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Fair weather, good turnout for Wolfeboro Employee Appreciation Day

WOLFEBORO TOWN EMPLOYEES enjoyed their Employee Appreciation Day outing at Albee Beach last Friday, Sept. 11. The selectman-sponsored event included a cookout, games, a raffle and a desert contest. Everyone wore a t-shirt with the Wolfeboro sign on the front (“Oldest Summer Resort in America”) and the statement “I keep it running” on the back. (Thomas Beeler photo) (click for larger version)
September 17, 2009
WOLFEBORO — Despite being a little cool and cloudy, the Town of Wolfeboro's second annual Employee Appreciation Day at Albee Beach last Friday, Sept. 11, was enjoyed by all of the 60 employees who attended.

The event, which was organized by the Finance Department's Jeff Urquhart and the Parks and Recreation Department's Christine Collins and Robin Kingston, who improved and expanded upon the first appreciation day, which was held last year at the Municipal Electric Department's yard. This year the day was held at the town's Albee Beach and featured a broader range of activities, including horseshoes, a bean bag toss and beach volleyball. Each employee was given a white t-shirt, designed and donated by Calico Graphics, with the Wolfeboro Chamber of Commerce sign on the front ("Wolfeboro – the Oldest Summer Resort in America") and the statement "I keep it running" on the back. Everyone also got a name tag and, to help employees get to know one another better, a scavenger hunt was organized that required participants to ask questions like, who is 21 and who is the newest employee.

There was also a free raffle. Each participant was given a raffle ticket and during the cookout and desserts tickets were drawn for prizes furnished by local businesses.

Beyond the furnished hamburgers, grilled by volunteers, there were seven different salads and numerous desserts contributed by employees. Part of the fun was a vote for the Best Dessert, which was won easily by Tax Collector Brenda LaPointe for her stuffed toll house cookies – they went fast. Public Works Director Dave Ford contributed a chocolate chocolate chip zucchini bread, available with or without nuts, topped with whipped cream. Solid Waste Manager Adam Tasker contributed a peanut butter pie and there were many other cakes and cookies of all kinds.

There were two desserts, however, that stood out visually. The first was a cake made by Terry Tavares in the shape of a yellow Wolfeboro Municipal Electric truck that included a group photo of last year's participants standing in front of a real Municipal Electric truck, with the words Wolfeboro Employee Day written in icing. The second was a kitty litter cake made by Parks and Recreation Assistant Director Collins, which consisted of green litter-like cake crumbs in a real kitty litter tray with twisted Tootsie Roll sections placed artfully on top of the "litter" and a real litter scoop provided for serving.

The Wolfeboro Employee Appreciation Day was funded by $500 from the Board of Selectmen's miscellaneous budget. Most of the food was contributed by employees themselves, and, in addition to Calico Graphics, which donated the t-shirts, the following businesses contributed cash or raffle prizes: Bailey's Bubble (ice cream certificates), Bradley's Hardware (five $10 gift certificates), Cincotta Construction ($20), Full Belli Deli (three $5 gift certificates), Huck's Hoagies ($10 gift certificate), Local Government Center (seven pedometers), Molly the Trolley (two tickets each for the trolley and for Millie B rides), Napa Auto Parts (four work lights, one flashlight, two pairs of gloves), NH Federal Credit union (travel mug), Town Manager Dave Owen ($20), Pronto Market (four gift certificates, six Megabucks/scratch tickets, two free lunches and one week of free coffee), Strawberry Patch (four gift certificates for one breakfast each), Wolfeboro Car Wash (one Works wash), and Wolfeboro European AutoWerks (one free oil change).

Employees from all town departments except fire and police turned out. Three of the five selectmen also took part (Linda Murray, Dave Senecal and Sarah Silk; missing were Kristi Ginter and Marge Webster).

In addition to the work of organizing and running the event done by Collins, Kingston and Urquhart, Kathy Rankin and Rick LaPointe helped in the set up and clean up.

Martin Lord & Osman
Varney Smith
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