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Saturday marks 2-year anniversary of first comedy show at Pitman’s

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room is celebrating its two year of comedy anniversary show Saturday, November 15 at 8 p.m. with a triple header blockbuster event starring three of New England's top comedians.

It was November of 2012 when Pitman's owner Dick Mitchell, first delved into the comedy scene as 86 people showed up to the 94 New Salem St. venue for that first comedy night. Since them the room has become a comedy mecca for the lakes region as a parade of Las Vegas regulars, Comedy Central alum, and late night talk show comedians have taken the stage for the once a month comedy nights. A number of shows have passed the 200 mark and nearly every show during the non-summer months surpassed 150.

"It's been amazing," said Mitchell who also brings in top regional names in blues and jazz. "When we first started we had no idea the appeal would be this great, but we are now two years in it's easy to understand why the people keep turning out.

"The shows are high level events, the comedians are regulars in Las Vegas, many have television credits and the BYOB factor along with a $15 ticket makes it affordable to virtually everyone."

The November 15 show stars Larry Myles, a New England favorite who is making his first appearance at Pitman's, along with Chris Pennie (Las Vegas, CMT, Comedy Central) and Karen Fitzgerald.

Myles is a New England favorite who has worked all over the country as well as overseas for the USO entertaining troops throughout the world. Myles has appeared on the MTV Half-Hour Comedy Hour and MTV's The World's Smallest Comedy Club. He has performed at the Riviera in Las Vegas, the Comic Strip in New York City, and the Comedy Store in L.A. as well as other top clubs from coast to coast.

Fitzgerald is a national comedy act who has performed at some of the nation's top clubs as well as being heard on Sirius XM Radio. Fitzgerald has performed in Las Vegas and has appeared at such prestigious clubs as Side Splitters in Tampa, the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Wiley's in Dayton, OH, the Showcase Comedy Theater in Atlanta, Wisecrackers in Scranton, PA, Atlantic Beach Comedy Theater in Raleigh, NC, the Comedy Cabana in South Carolina and since returning to New England, every major club in the six state region.

Pennie is a full-fledged 'star' with a devoted following and credentials that are rapidly making him one of the most sought after comedians on the circuit. A national finalist in the CMT search for the funniest comedian in the country, Pennie has also been a finalist in the Plymouth Rock Comedy Festival and the Beantown Comedy Riots as well as being invited to the Laughing Skull Festival in Atlanta and the Boston Comedy Festival. When first starting out, Pennie was a finalist in the Mohegan Sun "Funniest Amateur Comic in New England." contest.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 November 2014 08:51

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Appalachian Mountain Teen Project members plant tulips to celebrate Red Ribbon Week

WOLFEBORO — Ten members of the Appalachian Mountain Team Project Youth Leadership Council (AYLC) planted forty tulip bulbs at the Kingswood Youth Center. The bulbs were provided by the NH Partnership for Drug Free NH and were planted in recognition of Red Ribbon Week held annually during the last week in October.

AYLC participants "planted the promise" for healthy, drug-free lifestyles. Every October, the bulbs will flower, reminding us to stay on a substance-free path. After the activity, participants discussed the prevalence of drug and alcohol use in southern Carroll County, and in their lives. Youth shared stories and concerns, and kept coming back to the idea that there isn't much for youth to do in southern Carroll County for fun, especially youth who don't have abundant resources. AYLC participants decided to focus their annual project on changing that. They want to help plan weekend activities for southern Carroll County teens that are fun, relaxed, and substance free. AMTP and the Kingswood Youth Center (KYC) have stated that they are excited to help support these goals.

For more information about AMTP or to get involved in these initiatives, contact Ray Conner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (603) 569-5510.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 November 2014 12:06

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EPTAM Plastics purchases tax credits in support of Community Land Trust


LACONIA — EPTAM Plastics continues to support the Lakes Region and its workforce with the purchase of $25,000 in state tax credits as part of LACLT's Portfolio Strengthening Initiative.

"We feel it is important to invest in the people and programs within our community. Affordable housing is a very real need and we are proud to support LACLT's mission," stated EPTAM Plastics President Jeff Hollinger.

EPTAM Plastics, established in 1981, started with just three employees in Gilford. Since then they have grown to more than 100 employees in their 60,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Northfield. They have had over 20 years of success in NH by delivering the highest quality polymer components for the aerospace, defense, power generation, medical products, semiconductor industries and more.

Last year, LACLT was awarded a total of $500,000 in tax credits to sell by New Hampshire's Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA). Once the credits are sold to business donors, LACLT can use the proceeds to continue upgrading 60 units of permanently affordable rental housing in Laconia. LACLT's mission is to provide permanently affordable housing and support programs to low- and moderate-income families so that they become economically self-sufficient. LACLT's tenants are employees of many area businesses and comprise a large portion of workforce in the Lakes Region in healthcare, manufacturing, service and hospitality industries.

Twenty years ago, LACLT began rehabbing scattered-site apartments in Laconia to create permanently affordable housing for working families. Now with the tax credits to fund a Portfolio Strengthening Initiative for these properties, LACLT is further investing in these community assets with capital improvements and green investment. LACLT seeks to improve performance by reducing expenses through roof repairs, boiler upgrades, installing new green flooring and energy-efficient fixtures, among other improvements.

Last year more than $4.1 million was recently awarded through the CDFA Tax Credit Program. Twenty-three community projects throughout the state sought tax credit funding; LACLT's Portfolio Strengthening Initiative was one of only three applications awarded its full request. The Tax Credit Program enables businesses to donate to LACLT in exchange for a state tax credit that can be applied against the New Hampshire business profits, business enterprise, or insurance premium taxes. The state tax credit is equal to 75% of that contribution. In addition, the contribution may be treated as a charitable deduction to the extent the federal laws allow. Tax credit may be carried forward during a five-year period. After both state and federal tax benefits are accounted for, a contribution of $10,000 actually costs the company less that 11% or $1,100. LACLT is responsible for securing donations/pledges from for-profit companies with a New Hampshire state tax liability.

For more information about purchasing tax credits from LACLT in support of their Portfolio Strengthening Initiative contact Linda Harvey at 603-524-0747, or visit www.laclt.org.

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LRGHealthcare lab now gets quicker test results

LACONIA — New advances in laboratory testing are closing the time it takes between conducting a test and the doctor receiving the test results. The Infection Control Department, in collaboration with the Microbiology Lab at LRGHealthcare recently implemented a molecular testing platform manufactured by Cepheid for more advanced testing for infectious diseases. Molecular testing allows for a more rapid and highly specific diagnosis of infectious diseases caused by bacteria or viruses.

The lab started using the Cepheid system in late September where they now have the ability to quickly and more accurately test for the organisms that cause infections. The new technology is currently being used to diagnose Clostridium difficile (C. diff) and the presence of methicillin resistant Staph. aureus (MRSA) or susceptible Staph. aureus (SA) in patients, with the capacity to expand for other tests in the near future.

This testing will deliver infectious disease results faster with a turnaround time of just a few hours compared to two to three days with previous testing solutions. Molecular testing is also more sensitive, meaning more accurate results. The accuracy and quick turnaround time will result in improved patient outcomes and a reduction in the overall cost of care.

Shirley Medlin, MT (ASCP) and Laboratory Microbiology Supervisor states, "Time to result can be crucial. The answers that doctors and patients need are not always available in time to make a difference. The Cepheid GeneXpert System has the ability to provide rapid and accurate results enabling quicker clinical intervention leading to more positive patient outcomes."

With this new testing, patients will no longer have to be presumptively isolated because they 'might' have MRSA, or some other infectious disease. Rather, results will be so quick that if they do have the disease, the antibiotic can be delivered sooner meaning they'll get well faster, and possibly reduce how long they'll have to stay at the hospital. Additionally if the results prove they do not have the disease, no further treatment or isolation will be necessary and antibiotics won't be administered unnecessarily. All in all, this amounts to lower infection rates and more satisfied patients.

Dr. Abby Dacuycuy of the LRGHealthcare Infection Control Department concluded, "Because we can identify these organisms more quickly and accurately, it allows us to better manage a patient's treatment helping them recover faster with a shorter hospital stay. Ultimately, molecular testing in Microbiology is a great tool that's helping us to achieve our goal of enhancing patient care."

CAPTION — Shirley Medlin, Laboratory Microbiology Section Head and Ann Dutile, Microbiology Lab Assistant III, pose with the new molecular testing machine being used to test for infectious diseases at LRGHealthcare. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 November 2014 11:59

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