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Baseball Coach Dennis McManus Receives PSU's Pat Storer Award


PLYMOUTH — Dennis McManus has been named the 2013 recipient of the Patricia Storer Award.

McManus has been an integral part of the of the Plymouth State family for over 30 years, first as a student, student-athlete, athletic trainer, head baseball coach and mentor. His volunteer efforts run the gamut from serving as Commencement Day assistant, volunteering for a decade at the New Hampshire Food Bank and spearheading a "Prostate Cancer Awareness" day at PSU.

Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen said McManus is very deserving of the award due to his commitment to the institution and the community. "Dennis is someone who does extraordinary good ...who works on behalf of all of us, and we respect and admire that," said Steen. "This is a person who has made an extraordinary difference."

The Patricia Storer Award was established in 2008 to honor a Plymouth State employee who exemplifies dedication, knowledge and respect in serving the students, staff and faculty at Plymouth State University. Storer was a longtime Plymouth State employee who, during her career, served in a variety of roles, including faculty member in the education department, dean of women students, associate dean of academic affairs, and registrar. McManus said he is proud to receive the award.

"I'm very honored to be the 2013 recipient of the Pat Storer Award," McManus said.

"I think I can speak for everyone at the University when I say we don't do things in order to get recognized, but it is very nice and very flattering to receive this award. Much of the credit, however, goes to my student-athletes. Like success on the field, all accomplishments are ultimately a team effort not just the work of one person."

Former PSU women's basketball coach Lauren Lavigne nominated McManus for the award.

"Dennis has dedicated himself to the Plymouth State community on and off the field," Lavigne said. "What he has meant to our department and to the countless student-athletes he has taught and coached is immense. He's a mentor, a leader, and proud Plymouth State alum."

McManus has been the PSU head baseball for 30 years and is active on numerous NCAA and ECAC Selection Committees, and is past president of the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association. Over the years Dennis has conducted numerous youth baseball clinics for the community.

McManus, a Concord native and Campton resident, is married and has two children and two grandchildren.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 November 2013 08:51

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‘The Pleasure Men’ performed at PSU Nov. 21-24

PLYMOUTH — The Department of Music Theater and Dance at Plymouth State University will present The Pleasure Men, Thursday through Sunday, November 21-24 in the studio theater at the Silver Center for the Arts. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with 2 p.m. matinee's on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

The Pleasure Men is a deconstruction of Mae West's infamous 1928 play, The Pleasure Man. The production portrays West as a character and connects the play in relevant and revealing ways to contemporary life.

In addition to rehearsals, the cast is taking a course called "Actor as Creator" where they are learning the process and theory of devising a work. When rehearsals begin, they will have opportunities to apply the theory they learn in class.

The Pleasure Men is a physical theatre work containing original music, popular jazz music, acrobatics, aerial silks, drama, improvisation, comedy and fabulous drag queens and kings.

Director Robin Marcotte explains that West's original production was the first to "queer" Broadway by inviting drag queens from Harlem to portray themselves on the Broadway stage. Police raided the production and the entire cast, as well as Mae West, was arrested and charged with indecency. All were eventually acquitted by a jury. "This production is for mature audiences, and those who do not blush easily," Marcotte says.

In his career Marcotte has focused on creating socially engaged works for theater. "Sexuality and status are of keen interest in an undergraduate experience and well beyond. This creation process is a way for the students to explore, comment and express their views artistically," he says.

The production includes Darcy Graham, a junior theater arts major from Manchester as the stage manager and Kyle Quirion a senior music education major from Derby, Vt. as music director.

Cast members are Jason Faria from Hudson, MA, as Paradise; Evan Grande, from Kingston, MA as Terrill; and Sarah LaCount, a senior theater arts major from Manchester as Mae West.

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

Last Updated on Friday, 08 November 2013 11:14

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Franklin Opera House Hosting Business after Hours


FRANKLIN — The Franklin Opera House will be hosting a Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event on Thursday, November 14 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Franklin Opera House is located in Franklin City Hall, 316 Central Street, in downtown Franklin.

This event is a great networking opportunity for chamber members and others interested in learning about the history of Franklin Opera House and its role in the community, not only as a performing arts center, but as an important resource to the community economically, socially and culturally.

Refreshments will be served and there will be entertainment provided by Franklin Footlight Theatre Company. Immediately following the event, the theater company opens their production of Crazy For You!, a Broadway musical featuring the music of George and Ira Gershwin.
Those who attend the Business After Hours event will receive a special discount for tickets to the evening performance.

Franklin Opera House is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization presenting a variety of high quality music, theater and family events. The event is sponsored by PSNH.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 November 2013 11:09

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Lakes Region Transportation Workshop Friday, Nov. 15

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Planning Commission (LRPC) will host a regional Transportation Workshop on Friday, November 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Meredith Community Center.

The workshop will feature presentations about public transportation services, paving technologies, ride sharing opportunities, review of recent Lakes Region projects and studies, results of the transportation portion of a statewide public opinion survey and more. There will be opportunities for those in attendance to a share thoughts and ideas about transportation needs after a light lunch.

The LRPC encourages all members of the public who are concerned about any aspect of transportation to attend and provide their input. Space is limited and advance registration is required. For additional information about this workshop or to sign up, contact the Lakes Region Planning Commission at 279-8171.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 November 2013 11:02

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