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Volunteers are the 'Shining Stars' at Speare Memorial Hospital

PLYMOUTH — Speare Memorial Hospital's annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon was a tribute to old Hollywood glamor showcasing the "shining stars" that volunteer at the hospital. 

Student and Volunteer Services Coordinator Chris Fenn, welcomed everyone with a trip down memory lane noting Ann Blair had the longest tenure, having started back in 1977. It was the same year Reiki Volunteer Tangi Sampson remembers being a Candy Striper at Speare. Fenn said, "We do appreciate each and every one of you."

After lunch, Fenn awarded service pins to those volunteers who had given 100+ hours of service. The following volunteers were honored for their service:

The award recipients for 100 hours of volunteering were Kristen Cochran, Marie Gardner, Ashley McClay, Sarah Steenbergen, and Michael Guy. The award for 500 hours went to Joan Bergstrom, the 1000 hours of volunteering award was presented to Annie Martian, Elva Piehn, Joan Poitras, and Bethany Ward.  Irene Black was recognized for 1,500 hours of volunteer service, Richard Flanagan, Carol Mabin and Caryolyn Paintedosi were given awards for dedicating 2000 hours of volunteering, Kathy MacDonald won the award for 3000 hours, and Ginny Dunn received the award for the most hours volunteered, which exceeded over 12,000 hours.

Additionally, long-time volunteer Marty Stokes was remembered for the 8,000 hours of service she gave over the last 14 years in Speare's Medical Records Department. Marty passed away in March and her family was presented the pin at her memorial service.

CEO Michelle McEwen stated, "We really appreciate this opportunity to bring you together and say 'thank you.' It is amazing the number of departments you all support. You are a part of the team and your contributions make a difference in the lives of our patients, families and all of us."

For more information about how to volunteer at Spear contact Chris Fenn, student and volunteer services coordinator, at (603) 238-6460.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 June 2014 10:20

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Moultonborough Library Hosts Master Gardener

MOULTONBOROUGH — Bayswater Book Co. of Center Harbor teams up with the Moultonborough Library to host author Thomas Mickey for a book talk and signing on Monday, June 9 at 7 p.m. at the Moultonborough Library. Mickey will be discussing his book, America's Romance with the English Garden. The event is free to the public and copies of Mickey's book will be on sale.
America's Romance with the English Garden is the story of tastemakers and homemakers, of savvy businessmen and a growing American middle class eager to buy their products. It's also the story of the beginnings of the modern garden industry, which seduced the masses with its beautiful images and fixed the English garden in the mind of the American consumer.

Mickey is a professor emeritus of communications at New England College in Henniker and a Master Gardener. He is also a garden columnist and a graduate of the Landscape Institute at Boston Architectural College.

Bayswater's 4th Annual Author Fair will be held on Saturday, June 28 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Duo Andacht at the Taylor Community on Sunday

LACONIA — Taylor Community presents Duo Andacht in concert for the next performance in its 2014 Music Series Sponsored by Bank of New Hampshire. The concert is scheduled for Sunday, June 8 at 3 p.m. in Taylor’s Woodside Building and is free and open to the public.

Pianist Paul Dykstra and Cellist Beth Pearson formed their duo in 2008 and have been frequent performers on the New England stage. These include the Jean C. Wilson Music Series; the Abendmusik Series in Rye, the Musicians of Wall Street Series in Concord; and Mechanics Hall in Worcester, where they completed a successful recording of the Brahms E minor Sonata.

Their performance made possible through the generous sponsorship of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Ouellette. Pearson began her professional life as founder and cellist of the Apple Hill Chamber Players, and has performed more than 2,000 chamber music concerts throughout the U.S. Her solo appearances include Lincoln Center; the Gardner Museum; the Longy School; and Harvard and Smith colleges.

Dykstra is a Canadian-born and-trained musician now living in New Hampshire , where he maintains a very active career as a solo and chamber music performer, teacher and recording artist. He’s recorded world premiere offerings of modern music by American composers such as Norman Matthews, Edward Ficklin, Roger Rudenstein and with Richard Stolzman (clarinet), both in piano/clarinet combination and with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra under Kirk Trevor.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 June 2014 10:14

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Laconia Airport’s 3rd ‘Wings, Water and Wheels Open House’ is June 14

GILFORD — Laconia Municipal Airport, located at 65 Aviation Way in Gilford, will host its third annual Wings, Water and Wheels Open House on Saturday, June 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine and is open to the public free of admission.

The year's theme, "Honoring Our Heroes" was chosen in honor of Flag Day and the 70th anniversary of Civil Air Patrol's Wing Maneuvers, which calls the airport home. First responders and active and retired military personnel are especially invited to the opening ceremonies at 10 a.m.

Airport manager Diane Terrill is hoping that this event will top last year's open house, which attracted an estimated 3,000 people to the airport. Her goal is to allow the public to experience the general aviation airport up close and learn about its benefits to the community through educational and fun-oriented exhibits. Molly King of WLNH will be on hand with a live broadcast from 10 a.m. to noon.

Numerous static displays will grace the airport environment, including aircraft from the airport's fixed-based operators Sky Bright Aviation and Emerson Aviation, who are raffling off a free scenic flight. Members from the NH Pilots Association and various pilots from throughout the state will also have their airplanes on display. Aviation-related exhibits will include booths featuring the Civil Air Patrol, the Sea Plane Pilots Association, and the NH Aviation Museum.

For those interested in what the area has to offer beyond aviation, there will be something for everyone, including Made in NH products, food and drink vendors, as well as displays and boats from the NH Boat Museum and Marine Patrol. Local car and motorcycle dealers and four-wheel enthusiasts will have their latest and most popular models displayed, along with numerous antique vehicles. On display will be NH Motor Speedway's show car, along with Milo the Moose. The NH Fire Academy will give live demonstrations of its aircraft rescue and fire-fighting truck.

The Wright Museum from Wolfeboro, NH, will showcase numerous World War II vehicles from their extensive collection, and a unique opportunity to experience a ride on a Segway will be offered by Gilford's Gunstock Mountain Resort. Live demonstrations will include the award-winning Gilford Police Department K-9 unit and those presenting their radio-controlled hexacopters. Also, returning to the event will be one of the most popular attractions from last year: reasonably-priced helicopter rides in a Robinson R-44 offered by C-R Helicopters of Nashua.

Interactive aviation activities for kids of all ages will be offered by WinnAero (winnaero.org) and the Winnipesaukee Radio Controllers' whose large selection of radio-controlled aircraft will enable visitors to try their hand at a virtual flight of a radio-controlled airplane.

Sponsoring the event this year are Watermark Marine, AutoServ, NH Motor Speedway, and Comcast Spotlight. To learn more about NH's Laconia Municipal Airport, the Wings, Water and Wheels Open House and more upcoming events, visit: LaconiaAirport.com.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 June 2014 10:10

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