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Gilmanton Man New Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army


CONCORD — The newest Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) was recognized during a ceremony Tuesday, December 3, in the Executive Council Chambers at the State House.

Peter Burdett, Gilmanton Iron Works, was selected by Secretary of the Army John McHugh to represent the State of New Hampshire.

CASAs, who were formally recognized in 1922, have become a vital part of the Army, promoting good relations between the Army and the public and advising the secretary about regional issues.

Each state, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories have one or more CASAs appointed to provide a vital link between the Army and the communities for which they serve. CASAs are usually business or civic leaders who possess a keen interest in the welfare of the Army and their communities.

Burdett retired from the U.S. Navy in August 1993 at the rank of Commander. He works for Merrill Lynch and is a financial advisor, an Assistant Vice President and Certified Financial Manager (CFM).
He graduated from Springfield College with a BS in Physical Education and Health, 1972. He received a Masters Degree in Public Administration and Manpower Management from Golden Gate University in 1980. He also received a Certificate in Financial Planning from Merrimack College 2001.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 01:16

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Holy Trinity Staffer Receives Youth Ministry Award


LACONIA — Holy Trinity Catholic School's own Mrs. Maggie Gibbs is the latest recipient of the Diocesan Youth Ministry Award.

The Companions on the Journey Award, the highest recognition from the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry, is presented to adults who exemplify the best attributes of ministry and Catholic teaching to youth. The Companions on the Journey Award is conferred on adults who demonstrate: Excellence in youth ministry, Commitment to ongoing education and formation, Longevity in ministry, Commitment to young people, Outstanding leadership at the local and/or diocesan level. Gibbs received the award during he World Youth Day ceremony held in St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester on Oct. 20.

"Maggie Gibbs has faithfully served and touched the lives of students of Holy Trinity School for 28 years as school secretary, and for many years," said Holy Trinity Principal Jack Fortier. "Maggie guided the faith lives of the young people of Our Lady of the Lakes and St. Andre Bessette Parish as Director of Religious Education. In all things, Mrs. Gibbs has been a wonderful witness to the love of Christ — her leadership and presence to the youth of our community was celebrated with the gift of this prestigious award presented on World Youth Day."


Bishop Peter Libasci presents Maggie Gibbs of Laconia, long-time administrative secretary at Holy Trinity Catholic School, with the Diocesan Youth Ministry Award. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 01:02

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Irwin Automotive to Host New Owner Event

LACONIA —  Irwin Automotive will be hosting a New Owner Event on Wednesday December 11 from 5-7 p.m. All Toyota, Ford, and Lincoln owners are invited for an evening of fun and education.

The Irwin team will make presentations on how to properly maintain your vehicle so it keeps its value.

Chris Irwin, Vice President of Irwin Automotive, says, "It's important to know the ins and outs of your vehicle. It allows you to properly maintain your vehicle and keep it running for a long period of time."

RSVP to Ed Kelley by calling 603-581-2953 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 11:58

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Founding Sponsors Launch LakeFest 2014 Toward Guinness Gold

LACONIA — LakeFest returns to Lake Winnipesaukee on August 3, 2014.

LakeFest 2014 will feature a Guinness Rematch, as paddlers try once again to capture a Guinness World Record for the largest free floating raft of canoes and kayaks. On-land, the free family-friendly Festival will expand, with more food vendors, additional programming, exciting new activities, popular live bands, and more actiities.

These Founding Sponsors have already come aboard to help, and invite area organizations to join them:

AB Aquatics, Bridge & Byron Printers, City of Laconia, Devine Millimet, Imagine Gallery, Irwin Marine, New England Milfoil,
NH Marine Patrol, Outdoor ESCAPES New Hampshire, Speedy Printing & Copying, The Common Man, The Lobster Pound.

LakeFest 2014 planners are hard at work crafting a larger event with expanded partners, additional corporate and recreational paddling groups, new family programming, increased educational displays and a bigger vendor assortment.

Sponsor opportunities start at just $250, and all organizations who commit their support in 2013 will receive special recognition as Founding Sponsors. Learn more about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 603.226.0299.

Funds raised through LakeFest 2014 directly support NH LAKES' work to protect local lakes and their watersheds through education and advocacy. Since 2002, hundreds of paid and volunteer NH LAKES Lake Hosts have conducted more than 576,000 courtesy boat inspections and have made more than 1,409 "saves" of aquatic nuisance plant fragments that were about to enter or had just left a waterbody.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 11:54

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