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Mark Connolly to address Plymouth Democrats

PLYMOUTH — Mark Connolly, former Deputy Secretary of state and Director of Securities Regulation for the state of New Hampshire, will be the featured speaker at the regular monthly meeting of the Plymouth Area Democrats on Wednesday, September 24, at the Plymouth Regional Senior Center on Depot Road in Plymouth. Connolly’s presentation will begin at 7 p.m. following a pot luck dinner and social hour at 5:30 p.m. 

Connolly will focus on the growing need for political campaign finance reform in the state and nation and how special interests now dominate the American political and electoral landscape. There will be an opportunity for questions from the audience at the conclusion of his presentation. Connolly has over a decade of public service. He was awarded the Securities Enforcement Award of the Year in 2007 by his fellow state securities regulators for his efforts on behalf of investors in taking enforcement actions against a number of financial institutions. In an eight-year period, he oversaw securities enforcement actions that resulted in some $50 million dollars in fines and penalties. He also served on the transition teams of Governor Judd Gregg and John Lynch, and was appointed by Governor Gregg in 1992 to be part of a bi-partisan panel of business people to study state government operations and make recommendations to make state government more efficient.

Connolly has worked over twenty years in the private sector, and now owns New Castle Investment Advisors in Portsmouth, serving as a Registered Investment Advisor for individuals and not-for profit institutions. His work includes serving as an expert witness for securities fraud matters. In 2012 Connolly authored a book--“Cover-Up," about the largest Ponzi scheme in New Hampshire’s history and the inaction by government that allowed it to happen. In it, he also addressed the inaction by regulators in Washington and elsewhere that led to the near financial collapse of the global economy in 2007-2008, and offered solutions on how to improve transparency and make the financial system more secure and fair

In recent years Connolly has served on the advisory board of the New Hampshire Rebellion project, which since 2013 has mobilized hundreds of New Hampshire citizens of all political stripes in two marches to call attention to a campaign system growing increasingly out of control and out of touch with its citizens. The group's goal is to influence the 2016 New Hampshire Presidential candidates to address what they will do to roll back the increasing domination of special interests in our democracy.

For further information, please call 536-2856.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:36

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Prestige Plus members take ‘Best of Baltics’ cruise

LACONIA — Bank of New Hampshire’s Prestige Plus members recently returned from a 15-day cruise through “The Best of the Baltics” onboard Celebrity Cruise ship Constellation. Among the countries and cities visited were: Warnemunde and Berlin, Germany; Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; St. Petersburg, Russia; Tallinn, Estonia; and Copenhagen, Denmark.

The tour began in Amsterdam, Netherlands where Prestige Plus members enjoyed a canal cruise and historic city sightseeing tour before boarding the Celebrity Constellation. The first stop on the amazing trip was in Warnemunde, Germany allowing members to participate in an excursion to Berlin where they visited the Berlin Wall, check point Charlie and many other historic landmarks and museums. Cruising into Stockholm, Sweden passengers observed thousands of natural uninhabited islands en route to the city. Upon arrival, many Prestige Plus members visited one of the most popular museums in Stockholm, the Vasamuseet.

 The next stop was Helsinki, Finland where members observed the neo-classical designed architecture in Senate Square. Following Finland was a stop in Saint Petersburg, Russia. In Tallinn, Estonia Prestige Plus members learned of the city’s heroic and often challenging history which took place from the period between 1940 and 1991 when the Estonian Republic was occupied by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.

The final port visited on the trip was Copenhagen, Denmark where visitors explored Amalienborg Palace which is considered to be one of the greatest works of Danish Rococco architecture and was constructed in the 1700’s. Other members took the opportunity to go off the beaten path to Dragor, a quiet seaside village that has retained its character of an old fishing port with well-preserved historical buildings.

“We plan all of our trips months in advance and customize them to meet the needs of our valued Prestige Plus members,” stated Valerie Drouin, SVP – Prestige Plus Manager for Bank of New Hampshire. “With 25 years of experience in the bank travel industry, our customers know when they sign up for a trip, the quality will be unsurpassed. We plan and arrange these trips as a way to thank our members for choosing Bank of New Hampshire.”
To learn more about Bank of New Hampshire’s Prestige Plus program, contact Valerie Drouin, SVP - Prestige Plus Manager at (603) 527-3207 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Greater Meredith Program, landscapers work together


MEREDITH — The Greater Meredith Program's Design Committee, working with the Town of Meredith and NHDOT coordinated a project to expose the ledge on Daniel Webster Highway across the street from the League of NH Craftsmen and Nash Realty. The goal is to open up the ledge and next spring to plant pockets of flowering vines and native ornamentals.

Since this area is a gateway from the south to the Town of Meredith it will not only provide better sight lines for drivers on the highway but also create a more pleasing aesthetic by beautifying what is currently an overgrown state right of way.

The GMP extends their appreciation and thanks to Tree Solutions of Meredith and Scott Burns Landscaping of Center Harbor who donated their time and volunteered their crews to remove existing brush and small trees in the area.

The Greater Meredith Program (GMP) is a nonprofit community economic development organization seeking to enhance economic vitality, historical and cultural heritage, and town-wide beautification. . For more information about GMP or volunteer opportunities, call 603.279.9015, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.greatermeredithprogram.com.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:30

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LRPA’s Spotlight to feature Sculpture Walk

MEREDITH — The Meredith Sculpture Walk, a project of the Greater Meredith Program (GMP) is the upcoming feature of "Lakes Region Spotlight" on LRPA-TV, Metrocast Channel 25. It can also be viewed daily via computer at the same scheduled times online. The new program is produced and hosted by Carol Granfield of Meredith and begins Saturday, September 20th.
This program spotlights some highlights along the walk that includes 24 pieces of art for all to enjoy along Main Street to the parks on the shores of Winnipesaukee. You don't need to travel far to enjoy this cultural experience right here in the Lakes Region. For a daily program schedule visit www.lrpa.org or view LRPA-TV bulletin board on channel 24. Lakes Region Spotlight is aired daily Monday through Saturday and can be viewed on Channel 25 or online for those without cable. Granfield welcomes ideas and opportunities for future shows and can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:25

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