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'Patch Adams' Film Wednesday night at Sanbornton Library

SANBORNTON — The Sanbornton Congregational Church – UCC in partnership with the Sanbornton Town Library is sponsoring a Film Series held on the first Wednesday of every month on the second floor of the library. Show time is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
The next film, to be shown on June 4, will be "Patch Adams" (1998) with Robin Williams, Monica Potter and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Director: Tom Shadyac. Rated: PG-13. Length: 118 minutes.
Meet Patch Adams, a doctor who doesn't look, act or think like any doctor you've met before. For Patch, humor is the best medicine, and he's willing to do just about anything to make his patients laugh - even if it means risking his own career. Based on the true story of Hunter "Patch" Adams, this film combines humor with an inspiring story that transcends the traditional comedy. This is the story of a depressed man who chooses to rise above his own needs and instead dedicates his life to helping others. It's sad, funny and inspiring.

With Robin Williams' familiar humor this movie engages the audience to see not only the healing power of laughter, but also the power of connection, of sharing the human experience. We are all human beings and we need to treat people with dignity and compassion.

Following the film a discussion will be led by Rev. Ruth Martz.

For further information call the library at 286-8288 or visit the church's web site at uccsanbornton.org.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 June 2014 10:10

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Electric Co-op president/CEO receives industry award

NORTH CONWAY — Fred Anderson, the President/CEO of New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC), has won the 2014 George D. Aiken Award for his achievements in the rural electric power industry.

Presented annually by the Northeast Association of Electric Cooperatives (NEAEC), the Aiken Award recognizes individuals who exemplify the ideals and practices of George D. Aiken, a Vermont native, governor and US Senator for 34 years. His vision and action were instrumental in the conception and implementation of the Rural Electrification Administration which President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law on May 11, 1935.

Anderson joined NHEC in 1981 as the Director of Finance & Administration/CFO responsible for financial, accounting, treasury, human resources and information technology. One of his first assignments was obtaining capital for the Cooperative's 2% interest in the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant. In 1992 he became the President/CEO, leading the Cooperative out of bankruptcy and into the solid financial strength it enjoys today.

He is a long-time member of the Cooperative community, having served as a Director of the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC) where he was a member of the Executive and Compensation committees and Chair of the Audit Committee. He also served on the Cooperative Research Council (CRC) Board of Directors and is past President of the Northeast Public Power Association (NEPPA), as well as past President, Vice President and Treasurer for the Northeast Association of Electric Cooperatives (NEAEC). Anderson is also past President of the Consumer Owned Energy Foundation. He is a Cooperative Credentialed Director and Founding Board member of the NHEC Foundation.

He has also served the greater community at large, active as a past board member of the Whole Village Family Resource Center in Plymouth, NH, the Plymouth Regional High School Board and past Director of Northway Financial, as well as the Pemigewasset National and Berlin City banks. He has also served on the Northway Financial Audit Committee. Anderson was presented the Aiken Award at the NEAEC Annual Meeting, held in May in North Conway.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 June 2014 10:08

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PSU’s Elaine Doell is a ‘distinguished’ employee

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University's Director of Human Resources, Elaine Doell, has been recognized by her peers with PSU's 2014 Distinguished Professional, Administrative, and Technical (PAT) Award.

PSU President Sara Jayne Steen said Doell is a dedicated professional whose expertise, caring, and commitment are extraordinary.

"The Distinguished PAT award winner is characterized by intelligence and respect for others," said Steen. "Everyone who wins this award honors others in respecting them and working on their behalf. Award recipients are aware that the decisions they make affect real human beings. That is certainly true of Elaine, and that's incredibly meaningful."

Doell said she was surprised and honored at being chosen for the Distinguished PAT award. "I'm not often speechless, but this is really something.... Thank you so much for this award," said Doell. "I am going to continue to do all the things I do, treating people with fairness and respect."

Doell has been at PSU since 2002, serving as assistant director of human resources and as interim director before being named to her present position in 2012. She is responsible for campus recruitment and retention, training and development, payroll, benefits, employee relations, classification and compensation, and compliance. Doell also works closely with the PSU campus community in developing short-and long-range human resource goals to advance the university mission and to measure results. Since joining PSU, Doell has led the University through a significant change in its benefits program involving complex communication with multiple audiences. She designed an online discrimination and sexual harassment awareness training program.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 June 2014 09:59

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Two local high school students win 'Your Skin is In' contest

MOULTONBOROUGH — ​The Melanoma Foundation of New England (MFNE) announced that​ ​Moultonborough Academy and Winnisquam Regional High School​ have​ been selected as a $500 prize winner of the Your Skin Is In no-tanning pledge contest.

The Your Skin Is In pledge contest ran from January-April, 2014 in High Schools and Colleges across New England, educating teens and young adults about the dangers of tanning and the direct link between tanning beds and melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Young melanoma survivors traveled to schools to tell their stories of survival and to encourage teens to take the Tanning is Out pledge.

Schools that registered for the Your Skin Is In contest were challenged with obtaining 70 percent participation by students signing the pledge. Student leaders at each school led the awareness campaign by hanging posters throughout the school, taking pledges during assemblies and lunch hour, and acting as ambassadors by spreading the word about the dangers of tanning. All participating schools that reached the minimum pledge number were entered into a drawing to win cash prizes that can be used toward their school, the prom, or other programming.

​​Deb Girard, MFNE's Executive Director, praised both Moultonborough Academy and Winnisquam Regional High School for committing to the Your Skin Is In program and learning the truth about tanning. She said, "Teens want to believe that 'it can't happen to them,' or that it's safe to just get a 'base tan' before the prom or before spring break. The truth is that there is no safe tan - whether in a tanning booth or outside in the sun - tanning can lead to skin cancer." She adds, "2.5 million teens annually use tanning beds. Through Your Skin Is In we've been able to reach a quarter million students and we hope the message resonates throughout adulthood. By taking the Tanning is Out Pledge these students become empowered to take charge of their own health, and become advocates for safe skin-care."

For any teens or young adults interested in learning more about the dangers of tanning, they can log onto mfne.org and watch a video entitled "Exposed" featuring young melanoma survivors explaining where they became "exposed" to melanoma and how it might have been avoided. Individuals or schools interested in participating in the 2015 Your Skin Is Program can call 800-557-6352 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Monday, 02 June 2014 09:55

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