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Squam Lakes Natural Science Center director to present program at Taylor Community Jan. 17

LACONIA – Ian MacLeod, executive director of the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center will present an illustrated program about the work the center does and what's new for 2014. The program will be held on Friday, January 17 at 11 a.m. at the Taylor Community's Woodside Building.

MacLeod will bring a live osprey and discuss Project OspreyTrack, an international project started by the center in 2011. Each year, nearly 50,000 visitors walk the center's exhibit trail in Holderness to see live animal exhibits and learn about New Hampshire's ecology. Another 13,000 students participate in school programs; 10,000 passengers enjoy a spectacular tour of Squam Lake and thousands more attend adult and family programs and special events.

In 2012, the center launched the Nature Matters capital campaign with a goal of raising $3.5 million for exciting new exhibits and enhancements that will be completed by 2016 – the Science Center's 50th anniversary.

To ensure seating RSVP for the event by calling 524-5600 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 12:24

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Exec. Council candidate Boothby visiting Center Harbor, Laconia this week

CENTER HARBOR — Executive Council candidate Christopher Boothby, small business owner and former Belknap County Commissioner, announced two meet-and-greet events for the Lakes Region. The first event will be held today, January 7 at 5 p.m. at the Mug by the Bay Restaurant. The second event will be held on Wednesday, January 8 at My Coffeehouse in Laconia.

Boothby is a lifelong resident of New Hampshire, small-business owner, and a community activist. He and his wife, Maren, are owners of Boothby Therapy Services. In 1998, Boothby was elected Belknap County Commissioner, a position he held until 2010.

"We have been across the state, going to events and meeting with business, community, and political leaders across the state," Boothby said, "We have also had meet-and-greets, which have been well-attended. From now until Jan. 21, we will have more than 10 of these events throughout the district."

The Center Harbor event will be hosted by hosted by Amy Elfline and Paul Ursillo. The Laconia event will be hosted by Steve Nedeau.

For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the Contact Page at www.christopherboothby.com.

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Speare welcomes hospital’s first baby of 2014

PLYMOUTH — Speare Memorial Hospital welcomed its first baby of 2014, Oscar Bryan, on Friday, January 3 at 3:01 p.m.

Delivered by Dr. Joseph Ebner and entering the world at 9 pounds., 8 ounces., and 21.5 inches long, Oscar was welcomed by his parents Maren and Derek Bryan of Plymouth, and four older brothers: Milo, age 9; Jonas, age 7; Ollie, age 5; and Dutch, age 2. The family recently relocated to Plymouth from Utah as Derek is working toward his master's degree in Adventure Education at Plymouth State University.

"We have felt very well taken care of," notes Maren of her Speare experience. As the family prepared to take Oscar home, his big brothers were bursting with excitement. Maren said, "They were so excited it was a boy."

Speare Memorial Hospital —a 24-hour, acute care, non-profit community hospital and health care provider serving Plymouth and the communities of central New Hampshire—is nationally ranked as a HealthStrongTM: Top 100 Critical Access Hospital.

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Winni Playhouse hosting info session on special spring production

MEREDITH — On Sunday, January 19th  the community theater branch of the Winnipesaukee Playhouse will be holding an information night for all community members interested in finding out more about its special Spring Production. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the new Winnipesaukee Playhouse theater. 

From May 1-4, 2014 the Winni Players, along with the youth and teen ensembles of the Playhouse, will be performing Tony Kushner's play But the Giraffe in conjunction with the historically important musical Brundibar by Hans Krasa and Adolf Hoffmeister with new lyrics by Tony Kushner. This unique production is a little different than other Winni Players' productions. For the past 6 years the group has performed staged readings of Holocaust themed plays for Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day. This year the Players are producing a full scale production of these two plays in lieu of a staged reading with all performances followed by talkbacks with the cast and audience and educational displays of historic material in the lobby.

Brundibar was performed 55 times in the Terezin concentration camp by Jewish children during WWII. Many of the children did not survive the war. Director Bryan Halperin says, "Performing Brundibar is a way for the Lakes Region community to remember the lives lost in the Holocaust while coming together to build our own community by sharing this experience. The nice thing about Brundibar is that is can be an introduction to people, including kids, about the Holocaust without the fear and horror of many Holocaust stories. Brundibar is a fable, about bullies, and teaches people to work together to stand up against tyranny, an appropriate lesson for any commmunity."


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