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Center Sandwich woman attends camp run by NH Fire Academy

SANDWICH —  Emma Bickford of Center Sandwich is attending Camp Fully Involved at the NH Fire Academy in Pembroke this week.

The camp offers a dynamic, interactive and physically challenging environment to gain strength and knowledge while building confidence and leadership skills for young women 14 to 20 years old. The course is being taught by Lt. Jess Wyman, Nashua Fire & Rescue and an all volunteer staff of women and men firefighters from many New England communities. Cadets are from Canada, Hawaii, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire.

The CFI goal is to provide cadets with a comprehensive, intensive overview of the firefighting profession.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 August 2014 10:20

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Madeira USA celebrates 30th Anniversary

LACONIA – While Madeira, located in Freiburg, Germany, has been manufacturing high quality embroidery thread for worldwide distribution for nearly 100 years, Madeira USA, its U.S. subsidiary, is celebrating a 30th anniversary in 2014. The milestone marks three decades of growth, innovation and expansion throughout the Decorated Apparel Market. While Madeira has steadily become synonymous with reliable performance, quality materials and outstanding customer service, it has gained in market share, becoming one of the key suppliers to embroiderers nationwide.
"I think the key to our longevity and growth," begins Madeira USA President Shirley Clark, "has been our policy of getting to know our customers first hand. Whether it's participating in trade shows in order to meet many smaller volume customers, or traveling to sit down, one-on-one, face to face with a high volume customer, we learn what and how they operate, so that we can cater to their needs."
Madeira USA has implemented many innovations over the years, to fulfill customers' needs. One of the first in the industry to offer the convenience of online shopping, Madeira's website has gone through over half a dozen facelifts and functionality upgrades over the years. Offering everything from ecommerce to instructional videos, automatic Pantone® color matching to free downloadable designs to try out specialty threads, madeirausa.com has attracted more customers each year. And it is the only embroidery thread supplier to offer an app, for smart phone users to be able to place orders on-the-go.
"Distribution is another key factor in our success," points out Clark. "Knowing that goods need to be delivered yesterday was a driving force in our expanding our service over the years, so that we currently ship from 13 locations throughout the country. Shipping via UPS Ground means overnight service for nearly 90% of our customers for the price of Ground.
"The service aspect of what we bring to market extends beyond our 13 Customer Service Centers," continues Clark. "We are open longer hours than any other supplier, for those customers who need to speak with a person. And we added an online chat, for those who prefer to have their questions answered electronically."
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About Madeira:
Founded in Freiburg, Germany, in 1919, Madeira is a global leader in the production of high quality embroidery threads for the decorated apparel and home fashion markets. The Madeira product line includes the industry's largest selection of specialty threads, E-Zee Backing & Topping™ products, plus a complete line of bobbins and accessories. Today, Madeira services its clients from operations in the USA, Europe, Japan, and key Asian markets. The company ships from 13 Customer Service Centers in the U.S., more locations than any other embroidery supplier nationwide. For more information, visit www.madeirausa.com.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 August 2014 10:15

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Reception at Belknap Mill for Suzanne Cronin exhibit

LACONIA — The Belknap Mill Art Gallery is holding its second Artist Reception featuring Suzanne Cronin on Thursday, August 7 from 5-7 p.m. For more information call This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , visit www.belknapmill.org, or call 603-524-8813.

Cronin, a New Hampshire resident since the age of eleven, is an avid hiker of trails near the White Mountains. With her enthusiasm for nature and photography, she has developed a special fondness for the New Hampshire state tree - the white birch. Through her travels, Cronin collects various pieces of colored birch bark, as she has always admired its characteristics; color, strength and vulnerability.

Cronin states, "The white birch represents who we are as a nation; still standing, still strong and devoted to a life of courage."

All of the painting is done directly on the white birch bark as it is found in its original state of well-being and is not tampered with except for drying purposes. Following the natural pattern of the birch bark, the thirteen stripes and the fifty stars are strategically painted on by hand making each piece unique in its characteristics.

Cronin’s work will be on display at the Belknap Mill until the end of September. Art Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 



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Winni Playhouse Presents New England Premiere of Psychological Thriller

MEREDITH — Lakes Region audiences will have the privilege of being the first in New England to see the premiere of a play the New York Times calls, "intelligent, cynical, disturbing and easy for 21st-century theatergoers to relate to" when George Brant's Any Other Name takes to The Winnipesaukee Playhouse stage from August 6th through 16th.
Set in Victorian England, the exciting melodrama introduces a brilliant poet who languishes in a dank asylum while a ruthless husband-and-wife team plots to steal his identity and, with it, the fortune and glory they believe await him. As the couple gets pulled further and further into their own deceit, the audience may be left wondering just who is sane and who is mad.
The production, directed by Bryan Halperin, will be Playhouse audience's only chance to see actor Richard Brundage onstage this summer. Brundage, returning for his sixth summer, became a Playhouse fan favorite with performances including Passepartout in Around the World in 80 Days, Louis de Rougemont in Shipwrecked, Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure and many others. In Any Other Name, Brundage plays John Clark, a poet whose fame has receded since entering an asylum. Struggling poet Edward (played by Nicholas Wilder) and his wife, Margaret, (played by Rebecca Tucker) discover Clark's whereabouts and set out to steal his latest poems in order to receive a hefty advance from Clark's former publisher (played by Toby Miller).
Any Other Name begs the question about how far someone will go in their insatiable hunger for fame and fortune and, in that, proves to be both relatable and compelling to a modern audience. With first rate performances from a brilliant cast and top quality production values, Any Other Name is a must-see for audiences eager to experience something new and exciting this summer.
The Winnipesaukee Playhouse provides a full evening of food and entertainment. Drinks, light meals, and snacks are available before each performance. Patrons can enjoy their food and drink outdoors, either in the sun or under shade, while being entertained by free "Busker Alley" pre-show performances of live music on the outdoor stage. Buskers will be performing on selected nights, so be sure to check the website ahead of time to catch these acts.
Any Other Name will be the fourth play of the summer season performed at the new Winnipesaukee Playhouse campus in Meredith. The Summer 2014 season is generously sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank, Kovio's K-9, and the Bank of New Hampshire. Any Other Name is further supported by the generous sponsorship of Gilford Home Center. It is recommended for ages 13 and above.

Performances are Mondays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm, with additional matinees Thursday, August 7th and Monday, August 11th at 2 pm. Tickets for the Orchestra are $29, with Balcony seats for $10. There are also Student Rush tickets available one hour prior to show time, for $20 in the Orchestra, cash only.
Tickets can be ordered by calling (603)-279-0333 or by using a credit card at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org. The Winnipesaukee Playhouse also offers free educational programs: "How'd They Do That?" a backstage tour at 6-6:3 pm on Thursday, August 7th, "Symposium" a pre-show presentation offering insight on the play from 6-7 pm on Tuesday, August 12th and "Talk-Back Wednesday" a post-performance Q&A with cast and director on Wednesday, August 13th.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 August 2014 10:03

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