Plymouth American Legion/VFW Receives Extreme Makeover

 PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth American Legion/VFW has a whole new look and expanded services for veterans thanks to an extreme renovation led by community volunteers and Tilton Home Depot.

The project to renovate the decades-old building at 16 Main Street was made possible through a $10,000 grant from Home Depot, a $10,000 matching grant from The Bridge House in Plymouth and a $35,000 award from USDA Rural Development.

Volunteers from Team Depot as well as community leaders including CCI Construction, Reiss Construction, Construx, Plymouth Rotarians, Alex Ray and volunteers from The Common Man, and other local residents pitched in to make the building improvements.

Cathy Bentwood, executive director of The Bridge House, said the rehabilitation of the building makes it worthy of the United States veterans who gather there. Bentwood said the property also houses counseling services for those who have served our country, which are offered every Wednesday from noon until 7 p.m.

Part of the building is also used for the BH Ladders Thrift Shop, which is a job training and revenue resource for the Bridge House Homeless Shelter, said Bentwood.

"We want to give a huge shout out to Nanette Carpenter and all of the construction volunteers from the Tilton Home Depot who led the charge on the extreme makeover of the American Legion/VFW in Plymouth," said Bentwood.

Details regarding Veterans Programs at the Plymouth American Legion/VFW can be found on The Bridge House web site at

Brooklyn-based Miss Tess and the Talkbacks to perform at the Silver Center

PLYMOUTH — The Silver Center for the Arts at Plymouth State University presents Brooklyn-based Miss Tess and the Talkbacks at 8 p.m. November 7 in Hanaway Theatre.

Miss Tess and her multifaceted supporting band have developed a style that is simultaneously refreshing and hauntingly familiar with a sound and genre that is hard to describe. In their earlier incarnation, they were known as Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade, but Miss Tess says that was too confusing. They were consistently mistaken for a zydeco band or a New Orleans band.

While in Boston, Miss Tess' group was nominated for Boston Music Awards in the categories of folk, roots and jazz, a testament to their wide appeal and musicality. "When I conceived of the band in Boston back in 2006 or so, we had a horn player and we were a little more jazz influenced," she says. "In the last couple of years, the sound has evolved, something that naturally happens when you spend so much time on the road with a band. We've become slightly edgier and there is some more country and early rock n' roll coming through.

Their newest album, The Love I Have for You, is an album of covers that match their unique style from a diverse roster of artists such as Neil Young, Randy Newman, Willie Nelson and Bonnier Raitt. The title track, composed by Miss Tess, proves she can hold her own with this impressive group both in writing and performing.

Miss Tess and the Talkbacks have been opening for Lake Street Dive recently. In fact, Tess and Lake Street Dive lead singer Rachel Price have been roommates since 2005. The two acts share roots from New England Conservatory in Boston.

Matt Robert wrote in Worcester Magazine, "Both singers share an understated, polished stage presence and lusty nightclub vibe. ... Tess and company, however, seems to use vintage as less of a prop and really dig in on some old country-jazz, country-swing and country-rock and roll styles.'s got a lot of influences in traditional American sounds, but it's fresh, current music. These guys cook!"

Tickets for the concert are $30 for adults, $28 for seniors and $15 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at

Social media for small business owners workshop offered Nov. 6

PLYMOUTH – Want to use social media to promote your business, but not sure which one to choose? Join the Enterprise Center at Plymouth (ECP) on Thursday, November 6, from 8:00-10:00 am, at the ECP for an in-depth look at the most popular social media sites to help you determine the best channels for your business.

This workshop is designed to help the small business owner realize that not all social media is created equal, and what might work well for a neighbor may not be best for your business.

Joanne Randall, owner of Leap Year Marketing, will share some of the latest data to compare the most popular social media platforms, tips to implement timesaving techniques, and thoughts about generating content to engage customers.

Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of the particular channels that meet the needs of their business, nurture relationships, and increase calls to action.

Thanks to Meredith Village Savings Bank, this event is offered at no cost to attendees. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve a seat by clicking the "Seminars" page on the ECP website,, contacting the Center office at 535-3222, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Joanne Randall is the founder and principal with Leap Year Marketing and host on Marketing Mojo Radio and NH Women in Business Radio. With a background in business management and hospitality, she specializes in management and human relations and hosts workshops on Facebook, Getting Organized, and Turning Prospects into Clients.

This program is supported by the NH Community Development Finance Authority, Plymouth State University, and the Economic Development Councils of Belknap and Grafton Counties.

Singer-songwriter to visit Gilford Library Thursday

GILFORD — The Gilford Public Library will host local Singer-Songwriter Meg Josalen for an evening of music on Thursday, November 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room.

Josalen released a 28 song double CD titled 'Stealing Time' in 2011, and is releasing her second CD 'Changes and Happenstance' this fall. She has performed at the 2011 NH Best of Show and the 2013 NH Chronicle Christmas Special with the Rocking Horse Studio band. This program is free and open to the public.