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Streetcar Company preparing for spring production of ‘Barnum’

LACONIA — The cast and crew of The Streetcar Company's upcoming presentation of the circus musical "Barnum", have been hard at work preparing for opening night. "Barnum", a popular and long running musical both on Broadway and in London will be presented at Inter-Lakes High School Friday through Sunday, May 1-3rd.
After well attended auditions in January director J. Alward has assembled a cast of veterans and newcomers that include: Bo Guyer in the title role of Barnum (the same role he played 25 years ago), Lynn Dadian as Charity Barnum, Chris Fernandez as the Ringmaster, Karen Jordan as Jenny Lind, Patte Sarusky as Joice Heath, Ceci Zarella as the Blues Singer, and Abby Jutton as Tom Thumb. The ensemble is filled with talented local actors and singers who play the various people that come in and out of the life of Barnum, circus performers, and cool animal acts.
Providing the choreography and creating the circus acts will be long time Streetcar regular Erin Lovett Sherman. Another Streetcar regular Johan Anderson will provide the vocal instruction and Phil Bretton will be playing the piano and creating the other musical sounds.
Director Alward and producer Raelyn Cottrell are working with the production staff to fine tune the behind the scenes arrangements that help pull the show together. Some of those heading up the various positions include Aaron Witham designing the set, Peter Ayer will be collecting the props, and Yvette Lazdowski will be designing and making the costumes.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 11:25

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PSU launching 5-year, 2-degree accounting program


PLYMOUTH — Accounting students now have an opportunity to put their careers on a fast track through Plymouth State University's five-year accounting program. Students can earn both a bachelor's and a master's degree in accounting through the five-year program, in addition to being well-prepared for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examinations. PSU's College of Business Administration Dean Trent Boggess said the program reflects the needs of students and the financial services industry.

"Accounting is a growing field and there is an incredible demand for accountants, but becoming one is not an easy task," Boggess said. "Our motivation for adding the Master of Science in Accounting degree is to create a five-year program that better meets the needs of our students and the state of New Hampshire."

New Hampshire recently increased the licensing requirements for new CPAs; they are now required to have 150 credit hours in addition to passing all four parts of the CPA exam, and need one year of professional accounting experience prior to being certified. Tom Guarino, an accounting professor at PSU and CPA, noted that the five-year program prepares students both academically and for the rigorous exam process.

"The fifth year, which is a 30-credit master's of science in accounting program, not only increases a student's knowledge but also prepares them for the CPA exam," Guarino said. "The goal is that students will be able to start taking and passing the CPA exam within their fifth year. Adding another year to their education at PSU is a "win-win" for students because it solves the need to get the additional credits now required for a CPA and a master's degree in accounting, which really puts them ahead of other graduates trying to find jobs in accounting."

Furthermore, the fifth year can be taken online, which is crucial to those already working in the field.

"Having the fifth year available online provides students with the flexibility to work a full-time job while attending school," added Guarino.

Becoming a CPA is an arduous task, but the field is a lucrative one. According to Robert Half Management Resources, a financial industry staffing services leader, an entry-level CPA generally earns between $45,000 to $55,000 annually.

"What everybody wants to know is, is getting my degree worth it? The answer is yes, particularly in accounting," asserts Boggess. "You have to work hard, but you will have a direct path to a good job. Our graduates, because they emerge so well trained, are avidly sought after by accounting firms. Our best students start getting job offers in the fall of their senior year, and virtually all of our accounting graduates get jobs shortly after they graduate."

Graduates of Plymouth State's accounting program have a sterling record of success. Larry Haynes '86 is the president and CEO of the Grappone Automotive Group, one of New Hampshire's largest automotive retailing groups. Prior to joining Grappone, he worked for Deloitte & Touche, First NH Bank and the MEG Companies in various financial and accounting positions. Jane Poulin '84, Associate Chief Accountant, US Securities and Exchange Commission, is an executive with 27 years of experience in finance, accounting, internal controls and processes, audit, regulation and corporate governance involving international public companies.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 11:19

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Ebooks now accessible at Year-Round Library

GILMANTON — The Gilmanton Year-Round Library is now offering access to Ebooks. Librarian Tasha LeRoux Stetson tells patrons: "If you already have a library card all you need to do is make a quick stop at gyrla.org and follow the link to start your search For any questions regarding your account information please call 603-364-2400 and we will be happy to assist you."

Over the past years the Library has received numerous requests from patrons to add e-book service to the library. Tasha continues: "After we did the initial research we were sad to have to say no but the cost was too high for our budget. Each year we have revisited this idea and when we received information stating we were one of the only towns in the entire state not offering this service, we knew we had to make a change.

'It is our belief the residents of Gilmanton NH are equally as deserving as the rest of New Hampshire's residents. Seeing we were below the curve again pushed us to find a way to make it happen. Through generous and continued donations we were able make this small dream a reality.

'It gives us great pleasure to be able to bridge the gaps, offer access and create equal opportunities for the citizens of this town. So, stop on by and try out this new service. No Kindle at home? Did you know you can read an ebook on your phone too? Let us show you how "

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 11:06

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Altrusa’s 25th Taste of Lakes Region set to take place on March 22

MEREDITH — In spring of 1990, Laconia Altrusa held the first Taste of the Lakes Region; providing the community an opportunity to "taste" specialty offerings from local restaurants. It was also a fundraiser for the local club, become the major fundraiser for the year. It was an immediate success, and this March 22, Laconia Altrusa will hold the 25th Taste of the Lakes Region at Church Landing in Meredith.

Over the years The "Taste" has been held at a variety of Lakes Region venues, beginning at Pheasant Ridge Country Club in Gilford. Other years it was held at The Margate, Gunstock, The Opechee Inn and Church Landing in Meredith.

During this 25 year time period over $175,000 has been raised and given back to the community in a variety of forms. Scholarship monies have been given to students pursuing an education in Health Care, Education, Business and Athletics have been given annually to Lakes Region students. Camp Win-She-Blow in Gilford received funding for summer campers along with Adopt-A-Spot in Laconia. Belknap County Nursing Home has received funding for special activities and events for residents.

Altrusa International has focused on promoting Literacy for all ages and Laconia Altrusa has promoted literacy in the Lakes Region a major priority. The Laconia club has provided literature packages for newborns at LRGH for many years as well as providing reading materials for the Elder Care Unit. The club sponsored a Literacy Day in Laconia last spring ; giving bags of free books to children at the elementary level.

A limited number of tickets will be sold for this year's event. A variety of appetizers, main entres, and desserts will be featured. There will be a cash bar available so no one under 21 will be admitted. Tickets are $25 per person and are sold at Hectors of Laconia, Hart's Turkey Farm in Laconia and Coldwell Banker in Laconia.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:56

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