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Franklin drug task force plans lunch-n-learn on Friday

FRANKLIN — The Franklin Mayor's Drug Task Force is inviting local citizens to attend a Lunch-n-Learn on Friday, October 7th from 12 noon–1:30 pm. Results from the recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) completed by Franklin youth in grades 9-12 will be the focus of conversation. The Community Health Institute will report on local trends in substance misuse and how the city of Franklin and its youth compare to state averages.

"This is an opportunity for community members to hear what Franklin youth are saying about their use of substances such as alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs and K2 or Spice. The YRBS is a vital tool for all who work with and are concerned about the future of our youth and we invite people to join us and focus on ways that we may be able to reduce youth substance abuse," says Angela Lynch, Coordinator of the Franklin Mayor's Drug Task Force.

The Lunch-n-Learn will be held at the Bessie Rowell Community Center. A light lunch will be provided. Those who would like to attend the October 10 event can call 603-998-5337 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP.

Since 2009, the Franklin Mayor's Drug Task Force has served the communities of Franklin and Hill in a variety of community education and outreach capacities to prevent and reduce youth alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and to promote healthy environments and promising futures. Learn more by clicking on the link to the Drug Task Force at www.franklinnh.org.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 08:43

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Transportation committee to meet today in Bristol

BRISTOL — The Lakes Region Planning Commission Transportation Technical Advisory Committee will an open public meeting Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. in the Minot-Sleeper Library, 35 Pleasant St.

The meeting will begin the evaluation of Transportation Alternatives Program bicycling and walking proposals to determine priority projects in the Lakes Region. Committee recommendations will be finalized after acceptance by LRPC commissioners and then forwarded to the NH Department of Transportation in mid-November. An initial list of locally identified improvements totaled more than $4 million to construct.

The LRPC Transportation TAC encourages all members of the public who are concerned about any aspect of transportation to attend and provide ideas and comment. For additional information about this meeting please contact the Lakes Region Planning Commission at 279-8171.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 08:37

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Pitmans hosting blues tonight band friday

LACONIA — It will be Dance Night with the Blues Tonight Band at Pitman's Freight Room on Friday October 10 at 8 p.m.

Admission is $12 and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

A lot of Blues bands come and go on the local music scene these days, with most never to return. However, this band did return in 2011 with a vengeance. Consisting of three core members of the original LA East Band from Laconia along with fresh new talent the group is now a 5 piece hard hitting blues band.

Not only does the Band play covers of blues songs but it also performs songs that not everyone has on their set list. Its the group's original songs that the band is getting known for and that people are requesting.

Band members include Craig Farrington - Guitar/Vocals, Steve Brooks - Bass Guitar, Eric Anderson –Drums, Dave Bottom - Guitar/Vocals and Alan Doyle – Harp/vocals.
Catered dinner buffet available before the show. Call 494-3334 for details and reservations.
www.pitmansfreightroom.com

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 08:35

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Trombone concert at PSU on October 15

PLYMOUTH —New Hampshire Music Festival principal trombonist David Loucky joins pianist and NHMF principal guest conductor Dan Perkins at Plymouth State University on Wednesday, October 15 at 8 p.m. at the Silver Center for the Arts in the Smith Recital Hall. Free and open to the public.

This recital will cover a variety of trombone repertoire, including works by Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saëns, and Šulek. Loucky will also be working with university and high school students as part of his visit.

Dr. Loucky, a low brass specialist, performs on all low brass instruments. A faculty member at Middle Tennessee State University since 1989, he also performed for two seasons as Assistant Principal Trombonist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He has performed and lectured at several International Trombone Festivals, and International Tuba-Euphonium Conferences and served on the faculty of the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts. He is an active performer with the Nashville Symphony, New Hampshire Music Festival, Huntsville Symphony, Stones River Chamber Players, MTSU Faculty Jazz Combo, Middle Tennessee Jazz Orchestra, MTSU Faculty Brass Quintet, and the Nashville Chamber Brass.

Loucky performs on a period 19th-century ophicleide, the predecessor of the tuba and euphonium. He engages in the research of repertoire for this instrument and collaborates with composers who are interested in writing new works for it. He holds degrees from Wesleyan University, Yale School of Music, and SUNY at Stony Brook. He has been principal trombone with the New Hampshire Music Festival since 1987.

Dan Perkins is in his 24th year at Plymouth State University, where he is professor of music and director of choral activities and 2007 was appointed the first Stevens-Bristow Distinguished Professor. In 2011, he was honored as the American Choral Directors Association Choral Director of the Year. Dr Perkins is active as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and abroad.

He is currently: Music Director of the Manchester Chorale Society and Orchestra, Co-founder and Music Director of the New Hampshire Master Chorale

Principal Guest Conductor and Director of Choral Activities for the New Hampshire Music Festiva, Guest Conductor of the Asia Pacific Activities Conference Orchestra in Hanoi, Vietnam. Additionally, he is frequent conductor of the NH Friendship Chorus and led their 2014 performance tour in Colombia. His choirs have performed and studied internationally in a variety of countries including Italy, Portugal, Morocco, South Africa, Vietnam, Armenia, Georgia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and throughout the U.S. He was a guest conductor for Mid-America and the New England Symphonic Ensemble at Carnegie Hall in April 2014, which consisted of 250 singers from Iowa, Texas, California, Mississippi, and New Hampshire. For further information visit www.nhmf.org.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 October 2014 10:37

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