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Annual animal Adopt A Thon is Nov. 29 at the Belknap Mall

BELMONT — The New Hampshire Human Society will hold its annual Adopt A Thon on Friday, November 29 at the Belknap Mall in Belmont from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Throughout the day all puppies, kittens, dogs and cats will be available for same day adoptions. Adoption fees are seasonally adjusted, senior dogs $125 to $300 for a puppy. Cats range from $125 for a kitten to just $25 for a senior feline. All animals have been assessed behaviorally, may have already learned some basic commands, all are micro chipped, fully vaccinated appropriate for the age, spayed or neutered, heartworm and feline leukemia tested and clear of parasites. Adopters will also receive a coupon for free soda with their purchase of a slice from Sal's Pizza located right in the mall.

Upon adoption the following paperwork should be at hand; proof of home ownership or rental/lease agreement, current pet vaccination history showing up to date rabies certification, and a valid ID showing the adopters are at least 21 years of age.

While browsing for a new pet, visit the raffle tables, met representatives of the newly reopened Meredith Place Veterinary ER, enjoy complimentary coffee from Big Cat Coffees & Perk at Work, or lend a note of support to the tribute booth in honor of Paige Garneau a local teenager, who loved animals but died tragically in a car accident last year. The Garneau family have been busy all summer raising memorial funds, a portion of which will underwrite the adoption fee of selected animals at the Adopt a Thon.

Paige Quigley, Mall Manager said "We are very excited to host the NH Humane Society, five years at the Mall and this, their 10th anniversary of the event. They are a great local animal welfare organization. Anything we can do to help animals find loving permanent homes is truly a pleasure".

For more information call the NHHS at 524-3252 for further details prior to the Adopt-A-Thon, or check out www.nhhumane.org.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 09:39

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Trip to Greece, Italy planned for next Apri

PLYMOUTH — The Newton School of South Strafford, Vermont is sponsoring a twelve day trip for April 2014 to Athens, Greece, Sicily and Rome Italy. Jon Freeman long time Plymouth resident, retired N.H. principal and head chaperone is inviting Lakes Region area students (grades 8-12), staff, parents
and community members to join the 30 who are already traveling on this exciting journey.

On this multigenerational tour, participants will experience new cultures and visit important landmarks in Greece and Italy. Some highlights include  Athens, Acropolis, Parthenon, Greek Theater, Corinth Canal, Greek Islands, Sicily, Palermo Basilica, Vesuvius, Herculaneum, Coliseum, Roman Forum, Vatican and Rome.

There will be optional activities offered like a visit to Mount Etna (active volcano), Greek Culture Evening and a choice of activities for a day in Rome.

An enrollment fee will get people registered for the trip and payment plans are available. The tour is operated by EF Education First Tours of Cambridge, MA a world leader in Educational Travel. Learn more about our trip or register online at www.eftours.com/1249595.

Contact Jon Freeman (603-254-3565 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) for more information.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 09:30

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PSU gallery hosts exhibit of works by graphic designer

PLYMOUTH — The Karl Drerup Art Gallery and Exhibitions Program at Plymouth State University will present the exhibition Charles Gibson: 20 Years of Graphic Design, November 19 through December 13 at the gallery in the Draper and Maynard Building on North Main Street in Plymouth. A gallery reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. November 19, and Gibson will spend two days on campus working with students and faculty of the graphic design program of the PSU Department of Art.

The exhibition presents a selection of project panels, a mural and several individually framed posters illustrating how graphic design is used to communicate ideas. The exhibited works were created as way-finding solutions for graphic design clients in education, healthcare, business, community development, architecture, landscape architecture and the arts. The exhibition also includes highlights from Gibson's team's 1993 prize-winning submission to "The Electric Vehicle and the American Community," a national planning and design competition hosted by the Smithsonian Institution.

Gibson suggests that students and guests consider how graphic design contributes to their culture, and the relationship of graphic design to other design specialties such as industrial design or product design, and architecture. He says, "There seems to be more and more 'blurring of boundaries' in design these days."

Gibson is looking forward to meeting with graphic design students to discuss environmental graphic design, a specialty that is multidisciplinary and very often involves considerable collaboration with others. He will also lead a conversation about what it is like to work as a professional artist with clients, adjusting design concepts to meet their needs.

Charles Gibson Design is a multidisciplinary design practice founded in 1987, with expertise in environmental graphic design—sign programs and master plans, kiosk design, interpretive programs, exhibitions and architectural enhancements. In addition, Gibson has significant experience in the traditional two-dimensional disciplines of identity and print graphic design, and three-dimensional applications in product design and packaging.

Gibson holds a BFA in graphic design from the Rhode Island School of Design and has studied in Rome and at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Basel, Switzerland. He began his professional experience as assistant designer at the Hopkins Center Graphic Design Studio at Dartmouth College. He also earned an MFA in graphic design from Yale University. He has worked at Architects Collaborative, Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts and has taught at The Boston Architectural Center, Massachusetts College of Art, Plymouth State University and Colby-Sawyer College.

He has received the Award of Excellence from the Association of American Art Museums and the Wolf Trap Medal. Gibson is a professional member of the Society for Environmental Graphic Design and an affiliate member of the New Hampshire Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 09:26

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Ray Burton received Blair Award from Plymouth State University

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University has honored one of New Hampshire's most recognized public servants with its highest award for public service.

Raymond S. Burton, a member of the New Hampshire Executive Council and a Grafton County Commissioner, has long been a symbol of public service in the state. And now, his alma mater, Plymouth State University, whose own motto is Ut Prosim ("That I May Serve"), has honored Burton with its Henry W. Blair Award for Distinguished Public Service.

The University's honor of Burton was bestowed a short time prior to his death at age 74. Burton passed away on Nov. 12 as a result of complications from kidney cancer.

Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen presented the award to Burton. "Ray Burton is there for everyone, advocating for what is fair and right, tireless in his commitment," Steen said. "At his core, Ray values New Hampshire and, by his presence, he makes it a better place. He is a true native son of the Granite State, and Plymouth State University is proud to honor him."

"I was honored to receive the Henry Blair Award from President Sara Jayne Steen," Burton said. "It was humbling to know that I won such a prestigious recognition. I have always been proud to be a member of the Class of 1962 and for the last 51 years have done my best to promote this great institution."

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan called Burton "one of the most dedicated and caring public servants the state of New Hampshire has ever known."

Mike Cryans, chair of the Grafton County Commission, also shared his congratulations. "We, the Grafton County family of 90,000 residents, are thrilled for Ray, our long-time public servant, for receiving the Blair Award. Plymouth State University has awarded this honor only two other times, so we know how special this tribute is to Ray. We are so happy and proud for him."

Burton was well known for his long established practice with every newly-appointed state commissioner and department head to take them on a personally-guided tour of the North Country. He insists that every state official be familiar with the places, people, and concerns of New Hampshire citizens who live and work "north of Concord." As Executive Councilor for District I, Burton represented 102 cities and towns in seven counties comprising about 75 percent of the state's land mass. Nevertheless, his loyal constituents often boasted that if more than three people are holding a meeting in any part of the district, Ray Burton will be there.

Burton, a 1962 graduate of what was then Plymouth Teachers College, began his career as a school teacher and principal. He later became an adjunct faculty member in Plymouth State's Department of Social Sciences. After becoming a member of the Executive Council in 1977, he established an internship program for New Hampshire College students to learn more about the workings of state government. Many of Burton's former interns are now in public service.

Former state senator and long-time friend Mark Hounsell recently cited a well-known observation of Daniel Webster to describe the essence of Ray Burton, "What a man does for others, not what they do for him, gives him immortality."

Burton, a Bath native, was a political institution in the Granite State, having served as the Sergeant of Arms of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and the State Senate before his first election to the Executive Council in 1977.

The Henry W. Blair Award is named for a former New Hampshire representative and senator. Blair, a Plymouth-area lawyer, served as a lieutenant colonel in the Civil War before his election to Congress in 1866. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1878, Blair served on the Committee on Education and Labor where he was a strong advocate for reforms ranging from women's suffrage to improving the nation's system of public education.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 09:11

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