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Castle in the Clouds names new executive director

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Board of Directors of Castle Preservation Society, owner and operator of Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough, has elevated Charles Clark, its former Operations Director, to the position of Executive Director as of October 1, filling the position left vacant by the abrupt departure of Michael Desplaines last spring.

Charles "Chuck" Clark was hired by Mr. Desplaines in September of 2013 as Operations Director. He is a 2001 graduate of The Ohio State University, graduating with honors in Psychology and a minor in French. For ten years, prior to coming to the Castle, he was responsible for leading various aspects of the Guest Relations team at COSI, the nationally recognized science center in Columbus, Ohio, most recently acting as director of that department. He lives in Tuftonboro with his wife Kristen and their two young children.

After the departure of Mr. Desplaines last spring there was some concern the Castle might have a difficult season. However, Clark was named Interim Executive Director; the transition was smooth; and the Castle enjoyed a very successful summer. "I don't know of any other time when the Board has worked so well together and with its talented staff" said CPS President John Merkle, "there was no sense of panic, and all felt we were in fact offered a great opportunity."

Over the winter season Clark had learned the basics of the Castle business--which is seasonal, highly weather sensitive, and with many separate elements including weddings, award winning cafe, fundraising events, and the Lucknow Museum and grounds. He had not, however, experienced the operation during its intense summer season. This was a long and tiring summer, with many special events to celebrate Lucknow's centennial. Despite being down one crucial member of the team, Clark and all the staff worked smoothly together and devoted many extra hours in order to achieve another successful year.

With Clark ably running the operation, the Board duly established a search committee and began the arduous work of looking for a new Executive Director. Acknowledging that Clark was a strong candidate, the Board asked him to submit proposals for restructuring, and ideas for improvements to the existing operation. By the end of the season it was clear to the Board that they had their new Director in Chuck Clark. "I was extremely impressed" Merkle said, "by the way Chuck put together the organizational chart and salary structures."

On being informed of the Board's decision Clark said, "I am very excited at the opportunity to lead the Castle operation forward. The staff has a lot of positive momentum and I think we and the Board are poised to make great progress. It is unique for a town as small as Moultonborough to have such a major attraction. I am really looking forward to working with the town, with the LRCT, and other organizations in the Lakes Region to make this the crown jewel of the region."

The Castle Preservation Society is a not for profit corporation dedicated to the restoration, preservation and interpretation of the Lucknow estate and to the operation of Castle in the Clouds. The full Castle operation will be open every day until closing for the season on October 26. It will be open for several post season events such as Murder Mystery dinners, October 31 and November 1, and Christmas at the Castle,November 21, 22, 23, and November 28, 29 and 30. For information on Castle in the Clouds, call 476-5900 or visit the web site: www.castleintheclouds.org.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 01:13

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Palette Creation Fundraiser for Artistic Roots Is Underway


LACONIA — Over twenty of the Artistic Roots artisans have created amazing palettes which will be auctioned off on October 23rd at the Common Man in Plymouth, NH from 6-9 pm. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at Artistic Roots, 73 Main Street in Plymouth.
Beginning this week, the palettes will be on display at their sponsors' shops located in Ashland, Bristol and Plymouth. The sponsors include: Ashland: Meredith Savings Bank; Bristol: Whipple House Bed and Breakfast, Earthly Treasures, Renaissance Florists, Cardigan Mountain Store, Twin Designs; and Holderness: Walter's Basin; Plymouth: Rand's Hardware, Meredith Savings Bank, Dresser's Unlimited, Red Gate Gallery, Suzan Gannett Creations at Artistic Roots, Peppercorn Health Store, Children's Dentistry, M and M Scoops, CADY, Harris Brothers Furniture, Northern Exposure, Baker Valley Floors, Artistic Roots, True Colors. Artistic Roots would like to thank our sponsors for their support in this endeavor. Be sure to travel the area and see these exceptional works of art and the stores and businesses that cater to the needs of the community.
The palettes stretched the imagination of our artisans to think outside the box. They use a variety of medium including: water color, photography, oils, yarn, wool, acrylics, sterling silver, bead embroidery, wood working, mosaics, glass, and bicycle parts. Each palette is more beautiful than the next. The styles are equally varied.
Artistic Roots (AR) is a non-profit artisans' cooperative, located on Main Street in Plymouth. The gallery showcases unique fine arts and crafts made by local artists. The mission of AR is to encourage the appreciation and participation in the Arts by supporting local artists and offering classes to the surrounding community. Artistic Roots provides a unique opportunity for local artists to be involved in an artistic group and to display and sell their work. Open Table Classes, free to the public, give people of all ages and abilities a chance to learn a new craft or skill in the arts. Additionally, the gallery offers variety of classes including photography, jewelry making, fused glass, mosaics and painting. The gallery is currently developing a large teaching center to offer a more diverse choice of classes.

In order to maintain the gallery and support other non-profit organizations in Plymouth, the gallery conducts three fundraising events throughout the year. The Souper Bowl, in its 10th year, and the 4th Annual Spring Plant Sale and the Palette Creation is the final fundraiser of the year. Members believe in giving back to the community and a percentage of the fundraising has been shared with the Community Closet. AR to date has raised over $600 which was donated to the food pantry at Community Closet. This fundraiser will benefit "Keep the Heat On". Help support the arts and those in need by attending the Auction on October 23rd.


Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 11:06

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Moultonborough Police offer medication collection on Saturday

MOULTONBOROUGH — A free and anonymous medication collection will take place Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Moultonborough Police Department.

Only pharmaceutical drugs, (i.e prescription or over-the-counter medications) will be collected. No needles, syringes or lancets will be collected. For more information contact Detective Stephen Kessler at the Moultonborough Police Department at 476-2400.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 10:49

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Gilford Got Lunch not just for summer any more

GILFORD — Gilford Got Lunch has partnered with the Gilford School District to expand the Gilford Got Lunch program to now include weekend and school vacations throughout the year. Every week there is approximately 68 hours from the time that a child eats lunch at school on Friday until they eat breakfast at school on Monday morning. During this time away from school, these children do not have access to free breakfast and lunch that the school provides during the week. Gilford Got Lunch along with the support of the Gilford School District will now extend their summer program to include weekends and school vacations. This is an essential step forward in the fight to stop childhood hunger.

Beginning, Friday October 3, 2014, each child(ren) registered through Gilford Got Lunch Program will receive a two day supply of breakfast and lunch food items. Each bag will include a cereal or oatmeal for breakfast in addition to peanut butter & jelly or pasta & sauce for lunch.
GGL volunteers will continue to collect donated items and/or purchase food items and then pack the bags to be delivered to each school for distribution every week. The school will then distribute the food bags to the participating children to take home on Friday afternoons. This process will continue every week throughout the school year. In the summer months GGL will resume its successful summer program process and deliver the food bags to participating children's homes on a weekly basis.
Gilford Got Lunch is currently taking applications for any child(ren) that attend school within the Gilford School District. The application is a simple on-line form and no child(ren) will be denied regardless of income or need. If your child(ren) could benefit from additional weekend and school vacation meal options, register today on our website www.gilfordgotlunch.com

Gilford Got Lunch is grateful for the community and volunteer support it received throughout the summer and is again stocking their food pantry in an effort to continue to feed children in the community all year long. If you would like to sponsor a child or make a tax deductable donation, make your check payable to Gilford Got Lunch and mail it to: Gilford Got Lunch 19 Potter Hill Road-Gilford, NH 03249

For more information, visit our website www.gilfordgotlunch.com. You can also "like" our FACEBOOK page to receive updates about this all volunteer, non-profit organization.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 10:46

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