Category Archives: Educational Programs

Leadership MWV wins Rising Star Award for Leadership Development Program

Congratulations to Leadership MWV, just named winner of the NH Rising Star Award for Leadership Development Program of the Year!
Stay Work Play, in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio, announced the winners of the eighth annual Rising Stars Awards at the  2017 celebratory event on Monday, October 2 at Fieldhouse Sports, 12 Tallwood Drive, in Bow.

Pictured (l to r): Scott McPherson, Acting President and CEO/VP Operations & Finance, New Hampshire Public Radio; Jessica Wright, Leadership Mount Washington Valley, and Leadership Development Program of the Year; Will Stewart, Executive Director, Stay Work Play NH. Photo credit: Allegra Boverman Photography

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Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire’s State Dog, The Chinook

On October 18, 2017 Bob Cottrell will present a program on how  dog sledding developed in New Hampshire and how the Chinook played a major role in this story. Explaining how man and his relationship with dogs won out over machines on several famous polar expeditions Bob will cover the history of Arthur Walden and his Chinooks, the State Dog of New Hampshire. Cottrell will be accompanied by his appropriately named Chinook, Tug.

Held at  Bartlett Elementary School Cafeteria, Route 302, Bartlett at 7:00 p.m. following a brief Annual Meeting of the historical society.  The event is free and open to the public.  Donations are gratefully accepted at the door.

Bob Cottrell holds an MA from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture in Delaware. The founding director of the Remick Country Doctor Museum in Tamworth, he is now the Curator of the Henney History Room at the Conway Public Library, a Board member of the Conway Historical Society, and President ex-officio of the Tamworth Historical Society. He serves as an independent history and museum consultant.

Granite State College Ranks #1 in New Hampshire and #13 in U.S. for Best Colleges for Adult Learners

Granite State College has once again captured a top spot in Washington Monthly’s Best Colleges for Adult Learners. Nationwide, Granite State College ranks #13; among institutions in New Hampshire, the College has secured the #1 position.

Approximately 40 percent of college students in the U.S. are aged 25 or older, according to Washington Monthly. In 2016, this prompted the publication to launch a first-of-its-kind ranking of four-year and two-year colleges that do the best job of serving adult learners. Now in its second year, these rankings provide nontraditional students with an important resource in evaluating their college options.

“Our mission reflects a commitment to serve working adults. Granite State College’s faculty and staff create high-quality programs for our students, ensuring both flexibility and affordability, and providing support for these students to succeed. While acknowledgment from Washington Monthly is appreciated, the success of our students remains the more important measure of our work,” shared Mark Rubinstein, president of Granite State College.

According to the editors, seven metrics are analyzed to develop the Best Colleges for Adult Learners rankings: ease of transfer, flexibility of programs, services available for adult students, percent of adult students (age 25+), mean earnings of adult students ten years after entering college, loan repayment rates of adult students five years after entering repayment, and tuition and fees for in-district students. To view the complete rankings, please visit Washington Monthly.

Granite State College is the largest public provider of online courses in New Hampshire. For more information, visit granite.edu.

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With a focus on adult students, as well as other individuals who seek a flexible learning environment, Granite State College provides comprehensive access to higher education. This commitment to access is best illustrated through its 365/24/7 online presence and network of statewide locations. The ability for Granite State to meet students where they are presents the opportunity to achieve an affordable college education while balancing life’s other responsibilities such as work, family, and community obligations. With an associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, post-baccalaureate programs for teachers, credit for prior learning, and a variety of transfer opportunities, Granite State emphasizes practical and relevant areas of study that are responsive to the workforce development needs of New Hampshire’s economy.

WILDERNESS FIRST AID

Of all the skill sets hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts may possess, backcountry medical training is perhaps the epitome of value. If you hike and spend time in remote locations outside of the “golden hour” (meaning an hour or more from typical urban medical services), dealing with injury or illness at some point — even if it’s not your own — is likely. Getting the proper training will prepare you for this unwelcome eventuality. And do know this: Redline Guiding and SOLO, both, strongly encourage preparedness.

To better add to the intrinsic value of this important education, we’re offering a few specially discounted course opportunities so that you may earn your Wilderness First Aid (WFA)certification. In cooperation with the SOLO School of Wilderness Medicine, we are offering a handful of WFA classes this summer and fall. What follows is the information you’ll need to take advantage of this while you can. We really want you to do this. You learn, everyone wins. Earn your WFA credential this year and be a better hiker and outdoorsman.


Get started today earning your Wild Med Cred… only $149


Course Description

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is SOLO’s most popular course and it creates a solid foundation in the basics of backcountry medical care. Started as the “Mountain/Woods First Aid” course in 1975, this was the first course of its kind in the United States, and it is the curriculum upon which all other backcountry medicine courses are based.

The WFA course is an intensive 16 hours long (two days), and focuses on the basic skills of:

  • » Response and Assessment
  • » Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • » Environmental Emergencies
  • » Survival Skills
  • » Soft Tissue Injuries
  • » Medical Emergencies

You can also contact Redline Guiding with any questions you may have. Ask us for our thoughts about SOLO and the value of the material they teach.

The Details

» Who can participate?
Open enrollment, co-ed, ages 12 and up (please see *note below about children).
» When are the classes?
We still have openings Sept 2nd-3rd, Oct 21st-22nd, and Nov 11th-12th.
» Where is it held?
These classes will be held on the SOLO campus in Conway (Madison), NH (directions).
» How long is it?
Two full days (16 hours), plus two evening hours if taking the optional CPR/AED course.
» How much does it cost?
Only $149 per person for the WFA course (reg. $175), plus $35 for the optional CPR/AED course.

*Note about children: Minimum age is 12, but please note that this is an adult class so all minor children must be: 1) accompanied by a responsible paying adult; 2) able to behave in an adult-like manner that will not be disruptive to other students; 3) able to test the same as an adult in order to receive course certification.

Children’s Story Time: Lounge and Listen on the Lawn at North Conway Public Library

no co public library.jpgWith children out of school for the summer, it’s a great time to encourage summer reading and learning! Visit the North Conway Public Library Tuesday afternoons July 11th-August 15th for their weekly Children’s Story Time. The story times begin at 2pm every Tuesday and with stories appropriate for children ages 3-8 with siblings welcome.

Weather permitting, the story times will be held outside on the library’s lawn, and will take place inside during inclement weather. The story times are free to residents and visitors and there is no registration necessary to attend. In addition to the story time, there will be games and a free weekly raffle for participating!

For more information, please call the North Conway Library at 603-356-2961, stop by the library on Main Street in North Conway Village, or visit them on the web at www.NorthConwayLibrary.com.

Thursday Night Book Club at White Birch Books

Any and all readers are welcome to attend White Birch Book’s Thursday Night Book Club. The club meets every fourth Thursday of the month and is filled with collaborative, intriguing, inspiring discussion. Not only is the Thursday Night Book Club an opportunity to meet community members, it is an opportunity to meet lifelong friends with a shared love for reading while experiencing a variety of literature.

June’s Thursday Night Book Club is scheduled for Thursday, June 22nd at 7pm. The book discussion for this month is based upon the book, The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood.

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“Wood’s exquisitely crafted prose radiates warmth, perception, and insight…Funny and uplifting.” – Review from Guardian

About The One-in-a-Million Boy By Monica Wood

The incandescent story of a 104-year-old woman and the sweet, strange young boy assigned to help her around the house — a friendship that touches each member of the boy’s un-moored family.

For years, guitarist Quinn Porter has been on the road, chasing gig after gig, largely absent to his twice-ex-wife Belle and their odd, Guinness records–obsessed son. When the boy dies suddenly, Quinn seeks forgiveness for his paternal shortcomings by completing the requirements for his son’s unfinished Boy Scout badge.

For seven Saturdays, Quinn does yard work for Ona Vitkus, the wily 104-year-old Lithuanian immigrant the boy had visited weekly. Quinn soon discovers that the boy had talked Ona into gunning for the world record for Oldest Licensed Driver — and that’s the least of her secrets. Despite himself, Quinn picks up where the boy left off, forging a friendship with Ona that allows him to know the son he never understood, a boy who was always listening, always learning.

The One-in-a-Million Boy is a richly layered novel of hearts broken seemingly beyond repair and then bound by a stunning act of human devotion.

For more information on White Birch Book’s Thursday Night Book Club, and to see upcoming book discussions, visit http://www.whitebirchbooks.com.

 

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/.