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Meredith Village Savings Bank collecting items for Children’s Auction

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) is pleased to once again serve as a sponsor for the NH1 Children's Auction on WLNH, which supports children and families in need throughout the Lakes Region. This year, the televised auction is scheduled for Tuesday, December 9 through Saturday, December 13.

As in years past, MVSB's offices around the Lakes Region will serve as drop off points for donated auction items from now through Wednesday, December 10. Due to space concerns, the office in the Hannaford Supermarket in Plymouth will not be able to accept donations; however, the Plymouth Main Street office and all other MVSB offices will be accepting items. Community members are also invited to drop off their "theme day" donations, including much needed items like diapers, canned goods, toiletries, and socks at MVSB offices throughout the week of the auction. Stay tuned in to the auction or visit www.childrensauction.com for theme day information.

MVSB has been a supporter of the auction since it began in 1982 and was one of the first corporate sponsors for the event. About thirty employees volunteer as part of the event, and this year that will include the Bank's first PubMania team. The Bank will be contributing an iPad to be auctioned off during the event to help support the PubMania team, and will be the corporate sponsor of the auction on Friday.

"We are so moved by the commitment of the Children's Auction volunteers and the generosity of community members and local businesses," said MVSB CEO and President Sam Laverack. "It is incredibly rewarding to be a part of an event that makes such a significant impact on the lives of children and families throughout the Lakes Region."

In 2013, the NH1 Children' Auction on WLNH raised $510,801 for local organizations. Beneficiaries of these funds included 33 local non-profits that provide services to the children and families of our communities.

The NH1 Children' Auction on WLNH is in need of donated items as well as financial and volunteer support in order to reach its goal this year. To learn how you can help, visit www.childrensauction.com, contact them by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call (603) 524-1323.

Meredith Village Savings Bank, founded in 1869, is an independent mutual savings bank with 11 offices serving individuals, families, businesses and municipalities in the Lakes Region and the Plymouth area.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 08:16

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New Horizons Band to play at Taylor Community

LACONIA — The New Horizons Band of the Lakes Region, under the direction of Mary Divers, presents an afternoon concert, featuring a variety of holiday music at Taylor Community's Woodside Building on Saturday, December 20 at 2 p.m.

Consisting of musicians from many towns throughout the Lakes Region and Concord, the band is open to all ages. The group includes everyone from those interested in learning an instrument to professional players with diverse levels in-between. Divers – the conductor and band founder – holds a bachelor's degree in music education from West Chester University in Pennsylvania. She welcomes all new musicians to the New Horizons Band, whose belief is "Music is for Life!"

The program is open to the public. A free-will donation will be accepted for the band, which is a non-profit entertainment group. To RSVP and ensure seating, please call 524-5600, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 10:32

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Meredith office of Edward Jones collecting for Toys for Tots program

MEREDITH — Jacqueline Taylor, the local Edward Jones financial advisor, is currently supporting the Northern District Toys for Tots program by using her office as a drop-off location for this year's toy drive. Local residents may help needy children in the area by bringing in a new, unwrapped toy to the office, 14 Main Street, downtown now through December 22.

"With the holiday season around the corner, we are all getting ready for the festivities," Taylor said. "And as this is the season of giving, now is a great time to remember the less fortunate in our community."

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm's 13,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients to understand their personal goals from college savings to retirement and create long-term investment solutions that emphasize a well-balanced portfolio, diversified portfolio. Edward Jones embraces the importance of building long-term, face-to-face relationships with clients, helping them to understand and make sense of the investment options available today.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 10:26

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Bystander intervention policy at PSU aimed at preventing sexual violence

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University and a local crisis intervention agency Voices Against Violence are partnering to raise awareness about sexual assault by instituting a bystander intervention policy that will help prevent sexual violence and harassment and provide information and support to victims.

Jim Hundrieser, PSU's Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, said the policy encourages students to report any inappropriate behavior that they witness. "We are working to create a safer environment for our students," Hundrieser said. "The goal is to stop incidents from happening. We're telling students who witness something not to ignore it. It is important for students to tell someone in a leadership position and that can be done anonymously."

The policy and partnership were created in support of a recent White House report aimed at reducing the number of assaults on college campuses nationwide; the goal is to lessen the number of students who are assaulted and identify resources for students who are victims. While PSU is a safe institution as defined by federal and state authorities, the bystander intervention policy partnership is part of an ongoing effort to educate students and provide help to those who request it. Meg Kennedy-Dugan, Executive Director of Voices Against Violence in Plymouth, said their organization will provide resources to students, faculty and staff who want it.

"Voices Against Violence is thrilled to be collaborating with PSU in reaching out to survivors and friends as well as providing outreach and education to the campus community as a whole," Kennedy-Dugan said. Each first-year student seminar at PSU includes instruction on the bystander intervention policy and its importance in creating a safe environment for every student.

"Plymouth State has continued to educate students and created a campus culture that does not tolerate any forms of violence or discrimination," added Hundrieser. "This program will enhance our efforts to help educate our students."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 10:17

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