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Hermit Woods Seeks Support through Crowd Funding on Kickstarter

MEREDITH — The owners of Hermit Woods Winery have created a zany video and posted it on www.Kickstarter.com, a crowd-funding website, to ask for public support.

Hermit Woods opened just three years ago in the home of one of the owners, Bob Manley. Since then, they have achieved a great deal of success and their business has grown. "We cannot make another bottle of wine in our small basement and our tasting room is often full to capacity." "We realized that to continue to produce high quality local wine and serve our customers in the manner they have become accustomed, we needed to find another location," says Bob Manley, one of the three partners who started the business.

To that end, the three partners enlisted the help of Ellen Mulligan (their Real Estate Agent), Meredith Village Savings Bank, and Belknap County Economic Development to locate and purchase a new home for their winery. Having found what they report to be the ideal location, a downtown Meredith building located at 72 Main Street, they have begun the process of transforming the building into their winery. "The building has good bones but needed a lot of work," said Bob. "As with many large projects of this type, we have underestimated the scope and are running out of funds to see the project through."

This is where Kickstarter comes in. Bob and his partners have turned to this popular crowd-funding site as a means to raise the final capital they need to finish their tasting room. They have set an ambitious goal of $28,000 which they claim will see them through to the finish, but have until January 10 to raise the money or they will not get a dime.

"We would not be here today if it was not for the generous support of our friends, family, and the many thousands of people who have visited our winery since we opened. We have known from the beginning that we could not do this alone, and now more than ever, we need your help," says Bob.

You can learn about their project by visiting www.kickstarter.com and searching for Hermit Woods Winery, or by visiting www.hermitwoods.com or their Facebook page www.facebook.com/hermitwoods. If you happen to be in Meredith, stick your head in the door at 72 Main Street. If one of the owners is there, they would be happy to show you around and tell you about their plans.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 09:49

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Rotary Members want to fill Plymouth Common Man Food Donation Box

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth Rotary Club member Moe Lafreniere, CFO of the Common Man Family of Restaurants,, created a Food Donation Box located at the Plymouth Common Man Inn and Restaurant (where Plymouth Rotary meets every morning at 7 a.m.)

. Moe urges members of the club and like-minded community members to join him in filling the box many times over. In the spirit of holiday giving and following the lead of the Common Man's initiatives to "Do Good" in the community, the Food Donation Box will be accessible in the lobby right through the holidays.

If it is more convenient, community members may also send a check of support to the Plymouth Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 393, Plymouth, New Hampshire with "food support" listed in the memo. At the end of the food drive, the Plymouth Rotary will ensure that the food collected, and the monies received, will benefit those who need it most.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 09:22

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Living Nativity Rescheduled for Sunday, Dec. 29

GILFORD — Due to the snow storm on December 15 the First United Methodist Church of Gilford has rescheduled the Living Nativity for Sunday, December 29 at noon.

The Methodist Church has been a large part of the annual Live Nativity for many years in Gilford Village, but due to the issues surrounding safe places for the animals during the Nativity, and parking for the trailers as well as those who come to the program, the church decided to have the Living Nativity at their church at 18 Wesley Way (off Rt. 11A near the 3/11 by-pass) in Gilford.

Jeff and Joyce Keyser will bring Eeyore the donkey and some sheep from Ramblin' Vewe Sheep Farm to help in the Nativity. After the program everyone will be able to see the animals up close and learn a bit about them.

Any children wishing to participate as shepherds or angels are welcomed to join the presentation. Adults who would like to participate are also welcomed. Just let the church office know at 524-3289 so we can have a costume ready, then be at the church at 11:45 for dressing. There are no lines to learn.

This program celebrates the true meaning of Christmas with the portrayal and reading of the Nativity story and the singing of favorite Christmas carols. The program normally goes only 20 -30 minutes.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 09:18

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Family Worship Center hosting Candlelight Service

PLYMOUTH — The Family Worship Center, 319 Highland Street, will hold a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24.

A special invitation is issued to those who have no church home, or where there is no Christmas Eve service. Call 536-1966 for information. Everyone is welcome.

On Tuesday, December 31 at 6 p.m. the Family Worship Center will hold a New Year's Eve Prayer and Praise Service and Dessert fellowship will be held. Attendees are asked to bring desserts to share. Call 536-1966 for information.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 08:54

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