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Laconia teacher to represent N.H. at National History Day

WASHINGTON — National History Day (NHD) announced this morning the 24 teachers selected as Behring Teacher Ambassadors for the 2015–2016 academic year. Local teacher Ms. Carleen Steckert from Laconia Middle School in Laconia was selected to represent New Hampshire.

The selected teachers have shown outstanding creativity, commitment and inspiration in developing students' interest in history. Candidates must be excellent classroom teachers who are past winners of the Behring Teacher Award in their affiliate program. Ms. Steckert was awarded the Behring Teacher Award for classroom excellence in NHD's junior division in 2013.

Next year the 2015–2016 NHD theme is Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. Behring Teacher Ambassadors will work with students and teachers to help them better understand this theme and to expand NHD programs in their regions. Participating teachers will attend a training workshop in July, collaborate with their program's affiliate coordinator to develop a working plan and implement an action plan to support and expand NHD activities.

"The staff at National History Day firmly believe that quality teachers are the best educational tools students have," said NHD Executive Director Cathy Gorn. "The teachers selected as Behring Teacher Ambassadors understand the impact the NHD program has on their students. These teachers are a credit to their discipline and a driving force behind the success of NHD programs."


Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 08:58

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‘Frozen’ princesses to appear at tea party at Gilford Youth Center

GILFORD — The Gilford Youth Center is hosting a "Princess Tea Party" with special guests Anna and Elsa from Disney's "Frozen". The event will be held on Saturday, March 7th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Children will be able to meet Anna and Elsa and have their picture taken with them. There will also be arts and crafts, nail painting, story time, and a sing-a-long. Children are encouraged to dress up, but it is not mandatory.

To reserve your spot, visit www.gilfordyouthcenter.com.There are still limited tickets available for each party, and each is expected to sell out fast. For more information call 524-6978.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 08:35

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Swedish flutist to perform with PSU Symphonic Band

PLYMOUTH — Swedish flutist Goran Marcusson will perform with the Plymouth State University Symphonic Band on Wednesday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts.

During the program Marcusson will perform classics and new works for wind ensemble.

The 55-piece band, conducted by Professor Mark Stickney, will present a program of Scandinavian music rarely performed in the United States, plus British composer Philip Sparke's "A Lindisfarne Rhapsody" for flute and concert band.

Marcusson worked as a bricklayer and tram driver before fully devoting himself to music at the late age of 24, although he had played flute since he was 8 or 9 years old. He received international acclaim for the first time in 1987, winning the National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition in the United States. In 1992, he earned his soloist diploma from the Music Conservatory of Göteborg.

That same year, while taking a class with James Galway, Marcusson was voted winner of a competition by his classmates and was presented a scholarship and a Waterford Crystal flute by Galway.

Marcusson has been guest principal flute with orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Orquestra Cadaqués. While maintaining a busy international schedule as a soloist performing in the U.S., South America, Asia and throughout Europe, he also maintains a position with the Göteborg Wind Orchestra. In 2012 he toured the U.S., presenting recitals and master classes at four universities. Marcusson returns to the U.S. each June and July to present a master class at Wildacres Retreat in North Carolina and to perform with the Newport Rhode Island Music Festival.

Stickney is assistant professor of music and director of bands at PSU. He has served on the brass faculties of Salve Regina University and the Community College of Rhode Island, where he taught trombone, euphonium and tuba. He guest conducted the Rutgers Wind Ensemble at their Carnegie Hall debut in 2005. Stickney has performed widely and has premiered a number of works as conductor. An active clinician, Stickney has worked with bands in New England, California, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Kansas, Rhode Island, Texas and Utah and has performed at the Newport Music Festival and throughout Southern New England as a soloist and chamber musician.

The PSU Symphonic Band is featured annually at the All New England Band Festival that is hosted by Plymouth State University.

Tickets for the concert are $8 for adults and youth and $6 for seniors at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 08:32

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Free kids’ ice fishing derby at Lily Pond on Sunday

GILFORD — The Belknap County Sportsmen's Association will be holding its annual free Kid's Ice Fishing Derby on March 1 at Lily Pond, Gilford. 9 a.m. to  12 Noon. Bait, tip-ups, hot chocolate, hot coffee, available at the pond. Lessons provided for the first timers.

No registration required just show up and have fun. At noon at the club house there will be awards and trophies for the largest fish caught as well as having hot dogs, chips, milk for all the participants.


Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 11:28

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