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LACONIA JUNE 9-17 BIKE WEEK ‘12 FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012 FRIDAY DOT rejects Gilford’s bid to discontinue small part of Rte. 11-B DON’T MISS THE OFFICIAL H-D DEMOS NOW THRU SATURDAY, JUNE 16 • 9AM-4PM *Valid Motorcycle License Required. Demos Weather Permitting. VOL. 13 NO. 9 LACONIA, N.H. 239 Daniel Webster Hwy. (Rte. 3) | Meredith, NH 527-9299 FREE New LHS field will be named Bank of N.H. Stadium School district kicks off fund drive with announcement of $250,000 donation by city’s oldest business BY GAIL OBER THE LACONIA DAILY SUN GILFORD — The state commissioner of transportation has rejected a petition from selectmen to discontinue the portion of Route 11-B that merges into Route 11-A so the town can build a memorial park and erect a flag pole. In a letter dated June 7 and sent to selectmen, Commissioner Christopher Clement, Sr. said that while he appreciated the desire of the town to create a memorial triangle park and agreed with many of the legal statements in the petition, he is concerned with the safety of the proposal and would not grant the petition. According to N.H. RSA 230:55-62, a petition to the commissioner of transportation is the way to get a state highway discontinued. Specifically, Clement said the “shortcomings” include the design proposal and traffic volume, truck movements, turning lanes, signage and safety. He said the layout and drainage of the proposed park needs more development and since the see DOT page 14 City Councilor Matt Lahey (white shirt) applauds Bank of New Hampshire President Mark Primeau’s Thursday announcement that Laconia’s oldest business will donte $250,000  to the capital campaign to build a new multi-sport complex behind Laconia High School, to the named Bank of N.H. Stadium. A press conference was held on the 50-yard line  of the present football field. Also in the photo are LHS athletic direcgtor Jim Chase and head football coach Craig Kozens. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch) BY MICHAEL KITCH THE LACONIA DAILY SUN LACONIA — The leadership of the School District kicked off a capital fundraising campaign to support the reconstruction of the Huot Regional Technical Education Center and reconfiguration of the high school playing fields yesterday when, on the 50-yard line of the gridiron, Gilford Deluxe $8.00 Laconia Savings Bank, now Bank of New Hampshire.” He said that when the fundraising effort was conceived, “we went to them first and they were very generous. The field will be a show piece for the city bearing the name of the bank.” Lahey was echoed by Jack Irwin, Mary Garside and Jim Fitzgerald, all of whom see STADIUM page 9 Living POWs & largest crowd ever attends vigil at end of Freedom Ride BY ROGER AMSDEN THE LACONIA DAILY SUN MEREDITH — Four ex-servicemen who were held as prisoners of war during World War II were given special recogni- LASER CAR WASH Express $6.00 Mark Primeau, president and chief executive officer of Bank of New Hampshire, tossed a $250,000 check in return for the naming rights to what will become “Bank of New Hampshire Stadium.” Expressing his thanks to Primeau, City Councilor Matt Lahey (Ward 2), a veteran of city government, said that “there has been no stronger community partner than Works $10.00 Mart Rte. 11 Gilford, NH • 524-8014 tion Thursday night at Hesky Park as part of the 24th anniversary of this community’s POW-MIA vigil. Recognized were John Mont of Laconia, Allan Gavan of Moultonborough, Wesley Appletree Nursery Rt. 3 - Winnisquam, NH ~ 524-8031 M-F 8-5:30, Sat. 8-5, Sun 9-4 Huge Selection Of Hydrangeas! $34.98 Wells of Hillsborough and Edward Parker, a former New Hampshire resident who now lives in Haverhill, Mass. It also marked the 19th consecutive see VIGIL page 12 3.29 99** Fuel Oil OIL & PROPANE CO., INC. 10 day cash price* Laconia 524-1421 subject to change Buy One Get One FREE Eyeglasses & Sunglasses! 527-1100 Belknap Mall

The Laconia Daily Sun, June 15, 2012

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