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Local photographer donating portion of proceeds to Genesis Behavioral Health


MEREDITH — Local photographer Jon Secord has committed to contribute 25% of his photography sales between the period of November 15 and December 15 to Genesis Behavioral Health (Genesis). Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) has agreed to match his donation up to $5,000 to help support the efforts of Genesis Behavioral Health in the Lakes Region.

Last year, Secord raised $225 for Genesis during the holiday season. The organization used the funds to provide winter clothing to children in need. "When I did this last year, I had no idea how much I would be able to contribute, but I learned that even a small amount makes a big difference. I am excited to have the opportunity to partner with such a strong community advocate like MVSB to have a larger impact this year," said Secord.

Those interested in purchasing photography to help support Genesis can order directly from www.jsecordphoto.com between November 15 and December 15th. Secord specializes in New England landscape photography, especially the mountain, lakes and seacoast regions of the New Hampshire, and Hermit Island in Bath, Maine.

Genesis Behavioral Health is designated by the State of New Hampshire as the community mental health center serving Belknap and southern Grafton Counties. A private, non-profit corporation, Genesis serves over 3,600 children, adults, elders and their families throughout the Lakes Region, working in collaboration with other health care providers, schools, law enforcement and court officials, public health, and businesses. The mission of Genesis Behavioral Health is to provide essential services that enhance the emotional and mental health of our communities. For more information, visit www.genesisbh.org or call (603)524-1100.

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 Friday, 14 November 2014 07:52

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Thrift Clothes Closet in need of warm winter clothing

FRANKLIN — The Thrift Clothes Closet is looking for clean, gently used, warm winter coats and snow pants for the children of Franklin.

Those who would like to donate such items are asked to bring them to the store at 332 Central St. which is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Closet also needs girls and boys pants, sweatshirts, leggings, sizes 5 and 6 are needed the most. Girls and boys Pants, sweatshirts, leggings sizes 7, 8 and 12 to 14.

Also needed are little socks and undies, both boys and girls sizes, as well as sneakers and boots sizes 8 through 13½.


Last Updated on Thursday, 13 November 2014 11:06

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History of the Laconia Grant explained on Monday

LACONIA  — The Laconia Historical and Museum Society will host a celebration of the 385th anniversary of the signing of the Laconia Grant of 1629 by welcoming Pat Tierney on Monday, November 17, who will present a history lesson and discussion about "The Laconia Grant of 1629".

"This presentation is the culmination of research Pat has been working on for quite some time., says Laconia Historical and Museum Society Director Brenda Kean, " I am sure those in attendance will be impressed and intrigued with this incredible history lesson about Laconia."

This lecture program will be held at The Laconia Public Library beginning at 7 pm. This lecture is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. For more information about this lecture program, contact Laconia Historical and Museum Society at (603) 527-1278, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the web at www.laconiahistorical.org.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 November 2014 11:03

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PSU to stage The Threepenny Opera starting Nov. 20

PLYMOUTH —The Department of Music, Theatre and Dance at Plymouth State University will bring to life the tale of Macheath (Mac the Knife) and his cronies, and the underbelly of early Victorian London, with their production of Bertolt Brecht's The Threepenny Opera. Performances of 'The Three Penny Opera' in the studio theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts will be Thursday through Saturday, November 20–22 at 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, November 22 and 23 at 2 p.m.

Director Sharon Rae Paquette says this "play with musical elements" tells a story, and in so doing illustrates social and cultural challenges not unlike what has become familiar in the U.S. over recent decades, with our citizenry decrying "the one percent," bailed-out bank failures, and politics directed by the wealthy while the middle class withers and shrinks." The Threepenny Opera depicts the subculture of cronyism and illegality that developed in London in the face of such challenges. American theatre critic Brooks Atkinson said, "The Threepenny Opera turns the accepted values of the good life upside down."

Composer Kurt Weill talked about "the importance of the sound-scape" in all his works, and Nadine Gordimer says, "Kurt Weill's music is not an accompaniment to Brecht's play, of course, but intrinsic to its conception." Weill developed songs characterized by raw intensity for the play, setting "reality to music" with a 1920's cabaret vibe. In fact, Threepenny likely inspired other plays such at Cabaret, Chicago and Urinetown.

The Plymouth State production will be totally acoustic, without microphones, and with instruments such as harmonium, piano, banjo, guitar, saxophone, clarinet and drums. In the initial production, seven musicians played 23 instruments according to Professor Kathleen Arecchi, music director. Arecchi says the music is more challenging for the cast than it seemed at first introduction. "The melodies alone were easy to learn, but when put together with the accompaniment, the singers became quite disoriented initially," she says. However, the dissonant music helps to set the time and place of the story.

Tickets for the play are $21 for adults and $18 for seniors and youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 November 2014 10:53

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