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12th Annual Memory Golf Tournament raised $4,000 for local Alzheimer’s Association chapter

TILTON— Tilton resident, Deidre McCain has raised $4,000 to support the Alzheimer's Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter after organizing the 12th annual Memory Golf tournament on September 21.

Every year McCain and her group of dedicated family members and friends have organized and hosted the event at the DenBrae Golf Course in Sanbornton. Including the proceeds of this year's tournament, McCain has raised over $40,000 benefiting the Alzheimer's Association. McCain's impressive efforts even earned her recognition in 2011 from the Alzheimer's Association for the Myer Saxe Award, which highlights in individual who has made an outstanding financial contribution to the mission through personal actions.

"Deidre is amazing with her earnestness and commitment," said Becky Coliandris, Development Officer for the Alzheimer's Association New Hampshire Office. "We are thrilled not only with the significant amount of money she has raised throughout the years, but also with the fact that she is increasing public awareness for this most challenging disease."

More than 22,000 people in New Hampshire have Alzheimer's disease; more than 5 million are affected in the U.S., according to the Alzheimer's Association.

For information on Alzheimer programs, support groups and community resources in New Hampshire, call 603-606-6590 or visit www.alz.org/MANH.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 11:23

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Christmas at the Castle event starts Nov. 22nd

MOULTONBOROUGH — The newly restored front entrance at Lucknow, the "Castle" at Castle in the Clouds, is decorated and ready for visitors to the  popular Christmas at the Castle over the coming two weekends, Friday through Sunday, November 22-24 and November 29-December 1 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Lucknow mansion is the main event, with its giant Christmas tree loaded with vintage ornaments, period decorations throughout the mansion and seasonal music heard through the rooms. There will be live music performances each of the 6 days: Tom Robinson, pianist, will perform seasonal favorites on November, 22. Next up the Tom Robinson Jazz Trio, with Tim Gilmore on drums and John Hunter on bass, will offer a jazzy mix of Christmas songs Saturday, November 23 and 30. Noelle Baudin and Siena Kaplan, Piano & Violin Duo serve up traditional and Celtic Christmas music on Sunday, November 24, with Noelle Baudin on piano on Friday, November 29, and on Sunday, December 1 the Children's Choir of Sandwich will perform the traditional holiday tunes.

After visitors tour Lucknow, they are welcome to warm up by the fireplace in The Carriage House with a hot beverage and cookies. Craft vendors will "deck the stalls" and the Gift Shop will be open for early holiday shopping. Hart's Turkey Farm will be bringing a delicious selection including hot butternut squash soup, hot turkey soup, Mediterranean orzo salad, chickpea and dried cranberry salad, farfalle with tuna and garden peas, chef carved roast beef and baked ham, candied carrots, potato au gratin and assorted freshly baked rolls. Buffet luncheon is $20 per person.

Tickets are available for purchase in the Gift Shop and are required to visit The Carriage House, the trolley, and the Lucknow mansion. Admission is $10 for youth, $20 for adults, $15 for Friends of the Castle. Christmas at the Castle is sponsored by Infinger Insurance. This event is weather permitting. If there is snow in the forecast, call the Castle offices at 603-476-5900 to be sure we it is open for business. Use Ossipee Park Road for entrance.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 11:18

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Reindeer Run 5k in Sandwich on December 15

SANDWICH — Registration is now open for the 2013 Reindeer Run 5K walk/run in Sandwich on Sunday, December 15 at 3 p.m.

Every year this Holland Hill Studio sponsored race benefits a local charity and brings lots of community cheer. This year, proceeds from the race will benefit the Salvation Army.

Participants will enjoy a scenic course around Center Sandwich and festive food and drink at Surroundings Gallery post race. Racers and guests are encouraged to wear reindeer antlers, Santa hats/outfits and bells to set the scene for this fun, annual holiday event.

To register, contact race director, Pasha Marlowe, at Holland Hill Studio at 476-2476 or go online to hollandhillstudio.com. Pre-registration fees are adults for $20 and students for $10 (add $5 day of). Registration day of begins at 2:30 p.m. at Surroundings Gallery. Further donations to the Salvation Army will be gladly accepted on this day.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 10:09

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PSU recognizes Campton woman for exemplary service to students and community

PLYMOUTH — A Campton resident who is a dedicated community volunteer is the recipient of Plymouth State University's 2013 Sara Jayne Steen Operating Staff (OS) Service award. Barbara LaJeunesse, who is known as Babs, has been employed at PSU for seven years as an Administrative Assistant for University Studies and the Undergraduate Advising Center, but her work at the University and for the region goes far beyond her day job.

Her volunteer efforts are extraordinary. She has been an enthusiastic volunteer for the past 25 years for Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue, which covers all of New England; she also volunteered for Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, the Plymouth Senior Center and serves her local neighborhood district as Clerk. At PSU, she helps with the Festival of Trees community fundraiser, the OS Raffle Basket fundraiser, the University's Convocation and Commencement events, spring clean-up days, the OS Welcoming Committee for new employees and the Student Employee of the Year Award Committee.

"I am so honored, because volunteerism has been such a big part of my life, and it is very nice to be recognized for it," LaJeunesse said. "It was the most special award I could have possibly received. I love the fact that this University promotes and encourages students to volunteer."

Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen said in addition to her volunteer accomplishments, LaJeunesse has earned a reputation as an exceptional resource in helping students achieve their academic goals.

"Babs is someone about whom I have heard about for years from students, whose help for them was so extraordinary that they want to tell others," said Steen. "She reaches out to make others' lives better and exemplifies the University motto of service."

The Operating Staff Speaker, Nikki-Ann Nunes, introduced LaJeunesse as the winner and described her as a role model, who truly cares for the students she serves.

"Babs brings a unique perspective to her advisees trying to decide on a major, having 38 years of real world experience working in a variety of jobs, including office manager, account executive, supervisor, manager, and business owner."

The criteria for the award include exemplifying the spirit and values of the institution, being dedicated to providing a learning environment that supports development of the mind, body and spirit, being actively involved in University activities, and being engaged in service to the wider community.

LaJeunesse said she was shocked when she was announced as the OS Service Award winner.

"I felt like I was having an out of body experience because I was in such shock. It was completely and utterly unexpected," LaJeunesse said.

She and her husband Frank moved to New Hampshire in 2003; she began work at PSU in 2006. LaJeunesse has two stepchildren and five grandchildren. She and her husband have adopted eight golden retrievers in the past 30 years, most of them "seniors."

The Sara Jayne Steen Operating Staff Service Award winner was chosen by a seven member panel of faculty, staff, community members and students.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 09:58

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