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Gilford Middle School to stage ‘Willy Wonka Jr.’ starting January 29

GILFORD — The family friendly musical, "Willy Wonka Jr." will be coming to the stage at Gilford Middle School this January. This will be the first time this classic, fan-favorite musical will be presented at Gilford Middle School.

After hosting heavily attended auditions in late November, Director Matt Demko, Vocal Coach Sherry Vansteensberg selected a cast of over 100 talented students and began rehearsals right away.

Vocal Coach Sherry Vansteensberg has worked with the singers on the classic music, while choreographer Lauren Camella (a talented 9th grade student) will be providing toe tapping choreography for the great tunes including "The Candy Man." "I Got A Golden Ticket", and "Pure Imagination."

Heading up the technical side of things will be long time GMS art teacher Aaron Witham who has designed and built the set with the help of talented middle school students. Also on hand are high school production assistants who have provided help with costume, props, and publicity. Denise Sanborn, music teacher at GMS and GHS, will also provide vocal instruction to the cast.

Willy Wonka Jr. marks the 5th time GMS Theatre will feature two entirely different casts presenting the same show. The Candy Man and Pure Imagination casts each perform on alternate nights.

Featured in lead and supporting roles are: Cyndal Vansteensberg and Tyler Brown as Charlie, Ryan Witham and Ceci Zarella as Willy Wonka, Sam Sawyer and Charles Purcell as Grandpa Joe, Emily O'Connor and Ella Harris as Mrs. Bucket, Josh Testa and Colby Smith as Mr. Bucket, and Josh Dery and Bryce Cote as The Candy Man.

The Ensemble is comprised of 80 talented GMS Students ranging from 5th to 8th grade.

The Show will be presented on January 29, 30, and 31st at 7:00 pm and January 31 at 2:00 pm. All performances will take place at the Gilford High School Auditorium and tickets will be $5 and can be purchased at the door.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 December 2014 10:41

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Belknap Republicans to hear from Sen. Forrester at January 7 meeting

BELMONT — The Belknap County Republican Committee (BCRC) has announced that their next monthly meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, January 7 at 6:30 pm at the Top of the Town Restaurant, 88 Ladd Hill Rd in Belmont. Please note that the BCRC meeting has been scheduled to take place one week earlier than normal to coordinate with the Annual State Committee meeting scheduled for Saturday, January 10 at the Pinkerton Academy.

The guest speaker for the January 7 meeting will be State Senator Jeanie Forrester (R-District 2), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. Senator Forrester will discuss the budget and alternatives to address the reported deficit, as well as the Senate's agenda for the next two years.

In addition, the committee will be holding its bi-annual election of officers for the upcoming two years. Recently elected members of the State Committee representing Belknap County are encouraged to attend this month's meeting to vote for the slate of officers.

As is the committee's common practice, if you're interested in having dinner (at your option) and/or wish to socialize before the meeting, plan to arrive as early as 5 pm. And, the Committee reminds everyone planning to attend that winter is a very difficult time for those less fortunate. So, please be sure to bring a non-perishable food item to the meeting for distribution to local food pantries.

For more information, check our website at www.BelknapCountyGOP.org, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 December 2014 10:32

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Ice skating party for Alton youth & families Friday at Laconia Ice Arena

LACONIA — The Alton Community Youth Activities (CYA) team and the Alton Centennial Rotary Club will host an ice skating event at the Laconia Ice Arena for Alton's youth and families on Friday, January 2 from 1:15-3:30 p.m.

The time reserved is exclusively for the Alton Community and the Barnstead families that have youth who are attending Prospect Mountain High School. There will be a box available for donations of non-perishable foods for the Alton Food Pantry; those who donate will receive a free surprise raffle ticket.

Tickets will be available at the entrance to the event. Ticket price is minimal per person; youth under age five skate free. Skates will be available or sharpened free at the event. For more information contact Dick Wallace at 393-3652 for further information or questions.


Last Updated on Monday, 29 December 2014 10:24

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LRGHealthcare pharmacist Larry Routhier wins Bowl of Hygeia Award

LACONIA — The 2014 recipient of the Bowl of Hygeia, an award sponsored by the American Pharmacists Association Foundation and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, is Larry Routhier of LRGHealthcare.

The Bowl of Hygeia Award is presented annually by participating pharmacy associations in each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the ten Canadian provinces. The recipients are selected by their respective associations for their outstanding record of community service. Among his many accomplishments, Routhier was a selectman and police commissioner in the town of Gilford, served on the zoning board, conservation commission, capital improvements commission, and is a member of the Gilford Rotary.

A graduate of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Routhier is currently the Director of Pharmacy Operations for LRGHealthcare.

Congratulations are also in order for Vice President of Clinical Services, Marge Kerns, on receiving the Excellence in Innovation award. This is a national award coordinated by the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, and recognizes and honors a qualified pharmacist who has demonstrated significant innovation in their respective practice, method or service directly or indirectly resulting in improved patient care and/or advancement of the profession of pharmacy.

In 1998, Kerns established the first pharmacist run Coumadin Clinic offered to the public sector in New Hampshire. She also oversaw the development of one of the earliest in-patient dosing protocols for warfarin.

Kerns is advancing the profession of pharmacy and the improvement of patient care through the active participation of pharmacists as vital members of the medical team. As part of that initiative, LRGHealthcare established a pharmacist in the Oncology department in 1998, pharmacists on the patient care units in 2005, and most recently embedded a pharmacist into the outpatient provider offices. Her innovative work has undoubtedly changed the practice of pharmacy in New Hampshire.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 December 2014 10:18

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