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Original comedy ‘Run For The Hills’ to be staged at Franklin Opera House on October 16

FRANKLIN — "Run For The Hills" wills to be presented at the Franklin Opera House October 16th through the 19th, for four performances only. This original production, written by Franklin's own Dr. Barry "Doc" Taylor and his father William S. Taylor, will be seen for the first in New Hampshire, having only been staged previously many years ago in Connecticut.

Relating the story of a jewel thief running not just from the FBI, but also from the mob (as a poor choice of a mark, being the "owners" of the jewels in question) and trying to hide inconspicuously, mingling with relatives in the backwoods town of Hooten Hollow, Tennessee, the original songs and music add warmth and charm to the humor of the situations, characters, and dialogue. Fully utilizing the talents of "Doc" as musical director, the production team also includes Jule Finley as director, Chris Schroeder designing and building the set, Sue Bitteto props, Annette Andreozzi costumes, Saige Granger tweaking the sound board, Dan Darling running the lights, Mark Bitteto stage managing and Ryan Clark managing the house.

The cast of thousands (okay, maybe a slight exaggeration, but they look like the population of a small city when the stage is full!) includes Spencer Costigan, Cherish LaBelle, Robbie LaFlamme, Christie Martin, Vince Ribas, Sheri Collins, Rebecca Turmel, John Masse, Cameron Brand, Josh Bradley, Jack Finley, (take a breath here--I told you there were a lot of them!), Roy and Cathy Hubble, Aja Malette, Peter Heath, Ben Heath, Kim Taylor, William Taylor (considering theatre is family, nepotism is perfectly acceptable...), Saphaedra Renee, Catherine Pirro, Sebrena Leclerc, and the townsfolk, Sue Bitteto, Annette Andreozzi, Garrett Cain, Laura Clarenbach, Erin Wilcox, Emily Post, Jen Creasey, Cody Virgin, Esther Hammond, Sharleigh Thomson, Denise Steadman, Ashley Hanson, and Jacqui Paciorek.
What surely will be a memorable evening of theater can be coupled with dinner out, say at Asian Delight, conveniently located right next door to the Opera House. Tickets are available now online at www.franklinoperahouse.org or by calling 934-1901. Adult tickets are $12, seniors and students for $10. Curtain is 7:30 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 pm on Sunday. The Franklin Opera House is inside City Hall at 316 Central Street, with plenty of parking behind the building and in the municipal lot across Memorial Street.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 10:02

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Plymouth Chamber to hear from PAREI

PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce will host speakers from Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI) to talk about Community Initiatives in the region on Wednesday, October 15 from noon to 1 p.m. at Pease Public Library in Plymouth.

As a rural community in central NH, organization from the Plymouth area have seen various needs arise, formed initiatives to meet those needs, and implemented programs to help community residents and small businesses. PAREI is one of those organizations. Created in 2004 when area residents questioned energy consumption and the resources available beyond the peaked supply of global oil, PAREI developed initiatives to explore and implement the reduction of energy consumption.

Current programs include Professional Home Energy Audits, Volunteer Solar Energy Raisers, and Local Foods Plymouth and Farm to Desk programs which bring local farm fresh food to consumers in town reducing transportation energy. Participants are asked to bring a bag lunch and learn how PAREI and these programs can help each individual, their homes, and business.

This monthly schedule of free educational seminars and professional skills training conducted by the Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce is part of their active support of regional businesses and is possible through the generosity of key area businesses and professionals.

For more information about Chamber events, or the Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce, contact the office at 536-1001, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Spaghetti dinner on Wednesday to raise funds for Meredith Emergency Food Pantry

MEREDITH — An all you can eat spaghetti dinner will be held Wednesday October 15 from . 5pm-8pm at the 104 Diner in New Hampton to benefit the Meredith Emergency Food Pantry.

Five dollars of every $10 meal sold will benefit the fund. A donation box has also been set-up for anyone looking to donate non-perishable items to the pantry. There will also be a raffle held for donated gifts from local vendors/stores.

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Meredith Village Savings Bank launches ‘What’s Not to Like’ Facebook contest

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) is excited to launch a three-month arts-themed Facebook contest, during which community members will have the opportunity to vote for a local school district to win a $3000 arts grant and enter to win one of five $250 TicketmasterTM gift card for themselves.

Over the summer, the Bank reached out to local school administrators and asked how they could benefit from an additional $3,000 in arts resources. Nine school districts including Alton, Conway, Gilford, Inter-Lakes, Moultonborough, Newfound, Plymouth, Prospect Mountain and Shaker Regional responded, and their entries will be posted to MVSB’s Facebook page now through Monday, December 29 are encouraged to review the submissions and vote for the school they feel is most deserving of the arts grant.

The “What’s not to ‘Like’?” grant contest began last year when local schools were given the opportunity to compete for a technology grant. The winning school district, Moultonborough, used the funds to purchase a 3D Printer for the Technology Education department at Moultonborough Academy. Due to the popularity of the contest, MVSB decided to renew the contest for a second year, but this time for the arts.

“At MVSB, we have been long-time supporters of local arts programs and we recognize the important role creative expression plays in the culture of communities across the Lakes Region,” said Cindy Hemeon-Plessner, Senior Vice President and Marketing Officer at MVSB, “By supporting arts education, we hope to help our local schools foster young imaginations, address academic standards, and promote the critical thinking and creativity skills essential to a 21st-century work force. 

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