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Four one-act plays by PSU students March 26-28

 PLYMOUTH — The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Plymouth State University will showcase a series of student-written and directed one-act plays March 26-28 in Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts.
The plays, created in Professor Paul Mroczka's Writing for Performance class, will be presented as script-in-hand staged readings—scaled down presentations without sets, costumes or lighting. Mroczka says, "The Playwrights' Showcase is about focusing on the script. We want the words to get out there and really be heard, while simultaneously demonstrating the interaction between the actors"
The productions are:
"Artura Verani" by Hayden Stearns '15, a theatre arts major from Scotland, Conn.; directed by Chase Perkins '15. This science fiction piece explores humans' actions and motivations when they are put in extreme circumstances. The play explores the decisions people have to make in life-or-death situations and how they view different forms of life, while exploring the question of whether some lives are worth more than others.

"Poetry Night" by Rachel Pantazis '14, an English major from Manchester; directed by Haley McKenney '15. "Poetry Night" is a comedy that Rachel hopes will have the audience at the Silver Center "rolling in their seats."

"How I lost my Mind: A Ghost Story" by Kayla Fernekees '15, a theatre arts major from Salem; directed by Sam St. Jean '15. The play follows couple Elly and Andrew as they deal with life's struggles that, for them, happen to be primarily paranormal. When Elly is possessed, Andrew is certain that she is suffering from mental illness and urges her to take time off from work and seek therapy. Their clashing viewpoints cause more than just a tension in their relationship and it all leads up to a major paranormal experience.

"The Narcissist" by Leo Curran '16, a theatre arts major from Braintree, Mass.; directed by Meg Anchukaitis '15. The play tells the story of a young man's journey during which he discovers why he has become so focused on himself and is afraid of being genuine with and vulnerable to others. "The Narcissist" delves into Edgar's mind, exploring his broken relationships with the three most important women of his life.

Tickets for the Playwrights' Showcase are $8 at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 799-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 March 2015 08:36

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Meredith Village Savings Bank gives out $77,000 to local non-proft agencies

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) is pleased to announce a $33,500 donation to the Granite United Way for its 2015 corporate giving campaign as well as an additional $33,500 in donations to local non-profit agencies selected by Bank employees. The donations are the result of the contributions from the Bank's employees coupled with the Bank's dollar-for-dollar match.

As part of MVSB's commitment to aiding non-profit agencies in the communities it serves, the matched contributions were distributed evenly to 10 non-profit agencies that were selected by MVSB employee vote. The following agencies each received a donation of $3,350:

• Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region
• Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice
• Genesis Behavioral Health
• Granite United Way – Central Region
• Lakes Region Habitat for Humanity
• Lakes Region Humane Society
• New Beginnings Crisis Center
• New Hampshire Food Pantry – Lakes Region
• New Hampshire Humane Society
• Voices Against Violence

"We strongly encourage and support MVSB employees in volunteering with and contributing to the organizations that they are most passionate about" said Sam Laverack, President and CEO for Meredith Village Savings Bank. "This Bank's contribution match relies on the generosity our employees, so it only seemed natural for them to be included in the selection of agencies to receive this extra support."

To achieve this outstanding level of giving, 118 employees gave an average of $284 each, which rose to $568 each with the Bank match. The success of the Bank's annual United Way giving campaign would not have been possible without the enthusiasm and leadership of its coordinators, Patricia Colby, Cathy Sleeper and Susan Ross.

"Granite United Way is fortunate to count Meredith Village Savings Bank and its employees among our partners in improving lives throughout this area," said Scoop Welch, Granite United Way's Area Director of the Central Region. "The combination of employee giving and Meredith Village Savings Bank's corporate gift is an impressive demonstration of their collective dedication to this community. It is a tribute to the spirit of community felt throughout Central New Hampshire."

Granite United Way is an experienced and trusted organization dedicated to leveraging the resources of investors and volunteers to create lasting change by addressing the underlying causes of our community's most pressing needs. Granite United Way is committed to improving the lives of individuals and families by supporting programs in the areas of education, income and health. Granite United Way works with over 1,000 companies, 25,000 investors and thousands of volunteers every year to make our communities a better place.

Granite United Way serves the Southern (Manchester/Derry/Salem), Merrimack County, North Country, Central NH, Northern and Upper Valley Regions of NH and VT as well as Windsor County, VT. For more information, visit www.graniteuw.org.

Meredith Village Savings Bank, founded in 1869, is an independent mutual savings bank with 11 offices serving individuals, families, businesses and municipalities in the Lakes Region and the Plymouth area.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 March 2015 08:23

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Hebron Hazard Mitigation Committee to meet

HEBRON — The Hebron Hazard Mitigation Plan Committee will have its next meeting on March 18 at the Public Safety Building 37 Groton Road, Hebron, starting at 1 p.m.

The committee, which is represented by a variety of local interests including the Board of Selectmen, Fire and Police Departments, Conservation Commission, and local citizens, is focused on the natural and manmade hazards that put Hebron at risk as well as the development and prioritization of recommendations to protect the safety and well being of town residents.

The meeting will focus on prioritizing mitigation actions and how such actions can be implemented. Residents of Hebron and representatives from neighboring communities are encouraged to attend and provide input. Another method of providing input to the committee is through a survey at http://www.lakesrpc.org/hmp/Survey.pdf.

A copy of the 2009 Hazard Mitigation Plan can be viewed at the town's Hazard Mitigation website http://www.hebronnh.org/hazard-mitigation-committee.html. For more information call Chief John Fischer, Hebron Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director at 744-5584 or David Jeffers, Regional Planner, Lakes Region Planning Commission at 279-5341.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 March 2015 08:09

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Ducks Unlimited chapter to hold annual dinner banquet at La Piece in Tilton

TILTON — The Daniel Webster Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold its twenty-sixth annual dinner banquet auction on Saturday, March 28 at 5 p.m. at La Piece - The Room in Riverfront Place.

Each year the United States loses some 140,000 acres of wetland habitat. Since its inception, Ducks Unlimited has raised over one billion dollars and enhanced and restored nearly 13.2 million habitat acres, encompassing over 15,000 wetland projects, in an effort to reverse this destructive trend. DU's projects provide habitat for over 600 wildlife species, including ducks, geese, and endangered or threatened species like the whooping crane and bald eagle.

Last year 6,200 local Ducks Unlimited fundraising events throughout the country last year contributed towards Ducks Unlimited's national fundraising effort of almost $175 million. Last year Ducks Unlimited achieved 81% efficiency, resulting in 81 cents of each dollar raised being spent on wetland acquisition or improvement.

This year the five course dinner will be buffet style catered by Chef Corey Fletcher of the Granite Restaurant & Bar in Concord. Tickets must be ordered by Friday, March 20. Vegetarian meals may be arranged in advance.

Dinner tickets cost $65 for an individual and $90 for a couple while youths under 18 years of age are $35. All attending youths will be entered to win a Harrignton & Richardson 20 gauge shotgun donated by Brad Marshall of Marshall Firearms.Sponsor tickets are $280 for an individual ticket with the purchaser being entered in a special raffle for a gun.

To purchase tickets or for information on how to support Ducks Unlimited's program of wetlands conservation, contact Pete Spear at 729-0214, Kevin Stack at 236-2110 or this year's area chairman Jim Cropsey at 286-9633.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 March 2015 08:42

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