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PSU professor speaks on 'R2P: Why Libya? Why not Syria' Feb.11

PLYMOUTH — The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State University will present CUNY Professor Thomas Weiss speaking on "R2P: Why Libya? Why Not Syria" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 11, in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts.

Weiss is presidential professor of political science at the CUNY Graduate Center and director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies. He is also research professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. A leading expert on the United Nations and on humanitarian intervention, Weiss has written extensively about international organizations, conflict management, humanitarian action, the Responsibility to Protect doctrine, North-South relations, and U.S. foreign policy.
The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is an international security and human rights initiative to prevent and stop genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. Weiss will explore how decisions are made regarding whether, when, where and why to intervene to protect civilians.
A past president of the International Studies Association, former chair of the Academic Council on the UN System, and former editor of Global Governance, Weiss has authored or edited some 45 books and 225 articles and book chapters about multilateral approaches to international peace and security, humanitarian action, and sustainable development.
The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series was established at PSU in 1979 to bring a variety of speakers to the university each year to address the critical political, social and cultural issues and events of our time. The series is named for humanitarian and New Hampshire businessman Saul O Sidore.
The theme for this year's Sidore Lecture Series is "Whatever Happened to Ethics." The Sidore Series suggests that, "from hunger and the financial crisis in the U.S. and abroad to global warming, there is an ethical component to our failure in dealing with these issues." Series speakers will discuss the ethical and moral expressions of the problems of today, and potential solutions.

The next speaker in the series will be Chuck Collins, senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC. Collins will speak on "Inequality Matters: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It" Thursday, March 27 at 7 p.m. at the Silver Center.

All Sidore Lectures are free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. A reception follows each lecture. Tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869.

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Sled Dog Club Announces Concession Provider for 85th Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Derby

LACONIA — Steeped in tradition from the beginning in 1929, the Lakes Region Sled Dog Club is excited to announce its partnership with Chef Kevin Halligan, owner-operator of The Laconia Village Bakery and The Local Eatery restaurants, as the concession provider for the 85th Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Derby on February 7-9.

Chef Kevin Halligan is a very active member of the Lakes Region community. He believes in supporting locally and regionally sourced items and is committed to sustaining the vitality of economic growth here in the Lakes Region. He is a partner with the LNH Children's Auction, supplying his culinary creations to auction volunteers. Together with his staff, opened up The Local Eatery and hosted the Veggie Round Up Project fundraising breakfast, raising money to help bring fresh, local produce to families with limited incomes.

He was chosen by the Laconia Main Street Initiative and the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce to be the Grand Marshall of the 2013 Laconia Holiday Parade.

Established in August 2012, Local Eatery, a quaint local restaurant that seats 36 diners providing quality NH and New England products and produce, features a year-round menu using as much local food as Halligan can find. Chef Halligan is a 2002 graduate of the New England Culinary Institute, and owner of Laconia Village Bakery since 2007.

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Popular Cooperative Co-Parenting Series Returns to Family Resource Center

LACONIA — The Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire, located at 719 No. Main Street, Laconia, NH is again offering a free, "Cooperative Co-Parenting" program to families in the Lakes Region.

"Cooperative Co-Parenting" will meet on Thursdays, January 30, February 6, 13, and 20 from 6-8 p.m. and includes an optional dinner from 5:30-6 p.m. This free, 4-week series is for non-married, separated, or divorced parents and caregivers raising children together who share separate households.

Presenters Jay Apicelli, MS, Family Mediator and Human Services Educator, Attorney and G.A.L. Janice L. McLaughlin, and Tammy Emery, Step Ahead Family Support Specialist, LRCS, will cover: coping through separation and transition; skills for dealing with stress and anger; positive communication strategies; how to reduce and resolve conflict, negotiating agreements, and mediation and guardianship.

Advance registration is requested for this program. Limited on-site childcare and assistance with transportation is available with advance notice and approval. Space is limited, call Erika Lea, Lakes Region Community Services, at 528-0391, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to register. Attendance certificates are provided at the parenting programs sponsored by Lakes Region Community Services, Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire.

Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS) is a nonprofit, comprehensive family support agency with a primary focus of providing supports to individuals with developmental disabilities and/or acquired brain disorders and their families. LRCS has offices in Laconia and Plymouth which combine to serve families residing throughout Belknap and Southern Grafton Counties. For more information contact Joanne Piper Lang at 603-524-8811 or visit www.lrcs.org.


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Local Photographer Donates to Genesis Behavioral Health

PLYMOUTH — Genesis Behavioral Health's Plymouth Children & Family Program was the recent recipient of a donation to provide winter clothing for children in need. Local photographer Jon Secord of J Secord Photography donated 25% of his print sales throughout the month of December to the program.

"It's a great feeling to have an idea and see it grow into reality," said Secord, "I was able to sell enough prints so the team at Genesis Behavioral Health can purchase winter clothing for local families who may have otherwise gone without this winter. The final total of $225 was way beyond what I had initially hoped to raise, and I am so grateful to everybody who helped this cause and purchased my artwork."

"Every year, the needs of the children and families we serve seem to exceed the resources we have available," said Kristen Welch, Director of Development & Communications at Genesis Behavioral Health, "Mr. Secord's generosity will make a difference for many of the children and families in our Plymouth program. We are once again humbled by the support of our community, and are so grateful for their efforts on our behalf."

J Secord Photography recently launched a new website at www.jsecordphoto.com and can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jsecordphoto.

Genesis Behavioral Health is designated by the state of New Hampshire as the community mental health center serving Belknap and southern Grafton Counties. A private, non-profit organization, Genesis serves over 3,000 individuals each year. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 524-1100 or visit the website at www.genesisbh.org.

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