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Alexandria musician releases album

ALEXANDRIA — Independent record label Tate Music Group has announced the official release of Maxwell MacPherson Jr.'s new album titled "Call it Synchronicity." The album offers 10 tracks and is readily available for purchase nationwide at the iTunes Store, Amazon.com, or directly from TateMusicGroup.com.

Maxwell MacPherson Jr. is Alexandria's up-and-coming blues musician. Singing and performing a variety of instruments since childhood, he was always surrounded by music. This talented musician will hook music fans with his captivating and catchy guitar riffs and smooth vocals. So kick back, relax and breathe in this amazing musician's one-of-a-kind blues.

His new album "Call it Synchronicity" is a compilation of tracks that is about time and motion and how these things affect an individual's life. Portrayed in a bluesy manner, this album explores beyond the boundaries of electronic music using complicated but harmonious mixes of music arrangements.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 November 2014 09:40

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Business planning workshop at Enterprise Center at Plymouth on December 5

PLYMOUTH — The Enterprise Center at Plymouth is pleased to host a one-day, hands-on, business-planning workshop on Friday, December 5 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Enterprise Center.

Business and marketing professional, Ally Piper, owner of A. Piper Creative, will walk business owners and entrepreneurs through the steps and stages of developing and growing a business on their terms. Using Ally's Napkin Note Biz Plan system as a guide, attendees will learn Ally's strategy for continual growth, ways to streamline efforts to build a consistent marketing machine, and how to leverage tools and technology to save time while steadily spreading the marketing message.

This hands-on workshop for small business owners and entrepreneurs is all about results and designed to initiate action. Attendees will leave inspired and armed with an action plan and tools to help achieve their goals. Topics and sessions covered in this workshop include real-world tools to save time and streamline business, practices to stay on top of the numbers and create a realistic business budget, ways to find more ideal clients/ customers, and strategies to create a consistent and workable marketing action plan.

Piper is the creator of the Napkin Note Biz Plan, a simple yet powerful planning system for busy business owners, and the founder of BrightIdeasForBiz.com, a blog dedicated to sharing a fresh perspective on running a business on one's on terms. Drawing on her extensive experience in marketing and communications, Piper has been called a "unique blend of highly creative marketing guru and clear-headed manager of budgets and timeframes." She is known for turning napkin notes into business and marketing plans that bring the big picture into focus with achievable steps and results. For more than 10 years, Piper has managed marketing for a broad spectrum of successful businesses ranging from 7-figure to small Main Street, to non-profit.

Seating for this event is very limited. Thanks to funding by the Community Development Finance Authority, the fee for this program is reduced to $49 per person. Scholarships are available for those who qualify.

For more information, please contact the ECP at 535-3222 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Friday, 21 November 2014 09:11

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Keep the Heat On entering 10th year in Plymouth

PLYMOUTH — The temperature has dropped, the first snow has fallen, and the holidays will soon be here. For many in our communities who face struggles all year, this season adds the challenge of keeping their families warm. But the Plymouth Area Community Closet (PACC) is gearing up to help them with fuel assistance funds raised by Keep the Heat On (KTHO).
For this 10th anniversary year, the fundraising goal is $50,000. Over the past nine years, PACC has helped nearly 600 families to heat their homes, with the number increasing every year. The average amount of assistance has also increased, from $300 to $500.
While the PACC keeps no records of those who receive assistance, they are all our neighbors. Some own their homes, and others rent. Some are young families; some are single moms; many are older folks, either on Social Security or not yet eligible. In each of their situations, something went wrong—a job was lost or there was a death in the family. Perhaps illness struck, with increased costs of treatment and prescriptions. Grandchildren moved in, and now the budget won't stretch enough to feed and clothe them on top of paying the fuel bill. Whatever the situation, they are proud and would prefer not to have to ask for help.
The Fuel Assistance Program FAP) administered by the New Hampshire Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides benefits to some qualified households to help with heating costs. The FAP can also help during heating emergencies by arranging an emergency delivery of fuel or delaying a shut-off. But both their guidelines and their limited funding prevent them from helping all who are in need.
That's where the PACC enters the picture. After contacting an applicant's fuel provider to verify that they are struggling to pay their fuel bills, PACC uses funds raised through KTHO to enable them to make ends meet. And that can make all the difference to a family.
The KTHO committee is already hard at work preparing for the 10th annual fundraising event on January 14, 2015, and they're asking for the support of the entire community to ensure success in achieving their goal of raising $50,000 for fuel assistance. Plymouth State University has already contributed by making the spacious Prospect Hall available for the evening, which includes a fantastic buffet dinner prepared by area chefs representing their restaurants, and exciting silent and live auctions. Local restaurants, event sponsors, and auction donors have started to come forward with offers of support.Watch this newspaper for more details on the 10th Annual KTHO, including ticket sales (still just $35!).
KTHO is organized and sponsored by the Plymouth Area Democrats, partnered with the PACC in their continued mission to provide assistance to our neighbors. KTHO—and the fuel assistance it helps provide—are entirely non-partisan.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 11:52

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Hebron Hazard Mitigation Committee to meet on Tuesday

HEBRON — The Hebron Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Committee has postponed its next meeting until Tuesday November 25 at 1 p.m. in the Hebron Public Safety Building.

The Hebron Hazard Mitigation Plan Committee has begun the process of updating its 2009 Hazard Mitigation Plan. The committee, which is represented by a variety of local interests, will focus on the natural and manmade hazards that put Hebron at risk as well as the development of recommendations to protect the safety and well being of town residents. Residents of Hebron and representatives from neighboring communities are encouraged to attend and provide input.

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 Thursday, 20 November 2014 11:45

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