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Plymouth State University receives gift of one-of-a-kind collection of art and books


PLYMOUTH — For more than half a century, J.T. Ellis guided cargo ships through the world's oceans as a Merchant Marine navigator. From humble roots in Bridgewater,  Ellis became an accomplished mariner, visiting hundreds of ports and foreign countries, gaining a unique perspective on the world while pursuing his hobby of collecting valuable pieces of art and books. Now 84-years old, Ellis has decided to bequeath his one-of-a-kind collection to Plymouth State University, where he spent two years as an undergraduate in the late 1940s. His time at what was then Plymouth Teachers College is fondly remembered.

"My best educational experience was with this institution...here, it all felt like a small town I belonged in. I thought the best place for me to give the artwork was here; people can share it with all your students," noted Ellis, whose collection includes signed prints from esteemed artists like David Hockney, Rockwell Kent and Thomas Nason, as well as local favorites Herbert Waters and Christopher Morse. The book collection includes letters from poet E.E. Cummings and a signed volume of Robert Frost poems. In addition, Ellis provided the University with a generous monetary gift.

"Living here in New Hampshire was the high point of my life," Ellis said.

Paula Lee Hobson, PSU's Vice President for University Advancement, said the University is thrilled Ellis has such heartfelt appreciation for the institution.

"His gift will be treasured by Plymouth State University," Hobson said. "We are deeply grateful for this wonderful collection and look forward to sharing it with our community."

PSU's Interim Dean of Library and Academic Support Services, Elaine Allard, said the collection is a wonderful addition to the University's Archives.

"We are extremely pleased to have his artwork be part of our collection and to honor him by sharing his artwork with our students." Allard said.

After a cataloging the collection, Plymouth State will publicly display some of the works.

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Meredith Village Savings Bank helps Wolfeboro Carwash upgrade equipment

WOLFEBORO — Wolfeboro Carwash and Executive Detail, located within Clarke Plaza in Wolfeboro, recently purchased and installed new carwash equipment with financing from Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB). The business added a new Ryko SoftGloss Maxx friction/touch carwash and upgraded their existing touchless carwash system to a two-step presoak for enhanced cleaning. Along with these equipment upgrades, they have also realigned their carwash menu to offer more value to their customers.

Andrew Swenson, owner of Wolfeboro Carwash and Executive Detail since 2008, was excited to update  the business' drive through wash services to better meet the needs of his customers. "We are really giving our customers the best of both worlds with high quality friction as well as touch-less options to keep their vehicles sparkling," said Swenson. "Not only does our new friction unit provide an excellent wash and high quality surface sealant protection, but it's also more environmentally friendly - reducing water usage about 60% from our previous system."

To finance these upgrades, Swenson worked with MVSB Vice President and Commercial Lender Gracie Cilley. "It's always a pleasure to help a well-established business, like Andrew's, make meaningful improvements to ensure their future success," said Cilley. "We share in Andrew's excitement as he is able to provide improved services to his customers."

In addition to their drive through options, Wolfeboro Carwash and Executive Detail offers a wide range of vehicle and boat detailing services. For the full-service experience, their executive detail team will meticulously clean the interior and exterior of your vehicle as well as offer a wide variety of paint/gelcoat restoration and protection options. If self-service is more your style, visit one of their car wash bays or vacuum stations, open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, for a quick touch up. For more information, please visit www.wolfeborocarwash.com or call 603-941-0123.

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Learn the 5 C’s of Credit for small business owners at Nov. 13 program

LACONIA – Are you a small business owner in need of a loan? Come learn about The 5 C's of Credit and how they pertain to small business owners and loans from Michael Tentnowski, Director of the Enterprise Center at Plymouth (ECP), on Thursday, November 13, from 8-10 a.m. at the Taylor Community in Laconia.

This program is designed especially for small business owners who are considering a loan and would like to know, specifically, what lenders are looking for in an applicant. Topics covered include debt ratios, credit scores, recommendations, and more.

Thanks to Meredith Village Savings Bank, this event is offered at no cost to attendees, but space is limited. Reserve a seat today by clicking the "Seminars" page on the ECP website www.EnterpriseCenterNH.com, contacting the Center office at 535-3222, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Michael Tentnowski, Director of the Enterprise Center at Plymouth, has 20 years of experience assisting a multitude of start-up companies in various industries with an expertise in the fields of entrepreneurial ventures, renewable energy initiatives, and commercial defense technologies. His years as the Director of an Incubator, Director of a Physical Science Institute, Vice President of an E-commerce energy-trading platform, graduate level teacher, and trainer for Small Business Development Centers, culminated in co-authoring "The Virginia Entrepreneur's Guide". With two successful start-ups of his own, Michael received both his MBA and BS in Accounting from the University of Montana.


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Historian to detail 3 important Civil War battles Thursday Nov. 6

LACONIA — On Thursday, November 6 at 7 p.m. the Laconia Public Library will host Mike McKinley, an independent historian and lecturer, who will present three important American battle's through the personal accounts and human interest stories of the soldiers and civilians - men, women and children.

In July, 1863, over 150,000 Union and Confederate soldiers converged on the small crossroads town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. From July 1-3 General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and General George G. Meade's Army of the Potomac clashed there in what was to become the greatest battle ever fought on North American soil. The program will also highlight Lee's retreat, how Gettysburg citizens coped with the terrible aftermath of battle and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information about this program, please contact The Laconia Public Library at 527-1277.

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