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Help remove invasive plants from Squam Lakes Association trailhead next weekend

HOLDERNESS — On Saturday, May 9th from 10 a.m. to noon, the Squam Lakes Association invites community members to join them in removing invasive plants from the Rattlesnake Trailhead on Route 113 in Holderness.

The SLA began pulling invasive species from this area last year. Three truckloads of oriental bittersweet were removed thanks to the hard work of SLA staff and volunteers. This year, the SLA plans to pick up where they left off last year at one of the area's most popular trailheads.

"Removing invasives is a big job," says SLA Director of Conservation Rebecca Hanson, "but the hard work can be fun and satisfying with a great group of volunteers."

In the Squam Lakes Region there are a number of terrestrial invasive plants that choke out native plants, reduce biodiversity, and negatively impact wildlife. The SLA, in partnership with other area conservation organizations including the Squam Lakes Conservation Society, the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, and the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, is committed to managing the spread of invasive species and the restoration of impacted habitats.

Participants will also learn some basic plant identification and techniques for managing and removing invasive species common in the Squam Lakes region. The SLA will provide tools, water, and snacks. For more information, or to sign up visit the SLA website:squamlakes.org, or contact the organization directly at 603-968-7336 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Little Church Theater auditions May 17 & 18

HOLDERNESS — The Little Church Theater (LCT) will be holding its season auditions for LCT summer productions on Sunday and Monday, May 17 and 18. The auditions are for the production of Neil Simon's comedy "The Odd Couple", and the musical "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" by DiPietro and Roberts. Auditions will start promptly at 7:30 pm and will be held at The Little Church Theater on Route 113 in Holderness.

If performers would like to be considered for both productions, or just the musical, they are asked to prepare two contrasting sixteen bar musical theatre songs. An accompanist will be provided, therefore people are asked to bring sheet music. If performers only wish to be considered for The Odd Couple,  prepare two contrasting one-minute contemporary theatre monologues. Actors may also be asked to cold-read from a script provided.

The Odd Couple will be shown Thursday through Saturday, July 30, 31, and August 1. The show is about hypochondriac neat freak Felix and tactless, sloppy Oscar drive each other crazy as mismatched roommates in Neil Simon's award winning and hilarious classic comedy.

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change will run Thursday through Saturday, August 13-15 and 20-22. This show is the second-longest running Off Broadway musical, this hit comedy explores the joys, trials and tribulations of dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws.

To sign up for an audition, or to ask any questions, please email Director Dan Pelletier at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Additional information about The Little Church Theater, the performances and character descriptions are available at littlechurchtheater.com.

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Meredith Library hosting program Tuesday on songs from World War II

MEREDITH — The Meredith Public Library presents the program "Songs from World War II and their Stories You Didn't Know" on Tuesday, May 5 at 4 p.m. 

Presented by "Ramblin' Richard," this program recalls the music and brings to light the fascinating and unfamiliar stories about some of America's most beloved songs from 1939 - 1945. Songs like: "Beer Barrel Polka," "Bluebirds over the White Cliffs of Dover," "You are My Sunshine," "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition," and "Sentimental Journey."

This special hour-long program, "illustrated" with music, was debuted, in part, at the "Humanities Fair" in Concord sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council, and has been presented throughout the region. The presenter of the program is a member of the New England Foundation for the Arts, a retired professor who studied Gospel and American folk music and is an active musician who makes more than 200 performances each year. He tells the stories and sings the songs while accompanying himself on guitar, 5 string banjo and baritone ukulele.

Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Friends of the Meredith Library.

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Plymouth Elementary technology director to be recognized at Bammy Awards

­​PLYMOUTH — The Academy of Education Arts and Sciences announced today that Plymouth Elementary School Technology Director John Martin has been nominated for honors in the category of School Technologist at the 2015 Annual Bammy Awards to be held in Washington DC this fall.

The Bammy Award is a cross­discipline award recognizing the contributions of amazing educators from Martin's passion in his job as a technology educator has enabled him to work with other teachers across the globe: from the rural and urban schools of the United States to the jungles of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, then halfway around the world to the culture and chaos of South Asia to work with experienced educators in New Delhi, India and with both experienced educators and pre­service teachers in Islamabad, Pakistan.

He also serves as "Chief Imagineer & ExperiMentor" for his own consulting company White Mountain Technologies, served as a school board member, moderates the education focused Twitter chats #NHed and RuralEdChat, and provides professional development opportunities across the country.

"All across the nation, nominees like John Martin demonstrate that there is exceptional work being done to educate our children on many levels. Much of the good work being done goes unrecognized and is not covered in traditional media. Students are not the only ones who need validation. More than ever before, educators need to be validated and the stories about what's going right in American education need to be told," said Errol St. Clair Smith, executive producer of the Bammy Awards. "We are delighted to be part of this collaborative, nationwide effort for the fourth year."

Honorees will be announced on September 26th at a red­ carpet event in Washington, D.C. The Bammy Awards are presented by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences, which includes leading educators, education professors, journalists, editors, researchers, commentators, advocates, activists, visionaries and pioneers. The Academy is comprised of a board of governors, a council of peers and the executive committee. Supporters can vote online to help recognize the contributions to the education community that led to the selection of John Martin for this prestigious education community honor at http://www.bammyawards.org.

CAPTION — John Martin. (Courtesy photo)

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