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James and the Giant Peach featuring local kids

MEREDITH — The Winnipesaukee Playhouse's Youth Ensemble, made up of local performers ages 8-12, will have their first opportunity to perform on the Playhouse's new stage when they present James and the Giant Peach on December 6-8. Adapted by Richard R. George from the popular children's book by Roald Dahl, this is an imaginative adaption appropriate for all ages.

When James Henry Trotter accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree, strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it's as big as a house. James discovers a secret entranceway into the fruit, and when he crawls inside, he meets a bunch of marvelous oversized friends – Old Green Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, Miss Spider, and more. After years of feeling like an outsider in the house of his despicable aunts, James has finally found a place where he belongs. With a snip of the stem, the peach starts rolling away, and the exciting adventure begins.

Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $14 for the orchestra and $10 in the balcony and are available online at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.orgor by calling 603-279-0333. The Playhouse is located at 50 Reservoir Road in Meredith. Audience members are encouraged to bring canned peaches (or any canned food) which will be donated to the Meredith Emergency Food Pantry. Anyone who brings a can will be entered into a drawing to win a $20 gift certificate to Innisfree Bookshop.

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Coldwell Banker Blood Drive Thursday

LACONIA — The sales associates affiliated with the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Laconia, in partnership with the American Red Cross Northern New England Region, will host their annual blood drive. The blood drive will take place Thursday, December 5, from noon to 5 p.m. at Sacred Heart Hall located at 31 Gilford Avenue in Laconia.

People who are interested in donating blood can schedule an appointment by visiting www.redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). A blood donor card or valid ID is required to donate.

"We are pleased to continue our yearly tradition of hosting a blood drive with the American Red Cross," said Mike Keeler, sales manager of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Laconia. "We invite our friends and neighbors in the community to come out and help us in supporting this great organization."

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Bank of NH Hosting Business after Hours Thursday

PLYMOUTH — Bank of New Hampshire will host the Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours on Thursday, December 5 from 5–7:00 p.m. at their new Plymouth location located at 6 Riverside Drive, Plymouth. There will be raffle prizes, giveaways, refreshments and a spread of hors d'oeuvres. For additional information, contact the Chamber at 536-1001.

Bank of New Hampshire, founded in 1831, provides deposit, lending and wealth management products and services to families and businesses throughout New Hampshire. With 21 banking offices throughout New Hampshire and assets exceeding $1 billion, Bank of New Hampshire is the oldest and largest independent bank in the state. Bank of New Hampshire is a mutual organization, focused on the success of the bank's customers, communities and employees, rather than stockholders. For more information, call 1-800-832-0912 or visit www.BankNH.com.

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Area Businesses Recognized for Employment Leadership

LACONIA — New Hampshire Vocational Rehabilitation recently announced the 2013 Employment Leadership Award (ELA) recipients.

Sodexo PSU, which partners with Lakes Region Community Services and Plymouth State University to offer an internship for individuals with disabilities, was named a Top 10 Employer. All Top 10 businesses were honored for making recruiting, hiring and retaining people with disabilities a top priority. The awards ceremony was held in October, commemorating National Disability Employment Awareness month. The ELA Awards program also recognized a number of nominees from throughout the state, including Café Déjà Vu in Laconia.

In the summer of 2012, LRCS Associate Director Laurie Vachon approached Sodexo PSU General Manager Chris Mongeon to establish an internship program for adults with disabilities interested in food-related businesses. Four interns – Haley, James, Ann and Jeremiah, were selected and began training that September. The 15-week ceremony concluded with a graduation ceremony. Sodexo's ongoing commitment to the interns is evident as three of the four were offered jobs. STRIDE graduates have been working between 15 and 25 hours a week. The first STRIDE program was so successful that Sodexo and LRCS are offering another 15-week internship program currently in progress.

Brenda Dupont purchased Café Déjà Vu on Court Street from her mother, Barbara, in October of 1997. Twenty-two years ago, Barbara interviewed Clyde Trask for a position and although he had little to no restaurant experience, his gentle personality and motivation convinced her to take a chance. When Dupont  purchased the restaurant six years later, she was happy to keep Clyde on her team. He was initially hired as a bus boy and did not have any employment supports from LRCS at that time, so Barbara and her team trained and encouraged him themselves.

Clyde developed into an exceptional employee. He is always on time or early. He has been the head dishwasher for years. His responsibilities include training new dishwashers. He continues to flourish in other aspects of his life as well. He maintains his home, manages his affairs and has many friends. Frequent patrons ask about Clyde if they don't see him at work. Except for Brenda, Clyde is now the longest serving employee at Café Déjà Vu.

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