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Dave Bowers presented with General James Wolfe Award

by Thomas Beeler
Editor of The Granite State News

DAVE BOWERS, Wolfeboro’s historian and current member of the Board of Selectmen, was presented with the General James Wolfe Award by the Wolfeboro Area Chamber of Commerce at their quarterly meeting on June 7. The annual award is given for “outstanding service and dedication to our community for the benefit of present and future residents, businesses and visitors.” (Thomas Beeler photo) (click for larger version)
June 14, 2012
WOLFEBORO — The Board of Directors of the Wolfeboro Area Chamber of Commerce took the opportunity of the Chamber's quarterly meeting last Thursday, June 7, to present its annual General James Wolfe Award to Wolfeboro selectman, historian and businessman Q. David Bowers for "outstanding service and dedication to our community for the benefit of present and future residents, businesses and visitors."

Dave Bowers, who writes the weekly "Looking Back" column for this newspaper, has made many contributions to the community, including writing a three-volume "History of Wolfeboro, N.H., 1770-1994" and serving on the Wolfeboro 250th Committee.

Bowers, who attended the morning meeting in the 1812 Room of the Wolfeboro Inn with his wife Christie, thanked the board and the members present.

The quarterly meeting was sponsored by Marble Perfect, a hard surface cleaning and restoration service based in Alton. Ken and Marci DeMelis made a presentation on their marble and stone cleaning, polishing and repair services, as well as their newest service, which is a premium waterless carpet cleaning service based on the Millicare System from carpet manufacturer Milliken Carpets. Marble Perfect offers free demonstrations: call (603) 393-2776 for an appointment.

Chamber Executive Director Mary DeVries reviewed Chamber accomplishments since the last quarterly meeting in March, pointing out that there have been a high number of ribbon cuttings so far this year and three more are coming shortly.

She announced that the Chamber will be holding a Community Cash Raffle for the second time, following the successful launch in 2011. Tickets are now on sale for $10 each, with no more than 500 tickets to be sold. The winner, to be drawn on Aug. 15, will receive $1,000 to be spent among the 40 participating businesses.

DeVries announced that 11 area businesses and organizations had joined or rejoined the Chamber since March: Caldwell Designs (custom window treatments, Karyn Caldwell); Delaney Professional Services of Newburyport and Wolfeboro (personal and business support services, Ellen Delaney); Full Moon Paddleboard (sales and lessons, Michelle Clarke); Getaway Sports (kayak rentals, Sharon Meader); M & M Ski School (water ski, wakeboard instruction, Robert McGraw); The Birches of Wolfeboro Co-op Inc. (adult retirement community, Dennis Gagne); U.S.A. Ambassador Pageant (national charity-driven pageantry, Barbara Thurston); Wolfeboro Senior Citizens Club Inc. (Laurie Spurr); Wolfeborough Diner (Loree Akerman); Yankee Pedlar Realtors (Geordy Hutchinson); and Straw Cellar Fudge Brick Oven Pizza (Caroline Nolan).

The Chamber rents the space at the Railroad Station occupied by the Wolfeboro Nursery School during the school year. DeVries noted that the four subdivided areas in the space have been filled.

Greg Roark, Chairman of the Programs, Benefits & Services Committee, reported that the 2012 Chamber brochure is available, with copies distributed throughout the region. The Member Mingle in April was very successful in raising money for the Chamber scholarship. Chamber Socials scheduled for the next three months are: June 20 at the Libby Museum; July 18 at the New Hampshire Boat Museum; and Aug. 15 at the Downtown Grill Café. A new member orientation program was to take place following the meeting to introduce members to fellow member businesses.

Rick Gagne, Chair of the Educational Partnerships Committee, reported that the Chamber had receive 40-50 applications for the $500 Chamber scholarship, which will be presented that evening at Kingswood Arts Center (see separate article).

Judy Sabanek, Chair of the Marketing Committee, reminded members about Moonlight Madness, where downtown businesses stay open from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 22, with entertainment provided – a fun event for the whole family.

She also reported on the Jewel of Lake WinnipesaukeeTM campaign, which was launched in a two-page ad in the Inn at Mills Falls in-room magazine that also included an editorial praising Wolfeboro as a destination. That ad and those that follow include some of the 101 Things You Can Do in Wolfeboro year-round. Other ads will appear in the N.H. Summer Guide and the state's N.H. Visitors Guide, and the theme of 101 Things is continued in the new Chamber brochure. A tri-fold brochure listing the 101 Things has just been produced in 5,000 copies, thanks to 16 businesses that chipped in $25 each to get it produced in time for this season.

Zach Tarter, Chair of the Economic Development Committee, reported that an effort is underway to meet all tour buses. The town Web site has been updated with a link to the Chamber Web site. The committee is looking at adding winter events, such as a hockey tournament and holding customer service workshops for town employees.

"If it does happen that there is a summer White House here, we want to be prepared," he said. He urged members to consider joining his committee: "We need more boots on the ground."

Selectmen's report

Selectman Chair Linda Murray gave a report on town government activities, pointing out that selectmen's meetings are now streamed on the town Web site, allowing viewing any time. She reviewed the goals the board has set for itself and the guidelines set for the Capital Improvements Plan, which included phasing larger projects, finding a reuse for the vacant Municipal Electric Building on Lehner Street, and emphasizing maintenance plans for all town facilities. She pointed out that the town took advantage of the low snowfall and warm winter to get an early start on downtown improvements and do more in Depot Square than originally planned. New wayfinding signs and maps will be installed shortly downtown. She touched upon the lawsuit brought again Wright-Pierce Engineers for the shortcomings of their effluent disposal design, the new electricity contract that will yield lower rates in 2014-16, and the creation of a taxi stand at the corner of Central Avenue and Main. The town is currently harvesting milfoil in Back Bay, with much more to be pulled thanks to the warm winter. The town has also established a health insurance review committee to explore ways to lower costs and supported Brewster Academy's application to the state for a School Zone on their section of Main Street.

The next quarterly meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Inn on Main.

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