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International Nativity display at Meredith Bay Colony Club December 12-14

MEREDITH — The 4th annual International Nativity Display at Meredith Bay Colony Club will be held Friday through Sunday, December 12-14. The display will be open Friday noon to 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 3 p.m. Admission is free. For those who choose to donate, non-perishable food will be accepted to benefit Meredith Emergency Food Pantry.

The exhibit is the collection of MBCC member Reverand John Eaton. He purchased his first creche at Woolworth's as a child because he thought his family should have one to express the true spirit of Christmas. He got his second while in the Air Force since by then a home creche had become an important part of Christmas for him. Today he has a few more than 100. "I've probably had as many as 150, maybe 175. Some are keepers. Others I display and after a few years give them away so others can enjoy them in their homes. I'm a collector, not a hoarder, " said Rev. Eaton.

Rev. Eaton has acquired many of his creches in his travels. Others have been gifts while still others come through fair trade organizations that help natives in developing countries market their crafts. His collection represents the artistry of over 35 nations on five continents. Each is identified with its country of origin and material from which it is made. Materials range from paper to glass, stone, ceramics, wood, cloth and even postage stamps. One is made of the ash from the 1980 explosion of Mt. St. Helens.

The nativities are in most any style one can imagine. One of his favorites is carved from marble and stands only an inch high with quarter inch figures. It is from Proctor, Vermont, the marble center near Rutland where he grew up. Another favorite he purchased in Bethlehem and is detailed carving in olivewood, while still another is low relief carving from Assisi, Italy, where the tradition of creches began. New this year are creches from Zimbabwe and the Czech Republic.

The nearly limitless number of creches available means Rev. Eaton has set some criteria for new acquisitions. He favors those from countries and in styles and materials he doesn't have represented.  Finding creches that meet all the criteria is becoming increasingly difficult.  "Even cottage industries in developing countries are becoming commercialized in today's worldwide economy," Rev. Eaton said.
Cultural differences do occur in these creches however, as a creche from Vietnam clearly has east Asian facial features and those from Chile and Peru reflect their South American origin. One from Kyrgastan has a yurt in place of the traditional stable while one from Canada features Eskimos and arctic animals. These cultural interpretations are not intended to distort history, but to make it relevant to the people for whom the creches were created.

Rev. Eaton graduated from Castleton State College in Vermont and entered the U.S. Air Force, serving as an air traffic control officer in Utah, Florida and Vietnam. He was a U.S. Customs officer on the Canadian border in Vermont before entering Bangor Theological Seminary in Maine in his early thirties. He was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 1982 and pastored churches in East Greenbush, NY, and Greenfield and Center Harbor, NH, before becoming an interim ministry specialist. He served Hampstead, Canterbury and Bristol, NH, UCC churches in that capacity before retiring seven years ago.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 09:04

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New imaging tool for Advanced Orthopaedic Specialists

GILFORD — Advanced Orthopaedic Specialists (AOS) announced that they are now using the VisionScope Imaging (VSI) System to assess a variety of joint pathologies. For the first time, Dr. Alexander Hennig and team can gain immediate insight to a joint's spaces and surfaces, informing a definitive diagnosis in just a matter of minutes, without leaving the office exam room.

Of making the decision to offer VSI as an option to patients, Dr. Hennig said, "VSI gives us real-time information that can be used to formulate a clear diagnosis and treatment plan recommendation, all while the patient is present and participating in the discussion. VSI helps us achieve our clinical goals and meet our patient's needs, all in one visit."

The VisionScope Imaging System is a non-surgical diagnostic tool that uses a tiny needle scope to view the inside of both large and small joints. The VSI exam takes less than 10 minutes and allows patients to resume normal activities, with physician direction, immediately following their appointment. No general anesthesia, no stitches, no recovery time. And the path to diagnosis can potentially be collapsed from weeks – even months – to one VSI appointment.

"MRI's have long been the go-to non-surgical option, but they can be expensive and are at times inconclusive. For patients with pacemakers or implants or those with claustrophobia, MRI is not even an option. In both of these situations, a surgical diagnostic procedure is the only alternative for a definitive diagnosis. I'm thrilled that VSI allows me to offer a non-surgical approach that is high in both diagnostic accuracy and patient satisfaction. My patients love VSI. It's easy, it's fast, it doesn't disrupt their daily routines and activities and they get what they came in for – an answer," shared Dr. Hennig when explaining how VSI has impacted AOS.

LRGHealthcare is the premier provider of orthopaedic services in the Lakes Region – focused on offering state-of-the-art technologies and services, across the spectrum of orthopaedic care, that help transform the standard of care and elevate patient satisfaction.

For more information about this topic or to schedule an appointment, please call Advanced Orthopaedic Specialists at 603-528-9100 or online at www.advortho.org.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 08:54

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Alexis Suter Blues Band playing in Laconia on Saturday

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room at 94 New Salem Street in Laconia  will host The Alexis Suter Blues Band on Saturday, December 6 at 8 p.m.

Admission $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

International Recording Artist's The Alexis P Suter Band is a powerful and unique 5 piece ensemble fronted by a vocalist who transcends styles and genres. When the great Bluesman B.B. King first heard Alexis P. Suter sing, he was visibly impressed and said so after her opening set for him at BB Kings NYC. Shaking his head in wonder in his characteristic way, he remarked: "It's a rare thing to share the stage with great talent like that young lady."

Alexis was nominated for Best Soul Blues Female Artist at the 33rd Annual Blues Music Awards held in Memphis, Tennessee! The Alexis P. Suter Band have contributed a song to the Songs After Sandy (songsaftersandy.com) project and Restore Red Hook. This is a 3 CD compilation of some of the biggest artists in music today. APSB are proud and honored to be on the Second Volume along with Sir Paul McCartney and Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) with their song "In The City".

Along with Suter's extraordinary bass/baritone voice and amazing and powerful stage presence, her real secret weapon is The Alexis P. Suter Band! At every show audiences show their whistling, clapping and cheering appreciation for the APSB with drummer Ray Grappone's dynamic beats, guitarist Jimmy Bennett's searing leads, Peter Bennett on down home solid bass and the very talented backing vocalist Vicki Bell. T

Catered dinner buffet available before the show. Call 527-0043 for dinner reservations.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 08:33

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Meredith Village Savings Bank collecting items for Children’s Auction

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) is pleased to once again serve as a sponsor for the NH1 Children's Auction on WLNH, which supports children and families in need throughout the Lakes Region. This year, the televised auction is scheduled for Tuesday, December 9 through Saturday, December 13.

As in years past, MVSB's offices around the Lakes Region will serve as drop off points for donated auction items from now through Wednesday, December 10. Due to space concerns, the office in the Hannaford Supermarket in Plymouth will not be able to accept donations; however, the Plymouth Main Street office and all other MVSB offices will be accepting items. Community members are also invited to drop off their "theme day" donations, including much needed items like diapers, canned goods, toiletries, and socks at MVSB offices throughout the week of the auction. Stay tuned in to the auction or visit www.childrensauction.com for theme day information.

MVSB has been a supporter of the auction since it began in 1982 and was one of the first corporate sponsors for the event. About thirty employees volunteer as part of the event, and this year that will include the Bank's first PubMania team. The Bank will be contributing an iPad to be auctioned off during the event to help support the PubMania team, and will be the corporate sponsor of the auction on Friday.

"We are so moved by the commitment of the Children's Auction volunteers and the generosity of community members and local businesses," said MVSB CEO and President Sam Laverack. "It is incredibly rewarding to be a part of an event that makes such a significant impact on the lives of children and families throughout the Lakes Region."

In 2013, the NH1 Children' Auction on WLNH raised $510,801 for local organizations. Beneficiaries of these funds included 33 local non-profits that provide services to the children and families of our communities.

The NH1 Children' Auction on WLNH is in need of donated items as well as financial and volunteer support in order to reach its goal this year. To learn how you can help, visit www.childrensauction.com, contact them by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call (603) 524-1323.

Meredith Village Savings Bank, founded in 1869, is an independent mutual savings bank with 11 offices serving individuals, families, businesses and municipalities in the Lakes Region and the Plymouth area.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 08:16

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