LACONIA — The 9th Annual Peter Makris Memorial Run raised more than $38,000 for charity.
Led by a 2015 custom-designed Lamborghini and Ferrari and a NH State Police escort, followed by a group of eye-popping custom choppers and a host of approximately 200 Indian, Victory, Harley Davidson and other bike brands, the 60-mile ride around Lake Winnipesaukee was the kickoff event for the 92nd anniversary Laconia Motorcycle Week.
As the owner of The NASWA Resort, with his wife, Hope, Makris started the Laconia Fire Department Lifesaving Fund, which is one of the beneficiaries of the run. In addition, the Peter Makris Memorial Run beneficiaries include the Easter Seals NH Veterans Count program, which provides assistance to active duty military, veterans and their families; and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and other local charities
"My father was very generous and cared about the community and instilled the need to 'give back' in all of us," says Cynthia Makris, who took over the management of the resort after her father died. "He loved excitement, and he would have been very proud of this ride. It was one of our best in nine years."
Since its inception the event has raised over $300,000 for support of charities.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 June 2015 09:21
LACONIA — GOT LUNCH! Laconia (GLL) is excited to announce the continuation of our partnership with Irwin Marine with their donation of a 2015 Yamaha V1 Sport WaveRunner and trailer for GOT LUNCH! Laconia's summer fundraiser raffle. GOT LUNCH! Laconia is planning to deliver a week's worth of healthy lunches to over 650 children this summer. Irwin Marine once again is demonstrating their commitment to our community through this very generous donation of the 2015 Yamaha V1 Sport WaveRunner and trailer valued at $10,147.
Raffle tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25 with 100% of the proceeds going directly to GLL to provide food for the healthy lunch fixings delivered to Laconia's school children during their summer school vacation. Tickets to win this amazing WaveRunner are available at six locations: Irwin Marine, All My Life Jewelers, Tavern 27, Sports & Marine Parafunalia and both locations of Piche's Ski and Sports.
The drawing to identify the lucky winner will be August 3 at 8:30 a.m. at the GOT LUNCH! Laconia distribution center located at The Congregational Church of Laconia, so there will be plenty of time to enjoy summer fun on the water. Give yourself a chance to be the winner of this great watercraft and help feed a child this summer. GOT LUNCH! Laconia attributes much of the success for this summer lunch program to amazing community partnerships like we have with Irwin Marine. Thank you Bill Irwin and your team, for your ongoing commitment to help feed the children of Laconia. GOT LUNCH! Laconia Advisory Board
Last Updated on Friday, 19 June 2015 09:17
PLYMOUTH – Plymouth State University alumni, students and faculty were well-represented at the 2015 New Hampshire Excellence in Education Awards, known as the "ED"ies, which recognize New Hampshire schools and individuals who meet high standards of excellence in education.
This year's event, the 22nd annual celebration, held on June 6, featured 11 award recipients with ties to Plymouth State. PSU President Sara Jayne Steen noted that recipients with connections to PSU represented more than a quarter of all the awardees.
"Plymouth State has been recognized for educational innovation," Steen said, "and it is a joy to see PSU students and alumni continue that tradition of excellence, inspiring their students and colleagues."
PSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Julie Bernier was one of the presenters at the "ED"ies.
"This was the ninth 'ED'ies ceremony I've attended," Bernier said. "Each year I am astonished by the number of recipients who are PSU students or alumni, or faculty who are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the field of education. It's always a proud day for PSU at the 'ED'ies."
Recipients with PSU connections were:
• Rose Colby received the Dennise Maslakowski Education Award. The award was created in 2008 in memory of the late Dennise Maslakowski, PSU's former associate vice president for the College of Graduate Studies. The award exemplifies extraordinary educational leadership in the state of New Hampshire. Colby is currently a teaching lecturer in the Educational Leadership Program at PSU and a nationally recognized educational consultant.
• Jerome Frew '75 received the Superintendent of the Year Award. Frew has served as superintendent in the Kearsarge Regional School District for seven years. The award recognizes a superintendent in recognition of his/her exceptional educational leadership and outstanding dedication to the service of children in their community and the state.
• Heidi Pauer received the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation's Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical Award. Former Gov. John H. Sununu established this award in 1986 to recognize and to inspire outstanding New Hampshire teachers. Pauer is working toward her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership with a concentration in arts, learning and leadership, and is a teacher at Bow High School.
• Michael Trojano '75 received the Alexander Blastos Distinguished Service Award from the New Hampshire Association of School Business Officials. The award is given to business administrators who promote the highest standards of school business management practices, professional growth and effective use of educational resources. Trojano is the business administrator of the Sunapee School District.
• Stephen Bartlett '89G was named the School Business Administrator of the Year by the New Hampshire Association of School Business Officials. The award is bestowed upon business administrators who promote the highest standards of school business management practices, professional growth and effective use of educational resources. Bartlett is the business administrator of SAU 43 in Newport.
• Diane Francoeur '10, '12G was named Distinguished Music Educator of the Year by the New Hampshire Music Educators Association. This award is presented to teachers who enrich the lives of students as they master the only universal language. Francoeur is director of bands at Manchester High School West.
• William Carozza received the Susan Janosz Technology Impact Award from the New Hampshire Society of Technology in Education. The award is given to an educator who has taken a leadership role to advocate the use of educational technologies for improving instruction and supported technology within the context of school reform and restructuring. Carozza is working toward a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in educational leadership and is the principal at Harold Martin School in Hopkinton.
• Paul Hoiriis '12G received the Assistant Principal of the Year Award from the New Hampshire Association of School Principals. The award is bestowed upon an assistant principal who works in a school with a commitment to excellence, where programs have been designed to meet the academic and social needs of students and strong ties with school parents and the community have been firmly established. Hoiriis is an assistant principal in the Newfound Area School District and a teaching lecturer at PSU.
• Helen Burnham, a teaching lecturer at PSU, was named the School Librarian of the Year by the New Hampshire School Library Media Association. The award is presented to a member of the school library community in recognition of the contribution made to the library media profession.
• Karyn Misenheimer '95 received the received the Meritorious Achievement Award from the New Hampshire Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. The award is given to a professional who exemplifies exceptional and outstanding contributions to his/her respective discipline. She earned bachelor's degrees in both health education and physical education; she is currently a physical education teacher in Hudson, the director of competition for N.H. Special Olympics and a teaching lecturer at PSU.
• Jennifer Carbonneau '06G received the Reading Teacher of the Year Award from the Granite State Reading Council. Award recipients are master teachers of reading, encouraging reading in a variety of ways using current research to drive instruction and supporting colleagues and students in becoming literacy-rich communities of learners. Carbonneau is an English/language arts teacher at Littleton High School/Daisy Bronson Middle School.
In addition, Ashland Elementary School received the New Hampshire Excellence in Education Award in the middle school category. School principal Shannon Bartlett is a student in PSU's Doctor of Education in Learning, Leadership and Community program.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 June 2015 09:14
LACONIA — Temple B'nai Israel in Laconia will hold its 18th annual Jewish Food Festival on Sunday, July 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the synagogue grounds, 210 Court St.
Over the years the festival has attracted people from all over New Hampshire and beyond to enjoy the memories of the tastes and smells from the kitchens of Jewish mothers and Bubbes (grandmothers) through the ages ... from traditional Jewish cooking to delicatessen delights to desserts and more.
Organizers promise the festival will offer a huge array of authentic textures and tastes with homemade cheese blintzes, kugels, knishes (meat and potato), latkes (potato pancakes), sandwiches filled with choice of pastrami, brisket, corned beef or tongue, stuffed cabbage, herring salad, chopped liver, matzo ball soup, strudel, rugelach, and more.
Under the leadership of Sue Needleman, the temple's cooking crew of women and men have been gathering over a four-month period before Festival Day for planning and recipe selection as well as participating in dozens of cooking and baking sessions in the Temple kitchen.
"We have made hundreds of servings of most items and purchased nearly 300 pounds of your favorite meats, but everything goes quickly. Don't be late and risk having your favorite item sold out," says Needleman.
At the festival itself, there will be a speedier check-out process to improve the flow of attendees as well as additional tables and chairs.
In addition to the food, there will be Nearly New Boutique on the front lawn as well as new Judaica items on sale inside.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 June 2015 08:37
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