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Lincoln Financial Foundation Awards $7,000 grant to Riverbend Center

CONCORD —  Riverbend Community Mental Health has received a $7,000 grant from Lincoln Financial Foundation for one of its most innovative children's programs, the ASD Emotional and Social Enrichment Program (AESEP). Lincoln Financial Foundation has been a supporter of the program for seven consecutive years.

"Lincoln Financial Foundation believes this is an important investment in the well-being of children with Asperger's Disorder and their families," said Byron O. Champlin, program officer for the Lincoln Financial Foundation.

"Riverbend plays a critical role in the capital region, touching the lives of many children and adults. By supporting Riverbend, Lincoln Financial Foundation's goal is to help assure strong and innovative mental health services that benefit the entire community."

Lincoln Financial Foundation's support for the AESEP program has allowed parents of children receiving treatment for Autism and Asperger's Disorder to obtain training, peer support, and education about how autism spectrum disorders, which includes Asperger's, affect their children and impact the family structure.

Said Allan M. Moses, Acting President/CEO of Riverbend, "We are very grateful to Lincoln Financial Foundation for its ongoing support. This year's support allows us to focus on the children and their groups that enhance their skill building to improve their success in school, at home and with their peers.''

Founded in 1963, Riverbend is the Capital region's sole community mental health center and largest provider of specialized mental health and emergency psychiatric services in central New Hampshire. Over 9,000 children, families and adults are served annually, including many serviced by a facility in Franklin.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 06:54

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Plymouth Rotary honors Scott King by naming him a Paul Harris Fellow

PLYMOUTH — Scott King, a long-time Plymouth Rotarian from Holderness, was recently honored by Meredith Rotarian Bonnie Hunt when she named Scott a Paul Harris Fellow, one the highest honors that Rotary International offers its members.

Paul Harris founded Rotary in 1905, and Harris spent much of his life trying to discover what makes people "do good" for others. Harris's philosophy was that every worthy action and good deed must pass Rotary's Four-Way Test by asking; 1. Is it the truth? 2. Is it fair to all concerned? 3. Will it build good will and better friendships? 4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Bonnie Hunt and her fellow Rotarian's from Meredith joined the Plymouth Club for breakfast at the Common Man with the idea of surprising Scott King with the Paul Harris Award since King's life and actions have demonstrated the very best of Paul Harris' dedication to "doing good." Hunt said, "I want to give a special shout-out to someone who is always there with a smile and a big hug for me, and for his 'we-can-get-it done attitude' that gets whatever 'it' is done."

Hunt went on to describe King's long list of accomplishments, all of which meet and exceed the Four-Way Test, such as his work on the Rotary Riverfront Amphitheater, his extensive service and assistance to veterans, and special projects he has spearheaded such as the Wounded Warriors Program on Little Squam, the Holderness War Memorial, and the Holderness Historical Society Building. King has also decorated many funeral homes to honor veterans who served in the Tenth Mountain Division, so that when their family members arrived for a viewing, the home was proudly dressed to honor their loved one for their ultimate sacrifice to our country.

Bonnie summed it up, "For my part, Scott's the guy who gave me a rose that doesn't die, when he showed me the stone he had engraved for my daughter and then built a beautiful spot in a stone wall in her memory. There is no way for me to repay him except to honor him through Rotary, and through the Rotary Foundation with the Paul Harris Award. Of all the people I know in Rotary, Scott King exemplifies "Service Above Self" – in all walks of his life; and he epitomizes the spirit and intent of the highest award that Rotary has to bestow."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 06:48

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PSU presenting The Glass Menagerie through Oct. 6

PLYMOUTH — The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Plymouth State University will present Tennessee Williams' drama The Glass Menagerie Thursday through Friday, October 3–6 in the Studio Theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts. The show will be presented on Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

The Glass Menagerie was first staged in Chicago in 1944 and moved to Broadway in 1945, where it ran for 561 performances and won the prestigious New York Drama Critics Award.

Director Paul Mroczka says, "The Glass Menagerie is about family, love and the need to break away. In this memory play, Tom Wingfield grapples with the guilt he feels in leaving his sister and mother in order to pursue his dreams and future."

Tom Wingfield, the narrator and a character in the play, is portrayed by Tomer Oz, a senior theatre arts major from Exeter. Throughout, the play presents themes on topics such as duty, freedom and confinement, family, gender specific roles and the relationship between sisters and brothers.

Professor of Theatre Elizabeth Daily portrays Tom's mother, Amanda Wingfield. Daily says, "Amanda Wingfield is an iconic role and is one of the monumental roles that a woman can play from the American canon. She is complex because of her situation in life, finding herself abandoned with two children in an area of the country that is not familiar to her. She is scrappy and finds ways to clothe and feed a family through the Great Depression. Her dilemma is that she has a child who requires special care and she is desperate to find solutions. She is complex because there are so many layers of emotion in whatever she does; but everything she does is to keep her family afloat. She's also a great flirt and a constant talker!"

Tom's sister, Laura Wingfield, is portrayed by junior theatre arts and communication studies double major Meg Anchukaitis from Walpole, Mass. A childhood illness has left Laura with a limp, and she has an inferiority complex that has caused her to be isolated from the outside world. She has created a world of her own symbolized by her collection of glass figurines.

Tickets for The Glass Menagerie are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 06:38

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Speare Schedules Flu Shot Clinics

PLYMOUTH — Speare Memorial Hospital has scheduled its public flu shot clinics for 2013. Speare offers flu vaccine for persons 18 years and older. The cost is $25 payable by cash or check, and a receipt will provided for submission to insurance for reimbursement. All insurances are accepted including Medicare and Medicaid, but people should bring their  insurance card with them.

October 3 (Thursday) Ashland Booster Club 11am - 1pm

October 4 (Friday) Waterville Valley Town Offices 11am - 12:30 pm

October 10 (Thursday Speare Memorial Hospital Front Lobby 7 am - 7 pm

October 15 (Tuesday) Speare Memorial Hospital Front Lobby 11am - 7pm

October 17 (Thursday) Holderness Town Hall 10a m - 1pm

October 24 (Thursday) Speare Memorial Hospital Front Lobby 7 am - 7 pm

October 30 (Wednesday) Walmart (Plymouth) 9 am - 4 pm

November 5 (Tuesday) Speare Memorial Hospital Front Lobby 7 am - 7 pm

November 13 (Wednesday) Speare Memorial Hospital Front Lobby 7am - 7 pm

November 22 (Friday) Walmart (Plymouth) 9 am - 4pm

For more information about the flu clinics contact Speare's Occupational Health Department at (603) 238-2348.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 09:46

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