ACE academy adds seats to meet growing demand

GILFORD -- The WinnAero-sponsored ACE Academies scheduled in the coming weeks have just increased their seating capacity to accept additional day students.

Currently there are 49 students enrolled in the upcoming ACE Academies so WinnAero chose to add more spaces for interested students. Education Director Dan Caron now has two openings for high school-aged students in the July 28-Aug. 1 ACE Academy and six elementary-aged openings in the Aug. 4-8 Academy. Caron also has added space in the Aug. 4-8 concurrent session for six middle school- or high school-aged students.

"We have had a great response to the aviation/aerospace themed STEM-oriented, hands-on fun activities at the three levels of students," said Caron, "so we optimized our seating to accommodate a few more in each session."

Parents or students interested in the remaining camp openings should contact Caron via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

'Artisans on the Green' in Sandwich on August 7

Artisans on the Green to feature most mediums.

SANDWICH — More than 50 artists from throughout the state are scheduled to participate in the Artisans on the Green arts and crafts festival taking place on Thursday, Aug. 7.

The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., is considered to be the largest arts and craft educational program in the Lakes Region. Admission is free that ample free parking is available. A luncheon is served from 11:30 a.m.

"We expanded the area by almost 100 percent last year, yet by this June our artisans' registration numbers had reached capacity," said Peter Van Winkle, president of Sandwich Home Industries, the host organization. "This year families will discover a "Fine Arts Village" with four working studios attended by artisans and an art gallery and shop, as well as a full town green with over 25 mini art and craft studios."

"Demonstrators and instructors in all art mediums are the theme for the festival, and this year we welcome Lynn Haust from Holderness, who will demonstrate the art of melting and fusing Italian glass into beads, then creating unique items perfect for gifts or collections," said Sandy Joncas, Director of Education. "Haust joins three potters who will instruct and demonstrate various techniques on clay potter's wheels, as well as artisans showing lamp shade construction, various painting mediums, chair canning, photography, wood, jewelry construction, ...the list gets longer each year," she said.

The event, which takes place on the Sandwich town green during the town's Old Home Week, raises money for scholarships and provides a huge public education program as well. Meredith Village Savings Bank is the official sponsor of the event, and the Women's Club provides a luncheon, which is also their major fund-raiser for scholarships.

Artisans pay a fee to participate and commit to a program of instruction and demonstrations, rather than simply selling their work.

"We are very appreciative of the support from MVS bank and the artisans who participate and tell us this event is their favorite art and craft festival of the year," said Van Winkle. "We hope these programs will inspire young people as well as adults to try their hand in one of the many art mediums here today.

During the day the Sandwich Children's Center will provide a hands-on program for younger children. Next to the Children's Center Diane Johnson will have a "felt and fur" presentation where kids get to pet and hold rabbits and learn about how they shed and where their fur ends up.

Alton poet to visit Moultonborough Library

MOULTONBOROUGH -- The Moultonborough Public Library's monthly Evening of Poetry coming up on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 7:30 p.m. will feature dramatic poems by Alton author Barbara Bald about family, memories, aging and the surprises that life often leaves on our doorsteps.

The library is located at 4 Holland St., near the intersection of Route 25 and Route 109.

Bald is a retired teacher, educational consultant and free-lance writer. Her poems have been published in a variety of anthologies. They have appeared in The Northern New England Review, Avocet, Off the Coast and in

multiple issues of The Poetry Society of New Hampshire's publication, "The Poets' Touchstone."

Her work has been recognized in both national and local contests. Her recent full-length book, "Drive-Through Window," received high praise from Poetry Society board member Gordon Lang. "There is a fearless honesty to her work that makes her voice compelling, but also a nurturing spirit that ultimately forgives us for what we cannot help revealing before the careful observer," Lang said.

The Moultonborough Library's "Evening of Poetry" series is a product of the work of local poet and artist Priscilla Burlingham, who, with the help of Laconia poet Eric Marsh, has engaged a series of first-rate poets and musicians for the 2014 events.

After this evening's feature, there will be an open mike where attendees are encouraged to read their own poems or play their music.

This event is free and open to the public, and complimentary refreshments will be served. For additional information, contact the library at 603-476-8895.

'Serve and Protect Day' at Circle K today

TILTON — Tilton Circle K is one of many Irving Oil stations and Circle K stores taking part in "To Serve and Protect Day".

Today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. you can have your gas pumped and windows washed by a member of local law enforcement or a Special Olympics New Hampshire athlete.

This marks the 15th year Circle K and Irving have partnered with Special Olympics for the month-long promotion. In 2013, $163,770.56 was raised in New Hampshire during the promotion.

Tilton Circle K store manager Dawn Plummer has been a dedicated supporter of Special Olympics New Hampshire since volunteering on the Bocce courts during the State Summer Games five years ago with fellow Circle K and Irving Oil employees. She came back the following year with her two daughters and every year since.

According to Leon Jesseman, market manager for Circle K, Plummer has also been an outstanding example to her team when it comes to raising money for Special Olympics. In 2013, she set a goal for selling $1 window clings during the Special Olympics Promotion that Jesseman thought was unreasonable as no other site had sold that many clings during the annual event.

"Dawn and her team set a goal of selling 6,000 clings and under Dawn's leadership and by keeping the team updated every day they sold a total of 6,536 clings - a new record for our fundraiser," Jesseman said.

This year Plummer set another high goal of selling 7,000 window clings, which would be another record, and Jesseman said she is already well on her way to her goal with about 10 days left to go in the promotion.

Plummer said she loves the Special Olympics Promotion fundraiser because it is supporting athletes gaining skills through having fun. She also appreciates that her employer does not just give money, but gets involved.

Plummer sets goals for each employee and lets them know each day how they are doing. She also shares athlete stories and photos with employees and customers to get them excited and to remind them who they are fundraising for.

"It's an every day thing. It's not a put it out there and see what happens thing," Plummer said.

In her first two years with Circle K she worked at a store in Belmont, and on slow days during the promotion would send employees out to the pumps with buckets to collect money.

Now friends and family ask to get involved with "To Serve and Protect Day" as well. Plummer's two daughters will join her for the event on Saturday as will other employee relations.