'Old Friends Genealogy' launched to help research family history

MOULTONBOROUGH — Moultonborough residents Kate and Mike Lancor have launched "Old Friends Genealogy", a service that offers to trace clients' family tree.

After spending countless hours over the past five years researching their own ancestors, Mike and Kate feel they have become amateur genealogists and records searchers and are using the research skills they have acquired to help others develop a lineage family tree.

Old Friends Genealogy has access to records online the United States as well as much of Europe. Kate and Mike have a great deal of experience using historical newspaper websites, National Archives records, Find-A-Grave and state records. When it comes to researching Irish ancestors, they have extensive experience using several Irish websites that house records for censuses, baptisms, marriages, deaths, and property valuations.

For more information, or to request a search, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., can call Mike and Kate at home (603-476-8409) or call Mike's cell phone (603-204-8409) to discuss a possible search by Old Friends Genealogy.

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Steele Hill Resorts celebrates craft beer with "Brew With a View"

SANBORNTON — Steele Hill Resorts hosted its inaugural "Brew With a View" beer fest on June 20, featuring a sampling of New Hampshire's craft breweries as well as some from across the country.

Hundreds joined in the sampling from more than 30 craft breweries from as far away as California to as near as Henniker and North Conway. Smoke 'N' Barley in Tilton stopped by the event with cigars. The festival also served as the official launch of Tova's Tavern Pale Ale, produced by Tuckerman Brewing Company.

Steele Hill's director of food and beverage, Jed Dole said he was "happy to see everyone having a good time." Organizers expect to make "Brew With a View" an annual tradition.

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Cozy Inn and Monkey Trunks honored for excellence by TripAdvisor

LACONIA — Two Weirs Beach area businesses have been recognized by TripAdvisor with Certificate of Excellence awards, Cozy Inn-Lakeview House & Cottages and Monkey Trunks Adventure Park.

Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Certificate of Excellence winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

"Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at the Cozy Inn-Lakeview House & Cottages and we'd like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor," said Joe & Dyan Driscoll, owners of the Cozy Inn-Lakeview House & Cottages. "There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one's customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence."

The Cozy Inn-Lakeview House & Cottages is comprised to two historic Inns and fifteen cottages located in the heart of Weirs Beach overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee. The Cozy Inn, built in 1880 and the Lakeview House, built in 1860, have charming common areas with many antiques and fine art pieces, spacious suites with beautiful views; small, cozy two-room suites or single rooms. The Cottages range from spacious three bedroom cottages to small one-room units. All have updated conveniences but still maintain their original charm that echoes back to a simpler time.

Monkey Trunks Adventure Park general manager Kris Gagnon said he regularly follows the parks' TripAdvisor reviews and welcomes feedback from customers. "Hearing our customers rave about our adventure courses and how much fun they had on them, is the best part of my job," Gagnon said. "These positive interactions with happy Monkey Trunks guests make this award all the more special."

Monkey Trunks features challenges such as swinging beams, tightropes, rolling logs, hanging tires, and cargo nets, with locations in Weirs Beach and Chocorua, NH and in Saco, ME.

The Saco and Weirs Beach locations recently unveiled new ZipTrek Courses: a unique hybrid of a zipline and ropes course unique to Monkey Trunks.


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Currier picked as Lakes Region's Realtor of the Year

HOLDERNESS — On June 11, the Lakes Region Board of Realtors held its annual meeting to select the Realtor of the Year. This honor was bestowed upon Barbara Currier of Pine Shores Real Estate in Holderness. The Lakes Region Board of Realtors is the second largest Realty Board in N.H.
Currrier has been in Real Estate for many years starting as a receptionist in a local real estate office. Later she became a realtor, associate broker and then a broker. She opened Pine Shores Real Estate in 2007 as owner broker.
Currier has been an active member of the Lakes Region Board for many years, currently serving as the treasurer, and is secretary for the disaster relief committee. Over the years she served as board secretary, was on the scholarship committee helping to provide 12 scholarships to area high schools each year, served on the grievance committee, and has worked with the RPAC Committee.
Currier has always been involved in serving her community and its people. She served as a Holderness Selectman for nine years, the Holderness School Board for seven years, and the Holderness Library as Treasurer. Barbara was a member of the Veterans Memorial Committee and is most proud that that committee was an integral part in successfully replacing the old memorial with a new prestigious Veterans Memorial.
Currier currently belongs to the Central NH Chamber of Commerce and previously served on the Squam Lakes Chamber of Commerce Board. She is a director for the Campton Historical Society and belongs to the Holderness Historical Society. For many years Barbara and her husband served the Holderness School District as the Transportation Contractor for both the Holderness Elementary School and the Plymouth Regional High School. They also owned and operated Squam Lakes Automotive prior to her husband's death.
Giving back to the communities she serves has always been Currier's goal. Her early desire for education resulted in an associate's degree in banking and finance. Now she is known for her dedication to lifelong learning and is continually taking classes to better serve her customers and clients. She encourages other realtors to become active and involved in their local realtor boards and communities. She lives up to her nick name, "Busy B" and says that she "believes that in working together, the best can be made better."

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