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Ambassador Rick Barton to Speak at PSU March 27

PLYMOUTH — The U.S. Assistant Secretary for Conflict and Stabilization will speak at Plymouth State University's Welcome Center at PSU Ice Arena Rt 175A (Holderness Road) Thursday, March 27, at 1 p.m.

Rick Barton will speak about how the State Department is advancing national security by helping countries like Kenya, Syria, Honduras and Burma break cycles of conflict and address the causes of destabilizing violence. Ambassador Barton's newly established office focuses on civilian-led peace and security efforts in volatile situations across the world. The Ambassador will also discuss job opportunities in international business.

This presentation is free and open to the community and is hosted by Plymouth State University in partnership with the World Affairs Council of N.H. and the PSU College of Business Administration.

Ambassador Barton is driving the State Department's efforts to improve U.S. government effectiveness in preventing conflict and addressing crises. Mr. Barton leads a team of nearly 200, who are focused on a few countries of special importance or where innovative initiatives can further locally-driven solutions. Previously, Ambassador Barton worked to improve the U.S. and international response to conflict in more than 30 of the world's most unstable places.

He led independent reviews of Iraq reconstruction; developed civilian strategies for Iraq, Sudan, and Sri Lanka; created new measurements of progress in Iraq and Afghanistan; and initiated path-breaking approaches to conflict reduction in Pakistan and Nigeria. He served in New York as the U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), working on development, peacebuilding, climate change, and human rights.

During that time, Mr. Barton was actively engaged in the creation of UN Women, the advancement of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, the Millennium Development Goals summit, the suspension of Libya's voting rights on the UN Human Rights Commission, Haiti's post-earthquake reconstruction, Democracy Fund initiatives, and efforts to better align U.S. and UN development country programs.

Ambassador Barton graduated from Harvard College, earned his master's in Business Administration from Boston University and was honored with a Doctorate by Wheaton College of Massachusetts.

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Rabies clinic in Franklin on March 29

FRANKLIN — The City of Franklin will be holding a Rabies Clinic and Dog Licensing event on Saturday, March 29 from 2-4pm at the Franklin Fire Station located on 59 West Bow Street.

For licensing, a photo ID is required as proof of Franklin residency. Proof of prior rabies vaccination will be required for a 3-year immunization. If no record presented, a 1- year immunization will be given.

Rabies Vaccination costs $12. per dog/cat. Dog License Fees range from $2-$9. All dogs must be on a leash and all cats must be in carriers.

Contact City of Franklin, City Clerk’s Office at (603) 934-3109 for more information.

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Bicycle exchange meeting on March 24

LACONIA — A brainstorming meeting for the Laconia Area Bicycle Exchange initiative will be held on Monday, March 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Lakes Region Child Care conference room, located at 22 Strafford Street Unit #4. The purpose of the Laconia Area Bicycle Exchange (LABE) will be to provide a means of inexpensive alternative transportation in the form of reliable and maintained bicycles, made available to people who benefit with greater mobility as it relates to work, family and personal living. The focus of the Exchange would be for people who have no means to afford an automobile or who have no valid drivers license. A referral program would be used by working with area human service organizations that would refer people to the Exchange.

Providing a means of greater mobility for those in our community with special needs, helps with stable employment and meeting personal responsibilities such as doctor's appointments. There are also family and recreational benefits.

To form an organizational structure working with like minded organizations and volunteers to create a board or committee structure. To locate a secure downtown location that would provide storage for and scheduled access to an inventory of bicycles. Along with helmets and safety brochures on site air pumps and local business and city departments. To receive civic support in making Laconia even more bicycle friendly.

RSVP required. A short survey to help with planning can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MPWRT7H. For more information or to register for the Monday meeting call or email John Rogers at 524-5288 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

A follow up meeting will be held at the Better Together Meeting on Thursday, March 27 at 4 p.m. in the Laconia Middle School Library.

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‘Aging with Humor’ at Gilford Library on Tuesday

GILFORD — A special presentation by author and comedian Mary Lou Fuller, will take place Tuesday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Gilford Public Library.

Since the age of 60, Fuller has pursued a life-long dream of writing full-time. The author of four books, both humorous and deeply personal, Fuller now travels the state presenting her latest program, "Aging With Humor." Now 85 years old, Fuller has a unique and witty perspective on aging. Her program is free and open to the public and will take place in the Library Meeting Room.

This program was rescheduled from Feb. 18 when it had to be postponed due to the weather.

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