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Writing camp being offered for Lakes Region youngsters

LACONIA — The National Writing Project of New Hampshire is offering two opportunities for children entering grades 3 through 8 to strengthen their writing skills and have fun working with other writers. This summer from August 3 through 7, writing camp will be held at Elm Street School in Laconia from 9 a.m. to noon for youngsters entering third through sixth grade. Then from August 10th through 14th, camp will be held at Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith for those entering grades 5 through 9.
At a time when most kids put away their books and pencils until fall, there is a group of young writers who use this vacation time to turn their fun in the sun days to create their own new story adventures. During the summer, it is not about writing for an assignment. The purpose of writing is up to the individual with additional time set aside for group writing and learning new strategies for revision.
During the first week of August, younger campers will use several hands-on activities, books, movement, and dance as a means of generating interest and ideas. The second week of August writing camp will be held at Inter- Lakes High School in Meredith. This camp will engage older campers in an atmosphere that supports the maturing writers who often come into camp with their own style, and ideas ready to share their excitement and skills with others in the group. Delving into their own stories, these middle school age campers, spend the week learning about a genre, writing sections of a piece and then crafting movies or video games which complement their written story or collections of poems. The adult to child ratio is low allowing each camper to receive personalized feedback and guidance in the writing process throughout the week.
"It is refreshing to see kids spend a week of their summer vacation participating in writing camp," says leader, Patty Browher. " I love seeing the kids quickly become friends through activities like our "shared notebook" in which each person starts a story that gets passed on to another camper who adds to the story then passes it to another child. The results are very humorous and we have many laughs reading the finished stories out loud.
"Writing camp is so much fun! It helps even the best young writers become better. I come back each summer. I will come back every year for as long as I can!" says Max Boisvert (age 13).
For more information and to register visit: http://www.plymouth.edu/outreach/nwpnh/
Questions: contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or kari.diederich.allen@gmail

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 July 2015 08:48

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Opechee Garden Club awards four scholarships

LACONIA — Opechee Garden Club announces the recipients of the 2015 Scholarship Awards.
This year's recipients are:
— Vanessa Russell, a Laconia High School graduate, who will be entering her junior year at the University of New Hampshire, majoring in Biology and Environmental Science.
— Gilford High School graduate, Kelsey Buckley, a sophomore at Wheaton College, is also majoring in Biology and Environmental Science.
— Stephanie Smith, a Laconia High School graduate entering her junior year at the University of New Hampshire, is majoring in Conservation, Biology and Environmental Science.
— Trevor Blake, a 2015 Laconia High School graduate who will be a freshman studying Landscape Design at the New Hampshire Technical College.
With the addition of the scholarships for these four deserving students, the Opechee Garden Club's total donations to local scholarships exceeds $53,000.
Opechee Garden Club is part of the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, with three club members judging the applications for these grants.

Additional donations from the Opechee Garden Club are made to the following non-profit organizations: Belknap County Conservation District, Kirkwood Gardens, Society For The Protection of New Hampshire Forests, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, Loon Preservation Association, and plantings for the Belknap County Nursing Home.

Community Betterment and Civic Gardens also receive monetary support from the OGC for purchasing small trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals, as well as providing "hands-on" maintenance from Opechee Garden Club volunteers throughout the growing season. The locations where these gifts are provided include the Belknap County Courthouse gardens, and the Laconia Post Office gardens, both located in Laconia, the WOW Trailhead gardens, located in Lakeport, and the historic Rowe House gardens, in the village of Gilford.
The funds to support these scholarship awards and donations are raised through OGC's alternating year fundraisers, the "Homes For The Holidays House Tour", held the first weekend in December, and the Opechee Garden Club signature event, "A Garden Tour", often held the 2nd Saturday in July. Opechee Garden Club is most grateful to the Bank of New Hampshire for their sponsorship of these fundraisers, and the community-at-large for their continuing support and enthusiasm for the efforts of the Opechee Garden Club to help provide educational scholarships, to help sustain worthy organizations, and to beautify the communities of Laconia and Gilford.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 July 2015 08:38

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Holderness dig locates evidence of Native American tools, artifacts

HOLDERNESS  — Archaeological students have been hard at work here uncovering bits and pieces of what was left behind from Native American occupancy, dating from as long ago as 4,000 years.

Under the watchful eye of state archeologist Dr. Richard Boisvert, two dozen students have been at work uncovering artifacts while looking for other clues to those who occupied the area around the Squam River that many years ago. The dig  is scheduled to be completed arounf August 1.

The site was described by Dr. Robert Goodby, the chief investigating archeologist in 2001,  as "...one of the largest known pre-European contact sites in the state of New Hampshire." He was referring to artifacts dating back to a far earlier time recovered from alongside Davison's Brook in a field owned by the Squam Lake Natural Science Center. This investigation came about due to the relocation of state Route 113, construction of an improved state boat launch ramp, an adjacent parking lot and excavation for a new visitor's center and accompanying sewage leach field. Under Sec. 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (P.L. 89-665) an immediate stop to any federally-funded project where Native remains are found was required. Dr. Goodby spoke of this last week at the Lake Winnipesaukee Museum in Weirs Beach.

Davison's Brook, where it flows into the river between the two Squam Lakes, was an ideal location for Natives long before white settlers arrived – at a time well before there was a New Hampshire. A southern exposure surrounded by hillsides and with ample game and fish, it sustained a seasonal population of Natives. Some would say the very first "summer folks." Today's dig is not that far from this earlier discovery. It is thought that Natives, most likely Western Abenaki-speaking Pennacook tribesmen and women, occupied substantial portions of what make up today's lakeside village here.

Today's exploration is being held under a program called SCRAP – State Conservation and Rescue Archaeology Program – where students at all levels can earn college credits for their work. The Holderness Historical Society has taken out a membership as have others. At sometime in the future Dr. Boisvert will present their findings to the Society.

Thus far several shards, or chips and fragments struck off stone implements, have been uncovered. And two weeks ago investigators dug up fragments of early pottery indicating the use of lakeside clays. In the past this site has yielded what archaeologists refer to as a pecked and polished stone gouge, a stone knife and several arrowheads. Pits measure one-meter by one-meter, often a half-meter deep. Every find is carefully measured, photographed, related to other finds and coordinated through GPS coordinates. It is critical to know just where they were found. Pits yielding nothing are also very important for they tell archaeologists where no activity took place.

For quality control the SCRAP Project here is being conducted under standards established by the National Park Service.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 July 2015 08:18

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Got Lunch promotes literacy with summer reading

LACONIA — GOT LUNCH! Laconia, after 5 years of successfully providing food for the children of Laconia who might otherwise go hungry during the summer months, is proud to work in conjunction with a program called GOT LITERACY. In the last few years GOT LITERACY has been providing weekly flyers of a fun, but educational nature, to be included in the GOT LUNCH bags. So as GOT LUNCH feeds the body, GOT LITERACY will feed the brain. In the next few weeks GOT LITERACY will be following the drivers who deliver food for GOT LUNCH to distribute books for the children to read, enjoy and share with their friends. GOT LITERACY has done its best to pair up the children with books appropriate for their age and gender.

GOT LITERACY's endeavor to provide these books this year has come upon the terrific work of former educators who saw the need to engage children of all ages in the joy of reading. They have collected books for all ages from a variety of sources, e.g. area libraries, a book drive at the Congregation Church of Laconia, and private donations. Headed by coordinators Jane Hewitt, Jan Streifer and Kay Anderson, they are currently looking for local people to help stop the "summer slide" – the loss of reading skills that happens when kids don't read during school vacation. If you are interested, contact Ms. Streifer at jkstreifer@ hotmail.com or Ms. Hewitt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Monday, 27 July 2015 08:12

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