Line dancing classes offered Fridays in Bristol

BRISTOL — Line dancing classes are being offered at the Tapply-Thompson Community Center on Fridays from 6 to 7 p.m.
The fee is $7 per class or $25 for those who pre-register for the month of November.
For more information call George Maloof @ 536-1179 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Line dancing is a fun way of stabilizing one's weight and a very good low impact cardio workout, says Maloof.
Classes are held upstairs in the center, above the gymnasium. Music is a mixture of country, pop, latin and hip hop.

Local PEO Chapter sponsors Inter-Lakes student’s visit to Cottey College

MEREDITH — Carter Smith, junior at Inter-Lakes High School attended the "C for yourself" weekend overview at Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri. The trip was sponsored by the local PEO International Chapter G. Jane Flynn, PEO Chapter G President accompanied Carter to Missouri.

PEO is a philanthropic organization dedicated to the advancement and education of women. PEO and Cottey College have enjoyed a partnership for over seventy five years providing an exceptional college experience for women. Cottey began as a two year women's college, but has grown to offer both two and four year degrees. They also offer second year students "the opportunity to spend the first week of spring break visiting a European city with classmates and faculty, learning about art, history, science and culture, without any additional cost to the students."

Smith plans to major in psychology and was able to talk directly with the psychology professors on campus, and was struck by their passion for cognitive psychology, biopsychology, and social psychology. She was pleased to learn the Early Childhood Development and Psychology courses she's taking at Inter-Lakes High School will give her a good head start on her major. She also asked about transferring her Early Childhood Running Start credits from Lakes Region Community College and was pleased to hear they would transfer in as elective credits.

Smith states, "Cottey seems like a close knit college community, with an emphasis on community service. I was excited to meet students from Africa and Egypt and didn't realize girls come from all over the world to attend Cottey. Cottey focuses on independence and global experiences and I'm excited to possibly live and learn in that type of an environment. I encourage other girls to visit Cottey and to have the same experience I had. I'm thankful that Jane Flynn took time to fly out with me and that my local PEO chapter sponsored my trip and is helping me with this journey."

Eyes On Owls talk at Squam Science Center

HOLDERNESS — Who's watching you? Find out on Saturday, November 22 when Eyes On Owls presents a live owl program in conjunction with Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. All who attend are in for some fun with educational close-up views of these secretive birds of prey. Eyes On Owls Naturalist, Marcia Wilson will present "Who's Watching You? Owls of the World."

Wilson introduces the audience to owls found in New England and other parts of the world. A slide show begins the program by showcasing colorful wildlife photographs by Marcia's husband Mark Wilson. Marcia imitates the owls' calls herself, paying special attention to the more common owls that we might encounter in our area.

After a hooting lesson and much audience anticipation, Marcia brings out the live owls one at a time. With each owl perched securely on her gloved hand, she walks out among the audience with six different owls. There is plenty of time for close-up views, photos, and questions. Each owl presented has a permanent disability which prevents him or her from surviving on their own in the wild. These non-releasable owls serve as captivating ambassadors from the world of wildlife.

Attendees will learn about which owl eats skunks and detective tricks to reveal where owls live close by. They will also learn about what owl pellets give away about an owl's diet, the food chain, and the web-of-life. Participants will learn how to protect owls and their habitats during this fun, interactive program.

"We are very excited to have Marcia and Mark present Eyes On Owls at the Science Center," said Iain MacLeod, Executive Director of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. "Although the Science Center has owls as part of our exhibit and program collection, Marcia and Mark offer some rarer species that many people wouldn't normally get the opportunity to see."

Eyes On Owls is generously sponsored by Squam River Landing, Owls Landing Campground, Snowy Owl Inn & Resort, with a golf raffle provided by Owl's Nest Resort & Golf Club.

Eyes On Owls will have two presentations at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $10 for members and $12 for non-members. Tickets purchased the day of the event will be $15 per person. Tickets may be purchased in advance by contacting Squam Lakes Natural Science Center at 603-968-7194, option 7.

Plymouth State University receives gift of one-of-a-kind collection of art and books


PLYMOUTH — For more than half a century, J.T. Ellis guided cargo ships through the world's oceans as a Merchant Marine navigator. From humble roots in Bridgewater,  Ellis became an accomplished mariner, visiting hundreds of ports and foreign countries, gaining a unique perspective on the world while pursuing his hobby of collecting valuable pieces of art and books. Now 84-years old, Ellis has decided to bequeath his one-of-a-kind collection to Plymouth State University, where he spent two years as an undergraduate in the late 1940s. His time at what was then Plymouth Teachers College is fondly remembered.

"My best educational experience was with this, it all felt like a small town I belonged in. I thought the best place for me to give the artwork was here; people can share it with all your students," noted Ellis, whose collection includes signed prints from esteemed artists like David Hockney, Rockwell Kent and Thomas Nason, as well as local favorites Herbert Waters and Christopher Morse. The book collection includes letters from poet E.E. Cummings and a signed volume of Robert Frost poems. In addition, Ellis provided the University with a generous monetary gift.

"Living here in New Hampshire was the high point of my life," Ellis said.

Paula Lee Hobson, PSU's Vice President for University Advancement, said the University is thrilled Ellis has such heartfelt appreciation for the institution.

"His gift will be treasured by Plymouth State University," Hobson said. "We are deeply grateful for this wonderful collection and look forward to sharing it with our community."

PSU's Interim Dean of Library and Academic Support Services, Elaine Allard, said the collection is a wonderful addition to the University's Archives.

"We are extremely pleased to have his artwork be part of our collection and to honor him by sharing his artwork with our students." Allard said.

After a cataloging the collection, Plymouth State will publicly display some of the works.