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Local water quality activist receives Spirit of NH Volunteer Service Award

NEW HAMPTON — Janan Hays, who has devoted considerable time to water quality issues in the Meredith, New Hampton and Center Harbor area, has been honored by the State of NH with a Spirit of NH Volunteer Service award.

The announcement of Hays' selection was made by Deb Corr and Dave Reilly, cochairmen of the Waukewan and Winona Watershed Protective Association.

The Spirit of New Hampshire Volunteer Service award is given annually by Volunteer NH in collaboration with the Office of the Governor. Spirit of NH awards honor outstanding contributions to volunteerism in New Hampshire that strengthen communities and improve the lives of citizens of NH.

Hays, the vice chairman of the Waukewan and Winona Watershed Protective Association, was recognized for her exemplary contributions to volunteerism and to the betterment of life in NH for her work in environmental protection and education and the numerous environmental projects she has undertaken over the past few decades. A sampling of her environmental endeavors includes spearheading, conducting and often funding environmental protection and education projects in cooperation with local and state government and agencies.

She began and continues a NHDES VLAP program for Snake River, served on a board where she worked to stop development along Snake River, helped bring a lake host program to Waukewan and continues as a volunteer lake host, developed a weed watcher program with NHDES for Waukewan, and conducts annual training sessions which she expanded to include other water bodies in the Waukewan/Winona watershed; has been an active LPC volunteer since the mid 1980s.

"It takes tremendous energy and dedication to be an environmental steward of Janan's caliber," according to Ms. Corr. "Janan has dedicated her life to the often difficult and contentious work of protecting the environment for current and future generations. We consider ourselves very lucky to have her participation in our organization" said Dave Reilly.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 15 December 2014 10:22

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Dog obedience classes beginning in January in Laconia

LACONIA -- The next dog obedience class offered by the Laconia Parks and Recreation Department, will begin Jan. 7, and run through Feb. 11.

Classes will take place every Wednesday at the Laconia Community Center, 306 Union Av. Beginner classes will be held from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., and advanced classes from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.  The cost will be $70 for the six weeks.

Dogs must have all of their shots before joining our class. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required.

Those with questions about the classes or who wish to register can go to the Laconia Parks & Recreation Department's office at the Community Center at 306 Union Ave., or call 524-5046.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 December 2014 10:17

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Sant Bani to stage Brecht’s ‘Caucasian Chalk Circle’

SANBORNTON — The Caucasian Chalk Circle, by Bertolt Brecht, takes place "in olden times, in bloody times," the Narrator (sophomore Brennan Macaig) tells us—times not so different from when Brecht wrote it after years of exile from his native Germany at the close of World War II.

Grusha, a naïve servant girl (senior Sophia Gilberto) risks everything to protect a child abandoned in the chaos of civil war. After order is restored, Grusha faces a legal contest with the child's biological mother (senior Marin Smith) over who best deserves to keep him. Azdak, the most unlikely and unruly of judges (one of Brecht's wildest creations, here also played by Brennan Macaig), calls on the ancient tradition of the chalk circle to decide the child's fate. Thanks to Azdak, natural justice wins in the end; Grusha gets to keep the child and is free to marry the man she loves, the honest soldier Simon (senior Colin Tripp).

With a cast of seventeen actors in grades five through twelve playing some fifty roles, The Chalk Circle is complex and challenging in scope. Director Craig Jaster writes, "One of the first plays I ever directed at Sant Bani School was Brecht's The Threepenny Opera. When I chose The Chalk Circle, I knew it would be a stretch for all of us. However, I feel fortunate to have this opportunity to work with so many of our wonderful students on a project so rich and compelling. I hope everyone in the community comes out to see this thought-provoking (and at times wickedly funny) play and support the efforts of the cast and crew."

The Caucasian Chalk Circle, by Bertolt Brecht, is directed by Performing Arts Department Head Craig Jaster. Performances are at 7 pm, December 18, 19 & 20. Parents are advised that it is not a children's play and some moments in the play might be frightening to young children. Admission is $5/ ($2 students and senior citizens). For advance reservations or more information call the school at 934-4240.

Sant Bani School, founded in 1973, is now an independent K-8 day school in Sanbornton. Students gain self-confidence and a passion for learning through an integrated program of academics, creative arts, athletics and service to others. For more information, visit santbani.org; schedule a tour; or join us on Wednesday, December 17 at 9 am for an in-school Open House.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 December 2014 10:10

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Today is last day to apply for St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Angel program

LACONIA — Today is the last day of the St. Vincent de Paul Children's Foundation Christmas Angel Program, located at 1269 Union Avenue, in Laconia. Applications will be taken and packages will be handed out from 4:30 to 7 pm.

This program is available to families with children ages birth to 18 years old. An outfit of clothing, socks, and underwear/diapers will be given for each child. Any additional items in the package are through the generosity of anonymous donors. The Children's Foundation concentrates on providing children with necessities – clothing, socks, underwear, diapers and personal hygiene items.

Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation to support the Children's Foundation may stop by the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, at 1269 Union Avenue, Laconia (next to McDonald's) or by mail to SVDP Children's Foundation, PO Box 6123, Laconia, NH 03247.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 December 2014 10:07

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