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POW/MIA Will Be Observed Friday

MEREDITH — The Northeast POW/MIA Network, which holds what is believed to be the longest consecutively held POW/MIA vigil in the United States every Thursday evening at Hesky Park, reminds the public that Friday, September 20 is National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

National POW/MIA Recognition Day is held each year on the third Friday in September. This Friday ceremonies will be held across the country to commemorate the sacrifices of the missing servicemen and their families.

The Thursday evening vigils in Meredith  started in August of 1989 in an effort to raise awareness about the abandonment of Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action. The first Vigil lasted 15 minutes; one minute to symbolize each year since the US State Department declared, "There are no more prisoners in Southeast Asia. They are all dead." The vigil now spans 32 minutes.

There has never been a Thursday night Vigil unattended since its inception. Attendance ranges from 3-4 in the depths of winter to approximately 2000 during Motorcycle Week in June, which features the Freedom Ride Vigil goers have weathered rain, sleet, snow, hail, thunder, lightning, and even temperatures of -37 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 08:52

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Poet Sophie Cabot Black Launches 2013-14 Eagle Pond Authors' Series at PSU

PLYMOUTH  — Connecticut poet Sophie Cabot Black will open the 2013-14 Eagle Pond Authors' Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 19 in Smith Recital Hall at Plymouth State University's Silver Center for the Arts.

Black writes lyrical poems that place her among our most spiritually meaningful poets. Her poems are both revelatory and elusive, exploring a landscape sharpened with grief and devotion. A Los Angeles Times book reviewer said, "Sophie Cabot Black ... is absolutely direct and absolutely removed—a strange confluence of tones that is both intellectually provocative and deeply moving."
Collections of Black's poetry include The Misunderstanding of Nature, which won the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award, The Descent, which won the Connecticut Book Award, and her newest collection, The Exchange.
The Wilton Bulletin (Conn.) columnist Chris Burns says the poetry in The Exchange draws heavily on Black's experience watching a friend fight a terrible and eventually fatal illness. "Though not explicitly narrative, the book follows a certain story," according to Burns' interview.
Black's father was a noted Broadway producer and her mother produced opera theater in Boston and New York. Black spent 10 years living in Manhattan, but she spent the majority of her time at the family farmhouse in Wilton. Burns says Black's experiences caring for animals and raising children on the farm helped shape her understanding of the cycles of life and death.
Black has been awarded the Grolier Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe. Her poetry has been anthologized in Best American Poetry and Never Before: Poems About First Experiences. Her essays have been included in Wanting a Child.

In Eagle Pond Series tradition, PSU senior business major Patrick O'Sullivan of Hudson will open the program reading some of his own works.

Now in its 16th year, the Eagle Pond Authors' Series is a tribute to Donald Hall, one of the nation's most beloved poets and authors. Hall remains the heart and soul of this series and is instrumental in bringing nationally and internationally revered poets to the PSU campus.

An author's reception and book signing with both Black and Hall will follow the reading.

Free tickets for the Eagle Pond Authors' Series are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869, and are highly recommended. The series is presented with generous support from the Follett Higher Education Group (PSU Bookstore).

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Gilmanton Old Home Association holding annual Meeting

GILMANTON — The Annual Meeting of the Gilmanton Old Home Day Association will be held on Thursday, September 19  at 7 p.m. at the Smith Meeting House on Meeting House Road. There will be an election of officers.

The association just completed a very successful 115th year which included the favorite Parker Hill Road Bluegrass Band from Bath, an enthusiastic puppeteer and the first annual Tug Of War contest. Many local organizations had exhibits and explanations of their community activity as well as craftsmen and retail vendors.

The antique car parade continues to have a strong showing and this year the parade included a prize winning goat as well as the oxen owned by Kathy Salanitro of Ox-K Farm Discovery Center. The full course dinner including beans baked in the ground, ham and vegetables was well attended and other foods were sold on the grounds.

Old Home Day meetings are limited to one hour and are used to plan and to discuss organizational details.

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Chamber Brown Bag: Search Engine Optimization

PLYMOUTH —  The Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce will present its next Brown Bag Luncheon Seminar on Thursday, September 19 from noon to 1 p.m. at Pease Public Library on Russell Street in Plymouth.

Mark LaClair, Principal of TotalScope Marketing, LLC, will offer insights about "Search Engine Optimization (SEO): It's NOT a strategy; it is an important tactic of your larger digital marketing plan".

"Website marketing is an increasingly complex arena," said Mark. "'White Hat' SEO is the only tactic that's sustainable." Come learn from an industry expert how SEO works and how your business can benefit.

Mark LaClair is currently the principal owner of TotalScope Marketing, LLC, a full-service marketing firm located in Plymouth,  serving US and Caribbean clients in all facets of marketing from creative campaign development to strategic market planning. With a background in Marriot-trained hospitality, marketing, and ecommerce, LaÇlair is now the Marketing Director of the Lincoln Woodstock Chamber of Commerce (was previously its Executive Director) and has served on various community boards. In his spare time, Mark is a partner in The Vineyard and Winery at Seven Birches, a boutique winery, located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where he markets and crafts classic European grape wines and pure NH, estate-bottled, fruit wines.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 08:36

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