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Altrusa serving community dinner in Meredith on Feb. 26

MEREDITH — The cooks of Altrusa of Meredith will be preparing another community dinner on Thursday February 26. Anyone in the community who would enjoy a nourishing home cooked meal in the company of others is welcome. The February dinner will feature fruit salad, meatloaf with gravy, mashed potatoes and green beans with cupcakes for dessert.
The February dinner, like previous ones, will be held at the 1st Congregational Church on Highland Street in Meredith. Dinner will be served at 5:30. Guests are asked not to arrive before 4:45. Seating is limited to 50, so only the first 50 guests can be served. Alison can answer any questions at 279-9918.
All ages are welcome. There is ample parking in the church parking lot and the venue is wheelchair accessible. Dinner is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

The Altrusa International Foundation of Meredith, NH Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation. Its fundraising efforts contribute to a better community through leadership, service, and partnerships. Community dinners are one of the ways in which Altrusa strives to improve the economic well-being and quality of life through their commitment to community service. For more information, please visit the following Meredith Altrusa website: www.altrusameredithnh.org.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 08:08

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PSU graduate wins 2015 GRAMMY Music Educator Award

PLYMOUTH —  When music's brightest stars gathered February 8 in Hollywood for the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards, a Plymouth State University graduate student was among them.

Jared Cassedy, a Windham, N.H., high school music teacher, was honored as the 2015 GRAMMY Music Educator Award. He was chosen out of more than 7,000 nominations and received a $10,000 honorarium to benefit Windham school district music programs.

Cassedy is a student in PSU's Master of Education in Instrumental Music Education degree program, which he credits with honing his classroom skills.

"My PSU education has been very helpful in my career," Cassedy said. "Aside from providing me wonderful learning experiences from great faculty members, I've been able to utilize what I've learned in a way that positively impacts my students and their music education. What I love most about this program is that it's so practical, hands-on, and specific. Working with the professors and with my supervisor, I'm given the guidance and support necessary to really apply what I'm learning directly to my work with my students every day."

Cassedy's advisor, PSU Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands Mark Stickney, said he was not surprised Cassedy won a prestigious award.

"Honestly, it didn't surprise me, he deserved it," said Stickney. "He's a great teacher. I know that because when I work with his students, they're always well-prepared; you can tell that they really enjoy having him as a teacher. The energy he brings to what he does, his dedication, it's clear he loves his job."

The award, now in its second year, recognizes music teachers who are making a difference. Cassedy was recognized during the televised GRAMMY Awards program.

Established in 1957, the Grammy Awards are bestowed by The Recording Academy, an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that are dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 07:58

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Belmont snow sculpture party postponed due to cold

BELMONT — Dry snow conditions and bitterly cold temperatures predicted for this weekend have forced the postponement of the Snow Sculpture Kickoff Party that was scheduled for this Saturday, Feb. 14.

The event has been rescheduled for Feb. 28.

Organizers hope that the weather will warm up in the meantime, and make the snow a bit stickier for sculpture building.

The Kickoff Party will start on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 10 a.m. near the Belmont Library. Anyone interested in making a sculpture can review the guidelines on the Town of Belmont's website at www.belmontnh.org under News & Events/Community Events.

Those who want additional information can contact Gretta Olson-Wilder, Town of Belmont Special Events Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603.998.3525.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 07:52

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Central NH VNA & Hospice volunteer info sessions

LACONIA — Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice will be holding Four Information Sessions for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer. The information sessions will outline the expectations of volunteers who choose to work in this rewarding area and the training curriculum requirements.

The dates of the training sessions are: Wednesday, March 4 at the Cook Memorial Library, in Tamworth from 10:30-11:30 a.m.; March 10 at the Belmont Public Library, in Belmont from 1-2 p.m.; March 17 at the Central New Hampshire VNA in Wolfeboro from 1:30-2:30 p.m.; and March 19 at the Moultonborough Library, in Moultonborough from 2-3 p.m.

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice relies on community volunteers to provide administrative support, family visits for respite care, bereavement support and companionship to hospice clients throughout the Belknap County and Southern Carroll County vicinity. Volunteers can help provide life-enhancing support for only a few hours a week and share in the incredible hospice experience. No medical training is required.

To sigh up for the dates mentioned or for more information contact Martha Horton, Volunteer Coordinator at 569-2729 x3263 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 07:49

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