school programs, to take courses at night if they have failed classes during the day.  With the principal’s permission, any In-School Youth may enroll at Laconia Academy.  This cooperation with local area high schools helps prevent In-School Youths from dropping out of high school or having to repeat their senior year.

Upon enrollment it is necessary that students submit a copy of their high school transcript from the last school attended. This transcript is necessary in order to transfer those previously earned high school credits to one's current record at Laconia Academy.

Bank of New Hampshire has provided some scholarship help for those students demonstrating financial need. This scholarship help will enable students to return to school at night and complete their high school education or earn a GED Certificate. Bank of New Hampshire, in conjunction with their Community Reinvestment (CRA) Plan is offering limited scholarship help

to residents living in the Bank's catchment areas of Laconia, Gilford, Meredith, Center Harbor and Moultonborough with the Laconia Academy Registration or Book Fees or GED Preparation Classes and Exam Fees.

For more information about the program or to make an appointment to enlist in classes call 524-5712 or stop into the Laconia Adult Education Office located in Room #108 at Laconia High School.

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082413IceArenaBoatRaffle (201): 3X 2013 Boat Raffle

GILFORD — Laconia Arena Boat Raffle will have tickets available at the Ice arena's booth at Gilford Old Home Day on Sunday, August 25. Fay's Boat Yard is sponsoring the raffle this year by providing the grand prize, an 18' Chaparral boat and trailer worth nearly $26,000. 

Tickets are $50 each and only 600 tickets will be sold. Proceeds benefit the Ice Arena Capital Campaign. The boat will be is currently on display at the Fay's Boat Yard.

"When you purchase a raffle ticket, you are doing more than getting the chance to win this great prize, you are reaching out to support our Capital campaign, which directly impacts the youth in our community." said Will Fay, Ice arena manager. "This is an opportunity for a neighbor to help a neighbor."

"We have had an overwhelming response from other businesses and the community already," added Fay. "With support like this, we have an opportunity to make this fundraiser enormously successful. There only about 100 tickets left, with an anticipated drawing date of Labor day."

For tickets or more information, call 603-528-0789, Complete rules are posted online at www.laconiaicearena.com


CAPTION — The Ice Arena Capital Campaign is holding its annual boat raffle featuring $26,000 Value boat, sponsored by Fay's Boat Yard. (Courtesy photo)

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082413 Gilford-based Team A2Z Raises Over $10,000 for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center (534 w/ 3col TeamA2Z)

GILFORD — On Saturday July 13, the 15 members of Gilford-based Team A2Z participated in bicycling and walking events at The Prouty fund raising event in Hanover, and raised over $10,000 for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

Team A2Z was founded in 2012 by Jim Zimmermann of Gilford in honor of his wife, Anne Marie Zimmermann, who has been receiving treatment for ovarian cancer at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center for the last six years. When Anne Marie was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer at LRGH, the doctor immediately referred her to Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Since the original diagnosis, Anne Marie has undergone five major surgeries and dozens of chemo treatments at the center. She is still currently undergoing treatments at the Center.

Team A2Z members include Gilford residents Jim Zimmermann, Tim Zimmermann, Douglas Doyle, Cynthia Palage, Katie McCutcheon, Diane Hanley, and Mike Dowe. Other team members came from Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania and included Tom Zimmermann, Paul Zimmermann, Edie Wagner, Walter Zimmermann Jr., Lou Paolini, Nancy Paolini, Linda Zimmermann, and Robert Strong.

Jim Zimmermann, the founder and captain of Team A2Z, had been doing the Prouty as an individual participant for four years before he started the team; "Each year I tried to raise a little more money for the center which has been providing such incredible care for my wife. Last year I realized the best way to increase the amount raised was to create a team and invite others who have been touched by cancer to participate. In the first year the team raised about $5,000, and this year we added new members and more than doubled the amount of money we raised. We hope to at least double the number of team members and the amount we raise for the 2014 event."
The Team received donations from well over 50 individuals, families and businesses, and donations came in from people that Jim works with all over the world, including one donation from New Zealand.
Employees of Skillsoft (Jim Zimmermann's employer) in Nashua, donated over $2,500 to the team and Skillsoft is providing a corporate match donation of nearly $2,000. Petersen, Mann & Associates Ameriprise Financial Advisors of Meredith and Lakes Region Dental Care of Gilford also made generous donations to support Team A2Z and the Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

According to the Friends of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, this year's event featured 5800 registered participants (a record), 3240 Bikers (a record), 1906 Walkers (a record), 1300 Volunteers (a record), 183 Rowers (a record), 109 Prouty 200 mile 2-day Ultimate Riders (tied the record), 141 Golfers (new event), and 215 virtual participants. The event also broke its fund raising record with over $2,650,000 in donations.

Team A2Z is actively recruiting new members. Anyone interested in joining Team A2Z for next year's event (scheduled for July 12, 2014) or who would like to make donations to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center may contact Jim Zimmermann at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Gilford-based Team A2Z before the start of the 2013 Prouty fundraising event for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Standing, left to right: Katie McCutcheon, Tom Zimmermann, Edie Wagner, Walter Zimmermann, Tim Zimmermann, Robert Strong, Nancy Paolini, Lou Paolini, Doug Doyle. Front row, left to right: Cynthia Palage, Linda Zimmermann, Paul Zimmermann, Jim Zimmermann. Not pictured: Diane Hanley, Mike Dowe. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Friday, 16 August 2013 11:58

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082013LRPCBrownfieldsGrant (298)

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Planning Commission (LRPC) was recently awarded $200,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Program to assist Lakes Region communities with assessments of vacant and underutilized sites that remain in that state due to concerns about environmental contamination from hazardous materials.

According to Kimon Koulet, LRPC Executive Director, our goals for the funding include, "Creating and preserving Open Space, increasing economic opportunities in the Lakes Region, and reducing the threat to human health and the environment. Our previous Brownfields funding led to the clean-up of sites in Bristol, Franklin, and Tilton, as well as a special assessment for the Lakes Region Facility in Laconia. EPA has given this region another opportunity to work on more eligible properties, which we appreciate."

The new award will enable LRPC to hire a qualified environmental firm to conduct Phase 1 and Phase 2 studies of Brownfields in the Lakes Region. Phase 1 assessments examine current and former uses of a property in order to determine the potential for environmental issues. Phase 2 studies involve collecting laboratory samples and data necessary to confirm or dismiss any environmental questions identified during Phase 1. These studies are important steps before cleanup and reuse can occur.

Brownfields sites are defined under the Brownfields Revitalization Act of 2002 as "real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant."

The LRPC plans to initiate the program this fall, and to conclude the program within the next three years. An association of 30 communities, the LRPC has active programs in land use and environmental planning, transportation, watershed protection, economic development, technical assistance, and information services.

For additional information about the federal Brownfields program in New England, see http://www.epa.gov/region1/brownfields/index.html. For other questions, please contact the LRPC at 279-8171.

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