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Rob Stephens elected president of GMP board

MEREDITH — The Greater Meredith Board of Directors has elected Rob Stephens as President of the GMP Board for 2014. Joining him as Vice President is Ted Fodero, as Treasurer, Dick Pendergast and as Secretary, Jacqueline Taylor. The GMP Board appreciates and thanks Chris Kelly, who served as president for two years, for his effective leadership.

The Greater Meredith Program's board is comprised of community leaders and town officials who volunteer their time and expertise to advance the mission of the organization. Board members for 2014 include Jack Carty, John Cook, Jeanie Forrester, Audrey Goudie, Chris Kelly, Sam Laverak, Bev Lapham, Nancy Lavigne, Miller Lovett, Rusty McLear, Kara Martinez, Katheryn Rolfe, Matt Sawyer, Chris Williams and Liz Lapham, Executive Director. Ex-officio members are John Edgar, Mary Ellen Ormond and Phil Warren.

The Greater Meredith Program (GMP) is a nonprofit community economic development organization seeking to enhance economic vitality, historical and cultural heritage, and town-wide beautification. For more information about GMP or volunteer opportunities, please call 603.279.9015, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website at www.greatermeredithprogram.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 10:06

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Gilmanton Thrift Shop Plans Half Off Sale

GILMANTON — For the entire month of January everything in the Gilmanton Community Church Thrift Shop is 50% off. Additionally, buy one ladies top, get one ladies pants free.

Just a reminder that the telephone number for the GCC Food Pantry and Thrift Shop is 603-364-0114. If no one is present, leave a detailed message and someone will return your call as soon as possible.

The GCC Food Pantry and Thrift Shop is located on Route 140 in Gilmanton Iron Works, parking is available in the Gilmanton Community Church parking lot, and the Thrift Shop is open to the public.
Hours: Wednesdays, 3 – 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Monetary donations may be mailed to GCC Food Pantry and Thrift Shop, PO Box 6, Gilmanton Iron Works, NH 03837. Donations of food and clothing may be brought to the Thrift Shop during hours that it is  open. Please do not leave donations outside of the door.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 09:59

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Lamson Library presenting exhibit on early 1900s cartoon ‘Foxy Grandpa’

PLYMOUTH — Lamson Library at Plymouth State University will present an exhibit dedicated to "Foxy Grandpa" open from January 14-February 28 at the library and learning commons on Highland Street. A special presentation bringing Foxy Grandpa to life will be held on Wednesday, February 5 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Foxy Grandpa and his creator, Charles "Bunny" Schultze, first appeared in the "New York Herald" in 1900 and in the "New York American" beginning in 1902, according to David Beronä, dean of the library and academic support services. Four different companies subsequently published more than 30 books of reprinted cartoons, and Broadway shows and silent films featuring Foxy Grandpa appeared over time. Spinoffs including cast iron toy banks, pins, dolls, postcards, spoons and other ephemera also became popular.

Dr. David Starbuck is Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Social Science at Plymouth State University. His interest in the legacy of Carl "Bunny" Schultze and Foxy Grandpa is both personal and professional: personal in that he grew up with a torn and stained copy of an old Foxy Grandpa comic book published in 1905, and professional in that comic strips and books reflect enormous changes in American culture over the past 100 years.

"Foxy Grandpa was published between 1900 and 1920, during the Platinum Age of American comics, and it shows a world that is relatively simple and innocent, a pre-World War I culture that is a far cry from the risque, violent, superhero culture of today," says Starbuck.

Beronä says, "Many early comic strips have come and gone, and those from a hundred years ago are largely unknown to readers today. This older gentleman in a three-piece suit and spats was "foxy" because he was usually able to out-fox his two mischievous grandsons. Through Foxy Grandpa and Bunny Schultze, readers are able to go back in time and experience humor that makes us smile 'just a little' as we recognize ourselves in the characters."

Library hours are online at library.plymouth.edu/hours. General information about events at Plymouth State University is online at Thisweek@PSU, http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 09:53

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Franklin Mayor’s Drug Task Force hosting Lunch-n-Learn on January 24

FRANKLIN — The Franklin Mayor's Drug Task Force is inviting local citizens to attend a Lunch-n-Learn on Friday, January 24 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. for the showing of the documentary film, "Beyond the Broken Windows," a 25 minute presentation on the Vermont Reparative Probation Program.

Following the documentary, Jay Apicelli, CADY Restorative Justice Director, will lead an engaging discussion about applying Restorative Justice Practices in a variety of settings. The Lunch-n-Learn will include a complimentary lunch and take place at the Bessie Rowell Center, located at 12 Rowell Drive in Franklin.
The presenter, CADY (Communities for Alcohol- and Drug-free Youth), provides community education, positive youth development programs, trainings and outreach to prevent substance abuse and to build healthy foundations and promising futures for the youth of central New Hampshire. Since 2007, CADY has operated Restorative Justice, the sole youth court diversion program, for the Plymouth District Court region, and is honored to share their experience with the Franklin region. To date, the CADY Restorative Justice Program, a NH accredited program with a 93% success rate, has given over 115 youth from the Pemi-Baker, Newfound, and Lincoln-Woodstock regions the chance to take responsibility for their actions and turn their lives around.
Restorative Justice works with youth to make amends for the harm caused to the victim, community, family and themselves (for minor juvenile offenses) by diverting first-time youth offenders from the traditional juvenile justice system to a community-based program. Restorative practices are nationally cited as being effective life changing methods for all stakeholders because it holds youth accountable for their actions, while at the same time addressing at-risk behaviors. Goals for the youth are to promote growth and lasting behavior change and to prevent their future involvement with the criminal justice system.
The three main questions asked of program participants are: 1) what harm has been caused 2) who has been impacted and 3) how can you make amends for the harm you caused? A panel of community members then works with the youth to tailor a reparative contract to their individual needs. Upon the successful completion of a reparative contract which includes the payment of restitution, a written apology to the victim, community service, and educational programming, the youth's record is expunged. In addition to addressing the harm committed, panel members work with youth to identify and address common risk factors contributing to delinquency including substance abuse and mental health issues, poorly developed social and decision making skills, and complicated family issues.
Restorative Justice Practices have gained strong public support in recent years, as community members and victims alike have seen that the process drastically improves the administration of justice in a cost-effective manner for all concerned.
Since 2009, the Franklin Mayor's Drug Task Force has served the communities of Franklin and Hill in a variety of community education and outreach capacities to prevent and reduce youth alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and to promote healthy environments and promising futures. If you would like to attend the January 24 Lunch-n-Learn, call 603-998-5337 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 09:47

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