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Boy Scout troop collecting flags on Memorial Day

MOULTONBOROUGH — Moultonborough Boy Scout Troop 142 will be collecting flags at the Moultonborough Memorial Day Parade, Monday, May 25 for a future flag retirement ceremony.

The Scouts will be marching in the Parade and anyone with a flag that needs to be retired can meet them at the Moultonborough Town Hall immediately following the parade and dedication ceremony.

For information about this topic, please contact Becky Bryant, Troop 142 Press Secretary at 581-8038 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 May 2015 08:38

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3 PSU profs honored with Distinguished Teaching Awards

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University has honored three of its professors, noting their passion for teaching and a caring attitude toward their students.

The three — Roger Blake, Kathleen McCabe, and Aparna Waghe — are the recipients of the 2015 Distinguished Teaching Awards. Nominations for these honors are accepted from faculty, staff, students and alumni.

"By making these awards, we honor our colleagues and reaffirm our belief that teaching is the most important work we do here at Plymouth State University," said PSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Julie Bernier.

Blake, statistics instructor in theCollege of Business Administration and Department of Social Sciences, is the Distinguished Teacher Award recipient. Blake received the award for his dedication to teaching and meaningful, student-centered approach to education during his 13-year tenure at the university. He serves on the University's Academic Affairs committee, the Athletic Council and the University Resource and Strategic Allocation task force. Blake holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from UNH and a master's degree in mathematics education from Plymouth State.

McCabe is the recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award. She is a professor in PSU's Doctor of Education in Learning, Leadership and Community and has worked in several administrative leadership roles in New Hampshire's school districts. McCabe received her bachelor's and master's degrees in elementary education and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership from Plymouth State and a doctorate from Capella University, Minneapolis.

Waghe, a teaching lecturer in chemistry at PSU, was presented with the Distinguished Teaching Lecturer Award. Nominations for Waghe said that in addition to being an effective teacher, she is kind, thoughtful and patient. Waghe earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Bombay, India, her master's at Women's University, India and a doctorate from the University of Maine. She has taught at PSU since 2006.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 May 2015 07:30

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Troop 68 to hold a spaghetti dinner on Sunday

GILFORD — A spaghetti dinner buffet will be held on Sunday, May 17 at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall on Gilford Avenue in Laconia to benefit Boy Scout Troop 68 and their efforts to attend Sea Base, a Boy Scout high adventure camp in Florida. Dinner will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The meal will include spaghetti, sauces, bread, salad, drink and dessert. The cost of dinner will be $6 per person or $20 per family or group of four.

Troop 68 has provided an active program for boys 11-18 years old who live in the Lakes Region and service to our community for over 75 years. For more information regarding the fundraiser, contact Tara Shore, Troop 68 Committee Chair at 524-1367.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 May 2015 07:23

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PSU holds its annual Lavender Graduation

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University (PSU) students, faculty and staff, along with members of the Plymouth community, gathered at the Savage Welcome Center on Tuesday, May 5 for Lavender Graduation, an annual celebration honoring the achievements and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) graduating seniors, graduate students and allies.

Introduced at the University of Michigan in 1995, Lavender Graduation is now held at hundreds of colleges and universities across the country. PSU's Lavender Graduation debuted in 2010; since then, it has been a fixture among the many campus activities and celebrations leading up to commencement.

"The ceremony provides a positive final experience for LGBTQ students and allies before they graduate," said Kyle O'Neill, interim director of PSU's Sexuality Anti-Violence Gender Equality (SAGE) Center, a student-focused resource center that provides support, advocacy and educational programming relating to sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and violence prevention. "It also reaffirms to our LGBTQ students, and the rest of campus, that we value them."

President Sara Jayne Steen gave the opening remarks and presented each graduate with a rainbow cord to wear at Commencement. "When we say that we strive to create an inclusive, welcoming and accepting environment at PSU, we mean it," she said. "Our students, faculty, staff and alumni are role models, and we are proud of you."

Awards were also given to honor those students and community members who have shown exemplary leadership at PSU and in the community.

The Carol Perkins Community Action Award, named for Carol Perkins, owner of Longview Farm in Plymouth and treasurer for Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)-N.H., was given to the Reverend Paolo França, pastor of the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, for being a visible role model for LGBTQ youth and for standing up for justice for the LGBTQ community.

The Outstanding Campus Ally Award was given to Deborah Grotheer of Plymouth, in recognition of her active and consistent support of LGBTQ students. Shaun Connors of Lowell, Mass., received the John K. Walsh Scholarship, which is awarded to a student who has advocated for LGBTQ rights.

Delilah Smith, former director of the SAGE Center, returned to her alma mater as the keynote speaker, and closed with a few words of advice for the graduates as they begin their lives outside of PSU. "Seek out people who accept you for who you are, be persistent—view hurdles as challenges that make you stronger, take pride in yourself and most importantly, have fun out there!"

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 May 2015 07:21

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