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CruCon Cruise Outlet Owner Sandra Cleary Recognized

MOULTONBOROUGH — Sandra Cleary, owner and President of CruCon™ Cruise Outlet, started her cruise travel agency in 1995 in the basement of her mother's home and steadily grew into an industry powerhouse with 75 employees. In 2013, she began construction of a 30,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters in Moultonborough, in order to accommodate the growth of her expanding workforce which is estimated to grow to 150 by the spring of 2014.
On Monday, September 30,  Cleary was presented with an award as one of the top 5 women-led businesses in New Hampshire. This honor was the result of an annual report and review of women-led businesses by Business New Hampshire Magazine. CruCon Cruise Outlet's rapid growth and over $100 million in annual sales has brought her company into the limelight in New Hampshire. Until recently, the majority of their notoriety has been more global with national awards like their recent Top National Agency of the Year award from Vacation.com. CruCon Cruise Outlet is the only United States agency in a network of more than 5,000 agencies to be honored with the Vacation.com award.

For five years in a row, 13 million Travelzoo® subscribers voted them "Best Agency for Cruise Deals." Accepting the award, Cleary credited her team of travel experts for her success. "We truly provide a concierge level of service; we know how important a vacation is! We take great care to find our customers the best cruise package and help make the planning process run smoothly."

Cleary was featured in the magazine's October issue as one of five intriguing women business leaders in New Hampshire. CruCon Cruise Outlet is located at 70 Whittier Highway, Moultonborough.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 09:02

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T-Bones Thanks for Giving Fundraiser aids The Boys & Girls Clubs in NH (240)

LACONIA —  T-BONES Great American Eatery and Cactus Jack's announce their 9th annual Thanks for Giving fundraiser. The NH based restaurant group chooses a local non-profit organization each year to be the recipient of its four week long fundraising promotion. Guests are given the opportunity to donate $5 and receive $5 off their next visit in return, when dining at any T-BONES or Cactus Jack's location. All proceeds from this year's fundraiser will benefit The Boys & Girls Clubs in New Hampshire.

The Boys & Girls Clubs in New Hampshire is a collaboration of the nine independent Boys & Girls Clubs serving 19,000+ youth annually in New Hampshire. The Clubs are headquartered in Concord, Derry, Lakes Region (Laconia), Manchester, Nashua, North Country, Portsmouth, Salem and Souhegan Valley (Milford). They enable young people, especially those who need them most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The Boys & Girls Clubs in New Hampshire have been serving NH youth for over 100 years.

To donate to the Thanks for Giving fundraiser, visit any T-BONES location in Salem, Hudson, Bedford, Derry, or Laconia or any Cactus Jack's location in Manchester or Laconia, Monday, October 21 through Sunday, November 17.

Tanya Untiet, T-BONES and Cactus Jack's Community Outreach Coordinator, said "Over the past eight years we have donated over $140,000 to local New Hampshire non-profits through our Thanks for Giving fundraiser. The Boys & Girls Clubs in NH are so deserving and we are excited and optimistic that the fundraiser will have a great impact on their organization with the help of our patrons."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 08:58

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Larry Frates brings his magical review to Gilmanton on Saturday evening

GILMANTON — Artist and magician Larry Frates brings his full magical review to Gilmanton on Saturday evening, October 26 beginning at 6:15 p.m. The program, at Old Town Hall in Gilmanton Iron Works, is presented in support of the "Campaign to Keep the Library Open".

Larry Frates, a.k.a. Nascimento, is a Member of the: Magic Circle of London, Society of American magicians (35 yr member), and the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He holds the Order of Merlin and Shield for over 35 years of service to the magic profession and has performed for more than 15 years as the Storybook Forest Magician. Presently Frates performs an anti-bullying assembly program called You are the Magic! using magic, caricatures, storytelling and music to promote being the best friend you can be.

Tickets are $10 adults, $5 for children, ages 4 to 16. Children age 3 and under are admitted free. Tickets can be obtained at the Library on NH route 140 opposite the Gilmanton School or on line at www.gyrla.com. Seating is limited.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 08:44

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102313LakesRegionTourismAward: 3X LRTA Tourism Award

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Tourism Association awarded the annual Tourism Award to the Winnipesaukee Playhouse at the association's annual meeting held October 2 at The NASWA Resort's Blue Bistro in Laconia.

The Annual Tourism Award was established to recognize an individual or business that has made a difference during the past year to bring visitors into the Lakes Region and Central New Hampshire. Examples include the enhancement of an event or attraction, development of an event or attraction, outstanding marketing/promotion of a related achievement that had an economic impact by bringing visitors to the area.

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse, established by Bryan and Johanna Halperin and Neil and Lesley Pankhurst, has contributed greatly to the performing arts culture of the Lakes Region since their opening in 2004. In addition to putting on year-round professional productions, the Playhouse also hosts community and children's theatre programs.

In 2013, the Winnipesaukee Playhouse opened its newly remodeled 194-seat theatre at the former Annalee factory in Meredith. This doubles the amount of people their original theatre could hold, as their previous theatre in Weirs Beach only had 84 seats.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 09:56

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