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PSU hosting All New England Band Fest on Nov. 24

PLYMOUTH — The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Plymouth State University will host the All New England Band Festival November 24 at the Silver Center for the Arts. The annual program will bring more than 200 high school students from across New England, along with their band directors, to the PSU campus.

The concert will conclude a daylong event involving honor band members representing 65 high schools from all six New England states. The students were chosen from more than 400 who applied for the festival from a total of 80 high schools. Selection was based on students' individual musical achievements while attending the schools they are representing. More than two-thirds of those selected have been members of their respective all-state band or orchestra.

Dr. Jack Stamp is a guest conductor for the festival. Stamp is professor of music, department chair and director of band studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he conducts the wind ensemble and teaches courses in graduate conducting. His compositions have been commissioned and performed by leading military and university bands across the United States.

Professor Russell McCutcheon, also a guest conductor, is director of bands in the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College. McCutcheon directs the Bullets Marching Band, and teaches conducting and music education courses. He also supervises student teachers in the field. Bands under his direction have performed in China, Singapore, England, Scotland, Italy and Switzerland.

The festival bands will share the concert with the Plymouth State University Symphonic Band, conducted by PSU Professor Mark Stickney. The Symphonic Band will perform Jack Stamp's "Gavorkna Fanfare," "Choreography" by Robert Sheldon, "Shadow Falls" by Julie Giroux and "Illumination" by David Maslanka, among other works.

Tickets for the concert are $8 for adults and youth and $6 for seniors at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS or (800) 779-3869.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 November 2014 09:55

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New Firm Moves into Enterprise Center at Plymouth

PLYMOUTH — A Massachusetts firm specializing in data integration, consulting and training services has relocated into the Enterprise Center at Plymouth (ECP). Rapidata Consulting works with hundreds of clients in data integration and data warehousing projects. This includes data storage, data quality, data analysis, metadata management, data governance, and business intelligence.

Mike Mahoney, owner of Rapidata, said that "moving into an accelerator with close proximity to campus resources was the key factor in deciding on relocating from another state. I plan on employing motivated PSU students to move my business forward."

The ECP is located at One Bridge Street in Plymouth, and is a business incubator and accelerator whose goal is to support entrepreneurship, small businesses, and economic development in central New Hampshire. Business services provided are leased space, shared office equipment, mentoring, educational programs, fund-raising assistance, and networking with new and existing businesses. It opened in October, 2013 and has experienced rapid growth and job creation success; since the ECP opened, 21 PSU students have interned at ECP and five have turned those internships into full-time jobs.

ECP Executive Director Michael Tentnowski said that all available office space is already occupied, while new space is being built out in time for the new year.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 November 2014 09:50

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Reception Saturday for art show at Gilmanton Year-Round Library featuring work of local high schoolers

GILFORD — Gilford High School Expressions is the title of an art show featuring the work of students, and curated by Caledonia Hackley, Reese Henderson and Kassidy Morris. The public is invited to meet the artists at a reception on Saturday, November 15 from 1-3 p.m.

The one-of-a-kind art pieces use the medium of print block making. The curators report that "ideas for the print blocks were limitless, but did require us to use no words or logos. We sketched an outline on the block and continued to sculpt the design using Speedball linoleum cutters." Once the students finished cutting out the block, they advanced to the next level of the assignment. Each student put a color of their choice on a plastic plate, and then used a brayer to smooth out the paint on the block. Next, they put a piece of colorful paper on top of the painted block to make the print come to life on the page.

Each student was required to make at least ten different prints. At the end of the printing process, the students cut out shapes of their prints and created a collection of collages. The collages selected are presented at the Gilmanton Year-Round Library during the month of November. The collection will be available for viewing during open hours at the Library. The Library is located on NH Route 140 in Gilmanton Iron Works, across from the Gilmanton School.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 November 2014 09:47

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Gilmanton Food Pantry organizing Adopt-A-Child program, holiday food baskets

GILMANTON — The Gilmanton Food Pantry is making preparations for sponsorship of the Adopt-A-Child project again this year, which will help provide Gilmanton children with toys and clothing that their families can not otherwise provide.

Anyone wishing to help with this worthwhile project may either adopt one child, one family of children or just purchase one gift on a child's wish list. For persons who may not have the time or resources to go and shop for gifts, the pantry will accept a monetary donation and purchase the gift(s) on the individual's behalf. Donations of wrapping paper and bows.

There is also currently a collection for Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets. Items requested include cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, stuffing mix, juice, sugar, coffee, cocoa, breakfast muffin mix, pickles, olives as well as turkeys. Monetary donations to help purchase butter/margarine, milk, eggs, fresh fruit, potatoes, and onions are also accepted.

Requests for food baskets and the Adopt-A-Child project must be received by Wednesday, November 19 in order to have time to acquire and distribute all requested items. Donations of non-perishable food items may be dropped off at the Academy building, the Year Round Library, and at the Pantry during open hours. Monetary donations may be brought in to the Pantry or mailed to Post Office Box 16, Gilmanton, N. H. 03237.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 08:38

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