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Belknap Commitee on Aging to meet on Friday

GILFORD — The Belknap County Area Committee on Aging will meet on Friday, May 8 at 10 a.m. on the topic of public policy awareness – the benefit of understanding what goes on behind the scenes. Steve Norton from NH Center for Public Policy Studies will discuss "An Aging New Hampshire in a changing policy landscape".

This event is open to the public and free of charge. Contact Stace at 603-528-2555 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

The committee meets in the Wesley Woods Community Room off Rte. 11A, behind the First United Methodist Church in Gilford. All are welcome.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 06:45

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Laconia Memorial Day Parade to step off at 10 a.m.

LACONIA  — The Laconia VFW in conjunction with the Laconia Legion will be having a Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 25 at 10 a.m.

The parade We will be starting at Wyatt Park on South Main and marching down Main St ending at Veteran's Square.

There will be a ceremony as well as guest speakers at Veteran's Square.

Anyone who served this country is encouraged to walk in the parade.

If you have any questions or have an organization interested in joining, call Bill North at the VFW at 524-9725.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 06:40

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PSU employees honored at 17th annual Celebration of Early Childhood Professionals

PLYMOUTH — New Hampshire's Child Development Bureau of the NH Department of Health and Human Services recently recognized two Plymouth State University employees, Patricia Cantor and Stephen Barba, for their support of childhood education at the 17th annual Celebration of Early Childhood and Afterschool Professionals.

Cantor was honored with her third Mary Stuart Gile Award for her work on the NH Early Learning Standards Task Force. Cantor, who has taught at PSU for more than 20 years, is a professor of early childhood studies and chair of the early childhood studies department. She is actively engaged in early childhood advocacy efforts with her work to increase access and quality in early care and to provide support for early childhood workers through professional development.

The Mary Stuart Gile award recognizes early childhood professionals who engage in collaborative work to move the field forward and encourage the next generation of early childhood professionals.

"Mary Stuart Gile has long been a strong voice for children and an advocate for early childhood in her work as an educator and a NH state legislator," Cantor said. "As a faculty member in early childhood, I am committed to working on initiatives that support and encourage the next generation of early childhood professionals and have positive benefits for young children and their families. It's especially rewarding to receive an award named for her."

Barba, PSU's executive director of university relations, received the Early Learning NH Champions award. As a longtime resident of Dixville Notch and an influential business leader, Barba is a member of the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund Donor Advised Committee at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. In that role, he has been a consistent advocate for investing millions of dollars in early childhood projects and programs in Coös County.

"Studies find that well-focused investments in early childhood development yield high public as well as private returns," Barba noted.

New Hampshire is the only state in the country that holds an event annually to recognize educators and professionals working in childcare and afterschool programs.

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Grafton Economic Development Council names new chief executive officer

PLYMOUTH — The Grafton County Economic Development Council (GCEDC) names Chris Wellington as Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, Wellington will be responsible for the overall strategic direction of the organization, including the management of all loans, workforce programs, and oversight of two business incubators, the Dartmouth Regional Technology Center and the Enterprise Center at Plymouth.

GCEDC is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1997 and is one of ten recognized Regional Development Corporations in New Hampshire. GCEDC partners with municipalities and businesses throughout Grafton County to promote and support economic development projects and has several loan programs available to businesses to help retain and create jobs in the area.

"This is a very exciting time to be joining GCEDC and I look forward to working with the board of directors, county officials, business and community leaders and our many partners to move Grafton County forward", stated GCEDC CEO, Chris Wellington. One of Wellington's first priorities will be to finalize a strategic plan which will identity the major issues facing Grafton County, such as workforce development and broadband accessibility. "GCEDC is well positioned to take a leading role in the county to help identify and address the major issues impacting our region and we believe Chris's background in community planning and economic development at the local and state levels will be a strong asset for the organization and help take GCEDC to the next level" stated Mark LaClair, GCEDC Board Chair.

Wellington replaces Mark Scarano, who was appointed to co-chair the Northern Borders Regional Commission, a federal regional economic development organization that serves more than 30 counties in northern New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. Wellington began his new post on April 13.

Before joining GCEDC, Wellington worked for the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development as a Business Resource Specialist and the City of Manchester's Economic Development Office, where he led the city's business recruitment and marketing efforts. Chris received a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of New Hampshire. In 2014, the New Hampshire Union Leader recognized Wellington as a '40 Under Forty' award winner and in October, he received the Young Professional of the Year Award from the Manchester Young Professionals Network.

For more information on the Grafton County Economic Development Council please visit www.graftoncountyedc.org.

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