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Plymouth Chamber Leadership Academy Kicks Off with Opening Retreat on Mayhew Island

BRISTOL — The Plymouth Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy held its opening retreat last month on Mayhew Island on Newfound Lake.

The inaugural class of eleven students and two instructors gathered in the cool, rustic camp lodge as a fire was started in the open fireplace for warmth. Jim Nute, Mayhew's Executive Director and the Leadership Academy's first guest speaker, welcomed the diverse group with an overview of their mentoring program and some inspiring stories of camp life for the boys.

Instructors and co-founders of the local Leadership Academy, Scott Stephens, Executive Director of Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Ty Gagne, CEO of Primex, facilitated the day using thought-provoking questions and activities, often referencing the pre-reading assignment, "Leadership in Crisis: Ernest Shackleton and the Epic Voyage of the Endurance".

The 2014 Leadership Academy class is comprised of 11 professionals who live or work in the greater Plymouth area. The focus of the newly launched Academy is to make connections in the community, encourage networking, foster collaboration and help individuals achieve their goals. Nine monthly sessions are held, covering topics such as history and culture, education, healthcare, economic development, environment and sustainability, human services, criminal justice and government.
The purpose of the Leadership Academy Program is to cultivate civic awareness and engagement among existing and emerging leaders within the region. Program participants are exposed to the many challenges and opportunities facing the region, and are encouraged to engage in those where they can exercise their passion and expertise toward improving the community.
For more information about the Leadership Academy program or the Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce, you may contact the Chamber office at 536-1001, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 12:02

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Friends of the Gilman Library will meet

ALTON — The Friends of the Gilman Library will meet in the Agnes Thompson meeting room at the Gilman Library on Wednesday, November 6, at 1:30 p.m. New members with new ideas are welcome.

Founded in 1980, The Friends of the Gilman Library have supported the library in many ways. Throughout the years the Friends have sponsored numerous fundraisers and programs and have proven to be a real asset to the library. For more information regarding how to become a part of this very special group, stop at the circulation desk or attend the meeting mentioned above.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 10:00

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Brooks Brothers Accepting Gently Used Coats for Santa Fund

TILTON — Brooks Brothers, the iconic American brand, proudly announces their partnership with One Warm Coat, a national organization that helps individuals, groups, companies and organizations across the country collect coats and deliver them to local agencies that distribute them free, to people in need.

From Tuesday, October 29 through Monday, November 4, Brooks Brothers Factory Store at Tanger Outlets in Tilton, will be collecting gently used coats for The Santa Fund for the Greater Lakes Region during regular store hours. Customers who partake in donating a gently worn coat will receive 15% off a new outerwear piece.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 09:55

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Weekly Meditation Practice Group at the Unitarian Universalist Society

LACONIA — Drew Mueller, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Laconia, offers a weekly Meditation Group on Tuesday evenings from 6-7:15.  Sessions are at the church at 172 Pleasant Street. All are welcome.

This group is designed to create an intentional community were one can develop one's own meditation practice in a friendly, non-judgmental community. No experience necessary. The style of meditation will be primarily based on vipassana or insight meditation, designed to sharpen awareness, and develop mindful and wholesome practices for daily life. This meditation technique is compatible with all religious traditions including those who are not religious at all , and those who are simply exploring the questions of human existence.

Sessions will consist of a combination of sitting and walking meditations and weekly Dharma discussions. Bring a meditation cushion, thick blanket or yoga mat to use for sitting meditation. The program is designed to be flexible. If your busy one
week, come the next.  There is no charge; donations gratefully accepted to cover costs.

For information contact Drew Mueller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check the Church's website at www.uusl.org.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 09:54

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