The Waterville Valley Hall of Fame committee has announced the 2019 class of inductees, a class which has devoted decades of service and contributions to Waterville Valley. Paul and Marcia Leavitt, Bill Cantlin and Tom Gross, Jr. will be inducted on Saturday evening March 9, 2019 at the Waterville Valley Conference Center.
Paul and Marcia Leavitt gave exceptional service to the Town of Waterville Valley. Paul Leavitt served the Town for 31 years in 10 different positions within Town government. He was Town Manager, Police Chief and Fire Chief, Director of Public Safety and Town Health officer, a Planning Board member, and a member of the Conservation Commission, Budget Committee, and served as School Meeting Moderator. Paul served 50 years in law enforcement in the State of New Hampshire.
Marcia Leavitt served the Town of Waterville Valley as a Supervisor of the Checklist for 29 years. She also served on the Waterville Valley School Board, including as Chairperson. She was the Clerk/Treasurer for the School District, and she helped produce the Wig Wag for many years, operated a successful winter restaurant in the golf shop, and created the best sandwiches Waterville Valley has ever experienced at the Jugtown Sandwich Shop.
Bill Cantlin has worked in Waterville Valley since 1975, with a little break when he moved to Colorado. Bill and his development company conceived of the idea of a condominium hotel and built the Black Bear Lodge. He also designed and built Mountain Brook Condominium, Mountain Meadow Condominium, Mountain Sun and Summit View Condominiums.
In 1999, Tom Corcoran hand-picked Bill to be his successor as President and CEO of the Waterville Company. In his position with Waterville Company, he developed both the Cascade Ridge and Moose Run single family home site subdivisions. He also assisted with and approved the design and development of Forest Knoll, Green Peak and Moose Crossing, along with overseeing the development of Jennings Peak home sites. He planned and executed the redesign of the historic Waterville Valley Golf Course, and he instituted design guidelines and architectural controls for many projects. He created the popular Osceola Arbor wedding site next to Corcoran Pond.
Bill was also President of the Waterville Valley Resort Association and has always shared Tom Corcoran’s vision of Waterville Valley.
Tom Gross, Jr. has long deserved to be in the Waterville Valley Hall of Fame. Since he is the instigator of this wonderful event, the Hall of Fame committee decided it was long overdue for Tom to be inducted into the “Hall.”
Tom has been a tennis presence in Waterville Valley since 1975 when he arrived with the Laver-Emerson Tennis Holidays. He has been Director of Tennis since 1982, and has coached thousands of tennis players. He designed and opened Legends 1291 in 1989, opened the Olde Waterville Pizza Company in 1994, and he became one of the new owners of the White Mountain Athletic Club along with the Waterville Valley Tennis Center in 1995. He brought Sean Stout back to Waterville Valley in 1995 to open the successful and popular Coyote Grill restaurant. He co-founded WVTV in 1982 and was the host for over 20 years. He brought weddings to the Valley when he was President of Valley Operations with Waterville Holdings. He has announced hundreds of ski races, including World Cup races, and he has emceed numerous events, and has been the auctioneer for even more.
His civic duties include Chairman of the Zoning Board of Adjustment, School Board Auditor, Volunteer Firefighter, President of the WVAIA, and a board member of the Waterville Valley Resort Association, the Transit Authority, the Electric Advisory Committee, and the Town Core Group. He has been a contributor to the Wig Wag for over 40 years.
Join us on Saturday, March 9, as we celebrate these exceptional members of our Waterville Valley community. It will be a GREAT evening. The doors open at the Waterville Valley Conference Center at 5 p.m. Cocktails and appetizers will be served from 5:30-6 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., and the induction ceremony at 7 p.m. Tickets are $49 per person, or reserve a table of 10 for $490.
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