Wolfeboro Year in Review, Part II

by Thomas Beeler
Editor of The Granite State News
January 09, 2014
WOLFEBORO — In Part I of this annual review last week we covered the politics, issues and hard news events in Wolfeboro in 2013. This week will present news about the town's businesses and organizations as well as notable personal achievements of residents and a record of notable residents we lost this past year.

Wolfeboro's business community had a good year in 2013. Several businesses reached major milestones. Antonucci Insurance hosted a Chamber Social in July for its 15th anniversary, Morrissey's Front Porch celebrated its 20th anniversary on May 1 and Wentworth Economic Development Corporation (WEDCO) threw a party for its 20th year at Club 59 on Sept. 12. Leone, McDonnell & Roberts celebrated 40 years in business and Curtis Quality Care marked its fourth year in November.

Both Black's Paper & Gift Store and the RiteAid store were remodeled in 2013.

Some businesses closed or were sold but new businesses were opened. Dave Parsons sold his Carroll County Glass business to Granite State Glass in September after 32 years. Accountant Joe Santoro expanded his practice by partnering with Lorena Sinnamon to form Santoro & Sinnamon in February.

North Main Street saw a flurry of changes in 2013. Lydia's Meeting House opened in January and then became Nolan's Brick Oven Bistro. Sprouts Children's Clothing was purchased by Paul Jenne and Penny Sommer and moved to Durgin Stables in April. Granite State Goodies opened next to The Folk Cellar in May. Beveridge Craft Beer & Soap Company opened in October.

Fifteen North Main retailers got together to do joint marketing, including Upper Main Street bucks, to draw customers into their shops.

Out on Center Street Wally and Connie O'Brien remodeled and reopened the 1812 Bed & Breakfast and Antiques in time for the summer season.

The Yellow House and its antiques next to Carpenter School were put up for auction on June 27. The antiques sold well but the house did not.

The Wolfeboro Area Chamber of Commerce had a busy year. In addition to its new "Jewel of Lake Winnipesaukee" campaign and annual events, it expanded both its scholarship and educational offerings, including a media workshop for members on Nov. 14. The Chamber also took over sole management of First Night Wolfeboro after longtime partner Governor Wentworth Arts Council ended its involvement.

Community organizations

Huggins Hospital began 2013 on a somber note, undergoing a "rightsizing" in January that reduced staff by 24 positions. In November Huggins launched a series of Community Forums to update area residents on hospital issues and plans and to get feedback.

Dancing with the Community Stars returned on Jan. 19 and Shawn Silva of Silva Family Dentistry won first prize with his partner, student Katelynn Staples.

In April Wolfeboro saw its first new organization in some time as the Wolfeboro Institute of the Arts was formed. The new organization, spearheaded by The Folk Cellar's Franz Haas, plans to make the town a center for activities and education in the arts.

The Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated its 90th anniversary and also aided in the restoration of two plaques: one in the Town Hall recognizing the Paul Revere III bells in the clock tower, and a second indicating the site of the first meeting house on Center Street, missing for years but found and remounted this year.

The New Hampshire Boat Museum announced the purchase of four acres of land on Bay Street with frontage on Back Bay as the site of a proposed new 10,000-square-foot museum to be built within the next five years.

The Wright Museum open a major new exhibit on the Marine Corps, its first in some time. The museum also hired Michael Culver as its new director on Oct. 7. Culver brings experience as director of two art museums and a track record of innovation and building attendance.

The Wolfeboro Historical Society showed new energy in 2013, holding its first Colonial Family Day on July 13 and offering new educational programs and tours.

The 34th and last Artists in the Park was held on Aug. 15. The Governor Wentworth Arts Council will now focus its efforts on new programs such as the Paint the Town Plein Air event.

The Wolfeboro Library Foundation was formed and announced fundraising plans for a new library.

The Wolfeboro Area Children's Center introduced two new programs in 2013: the Toddler Town drop-in service and the Magic Moments Preschool collaboration with the Lakes Region Technical Center. Startup costs for the Magic Moments classroom were covered by a $15,000 grant from Wolfeboro Rotary.

The Children's Center held its fourth annual Team Trivia Contest to raise funds for tuition assistance.

The Appalachian Mountain Teen Project van was totaled in an accident on Route 28 in Alton on June 25. Nate Boston was appointed as the new director of the organization in August. Boston led AMTP's effort to revive the Wolfeboro Scarecrow Festival by helping businesses make scarecrow entries.

The Benson Thanksgiving Dinner set a new record, serving 511 meals on Thanksgiving Day.

The Festival of Trees celebrated its 15th year of raising funds for local organizations and honored Lynn Tyler for her role in starting the festival and making it a success. The 2013 festival proceeds will go to the All Saints Preschool and the Ossipee Childrens Fund.

Relay For Life raised more than $35,000 for cancer research in June.

The Eastern Lakes Region Housing Coalition and Warrenstreet Architects won an Excellence in Architecture Award for Phase I of the Harriman Hill Workforce Housing Project. Phase II of the project, adding a second set of 24 apartments, was funded and work began in 2013.

The second Lakes Region Energy Expo was held on Nov. 2, sponsored by the Wolfeboro Energy Committee.


Community activist and Planning Board Chairman Kathy Barnard was named Citizen of the Year by the Wolfeboro Lions Club.

John Pernokas was given the annual General Wolfe Award by the Chamber of Commerce for his outstanding service to the community.

In November Edith DesMarais won the 2013 Dorothy Richardson Resident Leadership Award from NeighborWorks and the President's Volunteer Service Award for her outstanding work on the Harriman Hill Workforce Housing Project.

Larry Houle was honored as Volunteer of the Year by the New Hampshire Boat Museum.

Megan Fichter was hired by the Lakes Region Humane Society as its first full-time director.

Wolfeboro Police Lt. Dean Rondeau was given the Knowlton Award for Excellence in Military Intelligence and attended the FBI Academy, the only policeman chosen from New Hampshire.

Wolfeboro Fire Rescue Chief Philip Morrill was elected president of the New England Association of Fire Chiefs.

Tina Maxfield followed up on her award-winning video "O Lord" with a second, "I Will See You Again." Both videos were produced with the help of Wolfeboro Community Television in general and Ryan Noonan in particular.

2013 deaths

Wolfeboro lost a number of its prominent citizens and residents in 2013. Among the notable figures whose obituaries were published in the Granite State News were:

Michael Wilkes, 62, died on Feb. 4: He was a Wolfeboro native and a driving force with The Village Players as actor and director.

Raymond Merena, 75, died on May 21: He was a partner in Bowers & Merena Galleries, a major auction house for consignors of some of the countries most prestigious rare coin estates, and a community benefactor who was involved with many organizations.

Lois Carey, 79, died Sept. 15: She was a longtime resident active in many Wolfeboro organizations, including the Hospital Aid Street Fair, where she ran the White Elephant tent.

Ruth Glidden, 85, died Oct. 30: She was a lifelong resident and was also involved in many organizations, including serving as manager/director of the Wolfeboro Playhouse and as President of the Governor Wentworth Arts Council.

Henry S. Maxfield Sr., 90, died on Nov. 3: He was the author of seven books (six novels and an autobiography), one of which was made into a movie, and founder of Maxfield Real Estate. He was also a community activist and political commentator.

The Town of Wolfeboro lost five former officers and employees: Former Police Commissioner David Sanborn, 69, died March 10; former selectman and veterinarian Dr. Lawrence Toms, 81, died April 23; unofficial town locksmith Michael Ouellette, 61, died June 24; 20-year town office employee and librarian Karen Mahoney, 61, died Aug. 16; and former Animal Control Officer Michael Charles Lord, 60, died Dec. 1.

Among current and former business owners lost in 2013 were Steven Fair, 57, owner of Lakeshore Construction, who died April 22; Kathleen McKeon, 75, owner of The Wool Center, May 17; Michelle Kender, owner of The Lakeview Inn, May 20; Richard Corson, 78, owner of Dick Corson Plumbing & Heating, July 4; and Janet David Freeto, 93, owner of the Stationery Shop, Nov. 16.

The year 2013 also saw the passing of many longtime and lifelong residents who will be missed: Susan Titus Astle, 69, on Dec. 2; Arlene Bean, 86, on Jan. 28; the Rev. Dennis Bowman. Sr. on June 22; Donald Bye, 76, on Nov. 24; G. Richard Clark, 93, on Nov. 24; Jeannette Croson, 74, on June 5; Ellen Dorr, 101, on July 10; Alice Hubbert Forbes, 85, on Dec. 5; Robert Gardner, 84, on Oct. 6; Sarah "Betty" Geoghegan, 92, on Nov. 11; Charles "Chuck" Hooper, 56, on April 19; and Doris Johnson, 93 on July 31.

Also lost were Daniel Macker, 62, on Aug. 3; Michael Masailo on Jan. 9; Elizabeth O'Connell, 89, on Nov. 26; Hester O'Neil-Hoell, 71, on Nov. 29; Roberta "Bobbie" Pratt, 76, on Sept. 27; Mimi Protitch, 96, on Nov. 7; Hale Reed, 80, on July 26; Barbara Sanford, 94, on Sept. 2; Marjorie Jean Schevis, 86, on Nov. 29; Loretta Steadman, 73, on Sept. 23; Alice Stedman, 93, on March 13; Elisabeth Stevens, 97, on Aug. 16; Dorothy Tarr, 94, on Oct. 6; and Margaret Thomson, 79, on Sept. 24.

There were two tragic deaths in 2013 that shocked the community: Malcolm McIver, 25, was found dead on Jan. 24; and David Moholland, 20, was shot to death by his girlfriend in South Carolina on May 20.

Finally, Executive Councilor Ray Burton, 74, passed away on Nov. 12 after serving the citizens of District 1 for 32 years. Though he was not a Wolfeboro resident, he was a frequent visitor and faithful representative of all who live here.

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