Category Archives: Educational Programs

Holy Rosary Credit Union and Northeast Credit UnionPartner in 8th Annual Spaulding High School CU 4 Reality Fair

June 1, 2017, Rochester, NH – The 8th Annual Spaulding High School (SHS) CU 4 Reality fair was held on Wednesday, May 17th. Holy Rosary Credit Union (HRCU) and Northeast Credit Union (NECU) partnered in sponsoring the event. A number of credit union staff were on hand volunteering and working with the kids. Over 350 SHS and homeschooled students participated in the fair.

The CU 4 Reality program is an event where students are taught basic financial literacy skills like budgeting, saving and planning for unexpected life expenses. Being able to have an opportunity to develop these skills, before students venture into the real world, can be greatly beneficial in leading to success in life.

Students are given the opportunity to meet with various representatives of businesses from the community to discuss real-world monthly expenses for needs like housing and transportation, while also being given spending options for entertainment and other discretionary expenses.  At the program’s completion, each student’s spending is evaluated against the monthly income for their selected occupation and they get a feel for how within budget, or over budget, they may be.

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“The CU 4 Reality program is a fantastic approach to introducing students to real world financial decision-making,” states Tim Collia, Northeast Credit Union President and CEO. “The kids take on the challenge with enthusiasm, and come away with their eyes open to the importance of smart spending habits. We believe the fairs truly have a lasting impact on the students.”

“Between our high school branch and assisting with events like CU 4 Reality, we are very proud to continue helping the education of the youth in our community on financial literacy,” said Brian Hughes, President and CEO of HRCU. “Something we always hear is that “I wish a program like CU 4 Reality existed when I was a student” because it really can be eye-opening to see first-hand what the real cost of living can be. Providing this education early on is a real bonus to students”

Community members from HRCU, NECU, Bernier Insurance, Northeast Planning Associates, NH Banking Department, NH Department of Education, Broadview Animal Hospital, Hannaford, First City Motor Sales, CU Alliance, Delta Management Associates, Hourihane, Cormier & Associates, Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce & SHS Guidance Counselors volunteered as advisors during the event.

Holy Rosary Credit Union (HRCU) is a state-chartered and federally insured community credit union with assets over $250 million and serving over 21,000 members in Rochester, Dover, Farmington and Spaulding High School. For more Information visit www.hrcu.org or call (603) 332-6840.

Northeast Credit Union (NECU) is a state chartered and federally insured community credit union with assets over $1.1 billion in assets and serves over 111,000+ members at branches throughout New Hampshire. For more information visit www.necu.org or call (888) 436-1847.

For more information please contact:
Brian Hughes, HRCU – bhughes@hrcu.org * 603-332-6840
Andrea Pruna, NECU – apruna@necu.org * 603-422-9815

Mount Washington Observatory Announces a Full Line-Up of Summer Educational Opportunities

Press Release by Krissy Fraser, Director of Events & Marketing
kfraser@mountwashington.org | (603) 356-2137, ext. 231

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North Conway, NH – June 1, 2017– The non-profit Mount Washington Observatory has announced a full line-up of summer educational offerings on the summit of Mount Washington and in the valley including overnight Edutrips and workshops.

EduTrips:
Back by popular demand the Observatory will be offering five overnight Edutrips including expert instruction on various topics and the opportunity to stay the night on the summit of Mount Washington with Observatory staff.

Edutrip dates and topics include: July 8-9 and August 12-13 – Life, Work and the Environment Atop Mount Washington; July 15-16 and August 19-20 – Thunderstorms; October 7-8 – Fall Foliage Photography.  Trips will cost $399 to Observatory members and $475 to non-members.

Workshops:
Returning for summer 2017 the Observatory will also offer two popular workshops.

The Star Party Astronomy Workshop: Presented by John Gianforte, Astronomy lecturer for the Physics Department at U.N.H., this will be a fun and educational outing for anyone interested in astronomy from novice to advanced. The Star Party Astronomy workshop will take place on Saturday, August 5 (“Cloud” Date – Sunday, August 6). This will be a two part program starting with an indoor session at the Weather Discovery Center from 2:30 pm-5:30 pm followed by an outdoor session from 7:30 pm-11:00 pm.

The Geology and White Mountains Workshop: Presented by geologist Woody Thompson of the Maine Geological Survey, this will explore the glacial geology of the northern White Mountain region and the history of geological exploration and understanding of the area.

The workshop will begin with an informal classroom presentation and then proceed to sites of geological interest in the northern White Mountains region. Taking place on Saturday, September 9, 2017 (rain date: Sunday, September 10).  The workshop run from 8:30 am-4:30 pm, starting at the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center in North Conway, NH.

Workshop fees are $75 for observatory members and $105 for non-members. The fee includes instruction and all associated materials.

Additional Offerings:
In the summer months the Mount Washington Observatory provides additional educational offerings including a free Science in the Mountains lecture series, summit weather station tours for observatory members and daily “Live from the Rockpile” call-ins to the summit observers from the Weather Discovery Center.

Guests can also explore the world of weather at the Mount Washington Observatory’s two museums – The Weather Discovery Center located in North Conway and Extreme Mount Washington located on the summit of Mount Washington in the Sherman Adams State Park building.

For more information on the Mount Washington Observatory educational programs visit MountWashington.org or call (603) 356-2137, ext. 225.

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About Mount Washington Observatory
Mount Washington Observatory is a private, nonprofit, member-supported institution with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the Earth’s weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been monitoring the elements from its weather station on the summit of Mount Washington, using this unique site for scientific research and educational outreach. For more information, call (800) 706-0432 or visit MountWashington.org.

AMC Highland Happenings May 2017

amc highlandThroughout the month of May, AMC Lodges and Huts Highland Center in Crawford Notch is offering free public weekend and evening events, audio tours, art exhibits, as well as yoga on Sundays for an affordable fee. Guests of all nature interests and experience levels are welcome to experience the outdoors in a variety of educational and exciting ways!

Weekend Programs
Every Saturday and Sunday in May

  • 9:00 am – Notch Hike: 1-3 hours, easy hike, waterfall view
  • 11:00 am – Notch Talk: Topics include outdoor skills, history, natural world
  • 1:00 pm – Notch Nature Walk or Notch Talk
  • 5:00 pm – Social Hour & Trivia
  • 7:30 pm – Featured Evening Program

Featured Evening Programs

  • Saturday, May 6 7:30 PM
    Adventures with a Wildlife Camera

    Featuring Guest Speaker, Author Allison Bell
    Join Allison Bell, author of Field Guide to the New England Alpine Summits shares her photography expertise in this engaging evening program. Learn basics of wildlife camera operation, explore strategies for set-up and location, and discover possibilities for natural history observations.
  • Saturday, May 13 7:30 PM
    The People’s Forest

    The Story of the White Mountain National Forest Featured Film Screening
    This is the dramatic story of how those unlikely allies saved the White Mountains and created over 50 new National Forests and Grasslands in 40 states, totaling more than 20 million acres of public lands.
  • Saturday, May 20 7:30 PM
    History of Crawford Notch

    Featuring Guest Speaker, Historian Bill Moss
    Historian Bill Moss shares stories of the unique characters, landscapes, and events of the amazing history of this unique area.
  • Saturday, May 27 7:30 PM
    Mountains of Stars: Astronomy at Crawford Notch

    Featuring Guest Speaker Dr. Doug Arion
    Doug Arion will give a presentation on the intricate and fascinating connections between life on Earth and the history and phenomena of the Universe around us. You’ll have a chance to view stars through telescopes; or check out our new indoor planetarium!

Partner Presentation

AMC is pleased to co-host the following presentation in partnership with the Jewish Federation of NH: Hiking the Land, featuring Guest Speaker Udi Goren. This program takes place at the Bethlehem Public Library on Tuesday, May 23rd at 7:30 pm at the Bethlehem Public Library. Udi Goren is an Israeli hiker who shares his experiences long distance hiking in Israel.

Audio Tours
Available anytime. Check out any of our 3 audio tours on-site:

  • Washburn Photography Exhibit
  • Cultural and Natural History Tour
  • Stewardship Trail

Yoga On Sundays
Sundays, 7:30 am – 8:30 am

Yoga is free for overnight guests at AMC’s Highland Center. For drop-in guests, there is a $10 fee. Classes are available every Sunday except for Sunday, May 7th, 2017.

Ongoing Art Exhibits
Photography of Bradford Washburn

The AMC’s Highland Center at Crawford Notch is the setting for this ongoing exhibition showcasing the amazing mountain photography of Brad Washburn, including scenery from the White Mountains and around the world. Check out an audio tour of the exhibit at the Front Desk to hear Brad Washburn’s first hand accounts of each photo.

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For more information about these events and AMC Lodges and Huts, visit www.outdoors.org.

2017 Healthcare Scholarships – There’s Still Time to Apply

NORTH CONWAY, NH – Applications are still being accepted through May 12, 2017,  for Memorial Hospital’s annual scholarship fund, including the Memorial Hospital Scholarship; the Memorial Hospital Volunteers Scholarship Program and the Visiting Nurse Home Care and Hospice of Carroll County (VNHCH) Kathleen Sheehan Memorial Award. The hospital’s scholarship awards are designed to support students in our community pursuing careers in health-related fields. The Memorial Hospital Foundation will once again offer a scholarship in honor of Miranda Leavitt for students with diabetes or who are studying healthcare, nutrition or exercise physiology.

The Scholarship program specifically seeks to assist those students within the hospital’s service area (towns served by SAU 9, SAU 13 and MSAD 72) who have already demonstrated the successful completion of part of a higher education degree. Adult learners returning to school, changing careers or seeking additional education are encouraged to apply. Students must be accepted into an accredited course of study in a health-related field on at least a half-time basis, and demonstrate successful completion of some earlier portion of their program of study. Each scholarship has its own criteria and interested students are encouraged to view the application online for specifics.

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Memorial Hospital Volunteers, shown here at their annual luncheon in 2016, fund some of the healthcare scholarships from Memorial Hospital.

The Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Scholarship is funded through the Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund (MLDF), part of the Memorial Hospital Foundation. In honor of the daughter of Brenda and Rich Leavitt after whom Memorial’s diabetes center is named, this scholarship supports the MLDF mission of providing education, outreach and resources for those in our community with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

The criteria for each scholarships to be awarded is as follows:

  • Memorial Hospital Scholarships (up to $4,500) – – The criteria for the Memorial Hospital Scholarship is a high school senior going into a health related field or college student in a health related field. The student must be from SAU 9, SAD 72 or SAU 13.  They can also be a son, daughter or grandson/daughter of an employee. The Memorial Hospital Scholarship also applies to employees who are attending college in a health related field.

  • Kathleen Sheehan Memorial Award (up to $1,000) – Must be currently enrolled in an accredited health related field of study program. Must reside in Carroll County, NH or Western Maine.

  • Memorial Hospital Volunteers Scholarship Program (up to $5,000) – Must be an employee or the relative of an employee of Memorial Hospital who is pursuing health related studies on a full time basis.

  • Memorial Hospital Volunteers Healthcare Studies Scholarship – (up to $1,000) – Must be a Kennett High School graduating senior pursuing healthcare studies.

  • Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Scholarship (up to $1,000) –  Awarded to a student residing in Carroll County, NH or Western Maine who either has type 1 or type 2 diabetes; or who is currently enrolled full time in college and is pursuing studies related to healthcare, nutrition, exercise physiology or health education.

Candidates must submit an application form online no later than May 12th. Only online applications will be considered. Awards are based on scholastic ability, applicable work experience, essay, and demonstrated financial needs.

The online application and more information are available online at Memorial Hospital’s website, www.memorialhospitalnh.org/scholarships.

To learn more about the Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund and the Memorial Hospital Foundation, visit them online or call 603-356-5461 ext.2264.

About Memorial Hospital
Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in North Conway, NH, and is a member of the MaineHealth family. Its hospital services include a 24-hour emergency department, surgery center, clinical laboratory, heart health & wellness programs, family birthing center, sleep center, wound care center, and the Miranda Center for Diabetes. Physician practices include primary care and family medicine, women’s health, orthopedics and sports medicine. The Merriman House, a 45-bed nursing home specializing in Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders, is also located on the hospital campus. Together, our staff and providers are committed to meeting the health needs of the Mt. Washington Valley and surrounding communities by collaborating with community partners in the delivery of accessible, comprehensive, compassionate, and quality health care.

Media Contact: Kathy Bennett
Vice President of Community Relations & Development
603-356-5461 ext. 2198

kbennett@memorialhospitalnh.org

Artist Forum by Tamworth Economic Development Commission with Famous Artist Hai-Ou Hou

haiou2Attend the Artist Forum on Wednesday, May 10th, from 4-5pm at The Preserve At Chocorua with guest speaker Hai-Ou Hou, nationally known artist, as she shares insight on Plein Air Painting. The event, located at 88 Philbrick Neighborhood Road in Tamworth, will be catered by Rosie’s Restaurant.

The Artist Forum, part of The Tamworth Made Festival, is a free event open to the public. The Artist Forum is part of The Tamworth Made Festival.  A 10-day arts festival hosted by the Tamworth Visitors Council and the town of Tamworth, New Hampshire.  This lecture in presented by the Tamworth Economic Development Comission to help educate local artists about the changing landscape of art marketing from a well-established nationally acclaimed artist and Hai-Ou will also share some wonderful ideas on how to enjoy painting Plein air and have fun with it.

For more information, contact Pat Farley at 401-524-6655.

haiouAbout Hai-Ou Hou
Hai-Ou Hou was born in Beijing China. She received a B.A. from the National Academy of Fine Art and Design in Beijing, China. After graduating Hai-Ou Hou taught at Hu Bei Fine Art Institute in Wu Han, China. Following her immigration to the United States, she received her Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Towson State University.

Hai-Ou has received numerous awards and acknowledgments for her landscape, and figurative oil paintings. Also a portrait artist, she designed a unique portrait style called Passport Portraits incorporating documents, seals, and personal memorabilia painted into the portrait to tell that person’s story of their journey to America.

May 4th Eggs & Issues: Health Insurance Policy in NH

The May 4th edition of Eggs & Issues will feature speaker Tyler Brannen, Health Policy Analyst for the New Hampshire Insurance Department in the discussion of the evolving health insurance policy. Brannen will discuss the role of the New Hampshire Insurance Department of the health insurance policy, large changes in health insurance associated with the Affordable Care Act, and how policy options currently being considered may impact the people of New Hampshire.

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Interested guests can attend the discussion on Thursday, May 4th at the Technology Village, located at 53 Technology Lane in Conway. Networking opportunities start at 8:30am and the discussion starts at 9:00am and ends at 10:00am. Suggested donation for the event is $10.

Pre-registration is recommended and appreciated. To register for the event, visit https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ee2wm4t685cf14a7&oseq=&c=&ch= or call 603-447-6622. For more information, visit the Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council’s website at https://mwvec.com/.

 

 

Golf Tournament to Benefit Kennett High School Class of 2017 Project Graduation

The opening tournament of the 2017 Golf Season begins on Thursday, May 11th, at the North Conway Country Club in a 4-person team scramble golf tournament to benefit the Project Graduation of Kennett High School’s Class of 2017. Male, female, and mixed teams are welcome to register for the tournament.

Play for your chance to win the ultimate prize of the event, a 2017 5-door Subaru  by scoring a Hole-In-One on the 13th hole! Registered golfers can compete in contest areas of Men’s and Women’s Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, Top Male Team, Top Female Team, and Top Mixed Team for fabulous prizes and bragging rights. There will be a silent auction and a two raffles at the awards ceremony and luncheon following the tournament at Ledgeview Grille.

Registration fees are $85 for student golfers and $100 for adult golfers. On-site registration begins at 8:00am on the day of the event, with Shotgun start at 9:00am. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/430459710626696/ or contact Rebecca Pepin (603)-344-1447 or by email at epin3@gmail.com.

About KHS Project Graduation
Statistically, graduation night is one of the riskiest nights in a teenager’s life. Project Graduation provides high school graduates a safe, fun-filled, all-night post graduation activities in a drug and alcohol free environment. The primary aims of Project Graduation activities are to increase awareness of the dangers of drinking, drugging and driving and to reduce the number of youth involved in alcohol and other drug-related highway crashes. Across the country, Project Graduation and the chemical-free celebrations it inspired are the new tradition for graduating seniors. In Perspectives in Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Project Graduation- Maine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention observed that “Project Graduation has become much more than an event that occurs on graduation night. It is a communitywide planning process that strives to create a caring, supportive environment and more open communication between youths and adults.”

“Going Coastal” at The Wildcat Inn & Tavern

Learn how to prepare seafood like a chef on Friday, April 21st from 5:30-8:30pm at The Wildcat Inn & Tavern in Jackson! Chef Bryant Alden will personally instruct each guest on how to prepare three extraordinary culinary dishes:

  • Garlic Roasted Littlenecks
  • Creamy Crab & Asparagus & Brie Soup
  • Lemon Scented Crispy Haddock with Avocado Butter

In addition to personal instruction by professional Chef Bryant Alden, guests will receive recipes,  and “Tips from the Kitchen”, samplings of the food prepared. Don’t worry – they didn’t forget dessert! Guests can enjoy a dessert and a glass of wine after instruction and dinner samplings.

The cost for the Seafood Culinary Class is $75 per person or take advantage of the event’s Special Package Deal of $99 per person, which includes the event and one night’s lodging for one person.

To register for this event, call Sue at 603-383-4245. For more information about Wildcat Inn & Tavern, visit them on the web at http://www.wildcattavern.com/.

Fiesta Friday Fundraiser for White Mountain Waldorf School

waldorfBring your sombrero and dinero to celebrate Cinco De Mayo and support local education on Friday, May 5th at 6pm for the Fiesta Friday Fundraiser for the White Mountain Waldorf School at Tin Mountain Conservation Center. There will be tacos, trivia, and the White Mountain Waldorf School Annual Auction to keep you entertained throughout the evening!

Tickets are $35 per person and include delicious food and two cocktail tickets for legal adults. This event is the primary fundraiser for the White Mountain Waldorf School’s school year, so please come out and support your local Waldorf Education center!

To purchase tickets, call (603)-447-3168 or stop by the office at White Mountain Waldorf School at 1371 Rt. 16, Albany, NH.

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About the White Mountain Waldorf School

Officially founded in 1984, the White Mountain Waldorf School is a nonprofit school, located on a 75 acre campus in Albany, NH offering programs from parent/infant, nursery and kindergarten, to elementary and middle school classes through Grade 8. We instill creativity and a desire for learning through an education that balances academic, artistic and practical life skills, fostering each child’s ability to think with clarity, feel with compassion and act with purpose and social responsibility in the world.

The White Mountain Waldorf School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration, and other school administered programs.

The White Mountain Waldorf School Mission

The White Mountain Waldorf School instills creativity and a desire for learning, cultivates social responsibility and personal integrity, and supports the home and greater community.

For more information about the event or the White Mountain Waldorf School,  visit  www.WhiteMountainWaldorf.org or call 603-447-3168. 

WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST STEWARDSHIP: VALUING AND PROTECTING OUR TOURISM PRODUCT FOR THE FUTURE

On Wednesday, May 3,  please join Janice Crawford, MWVCC, Joseph Phillips, WMNF and Austin Bernier, National Forest Foundation for a Customer Service seminar on dispersing traffic amongst popular hiking destinations during peak tourist season. The seminar will take place at the North Conway Water Precinct from 1:00-4:00 pm. This seminar will help our front line representatives become more confident and knowledgeable about the forest and how best to make recommendations to our visitors based on hiking skill level, amount of time a visitor(s) wishes to spend in the forest, specific sites they wish to experience, etc.

We feel that this training will go a long way in providing superior customer service while at the same time relieving the pressure that many of our beautiful spots are experiencing thus protecting them for future visitation.

The seminar is FREE and a valuable resource for training.  If you cannot send a majority of your front line personnel, please send a few who can then train the rest of your staff.

For more information or to reserve your seat, call Lisa at 356-5701 ext 300.

North Conway Library Presents: “Cranky Americans” with June O’Donal

Written by Andrea Masters, North Conway Library 

The North Conway Public Library is pleased to invite you to the third event of the 2017 Thursday Night Program Series. June O’Donal will give a presentation on “Cranky Americans”, a unique discussion of historical political conflicts, on Thursday, April 20th at 7 p.m. at the Weather Discovery Center in North Conway Village. The program centers around the conflicts and ideas expressed in her published four-book series, The Fryeburg Chronicles.

Topics of discussion will include rural versus urban, Loyalist versus Patriot, big government versus small government, and slavery versus abolition. Some conflicts still ring true in today’s political climate such as unwanted immigrants. We all may have more in common than you think!

Please bring an open mind and leave your tar and feathers at home. No reservations are necessary for this event. The program is free of charge, although donations to the Library are greatly appreciated. Homemade cookies will be served and coffee is generously provided by Frontside Grind of North Conway.

51PM+6OaFRL._SY346_About June O’Donal

June O’Donal lives in Denmark, Maine and is well known for her historical fiction series, but also has a personal dedication to preserving the history of Maine and New Hampshire. She is a museum educator at the Remick Country Doctor Museum in Tamworth, vice-president of the Fryeburg Historical Society, and Director of the Hazel and Owen Currier Doll Museum of Fryeburg. She will have her books available for sale at this event.

For more information about the program, please visit www.northconwaylibrary.com, call the North Conway Library at 603-356-2967, or email info@northconwaylibrary.com.

 

 

4 Our Kids Recycling Services presents the 7th Annual Family Funergy Festival on Earth Day

4 Our Kids Recycling Services presents the 7th Annual Family Funergy Festival on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22nd from 10am-1pm at The North Conway Community Center in North Conway, NH. Come enjoy this hands-on investigation of energy and resource conservation!

Funergy is a rain or shine,  bottled water free event with a full slate of environmentally friendly vendors, activities, and live demonstrations that is sure to please kids and grandparents alike.

Schedule of Events

  • 10am-10:30am – Food preservation workshop by UNH Cooperative Extension
  • 10:30am-11:30am – Family Basketball
  • 11am – Visit from the Lorax and free gently used book giveaway
  • 11:30am-12:30pm – Family Floor Hockey
  • 12pm – Story of Stuff: Bottled Water movie
  • 12:30pm – Rally for Science and Climate Change at the Gazebo with speakers from Bowdoin College and The Union of Concerned Scientists
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A family enjoys learning the science of composting through the “Worm Buffet” activity at The Earth Day Funergy Festival at the North Conway Community Center.

Grab some lunch and check out the free activities such as Ray’s Solar S’mores, The Energy Scavenger Hunt (free LED bulbs while supplies last), The Scrapwood Catapult, The Pedal Powered Shower Bike, Recycled Hula Hoops or The Aluminum Can Crusher to name a few. Talk to a renewable energy company, a green builder, a recycling business and more. Shop for green goods, including gently used children’s clothing.

Don’t miss this “Something for Everyone” kind of day! The Funergy Festival is free of charge thanks to the generosity of major sponsors, Cormack Construction Management, of Madison and Frase Electric, of Sandwich. For more information, contact Colleen Cormack at 603-447-8361 or visit 4 Our Kids Recycling Services on the web at http://4ourkids.homestead.com/.