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Ray Burton memorial service will be held Dec. 14 at Plymouth State

PLYMOUTH — The public memorial service for First District Executive Councilor Raymond Burton of Bath will be held Saturday, December 14 at 1 p.m. in the Courtroom of Plymouth State University’s Hartman Union Building. Scheduled speakers include PSU President Sara Jayne Steen, N.H. Governor Maggie Hassan, former Governor John Lynch, N.H. U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte, N.H. State Senator Lou D’Allesandro and former Burton intern Trevor Chandler. The Plymouth State University Chorale will provide musical accompaniment and the event will be live streamed by PSU and WMUR–TV.

The event is expected to be well-attended and carpooling is strongly encouraged. Parking for the general public is located at the University’s P.E. Center on Route 175-A in Holderness, with shuttle buses available to transport attendees to the service. The parking lots will open at 9:30 a.m. all attendees are asked to be seated by 11:30 a.m.

Burton died Tuesday, Nov. 12 after a period of failing health. He was a longtime member of the New Hampshire Executive Council, serving 35 years representing New Hampshire’s First District, making him one of the Granite State’s longest-serving and most recognized political leaders. 

Burton, a 1962 graduate of what was then Plymouth Teachers College, began his career as a school teacher and principal. He later became an adjunct faculty member in Plymouth State’s Department of Social Sciences. After becoming a member of the Executive Council in 1977, he established an internship program for New Hampshire College students to learn more about the workings of state government. Plymouth   State University has established the Honorable Raymond S. Burton ’62 Public Service Scholarship, an endowed scholarship for PSU students from New Hampshire who aspire to public service. In addition to the scholarship, Plymouth State is establishing a Raymond S. Burton Collection in the Lamson Library’s Spinelli Archives and Special Collections, which will house Ray’s papers and memorabilia.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 December 2013 11:46

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Friends of Belmont Football selling Christmas trees on Rte 106

BELMONT — Friends of Belmont Football is currently hosting its inaugural Christmas Tree Sale at the Gates Farm at 445 Laconia Road ( Route 106 near Country Kitchen Bread Outlet) in Belmont. Members of the non-profit organization will be selling trees from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekends and from 4 to 7 p.m. during the week. The sale will continue through Dec. 14, as supplies allow.

All proceeds from Christmas tree sales will go toward the effort of making high school football a reality for Belmont student-athletes. The organization is currently striving to fund raise toward the goal of creating a cooperative team with Gilford.

Belmont 8th graders who played for Gilford Silver Hawks contributed to an 8 and 2 season this year and experienced a championship win with a perfect record last season. These players are greatful for the experience they had with their Gilford team mates.

These 8th graders can not play next year unless Belmont High School can form a cooperative team.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Rob Robillard steps up as Vice President of Operations at Steele Hill Resorts

SANBORNTON — Steele Hill Resorts has announced that Rob Robillard has been promoted to the Vice President of Operations. As an officer of the company, Rob will be responsible for day to day operations at both Steele Hill Resort and its sister property, the Summit Resort.

With nearly twenty years of experience working at Steele Hill, including previous positions as a member of the maintenance staff, Head of Maintenance and Director of Operations, Robillard has demonstrated dedication and commitment to delivering a quality guest experience.
"Rob has earned the new promotion with his work ethic, attention to detail and ability to always put the guests first", says Bill Cutillo, owner at Steele Hill Resorts. In recent years, Robillard has overseen major renovation projects throughout the property. His project skills with infrastructure improvements are only surpassed by his leadership abilities.
As a newly minted officer of the company, Robillard will be responsible for finalizing the property-wide renovation project the company has committed to. He will also be tasked with overseeing all operations management and systemization as the resort continues to grow into a major player in the Lakes Region hospitality industry.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 December 2013 11:02

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Veggie Art Girl & Habitat to host holiday shindig

HOLDERNESS — Ringing in the holiday season, Veggie Art Girl in Holderness welcomes all for a Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 8. Beginning at 1 p.m. this 5th annual event is free to the public, offering handmade soup, refreshments, live acoustic music, raffles and sales.

"In years past, we have held evening holiday events, but this year we are trying something new," explains owner Stacey Lucas. "A Sunday afternoon in December seems like the perfect excuse to hang out and listen to great music, sip some cocoa and buy local crafts for great holiday gifts."

Veggie Art Girl is in its fifth season of business, offering the works of over 30 local artisans.

"We have a little bit of everything," Lucas continues. "From handmade candles to cards, funky jewelry, a little bit of vintage and my signature handpainted signs and hula hoops, which will all be on sale that day. I will be raffling off one of those giant hula hoop and a couple of pieces of my art."

A new neighbor to Veggie Art Girl this year is The Pemi Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Newly re-opened in July, the two businesses have found a harmonious balance in working together on events, breaking down the door between the businesses and both offering salvaged goods for creative repurpose. Typically closed on Sundays, the ReStore will be open during the Holiday Open House for one stop shopping of home renovation supplies, appliances and more.

"We will be offering deep, deep discounts for just those 2 hours," explains ReStore manager LuAnne Ryall, who plans on coming in to slash prices that day on already marked down goods. "Keep an eye on the ReStore Facebook page for pictures of half price sinks, doors, windows and more that we will be clearing out that day. We're clearing out and making room for new product.!"

Veggie Art Girl and The Pemi Valley Habitat ReStore will be open on Sunday, Dec. 8 for the Holiday Open House and super sale from 1-3 p.m. Both businesses are located in the plaza at the corners of Rtes. 3 & 175 in Holderness.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 December 2013 10:33

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