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Christine Dzujna, Nancy Paterno honored at 12th Annual Meeting of LRGHealthcare

MEREDITH –  During LRGHealthcare's 12th Annual Meeting of its members held on April 2nd at Church Landing, two recipients were honored with the 2014 Rhoda C. Ladd and Sally Proctor Awards, which are given annually to individuals who give of themselves to improve the community's healthcare system. On behalf of LRGHealthcare, President & CEO Tom Clairmont presented the Franklin based, Sally Proctor Award to Christine Dzujna and the Laconia based, Rhoda C. Ladd Award to Nancy Paterno.

Upon her move to Franklin, Christine Dzujna quickly took an active role in the community and Franklin Regional Hospital (FRH). Dzujna served as President of the Franklin Auxiliary for five years and, through her hard work and leadership, helped revive the Auxiliary. Now serving as FRH's Gift Shop Manager, she is known for her positive attitude and strong sense of commitment to serving the community of Franklin and Franklin Regional Hospital.

A long time volunteer at Lakes Region General Hospital (LRGH), Nancy Paterno has served on the Gift Shop Committee and has taken lead roles in other volunteer programs including the Flower Program and the Crisis Closet. Serving as the LRGH Auxiliary President the last 4 years, she's been a driving force in moving the Auxiliary forward and building upon the strong organization it is today. Those who know Paterno find her upbeat personality and willingness to help contagious, and in all her years as a volunteer, her commitment to LRGH has never wavered.

In addition to the awards, presentations were given on several process improvement programs to match this year's Annual Meeting theme, "Navigating the Future of Healthcare." The meeting focused on topics related to helping people in the LRGHealthcare communities adapt to the changing environment of healthcare. LRGHealthcare has already implemented several process improvement programs that are proving to be beneficial to the care process. Programs discussed included BOOST (Better Outcomes for Older Adults Through Safe Transitions), Embedded Care Coordination, Emergency Room Patient Navigation, and Pharmacy Initiatives in Care Coordination. In addition, reports on medical staff and finances were presented; both with positive outlooks.

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Gilford will observe National Library Week

GILFORD — This week, April 14th -18th is National Library Week at the Gilford Public Library. This year's theme is Lives Change at  Your Library, and the week will be packed full of activities for patrons of all ages.

Check out the book display for great reads featuring life changing events or view a Day in the Life of GPL, a video montage composed of snapshots taken throughout a typical day at the Library. National Library Week is also Amnesty Week, and 50% of fines will be forgiven. Every person who checks out an item during the week will also be entered into a drawing for a prize at the end of the week.
On Wednesday, April 16 the Library will host an Edible Book Contest. Just choose a favorite book and bake or cook an edible rendition of the book. Submit entries on April 16 between 9 a.m.– 3:30 p.m. Books and food creations will be on display in the Meeting Room until 4 p.m. when the judging will commence and prizes will be awarded.
At 11 a.m. each day, the library will have a visit from the Police, Marine Patrol, a School Bus Driver, Firefighters, or a Snow Groomer. These special guests will bring their vehicles along for children to check out. Stop by the Library to learn more about programming during National Library Week.

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Stiletto Brass Quintet performing at PSU on Friday

PLYMOUTH — Five female musicians, all members of the famed Stiletto Brass Quintet, will perform at the Silver Center for the Arts on the Plymouth State University campus at 8 p.m. Friday, April 18. Tonight Show band leader Doc Severinsen, with whom the quintet has performed and recorded, says, "The Stiletto Brass Quintet is a group of five superb musicians whose technique and ensemble work is simply unmatched."

Named for their distinctive red footwear, members of the quintet have careers spanning the fields of orchestral, band and chamber music in performances with groups such as Dalla Brass, PRISMA, Monarch Brass Quintet, the United States Marine Band, Detroit Symphony, Atlanta Symphony and St. Louis Symphony.

The international brass magazine, The Brass Herald, says the group reflects timely changes in the music scene. "Its energetic and diversified repertoire includes avant-garde compositions written by leading composers of our time, as well as classical and popular works from the Baroque period to Gershwin." Selections from the Plymouth program include Pieter Hellendael's "IV March," "Copperwave," by Joan Tower; "Barclay Square" by Manning Sherwin; "Toccata" by Giovanni Martini; "Brazen Overture" by Libby Larsen; "Sophisticated Lady" by Duke Ellington, and many more.

Nicole Abissi, a professional trombonist and teacher who has performed with professional orchestras around the world, is one of the five female musicians. She earned a BM from The Juillard School, followed by a two-year fellowship with the New World Symphony where she had the opportunity to work with Michael Tilson Thomas. In spring 2011, Abissi joined the Southeast Trombone Symposium faculty and the following summer, she traveled to Colombia where she coached the Filarmonica Joven de Colombia.

Velvet Brown is professor of tuba and euphonium at Pennsylvania State University. She has also taught at Bowling Green and Ball State Universities, and served as an associate director of University Bands at Boston University. Brown is currently principal tubist of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra and the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra and has been principal tuba with the River City Brass Band.

Amy Gilreath, trumpet, is a founding member of The Stiletto Brass Quintet and has an active professional career as both a performer and university professor. She is principal trumpet with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Heartland Festival Orchestra, the Illinois Chamber Orchestra and Sinfonia da Camera and serves as the Brass faculty for the Orvieto Musica Trumpet Fest and Chamber Music Festival in Orvieto, Italy. Gilreath is professor of trumpet at Illinois State University, teaching student who have been finalists in many different competitions, hold positions in some of the US premier military bands and other base bands throughout the US and perform in bands throughout the US, Canada and Portugal.

Cathy Leach played principal trumpet with the Knoxville Symphony and the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestras for 31 years. She retired from the Symphony in May 2013 to focus on teaching, solo and chamber work, and publishing brass arrangements. She is professor of trumpet at the University of Tennessee, where she has been teaching a large studio of trumpeters and directing the UT Trumpet Ensemble since 1981.

Misty Tolle, French horn, teaches at Centre College, Interlochen Arts Camp and the University of Kentucky. She studied at The Juilliard School, earning her BM and MM in horn performance. Tolle has recorded on multiple labels and performed with Il Divo at the Emmys, with South Korean sensation Sumi Jo at Carnegie Hall, and with many popular ensembles at Radio City Music Hall.

Tickets for The Stiletto Brass Quintet in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center 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 silver.plymouth.edu.


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Plymouth Chamber hosting ‘Brown Bag’ lunch seminar on using Facebook as marketing tool

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce is please to offer a seminar on Facebook Advertising: How to Find Your Best Customers and Boost Your Business Using the World's Largest Social Network for their next Brown Bag Luncheon Seminar on Tuesday, April 15, from noon to 1 p.m. at Pease Public Library.

Mike Dolpies, co-owner of Cyberspace to Your Place, will present the simple and cost-effective benefits of advertising small businesses on Facebook.

Mike will show you the tools and strategies for social media marketing success using Facebook ads. Learn how to build brand awareness, generate buzz, find new customers, increase engagement, and more.

There is no charge for this event, but seating is limited, so reserve your spot today by calling the Plymouth Regional Chamber at 536-1001 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The presenter, Michael Dolpies (a.k.a.: Mike D.) started his first business at the age of 18. He's the Co-Owner of the Internet/Social Media/Mobile Marketing Brand: Cyberspace To Your Place. As author of 6 books and frequent guest on Fox TV, Mike's a popular speaker on the topics of Internet Marketing, Facebook Ads & Mobile Marketing.


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