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40 Vehicles Under $10K BUDGET CENTER THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2012 THURSDAY Plea bargain for alleged bedtime burglar rejected a second time LACONIA — A second attempt for a plea and sentencing agreement for one of the two men accused of being 2012’s notorious bedtime burglars failed yesterday after the county attorney, the defense and the judge couldn’t agree on the terms of a pre-sentencing investigation. For the second time Spencer Mullarkey, along with Atty. John Clothier, stood before see PLEA page 12 of VOL. 13 NO. 86 LACONIA, N.H. 527-9299 See Page 3 FREE Gilmanton enrollment up in early grades; trend or blip? BY ADAM DRAPCHO THE LACONIA DAILY SUN GILMANTON — While most small school districts in the region are struggling with the challenge of steadily declining enrollment, the kindergarten through eighth grade school here seems to be reversing that trend — though the School Dis- trict’s top administrator isn’t sure if it’s a temporary aberration or a sign of things to come. Superintendent John Fauci said he’s seen enrollment in Gilmanton fluctuate from 385 students to as high as 425 over the course of his seven years in the district. This year’s enrollment, 413, is within that range, but it’s the students in the youngest two grades which have been raising eyebrows. “Our number of kids in our kindergarten and first grade are definitely up over what we’ve seen in the past. So much so that we’ve added teachers.” The town’s students in grade K-8 are educated in the school building on Rte. 140, midway between Gilmanton Iron Works and Four Corners. The older children are tuitioned to Gilford High School. With the exception of fifth grade, which has 52 students, enrollment in grades two to 12 falls within the 39 to 45 range. see GILMANTON page 13 Warm water & cool nights spawns dramatic mornings on lakes Laconia M-F 7am-6pm Sat 8am-5pm 51 Bisson Ave Laconia next to Irwin Toyota Ford 603-581-2907 We’ll meet or beat all competitors tire prices. Ask for details $ UP TO 120 00 in Rebates With the purchase of 4 tires. See Dealer For Details Warm waters and cool evenings have created fog along with dramatic lighting during sunrise around the areas lakes and ponds , including along the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in Moultonborough. (Daryl Carlson/for The Laconia Daily Sun) Advanced manufacturers say they have jobs but skilled workforce in short supply BY MICHAEL KITCH THE LACONIA DAILY SUN LACONIA — While politicians are talking about creating jobs, manufacturers are talking about developing and sustaining the skilled workforce on which the future prosperity of the leading sector of the state 3.59 99** Fuel Oil OIL & PROPANE CO., INC. 10 day cash price* Laconia 524-1421 subject to change and regional economy depends. What Gary Groleau, corporate manager of Labor Relations and Corporate Development at New Hampshire Ball Bearings, Inc., calls the “skills gap” has left 600,000 manufacturing jobs begging across the country while some 12.5-million people are Appletree Nursery Rt. 3 - Winnisquam, NH ~ 524-8031 M-F 8-5:30, Sat. 8-5, Sun 9-4 Trees & Shrubs 50% Of f! Buy One Get One FREE Eyeglasses & Sunglasses! 527-1100 Belknap Mall seeking work. Although reluctant to count the number of openings in New Hampshire, he said that NHBB and its counterparts among “advanced manufacturers,” firms matching high-tech machinery with highly skilled employees to produce comsee JOBS page 10 BIG EN D O F SU M M ER SA LE M O TO RC YC LE A PPA REL & G EA R V isit the W H IT EH O RSE STO RE 1 0 7 East C o n w ay Ro ad •356-6556 O pen M o n - Su n 9 to 5

The Laconia Daily Sun, October 4, 2012

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