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Year-Round Library will ask voters for $47K for ‘11 GILMANTON — Supporters of the Year-Round Library (GYRL) have placed a petitioned article on the Town Meeting warrant asking voters to raise and appropriate $47,500 to help fund the library’s operations in 2011. The library, which was built with private funds and stocked with donated books, opened in September, 2009 when an anonymous benefactor came forward after voters turned down the GYRL Associasee LIBrary page 8
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BELMONT — After four hearings, two petitions, one sound test and hours of testimony, the Zoning Board of Adjustment last night voted unanimously to deny a special exception request to allow an outdoor shooting range off Route 106. The motion, made by Chair Peter Harris in front of a standing-room-only crowd, was seconded and voted without any comments
facility has seven indoor lanes with a maximum range of 25 feet. To address noise, the primary objection to the expansion, Gillespie built a sound absorbing firing box prototype and paid for an acoustics test last summer. The results of those tests were presented to the board last month and though the box deadened the sound to some degree, residents still overwhelmingly opposed the see GuN raNGE page 8
not very happy.” And when she opened the hearing it soon became clear that the selectmen are not very happy either. The Budget Committee presented a $5-million budget that appropriates $229,884, or 4.36-percent, less than was
authorized in 2010. But, Belair questioned some reductions and anticipated other expenses, pointing out that if one backs one-time expenses that were a part of the 2010 budget the prosee tILtON page 9
Tilton selectmen & budget committee not finding common ground By Michael Kitch THE LACONIA DAILY SUN
from board members. Saying he was “intrigued by the idea” since the beginning and noting that the applicant, Robert Gillespie the owner of Belmont Firearms and Range LLC had addressed many of the board’s concerns, Harris he just didn’t think a seven-lane outdoor firing range was appropriate for the neighborhood. Gillespie applied for a special exception in April of 2010. Currently, the Belmont
TILTON — Toni Belair, the chair of the Budget Committee, opened the public hearing on the 2011 town budget by remarking that after reviewing the numbers “I was
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Stocks fall after again reaching 12,000 mark
NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average broke through 12,000 for the first time in two and a half years Wednesday, but a late fade kept it from closing above that level. The index of 30 prominent U.S. companies finished the day with a modest gain. Weak profit forecasts from Boeing Co. and Xerox Corp. weighed on the market. Boeing fell 3 percent after saying its 2011 profits would be hurt by production delays. Xerox fell 8 percent after saying its profit margins were not increasing. The Dow gained 8.25 points, or 0.1 percent, to end at 11,985.4. It reached as high as 12,020 in morning trading. The last time the Dow closed above 12,000 was June 19, 2008, just as the financial crisis was worsening. The Standard and Poor’s 500 index rose 5.45, or 0.4 percent, to 1,296.63. The Nasdaq composite index jumped 20.25, or 0.7 percent, to 2,739.50. Energy and materials companies gained more than 2 percent, the most among the 10 company see STOCKS page 14
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Protests in Egypt ominous for Mubarak regime CAIRO (AP) — Thousands of Egyptians vented their rage against President Hosni Mubarak’s autocratic government in a second day of protests Wednesday that defied a ban on public gatherings. Batonwielding police responded with tear gas and beatings in a crackdown that showed zero tolerance for dissent. Egypt’s largest anti-government protests in years echoed the uprising in Tunisia, threatening to destabilize the leadership of the most important U.S. ally in the Arab world. The ability of the protesters to sustain the momentum for two days in the face of such a heavy-handed police response was a rare feat in this country. One protester and a policeman were
killed Wednesday, bringing the two-day death toll to six. Some 860 people have been rounded up, and Facebook, Twitter and cell phones — key to organizing protests — have been disrupted. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called on Egypt to adopt broad reforms and not crack down on the anti-government crowds. She urged the Mubarak regime to “take this opportunity to implement political, economic and social reforms that will answer the legitimate interests of the Egyptian people.” Still, there was no indication that Mubarak, who has ruled with an iron fist for nearly 30 years, intends to relinquish power or make democratic or economic
concessions, and no sign he would rein in his security forces. The defiant demonstrations continued late into the night. In Cairo, dozens of riot police with helmets and shields charged more than 2,000 marchers on a downtown boulevard along the Nile. Smaller clashes broke out across the capital. In one, protesters stoned police, who responded with a volley of tear gas from a bridge over the Nile. One protester, businessman Said AbdelMotalib, called the civil unrest “a red light to the regime. This is a warning.” In cities across Egypt, protesters incensed by Egypt’s grinding poverty, rising prices and high unemployment see EGYPT page 14
CONCORD (AP) — Senate Republicans are proposing raising the retirement age for public safety workers as one of the ways to shore up New Hampshire’s public pension system. Senate Republican Leader Jeb Bradley of Wolfeboro is the prime sponsor of pension reforms he says will stabilize the system in the long-term but will not spare employers’ from rate hikes over the next few years. Bradley, other Senate Republicans, business leaders and local officials plan to discuss the proposal in detail Thursday. “Unfortunately there is no short-term fix,” Bradley said. Bradley released some details Wednes-
day in an e-mail to constituents and The Associated Press. None of the proposed reforms would apply to workers with 10 or more years in the system nor would they affect current retirees, he wrote. Bradley said it is appropriate to ask beneficiaries with less than 10 years of service to help fix the pension system’s large funding problem. Workers with more years of service are vested with an expectation similar to a contract they will receive benefits, he said. Retirees and vested workers would see little change if the reforms are enacted, he said. “Given the enormity of the funding shortfall and the pending impact on property
taxpayers, it is certainly appropriate to ask beneficiaries with less than 10 years of service to share in the potential solution,” he wrote. “Not doing so accelerates the day of reckoning for the (New Hampshire Retirement System) and property taxpayers.” The New Hampshire Retirement System covers current and retired teachers, firefighters, police officers and state and local government workers. The system gets money from three sources: worker contributions, employer contributions and investment returns. For years, employers’ contributions to the system were too low, and that problem was compounded by a downturn in the stock market and projecsee PENSION page 14
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Obama waltzing with the devil Exciting news, folks. Obama and team say they’re recalibrating, recasting, retooling and rebranding his presidency! And they’ve come up with a dandy new slogan to sum it all up and get America moving again. Ready? “Win the future.” Takes your breath away, doesn’t it? If you’re old enough to remember Gerald Ford’s hapless presidency, Obama’s fabulous new slogan might have a familiar ring to it. In 1974, with rampant inflation gobbling up the paychecks of workaday families, Ford blamed the American people, asserting that they were simply spending too much. So he ordered thousands of red-and-white buttons that said “WIN!” It was an acronym for “Whip Inflation Now,” which Ford thought would happen if only the public wore the buttons to remind each other to buy less. This was, in a word, stupid — and it helped make Gerry a one-term president. Obama, however, hopes his slogan will catch on. As explained in his Jan. 25 State of the Union speech, it refers to what he sees as a sort of global Super Bowl in which the U.S.A. is competing to “out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.” He has declared that this is “our generation’s Sputnik moment,” adding that, “My No. 1 focus is going to be making sure we are competitive.” Hooray, let’s go! Washington should harness the idealism, creativity, energy and can-do spirit of grassroots people into a bold national program to revitalize America’s economy, educational system, infrastructure and middle class. But, wait — it turns out that Obama’s not proposing a true Sputnik response, like Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson produced in the 1950s and ‘60s. They launched such public efforts as a national program of science education and the Apollo moon landing. Instead, Obama is trusting Corporate America to “win the future” for us, offering deregulation and more tax breaks to entice them. Corporate America? Hello, “America’s” corporations are abandoning our workers, communities, egalitarian values and America itself as fast as they can. Trusting them to serve any interest but their own is a fool’s errand. As an old adage puts it, you can dance with the devil, but never fool yourself into thinking that you’re in the lead. That would be my 50-cents’ worth of advice to President Obama as he
rushes to transform his presidency into a Clintonesque corporate enterprise. Apparently discombobulated by Republican gains last fall, he has quickly converted into an irrepressible corporate-hugger, suddenly blowing kisses to CEOs and big-business lobbyists. He’s now filling his White House dance card with them. First up was Bill Daley, the Wall Street banker and longtime corporate lobbyists. Obama brought him to the White House ball, where he’s been shaking his corporate bootie as the president’s chief of staff, gatekeeper and policy coordinator. Then, in a bizarre choice, Obama tapped Jeffery Immelt on Jan. 21 to lead his newly created Council on Jobs, which is supposed to “encourage the private sector to hire (Americans) and invest in American competitiveness.” What’s bizarre about choosing him is that Immelt is CEO of General Electric and has been a leader in shipping American factories and thousands of GE jobs to Asia and elsewhere. Today, fewer than half of GE’s workers are in our country. As an AFL-CIO official notes: “Highly globalized companies don’t have the same interests as the United States. There is no company more emblematic of this than GE.” Rather than criticizing these runaway outfits in his State of the Union speech, Obama hailed the rise in their corporate profits and stock prices, citing these as signs that our economy is strong again. As for the millions of unemployed and barely employed Americans, he expressed regret that it’s now so hard “for Americans to find a good secure job.” But he offered only cold comfort, noting that “the rules have changed.” Well, yes — and who changed them? Self-serving CEOs like Jeffrey Immelt, that’s who. America’s working families — our endangered middle class — have a right to expect Obama to fight for rules that are fair to them and our country, not meekly accept rules that have been skewed by an elite corporate class to profit them alone. Instead, our president is waltzing with the devil. He’s rebranding his presidency, all right. It’s becoming Obama Inc. (Jim Hightower has been called American’s most popular populist. The radio commentator and former Texas Commissioner of Agriculture is author of seven books, including “There’s Nothing In the Middle of Road but Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos” and his new work, “Swim Against the Current: Even Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow”.)
LETTERS Professor Sandy doesn’t exactly accept ‘the other’ himself To the editor, Professor Sandy has given us a column that perfectly shows the condescending and patronizing attitude that progressives have toward most of the general public. Instead of reinforcing his phrase “must accept the person as he or she is” and thereby acknowledging that the vast majority of the public are grown adults, he clearly elucidates and provides the perfect example of one of the Pillars of Progressivism — we, the elite, must “progress” the rest of society to a higher plane of being — we must undertake to “perfect you” — and then continues his column as if we are mere children under his tutelage. He uses the horrible tragedy in Tuscon of a seemingly deranged person to subsume the notion of personal responsibility and free will to that of the progressive ideal: it is the sense of a collective responsibility and salvation, an entire society, that drives an individual to actions resulting in bad outcomes. The lesson he attempts to teach is that if only the rest of us were as self-actualized as he, society would be a wonderful utopia (but not
until we all think like him). What about his acceptance of who we are, sir, for it is clear that he will not. The majority of his words were spent in lecturing us on civility and the marketing of another Pillar of Progressivism — that of technocrats guiding the rest of society via a “scientific society”, as his lecture of Maslov’s principles of psychology pointedly outlines. Then and only then, will we all live in efficiency, harmony and kumbaya-ness. Hmmm, I do seem to remember a letter from him just before the Nov. 2 election that pretty much made Republicans and conservatives out to be the spawn of Satan and the second coming of Attila and his horde. Acceptance of “the other”, Leo? Perhaps before we allow the progressives to “perfect we children” to his level of conformance of political correctness and behavior (where much of it demands we give up our individual selves to the collective), may I suggest that he spend a few moments contemplating the three words: mote, beam, eye. Skip Murphy Gilford
Ready to accept 1,200 more cofﬁns shipped from Afghanistan? To the editor, We have been fighting wars for the last nine years. Our (supposed) enemies are entrenched in middle eastern countries. The ongoing threat we claim, exists in the poorest countries with unstable and corrupt governments. They are unable or unwilling to fight their own battles. In Afghanistan, U.N. military forces do the fighting — until such time that they, themselves, are trained to take up arms against insurgents and others. In the meantime we do the dying and suffering in their stead. The legitimacy of the U.S. presence is based on the hackneyed phrase “they are a threat to us!” Nothing is further from the truth. There has not been a single fatality in this country due to foreign terrorist since 9/11. Not one! If I am wrong, I need to be corrected. In the meantime 600 people die every week in vehicular accidents. Do we spend hundreds of billions of dollars to prevent this needless cost of
are a “sacred cow” and domestic needs can and do go without. The military will get 900 billion dollars this fiscal year: that does not include the costs of two wars. Former Secretary Reich says the cost of the Iraqi war will be between one and three trillion dollars. We can always borrow from China. After all, the weapons industry will not be denied. At the rate of fatalities, we might have as many as 1200 more coffins enter this country in the coming years. Brave and dedicated soldiers, sailors and marines who should be home with their families, working to rebuild a bankrupt nation. Stop this waste of money and life! Beware of those who instill fear and be aware of your own safety and freedom. Terrorism is an worn-out cliche. Are problems are here at home. We need this money! Please call your senator or representative and demand an end to our involvement in these countries. Leon R Albushies
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State Senator Jeb Bradley
Day of Reckoning for the N.H. Retirement System As we move beyond the November election several large problems must be dealt with immediately. These include: erosion of our business friendly climate; education funding; structural deficits and large spending increases; and dangerous unfunded liabilities in our public employee retirement plan. Later this week, several senators and I will unveil legislation that stabilizes New Hampshire’s Retirement System (NHRS) which presently has a total unfunded liability in the pension and medical subsidy account of nearly $4.75-billion. We will be joined by representatives of employer groups including selectboard members, school board members, and county officials who all are forced to pass sky rocketing retirement costs onto besieged property taxpayers. The NHRS should provide reasonable pensions for teachers, firefighters, police officers, and other public employees while not overburdening taxpayers. Experts believe that in order for a state’s retirement system to maintain actuarial stability, an 80-percent funding level is necessary. Ten years ago New Hampshire’s pension plan funding was a healthy 89.9-percent, but has nose dived steadily, bottoming out at 58.3-percent in 2009. According to the independent Pew Center Report “The Trillion $ Gap”, New Hampshire received the lowest of three rankings — “serious concerns.” The fact that 18 other states received the same grade is grim solace for New Hampshire’s property taxpayers who will foot the bill. This alarming trend will at some point impact NH’s bond rating according to the state treasurer, potentially driving up the cost of borrowing. Noteworthy facts about the NHRS contained in their 2010 report: the unfunded liability of the system has grown from about $2.75-billion in 2007 to the previously mentioned $4.75-billion presently. Employer contributions – more appropriately termed property taxpayer contributions — to the system have climbed from about $70-million is 2000 to $302-million in 2010. Since 2009 employer/taxpayer contributions have grown by 15-percent from $261-million to $302 million. At the same time, employee contributions have increased over the last year – but by a significantly smaller amount (4.9-percent) from $142-million to $149-million. In the last year the benefits paid out by the system have increased by 7.8-percent or $40-million, from $510-million to $550-million. This increase according to the NHRS is “primarily due to an increase in the number of retirees, increased average benefit levels for those new retirees, and temporary supplemental allowances granted to retirees through legislative action.” How did New Hampshire get into
this predicament? In the early 1990’s during another difficult recession, an actuarial accounting methodology was put into place to save employer costs. Its intent was temporary. Unfortunately this methodology remained in place until 2006 and when changed, the true picture of a $2.75-billion unfunded liability was revealed. During that period employers significantly underpaid retirement costs, though the rates were set by the NHRS and legislative policy. The second reason for the predicament involves what is known as gainsharing or the practice of paying higher benefits when NHRS’s investment income exceeded targets. The problem with gain-sharing was that good investment years did not overcome other years of under-performing investment returns. Nevertheless, a total of $900-million was diverted from the NHRS fund to pay higher benefits until gain-sharing was curtailed in 2006. Huge investment losses when markets crashed also significantly contributed to the shortfall. In 2008, losses were 4.6-percent and in 2009 losses were 18.1-percent or a staggering $995-million. 2010 saw a much improved investment climate and gains for the NHRS were an impressive $568-million. Despite those solid gains, the total unfunded liability scarcely improved from 58.3-percent in 2009 to the current 58.5-percent. As bleak as this picture is — it gets worse. Recent stock market losses have yet to be fully factored into employer contributions and combined with expected benefit growth will drive property taxpayer costs to unimaginable levels – the very horn of a dilemma. This is why we must make changes to the system now. On Thursday, we will propose a restructuring of benefits — primarily for “non-vested” NHRS members with less than 10 years of service or future new hires. Included in the proposed reforms will be increased years of service for public safety workers – 20 to 25 – as well as increasing the retirement age from 45 to 50 for those same employees. Inclusion of unused sick time, vacation time, or end of career buyouts, all of which drive up retirement benefits, will no longer be permitted in the calculation for anyone with less than 10 years of service. Special detail overtime will be curtailed immediately as it is simply not appropriate to include that kind of spiking in retirement calculations. Nobody will be able to retire and receive retirement benefits greater than their final salary. $90-million earmarked for higher benefits will be transferred back into the primary retirement fund to reduce the unfunded liability. A 4-percent growth in medical subsisee next page
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plants”. Since the state of Arizona does not administer “Medicare”, it should be noted that the state reduced its “Medicaid” (not Medicare) budget. That reduction was caused by two problem areas, the first being that federal mandates have limited what benefit reduction options are available to the states, and the second is that Arizona has a $2.6-billion shortfall in revenues. This is a glimpse into the future of government-controlled health care, where decisions are not based on medical need but on budgetary considerations. Simplistic or responsible? Take your pick. The professor seems to want a flat world, where there are no borders and everyone has everything equal to everyone else. The problems is that the world and life are not that way. Life is filled with bell curves. Some people achieve great things and are at the high end of the curve, others, for any number of reasons, are at the low end of the curve, and the great majority are in the middle. The same bell curve structure can be applied to organizations, businesses, educators, politicians, and just about any group. Simplistic or responsible? Take your pick. Finally, while the professor’s motives may be well meaning, identifying and placing blame for all the problems in the world does nothing to fix a single problem. As the old saying goes, you simply can’t eat the whole elephant. Find a single problem you can fix, and then do it! Bob Meade Laconia
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years in the system nor will they impact current retirees. New Hampshire courts have held that once an employee is vested there is an expectation akin to a contract of receiving pension benefits upon reaching retirement age. However, the NH Supreme Court has never ruled the same obligations apply to those employees who have less than 10 years of service and are not vested. Given the enormity of the funding shortfall and the pending impact on property taxpayers, it is certainly appropriate to ask beneficiaries with less than 10 years of service to share in the potential solution. Not doing so accelerates the Day of Reckoning for the NHRS and property taxpayers. (Republican Jeb Bradley of Wolfeboro represents District 3 in the New Hampshire Senate.)
dies will be eliminated. Any new NHRS members hired will have increased contribution rates: 5 to 7-percent for most employees and 9.3 to 11-percent for public safety employees. A study will determine if New Hampshire should move from the current defined benefit system to the defined contribution or 401k systems of the private sector. Lastly, the composition of the NHRS board which currently includes eight employee members and one employer member will be reformed to parity: four employee and four employer members. These reforms are reasonable and pending an actuarial review should dramatically improve the unfunded liability of the system. As noted, most reforms will not apply to employees who are “vested” with 10 or more
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LETTERS Professor has to ﬁgure out what to do with people like Jack & me To the editor, Today, Wednesday the 26th, I was very pleased to see to again see a letter from my friend Jack Stephenson back in this paper. Today, Jack addressed the rambling disorganized thinking of Professor Leo R. Sandy and brought some reality into that gentleman’s world perhaps. When I say the professor’s letter was disorganized and rambling I do say that tongue in cheek. The professor. is anything but disorganized and his consistency is amazing. Month after month and year after year he in a very well organized and strident way of his lectures us on how he and his liberal-progressive world citizens know the right of things and if we just do as they say all will be right with the world. Peace, prosperity, happiness, oh yes it will just all fall into place. No bad people, all the world together singing of love and contentment. All the professor and his friends have to do is figure out what to do with with people like Jack and myself who keep punching holes in his balloon with those inconvenient things like facts and reality. You see, Jack rightly noted that the profesor and
his friends requirement for their perfect world would need every person on earth to think and act as one, politically speaking. To that I say, good luck with that. How about starting with say Iran, or N. Korea. Get them to sign on professor and I might rethink my position. Until then I have to agree with Jack. Your positions are illogical no matter how you dress them up and spin them. Crazies are crazy no matter the society in which they live. Blaming others for the acts of the individual is nonsense. Blaming political opponents rhetoric for the acts of a mad man is itself insane or we would all be nuts. But then I think the professor knows all this. It all goes back to his consistency, his agenda. He has always advocated for the disillusion of nations and a one-world socialist government. Everyone accepting and compliant, doing and thinking as they are told to do and think by the ruling elite. It just sounds so George Orwell to me, so no thanks professor. I guess I’ll have to be among those millions that your friend Sal Alinsky says will have to be “eliminated”. Oh, and good luck with that too. Steve Earle Hill
An abortionist will tear this life out of a mother and kill it To the editor, “Life liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” are rights given by the Declaration of Independence, adopted on July 4, 1776. Over two hundred years ago, our forefathers had the position that life was a right. Nearly a hundred years later, and one hundred forty three years ago, the feminist Susan B. Anthony called abortion “the horrible crime of child-murder.” The issue of life isn’t a new one. A new life starts at conception (blood type, DNA, determination of sex, and a complete genetic blueprint begin at that point). The developing baby isn’t a part of the mother; it has a developing separate life of its own, and by our Constitution has the right to life, the right to live. This right is supposedly guaranteed by the Constitution, even though a conflicting law gives mom the right to choose life or choose to
have an abortion. An awesome moment for a mom and dad is their first look at an ultrasound of their developing child. At sixteen weeks after conception, the head, face, chest, and other human characteristics are clearly visible. When the baby within first moves or even kicks, it is a joy to the mother, that feeling of closeness to the child growing in her womb. This is life, a person who deserves to live. An abortionist will tear this life out of the mother and kill it, thus destroying the unborn living child. This is murder, though still permitted by the pro-choice law. If you or someone you know is prochoice, let them know about this. Please encourage pregnant women to preserve the lives of the unborn. Urge them not agree to murderous abortions. Life is precious! Harry Mitchell Laconia
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Free Ward Bird Committee posts video that has former landlord explaining troubles with accuser MOULTONBOROUGH — The committee of friends and relatives of Ward Bird yesterday stepped up their attack on the credibility of the former Salem woman whose testimony resulted in Bird’s conviction on a criminal threatening charge by posting an online video recorded by a Brentwood man who says he is Christine Harris’s former landlord. In the video (www.freewardbird.org/statements), Peter Curro speaks of false accusations and “torture” that he endured at the hands of Harris in the 1990s. “Christine Harris did not pay rent owed to Mr. Curro, and when he tried to obtain it she tied things up in court for months with false accusations and delays,” said committee spokesman Peter Miller. “Mr. Curro states that Ms. Harris made a similar false accusation of threatening her life that she made against Ward Bird. He also describes major damage to his home by the dogs that she bred there without his permission.” Bird is presently incarcerated at the Carroll County Jail, serving the sentence imposed on him in 2009 for threatening Harris with a hand gun after she wandered onto his Ossippe Mountains property while looking for a neighboring tract that was
for sale. He has applied for a pardon from Governor John Lynch and the Executive Council and is expected to testify before them during a hearing into his request that will be held at the Statehouse in Concord on Tuesday of next week. Bird contents that Harris initially refused to leave his property when asked and while admitting he had a hand gun on his person at the time of the incident, insists he never used it to threaten Harris. He chose not to testify at his trial. Miller said Curro has provided the Free Ward Bird Committee with legal documents that illustrate Harris’s tactics and the committee will be sharing them with Governor Lynch and the Executive Council. In addition, the committee’s website includes statements by Harris’s former parole officer and business and realty agents who also strongly question her integrity. “A review of Ms. Harris’s background reveals a series of legal charges and violations, questionable interactions with business agents, misstatements, and cruelty to animals,” said Miller. “Viewed collectively over a period of years it strongly suggests a lack of credibility.” — Ed Engler
Clarification: Under N.H. law, Ward Bird cannot ask for an annulment of his conviction until 5 years after sentence completed or are serving extended sentences are not eligible for annulment. Once an annulment is granted the person “shall be treated in all respects as if he had never been arrested, convicted, or sentenced.” However, an offender can only petition for an annulment when all the terms and conditions of the sentence have been completed and after a further period of time beyond that — one year for for violations, three years for misdemeanors, five years for class B felonies and 10 years for class A felonies. If a petition for annulment is denied, three years must past before another petition can be filed. For instance, a person sentenced to seven years, the maximum for a class B felony, and a further three years probation could not petition for an annulment until 15 years after the original conviction. — Michael Kitch
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LIBRARY from page one tion’s request for $75,000 at Town Meeting in March. Last year, following a lengthy debate and ballot vote, voters granted the library’s request for $41,300 in operating funds. Stan Bean, president of the GYRL Association said that there was some discussion with the selectmen about including an appropriation for the library in the town budget for the first time. But, in light of the controversy the issue has aroused in the past, the association and the selectmen agreed the prudent course would be to present a warrant article rather than risk debating and amending the budget. In December, when John Dickey presented the annual report to the Board of Selectmen, he said that through donations and fundraising the library had collected $23,000 toward its operating budget of $70,500, which is the same as last year, and would be submitting a warrant article for the balance. He also told the board that the library had received an anonymous contribution of $50,000 from a resident and explained that the income will be applied to utility costs while the principal will be retained. Ironically, the proposed town budget includes an see next page
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An article in Wednesday’s edition of The Daily Sun about the pardoning convicted offenders overlooked a major aspect of the annulment process. A pardon “is an act of executive grace completely eliminating all consequences of the conviction, but it does not remove the record of the conviction.” The term pardon and the phrase commutation of sentence bear the same meaning. An annulment, on the other hand, wipes the slate clean. An annulment can only be granted by the court that imposed the sentence. State law provides that “the record of arrest, conviction and sentence of any person may be annulled by the sentencing court . . . if in the opinion of the court, after hearing, the annulment will assist in the petitioner’s rehabilitation and will be consistent with the public welfare.” Those who have committed crimes of violence
GUN RANGE from page one range, many of them saying the type of noise was still a nuisance even though the decibel level was within acceptable levels. In order to get a special exception, five criteria must be met and Harris addressed them individually in his motion. As to the appropriateness of the site, Harris said he felt a business should attract other businesses and said, in his opinion, an outdoor firing range, even in a commercial zone, would do just the opposite. Although Gillespie’s lawyers argued that the two submissions by real estate appraisers saying property values would be diminished were “anecdotal” at best, Harris disagreed, saying the appraisals indicated to him there would be some negative effect on existing property values. As to a valid objection on demonstrable fact, Harris said it was a fact that the people in the neighborhood would be able to hear the gun shots. He said he was confident in Gillespie’s ability and desire to build a hazard-free facility, but said “there is no testimony that there is no nuisance.” Finally, he said he was confident that if the use was appropriate, Gillespie would build an appropriate facility and had met his burden there. Gillespie declined to comment.
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LACONIA — Noah Crane, general manager of the Laconia Muskrats, said last year’s inaugural season of the New England Collegiate Baseball League team was a success, with the team earning a ticket to post-season play and building a core fan base in the process. While most residents currently have their minds filled with thoughts of snow-filled driveways, Crane is thinking about green grass, early summer evenings and June 10, when the Muskrats will start their second season by hosting the Raging Tide of Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Crane has two main goals for the second season: attract more fans and go farther into the post-season. Crane said he was “excited” to get the season going.”We want to contend for the top spot in the Eastern Division – I think we have the talent this year.” “I think, on paper, our roster is significantly better than last year,” he said. When building the team for this season, Crane said he learned some lessons from last year. He’s signed more power hitters at the expense of speed, and has prepared to be better positioned to deal with injuries, an issue that became a challenge last year. “We’ve got guys that can play all over,” he said, noting that the team has an especially strong pitching staff. With that stronger roster, Crane hopes the Muskrats will have better success on the road. The team struggled at unfamiliar venues, but played well when at their home Robbie Mills Field, located, off of Meredith Center Road. The team settled quickly into its new home last year, which Crane said is one of the best venues in the league. Just as important as a nice field, though, he said the team was able to gather a list of local
families who agreed to host the college-aged players for the season. In the months leading up to the season, Crane put out an anxious call for host families as they were slow to volunteer. In the end, he said, “We found some of the some of the best host families around – it worked out really well, that was a tremendous blessing.” He expects most of those families to sign up for another season. With the roster built, their home field in great shape and the network of host families in place, all that’s left is for the snow to melt and the fans to arrive for opening night. “I think the fans and the attendance numbers will rise,” Crane said. They saw about 12,000 fans over the course of 22 home games, for an average of about 550 per night. He’d like to see the average attendance in the 600s. Prices will stay the same this year, with tickets for adults at $5, $3 for students and seniors and free admission for military personnel and children younger than 10. To keep the fans coming, Crane and the organization have been working to create an atmosphere that is “entertainment-based and family-friendly.” There will be new between-inning games and promotions featuring local businesses. Starting times have been adjusted as a nod to parents of young fans. Friday and Saturday games will continue to begin at 7 p.m., while weeknight games will start an hour earlier. Crane was glad to see that the Muskrats will play at home on the Fourth of July. That game will start at 5 p.m., intentionally scheduled to fit between parades and fireworks. “Everything’s going to be bigger and better in year two,” Crane concluded.
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from preceding page appropriation of some $800 for the library at Gilmanton Iron Works, which like the GYRL is not owned by the town but by a non-profit corporation. The budget also includes an appropriation of $2,400 for the little library at Four Corners, which is the only library actually owed by the town. Liz Bedard, who presented the warrant article to the Budget Committee, said the request from the town was relatively small compared to municipal funding for libraries in other towns with comparable populations. In 2010, Alton, Barnstead and Belmont appropriated more than $120,000 and Sanbornton and Canterbury more than $100,000. Selectman Rachel Hatch said that in order to address the question of the library earlier in the day, the article for the library appropriation will be placed closer to the top than the bottom of warrant. Last year there was wait of more than eight hours at Town Meeting before the measure finally made it to the floor. Supporters of the library organized a campaign whereby “yes” voters were notified as the appropriation neared a vote and dozens of them drove to the school just to cast that single vote. Bedard stressed that the operating budget does not support the work of the GYRL Association, which is funded by the annual $10 membership fee and donations. “The costs of association do not come from the library budget,” she said. Bedard said that since the library opened it has issued 1,022 cards, served 12,216 patrons and circulated 14,567 items. She said that the response to the library in its first year has exceeded all expectations.
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Judge rejects plea bargain that would have sent Alton man to prison for 13 to 30 years for sex assaults of 15-year-old BY BEA LEWIS
THE CITIZEN OF LACONIA
MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
By virtue of a power of sale contained in a certain mortgage deed given by TIMOTHY C. LEWIS, (a/k/a TIMOTHY LEWIS), a single person, and ALAN F. ROY, a single person, both with a mailing address of 51 Taft Ave., Mendon, Massachusetts 01756-1206, to MEREDITH VILLAGE SAVINGS BANK, 24 NH Route 25, PO Box 177, Meredith, Belknap County, New Hampshire, 03253, dated July 27, 2007, and recorded on August 13, 2007 in the Belknap County Registry of Deeds at Book 2431, Page 372, (the “Mortgage”) the holder of said mortgage, pursuant to and in execution of said powers, and for breach of conditions of said mortgage deed dated July 27, 2007, (and the Note secured thereby of near or even date, and related documents) and for the purpose of foreclosing the same shall sell at PUBLIC AUCTION On February 4, 2011 at 11:00 o’clock in the morning, pursuant to N.H. R.S.A. 479:25, on the premises herein described being located at 19 Moose Run Dr., (f/k/a 13 Birch Drive), Sanbornton, Belknap County, New Hampshire, being all and the same premises more particularly described in the Mortgage. TERMS OF SALE: Said premises will be sold subject to (i) all unpaid taxes and liens, whether or not of record; (ii) mortgages, liens, attachments and all other encumbrances and rights, titles and interests of third persons which are entitled to precedence over the Mortgages; and (iii) any other matters affecting title of the Mortgagor to the premises disclosed herein. DEPOSITS: Prior to commencement of the auction, all registered bidders shall pay a deposit in the amount of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00). At the conclusion of the auction of the premises, the highest bidder’s deposit, if such high bidder’s bid is accepted by the Bank, shall immediately be paid to the Bank and shall be held by the Bank subject to these Terms of Sale. All deposits required hereunder shall be made in cash or by check to the order of the Bank, which is acceptable to the Bank in its sole and absolute discretion. WARRANTIES AND CONVEYANCE: The Bank shall deliver a Mortgagee’s Foreclosure Deed of the Real Estate to the successful bidder accepted by the Bank within forty-five (45) days from the date of the foreclosure sale, upon receipt of the balance of the Purchase Price in cash or check acceptable to Bank. The Real estate will be conveyed with those warranties contained in the Mortgagee’s Foreclosure Deed, and no others. FEDERAL TAX LIEN: The property to be sold may be subject to a tax lien of the United States of America Internal Revenue Service. Unless this lien is released after sale, the sale may be subject to the right of the United States of America to redeem the lands and premises on or before 120 daysfrom the date of the sale. BREACH OF PURCHASE CONTRACT: If any successful bidder fails to complete the contract of sale resulting from the Bank’s acceptance of such successful bidder’s bid, such successful bidder’s deposit may, at the option of the Bank, be retained as full liquidated damages or may be held on account of the damages actually suffered by the Bank. If such deposit is not retained as full liquidated damages, the Bank shall have all of the privileges, remedies and rights available to the Bank at law or in equity due to such successful bidder’s breach of the contract of sale. Notice of the election made hereunder by the Bank shall be given to a defaulting successful bidder within 50 days after the date of the public auction. If the Bank fails to notify a defaulting successful bidder of which remedy the Bank has elected hereunder, the Bank shall be conclusively deemed to have elected to be holding the deposit on account of the damages actually suffered by the Bank. Upon any such default, Laconia Savings Bank shall have the right to sell the property to any back up bidder or itself. AMENDMENT OF TERMS OF SALE: The Bank reserves the right to amend or change the Terms of Sale set forth herein by announcement, written or oral, made prior to the commencement of the public auction. ORIGINAL MORTGAGE DEED: The original mortgage instrument may be examined by any interested person at the main office of Meredith Village Savings Bank, 24 NH Route 25, Meredith, New Hampshire, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. during the business week. NOTICE TO THE MORTGAGOR, ANY GRANTEE OF THE MORTGAGOR AND ANY OTHER PERSON CLAIMING A LIEN OR OTHER ENCUMBRANCE ON THE PREMISES: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO PETITION THE SUPERIOR COURT FOR THE COUNTY IN WHICH THE MORTGAGED PREMISES ARE SITUATED, WITH SERVICE UPON THE MORTGAGEE, AND UPON SUCH BOND AS THE COURT MAY REQUIRE, TO ENJOIN THE SCHEDULED FORECLOSURE SALE. For further information respecting the aforementioned foreclosure sale, contact Paul McInnis, CAI, AARE, One Juniper Road, North Hampton, NH 03862, 1-800-242-8354. Dated this the 6th day of January, 2011. MEREDITH VILLAGE SAVINGS BANK By Its Attorneys Minkow & Mahoney Mullen, P.A. By: Peter J. Minkow, Esq. 4 Stevens Ave., Suite 3, P.O. Box 235 Meredith, NH 03253 (603) 279-6511 Publication Dates: January 13, 20 & 27, 2011.
LACONIA — An Alton man will stand trial for child pornography and sexual assault after a Superior Court judge rejected a negotiated settlement that called for a 13- to 30-year prison sentence. Judge James D. O’Neill III Tuesday rejected a plea agreement brokered between County Prosecutor Carley Ahern and Public Defender Amy Ashworth that would have allowed Frank Toland, 41, formerly of 9C Spruce Terrace, to plead guilty to 15 charges. “I’m very sorry for what I did,” Toland said at the hearing in Belknap County Superior Court, prompting the judge to question, “Are you sorry because you got caught?” “No, I’m sorry for what I did. I’m going to work hard in prison and not be a TV bum, but go to college. I really screwed up bad. I ruined a life,” Toland responded. Police charge he used a cellular telephone to record himself having sex with a 15-year-old girl and then attempted to flee when confronted by authorities. Toland was indicted in May on four counts of manufacturing child sexual abuse images and five counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault. The grand jury also returned three misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and three misdemeanor counts of simple
assault on a law enforcement officer. Ashworth urged the judge to accept the plea agreement, characterizing Toland as a “first-time” sexual offender who had been active with his church, even riding a bus to the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina to work at a warehouse helping to distribute relief supplies. She also cited his volunteer work with the Alton Senior Center. She stressed that the proposed settlement would not allow Toland to be released from prison unless he completed a treatment program for sexual offenders. “He is amenable to treatment and his actions are something he is not going to deny. He admits what he did was wrong and that he needs to be punished,” Ashworth continued. Before rejecting the plea deal, Judge O’Neill read a brief statement from the victim aloud in the court, stressing that the young girl said she wanted Toland to remain in prison for “a long time” because of what he had put her through. “I find the terms of the negotiated settlement unacceptable,” O’Neill said, adding that the cases would remain on track to go to trial. The final pretrial hearing is set for Feb. 9 with jury selection scheduled March 7, but Ashworth told the court she expects to file a request for a postponement as she is scheduled to be on maternity leave during March.
N.H. Supreme Court agrees man who passed bar exam unﬁt to practice law CONCORD (AP) — The New Hampshire Supreme Court has made it clear that not everyone who passes the bar exam gets to practice law. The court on Wednesday denied the appeal of a would-be lawyer who was shot down by its Committee on Character and Fitness. The applicant— identified in the ruling only by the initials G.W. — admitted it was a “bad joke” to pretend to be an armed robber at a North Conway convenience store on April Fool’s Day. He’s also been convicted of drunk driving, violating a restraining order and criminal threatening and has more than $130,000 in delinquent student loans. When asked for positive traits, G.W. told the committee it was “an amazing accomplishment” that he passed the bar exam in 2008 after 20 years and seven unsuccessful attempts. According to the court’s ruling, G.W.’s only jobs over the past 20 years were brief stints as a bartender in 2008 and as a waiter in 2006. “I didn’t enjoy the service business. I felt it was beneath me,” G.W. told the committee.
He told the committee the six convictions for violating a restraining order stemmed from his having been “framed” by his former girlfriend. He is appealing a second drunk driving conviction and faces charges of driving under suspension. He also has charges pending of attempted fraud and making false statements under oath related to court documents he filed in a foreclosure matter. G.W.’s lawyer, Patrick Hayes, had asked the justices to allow his client to practice law on a probationary basis and be mentored by an experienced lawyer. The court denied that request, saying, “We do not believe any conditions could adequately safeguard the public.” “Taken as a whole, the record reflects an individual with a long history of evading his financial obligations, as well as failing to take responsibility for the consequences of his poor judgment and criminal behavior,” Justice Carol Ann Conboy wrote in the court’s unanimous ruling. “We see no evidence that, as an attorney, the applicant would conduct himself any differently.”
Belmont voters will again be asked to fund contracts with police & fire unions BELMONT — For the second year in a row voters will decide if the town’s public safety workers will get the money portion of their negotiated collective bargaining agreement approved. Last year, voters rejected the warrant article that would have given police and firefighters, represented by the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, Council 93 - Local 534 (AFSCME) a wage increase that would have been in part offset by a reduction in the costs of health insurance. At the same time, voters approved a similar arrangement for the unionized employees of the public works department, AFSCME Council 93 Local 3657. The matter was revisited at the special town meeting held in July but
voters again rejected what by that time was a salary increase of $15,151 to be offset by $7,441 in insurance savings. This year, voters will again decide the money portion for both union contracts. Warrant Article 15 asks voters to approve negotiated pay raises that total $2,339 in return for a decrease in health insurance costs of $522 for the Public Works employees. Warrant Article 17 asks voters to approve a total of $17,505 for police and fire while saving $13,606 in health benefits. Both the Selectboard and the Budget Committee recommend passing these articles. A supplemental public hearing on the entire Belmont budget will be held tonight (Thursday) at the Corner Meeting House at 6 p.m. — Gail Ober
TILTON from page one posed spending plan is only $41,000 less than what was presented to Town Meeting a year ago. She also noted that separate warrant articles will include funding for a collective bargaining agreement with the police, borrowings for the conversion of 61 Business Park Drive to a police station and Lakes Region Public Access television. “The tax rate will go up,” Belair said, expressing concern for residents still hard pressed by the sour economy. After Liz Merry, a director of Genesis Behavioral Health, urged the committee to accept the selectmen’s recommendation to appropriate $5,869 to the agency and Liz Alden asked to triple the $500 allocated to the New Hampshire Association for the Blind, there was a long silence. “You guys are making this too easy for me,” Belair quipped. Pat Consentino, who chairs the Board of Selectmen, promptly broke the silence by challenging the committee’s decision to eliminate the pool of $15,260 that the selectmen designated for merit pay increases to town employees. “It’s not an exorbitant amount of money,” she said. She reminded the committee that in 2010, of the $5,039 allocated to the Highway Department, $2,102 was awarded, which represented an average increase of 29 cents per hour for five employees. Likewise, she said that only $887 of $6,865 appropriated for town hall employees was actually awarded. Consentino said that by eliminating all funding from those lines, the committee has prevented the selectmen from transferring money to them and asked Belair to reconsider. The sharpest differences arose over the Budget Committee’s decision to reduce the salary of the assistant to the selectman, an employee with 22 years of service, by $9,000, from $67,500 to $58,854. For some years the committee raised concerns about the overtime accrued by the assistant and suggested converting the position from an hourly rate to an annual salary. In October, the selectmen authorized the change and contracted for a salary of $67,500. Belair said that although the
selectmen advised her committee of the change, they failed to specify the amount of the salary until they included it in their budget. Consentino explained that the board reviewed the hours worked by the assistant, which frequently reached 50 or 60 a week, and pegged the salary between the highest and lowest earnings at an hourly rate. Finance Director Tim Pearson pointed out that if the assistant worked more than four hours of overtime a week at an hourly rate, the wages would exceed the salary recommended by the Selectboard. “We’ve saved money,” Consentino insisted. Remarking on the overtime, Lynne Fox of the Budget Committee said “you are asking too much of one person.” When Consentino countered that “we’re a very active board,” Fox replied “no more than any other board” and charged “you made a gift of $9,000 to a town employee.” Consentino shot back, “You’re taking out your frustration on an employee.” Consentino said that the Selectboard contracted with the employee and asked, “Are you going to increase the legal line?” Scott Davis of the Budget Committee recalled that last year the selectmen paid out $5,000 in pay raises to two employees after they were denied at Town Meeting, suggesting that the board found the money then and could find it again. “I can’t see that the Budget Committee will go back and address this line,” Belair said, “and the same for the merit pay pool. It will be up to Town Meeting.” Consentino then turned to the Pines Community Center, a nonprofit corporation, wondering why the Budget Committee added $20,277 to the selectmen’s recommendation of $27,000. Belair said the center serves 350 residents with daycare for children and programs for seniors. If the center failed, those people would be without services and others would be without work. She said that for many years the committee has encouraged the center to seek alternative sources of funding and warned “this is the last year. If they fail to come up with outsee next page
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Lawmaker says critics just ‘don’t get’ his effort to redefine ‘adequate education’ By Karen LangLey CONCORD MONITOR
CONCORD — More than 100 people tried to cram into a hearing room Tuesday on a bill to trim the state’s definition of an adequate education by dropping art, world language, health and technology classes. The legislation would require schools to pay for any subjects beyond English, math, science, social studies and physical education. Its sponsor, Rep. Ralph Boehm, a Litchfield Republican, said limiting the subjects the state claims to pay for would make for a more honest accounting of the base grant of $3,450 schools receive to educate each child for a year. Boehm, the vice chairman of the House Education Committee, said schools actually spend more than $10,000 per student. “I’m not eliminating anything,” Boehm said over the murmur of the crowd outside. “All I am doing is being realistic as to what the state is paying for.”
The committee chairman soon moved the hearing to Representatives Hall to accommodate the crowd. The lawmakers heard hours of testimony, nearly all opposing the bill, from teachers, parents, and representatives of education and arts organizations. Lorrie Carey, a member of the Merrimack Valley School Board, said she fears the bill is a vehicle to reduce payments to schools. “All of us serving on school boards are very concerned about exactly what you will and will not fund,” Carey said. “Are you going to cut funding? Seriously. I’ve never seen the Legislature not cut funding when it comes to education.” Several people spoke of the empowerment children can find in the arts. Judy Pancoast, a Goffstown musician, told lawmakers she suffered in junior high school from merciless bullying until a music teacher began to encourage her love of music. “Soon I was no longer just the fat girl,” Pancoast
said. “I was the girl who could sing and write songs.” Pancoast told lawmakers she went on to make her living as a professional musician and has been nominated for a Grammy for best children’s album at the upcoming awards ceremony. Earlier in the day, Minority Leader Terie Norelli said the bill would reverse gains in education and make New Hampshire less competitive in the business world. Norelli also said removing subjects from the state’s definition of an adequate education would drive up local taxes. “This would have the result of downshifting millions of dollars to local cities and towns, resulting in a tremendous property tax increase for every property owner,” Norelli said. The House Republican leadership has not taken a position on the bill, said spokeswoman Shannon Shutts. Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt said in a statement that the current definition of an adequate education is excessively expensive but that the state should not decrease its payments to schools. “There is no intent here to downshift any significant costs to cities and towns by lowering the amount of adequacy funding to our communities,” said Bettencourt, of Salem. He also said local communities should decide what is taught in their classrooms. That message was echoed at the hearing by Doris Hohensee, a Nashua resident who spoke in support of the bill. “I don’t want you to tell my district what they should teach my children,” Hohensee said. “I want a local school that respects my local community values.” Speakers also addressed the importance of health education in public schools. Dr. Angela Crane, a physician from Amherst, told lawmakers research indicates most psychological problems in children are caused not by genetics, but by environmental factors. “Schools have the opportunity,” Crane said. “They have the opportunity to intervene to make a difference in children’s lives.” She said a thorough health education can help prevent bullying, teen pregnancy, alcohol abuse and suicide. Kat Braden, a Latin teacher who will soon retire from the Bow schools, spoke of the importance of language study, imploring lawmakers: “Please do not pass this ridiculous bill.” “Some of the most exciting moments of my life have been translating the originals and sharing the genius of the ancients,” Braden said. “If you do away with foreign language and music and art, you reduce the mind and the soul to two dimensions.” After two hours of testimony, Boehm said in a see next page from preceding page outside funding, this is it. They have this year and only this year to come up with outside funding.” Belair said that the town’s appropriation should be reduced 10-percent, but not in half as the selectmen proposed. Selectman Katherine Dawson said that clients paid the center for its services and that funding from the town did not support programming but maintained the business. “Municipal tax dollars are not to be used to keep a non-profit organization in business,” she said. Sandy Plessner, another selectman, said “it saddens me we can give $20,000 to the Pines Community Center but not to our employees. I have a hard time dealing with that.” Finally, Consentino questioned the committee’s decision to reduce funding for the Main Street Program from $7,500 to $5,000, reminding Belair that she once referred to the program as “nothing more than an event planner.” She said that Main Street worked with the Belknap County Economic Development Council, Lakes Region Planning Commission and local businesses. “They help to keep our businesses here,” she said. With little sign that the Selectboard and the Budget Committee will resolve their differences, which promise to overshadow Town Meeting in March.
Police find hundreds of knives & swords in Conway home By Lorna CoLquhoun NH UNION LEADER
CONWAY – Police serving a warrant to a man, who had been ordered last week to turn over his weapons following a domestic dispute, found hundreds of knives and swords at his home he should have turned over to authorities. Richard Schumann, 55, of 75 Crescent Drive, is free on $10,000 personal recognizance bail and his weapons have been cleared from his house, according to court papers. According to papers filed at the District Court of Northern Carroll County, Schuman is charged with several counts of criminal mischief and stalking against his ex-wife, Kristin Honsberger. The counts relate to an incident last month in which he allegedly vandalized two signs on which her name was printed where she worked. Schumann, according to court papers, “admitted to” vandalizing the sign, “stating that he had done a
stupid thing.” Honsberg obtained a protective order against Schumann, which ordered Schumann to relinquish any deadly weapons in his possession. On Sunday, Conway police Sgt. Terry Spittler went to serve Schumann with a warrant and, according to court papers, “observed several deadly weapons inside the house . . . including throwing knives and samurai swords.” Investigators got a search warrant to find other deadly weapons at the residence, according to court papers, which “yielded hundreds of knives, 12 samurai swords and two large boxes of ammunition.” The knives, according to court papers, “ranged in size from small pocket knives to large combat knives.” Police also found a bag of marijuana. Schumann, according to the court papers, “admitted to possessing 800 to 900 knives and several samurai swords. Schumann was charged with violating a protective order and possession of marijuana. A May 3 trial date was set at the district court.
As many as 80 seniors evacuated from Dover apartment building DOVER (AP) — Nearly 80 people had to be evacuated and at least four taken to the hospital after a fire broke out at a senior living apartment building in Dover, N.H. One woman was treated for smoke inhalation and four people were taken to the hospital for possible treatment. The fire started in an apartment at the six-story Cocheco Park apartment building at about 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday. Firefighters were able to contain the fire in the apartment. Crews were called in from around the region to help evacuate the residents. Many had trouble walking and some were disabled. WMUR-TV says residents were moved into city buses to stay out of the cold. Firefighters say at least four apartments are uninhabitable and others may have water damage.
from preceding page brief interview that the public had misunderstood his proposal. “They don’t get it,” he said. “I’m not removing anything.” Boehm said schools had taught about arts and technology before the state defined an adequate education, and they would teach the subjects if the definition no longer included those subjects. Asked if his bill was purely symbolic, Boehm said that was true of the part trimming the definition of an adequate education. “On that point, yeah,” he said. His bill also addresses the common core standards developed by a pair of national groups, one representing governors and the other state education commissioners, and promoted by the U.S. Department of Education. The bill would require the state to receive legislative approval before implementing the standards. The New Hampshire Board of Education voted last July to adopt
the core standards and commit the state Department of Education to implementing them. Kathleen Murphy, who oversees instruction at the Department of Education, told the committee yesterday the common core standards would be good for New Hampshire. “In both mathematics as well as English, language arts, we have some gaps to fill,” Murphy said. Murphy also said New Hampshire has no standards for kindergarten, since the standards were written before the state required schools to provide kindergarten. Ann Marie Banfield, a lobbyist with Cornerstone Action in Concord, spoke against the standards. She said that New Hampshire has poor academic standards but that the state should improve them itself. “We can do this without giving up local control to a national bureaucracy,” she said. “There is no good reason the New Hampshire Department of Education cannot focus their efforts on improving the current state standards.
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in medical subsidies provided to some retirees to offset the cost of their health coverage. Newly hired workers would pay higher contribution rates under the bill. Police and firefighters would pay 11 percent instead of the 9.3 percent current workers pay. Other government workers would pay 7 percent instead of 5 percent. Bradley proposes studying whether the public pension system should move from the current defined benefit system to a defined contribution system or 401k system used by the private sector. He also said he would change the composition of the retirement system board to give employers equal say with employee members. “These reforms are reasonable and pending an actuarial review should dramatically improve the unfunded liability of the system,” he wrote. During the past four years, changes have been made to shore up the fund, including raising employer rates. Lisa Shapiro, chair of the system’s board, said that given the poor economy, additional increases still could be needed. Efforts to raise the retirement age won support from the House in recent years but police, firefighters and others affected by the change successfully lobbied the Senate to reject it.
EGYPT from page 2 hurled rocks and firebombs at police and smashed the windows of military vehicles. The Interior Ministry warned Wednesday that police would not tolerate any gatherings, and thousands of security forces were out on the streets poised to move quickly against any unrest. Many were plainclothes officers whose leather jackets and casual sweat shirts allowed them to blend in easily with protesters. Thousands of policemen in riot gear and backed by armored vehicles also took up posts in Cairo, on bridges across the Nile, at major intersections and squares, as well as outside key installations, including the state TV building and the headquarters of Mubarak’s ruling National Democratic Party. Police fired tear gas to disperse a crowd of several hundred activists on a main thoroughfare, chasing them through side streets as both sides pelted each other with rocks while hundreds of onlookers watched. Plainclothes officers shoved some into waiting vans, slapping them in the face. Observing the clashes, Omima Maher, a 37-year-old housewife lamented her money woes. “Everything is so
horrible. I hope we can change it,” she said. A policeman and a demonstrator were killed Wednesday when a car ran them over during a protest in a poor central Cairo neighborhood, security officials said. Earlier, three demonstrators died in clashes in the city of Suez and one policemen was killed in Cairo violence. In Suez, east of Cairo, a peaceful gathering turned violent at sunset when protesters threw rocks at a morgue where they were waiting for the body of a man killed a day earlier. Police broke up the crowd with tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition fired into the air. Women screamed as they called their sons home, and men vomited in the streets from the acrid white tear gas that filled the air. Protesters also firebombed the ruling party headquarters and a police station, damaging both buildings as burning trash littered the streets. In the southern city of Assiut, witnesses said riot police set upon some 100 activists, beating them with batons and arresting nearly half of them. “Down, down Hosni Mubarak!” chanted the crowd. “Oh, people, join us or you will be next.”
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this event. We encourage our children to help others and this provides them with a hands-on experience. It truly is a team effort, the children, families and community donate clothing and our staff sorts and displays the items for the drive.” “Meredith Village Savings Bank is thrilled to provide donation locations that are convenient for the public to participate,” added Charleen Hughes, branch manager of MVSB’s Route 104 location. “We commend Kidworks on their commitment to helping others.” For more information about the “Clothe Our Community” effort, call Kidworks at 279-6633.
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Top Pub Mania teams honored for recordbreaking effort in support of Children’s Auction GILFORD — Patrick’s Pub & Eatery recently honored Pub Mania teams who raised a record $61,550 for the WLNH Children’s Auction. A 24-hour barstool challenge, Pub Mania attracted 28 teams in December 2010. All were tasked with filling a bar stool with a different team member every hour, making it one of the most broad-based fund-raising events in the Lakes Region. Patrick’s provided food, non-alcoholic beverages, and entertainment, as well as games and competitions to keep the event fastpaced and lively for the Top teams in Pub Mania, which raised $61,550 for the WLNH Children’s Auction, were recently honored participating 672 “culiat a meeting of team captains held at Patrick’s Pub & Eatery. Pictured (left to right) are Rich Ellis of nary athletes” and their the Cork Boards, Judi Taggart of Santa Can You Hear Me, and Steve Smith of Steve Smith and Friends. supporters. Missing from the photo is Lisa Fowler of the Merry Stoolers. (Courtesy photo) In its’ first year, 2009, Pub Mania raised $47,000. Last year’s total became For the second year in a row Smith’s team will the single largest donation ever received by the chilhave its name emblazoned on a bar stool in honor dren’s auction. of their efforts. Last year it tied with the Laconia “I can’t say enough about the teams and the effort Athletic and Swim Club as the top fundraiser. they made to make this a success,” said Patrick’s coOther teams honored at the banquet were Santa wner Allan Beetle. “It’s the most fun thing we’ve Can You Hear Me, captained by Judi Taggart, and ever done here at Patrick’s and it’s because of the two rookie teams — the Cork Boards, captained by enthusiasm and caring of the people involved.’’ Rich Ellis and sponsored by Stonegate Vineyard and Pub Mania has proven so popular that several teams Tradesmen Builders, and the Merry Stoolers from are already waiting for a chance to take part. Some the Laconia Clinic, captained by Lisa Fowler. new teams are already talking of $5,000 and $10,000 Kicking off the awards celebration was the showing of goals by getting an early start on fund-raising. a video montage of the 2010 Pub Mania event, which fea“People are coming up and asking to be on a team. tured the theme song “Santa Can You Hear Me” written They know that it’s a fun event and a great way to and produced Rick Page. The video can be seen on the get involved in helping other people. Our team did Patrick’s Pub Web site: www.patrickspub.com. better than last year and we’ve got a lot of people Pub Mania helped swell the WLNH Children’s interested,’’ said Stephanie Kirk, captain of the PatAuction fundraising total to $283,808. The funds go rick’s FANatics team. to Santa Funds and a number of children’s charities Steve Smith, whose team SJS & Friends outpaced in the Lakes Region. all others by raising $6,214, said that Pub Mania Patrick’s has a long history of assisting commuhas generated a great deal of enthusiasm, which is nity organizations and will host the United Way important to now build on. “I chose motivated people see next page for my team and offered a gift certificate to the top fundraiser as an incentive. They liked it so much that they’re all signed up for the next Pub Mania. Delivery We’re starting right now to raise money,’’ he said. (6 mile radius)
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Bonnette, Page, & Stone supports Winni Playhouse with tax credit purchase
LACONIA — Bonnette, Page, and Stone (BPS) has purchased $30,000 of tax credits in support of the Winnipesaukee Playhouse. The construction company, known for its residential, commercial and government buildings, is an integral part of turning the former Annalee Doll Factory site in Meredith into a state-of-the-art professional and com-
munity theatre. The campus they are helping to construct is to be a one of a kind theatre complex. To date, BPS has completed the first phase of reconstruction by laying water and sewer lines, grading and repaving roads and parking areas, installing exterior lighting, converting a building to staff housing, and constructing an outdoor amphithe-
atre. BPS President Randy Remick said, “BPS is excited to be able to assist the Winnipesaukee Playhouse in expanding the cultural arts available to our communities of the Lakes Region. With limited access to the arts locally, the Playhouse offers many children and families opportunities that are often out of reach due to our rural setting.” The Playhouse campus planners are taking advantage of the rural setting by retaining a park-like environment for its theatre and education facilities. The next phase of the Capital Campaign is focused on building the main stage theatre that will accommodate almost three times the number of patrons who can currently see the award-winning professional and the community productions now staged in the Playhouse’s Weirs location. Activities and special programs for local communities, as well as tourists to the Lakes Region are already being offered on a limited scale at the new campus. BPS joins Laconia Savings Bank, The Inns and Spa at Mill Falls, and Boothby Therapy Services in the purchase of State of New Hampshire tax credits. According to Rob Hunt, chair of the board of truestees for the Playhouse, all of these contributions will be matched
MEREDITH — To raise money for their upcoming trip to Denver, CO as volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, seven Inter-Lakes students will present “Dancing with the Lakes Region Stars,” at the high school on Friday, February 4. During school vacation — from February 28 — March 6 — the seven high school students will participate in Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge. The
national alternative break program is one of many the organization offers to engage youth ages 5 — 25 in Habitat’s work. “This is our school’s first time traveling during our spring break to help families obtain affordable housing,” said Laura Brusseau, teacher and advisor of the ILHS Habitat group. “We are delighted to be of service to communities, the students are very
excited for this opportunity.” “We recognize that these students could have done a number of things during their spring break and are grateful for their support to help families obtain affordable housing,” said Cody Logsdon, Habitat’s manager of youth volunteer engagement. “The work these students will do during their spring break will have a lasting impact in communities across the
Attorney Rob Hunt (second from left), chair of the Winnipesaukee Playhouse Board of Trustees, holds a giant check representing $30,000 in tax credits purchased by Bonnette, Page, and Stone construction company as BPS Vice President Keith McBey (left), Winni Playhouse Executive Director Bryan Halperin (second from right), and BPS President Randy Remick (far right) look on. (Courtesy photo)
by a matching challenge of $1million. Members of the community and other businesses, who donate or pledge funds toward the project will also have their contributions matched dollar for dollar, if received by the Playhouse before the end of December 2011. The sale of the tax credits is made possible by the NH Community Development Finance Authority program award of $500,000 in credits to The Winnipesaukee Playhouse. The program provides businesses with a unique opportunity to contribute to the Playhouse capital campaign and receive a 75 percent state tax credit for that contribution. In addition, a business’ contribution is eligible for a federal charitable deduction. The outof-pocket or net cost of a purchase of tax credits is 15 percent or 15 cents on the dollar. A purchase of $10,000 in tax credits costs a business approximately $1,500. The Winnipesaukee Playhouse was one of 12 projects awarded credits to sell by the NHCDFA, which was created by legislation in 1983 as a nonprofit public instrument of the State of New Hampshire. To learn more about the Playhouse’s Capital Campaign or the NH Tax Credit Program, call Bryan Halperin at 366-7377.
country.” Proceeds from the students’ “Dancing with the Lakes Region Stars” event will help pay for their groceries and ground transportation. Anyone who would like to make a donation to this cause should send checks made payable to ILHS class of 2012 with “Habitat” on the memo line to 1 Laker Lane, Meredith, NH 03253 in c/o Laura Brusseau.
Inter-Lakes students to spend spring break with Habitat for Humanity
Great Rotary Fishing Derby tickets Dress donations accepted by Faith, Hope available in Hesky Park during Pond and Love Foundation for prom season Hockey Weekend February 4 — 5
MEREDITH – The Rotary Club will sell tickets to the Great Rotary Fishing Derby at its Derby Headquarters Trailer during Pond Hockey Weekend in Hesky Park February 4 — 5. “With the crowds attending the Pond Hockey events, and ice fishermen setting up bob houses throughout the area, we believe it’s an opportunity for the Meredith Rotary to promote the Derby,” according to Bob Walker, chairman of this year’s Derby. “The online sales of tickets have increased as we get closer to the Derby, and we feel having the Derby trailer open for ticket sales will be helpful to everyone who wants to participate.”
Derby tickets will be available at the trailer from 8 a.m. — 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 5 and 9 a.m. — 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 6. The 32nd Great Rotary Fishing Derby is scheduled for February 12 — 13. Prizes in excess of $62,000 will be available to ticket holders. First prize is an 18-foot Pioneer fishing boat and trailer, second prize is a Polaris ATV with trailer, and third prize is a deluxe ice fishing package including a portable bobhouse and underwater camera. For additional information about the Meredith Rotary Fishing Derby, and to purchase tickets, T-shirts, and hats, visit www.meredithrotary.org.
from preceding page Sweetheart Auction on February 8. The eatery is also a major supporter of the WOW Trail, supporting it with fundraising efforts and sponsorship of two of the Trail’s key fundraising events, the WOW Sweepstakes Ball and WOW Fest.
Patrick’s has been recognized as Restaurant of the Year by the New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association, and received the Good Neighbor Award from the National Restaurant Association and the Corporate Soul Award from the Belknap County Economic Development Council.
LACONIA — The Faith, Hope and Love Foundation is accepting dress donations to give out to girls in need for the upcoming prom season. Dresses must be in good condition, ten years old or less, formal in style and ready to wear with no stains, tears or visible damage. Drop off locations are Mondays — Fridays at the Pemi Youth Center in Plymouth
from 2 — 6 p.m; Sundays Salon and Spa in Laconia from 9 a.m. — 5 p.m.; Franklin Community Center from 2 — 6 p.m.; and the Cascade Spa at Mill Falls in Meredith 8 a.m. — 5 p.m. All donations are tax deductible. Faith, Hope and Love’s annual Gowns for Girls event will be held at the Franklin Community Center from 1 — 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 2.
LACONIA — “Live Studio Audience,” a new acoustic music showcase at The Studio, will present a weekly line-up of artists every Tuesday night at 6 p.m. beginning February 1. All are invited to share the friendly atmosphere in one of Laconia’s historic mill buildings and bring a beverage, food, and friends for an everning of live, local, original acoustic music. Upcoming performers will include Ericka
Cushing on February 1, Jim Tyrrell’s Irish Drinking Song Show on February 8, Chris White Band on February 15, and Audrey Drake on February 22. The Studio is located above “Too Good to be Threw” on Union Avenue. A $10 donation is requested at the door to support the musicians. For “Live Studio Audience” podcasts and video, visit www.lindenmusic.net. For more information, call 455-8008.
‘Live Studio Audience,’ new acoustic music showcase, announces line-up of artists for Tuesday nights in February
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First Town Hall meeting by Rep. Frank Guinta to be held in Laconia on February 2
LACONIA — Representative Frank Guinta will hold his very first Town Hall meeting at City Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 2. Guinta will update Granite Staters on the progress that has been made during the first month of the new congressional session. All are also urged to share their thoughts and opinions on such major issues as reducing federal spending, health care reform, the debt ceiling, and many other pressing concerns. For additional information, call J. Mark Powell, communications director, at (202) 226-8530.
Miller Environmental Education Fund now accepting applications for 2011 grant funding
MOULTONBOROUGH — The Miller Environmental Education Fund (MEEF) is now accepting applications for grant funding for 2011. Grants are meant to support interested applicants who will have direct contact with Moultonborough children through environmental projects and learning experiences. Projects that qualify may include construction of nature trails, wild life monitoring, water quality monitoring, climate change awareness, outdoor classroom activities, and supplies. Projects previously funded by MEEF have included Project Home Butterfly Garden, Outdoor Classroom Natural Garden, MA Outing Club, and Fifth Grade Growing Space. MEEF was developed in 2007 out of appreciation for the service and dedication of Michele Miller, former principal of Moultonborough Central School and the 2006 NH Environmental Educator of the Year award recipient. Because this fund was so recently established, grants this year will be available in amounts between $100 and $700. Electronic applications must be received on or before March 18. For more information, to receive an application, or to make a donation, call Frances Strayer, MEEF project manager, at 476-5535 or e-mail mailto:fstrayer@ sau45.org.
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CALENDAR TODAY’S EVENTS Full-scale production of “Peter Pan” presented by the Educational Theatre Collaborative at Plymouth State University’s Silver Center for the Arts. 7 p.m. For tickets call 535-2787 or visit www.silver.plymouth.edu. Better Together of the Lakes Region montly meeting. 4 to 7 p.m. at the Laconia Middle School. Featuring a screening of the film “Including Samuel”. For people who are concered about an issue in the Lakes Region and are willing to commit some time and energy to address it. Refreshments will be served. For more information visit www.BetterTogetherLakesRegion.org. Gluten Free Support Group meeting at Tavern 27 (Parade Road) in Laconia. 6 to 8 p.m. $20 per person includes food. With certified health coach Kelly Lang. Register by calling 528-3057 or 286-5052. Belknap County Democrats monthly meeting. 7 p.m. at the New Hampton Community Elementary School. Featured speaker will be Tim Arsenault of Organizing for America. Light refreshments. For more information call Ed Allard at 366-2575. Inter-Lakes Fifty Plus Club meeting. 1:30 p.m. at the St. Charles Parish Hall in Meredith. Anyone 50 and over is welcome. For more information call 253-9916. LRGH physical therapist Michael Letourneau speaks at the Laconia Senior Center. 10 a.m. Parking at the rear of the Laconia Public Library lot. Delicious lunch will follow at 11:30. Everyone invited. $6 for younger folks and $2 for seniors 60 and up. Al-Anon Meeting at the Congregational Church Parish House (18 Veterans Square) in Laconia. 8 to 9:15 p.m. each Thursday. Al-Anon offers hope and help to families of alcoholics. No dues or fees. All are welcome. Call 645-9518. Affordable Health Care at Laconia Family Planning and Prenatal. 4 to 6 p.m. at 121 Belmont Road (Rte. 106 South). 524-5453. GYN and reproductive services. STD/HIV testing. Sliding fee scale. Toddler Time at the Gilford Public Library. 11:30 a.m. to noon. Children ages 18 to 36 months will sing songs, share stories and move to music. Sign-up in the Children’s Room. Russian Faberge Eggs & Lacquer Boxes: From Craft to Fine Art at the Gilford Public Library. 6 to 8 p.m. Program featuring artist and scholar Mariana Forbes. Knotty Knitters at the Meredith Public Library. 10 a.m. to noon. All levels of experience welcome. Brown Bag Book Group meeting at the Meredith Public Library. Noon to 1 p.m. “The House of Sand and Fog” by Anre Dubus III. Beverages and dessert will be served. Preschool Story Time at the Meredith Public Library. 1 to 2 p.m. Stories and crafts for ages 3-5. Sign-up is helpful.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 28 Sledding party hosted by Laconia Parks & Recreation on the new sledding hill above Memorial Park. Under the lights from 6 to 8 p.m. The hill is accessed from South Street, which is just after the cemetery on Academy Street. Bonfire, hot cocoa. Full-scale production of “Peter Pan” presented by the Educational Theatre Collaborative at Plymouth State University’s Silver Center for the Arts. 7 p.m. For tickets call 535-2787 or visit www.silver.plymouth.edu. Sustainable Sustenance meeting. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center on White Oaks Road in Laconia. Topic for the meeting with be “Backyard Chickens”. Bring food to share and a place setting. Poultry and egg dishes encouraged — local and organic as much as possible. RSVP to Karen at 528-8560 or e-mail barkers@alumni,unh.edu. Al-Anon Meeting at the Congregational Church Parish House (18 Veterans Square) in Laconia. 9:30 to 11 a.m. each Friday. Al-Anon offers hope and help to families of alcoholics. No dues or fees. All are welcome. Call 645-9518.
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Dear Annie: I have been divorced from “Bill” for more than a year and separated for almost two. I am currently expecting his baby. Obviously, we were still sleeping together, but this pregnancy was a total accident. I’ve always wanted a second child, and this should be a happy time for me, but I am miserable. I’ve tried many times to get back together with Bill, and until recently, we actually “dated” off and on. The divorce was his idea, and he’s the one who initiated the possibility of getting back together. I always went along because I thought I loved him and would never get over him. The problem is, now that we are bringing another child into the mix, I’ve realized after much soul searching that I don’t love him anymore. Bill still treats me with the same amount of disrespect and hostility he always has. I put up with it out of low self-esteem and a fear of being alone. We tried counseling with no success because he hated it and refused to go. Should I end things between us and raise the children on my own? I don’t want to sacrifice my happiness just so I can have a second income and (minimal) help with the new baby. I don’t want to fall into a depression again and become a shell of the person I used to be. I want to be a positive role model for my children, and I don’t like the person I am when I’m with Bill. Please give me your thoughts. -- Pregnant and Feeling Alone Dear Pregnant: Pregnancy seems to have given you a much-needed backbone and a clearer perspective on what behavior to model for your children. If Bill treats you terribly and getting back together depresses you, please don’t do it. He is legally obligated to provide financial support for the baby whether you reconcile or not. If you have family mem-
bers close by, enlist their help. Dear Annie: I come from a very large family. When we plan a family event, the crowd is big and the spaces are small. The problem is my oldest sister’s husband. “Allen” is a total jerk and ruins all of these parties by bringing along several of his family members without asking the hostess for permission. These uninvited guests have no manners. They make a game out of passing gas. None of the other spouses feel the need to invite their parents or siblings, because they understand our limited resources. It does no good to make an announcement that it’s “Smith” family only. We’ve tried that. My sister has admitted how much she hates that Allen does this, but she won’t do a thing to stop it. What can we do, short of never having another family party? -- Anywhere USA Dear Anywhere: If your sister can’t get Allen to stop dragging his relatives to your parties, she should at least convince him to call the hostess in advance and warn her. The hostess should then tell Allen that space precludes them from inviting additional people. If he brings them anyway, we think your sister should host the next family gathering. In fact, we’d insist on it. Dear Annie: I read with interest the letter from “New York,” who is being verbally abused by his wife. He fears what she will say to people in their small town if he leaves. I lived in a small town with a wife who was vindictive and verbally abusive. When I left, she said I had no friends and would not survive on my own. But I was amazed at the outpouring of support and the social invitations I received. I learned that people were much more observant than I realized. They knew what she was. Tell “New York” to go for it. It could change his life. -- Been There
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2000 Ford E-350 Box Truck with 7.3 Diesel engine. 126K miles, 3-speed auto transmission with overdrive. 15 ft. box with pass through, a/c, complete new front end, new rotars, calipers, pads, leaf springs, coil springs & shocks. $5,350. 455-9269
01 Subaru Limited Outback Wagon. Automatic, loaded, heated seats, winter package, dual sun roof. Great condition, 127K, $5,500/obo. 630-1950
CUTE 1-bedroom remodeled apartment in Tilton. 1/2 month rent free! Heat/Hot Water included. $660/Month. 603-393-9693 or 916-214-7733
Top Dollar Paid- $150 and up for unwanted & junk vehiclies. Call 934-4813
GILFORD 5 rooms, 2 bedrooms, 1-1/2 baths, attached one car garage, excellent condition, $1200/ month plus utilities, contact Debbie at Roche Realty 603-279-7046 or 603-520-7769.
Perfect Valentines Day Gift. 1st shots & worming. 630-1712
Announcement DRAGONFLY Botanicals Intro to Herbs 4 month Apprenticeship begins Feb. 12th, at Wild Womens Studio, Laconia. Pre-registration required. Go to www.dragonflybotanicals.net for more info on 2011 Herb Classes. THE THRIFTY YANKEE -New Thrift Shop in Meredith, now accepting donations. Drop off across from Interlakes HS. 253-9762
Autos 1991 Honda Civic DX Hatchback: Red, automatic, good drive train, will run with new fuel lines. Good car to run or for parts. $350/best offer. 393-7786. 1996 Ford F-350 4-Wheel Drive Dump Truck. 4-speed manual, 27,000 original miles, 9 ft. Fisher plow. $5,250. 455-9269 1998 Toyota T100 Truck 5 speed, runs excellent. Bedliner, cap, tow package, more. Good mileage. Recent sticker $1500. Meredith (603)677-7037. BUYING junk cars and trucks ME & NH. Call for price. Martin Towing. (603)305-4504.
2004 VOLVO S80 Sedan pristine condition. 165,000/miles, asking $5,500/BO. Silver, black leather interior, 491-1599. 2005 Nissan Ultima- 2.5 ltr., gray, 118K miles, mostly highway & well maintained. New tires/brakes, power windows, locks & seats, tinted rear windows, remote start $6,000. 603-630-2400 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4X4. 3.7 Liter-V6. Metallic Grey, Leather interior, remote start, sunroof, 23,750 miles. Asking $19,500. 603-267-6605 ABLE to pay cash, cars average $250, trucks full-size 4x4, $300, truck batteries $6 each, alloy $7 each, in Epping we have scale, $1/ lb. for coded Copper wire, $2.65/ lb. for copper pipe. (603)502-6438 CASH FOR junk cars & trucks.
Top Dollar Paid. Available 7 days a week. 630-3606 CASH paid for unwanted or junk cars and trucks. Same day service possible. 603-231-2859.
Best Health Enterprises 524-1911 Scientifically Proven to Retain Muscle - Burn Only Fat
BOATS DOCKS for Rent: 2011 season, Lake Winnisquam point. Parking, bathrooms, showers, launch on site. 603-524-2222.
GILFORD Condo-Country setting, 2-bedroom, 2-baths, laundry, Gunstock views. No smoking/No Pets. $950 + utilities. Call 603-455-9719
LACONIA- Unique opportunity. Laundromat in well established location; Dryers, some equipment needs repairing or replacing; All duct work, plumbing, & boiler in place; Free rent to get started. $3,000. 603-455-6662
Newly renovated 5 rooms, 2 bedrooms. Applianced kitchen, sun porch & full basement, washer-dryer hook-ups, walking distance to shopping. $950 per month. No pets/No smoking, one month security deposit.
Child Care CHILD CARE in my home. Laconia/ Belmont/ Gilmanton. 20+ years experience. One opening. 2 meals, snacks & crafts. Linda 524-8761.
For Rent ALTON/GILFORD Town Line: Studio, $200 per week, includes utilities, cable and internet. Lake/Beach access. 365-0799. APARTMENTS, mobile homes. If you need a rental at a fair price, call DRM Corp. Over 40 years in rentals, 524-0348 or visit M-W-F, 12-5, at 373 Court Street, Laconia. BELMONT: 2-BR, quiet area, big yard. Heat included, $225/week. All housing certificates accepted. 520-1431, 267-0545. BELMONT: 2 Bedrm duplex, w/d hookups. $200 per week + utili-
Laconia 1 Bedroom- Washer/dryer hookup, storage, no pets. Security Deposit & references. $600/mo. + utilities. 520-4353
Laconia-Large 3 room apartment. $675/Month. Newly painted, off street parking. Utilities not included. Available immediately. References & Security deposit (1 month rent) required. 1 Year lease. 603-524-3759
LACONIA 2-bedroom 2nd floor apartment. Near hospital, clean, washer/dryer hook-up, heat/hot water included. $850/Month. 524-0703 LACONIA Awesome 1 bedroom includes heat, hot water, garage, on-site laundry, $650/mo. No pets, 455-0874. LACONIA cute 1 bedroom 3rd floor apartment. 3 season porch, heat/hot water included. $650/month 524-0703 Laconia Efficiency: Recently remodeled, on quiet dead-end street, $450/month. All utilities included, Call 527-8363. No-pets. Laconia one bedroom: On quiet dead-end street, $650/month. All utilities included, Call 527-8363. No pets. LACONIA Pleasant St. 1-Bedroom, $750. Studio apartment $650. Heat/hot water included, no pets/smoking. 524-5837 LACONIA Prime 2 bedroom apt on Gale Ave. Walk to town and beaches. Carpeting, just repainted, private entrance, Garage. $900/ mo. includes heat and hot water. 524-3892. LACONIA Waterfront- 2-Bedroom condo, quiet location, ample parking, Clean/renovated, furnished optional. No smoking/pets. $895/month. 603-366-4655. LACONIA- 1 Bedroom starting at $600/Month. No Pets Please. Call 267-8023 GC Enterprises Property Management. LACONIA-DUPLEX 3 bedroom 1/1/2 bath, washer/dryer hookups, garage. $950/month, heat included. References & security deposit. No pets or smokers. 524-7419 LACONIA- Heat, Hot Water,& Electric Included.1 Bedroom $750/Mo. Call 267-8023 GC Enterprises Property Management.
LACONIA-Small studio, monthly lease, no pets/smokers, $495 plus utilities. 387-6333. LACONIA: 1 bedroom apt, second floor, close to downtown. $650 includes Heat and hot water. newly renovated bath, new appliances. One month security. No pets. Call 455-8762. LACONIA: 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom in duplex building, 1st & 2nd floors plus access to attic and basement with laundry hook-ups, $950/month plus utilities, 524-1234. LACONIA: Small 2-Bedroom, $170/week, includes heat and hot water. References & deposit. 524-9665. LACONIA: 1 bedroom, 2nd floor, $180/week including heat, electric & hot water. 524-1234. LACONIA: 1-bedroom apartments in clean, quiet, secure downtown building. Very nice and completely renovated. $175/week, includes heat, hot water and electricity. 524-3892. LACONIA: 26 Dartmouth St. 1/2 of a Duplex; 7 Rooms, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath. Walkout Basement w/Laundry Hookups. Very clean, hardwood floors, private off street parking for 2 cars. Convenient to library, churches, downtown, Opechee Park & schools. Available immediately non-smoking. $1,000/month plus utilities. Owner/broker 396-4163 LACONIA: Close to downtown, 5 room 2-Bedroom, 1.5 baths, first floor, includes heat, 2-car parking, snow removal, landscaping, deck, washer/dryer. $210/week. 4-week security deposit, four weeks in advance, references and credit check a must. No pets. Leave message for Bob, 781-283-0783 LACONIA: Gilbert Apartments. Efficiency, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments available. 524-4428.
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Newly renovated 3 bedroom house. Applianced kitchen, sun porch, full basement with washer-dryer hook-ups, walking distance to shop ping. $1,200 per month. No pets/No smoking, one month security deposit.
527-9221 or 455-0044
GILFORD: Owners furnished home, ideal for short-term needs, beautiful lakefront views, $800/month. 603-393-7077. GORGEOUS 1-Bedroom condo in Laconia. 1st floor, hardwood floors, open-concept, new appliances. $1,200/Month includes, heat/hot water, cable, Internet, washer/dryer, fitness room access. Not smoking/No pets.
This is a federally assisted property featuring 32 one and two bedroom ground level apartments. Community features on-site laundry and a furnished recreation room. Heat and hot water is included. Please call the Laconia Housing Authority at 524-2112/TDD; 524-2112 with any questions, or visit our office at 25 Union Ave. Laconia, NH • Applications are considered by income criteria • USDA/RD income restrictions apply • Tenant rents are based on income The Laconia Housing Authority does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, race, creed, color, sex, marital status, age, disability or handicap.
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LACONIA: Large 3-Bedroom apartment, washer/dryer hookups, garage, attic & basement space. Backyard $850/month + utilities No pets, no smoking. 630-2007.
MEREDITH: 2-Bedroom House, 3/4 bath, washer/dryer hookup, oil FHW. $900/month. No pets. 279-8247, Jim. MEREDITH: Cozy studio near downtown, hardwood floors, storage, heat, hot water included. No pets, non-smoker. References, security required. $500/month. 455-4075. MEREDITH: In-town 1-bedroom, includes heat, $600/month. Parking w/plowing. No Smoking. No pets. Security deposit. 387-8356. MEREDITH: Large 2-Bedroom + office, second-floor. Main St, newly painted, off-street parking, no pets/smoking. First month and security, references required. $775 + heat/utilities. 603-630-2381. MUST SEE - LOVELY MEREDITH HOUSE 1st floor of 2-family home, full basement, W/D hookup, close to town, large, 2BR, hardwood floors, porch, $975/month +utilities. No Smoking/Dogs. Security,references. 279-4376
NORTHFIELD Are you tired of living in run down, dirty housing, then call us we have the absolute best, spotlessly clean and everything works. We include heat & hot water and all appliances, Townhouses & apartments, in Northfield one block from I-93 Call 630-3700 for affordable Clean living.
NORTHFIELD: 3 bedroom, 2nd floor, coin-op laundry in basement, $250/week including heat, electric & hot water. 524-1234 NORTHFIELD: 1 bedroom, 1st floor, separate entrance, coin-op laundry in basement. $190/week including heat, electric & hot water. 524-1234. TILTON- DOWNTOWN. Large room in 3-bedroom, 2-bath apartment, shared with 2 other responsible adults, $150 weekly, includes all. 286-4391.
PIPER ROOFING & VINYL SIDING
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LAKEPORT 2 bedroom, all utilities included. No pets. $200 per week. Security deposit. Call 524-5076
MEREDITH- ROOMY 2-bedroom near downtown. Heat/storage included. No pets, non-smoker, References, security & lease required. $750/Month. 455-4075
New Hampshire Aikido -Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Barn, Wadliegh Rd. Sanbornton. 998-1419
LACONIA: Small 1-Bedroom, $135/wk, includes heat & hot water, references and deposit. 528-0024.
MEREDITH- In-Town Efficiency apartment. 1-bedroom, 1-bath. Kitchen, large living room with dryer. Quiet location, no pets/no smokers $800/Month + utilities. Rick (781)389-2355
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For Sale 7.5 ft. Plow set up complete, off of 1987 Chevy Truck. Truck is included. $500. 630-0957 AMAZING Beautiful queen or full pillow top mattress set only $249. See ad under “furniture”. BED- 10 inch thick orthopedic pillowtop mattress & box. New in plastic. Cost $1,000, sell Queen $295, King $395, Full $270. Can deliver. 603-235-1773 BEDROOM- 7 piece Cherrywood sleigh. Dresser/Mirror chest & night stand. New! in boxes, cost $2,200 Sell $895. 603-235-1773 Brand new maple glazed kitchen cabinets. All solid wood, never installed. You may add or subtract to fit kitchen. Cost $6,900 sacrifice, $1,595. 603-235-1695 Commercial Upholstery Machine by Juki. $1,000 or best offer. 528-2227 Diesel fuel tank with electric pump. $300. 630-0957 FIREWOOD-ALL quantities available. Bundles, 1/8, 1/4 & 1/2 cords. Full cord/$180. Pick-up/delivery. 998-7337/Leave Message MAYTAG dryer, large capacity, runs great, $75; Kenmore dorm-size refrigerator (no freezer), $50; Fishtank, stand, hood, filter, heater, 30 gallon, $150 & 35-gallon, $200. Call 630-4158. Also Kohler shower door, $150. 524-1896. RUGER 30:06 Rifle: Brand new condition, laminated stock, Leopold scope, 4 boxes ammo. $750. Cell 630-7440. TOMTOM GPS Ease- Never used, got 2 for Christmas. $60. Computer Roll Top Desk- Light wood, large piece, many features. Asking $300. Call 524-8306 TORO CCR 2450 GTS 5 HP Snowblower- Like New Condition. $345 OBO. 729-0199 Leave Message Washer and almost new dryer (Sears) $150. Kitchen set (Wood) 4 chairs, white - offer. King size bed with posters, new, offer. 2 computer desks, best offer. Dishes, etc. Excellent condition. 630-8377
HOUSEKEEPING Temporary (Until end of April) position in Tilton area. May lead to full time. Monday-Friday, 5am-10am. Background check required. Starting @ $9 per hour. 455-2326.
Tired of living paycheck to paycheck? If you have a good attitude and like people we want you to become part of our team. Fun team atmosphere. Vacations. $500/week but not limited to. Bonuses. Advancement. Start this week. Call for more information Mon & Tues only 603-822-0220.
Respiratory Therapist Or
Polysomnography Technologist needed Part-time, 2-3 days a week in our Gorham, NH location. CPAP knowledge is helpful and current Respiratory Therapy experience. Semi-annual raises, educational incentives, vehicle reimbursement, excellent starting salary. Come join this exciting industry and a great team. Please forward resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail, Keene Medical Products, Inc. P.O. Box 439, Lebanon, NH 03766 Attn: HR Director.
Belmont- 2 Bedroom Manufactured Home on its own 1/2 acre lot Town water & sewer, newly renovated and energy efficient, nice location. For Sale owner financing available call for details. For Lease - $1000/month. Call 2678023 GC Enterprises Property Management
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SNOW REMOVAL- HOME/ROOF Lakes region area. Cheap rates. Most modular homes $100. Call anytime 393-5122
Buy direct from owner and save. Country setting, 2-bedroom, 2-baths, laundry, Gunstock views, 2-balconies, large livingroom with fireplace, store room. $93,000. Call 603-455-9719
Roommate Wanted ADULT person to share house in Laconia. $140/wk. includes everything. Pets okay. Female preferred. 524-1976 LACONIA/ GILFORD HOUSEMATE wanted for beautiful home. Sunny private furnished room, includes all utilities, Wi-Fi, dish, laundry. $125/week, $450/Month. Call 528-8030. New Durham furnished room with kitchen privileges. Non-smoker, damage deposit & references. $100/week. 603-397-2694 WOMAN TO SHARE APARTMENT. Quiet, sober, non-smoking environment. $500 month includes utilities. W/D, Cable & Parking. Avail. immediately. 528-2227
Services All Trades Landscaping Construction • Irrigation Excavation • Maintenance Spring and Fall • Clean up's. Free estimates and fully insured
• Light Cleaning of Homes, Condos, Apartments & Rooms. • Light Cooking / Baking • Driving to All Destinations Doctor’s Appointments • Shopping/ Errands 603-998-3628 Reasonable Rates
Fast, Reliable Master Electrician. No Job Too small, Lowest Rates, Top Quality. Mail me an insured competitors residential proposal & Ill beat it! Call 520-7167. THE HUNGRY PAINTER: Roof Shoveling, Painting, small tree work, dump runs, odd jobs, drywall repairs. 455-6296.
Elan Publishing Company Small printing/book binding company in Moultonborough is accepting applications for our production team for first and second shifts. Applicant should have mechanical aptitude and be physically capable of standing and performing repetitive lifting. Benefit package includes matching 401k, health, life and disability.
Please stop by Mon-Fri, 9-3pm to fill out an application at 492 Whittier Hwy, Moultonborough
HANDYMAN SERVICES Small Jobs Are My Speciality
Rick Drouin 520-5642 or 744-6277
For Rent-Vacation Marco Island Waterfront Condo: Floridas southwest destination vacation, starting at $500/week, sleeps 4. 603-393-7077.
For Rent-Commercial Free
OFFICE Space for Rent: Includes three large offices, three smaller offices, 2 restrooms, storage room and large reception area in 2,600 sq. ft. Plenty of parking. Monthly rent is $1,700 and includes heat, a/c and electric. Please call Rick at 491-9058.
T&B Appliance Removal. Appliances & AC’s removed free of charge if outside. No TV’s Please call (603)986-5506.
LACONIA Prime retail. 750 sf., parking, includes heat. $550 per month. Also 1325 sf. $675/month Security deposit & references.
Seeking highly motivated people to join my Pampered Chef team. High earning potential! Call
Alvin J. Coleman & Son Inc. is actively seeking a qualified and experienced mechanic to perform repair and preventative maintenance on a fleet of heavy trucks and equipment. Position is full time, year round, and available today. Health Benefits and 401k Available. Stop in or call Jim Drouin Alvin J Coleman & Son, Inc. Rt. 16, Conway, NH 603-447-5936 EOE
MILES COMPUTER REPAIR
2001 Ski-Doo MXZ500. Yellow/Black, reverse, pics, like new, 2,450 miles. $2,195. 875-0363
Virus Removal, Computer Tune-ups, Hardware Install, Network Install, Same Day Service. 603-998-2326.
MOBILE Home Repairs: Storm damage, Renovations. Doors, windows, floors, etc. Reasonable, experienced. Dan, 279-5806,
HUGE Estate Sale. January 27 through 30th. Furniture, 2001 low mileage minivan, tools, linens, home decor, books & glassware.
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Mid nd CRUZE LS Braew 2011 Auto, AC, PW, PL, CD, On*Star N
nd MALIBU LS Braew 2011 Auto, AC, PW, PL, CD, Cruise, On*Star N
00 159 00
MSRP Cantin Discount GM Owner Loyalty
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$18,295 -456 -1,000
00 189 00
1500 W/T n d SILVERADO 4.3 V6, Auto, AC, Locking Diff., 4-Wheel ABS Braew #11140 N MSRP Cantin Discount Mfr. Rebate 00 00 per mo. GM Owner Loyalty Ally Downpayment Assist
$22,560 -358 -2,500 -1,000 -2,005
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n d 2011 IMPALA LS Braew V6 Auto, AC, PW, PL, CD, Cruise, Tilt N
VER SAVE O ! $4,700
00 319 00
MSRP Cantin Discount Mfr. Rebate GM Owner Loyalty
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$25,295 -296 -3,500 -1,000
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$23,025 -693 -2,500 -1,000
EQUINOX LS AWD n d 2011 Auto, AC, PW, PL, CD, Cruise, On*Star Braew N #11305
VER SAVE O ! $5,800
MSRP Cantin Discount Mfr. Rebate GM Owner Loyalty
VER SAVE O ! $4,200
00 00 per mo.
MSRP Cantin Discount GM Owner Loyalty
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$25,465 -558 -1,000
2011 TRAVERSE LT AWD Auto, AC, PW, PL, Cruise, Dual Moonroof nd Braew N #11191
00 349 00
MSRP Cantin Discount Mfr. Rebate GM Owner Loyalty
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$36,830 -1,430 -2,000 -1,000
We’re Always Open At: CANTINS.COM 623 Union Avenue, Laconia, NH 603-524-0770 or 1-800-226-8467 “When other dealers can’t ... Cantin can!”
Showroom Hours: Mon., Tues., Wed. & Fri. 8:00-7:00pm Thursday - 8:00-8:00pm • Saturday: 8:00-5:00pm
Disclaimer: Not responsible for typographical errors. Photos for illustration purposes only. Offers subject to change without notice. Some restrictions apply. GM owner loyalty applies to owners of 1999 or newer GM Vehicles (excluding Saab). Must finance with Ally Bank for Downpayment Assist. Title and doc fee extra. All payments are 39 month GM Financial lease. 12,000 miles per year. Total due at lease signing: Cruze - $925;