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Belmont, Gilford high schools tie in Meredith Village Savings Bank contest

MEREDITH — Belmont High School and Gilford High School have been declared the co-winners of Meredith Village Savings Bank's "What's not to 'Like'?" Facebook Arts Grant Contest.

Each school will receive $3,000. Belmont High will use their grant to support their creative arts program, and Gilford will use their donation to add theatrical sound and lighting to their Little Theater/Choir Room.

Initially the plan was to award the winner $3,000, but when the contest ended in a virtual tie the bank decided to give both co-winners $3,000.


Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015 11:44

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New unit at LRGH made possible by donor generosity

LACONIA — LRGHealthcare hosted an Open House on January 26 to celebrate the opening of their newly renovated patient unit on North 4 at Lakes Region General Hospital (LRGH). LRGHealthcare's "Strengthening the Community's Well-Being Capital Campaign" raised over $4.5 Million in support of renovation projects for both LRGH and Franklin Regional Hospital (FRH). This campaign has already helped support the new Endoscopy Suite at LRGH. North 4, which took eight months to complete, is the latest project to come out of this campaign.

The patient unit on North 4 has been completely gutted and upgraded to better serve its patients who include general medical surgical, pediatric surgical, general medicine, and palliative care patients. The unit officially opened to patients recently where they will be cared for in comfortable, homey rooms with local artwork adorning the walls, new furniture, and great views of the city of Laconia. Every room is private and equipped with its own bathroom and shower as well as a sleep sofa, or chair for the comfort of visitors. Additionally, with three nurses' stations throughout the unit, nurses will never be too far away from their patients.

Some high tech items have been installed as well including state of the art patient lift systems to assist the patient in getting from their chair to the bed and from the bed to the shower. The lift systems will help to ensure the safety of both the patient and clinical staff and a new nurse call system will provide enhanced communication and interaction. An upgraded heating and cooling system will also serve to make the environment more comfortable.

The private rooms will help greatly with controlling the spread of infection and are ideal to allow the patients to sleep better, heal faster, and have private discussions with their family and healthcare providers. Some behind the scenes upgrades have taken place as well to make the hospital more energy efficient. The installations of both an energy recovery unit and LED lighting will help reduce cost and environmental impact.

Sandy Marshall, Director of Philanthropy, Public Relations/Marketing, and Volunteer Services comments, "We're so thankful to those who have supported LRGHealthcare in all ways big and small. Renovations like this would not be possible without the generous support of our donors. Our patients, staff, and community appreciate it."

Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015 11:40

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A capella trio Voice performing at PSU on Fri.


PLYMOUTH — The Silver Series for the Arts at Plymouth State University will present a single performance by the a cappella trio, Voice, at 8 p.m. Friday, February 6 at the Silver Series. The British singers, now on their second North American tour, will perform If Music Be the Food of Love, a program of songs exploring the beauty, heartache and humor of love.

The trio's distinctive sound arises from the three individual voices blending to create beautiful harmonies, described by The Vortex London as "a sound that is truly sublime." Their repertoire ranges from the comedy and melancholy of ballads to the devotional songs of the medieval German abbess Hildegard of Bingen. Traditional songs from the British Isles, telling stories both bitter and sweet, plus VOICE's own arrangements and commissions will round out the program.

Victoria Couper, Clemmie Franks and Emily Burn met at Oxford University where they first sang together as part of the Oxford Girl's Choir. Since forming Voice in 2006, they have performed regularly in a wide range of venues and contexts, from universities and colleges to medieval chapels, in collaborative dance projects, a cappella festivals, folk nights and more, according to writer Robin Axness.

Voice launched their debut album, "Musical Harmony" in 2013. The ensemble has performed at festivals across the UK and Europe. In 2013 they made their debut performance in Bucharest as part of EUROPAfest, in Brussels at La Chappelle de Verre and in the U.S. with Baylin Artists Management.

While on campus, members of the ensemble will also work with members of the PSU choirs directed by Professor of Music Dan Perkins.

Tickets for If Music Be the Food of Love are $30 for adults, $28 for seniors and $15 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2287 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015 11:37

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Winni Players to stage All My Sons

MEREDITH — The Winni Players, the community theater branch of The Winnipesaukee Playhouse, performs Arthur Miller's drama All My Sons from Thursday through Saturday, February 5-7 ay 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 8 at 2 p.m.

Inspired by a newspaper article, Miller, American's groundbreaking playwright, wrote the 20th century masterpiece in 1947. The news story described how in 1941–43, the Wright Aeronautical Corporation based in Ohio had conspired with army inspection officers to approve defective aircraft engines destined for military use.

Miller's fictionalized account is a drama about family, business, ethics, loyalty, and love. At the heart is the flawed main character, Joe Keller, who knowingly shipped out defective airplane parts which ultimately caused the death of twenty-one servicemen. While his business partner paid the price and went to jail, Joe has escaped prosecution and prospered nicely. However, his security comes crashing down as his lies and betrayals take their toll on his wife, son, their neighbors, and loved ones.

The Winni Players' production is directed by The Winnipesaukee Playhouse's Artistic Director, Neil Pankhurst, and features a strong cast of local actors. Leading the cast are Gilmanton's Ray Dudley as Joe Keller and Plymouth's Barbara Webb as his wife, Kate. The cast also includes David Bleiler, Rick Morten, Nerrishia Bodwell, Suzanne Banister, Katie Dunn, Jim Gocha, Chris Peck and Griffin Plourde. The stage manager is Judi Rogato.

In a podcast that was recently launched on the Playhouse's website, www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org, Pankhurst says of the play, "it is a rollercoaster, because it will make you laugh at times and at other times think, oh my gosh, this person is the worst person in the world, and at another times feel completely sympathetic for them."

The play is a searing portrait of America at a vulnerable time in its history, yet the themes are ultimately just as relevant today as they were almost seventy years ago. Business ethics, corporate responsibility and accountability are certainly topical in today's news. Miller couches those broad topics in a play that is ultimately about a flawed man, his family, and his relationship with his own past.

Early reservations are strongly encouraged. Tickets are $18 for seating in the orchestra, $12 for seating in the balcony. Tickets can be ordered by calling (603) 279-0333 or by using a credit card at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 February 2015 11:34

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