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Service Credit Union opens Tilton Branch

PORTSMOUTH  — Service Credit Union recently opened its 42nd branch worldwide, 25th in New Hampshire and 12th in-store branch, expanding its presence in the state with its first branch in Belknap County.

The new full-service banking institution with a deposit-taking ATM is located at 33 Sherwood Drive inside Walmart located in Tilton.

Service Credit Union has a long history in New Hampshire. In 1957, a group of eight men signed an agreement to establish Portsmouth Air Force Base Federal Credit Union, which eventually became Service Credit Union. The credit union has grown tremendously through the years.

Service Credit Union offers enhanced products and services, such as surcharge-free ATMs, free ATMs, free debit card usage, free checking and Student Checking, getting paid up to two days early, instantly-issued Visa® credit and debit cards, loan discounts, online auto buying center, shared branching and 7-day banking at all in-store locations. Plus, members can enjoy a comprehensive suite of online services including bill pay, mobile apps, remote check deposit, SMS text messaging, person to person payment system, an online financial management system and online TurboTax products.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 09:34

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Advice To The Players' Angela Smith Wins Best Actress at the New Hampshire Theatre Awards

SANDWICH — Advice To The Players is pleased to congratulate Angela Smith on being awarded Best Actress in a Professional Drama or Comedy at the New Hampshire Theatre Awards on January 25.

Angela received the award in recognition of her role as Cassius in Advice To The Players' March production of Julius Caesar, directed by Caroline Nesbitt. Other Advice To The Players finalists in the Theatre Awards included Candace Clift (Best Actress for Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing), John Schnatterly (Best Actor for Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing), and Mark Woollett (Best Director for Much Ado About Nothing), as well as Much Ado About Nothing for Best Production.

The Sandwich-based professional Shakespeare company is no stranger to the New Hampshire Theatre Awards; during the ceremony's twelve year history it has regularly garnered acting wins for members of the company and numerous special awards for excellence in production.

Smith, a long-time New Hampshire resident and recent addition to the roster of the Actors Equity Association (the national labor union representing stage professionals), said she was thankful to Caroline Nesbitt for giving her a chance to play the part of Cassius, a character who was historically male and is most often played by a man.

"Casting a woman in this role," said Smith, "and costuming the production in modern dress, allowed us to use a classic text to take a fresh look at the changing role of women in society, especially in places of power. I was honored to be a part of this process, to have shared this production with such a fantastic group of actors, and to be a part of a company that I'm very, very proud of."

Smith will be returning once again to a major role in Advice To The Players' March 2014 production of Richard III. She'll be taking on the role of Lady Anne, wooed by Richard in a famously difficult scene. Joining her on stage will be ATTP favorites Bob Bates and Mark Woollett, as well as several newcomers to the company drawn from the ranks of New Hampshire's professional actors: Dan Beaulieu, Artistic Director of Portsmouth's Seven Stages Shakespeare Company, will be taking on the title role as Richard III, and Sharon Paquette, Valerie Rigsbee, and Gary DuBreuil, each well known to stages in New Hampshire and elsewhere, will also be taking on major roles.

Advice To The Players will be hosting a Richard III kick-off party at The Corner House Inn in Center Sandwich on February 19. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served, and the pub will be taking drink and food orders as well. Gather, mingle, talk to members of the Advice To The Players production staff, board of trustees, and actors from Richard III. ATTP is also holding a meet and greet for students who are interested in participating in Richard III at The Community School in Tamworth on Thursday, February 6 at 1pm.

More information about Advice To The Players, including upcoming events and productions, can be found at www.advicetotheplayers.org

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 09:23

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Three Join BIBA Board of Directors

LACONIA — The Belknap Independent Business Alliance (BIBA) is pleased to announce the addition of Art Franson, Jack Landow and Debbie Bolduc to the Board of Directors.

Art Franson's 44 year professional career took him around the world, including 17 years overseas, doing business in a total of 35 countries. With a background in financial management, Franson rose through the ranks to senior executive positions with international/globally focused Fortune 500 companies. From 1973 thru 1993 Art had a second career as doing taxes, accounting, financial planning, operations planning and analysis for individuals and small independent businesses in Massachusetts.

"I may have spent my professional executive career in very large companies. However, the small, independently owned, local enterprise is the lifeblood of America, and certainly here in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire" states Franson. Art and his wife relocated to Laconia after decades of visiting the area. They have three grown sons who now have families of their own.

Jack Landow had been an Instructor for Belknap College and worked for the State of NH Department of Health and Human Services Department in various administrative positions during his 35 year career before retiring in 2004. Landow is very involved in the community having served three terms on the Laconia School Board. He has also volunteered for a number of local organizations including "Got Lunch Laconia", the Laconia Christmas Village, and the Hazel Duke Thanksgiving dinner.

Landow's interest in BIBA is simple. "I believe that a successful and engaged business sector is key to creating the type of vibrant and successful communities in which we choose to live." Jack resides in Gilford with his wife, Charlotte.

Debbie Bolduc is the owner and director of BizBuzz Marketing Partners, a boutique marketing firm focusing on the needs of small businesses. A life-long resident of the Lakes Region, Bolduc has worked with and for small, independently owned New Hampshire businesses most of her life. BizBuzz Marketing was founded in 2011 in response to the growing number of small businesses in New Hampshire and the fast-paced changes occurring in the world of marketing.

Bolduc is an active volunteer for the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce and a member of Women Inspiring Women as well as Solo PR Pros, a national organization for those independents working in the public relations industry. She lives in the Lakes Region with her husband in an 1880's home that has been in the family since his great grandparents. They have two adult children.

BIBA, an affiliate of AMIBA (American Independent Business Alliance), is a nonprofit organization helping communities sustain their local independent businesses and keep organizations alive for local entrepreneurs. Across the country, local businesses owners like those in the Lakes Region are creating alliances to promote the many benefits of supporting and growing the local economy. BIBA supports locally-owned, independent businesses in the NH Lakes Region through marketing, promotions, programs, education and events ... driving customers to think local first!

Contact Kate Bishop Hamel with any questions or interest at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 08:52

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Recent Works by PSU Professor of Art Thomas Driscoll Jr. at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery

PLYMOUTH — The Karl Drerup Art Gallery at Plymouth State University will present an exhibition of recent works by Professor of Art Thomas Driscoll Jr. February 11–March 8, beginning with an opening reception from 4–6 p.m. February 11.

Interim Gallery Director Cynthia Robinson says, "The work in this exhibit represents Tom Driscoll's explorations of the sense of place: geographically, temporally and psychologically."

The exhibition includes two parallel bodies of work: the highly textured, gestural pieces explore nonverbal creative impulses leading to self-discovery; while the collage/map pieces merge more formal and conceptual approaches to image making. Robinson says Driscoll recognizes and embraces a variety of intersections between these two methodologies.

A public gallery talk by Driscoll is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, February 19.

Driscoll holds a BFA from Plymouth State and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has been teaching at Plymouth State University since 1989, coordinating the painting program and teaching courses within the drawing, printmaking and foundations programs. In addition, he has offered workshops in stone lithography at a regional cooperative printmaking studio. He has served as a juror for regional competitions and has curated several exhibits, including a national encaustic show and a survey of New Hampshire painting at the turn of the 21st century.
Professor Driscoll leads an active studio life and has exhibited in juried competitions both regionally and nationally, winning several awards for his work. He also has had many one- and two-person regional exhibits. He is a member of the Ogunquit Arts Collaborative in Maine and is represented by McGowan Fine Art in Concord, N.H.
The Karl Drerup Art Gallery is located in the Draper and Maynard Building on No. Main Street in Plymouth. Gallery hours are Mon.–Fri. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Wed. 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 1 p.m.–4 p.m., and by appointment. Gallery information is online at Plymouth.edu/gallery.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 08:47

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