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Author signing books at Rumney cafe on Saturday

RUMNEY — Author Maxwell MacPherson, Jr., a resident of Alexandria, will be available to sign copies of his book, A Family Affair at The Common Cafe from 1-3 p.m on Saturday, December 28.

A Family Affair begins the adventures of Alex and Bess as their romance blossoms. Maxwell MacPherson Jr. weaves the families' tales around a young man's experiences with various forms of wildlife and other animals. Fishing, hunting, animal husbandry, and animal observation are a constant thread throughout the story.

The opening scene takes place on a river in Alex's hometown, where Alex enjoys himself as he walks along the paths of the Pasquaney River and fishes for salmon while observing Blue Herons, mink and red-winged blackbirds. Comedy and then, when least expected, tragedy, follow the lives of the various characters. From the catching of a duck on a fly made from duck feathers to the untimely death of Abigail, Bess' sister. Then the rampage of a large four-footed animal in Belchertown and the sudden impact of a falling tree killing Alex's old friend's wife and unborn child.

Through it all, the novel poises begs the reader to ask whether the love of Alex and Bess can overcome the obstacles they face? One will experience laughter and tears as Alex tells about growing up and falling in love—the struggles, the joys, the bewilderment, and the discoveries he makes.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 05:36

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Kennell Orthodontics rolls out red carpet for its clients at VIP event

MEREDITH — After months of planning and preparation, Dr. Alan Kennell of Kennell Orthodontics, Laconia, and his team hosted Kennell Orthodontics' Red Carpet Movie Premiere at Barn Z's Cinema in Meredith. This patient appreciation event was enjoyed by almost 300 VIP patients and their guests.

Kennell Orthodontics presented "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "Free Birds" at this VIP All Access event. Moviegoers found themselves captured on the Red Carpet with lights, balloons and even paparazzi. VIP guests were greeted by Dr. Kennell in his tuxedo and his staff in their evening gowns.

"It's just our way to show our patients that we appreciate and value them at a fun event for all ages," said Dr. Kennell. Kennell Orthodontics was thrilled to partner with Tim Barnes, owner of the local Meredith cinema. "Barn Z's Cinema was a perfect fit to host our honored patients and their guests. I always find it valuable to develop great local business-to-business connections."

Check out the Kennell Orthodontics Facebook page to see all the Red Carpet Movie Premiere photos – facebook.com/KennellOrtho.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 December 2013 11:48

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Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund Grants $2,500 to Inter-Lakes Day Care Center and Nursery School for New Cribs

MEREDITH — The Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund (MVSB Fund) is pleased to announce a $2,500 grant to the Inter-Lakes Day Care Center and Nursery School. These grant funds were used to purchase updated cribs that are necessary for childcare center to meet revised safety rules for infant cribs.

"We are so thankful for this award from the MVSB Fund," said Constance Pelletier, Executive Director for Inter-Lakes Day Care Center and Nursery School. "Changes in safety guidelines can't always be planned for and can often cut into funds allocated for educational programs and trips. We appreciate MVSB's willingness to help our organization provide the safest environment to our students, so that we can continue to provide quality child care services we to the community."

In order meet revised federal government and Consumer Product Safety rules, child care centers were required by federal government to replace any cribs not meeting the new safety standards. Cribs manufactured prior the launch of these standards can not meet the new testing requirements and therefore do not comply with the guidelines.

Inter-Lakes Day Care Center and Nursery School is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, founded in 1971 and run by a volunteer board of directors. It is the mission of I-LDCC to promote child development through the operation of a group child care center and nursery school for children 6 weeks through 12 years in age, and through establishment of cooperation with other agencies in promoting child development.

The award to Inter-Lakes Day Care Center and Nursery School is one of 19 grants totaling $76,108 awarded by the MVSB Fund in the 2012 grant cycle. The Fund makes grants every year to local non-profits that make a significant impact upon the lives of people in the communities MVSB serves. These grants are in addition to the Bank's regular contributions and the extraordinary volunteer efforts by its employees.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 December 2013 11:27

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Bank of New Hampshire Donates $21,000 to Assist NH Military Families

LACONIA — Bank of New Hampshire would like to thank its employees and local businesses who donated and bid on the 176 items that were auctioned off in this year's Holiday Auction. The $21,000 in proceeds from the Holiday Auction were donated to the New Hampshire National Guard's Chaplain Emergency Relief Fund.

The fund was established during Operation Desert Storm when many military families faced financial hardship during the deployment of their loved ones. Any military member living in New Hampshire or serving in a New Hampshire unit is eligible to receive support. Monies are used exclusively to assist military members and their families who are experiencing an unexpected financial crisis. In the six years that Bank of New Hampshire has been supporting the NHNG-CERF through their annual auction, the bank has donated more than $86,000 to the fund.

"The generosity of Bank of New Hampshire has been a significant factor in our operation year after year," stated Chaplain Steven Veinotte, Trustee for the Chaplain Emergency Relief Fund. "In addition to the normal challenges of deployments and training, 2013 has seen the added burden of sequestration and a government shut-down. In uncertain times like these, the ability to provide emergency assistance to our NH military families is needed more than ever."

For more information or to make a tax-deductible contribution to CERF, write to: CERF, PO Box 3448, Concord NH 03302-3448.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 December 2013 09:27

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