Wolfeboro detailer called upon to clean and polish WWII bomber

WOLFEBORO — Andrew Swenson of Wolfeboro Car Wash & Executive Detail returned recently from one of the most prestigious and productive detailing projects on record. In his third year as a member of the Air Force One Detailing Team at Seattle’s Museum of Flight, Swenson has participated in both the restoration and now preservation stages of the original presidential jet Air Force One. Swenson led a team through the historic plane’s annual wipe-down to remove water streaks, light polish to remove blemishes, and the application of an exterior paint protectant.
Most of Swenson’s week however consisted of leading teams in the cleaning and polishing of a World War II B29 Superfortress bomber.

“Last year, we polished the fuselage but the wings were not assembled,” said Swenson. “This year, the museum reassembled the wings and we cleaned and polished underneath them. Polishing aluminum that hasn’t been cleaned since the 1940s is difficult work, but the result is phenomenal.”
Swenson says there are several airplanes in the museum’s collection that need the team’s expertise.

“I suspect we will be working on the complete restoration of the bomber for several years,” he said. “This year we polished the engine rings on the first Jumbo Jet 747, and began cleaning a 1934 Boeing 247. We have been restoring the supersonic Concorde, call-name Alpha Golf, for three years and we are still continuing the slow process of rejuvenating its worn paint.”

Andrew Swenson’s experience cleaning aged paint and polishing bright work is a huge advantage in detailing a car or truck. To restore, maintain and protect the exterior of any vehicle, it helps to understand how the environment interacts with your surface paint, hard plastics, metals, and even fabrics and leather. Swenson is not just a detailer, but he is a paint correction specialist who saves aging vehicles on a daily basis.

Swenson thanked his local sponsors, Bob Hughes of BHHS Spencer Hughes Real Estate, Paul Zimmerman of Ossipee Self Storage, and Buddy Engal with Northeast Chemex.

The Air Force One Detailing Team receives no compensation for their participation in the Air Force One Detailing project, therefore financial support helps pay for travel and accommodations.

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Andrew Swenson talks to his team about work to clean and polish a World War II B29 Superfortress bomber. The underside of the wings had not been cleaned since the 1940s. (Courtesy photo)

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Swenson has participated in both the restoration and now preservation stages of the original presidential jet Air Force One. (Courtesy photo)

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BinnieMedia to host Lakes Region Chamber August Grill & Greet Network Event

LACONIA — BinnieMedia will host the next Lakes Region Chamber’s Meet & Greet event on Wednesday, Aug. 16, from noon to 2 p.m. “This is a fantastic way to promote a local business, engage with other businesses with an opportunity to work outside the office on a summer day,” said Karmen Gifford, president of the Lakes Region Chamber.
Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce Meet & Greets provide a casual atmosphere to network, to grow your business connections and get a behind the scenes look at a local business. Tour the NH1 Media Center, see the radio studio and meet the Binnie Media team. Attendees are invited to enjoy a barbecue by Lone Star BBQ.

For more information or to register to attend, contact Joanne Haight at the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce at 603-524-5531 or go to LakesRegionChamber.org.

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BinnieMedia will host the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce’s Aug. 16 summertime midday Grill & Greet networking event. From left are Joanne Haight, Chamber membership manager, and Juli Ann Marshall, sales manager for Binnie Media. (Courtesy photo)

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Belknap Subaru donates blankets and messages of hope to LRGHealthcare oncology patients

LACONIA — Belknap Subaru, in partnership with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, recently donated 50 brand new blankets and 10 arts and craft kits to staff in the Anderson Ganong Cancer Center at LRGHealthcare, to be distributed to patients undergoing a cancer diagnosis.

“The employees at Belknap Subaru wanted to support local patients in a way that would let them know we’re standing by them in their time of need,” explains Belknap Subaru General Manager Scott Ives. “Everyone has a connection to cancer, and in partnership with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society we are honored to make this donation once again this year.”

Local students wrote heartfelt notes of hope to patients, which will accompany the blankets.

“On behalf of our staff and patients at LRGHealthcare I’d like to thank everyone at Belknap Subaru and LLS for the great donation of blankets and art kits,” states LRGHealthcare Director of Pharmacy, Hematology/Oncology & Infusion Tx Paul Barrett. “These gifts will most definitely brighten the day for patients receiving treatment here at LRGH.”

LRGHealthcare is a not-for-profit healthcare charitable trust representing Lakes Region General Hospital, Franklin Regional Hospital, and affiliated medical providers. LRGHealthcare’s mission is to provide quality, compassionate care and to strengthen the well-being of our community.


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Belknap Subaru, in partnership with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, made a generous donation of fifty blankets and several art kits, each with a message of hope, to be gifted to patients receiving treatment at LRGHealthcare’s Anderson Ganong Cancer Center. From left are Belknap Subaru General Sales Manager Mark Mallahan; LRGHealthcare Director of Pharmacy, Hematology/Oncology, & Infusion Tx Paul Barrett; Belknap Subaru General Manager Scott Ives; LRGHealthcare Clinical Nurse Judy Fisher; Belknap Subaru President Mark Johnstone; and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Deputy Executive Director Louise Popp. (Courtesy photo)

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Genesis Behavioral Health finances construction project with Meredith Village Savings Bank

LACONIA — With financing help from Meredith Village Savings Bank, Genesis Behavioral Health is consolidating its clinical and administrative offices in Laconia into a single facility on 575 Main St. The new facility will improve patient care, create efficiencies for sustainability and allow for the expansion of services to best meet the needs of the 24 communities it serves. The project is expected to complete in early 2018, and will improve accessibility of Genesis’ services in the Lakes Region.

With locations in Plymouth and Laconia, Genesis is a private nonprofit organization that serves close to 4,000 people throughout the greater Lakes Region, providing outpatient and emergency mental health care.

“It has been my pleasure to work with Genesis for the financing of this construction project,” said Gracie Cilley, vice president, and commercial loan officer for MVSB. “I was especially impressed to see how consolidating its offices will increase efficiencies, which helps patients gain better access to services.”

“We’re very grateful to Gracie and MVSB, who have helped make this project happen,” said Margaret Pritchard, executive director of Genesis Behavioral Health. “In our new location, we will be able to expand services to include the integration of physical and behavioral health care, close service gaps, improve the quality of care and make access to care easier for those who need it. It’s more critical than ever for patients to have the best possible care they can get.”

Founded in 1966, Genesis provides integrated mental and physical health care for people with mental illness. It is designated by the state of New Hampshire as the community mental health center of Belknap and the southern Grafton Counties.

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Margaret Pritchard, executive director of Genesis Behavioral Health, and Gracie Cilley, vice president and commercial loan officer for MVSB, joined forces to consolidate clinical and administrative offices in Laconia into a single facility on 575 Main St. (Courtesy photo)

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FSB Presents Mountain Ridge Center with donation

FRANKLIN — Franklin Savings Bank presented Mountain Ridge Center of Franklin with a $400 donation through its participation in a national Veterans Initiative in partnership with the Senior Crimestoppers program and CRA Partners, powered by the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation. Mountain Ridge Center will use the donation to purchase benches and picnic tables for its new fire pit area.

“Our servicemen and women dedicate their lives to preserving our freedom as well as protecting our country from harm,” commented Ron Magoon, President & CEO. “As they grow older they unfortunately become unsuspecting victims to fraud, abuse, neglect and other unfortunate acts of crime. We take an active role in protecting and supporting our local Veterans homes to ensure they can continue to provide a safe environment for our nation’s Veterans.”

FSB’s involvement in the Veterans Initiative ensures that 40,000 veterans living in 160 state Veteran homes are able to live their lives in a safe and secure environment. For instance, each veteran resident at Mountain Ridge Center receives a personal lock box to safeguard their valuables. Each participating facility is also provided with regular in-service training for residents, staff and management. In addition, the Senior Crimestoppers program provides each state Veterans home with a video titled “Time of Your Life,” chronicling historical moments throughout the residents’ lifetime.


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Melissa Mansfield, FSB VP, Retail Lending, Loan Compliance & CRA Officer, presents a $400 check to Chrissy Avila, Mountain Ridge Center Recreation Director, as part of a national Veterans Initiative to ensure elderly veterans living in state veteran homes are able to live in safe and secure environments. Nancy Drechsel (far left) and Roy Berry are residents of MRC and serve as Council Vice President and Council President, respectively. (Courtesy photo)

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