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LRSO Holiday Pops Concert a Real Musical Extravaganza

MEREDITH — The Holiday season is upon us, and that means glorious holiday Pops music is soon to fill the air. This year's Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops concert will be performed on Saturday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 14 at 3 p.m. at the Inter-Lakes High School Community Auditorium.

The 65 member symphonic orchestra will feature many familiar wonderful holiday favorites such as: "We Wish You A Merry Christmas", " It's Christmas Time", "Stille Nacht", and a Holiday sing-along are among the wide mix of Holiday classics sure to captivate both young and not-so-young.

Joining the LRSO for this Holiday extravaganza are both the 15 member Granite State Handbell Ringers and the 30 member Concord community Chorus. The Granite State Ringers have brought bellringing to a new and amazing height. Each ringer will manage as many as 10 bells at once. This requires a special technique that may mean holding two bells in each hand at a time and then switching bells in mid-song.  The Ringers will be featured in: "Christmas Bells Overture", "We Three Kings", "Come Join Their Song", "Carol of the Bells", and more.

The Concord Community Chorus, under the direction of Ben Greene, will perform: "Hallelujah Chorus" by Handel, "Twas The Night Before Christmas", "White Christmas" plus others with the LRSO orchestra.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children and students through college. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.LRSO.org/tickets, or from Innisfree Bookshop and the Mobil station across from the town docks in Meredith; Greenlaw's Music in Laconia; and Baywater Books in Center Harbor. Any unsold tickets will be available at the door starting one hour before performance time.



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Yoga studio to mark Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

MEREDITH — A local International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day event will be held Saturday, Nov. 22, at Sacred Waters Yoga Studio fron noon to 3 p.m.

The gathering will include a screening of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's new documentary, "The Journey."

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is the one day a year when people affected by suicide loss gather in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope. Organizers say that for many loss survivors, attending a Survivor Day event is an opportunity to discover that they are not alone in their experience of losing someone they know and love to suicide.

To learn more about International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, visit survivorday.org, call 603-528-2145, or email Tammy Levesque of the Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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LRGH giving purple caps to newborns through Dec.

LACONIA — We've all heard it. The newborn is crying and the new parent, barely awake and so frustrated, mutters, "What's wrong?"

There's a common belief that if a baby won't stop crying, it's because something is wrong and the parent needs to fix it. Sometimes though, the best thing to do is to put the baby back in its crib and walk away. This is where the purple hats come in.

This November and December, Lakes Region General Hospital, one of New Hampshire's birthing hospitals, is giving a special gift to newborns' families. Babies receive PURPLE, hand-knit hats to serve as a reminder to parents that their baby will likely go through a stage of increased crying. This is in addition to the regular education new parents of over 80% of infants born in New Hampshire already receive on the Period of PURPLE Crying – the normal developmental stage of increased crying infants may go through between two weeks and six months of age.

To caregivers and parents, this stage can be exasperating to say the very least. With an elevated level of stress and frustration, shaken baby syndrome and other forms of infant abuse can happen to even the most unsuspecting new parent. In fact, the most common trigger of Shaken Baby Syndrome is frustration with infant crying. The hope is that these PURPLE hats will remind parents and caregivers to have a plan when their blood starts to boil and that this crying, though at times horribly upsetting, is normal if the child is healthy and comfortable.


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Meredith man lauded by AARP for his volunteer service

CONCORD — Rich Crocker of Meredith, a community leader dedicated to issues of aging, has been honored by AARP New Hampshire with its the Andrus Award for Community Service.

Crocker received the award at a recent celebratory luncheon held to honor about 60 volunteers.

The Andrus Award for Community Service, named after AARP's founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, recognizes outstanding AARP volunteers who are making a powerful difference in their communities in ways that are consistent with AARP's mission, vision and strategic direction.

"We are thrilled to bestow upon Rich Crocker the most celebrated volunteer award given by AARP," said AARP New Hampshire State Director Todd Fahey. "Rich has spent an incredible amount of time and energy helping people and her community and is very deserving of this award."

"Rich's dedication to service is incredible," said AARP New Hampshire State President Dick Chevrefils. "He is passionate about people and brings that passion, leadership, energy and commitment to his volunteer endeavors. It's no wonder Rich Crocker was chosen by a committee of his peers for AARP's highest volunteer honor."

AARP is just one of the many organizations that has benefited from Crocker's service. After retiring, he became a full-time volunteer, punctuated by a few part-time jobs. He chairs the State Committee on Aging and is or has been active in the Grafton County Senior Citizens Council, Center for Aging and Community Living at University of New Hampshire, Grafton County Area Committee on Aging, and AARP New Hampshire. Whew!

"My wife and I had another very important role," said Crocker. "And that was as caregivers. For six years, we cared for my elderly mother in our Plymouth home. Being a caregiver was exhausting but it was a gift ..... a gift to be with my mother until her last breath!"

Born in Massachusetts, Crocker graduated with a degree in political science from University of Massachusetts, attended University of Florida and then joined the Peace Corps, working with citizens in Brazil on basic hygiene and sanitation. There were other careers along the way – education, developmental disabilities and aging services. And a master degree in education from University of New Hampshire.

Crocker and his wife, Barbara, have a blended family that includes six children and 19 grandchildren. Last December, they moved from Plymouth to Meredith.

Also honored at the volunteer recognition was Retired Educator of the Year, Lois Beach of Wolfeboro.


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