CruCon Cruise Outlet donates hundreds to Children’s Auction

MOULTONBOROUGH — Sandy Cleary, owner and president of CruCon Cruise Outlet, has helped kick off the 33rd annual Children’s Auction by gathering employees to join in the effort to help the community. The group donated hundreds of items to be sold at the auction. Employees also created themed Christmas trees in each department, vying for first-place bragging rights, under which they placed their donations for the auction.
“The Children’s Auction is a tremendous way to share in the holiday cheer while giving back to the community,” said Cleary. “My team and I are proud to be the presenting sponsor this year and we challenge our fellow businesses within the Lakes Region to join CruCon Cruise Outlet in supporting this heartfelt and important event which we all look forward to being a part of each and every season!”
The auction runs from Dec. 8 to 12. Bid on items at

City narrows choices for superintendent

LACONIA — The search for a new superintendent of the city's schools has been narrowed to three.
According to a document from the school board's Monday night meeting, Russell Holden, Brendan Minnihan and Mary Moriarty made the list of candidates to be interviewed for the position next week.
Holden is the current superintendent of the Sunapee School District, and once served as principal at Belmont High School and Alton Central School. Minnihan is superintendent for the ConVal School District and was also superintendent for the Sunapee School District. Moriarty is the current assistant superintendent at the Rochester School District, and was also an assistant principal and mat teacher for the Gilford School District.
Richard Coggon, who attended the meeting, said the board interviewed 15 candidates, half of them from New Hampshire, none from with the city school district. He said the board expects to interview the three finalists next week.

Closed swim club sued

LACONIA — One of the Laconia Athletic Swim Club’s creditors has filed suit in Belknap County Superior Court claiming the club and its owners have not paid for some of their leased workout equipment in 10 months.
Siemen’s Financial Services claims it entered into a lease agreement with the club and its owners, Thomas and Laurie Oakley, for certain Cybex and Kelser fitness equipment for 60 months at a payment of $2,015.47 monthly.
Siemen’s says it demanded payment by letter on May 21 and, pursuant to the lease, says the Laconia Athletic Swim Club owes them $52,259.54 plus a per diem charge of $20.98, payable from Sept. 23 until the balance is paid. The lease company is asking the court to award damages in this amount plus legal fees.
Siemen’s claims that both Thomas and Laurie Oakley jointly and severally agreed to perform all of the obligations under the terms of the lease and two counts of the suit are directed at them personally.
Siemen’s is also demanding the immediate return of all its equipment, fearing that it may be destroyed, damaged or used and depreciated to the point where it is useless financially to the creditor.
Siemen’s is also claiming unjust enrichment by the Laconia Athletic Swim Club and the Oakleys as they have been taking in membership dues but not making their lease payments.
On Thanksgiving Day, the Oakleys closed the club and sent emails to all of the members. Recently, Thomas Oakley told The Daily Sun that he had procured a $50,000 bond from the state and will reimburse all of the members who are owed refunds. He had hoped to reopen the club quickly, but did not answer a request to update The Sun on the progress of the effort to reopen.

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