Living in New Hampshire

Nature Play Time

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Join us at the Squam Lakes Science Center to explore the natural world in winter with your little one!  We will investigate ice and snow, and experience winter with our five senses.  Come once or come every month.  Program will be held outdoors.  Dress in warm layers with snow pants, hats, gloves, jackets, and snow boots.  For ages 2 and 3 - adults get to play too!  An adult must participate with children at no additional cost. 

March 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

REGISTER ONLINE
Advance registration is required by noon the day before the program. If minimum enrollment is not met, programs may be cancelled. Walk-ins may be accommodated if space is available.

Cost : $5/ member child; $7/ non-member child.

http://www.nhnature.org/

Maple Sugaring Season - Just Around the Corner!

Join us to experience an old-fashioned New England tradition—making maple syrup. From tapping a tree to tasting delicious maple syrup, you will participate in every step of the syrup making process.  Our environmental educators will help you build tree identification skills, learn the parts of a tree and their functions, use measuring tools to find an appropriate tree to tap, use historical and modern tree tapping tools, learn the history of maple sugaring including Native American legends, and discover the math and chemical/physical science in the boiling process.  Moderate hike to and from the sugar house.  All ages welcome.

Sat., March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m.

Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center
928 White Oaks Road
Laconia, NH

(603) 366-5695     http://www.prescottfarm.org

Message from Josh Arnold - Executive Director of GALA

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“Deep in our bones lies an intuition that we arrive here carrying a bundle of gifts to offer to the community. Over time, these gifts are meant to be seen, developed, and called into the village at times of need. To feel valued for the gifts with which we are born affirms our worth and dignity.” - Francis Weller -

 

Every single one of us has unique gifts to contribute, to exchange, to transact. Our mission-driven, social-profit, not-for-profit, organization - G.A.L.A. - is in the business of helping people in rural NH discover, develop, and share their unique “bundle of gifts” with the world, in a way that supports their own livelihood while responding to a real-world challenges and community need.

 

And real-world challenges there are - The opening summary on Workforce Development by the Governor’s Millennial Advisory Council reads, “Our aging population, growing skills/education gaps, and an outflow of the labor force to other states have all contributed to a workforce shortage in the Granite State.”

 

These three trends can each be addressed together through what is being called “the maker movement”, characterized by the “makerspaces” taking root throughout the country, but most disproportionately in urban areas. Some people think of makerspaces as a souped-up public library with tools instead of books, spaces where participants explore the intersections traditional trades such as welding, carpentry, and auto tech, with disciplines of information technology, design engineering, and fabrication. They are spaces that allow for multi-generational learning, mentoring around shared curiosity and collaborative problem solving. In other words, they look a lot like what G.A.L.A. has been orchestrating for the last decade, but without a key competent – a physical, dedicated facility – until now.

 

Last fall we received a phone call from Senator Jeanne Shaheen that we had been awarded a $250k matching grant from the Northern Borders Regional Commission to purchase a building to bring this makerspace vision to life. After a successful, yet exhaustive, capital campaign, we were able to raise the required matching funds and close on the 7k sq foot building in at 23 Bay St. in Wolfeboro, NH.

 

G.A.L.A. now has an opportunity in front of us to demonstrate how makerspaces are not simply urban phenomena, but perhaps have an even greater role to play in rural economic development and addressing the skills gap. Our proposed Makerspace will offer training, apprenticeships, micro-credentialing, incubation, and an affordable entry point to prototyping and fabrication. Some participants will utilize these resources to build strong portfolios and skill sets that improve employability and job security, while others will utilize the resources to create their own small businesses or freelance work.

 

Not to be overlooked, however, are the social outcomes related to prevention, “aging in community”, and retaining our young people. Don’t take my word for, consider what one of our local retiree Jon shared,

 

“I have had a year and more now that I am retired, to look back at my working career and reflect on what made me feel good. A major feeling of accomplishment was teaching people, both younger and older than me, new skills. Skills that gave them career advancement opportunities but more than that, a renewed confidence in themselves and what they can accomplish. Now I have the time to share my skills with the general public. I have mechanical and engineering skills and other experience developed over a lifetime. If these skills are not passed on they will disappear with me.”

 

Meanwhile, there are students like Derek who, as a high school senior suffered a major family crisis and his mother was struggling with mental illness. Understandably, his grades were beginning to suffer and he was missing class regularly. Derek was struggling scholastically, experiencing a difficult situation at home, and was at risk of falling between the cracks at the worst possible time: just on the verge of adulthood. But his teacher observed, “He’s always tinkering with the computers in our classroom.”

 

Are you seeing what I’m seeing?

 

Unfortunately, in our most dominant educational setting, accountability and standardized testing are ironically in competition with the fact that students need to be inspired to learn, and that the ultimate purpose of school is to develop citizens that can make meaningful contributions to society. Kids like Trevor, who are forever tinkering with tech equipment, aren’t problems to be solved, but rather the future of our communities, and that given access to the right amount of support, perhaps from someone like Jon, can uncover his or her “unique bundle of gifts” and breaking open all too limiting stereotypical rural career options that are assumed by our young people.

 

The stage is set, the need is clear, we even have the physical space, but it is empty.

 

Community members of all ages are ready to get involved – and they are - swinging hammers, ripping up old carpet, cleaning the slate of this former power equipment repair shop to take on a new life as a makerspace. But we need your help.

 

We have $60k left in matching funds from NBRC sitting on the table, that we can only unlock with your financial support. Let’s not let the Jon’s and Derek’s of this community wait any longer to discover and share their bundle of gifts with the world. Help us create a rural makerspace example that communities across the northeast can replicate. It is ambitious, sure, but I conclude with the words of Goethe, “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it.”

Interview with Adam Dow

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Joshua Smith, voted top 30th Realtor in America by the Wall Street Journal and recognized as the top 1% Realtor worldwide, has established an incredible following with his brand GSD Mode and along with being a successful real estate agent he has pivoted into the role of a serial entrepreneur.

From coaching programs to software development, everything Joshua is doing can be traced back to one core belief: massive goals with massive action and refusing to ever be satisfied.

Joshua's podcasts are devoted to interviewing top brokers and high-level entrepreneurs, going in-depth as to what they are doing to raise their game and create success. He talked with Adam in October and you'll find in this conversation tips about personal development, producing, and what's coming next for the real estate game. Click through to find out what these two successful businessmen have to say!

https://www.adamdow.com/about-adam-dow/adam-s-latest-interview/

NH Boat Museum Launches New Website

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Today websites serve as the “front door” for museums. With that in mind, The New Hampshire Boat Museum wanted a fresh new look for its website. Thanks to two anonymous donations, the Boat Museum was able to hire Wolfeboro-based graphic designer Yvonne Lauziere of Stark Creative.

 

Over the summer, a committee consisting of Yvonne Lauziere, Rich Massee, Betsy Farley and Lisa Simpson Lutts met to oversee the website’s redesign by Yvonne and the talented staff at Stark Creative. The new website, nhbm.org, features the stunning photography of volunteer Larry Houle, as well as many other skilled photographers who have captured the excitement, beauty and fun of the Museum’s many exhibits and events.

 

The new website is easy for visitors to navigate and includes sections about the Museum; how to visit; upcoming events, exhibits, and learning opportunities; details on the Millie B vintage boat ride; items to purchase from the Museum Store; and how to support the Museum.

 

Board chair Joe DeChiaro writes, “We are thrilled with the new website that shows off the many aspects of the New Hampshire Boat Museum, as well as promoting Wolfeboro and the Lakes Region to visitors. We are grateful to our donors who helped us fund this important project.”

 

The New Hampshire Boat Museum is closed for the 2017 season and will re-open Memorial Day weekend 2018. Staff continue to work year-round at the off-site winter office and may be reached via email at museum@nhbm.org.

 

The Museum is a not-for-profit institution focusing on New Hampshire’s boating and fresh water heritage. It is located at 399 Center Street, Wolfeboro Falls, 2 miles from downtown Wolfeboro in the former Allen “A” Resort dance hall. For further information contact the Museum at 603-569-4554, museum@nhbm.org, www.nhbm.org or via Facebook. The New Hampshire Boat Museum is a member of the “Experience New Hampshire Heritage: The Portsmouth to Plymouth Museum Trail.” To learn more about the Trail, visit nhmuseumtrail.org

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New Hampshire Boat Museum
399 Center St, Wolfeboro NH
603-569-4554