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Top Ranked NY Folk Group Back by Popular Demand

LACONIA — Gathering Time, the New York based folk rock trio which delighted their audience last year, is returning by popular demand to the Belknap Mill in Laconia on Saturday, June 7 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22 per person including refreshments and can be ordered at www.tbinh.org.

Gathering Time blends the sounds of a high energy Peter, Paul & Mary or a co-ed Crosby, Stills & Nash and couple this with the electricity of the Byrds, Joni Mitchell, the Eagles and America. No wonder they have captured center stage in the Northeast folk scene, already placing 19th among the top 100 national folk groups, according to the New York disc jockey survey. This year's program will be enhanced by guest artist Mara Levine whose golden voice has been creating beautiful interpretations of traditional and contemporary songs.

Temple B'Nai Israel of Laconia continues to bring amazing talent to the Lake Region. Adding human value and a further satisfying twist to the event, members of the temple have put together a program book for the occasion, compiling advertising from Lakes Region merchants and well-wishers. This activity makes it possible for the congregation to practice what is called Tzedakah, the Hebrew word for charitable giving.

Consequently, all of the net profits of the Gathering Time concert will go to Lakes Region Community Services (www.lrcs.org) whose long standing mission is to support individuals and their families living with developmental disabilities, with the goal of helping them increase the quality of their lives.

This nearly 40 year old community-centered social service agency's main office is located in the former Federal Building in downtown Laconia and combined with a northern office in Plymouth, serves families residing throughout Belknap and Southern Grafton Counties. A dynamic human services organization, LRCS and the LRCS Family Resource Center of Central NH offer essential programs and services to families and individuals in the Lakes Region from birth throughout their lifespan.

The organization received the 2013 award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management for its innovative work and effective leadership. Christine Santaniello, LRCS Executive Director says, "We so appreciate being the beneficiary of this wonderful musical event sponsored by Temple B'nai Israel. As an organization whose mission is to serve the community, it doesn't get any better than to have another charity in our community choose to generously donate their fundraising to support our mission."

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Morin receives PSU’s Distinguished Operating Staff Award for 2014

PLYMOUTH — A longtime Plymouth State University Administrative Assistant described as 'hard-working and dedicated,' was named the PSU's 2014 Distinguished Operating Staff Award recipient at a May 15 campus ceremony. Daphne Morin of Lamson Learning Commons was chosen from a field of five semi-finalists for the annual award. 

The award was presented to Morin by PSU President Sara Jayne Steen. When asked about Morin Steen stated that she is a well-respected, popular employee who received glowing recommendations due to her knowledge of the University and work ethic.

"She's described as the glue that holds things together in the Lamson Learning Commons," Steen said. "People talk about all of the enormous work she has done, both personally and professionally. She is a both a leader and cheerleader, keeping communication flowing."

Morin, a Plymouth State employee since 1993, was nominated by her co-workers, who wrote in their recommendations, "she spends an incredible amount of time serving others in Lamson and around campus...she is adaptable, and can answer any question, from the major, overarching structural issue down to where you can find a Phillips head screwdriver."

She is a Bridgewater native and a first-generation college graduate; she earned a bachelor's in Communication Studies from PSU in 2012. She also donates a decorated tree annually for Plymouth's Festival of Trees fundraiser.

Morin said she was surprised when she was announced as the winner of this year's Distinguished Operating Staff award. "I'm amazed, this is such a surprise," said Morin. "It's a wonderful tribute that my co-workers have acknowledged me with this award and I appreciate that."

CAPTION — Daphne Morin, left, of Bridgewater accepts the 2014 Plymouth State University Distinguished Operating Staff Award from PSU President Sara Jayne Steen. (Courtesy photo)

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Jackie Bonafide photography at the Belknap Mill

LACONIA — The Belknap Mill will host an exhibit of the photography of Jackie Bonafide during the month of June.

Bonafide is looking forward to the June exhibit and sharing her "Discovery" photographs. A reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibit will be held on Wednesday, June 4 from 5-7 p.m.

The exhibit will be at the mill from June 2 through June 30. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bonafide is a photographer who specializes in nature. Growing up on Long Island, NY, she spent childhood summers on Silver Lake in Madison, where her grandparents instilled in her a great love and reverence for nature. She earned a B.A. in Studio Art (focusing on photography) at Newton College, Newton, MA, and later a M.Ed. in English Education/Teaching Writing at Plymouth State College. She has been a New Hampshire resident since 1973.

She and her husband, Phil, raised two sons, Chris and Mike, in Sanbornton. She spent many years working in public relations for nonprofit organizations as well as in development and institutional advancement. She worked as an independent consultant and later held full-time positions with Tilton School, the New Hampshire Writers Project, Community Health & Hospice (now Central New Hampshire VNA), and the New Hampshire Veterans Home.

She began taking pictures when she was old enough to hold and aim a camera. She always carries at least one camera with her everywhere she goes and is committed to "taking nature pictures naturally"—with no artificial manipulation of the image. She explores lakes and takes pictures from her kayak in summer and follows animal tracks in winter.

Her photographs are in permanent collections at: The New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton; Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia,; the Taylor Community in Laconia;  Meredith Bay Colony Club in Meredith and Franklin Regional Hospital in Franklin.

Her original photo notecards are blank inside and packaged with an envelope in a clear cellophane sleeve. They are available at: The Belknap Mill Gift Shop in Laconia; Bonita D. Story Antiques & Estate Jewelry in Meredith; Gibson's Bookstore in Concord; the Sanbornton Public Library in Sanbornton; Lamb's Ear Yarns in Gilford; the Howling Coyote Gift Shop at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness; New England Porch Rockers in Laconia; and VynnArt Art Supply & Gallery in Meredith.

Her photos have been published in New Hampshire newspapers and on websites. She is the author of two photo essay books, The Earth Goes to Sleep and The Earth Wakes Up. Her photos are available in various sizes, matted & mounted; framed or unframed. Inquiries and commissions are always welcome.

The theme of her exhibit at the Belknap Mill is "Discovery," and Bonafide explains her technique, "I take photographs of nature, mostly, and sometimes of people. I choose a subject carefully, thinking about how light is illuminating it, how I will 'frame' it, planning the angle of the photograph, and shooting the photograph at the right moment. I do not enhance my images with photo manipulation software. I want my nature photos to be completely natural."


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Bank of New Hampshire Returns as $10,000 Title Sponsor of the 2014 LRGHealthcare Golf Classic

LACONIA — For the sixth year Bank of New Hampshire has signed on as the $10,000 Title Sponsor for the LRGHealthcare Golf Classic.

The August 11 tournament will take place at  Laconia Country Club. Players will participate in a scramble format, choosing to golf in either the morning or afternoon round (shotgun starts at 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.). Each flight will be followed by a  meal, gifts, and prizes for the participants.

Over the years this tournament has raised more than $912,000 to support the LRGHealthcare HealthLink Program, an information and referral service as well as an access program for those who are uninsured or underinsured in the Lakes and Three Rivers regions. The HealthLink Program now features a convenient voucher program. Every $100 raised through the Golf Classic connects a local patient in need with a medical provider.

"Bank of New Hampshire is proud to continue to sponsor the LRGHealthcare Golf Classic and the HealthLink program," states Mark Primeau, President & CEO for Bank of New Hampshire. "As partners in Lakes Region, together we strive to make our community stronger by providing important programs for the underinsured or uninsured."

"As we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of HealthLink we are reminded of the many local families who are able to receive medical services during a time of need," adds LRGHealthcare SVP of Administrative and Facilities Services Suzanne Stiles. "Deepest thanks to the hundreds of sponsors, supporters, and golfers who come out for a great day, for a very important cause."

Several sponsors have already joined Bank of New Hampshire in supporting this event, including GOLD SPONSOR DiGiorgio Associates Inc./Monitor Builders Inc.; SILVER SPONSORS Brennan & Pike and Cross Insurance; BRONZE SPONSORS Giguere Electric, Inc., Landmark Benefits, Inc., Meredith Village Savings Bank, and MetroCast Business Services; CART SPONSORS LRGHealthcare Board of Trustees and Franklin Savings Bank; and CORPORATE SPONSORS Golden View Health Care Center, Gragil Associates, Inc., Humana MarketPOINT, Inc., Jackson Lewis LLP, Northern Peabody LLC, and Stanley Elevator Company, Inc. The Irwin Automotive Group is proud to be a Hole-in-One sponsor of the LRGHealthcare Golf Classic.

Foursome spots and sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information contact the Office of Philanthropy at LRGHealthcare, 527-7063 or visit our website: www.lrgh.org.


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