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Christmas at the Castle event starts Nov. 22nd

MOULTONBOROUGH — The newly restored front entrance at Lucknow, the "Castle" at Castle in the Clouds, is decorated and ready for visitors to the  popular Christmas at the Castle over the coming two weekends, Friday through Sunday, November 22-24 and November 29-December 1 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Lucknow mansion is the main event, with its giant Christmas tree loaded with vintage ornaments, period decorations throughout the mansion and seasonal music heard through the rooms. There will be live music performances each of the 6 days: Tom Robinson, pianist, will perform seasonal favorites on November, 22. Next up the Tom Robinson Jazz Trio, with Tim Gilmore on drums and John Hunter on bass, will offer a jazzy mix of Christmas songs Saturday, November 23 and 30. Noelle Baudin and Siena Kaplan, Piano & Violin Duo serve up traditional and Celtic Christmas music on Sunday, November 24, with Noelle Baudin on piano on Friday, November 29, and on Sunday, December 1 the Children's Choir of Sandwich will perform the traditional holiday tunes.

After visitors tour Lucknow, they are welcome to warm up by the fireplace in The Carriage House with a hot beverage and cookies. Craft vendors will "deck the stalls" and the Gift Shop will be open for early holiday shopping. Hart's Turkey Farm will be bringing a delicious selection including hot butternut squash soup, hot turkey soup, Mediterranean orzo salad, chickpea and dried cranberry salad, farfalle with tuna and garden peas, chef carved roast beef and baked ham, candied carrots, potato au gratin and assorted freshly baked rolls. Buffet luncheon is $20 per person.

Tickets are available for purchase in the Gift Shop and are required to visit The Carriage House, the trolley, and the Lucknow mansion. Admission is $10 for youth, $20 for adults, $15 for Friends of the Castle. Christmas at the Castle is sponsored by Infinger Insurance. This event is weather permitting. If there is snow in the forecast, call the Castle offices at 603-476-5900 to be sure we it is open for business. Use Ossipee Park Road for entrance.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 11:18

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Reindeer Run 5k in Sandwich on December 15

SANDWICH — Registration is now open for the 2013 Reindeer Run 5K walk/run in Sandwich on Sunday, December 15 at 3 p.m.

Every year this Holland Hill Studio sponsored race benefits a local charity and brings lots of community cheer. This year, proceeds from the race will benefit the Salvation Army.

Participants will enjoy a scenic course around Center Sandwich and festive food and drink at Surroundings Gallery post race. Racers and guests are encouraged to wear reindeer antlers, Santa hats/outfits and bells to set the scene for this fun, annual holiday event.

To register, contact race director, Pasha Marlowe, at Holland Hill Studio at 476-2476 or go online to hollandhillstudio.com. Pre-registration fees are adults for $20 and students for $10 (add $5 day of). Registration day of begins at 2:30 p.m. at Surroundings Gallery. Further donations to the Salvation Army will be gladly accepted on this day.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 10:09

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PSU recognizes Campton woman for exemplary service to students and community

PLYMOUTH — A Campton resident who is a dedicated community volunteer is the recipient of Plymouth State University's 2013 Sara Jayne Steen Operating Staff (OS) Service award. Barbara LaJeunesse, who is known as Babs, has been employed at PSU for seven years as an Administrative Assistant for University Studies and the Undergraduate Advising Center, but her work at the University and for the region goes far beyond her day job.

Her volunteer efforts are extraordinary. She has been an enthusiastic volunteer for the past 25 years for Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue, which covers all of New England; she also volunteered for Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, the Plymouth Senior Center and serves her local neighborhood district as Clerk. At PSU, she helps with the Festival of Trees community fundraiser, the OS Raffle Basket fundraiser, the University's Convocation and Commencement events, spring clean-up days, the OS Welcoming Committee for new employees and the Student Employee of the Year Award Committee.

"I am so honored, because volunteerism has been such a big part of my life, and it is very nice to be recognized for it," LaJeunesse said. "It was the most special award I could have possibly received. I love the fact that this University promotes and encourages students to volunteer."

Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen said in addition to her volunteer accomplishments, LaJeunesse has earned a reputation as an exceptional resource in helping students achieve their academic goals.

"Babs is someone about whom I have heard about for years from students, whose help for them was so extraordinary that they want to tell others," said Steen. "She reaches out to make others' lives better and exemplifies the University motto of service."

The Operating Staff Speaker, Nikki-Ann Nunes, introduced LaJeunesse as the winner and described her as a role model, who truly cares for the students she serves.

"Babs brings a unique perspective to her advisees trying to decide on a major, having 38 years of real world experience working in a variety of jobs, including office manager, account executive, supervisor, manager, and business owner."

The criteria for the award include exemplifying the spirit and values of the institution, being dedicated to providing a learning environment that supports development of the mind, body and spirit, being actively involved in University activities, and being engaged in service to the wider community.

LaJeunesse said she was shocked when she was announced as the OS Service Award winner.

"I felt like I was having an out of body experience because I was in such shock. It was completely and utterly unexpected," LaJeunesse said.

She and her husband Frank moved to New Hampshire in 2003; she began work at PSU in 2006. LaJeunesse has two stepchildren and five grandchildren. She and her husband have adopted eight golden retrievers in the past 30 years, most of them "seniors."

The Sara Jayne Steen Operating Staff Service Award winner was chosen by a seven member panel of faculty, staff, community members and students.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 09:58

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Golf Club at Patrick's Place hosting open house on Saturday

GILFORD — As the onset of winter brings about the end of the golf season, it also marks the beginning of the first full winter season of golf at The Golf Club at Patrick's Place, recently constructed above Patrick's Pub & Eatery in Gilford. Located at the junction of Routes 11 and 11B in Gilford, the new club will be opening its doors to the public to play a complimentary nine holes of golf on any of their 40 golf courses on Saturday, November 23 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
"We're inviting the public to come out and try the golf simulators, have some fun and experience our new club." says PGA Professional and Club Manager Dan Wilkins. "We are really pleased to have built a facility that will offer area golfers the most accurate and technologically advanced golf simulator on the market, along with an environment that members will really enjoy."
The Open House will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday,  with tee times reserved for foursomes every two hours. Visitors are invited to call Wilkins at the club at 387-2597 to reserve their tee time. In addition, guests can play the 'closest to the pin contest' and 'longest drive contest' for some great prizes while enjoying complimentary refreshments.
The club features three state-of-the-art golf simulators with 40 golf courses from around the world to choose from, along with driving ranges and training aids to help players stay sharp during the long winter season. In addition, Wilkins will be offering lessons, utilizing video swing analysis and comprehensive data for those interested in making maximum improvements to their golf game. "The simulators offer an outstanding environment for teaching, from the novice to the advanced golfer" explains Wilkins. "It's an ideal setting for individual lessons".
In addition to providing a venue for the serious golfer and want-to-be golfer, the club provides members and their guests a great social setting with a comfortable lounge area for golfers to enjoy. The BYOB facility has everything needed for an enjoyable round of golf, with kitchen facilities, comfortable seating, big screen TV's (with smaller TV'sat each golf simulator), a putting area and more. In addition, the club hosts special nights for ladies on Tuesday evenings and men on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
There are limited memberships still available. For a membership application and club rules and regulations, call Dan Wilkins at 387-2597 or visit www.thegolfclubatpatricksplace.com.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 09:48

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