Allstate agency owner wins $1,000 grant for Gilford Youth Center

GILFORD — Allstate agency owner Thomas Francoeur received the Agency Hands in the Community Award for his commitment to helping others. With this award came a $1,000 grant from The Allstate Foundation for the Gilford Youth Center in Gilford, where Thomas Francoeur volunteers.

Allstate agents and employees have a proud history of putting their good hands to work in supporting New Hampshire communities, promoting volunteerism and providing financial resources to enable local organizations to help others.

"The Agency Hands in the Community Award celebrates the spirit of service. Commitment to our communities is a natural extension of what we do every day – protecting people and making their lives more secure" said Julia Reusch. "With support from The Allstate Foundation, Thomas Francoeur and Gilford Youth Center are making his hometown a better, safer place to live.''

The Allstate Foundation awards more than $1 million every year to nonprofit organizations across the country in honor of dedicated Allstate agency owners who give back. To be eligible for nomination, Allstate agency owners must with volunteer, mentor or lead a nonprofit of their choice.

Soul Revival performing at Taylor Community on May 3

LACONIA ­­— The next program in the Taylor Community Music Series, sponsored by Bank of New Hampshire, is scheduled for Sunday, May 3 at 3 p.m. in Taylor’s Woodside Building. The event is free and open to the public.

Led by saxophonist Jonathan Lorentz, The Soul Revival performs blues, spirituals and jazz, centering on historic American songs. The band features vocalist Sharon “Sugar” Jones and includes pianist Andy Carballeira and bassist Joey Pierog, all of whom have performed extensively on the blues, jazz and popular music circuit. Their performance is being sponsored by Taylor Community President/CEO Bob Selig and his wife, Joyce.

Known for her dynamic performances and recordings, New Hampshire­based singer Jones combines jazz influences with love of blues, gospel music and Broadway show tunes to create an engaging listening experience.

Carballeira is a Boston­based keyboardist who is equally at home on the grand piano, Wurlitzer and Rhodes electric pianos, as he is on the Hammond B3 organ. Manchester’s Pierog is a sought-after bassist whose time in the music community has earned him a diversity of influence and experience.

Lakes Region resident Jon Lorentz is well­known to Taylor Community concert attendees. He calls his Soul Revival band “hard­working” and adds “this music is full of feel. Call it a religious fervor or not, the band is raw and emotional, with honest groove.”

Fundraiser on May 28 for Happy Tails Dog Park of the Lakes Region

GILFORD — Patrick's Pub is hosting a fundraiser for The Happy Tails Dog Park of the Lakes Region from 5 – 10 p.m. on Thursday, May 28. A portion of the proceeds from Patrick's  meals will be donated to the park. Just remember to tell your server that you are there to support the group.
At the same time guests are enjoying a meal from Patrick's, a Silent Auction will be held which will feature bird houses decorated by a number of local artists. The artists include Larry Frates, Maureen Bieniarz-Pond, Donna Manning, Cari Ordway (Bead Divine), Melissa McCarthy (The Studio), Jason Twombly, Jeanne Cox (Art Escape), Gail Brunt (All Fabric Arts), Marlene Witham, Mona Smith, and Jean Foote.
The auction itself will be from 6 – 8 pm.

Happy Tails Dog Park is currently raising funds to obtain the appropriate surveys and an engineered plan for the park which will be located at 55 Growtth Road in Laconia. While the park will be located in Laconia, it will be open to all Lakes Region residents and their guests.
Volunteers are eeded to assist with all aspects of the park. Check the web site,, or find us on Facebook for details on all events or to sign up to become a member of the group. Stop by the table at the Bow Wow Fest on May 2 to say hello and find out more information about the park. The Happy Tails Dog Park cookbook will be available, which features doggie treats and tips.
The Happy Tails Dog Park of the Lakes Region is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 2008 by a group of private citizens who wish to create an off- leash dog park in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. The group does not receive any taxpayer funds from any NH municipality and is not associated as a division of, nor a sister organization to any other Lakes Region animal related organization.

Plymouth State student ensemble performances on April 29, 30 & May 6

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth State University Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance will host student ensemble performances April 29, 30 and May 6 at the Silver Center for the Arts.

The PSU Percussion Ensemble leads the way April 29 at 7 p.m. in the Studio Theatre. The ensemble will perform music with a Latin American theme. The eight-member ensemble plays a vast collection of traditional western percussion instruments with a few surprises. Senior Zachary Stein, a music major from Newtown, Conn. will perform on a drum set suite designed to showcase his talents.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at

The PSU jazz ensembles comprise jazz veterans and newcomers who will showcase a varied program including Ellington, Beatles, Kenny Dorham, Freddie Hubbard, and original compositions during an evening of swing, groove, and more. The program will be held in Hanaway Theatre at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at

The PSU Chamber Players take to the Smith Recital Hall Stage Wednesday, May 6 at 7 p.m. Chamber Players will include the piano ensemble, flute choir, saxophone quartet, clarinet choir, woodwind quintet and brass ensembles in this free concert.