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Local Skating Programs Combine Forces


TILTON — Magic Blades Figure Skating Club (MBFSC) and Plymouth State Skating Academy (PSSA) have joined together to enhance their skating programs in the Lakes Region.

Magic Blades was founded in 1997 by Barbara Adams, and it operated clubs in both Waterville Valley and Laconia until 2006. In 2007 it moved its home ice to the Tilton School Ice Arena where it has stayed a small but vibrant fixture in the local community. When the Plymouth Ice Center opened in the summer of 2010, Adams, an employee of Plymouth State University, assisted with the start-up of the learn-to-skate program. She called upon her familiar Magic Blades coaching staff, and the two programs have worked closely, but separately ever since. Nicole Cochrane, of Laconia  is the current skating director for PSSA program which is experiencing a recent growth in membership.

Dave Guyger, the PSU arena manager, stated, "I've worked with Magic Blades since their days at Waterville. Magic Blades is synonymous with quality skating instruction in the area. It makes sense to acknowledge the close connection and work together for the benefit of skaters in the region."

This year the two clubs will not only be sharing its talented staff, but promoting skating among its members as well as to the larger community. Both clubs are US Figure Skating Basic Skills programs offering membership through USFS, as well as the USFS badge program, showing progress through the skills. Both programs offer 30 minute lessons with 30 minutes of free, practice ice. Skaters ages three through adult are welcome to join.

PSSA has opportunity for beginner hockey players to learn skating skills along with some stick and puck training. MBFSC accepts beginner hockey skaters to learn skating skills but does not incorporate stick and puck use; skaters are directed to local hockey programs when they are ready for advanced training.

MBFSC and PSSA programs are finishing their fall lesson program soon, and are currently accepting registration for the November/December classes. Lessons at Plymouth State are on Sunday evenings from 5-6. Session II begins on Sunday, October 27 and runs through December 8 with a skills exhibition on Sunday December 15.

Magic Blades will host a free skate and registration on Monday, November 4, at the Tilton School Ice Arena 6-7 p.m. Session II at Magic Blades will begin on Monday November 11 with a skills exhibition on Monday December 16.

For more information visit the program webpages: www.MagicBlades.org or www.Plymouth.edu/Arena .

Last Updated on Friday, 25 October 2013 09:17

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Sanbornton 7-year-old at Gillette Stadium Sunday for PPK competition

GILFORD — Alex Nichols, 7,  from Sanbornton, willl be at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., Sunday competing in the New England Pass, Punt and Kick competition.

He will compete on the field just before the start of Patriots-Dolphins game.

Alex was one of six winners of the Gilford event sponsored by Faith Alive church, the Core group outreach and Piche's Ski and Sport Shop.

Other winners inluded Kaleb Daigneault, 10, from Laconia; Addison Normandin, 7,  from Gilford, and Colby Moore, 13, Tyler Brouillet, 15, and Hayley Barlow, 8, all from Laconia.

Alex, Kaleb, and Addison all placed first in New Hampshire and received medals.
Alex Nichols was the only one who placed in the top four in New England, thus advancing to the team championships this Sunday.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 October 2013 09:13

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Meredith Legion post hosting karaoke on Saturday

MEREDITH — The American Legion Post 33 in Meredith is hosting a Karaoke event on Saturday, October 26 at 8 p.m. at the Post.

A $5 donation is requested for this event. Smoking is prohibited.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 October 2013 09:08

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Congregational Church of Laconia to host Guest Preacher

LACONIA — On Sunday, October 27, the Congregational Church of Laconia, United Church of Christ will welcome the Rev. Talitha Arnold to its 9:30 a.m. worship service.

Rev. Arnold has been the Minister of the United Church of Santa Fe since 1987, when the church was a 7-year-old new church start of the United Church of Christ. It is the only UCC congregation in New Mexico's capital city and throughout northern New Mexico. Since that time, the congregation has tripled in membership and is known in Santa Fe for its worship and music ministries, education programs for all ages, outreach and advocacy, particularly in the areas of public education, poverty issues, and the environment.

The church has a 15-year partnership with two local elementary schools, as well as with the Santa Fe Watershed, and two local homeless shelters. Yearly mission trips for adults and youth go to both the Arizona/Sonora (Mexico) border and the Navajo reservation.


Last Updated on Friday, 25 October 2013 09:04

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