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Franklin Opera House Festival of Trees to kick off on December 5

FRANKLIN — The Franklin Opera House will hold its second annual Festival of Trees from December 5-7.

The event kicks off at 5 pm on Friday, December 5, starting after the city Tree Lighting. Over two dozen uniquely decorated trees and wreaths will be on display, of all shapes and sizes, and everyone has a chance to win one of their choice. Admission to the Festival is $5 for ages 13 and up, and includes a sheet of 25 raffle tickets; children under 12 are free. Surprise entertainment is part of the fun as well.

Hours for touring and viewing trees are Friday from 5 to 8 pm; Saturday from 10 am to 5:30 pm, and Sunday from 10 to noon. Additional sheets of raffle tickets can be purchased for $5 each.

There are also two great musical events happening as well and the ticket purchase includes admission to the Festival of Trees. Raffle tickets can be purchased separately.

On Saturday, December 6 at 7 p.m. guests will enjoy a great evening of swing and folk tunes performed with tight vocal harmonies, toe-tapping rhythms, and delightful warmth and humor. Sweet, Hot & Sassy tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors (55 and older), and $10 for children under 12., and include admission to the Festival of Trees.

On Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. the Strathspey and Reel Society of New  Hampshire, a 20-member orchestra, all lovers of Scottish music, will perform. Strathspey and Reel Society tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $6 for children, and include admission to the Festival of Trees.

Tickets available on the website, www.franklinoperahouse.org, or by phone at 603-934-1901, or at the Box Office during the festival.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 12:50

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Appalachian Mountain Teen Project hires new program coordinator

LACONIA — The Appalachian Mountain Teen Project (AMTP) is pleased to announce Beth Clay as the new Program Coordinator and Youth Mentor.

Beth came to AMTP with approximately fifteen years of experience working with teens and extensive experience in education, summer camp programming and behavior management. Beth recently transitioned from a teaching career that included two years with Teach for America in Atlanta, Georgia and one year at the Laconia Alternative Education Program. Beth has held leadership roles in several summer camps across the northeast, including Ramapo for Children in NY and Camp Wapanacki in VT. She is a graduate from Plymouth State University with a B.S. in Childhood Studies and a minor in Adventure Education. Beth holds English and ESOL teaching certifications. Her passion for establishing productive relationships, diversity and character development, utilizing service learning and adventure education to lead and sustain emotional development and enhance social connectedness, all make Beth an exciting addition to the AMTP staff as our Program Coordinator and Belknap County Youth Mentor.

Beth serves as a Board of Governors member for the Up with People International Alumni Association and recently organized the first cast visit to the Lakes Region in 16 years. She is a dynamic addition to the AMTP team and a member of the Better Together steering committee in Laconia.

AMTP's office is located on 85 Bay St in Wolfeboro and welcomes visitors at any time to learn more about the program, to borrow a resource, video or book from our lending library. Visit its website at www.teenprojectnh.com to learn more.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 12:45

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Transportation committee to meet in Meredith

MEREDITH — The Lakes Region Planning Commission (LRPC) Transportation Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will on Wednesday, December 3 at 2 p.m. at the Humiston Building, located at 103 Main Street. The meeting will include a presentation by Eric Williams, Watershed Assistance Supervisor from the NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES).

The presentation will highlight: the effects of road salt on water quality, technology advances in applying road salt and educational programs available for commercial road salt applicators. The LRPC Transportation TAC encourages all members of the public who are concerned about any aspect of transportation to attend and provide their input.

For additional information about this meeting contact the Lakes Region Planning Commission at 279-8171.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 12:40

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TrueValue donates 10,000 lbs. of pet food to New Hampshire Humane Society

LACONIA — TrueValue Company has helped support pets in need by donating 10,000lbs of pet food both dry kibble, canned food and treats to the Laconia based animal welfare agency, New Hampshire Humane Society.

The food was immediately stored on the shelves reserved for the Pet Food Pantry, a community service this agency runs for the needy and their pets. Executive Director, Marylee Gorham noted "we are acutely aware that many families are experiencing some financial distress. Having a resource they can go to, namely, us, for help keeping their pets in their own homes, is very important to NHHS".

Those who need help are invited to visit the shelter during usual open hours on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. "No pets in the Lakes Region need be hungry this giving season", said Larry Carty who organized the food gift from TrueValue's Manchester warehouse, "we're thrilled to help such a worthy cause".

As an animal welfare organization, the Laconia based shelter has hosted a Pet Food Pantry, that helps not just needy animals, but their owners too. "We've always offered food to those who cannot afford to purchase it" says Gorham, "this year we have seen many more folks come to our door asking for help feeding their companion animals".

Just like a regular food bank, the shelter can now ensure needy families can get food for their pets this holiday season. For further information, call the shelter at 524-3252 or check www.nhhumane.org

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 12:02

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