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Gilford Community Church names new choir director

GILFORD — The Gilford Community Church has named AJ Coppola has the church's choir director.

Coppola, a music teacher and member of area choral groups, will assume his new duties in September.

Coppola has been a member of the church since 1999 and has presented vocal and instrumental solos for church services during his years in the Gilford school system. For the past five years, he has been a valued member of the Gilford Community Church Chancel Choir.

Coppola graduated from Ithaca College, in New York state in 2009 with a degree in music education and a concentration in bassoon. He also plays the flute, trumpet and clarinet.

Currently, Coppola is the K-8 music teacher at the Campton Elementary School in Campton, where he teaches band, chorus and general music. He is also doing graduate work at Colorado State University.

Coppola sings with the New Hampshire Master Chorale and the Pemi Choral Society and has performed with the Educational Theater Collaborative. He serves on the boards of the New Hampshire Master Chorale and the New Hampshire Friendship Chorus.

This summer he will be traveling to Colombia with the Friendship Chorus. Coppola will direct the Old Home Day choir in preparation for Old Home Day Sunday, Aug. 24, and will officially begin his position in September.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 09:37

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Meadowbrook will host Alan Jackson on August 7

GILFORD — Country superstar Alan Jackson takes his tour to the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook in Gilford, on Thursday, August 7. Tickets are available and may be purchased online at www.BankNHpavilion.com or by calling the box office at 603-293-4700.

Alan Jackson is one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters in music. He is in the elite company of Paul McCartney and John Lennon among songwriters who've written more than 20 songs that they've recorded and taken to the top of the charts. Jackson is one of the 10 best-selling artists since the inception of SoundScan, ranking alongside the likes of Eminem and Metallica. His current album, The Bluegrass Album, was released last Sept. 24 and debuted #1 on Billboard's Bluegrass Albums Sales Chart and remained in the #1 position for over four months.

Jackson has sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide, topped the country singles charts 35 times, and scored more than 50 Top-10 hits. He has written or co-written 24 of his 35 #1 hit singles. Jackson is a 18-time ACM Award winner, a 16-time CMA Award recipient, and a two-time Grammy-winning artist whose songwriting has earned him the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award and an induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame as a 2011 Songwriter/Artist inductee.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 09:28

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Franklin's First 79E project bringing insurance agency to downtown

FRANKLIN — The A.W. Frost Insurance Agency is relocating to downtown and bringing a historic building back to life.

The City of Franklin adopted RSA 79-E to spur Community Revitalization and Development back in February of 2013.
The Adoption of RSA 79-E allows the City Council to grant tax relief for approved improvements to qualifying structures in the core downtown area. Franklin's first 79-E project was unanimously approved by the City Council on May 5 this year.

The A.W. Frost Insurance Agency, a division of Davis & Towle Insurance group, has been in Franklin for over 85 years. They recently purchased the former Northway Bank building downtown at 354 Central Street. Extensive interior renovations as well as façade improvements are currently underway. The architect on the project is Tom Wilson, Wilson & Wilson Architects from Bow.
Prescott Towle stated "We are excited to lead the way as the first business to take advantage of 79-E in Franklin and kick off what will hopefully be the first of many renovations happening in the downtown area". He further stated, "The process to apply for this tax incentive was made very simple by the great staff in the Planning & Zoning office".
"The City Council couldn't be more thrilled to support this project and sees this as an enhancement to the economic vitality of the downtown. The Council thanked A. W. Frost for improving a centrally located structure that is culturally and historically important" stated Elizabeth Dragon, Franklin's City Manager.
The Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce will be coordinating a ribbon cutting sometime in August when renovations are complete. Those who would like to learn more about this tax incentive can call the Franklin City Hall 934-3900.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 09:26

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7 local high school graduates receive Sutherland Memorial Scholarship aid

MEREDITH -- Seven college-bound area high school graduates have been awarded financial aid through the  Meredith Village Savings Bank James D. Sutherland Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Each year, one graduating high school student from each community in which Meredith Village Saving Bank (MVSB) has an office is selected to receive a grant from the Sutherland Memorial Scholarship.

The recipients of this year's James D. Sutherland Memorial Scholarships are:
• Charley Cote of Alton Bay, daughter of Karen Clausen and Jeffrey Cote, attending the University of Vermont in Burlington.
• Derek Rossetti of Moultonborough, son of Missy Clifford-Rossetti, attending Plymouth State University.
• Emily Wernig of Gilford, daughter of Joseph and Jolene Wernig, attending University of New Hampshire in Durham.
• Mikayla Minor of Laconia, daughter of Shawn and Jennie Minor, attending University of New Hampshire in Durham.
• Olivia Miller of Plymouth, daughter of Susie McCann and Brandon Miller, attending Keene State College.
• Richard Burnham of New Durham, son of Glenn and Cassandra Burnham, attending University of New Hampshire in Durham.
• Spencer Perreault of Meredith, daughter of Alison and Jack Whynot, attending University of Vermont in Burlington.

The Sutherland Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of James Sutherland, who served as CEO and president of Meredith Village Savings Bank between 1982 and 1996. Each year the scholarship is awarded to deserving high school seniors from Gilford High School, Inter-Lakes High School, Kingswood Academy, Laconia High School, Moultonborough Academy, Plymouth Regional High School and Prospect Mountain High School.

Students who are interested in applying for the 2015 scholarship are encouraged to speak with their guidance office or visit the Community Involvement page of Meredith Village Savings Bank's website.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 09:22

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