G.A.L.A. to teach wilderness skills for kids


OSSIPEE — Global Awareness Local Action will hold a new Youth Track workshop of the group's popular Re-skill-ience Workshop Series. The workshop is titled "Wander and Wonder — a Wilderness Skills Workshop for Kids," and will be led by Tom Belluscio, certified Maine wilderness guide and certified first responder. This class is free. This four-hour workshop is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 10.

The youth track will be geared toward 6- through 12-year-olds in the same homesteading, sustainable living and traditional bushcraft skills that have defined G.A.L.A.’s ongoing workshops. These hands-on classes are designed to help participants develop skills and knowledge that strengthen personal and community resilience, this time with a focus on youth.

Grab your coat and other winter attire along with water and a packed lunch.

Belluscio will kick things off with a crackling campfire and a brief chat on how to prepare for being outdoors in the winter. From there the group will explore the surrounding woodland for animal tracks as we gather natural materials for the next portion of the class — shelter building. Tom will teach about just what it takes to spend a comfortable night in the woods. Once our proper shelters are built, Tom will wrap things up with a bit of a challenge. Can you get a fire going if you only had one match? The workshop will end with a recap of the day, a cup of hot cocoa and s'mores.

This free youth track class takes place on Sunday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3 Pork Hill Road in Ossipee. The workshop is being offered for free thanks to the support from an anonymous donor-advised fund of the NH Charitable Foundation. Space is limited to 15 participants and the age range for this class is children 6 to 12. Pre-register at galacommunity.org or by calling (603) 539-6460.

Global Awareness Local Action began in 2006 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Wolfeboro with a mission to create a contagious community building model that translates sustainability education into local action that is practical, effective and fun.


Berlin High School to hold open house

Berlin High School will hold teacher conferences on Friday, Dec. 8.

There will be two types of conferences. The first will be for juniors only. This will be student-led conferences, where your student will share their progress at Berlin High School, remaining course work, post-secondary plans and the steps he or she needs to take to attain these goals.

These student-led conferences are required for all juniors and should be approximately 15 minutes in length.

The second type of conferences will be parent/teacher conferences. These conferences are for parents/guardians who wish to meet with any or all of their child’s teachers.

Parents and guardians should schedule an appointment in advance with any teacher that they would like to meet. Parents who attend, but did not schedule an appointment, will be able to sign-up on the day of the open house, but available conference spots may be limited.


North Country substance misuse prevention professionals 'primed' to serve

Student Assistance Professionals from schools around northern New Hampshire and North Country Health Consortium staff attended a three-day substance misuse prevention training at the end of October to adopt the “Prime for Life” model into their respective programming for at-risk students and clientele.

“We are dedicated to reducing the misuse of alcohol and other drugs within our region,” said Nancy Frank, chief executive officer of North Country Health Consortium, “and are fortunate to be able to integrate this program with our work with North Country youth.”

“Prime for Life” is an evidence-based practice that has demonstrated success in changing high-risk attitudes, drinking and drug use, and increasing abstinence with teens and adults. The program emphasizes inclusion and non-judgement.

Attendees are trained to create a safe environment for people to consider how their choices affect their lives and make educated decisions about substance use based on what they learn about their personal risk factors.

North Country Health Consortium sent staff members, Kristy Letendre, continuum of care coordinator for the North Country Regional Prevention Network, Chris St. Cyr, town of Berlin’s restorative justice program coordinator, and Annette Carbonneau, program manager/SAP supervisor, to the three-day training in Augusta Maine along with SAPs from the following seven schools: Gorham Middle-High School, Groveton High School, Woodsville High School, Lisbon High School, White Mountains Regional High School, North Country Charter Academy and White Mountains Community College.

Attendance to this training was funded by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services’ Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services through a grant to the North Country Health Consortium.

The North Country Health Consortium is a non-profit public health organization based in Littleton that collaborates with health and human services providers serving northern New Hampshire. For more information about NCHC and the North Country Regional Prevention Network, go to nchcnh.org or call (603)259-3700.

Student Assistance ProfessionalsStudent Assistance Professionals (from left): Kattie McKinnon from White Mountains Regional High School, Jane King from Lisbon High School, Charlie Mae Johnson from Woodsville High School, Erik Becker from Groveton High School, Joy Burrill from Gorham High School and Georgia Caron from North Country Charter Academy, were part of the group that the North Country Health Consortium sent to “Prime for Life,” a three-day evidence-based substance misuse prevention training in Augusta, Maine, last month. (COURTESY PHOTO)



Omni Mount Washington and WMCC launch three-year apprenticeship degree program

WMCC culinary arts students receive in-demand tourism industry training and real-world experience

A new partnership and apprenticeship program between Omni Mount Washington Resort’s in-house Bretton Woods Culinary Academy and White Mountains Community College is offering an answer to hospitality workforce challenges and an opportunity for students to learn from a premiere tourism destination.

Designed to address a shortage of highly-trained culinary professionals in New Hampshire and the rest of the region, the new three-year apprenticeship program will provide comprehensive real-world training and full-time employment for students pursuing an associate degree in culinary arts from the N.H. Culinary Institute at White Mountains Community College.

“Apprenticeships are a proven approach for providing high quality culinary arts training that benefit both students and industry partner hosts,” said Kurt Hohmeister, associate professor at WMCC, a former executive chef, and culinary instructor at WMCC for over 30 years. “We’re joining forces to give students the best possible educational experience while Omni Mount Washington Resort fills an immediate staffing need and helps shape the next generation of culinary leaders.”

New Hampshire’s hospitality industry has been identified as one of three major areas of focus for the state’s workforce development efforts, and represents a combined GDP of $2.52 billion. With that expected to grow in both short and long-term projections, and considering New Hampshire’s consistently low unemployment rate, WMCC and Omni Mount Washington Resort’s apprenticeship program hopes to help offset projected gaps between the available workers and those needed to continue positive trends in the state’s tourism industry.

Student apprentices spend three years as full-time employees at the resort and in turn, earn money while they learn, with pay increases at certain milestones. Optional housing is provided at the hotel while students complete coursework and earn credits toward their degree. After three years, including one as an apprentice at Omni Mount Washington Resort, students graduate with an associate of science degree in culinary arts, experience at a top-tier resort complete with training from renowned culinary professionals, and a network of connections to help them as they embark on new careers in tourism, hospitality, and culinary arts.

“The Bretton Woods Culinary Academy is happy to be partnered with White Mountains Community College to educate and guide students in their career growth. We believe the skills and experience the apprentices are learning will help strengthen the community with a highly skilled workforce,” said Joseph Madzia IV, executive sous chef at Omni Mount Washington Resort.”