North Shore Acapella performing at Winnipesaukee Playhouse on Saturday

MEREDITH — North Shore Acappella, which captivated judges and audiences on NBC’s Sing-Off, will perform at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse in Meredith on Saturday, May 2 at 7 p.m. for the benefit of Genesis Behavioral Health. The program will begin at 7:45 p.m.

North Shore Acapella is Boston’s highest profile a cappella group and has opened for legendary acts including Jay Leno, The Temptations, Frankie Valli, Al Jarreau, and Roberta Flack. Their skillful blend of harmony, rhythm and tempo will delight audience members as they perform from their huge repertoire of songs from the 60’s and 70’s, as well as from the 40’s, doo-wop and Bruno Mars.  

As Sam Weisman, Executive Producer and Co-Creator of NBC's The Sing Off noted, "North Shore is just a kick ass a cappella group, so musical, so warm, so funny! On Season 3 of The Sing Off, they gave us class, style, and heart. Everyone loves them!"

In a unique twist as part of their annual “We Care” program, the organizer of this event, Temple B’nai Israel (TBI) of Laconia will contribute the net proceeds of the NSA performance to Genesis Behavioral Health. Genesis is the community mental health center serving Belknap and southern Grafton Counties, providing comprehensive mental health services that promote recovery from mental illness and emotional distress to over 3,500 children, adults, elders and their families each year.  

Tickets are $25 per person and include refreshments and soft drinks. Wine and beer will be available at the cash bar. There are only 200 tickets available so call The Winnipesaukee Playhouse Box Office to reserve a ticket at 279-0333.

PSU history professor named an American Council on Education Fellow

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University History Professor Marcia Schmidt Blaine has been named an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow for the 2015-16 academic year. Blaine is one of 47 individuals selected for the prestigious leadership development program that prepares senior leaders to serve American colleges and universities.

As an ACE Fellow, Blaine will focus on an issue of concern to Plymouth State University while spending the next academic year working with a college or university president and other senior officers at a host institution. The program combines retreats, interactive learning opportunities, campus visits and placement at another higher education institution to condense years of on-the-job experience and skills development into a single semester or year.

"As a Fellow, I can research and study, observe mentors and understand national policies," Blaine said. "I'll have the time to think and write while exploring a variety of leadership styles. An ACE Fellowship will give me the opportunity to tackle the challenges facing higher education."

After joining Plymouth State University as a full-time faculty member in 2002, Blaine was elected chair of PSU's Executive Council, where she worked to improve inclusiveness in faculty governance. She served as head of the University Steering Committee and then as Faculty Speaker. In 2010, she helped to form a new department, combining history with the disciplines of philosophy and social studies education; she has served as department chair since its inception. Blaine notes that she is ready to investigate other university cultures and leadership positions in the experiential mode offered by ACE.

PSU President Sara Jayne Steen, a former ACE Fellow, said Blaine is a great choice for the leadership development program. "Marcia is both thoughtful and effective," Steen said. "She combines reflection with energy and the ability to see a path and bring others together to accomplish goals quickly, a combination needed in higher education leadership. The ACE Fellows program will offer her an opportunity to learn from the nation's best. It is a competitive national program, and I am pleased to see her excellence recognized."

ACE President Molly Corbett Broad noted that the Fellows Program, established in 1965, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this academic year, and that over those five decades nearly 2,000 higher education leaders have participated, with more than 300 Fellows having served as chief executive officers of colleges or universities and more than 1,300 having served as provosts, vice presidents and deans.

"The ACE Fellows Program enters its second half century committed to further growing and strengthening the nation's premier higher education leadership development program," Broad said. "The diverse and talented 2015-16 Fellows class embodies why the program has been such a vital contributor to expanding the leadership pipeline for our nation's colleges and universities."

Open house May 5 at American Pie Pizza & Pub in Plymouth

PLYMOUTH — American Pie Pizza & Pub will be hosting an open house on Tuesday, May 5 featuring live music, local art, food and drink specials, and the official unveiling of the new barroom. The open house starts at 5 p.m. with live music to begin at 7 p.m.

Owner Chad Ewens, who opened the business in August of last year, has worked to turn what was previously the Plymouth House Of Pizza into a comfortable gathering place for the local music and arts community.

"I grew up here and had been searching for a way for some of us local dreamers to support each other," Ewens says. "The creative talent around here is just amazing, and we're excited to be able to see it flourish in our own venue."

Since November, American Pie Pizza & Pub has hosted the Plymouth Spotlight open mic every Tuesday night, and it has grown quickly into a well-supported meetup of local musical talent.

"When we finished renovating the back bar, we knew we wanted local music to be part of the opening," says Ewens. "And when we saw that Cinco De Mayo falls on a Tuesday, it made perfect sense to bring it all together for a night of celebration."

Pemi Baker TV will be on hand to do a feature for local television. The works of local artist Charlie Kuzinas will be on display in the performance room, and the back bar will feature the newly-installed CD jukebox, filled with albums by local musicians.

For more information about the event, contact American Pie Pizza & Pub at 536-2001.

Melissa Lee is named as Franklins "Citizen of the Year"

FRANKLIN — LRGHealthcare congratulated Melissa Lee, Community Health Educator at Franklin Regional Hospital for being named "Citizen of the Year" by the Franklin Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. She was presented the award on April 4 by Franklin Mayor Ken Merrifield at the annual meeting of the Franklin Elks Lodge Membership.

Lee was recognized for her outstanding service and contributions to the Franklin community. Mayor Merrifield expressed his appreciation for her "helping to make Franklin a healthier community" through her many community contributions including the Franklin Mayor's Drug Task Force, the Franklin Healthy Eating Active Living Coalition (HEAL), the Community Day Planning Committee, her work on the Odell Park Centennial Project, coordination of the Franklin Farmer's Market initiative, initiating the annual Odell Park after Dark Community Halloween event, instructing Zumba classes at Bessie Rowell Community Center, and serving as a call EMT with the Franklin Fire Department.

LRGHealthcare joins the Franklin Elks in thanking Lee for all she's done to help promote a healthier community for the citizens of Franklin.