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Rob Robillard steps up as Vice President of Operations at Steele Hill Resorts

SANBORNTON — Steele Hill Resorts has announced that Rob Robillard has been promoted to the Vice President of Operations. As an officer of the company, Rob will be responsible for day to day operations at both Steele Hill Resort and its sister property, the Summit Resort.

With nearly twenty years of experience working at Steele Hill, including previous positions as a member of the maintenance staff, Head of Maintenance and Director of Operations, Robillard has demonstrated dedication and commitment to delivering a quality guest experience.
"Rob has earned the new promotion with his work ethic, attention to detail and ability to always put the guests first", says Bill Cutillo, owner at Steele Hill Resorts. In recent years, Robillard has overseen major renovation projects throughout the property. His project skills with infrastructure improvements are only surpassed by his leadership abilities.
As a newly minted officer of the company, Robillard will be responsible for finalizing the property-wide renovation project the company has committed to. He will also be tasked with overseeing all operations management and systemization as the resort continues to grow into a major player in the Lakes Region hospitality industry.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 December 2013 11:02

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Veggie Art Girl & Habitat to host holiday shindig

HOLDERNESS — Ringing in the holiday season, Veggie Art Girl in Holderness welcomes all for a Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 8. Beginning at 1 p.m. this 5th annual event is free to the public, offering handmade soup, refreshments, live acoustic music, raffles and sales.

"In years past, we have held evening holiday events, but this year we are trying something new," explains owner Stacey Lucas. "A Sunday afternoon in December seems like the perfect excuse to hang out and listen to great music, sip some cocoa and buy local crafts for great holiday gifts."

Veggie Art Girl is in its fifth season of business, offering the works of over 30 local artisans.

"We have a little bit of everything," Lucas continues. "From handmade candles to cards, funky jewelry, a little bit of vintage and my signature handpainted signs and hula hoops, which will all be on sale that day. I will be raffling off one of those giant hula hoop and a couple of pieces of my art."

A new neighbor to Veggie Art Girl this year is The Pemi Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Newly re-opened in July, the two businesses have found a harmonious balance in working together on events, breaking down the door between the businesses and both offering salvaged goods for creative repurpose. Typically closed on Sundays, the ReStore will be open during the Holiday Open House for one stop shopping of home renovation supplies, appliances and more.

"We will be offering deep, deep discounts for just those 2 hours," explains ReStore manager LuAnne Ryall, who plans on coming in to slash prices that day on already marked down goods. "Keep an eye on the ReStore Facebook page for pictures of half price sinks, doors, windows and more that we will be clearing out that day. We're clearing out and making room for new product.!"

Veggie Art Girl and The Pemi Valley Habitat ReStore will be open on Sunday, Dec. 8 for the Holiday Open House and super sale from 1-3 p.m. Both businesses are located in the plaza at the corners of Rtes. 3 & 175 in Holderness.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 December 2013 10:33

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'The Greatest Show on Snow': History of the Laconia Sled Dog Derby

LACONIA  — The Laconia Historical and Museum Society will host its monthly lecture program ''The Greatest Show on Snow'', on Monday, December 9 at 7 p.m. at the Laconia Public Library. Raymond H. Simoneau, LuAnn Walsh, Jennifer Lyman, Libby Lyman Winn and Keith Bryar Jr. will share the history of the Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Derby.

It will also host a reception at the library for an opening of an exhibition on the Sled Dog Derby's history on Tuesday, December 10 at 6 p.m.

In 1927, Laconia became one of the first places in the nation to ever host a sled-dog race. The Laconia Sled Dog Club was formed in 1936 and the World Championships were held here from 1935 through 1939 at which time many of the racers went into the service. After the war, the club was reorganized into the present Lakes Region Sled Dog Club.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information on these events, contact LHMS at (603) 527-1278, email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the web at www.laconiahistorical.org.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 11:58

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New chair appointed to the Museum of White Mountains council

PLYMOUTH — Civic leader, volunteer, artist, and philanthropist Woolsey S. Conover has been named chair of the advisory council for the Museum of the White Mountains by Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen.

"Woolsey has graciously agreed to lead the Museum's key volunteer group toward the realization of the Museum's mission to preserve and promote the history, culture, and environmental legacy of the White Mountains region. PSU is fortunate to have a leader so well-respected throughout New England as its advocate and advisor," President Steen said.

"This is quite an honor for me," said Conover. "The Museum encapsulates many of my primary interests, the making of art, the scope and beauty of the White Mountains, the importance of museums in our society, which capture the past and celebrate the future. Further, I am highly impressed with the outreach efforts Plymouth State is making under Sara Jayne Steen's inestimable leadership to include residents of our region in its work and outcomes."

Conover is a trustee of the Lakes Region Conservation Trust and former trustee of New Hampshire Public Radio, an advisor to The Northern Forest Center and several other New Hampshire non-profit organizations. He and his wife, Bea, are also involved with the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

Prior to retirement, Conover was founder and principal of Consolidated Group Trust, an 800-employee business in Framingham, Massachusetts. He served as a director of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, president of the Board of Governors for the Copley (Art) Society of Boston, a director of the Appalachian Mountain Club, and a trustee for the Danforth Museum of Art and the Rivers School. In 1993 he convened a group that led to the formation of the Foundation for Metrowest, a community foundation serving 30 cities and towns west of Boston.

"Woolsey has deep devotion to the White Mountain region and experience in the non-profit sector that includes both museums and higher education," according to the Museum's founding director, Catherine Amidon. "He understands the strategic importance of building the Museum's reputation and audience in these early years," she added.

A graduate of Princeton University, Conover is also an artist, a painter whose oil works featuring landscapes of the Lakes Region have been exhibited throughout New England.


Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 11:34

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