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Review and Photo By Joe Milliken

Photo by Joe Milliken

Several local rock and metal bands recently gathered at the Moose Lodge in Claremont, NH to play some high energy music and help raise funds for a most worthy cause, the fight to defeat ALS, or "Lou Gerhig's Disease." This worth while event was a culmination of many people giving their time and efforts in support of event organizers, Karin and Christopher Bergmann of Bellows Falls. Christopher's band Spectris was also one of the events' headliners. The Bergmanns have created "Rock To Defeat ALS." which will become an annual event, after hearing the tragic story of Dr. Stephen Meersman of Claremont, who recently lost a two year battle with the disease.

The fund raiser is endorsed by the ALS Association of Northern New England and will not only benefit all who are affected by the disease through research, but also a college fund for Dr. Meersman three children. Hosted by 99Rock's Chris Garrett of Manchester, NH, joining Spectris were several other local bands to provide the day's entertainment including Dear Anyone, Gravity Road Band, 84 Sheepdog, Eden's Lie and headliners Stonewall.

Also included were several raffle giveaways including studio time at Exsubel Studio in Saxtons River, a propane grill from Cota & Cota, two dinners at Margharita's in Lebanon, a gift basket from Allen's Vending, a "bands package" of CDs and t-shirts, a Curt Schilling autographed baseball donated by the ALS Association of Northern New England and much more.

Having a high school friend lose his battle to ALS some two years ago, this benefit really hit home for this editor. I can't thank the Bergmann's enough, and all the wonderful people and musicians who gave their time, talents and efforts to support this important cause. I look forward to uniting together with everyone again next year to make this event an even bigger success than it was this year. Great job! Christopher, Karin and everyone who participated... YOU ALL ROCK!!

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