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Governor Hassan Inaugural Committee Announces Additional Details for Inauguration Events

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Governor’s Inaugural Committee Partnering with the NH Food Bank to Highlight Culinary Job Training Program and Collect Donations for the Food Bank

State House Open House to Include Activities and Exhibits by the NH Fish and Game Dept., Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, NH Made, and Neighbor Made

CONCORD –Governor Maggie Hassan’s Inaugural Committee today announced additional details for the Inaugural Ceremony and State House Open House on Thursday, January 8th, 2015.

Governor Hassan’s Inaugural Ceremony will begin at noon and will feature poetry, prayer and music from numerous Granite Staters, including a performance by the Concord Community Music School’s Scholarship Vocal Ensemble. Christopher Duffley of Manchester will sing the national anthem.

The Inaugural Committee also announced a partnership with the New Hampshire Food Bank to highlight its Culinary Job Training Program, which helps individuals suffering financial hardship gain the skills and experience necessary to seek employment in the food service industry. Food prepared by program participants will be provided at the State House Open House, and guests at the open house are encouraged to bring shelf stable non-glass items to donate to the food bank (especially peanut butter, canned tuna, chicken, and soup).

“New Hampshire has so much to offer from our rich history and culture to our beautiful scenic landscapes,” said Governor Hassan. “With our theme of celebrating New Hampshire, the inaugural events will highlight our state’s unique landmarks, products, and culture, and feature a diverse group of Granite Staters whose talents and commitment represent the best of New Hampshire.”

At the ceremony, Shane Riley of Concord will lead attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance in honor of his mother, New Hampshire Air National Guard Lieutenant Colonel Stephanie Riley, who passed away this week after battling terminal lung cancer. Stephanie Riley, who was initially scheduled to lead the pledge, bravely served her fellow citizens for eighteen years, first in the United States Air Force and then the New Hampshire Air National Guard.

Later in the afternoon, Governor Hassan will hold a State House Open House starting at 4:30 pm where she will greet citizens from across the state.

The open house will feature entertainment for children and Granite Staters of all ages, including a State House scavenger hunt and activities provided by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire. The open house will also showcase products from local businesses and artisans through a partnership with NH Made and Neighbor Made.

There will also be musical performances by groups from across New Hampshire, including the Live Free and Pie Contra Dance Orchestra, Apple Hill String Quartet, Strafford Wind Symphony Brass Quintet, the University of New Hampshire’s Not Too Sharp a cappella group, and a trio of players from Symphony NH.

Children visiting the open house will also be able to attend a reading by children’s author Rebekah Prince Bergeron and illustrator Sandy McDermott of Exeter, as well as a performance by puppeteer Lindsay Bezich of Strafford.

During the open house, volunteers from the City Year New Hampshire program will help greet visitors and serve as guides through the State House.

Food, drink, and other supplies for the State House Open House and inaugural events have been generously donated by numerous New Hampshire businesses, including Common Man Restaurants, Lindt Chocolate, Coca Cola Northern New England, Pepsi Bottling Co., and New Hampshire the Beautiful. For more information about Governor Hassan’s inaugural events, please visit www.hassaninauguration.org.

Governor-Elect Hassan Announces Additional Details for Inauguration

Open House at the State House to Include Exhibits by FIRST Robotics, Children’s Authors, Artists and Local Food

CONCORD – Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan today announced additional details for her Inaugural Ceremony and State House Open House on Thursday, January 3rd.

Hassan’s Inaugural Ceremony will begin at noon and will feature poetry, prayer and music from numerous Granite Staters, including performances by the Cecilia Ensemble, a choir of high school girls from Peterborough, and Briana Nadeau, a singer-songwriter from Durham who will sing the national anthem.

“From our rich history and culture to our beautiful scenic landscapes, New Hampshire is a truly special place with much to offer,” said Governor-Elect Hassan. “Our Inauguration features a diverse group of Granite Staters whose talents and commitment are representative of our state’s resources and character.”[mantra-pullquote align=”right” textalign=”right” width=”33%”]“From our rich history and culture to our beautiful scenic landscapes, New Hampshire is a truly special place with much to offer,” said Governor-Elect Hassan. “Our Inauguration features a diverse group of Granite Staters whose talents and commitment are representative of our state’s resources and character.” [/mantra-pullquote]

In addition, attendees will be led in the Pledge of Allegiance by New Hampshire Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan of New Durham. Following the end of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, Morgan, who has been diagnosed with terminal breast cancer, has become a nationally recognized advocate in the effort to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which bars her wife, Karen, from receiving military, Social Security and other benefits that would help her care for their five-year-old daughter Casey Elena.

Following the ceremony and receiving line, Hassan will hold a State House Open House starting at 4:30pm where she will greet citizens from across the state.  During the open house, volunteers from the City Year New Hampshire program will help greet visitors and serve as guides through the State House where the Senate, House and Executive Council chambers will all remain open.

Music will be performed by students from across New Hampshire throughout the open house and exhibits by participants in the FIRST Robotics Competition, an initiative founded by Granite Stater Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology, as well as NH LEGO League teams will be set up in the cafeteria.

Children visiting the open house will be able to meet with and bring books to be signed by New Hampshire children’s authors, including Rebecca Rule, Erin Moulton and David Elliott, and Exeter artist Rose Bryant will work with children to create an art installation project.

Food and drink for the State House Open House and inaugural events has been generously donated by numerous New Hampshire businesses, including Common Man Restaurants, Crust & Crumb Baking Company, Lindt Chocolate, Me & Ollie’s Bakeries, Stonyfield Yogurt, Zampa’s, Blue Moon Evolution, and Washington Street Café. For more information about Hassan’s inaugural events, please visit www.hassaninauguration.org.

As Governor, Maggie Hassan will bring people together to keep New Hampshire moving forward by focusing on innovation, fiscal responsibility and common-sense solutions to our challenges. Hassan will work with members of both parties to develop a fiscally responsible balanced budget that protects New Hampshire’s priorities without an income or sales tax. She will work to implement her “Innovate NH” jobs plan, which focuses on building the best workforce in the country, providing tax credits to businesses, and giving businesses technical assistance to help them create jobs. And Hassan will reach out to legislators and citizens across the state to listen to their ideas on moving New Hampshire forward.

Congresswoman-Elect Kuster Announces Online Lottery for Tickets to President Obama’s Second Inauguration

For months we knocked on doors and made phone calls to help re-elect President Obama and elect Annie Kuster.  Now Congresswoman-Elect Kuster is giving back to the community that helped her get elected.

Congresswoman-Elect Kuster today announced that her office is launching an online lottery system for Granite Staters interested in attending President Obama’s Second Inauguration in Washington, D.C.

“I am thrilled that so many Granite Staters will have a chance to experience President Obama’s Inauguration from the nation’s capital,” Kuster said. “It is exciting to see so much enthusiasm from people across the state, and I encourage everyone who is interested in attending the Inauguration to enter their names in the lottery.”

To enter the online lottery system, Granite Staters should visit www.KusterforCongress.com/Inauguration and complete the online form.

Anyone can enter the lottery, but preference will be given to those from within New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District. Tickets are limited, so there is no guarantee that everyone who enters the lottery will receive one. There is a limit of four tickets per request, and the deadline to apply is December 29, 2012 by midnight EST. Due to the large amount of interest, there will be no exceptions to this deadline.

Those chosen in the lottery will be notified by early January and will receive additional information on how to pick up their tickets. Those not receiving tickets will also receive notification. Anyone receiving tickets for the Inauguration will be responsible for his or her own travel and expenses, and we strongly encourage all applicants to think through their travel plans in advance. Historically, the day of the Inauguration has been very cold with attendees standing on their feet for most of the day, so those who receive tickets are asked to plan accordingly.

Those who do not receive a ticket may still attend the Inauguration in the area open to the general public. Additional information about activities that may be of interest can be found here: http://inaugural.senate.gov.

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