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Granite State Credit Union Tilton branch holds ribbon cutting ceremony (300 with 3 col. photo GSCU Tilton

TILTON — Representatives of Granite State Credit Union's executive and management teams were joined by area businesses and chamber members as they held the official ribbon cutting ceremony at their newest branch location. The 5,500-square foot facility located at 51 Tilton Road Tilton, features a two-lane drive-up window, drive-up ATM, and more.

"We're excited to enhance convenience to our members with a branch north of Concord. In fact, member requests for a Tilton location played a large role in the decision to expand our statewide branch network with the addition of this newest branch," shares Denise Caristi, President and CEO. "We're also proud to be one of only a handful of NH businesses to offer an electric car charging station at the Tilton Branch. It's one more way we strive to provide more than just financial services to our members. We recognize the importance of progressive leadership in the communities we serve and embrace our motto, We Are NH!" concludes Caristi.

Open to the public, the Tilton branch will celebrate its official Grand Opening with daily events January 22 – 24, which will include a Grand Prize raffle, daily door buster surprises, giveaways and more. Details of the family-friendly celebration including raffle prize packages will be shared on the credit union's Facebook page as the Grand Opening approaches.

Granite State Credit Union currently has locations in Amherst, Candia, Concord, Derry, Manchester, Nashua, and Seabrook. As a full-financial service institution, Granite State Credit Union serves individuals, families and businesses with membership open to anyone living or working in New Hampshire. For more information, contact Granite State Credit Union, 1-800-645-4728 or visit gscu.org.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 December 2014 10:49

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A capella group Tuckermans at 9 to perform as part of First Night Wolfeboro festivities

WOLFEBORO — 2014 has been a milestone for Tuckermans at 9. So it seems only right to ring out the rockin' a cappella group's 10th anniversary year at a favorite New Hampshire haunt: First Night Wolfeboro, in the recently renovated Anderson Hall on the Brewster Academy campus, for two shows at 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm.

"For us, it just wouldn't seem like New Year's Eve without performing in Wolfeboro," says group founder Mark Miller of Dover. "And this year, we're coming back to First Night with two different shows and a number of new tunes, including the Everly Brothers' 'When Will I Be Loved', also performed by Miranda Lambert, Bruce Springsteen, Linda Ronstadt. And we're reaching way back into the "stax of wax" with Bobby Helms' 'My Special Angel'." Other recent additions to the playlist are Terence Trent D'Arby's sultry 80s ballad, "Sign Your Name (Across My Heart)", Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", and "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay.

Dubbed "T9" by fans, Tuckermans at 9 performs well-known pop, rock, blues, and light jazz, mostly from the 1960s to today, in contemporary a cappella style. Voices make all the music, including what sounds like brass, electric guitars, or drums. No instruments or pre-recorded instrumental tracks are ever used. "T9 is more a show than a concert," adds Miller. "We have a lot of fun on stage and it's contagious for the audience."

Rounding out the group's roster, all from New Hampshire, are soprano Ashley Gove (Nashua), altos Kam Damtoft (Durham) and Fran Lipe (New Durham), tenors Shay Willard (Barrington) and Walt Porter (Brentwood), bass Bill Hersman (Durham), and vocal percussionist Tim Bull (Hampton). Sound technicians are Tony Berke (Exeter) and Kevin Consaul (Nashua).

Entrance to all First Night Wolfeboro events is by admission button, available in advance for $15 at wolfeborochamber.com and these locations: in Wolfeboro, Black's Paper Store, Bridges' Hallmark, Country Bookseller, Hampshire Pewter, Harvest Market, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Penny Candy Shop, TD Bank, The Windrifter Resort, The Wolfeboro Inn, and Thursty Water Systems; in Tuftonboro, the Tuftonboro General Store; in Alton Bay, Amilyne's Corner Market; in Ossipee, Tramway Artisans; in Moultonborough, the Old Country Store; and in Sanbornville, Mobil on the Run. Buttons are also available beginning at 2 pm on December 31 at Anderson Hall and all other First Night Wolfeboro venues.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 December 2014 10:38

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Avett Brothers playing Meadowbrook on June 12

GILFORD — The Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook is excited to announce its first show of the 2015 Eastern Propane Concert Series. The Avett Brothers, alongside special guest John Prine, perform on Friday, June 12. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 19th at 10 a.m. and range from $35 to $77. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at 603-293-4700 or log on to www.BankNHpavilion.com.

Playing music together since childhood, Scott and Seth Avett set their sights on a more permanent musical partnership in the 1990's and have taken their unique folk rock and bluegrass sound to amazing heights. An integral part of the love of music movement stretching the globe, the Avett Brothers pride themselves on breaking down the "smoke and mirrors" of traditional entertainment, leaving behind the true beauty of the song.

Very special guest, John Prine, will be joining the Avetts for this show. Some four decades since his remarkable debut, John Prine is a rare talent who writes the songs other songwriters would sell their souls for. Long considered a "songwriter's songwriter," his extensive catalog has been recorded by the likes of Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, Carly Simon and others. Recently honored at the Library of Congress by US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, Prine's been elevated from the annals of songwriters into the realm of bonafide American treasures.

For more information or to purchase tickets contact the Box Office at 603-293-4700 or log on to www.BankNHpavilion.com.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 December 2014 10:21

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Plymouth State University’s Steen Award given to financial aid counselor


PLYMOUTH — A dedicated Plymouth State University financial aid counselor who strives to provide superior customer service has been named the recipient of the 2014 Sara Jayne Steen Operating Staff (OS) Service award. Christine Hoch of Plymouth has worked at PSU for more than 10 years. Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen said Hoch has earned a reputation as an outstanding resource in helping students and families navigate the often complex system of higher education funding.

"At PSU, we focus on engaging with students," said Steen. "Christine exemplifies that sense of dedication to students and to excellence."

"I am very honored," Hoch said. "I never thought I did anything special; I like helping people figure out what their options are and how to get where they want to go. I love the customer service part of the job, because it feels really nice to know I've helped a student reach a goal."

The criteria for winning the award include exemplifying the spirit and values of the institution, being dedicated to providing a learning environment that supports development of the mind, body and spirit, being actively active involved in University activities, and being engaged in service to the wider community.

Hoch started at Plymouth State a decade ago as a temporary administrative assistant in the Center for the Environment. Since then, she has committed herself to volunteering for various University, professional and community organizations, including the PSU Operating Staff Fundraising and Scholarship committee, PSU Professional Development Committee, the New Hampshire Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators Conference Planning Committee and at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Plymouth.

PSU's Financial Aid Director, Crystal Gaff, is Christine's supervisor, and supported her nomination for award.

"I am so excited to hear that Christine is being honored by this award as she is dedicated to PSU students and her local community," said Gaff. "She is very deserving of this honor."

Hoch, a Garwood, New Jersey native and Rutgers University graduate, lives in Plymouth with her husband, Brendon, and their son, Nathan.

The Sara Jayne Steen Operating Staff Service Award winner was chosen by a five member panel of faculty, staff, community members and students.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 December 2014 10:03

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