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Belknap Committee on Aging Meets May 9

GILFORD — May is Older American's Month. On May 9 at 10 a.m. Belknap County Area Committee on Aging will host speakers from organizations throughout Belknap County to discuss a variety of topics.

The Belknap County Area Committee on Aging meetings start at 10 a.m., the 2nd Friday of each month. The committee meets in the Wesley Woods Community Room off Rte. 11A, behind the First United Methodist Church in Gilford.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 May 2014 09:42

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Women’s Club to host dramatic portrayal of ground-breaking photojournalist at meeting on Monday


MOULTONBOROUGH — Margaret Bourke-White, a ground-breaking photojournalist from the 1930s-1950s, will come to life when actress Sally Matson appears at the Moultonborough Women's Club luncheon meeting on May 5, at the Lions Hall on Old Route 109 South.

Once again, club member Harriet Bicksler has been able to obtain a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council to bring this free program, which is open to the public. Matson performed twice for Women's Club in 2012 as Susan B. Anthony and as Eleanor Roosevelt.

Matson has been acting and directing for 30 years. She is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Communication. She studied creative writing at the University of Virginia Extension and Manhattanville College. Matson performed in a Department of Defense show in the Pacific and was a writer and interviewer on CT cable television.

This time she will preform the living history of Margaret Bourke-White and has received the rights to display many of Bourke-White's photos, including the Louisville Flood and its victims, the 1941 Nazi attack on Moscow, the discovery of Buchenwald and Gandi with his spinning wheel. Matson is scheduled to perform at 12:45 following lunch.

For additional news articles and photos check out the club's website that President Trish Conley updates regularly at  moultonboroughwomensclub.org.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 May 2014 09:38

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Something Wonderful I Missed: A Broadway Tour Comes to Plymouth

PLYMOUTH — Music and theater lovers are invited to enjoy a special Mother's Day Weekend treat as Not Your Mom's Musical Theater presents a concert on Sunday, May 11 at 2:30 p.m. at the Starr King Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Plymouth.

Sponsored by the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, the Not Your Mom's innovative concert, Something Wonderful I Missed: A Broadway Tour, mixes great songs from Broadway and off-Broadway musicals with the often hilarious history behind those songs. Four versatile, talented performers, playing a range of characters to live piano accompaniment (by the Arts Alliance's own program director Jamie Feinberg, founder of NYMMT), bring the audience their about-to-be favorite songs from shows they might have missed. The audience gets a glimpse of musical theater at its finest and simplest — actors onstage, telling a story through music.

The concert includes excerpts from shows including "110 in the Shade," "A Little Night Music," "Baby," "Big River," "Johnny Pye and the Fool-Killer," "Marilyn," "My Favorite Year," "La Cage Aux Folles," "Little Shop of Horrors," "Starting Here, Starting Now," "The Goodbye Girl," and "Woman of the Year."

In addition to NYMMT's founder, director and pianist Jamie Feinberg, the performers include Mario Arruda, who recently starred as Jonny in NYMMT's production of Zombie Prom, for which he received a Top 10 NH Theatre Award nomination; Ally Bergendahl, whose favorite roles have included both female leads in 1776 and her recent work in Zombie Prom, for which she received a Top Ten nomination from the NH Theatre Awards; actor and educator Jocelyn Duford, who starred in NYMMT's Weird Romance this past spring and was recognized by the Theatre Awards for her work there and in Zombie Prom; and Joey T. No stranger to New Hampshire's theater community, Joey T. has been recognized three times by the NH Theatre Awards, and most recently starred as Miss Strict in the NYMMT's production of Zombie Prom.

This musical event is recommended for ages 12 and up. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students/Arts Alliance Members. Visit the website at www.aannh.org for tickets, information, and special meal/show offerings. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

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Volunteer NH recognizes John Walker with Good Citizen Award


MANCHESTER — Citizens Bank and Volunteer NH have named John Walker a "Good Citizen" for his outstanding commitment to the Laconia community. The Good Citizen Award honors people who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to volunteerism and, through their efforts, strengthen the communities where they live and work. As part of the award, a $250 donation is being made in Walker's honor to Got Lunch! Laconia.

"John is a true asset to the Laconia community," said Holly Hiltz-Harrington, Citizens Bank Laconia branch manager. "He embodies the spirit of volunteerism with his humble approach and ability to inspire action both inside his community and beyond. We are proud to work with Volunteer NH to showcase people like John and the tremendous work they do in our New Hampshire communities."

Walker, a retired airline pilot, was instrumental in the launch of Got Lunch! Laconia. In the spring of 2011, while participating in a community group, Walker learned that over half of the Laconia's students- nearly 67%, over 1,400 children - received free or reduced-price lunch during the school year. He questioned what these children did during the summer months, and sought a solution to ensure they received a nutritious meal. Partnering with Paula Gile, an associate minister at a local church, Walker launched Got Lunch! Laconia in April 2011 as a collaboration of community partners coming together to feed Laconia children during the summer months.

The impact of Got Lunch! has been significant from the start. In 2011, 314 children received a weekly delivery; by 2013, 570 children received lunch. Now, in the first three years, over 61,000 summer lunches have been distributed. It has cost about $10 per child per week for the program.

Today, the Got Lunch! Laconia program has inspired and trained 11 additional programs serving 18 towns.

"John has tremendous skill in making every volunteer feel like their contribution is significant," said Eliza Leadbeater, a community member. "His unassuming manner, and gift for developing partnerships, has been central to Got Lunch! Laconia's continued success."

Walker also donates his time to many other local causes, including Central NH VNA & Hospice, Laconia Area Community Land Trust, Laconia Kiwanis, Mentoring Together, and remains active in his church.

"John's compassion and initiative are unparalleled and inspiring," said Gretchen Berger-Wabuti, executive director at Volunteer NH. "We are pleased to be able to honor his service and contribute to the ongoing success of Got Lunch! Laconia."

Volunteer NH, a nonprofit organization that promotes volunteerism and service in New Hampshire, sponsors and supports national service initiatives such as AmeriCorps. It also provides training, a volunteer matching service and volunteer-recognition programs.

The Good Citizen Award is part of Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities, the bank's program designed to contribute to the economic vitality of the communities it serves. The awards will be presented on a monthly basis through November 2014, when all of this year's Good Citizens will be honored at the Spirit of New Hampshire Awards ceremony.

Good Citizen Award nominations can be made online at www.volunteernh.org. Nominations are evaluated based on the long-term impact of the nominee's service and how they have inspired others to get involved or contributed to a culture of volunteerism. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Questions may be directed to Charles Caldwell, administrative outreach officer, Volunteer NH, at 603.271.7200 or by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 May 2014 09:26

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