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Speare welcomes hospital’s first baby of 2014

PLYMOUTH — Speare Memorial Hospital welcomed its first baby of 2014, Oscar Bryan, on Friday, January 3 at 3:01 p.m.

Delivered by Dr. Joseph Ebner and entering the world at 9 pounds., 8 ounces., and 21.5 inches long, Oscar was welcomed by his parents Maren and Derek Bryan of Plymouth, and four older brothers: Milo, age 9; Jonas, age 7; Ollie, age 5; and Dutch, age 2. The family recently relocated to Plymouth from Utah as Derek is working toward his master's degree in Adventure Education at Plymouth State University.

"We have felt very well taken care of," notes Maren of her Speare experience. As the family prepared to take Oscar home, his big brothers were bursting with excitement. Maren said, "They were so excited it was a boy."

Speare Memorial Hospital —a 24-hour, acute care, non-profit community hospital and health care provider serving Plymouth and the communities of central New Hampshire—is nationally ranked as a HealthStrongTM: Top 100 Critical Access Hospital.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 12:04

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Winni Playhouse hosting info session on special spring production

MEREDITH — On Sunday, January 19th  the community theater branch of the Winnipesaukee Playhouse will be holding an information night for all community members interested in finding out more about its special Spring Production. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the new Winnipesaukee Playhouse theater. 

From May 1-4, 2014 the Winni Players, along with the youth and teen ensembles of the Playhouse, will be performing 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. This unique production is a little different than other Winni Players' productions. For the past 6 years the group has performed staged readings of Holocaust themed plays for Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day. This year the Players are producing a full scale production of these two plays in lieu of a staged reading with all performances followed by 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. Director Bryan Halperin says, "Performing Brundibar is a way for the Lakes Region community to remember the lives lost in the Holocaust while coming together to build our own community by sharing this experience. The nice thing about Brundibar is that is can be an introduction to people, including kids, about the Holocaust without the fear and horror of many Holocaust stories. Brundibar is a fable, about bullies, and teaches people to work together to stand up against tyranny, an appropriate lesson for any commmunity."


Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 10:47

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Bizz Buzz owner at Plymouth Chamber lunch seminar

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce presents its next Brown Bag Luncheon Seminar on Wednesday, January 15 from noon to 1 p.m. at Pease Public Library on Russell Street.

Debbie Bolduc, owner of BizBuzz Marketing Partners has been asked to join as guest speaker, to share insights about how to define your target market and how to relate to your potential and current customers. Bolduc specializes in small business marketing plans, coaching, consulting, and implementation. Providing services from press releases to social media, she offers one-on-one customized marketing solutions for small business owners.

A well-defined target market is the first element to a marketing strategy, yet often the most over-looked by small businesses. Without identifying the target audience, marketing efforts will be too broad, focusing on everyone, and no one’s target market is everyone. Repeatedly, studies have shown that people engage in business more often with those they feel a connection. By identifying a target market, one will be able to show potential customers that they understand their unique needs, fears, desires and concerns, and to demonstrate how your services/products address those issues. This allows individuals to differentiate their business from those of competitors.

For more information about the Brown Bag Seminars, or the Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce contact the Chamber office at 536-1001, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 10:37

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Rob Stephens elected president of GMP board

MEREDITH — The Greater Meredith Board of Directors has elected Rob Stephens as President of the GMP Board for 2014. Joining him as Vice President is Ted Fodero, as Treasurer, Dick Pendergast and as Secretary, Jacqueline Taylor. The GMP Board appreciates and thanks Chris Kelly, who served as president for two years, for his effective leadership.

The Greater Meredith Program's board is comprised of community leaders and town officials who volunteer their time and expertise to advance the mission of the organization. Board members for 2014 include Jack Carty, John Cook, Jeanie Forrester, Audrey Goudie, Chris Kelly, Sam Laverak, Bev Lapham, Nancy Lavigne, Miller Lovett, Rusty McLear, Kara Martinez, Katheryn Rolfe, Matt Sawyer, Chris Williams and Liz Lapham, Executive Director. Ex-officio members are John Edgar, Mary Ellen Ormond and Phil Warren.

The Greater Meredith Program (GMP) is a nonprofit community economic development organization seeking to enhance economic vitality, historical and cultural heritage, and town-wide beautification. For more information about GMP or volunteer opportunities, please call 603.279.9015, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website at www.greatermeredithprogram.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 10:06

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