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PSU employees honored at 17th annual Celebration of Early Childhood Professionals

PLYMOUTH — New Hampshire's Child Development Bureau of the NH Department of Health and Human Services recently recognized two Plymouth State University employees, Patricia Cantor and Stephen Barba, for their support of childhood education at the 17th annual Celebration of Early Childhood and Afterschool Professionals.

Cantor was honored with her third Mary Stuart Gile Award for her work on the NH Early Learning Standards Task Force. Cantor, who has taught at PSU for more than 20 years, is a professor of early childhood studies and chair of the early childhood studies department. She is actively engaged in early childhood advocacy efforts with her work to increase access and quality in early care and to provide support for early childhood workers through professional development.

The Mary Stuart Gile award recognizes early childhood professionals who engage in collaborative work to move the field forward and encourage the next generation of early childhood professionals.

"Mary Stuart Gile has long been a strong voice for children and an advocate for early childhood in her work as an educator and a NH state legislator," Cantor said. "As a faculty member in early childhood, I am committed to working on initiatives that support and encourage the next generation of early childhood professionals and have positive benefits for young children and their families. It's especially rewarding to receive an award named for her."

Barba, PSU's executive director of university relations, received the Early Learning NH Champions award. As a longtime resident of Dixville Notch and an influential business leader, Barba is a member of the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund Donor Advised Committee at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. In that role, he has been a consistent advocate for investing millions of dollars in early childhood projects and programs in Coös County.

"Studies find that well-focused investments in early childhood development yield high public as well as private returns," Barba noted.

New Hampshire is the only state in the country that holds an event annually to recognize educators and professionals working in childcare and afterschool programs.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 07:49

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Grafton Economic Development Council names new chief executive officer

PLYMOUTH — The Grafton County Economic Development Council (GCEDC) names Chris Wellington as Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, Wellington will be responsible for the overall strategic direction of the organization, including the management of all loans, workforce programs, and oversight of two business incubators, the Dartmouth Regional Technology Center and the Enterprise Center at Plymouth.

GCEDC is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1997 and is one of ten recognized Regional Development Corporations in New Hampshire. GCEDC partners with municipalities and businesses throughout Grafton County to promote and support economic development projects and has several loan programs available to businesses to help retain and create jobs in the area.

"This is a very exciting time to be joining GCEDC and I look forward to working with the board of directors, county officials, business and community leaders and our many partners to move Grafton County forward", stated GCEDC CEO, Chris Wellington. One of Wellington's first priorities will be to finalize a strategic plan which will identity the major issues facing Grafton County, such as workforce development and broadband accessibility. "GCEDC is well positioned to take a leading role in the county to help identify and address the major issues impacting our region and we believe Chris's background in community planning and economic development at the local and state levels will be a strong asset for the organization and help take GCEDC to the next level" stated Mark LaClair, GCEDC Board Chair.

Wellington replaces Mark Scarano, who was appointed to co-chair the Northern Borders Regional Commission, a federal regional economic development organization that serves more than 30 counties in northern New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. Wellington began his new post on April 13.

Before joining GCEDC, Wellington worked for the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development as a Business Resource Specialist and the City of Manchester's Economic Development Office, where he led the city's business recruitment and marketing efforts. Chris received a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of New Hampshire. In 2014, the New Hampshire Union Leader recognized Wellington as a '40 Under Forty' award winner and in October, he received the Young Professional of the Year Award from the Manchester Young Professionals Network.

For more information on the Grafton County Economic Development Council please visit www.graftoncountyedc.org.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 05:56

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Home orchard care workshop on May 16

CANTERBURY — On May 16 Canterbury Shaker Village will offer "Home Orchard Care" with nationally recognized organic orchardist, Michael Phillips from 10:00-3:00 pm. The cost to attend the workshop is $60 for Canterbury Shaker Village Members and $75 for Non-Members. Preregistration is required.

"Home Orchard Care" is filled with practical information for growing tree fruits right. Successfully growing fruit for your family becomes straightforward when you narrow the big picture down to getting the basics right. Fungal disease becomes manageable with wise variety choices and enhanced soil biology. Major insect challenges can be resolved safely when you perceive who, what, and when. All sorts of fruits—from apples and pears to peaches and cherries and onward to berries—make for a diverse home orchard planting. Confidence to integrate tree fruits into your landscape begins with embracing biodiversity and knowing how to build system health. Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch. Canterbury Shaker Village will have water and hot beverages available.

Instructor Michael Phillips is known across the country for helping people grow healthy fruit. The "community orchard movement" that he helped found at www.GrowOrganicApples.com provides a full immersion into the holistic approach to orcharding. His Lost Nation Orchard is part of a medicinal herb farm in northern New Hampshire. Michael's newest book, The Holistic Orchard: Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way, recently received Garden Book of the Year honors from the American Horticultural Society.

For more information on this and other Shaker-inspired workshops offered at Canterbury Shaker Village, visit www.shakers.org.

Canterbury Shaker Village is dedicated to preserving the 200-year Shaker legacy of entrepreneurship, innovative design and simple living by providing a place for learning, reflection, and renewal of the human spirit. Visitors are encouraged to rethink tradition by learning about the life, ideals, values, and history of the Canterbury Shakers.

The National Historic Landmark includes 25 restored original and four reconstructed Shaker buildings, and 694 acres of forests, fields, gardens, nature trails, and mill ponds under permanent conservation easement. The Village cafe offers simple lunch fare and the Museum Store features unique gifts and wares handmade by regional artists. The Village is part of the Experience New Hampshire Heritage: The Portsmouth to Plymouth Museum Trail (www.nhmuseumtrail.org). Canterbury Shaker Village, located at 288 Shaker Road in Canterbury, New Hampshire, is open daily in 2015 from May 16-October 24 and weekends in November. For more information, visit www.shakers.org.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 May 2015 10:03

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Spend 2nd Saturdays with Friends of the Pemi

PLYMOUTH —  Members of the "Friends of the Pemi" -- Livermore Falls Chapter -- have been busy planning an active summer season of events to be held at the Livermore Falls/Holderness Beach side of the Pemigewasset River.

In collaboration with the State of New Hampshire through the Parks and Recreation Department of DRED, the Friends are happy to announce the Second Saturday Program. On each second Saturday, from May through September, the Friends invite the public to visit Livermore Falls at 10:00 am for a series of presentations about the recreation, history, and environment and to hear about future plans for our newest State Park at Livermore Falls.

Mark your calendars so you can join us for the following special events this summer:

▪ Saturday, May 9th --- Clean-up Day at 10:00 am: Bring your work gloves and join the members of the Environment Committee of the Friends as they host a major clean-up of the Holderness Beach led by Friends member and Chair of the Holderness Conservation Commission, Larry Spencer. Following the clean-up, the Plymouth Rotary Club will host a burger lunch to reward workers. On the same day at 10:00 am, the Friends will hold greeter training for those who volunteer later in the summer to staff both sides of the river with the goal of creating a docent-like presence at Livermore Falls.

▪ Saturday, June 13th -- Water Safety Demonstration Day at 10:00 am: River rescue teams will demonstrate water safety on the Pemigewasset and explain the potential hazards of recreation on the river. The goal is to provide information that will lead to a safe and healthy summer of river access as families enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, rafting, and paddle boarding on the Pemi.

▪ Saturday, July 11th – Livermore Falls History Day at 10:00 am: The Historical Committee of the Friends will offer a presentation about the history of Livermore Falls, identifying the various uses of the river over time while pointing out the location of past building landmarks. The talk will include a discussion of the impact of Livermore Falls on the surrounding communities, both then and now.

▪ Saturday, August 8th – Environmental Awareness Day at 10:00 am: The Environmental Committee of the Friends will educate visitors about the unique aspects of the area around the river and discuss water quality and the steps that need to be taken to ensure the river is maintained in its current natural, pristine condition.

▪ Saturday, September 12th – 2015 Summer Season Celebration at 10:00 am: Join the Friends at the Holderness Beach for a river paddle on tubes, kayaks, paddle boards or canoes; travel down the river to our destination, the Plymouth Amphitheater on Green Street, for a barbeque with entertainment hosted by the Plymouth Rotary Club.

Those planning to visit Livermore Falls this summer are asked to save some time to speak with volunteers of the Friends who will be there to greet guests as they arrive. The Friends hope to chat with visitors to convey facts about the Pemi/Livermore Falls area. Their conversations will serve to underscore the importance of the unique partnership between the Friends of the Pemi and the State Parks Department as they collaborate to develop this new State Park gem.

For more information about the "Friends of the Pemi" – Livermore Falls Chapter, like us on Facebook, or contact a member of the Plymouth Rotary Club which serves as its fiscal agent.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 May 2015 10:01

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