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Singer-Songwriter Lori McKenna at PSU Silver Center February 8

PLYMOUTH — Stoughton Mass. singer-songwriter Lori McKenna will bring her bold, raw and emotional voice and her poignant and profound poetry to Plymouth State University's Silver Center for a single performance at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 8, in the Smith Recital Hall.

McKenna started writing songs as a teenager and became a professional songwriter at the age of 27 years. She began singing at open mike nights at the Blackthorn Tavern in Easton, Mass., and eventually at her own shows. Working with then manager Gabriel Unger, she released four critically acclaimed independent CDs. In 2001 the Boston-based folk station WUMB named McKenna its best artist, and the Boston Globe honored her first album in their year-end top picks. She won the Boston Music Award (BMA) in 1999, performed at the Newport Folk Festival and won the grand prize at the "Lilith Fair Talent Search" which got her an opening slot on the Lilith Fair tour. Other BMA recognition followed. In 2001 she won the prestigious American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP) Sammy Cahn Award.

Her fourth release, Bittertown, caught the ear of superstar Faith Hill who first covered two of her songs, and later covered a third as the title song of her 2005 album, Fireflies. McKenna subsequently teamed with Hill for an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show and joined Hill on her 2007 "Soul2Soul" tour with Hill's husband, Tom McGraw. Hill says, "I don't remember ever being impacted by a songwriter the ways I was with her ... her writing is masterful, with a pureness that is completely unaffected. The songs are such a great combination of depth and realness ... there's just this indescribable collision of innocence and honesty in her writing."

McKenna's fifth album presented 11 songs about the joys and hardships of everyday American family life (McKenna now has five children). While some of her songs are biographical, McKenna says she can also "... take a little piece of something that I've heard somewhere and turn it into a song written in the first person." Many of her songs are written at her kitchen table, with the familiar sound of her children clamoring in the background.

USA Today said, "McKenna folds folk, rock and country textures into wistful and wry reflections on heart-ache and faith." Massachusetts, McKenna's sixth studio album was released last year. She says, "I want to write great songs, timeless songs, songs that affect people."

Tickets for the performance are $35 for adults, $33 for seniors and $20 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.

Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 09:13

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Executive Council candidates to meet voters at forum in Meredith

MEREDITH — In an effort to help voters learn more about both candidates for the Executive Council District One seat and enable them to make an informed decision at the voting booth, the Lakes Region Democrats, the Belknap County Republicans, and the Belknap County Democrats have announced that they are sponsoring an Executive Council District One Candidate Forum. The forum, scheduled for Tuesday, February 11, 6 - 7:30 p.m. will be held at the Meredith Community Center, located at 1 Circle Drive in Meredith. The event will be moderated by the League of Women Voters of New Hampshire. Following introductory remarks by both candidates, the public will be invited to engage in a Q & A with the candidates. In the event of weather issues requiring postponement of the forum, the snow date is Tuesday, February 18.

With the passing of Executive Councilor Ray Burton, the Secretary of State scheduled a primary and a special election to fill the vacant seat. The March 11 special election features the Democratic candidate, Mike Cryans, versus. the Republican candidate, Joe Kenney, who defeated Christopher Boothby and Mark Aldrich in a Republican Primary on January 21. Since March 11 is also the date of most town elections in district #1, it is hoped that voter turnout may be somewhat higher than normal for a special election.

For more information, please contact the League of Women Voters of New Hampshire at 603-225-5344 or Liz Tentarelli at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 08:49

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Alzheimer's Support Group welcomes new members

NEW HAMPTON — The Alzheimers Caregivers Support Group continues its 2014 monthly schedule on Wednesday, February 12 at 5 p.m. at the Live Free Home Health Care offices on Rte. 104 in New Hampton.
The group is free and open to the public
Bill York, group facilitator, said there are many benefits to participating in a Support Group, including feeling less lonely, gaining a sense of control, improving coping skills, talking openly and honestly about your feelings, reducing anxiety, and developing a clear understanding of what to expect with your situation.
For more information, contact York at 254-7397.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:07

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Aspen Dental Opens New Practice In Tilton

TILTON — A new Aspen Dental office opened in Tilton on Thursday, January 30. Located at 17 Lowes Drive, the conveniently located practice will provide dental services that range from dentures and preventive care to general dentistry and restoration.

Dr. Young Chan Park, lead dentist at the Tilton office, received his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree at Boston University School of Dental Medicine in 2003. Dr. Park looks forward to meeting the Tilton community and providing much needed access to high-quality dental care and education.

The Tilton practice, located in Belknap County, marks the 11th Aspen Dental-branded location in New Hampshire, a state where 4 out of 10 of the counties (including Belknap County) have dental health professional shortage areas as designated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

According to a study conducted in 2013 by Syracuse University's Whitman School of Management, each new Aspen Dental-branded office supports local community growth by contributing more than $1.3 million in positive economic impact through job creation and capital investment. The local community benefits through investment in office construction, furniture and fixtures; jobs created and wages and benefits paid; taxes; and investment in marketing and advertising.

In addition to offering patients the choice of seven styles of Aspen Dental's exclusive ComfiDents® brand full and partial dentures, Aspen Dental will provide comprehensive exams, hygiene services, treatment of periodontal (gum) disease, extractions, fillings, oral surgery, whitening, and crown and bridge work. The office features digital radiography and offers advanced screening for oral cancer.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:02

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