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U.S. Cellular donates to Boys & Girls Club

LACONIA — U.S. Cellular donated $2,500 to the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming. Associates will also be volunteering at the club's Open House on Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

This donation is part of U.S. Cellular's $1.25 million national commitment to Boys & Girls Clubs of America and National 4-H Council. The commitment will enhance the learning experience for youth and communities by championing K-12 and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) educational programs. The Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region serves more than 300 youth in the area, and this focused approach ensures the company is positively impacting the communities where associates work, live and play.

"As a national wireless company driven by innovative technology, it's a natural fit we focus on STEM programming as it helps develops our future associate base," says Matt Kasper, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in New England, "We are excited to engage with our communities through a variety of volunteer opportunities that Boys & Girls Clubs and 4-H Clubs have in big and small cities and rural communities across the country."

To celebrate these new relationships, U.S. Cellular associates are participating in National Volunteer Month in April with the company's first 'Month of Giving' program. As part of this initiative, the company announced a goal of 30,000 volunteer hours to complete by the end of the year. By collaborating with local Boys & Girls clubs and 4-H Clubs, U.S. Cellular associates will impact communities through a myriad of volunteer efforts including mentorship, club clean-up days and STEM-focused opportunities in April and throughout the year.

"We're excited U.S. Cellular shares our commitment to helping youth and advancing our education/STEM efforts," says Mariah Hoffmann, unit director of the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region. "This commitment will have a positive lasting impact on our young members."

Last Updated on Friday, 17 April 2015 08:34

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Plymouth State University to screen Power of Place documentary on Wednesday

PLYMOUTH — New Hampshire conservation photographer and filmmaker Jerry Monkman will be screening his documentary, The Power of Place, at Boyd Hall Room 144 on the Plymouth State University campus at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22. The documentary is hosted by The Museum of the White Mountains.

Electricity giant Hydro-Quebec needs to sell more of its electricity to New England and Eversource Energy wants to pitch in by distributing this power to customers in southern New England. To do that the companies have joined forces to build Northern Pass, a 187-mile transmission line that will bisect the state of New Hampshire with high-voltage cable strung between 1500 steel towers rising as tall as 135 feet. Residents of the "Live Free or Die" state have a problem with that. New Hampshire is a place where people's connections to the land run deep. Its mountains and forest, lakes and rivers, are part working landscape and part outdoor playground, and those opposed to Northern Pass see it as a desecration of this landscape.

The Power of Place tells a compelling story by exploring the issues surrounding Northern Pass - its promise of bringing jobs and cheaper electricity to New England; the fears of those living next to the potential power line corridor; and the visual impact of the towers on iconic New Hampshire landscapes like the White Mountain National Forest, The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and the state's Great North Woods Region. The 50 minute documentary combines interviews with experts and New Hampshire residents with distinctive landscape cinematography of the places that will be impacted by Northern Pass, from quiet ponds in and around the state capital, Concord, to the 360 degree views of wilderness summits like Mount Moosilauke and the Percy Peaks.

The screening is open to the public and there is no admission charge. The film will be followed by a Q & A with the filmmaker and director Jerry Monkman, who is a resident of New Hampshire and a long-time professional landscape and adventure photographer.

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Irwin celebrates 65 years as Toyota dealership

LACONIA — Irwin Toyota celebrates its 36th year of business with a record year in car sales and has been named a winner of the prestigious annual Edmunds.com Five Star Dealer Award given to only the top 1% of all car dealers nationwide for best overall customer service based on actual customer reviews.

Although there have been various changes since the business opened in 1979, Irwin has continued to be a benchmark for excellence in every aspect of business. Irwin's is dedicated to delivering exceptional service and value and honors a commitment to transparency and friendliness making the Irwin Automotive Group a company where people have wanted to work and do business for generations now.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 17 April 2015 08:27

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Wind music of Scandanavia performed on April 26

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth State University Symphonic Band, directed by Professor Mark Stickney, will celebrate the wind music of Scandinavia at a 3 p.m. concert Sunday, April 26 in Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center.

The concert, the band's second this year featuring Scandinavian works, features a performance of the first movement of Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor, with Carleen Graff on piano. Dr. Graff is professor of music at Plymouth State, where she teaches piano performance, class piano and piano pedagogy. A frequent adjudicator for competitions and evaluations throughout the United States and Canada, she has performed solo and chamber recitals in New England, the Midwest and Germany, and her students have received numerous awards for their performances and studies.

Also on the program, PSU senior music education major Christopher Alberi of Otisfield, Maine, will conduct Grieg's March of the Troll's from Lyric Pieces, Op. 54. Completing the program are Serge Prokofiev's Summer Day Suite, arranged for band by Swedish American Erik Leidzén; Lagmansboda-Suite by Swedish composer Owe Green and Wind Layers, by Rolf Martinsson.

Stickney is assistant professor of music and director of bands at PSU. He has served on the brass faculties of Salve Regina University and the Community College of Rhode Island, where he taught trombone, euphonium and tuba. He guest conducted the Rutgers Wind Ensemble at their Carnegie Hall debut in 2005. He has performed widely and has premiered a number of works as conductor. An active clinician, Stickney has worked with bands in New England, California, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Kansas, Rhode Island, Texas and Utah and has performed at the Newport Music Festival and throughout Southern New England as a soloist and chamber musician.

Tickets are $8 for adults and youth and $6 for seniors at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or ($800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 April 2015 08:22

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