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New Horizons Band to play at Taylor Community

LACONIA — The New Horizons Band of the Lakes Region, under the direction of Mary Divers, presents an afternoon concert, featuring a variety of holiday music at Taylor Community's Woodside Building on Saturday, December 20 at 2 p.m.

Consisting of musicians from many towns throughout the Lakes Region and Concord, the band is open to all ages. The group includes everyone from those interested in learning an instrument to professional players with diverse levels in-between. Divers – the conductor and band founder – holds a bachelor's degree in music education from West Chester University in Pennsylvania. She welcomes all new musicians to the New Horizons Band, whose belief is "Music is for Life!"

The program is open to the public. A free-will donation will be accepted for the band, which is a non-profit entertainment group. To RSVP and ensure seating, please call 524-5600, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 10:32

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Meredith office of Edward Jones collecting for Toys for Tots program

MEREDITH — Jacqueline Taylor, the local Edward Jones financial advisor, is currently supporting the Northern District Toys for Tots program by using her office as a drop-off location for this year's toy drive. Local residents may help needy children in the area by bringing in a new, unwrapped toy to the office, 14 Main Street, downtown now through December 22.

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

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm's 13,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients to understand their personal goals from college savings to retirement and create long-term investment solutions that emphasize a well-balanced portfolio, diversified portfolio. Edward Jones embraces the importance of building long-term, face-to-face relationships with clients, helping them to understand and make sense of the investment options available today.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 10:26

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Bystander intervention policy at PSU aimed at preventing sexual violence

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University and a local crisis intervention agency Voices Against Violence are partnering to raise awareness about sexual assault by instituting a bystander intervention policy that will help prevent sexual violence and harassment and provide information and support to victims.

Jim Hundrieser, PSU's Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, said the policy encourages students to report any inappropriate behavior that they witness. "We are working to create a safer environment for our students," Hundrieser said. "The goal is to stop incidents from happening. We're telling students who witness something not to ignore it. It is important for students to tell someone in a leadership position and that can be done anonymously."

The policy and partnership were created in support of a recent White House report aimed at reducing the number of assaults on college campuses nationwide; the goal is to lessen the number of students who are assaulted and identify resources for students who are victims. While PSU is a safe institution as defined by federal and state authorities, the bystander intervention policy partnership is part of an ongoing effort to educate students and provide help to those who request it. Meg Kennedy-Dugan, Executive Director of Voices Against Violence in Plymouth, said their organization will provide resources to students, faculty and staff who want it.

"Voices Against Violence is thrilled to be collaborating with PSU in reaching out to survivors and friends as well as providing outreach and education to the campus community as a whole," Kennedy-Dugan said. Each first-year student seminar at PSU includes instruction on the bystander intervention policy and its importance in creating a safe environment for every student.

"Plymouth State has continued to educate students and created a campus culture that does not tolerate any forms of violence or discrimination," added Hundrieser. "This program will enhance our efforts to help educate our students."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 10:17

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HOliday family fair at Black Swan Inn on Sunday

TILTON — On Sunday, December 7 the Black Swan Inn will be hosting their Annual Holiday Family Fair from 1 to 5 p.m. to benefit the Animal Rescue League of NH.
The Basiliere's invite families to join them for a festive afternoon of traditional holiday music, hot cocoa and cookies, ornament making for the kids, handcrafted items for purchase and Special guests Santa and Elsa!
There will be a $2 admission per person. For more information call 603-286-4524

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 10:09

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