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Civil Air Patrol squadron holding open house


LACONIA — The Hawk Composite Squadron of the New Hampshire Wing Civil Air Patrol will hold an open house at the Laconia Municipal Airport in Gilford on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the airport Terminal Building on Aviation Drive.

Anyone interested in joining this organization, either as a cadet member or adult member, is encouraged to attend this meeting. Any questions they may have will be answered, including information regarding flight training and scholarship opportunities. Refreshments will be provided.

NH Wing, Civil Air Patrol will have several displays to include a Cessna 182 aircraft, emergency services vehicles and equipment to further demonstrate its search and rescue capabilities. Aerospace Education will display model rockets and aircraft built by our members. There will be a recruiting booth for those ages 12 to adult interested in the three missions of Civil Air Patrol which are Cadet Programs, Aerospace Education and Emergency Services.

CAP membership applications will be available. Applicants will need to produce valid proof of identification.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force, is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to training youth (12 to 18 years old) in the areas of aerospace education, leadership, character development and emergency services, while instilling the values of integrity, volunteer service, excellence and respect. The squadron is also open to adult members interested in air crews and ground search and rescue teams. The Hawk Composite 

 For more information regarding the Open House, please contact either Nick Orgettas, Capt. (CAP) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on the Civil Air Patrol please refer to http://hawksquadron.nhcapcadets.org.

Civil Air Patrol is tasked for more than 90 percent of the inland search and rescue missions by the Air Force Rescue and Recovery Center. In 2010 the organization was credited with 113 saves. The adult members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counter drug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. They also take a lead role in mentoring to some 26,000 youth and aerospace education to both the public and its members. Civil Air Patrol has been performing missions for America for over 70 years.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 10:24

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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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