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June 20, 2013

Voice Library at KES

KENSINGTON —The Voice Library, previously acclaimed by ABC for their unique and effective approach in aiding those suffering with Alzheimer’s disease, paired up with Kensington Elementary School for yet another meaningful project. Not only is storytelling cool again, but it is making a full come back and not a moment too soon.

The Voice Library is the world’s leading group of raconteurs, inviting everyone with a story to tell it, and to take it further by sharing it. Through The Voice Library your stories can be heard and shared at any time and any place in the world with or without internet access; all you need is a telephone!

KES teachers Mrs. Haugh and Mrs. Danusis collaborated with TVL’s founder, Al Brandano to inspire students. These teachers and their school were willing to be creative pioneers in education. The rewards, although modest, boast countless benefits.

The fourth grade class at Kensington Elementary School, taught by Mrs. Haugh, had currently been studying memoirs. They were reading about the authors themselves and writing their own memoirs. Danusis spoke about “bringing storytelling back into the kids’ lives,” and to “bridge the gap between the students here and the community members.” Mrs. Haugh’s fourth grade class was given the lead in curating and directing this community-legacy based audio archiving project. “The children developed some questions.. a huge list of questions,” recalled Mrs. Danusis. Enthusiasm was but the premise for all of these students. Many explored their capabilities well advanced for their age demographic. While the practice itself developed speaking and listening skills, active listening, even respect and organizational skills, the students had fun making these interviews come to fruition.

There were fourteen wonderful volunteers from the KES community that came in to share what school was like for them when they attended. Teachers Danusis and Haugh even conducted their own project within the curriculum and asked the community members about a memory they have of the town.

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  • EMS Students Take Part in Film Festival

    The Epping Middle School Student Leadership Team took part in the Granite Youth Alliance Film Festival on June 2. Their short film "Where One Post May Lead" focused on the dangers of substance abuse and the appropriate use of social media. The Granite Youth Film Festival is a unique opportunity for young filmmakers to write, direct, shoot, and star in their own productions, designed to ignite change in the community. Students were able to see their work up on the big screen at the O’Neil Cinema in Epping. Maylee Gagnon and Ben Fowler represented the team and were interviewed on the creation process and how it felt to be a star on the big screen. The project was directed by Guidance Counselor Nick DeGruttola and Media Specialist Thelma Thompson. Representatives from the EMS Leadership Team are pictured above, from left, Abby Simard, Jasmyne Bickford, Maya Martin, Maylee Gagnon, Rachel Martin, Ben Fowler, Colin Farris, Nathaniel Marshall, Megan McFadden.

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  • Volunteer of the Year

    Atkinson Academy Elementary School has named its Volunteer of the Year for 2014. Timberlane Regional High School graduate Ashley Higham, right, received the award from teacher Meredith Bastien, pictured left. Ashley volunteered her services three days a week for two hours in 5-K Intensive Needs classes during the school year.

    Volunteer of the Year Updated 14 hours ago 1 Photo
  • Students on the Rise Posted 20 hours ago
  • 'How To Talk So Kids Will Listen' Posted 20 hours ago
  •  Successful Conservation Collaboration

    On June 17, the sophomore class of Sanborn Regional High School made a field trip to the Old Frye Town Forest, one of Kingston's five town forests, to assist the Kingston Conservation Commission in the removal of invasive plants from the area near the trailhead, notably, an extensive and aggressive patch of Japanese knotweed. This project was the culmination of the school's third year of intra-curricular collaboration with the Commission to address local environmental issues, and to make conservation an area of study and research. Congratulations from the Commission to the teachers and students for a job well done!

    Successful Conservation Collaboration Posted 6 days ago 1 Photo
  • Volunteer of the Year

    Atkinson Academy Elementary School has named its Volunteer of the Year for 2014. Timberlane Regional High School graduate Ashley Higham, right, received the award from teacher Meredith Bastien, pictured left. Ashley volunteered her services three days a week for two hours in 5-K Intensive Needs classes during the school year.

    Volunteer of the Year Posted 6 days ago 1 Photo
  • July 24, 2014
  • EMS Honor Roll Posted 7 days ago
  • 'Working with Schools' Workshop Posted 7 days ago
  • July 17, 2014
  • Students on the Rise Posted 14 days ago
  • EEH Honor Roll Posted 14 days ago

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Obituaries
  • Alan J. Walker, 68

    Kingston, N.H. — Mr. Alan James Walker, 68, passed away peacefully at his home on July 8, 2014, after a long, brave battle with cancer.

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  • James Reese

    Raymond, NH — James Edwin Reese, 74, passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, surrounded by his family and friends at his home in Raymond, N.H. He was the son of John and Ruth Reese, born on Oct. 29, 1939 in Edensburg, Pa. James graduated from Central Cambria High School in Pennsylvania before proudly serving in the U.S. Army as a food inspector. His military service was followed by 31 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a meat inspector. Mr. Reese was an avid outdoorsman and spent much of his time fishing, camping and hiking in the White Mountains. He became involved in the Boy Scouts and enjoyed passing on his vast knowledge of the wilderness to others. Throughout his retirement years he enjoyed woodworking, raising rabbits and working in his garden.

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  • Velma J. Reid

    South Hampton, NH — Velma J. Reid, 80, died peacefully on July 17, 2014 at Exeter Hospital, surrounded by family. She was born in Haverhill, Mass. on June 8, 1934, the daughter of the late George C.W. and Alta I. (Kimball) Haynes. A graduate of Haverhill High School, Velma worked at Western Electric until she had children. For years, she was a devoted “stay-at-home” mom who raised her three children in a loving, nurturing environment. She later worked various manufacturing jobs until her retirement. After retiring, she volunteered her time at various organizations and was very involved at the East Kingston Community United Methodist Church as a member of the women’s guild, assisting with the holiday fair, and helping out wherever she could. She had a passion for animals, and would donate money, food, and blankets to the NH SPCA. She loved to sew and made a personalized quilt for every member of her family. She was also a member of the “Ugly Quilts” group, which made blankets and sleeping bags for the homeless using recycled fabric. She is survived by her husband, Clyde Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; daughter, Pam Eaton of Danville, N.H.; son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Kim Reid of Raymond, N.H.; daughter, Shirley Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; two sisters, Gwen Stuart of Haverhill, and Norma Taplin of Dracut; four grandchildren, Cheryl and Marc Welch, and Kristen and Joshua Reid, and several nieces and nephews.

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  • Carleen A. Knowlton, 80

    Danville, NH — Carleen A. (Rhoadhouse) Knowlton, 80, of Danville and formerly of Hampstead, died on July 7, 2014, at her home.

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  • Miriam O. (Graham) Graham, 84

    Kingston, NH — Miriam O. (Graham) Graham, 84, a resident of Kingston since 2001, and former longtime resident of Grafton, Mass., died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on July 11, 2014, following a long illness.

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