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Beyond the Belt and Fusion Kick in the New Year

LACONIA —  Sensei Carl Young and Coach Jenn Maloney of Beyond the Belt Martial Arts Center helped Fusion members kick in the New Year with a hybrid 'Boot Camp' session in January.

The session was free to Fusion members who each donated $5 towards the Gilford Got Lunch program. Fusion and
Beyond the Belt were able to donate $100 towards the program, which was presented in February.

Beyond the Belt is a family focused martial arts center with programs for children and adults. The children's program teaches martial arts techniques and also life skills, self-defense and character development. Adult programs include mixed martial arts and the 'Boot Camp', which is an aerobic kickboxing program.

Gilford Got Lunch provides nutritious lunches to school aged children in the Gilford School District who might normally go hungry during the school summer vacation. Of the approximately 300 students within the District, 26% qualify for reduced or free lunches which are not available in the summer months.

"We had so much fun coordinating this event with Carl," says Jaimie Sousa, Fusion President. "He is truly passionate about providing martial arts values to local children. It was great to see those classes in action, and then experience a sampling of the offerings for adults. On top of the great things Beyond the Belt is doing for the kids of our community, they always give back to Gilford Got Lunch, so we were happy to follow that lead with the donations from this event."

Fusion is located in Laconia (PO Box 6503, Laconia, NH 03247). For more information about what Fusion can do to support your business or organization, and how to get involved, contact us via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Beyond the Belt is also located in Laconia. For more information, visit their website at www.btbmartialarts.com. Additional information for Gilford Got Lunch is available at www.gilfordgotlunch.com.


Last Updated on Thursday, 19 March 2015 07:17

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'True Crime' authors flynn, lavoie at laconia library next thursday

LACONIA — The Laconia Public Library will host an evening with true crime authors Kevin Flynn and Rebecca Lavoie on Thursday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Laconia Rotary Hall

The authors will talk about the stories behind their books, writing together as a couple and why "true crime" is
becoming the fastest growing genre.
Flynn and Lavoie are co-authors of three true crime books: Our Little Secret: The True Story of a Teenage Killer and the Silence of a Small New England Town, Legally Dead: A Father and Son Bound by Murder and Notes on a Killing: Love, Lies, and Murder in a Small New Hampshire Town. Flynn is also the author of Wicked Intentions: A Remote Farmhouse, a Beautiful Temptress, and the Lovers She Murdered.



Kevin Flynn and Rebecca Lavoie. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 March 2015 07:09

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Plymouth State hosting juried student art exhibition

 PLYMOUTH — The Karl Drerup Art Gallery and Exhibitions Program at Plymouth State University will present the 2015 Juried Student Exhibition March 24–April 11 in the gallery, with a reception from 4–6 p.m. Tuesday, March 24.

The Juried Student Exhibition showcases selected works in all media by students from across the campus. Students from first year through senior in all art disciplines share the outcomes of their progress in education and refinement in art making in this show. A fifth level, one of completely independent works, reflects the department's tradition of encouraging and nurturing independent, self-directed creativity, according to Gallery Director Cynthia Robinson.

Students may submit up to three pieces of exhibition-ready art made within the last year. A maximum of 15 pieces will be accepted for each level in the exhibition, and awards will be made for "Best in Level" works and one for overall "Best in Show."

Robinson says, "The format for this exhibition is unusual in that art work in each level is judged in relation only to other students' submissions within that level, so the resulting show offers insights into the students' experience from beginner level to the most advanced work."

Jurors for the 2015 exhibition are Sarah Chaffee and Deborah Mahar. Chaffee has been gallery director at McGowan Fine Art in Concord since 1997 and a partner in the business since 2000. She earned a bachelor's degree in art and a master of education at the University of New Hampshire, and has worked for several craftspeople in New Hampshire and New Mexico.

Deborah Mahar is a visual artist and certified art educator with a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Massachusetts and a master of education from Antioch New England University. She teaches art at Parker Academy, a private day school for middle and high school students, and has held adjunct faculty positions at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and Plymouth State University.

Karl Drerup Art Gallery hours are Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. and Saturday 1–4 p.m. The gallery is closed Sundays and Plymouth State holidays.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 March 2015 07:05

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Camp Resilience concludes third veterans' visit

LACONIA — Camp Resilience, the operational arm of The Patriot Resilient Leader Institute (PRLI), has concluded its third successful camp with a visit by eight veterans ranging in age from 35 to 74. All were from New Hampshire and were referred by the VA and the Harbor Homes Veterans FIRST Program.

The group received life skills training as well as recreational programs to include skiing and snowshoeing. "This visit was very well received by the vets and their feedback comments reflect that" said combat helicopter veteran and PRLI Board Member John O'Brien. "We are indebted to those individuals, civic clubs, organizations and businesses that donated cash, goods and services to make this visit possible. Without this outpouring of community support we could not offer this very worthwhile program for our veterans" O'Brien added.

He singled out the Schuster Family, owners of the Gunstock Inn, for providing reduced rate lodging and meals for the veterans. He also mentioned the entertainment, arranged by Les Schuster of the Gunstock Inn, the band "3-D" a local guitar trio which played an impromptu free folk and soft rock music concert for the Vets. O'Brientha the Laconia Elks Lodge which donated the use of their kitchen and dining area for the Vets session on nutrition and cooking. The Elks also made a cash donation for future camps.

At the final meeting of the group, Kurt Webber, founder of the PRLI handed out a feedback form developed for Camp Resilience participants by Plymouth State University. Some of the comments included the following: "Excellent program in every way. I wish this was available when I returned from Vietnam". "The four days were a total plus in my life". "Skiing lowered my anxiety and depression. I can't speak highly enough how much you have helped me. Yoga ? – I loved it". "I felt motivated, happy and relaxed. I haven't felt like this in a long time".

The all-volunteer board of the PRLI is already fundraising to offset costs for the next visiting veterans' camp. Anyone who wishes to make a tax deductible donation to the PRLI and Camp Resilience may do so by visiting the website at www.prli.us or individuals may simply mail a check made out to "PRLI" to The Patriot Resilient Leader Institute, c/o the Bank of New Hampshire, 62 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH 03246.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 08:08

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