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‘Millie’ Shaw honored by local DAR chapter

MEREDITH — The Mary Butler Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met for their annual Christmas luncheon on December 9. This was the last meeting of 2013 and was held at The Meredith Bay Colony Club.

The highlight of the meeting was the presentation of the Chapter’s prestigious Community Service Award to longtime DAR member Mildred “Millie” Shaw. The Community Service Award is given by DAR to honor and recognize exceptional individuals for their many exemplary and unpaid volunteer accomplishments. Millie’s 60 years of service to the town of Sanbornton and the Sanbornton area has also been recognized by the Sanbornton Historical Society and the Masons of Doric- Centre Lodge 20 in Tilton.

In addition to Millie’s many volunteer public service activities the Sanbornton Historical Society has recognized Millie’s efforts for “assisting others in finding their historical roots and their place in history. She is preserving history for all future generations.” The Doric-Centre Masonic Lodge gave Millie the 2012 Community Builder Award which is the lodge’s highest award. Woodbury Fogg, Worshipful Master of the Lodge, has said that Millie “has helped to build a sense of civic pride and community identity in her town. She has truly been a builder of organizations, landmarks, and a sense of community.”

The Mary Butler Chapter of DAR gained nine new membersin 2013, one of which is a Junior Member. Mary Flaherty is now the chapter Registrar, replacing Marian Ekholm who has retired from that position after many years.

The next meeting of the Mary Butler Chapter of DAR will be Monday, March 17. This will be the yearly Potluck Luncheon at noon at the Laconia Congregational Church. Visitors and perspective members are welcome at meetings. For more information contact Mary Flaherty at 603-524-0723.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 09:58

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Pitmans hosting Houston Bernard Band on February 8

LACONIA — The Houston Bernard Band, Boston's premier country music artists, will be performing a night of classic and modern hits at Pitman's Freight Room on Saturday, February 8 at 8 p.m.

Admission is $12 and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

"Loose Change", the first tune Houston Bernard penned for the country band he formed in the winter of 2011, has the Boston-based singer crooning about a seemingly happy-go-lucky barfly who gets pulled into a women's bathroom stall by a couple of ladies on the prowl for a stud. But the whiskey- and weed-soaked good times only last so long, before the loneliness inherent in always chasing the next girl or a better buzz washes over the poor wretch as he emerges from the ladies room to reclaim his seat at the bar.

Much like the chemically enhanced smile plastered on this fella's face hides a deep yearning for a happy life at home, the song's rollicking, bluesy romp masks the sadness of peering in on a man whose only bind is the habitual pursuit of fleeting things. It's a song that will sound tailor made for many of us.

When artist Houston Bernard performs his unique brand of Modern Country Music, he needs to look no further than his family tree for inspiration.

The Boston based musican's uncle and father were known as the Rebel Brothers and were a staple in the Nashville and OKC country music scenes in the 1970s. They played back-up for artists such as Tanya Tucker, Dave Dudley, Wanda Jackson and Sleepy LaBeef, regularly crossing paths and swapping stories with the likes of Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, Kiss and Willie Nelson. Johnny Bernard (uncle) has written songs for many country artists in Nashville including Reba McEntire.

Houston's Great Grandfather lead his own crusade; he is the notorious gunfighter George 'Bittercreek' Newcomb, a famous outlaw (captured in the Time-Life 'Gunfighters' book) who ran with the Dalton, James and Doolan gangs and was a Most Wanted man in the 1890s. It's this outlaw spirit that Houston carries with him to every show.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 09:53

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STRIDE Program Graduates Second Class at PSU Ceremony

LACONIA — The STRIDE (Sodexo Training and Employment for Individuals with Disabilities for Employment) program at Plymouth State University congratulated another class of graduates on December 19. The ceremony for intern graduates and their families was held at PSU's Hartman Union Building.

The goal of the 15 week program, sponsored by Lakes Region Community Services and Sodexo at PSU, is to create a pool of qualified individuals who will be trained and eligible to apply for positions in the food services industry within Sodexo and with other employers.

Rosemary Gelinas, the mother of STRIDE graduate Chrissy Gelinas, said the experience was invaluable for her daughter. "She made great friendships with interns and staff members," said Gelinas, adding that the routine and expectations of the program helped her daughter to develop excellent work habits.

"She was excited about the program. She was getting up on time and making sure she had everything she needed before leaving the house. She's really grown and matured," said Gelinas. "The program doesn't limit them. It shows them possibilities and opens new doors."

Lakes Region Community Services is a nonprofit, comprehensive family support agency with a primary focus of providing supports to individuals with developmental disabilities and/or acquired brain disorders and their families. A dynamic human services organization, LRCS offers other essential and critical services to individuals in the Lakes Region from birth through a lifespan. At the core of LRCS' work are inclusion, acceptance, and building strengths and partnerships – whether at the individual, family or community level.

LRCS has offices in Laconia and Plymouth which combine to serve families residing throughout Belknap and Southern Grafton Counties. To learn more about the Lakes Region Community Services contact Joanne Piper Lang at 603-5224-8891 or visit www.lrcs.org.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 09:51

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Author of the Month: Brendan Smith at Gilford Library January 23

GILFORD — On Thursday, January 23 the Gilford Public Library will host author and humorist Brendan Smith for a special presentation on Flatlanders and life in New Hampshire.

Born and raised in Long Island, Brendan moved to central New Hampshire in the 1980's. Over the next ten years, Brendan worked hard at adjusting to life in New Hampshire, with often hilarious results. Since 1995, Brendan has been recounting his humorous adventures weekly on the pages of The Weirs Times and Cocheco Times. His "F.O.O.L. (Flatlander's Observations on Life) in New Hampshire" column has proved to be both popular and prolific, as his writing continues today. The very best of his column was recently published into a book, The Flatlander Chronicles.

His presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room. This program is free and open to the public.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 10:37

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