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Shaker community in midst of 3-days devoted to determining 'vision'

BELMONT — A three-day event being facilitated here by education author Bea McGarvey started yesterday afternoon with an introduction to the parents, students, teachers, school board members, administrators and community members from N.H. Commissioner of Education Virgina Berry.

According to McGarvey, the author of "Inevitable: Mass Customized Learning" is in Belmont to help facilitate developing the vision the Shaker Regional School District has for the future.

Pointing to the individual artworks on each table she noted that "all kids have stuff like that in them, but a good teacher really draws them out."

McGarvey said the participants will be doing the work. She is only there as a facilitator.

"They'll come up with a mission that defines their core values that included measurable outcomes for the students, " she said.

The visioning sessions have been planned for months and will continue through today at the Belmont High School.


CUTLINE: Shaker Regional School Board Vice Chair Bob Reed, Belmont High School senior Jen Hamilton, and McGarvey sit at a table decorated by students with paper sneakers, Behind them stand Maria Dreyer and N.H Education Commissioner Virginia Berry. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 June 2015 01:39

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Winni Sailing School receives donation of classic Alberg 30

GILFORD — The sailing school operated by Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association LWSA) has weighed anchor for its 27th season with the anonymous donation of a classic 30-foot sailboat.

Since 1988 the association has introduced thousands of children and adolescents to the thrill of sailing thanks to the generosity of those who have not only donated money but also sailboats and motorboats, which are either added to the LWSA's fleet or sold to fund its programs.

Generally the association receives smaller boats, which though usually seaworthy need repair. But, this most recent gift is special. The Alberg 30 is counted among the most famous and popular designs of Carl Alberg, the celebrated Swedish born yacht designer. Built by the Whitby Boatworks of Whitby, Ontario, the sloop had a record breaking production run of 750 boats between 1962 and 1984 and quickly earned a reputation as a spirited class racer and hardy ocean cruiser.

The donated boat was owned by the same family for the last 33 years and, after spending most of its life on the ocean has plied the waters of Lake Winnipesaukee for the past decade. It is fully equipped with everything its owner left on board, including binoculars, flashlights and even magazines. The boat is ready to launch and sail.

Al Posnack, a director of the LWSA, said the boar will be sold to support the sailing school and provide scholarships to aspiring sailors. Anyone interested in purchasing the Alberg 30 or donating a boat of their own should e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ,

Anthony Sperazzo said the sailing school will begin its eight week season on Monday, June 22 with one-week classes for eight to 10 year olds and two-week classes for 11 to 16 year olds. There will also be half-day programs for seven year olds.

The school sails a fleet of 28 boats — eighteen 8-foot Optimists for the youngest sailors, eight 13-foot, nine inch Collegiate 420s, crewed by pairs, for older sailors and two Sonars for adults. Sperazzo said 85 percent of each day is spent on the water.

It's amazing to watch a seven or eight year old get into a boat and sail away independently," said Sperazzo, who will be the next principal of Gilford High School, "Sailing teaches self-reliance and self confidence. It's about problem solving, teamwork, communication, concentration, responsibility and sportsmanship." He said that the youngest sailors spend their time in Smith Cove, but for the others the lake is their oyster.

The instructors, both certified and junior, consist of high school and college students who have completed the program themselves. They work as a team, setting goals for the season and for themselves. "They're all enthusiastic sailors who enjoy seeing students take the experience of sailing for their own," Sperazzo said.

For more information visit the website at lwsa.org or call (603) 589-1177.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 June 2015 12:54

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Only 1 motorcycle accident so far

LACONIA — Law enforcement officials say that things have been running smoothly during the 92nd anniversary Laconia Bike Week as it heads into its final few days.
''There have been no significant incidents'' Laconia Police Department Sgt, Gary Hubbard told the news media at a Laconia Motorcycle Week Association press conference held Thursday morning at the Naswa Resort..
Hubbard said that if the weather remains good that a significant number of day tripper bike riders are expected to arrive over the weekend.
''If it's a good day Saturday we expect bike riders from all over New England will be showing up.''
Laconia Fire Chef Ken Erickson said that his department responded to the first accident of the week involving a motorcyclist on Wednesday and said only minor injuries were reported.
''People are driving safely,'' he said, praising the safe riding habits being displayed by bikers this week.
Laconia Motorcycle Week executive director Charlie St. Clair, said that he had received a call Wednesday evening from a man from Chicago who told him that he would be starting his drive to Laconia Thursday morning. He also said that he had heard from a group of motorcyclists from New York City who said that 13 of the club members would be riding into Laconia Thursday.
He said that a large group of 600 to 700 veterans were expected to take part in Thursday evening's Freedom Ride to the POW/MIA vigil in Meredith.
He said that the 11th annual City of Laconia Bike Show will be held Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Opechee Park, where a swap meet will also be held.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 June 2015 12:41

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GMS trout project benefits GEEF

GILFORD — In an unusual and generous move, student recipients of a Gilford Education Endowment Fund (GEEF) fisheries grant have returned money made from their project back to the fund.

One of the recent awards, usually made near the end of the school year for projects in the next academic year, was called "Trout in the Classroom". The GEEF grant provided $1,800 to 8th grade social studies teacher Rob Meyers and 8th grade science teacher Nancy Allen with which they bought two fish tanks that were stocked with trout by the N.H. Department of Fish and Game.

Once the trout were about an inch long, the students released them into Gunstock Brook as part of the state trout stocking program.

What was a little different about this grant, said Derek Tomlinson, the chair of the GEEF board that determines the awards, was the students created business plans to pay for the trout program.

"For these kids to put together a business plan for each of these classrooms was an amazing thing," said Tomlinson.

He said they baked trout-shaped dog biscuits, created art projects including clay bowls and sold these and other items at various school functions. All totaled, the students raised $250 and chose to return it to GEEF for reinvestment in future projects.

Tomlinson said that typically GEEF, which was founded about five years ago, funds about five projects a year that cannot be included in the annual school district budget.

"This year we funded three robotics programs — one for each school," said Tomlinson. He said the program has funded solar cars at Gilford Elementary School and co-funded a 3-D color printed along with the school district.

Tomlinson said at the beginning of GEEF many laptops were purchased and distributed to various schools for various projects, but now the program has shifted to funding very technology-driven and specialized projects that cannot be realistically incorporated into the district budget.

For more information about GEEF or to make a donation, please contact Superintendent Kent Hemingway at 527-9215 for instructions.

CUTLINE: (Trout) Derek Tomlinson accepts a check from three former eighth graders and now freshman in high school. From left to right is Tomlinson, Laurel Normandin, Nicole Berube, and Josey Curley. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)

Last Updated on Friday, 19 June 2015 12:37

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