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School Choice Celebration at Belknap Mil


LACONIA — The Network for Educational Opportunity will hold its inaugural School Choice Celebration at the Belknap Mill on Saturday, Feb. 1, during National School Choice Week.

The event will kick off NEO's second year of providing needs-based scholarships for students in kindergarten through Grade 12 who are seeking education in a school that better fits their learning needs. The organization awarded more than $125,000 in education tax credit scholarships during the 2013-2014 school year.

Open to the public at no charge, the NEO School Choice Celebration will begin at 12:30 p.m., featuring "Wayne from Maine" performing sing-along music and White Marriot entertaining with balloons. There will be presentations on scholarships and the NH Education Tax Credit law as it applies to tuition for private schools, public schools outside a student's home district, and homeschooling. The event is intended for children, parents, community leaders, and others interested in educational choice.

National School Choice Week 2014 runs Jan. 26 - Feb 1.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013 10:19

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Hosmer recognized for his efforts to protect NH loons

CONCORD — On December 17 the Loon Preservation Committee ("LPC") and NH Lakes Association ("NH LAKES") recognized Senator Andrew Hosmer (D-Laconia) for his role in legislative efforts to protect New Hampshire's loon population from toxic lead (Pb) fishing sinkers and jigs.

Between 1989 and 2011, at least 124 adult New Hampshire loons—a threatened species—died from lead poisoning after ingesting lead tackle. Whereas loons are slow to breed and often require many years to produce even one or two chicks, the loss of these adults has had a significant negative impact upon our state's loons. Survival of adult loons is the most important factor in ensuring the continued viability of New Hampshire's small loon population.

At the State House, LPC and NH LAKES presented Senator Hosmer with a loon photo, bearing an inscribed plaque recognizing him for co-sponsoring Senate Bill 89. Senator Jeanie Forrester was the prime sponsor of the bill, which closes a gap in current state law banning the sale and freshwater use of smaller lead sinkers and jigs by adding jig sizes up to one ounce. Lead sinkers and jigs weighing one ounce or less are by far the largest cause of documented NH adult loon mortality, causing almost half of all NH adult loon deaths.

Sheridan Brown, LPC's Legislative Coordinator said, "These types of legislative successes don't happen without citizens making their voices heard on behalf of loons and other wildlife species who can't speak for themselves. More importantly, they require effective legislative champions who hear those voices and act thoughtfully and decisively. We are tremendously grateful that Senator Hosmer provided his strong support for efforts to protect the Granite State's iconic loons."

For more information about Senate Bill 89 and the lead fishing tackle threat to loons, visit www.loon.org.


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Carpe Diem Rowathon Raises $2,500 for Food Pantries

PLYMOUTH — The weekend before Thanksgiving, when most people were shopping for groceries and planning their meals, Carpe Diem Crossfit was helping to raise money for charities.

Contributing to two of the community's meal programs was the objective as Carpe Diem Crossfit established their first ever 24 hour Row-A-Thon from Saturday, November 23 through Sunday, November 24.

"We had just gotten through a 30 day paleo challenge of clean eating," explains Cindy Bennett, owner of Carpe Diem Crossfit (CDCF), located on Yeaton Road in Plymouth. "and we wanted to commemorate that. But I decided to take it to another level and help out the community. Raising money and donating to a food charity only seemed like a natural fit to promote healthy eating."

The 24 hour Row-a-thon concept is pretty simple: teams of 1 or more sign up to keep 3 of the rowing machines at CDCF going for a solid 24 hours. People signed up for 1 or more hours and got people to sponsor them.

"The goal I had in my mind was $2,000," Bennett expressed. "That would be $1000 for each of two charities, and I felt good about that. But people were extremely generous and we surpassed our goal and are proudly donating a total of nearly $2,500."

Surpassing the original goal, Bennett decided to let the donations come in through the month of December, which will allow the group to hopefully donate another $1,000 to a third charity. A check for $1,000 will be written to the Plymouth Area Community Closet, $1,000 to The Campton Summer Lunch Program, and $1,000 will be donated towards a shelter box for the Phillippines (http://shelterboxusa.org/)

With a jar filled to the brim of donations and a willing crew of people, the CDCF row-a-thonners successfully kept on rowing as people came and went into the wee hours of the morning. People took shifts. Some rowed for hours. Some came in to offer support.

"Thousands and thousands of calories were burned," laughed Bennett, who kept a whiteboard of the distances and calories rowed throughout the 24 hours.

At the end of the event, everyone gathered in the afternoon for a paleo-friendly, potluck Thanksgiving feast at CDCF. Bennett, who had not slept in over 30 hours and had rowed for over three, made a toast to the crowd and patrons of Carpe Diem just before eating:

"Thanks everyone for helping to make this a great success. What started as a small idea has now become a great annual event and it feels good to give back to the community."

For more info about Carpe Diem Crossfit, visit www.carpediemcrossfit.com

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Sandwich 250th Time Capsule Ceremony Set for December 28

SANDWICH — The Grand Finale of the year-long Sandwich 250th Anniversary Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, December 28, at the Sandwich Central School on the Squam Lake Road.
Town Moderator Lee Quimby, will be the Master of Ceremonies, which will start at 3 p.m. and will conclude at dusk with a festive fireworks display, bonfire on the Sandwich Fairgrounds, and church bells.
In between, the highlights will be a multi-media presentation of the last century of life in Sandwich with voices, slides and movies from the past 100 years as compiled by Adam Nudd-Homeyer,
Director of the Sandwich Historical Society (SHS) and the SHS Staff; the contents of the "new" time capsule, which will be opened in 2063 at the Town's 300th Anniversary, will be on display;
A special guest for the 300th anniversary will be revealed; refreshments from local bakers will be served; and jazz pianist Jim Butka will entertain.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013 09:58

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