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Deborah Leonard Kosits elected as new executive director of NHMF


PLYMOUTH — The New Hampshire Music Festival (NHMF) announced that it has elected Deborah Leonard Kosits as its new executive director. After serving as the interim executive director since September 2013, Kosits, a Meredith resident, was elected unanimously by the board of directors to take on a permanent role with the nonprofit.

"We are pleased to welcome Deb back to the festival family, and we look forward to an exciting future for our organization," said Board Chair Dick Hanaway. "Her leadership, insight and connection to the community have allowed us to explore new opportunities and expand in new directions, and her passion for music is evident from the moment you meet her."

Kosits has spent more than 30 years as an HR executive at Citibank and GE as well as having consulted for global firms, small businesses and nonprofits. Her consulting practice has focused on partnering with individuals and organizations to navigate change, transform and position themselves for growth. She was the founding board president of the New Hampshire Master Chorale, was president of the Festival's Friends Council in 2003-2004, and has consulted to a number of nonprofit organizations in the region. Raised in New York, Kosits' passion for music was cultivated by her dad, an avid fan of the Saturday Texaco Met Opera broadcasts. She studied piano through college and sang in the high school chorus.

"I'm truly excited to be working with the festival at such a crucial time, and I'm very optimistic about the future. We have incredible artistic direction in Donato Cabrera, a new relationship with Dan Perkins as director of choral activities and principal guest conductor, and a dedicated team of musicians, staff and board," said Kosits. "Our strategy to build a healthy and long-lasting festival focuses on broadening our reach, developing programming and venues that appeal to a wider audience, and collaborating with like-minded organizations. Success will be defined by our ability to engage all members of our communities, expanding our relationship with Plymouth State University and local businesses." Kosits will continue a limited executive coaching and consulting practice in addition to her role at NHMF.

In addition to appointing a new executive director, the NHMF board has announced that Dan Perkins will join the festival as principal guest conductor and director of choral activities. He is replacing Joel Johnson, who retired as conductor of the New Hampshire Music Festival Symphonic Chorus after 50 years of service.

"I'm incredibly pleased that Maestro Perkins is joining the NHMF family as our principal guest conductor. He brings an impressive musical expertise as well as a unique and valued connection to the local artistic community that will only strengthen and deepen NHMF's relationship to our beloved audiences and beyond," said Donato Cabrera, NHMF's music director.

Perkins has been a professor of music and director of choral activities at PSU for 23 years. He is founder and music director of the New Hampshire Master Chorale, music director of the Manchester Choral Society, and was principal guest conductor of the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet from 2004-2009, returning in November 2014 as conductor of the Asia Pacific Activities Conference (APAC) Orchestra Festival. Perkins will have his Carnegie Hall conducting debut on April 20, 2014, with singers from Master Chorale, Manchester Choral Society, PSU Chorale and choirs from throughout the U.S.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 09:44

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Start and Grow Your Small Business Workshops

PLYMOUTH — The Enterprise Center at Plymouth, in partnership with the Meredith Village Savings Bank, is offering Start and Grow Your Small Business workshops, at no cost to you, throughout the Lakes Region this February.

Director of the Enterprise Center at Plymouth, Michael Tentnowski, will share his insights and knowledge from 20 years of experience assisting entrepreneurs to help you start, run, and grow your own small business.

Focusing on opportunity, management, and finance, Tentowski will teach the fundamentals of a simplified business plan, pricing strategies, and cash flow. Additionally, he will offer ways to explore real world business possibilities that can be developed now.

With assistance from Meredith Village Savings Bank, the Enterprise Center at Plymouth is offering these workshops at the Taylor Community in Laconia on February 4 from 9-10:30 a.m., in Meredith on February 11 from 4-5:30 p.m., and the Gilman Library in Alton on February 20 from 4-5:30 p.m.

These events are free, but space is limited, so be sure to reserve your seat today by clicking the "Seminars" page on the website www.EnterpriseCenterNH.com, contacting the Center office at 535-3222, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Michael Tentnowski, Director of the Enterprise Center at Plymouth, has 20 years of experience assisting a multitude of start-up companies in various industries with an expertise in the fields of entrepreneurial ventures, renewable energy initiatives, and commercial defense technologies. His years as the Director of an Incubator, Director of a Physical Science Institute, Vice President of an E-commerce energy trading platform, graduate level teacher, and trainer for Small Business Development Centers culminated in co-authoring "The Virginia Entrepreneur's Guide". With two successful start-ups of his own, Michael received both his MBA and BS in Accounting from the University of Montana.

As part of their ongoing commitment to business growth and development, the Enterprise Center at Plymouth brings educational seminars and professional skills training to Grafton County. Managed by Plymouth State University, the ECP is an incubator in your community complete with services to assist business owners and entrepreneurs through one-on-one counseling, resource referrals, and hands-on learning. For more information about programs or the ECP, you may go to the website at www.EnterpriseCenterNH.com, contact the Center office at 535-3222 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This program is sponsored by the NH Community Development Finance Authority, Plymouth State University, and the Economic Development Councils of Belknap and Grafton Counties.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 09:37

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'That's Snow Fun Either' event in Rumney to raise funds for Children's Hospital

RUMNEY — Captured In Time Photography is teaming up with another local business in Rumney, Backwoods Farm, to put on a fund raising event on February 15 to benefit Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

The event, "That's SNOW FUN Either," invites members of the public to come to Backwoods Farm from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a day of exploring the snow-covered 30 acres of the Backwoods property. Attendees are welcome to bring their own 4X4 vehicle, ATV or snow machine. Those that don't have an appropriate vehicle are encouraged to come anyway, as there will likely be a spare rig available. Entry fee is $7 per person and children younger than eight will be admitted for free. Captured In Time Photography will be operating a photo booth. There will also be food, a fire pit, a raffle of items donated by local businesses, and a petting farm. To mark February as Heart Disease Awareness Month, Captured In Time also plans to hold a balloon release in memory those who have have died from or are afflicted by the disease.

All proceeds raised during the event will benefit Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Those unable to attend are encouraged to make a donation to CHaD Heart Disease Awareness and mail it to 935 East Rumney Road, Rumney, NH, 03266. An account will also be established at Community Guarantee Savings Bank in Plymouth. Organizers hope to raise $5,000 for the organization.

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Winnisquam Ag Students Attend Leadership Camp

TILTON —  Seven motivated members of the Winnisquam FFA Chapter spent the weekend of January 17 at the annual NH FFA Winter Leadership Camp, where they improved their skills as young leaders, met other FFA members from around the state and participated in social activities. In all, 59 students of agricultural education engaged in the event.

Campers participated in workshops on subjects such as diversity, ethics and goal setting. The seminar was led by Corey Flournoy, a former National FFA President and founding partner of Creative Outreach, a diversity and motivational consulting group. Assisting Flournoy were the six NH FFA State Officers, teens from across the state elected to leadership positions by their peers.
NH FFA Leadership Camp has been held annually for more than 15 years, and remains one of the organization's most popular activities. It is funded in part by the NH FFA Foundation, with participants paying only a portion of the cost to attend. The event is held at the Brookwoods Conference Center in Alton, on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. While at the event, the students meet and interact with other teens from some of New Hampshire's 16 agricultural education programs, staying in heated cabins and sharing meals, workshops and recreational activities.

The FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America) is a national organization of nearly 580,000 members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. The organization has 7,570 chapters located throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA's mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Local, state and national activities and award programs provide opportunities for students to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. Visit www.nhffa.org for more information.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 09:26

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