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New Hampton School staging production of ‘You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown’

NEW HAMPTON — The New Hampton School Performing Arts Department will be staging its third production of the academic year next month. A talented cast will present a public performance of "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" on Saturday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. in McEvoy Theater.

Director Joe Sampson is working with the cast to create a dynamic production which celebrates some of the most endearing characters of the 20th century, as the musical is based off of the comic strip "The Peanuts" by Charles Schultz.

"It's an average day in the life of Charlie Brown and all of his beloved Peanuts pals," says Sampson, who is in his eighth year leading the Performing Arts Department. "You'll see Charlie and his sister Sally, Lucy and Linus Van Pelt, Beethoven-obsessed Schroeder, and lovable Snoopy. The laughs are frequent, the songs are memorable and a good time will be had by all."

Sampson and company have embraced an incredibly diverse number of plays and musicals in his time, ranging from the dramatic to the comedic. In "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown," Sampson has identified a musical that will certainly bring generations together.

"Everyone in our cast, as well as their parents, grew up with these iconic characters," Sampson says. "This show is full of great songs and hilarious vignettes that our students can really relate to. They're having so much fun working through this script and so am I!"

The cast includes Otto Lanzavecchia '14 as Charlie Brown, Jill Adams as Sally, Kes Baker as Lucy, Torre Davy as Linus, Adam Messinger as Schroeder, and Ria Hardcastle Snoopy. Director of Music Kyle Masterson is the music director, and Meredith Brown is the technical director.

Ticket prices are a suggested donation of $15 for adults, $10 for students and $5 for seniors. New Hampton residents will be admitted free to this performance with a vaild ID showing a New Hampton address. No one will be turned away for the inability to pay.

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Laconia Historical Society to host talk by crystal cutter Pepi Herrmann

LACONIA - Laconia Historical and Museum Society will hold its May Lecture Program on Monday, May 19, featuring Master Crystal Cutter, Pepi Herrmann. The Lecture program will be held at The Laconia Public Library at 7 p.m. in Rotary Hall.

In 1968, Pepi Herrmann came to the United States from Salzburg, Austria, determined to revive the lost art of cut glass. He has been recognized throughout the country and is widely considered a pioneer in reviving the art of crystal cutting in the United States. Now with more than 40 years' experience, Pepi Herrmann is one of the few independent Master Crystal Cutters in the U.S.

"I have had the privilege of watching his creative talent in progress on a couple of occasions during visits to his studio. I am thrilled to have Pepi Herrmann present to our Society as I have always been captivated by the beauty of his work." Says Brenda Kean, LHMS Executive Director.

This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information about this lecture program contact the Laconia Historical and Museum Society at 603-527-1278, email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the web at www.laconiahistorical.org.

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Antique Car Festival taking place May 15 at Gilford Community Church

GILFORD — The 9th Annual Antique Car Festival will be held on Thursday, May 15 in the parking lot of the Gilford Community Church at 19 Potter Hill Road in the village of Gilford. Antique cars, trucks and street rods will be on display, starting at 5 p.m.

Ellie Murphy will once again be catering a barbeque at 6 p.m. featuring pulled pork or hot dogs, baked beans, coleslaw, pasta salad, pickles/chips and brownies and cookies for dessert. Soft drinks and bottled water available, as well. The cost of the barbeque is $12 per person if paid to the church before May 12. After that, the cost will be $15 per person, which includes (limited) walk-ins on the night of the event. There is no fee to show your car.

Tickets can be purchased from the church office at 19 Potter Hill Road, Gilford, NH 03249. The telephone number is 524-6057 and the email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Reservations and payment must be made ahead of time (on or before May 13).

Stop by the church office or mail your check to the Gilford Community Church, 19 Potter Hill Rd., Gilford, NH 03249. The telephone number for information is 603-524-6057.

If you have a vehicle that you would like to show, call in for a registration form. If you have entry questions, call Don Allard at 279-1070, Bill Littlefield at 528-4394 or Dennis Franciosi at 524-8384.

Raindate will be the following Thursday, May 22. Check church website for postponement information: http://www.gilfordcommunitychurch.org.


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Legal, medical, education notables to be honored at PSU commencement

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University's 143rd Commencement ceremony May 17 will feature honorary award recipients with significant achievements in the fields of law, medicine, and education.

Plymouth State alumnus Stephen J. Sedensky III, '80, the commencement speaker, is a nationally recognized child abuse prosecutor; Hugh Herr of M.I.T. is one of the world's leading bionic limb researchers; and Stephen J. Reno is executive director of Leadership New Hampshire. PSU President Sara Jayne Steen said the three guests share a common value: a commitment to excellence.

"These are creative and vibrant role models for our graduates," Steen said. "Each has applied energy, intellect, and innovation to make a genuine difference in the world, and each is an inspiration to us all."

Sedensky will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. After graduating with a bachelor's in Business Administration from Plymouth State in 1980, Sedensky attended law school and has had a successful career as a prosecutor in his native Connecticut, where he is the State's Attorney for the Judicial District of Danbury. He has lectured and been recognized nationally as a child abuse prosecutor and championed the adoption by Connecticut of a training program in which child abuse professionals are taught child interviewing and investigation skills. He also has been recognized as an ethical and influential leader in the legal profession. Sedensky said he is grateful for the opportunity to address the PSU Class of 2014.

"I am truly touched and honored," said Sedensky. "My education and experiences while at Plymouth State have had a tremendous influence on my life, and I always look back fondly on that time. I am looking forward to returning to campus and attending and participating in the graduation ceremony."

Hugh Herr will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree. Herr leads the Biomechatronics research group at the MIT Media Lab, creating bionic limbs that emulate the function of natural limbs and allow recipients to perform normal activities, even to succeed as athletes. In 2011, TIME magazine described Herr as the "Leader of the Bionic Age" because of work that marries human physiology with electromechanics. Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident in the White Mountains 30 years ago; he has designed his own bionic legs, the world's first bionic foot and calf system called the BiOM. Herr has been widely recognized for his achivements.

"I ​am deeply touched to be the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Plymouth State University," Herr said. "PSU is a great university, and receiving this doctorate is indeed a tremendous honor."

Stephen J. Reno will receive the Granite State Award for exceptional contributions to New Hampshire. He is the executive director of Leadership New Hampshire, a program in which leaders learn about the state in order better to respond to its issues. He has created initiatives such as Stay, Work, Play New Hampshire, to attract and retain young workers in the state and has served as a consultant to many New Hampshire non-profits. For nine years, he was the chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire, leading higher education initiatives that positively impacted the state's students and families. Reno said he is pleased to receive the Granite State Award on behalf of all of his colleagues throughout the University System.

"The greatest strengths of the University System are the quality and dedication of its faculty, staff, and leadership, and its increasing number of partnerships with business, industry, the professions, the state, and communities," said Reno.

The 2014 Plymouth State University Commencement will start at 10 a.m. on Currier Field at the institution's Holderness campus. The unified ceremony recognizes more than 1,200 graduates receiving bachelor's and master's degrees, certificates of advanced graduate studies, and doctoral degrees.



Stephen J. Sedensky III (Courtesy photo)

Hugh Herr (Courtesy photo)

Stephen J. Reno (Courtesy photo)

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