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BLC Tree Care Specialists take 2nd & 3rd Places at annual Woodsman Competition

GILFORD — Belknap Landscape company tree care specialists Ossian Batchelder and Clark Gareau took the second and third place spots in the annual Woodsman Competition at Gilford Old Home Day.

Batchelder, of the Belknap Landscape Company (BLC) Tree & Crane Service crew, won the Pole Climb contest and earned a 2nd place overall, scoring 30 points.

Gareau, BLC Tree Care Specialist, with 31 points, took third place in the overall score in the BLC-sponsored lumberjack contest.

Nick Haskell, currently employed by UNH at Bartlett Experimental Forest, was the first place finisher.

Instrumental in the event set-up, the timber milling and delivery, these employees joined in the fray with 26 others on a sunny Old Home Day. Gareau previously completed his course of study and exams to become a Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) Certified Tree Care Safety Professional or "CTSP". Belknap Landscape earned TCIA Accreditation status last summer.

This past season Gareau has earned the NH Arborist Certification, as well.

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At the August 24 Gilford Old Home Day Woodsman Competition are Belknap Landscape Tree Service Technicians Clark Gareau, Ossian Batchelder and former member of the UNH Woodsman Team Nick Haskell, currently employed by UNH at Bartlett Experimental Forest. These 3 lumberjacks, shown here listening to competition rules before the event began, ended up taking 3rd, 2nd and 1st places, respectively. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2013 09:11

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Lakes Region Winery Brings Home the Medals this Summer

SANBORNTON — Hermit Woods Winery's Petite Blue Reserve and Lake House White wine recently took silver in the Indy International Wine competition held in Indianapolis Indiana this past month. The Indy is the largest scientifically organized and independent wine competition in the United States. This year's competition received nearly 2,200 entries from 15 countries and 40 US states that were evaluated by 50 distinguished judges.

In other prestigious wine competitions this summer, Hermit Woods took home a total of six more gold, silver, and bronze medals. Other award winners include a gold medal for their Three Honey Wine at the Mazer Cup, the world's premier mead competition, a silver medal for their Mélange and a bronze medal for their Petite Blue in the Fingerlakes International Wine Competition, and a silver for their Heirloom Crabapple and a bronze for their Kiwi Wine and Petite Blue in the Big E wine competition in Massachusetts.

Hermit Woods Winery prides themselves on making wines from whole, local, and as much as possible organic fruits and raw honey. They work with local farmers and apiaries to procure the best fruit and honey possible and support their local economy by only selling their wine in local wine shops and restaurants as apposed to big liquor stores and chain supermarkets.

Bob Manley, one of the partners at Hermit Woods had this to say, "we have only been entering wines for competition for a couple years now, and have yet to not come home without a medal. We are very proud of this accomplishment." In previous years Hermit Woods Winery won a silver medal for their Three Honey Wine and Crabapple Wine. However, Manley wanted to make clear "winning medals is important, but what is most important to us is what our customers have to say, as long as we are making them happy, we will be happy."

Hermit Woods Winery is a small boutique winery located in Sanbornton. Their tasting room is open five days a week in the summer and on weekends in the fall. Learn more about Hermit Woods by visiting their website at www.hermitwoods.com or through www.facebook.com/hermitwoods.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2013 09:06

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Magic Blades Fall Skating begins Sept. 9 in Tilton

 

TILTON — The Magic Blades Figure Skating Club will open its fall season at the Tilton School Ice Arena on Monday, September 9 with a free skate and registration from 6-7 p.m.

Lessons begin the following Monday and will be held 6-7 p.m.

Tuition is $75 for a six week session, with discounts for families. To join  check out the web site www.magicblades.org, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or show up to the Tilton School Ice Arenaon Sept. 9 at 6 p.m.

Magic Blades has served the Lakes Region since 1997, and is one of over 1,000 US Figure Skating Basic Skills clubs across the country. Magic Blades was co-founded by Barbara Adams and Terry Hersh, assisted by a group of six volunteers. Over the past 16 years the club has brought the love of skating to hundreds of families in the area with programs in Laconia, Waterville Valley, and Tilton.

Skating Director, Adams, has 35 years of coaching experience specializing in beginning through intermediate skating, jump, and spin technique. She has completed the USFS 5th level figures, Novice Freestyle, and Silver level Ice Dance. She is a Professional Skaters Association registered coach, ISI Silver level judge, and adjunct faculty for Plymouth State University's HHP beginner skating course.

Magic blades has been at the Tilton School Ice Arena since the fall of 2007, offering lessons for young beginners in Snowplow Sam, through the advanced Freestyle levels including adults. While Magic Blades' focus in the higher levels is on figure skating, hockey skills can still be strengthened with the solid foundation in skating found in the Basic Skills curriculum.

Figure skating is both an individual and group endeavor. While students are allowed to move forward at their own pace, support from coaches and the group, and friendly competition help students achieve their goals. Some students, like Maggie DeVoy of Sanbornton, and Colleen Harriman, of Bridgewater, have been with the program over five years and have competed all over New England.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2013 09:03

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Enterprise Center in Plymouth hosting free workshop about increasing sales

PLYMOUTH — Join the Enterprise Center at Plymouth for a free workshop about developing better relationships to increase sales.

There will be three chances to catch this information-packed session: Thursday, September 5, from 4-5 p.m. in Laconia; Wednesday, September 11, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Plymouth; and Thursday September 19 from 9-10 a.m. in Littleton.

Robert Nadeau, Director of the Professional Sales Program at Plymouth State University, will share his knowledge to help people develop skills to guide clients to better decisions, earn their trust, and increase your credibility.

Learn the eight parts of a proven sales process and how to measure effectiveness, because, "Everything in business should be a measurable and scalable process." said Professor Nadeau.

Discover the connective value of LinkedIn and how to leverage those all-important second level connections. According to Professor Nadeau, "70% of consumers do their shopping before making direct contact with you. How can you leverage LinkedIn to start the relationship and be ready with a solid process to make the sale once you have that all important first meeting?"

These workshops are free, but space is limited. Reserve a seat  by contacting the Center office at 535-3222 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Robert Nadeau is the Director of the Professional Sales Program at Plymouth State University teaching marketing, sales, and sales management, empowering students with leadership mechanisms to select, develop, and lead organizations. His career as a Senior Manager for a Fortune 100 company earned him multiple awards, keynote speaking engagements, and a reputation as a results-driven consultant. In his spare time, Bob teaches motorcycle safety courses for Harley-Davidson

As part of their ongoing commitment to business growth and development, the Enterprise Center at Plymouth brings educational seminars and professional skills training to Grafton and Belknap Counties.

Managed by Plymouth State University, the ECP is an incubator in your community complete with one-stop services and referrals to assist business owners and entrepreneurs through each step of their business. For more information about programs or the ECP, contact the Center office at 535-3222 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
This program is sponsored by the NH Community Development Finance Authority, Plymouth State University, and the Economic Development Councils of Belknap and Graton Counties.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2013 08:59

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