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Korean War veterans to be honored at Marine Corps birthday gathering

LACONIA — The 15th Annual Gathering of Marines, presented by the Lakes Region Detachment of the Marine Corps League, will occur on Saturday, November 9, 2013, in celebration of the founding of the United States Marine Corps at Tun's Tavern in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 10, 1775, built upon the singular tenet, "Duty, Honor, Commitment" for 238 years.

All Marines will be expressing their famous greeting, "Semper Fi" ("Always faithful") once again at the Margate Resort, located at 76 Lake Street in Laconia, New Hampshire during opening ceremonies slated to start at 7 p.m. followed by a Western-style buffet. The reading of the Marine Corps Commandant's annual birthday message by a Marine veteran will occur followed by the traditional cutting of the birthday cake with the first slice being offered to the oldest Marine present, the second slice to the youngest Marine in attendance, then all Marine veterans, other military veterans, and all guests.
This year's event is being marked as very special in that the Lakes Region Detachment will be recognizing all New Hampshire veterans who served during the Korean War period and especially those Marines from the Lakes Region area. 2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the truce entered into on July 27, 1953 between the United States, its United Nations allies and the Republic of South Korea with the Communist nations of North Korea, China, and the Soviet Union. While the truce ended armed fighting, the actual end of the war did not occur until January 31, 1955 with the signing of the armistice between the warring nations.
Despite the fact that the Korean War has been dubbed "The Forgotten War", the casualties that occurred during the period were immense. The Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Korea claims that some 5.3 million people were killed or wounded, among them, over 2.5 million civilians.
Combatant casualties from both sides in the conflict were significant.
New Hampshire citizens played a shared role in this conflict as some 11,500 men and women served in the U.S. military during the Korean War era. While there were those that paid the ultimate sacrifice an exact number has never been verified and the state archives are limited in scope as to factual data.
Dress code for the evening's activities is military uniform, tuxedo, gown, formal dress or business attire.
Reservations at $45 per person can be made through Bob Patenaude, Detachment Commandant at 603-253-7970 or mailed to Lakes Region Detachment, MCL; P.O. Box 764, Center Harbor, NH 03226.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 10:08

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More Than 600 Volunteer as Bone Marrow Donors in Plymouth

PLYMOUTH  —  Plymouth State University's Student Nursing Association, in partnership with DKMS, a global non-profit organization, teamed up September 24 to enlist bone marrow donor volunteers on the PSU campus and the Plymouth Town Green. PSU Nursing Assistant Professor Sandra Gamble said more than 600 students and community residents volunteered to be bone marrow donors.

"It's a great way to get the whole community involved in potentially saving somebody's life, in terms of a community service project, you can't beat something like this," Gamble said.

Bone marrow is the soft, fatty tissue inside bones. Stem cells are immature cells in the bone marrow that give rise to all of the body's blood cells. When someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer, one of their best hopes for survival is receiving a transplant of healthy bone marrow cells. So, by connecting potential donors with those who are suffering from life threatening blood disorders is a critical mission. The testing consists of getting a cheek swabbed with a cotton swab; the swabs are then sent to a lab where they are genetically typed and if they are matched with someone who is dying of a blood-borne cancer, they could end up donating bone marrow which would then be transplanted into the sick person and hopefully save their life. PSU first-year student Jason Phillips of Somersworth, said he was happy to volunteer.

"Why not? I enjoy helping people out and if I'm a match, I could help save someone's life."

There is less than a one percent chance of matching, but every year, lives are saved when a match and successful transplant occurs. Currently there are hundreds of thousands of blood cancer survivors in the U.S. More than a dozen Plymouth State nursing students and faculty participated in the bone marrow donor drive.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 10:03

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LHS Theatre Arts staging Inherit the Wind

LACONIA — Laconia High School Theatre Arts will present the classic play "Inherit the Wind" at the school's Piper Auditorium tonight and tomorrow, Friday, October 25 at 7 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, October 26.

Written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, "Inherit the Wind" is a fictionalized account of the famous "Scopes Monkey Trial". In the story, science teacher Bertram Cates, portrayed by Sebastian Huot, is jailed for violating a Tennessee State Law prohibiting the teaching of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. The case sets up a titanic clash between two of the greatest attorneys in America, the traditionalist orator and presidential candidate Matthew Harrison Brady (Taylor Gagne), and the folksy agnostic Henry Drummond (John Hammond).

In response to the case all of the townsfolk, led by the town's minister, Rev. Brown (Denis Zecevic) turn out to see their hero, Brady, who prosecutes Cates in order to defend the Biblical account of the creation. An issue comes to the forefront however, when the minister's daughter, Rachel (Brittney Pond), falls love with the beleaguered teacher, and is torn by divided loyalties. Cates is represented by Drummond, who has been hired by the Baltimore Herald reporter E.K. Hornbeck (Ashlee Neylon), the cynical critic of everyone and everything.

The story builds to a dramatic courtroom confrontation between Brady and Drummond that leaves everyone stunned, and leaves the audience to question not only the value of science and progress, but the power of tradition.

Some people may find the show controversial, but in the end, there's a balance to the two views. "Some people may not realize it, but while this show takes place in the 1920s, the creationism versus evolution debate is still alive in many parts of this country. So this show is as fresh and relevant as the day it was written," said the Director, Bernie Campbell.

The actors have been preparing since the beginning of school year for the show, and have persevered through adversity. "We had to change one of our lead actors about two weeks ago," Campbell added. "But I dare you to figure out which one."

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

For more information call Bernie Campbell at 524-3350, ext. 4616.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 09:52

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Winni Players to present radio play version of Frankenstein

MEREDITH — The Winnipesaukee Playhouse's stage will be presenting a spooky performance, led by WLNH's Pat Kelly in a radio play version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The performances will be conducted on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Part radio-style broadcast, part live-action, the Winni Players Community Theatre group will present Phillip Grecian's adaptation of the classic Gothic story, set in a 1940s radio studio. Pat Kelly will portray the infamous scientist Victor Frankenstein. He will be joined by Winni Players regulars David Bownes, Howard Amsden, Steven S. Richmond, Ginny Barunas, Jubilee Morris and Katie Dunn. In addition to Kelly, performers who are new to the Playhouse stage include Dana Gardner, Tikatia Morris and Maggie Braxton.

In homage to actual radio broadcasts, director Brett Billings will appear onstage as will foley artist Lord Adam Young and his assistant, Nikolai Fernandez.

Billings says, "While radio theater today is often a great chance to see the onstage nuts and bolts of a play, I also want to challenge people to really listen to what a radio drama sounds like. I think once we do that, we can have a lot of fun seeing the full 1940s radio studio, period costumes, studio signals, and especially the live sound effects."

Tickets for Frankenstein: A Radio Play are $10 and available at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org or by calling (603) 279-0333. Seating is general admission and doors will open a half hour prior to showtime.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 09:47

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