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Visiting Vets Reflect on Camp Resilience Experience

GILFORD — Seventeen Boston-area veterans, all clients of the Boston VA Center, recently visited the Lakes Region at the invitation of the newly-formed Patriot Resilient Leader Institute (PRLI).

While here, the veterans participated in the first-ever Camp Resilience. This effort combined recreational activities, team-building exercises and practical computer skills in the areas of job searching and creating resumes which translate military experience into civilian job titles. The Camp utilized facilities at Lakes Region Community College, Gunstock, Gilford Town Beach, Lake Winnipesaukee and the Gunstock Inn.

All seventeen guests were unanimous in their praise of the efforts put forth by the PRLI Team which was augmented by Alton and Gilford Rotarians, boat captains, Gunstock staff and Business Department Chairperson at LRCC, Carlene Rose. Individual feedback sheets from the visitors reflected comments such as "I came with high expectations and you've exceeded them. The treetops course, Segway, boat tour, cookout and jobs seminar are memories. (Reflecting on the Gunstock Inn) Excellent service. On a scale of 1 to 10, this experience is an 11! Very calm and serene here. We are lucky to have people like you (the PRLI crew)". Work has already begun for the PRLI Team on the next visit by another group of wounded warriors. That is expected to be early August.

The funds to pay for this first visit came from the Gilford Rotary, Lakes Region Dental, the State of NH VFW, Laconia Knights of Columbus, Tim and Maura O'Connor and numerous other generous local individuals. Tim O'Connor was a West Point classmate of PRLI founder, Kurt Webber, Lt Col, US Army (ret.)

Deep discounts and/or goods and services for the veterans were provided by the Gunstock Inn, Fireside Inn and Suites, Shaw's of Gilford, Gunstock Resort, Fay's Boat Yard, Gilford Rotary, Island Fishing Charters, NH Fish & Game, Lakes Region Community College, Hector's Restaurant and Abe Dadian,who volunteered his time and expertise over two days to help the vets work on their resumes and job skills.

Anyone who wishes to support future wounded warrior initiatives of the PRLI is encouraged to make a donation via credit card or PayPal at www.prli.us. Checks may also be mailed to the PRLI, c/o Bank of New Hampshire, 62 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH 03246.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 10:26

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Greater Meredith's "Bringing It Back to NH" Event draws many students to think about careers

MEREDITH — Inter-Lakes High School's freshman class and other students received great insight into different careers by listening to a panel of speakers last week. The Greater Meredith's Career Partnership Program focuses on economic development through job shadows, internships, a guest speakers' bureau, volunteer and community services and a one-day Job Fair.

This year's speakers were: Brian Swan, 2008 Inter-Lakes graduate and one of the first students to take advantage of the Career Partnership Program; Carmen Lorentz, Director of the NH Division of Economic Development; and Julie Gnerre-Bourgeois, owner of Giuseppe's Restaurant in Meredith. Each panel member had time to 'share their story' of their life to the students.

Brian Swan's interest has always been in the automotive industry. He had an internship at Lovering Volvo of Meredith while in high school which really opened his eyes to this industry. He went away to Southern NH for college and found himself graduating and working in the industry at Irwin Automotive for six years. He recently landed another position at Holderness School as their main mechanic.

His advice to the Inter-Lakes students is, "Use all of the resources available to you here at ILHS, such as the Career Partnership Program, it proved to be very beneficial for me".

Carmen Lorentz received her Master's Degree in Public Policy and lived in DC for a while, but found herself missing her family in NH very much. There is something about NH that keeps bringing people back! She then lived in NY for over 5 years and enjoyed a consulting position in Sarasota Springs, NY with her main focus on Economic Development. After having her son, she realized that she wanted more than ever to get back to NH with her family so with her husband and son, they moved back to the Lakes Region. She acquired a great position with the Belknap Economic Development Council where she was the Executive Director for 3 years. Recently, she was asked to head up the NH Division of Economic Development for the state.
​Carmen's advice to the students is: "Do what makes you happy. There are a lot of opportunities right here in NH, especially trades. Learn all you can and don't be afraid to take a chance on an opportunity". ​
Julie Gnerre-Bourgeois is the owner of Giuseppe's Restaurant in Meredith.  Julie is from York, ME. Her dad opened up 2 restaurants in that area (one in Old Orchard Beach and one in Brunswick), which were the old Giuseppe's. The whole family worked there serving, cooking and entertaining. Julie worked for the family business and learned from a young age and had many other interests, including photography and singing. She also studied Health Physiology and switched to become a music major. She traveled and went 'on the road' to Alaska with her brother and his band and was the lead singer. After one year, the band broke up and Julie found herself home again, but with the greatest experiences. When she was age 25, her dad asked her if she wanted to manage and work at a new Guiseppe's Restaurant in Meredith. From that point on, Julie has ​grown her business.

Her advice to our students is, "Follow your dreams. I did. I have been involved in many things but always came back to what made me happy".

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 10:21

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Sant Bani School holds awards celebration

SANBORNTON – Sant Bani School recognized achievements of high school students at its end-of-year awards on June 5. Head of School Kent Bicknell welcomed and introduced scholarship presenters from a variety of business and civic organizations to the event, as well as the heads of several academic departments.

Paulette Loughlin and Joan Cormier of the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation presented three awards. Harrison Evans, Meredith, received the Lawrence & Nancy Smith Award for $2,500; Raianna Krahn-Burke, Ashland, received the Mallorie Roux Memorial Award, for $675; and Giullia McDonald, Laconia, accepted the Gilford Academy Trust Award for $825 and the Lucille & George Guild Memorial Award for $275. Harrison will attend Ithaca College, Giullia plans to go to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and Raianna will enter Becker College.

David Savastano from Franklin Savings Bank presented Javin deMello-Folsom, Sanbornton, with a scholarship for $1000. Javin will attend Clark University. Chris Fenn, Student and Volunteer Services Coordinator at Speare Memorial Hospital, recognized Sarah Steenbergen, Hebron, for her extensive volunteer work. Sarah will be attending Muhlenberg College. In addition, Harrison Evans and Raianna Krahn-Burke received $1000 each from the Meredith Rotary Club.

Awards from Sant Bani department heads followed. Debbie Asbeck presented Javin deMello- Folsom with the award for Excellence in a Foreign Language for his achievements in five years of Spanish. Karen Bicknell awarded books for Excellence in English to seniors Breslin Bell, Concord, who will attend Wellesley College; Jenna Sutcliffe, Plymouth, who will attend Clark University; and Sarah Steenbergen. Also recognized were eleventh graders Marin Smith, Hill, who received the Smith Book Award, and Teresa Dancewicz Helmers, Hill, who received an award for Excellence in Junior English.

Robert Schongalla presented awards for Excellence in Science to seniors Jenna Sutcliffe and Raianna Krahn-Burke, and juniors Teresa Dancewicz Helmers and Zhenglin Yu, from China, hosted by Rodney and Maurajean Pitman of Franklin. Kirsten Wilkinson presented an award for Excellence in Math to Breslin Bell, and an award for Most Improved to senior Caio Thielen, from Brazil, hosted by Dan Fife and Cathy Donahue of Concord. Caio will attend Escuela Nacional de Experimentación y Realización Cinematográfica (Argentina) after a gap year.

Richard Danahy, Head of Technology, recognized freshman Brennan Macaig, Franklin and Concord, for service through technology. Brittney Peterson, Athletic Director, presented Scholar-Athlete and New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association awards to Joyce Hamel, Sanbornton and Franklin, and Javin deMello-Folsom. Joyce will attend Franklin Pierce University.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 10:14

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Meredith Rotary Club Presents 34 Scholarships

MEREDITH —  The Meredith Rotary Club presented 34 scholarships to graduating high school seniors from Meredith, Moultonboro, Center Harbor and Sandwich. The combined value of the scholarships was $32,000 compared to a combined total of $20,000 awarded to 22 winners in 2013.

Scholarships were awarded to 17 graduating seniors from Moultonborough Academy at a school ceremony at Geneva Point on May 27. Scholarship committee co-chair Roger Kosits made the presentations assisted by Moultonborough Academy Guidance Director Jennifer Chapmann.

On June 4, 14 scholarships were awarded to high school seniors from Inter-Lakes High School at a ceremony conducted at the Meredith Community Center. The Meredith Rotary Club was represented at the event by Miller Lovett, recently retired Meredith Selectman and long-standing member of the club, and Rick Ippolito, past Rotary Club president.

Additionally three scholarships were announced at the June 11 Rotary meeting for high school seniors living in our community but attending private schools.

Since 1982, The Meredith Rotary Club has donated almost $2 million dollars through scholarships and sponsorships to many groups in the communities of The Lakes Region.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 10:10

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