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Gilmanton Women's Club readies for Pie on the Commons Day

GILMANTON — Bakers, knitters, rug makers, spinners and other craftsmen and women are preparing for the third annual Pies on the Common fundraiser on Oct. 8. being held by the Gilmanton Women's Club.

The all-day Saturday event on the common in front of the Academy Building raises money to help support the many services agencies, including the Gilmanton Food Bank, New Beginnings, the Gilmanton Youth Organization and local Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops.

Money raised from this event has also gone to individuals and families in need in town and including helping one family purchase a service dog for one of their children, said Judy Bakos, who is one of the organizers.

But the main attraction is homemade pie.

Bakos said one woman will be making green tomato and mincemeat pies, while another long-time member of the Gilmanton Women's Club is Treasurer Helen Schricker, who hails from Germany and who makes some of the best apple pies Bakos has ever eaten.

Professional pie baker Sandy Guarino will be contributing, as will former school nurse Betty Lines, she said.

"Last year, we had 84 pies and we sold out by noon," Bakos said. "This year we'll have 100 pies."

Other vendors will included handmade items like mittens, scarves, small quilts, rugs, cross-stitched pieces and jewelry. There will be a craft table selling many holiday decorative items. Still Seeking Farm will have some late produce and other local egg and maple syrup producers will be there with their goods.

According to Bakos, the Gilmanton Woman's Club formed in 1971 for the purpose of raising money to assist local people with unexpected or emergency needs. One of their larger annual projects is to provide warm clothing and Christmas presents to some of the less fortunate families in town.

Bakos said the organization is always welcoming new members and that anyone who wishes to contribute to the Pies on the Common Event or join the organization should call Judy Bakos at 267-5056.

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These are members of the Gilmanton Woman's club at their 2014 Pies on the Common fundraiser. This year, the Oct. 8 event is expected to feature 100 different kinds of pies baked by and for the club, which raises money to support local charities and help needy families during the holiday season. (Courtesy photo)

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Holderness Library begins addition work

By BROOKE ROBINSON, for THE LACONIA DAILY SUN

The Holderness Library is starting a new chapter with construction of a new addition that broke ground on last Wednesday. Thanks to private donations and a warrant article passed by the town, the library will be doubling in usable space and become handicap accessible by the end of 2016.
Ted Vansant, chairman of the library trustees, commented on the changing role of libraries nationwide.
“Today’s libraries are much more than just places where you can get a book or a video, they’re really community centers,” he said. “Our mission is to make it a place where people can come together.”
The addition to the library will help fulfill this goal by increasing space for activities and clubs that meet there as well as events like children’s story hour which hosted up to 60 people over the summer.  
“Another very important part of what we provide is free wireless internet access,” Vansant said. “People come into the library and use it, people sit out on the front lawn and use it, there’ll now be a new deck that people can sit on and use that when the library is open or closed. It’s a resource for people to have internet access, and that’s what we’re there for.”
The warrant article, passed by a unanimous vote at Town Meeting, will cover $195,000 of the project costs in order to pay for the handicap accessibility renovations.
“We’re adding a ramp down the back and a lift to be able to get between the two floors,” Vansant explained. “It’s a great deal for the town. They’re getting a major benefit for a small amount of money.”
The rest of the project, totaling around $900,000, was paid for by private donations from Holderness residents who have been overwhelmingly supportive of the project.
“We did a mailing to the townspeople and checks were just rolling in,” Vansant said. “It didn’t matter to us whether it was a $5 check or a $50 check or a $500 check, it was the fact that we’d gotten everyone in town to agree that this was a resource that’s needed.”
The library is continuing to raise money not only for the project, but also for an endowment to help fund future programs. Currently there are a number of children-centered events and there are groups that meet to play bridge and stitch, but Vansant hopes to expand these programs more. “We’re going to continue to grow our events and programs - maybe music, music instruction, more local concerts, that type of thing - and fund that growth through this endowment,” Vansant said.
The addition to the library is due to be completed in December; however, the library will remain open throughout the construction.

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Ground was broken last Wednesday for a new addition to the Holderness Public Library.  (Brooke Robinson/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

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A sign outside the library provides an illustration of what the new addition will look like. Construction should be finished by December. (Brooke Robinson/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

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Jet Traffic Grows at Laconia Airport

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Private jets like this one are an increasingly common sight at the Laconia Airport. (Adam Drapcho/Laconia Daily Sun)

 

By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — Since 2009, the number of jet aircraft flying in and out of Laconia Airport has risen every year, and with 1,004 flights tallied through August, volume this year is sure to top the high of 1,374 flights recorded last year.
Lee Avery of Sky Bright, one of two fixed-base operators, or FBOs, providing aeronautical services at the airport, who counts arrivals, said that jet flights numbered 944 in 2009, 1,038 in 2010, 1,113 in 2011, 1,144 in 2012, 1,176 in 2013, 1,184 in 2014 before climbing to 1,374 last year.
“The traffic has surpassed all expectations,” he said, adding that the increase in sales of jet fuel has outpaced the growth of jet traffic.
Marv Everson, who manages the airport, traced the increasing traffic to the ongoing recovery of the economy and low cost of fuel. He said business executives and seasonal residents account for the largest share of those traveling to the Lakes Region by either corporate, private or chartered jets.
“With the swing in the economy,” he remarked, “they seem more willing to spend the money.”
Avery agreed, saying that “the total inconvenience of the commercial airlines” has led companies to turn to corporate and charter jets. “They can take five or six of their people to three or four locations in one day on a small or medium sized plane for something between $5,000 and $7,000.”
Dave Emerson of Emerson Aviation, the other fixed-base operator who operates a charter service, said his business has grown as firms seek to increase efficiency without relying on commercial airlines.
“They’re loosening up their wallets,” he said.
Emerson also noted that while traffic is heaviest between the Fourth of July and Labor Day, off-season is increasing, with the private schools in the region — New Hampton School, Brewster Academy, Tilton School and Holderness School — representing a significant share of it. He said parents fly private jets to ferry their children to and from school as well to visit them during the year.
Both Emerson and Avery pointed to seasonal homeowners, some with their own airplanes, as another sure of the increasing traffic. Emerson said that the NASCAR teams, which once had a strong presence at the airport, have begun flying larger planes, which require the security and emergency services only Manchester can provide.
Likewise, both the fixed-base operators believe the jet traffic is sufficient to warrant construction of heated hangars large enough to accommodate jet aircraft. Emerson that the de-icing process applies chemicals that must be captured and reclaimed by a closed system, the cost of which would not be justified by the volume of winter traffic. But, he explained a plane freed of ice in a heated hangar overnight would be able to fly the next day. A 12,000-square-foot hangar, with a door 28 feet high and 100 feet wide, is required for planes with tails 27 feet tall and wingspans of 90 feet.
“I have three planes waiting for the space right now,” Emerson said, “and we’re starting to see more call for it.”
Emerson welcomed the rising volume of jet traffic and reminded those leery of the noise that “These newer planes are whisper quiet and will get out here like homesick angels.”

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More than 1,300 jets arrived at the Laconia Airport last year. (Adam Drapcho/Laconia Daily Sun)

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