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Correction– Pot luck fundraiser in Alton is Nov. 10

ALTON — A press release printed in Tuesday's edition was submitted with the incorrect date for the event. A pot luck luncheon to benefit local photographer Matt Fassett, whose studio was recently burglarized, will be held on Sunday, Nov. 10, 1 to 3 p.m. at the American Legion in Alton.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 10:14

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102513 Black Swan has Halloween treats for kids and grownups (167)

TILTON — John and Trisha Basiliere, the new owners of The Black Swan Inn, are inviting people to celebrate Halloween with them on Saturday October. 26.

They have Halloween activities planned for the entire family which include a fun filled day for kids of all ages with a treasure hunt with real live zombie pirates, arts and crafts, kids games and face painting.
Chelsey and Jackie known as the dance troupe Wick'd will be doing a special performance by bringing the ancient art of fire breathing and dancing to life for all ages. They will also be performing that evening a Halloween show during the Masquerade Ball at the Inn.
The Halloween Kids Fair is from 2 to 5 p.m. and free to the public.

To continue the tradition of Halloween and the Blues, Dr. Dann and The Off Mission Blues Band will be celebrating Saturday evening from 7 to 11 p.m. with the First Annual Masquerade Ball at the Black Swan Inn.
Ticket price is $25. Call 286-4524 for information.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 10:13

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Korean War veterans to be honored at Marine Corps birthday gathering

LACONIA — The 15th Annual Gathering of Marines, presented by the Lakes Region Detachment of the Marine Corps League, will occur on Saturday, November 9, 2013, in celebration of the founding of the United States Marine Corps at Tun's Tavern in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 10, 1775, built upon the singular tenet, "Duty, Honor, Commitment" for 238 years.

All Marines will be expressing their famous greeting, "Semper Fi" ("Always faithful") once again at the Margate Resort, located at 76 Lake Street in Laconia, New Hampshire during opening ceremonies slated to start at 7 p.m. followed by a Western-style buffet. The reading of the Marine Corps Commandant's annual birthday message by a Marine veteran will occur followed by the traditional cutting of the birthday cake with the first slice being offered to the oldest Marine present, the second slice to the youngest Marine in attendance, then all Marine veterans, other military veterans, and all guests.
This year's event is being marked as very special in that the Lakes Region Detachment will be recognizing all New Hampshire veterans who served during the Korean War period and especially those Marines from the Lakes Region area. 2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the truce entered into on July 27, 1953 between the United States, its United Nations allies and the Republic of South Korea with the Communist nations of North Korea, China, and the Soviet Union. While the truce ended armed fighting, the actual end of the war did not occur until January 31, 1955 with the signing of the armistice between the warring nations.
Despite the fact that the Korean War has been dubbed "The Forgotten War", the casualties that occurred during the period were immense. The Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Korea claims that some 5.3 million people were killed or wounded, among them, over 2.5 million civilians.
Combatant casualties from both sides in the conflict were significant.
New Hampshire citizens played a shared role in this conflict as some 11,500 men and women served in the U.S. military during the Korean War era. While there were those that paid the ultimate sacrifice an exact number has never been verified and the state archives are limited in scope as to factual data.
Dress code for the evening's activities is military uniform, tuxedo, gown, formal dress or business attire.
Reservations at $45 per person can be made through Bob Patenaude, Detachment Commandant at 603-253-7970 or mailed to Lakes Region Detachment, MCL; P.O. Box 764, Center Harbor, NH 03226.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 10:08

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More Than 600 Volunteer as Bone Marrow Donors in Plymouth

PLYMOUTH  —  Plymouth State University's Student Nursing Association, in partnership with DKMS, a global non-profit organization, teamed up September 24 to enlist bone marrow donor volunteers on the PSU campus and the Plymouth Town Green. PSU Nursing Assistant Professor Sandra Gamble said more than 600 students and community residents volunteered to be bone marrow donors.

"It's a great way to get the whole community involved in potentially saving somebody's life, in terms of a community service project, you can't beat something like this," Gamble said.

Bone marrow is the soft, fatty tissue inside bones. Stem cells are immature cells in the bone marrow that give rise to all of the body's blood cells. When someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer, one of their best hopes for survival is receiving a transplant of healthy bone marrow cells. So, by connecting potential donors with those who are suffering from life threatening blood disorders is a critical mission. The testing consists of getting a cheek swabbed with a cotton swab; the swabs are then sent to a lab where they are genetically typed and if they are matched with someone who is dying of a blood-borne cancer, they could end up donating bone marrow which would then be transplanted into the sick person and hopefully save their life. PSU first-year student Jason Phillips of Somersworth, said he was happy to volunteer.

"Why not? I enjoy helping people out and if I'm a match, I could help save someone's life."

There is less than a one percent chance of matching, but every year, lives are saved when a match and successful transplant occurs. Currently there are hundreds of thousands of blood cancer survivors in the U.S. More than a dozen Plymouth State nursing students and faculty participated in the bone marrow donor drive.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 10:03

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