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Sant Bani School hosting Empty Bowls fund raising event on Sunday

SANBORNTON — Sant Bani School invites community members to attend an Empty Bowls fundraising event on Sunday, February 8, from 2-4 p.m. This event offers a great opportunity for families who are considering Sant Bani for their children to join in our school-wide service project and enjoy a casual reception with current parents, faculty and staff where they can learn more about the School.

Service Learning has been a cornerstone of Sant Bani's program since the School's founding in 1973. Students in all grades are involved in multiple projects throughout the year, and are given opportunities to choose projects they are passionate about. This year's Empty Bowls event is a school-wide project.

K-8 Service Learning Coordinator Jessica Pine explains, "Empty Bowls is a great example of an integrated service learning project, providing an opportunity for student-centered learning and collaboration as students work together to plan and implement the event."

Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger. This spring, guests will be invited to SBS for a meal of homemade soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests enjoy a meal together, and then keep a hand-crafted bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised will be donated to a local nonprofit organization, chosen by Sant Bani students, that is working to end hunger and food insecurity. Empty Bowl events have taken place across the United States and in at least a dozen other countries to raise and donate many millions of dollars to hunger-fighting organizations.

RSVP by calling 934-4240, sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or on the Empty Bowls event on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/santbani by Friday. The event is free and open to all; reservations are requested so enough materials can be prepared.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 February 2015 12:12

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Singer-songwriter Liz Longley performing at PSU on February 20

PLYMOUTH —  Singer-songwriter Liz Longley will perform in Plymouth State University's Silver Center for the Arts: Silver Series on Friday, February 20 at 8 p.m.

Tickets, priced between $15 and $30, are available at the Silver Center.

In the short time since her graduation from Boston's renowned Berklee College of Music, singer-songwriter Liz Longley has assembled an impressive resume. While best known for her stop-you-in-your-tracks voice, Longley has steadily developed a reputation as an accomplished songwriter, crafting intimately personal portraits through her music.

In the past two years, Longley has taken home top prizes at some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country, including the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship Competition, the International Acoustic Music Awards and the Rocky Mountain Folk Fest Songwriting Competition. New England named her the 2011 Female Performer of the Year, the Washington Post declared that she is "destined for a larger audience" and Dig Boston called her "a rising acoustic sensation." Even John Mayer is a fan, calling her music "gorgeous, simply gorgeous."

A Philadelphia native, Longley recently made the move to Nashville, Tenn. where she has quickly made her presence known throughout Music City. In addition to writing more than forty songs with some of the best songwriters in the business, Longley has also managed to keep up her seemingly never-ending touring schedule, playing over one hundred shows in the last year - all without the help of a record label or booking agent.

While Longley frequently supports the likes of Shawn Colvin, Amos Lee, Paula Cole, Nanci Griffith, Livingston Taylor, Lori McKenna and Colin Hay, something remarkable has begun to happen - audiences are emerging from these shows as fast fans of Longley's music as well. An engaging performer with an effortless stage presence, Longley has broken advance ticket and merchandise sales records at numerous venues across the country.

Most recently, Longley's music has taken center stage on a national level with numerous television placements and radio airplay. ABC's critically acclaimed series NY Med featured Longley's music throughout the first season, and the 2012 season finale of Lifetime's Army Wives displayed her towering vocals in an epic grand finale song, "This Is Not the End." Executives at SiriusXM caught wind of her captivating cover of Van Morrison's hit "Moondance" and added it into regular rotation, along with her award-winning original song, "When You've Got Trouble." After an impressive response from listeners, Longley was invited to perform live in the SiriusXM studios in New York City and was named one of their Coffee House Discoveries of 2011.

Following the success of her previous release, Hot Loose Wire, and an impressive crowdfunding campaign this past summer, Longley recently returned to the studio where she recorded her fourth full-length album which is scheduled to be released by Sugar Hill Records in early 2015.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 February 2015 12:06

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Bank of NH promotes Leonard to S.V.P. - Chief Commercial Banking Officer

LACONIA —  Bank of New Hampshire has announced that Barry Leonard has been promoted to Senior Vice President - Chief Commercial Banking Officer after the recent retirement of Louis H. Guevin, Jr.

"Lou's contribution to our organization has been exceptional and critical to developing our Commercial Lending division," said Mark Primeau, President & CEO of Bank of New Hampshire. "He has been a true asset to our organization and we are grateful for the leadership he has provided over the past 15 years. As his successor, we look forward to the experience and knowledge Barry has to offer."

Leonard joined Bank of New Hampshire in February 2010 and has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. He has played a key role in the growth and development of the Commercial Banking Division since that time. Barry holds a degree in business management from Notre Dame College, is a graduate of the ABA Graduate Commercial Lending School and the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking as well as the Executive Leadership Program at Wharton. In 2012, the Union Leader named Barry one of the forty future leaders of New Hampshire under the age of forty. Barry is very active in his community having served on the boards of the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, the Meadowbrook Charitable Foundation and currently serving on the board of the Belknap Economic Development Council and the Palace Theatre Advisory Board.

"As a full service bank, we offer state of the art Treasury Management and Commercial Lending products and services delivered with the highest level of customer service," stated Leonard. "With over 300 years of commercial banking experience, our commercial banking team understands the day to day challenges businesses face and have a proven expertise in finding the best solutions for our customers. I am very proud to be a part of this dynamic team and look forward to leading the Commercial Banking Division in helping New Hampshire businesses reach their full potential."

Bank of New Hampshire, founded in 1831, provides deposit, lending and wealth management products and services to families and businesses throughout New Hampshire. With 21 banking offices throughout New Hampshire and assets exceeding $1 billion, Bank of New Hampshire is the oldest and largest independent bank in the state.

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Barry Leonard (Courtesy photo)

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Meredith Altrusa Club offers scholarships

MEREDITH — The Meredith Altrusa Club will again award scholarship money geared to the "non-traditional" student twenty-three years of age and older as of March 1, 2015, continuing their education. Scholarships are intended for any of the following:
• Individuals upgrading their job skills or acquiring skills for job entry. For example, but not limited to - LNA programs, re-certification programs, cosmetology programs.
• Candidates enrolled for a minimum of three college credits at an accredited facility.
• Graduate students.
• Applicants living or working in one of the following towns: Meredith, Moultonborough, Center Harbor, New Hampton or Sandwich.

One of the scholarships given will be in memory of Professor Jeanette Ritzenthaler, Ed.D, founder of the Meredith Altrusa Club. Another scholarship will be given in memory of Mrs. Marian Touhey, a long-time member, past Treasurer and co-chair of the Scholarship Committee. These scholarships are called, "The Jeanette Ritzenthaler Scholarship" and "The Marian Touhey Scholarship".

The Altrusa Scholarship Committee will select candidates to interview. Applications may be picked-up at the following Public Libraries: Meredith, Moultonborough, New Hampton and Sandwich. Applications are also available at Plymouth State University and Lakes Region Community College. Applications may also be obtained electronically by visiting the Altrusa Website at www.altrusameredithnh.org/ or email your request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Deadline for the receipt of application is Friday, March 27, 2015. For further information contact chairperson, Lorraine Cahill, 476-5919, or co-chairperson, Shirley Currier, 279-8772.

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