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082113 Union Church Finale (w/2COL photo Jenny and Bill Cutline only

The inspirational message and music of Pastor Jennifer Worden Flagg and her husband, Bill Flagg, will conclude the 2013 summer season of the Union Church of Meredith Neck on August 25 at the 10 a.m. service. Pastor Flagg, who is also a current trustee, has a rich history with the church going back to the 1950's. Her grandfather was one of several who helped rebuild the present day structure, her father was a long time trustee, and her mother engaged the ministers for many summers. Bill Flagg, a songwriter, singer, and Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame member, enjoys playing guitar, singing gospel and bluegrass music, and incorporates his music with his wife's message during the service. Both are long time favorites at the church and an uplifting culmination of the summer.  (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 09:22

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082513PeaseLibrary Making MusicTogether caption only, 3 col.


"Making Music Together" was the theme of a family program featuring Home for Dinner at Pease Public LIbrary in Plymouth. Children made shakers which they then used to accompany the musicians. The program was a gift to the community from VSA New Hampshire and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, celebrating their Arts in Early Learning partnership. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 09:19

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091313CADYGrantMVSB (331): 3X CADY grant

MEREDITH — Communities for Alcohol-and-Drug-free Youth (CADY) was selected as one of 19 local non-profit agencies to receive a grant from the Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) charitable fund in 2013. CADY will use this $5,000 grant to support the LAUNCH Youth Entrepreneurship Program, an employment program serving the youth of the Newfound and Pemi-Baker Regions.

CADY, Inc.'s LAUNCH Program is an innovative youth development program that combines workforce development training and substance abuse prevention strategies. Since its inception in 2005, the program has provided over 200 local youth with the education and skills needed to help them earn their first summer job and paycheck. Throughout the year-long program, youth participate in weekly skill-building workshops to develop life, leadership and other pre-employment skills. The program concludes with paid summer employment at Frosty Scoops ice cream shop, developed in collaboration with Alex Ray and the Common Man Family of Restaurants.

In May 2012, the White House and Office of National Drug Control Policy selected the LAUNCH Youth Entrepreneurship Program to serve as its featured youth program for the National Summer Job and Campaign.

"CADY's community prevention work is purposeful, meaningful, and significant as is MVSB's commitment to youth. The MVSB award of $5,000 will build life, leadership, and preemployment skills throughout this academic year and culminate in paid summer employment for 20 local youth from June through August," said Deb Naro, Executive Director of CADY, Inc. "This grant has opened opportunities for local youth to develop confidence and decisionmaking capacity, acquire new skill sets in real-world settings, and build the healthy community connections that help prevent substance use. CADY is very grateful to MVSB for building possibilities, potential, and promise."

CAPTION — (From left to right) Nancy Mardin, MVSB Branch and Business Development Manager presents a $5000 check to CADY, Inc representatives Tim Tyler, Restorative Justice Coordinator, Deb Naro, Executive Director, Linda Kaminski, Administrative Assistant, and Ann Stark, Data Coordinator. This check represents a $5000 grant from the Meredith Village Savings Bank Charitable Fund to support CADY’s LAUNCH Youth Entrepreneurship Program. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 09:12

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082313 Mary Butler Chapter Celebrates 95th Anniversary (128 w/2 col DAR)

LACONIA — The Mary Butler Chapter of DAR celebrated its 95th anniversary with a special commemorative cake when it met last month at  the Gilford Community Church.

Hostesses for the special celebration were Helen Holbrook, Carole Johnson, and Florence Merrill.

The Mary Butler Chapter welcomed three new members at the meeting: Nancy Castellon, Brittni Ekholm, and Christine Rosset. The total chapter membership is now 81. The Mary Butler Chapter of DAR meets the third Monday of every month. Visitors and perspective members are welcome at meetings. For more information contact Marion Ekholm at 603-293-0429.

The program was a Workshop on National Committees presented by Mary Butler Regent, Rosalie Babiarz. A history of the many National Committees was also part of the program.



Mary Butler Chapter 95th Anniversary Cake (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 09:04

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