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Plymouth writer Joe Monninger previews his work-in-progress based on an Irish myth

PLYMOUTH — Pease Public Library will present Joseph Monninger, author of more than twenty novels and professor at Plymouth State University discussing his current work-in-progress on Tuesday, February 4 at 7 p.m. in the library's Community Room. Because he has published novels in five decades, Monninger will also speak about the change in the publishing world, the use of a penname, and the effect of myth on story.

On a trip to Gili, Indonesia – one of the settings for his best-known novel, Eternal on the Water, Joseph Monninger first encountered the Irish folk tale of Tir na nOg. It is the story of Oisin (a human hero) and Niamh (a woman of the otherworld) and their life and love on a magical island. Now he has taken the story and written it for a modern audience and has also used it as the framework for an historical novel set at the prisoner of war camp in Stark, New Hampshire during World War II.

The novel, The Major's Daughter, will be published in July 2014 under the penname, J.P. Francis. His modern telling of Tir na nOg is now available to read, either electronically or in print, from Pease Public Library. The PDF of the script can be downloaded from www.peasepubliclibrary.org, or, alternatively, a paper copy can be signed out at the library desk. Attendees are encouraged to read the text before the presentation. This program will be of interest to writers as well as those who enjoy reading Monninger's work.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 09:12

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Congresswoman Annie Kuster Visits ECP

PLYMOUTH — 2nd District Congresswoman Annie Kuster toured the Enterprise Center at Plymouth (ECP) January 22 and said it's a great example of a partnership creating economic opportunity in New Hampshire.

The ECP, located at One Bridge Street, is a business incubator and accelerator whose goal is to support entrepreneurship, small businesses, and economic development in central New Hampshire. Currently there are seven tenants in the building, which opened last October. The ECP is a model of educational and public collaboration.

The Grafton County Economic Development Council (GCEDC) built the facility using federal, state and corporate funding; PSU provides incubator staffing, business services and intellectual capital through the College of Business Administration. Essentially, the ECP provides a "one stop shopping" location for businesses throughout the region seeking advice and counseling, services, leased space, mentoring, and networking.

Kuster pledged to assist the local business and education leaders meeting her at the ECP. "We want to be a part of this going forward and to help you grow and thrive," said Kuster. "This is such a fabulous opportunity and you're all to be commended for bringing people together to get things done the New Hampshire way."

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Senior Momentum Ceramics program at Art Escape

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department will be sponsoring a Senior Moment-um Art Escapes Ceramics program on Monday, February 3 at 10 a.m. at Art Escape in Laconia.

Participants can choose a piece to paint and enjoy some company. The pieces start at $3 and include painting and firing. All participants are responsible for their own costs. There is a minimum participation for this field trip so interested participants are asked to please RSVP by January 29.

For more information or to RSVP contact the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722.


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Lakes Region Community Services Announces New Board Members

LACONIA —  Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS) announces two new members recently joined its volunteer Board of Directors. Captain Matthew Canfield of the Laconia Police Department and Laura Main of Laconia are the newest members of this governing board, a representative body of the communities and consumers served and the services offered by LRCS.

Captain Canfield is a career law enforcement officer in his 17th year with the Laconia Police Department having previously served in Meredith and Center Harbor. Canfield is a strong proponent of community policing and understands the importance of being involved and integrated into the community-at-large. "I am familiar with many of the programs and services offered by LRCS and look forward to becoming involved in leadership to gain a deeper understanding. I also look forward to bringing my experience and influence with the Laconia PD to the table. It is a great opportunity to build stronger community. I jumped at the chance to serve," stated Canfield.

As a recipient of services from the agency, Laura Main is familiar with LRCS from a consumer's point of view. A resident of Laconia, Main enjoys her work at Taylor Community in Laconia. She is very pleased to be a new member of the board. "I want to learn more and to help by giving back to LRCS," said Main.

LRCS Executive Director, Chris Santaniello commented "We welcome Matthew and Laura to the Board of Directors. They join a board whose members not only fulfill their governance role and obligations, but contribute their time, talents, knowledge and experience to advance our goals and mission, enriching all we do here at LRCS."

Lakes Region Community Services is a nonprofit, comprehensive family support agency with a primary focus of providing supports to individuals with developmental disabilities and/or acquired brain disorders and their families. A dynamic human services organization, LRCS offers other essential and critical services to individuals in the Lakes Region from birth through a lifespan.

LRCS has offices in Laconia and Plymouth which combine to serve families residing throughout Belknap and Southern Grafton Counties. To learn more about the Lakes Region Community Services contact Joanne Piper Lang at 603-5224-8891 or visit www.lrcs.org.

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