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Putnam Fund brings James Montgomery to town for 3rd Annual Blues Friday

LACONIA —  The Laconia Putnam Fund will present its 3rd Annual Blues Friday at the Laconia High School Auditorium on Friday, November 28 at 7 p.m. Johnny A., Boston Music Award's Blues Artist of the Year, will be performing along with James Montgomery, who has toured with many major artists, including Aerosmith, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, the Allman Brothers and Steve Miller.

Admission to the concert is free with first come, first seated.

For the better part of three decades, the Massachusetts-based guitarist and bandleader Johnny A. has played with Boston acts such as Hearts on Fire and J. Geils frontman, Peter Wolf.

For the better part of three decades, the Massachusetts-based guitarist and bandleader has proven himself capable of generating heat at venues from working-class bars to international amphitheaters – and every sort of venue in between. And when the house lights are turned up, he's just as adept at captivating serious students of the six-string with a virtuosity that earned him the rare honor of having his name placed on a signature Gibson guitar.

"I want to create instrumental music and deliver it like a vocalist," he says "You can be a great player, on any instrument, and people will take notice for a while...but what people really remember is someone who brings them a great melody."

When blues legend James Montgomery plays the harmonica, he "brings it on home". Whether it's recording with Kid Rock, sitting in with Gregg Allman, or fronting his hot band of thirty years, Montgomery plays with authority. While growing up in Detroit he learned first-hand from the masters - James Cotton, John Lee Hooker, and Jr. Wells - at the legendary "Chessmate." Over the years, he's carried on in the tradition and continues to be a vital presence in Blues as one of the most dynamic performers on the scene.

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Meredith Edward Jones office collecting for Toys for Tots campaign

MEREDITH — The Edward Jones office at 14 Main St., is serving as one of the local drop-off locations for this year's Toys for Tots campaign.

Local residents may help needy children in the area by bringing in a new, unwrapped toy to the office during regular business hours now through Dec. 22.

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

Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas.

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Tickets now on sale for Altrusa Club’s 19th Annual Festival of Trees Gala

MEREDITH — Tickets for Altrusa's 19th Annual Festival of Trees Gala, Thursday, December 4th from 5:30 to 8:00 at the Waukewan Golf Club are available at Cackleberries Garden and Gift Shop in Meredith and Fashion Forward in Moultonborough. Tickets are $25 each advance purchase only.

Members have been hard at work gathering exciting silent and live auction items as well as tantalizing basket raffles and the ever popular 'Tis the Season Tree Raffle. New this year is a trip to Antigua (7 nights for 4 or 2 people) where the weather is in the mid-70's in the winter and mid-eighties in the summer with low humidity year round. Or, if Italy is more to your taste, we are again offering 7 nights for 4 or 2 people in the beautiful village of Manciano.

Join us to be the first to preview theme-decorated trees of every color imaginable crafted with incredible creativity by friends, businesses, non-profits and many more for the sheer joy of it and for your viewing pleasure. We hope it will make your season sparkle and give you ideas! Be our guest for hors d'oeuvres and delightful desserts (cash bar on site). Visit the Noel Shoppe to find that perfect gift made by a local artist.

The Festival is open to the public Friday, December 5th (2 PM to 6 PM), Saturday, December 6th (10 AM to 6 PM) and Sunday, December 7th (Noon to 4 PM). New this year, visitors are invited to bring a donation of new mittens and hats that will be collected and delivered by the ASTRA Club (a teen community service club mentored by the Meredith Altrusa Club) to the Meredith Village Savings for their annual Mitten Tree.

Reminder: this year the Children's Event (Magic and Mittens) will be Saturday, December 6th only with 3 shows (Noon, 1 PM and 2 PM). Call 253-3167 for advance registration.

General Admission December 5 though 7 is $3 Adults, $2 Children (5 and under Free). (No additional charge for the Children's Event on Saturday).

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Local attorneys participate in Bar Association’s ‘Civics in Action’ program

TILTON — Several New Hampshire attorneys volunteered their time to provide school presentations on the topics of civics, law and government as part of the NH Bar Association's program, Civics in Action Goes Viral.

Representatives from Wescott Law recently visited two area high schools. Attorney Allison Ambrose has been with the firm for four years and Kathrine Lacey, currently a law clerk with the firm, recently passed her bar exam and will be sworn in as an attorney on November 17.

The presentations focused on the protections and rights afforded to citizens by the United States Constitution, including the fourth and fifth amendments, the system of checks and balances, as well as a review of New Hampshire government. The presentation ended with a fun game of Constitutional Bingo based on the questions from the citizenship test immigrants must pass to become naturalized citizens of the United States.

"I was impressed with their natural ability to connect with students and make the visit positive and inclusive for all," states Denise Lessard, a teacher at Winnisquam Regional High School. "They were engaging and well-received by my students. The material they covered was particularly relevant as we were in the midst of studying the US Constitution in that class, a tenth grade course called American Government and Citizenship."

Franklin High School teacher Michael Cowles reports students in his two Freshman American Government classes appreciated the interactive approach taken by Ambrose and Lacey.

"Overall the program opened their eyes to parts of the Constitution that could apply to them, even at their age, such as the Bill of Rights." Cowles notes a second benefit to the presentation. "It was good for them to see and hear from people who actually have to know this stuff for their job because a lot of students aren't interested in Government as they don't see that a lot of it applies to them."

Civics in Action began in 2011 in response a study of adult US Citizens which revealed a concerning lack of knowledge about the topic. For example, only thirty eight percent of those questioned were able to name all three branches of the US Government and a shocking thirty three percent were unable to name a single one. In an effort to create a fun, yet educational program to address this issue, volunteers from law firms quiz adult social and civic clubs, and students in high school classrooms using the same questions that immigrants must take to become naturalized citizens of the United States.

Interested teacher in have this program come to their school may sign up at: http://www.nhbar.org/law-related-education/CivicsInActionGoesViral-Form.asp.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 11:11

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