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Furniture masters return to the Castle in the Clouds


MOULTONBOROUGH -- Castle in the Clouds will again host the New Hampshire Furniture Masters on Sunday,  August 17 as they display and discuss their newly crafted works in traditional and contemporary styles.

The event, which takes place at the Castle in the Clouds Carriage House, includes a wine and crudités reception and presentations by these talented furniture makers. Admission is $10 per person. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

The New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association was formed in 1993 to build public awareness and appreciation of New Hampshire's fine furniture makers. Each year, the organization showcases a select group of members' creations in a series of exhibitions and other events.

Castle in the Clouds is a not for profit organization owned and managed by the Castle Preservation Society and dedicated to the interpretation and preservation of the historic Thomas G. Plant Estate, celebrating its 100th year in 2014.

Castle in the Clouds is located off Route 171 (455 Old Mountain Road). Take Route 25 into Moultonborough, then south on Route 109 to Route 171. Use the Ossipee Park Road entrance.

For information about Castle in the Clouds visit the website at www.castleintheclouds.org or call 603-476-5900.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 August 2014 08:17

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PSU adds Master of Science in Accounting

PLYMOUTH — Graduate business students at Plymouth State University have new programs to choose from this fall. The school has launched a Master of Science in Accounting and has added to its Masters of Business Administration with expanded programs in Healthcare Administration and International Business.

All three programs, says Director of Graduate Business Programs Jennifer Pinckney, can be completed through online instruction, though some individual courses are offered in Plymouth or at PSU's Concord site.

The three new graduate programs are available starting with the fall, 2014, term, which begins September 1. In addition, registrations for fall admission into PSU's undergraduate degree programs are being accepted through September 3. Some openings remain for undergraduate first-year and transfer students.

Pinckney says the MS in Accounting program offers specialized content to prepare students for licensing as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or certification as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA). She adds that PSU's program starts at a time when New Hampshire has changed requirements for obtaining the CPA license. While 120 college credit hours are required to take the CPA exam, equal to most undergraduate programs, licensure requires an additional credit 30 hours, similar to a master's degree.

"Given the change in state requirements for licensure, we wanted to provide professionals a unique program to explore accounting topics in more detail," Pinckney said.

The programs in Healthcare Administration and International Business both grew out of PSU's popular Masters of Business Administration program. Pinckney says the MBA in Healthcare Administration program is already the largest of PSU's graduate programs. The program attracts students from throughout the United States and from around the world. "We see hospital administrators, doctors, allied health professionals and careers changers all entering this program," she says, to better understand the business side of health care. The convenience of online instruction is a draw but Pinckney adds students note courses in ethics, finance and management as especially valuable in launching or furthering their careers.

In the International Business program, students dig deep into topics such as global finance, multinational marketing, and managing operations on a global level. Pinckney says PSU is leveraging its current international experience – including faculty members from throughout the world – to help equip employees at New Hampshire and New England firms to better compete in the global marketplace.

For more information about PSU graduate programs, visit plymouth.edu/graduate. To learn about applying for admission to the PSU undergraduate programs, visit plymouth.edu/admissions

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 August 2014 08:09

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Marion Merrill Receives First "Mary Ruell Citizen of Ashland" Award

ASHLAND — In memory of Mary Ruell's endless devotion to community service in the Town of Ashland, the Fourth of July Committee created the "Mary Ruell Citizen of Ashland" Award as an annual honor for an individual or group who has made a noteworthy contribution to Ashland.

Marion Merrill, who is 99 years young, was presented with the first award Saturday, Aug. 2. Mrs. Merrill's many years of involvement in Ashland's community made her deserving of special recognition for her outstanding civic pride and commitment to the betterment of the town.

Until recently, Mrs. Merrill was a longtime resident of Ashland, having owned a successful real estate and insurance business in town. She was actively involved in the Chamber of Commerce and served as the Town Clerk from 1958 -1980.

Mrs. Merrill was active in many area organizations, including the Community Breakfasts; Rebekahs; Ashland Woman's Club; Squam River Covered Bridge Committee; Beautification Committee; Memorial Park Committee; Ashland Historical Society and First Free Will Baptist Church.

If preferred, expressions of congratulations may be sent to the Ashland Fourth of July Committee, PO Box 12, Ashland, NH 03217 to be forwarded to Mrs. Merrill.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 August 2014 08:01

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Record Breaking Month of Car Sales for the Irwin Automotive Group

LACONIA —  The Irwin Automotive Group has sold more new and used vehicles in July than any other month in their 63 year old history. Irwin's finished July with 459 cars sold. Only two other times in their history have they surpassed 400 sales in a month. This included a record 330 sales from their Toyota/Ford store, which had never sold more than 400 vehicles. Of the 450+ sales over 80 sales were to out of state buyers, with some traveling more than 1,500 miles.

"We're thrilled with the month of July and the results we saw. The vote of confidence from our customers is much appreciated. We'll continue to find ways to improve and provide a better experience to our guests," said Chris Irwin, vice president of Irwin Automotive.



Last Updated on Thursday, 14 August 2014 07:42

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