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Meredith Village Savings Bank to continue 35 year-old Mitten Tree tradition

MEREDITH — With colder weather moving in and the holidays fast approaching, Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) is continuing a tradition since 1979 of collecting donations from the community of mittens, hats and scarves to distribute to local residents through its annual Mitten Tree program.

Beginning the day after Thanksgiving and continuing through December 20, donations of handmade or purchased mittens, gloves, hats and scarves by area residents and customers can be dropped off at any MVSB office. The donated items will be used to decorate the holiday tree in the lobby of each branch before being distributed to non-profits and school organizations in each of the regions where MVSB has offices.

To participate in this year's Mitten Tree program, community members can bring handmade or store-bought mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves to any Meredith Village Savings Bank office. This year, for every donated Mitten Tree item, MVSB will contribute $2 to local non-profits who offer services to children or senior citizens and mitten donors will be able to select which category they would like to support. Last year, the MVSB Mitten Tree program donated more than $3,000, and over 1500 items of cold weather necessities to local area non-profits.

Non-profits who are in need of mittens, hats, gloves and scarves should contact the MVSB branch office closest to them. A complete list of offices and hours is available at mvsb.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 12:59

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Patrick’s to host 6th Pub Mania 24-hour Barstool Challenge on Dec. 11

GILFORD — Patrick's Pub & Eatery of Gilford will host their 6th Pub Mania, a 24-hour Barstool Challenge to benefit the WLNH Children's Auction on Thursday, December 11 with Opening Ceremonies at 9 a.m.

Pub Mania has now raised a cumulative total of $562,000 in its first 5 years, 100% which is aimed at benefiting children and families in the greater Lakes Region area of NH. In addition to the money raised, the Pub Mania event delivered over 4,500 food items to the food pantry at St. Vincent de Paul.

"The Children's Auction is a truly amazing event that brings people to action on behalf of others" said organizer and Patrick's co-owner Allan Beetle. "Pub Mania brings out that spirit. Our goal is to make an impact in our community and to have lots of people participate with us in that effort".

Inspired by Laconia Athletic & Swim Club's "Cycle Mania", Patrick's reserves bar stools to teams that commit to filling the stool with a different team member each hour of the event. With 30 teams and 24 people per team, the event has 720 'Culinary Athletes' participating. Each participant raises funds for their respective teams, with teams enjoying a healthy competition for two coveted awards: Top Dollar Award and Outstanding Team Award.

Three teams raised over $50,000 last year, including Laconia Country Club's 19th with Team Captain Lucy Jacobsen and Supreme Marine's Dream Team with Team Captain Matt Resca. The Café Déjà Vu team, captained by Benda Ferland and Tony Felch, once again raised the most money of any single team this year with a total over $20,000. "We have an amazing team of committed people" said Ferland. "We know that this money will make a difference in our community. We have been working hard this year and hope to raise at least $1 more than last year!"

For more information about the event, visit www.patrickspub.com/pubmania.php or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 12:54

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Franklin Opera House Festival of Trees to kick off on December 5

FRANKLIN — The Franklin Opera House will hold its second annual Festival of Trees from December 5-7.

The event kicks off at 5 pm on Friday, December 5, starting after the city Tree Lighting. Over two dozen uniquely decorated trees and wreaths will be on display, of all shapes and sizes, and everyone has a chance to win one of their choice. Admission to the Festival is $5 for ages 13 and up, and includes a sheet of 25 raffle tickets; children under 12 are free. Surprise entertainment is part of the fun as well.

Hours for touring and viewing trees are Friday from 5 to 8 pm; Saturday from 10 am to 5:30 pm, and Sunday from 10 to noon. Additional sheets of raffle tickets can be purchased for $5 each.

There are also two great musical events happening as well and the ticket purchase includes admission to the Festival of Trees. Raffle tickets can be purchased separately.

On Saturday, December 6 at 7 p.m. guests will enjoy a great evening of swing and folk tunes performed with tight vocal harmonies, toe-tapping rhythms, and delightful warmth and humor. Sweet, Hot & Sassy tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors (55 and older), and $10 for children under 12., and include admission to the Festival of Trees.

On Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. the Strathspey and Reel Society of New  Hampshire, a 20-member orchestra, all lovers of Scottish music, will perform. Strathspey and Reel Society tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $6 for children, and include admission to the Festival of Trees.

Tickets available on the website, www.franklinoperahouse.org, or by phone at 603-934-1901, or at the Box Office during the festival.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 12:50

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Appalachian Mountain Teen Project hires new program coordinator

LACONIA — The Appalachian Mountain Teen Project (AMTP) is pleased to announce Beth Clay as the new Program Coordinator and Youth Mentor.

Beth came to AMTP with approximately fifteen years of experience working with teens and extensive experience in education, summer camp programming and behavior management. Beth recently transitioned from a teaching career that included two years with Teach for America in Atlanta, Georgia and one year at the Laconia Alternative Education Program. Beth has held leadership roles in several summer camps across the northeast, including Ramapo for Children in NY and Camp Wapanacki in VT. She is a graduate from Plymouth State University with a B.S. in Childhood Studies and a minor in Adventure Education. Beth holds English and ESOL teaching certifications. Her passion for establishing productive relationships, diversity and character development, utilizing service learning and adventure education to lead and sustain emotional development and enhance social connectedness, all make Beth an exciting addition to the AMTP staff as our Program Coordinator and Belknap County Youth Mentor.

Beth serves as a Board of Governors member for the Up with People International Alumni Association and recently organized the first cast visit to the Lakes Region in 16 years. She is a dynamic addition to the AMTP team and a member of the Better Together steering committee in Laconia.

AMTP's office is located on 85 Bay St in Wolfeboro and welcomes visitors at any time to learn more about the program, to borrow a resource, video or book from our lending library. Visit its website at www.teenprojectnh.com to learn more.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 12:45

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