National Dump the Pump day

LACONIA — On June 18 Winnipesaukee Transit System (WTS) will join with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the 10th annual National Dump the Pump Day. Free transportation will be available to interested riders.

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2015 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transit instead of driving a car. This event emphasizes that public transit is both convenient and helps commuters keep more dollars in their wallet. According to the April APTA Transit Savings Report, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $9,394 annually by downsizing to one car.

For additional information contact the Winnipesaukee Transit System (603) 225-1989



Outdoors-Woman workshop on rifles and shotguns

HOLDERNESS — Women interested in learning more about firearms can sign up for a Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop called "Introduction to Rifle and Shotgun" on Saturday, July 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Owl Brook Hunter Education Center. 

The one-day course covers the basics about rifles and shotguns, including action types, safe handling, correct ammunition, proper maintenance and storage. Participants will also get a hands-on shooting opportunity. Cost for the workshop is $55, which includes equipment and lunch. The course will be held, rain or shine.

To register, go to and download a print-and-mail application. Registrations are accepted by mail only; no walk-ins. New Hampshire's Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program is co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department ( and the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation (

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On Saturday, May 23rd, Tilton School alumni traveled from far and near to gather in front of Knowles Lobby for a tree planting ceremony prior to the school's 170th Commencement Exercises. The new trees were part of a Class Gift initiative and noted by Associate Director of Engagement and Events Jenn Persio '09 as coming from, "a fundraising campaign led by the senior class representatives to create a gift in the class's name as well as to begin a tradition of giving back to Tilton School through our Annual Fund." The two sugar maple trees, donated by Belknap Landscape Company of Gilford, were planted on campus recently as alumni from the classes of 2013 and 2014 recreated a 120 year old photo showing the original tree planting by the class of 1893. In the present day photo are alumni from the classes 2013 and 2014 as well as Belknap Landscape Company representatives Randy Wood, Mark Smith, and Clark Gareau. BLC is a local, family owned company, m that considers supporting such projects as part of its overall mission to be an integral and contributing member of the communities it works in. (Courtesy photo)

PSU presents 2015 Disinguished Operating Staff award

PLYMOUTH — Kelsey Donnelly, a Plymouth State University administrative assistant known for her kindness and problem-solving skills, has been named the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Operating Staff (OS) award.

Donnelly has worked in PSU's Office of Educator Preparation for nearly 10 years. The Office of Educator Preparation serves undergraduate and graduate students to meet program requirements, prepare and complete teaching internships and become eligible for New Hampshire certification.

PSU President Sara Jayne Steen said Donnelly has earned a reputation as an exemplary employee. "Kelsey is well-liked and respected because she is very good at her job and treats everyone with so much concern and kindness," said Steen. "She is knowledgeable, competent and unflappable. People talk about how reliable and helpful she is."

"I am surprised and honored," Donnelly said. "This is an amazing place to work. It is so welcoming and I really love it here. PSU is my second home."

The award criteria include exemplifying the spirit and values of the institution, being dedicated to providing a learning environment that supports development of the mind, body and spirit, being actively active involved in University activities and engaged in service to the wider community. Currently, there are nearly 160 OS employees at PSU.

The OS Speaker, Kathy Peverly, noted Donnelly was chosen by a seven-member panel of faculty, staff, community members and students who were impressed with her enthusiastic dedication to her office, PSU and the greater community.

"This decision was a difficult one as all our nominees were truly deserving," said Peverly. "Kelsey, however, stood out among her peers because of the extra effort and support she gave to her department this year."

Donnelly earned a bachelor's degree in communications studies in 2014 from PSU and currently is pursuing a master's degree in human relations. A Campton native and Plymouth Regional High School graduate, she lives in Holderness with her husband, Adam, and their daughters, Kelina and Gwen.