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George Hobbs now leading Astro Division of New Hampshire Ball Bearing

LACONIA — New Hampshire Ball Bearing has hired George Hobbs as the new operations manager of the Astro Division here. He succeeds Jim St. Pierre, who will retire at the end of this year after 40 years with the company.
Throughout his career, Hobbs has built a reputation for being driven, results-oriented, and an agent of positive change. The divisions and business units he has managed have all experienced an increase in productivity, rapid improvements in on-time delivery, a reduction in quality escapes, and drastic improvements in customer satisfaction.

Hobbs has spent most of his career in the aerospace industry, working from 1980 to 2004 for various business units of Pratt & Whitney in Middletown, CT and North Berwick, ME. Starting in 1995, he was fast tracked into senior-level operations management when he was assigned to lead Pratt & Whitney's Turbine Blade Unit. The other business units he has managed since then include General Machining, Blade Outer Seals, Aftermarket Service and, finally, Commercial Engines, which is a division with five product lines that contributed to 30 percent of company's revenues.

In 2005, Hobbs was hired as an operations manager by Westinghouse Electric, in Cranberry Township, PA. He then served as plant manager of Nuclear Components Manufacturing division before becoming vice president of Continuous Improvement, the position he held before joining NHBB.

Hobbs holds a BS in business from the University of New Hampshire System and an MBA from Boston University. He has also acquired various certifications in leadership development, Lean Manufacturing, and Six Sigma. Notably, he was recognized in 2003 as a high achiever by Boston University.

As part of NHBB's formal succession planning process St. Pierre will remain on-board in an advisory role to assist with the transition. St. Pierre will be involved in select corporate projects and continue to report to Rich Bardellini, vice-president of Manufacturing.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 June 2014 08:52

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11th annual Kainen Flynn Memorial Fishing Derby today

GILFORD — The 11th annual Officer Kainen M. Flynn Memorial Fishig Derby, sponsored by the Gillford Police Relief Association will be held today at the Gunstock Recreation Area.

Lines go in the water at 9 a.m. and the pond at Funstock is packed with recently stocked trout. Registration is free and orizes will be awarded to the top anglers in several age groups.

Hamburgs and hot dogs will be sold to help meet expenses for the event, which promotes water safety as well as keeping Officer Fynn's memory alive.


Last Updated on Friday, 06 June 2014 08:43

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Walks & Talks Series Returns to Castle in the Clouds

MOULTONBOROUGH — The popular Walks & Talks program series returns to Castle in the Clouds beginning Monday June 9 with a Bird Walk on the Castle estate led by renowned ornithologist Robert Ridgely. The Bird Walk leaves the Carriage House at 8:30 a.m. – enter via Ossipee Park Road.

Walks & Talks take place each Monday, June 9 though August 25. See the entire series schedule, which includes Nature Photography, a Wildflower Walk, Wilderness Survival, and many more nature-themed topics, at www.castleintheclouds.org. Walks &Talks are $8 per person or free for Friends of the Castle. Space is limited and reservations are strongly recommended. Call 603-476-5414 to reserve a spot. This series is generously sponsored by Mill Falls at the Lake.


Last Updated on Friday, 06 June 2014 07:46

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Newfound students’ work featured in N.H. High School Short Film Festival

BRISTOL — "The Soon to be Deceased" by Newfound Regional High School junior Sam Kench was one of 25 films made by high school students which was featured recently at the Lincoln Financial Cinema at Red River Theatres in Concord at the New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival.

The comedy-western was written, directed and edited by Kench, who also stars in the short film along with fellow NRHS students Emmett Morrill, Andrew Fortier and Shaun Hathaway.

Founded in 2008, this festival is an initiative for students presented by the New Hampshire Film and Television Office, and was created to give high school filmmakers around the state the opportunity to create and showcase short films on the big screen in statewide competition.

The event starts at noon and the screening will run about two hours. Tickets are $7 and available at the door.



Last Updated on Friday, 06 June 2014 07:30

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