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Irwin Automotive takes part in Hiring our Heroes Program

 LACONIA — Irwin Automotive is taking part in Hiring our Heroes, a nationwide effort sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce which was created to help military veterans and their spouses find meaningful employment.

Irwin Automotive has found many advantages in hiring veterans at all of their dealerships. Veterans have proven leadership skills, strong work ethic, and real-world experience according to  Chris Irwin, Vice President of Irwin Automotive.

"Every veteran we have hired here has been a true team player. They recognize a common goal and work hard with their coworkers to achieve that goal. Taking part in the Hiring our Heroes Program has been beneficial to many veterans, but has greatly benefited Irwin Automotive, as we have gained many well-rounded, ambitious employees,'' says Irwin.

To learn more about the Hiring our Heroes Program visit http://www.nada.org/more/Hiring+Our+Heroes/.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 09:44

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PSU Theatre presents Staged Reading of "King Lear"

 PLYMOUTH — The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Plymouth State University will host a staged reading of Shakespeare's King Lear at 7 p.m. February 21 and 22 in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts.

The program features professional director and actor John Briggs, a well-known and highly praised director and adaptor of Shakespeare's plays as King Lear. Briggs has created and directed provocative adaptations of Shakespeare for Georgia Shakespeare Festival, including Hamlet, Godfather of Brooklyn; The Merchant of Venice: 1938; Macbeth and Richard III; the Cowboy Comedy of Errors, and Julio Cesar (for which he received critical recognition in the prestigious Shakespeare Quarterly. At Plymouth State, Briggs has directed Ah! Wilderness, Eleemosynary, Ghost Sonata, and Illyria (a musical adaptation of Twelfth Night).

A staged reading " ... is concerned with the play proper, without visual elements and other production values. The audience is expected to hear the ideas and intent of the playwright through the actors' interpretation, and that is its beauty," according to Briggs.

Tickets for this staged reading are $6 for all seats, at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 09:31

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Computer Class for Seniors being Offered at Campton church

CAMPTON —  The Campton Congregational church located on Route 175 in Campton is in the process of building a computer learning center specifically for seniors, beginners or anyone else with a specific computer need that requires special help. It will be starting in the very near future and will be available once each week in the morning, afternoon and the evening on either each Tuesday or Thursday for about 20 weeks.

This course is unique since the emphasis will be on teaching and not a schedule. If desired a scheduled student will be allowed to additionally return in the fall after Labor Day and continue his or her learning experience. Decaf and regular coffee will be available for anyone.

The computer center will provide a laptop computer and Windows 7. You will be permitted to bring your own laptop which may have Windows 7 or an earlier operating system such as Vista but they will be limited to some extent. Windows 8 or 8.1 will not be permitted since they are quite different and not compatible with all the other Microsoft operating systems.

Specifics of the course will include: 1) Properly turning the computer on and off, 2) How and what should a person buy. 3) How to send an E-mail, 3) Protecting a computer from a virus. 4) Finding up to date medical information, 5) Retouching photos 6) Finding a long lost love or friend, 7) Using a word processor 8) Using a spread sheet and 9) Finding weather reports. The list can go on and on.

The course is free but a small donation of $3 for every week that you attend is requested. However a donation is not required.

If you wish to sign up or have additional questions call Eugene Scray 802-233-3167 For sign up you will need to provide your name, telephone number, time choice, day choice and e-mail address, if you have one. Once a list has been compiled a start date will be announced.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 09:28

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Cast announced for Streetcar's Les Miz

MEREDITH — After two days of auditions in early January the cast and crew of The Streetcar Company have begun preparing for their spring musical production of Boublil and Schönberg's Les Miserables, to be presented April 25, 26 and 27 at the Inter-Lakes Community Auditorium in Meredith.

The company will be working over the next couple of months with director J Alward, musical director Karen Jordan and producer Erin

Fitzmaurice to bring this huge undertaking to the audiences of the Lakes Region.

According to Alward over 60people auditioned for the award winning musical, many of them new to the company and several who have never done a play or musical before but who love Les Miz and wanted to "give it a shot".

"I am thrilled with the musical strength of this cast and their dedication to the process", said Alward. As well as musical rehearsals, character

development has been a major part of that process. Les Miz is a different kind of musical from those she has directed in the past (Oliver, My Fair Lady and The Music Man to name a few), where the characters are obvious and easy to understand. She noted,

"This is more like directing a drama, it just happens to be sung. I want the people to be believable and not caricatures. I want the audience to get a little more insight into them than they usually do when they see a version of this show."

Alward and her family have seen the production at least 8 times over the years from community and semi-professional presentations done around New England to full scale productions in Boston, New York and London. Each viewing added to the desire to 'bring it home' to the local stage with local actors. Taking on the demanding roles of Jean Valjean and his nemesis Inspector Javert will be Scott Alward and Rodney Martell,

Streetcar and local community theater veterans. Close to a dozen young girls auditioned for the role of little Cosette before Abigail Bryant was chosen to portray the child. The well being of this pivotal character drives a large portion of the story. Rachel Dadian will play the older Cosette. Other notable roles and the actors who fill them include Kelli Powers as Fantine, Bo Guyer as Thenardier, Lynn Dadian as Madame Thenardier, Trevor Lewis as Marius, Spencer Costigan as Enjolras, Kayla Zarella as Eponine and Isabella Cottrell as young Eponine.

Supporting players include: Chris Fernandez, Aaron Witham, David Bownes, Braeden Alward, Jack Harding, Cory Chapman, Tyler Winsor, Evan Lazdowski, Ryan Witham, Riley Alward, Andrew Fielders, Patte Sarausky, Lena Luongo, Janelle Labarre, Kathy Blake, Hillary Ayers, Raelyn Cottrell, Alexa Dembiec, Abby Jutton, Willow Farley, Cordelia Penney, Alison Witham, Erin Fitzmaurice, Saphaedra Renee, Keri McCollum and Cecilia Zarella.

As with any theatrical undertaking by a community theater, the company needs many hands to bring it all together. Anyone wishing to contribute their time to help with set construction, costumes, lights, sound or any of the other numerous productions jobs are asked to contact the producer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . They are also actively seeking a warm facility to start set construction and ask if anyone has one to donate that they contact the director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 09:19

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