Plymouth State University hosting ‘Silent Witness’ exhibition, focusing on climate change and lichen


PLYMOUTH — The Lamson Learning Commons at Plymouth State University will present an exhibition of works by Professor Kimberly Anderson Ritchie, December 12 through March 6 at the Library and Learning Commons on Highland Street in Plymouth. An opening reception and gallery talk will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, February 10, at the art display wall on the main level of the facility.

Ritchie is coordinator of printmaking in the PSU Department of Art. She says her curiosity, love and respect for the natural environment has directed her artwork, which focuses on an array of environmental issues. Some works use the issue as a starting point, while others clearly demonstrate the concern.

The works in Silent Witness focus on global climate change and the impacts on lichen. Ritchie says, "When one change happens in the environment it affects something else, even if it is on the opposite side of the globe. As a small, fragile, many-times-overlooked but crucial part of the ecosystem, lichen is a silent witness to the effects of global climate change. This work is bringing attention to the fragility of our changing environment."

Ritchie earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Appalachian State University, and a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from Colorado State University. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions across the United States, and recently created a collaborative children's book at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

Triple comedy bill at Pitman’s on Saturday

LACONIA — Live stand up comedy returns to Pitman's Freight Room, Saturday, December 13 at 8 p.m. with a triple header line-up featuring co-headliners Jim Lauletta and Steve Scarfo along with regional favorite Steve Halligan.

Lauletta, who has just returned from a two week stint in Hollywood, is one of Boston's top comedians and is one of the most popular headliners in New England. Lauletta's television credits include numerous Comedy Central appearances such as, "Two Drink Minimum," "Stand-up Stand-up," "Comic Re-mix," "Shorties Watchin' Shorties," and "Make Me Laugh." Lauletta is a regular in Las Vegas and on cruise ships as well as having been seen on Comcast Comedy Spotlight, and HBO's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival "Best of the Fest," "Comedy Showcase" and NBC's "Friday Night". Lauletta is also a regular performer in New York, Las Vegas and Atlantic City as well as headlining at the major comedy clubs across the country.

Scarfo is a 20 year veteran of the comedy scene and is a regular at the Comedy Connection, Nick's, and major clubs across the country. Scarfo headlines from Maine to Los Angeles he has shared the stage with many of the top comedians in the business including Jeff Dunham, Bob Marley, Lenny Clarke, Victoria Jackson, and many more. Scarfo is a high energy comedian who has an odd perception of the world and humorously relates those ideas connecting with a wide range of audiences. The Maine based comic is also a playwright and actor having appeared in numerous films and television shows.

Halligan is a rising star on the Boston area comedy scene having already worked with some of the top names in the business and the top clubs in the New England region.

"This is a great way to end the 2014 season," said Pitman's owner Dick Mitchell. "Lauletta was here about two years ago and it was the first time we broke 200 for attendance. The people loved him. Scarfo was here for one of our summer shows more than a year ago and he was a hit as well."

Alton Masons hosting Breakfast Buffet Dec. 21

ALTON — On Sunday, December 21 the Masons of Winnipisaukee Lodge in Alton will be hosting its monthly Breakfast Buffet, open to the public, at the Lodge from 7:30 to 11 a.m. 

Breakfast includes fresh fruit, biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, omelets, bacon and sausage, home fries, beans, pancakes, french toast, coffee and juice being served. Cost of meal is $10 per person. For more information, go to, or contact John Alden at 603-566-1722.

Greater Meredith Program receives $1,000 from ‘Dancing’ fund raiser

MEREDITH — "Dancing with the Community Stars" donated $1,000 to The Greater Meredith Career Partnership Program.

The money was raised by the "Dancing with the Community Stars" event held on November 14th. Ashley Halsey and Rob Nedeau danced the night away to raise money for the GMP. The event raised over $14,000 for local charities. The Greater Meredith Program (GMP) is a nonprofit community economic development organization seeking to enhance economic vitality, historical and cultural heritage, and town-wide beautification.

For more information on GMP,please call 603 279 9015, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or vist the website at