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Plymouth Rotary honors Scott King by naming him a Paul Harris Fellow

PLYMOUTH — Scott King, a long-time Plymouth Rotarian from Holderness, was recently honored by Meredith Rotarian Bonnie Hunt when she named Scott a Paul Harris Fellow, one the highest honors that Rotary International offers its members.

Paul Harris founded Rotary in 1905, and Harris spent much of his life trying to discover what makes people "do good" for others. Harris's philosophy was that every worthy action and good deed must pass Rotary's Four-Way Test by asking; 1. Is it the truth? 2. Is it fair to all concerned? 3. Will it build good will and better friendships? 4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Bonnie Hunt and her fellow Rotarian's from Meredith joined the Plymouth Club for breakfast at the Common Man with the idea of surprising Scott King with the Paul Harris Award since King's life and actions have demonstrated the very best of Paul Harris' dedication to "doing good." Hunt said, "I want to give a special shout-out to someone who is always there with a smile and a big hug for me, and for his 'we-can-get-it done attitude' that gets whatever 'it' is done."

Hunt went on to describe King's long list of accomplishments, all of which meet and exceed the Four-Way Test, such as his work on the Rotary Riverfront Amphitheater, his extensive service and assistance to veterans, and special projects he has spearheaded such as the Wounded Warriors Program on Little Squam, the Holderness War Memorial, and the Holderness Historical Society Building. King has also decorated many funeral homes to honor veterans who served in the Tenth Mountain Division, so that when their family members arrived for a viewing, the home was proudly dressed to honor their loved one for their ultimate sacrifice to our country.

Bonnie summed it up, "For my part, Scott's the guy who gave me a rose that doesn't die, when he showed me the stone he had engraved for my daughter and then built a beautiful spot in a stone wall in her memory. There is no way for me to repay him except to honor him through Rotary, and through the Rotary Foundation with the Paul Harris Award. Of all the people I know in Rotary, Scott King exemplifies "Service Above Self" – in all walks of his life; and he epitomizes the spirit and intent of the highest award that Rotary has to bestow."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 06:48

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PSU presenting The Glass Menagerie through Oct. 6

PLYMOUTH — The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Plymouth State University will present Tennessee Williams' drama The Glass Menagerie Thursday through Friday, October 3–6 in the Studio Theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts. The show will be presented on Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

The Glass Menagerie was first staged in Chicago in 1944 and moved to Broadway in 1945, where it ran for 561 performances and won the prestigious New York Drama Critics Award.

Director Paul Mroczka says, "The Glass Menagerie is about family, love and the need to break away. In this memory play, Tom Wingfield grapples with the guilt he feels in leaving his sister and mother in order to pursue his dreams and future."

Tom Wingfield, the narrator and a character in the play, is portrayed by Tomer Oz, a senior theatre arts major from Exeter. Throughout, the play presents themes on topics such as duty, freedom and confinement, family, gender specific roles and the relationship between sisters and brothers.

Professor of Theatre Elizabeth Daily portrays Tom's mother, Amanda Wingfield. Daily says, "Amanda Wingfield is an iconic role and is one of the monumental roles that a woman can play from the American canon. She is complex because of her situation in life, finding herself abandoned with two children in an area of the country that is not familiar to her. She is scrappy and finds ways to clothe and feed a family through the Great Depression. Her dilemma is that she has a child who requires special care and she is desperate to find solutions. She is complex because there are so many layers of emotion in whatever she does; but everything she does is to keep her family afloat. She's also a great flirt and a constant talker!"

Tom's sister, Laura Wingfield, is portrayed by junior theatre arts and communication studies double major Meg Anchukaitis from Walpole, Mass. A childhood illness has left Laura with a limp, and she has an inferiority complex that has caused her to be isolated from the outside world. She has created a world of her own symbolized by her collection of glass figurines.

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

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 06:38

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Speare Schedules Flu Shot Clinics

PLYMOUTH — Speare Memorial Hospital has scheduled its public flu shot clinics for 2013. Speare offers flu vaccine for persons 18 years and older. The cost is $25 payable by cash or check, and a receipt will provided for submission to insurance for reimbursement. All insurances are accepted including Medicare and Medicaid, but people should bring their  insurance card with them.

October 3 (Thursday) Ashland Booster Club 11am - 1pm

October 4 (Friday) Waterville Valley Town Offices 11am - 12:30 pm

October 10 (Thursday Speare Memorial Hospital Front Lobby 7 am - 7 pm

October 15 (Tuesday) Speare Memorial Hospital Front Lobby 11am - 7pm

October 17 (Thursday) Holderness Town Hall 10a m - 1pm

October 24 (Thursday) Speare Memorial Hospital Front Lobby 7 am - 7 pm

October 30 (Wednesday) Walmart (Plymouth) 9 am - 4 pm

November 5 (Tuesday) Speare Memorial Hospital Front Lobby 7 am - 7 pm

November 13 (Wednesday) Speare Memorial Hospital Front Lobby 7am - 7 pm

November 22 (Friday) Walmart (Plymouth) 9 am - 4pm

For more information about the flu clinics contact Speare's Occupational Health Department at (603) 238-2348.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 09:46

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Alexandria author releases new romantic novel (300)

 ALEXANDRIA — This week marks the nationwide release of "A Family Affair," a new romantic family life novel by Alexandria author Maxwell MacPherson Jr.

"A Family Affair" begins the adventures of Alex and Bess as their romance blossoms. MacPherson weaves the families' tales around a young man's experiences with various forms of wildlife and other animals. Fishing, hunting, animal husbandry and animal observation are a constant thread throughout the story. The opening scene takes place on a river in Alex's hometown, where Alex enjoys himself as he walks along the paths of the Pasquaney River and fishes for salmon while observing Blue Herons, mink and red-winged blackbirds. Comedy and, then, when least expected, tragedy, follow the lives of the various characters.

From the catching of a duck on a fly made from duck feathers to the untimely death of Abigail, Bess' sister. Then, the rampage of a large four-footed animal in Belchertown and the sudden impact of a falling tree killing Alex's old friend's wife and unborn child. The episode of Blackie, Alex's pet crow, provides entertainment for both Alex and his schoolmates as the intelligent bird heals from a broken wing and takes small objects and drops them on the school roof. Will the love of Alex and Bess overcome the obstacles they face? Readers will experience laughter and tears as Alex tells about growing up and falling in love—the struggles, the joys, the bewilderment and the discoveries he makes.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.

MacPherson has written numerous articles for fly fishing and fly tying magazines. He also writes original song lyrics. A graduate from New York University, he lives with his wife, Darlene, and their cats, Moon and June, in central New Hampshire.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 09:43

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