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WWII vet Guy Taylor visits D.C. as part of Honor Flight program

PLYMOUTH — On May 18, Guy Taylor, escorted by his guardian Tiffany Dube, flew to Washington, D.C. with Honor Flight New England, the organization makes it possible for World War II veterans and any disabled ones from around New England to tour the historic monuments built in their honor — free of charge.

On this trip, veterans visited the World War II, Vietnam, Korean, and Air Force Memorials. They also saw Arlington National Cemetery, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the memorial to the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Greeters saying thank you for the veterans' service were awaiting their arrival as they boarded the plane in Boston, once they touched down in Baltimore, and at just about every stop along the way. They had a police escort anytime that they were on a bus. On the way back to Baltimore, veterans were surprised by a "mail call" in which family members and children wrote letters of thanks for their service. Finally, for dinner veterans had an amazing barbecue buffet hosted by an American Legion in Baltimore.

During World War II, Mr. Taylor served in the US Army 64th Field Artillery Battalion Company C, 25th Infantry Division. He was stationed in the Philippines and then when the war ended, spent one year in Japan as part of the Army of Occupation. Once out of the service, he used his GI Bill to become a lineman and worked for White Mountain Power Company for five years. After that, he went to barber school in Nashua. He then came home to Plymouth, where he opened up his own business "Guy's Barber Shop," which he operated for 48 years before he retired.

Many people helped to make this trip a memory of a lifetime for Taylor. The Lamonte Kennison American Legion Post 76, Rumney, was gracious and donated the necessary $400 for Dube's fee as a guardian. Laura Welch was instrumental in helping to seek out this contribution. Richard Magoon, who is an Air Force Veteran himself, provided transportation to and from the airport. Marianne True and Gerry Buteau provided assistance in paying for fuel costs. Students from the Holderness Elementary School provided letters of thanks for the "mail call," as well as the veteran's family members. Keene Medical donated equipment to help assist Taylor on his flight. Finally, without the directors of this program Joe Byron and Sheila Peters none of this would be possible.

For more information on how to support Honor Flight New England, see pictures of recent trips, get an application for a veteran, or to become a guardian go to http://honorflightnewengland.org. Please feel free to also call Tiffany Dube at 536-2779 with any questions or e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 June 2014 08:58

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2014 P.E.O. Star scholarship goes to Gilford High's Sally Ann Tinkham

GILFORD — The prestigious P.E.O. Star Scholarship for 2014 has been awarded to Sally Ann Tinkham, a graduating senior at Gilford High School. The scholarship was presented at a school award ceremony by Marilyn Lynch.

Tinkham is the daughter of Dan & Diane Tinkham and was recommended for the $2,500 scholarship by P.E.O. Chapter 6 in Meredith. She will attend Gordon College in Wenham, Mass. in the fall. She plans to study elementary education.

The P.E.O. Star Scholarship is based on excellence in leadership, extracurricular activities, community service, academics and the potential for future success. The program is open to young women who are citizens or legal permanent resident of the U.S. or Canada and who are graduating high school seniors at the time of application. A student must be recommended by a P.E.O. chapter to be eligible for an award.

The P.E.O. Sisterhood, founded in 1869 at Iowa Wesleyan College, is an international philanthropic and educational organization which promotes increased educational opportunities for women. There are nearly 6,000 local chapters in the U.S. and Canada, with almost 90,400 initiated members. The sisterhood has given $235 million in financial assistance to almost 90,400 recipients. It also owns Cottey College, a fully accredited, private, liberal arts and sciences college for women in Nevada, Missouri.

For more information about the P.E.O. Star Scholarship program, pleas contact Marilyn Lynch at 524-1906 or visit peointernational.org.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 09:09

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Unique Sea Shell "Valentine" demonstration at the League of NH Craftsmen

MEREDITH — Come join the League of NH Craftsmen – Meredith Fine Craft Gallery on Saturday, June 7 anytime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to see Denise Betourne create her signature Sailor's Valentine.

During this demonstrations Denise will be showing how she finely crafts one of her Valentine's out of shells. She will show how she makes individual flowers out of sea shells and how she decides to place them and organize them. This process is extremely delicate and planned out and Denise will have examples of the different steps, from drawing out her design, picking colors, cutting the mat board, creating flowers out of shells, and finally filling in the Valentine to finish it off.

Every Valentine is different and there are no two that are the same, so come see how Denise makes these beautiful and delicate one-of-a-kind works of art at the Meredith Fine Craft Gallery at 279 Daniel Webster Highway in Meredith.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 09:01

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Bolduc Park Holding Open House Saturday

GILFORD — Bolduc Park Association will be hosting an Open house on Saturday morning June 7 from 8 a.m. to noon. Guests are invited to visit the park to see the nine hole par-three golf course, the pro shop and our hiking trails. Visitors are invited to use facilities free of charge during the open house hours.

Bolduc Park is run and maintained solely on the work of volunteers, the park has no paid employees. Members of the volunteer group and board of directors will be on hand to offer information on volunteer opportunities.

Golf lessons and leagues are available at the park all summer long. Bolduc Park will also host a business after hours to be held in August and an annual golf tournament open to the public the weekend of August 15-17.

A new and improved disc golf course is being planned and guests can get information about its development at the open house.

Bolduc Park is a 501c3 Non-Profit organization and is fully operated and maintained by volunteers. The park offers golfers of all ages and skill levels a beautifully maintained nine-hole, par 3 golf course, walking trails and retail/pro shop. Lessons and leagues are available and in the winter the park is groomed for cross country skiing and snow shoeing. Volunteers are always needed and welcomed. Stop by or call the park for more information 603-524-1370.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 08:57

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