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SANBORNTON - Selectmen decided unanimously last night to ask former Selectman Guy Giunta to finish the term of Selectman Steve Ober, who resigned as of Jan. 1 because he accepted a job that required considerable out-of-state travel. Chair David Nickerson said he, Ober and Andrew Livernois met two weeks ago to see GIuNta page 9




Keaton on edge Keaton M. Quigley charges through the giant slalom course at Gunstock Mountain Resort during the annual Gus Pitou Memorial Race on Thursday of last week. (Karen Bobotas/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

Greene confirms she protested to DeMinico about Laliberte’s speech Gilford BudCom member believes school employee’s tone was out of line; denies her intent was intimidation By Gail OBer

GILFORD — School Superintendent Paul DeMinico confirmed Tuesday that a member of the town’s Budget Committee came to his office recently to discuss the propriety of a public statement made by

one of his employees. DeMinico said Susan Greene came to speak with him about Deb Laliberte after the career councilor at the High School chastised members of the Budget Committee for, in her opinion, allowing their individual “personal baggage” to interfere with

their open-mindedness regarding the proposed school budget. “You were elected to represent this community,” Laliberte said on Dec. 16, while leaving the guest speaker podium area and walking right up in front of the Budget see GILFOrd page 10

CONCORD – Larry Baldi invested four years of his labor and $500,000 of his money in a partnership with Scott Farah, the principal of the failed Financial Resources

Mortgage company (FRM) with nothing to show for it but his bankruptcy filing and $8-million of debt. Baldi, whose family owns the Weirs

Beach Drive-In and the Colonial Theater in Laconia, recalled his dealings with Farah under questioning by investigators of the see BaLdI page 9



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NEW YORK (AP) — A surprising jump in hiring sent bond prices lower and lifted the dollar Wednesday. The Dow Jones industrial average edged higher for the third straight day of the new year. A survey from payroll processor ADP found that private companies added 297,000 jobs last month, nearly triple the number that economists were expecting. The report is the first chance for investors to see how strong the job market was in December. The next look comes Friday morning when the Labor Department releases its monthly report on total U.S. payrolls and the unemployment rate. Economists expect the rate will dip to 9.7 percent from 9.8 percent. The unexpectedly high jobs survey from ADP suggests that the Labor Department report will also be strong. But economists cautioned against reading too much into the ADP figures, which also take into account see HIRING page 11

Omaha student shoots 2 principals, then kills himself OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The son of a police detective opened fire at a Nebraska high school Wednesday, fatally wounding the assistant principal and forcing panicked students to take cover in the kitchen of the building just as they returned from holiday break. The gunman, who had attended the school for no more than two months, also wounded the principal before fleeing from the scene and fatally shooting himself in his car about a mile away. Authorities declined to speculate about why the suspect, identified as 17-year-old Robert Butler Jr., targeted the administrators. Vice Principal Vicki Kaspar, 58, died at a hospital hours after the shooting, police said. Principal Curtis Case, 45, was listed in stable condition. Jessica Liberator, a sophomore at Mil-

lard South High School, said she was in the cafeteria when another administrator “rushed in to tell everybody to get in the back of the kitchen.” She said she started to cry when students heard a knock on the kitchen door and a cafeteria worker yelled for everybody to get down. It was a false alarm. Nobody came in. She huddled with Brittany Brase, another sophomore. Asked whether they were best friends, Brase said, “No, not really.” But, she added: “She’s my best friend now. These things bring you together.” Butler had transferred in November from a high school in Lincoln, about 50 miles southwest of Omaha.

CONCORD (AP) — A freshman New Hampshire state representative awoke to an intruder in his Amherst home and wound up training his gun on a key witness in the deadly Mont Vernon home invasion and machete attack. Republican Rep. Peter Hansen said he woke up to the sound of his basement door being kicked in at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday and came downstairs to find a barefoot man in his kitchen. Eldon Spikes, 20, of Amherst, was arrested on misdemeanor charges. Hansen said Spikes, whom police identified as the intruder, threw himself on

the floor, claimed he’d been shot and mentioned that he was friends with Steven Spader and Christopher Gribble — the two men prosecutors say hacked to death Kimberly Cates and maimed her 11-yearold daughter, Jaimie. Hansen said he raced to his car in the basement garage to retrieve his .38-caliber pistol at the mention of those names, which he recognized. He said he was further motivated to run for the gun when Spikes told him there was someone else in the house with him, which proved to be false. So were Spikes’ claims he’d been shot. When he rushed back to the kitchen,

expletives, Butler warned Wednesday that people would hear about the “evil” things he did and said the school drove him to violence. He wrote that the Omaha school was worse than his previous one, and that the new city had changed him. He apologized and said he wanted people to remember him for who he was before affecting “the lives of the families I ruined.” The post ended with “goodbye.” A former classmate of Butler’s from Lincoln confirmed the Facebook post to The Associated Press and provided AP with a copy of it. Conner Gerner said he remembered Butler as being energetic, fun and outgoing. Gerner said Butler sometimes got in trouble for speaking out too much in class, but he did not seem angry.

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Hansen said, he was relieved to see Spikes was still on the floor. Hansen’s wife, Patricia, remained in the upstairs bedroom behind closed doors. “I put the gun on him, worked myself around to my house phone and dialed the police,” Hansen said. “I held him there until the Amherst police responded, which was quite rapidly.” Spikes is being held on a $25,000 personal recognizance bond pending a Jan. 20 court on criminal trespass and criminal mischief charges. Spikes testified in October that Spader see AMHERST page 11

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Personal well-being trumps income inequality Consider one conundrum in American politics. Income inequality has been increasing, according to standard statistics. Yet most Americans do not seem very perturbed by it. Barack Obama may have been elected president after telling Joe the Plumber that he wanted to spread the wealth around. But large majorities in polls approved when Obama and congressional Democrats abandoned oft-repeated campaign promises to raise taxes on high earners in the lame duck session. Why don’t voters care more? One reason is that economic statistics can miss important things that affect people’s lives. Wages may not have risen much since 1973, but that’s partly because the tax code encourages increased compensation in the form of benefits, including health insurance. And it’s partly because the Consumer Price Index overstated the effect of inflation in the 1970s, making 1973 wages look higher in “real dollars.” Another is that inflation indexes can’t fully account for product improvement and technological progress. I bought my first electronic calculator in 1970 for $110. Today you can buy the same gadget for $1.99 at your local drug store. The consumer electronics widely available today at declining prices simply didn’t exist in the 1980s. In addition, as George Mason University economist Tyler Cowen writes in The American Interest, “The inequality of personal wellbeing is sharply down over the past hundred years and perhaps over the past 20 years, as well.” Bill Gates may have a bigger house than you do. But you have about the same access to good food, medical care and even to the Internet as he does. Or consider something as prosaic as food. The supermarkets of the 1960s and 1970s didn’t come close to matching the amazing selection of produce, meats and exotic foods as you find in supermarkets today — and not just in high-income neighborhoods, but in modest-income places all over the country. Or clothing. Firms like Walmart, Target and Kohl’s have good quality clothes at astonishingly low prices — you can outfit a kid in school clothes for $100 or so a year. Presidential candidate John Edwards claimed to have seen a little girl shivering in the winter because her parents could not buy a coat; you can get one for $5 at the Salvation Army.

It’s a widespread assumption in some affluent circles that ordinary Americans are seething with envy because they can’t afford to shop regularly at Neiman Marcus or Saks Fifth Avenue. My sense is that most Americans just don’t care. They’re reasonably happy with what they’ve got, and would like a little more. So I am inclined to agree with Cowen when he writes, “The broader change in income distribution, the one occurring beneath the very top earners, can be deconstructed in a manner that makes nearly all of it look harmless.” Cowen is worried that high earners in financial industries benefit hugely when they bet correctly but are sheltered from losses by government bailouts when they bet wrong. It’s a problem that the financial regulation bill passed by the outgoing Congress addressed but, in his opinion and those of many others I respect, did not solve. But there’s little evidence that most Americans begrudge the exceedingly high earnings of the likes of Steve Jobs, Steven Spielberg or J.K. Rowling. We believe they have earned their success and don’t see how taking money away from them will make the rest of us better off. We already take quite a bit. Current tax rates mean that the top 1-percent of earners account for 40-percent of federal income tax revenue — a higher percentage than in many Western European countries. Higher tax rates would probably produce more tax avoidance — rich people can adjust their affairs — and lower revenues than forecast by static economic models. Of course, not everyone is well off in a nation where unemployment has been 9.4-percent or higher for the last 19 months. And I suspect that most Americans would be thrilled to get a 13th month of pay. But they’re not seething with envy at those who are better off. So who does? One example is the cartoonist and author Garry Trudeau, a college classmate of George W. Bush, who has been spewing contempt for the Bushes for 40-some years. The strongest class envy in America, it turns out, may be the resentment of those who were one club above you at Yale. (Syndicated columnist Michael Barone is a senior writer with U.S. News and World Report and principal co-author of The Almanac of American Politics.)


LETTERS Label attempt to change boat speed limits ‘Inexpedient to Legislate’ To the editor, Responding to articles printed in the Laconia Citizen, January 3rd and 4th, titled “Boating group not just about speed limits” and “Boating group wants to see laws more focused on safety”, if anyone believes that bunch of poppycock and horsefeathers we have shares in a bridge to nowhere to sell you! After more than 20 years in law enforcement and over 50 years of boating experience, more than 40 on Lake Winnipesaukee, we feel more than qualified to say without doubt that the proposed bills in the NH General Court that seek to modify the current boating speed limits of 45/30 mph on the big lake, current law, with “reasonable and prudent” is not only untenable but also unenforceable. Without hard numbered speed limits can you even imagine what our New Hampshire roads and trails would look like ? Now think about boats of every size, description and speed capability coming at you from any and all directions at the same time. This new group, sbonh, has members most of whom own go-fast-beloud vessels that have opposed the speed limits since their formation a year or so ago. Their original motto was, taken from their website, “Educate don’t legislate”. In view of the fact that they have convinced a hand full of legislators to request about four or

five new changes to the boating laws, none of which have anything to do with safety it now seems like more political rhetoric. We believe they are trying very hard to fill our heads with subterfuge and in fact have convinced a few that the speed limits were not their only cause. Gentlemen most of us are not as naive as you were led to believe. The current 45/30 mph limits were not supposed to be a cure for all evils nor were they presented to be. The law enforcement people we have talked with having years of training and experience know that speed limits such as 45/30 mph work for the enjoyment and safety of the general public and make their enforcement activity much easier. Lake Winnipesaukee has been a much more civil and safe place for families, residents, tourists and visitors for the last two years. Let’s keep it that way. An old adage says something like “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” and we want to tell you it ain’t broke and is working very well. Tell your senators and representatives to the NH General Court that the pending Senate and House bills to change, they call it modify, the current speed limits on Lake Winnipesaukee should be voted “Inexpedient to Legislate” when they come up. Bill Bertholdt Gilford

30% of profits of American firms come from overseas operations To the editor, Tensions are rising over some countries attempts to weaken their currencies. The U.S. and China remain at odds over the value of the renminbi. A global “currency war” raises the risk of protectionist responses. Protectionism would be disruptive for businesses. Some firms would be shut out of markets. Other firms would see profitability hit by having to choose local suppliers over cheaper imports. This is a fairly high probability of occurrence issue. The global economy is closely integrated. Governments will find it difficult to close off many aspects of trade. But trade disputes are likely to increase as populist policies clash with countries’ international obligations. Engagement

in large-scale protectionism will seriously slow economic recovery. Even engagement in protectionism on a smaller scale can be a serious drag on the economy. We need to recognize the perils we are navigating. This is a high impact issue. The U.S. can control its own domestic fiscal and monetary policies. It cannot control the actions taken by other sovereign governments. Because the U.S. economy is open and integrated into the world economy it is important to frame our policies and to comprehend how those policies will be perceived and acted upon by others. Our policies are part of a broader context. There are views other than only our parochial interest, a fact we must recogsee next page

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LETTERS Everyone carrying hand guns is not recipe for a civilized society To the editor, “Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love... .” – Martin Luther King, 1958. While this was spoken in a different time and place, it is important to recall this thought in this climate of overheated debate. The current debate on hand gun rights is a perfect example. While proopen-carry hand gun owners argue that the more guns they have, the safer everyone is, the facts simply do not support this assertion. The United States leads the civilized world in gun related homicides by over 400-percent. Hand guns are an instrument of sudden, irrevocable violence. When combined with alcohol and anger, its consequences are usually tragic. The pro-open-carry hand gun advocates will not stop with allowing arms in the Statehouse. This is just the first step in returning the U.S. to its frontier vigilante roots. Part of the pro-gun lobby is to pass laws that allows anyone to carry a hand gun and to use it when they themselves feel threatened. This frontier justice worked fine when there was no established law enforce-

ment system during the 19th century but community after community turned away from this system as they developed laws and law enforcement. Today, in NH, we have the among finest and most effective law enforcement in the country. While many scream, literally, about their Second Amendment rights, the real conversation should be about what kind of society we want to live in. Do we want to live in a society with one the highest rate of homicides by hand guns in a first-world country? All of us get angry but hopefully we cool down before saying or doing something irrevocable. The problem with angry people with hand guns is that their cooling off period will quite literally be after-the-fact. Why else carry a hand gun? There is no crime wave in N.H. The reason people want to carry guns is to become a republic of one and enforce their “rights” to the exclusion of everyone else’s rights. This is not the recipe for a civilized society. This is a regression to a wild west mentality. An armed society is not a safe society. David Stamps Laconia

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they’re doing alright. But still, we lack a certain drive. We are driven by wants, almost entirely. Working for years to accumulate them, losing sleep at the thought of losing them, refinancing them to acquire more of them. We, it seems, do not lack that drive. It is present in all of our lives, this mad dash for pleasure and gratification. By watching, standing around a fire fueled by nineteenth century, hand hewn beams, I can see the exhausted greyhound after his futile attempt to catch the mechanical rabbit, in the faces of my kin. No, we really haven’t matured yet. Life has become something to be avoided. Dodging the challenges by ducking into the closest chain store. Eluding the questions by letting the television give us new, more important ones. Rewarding ourselves when the transient elation of our last purchase has worn off. Perpetual children. Sheltered from the ugly truths by a gleaming white facade. All of us staring up at a wall of perfect smiles; life’s collection of toothpaste advertisements stacked together as to ensure us that all is well, all is as it should, and ever see next page

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from preceding page will be. Guided by whom? The passion for living has been removed from us and has been replaced with a neurotic need for status. Whether it’s a stupid “smart” car, a pure bred dog, or the latest electronic doohickey; we act as if we cannot function without these things. In fact, getting these things seems to be our only visible function. After we finally get a thing, we then can talk to each other about it, often virtually, rather than face to face, influencing the other to follow suit and buy a thing too. And as our children witness this behavior they too will feel the need to fill their dwellings when their time comes. The process, of course, already having taken hold by a number of years of birthday presents and Christmas gifts, carefully planned by the calender (the most clever of all schemes ever devised, second only to money). With rules and objectives as if this life were nothing more than a board game. Where the main point is to play. Everything else within the game is secondary. Life is the routine. Yes, we clearly lack a certain drive. It isn’t so hard to get us all to assemble on a lawn or around a fire. The difficulties lie in why? Because that’s what families do? Okay. That’s what families do. It’s probably what they’ve done for millions of years. But the topics of conversation bounced around in this day and age have me begging the question, why? We aren’t saying anything, only commenting on a fake reality; critiquing shadows on the wall. Forever acting as if we understand what has been shown. Delving as far as our conditioning allows us to, then safely returning to the present, where life is not so much lived, but led. Certain domestic animals are driven. Driven, not by a wild, natural motivation, but driven by the shepherd and his dogs. Of course, it’s much more than mere mental manipulation that urges the flock from one field to the next. Force, eventually, is also used. It becomes troublesome, to the ones who give us our topics of conversation, when one or more of us doesn’t go along with the rest. The conflict: The few encouraging some of the rest to think, “Why is he not doing this?”, or “What makes her so unwilling to participate?” A situation they, the shepherd and their well paid cadre of brute motivators, are well prepared to deal with. After all, they are not shy to use cattle prods and other “nonlethal” methods to make examples out of those who get in the way. And more often than not, “non-lethal” methods have a way of becoming all too lethal. But where is it that we are all stampeding toward? To answer that, one must first step out of TV land, the present day Plato’s Cave, and ask themselves, who am I? That’s a toughie. Especially when, judging from current dialogue, most of us are nothing more than composites of popular culture. Whether it’s a frantic devotion to sports, memorization of meaningless scenarios played out in TV fiction or the fascination of macabre art, be it music, photography, sculpture or otherwise, we really haven’t left much room upstairs for who we are. Who we are. Not what we’ve adopted via schooling, TV, magazines, radio or molded word of mouth. Yes, this Thanksgiving there were

less homemade desserts. Less age old wisdom passed on from our older members. The children still romped about the yard; something I used to do with those around me whom now unload useless data concentrically, until the inevitable dirty quip, leading us all into a new round of babble. Memories of youth flood the mind like lumps of sod stuffed into municipal culverts. For our dammed waters would sometimes breach Bean Hill Rd. The older members of us found true joy in riding up the road as far as we dared on borrowed bicycles, and flew downhill with just enough danger induced fear to ensure that we’d have a firm grip on the handlebars. Whereas the youngest of us got the same thrill on the lawn with nothing but our own two God-given feet. We’d even ride those bikes straight into our handmade reservoir if the water was deep enough to promise a thorough soaking, and if our life force was particularly strong on that day. We didn’t wear helmets. Sometimes we fell and got hurt, but that was a risk and a ritual of our troupe. We all got banged up enough to learn from our mistakes. Sometimes we learned lessons of respect while getting caught tearing off asphalt shingles, perched upon the barn roof, winging them at each other like Chinese throwing stars. Real live memories of real moments experienced, as only a child could, clings to me as the burdock does to shoelaces. That spirit of our children is now being tamed and subjugated by the most rigorous methods, implemented on every level, to make sure we don’t overcome the omnipresent problems we all now face. For they, the infamous they, know that this spirit, that we all possess, is the one hurdle that stands in their way. Utter annihilation of that which makes us us is what they need if they are to propel this new world order of theirs to the next platform. Where brain implants and RFID microchips are inserted into each and every one of us. Sold as the cure-all to correct all that is “wrong” with us. A mandate: The supplied panacea to bypass the ever increasing inconveniences. An incredibly small machine, linked to the largest, latest form of technological weaponry, made solely for the purpose of relieving us all of the burdens of life: The control of our own thoughts, hopes, fears, joys, sorrows, decisions... Many small steps have brought us to this epochal precipice, for gradualism, by the workings of an elite for many generations, is a fail proof method of holding power. “Reality control”, as Orwell put it, is very simple to maintain. “Who controls the past”, he so plainly wrote, “controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.” So who controls the present? And is the “great leap for mankind” the allegorical joke against the lemming majority? Because if we swallow the carefully crafted gobbledygook of communitarianism, unification, oneness or whatever other marketing term they choose to use, we are helping them in the “Great Work” of a transformed humanity. The end of the individual; the end of the self. And sadly, many will welcome it. But I can assure you that those few of us with a natural instinct for self preservation will not be among the slew see next page

Homeless man’s voice prompts job offers

CLEVELAND (AP) — With a deep, refined voice, Ted Williams simply asked for help to get off the streets. He’s been heard. Left homeless after his life and career were ruined by drugs and alcohol, Williams has been offered a job by the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers and is being pursued by NFL Films for possible work. He and his compelling tale became an online sensation after The Columbus Dispatch posted a clip of Williams demonstrating his voiceover skills by the side of the road. “This has been totally, totally amazing,” Williams said in a phone interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, his voice choking with emotion. “I’m just so thankful. God has blessed me so deeply. I’m getting a second chance. Amazing.” Williams was contacted Wednesday by the Cavaliers, who have offered him a position that could include announcing work at Quicken Loans Arena, the team’s downtown facility. Williams said the team has offered him a two-year contract and said they would pay his living expenses. “I can’t believe what’s going on,” said Williams, a father of nine, adding he feels like Susan Boyle, the Scottish singing sensation who became an overnight star. “God gave me a million-dollar voice, and I just hope I can do right by him.” It’s been a whirlwind for the goldenvoiced man, who was recently living in a tent and whose past includes a lengthy list of arrests. He has served time in prison for theft and forgery and has been cited with numerous misdemeanors, including drug abuse. Williams was most recently arrested on May 14. He pleaded guilty to a firstdegree misdemeanor theft charge. In court records, his address is listed as “Streets of Columbus.” Upon learning of Williams’ criminal history, the Cavaliers said their offer still stands. “We believe in second chances and second opportunities,” said Tracy Marek, the team’s senior vice president of marketing. “The gentleman deserves an opportunity to explain certain situations. We’re not jumping to conclusions. It’s not fair.” Cavaliers spokesman Tad Carper said exact details of the team’s offer and their plans to help Williams with housing were still being worked out. The Cavaliers did not know much about him, but were touched by Williams’ ordeal. “When you know something’s right, you just have to launch,” Marek said. “One of the big things that we talk about here, with our organization, is how important urgency is — when you see something that feels good and seems right. The important thing that we wanted to do is to let Ted know that we have something here for him.” During a timeout in the first quarter of Wednesday night’s game against from preceding page

waiting for their chip. Just as we few will not blindly prop up the pretense of well informed involvement by discussing, so called, “current events”. The steady stream of syndicated persuasion, gossip, trivia and headline hobnob cannot affect us. We cannot be pacified. Our minds cannot be con-

Toronto, the Cavaliers put a picture of Williams on their giant scoreboard and urged fans to send him messages at “We hope Ted accepts our offer,” said Cavaliers announcer Olivia Sedra. The 53-year-old Williams will appear Thursday on NBC’s “Today” show. According to a network spokesperson, he was on his way Wednesday night to see his 90-year-old mother, who lives in Brooklyn and has stood by him during his battles with addiction. “She has always been my best friend,” he said, crying. “When I was a kid, she would take me down to Radio City Music Hall and on the subway. I’m just glad that she is still around. I prayed that she would live long enough that I could make her proud and see could her son do something other than stand along the side of the road with a sign asking for money.” Julia Williams is thrilled her only child is turning his life around. She can’t wait to see him. “This will be my day to see my son get up and do something to help himself,” she said. “He has so much talent. I hope this will be the thing for him. He came from a nice family. And then he went poor, poor. So, maybe this will build him up and let him see that there’s more in life than hanging around with the wrong people, and taking drugs.” Williams said his life began spiraling downward in 1996 when he began drinking alcohol “pretty bad.” He used marijuana and cocaine and lost interest in his radio career. He eventually wound up on the streets, despite the best efforts of his children, seven daughters and two sons who all live in the Columbus area. “They have mixed emotions about what is going on,” Williams said. “During my detox stages, I had a tendency to eat up everybody’s food. I’m a grandfather, too, and I was eating what should have gone to their kids.” Williams said he celebrated two years of sobriety “around Thanksgiving. I just hope everyone will pray for me.” Williams initially was spotted by the Columbus newspaper standing near an exit ramp off Interstate 71. In a video interview that quickly became wildly popular, Williams — holding a cardboard sign that asked motorists for help and says, “I’m an ex-radio announcer who has fallen on hard times” — explained in his smooth, bottomless voice that he was drawn to radio at the age of 14. When he first heard Williams’ beautiful, bottomless voice, Kevin McLoughlin of NFL Films, which has chronicled pro football for nearly 50 years, knew he had to contact the unknown man. “It’s that voice,” said McLoughlin, director of post-production films for the NFL told AP. “When he was telling his story, I said, ‘That’s what we do. This guy can tell a story.’ Somehow, some way, I need to get a demo with him. He could be that diamond in the rough.” taminated by the constant influx of crap information. We will not allow our thoughts to be compromised; not in the least. We will need every last ounce of life to fight evil. We know what we have chosen and we know that there is no greater cause. Derek Case Belmont

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GIUNTA from page one sign the payroll but discussed Ober’s replacement. Nickerson said Ober left him and Livernois alone because “he didn’t want to be around” during the discussion. “We didn’t make any decisions but batted around what we should do,” said Nickerson. He said selectmen met the next week to sign payroll but Livernois wasn’t at the meeting so there was no discussion about Ober’s replacement. Since Ober announced his resignation in early December, Nickerson said four people — former Selectman Patsy Wells, Karen Ober, School Board Member Tim Lang, and retired police detective Mike Farrington — expressed an interest in assuming Ober’s duties for the four plus months remaining until town elections. He also said the town received an e-mail from Donald Foudriat recommending Planning Board member Carmine Cioffi for the spot.

Nickerson said he reached out to Giunta to see if he would be interested primarily because of Giunta’s familiarity with the “Y” project — the rebuilding of Bay and Huckins Pond Road. At last night’s meeting, with Karen Ober and Lang in the audience, both Livernois and Nickerson said they would prefer the third selectman to be a former selectman because he or she would already be familiar with the duties and role of the job. Livernois said he could support either Wells or Giunta and that he had enjoyed working as a selectmen with both of them. “I don’t have a strong preference but I would lean towards Patsy [Wells],” Livernois said, adding that if Nickerson felt more comfortable with Giunta he would support his recommendation. They decided to offer the position to Giunta and ask him to come to next Wednesday’s meeting, when he could be sworn into office. — Gail Ober

BALDI from page one New Hampshire Bureau of Securities Regulation at a hearing yesterday. Baldi first met Farah in 1993, when he borrowed from FRM to purchase the Weirs Beach Waterslide, which together with leasing vendor spaces during Motorcycle Week, provided the bulk of his income. He said that with the return from the property during the summer months, there was no need for him to work through the winter. But, in 2005 Baldi decided to try his hand at real estate development by becoming a modular home dealer and approached Farah about financing the purchase of a display unit. Farah, he said, suggested a partnership, in which he would acquire the properties and secure the financing and Baldi would be the contractor. He understood that the two would “split the profits 50-50” when the developments were completed and the units sold. “Scott handled the paperwork and the money,” Baldi said. “I was strictly the builder.” So he thought. In fact, by signing documents Farah presented to him without seeking

explanations – much less legal counsel – Baldi acquired an interest in the trusts that owned the projects and borrowed to pursue them. When FRM collapsed in November 2009, Baldi found himself saddled with debts nearing $8-million. “I totally trusted Scott Farah,” Baldi said. “I thought Scott was very reputable.” Baldi recounted the fortunes of three residential developments he undertook with Farah — Cook Lane in Moultonborough, Lilac Valley in Laconia and Colonial Drive in Center Harbor — none of which were ever completed. Cook Lane was a subdivision of five units owned by a trust, of which Baldi and Farah’s wife Susan were the trustees. The infrastructure was completed and two units were built, both of which were sold to Donald Dodge, who managed CL&M, Inc., the firm that serviced FRM’s loans. Baldi estimated that between $500,000 and $750,000 was spent at Cook Lane before Farah stopped things, telling Baldi that he was “waiting for the money to show up.” Under questioning by Jeff Spill and Eric Forcier, attorneys for the bureau, Baldi agreed that Farah was soliciting funds for the projects from private clients and shuffling the money between different developments as it became available. As the funds moved, Baldi moved with them. Lilac Valley, a modular home community between Route 106 and Province Road, adjacent to Briarcrest, was see next page

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FRM’s clients to finance the three developments, only a fraction of the funds were actually spent on them. “I have no idea where the money went,” Baldi told investigators. Of the $8-million, $500,000 came from Baldi’s own pocket. In 2008, with projects languishing for want of funds, Farah suggested that Baldi, in order to accelerate construction, bring property to market and realize his share of the profits. He took a second mortgage on the waterslide, his sole reliable source of income, and transferred the proceeds to FRM. “It was Scott’s idea,” Baldi said, “but I thought it was a good idea.” Baldi said the waterslide had been appraised for $2.1-million but he lost it to foreclosure. The new owner paid $580,000 for the property at auction. “My bread and butter was gone,” Baldi remarked. “I’m in the process of going bankrupt..” — Michael Kitch

GILFORD from page one Committee members gathered around the U-shaped table at Town Hall. When contacted this week, Greene said she did go to see DeMinico regarding Laliberte’s comments but only because she was “quite taken aback by what she had to say and how she said it.” She said she had “a very polite conversation” with DeMinico that lasted three minutes and she wanted him to know that she”didn’t appreciate [Laliberte’s] tone.” Greene continued by saying that the 12 members of the volunteer Budget Committee work very hard and take their duties seriously and she was upset that a School District employee would object to each member speaking his or her mind regarding any issue.

When Greene was asked if she felt that Laliberte — a taxpayer with children in the School District — also has First Amendment rights, she replied, “Absolutely. But why did she have to take such a contentious tone?” In a letter to the editor published in The Citizen on Dec. 24, Laliberte did not name Greene but said she felt a member of the Budget Committee’s visit to DeMinico — her ultimate boss — was a form of retaliation and voiced fears that person in question might try to eliminate the funding for her job. Greene said she has “absolutely no agenda” and has not idea why Laliberte would believe her job to be threatened. The Budget Committee meets tonight at 6:30 p.m. to further discuss next year’s school budget.

GOP wants Democrat to forfeit House seat because of party job

CONCORD (AP) — In rare move, House Republicans voted Wednesday to investigate unseating a Manchester representative because he is the executive director of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. The Republican-dominated House vote caught state Rep. Mike Brunelle by surprise and set a harsh tone for the coming two years. Republicans hold 297 of the 400 seats; Democrats, 102. One seat is vacant. Manchester Republican Phil Greazzo initiated the investigation as the House neared the end of its opening day for the 2011 session. He said he did not discuss it with Brunelle ahead of time. “I was hoping he would resign after he was elected,” he said. House Republican Leader D.J. Bettencourt cited a constitutional prohibition against being paid and

acting as an advocate. Past efforts to unseat lawmakers have been based on unethical behavior. Bettencourt said Brunelle has filed legislation that would serve as a platform for Democrats. Bettencourt gave as an example legislation to raise the minimum wage which he said is a Democratic initiative. “I don’t know how things have been run in the past but this is how we’re going to run them,” said Bettencourt of Salem. The House vote referred the investigation to the Legislative Administrative Committee, which is chaired by Enfield Republican Paul Mirski. “As one member said to me, ‘It’s as if we put a Democratic lobbyist on the floor of the House,’” Mirski said. Mirski said he will hold a hearing on the case. “Myself, I think there’s a pretty bright line” governing when a lawmaker has filed legislation benefiting himself, said Mirski, who would not elaborate. “Let’s go through the hearing process.” Brunelle called the move a a “political stunt to get me out of here.” “I’ll fight this because it is baseless,” he said. “I’m a citizen like the rest.” As to the minimum wage bill, Brunelle said Republicans “have just said they’re not for working families and hiring the unemployed.” “I’ve not filed anything that will benefit the Democratic Party. They’re just playing politics,” he said. The New Hampshire Legislature is a volunteer, citisee next page

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BOSTON (AP) — Rajon Rondo had 22 assists, 12 points and 10 rebounds for his 11th career tripledouble, adding six steals to help the Boston Celtics beat the San Antonio Spurs 105-103 on Wednesday night in a matchup of the NBA’s top two teams. It’s the first time this season that the Spurs (29-6), who still have the best record in the NBA, have lost back-to-back games. Ray Allen scored 31 for Eastern Conference-leading Boston (27-7), but he missed a pair of free throws with 8.1 seconds left and the Celtics up by two. After a timeout, Manu Ginobili worked down the clock and put up a shot that was blocked by Paul Pierce and pulled down by Rondo for his 10th rebound. Glen “Big Baby” Davis had 23 points — one short of a career high — playing in place of the injured Kevin Garnett. Rondo’s 22 assists were the secondmost in his career; he had 24 in an Oct. 29 game against the New York Knicks that was his only other triple-double this season. His six steals were a season-high and one off his career-high. Ginobili had 24 points and eight rebounds for San Antonio. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker had 18 points apiece for the Spurs, who were coming off a 128-115 loss to the Knicks in New York on Tuesday in which coach Gregg Popovich pulled his three stars with more than three minutes left, down by just 11. They needed the extra rest in a game against

Boston that went down to the wire. San Antonio took a 70-67 lead on Duncan’s hook shot with 3:37 left in the third quarter, but they did not score again until George Hill beat the buzzer with a bank shot. In the meantime, Boston scored 10 straight points, including a 3-pointer from Pierce to tie it and his slamming, swinging-from-the-rim dunk that made it 77-70. But the Spurs quickly erased the deficit, thanks in part to Ginobili’s back-to-back 3-pointers that cut the deficit to 86-85 with 7:21 left. It was 96-all when Rondo grabbed his ninth rebound and worked the ball down to Marquis Daniels for a layup, then Pierce found Allen for a 3-pointer that made it 101-96 with 97 seconds left. Davis drew an offensive foul on Richard Jefferson as he drove, out of control, down the baseline, then Rondo drove into the lane and floated one over Duncan to give Boston a 103-96 lead with 66 seconds left. Allen stripped the ball away from Hill and went in for the layup and Boston’s biggest lead of the game. But Ginobili hit a 3-pointer, Parker drove for a layup and then Jefferson hit a pair of free throws to cut the Spurs’ deficit to two points. With Boston still leading 105-103, Pierce missed a jumper but Nate Robinson pulled down the rebound and got the ball to Allen, who was fouled. He missed both free throws.

AMHERST from page 2 and Gribble, both of Brookline, brandished knives and threatened to kill him if he talked to police about the 2009 home invasion. Spader, 19, was sentenced in November to life in prison without possibility of parole for repeatedly bringing down the machete on the two victims during the pre-dawn attack. Spikes also is expected to testify against Gribble when he goes on trial in early March. Gribble has admitted to repeatedly stabbing Kimberly and Jaimie Cates with a knife during the attack, but has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Jury selection in Gribble’s case is scheduled to begin Feb. 28. Hansen said Spikes was “not calm and composed” during the break-in, “but he wasn’t overly irrational except for claiming he’d been shot. It could have

turned out a lot worse if he hadn’t maintained his composure.” Hansen said Spikes had been at his girlfriend’s house in the same neighborhood where Hansen lives before the break-in occurred. Spikes testified during Spader’s trial that he accompanied Spader and Gribble to a pawn shop just hours after the home invasion on Oct. 4, 2009. He said the two were selling jewelry they had stolen from the Cates home. Spikes admitted on crossexamination that he abused prescription drugs and had memory problems as a result. The break-in at Hansen’s home occurred on the eve of his first working day in the Legislature and a vote on whether lawmakers should be allowed to carry weapons in the Capitol. Hansen said he had some reservations initially but showed up Wednesday ready to vote yes.

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HIRING from page 2 weekly figures on claims for unemployment insurance, said Thomas Simons, market economist at Jefferies & Co. “When the ADP number comes in strong, it doesn’t mean all the other labor reports will come in strong,” Simons said. “But it does show that the labor market is improving. You have to take all these numbers together and come up with a mosaic view.”

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Buster Keaton comedy “Three Ages” to be screened with live music at Flying Monkey Moviehouse PLYMOUTH — The Buster Keaton silent movie comedy “Three Ages” will be screened, accompaned by live music, at the Flying Monkey Moviehouse and Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 13. Keaton, one of the silent film era’s great comics, was known for his ingenuity with gags, acrobatic stunts, and his trademark dead-pan manner. In dozens of films made throughout the 1920s, Keaton made audiences around the world laugh while never cracking a smile himself. He was among the first actors and directors to move comedy out of the confines of the stage and use cinema to expand it to a massive scale, using film to do battle with ocean liners, railroad locomotives, cyclones, and hordes of policemen ready to give chase to his hapless everyman character. “Three Ages,” a loose parody of the then-famous D.W. Griffith drama “Intolerance” (1916), weaves together

similar love stories told in three different epochs: the Stone Age, the Roman Age, and Modern (1920s) times. If the feature showed signs of failing at the box office, Keaton could always split it up into three shorter films to be released separately. But the picture was a success, due primarily to inspired comic touches in all sequences that still shine through to audiences today. ‘Three Ages’ thus launched Keaton’s spectacular run of classic comic features that lasted until the industry’s transition to sound pictures in 1929. The program will also include several Keaton comedy short films released before he made the jump into full-length feature films. Admission is $5 per person. The films will be accompanied by live music by local composer Jeff Rapsis. Dinner is also available for patrons who arrive early at the Flying Monkey. For more information, call 536-2551 or visit

MEREDITH — Volunteers willing to participate in a research project on falls risk prevention for older adults should plan on attending a meeting at the Inter-Lakes Senior Center on Monday, January 10. Dr. Marjorie King has received funding from the National Institute of Health to conduct this study and Dr. Barbara McCahan and her students will be conducting the on-site testing at the Inter-Lakes Senior Center. The project is a joint initiative between Plymouth State University and Dartmouth College Center on Aging. Participants should be communitydwelling, independently-living, apparently healthy adults ages 65 — 79.

Each will be tested for factors involved in balance. Results may help to provide early warning signs for those at risk for falling and provide possible interventions that may improve balance and prevent future falls. A follow-up workshop will be held at the Senior Center in February designed to provide education and resources falls risk reduction and prevention. Volunteers will learn exercises to improve and/or maintain balance and mobility. There is no charge for participation in this study. To make a reservation or get more information, call Becky at the Inter-Lakes Senior Center 2795631.

LACONIA — The Armand J. Laramie chapter of the Babe Ruth League will conduct its annual meeting in the community room at the Laconia Police

Department at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 16. The agenda will include election of see next page

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LAKES REGION — Police and firefighters are now accepting donations in support of the 4th Annual CHaD Battle of the Badges hockey game to be held at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Saturday, April 9. Representatives of police and fire departments from 20 cities and towns across the state will take to the ice in the match-up to benefit The Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD). Included on the Police roster will be Franklin’s Bryan Croft and Plymouth’s Kevin Kelly and Derek Newcomb. Team Firefighter will include Jeremy Bonan of Plymouth, Dennis Comeau of Gilmanton, and Jack Finley of Franklin. Leading the series 2-1, the Firefighters will be led by veteran Team Captain Micky Drouin and Assistant Captain Perry Plummer of Dover Fire & Rescue. New this year, Barrington Police Depart-

ment’s Chris Plummer has been named captain of the Police Team. Peter Favreau of Manchester will join Plummer as assistant captain. Former team captain and Kensington Chief of Police Wayne Sheehan will continue to have a strong role in the event. “This year’s CHaD Battle of the Badges is sure to be another night of thrilling competition,” explained Elizabeth Clarke of CHaD Community Relations. “In addition to practicing, players from both teams will be fundraising over the next few months to support services that CHaD delivers to sick children and their families.” Donations are now being accepted at each player’s fundraising page or team page at chadhockey. org. Last year’s event attracted over 3,000 fans and brought in more than $231,000 for the children and families of CHaD. Since its inception in 2008, Battle of the Badges total donations have surpassed $410K.

Free daytime GED Preparation classes now in session through June at Laconia Adult Education LACONIA — Free daytime GED Preparation classes are being held now through June at Laconia Adult Education on Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. — 1:30 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m. — noon. A GED Certificate enables people to attend a vocational-technical or community college or apply for a job where a high school education is required. The GED Exam covers Reading Comprehension in the subject areas of Science, Social Studies, and Literature and the Arts. The Math section requires students to be proficient in basic Math, Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages in addition to Algebra and Geometry. The Writing section of the GED Exam covers Grammar and Punctuation and a Written Essay. The GED Exam is written at a Grade 10 reading level. The GED Exam is given by appointment only. Anyone under age 18 must be enrolled in a GED Options program in order to take the exam. from preceding page the AJL Board of Directors and the appointment of officers for the upcoming season. Arrangements for the 2011 season will also be discussed. All those interested in area youth baseball are invited to attend the meeting. For more information, e-mail league secretary Bill Lamb at wflamb12@ or call 279-6058.

For more information about daytime or evening GED Preparation classes or the GED Exam, visit the Adult Education office at Laconia High School or call 524-5712.

Free ESOL classes offered Tuesday & Thursday nights

LACONIA — Free Beginning and Intermediate ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) classes are being offered through the Adult Education program from 6 — 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. ESOL classes enable new learners of the English language to speak, read, and write English. Foreigners making their home in the Lakes Region will learn to communicate in emergencies and in everyday living situations such as shopping, making doctor appointments, filling out job applications, relating with their child’s school and teachers, and using everyday expressions of common courtesy. Anyone who might benefit from an ESOL class — or knows someone who may not be able to read this article — is encouraged to call the Adult Education office at 524-5712.

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By Holiday Mathis Though you would prefer that your scene be imbued with a sense of certainty and continuity, the opposite is true today. Anything can happen. Trust yourself, and you’ll be quick, adaptable and ready to seize opportunity. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). When a person’s choices are few, it is easier to make them without regret or concern. It takes a very strong and purposeful individual to choose among a vast array of choices, as you will today. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Your schedule will reflect the activities of a person you admire and wish to be like. As you model the one you look up to, you will find how you are similar to this person and also how you are different. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You do not require validation from others because you so strongly believe in what you are doing. You don’t realize how rare this level of conviction really is, and it is quite attractive on you. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). There is a younger person who is jealous of you or who is trying to prove something and going about it the wrong way. You will be of great assistance to this person, especially through your patient example. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 6). You’ll be glad for past difficulties, as something wonderfully unique is born of the struggle. If you hadn’t been limited, you wouldn’t have found this level of greatness. You can share what you know and earn wealth and respect. In April, an unreliable entity is replaced by a true and loyal supporter. Cancer and Aries people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 11, 20, 23 and 16.


ARIES (March 21-April 19). People are not born with great self-discipline. You must train your mind to obey your highest wishes. You do this by disallowing any action, big or small, that is not in line with those wishes. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). When you falter, it doesn’t mean you can’t do it. It only means you have not yet learned everything you need to know, or are not yet as strong as you need to be. Get right back on track. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your No. 1 priority often gets knocked down the ranks by your other responsibilities. Let it stay strong today. Build your entire day around the one thing that will move along your dearest goal. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Cut back your schedule, and simplify your life. If there are too many things going on at once, you’ll lose your focus and let what you were determined to do get buried in distractions. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). An argument will be happily resolved -- that is, if you have it in the first place. It will be healthy for both sides to say what they think and feel, so invite the discussion instead of fearing it. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You have as much freedom as you want to take. However, when you are left to your own devices, you implement even more structure than you would if you were under another person’s supervision. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You work for the sense of accomplishment you will get when the job is done. However, you wouldn’t mind someone giving you a pat on the back at the end, too. A Capricorn or Taurus will oblige. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21).

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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Thursday, Jan. 6, the sixth day of 2011. There are 359 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 6, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his State of the Union address, outlined a goal of “Four Freedoms”: Freedom of speech and expression; the freedom of people to worship God in their own way; freedom from want; freedom from fear. On this date: In 1540, England’s King Henry VIII married his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. (The marriage lasted about six months.) In 1759, George Washington and Martha Dandridge Custis were married in New Kent County, Va. In 1838, Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail gave the first successful public demonstration of their telegraph, in Morristown, N.J. In 1861, Florida militiamen seized the federal arsenal at Chattahoochee. In 1912, New Mexico became the 47th state. In 1919, the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, died in Oyster Bay, N.Y., at age 60. In 1942, the Pan American Airways Pacific Clipper arrived in New York more than a month after leaving California and following a westward route. In 1950, Britain recognized the Communist government of China. In 1967, U.S. Marines and South Vietnamese troops launched Operation Deckhouse Five, an offensive in the Mekong River delta. In 1982, truck driver William G. Bonin was convicted in Los Angeles of 10 of the “Freeway Killer” slayings of young men and boys. (Bonin was later convicted of four other killings; he was executed in 1996.) One year ago: James von Brunn, a 89-year-old white supremacist charged in a deadly shooting at Washington’s Holocaust museum, died in North Carolina, where he’d been held while awaiting trial. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown fended off a challenge to his leadership from within his own ruling Labour party just months before general elections. Today’s Birthdays: Pollster Louis Harris is 90. Bluegrass performer Earl Scruggs is 87. Author E.L. Doctorow is 80. Actress Bonnie Franklin is 67. Musician Joey, the CowPolka King is 62. Former FBI director Louis Freeh is 61. Rock singer-musician Kim Wilson is 60. Singer Jett Williams is 58. Rock musician Malcolm Young is 58. Actorcomedian Rowan Atkinson is 56. World Golf Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez is 54. Rhythmand-blues singer Kathy Sledge is 52. TV chef Nigella Lawson is 51. Rhythm-and-blues singer Eric Williams is 51. Movie composer A.R. Rahman is 45. Movie director John Singleton is 43. TV personality Julie Chen is 41. Actor Danny Pintauro is 35. Actress Rinko Kikuchi is 30. Rock singer Alex Turner is 25.




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CALENDAR TODAY’S EVENTS Free hot meal and great company brought to the Bristol community by Food for Friends. 5 to 6 p.m. at the Tapply Community Center on the first Thursday of every month. Laconia Fire Chief Ken Erickson speaks about fire safety for seniors at the Laconia Senior Center. 10 a.m. Weight Watchers meeting. 6:30 p.m. at the Center Harbor Christian Church. 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. Knotty Knitters meeting at the Meredith Public Library. 10 a.m. to noon. All levels of experience welcome. 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 7 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. Affordable Health Care at Laconia Family Planning and Prenatal. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 121 Belmont Road (Rte. 106 South). 524-5453. GYN and reproductive services. STD/HIV testing. Sliding fee scale. Indoor climbing wall drop-in time at Meredith Community Center. 6 to 8 p.m. Climb Mt. Meredith, a 24-ft. indoor climbing wall. $1 per person. Please pay at the front desk. Tot Time at the Meredith Public Library. 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. Stories , songs, crafts and fun for toddlers 1-3. Signup is helpful.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 8 Free Ward Bird dinner-dance at the Moultonborough Lions Club. Complete Italian buffet served from 5 to 7 p.m. and a performance by the Crunchy Western Boys from 6 to 9. BYOB. $15 per person with all proceeds going to support the Free Ward Bird effort. Tickets available at Yikes! Gallery in Center Harbor while the supply lasts. To reserve tickets call Joanne Coppinger at 986-3271 or e-mail coppinger@ Seating is limited. American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Tanger Outlet Center in Tilton. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the bloodmobile. Al-Anon Meeting at the Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia. 8 to 9:15 p.m. each Saturday in the first-floor conference room. Al-Anon offers hope and help to families of alcoholics. No dues or fees. All are welcome. Call 6459518. Open Door Dinners offer free weekly meal in Tilton. 4:30 to 6 p.m. An outreach housed at Trinity Episcopal Church on Main Street, downtown. provides a free hot meal open to all members of the community. All are welcome to eat and all are welcome to help out. For more information, especially about volunteering, please call Pastor Mark at 286-3120 or e-mail him at Drop in Craft Time at the Meredith Public Library. 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All kinds of fun crafts to create. Open to all ages with no sign-up required.

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Inter-Lakes student learns art of painting at Meredith’s Gallery 51 MEREDITH — Arin Coppola, a junior intern through the Career Partnership Program at InterLakes High School, gets to learn the art of painting every day from Christine Hodecker-George, owner of Gallery 51. Coppola’s interest lies in the field of fashion, along with the arts, sewing, and painting. She believes in obtaining all the experience you can before going off to college. This will allow her not only to create a better resume and transcript, but also to pinpoint her interests when making decisions on classes in which to participate. She is attending the New York

fashion show this winter and will be going abroad to visit a college in London during London Fashion Week. She is currently enrolled in an art class at Chester College, and this summer is travelling to Quebec for a French emersion program. Coppola is excited and grateful that Gallery 51’s Hodecker-George, a well-known artist, is so committed to helping her achieve her dream. To learn more about Career Partnership, presented by the Greater Meredith Program, call Rhonda Hanaway, executive director, at 2796162 or e-mail rhonda.hanaway@

At right: Arin Coppola, a student at Inter-Lakes High School, pursues her passion for art and fashion as an intern at Gallery 51. (Courtesy photo)

Free nine-week Community Emergency Response Class to begin on January 27 LACONIA — A free nine-week Community Emergency Response Class will meet at Laconia High School on Thursday evenings beginning January 27. Topics to be covered during the course will include Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, Disaster Psychology, Safety Strategies Involved in a Terror Attack, Incident Command Systems, Light Search and Rescue and First Aid/CPR. All topics will be taught by local first responders and experts from the field who serve as guest instructors. On successful completion of the course, graduates may to apply to the Lakes Region Community Emergency Response Team, LR-CERT, which is sponsored

by the Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health and serves nine local communities from Moultonborough to Alton. CERT members then receive additional training in classes that support units of Traffic Control, Shelter Management, Search and Rescue, Fire Rehab, Emergency Communications and Animal Response. CERT members support emergency response agencies and can assist others in their neighborhood, town or workplace. After the tornado of 2008, team members were called upon to assist area police and public works departments with traffic control and later to conduct health and welfare checks in


The Gilford Planning Board will conduct a public hearing to consider changes to the Gilford Zoning Ordinance on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in Conference Room A at the Gilford Town Hall, 47 Cherry Valley Road, Gilford, New Hampshire. Anyone interested is invited to attend. This is the second public hearing for these items. PROPOSED ZONING ORDINANCE CHANGES

A public hearing will be held to consider the following proposed amendments:

1. Create Accessory Apartment Regulations – Create a new land use, Accessory Apartment, and related regulations as follows: amend Article 3 by modifying the existing definition of Apartment and creating a new definition for Accessory Apartment; create a new Section 4.6.17, Accessory Apartment, as an accessory use permitted in the Natural Resource Residential zone, Single Family Residential zone, and the Limited Residential zone, and as a prohibited use in all other zones; create a new Section 4.7.6(p), Accessory Apartment, allowing up to one (1) Accessory Apartment per lot in a single-family dwelling or an accessory building under certain conditions, requiring the property owner to occupy either the principle dwelling or the accessory apartment, allowing no more than two (2) bedrooms per apartment, allowing an apartment to be between 300 and 1,000 square feet in area but not exceed 40% of the gross floor area of the building in which it is located, and providing related regulations; and amend Section 6.18, Density of Dwelling Units to Land Area, to accommodate Accessory Apartments. 2. Section 4.7.6(e), Home Occupation – Amend Section 4.7.6(e) to prohibit visibility of most home occupations outside a building, to specify signage limitations for home occupations, to prohibit home occupations from becoming nuisances, to specify screening requirements for certain outdoor uses associated with home occupations, to regulate storage and idling of larger vehicles used in connection with home occupations, and to make other related changes.

3. Section 5.2.1, Island and Shore Frontage District – Amend Section 5.2.1 by deleting Section (b) in its entirety and replacing it with a new Section (b) requiring uses within 100 feet of the water bodies regulated by Section 5.2.1 (Lake Winnipesaukee, Saltmarsh Pond, Lily Pond, Poor Farm Brook, Meadow Brook, Jewett Brook, Gunstock River, and any other year-round brook) to be subject to the provisions of the Aquifer Protection District as specified in Article 19 whereas they are currently prohibited altogether on lots abutting or within 100 feet of the subject waters; and by amending Section (c)(1) to state that effective erosion control measures are required within 100 feet of the subject waters; and making other related changes.

4. Article 7, Off-Street Parking – Amend the minimum parking requirements for many land uses to reduce the amount of parking required in most cases and to increase it in other cases; add a new Section to create parking requirements for Boat Storage facilities; and to make other related changes.

The exact text of the proposed changes may be inspected at the Department of Planning and Land Use (DPLU) and the Town Clerk’s office in the Gilford Town Hall at 47 Cherry Valley Road, Gilford, New Hampshire. DPLU is open Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The Town Clerk’s office is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday, and until 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays. You may contact the Department of Planning and Land Use by calling (603) 527-4727.

areas ravaged by the storm. In December 2008, the state was devastated by a severe ice storm and many homes were without power. LR-CERT members established shelters in Gilford and Belmont and provided food and comfort for people who had to leave their homes. Last fall and winter CERT members assisted local area H1N1 flu clinics by providing parking assistance, interior communications, checkin and log-out documentation, and other duties to help with the flow of people in the clinics. To enroll in the next class, call Kathleen Merriam at the Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health at 528-2145 or e-mail


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2003 Ford Taurus SE Power Windows, Power Locks, Tilt, Cruise, Alloys, NH State Inspected & 20 Day Plate!


2004 Dodge Ram Crew Cab 4x4

2003 GMC 1500 X-Cab 4x4

Power Windows, Locks & Mirrors, Tonneau Cover, Alloy Wheels, Tow Package, Excellent Condition!

Power Windows, Locks & Mirrors, Tow Package, 4.8 Motor, NH State Inspected & 20 Day Plate.





2001 Ford F-150 Reg. Cab 4x4

2004 Ford Explorer 4x4

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4-Door, Loaded, All Power, Tow Package, NH State Inspected, 20 Day Plate.





Photos for illustration purposes only.

Trucks & SUVs - Wholesale to the public ... Stop in and make an offer! Don’t have enough money? Call Jim for details. 527-8151 or 998-4992

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Dear Annie: It is a tragic fact that one in four young people in America does not graduate from high school. We are at risk of losing our leadership position in the global economy. But I am convinced that by working together we can change this situation. Already, in some of the poorest performing schools in the nation, we are seeing signs of improvement. In some communities, graduation rates have increased 10 or more percent in just six years. These glimmers of hope inspire me, but the pace of progress is far too slow. We must act now. We have launched Grad Nation, a 10-year campaign to see that 90 percent of students will graduate and obtain at least one year of education or training beyond high school. I know we all want to do our part to keep America great. Success requires all of us -- educators, business and civic leaders, policymakers, parents and students -- to work together. Your readers can learn how to get involved at Our nation -- and our children -- are counting on it. Sincerely -- Marguerite W. Kondracke, President and CEO, America’s Promise Alliance Dear Marguerite Kondracke: Thank you for giving our readers a way to improve the opportunities for students within their communities. An educated child has a greater likelihood of being successful in life and contributing to the overall betterment of society. We cannot afford to let them down. Dear Annie: My wife recently found out through a friend that her ex-husband remarried and didn’t tell her. I commented that I didn’t see anything wrong with that, and she was shocked at my response. She told me that if we divorced after 25 years, she would expect me to tell her if I got married again and she would do the same. She also said if we

divorced and one of us were dying of some incurable disease, she would expect me to drop everything and take care of her, because she would do the same for me. I told her that would depend on whether or not we were on speaking terms, but she said it is the least she would expect of me. Now she calls me a scumbag (jokingly, I hope). Am I missing something here? -- Scumbag Dear Scumbag: It is a courtesy to inform an ex-spouse of a major change in one’s life, but it is not a necessity unless they have children together. As for taking care of a sick or injured ex-spouse, it would depend entirely on whether the relationship is friendly, whether anyone else can care for the person and whether the healthy ex has remarried. It is most certainly not expected. We are going to assume your wife is simply a caring, compassionate woman, but ask her how she would feel if you rushed to the aid of an ex-wife (not her) who needed your ongoing care. Dear Annie: I think you missed another option in your response to “Solicitous Spouse,” whose wife has chosen her daughter’s blind, incontinent dog over him. My wife and I have been married for more than 40 years and are now on our fifth dog. We’ve loved our pets as much as our children, and have spent hundreds of dollars during the last few months of their lives to keep them going as long as possible. However, in each case, there came a time when the dog had no more quality of life, and we reluctantly made the decision that it was time for the dog to be put down. This may be what needs to be done in this case. It is difficult and sad, but finding a new puppy as soon as possible helped ease the grief for us. -- J.

Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please e-mail your questions to:, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 5777 W. Century Blvd., Ste. 700, Los Angeles, CA 90045.




ADOPT: We are a religious, pro fessional couple longing to adopt a new born baby to give tons of love, security and a life full of opportunitues. Please contact Susana and Francisco at 1-800-320-4459 or visit Expenses paid.

2007 Toyota Tundra, dbl. cab, SR5, 65K miles, maroon with black interior $17,500/ bro. 455-8987.

Animals CHIHUAHUA Puppies for SaleBlue male and black & white female. $300 each. 998-3934 Free kitten to a good home. 9 weeks old. Black & white. Call 509-7521. LABRADOR pups AKC. Extraordinary litter with outstanding pedigrees. All you want in a Lab! Great temperaments. (603)664-2828.


W.Ossipee, NH Jan 15th & 16th 2011. Send us your contact info on and receive a free ticket to the event! Only 100 tickets available.

Appliances Maytag Washer & Dryer $150 or best offer. 520-5892

Autos 1991 Honda Civic DX Hatchback: Red, automatic, good drive train, will run with new fuel lines. Good car to run or for parts. $400/best offer. 393-7786. 1995 Ford Taurus GL 205K, no rust, new parts $850. Driven daily. Mark 832-3994. 2000 Subaru Outback AWD, 4 cylinder standard, excellent condition, new parts, 158K, snows. $4,100. 527-0194. 2006 Hyundai Elantra 48,000 miles. Great condition, $6900. Call

89 Dodge Raider 4x4. Loaded, many new parts. Ski Box, bike rack & comlete parts vehicle. $3,500. 603-253-9581 ABLE to pay cash, cars average $250, trucks full-size $2300, 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 BUYING junk cars and trucks ME & NH. Call for price. Martin Towing. (603)305-4504. CASH FOR junk cars & trucks.

Top Dollar Paid. Available 7 days a week. 630-3606

For Rent 1-2-3 Bedroom Apartments available in convenient Lakeport location. All include heat and hot water. On-site laundry, parking. Section 8 accepted. Rents starting at $625. For application, call

524-1341. ALTON/GILFORD Town Line: 2-Bedroom house, $200/week +utilities; Studio, $200/week, includes utilities, cable/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.


CASH paid for unwanted or junk cars and trucks. Same day service possible. 603-231-2859.

Heat/Hot Water Included • 1 bedroom, second floor,

01 Subaru Limited Outback Wagon. Automatic, loaded, heated seats, winter package, dual sun roof. Great condition, 127K, $5,500/obo. 630-1950

washer/dryer hook-up. $175 per week. • 1-bedroom 3rd floor apt. $175 per week. Small Animals considered. Security required. Section 8 accepted.

Top Dollar Paid- $150 and up for unwanted & junk vehiclies. Call 934-4813

Child Care CHILD CARE in my home. Laconia/ Belmont/ Gilmanton. 20+ years experience. One opening. 2 meals, snacks & crafts. Linda 524-8761.

For Rent $500 OFF FIRST MONTHS RENT at Mountain View apts. 2-bedroom apartment, $700 + utilities; 2-bedroom townhouse, 1.5 bath, large deck, $775 + utilities; 3-Bedroom townhouse, 1.5 bath, large deck $850 + utilities. Quiet location with laundry and playgrounds. Integrity Realty, Inc.

998-4728 BELMONT, NH - $699.00 a month. 2 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, W&D hookup, single wide mobile home with yard for rent. Close to school. Call Fairlane Homes at 800-325-5566 for more information. BRIDGEWATER/PLYMOUTH: 3 miles to 93, fantastic views, very private, family atmosphere. 2-bedroom home. Available for long-term rental. No smoking/ pets. $850/month +utilities. 253-8438. CUTE 1-bedroom remodeled apartment in Tilton. 1/2 month rent free! Heat/Hot Water included. $660/Month. 603-393-9693 or

For Rent 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. GILFORD: 3 bedroom apt, 2 bedroom apt., one bedroom cottage available including electricity, hotwater from $150/week, heat negotiable, pets considered. Security + references. 556-7098 or 832-3334. Laconia 1 Bedroom- Washer/dryer hookup, storage, no pets. Security Deposit & references. $600/mo. + utilities. 520-4353 LACONIA Awesome 1 bedroom includes heat, hot water, garage, on-site laundry, $725/mo. No pets, 455-0874. Laconia Efficiency: On quiet dead-end street, $450/month. All utilities included, Call 527-8363. No pets.

For Rent

For Rent

LACONIA- 1 Bedroom starting at $600/Month. BELMONT-2 Bedroom $700/Month. No Pets Please. Call 267-8023 GC Enterprises Property Management.

LACONIA: S tudio, $135/week & 1-Bedroom, $155/week, heat & HW included. 2-Bedroom, $185/week or $750/month, utilities included. No dogs. 496-8667 or 545-9510.

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-Large 3-bedroom 1st floor apartment. $1000/Month. 1 month security deposit required/1 year lease. Available now. 603-524-3759 LACONIA-LARGE 1 bedroom apartment. $700/Month, newly painted, utilities not included. Available now. References & security deposit required, 1 year lease. Off-street parking. 914-826-4591 603-524-3759 LACONIA: 2 bedroom, heat included with private parking, storage, laundry area, snow removal, refrigerator and stove. $885/mo. Avail. Jan. 15. Sec. & credit check required. No pets. 603-267-6114 LACONIA: 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom in duplex building, 1st & 2nd floors plus access to attic and basement with laundry hook-ups, $1,100/month plus utilities, 524-1234. LACONIA: 1 bedroom, 2nd floor, renovated kitchen & bathroom, access to attic for storage & basement with laundry hookups, $185/week including heat, electric & hot water. 524-1234. LACONIA: 1 bedroom, 2nd floor, $210/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: 3 bedroom, 2nd floor. Separate entrance, coin-op laundry in basement. $265/week including heat, electric & hot water. 524-1234. 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 week in advance, references and credit check a must. No pets. Leave message for Bob, 781-283-0783

Laconia one bedroom: On quiet dead-end street, $650/month. All utilities included, Call 527-8363. No pets.

LACONIA: Gilbert Apartments. Efficiency, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments available. 524-4428.

LACONIA Pleasant St. 1-Bedroom, $750. Studio apartment $650. Heat/hot water included, no pets/smoking. 524-5837

LACONIA: Small 3 bedroom, $200/ week, includes heat/hot water, references and deposit. No Pets. 524-9665.

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.

MEREDITH: 2 and 3-bedroom mobile homes, $725-$800 +utilities, security deposit required, no dogs, 279-5846.

LACONIA Second floor 2BR 1 bath, heat and hot water incl, no pets, no smokers. $895 a month, sec dep and refs required. 875-2292

Lakeport-Lake view 4 room-2 bedroom 1 bath. Includes snow removal, trash removal & landscaping, 2-car off-street parking, washer/dryer, partial heat. No pets. $200/week. References & credit check a must. 1st week in advance & 4 week security deposit. Leave message for Bob. 781-283-0783. 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 MEREDITH: 2-Bedroom House, 3/4 bath, washer/dryer hookup, oil FHW. $900/month. 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 second floor. Main St, newly painted, off-street parking, no pets/smoking. First month and security, references required. $795 + heat/utilities. 603-630-2381. NEW Hampton - stunning quality! Immaculate 2+bedroom/ 2 bath exclusive Condo. $1195/ mo. Astonishing open stairwell extending up to the 3rd floor lighted by the skylight in the cathedral ceiling. Brazilian wood floors, W/D hook up. Less than 3 minutes from I-93. Call today 603-744-3551. NEFH...Come on Home!!

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: 1 bedroom, 1st floor, separate entrance, coin-op laundry in basement. $195/week including heat, electric & hot water. 524-1234. SPACIOUS 1-bedroom apartment, walking distance to LRGH. Heat/Hot Water, Washer/dryer hook-up, Private parking. NO SMOKERS/PETS. References/Security deposit. $750/month. 279-1080 leave message. TILTON- 3 Bedroom house, 2-car garage; near Exit 20. $1,500/Month + utilities & security. 626-5000

For Rent-Vacation VACATION on Marco Island, FL: Waterfront condo, $600/week 1-month, $500/week - 2-months. Call 393-7077.


One and two bedrooms: $200 a week* All utilities, cable and Internet included

LACONIA WATER VIEW Efficiency first floor, with private entrance, quiet area in good location, $650/month includes utilities.

Security Deposit and References Required,


Rodeway Inn

788 Laconia Rd., Tilton 603-524-6897 Go to and enter “Tilton, NH” *Some conditions apply.

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For Rent-Commercial

For Sale

Help Wanted EXPERIENCED Waitstaff: Nights, Please apply in person, CJ Averys, Lakeport.

GILFORD PRICE REDUCED 14,000 sf. retail/commercial building on 2.5 acres for sale or lease; Corner location; Ample parking, access & visibility on Rte 11, across from airport. MOVE YOUR BUSINESS HERE! Call (603) 430-4000

FULL-TIME Sales Position: Work with the Lakes Region’s newest up and coming used car dealership. Must be willing to work weekends. Experienced only. Email resume to


Furniture BEAUTIFUL, Queen Luxury Support Pillowtop Mattress Set. New in plastic. Cost $1095, Sell $249. Can deliver. 603-305-9763

LEASE retail/office space, 1500+ sq. ft. excellent visibility, plenty of signage., 516 Union Ave. Laconia, NH. 603-455-4230.

GIRLS Bedroom set. 4 poster doublebed with canopy hardware, dresser, bureau, mirror, all in white. $500/ obo. 520-2477 or 293-8155.


Jeff's Discount Furniture and Bedding needs room for 2011 mdse. Shop and save BIG during our Inventory Blow-Out Sale! HUGE SAVINGS on Futons, Mattresses, Dining Rm. Adult & Youth Bedroom sets, etc. SAVE!! at Jeff's Discount Furniture and Bedding! Rte 3, Laconia, NH (across from Funspot) 603-366-4000.

Great Location! 31 Foundry Ave. Off Route 104

(Behind Olde Province Common)

1,500 Sq. Ft. with 17’ ceiling & 14’ overhead door. Partial 2nd level balcony space. Finished office cubicle on 1st floor. Perfect for graphic, woodworking, artistry, retail, storage, etc.

$750/Month + Utilities 279-0142 (Business) 677-2298 (Cell) MEREDITH Office/Studio Space: 3 rooms, 1,000+ sq.ft., heated, close to town and docks. Non-smoking, $625/month. 603-279-7887 or 781-862-0123, cell.

For Sale BELMONT- 2 Bedroom Manufac tured Home on 1/2 Acre. Town water & sewer newly renovated and energy efficient. Nice location. For Lease -$1,000/Month, for sale call for details. 267-8023 GC Enterprises Property Management CRAFTSMAN Snowblower: 9hp, electric start, excellent condition, asking $325. 603-293-4129, DRY firewood, all hardwood, cut and split 16” to 18” last winter, $265/ cord, $150/ half cord. John Peverly 528-2803 no calls after 8 pm please. FIREPLACE Mantle- 4ft. wide X 3ft. 4 inches high with 2-propane inserts, new. $225. 781-248-2553 FIREWOOD HARDWOOD-Easy, self-serve, oversized 1/8 cords/$25. 18 Arlene Dr. Belmont Off Union Road 1 mile from Piches Look for Red & Yellow Hodgman Quality Hip Waders. Size 9 Cushion insoles, fully guaranteed. New in box, never worn. $25. 677-6528 BED Orthopedic 10” thick pillowtop mattress & box, new in plastic cost $950, sell Queen $285, Full $260, King $395. 431-0999 BEDROOM set brand new 6 pce solid cherry Sleigh bed, all dovetail sacrifice $750. 427-2001 HOT tub Mp3/ ipod dock, speakers, led lights, 5/6 person. All options with cover. New in wrapper. Cost $8200, sell $4200. Will deliver 235-5218. KITCHEN cabinets solid Maple with glazing never installed/ dovetail. Cost $7000, sell $1650. 235-1695. Power Wheels- Ford F150 Pickup truck. $100 or best offer. Excellent condition. 524-6455 STUDDED snows, like new, P215/60R-16 $25 each, metal

The Laconia Leafs JR Hockey team is searching for qualified volunteers. Experience not needed, but an understanding & love for hockey helpful. Positions Available: game videographer (no equipment necessary), game ticket taker. All games are a 3 hour period, approx. 8 games remaining in 2011 season at Laconia Ice Arena. For More info contact: Coach Will Fay #581-7008 Seeking highly motivated people to join my Pampered Chef team. High earning potential! Call 496-0762.


Part-time Housekeeping Saturday!s a Must! Please apply in person. 177 Mentor Ave., Laconia.





Adult and Children's Karate (Ages 4+) classes held in Laconia, Gilford, Meredith and Moultonborough.Improves balance, coordination, focus, strength and flexibility. 524-4780.

Quality Work Reasonable Rates Free Estimates Metal Roofs • Shingle Roofs


Our Customers Don!t get Soaked!

Experience the gentle art of Tai Chi. Improves balance, joint health, coordination, bone density, blood pressure, strength and flexibility. Ongoing classes held in Laconia, Gilford, Meredith and Moultonborough. All ages welcome. 524-4780


Motorcycles Buy • Sell • Trade

(603)447-1198. Olson’s Moto Works, RT16 Albany, NH.

Roommate Wanted

SLEEP sofa/ loveseat, solid oak coffee table and 2 end tables. $250 obo. 508-254-6202 or 293-8116

LOOKING for female roommate to share nice 2 level, 2 bedroom apt in Belmont. Deck, shed, laundry on premises. No smoking/pets. $115/wk includes everything, 603-393-5998 SEEKING female roommate for Pleasant St. apartment. $450/month. Heat/Hot Water included. Call for details: 566-3831

Free T&B Appliance Removal. Appliances & AC’s removed free of charge if outside. No TV’s Please call (603)986-5506.

HANDYMAN SERVICES Small Jobs Are My Speciality

Rick Drouin 520-5642 or 744-6277

WEIRS Beach Area: To share house, $500/month, everything included. Beach rights. 393-6793.

Help Wanted


Executive Housekeeper Would you jump at the opportunity to manage your own department? Fireside Inn & Suites at Lake Winnipesaukee in Gilford, NH is looking for someone to manage our housekeeping department.The job includes supervising a staff of 8 to 15, scheduling, finding, hiring and training new people, counseling and disciplining staff, inspecting rooms to make sure they are spotless, ordering supplies and generally managing the department. We are looking for someone who will make us their home for the next 20 or 30 years. We offer excellent pay and first-rate benefits including, paid vacations, health insurance, bonuses, profit sharing, 401(k), and more. This is a year round job,and you must be available weekends. Pay will depend on your skills and experience. Apply in person and bring your resume, Monday thru Friday, 9AM to 5PM. Fireside Inn & Suites at Lake Winnipesaukee 17 Harris Shore Road Gilford, NH 03784


BELMONT: 3 acre building lot in vicinity of high school, 100% dry land, driveway already roughed in, great gravel soils for building, $54,900. Owner/broker, 524-1234.

PROMOTIONAL New mattresses starting; King set complete $395, queen set $239. 603-524-1430.

TRUNDLE bed set with mattresses. Excellent condition, little used. $200/ obo. 520-2477 or 293-8155.


All Trades Landscaping

Instruction New Hampshire Aikido -Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Barn, Wadliegh Rd. Sanbornton. 998-1419

Construction • Irrigation Excavation • Maintenance Spring and Fall • Clean up's. Free estimates and fully insured


Janitor/Building Maintenance 4 week temporary position. P/T, 25 hrs. per week cleaning office bldg, providing light maintenance and coordinating service vendors for facility needs. Flexible hours. Must be reliable and have high level of job performance. Laconia location. Call 524-8444, ext. 301, for additional information or to set up an interview. Submit resume to HR, Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246, FAX to 603-524-8217, e-mail Visit our web site at EOE

MAINTENANCE POSITION Here we grow again! Locally owned and operated property management company in search of a motivated, reliable and experienced maintenance technician for the Lakes Region area. Previous experience with all building trades required. Must have clean driving record and pass criminal background check. This position is full-time with some OT required. We offer an excellent benefit package and a great working environment.

Please stop by 201 Loudon Road, Concord to complete an application or submit resume via email to:

Home Care: at the Very Heart of Healthcare….. Enjoy job flexibility, set your own hours, provide care to one patient at a time, work flexible days and hours. RN Case Manager: Full time, benefited position. Responsible for nursing needs of home care clients, overseeing plan of care and coordinating care provided by other staff members. Provide clinical care, promote referrals to other disciplines, teach/counsel patient and family. Min. 1 year exp., IV skills preferred; computer literacy required. Valid NH nursing license, NH driver’s license and reliable transportation required. Benefits include mileage reimbursement, tuition assistance and 403(b) retirement plan. Submit resume to HR, Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246, FAX to 603-524-8217, e-mail Visit our web site at EOE

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Tilton Police & Fire Departments receive donations from Tanger Outlet Center TILTON — Making sure that many of the brave men and women who serve the community were remembered this holiday season, the Tanger Outlet Center donated $2,000 to the Police and Fire Departments. “It is an honor to recognize the members


of our local police and fire,” stated Eric Proulx, general manager of the Tanger Outlet Center in Tilton. “They are the backbone of our community and do so much to serve and protect us all year long.” “We appreciate the support that we receive from local businesses

Snowmobiles 2002 MXZ 600 Sport, 1900 miles, recent skis, good shape. $1900. 848-0014.

Storage Space STORE your car-boat-motorcycle before the snow in a clean and secure brick building. Low prices. (603)524-1430

Wanted THE Hungry Painter: Roof Shoveling, Painting, small tree work, dump runs, odd jobs, drywall repairs. 455-6296.

TIM!S Quality Painting: “Affordable, professional painting.” Floors, repairs, wallpaper removal. Insured, references, free estimates. 603-455-5626.

Looking to buy a 4X6 Bob house with 2 holes at a reasonable price. 459-5591

Yard Sale GARAGE Sale: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 9am-3pm, Jenness Hill Road, Meredith, follow signs. Selling misc. items, shop tools, power tools, small bandsaw, chopsaw, propane heater, some fishing stuff.

like the Tanger Outlet Center,” stated Tilton Police Chief Robert Cormier. “The money donated by Tanger was used to keep the motorcycle in service for patrolling the community as well as Tanger Outlets.”

At right: In support of the community where it does business, the Tanger Outlet Center presented a check to the Tilton Police Department on July 15. The Tilton Northfield Fire Department received their check on December 8. On hand for that ceremony were (left to right) Eric Proulx, Tanger general manager; Heidi Laramie, Tanger assistant general manager; Tilton Northfield Fire Department Interim Chief Brad Ober; and Fire Prevention Assistant Sean Valovanie.

Crohn’s-Colitis support group meets 2nd Monday of each month at Wesley Woods in Gilford GILFORD — The Lakes Region I.B.D. Support Group for persons with Crohn’s Disease, various forms of Colitis, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease meets at the Wesley Woods Community Center at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. The purpose of the group is to provide a place where sufferers of these illnesses may meet with others — including partners and family members — to exchange information and offer mutual support.

Medical caregivers from the fields of gastroenterology and other related fields are invited to share their knowledge and assist those afflicted so they can live the most full, productive, and healthy lives possible. The Wesley Woods Communty Center is located at First United Methodist Church. For more information, call Randall Scheri at 524-2411 (home); 359-5236 (cell); or 524-3289 (the church, Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. — noon).

Accellent-made mittens donated to MVSB tree

GILMANTON SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR ONE HALF TIME POSITION The Gilmanton School District (SAU #79) is seeking a .5 FTE School Business Administrator. Responsibilities include Budget preparation and presentation, Grants processing, and all aspects of financial management and forecasting. The successful candidate will assure the District’s compliance with State and Federal Regulations and oversee the fiscal operations of the district including the annual audit. Start date is negotiable and compensation will be commensurate with experience. Applications will be accepted immediately, until a suitable candidate is hired.

Please submit a letter of intent, resume, and references to: John A. Fauci, Superintendent SAU #79 P.O. Box 309 Gilmanton, NH 03237

Employees at the Accellent Industrial plant in Laconia raised $1,000 for local charity during the holiday season. $230 was donated to a local food pantry and the balance was donated to the WLNH Children’s Auction. Employees Laurie Emerson, Linda Currier, Dale MacDonald, Theresa Romano, Kelly Gebo, Linda Riggs, Deb Demaine, Claudette Gendron, Dawn Berwick, Jane Kuzmak, Eric Holmbert and Deb Parker sewed a total of 100 pairs of mittens for the Mitten Tree at Meredith Village Savings Bank and donated another 49 pair as well. That project earned $298 in the form of a designated donation. $50 was raised from a bake sale. In the photo above, Deb Demaine (left) and Jane Kuzmak sew mittens in the company cafe after work hours. (Courtesy photo)

Free Basic Math, Reading, and GED Prep classes currently being offered by Laconia Adult Education LACONIA — Free Basic Math, Reading, and GED Preparation classes are being offered through the Adult Education program from 6 — 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings. The Writing Skills class will help students with grammar, punctuation, and essay writing, which is a requirement of the GED exam. The Reading Comprehension classes cover the subject areas of Science, Social Studies, and Literature — also pre-requisites

for the GED dxam. Math Skills explores basic math, fractions, decimals, measurement, Geometry and Algebra functions. Classes are individualized with each student progressing at his or her own pace. No tests are given and, according to Program Director Peggy Selig, “there is no fear of failing.” To enroll or get more information about these free classes, call the Adult Education office at 524-5712.

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