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Four, funny one-acts at Newfound Regional on Jan. 31

NEWFOUND — There is nothing better than a comedy to break up the winter doldrums, and you can find four of them on Friday January 31 at Newfound Regional High School's annual one act play competition.

Each class has been working since December to prepare their performances which will be adjudicated by three judges. Awards are presented for outstanding acting, directing and best play. The Class of 2017 will present A Simple Task by Alan Haehnel. Empie, the protagonist, has her first assignment at her new job but how can she succeed when she is interrupted by a cast of confusing characters. Under the direction of David Harlow, this comedy borders on the absurd.

Directed by Jake Schaffner, the Sophomores will follow with a short comedy by Ian McWethy, 13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview. Two college recruiters need to fill on last spot to keep their job, but thirteen eccentric, slightly­insane high school seniors make it very difficult. Each applicant hilariously exemplifies what not to do at a college interview.

After a brief intermission, the night resumes with That's Not How I Remember It by Don Zolidis. Flashing back to the 1980's, Mom and Dad look back upon their courtship, each recalling the events completely differently. This comedy is directed by Lori Devost.

The final presentation of the night will be Stress, Pressure, Doom and Other Teen Delights by Alan Haehnel. Whoever said high was easy did not understand what dilemmas face today's adolescents. With great humor, this play gives the audience an inside look at their high­pressure problems. Jen Simpson directs the Class of 2014.

Tickets are available at the door, $5 for students and $7 for adults. Call 744­-6006, ext 125 for more information.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:49

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Plymouth State University's Linda Levy Honored by Eastern Athletic Trainers Association

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University Health and Human Performance Professor Linda Levy has been honored by the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association for her longtime leadership and expertise in advancing the athletic training profession.

Dr. Levy is the Undergraduate Athletic Training Program Director and teaches Athletic Training courses in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. During her tenure she has supervised athletic training students as well as provided athletic training services to many of Plymouth State's athletic teams. The award was created in 1966 by the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association in conjunction with athletic equipment manufacturer Cramer Sports Medicine to recognize those who have advanced the profession of Athletic Training. Levy said she is thrilled to be honored with the Cramer Award.

"I am honored and humbled to be included with such an outstanding group of leaders, educators, and clinicians," said Levy. "The Cramer Award honors the lives and contributions of Frank and Chuck Cramer who in 1918 created a liniment to treat Chuck's sprained ankle. From this chance beginning, a company grew and prospered, the NATA was born, and leaders in our profession emerged. They probably had no idea that the company they created would become the cornerstone that is synonymous with athletic training. I am grateful for being honored for doing the work that puts a smile on my face and drives my passion."

PSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Julie Bernier said the Cramer Award is a well-deserved accolade for Levy.

"As an athletic trainer myself, I am well aware of the importance of the Cramer Award, the stature of the previous recipients and the impact of Linda's work." Bernier said. "There is no doubt in my mind that she is deserving of this award and I am just so pleased that her work has been recognized by this most prestigious honor,"

In addition to her classroom efforts, service to the institution and research are also extremely important to Dr. Levy. She has served and/or chaired numerous university and department committees during her tenure at PSU. She currently serves as chair of the Department of Health and Human Performance. Her research interests lie in determining how athletic training students learn, practice, apply and master clinical athletic training skills.

Dr. Levy's scholarly work has been published in athletic training professional journals. She is a regular presenter on the subject of athletic training clinical supervision, and clinical skills acquisition. She is an active member of national, regional and state athletic training organizations, and serves on the National Athletic Trainers' Student Committee and the EATA Scholarship and Quiz Bowl Committees.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:44

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Session on New Health Insurance Marketplace at Alton library

ALTON — Allison Hutchins, a Certified Marketplace Assister with ServiceLink Resource Center will be speaking about the Affordable Care Act and the new Health Insurance Marketplace on January 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gilman Library, 100 Main St in Alton.

Those who want more information on how to get enrolled or want to know more about what options are right them are invited. For more information call Allison Hutchins at the Belknap County ServiceLink Office (603) 528-6945.

The ServiceLink Resource Center and HealthFirst Family Care Center have Certified In-Person Marketplace Assisters ready to provide free and confidential enrollment assistance as well as to answer any questions about the Healthcare Marketplace.

ServiceLink Resource Center can be reached at 1-866-634-9412. HealthFirst Family Care Center can be reached at (603) 366-1070

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:40

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Parker Nelson Foundation Supports Comfortable Chair Project

LACONIA — The Parker Nelson Foundation, a privately held charitable company based in Providence, R.I., is providing funding for the Belknap Mill's purchase of 100 comfortable chairs for its guests in 2014.

The Belknap Mill, under the direction of Executive Director Denise Sharlow, has proposed new seating options for events and weddings. The Mill continues to raise funds for the project and hopes to find a source that will make the goal of 200 seats a reality.

The original proposal was to acquire banquet-style seats that would be durable and comfortable at an affordable price of less than $30. After careful consideration of all of the programming the Mill currently supports, the Belknap Mill Society decided that a wider-base chair and optimal cushion height — the overall height of the chair — along with a strong steel foundation would serve the Mill's needs longer and ultimately serve its patrons better.

"We have elderly and handicapped patrons who will benefit from this project. Although the folding chairs have served our needs for years, it is time to give this community center a lift. Purchasing strong, comfortable, and durable chairs will make our programming events more enjoyable and demonstrate our commitment to improving our venue," stated Sharlow.

"We look forward to improving the facility in ways that benefit the needs of the community and the creative economy. I welcome comments, collaboration, suggestions, and recommendations to improve the business and offerings of the Belknap Mill Society. We would like to have you involved in any way that makes sense to you."
Companies and individuals may contribute to the project by sending a check to the Belknap Mill Society or by donating online at www.belknapmill.org/html/donate.html.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:35

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