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6th Annual ForMatt Foundation Golf Tournament to be held on August 15

MEREDITH — The 6th Annual ForMatt Foundation Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, August 15 at the Derryfield Country Club in Manchester.
The ForMatt Foundation is a non-profit organization formed to honor the joyful spirit, generous heart, and adventurous spirit of Matthew Choiniere ,who passed away in November of 2008 at the age of 22. He was the son of Julie and Vint Choiniere of Meredith and a 2004 graduate of Concord High School.
The ForMatt Foundation provides grants for children making it possible for them to participate in healthy activities that would not normally be within their means. These activities may include programs such as music, art, theater, dance and sports.
Through participation in fun and engaging activities children build positive childhood memories that will last a lifetime. Research shows that when children have positive experiences at a young age, they are better able to manage adversity later in life. The foundation has awarded many grants during the past couple of months to many young people in the Lakes Region for a variety of activities.
It is currently recruiting players and sponsors for the annual tournament.
It is accepting registrations for $100 on or before August 1 or $125 after August 1. Fees are per player and include green fees, golf, cart, and luncheon. Go to www.formattfoundation.org to download player registration and sponsor form or call Vint Choiniere at (603) 707-4736 for more information.

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Former Plymouth resident returns with new book

PLYMOUTH — Author and former Plymouth resident Jennifer Wixson will read from her newest book at a reception on Friday, Aug. 1, from 4-6 p.m. at the Pease Library.

Wixson's new novel, "The Songbird of Sovereign,"  tells the story of the town's most popular person, the retired music teacher Miss Hastings, age 88. The book weaves back and forth from the 1940s to the present day revealing how the self-centered teenager, Jana Hastings, becomes a small town's most beloved resident.

Wixson writes about small towns, something she knows a lot about after having lived in Plymouth (and several other small New England towns) from fifth through 12th grades. She left Plymouth in 1976 and eventually settled in central Maine, where she now lives with her husband tending her Scottish Highland cattle in the spring and summer and writing books in the winter. To date, she's published three books in a series of novels that celebrate small-town living. The Sovereign Series will eventually number four novels, all set in the fictitious farming community of Sovereign, Maine.

"Sovereign is a combination of all the small towns I've ever lived in," Wixson says, "including Plymouth. Small towns taught me the true caring nature of people, and the importance of looking out for one another."

The public is invited to attend the Pease Library reception. Autographed copies of all Wixson's books will be available for purchase.

For more information on the Plymouth event visit http://www.peasepubliclibrary.org/pease/. Those who are unable to attend the Aug. 1 library reading and discussion you can purchase autographed copies of all Wixson's books and learn more about The Sovereign Series at http://www.thesovereignseries.com/

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Local artisans sought for Belknap Mill Art Bazaar

LACONIA — Local artisans are being encouraged to apply for the opportunity to show and sell hand-made goods at the first Belknap Mill Art Bazaar in Rotary Park in downtown Laconia. The Mill is currently seeking participating vendors for the outdoor bazaar which is scheduled to premiere on Saturday, Aug. 9.

The bazaar being organized by the Belknap Mill in an effort to support local artists and artisans in the Lakes Region area. This juried market will feature handmade and locally produced products, including fine art, jewelry, ceramics, crafts, apparel, accessories, and fair trade/eco- friendly products.

"The idea of an open arts market is to encourage people to support local artists and showcase the Mill as a cultural arts center. Bazaar times coordinate with the Laconia Farmer's Market," says Beth San Soucie, program director of the Belknap Mill.

The bazaar will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on various Saturdays during August, September, and October. Parking and admission is free.

Any local artist interested in participating must complete application with the inclusion of a small vendor fee. Ten-foot by 10-foot spaces are allotted on a first-come-first-served basis. Artists must provide their own tables, chairs, tents, etc. Items for sale must be original.

For more information on how to become a vendor, email Scott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (603) 524-8813.

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Job fair to be held at Franklin Public Library on Friday

FRANKLIN — The Franklin Job Fair, sponsored by New Hampshire Employment Security is scheduled for Friday, August 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Franklin Public Library. For more information contact Kevin Myers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. '; document.write(''); document.write(addy_text6296); document.write('<\/a>'); //-->\n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.nhes.nh.gov.

The event will offer opportunities for job-seekers interested in entry-level as well as skilled or professional positions. "Events like the Franklin Job Fair, which connect New Hampshire's talented workers with employers looking to hire, are a critical part of our efforts to strengthen our innovative economy," Governor Maggie Hassan said. "By sponsoring this job fair, New Hampshire Employment Security is helping to support a strong middle class and a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire."

"Job creation has been the number one priority of New Hampshire Employment Security since day one when I arrived nearly two years ago and with each job fair and with all of our re-employment programs provided at each of our twelve local offices located across the state, we are delivering on our promises to connect our residents with real opportunities," said New Hampshire Employment Security Commissioner George Copadis.

Commissioner Copadis continued, "The job fair is a great opportunity for employers to gain access to a local ready and willing workforce. Hiring employees from the communities where the business is located strengthens your business and makes our communities stronger. We encourage employers to attend and hope anyone looking for employment will take advantage of this free event."



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