Two Lakes Region service members will be among honored at NH Veterans Cemetery

Judge Boyle to offer keynote speech at veterans’ cemetery


BOSCAWEN — Retired Marine Corps Col. Gerry Boyle of Campton, who serves as senior judge in the New Hampshire Circuit Court, will serve as the keynote speaker during the statewide Memorial Day observance on Tuesday.
The program at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery also will include a brief ceremony at the Global War on Terror Memorial where three new names, including two from the Lakes Region, will be unveiled.
The memorial, dedicated last year, will include the names of Staff Sgt. David J. Whitcher Sr. of Bristol, Ryan Patrick Goggin of Wolfeboro, and Lance Cpl. Peter J. “P.J.” Sora Jr. of Londonderry.
Whitcher died Nov. 2, 2016, during a dive training exercise off the coast of Key West, Florida. He was the husband of Victoria Whitcher of Bristol and father of David Whitcher Jr.
Goggin, the son of Daniel and Michele Goggin of Wolfeboro, died from leukemia on March 31.
Sora died May 4, 2004, from injuries sustained in a Marine Corps training accident.
The Global War on Terror Memorial, dedicated last year, is a 12-foot granite obelisk capped by a globe and surrounded by four “hero walls” with the names of those who died fighting or in training for conflicts overseas.
In addition to Boyle, the speakers during the main program at 11 a.m. will include Steve Currey, president of the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery Association; Maj. Gen. Bill Reddel, adjutant general of the N.H. National Guard; Gov. Chris Sununu; U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan; representatives Ann McLane Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter; and N.H. Marine Corps League Sr. Vice-Commandant Bruce Katz.
The N.H. Army National Guard’s 39th Army Band will perform the National Anthem during the ceremony.
The War on Terror Memorial ceremony is scheduled to take place at 12:15 p.m.



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Rod Stewart, Barry Manilow impersonator performs in ‘We Care’ concert Saturday


LACONIA — Temple B’Nai Israel brings its practice of “Tikkun Olam,” or “repairing the world,” to the Inter-Lakes Community Auditorium in Meredith on Saturday evening for the latest concert in the “We Care” series.

Jay Gates will conjure up the musical stylings of Rod Stewart and Barry Manilow in a benefit for Gilford-based Camp Resilience, which assists military veterans.

Tickets will be sold at the door, with complimentary snacks and desserts available at 7 p.m. and the concert beginning at 7:45 p.m.

Don Morrissey, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, heads Camp Resilience. The non-profit provides training and counseling to former service members who are transitioning to civilian life.

“It’s interesting and amazing that a nonprofit devotes so much attention to raising money for another nonprofit,” Morrissey said. “It’s incredibly generous.”

Camp Resilience offers retreats for veterans in which they gain training in computer skills, resume writing, life skills and assistance with issues like post traumatic stress syndrome and addiction.

A previous beneficiary of the concert series was Lakes Region Community Services, which offers a range of services and has a core mission of supporting people with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries.

Joanne Lang, vice president of that agency, said it has been the beneficiary of money from three concerts, including an Elton John Tribute last year at New Hampton School.
“It’s been amazing,” she said. “One nonprofit is supporting other nonprofits and bringing good music to the area.

“These events are very cool for the community.”

Her group has been the beneficiary of $7,000 in net proceeds from previous concerts featuring the Gathering Time Folk Band, the Freese Brothers Big Band and the Yellow Brick Road Elton John Tribute Band.

“The friendships and relationships forged by working together go beyond these three events and we appreciate the members of Temple B’nai Israel for their generosity, friendship and hospitality,” she said.

Other nonprofits that have benefitted from the series are Voices Against Violence and New Beginnings.

Meg Kennedy Dugan, president of Voices Against Violence, said her crisis services agency received funds from an acapella performance in the series last November.

“It was helpful on a number of different levels,” she said. “It provided critically needed funding through revenues from the ticket sales.
“It also introduced us to other people in the community who really care about and support the nonprofits in the area.”
She said her group got $2,100 from that concert and another nonprofit got a similar amount.
Stu Needleman, who helps organize the events in the concer series, said the effort is part and parcel of the Jewish concept of “Tikkun Olam,” which is a Hebrew phrase meaning “world repair.” The concept has become identified with social action and social justice.

The price for a ticket for the Saturday night concert is $27.50.

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New models are ready to hit the waves


Cruising the waters of the Lakes Region in style this year, with new makes and models that aim to make the 2017 boating season even better. From affordable water toys to luxury high-powered boats, there are plenty of options available for local water fanatics.

Sports and Marine Parafunalia, located off of Route 11-B in Gilford, has many new water toys for the summer.

The new Wakefoil aims to transform the art of wakeboarding, by providing the feeling of flight while on the water. The aerodynamic structure allows riders to experience gliding above the water at any speed, weather condition, or in any water. The Wakefoil 139 Board is currently on sale for $1,399.99.

Those looking for a relaxing boating experience may want to check out the Hurricane Skimmer 120 Propel, as it operates as a recreational hands-free cruising kayak. The Skimmer features a sharp entry-flared bow for enhanced glide and smooth travel in choppy water. The newly updated structure of the boat also provides seat sliding adjustments for proper on-water ergonomics and a port-side steering mechanism that handles easily via finger-tip control, according to Bart Jefferies of Parafunalia. The price of this product is currently $2,599.99.

Instead of a magic carpet, Parafunalia offers a Water Carpet, made of closed-cell foam. The Water Carpet can act as a portable beach, and ranges in size from 6'x8' to 6'x19.6'. Prices for the Water Carpet begin at $250.

HK Powersports of Laconia has stocked up on new high-speed watercraft that aim to maximize speed and enjoyment for lake-goers this summer.

The 2017 Yamaha EX Sport and EX Deluxe are new to Yamaha's Wave Runner line-up this year. These models are made with a smaller fiberglass hull, and a 110 horsepower 4-stroke engine.

"It is the most affordable, reliable, full featured watercraft among all brands of watercraft," said Lisa Whalley of HK Powersports. Starting price of these models is currently $6,599.

The Yamaha line continues with the 2017 Yamaha GP 1800. As Yamaha's newest muscle craft, it can reach up to 260 horsepower. It is deemed the lightest, fastest machine on the water, according to Whalley. The Yamaha GP 1800 is available starting at $13,999.99.

Irwin Marine of Laconia has new boats in stock this summer that will allow boaters to glide through the waters with ease, according to Bill Irwin, vice president and manager of sales at Irwin Marine.

The brand new Sea Ray SLX 310 provides a large hull to maximize comfort and space. Paired with technological advancements the boat is known to reduce noise, vibration and harshness. The SLX 310 can carry up to 17 passengers, and offers new standard dual touch-screen electronics display, which is enables multiple control functions. New this year is a submersible hydraulic swim platform, fiberglass hardtop and an electric bimini top that goes all the way to the transom.

Going along with the Sea Ray line, Irwin Marine is also offering a the new Sea Ray 190 SPX. At 19' 6" in overall length and a maximum capacity of 11 people, this new model is both powerful and affordable. It starts at $28,995 at Irwin Marine.

Irwin Marine will be offering test rides on the new Sea Ray SLX 310 during the Sea Ray demo days on Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11.

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The O'Brien Water Carpet is like a floating beach. Anchor it to your dock or take it to open water. (Courtesy Parafunalia)


With Wakefoil, the feeling of flying is no more than a boat ride away. Hydrodynamics meets aerodynamics in the sleek design of the Wakefoil. It allows you to effortlessly cut through the wildest wind chop and slice through the calmest of sheet glass, all while floating you high above the water. (Courtesy Parafunalia)

hurricane skimmer propel

While heavy polyethylene barges often require a trailer for transport, the 59-pound Skimmer 120 Propel can easily be moved from your car top to the water and back again by hand and delivers as a recreational hands-free cruising kayak, too. (Courtesy Parafunalia)

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Sea Ray SLX 310 can carry up to 17 passengers, and is available at Irwin Marine. (Courtesy Irwin Marine)

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The 2017 Yamaha EX Sport and EX Deluxe are new to Yamaha's Waverunner lineup. (Courtesy HK Powersports)

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The 2017 Yamaha GP 1800 is Yamaha's new Muscle craft, and boasts 260 horse power. It is the lightest, fastest machine on the water, according to Lisa Whalley of HK Powersports. (Courtesy HK Powersports)

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Sea-Doo has the RXT-X 300, which came out last year, and is flashy and fun. They have the new 300 horse power in their GTX line and their ultra sporty RXT line. (Courtesy HK Powersports)

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The Sea Ray 190 SPX outboard is new for 2017 at Irwin Marine. (Courtesy Irwin Marine)