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Tonight in Manchester, a group dedicated to encouraging young workers to stay in New Hampshire will honor its 2013 “Rising Stars.”

The group, Stay Work Play, will present the awards in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio.

Local nominees are:

∎ Sophie Viandier, Andover, one of four nominees for College Student of the Year. Viandier is a student at Gaia University, an online college.

∎ Tonya Rochette, Human Resource Partners, Concord, one of four nominees for Young Professional of the Year.

∎ Luke Bonner, GY&K Marketing, Hopkinton, one of three nominees for Civic Leader of the Year.

∎ Granite State Independent Living, Concord, one of five nominees for Coolest Companies for Young Professionals.

“The nominee pool clearly showcases the truly outstanding and notable efforts of companies and individuals that live and work in New Hampshire,” said Kate Luczko, the executive director of Stay Work Play, in a prepared statement.

The awards program will be held tonight starting at

5:30 at Pandora Mill in Manchester – and is billed, however immodestly, as “the networking event of the year.”

Black Swan’s new owners

The Black Swan Inn in Tilton has new owners: Trish and John Basiliere.

The inn is a bed and breakfast in the 1880s Peabody-Brown Estate, located on 3 acres overlooking the Winnipesaukee River. It has seven guest rooms, as well as two suites in what was the estate’s carriage house.

The new owners are apparently Halloween enthusiasts. They’re planning a kids’ fair Saturday, Oct. 26, featuring face painting, a zombie storyteller and a treasure hunt.

N.H.’s ‘first-ever auto show’

Later this month, a Bedford sports complex will host – instead of AAU youth basketball, say – what organizers are touting as New Hampshire’s first-ever auto show.

The show will feature more than 150 2014 models from 20 manufacturers. “Attendees are invited to sit in the driver’s seats, inspect engines and compare legroom on a host of new vehicles without pressure to buy,” a statement promoting the show says.

Test drives for some vehicles will also be available. Motorcycles, ATVs and snowmobiles will also be on display.

The event will run from Friday, Oct. 18, through Sunday, Oct. 20, at the NH Sportsplex, 68 Technology Drive, Bedford. Admission is $5; free for children 6 and under and active-duty military men and women.

On Sunday, children under 12 will be admitted for free if accompanied by a paying adult.

Monitor staff

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