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Friends of the Pemi Celebrate accomplishments

PLYMOUTH -- About 40 members of the Friends of the Pemi gathered recently at the Livermore Falls Holderness Beach to celebrate the group's accomplishments to date. The Friends enjoyed their first barbeque – christening the new picnic tables and grills that they had recently installed -- with a hot dog and burger cookout provided by the Plymouth Rotary Club.

More than 90 community partners have joined together in the past two years to focus on transforming Livermore Falls into a family-friendly environment they hope will eventually become a part of the State Park system. The coalition, led by Plymouth Rotarians Ken Evans and Walter Johnson, is working to change the culture so that peace-loving citizens can appreciate the natural environment and the historical significance of Livermore Falls, while enjoying the numerous recreational possibilities the site has to offer.

Back in March, the Friends collaboration engaged the public in two community visioning sessions, and through their combined efforts and shared passion, they succeeded in driving down crime, have decreased littering and have introduced some folks to the natural beauty of area who would never have visited Livermore Falls only a few years ago.

Patrick Hummel, Volunteer Activities Coordinator for the State of New Hampshire's Division of Parks and Recreation, praised the Friends group for its strong coalition. He said the "Friends of the Pemi" – Livermore Falls Chapter is one of the best friends groups in the state that has set a high standard which other groups will endeavor to follow in the future. He noted the fact that the group has been committed and focused on positive outcomes right from the start.

Rotarian Ken Evans asked each member of the Friends to make a point of visiting Livermore Falls with family and friends this summer. Though there is still much work to be done over the coming years, the Friends committees are enthusiastically focused on the further development of the historical, environmental and recreational aspects of the site which will have positive significance for the entire community.

Those interested in learning more about becoming a member of the Friends of the Pemi, may call Plymouth Rotarian, Kathy Kearns, for more information at (603) 744-0661.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 09:10

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Plymouth State Educators Honored at 2014 EDies Award Ceremony

PLYMOUTH —  11 educators with affiliation to Plymouth State University were honored June 7 at the New Hampshire EDie Awards, which recognize New Hampshire schools and individuals who meet high standards of educational excellence. Esther Asbell, Donna Ciocca, Christina Flanders, '00, Carl Ladd, '05CAGS, Judith Lavoie, Joseph Lee, '06, Bill Marston, '54,'64G, Pearl Sandy, Thomas Stevens, '01, Jonas Taub and Barbara Wirth, '09CAGS, received awards at a ceremony attended by Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen, University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Julie Bernier and Marianne True, Chair of PSU's Elementary Education and Childhood Studies Department.

"It is a joy to attend the EDies and see the extraordinary work being done on behalf of New Hampshire's children," said Steen. "I'm pleased that Plymouth State educators have a strong role in that excellence."

Plymouth State alum Bill Marston, '54,'64G, who has more than 50 years' experience as a teacher, principal, athletic director and university faculty member, received the Doris Barnes Retired Educator Lifetime Achievement Award. The award states, "He has made significant contributions to improving the quality of education from pre-K through college levels."

Marston, a Bristol native, is active in Plymouth State's Alumni Association and is also a member of Plymouth State's Athletic Hall of Fame for his achievements in basketball and baseball. He formerly served on the USNH Board of Trustees and the PSU President's Council.

Christina Flanders, '00, was awarded the School Psychologist of the Year by the New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists. Flanders has been the Laconia School District school psychologist since June, 2005. She is also a faculty member at Plymouth State University.


Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 09:03

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Meredith Village Savings Bank will match monetary donations to local food pantries during July

MEREDITH -- Meredith Village Savings Bank has announced that it will match monetary donations to local food pantries during July.

The bank is asking the public to visit any of its offices with donations for the community's local food pantries, and MVSB's charitable foundation, the MVSB Fund, will match up to $25,000 of the total funds collected.

"We're very excited about this particular community initiative," said Rick Wyman, executive vice president and for Meredith Village Savings Bank, and trustee of the MVSB Fund. "Food pantries receive a lot of support during the holidays, but often have a hard time keeping their shelves stocked during the remainder of the year and need has been critical over the last few summers. We feel this is a great opportunity for everyone to get involved in enhancing the well-being of our neighbors across the greater Lakes Region."

The bank is collecting funds at all of its offices through July 31 and you do not need to be an MVSB customer to participate.

Community members may donate in cash or with checks made payable to Meredith Village Savings Bank. MVSB will collect all donations, and then distribute them – along with the MVSB Fund's match – equally among the following food pantries: Alton Community Food Pantry, Ashland Community Food Pantry, Calvary Bible Church Food Pantry (Meredith), Community Food Center (Tamworth), First Fruits Food Pantry (Sanbornton), Helping Hands Food Pantry (Plymouth), Inreach Ministries Food Pantry (Laconia), Lakes Region Food Pantry (Moultonborough), Moultonborough United Methodist Church Food Pantry (Moultonborough), L.I.F.E Ministries Food Pantry (Wolfeboro), Plymouth Area Community Closet, Salvation Army (Laconia), St. Vincent de Paul Society (Laconia), United Baptist Church Food Pantry (Laconia).

These contributions are in addition to a $3,795 donation made by the Bank to the Meredith Emergency Food Pantry earlier this year.

For information about the program is available by calling MSVB at 279-9294. A full list of MVSB office locations is available at www.mvsb.com/contact_us/locations

MVSB established the Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund in 1997 under the leadership of John Starrett who was then president and CEO of the bank. Since then, 248 grants totaling more than $971,992 have been awarded to a wide range of environmental, social, educational, and historic projects throughout the Greater Lakes Region and Plymouth areas.

Over the years, the fund has supported literacy programs, after-school programs, environmental monitoring and education, restoration of historic structures, organizations that provide support for individuals and families in challenging circumstances, and equipment that helps save lives. The deadline for consideration for the 2014 grant cycle is Oct. 15. Applications are available on the Bank's website (www.mvsb.com) and at all MVSB offices.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 09:01

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Spaulding Youth Center celebrates the arts at its 28th Annual Arts Festival


NORTHFIELD — Under the direction of Arts Coordinator Andrew Raeside, the students at Spaulding Youth Center performed folk tales from China, Africa and India. Musical director and world musician Randy Armstrong along with set designer Marek Bennett and Raeside have been working with the students for a couple of months to produce this impressive extravaganza.

All students participated in the production by acting, singing, creating sound effects or playing a musical instrument. The appreciative audience that was invited to chant and sing along, was also treated to a guitar solo by Armstrong who is a world fusion music pioneer. While working with the students as part of a "Visiting Artists Program" Armstrong introduces them to musical instruments from his collection of over 300.

The Robert A. Krueger Arts Fund provides extras for the vibrant art and music program at Spaulding. Melissa Blanock, Psy.D., Director of Program Quality Assurance comments on the program, "At Spaulding we foster the academic, social and emotional growth of the whole child and celebrate his or her accomplishments daily. We benefit greatly from a multi-talented team, including the many talents and areas of expertise Raeside brings to the table."

Spaulding Youth Center is a leading provider of services for children and youth with neurological, emotional, behavioral, learning and/or developmental challenges including Autism Spectrum Disorder. Services include academic, behavioral health, residential, foster care, health and wellness and family support.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 08:38

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