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David D. Closson, 85

HOLDERNESS — David D. Closson (85), of Shepard Hill, peacefully passed at his home on Monday July 7, 2014. A third generation summer and full-time resident of Shepard Hill, David was born on April, 12, 1929 to Henry Whitney Closson and Elisabeth Dickinson Closson.

A graduate of Choate-Rosemary Hall School, he enlisted in the National Guard where he served for four years. In 1951, he joined the Record Print Shop in Plymouth, the job printers and publishers of the weekly Record and Ashland Citizen newspapers, which would later become the Record Citizen and the Record Enterprise. He retired from the Record Enterprise in 1998.

For more than 60 summers, David could be found plying the farthest reaches of Squam Lake piloting his beloved Fay and Bowen mahogany laker, the "Puffin III" – part of the Closson family since 1927.

An avid sailor, David was a member of The Squam Lake Lightning Fleet 332 for more than 50 years during which time he also served as Commodore for several years.

David was a gentle and life loving man, and an inspired photographer who had a knack for capturing moments in time that his friends and family have treasured for decades. A collector of big band music, he and his beloved wife, Millie, could be counted on as the first and last to grace a dance floor.

David was predeceased by his loving wife, Mildred Courtney Closson and his brother H.Terry Closson, and survived by his step-daughter Myrna Robinson.

His bright smile and his happy and kind spirit will be missed by his 12 nieces and nephews, Linda C. Coughlin, Deborah C. McCormack, H. Mark Closson, Christina B. Grauvogl, E. Terry Closson, Michelle D. Perry-Palmer, Andrea Perry LoBianco, Marc Whitney Perry, Sandra L. Martin, Rebecca R. McDougall, Steven H. Hiltz and Courtney J. Hiltz and his nine great nieces and nephews, together with his three great, great nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 4 p.m. at The Holderness Community Church, Route 3, Holderness, N.H.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Squam Lakes Association Community Youth Sailing Program, founded by David and other members of his family. Donations will be earmarked for the scholarship fund. Please indicate "In memory of David Closson" and send to The Squam Lakes Association, P.O. Box 204, Holderness, NH. 03245.

The Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium in Meredith and Plymouth are assisting the family with the arrangements.

To sign David's Book of Memories, please go to www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

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25th Annual Craft Fair at Alton Bay July 12-13

ALTON — The Lake Winnipesaukee waterfront along Alton Bay will come alive with color, flavor and music for the 25th Annual Craft Fair at the Bay on Saturday, July 12 and Sunday July 13 from 10 am to 5 pm daily.

Over 75 juried craftsmen and women from all over New England will display and sell their American made works including Fine Jewelry, Dried Floral, Photography, Woodturning, Scarves, Soaps, Country Woodcrafts, Stained Glass, Calligraphy, Knits, Sports Collages, Hair Accessories, Furniture, Pottery, Painted Clothing, Candles, Doll Clothes & Accessories, Handbags and more.
There will also be gourmet specialty foods including Herbal Dips, Salsas, Baked Goods, Home made Fudge, Candies and more.
Free admission and free parking. This event is held rain or shine.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 08:07

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Artistic Roots Gives Back to Community

PLYMOUTH — Artistic Roots, an Artisans' Coop, presented the Community Closet with a check for $610. This represents 10% of the coop's fundraising activities this year.

President Lynn Haust commented,"This is one of the many ways that Artistic Roots (AR) gives back to the community.
We provide a venue for local artisans to show and sell their work. Additionally, AR provides open tables in knitting, spinning, bead work, and embossing to support the work of others. Instructional classes are offered on a monthly basis providing for a wide variety of interests."

Artistic Roots is planning a final fund raising activity, Palette Creations, for October 23 at the Common Man Inn in Plymouth from 6-9 p.m. Artisans from the gallery are creating palettes using a variety of mediums and designs. "Each palette will have a local business sponsor," explained Richard Batchelder, Co-Chairperson of the event.

Members will be contacting local businesses to serve as sponsors and sponsor businesses will display the palettes the month
preceding the auction of the palette to be held at the Common Man Inn. Each of the 24 plus palettes is a unique creation of AR artist member. The mediums of the palettes will vary. Look to see the palettes in local businesses beginning September 15. All palettes will be auctioned off at the Common Man Inn on the night of October 23.

Penny Burke, the other co-chair, explained, "Just as the other fundraising activities have contributed to local charities, this event will give 10% of the profits to 'Keep The Heat On'. Coop members felt that this was a worthy cause to support our communities, especially when considering the past winter."

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River Crew Art on exhibit at Busiel Mill

LACONIA — The photography, artwork, and pottery created by participants in the River Crew Art program will be showcased during the group's third annual art exhibit at the Busiel Mill, located at One Mill Plaza in downtown Laconia. The exhibit is free, open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will run through the month of July.
The exhibit's opening reception will be held on Tuesday, July 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. Artwork on exhibit is available for purchase, and all proceeds will directly benefit the program.
The year's exhibit theme is "River Connections." Participants in the program have produced artwork throughout the year in various media including, painting, wood sculpture, and new this year: pottery. Also new this year are mandalas created by River Crew Art participants that reflect on their lives, identities, and heritage.
The program began in January 2012 with local volunteers Elaine Morrison and Dick Smith. Morrison is a retired special education teacher and an artist, and Smith is a retired medical social worker and an amateur photographer. This year, the program boasts three new volunteers. Ursala and John Allen are teaching participants the fine art of pottery, and professional photographer Susan Brown is lending her  talent to help members learn about photography.
Morrison and Smith began the program with the idea to use art and photography as a tool for empowerment for the homeless. Challenges of addiction persist as most are in the later stages of alcoholism. River Crew members come together as a family to create art and photography as a means of expressing themselves.
The River Crew Art program relies strictly on donations to purchase art supplies and lunch for members. The program is structured so that members not only create art, but they also give back to the community that willingly supports River Crew. Projects have included making a flower wreath for the Newtown, Conn. residents, flower pins honoring the late Lilyanna Johnson, decorated pumpkins for the pediatric patients at the Laconia Clinic, and cards for the Wounded Warriors.
The program has been highly successful and has grown far beyond the expectations of its founders. The work of the talented members of River Crew has been exhibited in many places throughout the community including the Lakes Region Camera Club, Downtown Deli in Laconia, Laconia Congregational Church, Hands Across the Table, Friendship Club, Better Together, and the Taylor Home.

— by Carol Lee Anderson

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 07:51

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