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Winnisquam grad receives MSS scholarship

SANBORNTON —  Emily Holt, who graduated from Winnisquam Regional High School this spring, is the recipient of a $1,000 National Multiple Sclerosis Society Scholarship Award, presented annually to select students across the country who are pursuing a college or technical school education, and who have a parent with MS or who themselves have MS.

Holt, who has a parent with MS, plans to attend Dartmouth College. In New Hampshire, there were four MS Scholarships awarded this year totaling $6,000. MS Scholarships are funded through individual and corporate donations, and by fundraising events such as Walk MS, Bike MS, and the MS Challenge Walk.

Holt plans to earn a PhD in biology and an additional degree in genetics. She said, "After I complete school I plan on entering the field of medical research. From that point on my goal is to devote my life to changing the world through the application of cord blood stem cells to treat and cure autoimmune disease, starting with multiple sclerosis."

MS can take a terrible toll on a family, emotionally and financially. The economic impact is substantial. Direct and indirect costs of MS, including lost wages (even for those with insurance coverage), are estimated at more than $70,000 annually per household. These challenges make funding a college education that much harder.

"MS shouldn't stand in the way of an education," said Lori Espino, the Society's Greater New England Chapter President, "and we're hopeful the MS Scholarship will be of help to the Holt family in covering some of the costs associated with college."

Last Updated on Monday, 29 June 2015 10:29

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Mayhew Program receives grant from Lincoln Financial

BRISTOL — The Mayhew Program has received a $5,000 grant from Lincoln Financial Foundation to help support its residential summer programming and school year mentoring for over 200 at-risk New Hampshire boys.

"This is an especially exciting time for Mayhew as we are launching an extension of the program, taking each boy through high school graduation. This step – and every aspect of Mayhew's eight years of year-round support for the boys – depends on hundreds upon hundreds of contributors. We are enormously grateful to the Lincoln Financial Foundation for its leadership and generosity," said Jim Nute, Executive Director.

Lincoln Financial Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Lincoln Financial Group, believes in empowering people to live greater lives, which advances culture and empowers greater positive change. Its grant is part of Lincoln Financial's annual $10 million investment in its local communities' youth education, economic and workforce development, human well-being and arts programs.

Mayhew provides tuition-free programming for boys, age 10 to 18, from economically and socially challenging circumstances. The mission of the Mayhew program is to challenge and help at-risk New Hampshire boys to believe in themselves, work well with others, and find their best.

Mayhew is a member agency of the Granite and Monadnock United Ways. For more information, visit www.mayhew.org.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 June 2015 10:07

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Bake sale July 4 at Moultonborough Library

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Moultonborough Women's Club will hold a 4th of July bake sale in conjunction with the Moultonborough Library's  book sale, at the library parking lot. They will set up early to have coffee and muffins available for library workers and fresh baked goods will be available throughout the day. Pies, cakes, cup cakes, cookies, muffins, brownies and other sugary treats will be available. Also available will be sugar-free and gluten-free desserts. Proceeds go directly into MWC Scholarship Fund.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 June 2015 09:57

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Scriven Arts Colony to host cultural events in historic Gilmanton barn

GILMANTON — The Scriven Arts Colony has just launched to host sporadic cultural events in a circa 1790 barn in Gilmanton. The Colony is located at 452 NH Route 140 in Gilmanton and is named in honor of Jane Scriven Cumming (1904-1998), a publicist, interior decorator, and bon vivant best remembered as the author of the 1993 classic, Gilmanton Summers, still in print and available through The Gilmanton Historical Society.

The Colony is the brainchild of Jane's grandson, Bill Donahue, a Gilmanton journalist who has written for The New York Times Magazine, among other publications.

The 2015 calendar features two events. Admission is free and open to the public.

Silent Movies, Friday, August 14 at 7 p.m.

Pianist Jeff Rapsis plays a live soundtrack to two Buster Keaton classics, Sherlock Jr. (1924; 40 minutes) and Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928; 70 minutes). Rapsis is co-founder and associate publisher of The Hippo, New Hampshire's weekly journal covering the arts, entertainment, food, culture, and lifestyle. Prepare for this event by reading the definitive biography, Keaton, written by Gilmanton's own Rudi Blesh in 1966.

History Talk by Gilmanton's own Rebecca Onion: Friday, September 4 at 7 p.m. 19th-Century Boyhood on Paper: Homemade Books by the Nelson Brothers of Goshen, New Hampshire.

Rebecca Onion grew up in Gilmanton Corners and is now the history writer for Slate Magazine. She will gives a 45-minute talk about three little-known New Hampshire authors—the Nelson Brothers of Goshen. The Nelsons were late 19th century farm boys, and in their early youth, writing on spare scraps of paper, they created a fictional universe replete with its own land masses (the Big, Round, and Long Continents,), as well as its own farm fields and wars.

Rebecca is the daughter of longtime Gilmanton residents Anne and Perry. She is an alumna of Gilmanton Elementary, Gilford Middle School, Milton Academy (Milton, MA), Yale University, and the University of Texas at Austin (in that order). She holds a Ph.D in American Studies. Her book, Innocent Experiments: Childhood and the Culture of Public Science in the United States, will be published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2016. She currently lives in Athens, Ohio.

For more information, email ScrivenArtsColony@gmail.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 04:27

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