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Medea Benjamin is Sidore Lecturer October 9 at Plymouth State University

PLYMOUTH — The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State University will present political activist Medea Benjamin speaking on "The Obama Administration's Use of Drones" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 9, in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts.

The theme for this year's Sidore Lecture Series is "Whatever Happened to Ethics." The Sidore Series suggests that, "from hunger and the financial crisis in the U.S. and abroad to global warming, there is an ethical component to our failure in dealing with these issues." Series speakers will discuss the ethical and moral expressions of the problems of today, and potential solutions.
Benjamin will discuss how and why the Obama administration came to rely on drone warfare, the dangers of engaging in secret wars behind the backs of the American people, and what citizens can do about it.
Medea Benjamin is a cofounder of CODEPINK, a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement, and Global Exchange, an international human rights organization.
Benjamin has been described by New York Newsday as "one of America's most committed—and most effective—fighters for human rights," and the Los Angeles Times has called her "one of the high-profile leaders of the peace movement." She has distinguished herself as an eloquent and energetic figure in the progressive movement. In 2005, she was one of 1,000 exemplary women from 140 countries nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the millions of women who do the essential work of peace worldwide. In 2010 she received the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Prize from the Fellowship of Reconciliation.
The author/editor of eight books, Benjamin's latest book is Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control. She is currently campaigning to get lethal drones out of the hands of the CIA.
The final speakers in the Sidore Lecture Series this fall will be at 7 p.m. November 5 when attorneys Mark Howard and David Ruoff will discuss the constitutional principle behind the right to counsel, even when the defendant is known to be guilty, and the role of attorneys as teachers in geopolitics.
The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series was established at PSU in 1979 to bring a variety of speakers to the university each year to address the critical political, social and cultural issues and events of our time.
All Sidore Lectures are free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. A reception follows each lecture. Tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869.

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College prep workshop in Gilford on October 17

GILFORD — Lee Waldvogel from NH Higher Education Assistance Foundation, will present a College Prep for Seniors workshop on Thursday, October 17 from 4-6 p.m.

"This workshop educates the high school senior and his/her family about the college admission and financial aid processes. Topics to be discussed include: the qualifications colleges are looking for, questions to ask on a college tour, college essay pointers, the application timeline, types of financial aid available to students, scholarship search resources, timelines and calculating the family financial contribution."

You do not have to be a senior to attend, but you must sign-up in advance. For more information or to register call the library at 286-8971.

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‘Intro to Quickbooks’ in Plymouth on Wednesday

PLYMOUTH — Charlene Smith, Certified ProAdvisor of QuickBooks and founder of QB Support Services, LLC, will present "Intro to QuickBooks" on Wednesday, October 9 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Pease Public Library in Plymouth; Thursday, October 17 from 5:30-7p.m. at the Meredith Community Center in Meredith, and Wednesday, October 30 from 9-10:30 a.m. at Lakes Region Community Services in Laconia.

This workshop is for small business owner or entrepreneur who want to learn more about QuickBooks. Those proficient with the software who are looking for advanced assistance will find her follow up workshop this spring more beneficial.

Founder of QB Support Services, LLC in Belmont whose business philosophy is "To assist small businesses, nonprofits, and individuals with your QuickBooks needs," Charlene has a background in insurance and accounting. Over the years she has acquired an advanced QuickBooks certification as well as certifications in Enterprise, Online, and Point-of-Sale.

Seating for this free event is limited, so reserve a spot by contacting the Center office at 535-3222 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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‘Downsizing - It’s Not That Impossible’ talk at the Taylor Community Friday

LACONIA — The Taylor Community recognizes that moving to a smaller home can seem like an impossible challenge for some people, therefore they are offering an informative session entitled "Downsizing - It's Not That Impossible" presented by Mariluz Flanders. This panel presentation and discussion will be held Friday, October 11 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Woodside Building at Taylor Community, 435 Union Ave.

Many seniors have lived in their home for years, even decades, during which time they’ve accumulated a lot of personal possessions. Paul Charlton, who works with seniors planning their move to Taylor Community,  notes it can be overwhelming for many. “I talk with people who are really excited to move. Then they go home and become paralyzed when they look at all the stuff in their closets, attics, sheds and basements. That’s where the advice of senior move managers can help; they do this for a living and their help is invaluable.”

Alan Robichaud, the community development director from Granite United Way, will talk about options for where people can donate unwanted items. Current Taylor residents are also going to be on hand to share their downsizing experiences.

To reserve your place at the seminar, please call Taylor Community at 524-5600 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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