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082613MVSBPemiYouthCenter: 3X Pemi Youth Center (313)

MEREDITH — Pemi Youth Center was chosen as one of nineteen non-profit agencies across the greater Lakes Region to receive a grant from the Meredith Village Savings Bank charitable fund. The Center will use the $5,000 grant to support their After School Program, which provides a safe, supervised, after school environment that engages youth in educational and enrichment activities to support academic and social development.

All services at the Pemi Youth Center are provided at no cost to youth or their families. Staff and volunteers provide positive role models and mentors for attendees and lead them in a variety of after school activities including: academic support, mentoring, creative arts, recreational activities, cooking, empowerment groups, drug and alcohol prevention, a science program, community service opportunities, college planning assistance, and more.

In addition to these activities, the group prepares a healthy meal daily and 90% of participants eat dinner each week night at the Center.

"At Pemi Youth Center, we take a holistic approach to our After School Program, ensuring that we are not only helping students succeed academically, but also socially and emotionally," said Jessica Dutille, Executive Director for Pemi Youth Center. "Through the building of relationships and participation in activities, our youth attendees develop confidence and self-esteem as well as new interests and skills. This generous support from MVSB will help us continue to provide a high quality after school program to the Greater Plymouth and Grafton County communities."

CAPTION — Pemi Youth Center Executive Director Jessica Dutille (middle row, second from left), Program Director Brian Dutille (back row, left), Board Member Richard Hage (back row, right), Volunteer youth and volunteers gather with Meredith Village Savings Bank’s Sara Custance (back row, second from left) and Martha Clifford (middle row, right) in front of the Center to acknowledge a recent $5000 grant from the Meredith Village Savings Bank fund to help support the Center’s After School Program. (Courtesy photo)


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080913 Gilmanton Old Home Day Tug of War (75)

GILMANTON —Gilmanton Old Home Day's first annual Tug of War will be held at Old Home Day on Saturday, Augsut 10.

The Gilmanton Old Home Day Association is reviving an old event and calling it the annual Tug of War. There will be two age groups between ages 6 and 17, and a special age group for adults 18 and over.

All team members must give their name and age and will be weighed in. Decision of the judges will be final. There will be no prizes. Contact George Roberts at 603-267-8151 with questions.

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080813 Much Ado About Nothing coming to Fairgrounds Stage in Sandwich (530 w/2 col Don Pedro)

SANDWICH — It's hard to say if the audience will be more thrilled with Advice To The Players sparkling presentation of Much Ado About Nothing or by the elegant seats they get to watch it from.

With brand new stadium seats, theatre–goers are guaranteed a comfy, back-supported afternoon at The Fairgrounds Stage. "We knew we had to make our patrons more comfortable," says Executive Director Rebecca Boyden. "We were thinking of putting cushions on the bleacher planks, but when one of our supporters offered us a donation for seats with backs, we went with the stadium seats".
Also new this summer, the company is offering free admission to children ages 12 and under. This youth ticket program is made possible by a grant from the Alfred Quimby Trust.
August Shakespeare at the Fairgrounds Stage has been a tradition since 2002, when ATTP presented a lyrical production of As You Like It. This summer's presentation promises to be full of love and laughter when Don Pedro and his men come to visit the Italian summer estate of the kind Leonato and his eligible daughter, Hero. Mischief is lurking, however, in the person of the jealous brother, Don John, who preys on the youthful fears and vulnerability of young Claudio. At the center of it all, is the playful and profound love affair of Beatrice and Benedick, who are "too wise to woo peaceably". With earnest clowns, intrigue and two pairs of lovers, Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare's snappiest and smartest comedies.
Candace Clift and John Schnatterly play Beatrice and Benedick, the 'lovers of a certain age', joined by the young lovers Hero (Emma Bickford) and Claudio (Andrew Codispoti). David Hans makes his ATTP debut as Don Pedro and Lee Stockman plays his brother Don John. Richard Moses returns as Leonato, with area teacher and poet Gordon Lang playing his brother Antonio.

The waiting women Ursula (Martha Nichols) and Margaret (Brianne Robitaille) advance the plot intrigues, and veteran Lisa Thompson plays the comic constable, Dogberry. Making the trek from Rochester to join ATTP are Leslie Hamblin and Tim Robinson, playing Friar Frances and Verges. And rounding it all out is a group of watchmen, played by Sandy Trask, Frederick Bickford, Tyler Kenney, Anna Brown, Lauren Hansen and Natasha Crane, accompanied by So Low the dog in his third appearance with Advice To The players.

The production is directed by Mark Woollett, stage managed by Lauren Hansen and costumed by De Robitaille and Carolyn Boldt.
Performances of Much Ado About Nothing are at the Sandwich Fairgrounds Stage at 2 p.m. on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 9, 10 & 11 and Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 15, 16, 17 & 18. There will be one evening performance on Tuesday, August 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sandwich Town Hall. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and free for ages 12 and under. For tickets or information go to www.AdviceToTheplayers.org, call 986-6253 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Much Ado About Nothing is supported by The NH State Council on the Arts.



David Hans as Don Pedro (l) and Andrew Codispoti as Claudio (r) jest with John Schnatterly's Benedick (c) in Advice To The Players' Much Ado About Nothing at the Sandwich Fairgrounds Stage. (Courtesy photo by Duane Dale)


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080313 Blues Double-Header at Tower Hill Tavern (82)

LACONIA — Tower Hill Tavern will host a blues double-bill on Saturday, August 3. Music starts after 7 p.m. and will include performances by "Downtown" Dave & Deep Pockets, and the Tweed Brothers.
For info visit www.towerhilltavern.com or call (603) 366-9100
Located at Weirs Beach, 264 Lakeside Ave, Laconia, the Tower Hill entertainment complex is host to regional and national performing artists of blues, soul, funk, jazz, rock, and tribute bands. The venue offers a full bar, dinners, and desserts.

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