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Horizons Counseling Center invites public to open house on Wednesday

GILFORD — Horizons Counseling Center is inviting the public to an open house to mark the center's celebration of Recovery Month on Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 4 to 6 p.m. at their offices in Village West in Gilford.

Horizons Counseling Center, an independent, non-profit organization which deals with people suffering from substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders, has been serving the Lakes Region since 1987. Horizons' mission is to offer quality, affordable treatment, to raise community awareness of the disease of addiction and its consequences for individuals and families. It also seeks to remove the stigma and discrimination associated with addiction and mental illness through community education. It provides assessment, outpatient individual, group and family counseling, trauma-focused treatment for women in early recovery, specialized adolescent treatment and intensive outpatient treatment through the Nathan Brody Program.

In addition to its Gilford location at Village West 1, Suites 705 and 607, Horizons operates a satellite facility in Plymouth.

Two years ago the Nathan Brody Program became an integral part of the Horizons array of services, allowing it to expand its ability to provide clients with a smooth transition between levels of care based on individual need rather than mere availability.

Horizons Counseling Center has developed strong alliances with the medical, educational, social service and criminal justice arenas in the region. It takes special pride of its role in the Recovery Court initiative which brought together the county Department of Corrections, the Public Defender's Office, the County Attorney, the county Restorative Justice Program and the District Court in a cooperative effort to engage offenders with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders in an intensive treatment and skills building program geared toward supporting recovery and engendering responsibility and accountability through community service, education and employment. The goal is to assist offenders in becoming productive members of their families and their communities.


Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 10:01

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Interlakes Summer Theatre to stage ‘Sing Happy’ in Oct.

MEREDITH — The Interlakes Summer Theatre will offer a fall show, "Sing Happy, the World of Kander and Ebb", on Saturday, October 4th at 7 pm and Sunday, October 5th at 3 pm.

The show will feature the music of John Kander and Fred Ebb who wrote many shows including "Cabaret" and "Chicago". Singers will include Nancy Barry, the company's Producing Artistic Director, and ILST favorites Ellie Kahn, Kelliann DiCarlo, Charles Baran, Kenney Green and newcomers, Jenna Perez and Thaddeus Henry.
"Our musical director, A. Michael Tilford and choreographer, David Beris, both always wanted to write a Kander and Ebb show,'' says Barry, ''so I said 'Let's do it!'. We plan to book the show in NYC, but will perform it here for our Meredith audience first."
Barry is headed to NYC for rehearsals and the group will travel up for the show a few days before to rehearse at the Interlakes Auditorium where the show will take place.
"Everyone is pretty excited, because we all really loved working with each other this summer, and this keeps us connected."
Tickets are available now at 1-888-245-6374 for reserved seating or online at interlakestheatre.com. There will also be tickets available at the door. All tickets are $25.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:55

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Mark Connolly to address Plymouth Democrats

PLYMOUTH — Mark Connolly, former Deputy Secretary of state and Director of Securities Regulation for the state of New Hampshire, will be the featured speaker at the regular monthly meeting of the Plymouth Area Democrats on Wednesday, September 24, at the Plymouth Regional Senior Center on Depot Road in Plymouth. Connolly’s presentation will begin at 7 p.m. following a pot luck dinner and social hour at 5:30 p.m. 

Connolly will focus on the growing need for political campaign finance reform in the state and nation and how special interests now dominate the American political and electoral landscape. There will be an opportunity for questions from the audience at the conclusion of his presentation. Connolly has over a decade of public service. He was awarded the Securities Enforcement Award of the Year in 2007 by his fellow state securities regulators for his efforts on behalf of investors in taking enforcement actions against a number of financial institutions. In an eight-year period, he oversaw securities enforcement actions that resulted in some $50 million dollars in fines and penalties. He also served on the transition teams of Governor Judd Gregg and John Lynch, and was appointed by Governor Gregg in 1992 to be part of a bi-partisan panel of business people to study state government operations and make recommendations to make state government more efficient.

Connolly has worked over twenty years in the private sector, and now owns New Castle Investment Advisors in Portsmouth, serving as a Registered Investment Advisor for individuals and not-for profit institutions. His work includes serving as an expert witness for securities fraud matters. In 2012 Connolly authored a book--“Cover-Up," about the largest Ponzi scheme in New Hampshire’s history and the inaction by government that allowed it to happen. In it, he also addressed the inaction by regulators in Washington and elsewhere that led to the near financial collapse of the global economy in 2007-2008, and offered solutions on how to improve transparency and make the financial system more secure and fair

In recent years Connolly has served on the advisory board of the New Hampshire Rebellion project, which since 2013 has mobilized hundreds of New Hampshire citizens of all political stripes in two marches to call attention to a campaign system growing increasingly out of control and out of touch with its citizens. The group's goal is to influence the 2016 New Hampshire Presidential candidates to address what they will do to roll back the increasing domination of special interests in our democracy.

For further information, please call 536-2856.

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Prestige Plus members take ‘Best of Baltics’ cruise

LACONIA — Bank of New Hampshire’s Prestige Plus members recently returned from a 15-day cruise through “The Best of the Baltics” onboard Celebrity Cruise ship Constellation. Among the countries and cities visited were: Warnemunde and Berlin, Germany; Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; St. Petersburg, Russia; Tallinn, Estonia; and Copenhagen, Denmark.

The tour began in Amsterdam, Netherlands where Prestige Plus members enjoyed a canal cruise and historic city sightseeing tour before boarding the Celebrity Constellation. The first stop on the amazing trip was in Warnemunde, Germany allowing members to participate in an excursion to Berlin where they visited the Berlin Wall, check point Charlie and many other historic landmarks and museums. Cruising into Stockholm, Sweden passengers observed thousands of natural uninhabited islands en route to the city. Upon arrival, many Prestige Plus members visited one of the most popular museums in Stockholm, the Vasamuseet.

 The next stop was Helsinki, Finland where members observed the neo-classical designed architecture in Senate Square. Following Finland was a stop in Saint Petersburg, Russia. In Tallinn, Estonia Prestige Plus members learned of the city’s heroic and often challenging history which took place from the period between 1940 and 1991 when the Estonian Republic was occupied by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.

The final port visited on the trip was Copenhagen, Denmark where visitors explored Amalienborg Palace which is considered to be one of the greatest works of Danish Rococco architecture and was constructed in the 1700’s. Other members took the opportunity to go off the beaten path to Dragor, a quiet seaside village that has retained its character of an old fishing port with well-preserved historical buildings.

“We plan all of our trips months in advance and customize them to meet the needs of our valued Prestige Plus members,” stated Valerie Drouin, SVP – Prestige Plus Manager for Bank of New Hampshire. “With 25 years of experience in the bank travel industry, our customers know when they sign up for a trip, the quality will be unsurpassed. We plan and arrange these trips as a way to thank our members for choosing Bank of New Hampshire.”
To learn more about Bank of New Hampshire’s Prestige Plus program, contact Valerie Drouin, SVP - Prestige Plus Manager at (603) 527-3207 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:34

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