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More Than 600 Volunteer as Bone Marrow Donors in Plymouth

PLYMOUTH  —  Plymouth State University's Student Nursing Association, in partnership with DKMS, a global non-profit organization, teamed up September 24 to enlist bone marrow donor volunteers on the PSU campus and the Plymouth Town Green. PSU Nursing Assistant Professor Sandra Gamble said more than 600 students and community residents volunteered to be bone marrow donors.

"It's a great way to get the whole community involved in potentially saving somebody's life, in terms of a community service project, you can't beat something like this," Gamble said.

Bone marrow is the soft, fatty tissue inside bones. Stem cells are immature cells in the bone marrow that give rise to all of the body's blood cells. When someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer, one of their best hopes for survival is receiving a transplant of healthy bone marrow cells. So, by connecting potential donors with those who are suffering from life threatening blood disorders is a critical mission. The testing consists of getting a cheek swabbed with a cotton swab; the swabs are then sent to a lab where they are genetically typed and if they are matched with someone who is dying of a blood-borne cancer, they could end up donating bone marrow which would then be transplanted into the sick person and hopefully save their life. PSU first-year student Jason Phillips of Somersworth, said he was happy to volunteer.

"Why not? I enjoy helping people out and if I'm a match, I could help save someone's life."

There is less than a one percent chance of matching, but every year, lives are saved when a match and successful transplant occurs. Currently there are hundreds of thousands of blood cancer survivors in the U.S. More than a dozen Plymouth State nursing students and faculty participated in the bone marrow donor drive.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 10:03

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LHS Theatre Arts staging Inherit the Wind

LACONIA — Laconia High School Theatre Arts will present the classic play "Inherit the Wind" at the school's Piper Auditorium tonight and tomorrow, Friday, October 25 at 7 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, October 26.

Written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, "Inherit the Wind" is a fictionalized account of the famous "Scopes Monkey Trial". In the story, science teacher Bertram Cates, portrayed by Sebastian Huot, is jailed for violating a Tennessee State Law prohibiting the teaching of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. The case sets up a titanic clash between two of the greatest attorneys in America, the traditionalist orator and presidential candidate Matthew Harrison Brady (Taylor Gagne), and the folksy agnostic Henry Drummond (John Hammond).

In response to the case all of the townsfolk, led by the town's minister, Rev. Brown (Denis Zecevic) turn out to see their hero, Brady, who prosecutes Cates in order to defend the Biblical account of the creation. An issue comes to the forefront however, when the minister's daughter, Rachel (Brittney Pond), falls love with the beleaguered teacher, and is torn by divided loyalties. Cates is represented by Drummond, who has been hired by the Baltimore Herald reporter E.K. Hornbeck (Ashlee Neylon), the cynical critic of everyone and everything.

The story builds to a dramatic courtroom confrontation between Brady and Drummond that leaves everyone stunned, and leaves the audience to question not only the value of science and progress, but the power of tradition.

Some people may find the show controversial, but in the end, there's a balance to the two views. "Some people may not realize it, but while this show takes place in the 1920s, the creationism versus evolution debate is still alive in many parts of this country. So this show is as fresh and relevant as the day it was written," said the Director, Bernie Campbell.

The actors have been preparing since the beginning of school year for the show, and have persevered through adversity. "We had to change one of our lead actors about two weeks ago," Campbell added. "But I dare you to figure out which one."

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

For more information call Bernie Campbell at 524-3350, ext. 4616.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 09:52

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Winni Players to present radio play version of Frankenstein

MEREDITH — The Winnipesaukee Playhouse's stage will be presenting a spooky performance, led by WLNH's Pat Kelly in a radio play version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The performances will be conducted on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Part radio-style broadcast, part live-action, the Winni Players Community Theatre group will present Phillip Grecian's adaptation of the classic Gothic story, set in a 1940s radio studio. Pat Kelly will portray the infamous scientist Victor Frankenstein. He will be joined by Winni Players regulars David Bownes, Howard Amsden, Steven S. Richmond, Ginny Barunas, Jubilee Morris and Katie Dunn. In addition to Kelly, performers who are new to the Playhouse stage include Dana Gardner, Tikatia Morris and Maggie Braxton.

In homage to actual radio broadcasts, director Brett Billings will appear onstage as will foley artist Lord Adam Young and his assistant, Nikolai Fernandez.

Billings says, "While radio theater today is often a great chance to see the onstage nuts and bolts of a play, I also want to challenge people to really listen to what a radio drama sounds like. I think once we do that, we can have a lot of fun seeing the full 1940s radio studio, period costumes, studio signals, and especially the live sound effects."

Tickets for Frankenstein: A Radio Play are $10 and available at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org or by calling (603) 279-0333. Seating is general admission and doors will open a half hour prior to showtime.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 09:47

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Lakes Region Community Services receives Excellence in Leadership award

LACONIA — Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS) is proud to announce that the agency has received the 2013 Excellence in Nonprofit Management Award. LRCS Executive Director Christine Santaniello accepted the award on September 20, at the Annual Nonprofit Leadership Summit.

This prestigious award is given annually by The Corporate Fund in tribute to Walter J. Dunfey, New Hampshire business leader and philanthropist. Walter J. Dunfey was a successful entrepreneur and business executive, a co-founder and director of Dunfey Hotels (now known as Omni International Hotels) and subsequently The Dunfey Group.

The Corporate Fund 'Dunfey Award' in partnership with the NH Charitable Foundation recognizes that management in the nonprofit sector is among the most demanding and most important work in our society. Often, effective management within the nonprofit community goes unrecognized. This 'Excellence in Management' award is presented for outstanding management skill and talent within the nonprofit sector.

"The Corporate Fund Nonprofit Management Award applications were very impressive," said speaker Cameron Tease of Markem-Imaje, who presented the award. "It was difficult to make a decision among the distinguished list of nonprofits. The winners stood apart for their excellence. LRCS really impressed the judges with its nimble and innovative work in job development, its depth of commitment to those it serves, its success in selling tax credits to 37 area businesses for its relocation, its caring management practices for a staff of 350 and the effective leadership all around."

Upon reflecting on this honor, Santaniello commented that the dedication and hard work of all agency employees have played a role in achieving this recognition.

"I am extremely proud of the work of all of the LRCS Employees," said Santaniello. "As I have said on more than one occasion, everyone associated with the organization contributes their piece to the whole. No one person is solely responsible for the success or trials of the organization. So while I accepted the award on behalf of the organization, it is a tribute to everyone who plays a role in supporting the families and individuals we serve. I am very proud of this organization and who we are."

As a recipient of this award, LRCS also receives and unrestricted award of $3,500. The agency's Board of Directors has decided that these funds will go to the LRCS Employee Assistance Fund in honor of the employees that made this possible.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 09:40

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