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Meredith Public Library Welcomes President Lincoln


MEREDITH — The Meredith Public Library will welcome President Lincoln on Tuesday, February 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Steve Wood, begins this program by recounting his early life and ends with a reading of the "Gettysburg Address". Along the way he comments on the debates with Stephen Douglas, his run for the presidency, and the Civil War.

The program is paid for by a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council and by the Friends of the Meredith Library. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:12

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Taylor Community Presenting program on Downsizing

PLYMOUTH — People who are thinking about downsizing are often shocked at the amount of possessions they've managed to collect over the years. They may be interested in making a move, but look at everything in their garage, basement or attic and wonder, "What on earth are we going to do with all this stuff?"

Taylor Community is sponsoring a seminar to provide invaluable advice to help in downsizing from start to finish. This free seminar will be held Friday, Feb. 7 at 11 a.m. at the Pease Library, 1 Russell St., Plymouth.

The presentation will include helpful, professional advice from a senior move manager; options for disposing of unwanted items and words of wisdom from people who have successfully managed a move.

RSVP by calling 524-5600 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:10

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‘Millie’ Shaw honored by local DAR chapter

MEREDITH — The Mary Butler Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met for their annual Christmas luncheon on December 9. This was the last meeting of 2013 and was held at The Meredith Bay Colony Club.

The highlight of the meeting was the presentation of the Chapter’s prestigious Community Service Award to longtime DAR member Mildred “Millie” Shaw. The Community Service Award is given by DAR to honor and recognize exceptional individuals for their many exemplary and unpaid volunteer accomplishments. Millie’s 60 years of service to the town of Sanbornton and the Sanbornton area has also been recognized by the Sanbornton Historical Society and the Masons of Doric- Centre Lodge 20 in Tilton.

In addition to Millie’s many volunteer public service activities the Sanbornton Historical Society has recognized Millie’s efforts for “assisting others in finding their historical roots and their place in history. She is preserving history for all future generations.” The Doric-Centre Masonic Lodge gave Millie the 2012 Community Builder Award which is the lodge’s highest award. Woodbury Fogg, Worshipful Master of the Lodge, has said that Millie “has helped to build a sense of civic pride and community identity in her town. She has truly been a builder of organizations, landmarks, and a sense of community.”

The Mary Butler Chapter of DAR gained nine new membersin 2013, one of which is a Junior Member. Mary Flaherty is now the chapter Registrar, replacing Marian Ekholm who has retired from that position after many years.

The next meeting of the Mary Butler Chapter of DAR will be Monday, March 17. This will be the yearly Potluck Luncheon at noon at the Laconia Congregational Church. Visitors and perspective members are welcome at meetings. For more information contact Mary Flaherty at 603-524-0723.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 09:58

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Pitmans hosting Houston Bernard Band on February 8

LACONIA — The Houston Bernard Band, Boston's premier country music artists, will be performing a night of classic and modern hits at Pitman's Freight Room on Saturday, February 8 at 8 p.m.

Admission is $12 and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

"Loose Change", the first tune Houston Bernard penned for the country band he formed in the winter of 2011, has the Boston-based singer crooning about a seemingly happy-go-lucky barfly who gets pulled into a women's bathroom stall by a couple of ladies on the prowl for a stud. But the whiskey- and weed-soaked good times only last so long, before the loneliness inherent in always chasing the next girl or a better buzz washes over the poor wretch as he emerges from the ladies room to reclaim his seat at the bar.

Much like the chemically enhanced smile plastered on this fella's face hides a deep yearning for a happy life at home, the song's rollicking, bluesy romp masks the sadness of peering in on a man whose only bind is the habitual pursuit of fleeting things. It's a song that will sound tailor made for many of us.

When artist Houston Bernard performs his unique brand of Modern Country Music, he needs to look no further than his family tree for inspiration.

The Boston based musican's uncle and father were known as the Rebel Brothers and were a staple in the Nashville and OKC country music scenes in the 1970s. They played back-up for artists such as Tanya Tucker, Dave Dudley, Wanda Jackson and Sleepy LaBeef, regularly crossing paths and swapping stories with the likes of Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, Kiss and Willie Nelson. Johnny Bernard (uncle) has written songs for many country artists in Nashville including Reba McEntire.

Houston's Great Grandfather lead his own crusade; he is the notorious gunfighter George 'Bittercreek' Newcomb, a famous outlaw (captured in the Time-Life 'Gunfighters' book) who ran with the Dalton, James and Doolan gangs and was a Most Wanted man in the 1890s. It's this outlaw spirit that Houston carries with him to every show.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 09:53

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