GILFORD — Two men with local ties were inducted into the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame during the organization's induction ceremonies held at Iron Mountain, MI. The late William Trudgeon, formerly of Laconia, and Kenneth Tokle of New York, were both honored as Hall of Fame inductees on August 17, 2013.
Trudgeon moved to the Lakes Region from Vermont during the 1947 ski season and never left. Members of the Winnipesaukee Ski Club quickly realized his many talents and invited him to become head coach of their organization. In that role, he quietly brought about numerous advancements at Gunstock, particularly in the area of ski jumping and coached many ski jumpers that would eventually become Olympians. Local Olympic Medalist Penny Pitou and Olympian Marty Hall give Trudgeon credit for teaching them how to be highly successful skiers and for always being there for the young skiers at Gunstock.
Trudgeon became one of the founders of the Gunstock Nordic Association in 1972, and along with fellow founder, T. Gary Allen, and a crew of volunteers, created one of the most successful Nordic organizations in the East and in the country. He organized and ran numerous national and international ski jumping meets at Gunstock; the most impressive being the Olympic trials held prior to the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, NY. After nearly fifty years of competing in and contributing to the sport of ski jumping, he decided to officially retire from the sport following his participation in the 1980 Olympics as a ski jumping official.
Kenneth Tokle is a member of one of the most famous ski jumping families in the world. He is the nephew of ski jumping legend, Torger Tokle. During the late 1930s and early 40's, Torger jumped numerous times from the then 60-meter ski jump at Gunstock. In 1946, the largest jump at the recreation area was named in his honor after he was killed in battle during World War II. His nephew, Kenneth, began his ski jumping career at the age of 12 when he became a competitor in the sport. His focus became coaching and judging. He eventually rose to the level of FIS ski jumping official, and judged jumping competitions throughout the world.
In 2011, he was honored with the USSA Mittelstadt Ski Jumping Award for his dedication and contributions to ski jumping officiating in the United States. His career in the sport lasted well over four decades.
The American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame was founded in 2006 and is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of ski jumping in the United States. More information about the organization can be found at: www.americanskijumping.com.
Last Updated on Monday, 16 September 2013 10:02
LACONIA — The Lake Winnipesaukee Museum is presenting "Tappan Chairs", featuring Adam Nudd-Homeyer on Wednesday, September 18 at 7 p.m..
Tappan Chairs are handmade in a small shop in the foothills of the White Mountains in Sandwich. Starting with white ash and rock maple selected for grain and moisture content, the parts are worked by hand and on antique machines to produce a chair that is both durable and light in weight.
This presentation is free for members and for non members there will be a $5 fee. Call 366-5950 to RSVP. The museum is located on Route 3 in Laconia, next to Funspot.
Last Updated on Monday, 16 September 2013 09:58
MEREDITH — Starting January 1, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires just about everyone to have health insurance. And just about everyone has questions about how the law will affect them personally, such as: If I don't have coverage, where do I buy it? What happens if I can't afford it? If I already have insurance through my employer or Medicare is anything going to change for me?
Get the answers to these and other questions at "Find Your Way Around the New Health Care Law" at the Meredith Public Library, 91 Main Street on Wednesday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m. This workshop is presented by Sarah Kelsea of AARP.
This workshop is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. AARP offers more information on the Affordable Care Act at http://healthlawanswers.aarp.org
Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2013 10:23
GILFORD – The annual Gilford Old Home Day celebration held on August 24 featured various activities including the parade, entertainers, woodsman competition, pie-eating contest, egg toss, band concert, community dance and fireworks.
The parade award winners were as follows. Grand Prize winner was JB Thompson. In the neighborhood floats category, first place went to Lakes Region St. Baldrick's, second place went to Patrick's Pub and third place went to Lake Shore Park. For commercial floats the first place award went to the Bank of NH, followed by Gunstock in second, and the Gilford Library in third place. In the mini float category, first place was presented to Patrick and Blythe O'Connor and second place was awarded to Girl Scout Troop 10124.
Marchers were also recognized for their participation. East Athletic Cheer Company came in first for neighborhood marches, followed by Meredith Village Savings bank. The individual marchers award was granted to Keeping Streets Clean. The Children's Entry winners were St. Baldrick's and Super Hero Marchers.
An assortment of vehicles were featured in the parade. For antique vehicles, first place was awarded to a WWII Jeep, and second place was granted to a 1932 Ford Street Rod. Gilford Public Works won first place for classic vehicles. Other vehicles recognized included the Laconia, Ice Arena, 2004 International and Fay's Boat Arena.
The Parks and Recreation Department thanks the Old Home Day Committee for their tireless effort and time, the Gunstock Nordic Association for their assistance with the day before prep and the morning after clean-up, the Bank of New Hampshire for their sponsorship of our annual Art Contest and sponsoring the Paul Warnick and Friends, Franklin Savings Bank for their partial sponsorship of the Jandee Lee Porter Band, Shaw's Supermarket for their sponsorship of our annual Pie-Eating Contest , Belknap Landscape and Kitchen Cravings for sponsoring the Woodsman Competition and all the Town Departments for their assistance throughout the event.
Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2013 10:20
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