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Franklin Savings Bank awards $20,000 in grants for community projects

FRANKLIN — Spring and summer projects will now benefit from over $22,300 awarded by Franklin Savings Bank through the Fund for Community Advancement. The FSB Fund has awarded 150 grants totaling over $767,600 to non‐profit community organizations and agencies.

Five local groups will be benefiting from this round of grants, these groups are as follows: Copper Cannon Camp provides underprivileged kids with an unforgettable experience that includes all the traditional fun of summer camp: swimming, hiking, archery, campfires, team‐building fun, and more. A $2,500 grant from FSB's Fund will help Copper Cannon provide this wonderful experience to campers from central NH.

Franklin Boys and Girls Club Boys and Girls Clubs serve to compliment vital community resources in providing recreational, social and educational programs for children from grade school through high school. FSB's Fund has awarded a $7,500 grant to the Concord Boys and Girls Club to assist with the opening of an after school and summer camp program at their Franklin location in St. Gabriel's Parish Hall.

Paul Smith School Parent Teacher Organization will also be receiving funds. The Garden Project at the Paul Smith Elementary School helps children reconnect with the agricultural roots and traditions of Franklin. Students have built and maintained raised beds for a butterfly garden, a teaching garden, and a food sharing garden. A $2,000 grant from the FSB Fund will help the Garden reach its goal of growing fresh vegetables and fruits to donate to local food pantries and soup kitchens.

Tapply Thompson Community Center and Kelley Park Playground. The Kelley Park Playground is the only play space of its kind in the Bristol area and is well used by local schools and families. A park that is loved this much needs frequent repairs and maintenance. A $7,000 grant from Franklin Savings Bank will allow the Kelley Park to refurbish and replace key structures at this busy children's play place.

Tilton‐Northfield Recreation Council. The Pines Community Center, which is maintained by the Tilton‐Northfield Recreation Council, provides meeting and function space for more than 45 community groups. Thousands of local people visit the center each year. Programs include youth sports, 4‐H, Little League, Boy and Girl Scouts, day care and summer camps, senior luncheons, dance classes, and so much more. A $3,300 grant from Franklin Savings Bank will enable the Pines Community Center to replace the hot water circulating pump, which is so critical to many of the programs, as well as to the safety and sanitation of the Center.

"Awarding the Fund for Community Advancement grants is one of the highlights of our community support," says Jeff Savage, FSB President and CEO. "Franklin Savings Bank is pleased to help our neighbors accomplish such worthy goals. It's an honor to be a part of these organizations' efforts."

For more information on how to apply in the competitive process, visit www.fsbnh.com or call Dorothy Savery at (603) 934‐8316. Connect with them on Facebook at facebook.com/franklinsavingsbank for news and community updates.


Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 09:53

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2 Winni Playhouse alums make it big on Broadway

MEREDITH — As the Winnipesaukee Playhouse enters its 11th season, two early Playhouse alums have recently made their Broadway debuts in two of Broadway's biggest hits.

Kaleigh Cronin, who appeared in the Playhouse's children's musical series "Professor N.E. Mull" in the 2004 summer season, is featured in the newly opened revival of "Cabaret." Christine Dwyer, who appeared in the summer 2005 children's musicals "Papa Gander's Twisted Tales," recently took over the coveted role of Elphaba in Broadway's "Wicked."

Playhouse Marketing Director Lesley Pankhurst, says, "When we first opened we were looking for older teens and college-age students to perform in our children's musicals. Being so new to town we found it difficult to recruit cast members." Pankhurst met AutoServ's Donna Hosmer at a function and told her about the plans for the summer. "Donna told me she knew a really talented performer, Kaleigh Cronin, but she was only around fourteen. We weren't looking for teens that young originally but decided to let her audition. We were absolutely blown away by her talent. Even as a kid, she definitely had 'it'."

Cronin was cast as several animals in the musical series, including a singing octopus. Pankhurst says, "Kaleigh was not only talented but had an incredible work ethic. She was as mature, if not more mature, than some of our professional staff that summer. You could tell she really had the talent and drive to make her Broadway dreams come true."

Throughout high school, Kaleigh, who was from Manchester, performed in many mainstage productions at the Palace Theatre. After graduating from high school she attended Carnegie Mellon before moving to NY. She now shares the stage with screen and stage stars including Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams.

Approaching summer 2005, the Playhouse had a little more luck recruiting college-aged performers for the children's musicals. On one day of auditions, a freshman from the Hartt School in Connecticut showed up whose powerful vocals made her an obvious choice. Christine Dwyer was cast in four children's musicals that summer where she played everything from a singing cow in a spoof of Jack and the Beanstalk and a Madonna-like Princess with a pink wig.

According to Pankhurst, "By that summer we had structured an intern program where the performers not only entertained children but also helped out in the scene shop and stage managed our mainstage shows. Christine was so fun and easygoing, taking on all her different responsibilities with humor and hard work."

After graduation, she was cast as Maureen in a national tour of "Rent" and soon after that was made the understudy for Elphaba, the wicked witch in the national tour of "Wicked." After some time she was promoted to being the full-time Elphaba on the road. After completing that contract she was cast as the understudy for Elphaba on Broadway, making her Broadway debut when the leading lady was out around Thanksgiving. Only weeks after starting that contract, she was told she would be taking over as the "official" Elphaba when the actress she was understudying left the production. On Feb. 25 her name was on the marquee as Broadway's Elphaba.

Dwyer says, "I'm not sure when another opportunity like this will come along so right now I'm just enjoying each performance."




Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 09:38

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Cemetery ceremony to honor departed mothers

FRANKLIN — The Franklin Cemetery Association will hold its second annual public Mother's Day event to be held on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 11, from noon to 1 p.m., at the Franklin Cemetery, off Thompson Park.

"This type of event is hosted by many cemeteries throughout this country. We named this event "Celebrating Moms" as it is to honor all moms living and past. We hope to share some lightheartedness and smiles into this celebration; we will also be accepting donations for the Greater Franklin Boys and Girls club, said Kris Meinhold, cemetery superintendent.

The program, which will last about one hour, will begin with a meet-and-greet with light refreshments followed by a brief address and prayer by a local clergy. After this all will have a chance at the podium to tell funny anecdotes and touching stories of their moms.

The event will close with a release of pink balloons where folks can write a message.

Their moms on them and we let them loose all at once to float to the Heavens. All moms will receive a carnation as a remembrance of this day.

As this is an outdoor event a rain date will be set for the following Sunday.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 09:11

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Gilford Senior-Senior prom, dinner set

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department in conjunction with the GHS Student Council and GHS Interact Club is sponsoring a Senior/Senior Prom dinner and dancing evening for participants of the Senior Moment-um Program on Wednesday, May 14 at 5 p.m. in the Gilford High School Lobby.

A sit down dinner will be followed by a Senior/Senior prom with members of the High School Senior Class at 6 p.m. There is no fee for this program, but space is limited and participants must RSVP’s with the Parks and Recreation Department. Participants are also asked to provide song requests in advance.

To RSVP or for more information, please contact the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 09:07

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