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New Hampshire Fiddle Ensemble Starts Rehearsals, All Acoustic Instruments Welcome


TILTON — All acoustic musicians are invited to join the New Hampshire Fiddle Ensemble for an experience to learn music of various styles and play with others. The Ensemble, now in its fifth year, is comprised of people of all ages and abilities that play a variety of acoustic instruments. The purpose of the Ensemble is to provide a place for musicians to learn the basics of performing and musicianship, both in the traditional manner (learning by ear) and using sheet music. Ensemble participants will be able to choose from beginner or advanced music and they will learn to play a variety of tunes and sung songs: American; Irish; Scottish; Swing; Folk and Bluegrass.

There will be local practices a few times each month this winter in Tilton, Exeter, Sandwich, Conway and Somersworth. Rehearsals are coached by Ellen Carlson (Tilton, Exeter, Sandwich), by Shana Aisenberg (Mountain Top Music in Conway) and by Melissa Bragdon (Somersworth). Rehearsal dates for each location can be seen at www.NHFiddleEnsemble.com. Everyone from all five areas will participate together in the two dress rehearsals in Franklin (March 30 and April 6, 2014) and in the three final performances in Exeter on April 11, 2014, in Conway on April 12, 2014, in Franklin at the Franklin Opera House on April 13, 2014.

The registration fee for all sessions and performances for adults is $195 and the fee for children ages 8-13 is $125. There are some full and partial scholarships available. For more information contact Ellen Carlson, the organizer of the Ensemble at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To learn more about the Ensemble, visit www.NHFiddleEnsemble.com for complete rehearsal and registration information and to see videos from the April 2013 performance.

Location: Tilton Senior Center, Fridays: 5-6:30 p.m.
January 3, 17, 31; Feb. 7, 21, arch 7, 21

Location: Benz Center, Wednesdays: 6:30- 8 p.m.

January 15 and 29; February 19; March 19
Saturdays: 10 a.m.-noon
January 4, February 8, March 8


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Gilmanton Congregational Service

GILMANTON — The December Christmas church service of the First Congregational Society in Gilmanton will be held this coming Sunday, December 15 at the Smith Meeting House, located off Smith Meeting House Road off route 140 and off route 107. The service will begin at 2 p.m. 

Music will be presented by Mary Sawyer, Harry Harriet Coupal, and Lainie Rosato. The Reverend Sidney Lovett of Holderness, will officiate. His sermons are generally a mix of the scriptures, the events of the times, and his personal experiences. The church services are always nondenominational and we encourage those who attend to participate in the musical selections. This is a time of the year to be joyful and triumphant.

Refreshments will be provided after the service.

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Taylor Community musical performance cancelled

LACONIA — The Music Series Trillium concert scheduled for Sunday, December 15 at Taylor Community has been postponed due to expectations of a significant snowfall. The concert will be rescheduled to a later date.

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NH Electric Co-op Working to Expand State's Network of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

PLYMOUTH — New Hampshire Electric Co-op (NHEC) is partnering with a group of its commercial members in a pilot program that is adding up to seven publicly available Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations to the state's network.

The pilot program will help NHEC to better understand the use of and need for EV charging stations in its service territory. The number of EVs registered in New Hampshire is expected to double in 2013 and hundreds more visit from out of state, creating opportunities for the expanded development of a network of charging stations that can benefit EV drivers as well as the regional power grid.

NHEC has worked with some of its larger commercial members in the hospitality industry to install EV charging stations this year in North Conway (Red Jacket Mountain View Resort), Woodstock (Woodstock Inn Station), Plymouth (Common Man Inn) and Lincoln (Indian Head Resort). Additional charging stations are planned in Meredith (Church Landing at Mill Falls), and Jackson (Bernerhof Inn). When fully installed, they will complete a ring of stations that are all within the range limits of most EV and Plug-in Hybrid vehicles.

Gary Lemay, NHEC Renewable Energy Engineer and manager of pilot program, notes that "range anxiety" caused by a lack of available charging stations is one of the barriers to the rapid adoption of EV or Plug-in Hybrid technology.

"People with electric vehicles charge first at home, second at work and third at a destination type of location where they will be staying for one to three hours or longer," he said. "That makes these hotels and resorts ideal locations for EV charging stations."

Lemay estimates there are currently 13 Type II EV charging stations that are available for use by the general public in New Hampshire, but less than a handful located north of Concord. The charging stations installed as part of the NHEC pilot will put some of New Hampshire's most scenic terrain, including the White Mountains and Mount Washington Valley, within range for most EV motorists.

By monitoring the use of the charging stations in the NHEC pilot program (both in total kilowatt-hours and actual number of vehicles), NHEC will explore the possibility of a special EV charging rate or further incentives for commercial members to install the chargers.

NHEC is a non-profit electric distribution cooperative serving 83,000 homes and businesses in 115 New Hampshire communities.

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