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Record Amount Raised for Charity at Peter Makris Memorial Run

 LACONIA — For the first time in several years, Laconia Motorcycle Week began the official riding season in with blue skies and sunshine; over 230 bikers departed the NASWA Resort for the 8th annual Peter Makris Memorial Run
which has become the Official Kickoff of Laconia Motorcycle Week.

State and local police escort riders for a two-hour, "feet up" ride around Lake Winnipesaukee, which offers an enjoyable, traffic-free ride that concludes with a bountiful, gourmet lunch and all-day party with live music and promotions at the NASWA Resort's waterfront NAZBar & Grill.

From the entry fees, sponsorships, raffle tickets, silent auction and additional donations nearly $60,000 was raised from this year's run. An unexpected donation by NASWA customer, Tony Giordano of American Contractors Corporation, at the annual NAZKini Contest later in the week, matched and raised by sponsor G. Smith Motorsports, raised an additional $22,000 in a matter of minutes. G. Smith Motorsports started as a $1,000 sponsor, raised its contribution to $5,000 once they did the ride, then added the "challenge" donation of $12,000, plus an additional $600 to the Bikini Contest--for a total of $27,600. G. Smith was also an active silent auction bidder and left the party with several memorable souvenirs.

The Peter Makris Memorial Run benefits the Laconia Fire Department Life Saving Fund and the Easter Seals NH Veterans Count program. This year, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), a trained group of volunteers who assist first responders, was also added as a beneficiary.

"We believe in helping those who help our community," says Cynthia Makris, President of the 3rd generation, family-owned and biker-friendly NASWA Resort. Her late father, Peter Makris, in whose memory the charity run is held, was a community leader who helped start the Laconia Fire Department Lifesaving Fund, and a US Marine. In his honor, more than 100 members of the US Marine Corps Leatherneck Motorcycle Club road to Laconia from New York, Connecticut and other chapters around the country to participate in the run.

Another community leader and friend of Peter Makris, Paul Blizzard, owner of Lakeport Landing Marina, passed away this Spring and was honored at the event as he worked with Makris to fund the area's first water rescue unit.

Chief Ken Erickson, of the Laconia Fire Department expressed deep gratitude to both for their efforts which resulted in a privately funded rescue boat and team of trained first responders to serve the residents and visitors to the 70-square mile Lake Winnipesaukee.

"Being able to respond to emergencies on this lake is crucial to our tourists and residents who enjoy the recreational amenities that our Lakes Region and its many islands offer," said Erickson, "We are honored by the presence of all the people here whose contributions assist in making our work more efficient and available to everyone, year-around."

Easter Seals NH Veterans Count program is another important non-profit to the Makris family in part because Makris was a veteran but also because the resort has a long history of Easter Seal support, doing several promotions over the course of their season to raise money for the statewide organization. The Veterans Count program provides personal and financial resources and services to veterans, service members and their families.

"Bikers are a very generous and caring group," said Cynthia Makris, who also serves as President for the Laconia Motorcycle Rally Association that organizes and promotes the Laconia Motorcycle Week statewide event, "They open their hearts and their wallets when they ride our beautiful winding and scenic roads and we so appreciate the support that they've pledged over the years in my father's memory that helps so many across the state. We were also overwhelmed by the generosity of G. Smith Motorsports, a new visitor to Laconia who donated over $28,000 to our fund. We are honored to host this kind of guest for our annual event and to keep the giving rolling!"

To date, the Peter Makris Memorial Fund has raised over $300,000 as it builds toward a 10-year anniversary in 2016.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:11

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Coldwell Banker charity poker run on July 27

LACONIA — The New Hampshire offices of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, along with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares, the company's charitable foundation, are hosting the sixth annual Putting Kids and Families First Charity Poker Run on Sunday, July 27.

The ride will starting and end at Laconia Harley-Davidson, 239 Daniel Webster Highway (Route 3), in Meredith. Onsite registration will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Poker Hands need to be turned in at 1:30 p.m.  A cookout and raffle will follow.

Participants will ride through the Lakes Region to raise money for our military troops as well as several local charities that support families in need of housing and other services. Riders will make five stops along the way to collect five cards and end at the Laconia Harley-Davidson in Meredith. At the end of ride, participants will have a cookout provided by T-Bones and Cactus Jack's, as well as live music.

The highest poker hand will win a cash prize of $500 and participants will have chances to win an assortment of raffle prizes.

Proceeds from the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares charity poker run will benefit Chaplains Emergency Relief Fund, Building Dreams for Marines, Salvation Army-Carey House, New Beginnings Crisis Center, Laconia Area Community Land Trust, Lakes Region Food Pantry and the WLNH Children's Auction.

Those who want more information or to register can contact Mike Keeler at (603) 581-2895 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:05

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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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