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Five-day fundraiser at patrick's pub helps support Belknap Mill

Five-day fundraiser at patrick's pub helps support Belknap MillGILFORD — With springtime on the minds of New Hampshire residents and visitors, 'Spring Into Action' will be sponsored at Patrick's Pub & Eatery in Gilford to support the historic Belknap Mill. Guests who visit for lunch or dinner on Sunday, March 29 through Thursday, April 2 can enjoy the opportunity to have 25% of their meal cost donated to the Belknap Mill.

Patrick's General Manager, Megan Page, shared, "Patrick's management and staff are proud of our commitment to support community organizations. As a business member of the Belknap Mill, we are hopeful that many customers will invite their friends, family and business associates to participate in this 'Give Back' event."

Belknap Mill Managing Director, Beth San Soucie, added, "When you visit Patrick's during our Spring Into Action event, be sure you mention the Belknap Mill to insure that your server records the 25% donation from your tab. On behalf of our Board of Directors and members, we want to express our sincere appreciation to Patrick's and to all who participate in this five day fundraiser."

The Belknap Mill, at 25 Beacon Street East, Laconia, is the oldest, unaltered brick textile mill in the country, built in 1823. It has a permanent exhibit that interprets the history of the textile industry in Laconia, and has changing monthly exhibits focusing on the arts and history, as well as educational programs for all ages. For further information on the Mill and its events, visit www.belknapmill.org or call 603-524-8813.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 07:25

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PSU's historic Samuel Read Hall re-opens after renovation

PLYMOUTH — In the spring of 1923 the Normal School in Plymouth opened Samuel Read Hall Dormitory to accommodate a growing student population. Ninety-two years later, Plymouth State University officials rededicated the ivy-covered building with a ceremony marking its transformation to state-of-the-art instructional and office space through a $4 million makeover.

After a 16-month renovation, Samuel Read Hall Building officially re-opened its doors on Friday, March 6. The revamped academic building is now home to the departments of Counselor Education and School Psychology (CESP); and Nursing, which continues to grow in size and popularity. The Center for the Environment and Center for Rural Partnerships are also located in the facility.

"This project represents a truly creative solution to preserving a historical building and making it genuinely work for 21st-century means," says President Sara Jayne Steen. "The building gracefully retains historic features while providing modern classroom and laboratory space. It is now a lively home for talented faculty dedicated to helping talented students grow and succeed."

Gary Goodnough, chair of CESP, also expressed his excitement for the new space and the opportunities it will provide to students and faculty. "We have new space up on the third floor, classroom space, seminar rooms and clinic space for training graduate students and providing support to the University community," says Goodnough. "From a department perspective, we now have a home where our faculty can work together."

The renovation also emphasizes the institution's prioritization of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curricula. "This is the governor's year to focus on STEM and the new Hall Building allows us to do exciting things to expand our capacity in STEM facilities and increase the number of students who will join New Hampshire's workforce. It is part of a strategic plan for the future of Plymouth State University," said Steen.

In line with Plymouth State's commitment to sustainability, the building features environmentally friendly construction efforts, including repurposing materials from the original building, installing energy-efficient windows and LED lighting, and using energy recovery units
to capture heat and cooling energy from the building that preheats or pre-cools the discharged air.

Samuel Read Hall Building's namesake, Samuel Read Hall, was an educator who opened the first school for the instruction of teachers in the United States. He is also often credited as the inventor of the blackboard. PSU's Vice President for Finance and Administration Stephen Taksar commented on the progression of education tools today, saying "I believe he [Hall] would be amazed at our equivalent use of those teaching aids, including SMARTboards, wireless networks and mobile technology, all integrated throughout this renovated building."

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Julie Bernier noted, "This renovation is about moving PSU forward to best serve our students, faculty and staff, in addition to our partners and those businesses who hire PSU graduates."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 07:13

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Mario Catalano, 94

CatalanoMARIO3-24-15LACONIA — Mario Catalano, 94, of 406 Court Street, died Monday, March 23, 2015 at Lakes Region General Hospital.

He was born on December 18, 1920 in Norwood, Mass., the son of the late Pasquale and Rosina (Spinelli) Catalano. Mario served in the US Coast Guard during World War II. He worked as the owner and operator of White's Tavern in East Boston, Mass. for a number of years. Later he worked as a Fireman for General Electric. Mario had a quality many were drawn to and was a man everybody who met him could not help but love. He was a proud East Boston native who loved his Italian heritage. Mario appreciated the small things in life and was known as a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his two sons; Dr. Stephen Catalano and his wife, Margaret Catalano-O'Donnell of Gilford and Dr. Patrick Catalano and his wife Sylvie Hauguel of Cleveland, Ohio, five grandchildren; Gina, Hannah, Hadley, Claudia and Amelia, one great grandchild, Ryan Holbrook and one sister, Josephine Barra and her husband Guy of Canton, Mass. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of over 50 years, Elisa (Stizzo) Catalano in 2004.

Calling hours will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Thursday at noon at St. Andre Bessette Parish - St. Joseph Church, 30 Church Street, Laconia. Burial will be held on Friday, March 27, 2015 at noon in the chapel of St. Anne's Cemetery in Cranston, Rhode Island.

For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to either St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center or Bishop Bradley Senior Living Community, both located at 406 Court Street, Laconia, NH 03246.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 05:02

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Laconia Easter Egg hunt saturday at weirs community park

LACONIA — The Laconia Parks and Recreation Department and the Weirs Community Park are co-sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 28 at 10 a.m. at the Weirs Community Park for children between the ages of 2 and 11.

Parents are urged to bring their children along with a basket to collect the Easter eggs and their cameras or cell phones to take a picture of their children with the Easter Bunny. There will be candy, balloons, clown fun, face painting, coloring and prizes for young people.

There is no admission charge and participants will gather inside the park hall before taking part in the outdoors Easter Egg Hunt. All children must be supervised and should be dressed appropriately for the weather.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 07:08

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