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Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund Grants $100,000 to Local Non-Profits

MEREDITH  — The Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) Fund has announced that it has awarded $99,992 in grants to area nonprofits. The 2013 Charitable Fund contributions include 13 grants to assist agencies with their individual needs. An additional $28,425 will be disbursed to area food pantries later this year. These grants are in addition to the Bank's many local contributions in the form of sponsorships, donations and scholarships, as well as the extraordinary volunteer efforts of its employees.

"The MVSB charitable fund was developed as part of our long-term commitment to investing in the communities and people we serve," said Rick Wyman, Executive Vice President and CFO at MVSB and Charitable Fund Trustee. "Community support has been a central part of our mission since we opened in 1869 and we are thrilled to be able to provide this funding to deserving organizations each year."

MVSB established the Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund in 1997 under the leadership of John Starrett who was then president and CEO of the Bank. Since then, 248 grants totaling more than $971,992 have been awarded to a wide range of environmental, social, educational, and historic projects throughout the Greater Lakes Region and Plymouth areas. Over the years, the Fund has supported literacy programs, after-school programs, environmental monitoring and education, restoration of historic structures, organizations that provide support for individuals and families in challenging circumstances, and equipment that helps save lives.

The recently-selected 2013 MVSB Charitable Fund recipients are:

Ashland HEAL, Community Garden Committee of Ashland
- Awarded $3,500 to start a community garden on town-owned land adjacent to the Ashland Elementary School. The garden will provide a place for community members to grow fresh fruits and vegetables for consumption and/or distribution to town residents, school students and charitable food outlets.

Brookfield Town House of Brookfield
- Awarded $7,500 to help add a new handicapped accessible restroom to their Town House to bring the building into compliance with ADA requirements. The Brookfield Town House has been in use continuously since 1823 and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The building hosts town meetings, events and serves as an emergency shelter for Brookfield residents.

Copper Cannon Camp of Franconia
- Awarded $4,800 to send 8 youth to the camp for one week during the summer of 2014. Copper Cannon Camp is a free summer camp for low-income and at-risk youth throughout New Hampshire. The camp provides each camper traditional camping activities, nutritious meals, access to books, clothing and school supplies, and lessons and experiences that will last a lifetime.

Friends of Carroll County Adult Tutorial Services of Tamworth
- Awarded $5,000 to help defray the cost of tuition to Carroll Academy, an Adult Diploma Program formed by the Carroll County Adult Learner Services. The program provides adults the classes and guidance needed to obtain a High School Diploma and pursue secondary education opportunities.

Got-Lunch! Inter-Lakes of Meredith
- Awarded $5,000 to contribute to the program's food costs and allow the program to provide dairy vouchers to Got-Lunch! meal recipients. Got-Lunch! Inter-Lakes provides and delivers lunches to Inter-Lakes School System students that find themselves in need of healthy lunches during the summer recess.

Granite State Adaptive of Mirror Lake
- Awarded $5,000 to provide scholarships to individuals who would otherwise be unable to afford adaptive ski lessons. Granite State Adaptive provides individuals with disabilities in the Lakes Region opportunities to develop independence, confidence, life skills and fitness through a variety of activities, including skiing.

Gilford High School FIRST Robotics Team 1831 of Gilford
- Awarded $8,500 to contribute to program expenses for the team's inclusion in the 2014 FIRST Robotics Competition program. This program promotes the learning of mechanical, electrical, and software engineering skills in a real world environment and provides students the opportunity to obtain college scholarship funds.

Pemi-Baker Literacy of Plymouth
- Awarded $3,000 to contribute to the program's operating funds and allow them to purchase a new laptop computer. Pemi-Baker Literacy offers free one-on-one tutoring and small classes in reading, writing, math, English as a 2nd language, preparation for the High School Equivalency Exam and basic computer skills. The program allows adults in the Plymouth/Bristol area the opportunity to achieve their personal goals from learning to read to going to college.

Pemi Youth Center of Plymouth
- Awarded $5,000 to support their after school program, which operates Monday through Friday from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at no cost to families. The program provides a safe after school environment with activities catered to the needs of their participants. In addition to homework help and educational activities, the program also encourages development of life and communication skills, self esteem and educates students about the negative impacts of risky behavior.

Tilton Senior Center of Tilton
- Awarded $4,592 to purchase and install a commercial dishwasher and to fabricate and install a hood with fire suppression system over their stove. The Tilton Senior Center currently provides meals to community seniors one day per week. With these additions, the center hopes to increase service to three days per week.

Winnipesaukee Skating Club of Laconia, NH
- Awarded $10,000 to be put toward the "Think rink for kids" capital campaign. The goal of the capital campaign is to raise $267,000 to fund necessary refrigeration system updates to the Laconia Ice Arena – allowing the club to sustain this community resource without raising rink usage fees.

Winnipesaukee Wellness Center of Center Harbor
- Awarded $1,675 to provide scholarships and discounted fees to members meeting financial need criteria. Winnipesaukee Wellness Center is a self-supporting department of LRGHealthcare, offering a nurse-supervised and coordinated exercise training program for people with a wide range of medical diagnoses.

Wolfeboro Nursery School of Wolfeboro
- Awarded $8,000 to contribute to the costs of renovating the playground adjacent to the school in a public/private partnership with the Town of Wolfeboro. The updated fitness and play area will provide a safer, more stimulating environment for children to accelerate their emotional, social, motor and cognitive development.


Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:33

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Gilford Methodist Bible Study group meets beginning Feb.4

GILFORD — The First United Methodist Church of Gilford will be offering a six-week course in this series, "What Is the Bible?". The course will begin on Tuesday, February 4 at 1 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at 18 Wesley Way. The class will be led by the Rev. Thomas Getchell-Lacey, pastor of the church.

The Dickinson Series: "Exploring the Bible" is a small-group that helps participants explore some of the best-known Bible passages and to discover some of the many ways that they can be interpreted. The course explains how the Bible as we know it was put together, who decided what parts were in and what parts were out, and where to go with your questions about the wonderful, baffling, beautiful, unsettling book called the Bible.

For more information or to register call (603) 524-3289. The class can be taken either informally or to receive Continuing Education Units and/or eventual certification in biblical literacy. To find out more please visit www.massbible.org/dickinson-series-faq.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:21

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PSU Dance Premiere Gala Mixes Students and Professional Dancers

PLYMOUTH — A daylong celebration of dance with master classes taught by Plymouth State University (PSU) faculty and members of Boston's BoSoma Dance will bring together dancers of all ages and experience levels from across the region February 1 at the Silver Center for the Arts.

Dancers, companies and studios submitted choreography for adjudication and possible acceptance into a gala performance that ends the day's work. The gala is an evening of creative and vibrant choreography featuring BoSoma, a company whose dancers are know for athleticism and excitement which they use to transcend all the barriers we use everyday to keep people, ideas and beliefs at a distance, according to David Polanzak of Boston Events Guide. Co-Artistic Directors Irada Djelassi and Katherine Hooper established BoSoma Dance Company in 2003 to show how dance can transcend borders of social and cultural background by presenting culturally sensitive work.

Plymouth State alumnus Lindsay Jarvis '10, a member of BoSoma Dance Company, will return to Plymouth to teach and perform at the event. Jarvis began studying dance at the age of three years and interned in Australia for one of her PSU semesters. She graduated Plymouth State University with a B.S. in business management and a minor in dance, and has since taught, studied and danced in New England. She is also a member of the New Hampshire based dance company, Tributary Dance.

BoSoma will showcase several original works on the program, including Quanta, which one reviewer said, "elevated the power and allure of physicality to the highest point."

The gala will also feature works by New England studies and schools including The New Hampton School, Dance Progressions, Edgewater Dance Academy and Goffstown High School, all in New Hampshire; and A Dancer's World, from Massachusetts.

Faculty presenting classes include Lisa Travis, Lenore Sousa, Rene Martinez, Ashley Landroche and Amanda Whitworth; who will be joined by a semester-long PSU Guest Artist, Mziyanda Mancam of Jazz Art Dance Theatre in Cape Town, South Africa.

The 8 p.m. gala in the Hanaway Theatre will begin with a dessert reception at 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Center lobby. Guests are invited (but not required) to wear formal attire.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.

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Hermit Woods Winery raises $28,980 with a successful Kickstarter Campaign

 SANBORNTON — With just hours left, Hermit Woods Winery received the necessary contributions to successfully fund their on-line Kickstarter Campaign. They had just 30 days to raise the $28,000 needed to complete their new tasting room at 72 Main Street, Meredith. By the end of their campaign, they had over 170 backers and a raised $28,980.

"All of us here at Hermit Woods are so thankful for all the help we received and cannot thank our supporters enough for helping us make this happen" says Bob Manley, owner and partner at Hermit Woods Winery.

With the added funds work has begun on the final projects necessary to get their new tasting room open in the next few weeks. With a little luck, they hope to be open by February t, but much will need to happen for them to meet that goal. Visit their website, www.hermitwoods.com or www.facebook.com/hermitwoods for information on their official opening day.

To learn about Hermit Woods Kickstarter campaign, visit http://kck.st/1kUYM0y, or just do a search on theKickstarter webpage for Hermit Woods Winery.

Ken Hardcastle, Chuck Lawrence, and Bob Manley opened this small boutique winery in Sanbornton in 2011. They make a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional wines and meads from local fruit and honey, as well as a few select wines crafted from imported grapes.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 11:37

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