Speare Memorial Hospital president & CEO honored by Plymouth State University student group

PLYMOUTH — The President and CEO of Speare Memorial Hospital was honored November 5 by the Plymouth State University student group, Marketing Association of Plymouth State (MAPS). Michelle McEwen '81, was named to the MAPS Alumni Hall of Fame at the Delta Mu Delta annual awards dinner. McEwen, a resident of the Plymouth area for nearly 30 years, said she was surprised and honored to be recognized by her alma mater.

"I'm truly humbled by it," McEwen said. "I think the experiences that I got here were wonderful; I had professors had real-life experience, they could apply what we learned from a textbook to their jobs, whether it was as a tax attorney or a CPA, that really helped. The small classes were also very helpful- it was more of a dialogue than a lecture, which is a great way to learn."

McEwen, a summa sum laude graduate of Plymouth State, is a Certified Public Accountant who has lent her expertise to several local and regional boards of directors, including the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, Foundation for Healthy Communities, Meredith Village Savings Bank and NH Mutual Bancorp. Previous to her leadership role at Speare Memorial Hospital, McEwen served as the Vice President for Finance at the New Hampshire Hospital Association and as manager at Ernst and Whinney, one of the world's largest accounting firms.

This was the seventh year the MAPS organization has named a PSU alumnus to their Hall of Fame at the annual Delta Mu Delta dinner, which also serves as a networking opportunity for PSU business students and alumni. Previous Hall of Fame recipients include Jason Lyon, '94, CEO of the Common Man Family of Restaurants, Larry Haynes, '86, President and CEO of the Grappone Companies and Plymouth business owner Scott Biederman, '75.

Christmas Fair at Tilton-Northfield Methodist Church

TILTON — The Tilton-Northfield United Methodist Church will hold its annual Christmas Fair on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the church located at 400 West Main St.

There will be a coffee hour from 9-11 a.m., and lunch served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will include corn chowder, choice of sandwiches, filled cookies for dessert, and coffee or cold drink.

The fair features tables for crafts, food and baked goods, cookie walk, white elephant items, jewelry, gift items, wreaths and Christmas decorations.


Lakeland School students collect candy for troops

MEREDITH — Lakeland School students Jayda Glines and Michele Loyer once again collected Halloween candy for Operation Gratitude for military troops. Lakeland School students are encouraged to participate in two community service projects during the school year and this seemed like a very sweet way to help.

Jayda, a fourth grader, and Michele, an eighth grader, spread the word through emails and flyers to their schoolmates. The week following Halloween, many students came in with trick or treat candy to donate. Dr. Kennel and Dr. Smith of the Children's Dentistry of the Lakes Region, invited youngsters to donate their candy in exchange for each pound they would get $1 in cash. The girls brought the candy to them, and once it was all weighed, they had collected 22 pounds.

Jayda and Michele received $22 and the girls chose to donate the money this year to the New Hampshire Humane Society. Through the Lakeland School Community Service Projects they have realized how important it is to help others in their community and also those serving in the military. Last year they donated $26 from the candy they collected, to the WLNH Children's Auction, and they look forward to helping those in their community throughout the years.

Gilford Community Church’s Christmas Tree service will be on Nov. 30

GILFORD — Gilford Community Church will hold its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Service on the First Sunday in Advent, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m.

The service will consist of worship, an outdoor tree lighting, and singing of Christmas carols, followed by light refreshments. All in the community are invited to attend.

Gilford Community Church is located at 19 Potter Hill Road in Gilford Village.