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Winn Aero Announces Cash Raffle Winners

GILFORD — In conjunction with the recent Wings, Water & Wheels Open House at Laconia Airport, WinnAero conducted a "modified" 50-50 cash raffle. Half the money generated through ticket sales goes to the ACE Academy Scholarship Fund while the other half was divided between three lucky winners. The total raised was $904 with $452 to WinnAero. All eligible tickets were placed in a revolving drum and, after several handle rotations to ensure a good mix, three tickets were drawn. Doing the honors was the Laconia Airport Manager, Diane Terrill.

The first ticket drawn for a percentage of the $452 was The Captain Doug DiCenzo Camp Fund. An anonymous donor purchased the ticket and designated the DiCenzo Camp Fund for any winnings. The Fund is named in honor of Plymouth, NH native Doug DiCenzo who lost his life serving in Iraq in 2006. His family created the fund, in Captain DiCenzo's memory, so area kids could attend camp. The Camp Fund will receive a check for $ 316.40.

Similarly, another anonymous donor purchased tickets on behalf of the Hawk Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. This ticket was the second ticket drawn in the raffle and worth $90.40. Sky Bright Aviation, one of the fixed base operators at the Laconia Airport., sold ticket number three to a local resident and customer. Upon learning he had won, he graciously asked that his winnings be given back to WinnAero because "that's the group that helps kids with aviation".

"We are very pleased with the results of our first ever cash raffle" stated Raffle Chairman Don Morrissey. "And I am especially pleased that two anonymous ticket purchasers plus our third winner chose to designate non-profit youth activities as recipients of the cash" he added.

WinnAero is the local non-profit whose mission is to bring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math principles (STEM) to area youth through hands-on, fun activities related to aviation and aerospace subjects. For more information about WinnAero and its work, see the website at www.winnaero.org.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 10:36

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LRCC Licensed Nursing Assistant Program Graduation Held

LACONIA — Graduation was held recently for seven students who completed Lakes Region Community College's (LRCC) Accelerated Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA) program.

"LRCC's Accelerated LNA classes are completed in 8 weeks instead of 15 so students are able to get their certification and hit the workplace sooner," says LRCC LNA Coordinator, Cathy Weigel of Meredith.  "The hours and clinical portion are the same as the regular classes, but a bit more intense. It works!"

"All the students successfully passed their state competency exam," Weigel said.

The next LNA Full Semester class starts September 3.  New for the fall, LRCC will be offering a weekday evening clinical as well as the weekend daytime clinical.  “Meeting the needs of potential LNA students is paramount to supporting and creating an increasing number of LNA’s to meet the continuing demands for more trained professionals in the medical field,” Weigel concludes.

For additional information and to register, call Weigel at (603) 524-3207 ext. #6710. One may also visit LRCC's website at www.lrcc.edu.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 10:31

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Winnipesaukee Museum to host Hermit Woods Winery on Wednesday


LACONIA — Lake Winnipesaukee Museum in Weirs Beach is hosting a presentation, "Hermit Woods Winery," featuring Bob Manley, on Wednesday, July 16, at 7 p.m.

Hermit Woods Winery is a small boutique winery located in Meredith which produces a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional wines.

Manley will speak about how Hermit Woods Winery started and how it approaches wine in ways very few, if any other wineries are. They have found that using old-school wine making techniques combined with some new approaches in wine making and blending, they can produce non-grape wines that satisfy even the most hardened grape wine enthusiasts.

Manley grew up in Rhode Island. After graduating high school he moved to California and graduated from California Institute of the Arts. Living in California gave him the opportunity to visit hundreds of wineries from San Diego to Northern California which spurred his passion for wine. He moved east in 1993 and in 1997 Manley met his partners Ken Hardcastle and Chuck Lawrence. In 2009, the three men, with their wives whole-hearted support, began the process of opening a winery that would soon become Hermit Woods. Together, they are able to balance their many interests with the making and selling of wine.

Hermit Woods Winery won New Hampshire Magazine Best of NH 2014 Editor's pick for best fruit wine. Also, one of their wines was recently featured on the "Today" show.

This event is free for Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society members. For non members there is a $5 fee with all proceeds going to benefit the Historical Society's ongoing renovations.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 10:27

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Walt Havenstein and Jim Lawrence to Speak at GOP Spaghetti Dinner

ASHLAND — The Pemi-Baker Valley Republican Committee (PBVRC) welcomes Walt Havenstein, gubernatorial candidate, and Jim Lawrence, candidate for Congress from the 2nd Congressional District, to its next All-You-Can-Eat spaghetti dinner on Friday, July 18 at 7 p.m.

Havenstein graduated from the US Naval Academy with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. He served 28 years in the Marine Corps. He retired from the Marine Reserves in 1999 at the rank of Colonel.

Over the years, he has been a leader in the private and non-profit sectors having taken a strong interest in the success of our nation's youth. He has served as Chair of FIRST, a non-profit established to inspire young people to be leaders in science and technology, and to promote STEM education. Havenstein has been the Vice Chair of the Marine Corps Scholarship Fund, providing higher education opportunities to the children of Marines. And, for more than 30 years, Walt and his wife, Judy, have been involved supporting the Juveniles Diabetes Research Foundation, advocating for and funding research to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes.

Havenstein has been CEO for two companies, including BAE Systems, Inc., one of the state's largest employers. At BAE, he was responsible for managing a budget nearly 3 times the size of New Hampshire's annual budget. He also served as CEO of SAIC, an $11 billion, FORTUNE 250 scientific, engineering, and technology company.

Jim Lawrence is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. Upon leaving military service, he became a consultant to use his experiences to improve the way government did business. This later led to the formation of a small business firm dedicated to streamlining government and reducing federal spending. In 2002 he was elected to the New Hampshire House to begin the first of three terms.

Lawrence says ''I have spent over 15 years streamlining Federal government spending as a small business Department of Defense contractor.''

The dinner, which includes spaghetti sauce with meatballs and Italian sausage, garlic bread, salad, beverages, and desserts, runs from 5-7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 37 Main Street, in Ashland. It is open to the public. Adults are $10, kids 5-12 are $5, and under 5 are free. Special family price is $25. For more information, Omer can be reached at 603-536-2224 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or contact Cindy at 603-536-3880 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 10:15

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