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Comet ISON: Will it be the Comet of the Century

LACONIA — Author, historian and Independent technical consultant Anura Guruge will present a fascinating program on Comet ISON, which is scheduled to pass the earth at a distance of 39.9 million miles, on or about Dec. 26, 2013.

This free event is open to the public and scheduled for Monday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. in Taylor Community's Woodside Building, 435 Union Ave. Preregistration is required. To RSVP, call 524-5600, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Guruge, who has a variety of interests, is the author of 20 books. His subjects include astronomy, technology, papal history, and a couple of children's books.


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Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Presents Annual Awards

LACONIA —  In front of a crowd of over 100 supporters, CEO Margaret Franckhauser announced the three recipients of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice's Annual Agency Awards.

The Leavitt/Knight Volunteer of the Year Award, named in honor of long time employees Charlotte Leavitt and Doreen Knight. Both Charlotte and Doreen spent time during their careers working with the volunteers of the agency and this award honors their commitment to volunteer service and the agency mission. The award was given to Ginny Caple for her many years of volunteering in the Hospice program, in particular for her work with the bereavement program. Spiritual Care Coordinator John Davies commended Ginny for her unique ability to listen when listening was one of the most important gifts one could give.

The Milham Leadership Award, named in honor of Alida Milham and her continued leadership throughout NH's Lakes Region was awarded to David Booth. David is a longtime Trustee of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice and has volunteered endless hours to help raise funds for the agency, to working on the finance committee and during a merger three years ago served as a key member of the merger and integration committee. Margaret Franckhauser praised "David's ability to always ask the hard questions. David is stepping off the Board of Directors this year and it is only fitting that he is recognized as a true leader."

The Shirley Bentley Outstanding Clinician Award, named in honor of Shirley Bentley for her years of dedication to the agency and the nursing profession. Shirley, a retired VNA administrator and RN had served as a trustee and has been very involved with the agency for over 30 years, recently retiring from the Board of Trustees. The award was presented to Nelda Tobin, an employee of the agency for 19 years, who embodies the ideals and values that Shirley Bentley herself displays ... empathy, compassion, and high standards of care. Bette Coffey, Wolfeboro Branch Director describes Nelda as "unassuming and modest but very deserving of this recognition."

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Broadband Plan and Maps for NH Lakes Region

MEREDITH — The Lakes Region Planning Commission (LRPC) has been working to help communities better understand the availability of high-speed broadband internet access and plan for reliable, affordable broadband internet solutions.

The ability to access high-speed internet will have a significant impact on the economic development of a community now and well into the future. At the next Lakes Region Broadband Stakeholder Group (LRBSG) meeting, we will continue to review the draft of the NH Lakes Region Broadband Plan and the various broadband availability maps that will be included in the final version of the plan.

Plans a public forum that will be held in December 2013 to update citizens on the status of the NH Broadband Mapping and Planning Program, and introduce the draft NH Lakes Region Broadband Plan and maps for public review and feedback will be discussed

The next stakeholders meeting will be held on Thursday, October 31, at 9 a.m. in the LRPC First Floor Conference Room.

The LRPC encourages all members of the public who are interested in any aspect of high-speed broadband service to attend. For additional information, or special accommodation, call Michelle Therrien at 279-8171 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Jandee Lee Porter Band at Franklin Opera House

FRANKLIN — If country music is your thing, you will want to be at the Franklin Opera House on Saturday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. for the Jandee Lee Porter band.
The Jandee Lee Porter Band is a high energy modern country band with something old and new for country music fans, including original music that is heartfelt and honest. Seasoned musicians surround songstress Jandee Lee Porter to form a band to be reckoned with. The band is comprised of guitars, bass, drums, and pedal steel.

They have been described as a rising country music act influenced by various styles of folk, blues, rock and soul. Their deep country roots combined with influences from other genres are intertwined to create an alternative sound that is none other than their own. Jandee's fun loving and compelling lyrics are interwoven with heart wrenching vocals to tell stories that truly connect to their fans and engage audiences on a personal level.
Franklin Opera House executive director Steve Foley commented that when he was playing a demo of the band's music, two other people in the office got up from their desks and came over to see who was singing.

The Jandee Lee Porter band features cover material and an arsenal of original music covering many generations, and  continue to explore different original music all while playing current and older hits.  The band has produced 3 CD's in 4 years and is currently working on their 4th album that is set to come out this year.
For tickets or information contact the Franklin Opera House at (603) 934-1901 or visit the website at franklinoperahouse.org. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and $10 for children age 12 and under. Seating is reserved, so ordering in advance is advised. The historic Franklin Opera House is an intimate theater with unobstructed views.


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