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CruCon Cruise Outlet opens 30,000 sq.-ft. headquarters

MOULTONBOROUGH —  Sandra Cleary, owner and President of CruCon Cruise Outlet, unveiled her new world headquarters on Whittier Highway in Moultonborough,  with opening festivities held June 27-June 29th with over 2500 in attendance.
The rapidly growing business is a specialty cruise travel agency that was founded by Cleary in 1995 and will grow to a team of approximately 150 in 2014.

Construction began in July of 2013 and was unveiled with an elaborate Open House on Sunday, June 29. Cleary and her CruCon team are well known in the travel industry as a world leader in cruise travel and was honored on June 11 with Vacation.com's highest honor of the 2014 U.S. Agency Chairman's Award, for the 4th straight year. The New Hampshire
cruise travel agency has been awarded the prestigious Chairman's Award from Celebrity and Royal Caribbean International, topping over 40,000 other agencies in North America. CruCon was noted as one of the top five women-led companies in New Hampshire by Business NH Magazine, and in February of 2014, Cleary was honored by the New Hampshire Business Review with the 2014 Outstanding Womenin Business Award.The unveiling of the 30,000 sq. ft. complex was held over the weekend with a Friday night Friends and Family event, a VIP event  on Saturday night and the Open House event on Sunday.

According to Cleary, much of her success is the extensive training each employee receives.  “We provide the highest level of concierge-style service and our team is well-trained to provide just that,” states Cleary. CruCon has over 300,000 clients in North America and their clients seldom visit the office as their services are all provided via phone and email.  The new building that features an auditorium complete with stage and electronic presentation capabilities as well as a recreation room, exercise room with men’s and women’s locker rooms and showers, and a staff lounge is solely for the expansion of staff and the need for a place to provide the extensive training from which every employee benefits. Many of the current employees have been with the company over 10 years and this state-of-the-art building is another reward to them for their years of service, and to provide a pleasant work environment.
“It was an honor for me to showcase CruCon Cruise Outlet to the cruise lines that we represent,” Cleary reports. Executives from Norwegian Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Celebrity, Viking River Cruises, Cunard, Princess, Oceania, Travelzoo, and Vacation.com flew in for the celebration from their locations all over the USA.  Travelzoo executives presented Cleary with their “Best of” award for the sixth straight year. The award is determined by the vote of some 12 million Travelzoo subscribers.
The contractor for the project was Jason Drouin Custom Homes, LLC located in Gilford and the design was by Chester, NH
Architect Dann Norris Batting. The building is a steel frame and will accommodate parking for over 150.  The CruCon Cruise Outlet new address is 81 Whittier Highway, Moultonborough, NH. For more information visit CruCon.com or call 800-493-6609.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 08:59

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37th Annual Loon Festival planned for July 19

MOULTONBOROUGH — Come join the Loon Preservation Committee for the 37th Annual Loon Festival at The Loon Center in Moultonborough, on Saturday, July 19 from 10 am - 2pm.

There will be fun for the whole family, including storytelling, balloon animals, live animals, face-painting, and loon facts trivia that might earn you some throws at the dunk tank. There will also be slideshows presented by Loon Center biologists.

The Squam Lakes Natural Science Center will have a Discovery Table full of interesting wildlife artifacts you can get your hands on, and will present some live animals to learn about. Mo's balloon animals and Caitlyn's creative face-painting are not to be missed.

Our storyteller, Jo Putnam, will entertain young and old alike with heartfelt and down-to-earth stories about people and the natural world. Jo's background includes writing and teaching. She has been a loon observer and a wolf tracker and is an adopted member of the Ojibwa (Chippewa) Nation. Many of her stories promote respect for the natural world.

For more than 37 years the Loon Preservation Committee has worked to preserve the Common Loon and its habitat in New Hampshire through research, education and management activities. Come learn about these marvelous and mysterious birds and how you can help protect them.

To reach The Loon Center from Route 25 in Moultonborough turn onto Blake Road at the Moultonborough Central School. Follow Blake Road one mile to the end at Lee's Mills Road. Turn right and the Loon Center is the first building on the left. For further information call (603) 476-5666 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 07:51

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Gilmanton Residents Free Math and Reading Help Available

GILMANTON  — The Adult Tutorial and Adult Learning Services Program for Belknap County is starting a new tutoring program to help adult learners in the Gilmanton area. The goal is to help adults improve their math and reading skills, prepare to take the HiSET Exam or learn to speak English. Bill Foster, a Gilmanton resident, is offering to tutor adults on a one-to one basis. There is no typical adult learner, everyone has the ability to learn.

The ability to read and write does not necessarily indicate the lack of intelligence. Many non-readers are intelligent and very creative in finding ways to compensate for their lack of being able to read. As one student commented "I don't have trouble thinking. My trouble is just reading." Adult learners differ from children in terms of their range of life experiences, personalities, habits, attitudes and interests. Most adult learners know what they want from an education and have rich personal experiences on which to build, and can be motivated to learn. Adult learners are not blank slates. They need the help of a volunteer tutor to encourage them to use the adaptability and creativity that they have demonstrated in other areas of their lives in order to develop good Math and Reading skills in order to achieve their life goals.

For more information Bill Foster can be contacted at 267-6874. The tutoring sessions will be held at the Gilmanton Year Round Library. This is a wonderful opportunity for adult learners to take advantage of this super opportunity to improve their math and reading skills. There is no need to feel embarrassed or self–conscious in asking for help to improve one's life and obtain gainful employment. Additional information can also be obtained by contacting Peggy Selig at the Laconia Adult Education Office at 524-5712. Improved literacy can make a huge difference in the lives of adult learners

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 12:26

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Author to discuss life of Bob Montana at Lake Winnipesaukee Museum on Saturday

LACONIA – Author and historian, Carol Lee Anderson, will return to the Lake Winnipesaukee Museum on Saturday, July 12, at 11 a.m. to give a presentation on the life of Meredith cartoonist Bob Montana.

The museum is located at 503 Endicott Street North (Route 3) in Weirs Beach, next to Funspot.

Anderson will talk about Montana's life beyond Archie, including his road to success and the Lakes Region connection to the Montana's famous comic strip.
Anderson, who authored the book titled, "The New England Life of Cartoonist Bob Montana: Beyond the Archie Comic Strip," conducted extensive research on Montana's life. The book chronicles the cartoonist's life, from his boyhood days spent in vaudeville, his creation of the characters in the comic Archie, to his many contributions to the town of Meredith, as well as many organizations throughout the state.

Montana became one of America's greatest and most beloved cartoonists. The antics of the rambunctious teenagers of the fictional Riverdale High that fill Montana's Archie comic strip are reportedly based on his high school years in Haverhill, Massachusetts. However, Montana spent his senior year at Manchester High School and became a resident of Meredith in 1946. He lived there all of his adult life, creating the comic strip from his home on Meredith Neck.

Anderson will have books available for purchase and signing after the presentation. Anderson's first book, "The History of Gunstock: Skiing in the Belknap Mountains," was published in 2011 and won the prestigious Skade Award from the International Skiing History Association. After publishing the book about Bob Montana, she recently published, "A History of the Belknap Mill: The Pride of Laconia's Industrial Heritage," which will now available.
The presentation is free to members of The Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society and $5 for non-members with all proceeds going to benefit the Historical Society's ongoing renovations.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 09:26

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