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Three Join BIBA Board of Directors

LACONIA — The Belknap Independent Business Alliance (BIBA) is pleased to announce the addition of Art Franson, Jack Landow and Debbie Bolduc to the Board of Directors.

Art Franson's 44 year professional career took him around the world, including 17 years overseas, doing business in a total of 35 countries. With a background in financial management, Franson rose through the ranks to senior executive positions with international/globally focused Fortune 500 companies. From 1973 thru 1993 Art had a second career as doing taxes, accounting, financial planning, operations planning and analysis for individuals and small independent businesses in Massachusetts.

"I may have spent my professional executive career in very large companies. However, the small, independently owned, local enterprise is the lifeblood of America, and certainly here in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire" states Franson. Art and his wife relocated to Laconia after decades of visiting the area. They have three grown sons who now have families of their own.

Jack Landow had been an Instructor for Belknap College and worked for the State of NH Department of Health and Human Services Department in various administrative positions during his 35 year career before retiring in 2004. Landow is very involved in the community having served three terms on the Laconia School Board. He has also volunteered for a number of local organizations including "Got Lunch Laconia", the Laconia Christmas Village, and the Hazel Duke Thanksgiving dinner.

Landow's interest in BIBA is simple. "I believe that a successful and engaged business sector is key to creating the type of vibrant and successful communities in which we choose to live." Jack resides in Gilford with his wife, Charlotte.

Debbie Bolduc is the owner and director of BizBuzz Marketing Partners, a boutique marketing firm focusing on the needs of small businesses. A life-long resident of the Lakes Region, Bolduc has worked with and for small, independently owned New Hampshire businesses most of her life. BizBuzz Marketing was founded in 2011 in response to the growing number of small businesses in New Hampshire and the fast-paced changes occurring in the world of marketing.

Bolduc is an active volunteer for the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce and a member of Women Inspiring Women as well as Solo PR Pros, a national organization for those independents working in the public relations industry. She lives in the Lakes Region with her husband in an 1880's home that has been in the family since his great grandparents. They have two adult children.

BIBA, an affiliate of AMIBA (American Independent Business Alliance), is a nonprofit organization helping communities sustain their local independent businesses and keep organizations alive for local entrepreneurs. Across the country, local businesses owners like those in the Lakes Region are creating alliances to promote the many benefits of supporting and growing the local economy. BIBA supports locally-owned, independent businesses in the NH Lakes Region through marketing, promotions, programs, education and events ... driving customers to think local first!

Contact Kate Bishop Hamel with any questions or interest at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Recent Works by PSU Professor of Art Thomas Driscoll Jr. at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery

PLYMOUTH — The Karl Drerup Art Gallery at Plymouth State University will present an exhibition of recent works by Professor of Art Thomas Driscoll Jr. February 11–March 8, beginning with an opening reception from 4–6 p.m. February 11.

Interim Gallery Director Cynthia Robinson says, "The work in this exhibit represents Tom Driscoll's explorations of the sense of place: geographically, temporally and psychologically."

The exhibition includes two parallel bodies of work: the highly textured, gestural pieces explore nonverbal creative impulses leading to self-discovery; while the collage/map pieces merge more formal and conceptual approaches to image making. Robinson says Driscoll recognizes and embraces a variety of intersections between these two methodologies.

A public gallery talk by Driscoll is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, February 19.

Driscoll holds a BFA from Plymouth State and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has been teaching at Plymouth State University since 1989, coordinating the painting program and teaching courses within the drawing, printmaking and foundations programs. In addition, he has offered workshops in stone lithography at a regional cooperative printmaking studio. He has served as a juror for regional competitions and has curated several exhibits, including a national encaustic show and a survey of New Hampshire painting at the turn of the 21st century.
Professor Driscoll leads an active studio life and has exhibited in juried competitions both regionally and nationally, winning several awards for his work. He also has had many one- and two-person regional exhibits. He is a member of the Ogunquit Arts Collaborative in Maine and is represented by McGowan Fine Art in Concord, N.H.
The Karl Drerup Art Gallery is located in the Draper and Maynard Building on No. Main Street in Plymouth. Gallery hours are Mon.–Fri. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Wed. 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 1 p.m.–4 p.m., and by appointment. Gallery information is online at Plymouth.edu/gallery.

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Winni Playhouse holding auditions for The Brundibar Project Feb. 9

MEREDITH — On Sunday and Monday, February 9 and 10 the Winniplayers Players Community Theater Group will be holding auditions for a special Spring production called The Brundibar Project. This unique production will be produced in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

With parts for kids, teens and adults, The Brundibar Project is made up of two one-act performances, Tony Kushner’s play But the Giraffe in conjunction with the historically important musical Brundibar by Hans Krasa and Adolf Hoffmeister with new lyrics by Tony Kushner. Following the full scale production of these two plays there will be talkbacks with the cast and audience and educational displays of historic material in the lobby.

Brundibar was performed 55 times in the Terezin concentration camp by Jewish children during WWII. Many of the children did not survive the war. But the Giraffe was written as a companion piece to the musical. This colorful production has roles for all ages and will include a large ensemble for those interested in being involved with limited stage experience.

Those interested in auditioning need only attend one of the two audition evenings. Auditions begin at 6 p.m. for those only interested in taking part in the non-singing section, But the Giraffe. Auditions for the musical Brundibar will begin at 7 p.m. For more information, including a cast breakdown, rehearsal dates and information about the production, visit www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org.


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LRGH Athletic workshops beginning Feb 20

LACONIA — The Rehabilitation, Sports and Fitness Department of LRGHealthcare has announced the winter/spring 2014 Athletic Performance Series topics and dates. These free programs are designed to assist the coach, the athlete or the everyday exerciser  develop sport specific skills or to improve their overall fitness.

A Moving Towards Better Running workshop will begin on Thursday, February 20 at the Inter-Lakes Medical Center. The workshop runs from 6 to 7 p.m. and will provide information about injury prevention, running techniques, running form, and proper shoe selection.

Dynamic Stretching and Injury Prevention course, aimed to teach participants dynamic stretching to improve strength, speed, agility and endurance. The program will start on Thursday, March 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Hillside Medical Center- Lot C, Gilford.

An Aquafit workout can help decrease pain associated with land-based exercises and enhance an existing training program. The Aquatics Workshop will begin on Thursday, April 10. The workshop runs weekly 5-5:45 and 6-6:45 p.m. at Hillside Medical Center, Lot C, Gilford.

Rotator Cuff-Keeping Your Shoulder Healthy and Strong workshop will show participants simple exercises to keep shoulders healthy and strong. The strengthening will enable people to actively engage in everyday activities as well as lifting and sports. The program will start on Tuesday, March 4 at Franklin Regional Hospital Rehabilitation, First Floor. The program runs 6-7 p.m. weekly.

Getting ready for the Green- minimize golf related injuries introductory course on the importance of dynamic stretching and strengthening exercises designed specifically for the golfer will be held on Thursday, April 3, 6-7 p.m. at Hillside Medical Center Lot C in Gilford and on Tuesday, April 8, 6-7 p.m. at Franklin Regional Hospital Rehabilitation, First Floor.

For all programs in this series, please call 527-2852 to register. Please come dressed and ready to participate.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 08:36

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