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Foreign Policy Expert to be Honored at PSU Sept. 2

PLYMOUTH — A renowned foreign policy expert will be honored by Plymouth State University at the school's Fall Convocation ceremony September 2. Joseph S. Nye, Jr, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. PSU President Sara Jayne Steen said Nye was chosen to receive the honorary degree because of his expertise in international relations.

"He is one of the most significant figures in international relations of recent decades," said Steen. "His analyses of power have shaped US actions and history."

In 2005 Nye was voted one of the ten most influential scholars of international relations in the United States, and in 2011 Foreign Policy magazine named him to its list of "top global thinkers" with this assessment: "All roads to understanding American foreign policy run through Joe Nye."

Nye, who maintains a residence in Sandwich, said he is looking forward to accepting the honor.

"I am flattered to be named a recipient of an honorary degree at Plymouth State," said Nye. "My last degree was from Shandong University in China, and people often joke that it is easier to gain recognition the further you are from home. It is nice to be recognized near my New Hampshire home."

Nye noted his advice to young people would be to study and understand history with the many avenues of information available today, to avoid making the same mistakes that create unrest and violence across the world.

"We are living in a global information age that produces both opportunities and turmoil," Nye said. "A good understanding of history and an appreciation of other cultures helps to put this into perspective, and allows students to cope with inevitable change."

Nye currently serves as a Distinguished Service Professor at Harvard and formerly as Dean of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He received his bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Princeton University, did postgraduate work at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, and earned a doctorate in political science from Harvard. He has served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Chair of the National Intelligence Council, and Deputy Under Secretary of State for Security Assistance, Science and Technology.

His most recent books include The Power to Lead, The Future of Power, and Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era. Nye also is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the British Academy, and the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 08:42

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Gilford Band’s final performance of the season is tonight

GILFORD — The repertoire for final summer concert held on Wednesday, August 20 at 7:30 p.m. will feature songs such as National Emblem March, Jubilance, The Wonderful World Of Disney, Rhosymedre, I'm Shipping Up To Boston, Mountain Thyme, Through The Air, Puttin On The Ritz, and The Stars And Stripes Forever March. 

This summer the band has eliminated the intermission which allows the concert to finish a little earlier. The concert will be held outside in the Gazebo is the weather cooperates. In case of bad weather the performance will be held in the Gilford High School.

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Allagash River talk at Sanbornton Library on Thursday

SANBORNTON — Tim Caverly, former Waterway Supervisor of the Allagash, will present lively tales and pictures from his days living in the woods of this scenic and historic wilderness and canoeing down the river, at Sanbornton Public Library on Thursday, August 21 at 7 p.m.

Caverly has presented programs to groups throughout New England and has written several books for children and adults. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information visit www.splnh.com or call the library at 286-8288.

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Got Lunch! Inter-Lakes Receives $5,000 Grant from MVSB Fund

MEREDITH — Got Lunch! Inter-Lakes was selected as one of thirteen local non-profit organizations to receive a grant from the Meredith Village Savings Bank Charitable Fund in 2014. The $5,000 grant will help the organization with the cost of food and enable them to provide dairy vouchers to each participating family.

Got Lunch! Inter-Lakes provides summer lunch supplies to the families of Inter-Lakes School District students, many of which would normally qualify for free and reduced-price lunches at school during the school year. In its first year, 2013, the organization provided healthy lunches to 142 children and they expect to serve 150 children this year. Each Monday throughout the summer, a week's worth of lunch food items are packed and delivered by volunteers to participating families in Meredith, Center Harbor and Sandwich.

"Adding a third meal into a tight food budget can be quite a burden for a family," said Christine Hodecker-George, Chair for Got Lunch! Inter-Lakes. "So having lunch taken care of during the summer, allows these families to focus more on preparing and providing nutritious meals for breakfast and dinner."

Got Lunch! Inter-Lakes was formed in 2012 with the mission to provide healthy lunches to the students of the Inter-Lakes School District that find themselves in need during the 9 to 10 weeks of summer recess. The organization is a volunteer collaborative effort of residents, town departments, businesses and civic organizations residing or doing business in the three towns served by the Inter-Lakes School District: Meredith, Center Harbor and Sandwich. For more information, contact Christine Hodecker-George, Chair, Got Lunch! Inter-Lakes at gallery 51, 279-3123 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 08:32

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