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12th Annual Brenda’s Ride raised $10,000

LACONIA — Sixteen-year breast cancer survivor Brenda Ganong recently hosted the 12th Annual Brenda's Ride with Friends: Fighting Cancer One Mile at a Time. The day was a huge success, raising $10,000 to benefit Oncology patients at Lakes Region General Hospital.

Brenda's Ride started in 2003 with just 35 participants and has continued to grow over the years. Nearly a hundred motorcycles convened at the Weirs Beach Lobster Pound the morning of August 2, setting off for a ride to Waterville Valley. Lead by Alton and Gilford Police Department volunteers, the convoy arrived back at the Lobster Pound mid-day for a cookout, raffles, and live music courtesy of Matt Langley and band AXIS.

"We were thrilled with the great support from our generous sponsors, all of the bikers who came for this year's ride, and those friends who stopped by for the cookout and afternoon festivities. I am also incredibly thankful to the Lobster Pound and our amazing team of volunteers," explains event founder/planner Brenda Ganong. "Brenda's Ride continues to thrive, and knowing that we're helping patients right here in our own community is very rewarding."

Proceeds from Brenda's Ride are used to assist Oncology patients in a number of ways, to help lighten the financial burden during an already very tough time. Funds have been designated to: help with co-pays for ports (necessary to be put in so they can receive their drugs); assist with co-pays for prosthetics; and to purchase gas cards and cab vouchers to get patients to appointments. In one case a recliner was purchased for one terminally-ill patient who could no longer sleep in a bed.

Brenda's Ride welcomed several high-level supporters including $1,000 Gold Sponsor Winner's Circle Auto Sales; $500 Silver Sponsors Brady Companies, Electrical Concepts, Fire & Iron Station 138, Looney Bin, Nick, Roche Realty, and The Tamposi Family. In-kind donors included the band AXIS, Binnie Media, Body Covers, Crown Design, D'Andrea Foods, Gilbert Block, Great Eastern Radio, Laconia Harley-Davidson, Northeast Communications, Reinhart-Agar (Brad Preston), South Shore Quality Meats, Tylergraphics, Weirs Beach Lobster Pound, 1350AM Radio, and our local police departments (Alton & Gilford). Support also came from Shirt Sponsors, auction donations, and many businesses generously donated goods and services to the event.

"The staff and patients at LRGHealthcare are deeply grateful to Brenda and John Ganong and all of their friends and family who continue to make each Brenda's Ride such a success," states LRGHealthcare Vice President of Clinical Services Marge Kerns. "The folks at the Lobster Pound always go above and beyond for this event. Brenda has the most bighearted friends and LRGHealthcare is very fortunate to be the beneficiary and a part of this great day," says Kerns.

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Cold Case Unit to speak at Meredith Library on Tues.

MEREDITH — The Meredith Public Library hosts New Hampshire's Cold Case Unit on Tuesday, September 9 at 4 p.m. Attendees will learn how the Cold Case Unit was created in 2009, how cold case homicide investigations worked prior to creation of the unit and what makes a case a “cold case”.
Trooper Michael Kokoski, Sgt. Jeff Ladieu, and Assistant Attorney General Ben Agati will explain how they determine where to focus their efforts, organization of case files/utilizing historical resources, the role of forensics and DNA, the unique challenges of cold case investigation, preparing a cold case for court, and working with victim’s family members.

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PSU's Lamson Library Hosting Two Exhibitions this fall

PLYMOUTH — The Lamson Library and Learning Commons at Plymouth State University is hosting two exhibitions this fall.

Route 66, Westbound to Paradise, the 2014 portfolio exchange, is a national collection of works by 18 nationally and internationally noted printmaking artists, curated by artist Fawn Atencio of Denver. The exhibition presented under the aegis of the Lamson Learning Commons Print Series, runs through December 5 on the Learning Commons Art Display Wall.

Route 66, also known as "the road to opportunity," linked Chicago to Los Angeles between 1926 and the mid 1950s. The road functions as a metaphorical bridge, taking people to California. As people migrated along the route, it served as a cultural conduit, transporting ideas, progressive thinking, and diversity westward. The road to opportunity led to California, a place people thought of as offering a better life and where paradise could be found.

Portfolio exchange participants were asked to provide their own take on "Route 66, Westbound to Paradise."

Fawn Atencio graduated with honors from the University of Northern Colorado School of Art and Design, earning a bachelor's degree in art with a minor in environmental science. She continued her education in printmaking and drawing at Washington University in Missouri where she assisted master printer Maryanne Ellison-Simmons at the Washington University's Island Press from 1998-2000. She completed her MFA degree in 2000 and works as a full-time studio artist in Denver. Atencio's work has been shown and is in private collections internationally and nationally.

Creativity in Printmaking: Recent work from Professor Emerita of Art Annette Mitchell's summer graduate course. The unique prints created by the 16 participating artists combine polystyrene foam block prints on both paper and fabric, and sometimes other art media such as Sumi ink. New works were created each of the 9 days of the course and local artists in many media visited the studio nearly every day. Mitchell told prospective students, "Buckle up, because we're headed into the Art Zone!" Students came to the first day of class with a "wish plan" of what they would like to learn or explore. The exhibition reveals their execution of those wishes.

Participant Alma Grand commented, "Annette's classes are always fresh, new and exciting. We are completely immersed in the world of art, and we become a real community of artists."

A reception with Mitchell and the artists will be held from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 11. The exhibition runs through October 3 on the newly dedicated David A. Beronä Exhibition Wall. Beronä recently retired as Dean of the Library and Academic Support Services at Plymouth State.

Exhibiting are: Betsy Ayotte, Paulette Brace, Jessica Cobbett, Lynn Decker, Helen Downing, Alma Grand, Peg Hartz, Caroline Luke, Glenn Madon, Gloria Sterling, Ariel Rothbaum, Virginia Slayton, Eleanor Spencer, Linda Walsh, Susan Wei and Amy Wilson.

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Pemi-Baker Literacy receives grant from Meredith Village Savings Bank

PLYMOUTH — The Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) Fund has awarded a $3,000 grant to Pemi-Baker Literacy, which is located within the Whole Village Family Resource Center in Plymouth. The organization will use the grant funds to purchase a new laptop computer and other expenses. The new laptop will provide them with enhanced access to the latest online study materials and tests.

Pemi-Baker Literacy works with other local social service agencies to identify individuals who may be looking to obtain their high school equivalency diploma or improve their computer skills and provides them the training and guidance needed to reach their education goals. The organization's services include one-on-one tutoring and small classes in the areas of reading, writing, math, English as a second language, high school equivalency exam preparation and basic computer skills.

"We are still continually awed by our students' courage and motivation to further their education," said Darci McCarthy, Executive Director. "We are so appreciative of the generosity of the volunteers and contributors, who have supported our efforts to provide quality education services to adults in need in our community."

In May, 2001, Pemi-Baker Literacy was born out of a series of community meetings focused on filling the gaps in literacy needs in the Plymouth area, particularly basic adult education. The outcome of those meetings was a volunteer-based tutoring program , which has since grown to include small classes in the areas of reading, writing, math, English as a second language, preparing for the high school equivalency exam and basic computer skills. For more information about Pemi-Baker Literacy, please visit: www.pemibakerliteracy.org

MVSB established the Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund in 1997 under the leadership of John Starrett who was then president and CEO of the Bank. Since then, 248 grants totaling more than $971,992 have been awarded to a wide range of environmental, social, educational, and historic projects throughout the Greater Lakes Region and Plymouth areas. Over the years, the Fund has supported literacy programs, after-school programs, environmental monitoring and education, restoration of historic structures, organizations that provide support for individuals and families in challenging circumstances, and equipment that helps save lives. The deadline for consideration for the 2014 grant cycle is October 15, 2014. Applications are available on the Bank's website (www.mvsb.com) and at all MVSB offices.

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