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Lakes Region Holiday Craft Fair at Opechee Conference Center Nov. 29 & 30

LACONIA — Lakes Region Holiday Craft Fair will be held at the Opechee Conference Center on Saturday, Nov. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The fair will feature a variety of handcrafts and art including designer metal art, pillow quilts, wood turned items, Ben's NH maple syrups, skincare products, glass art, soy candles, primitive and country wood decor, goat milk soap, American Girl doll clothing & accessories, decorative & functional pottery, keepsake boxes, stained glass, seasonal decorative wall hangings, soft sculpture, seasonal floral arrangements, seasonal greens, ceramics, cedar wood furniture, homemade soups, acrylic paintings, photographic notecards, crochet hats/scrarves/blankets, glass art, fine jewelry, bat & bird houses, Lakes Region photographic calendars, birch wood creations, home made toffee, quilts & quilted table decor, fabric fairies, and more.

Craft demos include jewelry making, crochet patterns, and quilting. Music of Tim Janis will play throughout the day. Free Admission. For more information contact Joyce at 528-4014 or www.joycescraftshows.com.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 November 2014 09:54

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Soda Shoppe offering free Thanksgiving Dinner for ticket holders

LACONIA — The Soda Shoppe in Laconia will be offering free Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 27. Seatings will be held from 11 a.m. to noon, 12:30-1:30 p.m., 2-3 p.m., and 3:30-4:30 p.m.
For tickets or more information contact a local pastor or Mike at the Soda Shoppe. Tickets must be reserved by November 26.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 November 2014 10:16

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Plymouth State University recognizes 120 of its employees at ceremony


PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen recognized nearly 120 University employees and retirees in a Nov. 13 ceremony. Dozens of co-workers, friends, and family members attended the annual event. Steen thanked employees for their dedication and provided each of them with a gift for service to the University.

"Recognition day is the kind of tradition that makes Plymouth State University special," Steen said. "We are all here on the same mission – to prepare students to make a better world for the next generation. Recognition day is our chance to say thank you to our faculty and staff; it is an opportunity to express our gratitude to those of you who have created an environment that offers students an opportunity to succeed and excel. On behalf of everyone at Plymouth State University, thank you."

Retirees Nancy Aldrich, David Beronä, Nancy Betchart, Shaughn Bolton, Darlene Brill, Deborah Burnell, Robin Cummings, Robert Gannett, Mary-Ellen Godville, Susan Keefe, Timothy Keefe, Susan Lafreniere, Judith Landry, Loretta Muzzey, Diane Newberry, Susan O'Callaghan, Steffan O'Sullivan, Robert Swift, Warren Tomkiewicz and Orvell Tyrrell were recognized for their dedication to Plymouth State. President Steen noted the 20 retirees cumulatively have worked at the institution for nearly 580 years.

"Each retiree has made his or her mark on our institution as well as in his or her field and we are grateful for their achievements," Steen noted.

Christine Wilkie of Sodexo was recognized as the longest serving employee, celebrating her 45th year of employment at the institution.

Retirees and Employees with Landmark 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 Years of Service


Nancy Aldrich – Center for Young Children and Families

David Beronä – Library and Academic Support Services

Nancy Betchart – Division of Online and Continuing Studies

Shaughn Bolton – Biological Sciences/Environmental Science and Policy

Darlene Brill – Student Affairs

Deborah Burnell – College of Business Administration

Robin Cummings – Physical Plant

Robert Gannett – Center for Young Children and Families

Mary-Ellen Godville – Purchasing, Disbursements, and Contract Services

Susan Keefe – Plymouth Academic Support Services

Timothy Keefe – Student Affairs

Susan Lafreniere – Center for Young Children and Families

Judith Landry – Budget and Accounting Services

Loretta Muzzey – Account Collection and Mail Services

Diane Newberry – Financial Aid

Susan O'Callaghan – Admissions

Steffan O'Sullivan – Library and Academic Support Services

Robert Swift – Music, Theatre, and Dance

Warren Tomkiewicz – Environmental Science and Policy

Orvell Tyrrell – Physical Plant

Recognition Award Recipients

10-Year Recognition

Angela Adams – Graduate Studies

John S Anderson – Art

Lourdes Aviles Bramer – Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

Alan Baker – Information Technology Services

Amanda Bickford – Sodexo

Christian Bisson – Health and Human Performance

Darcy Cushing – Health and Human Performance

Sureya Ennabe – Silver Center for the Arts

Wilson Garcia – Languages and Linguistics

Steven Golden – Health and Human Performance

Brendon Hoch – Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

Whitney Howarth – History, Philosophy, and Social Studies Education

Amanda Hutchins – University Police

Colleen Kenny – Information Technology Services

Vedran Lelas – College of Business Administration

David Mackey – Criminal Justice

Patti May – Library and Academic Support Services

Sandra McGarr – Admissions

Thomas R. Morin – Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

Steve Nichols – Sodexo

Rebecca Noel – History, Philosophy, and Social Studies Education

Holly Oliver – Music, Theatre, and Dance

Angela Preisendorfer – Center for the Environment

Geoffrey Tomlinson – Elementary Education and Childhood Studies

Lisa Travis – Music, Theatre, and Dance

Steven Whitman – Social Science

Kerry Yurewicz – Biological Sciences

15-Year Recognition

Catherine Amidon – Museum of the White Mountains

Karla Chierichetti – Registrar's Office

Michael Cosma – Information Technology Services

Elizabeth Daily – Music, Theatre, and Dance

Jane Davis – Mathematics

Jeff Furlone – Dean of Students Office

Timothy Gilmore – Music, Theatre, and Dance

Michael Heffernan – Art

Pom Hehir – Sodexo

Wendy Hills – Health and Wellness Center

Janice Johnson – Music, Theatre, and Dance

Ginny Jordan – Sodexo

Regina Kelly – Counseling and Human Relations

Sandy Marrotte – Sodexo

Geoffrey McGlone – Athletics

Chris Mongeon – Sodexo

Cyndy Mongeon – Sodexo

Alice O'Connor – Academic Affairs

Karen Sanders – Center for Young Children and Families

John Scheinman – University Advancement

Marianne True – Elementary Education and Childhood Studies

John Ward – Physical Plant

Elizabeth Wichland – Center for Student Success/Undergraduate Advising Center

Metasebia Woldemariam – Communication and Media Studies

Deborah Ziemba – Physical Plant

20-Year Recognition

John Bowen – Sodexo

Ellen Braley – Physical Plant

Kent Cherrington – Athletics

Judith D'Aleo – Biological Sciences

Abby Frizzel – Sodexo

Stephen Gorin – Social Work

Carol Jowdy – Art

Dean Merrill – Physical Plant

Paul Mroczka – Music, Theatre, and Dance

Jonathan Santore – Music, Theatre, and Dance

Kurt Schroeder – Social Science

Richard Sparks – College of Business Administration

Marguerite St. Laurent-Crowell – Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

Susan Superchi – Physical Plant

25-Year Recognition

Carolyn Adams – Physical Plant

Robin Cummings – Physical Plant

Juanita Field – Psychology

Jennifer Hall – University Advancement

Philip Haskell – Information Technology Services

Frank Kopczynski – College of Business Administration

Lisa Ladd – Center for Student Success/Global Education Office

Susan Lafreniere – Center for Young Children and Families

Barbara McCahan – Health and Human Performance

Lisa Prince – Marketing Communications and Creative Services

Pahl Sharrow – Physical Plant

30-Year Recognition

Elaine Allard – Library and Academic Support Services

Elaine Berry – Physical Plant

Dick Bruce – Mail Services

Constance Chesebrough – Music, Theatre, and Dance

Robert Fitzpatrick – Library and Academic Support Services

Susan Noel – Library and Academic Support Services

Frank Olcott – Information Technology Services

Deborah Tobine – Center for Student Success/Undergraduate Advising Center

35-Year Recognition

Nancy Aldrich – Center for Young Children and Families

Roger Babin – College of Business Administration

Dennis McManus – Athletics

Diane Newberry – Financial Aid

Mark Okrant – Social Science

Ellen Shippee – Physical Plant

Robert Swift – Music, Theatre, and Dance

40-year Recognition

Gail Carr – Center for Student Success/Continuing Education

Mary Campbell – Undergraduate Studies

45-year Recognition

Christine Wilkie – Sodexo

Plymouth State University currently employs nearly 1,100 people.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 November 2014 09:59

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Alexandria musician releases album

ALEXANDRIA — Independent record label Tate Music Group has announced the official release of Maxwell MacPherson Jr.'s new album titled "Call it Synchronicity." The album offers 10 tracks and is readily available for purchase nationwide at the iTunes Store, Amazon.com, or directly from TateMusicGroup.com.

Maxwell MacPherson Jr. is Alexandria's up-and-coming blues musician. Singing and performing a variety of instruments since childhood, he was always surrounded by music. This talented musician will hook music fans with his captivating and catchy guitar riffs and smooth vocals. So kick back, relax and breathe in this amazing musician's one-of-a-kind blues.

His new album "Call it Synchronicity" is a compilation of tracks that is about time and motion and how these things affect an individual's life. Portrayed in a bluesy manner, this album explores beyond the boundaries of electronic music using complicated but harmonious mixes of music arrangements.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 November 2014 09:40

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