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Young organist performing at Congregational Church on Friday

LACONIA -- A young church organist will perform at Friday's noontime organ recital at the Congregational Church of Laconia in Veterans Square.
The recital, by Richard Gress, is scheduled to start at noon, and is open to the general public free of charge.

Gress, a homeschooled senior, has been a pipe organ student for seven years, and has been playing the
piano since age 4½. He has held a position as interim organist at Trinity Anglican Pro-Cathedral
in Rochester, and is currently the Music Scholar at Christ Episcopal Church, Exeter, NH, under his
teacher Bruce Adami.

In college, Gress will pursue a degree in pipe organ performance. As an organist, his accomplishments include being awarded first prize in the University of North Carolina School of the Arts/Salem College/Winston-Salem AGO High School Competition, second prize in the L. Cameron Johnson competition, attendance of pipe organ summer academies at Oberlin Conservatory and The Eastman School of Music, and performance appearances in various recitals and concerts, including the Summer Concert Series at Trinity Church in York Harbor, Maine.

In his spare time Gress loves cinema, bicycling, writing, and reading literature.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 07:13

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LRGHealthcare Celebrates Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month


LACONIA — March kicks off Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, a national movement to increase awareness about colorectal cancer. LRGHealthcare celebrates this month by taking the opportunity to remind the community that colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable.

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Each year, nearly 150,000 Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, many of these cancers and deaths could be prevented by increasing prevention efforts and increasing the use of recommended screenings.

Colorectal cancer is one of only a few cancers that can be prevented through the use of screening tests, yet nearly half of all Americans are not getting the recommended screenings they need. Many deaths expected from colorectal cancer this year could be avoided with wider use of proven screening tests. When treated early, colon cancer is up to 90% curable.

LRGHealthcare recommends that you to talk to your provider about your options for getting screened. Free screenings are now available through the New Hampshire Colorectal Cancer Screening Program to qualified individuals in NH. If you are due for a follow-up colonoscopy or if it is time to have your first, that cost could be paid under this program.

If you do not have a health care provider, LRGHealthcare can help; call Healthlink at 527-7171.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 07:08

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Plymouth State Takes On Nationwide Tobacco-Free Challenge


PLYMOUTH —  Today from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Plymouth State University will join campuses nationwide in a one-day challenge to be a tobacco-free campus.

Healthy PSU Program Manager Denise Normandin noted 99 percent of all regular tobacco users start by the age of 26, and nearly 14 percent of N.H. high school students smoke cigarettes, so the University wants to reach as many students as possible with the tobacco-free message.

"This is an opportunity for us to engage with students, faculty and staff in a meaningful and interactive way. Some of the activities planned include blending a nutritious smoothie by pedal bike, taking a tobacco-free selfie and entering to win wellness related prizes."

Grant funding from the state of New Hampshire Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) is assisting in developing policy, identifying enforcement infrastructure and augmenting cessation efforts with the goal of creating tobacco-free environments on all affiliated campuses.

"One-on-one counseling is the most effective approach to quitting tobacco, but we also do group presentations," Normandin said. "Students and employees understand the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, but quitting tobacco is hard," said Normandin. "If you know someone who is looking to quit, support them today and throughout the process. Your encouragement could help them kick the habit for good."


Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 06:58

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Heyduk will give talk on history of meredith

MEREDITH — Daniel Heyduk, PhD, Meredith News columnist of Passing Time, will be at the Meredith Public Library on Tuesday, April 7 at 4 p.m. to discuss his book "Meredith Chronicles: Passing Time at Lake Winnipesaukee". Starting with ancient beginnings and finishing with the early 20th century,  Heyduk's book tells the story of Meredith's history, and of course we are pleased there is an entire chapter devoted to the library.

Heyduk will be giving a slideshow presentation focusing on the highlights of his book and will have copies of his book for sale and signing. Free and open to the public.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015 06:35

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