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County Commission commits to jail project By michAel Kitch THE LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — The three Belknap County Commissioners decided to pursue the construction of a new county jail and development of a community corrections system, which bears a pricetag in the neighborhood

of $40-million, when the committee planning the project met yesterday to consider the conceptual design and cost estimate prepared by Ricci Greene Associates. Ricci Greene Associates proposed a 94,450 square-foot, two-story facility with 180 beds, 120 of them designated as secure

beds for inmates and the remainder as residential beds for those undergoing treatment regimens and participating in work release programs. The report projected that to operate the facility efficiently the staff, which currently numbers 28 full-time see JaIL page 9

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LACONIA — The Planning Board gave a green light last night to the Lakehouses at Christmas Island project which will see a complete redevelopment of the Christmas Island Resort. All of the existing 47 motel units will be demolished with only two large cottage units and the Christmas Island Steakhouse left from the original development, which dates to the 1950s. Developer Romeo Lacasse plans to have 18 condo units, two two-story, 4,000 square foot cottages and 16 new condo units, each with about 2,400 square feet of space, which would be located in eight new duplex units. The duplex buildings will be spaced along the 1,000 feet of waterfront, providing each unit with views of the lake. Each of the units will include a garage for one car and space for a second in the driveway while visitor parking would see XMas page 10

Lake Winnisquam as seen from Gale Avenue on a cold morning. (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun

Inter-Lakes board looking at 3% budget increase By miKe moRtensen FOR THE LACONIA DAILY SUN

MEREDITH – The Inter-Lakes School Board will be looking at a proposed 3 percent increase in the School District’s operating budget when it holds its budget work session in 12 days. Superintendent Mary Ellen Ormond touched on the highlights of the adminis-

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tration’s budget proposal during Tuesday evening’s board meeting. Ormond said that the bottom line being proposed is $612,761 above the district’s current operating budget of $20.16 million. She said that $241,552 of the increase was due to increased salaries and benefits. Another $297,000 was for higher district payments to the retirement fund. The rest

– $74,209 – is earmarked for teaching, curriculum and high school instruction expenses. “While we have increases,” Ormond told the board, “we have areas which we have held steady or have decreased.” The board received copies of the detailed budget blueprint at the conclusion of see I-L page 8

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‘Bama QB’s girlfriend in spotlight after title win

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A day after ESPN cameras lingered on her, announcers piled on compliments and at least one pro athlete made an online pass at her, Twitter was still abuzz Tuesday about former Miss Alabama Katherine Webb, who is dating Crimson Tide championship quarterback AJ McCarron. Webb gained tens of thousands of Twitter followers during and after Alabama’s 42-14 win over Notre Dame on Monday to claim its third national championship in four seasons. For her part, the surprised beauty pageant queen isn’t taking it too seriously. “It’s been actually kind of fun,” the 23-year-old model and Miss Alabama USA 2012 told The Associated Press. She said at the time it all started, she was oblivious in the stands, sitting near McCarron’s mother. Her iPhone had died so she didn’t know about the attention until friends seated nearby showed her what was see WEBB page 9

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Giffords, Kelly launching gun control lobbying effort

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Tuesday was not just a day for Tucson to remember the victims of the deadly shooting that severely injured then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. It was also a day when residents could see firsthand the nation’s gun debate play out in a busy parking lot outside a city police station. On one side was a councilman who supports gun control leading an effort to give $50 grocery store gift cards to anyone who

turned in their firearms to police. On the other was an event organized by a state senator that turned into an open, unregulated and legal marketplace for firearms. “We have a fundamental hole in the private sales of guns. You can walk up right in front of a cop and buy a gun, no background check, nothing,” said Councilman Steve Kozachik. “How much more flawed can the system be?” The people who bought guns from each other declined repeated requests for com-

ments. The senator and gun rights advocate didn’t stay at the event, but earlier said he was angered by the timing of Kozachik’s event and that paying $50 for a gun was such little money that it amounted to theft. The dueling gun buyback programs — and the annual ringing of bells to remember the six dead and 13 injured, including Giffords, during the January 2011 attack — came as the congresswoman and her see GIFFORDS page 6

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan lawmakers voted on Tuesday to postpone the inauguration of ailing President Hugo Chavez for his new term, prompting complaints from opponents who called it a violation of the constitution. Chavez’s congressional allies, who hold a majority of seats in the National Assembly, agreed with a government proposal for Chavez to be sworn in at a later date before

the Supreme Court. While pro-Chavez lawmakers approved the plan with a show of hands, opponents condemned the action as illegal. Vice President Nicolas Maduro broke the news that Chavez would not be able to attend Thursday’s scheduled inauguration in a letter to National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello, confirming suspicions that Chavez’s battle with cancer and a

related respiratory infection would keep him in a Cuban hospital past the key date. Maduro said that on the recommendation of Chavez’s medical team, his recovery process “should be extended beyond Jan. 10.” The vice president said Chavez was invoking a provision in the constitution allowing him to be sworn in before the Supreme Court at a “later date.” The opposition disputed that see CHAVEZ page 7

Venezuela lawmakers vote to postpone Chavez swearing-in

Unemployment risks creating new divide in Europe BRUSSELS (AP) — Record unemployment and fraying social welfare systems in southern Europe risk creating a new divide in the continent, the EU warned Tuesday, when figures showed joblessness across the 17 EU countries that use the euro hit a new high. Eurozone unemployment rose to 11.8

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percent in November, the highest since the euro currency was founded in 1999, according to the statistical agency Eurostat. The rate was up from 11.7 percent in October and 10.6 percent a year earlier. In the wider 27-nation European Union, the world’s largest economic bloc with 500 million people, unemployment broke the 26

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million mark for the first time. But the trend is not uniform. Unemployment is increasing mainly in those countries, mostly in southern Europe, where market concerns over excessive public debt have pushed governments to make the toughest savings, pushing the economies into recession. see EU page 11



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Another Christmas has come and gone and I am pleased to say that because of “YOU” we were able to provide a wonderful Christmas to 73 children in the Town of Alton. Thank you to Toys for Tots for your generous donation of toys, WLNH Children’s Auction, Saint Katherine’s Drexel Church, the Alton Fire Department, our local residents and our shoppers. Thank you so much everyone for the generosity and compassion you showed others. I wish that I could name each and every one of you individually, but you know who you are. All of you made it possible to do what the Mrs. Santa program is intended for, and that is to make sure we give our local children a Merry Christmas. Thank you all again for another successful year with the Mrs. Santa Program and I hope all of your holidays were as special as those you helped. Sheri York Mrs. Santa Fund

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State treasurer urges borrowing cap Afghan soldier kills British soldier of $125 million for capital projects CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s treasurer is urging lawmakers to limit borrowing for public works projects supported by state taxes in the next capital budget to $125 million. State Treasurer Catherine Provencher told the House Public Works and Highways Committee on Tuesday that New Hampshire is viewed favorably by Wall Street because of how well it manages its debt. She said her recommended $125 million cap should include any

borrowing approved for University System of New Hampshire projects. Lawmakers have included more than $30 million in each budget for a decade for university system projects. The university system has asked for another $180 million. Committee Chairman David Campbell, a Nashua Democrat, said the state has other needs. The Corrections Department is asking for $61 million, mostly to build a women’s prison.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Environmental officials are warning that air pollution concentrations could reach unhealthy levels in parts of New Hampshire during an upcoming temperature inversion. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Service says air pollution concentrations are expected to rise on Tuesday night and into Wednesday and could affect people with asthma and other existing lung diseases. The advisory is for the valley areas

in Cheshire, Hillsborough, Merrimack, and Sullivan counties. The unhealthy pollution levels are caused when warm air traps cold air below, preventing air pollution from mixing with cleaner air above and diluting. Officials say sensitive people may not be able to breath as deeply or vigorously as normal and may experience coughing or shortness of breath. Healthy individuals also are advised to limit strenuous or prolonged activities.

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — It was just hours after a deadly Colorado theater shooting, and James Holmes was not acting like a man accused of methodically planning the attack and booby trapping his apartment. As a police detective interviewed the suspect they’d picked up outside the theater, he started pretending the paper bags on his hands — meant to preserve gunshot residue — were puppets. The former neuroscience graduate student tried to jam a staple into an electrical outlet. He played with a cup on the table. An officer noted that his eyes were dilated. The description came Tuesday as prosecutors try to show that Holmes should face a trial for the July 20 attack. He faces more than 160 felony charges for allegedly killing 12 and injuring 70. Defense attorneys say Holmes is mentally ill, and have used their questions to try to make that point. They haven’t elaborated but have said they might call witnesses later in the week who could discuss Holmes’ mental health. The description of Holmes after the attack, given by police detective Craig Appel, seemed to undercut prosecutors’ attempts to show Holmes as methodical, spending two months to assemble his arsenal. The first recorded purchase: two tear gas grenades, ordered online May 10. Holmes also bought two Glock handguns, a shotgun and an AR-15 rifle, along with 6,295 rounds of ammunition, targets, body armor and chemicals, prosecutors said.

He dyed his hair bright orange, then bought a scope and non-firing dummy bullets on July 1, the visit and the new hair color documented in security video. Finally, he purchased glycerin and potassium permanganate — chemicals that could combine to create fire and sparks — from a Denver science store. At some point, he also improvised napalm, as well as thermite, a substance which burns so hot that water can’t extinguish the blaze. Holmes’ purchases were split between two planned attacks, prosecutors said — the theater shooting and a booby trapped apartment that would’ve blown up if anyone had entered. The bottle of glycerin was meant to fall into the permanganate when the door to his apartment opened, to cause an explosion and then a fire, prosecutors said. The manager of The Science Company, Steve Grebe, confirmed the purchase, noting the amount was small and the materials are common in junior high experiments. The setup in Holmes’ apartment had deadly potential, though. Parts of Holmes’ carpet were soaked with gasoline and oil and ammonium chloride, a white powder, was poured onto the floor in strips, FBI bomb technician Garrett Gumbinner said. “It would have ignited and the whole apartment would have exploded or caught fire,” Gumbinner said. He said the system had two other initiating systems. One was a pyrotechnics firing box that would have

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan soldier turned his weapon against foreign and Afghan troops in a southern province, killing one British soldier, another attack by a member of Afghanistan’s military against its foreign allies, officials said Tuesday. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the shooting, the first insider attack of 2013. Several British soldiers were also reported wounded. Such “insider attacks” by Afghan soldiers and police, or men wearing their uniforms, rose dramatically last year. The attacks come as NATO and Afghan forces are in closer contact, as foreign troops hand over security to the Afghans and train them before an almost total withdrawal by the end of

2014. NATO command spokesman Brig. Gen. Gunter Katz identified the dead soldier in Monday’s shooting as British, but his name was not released. “Yesterday, a suspected member of the Afghan national army shot and killed a British (NATO) soldier,” Katz told a news conference. He said the shooting occurred at a patrol base in Nahri Sarraj district of Helmand province and that the shooter fired at both Afghan and British troops. He said the incident is under investigation. An Afghan Defense Ministry official said the shooter was an enlisted soldier, and six British soldiers were wounded. The official spoke anonymously because see AFGHANISTAN page 10



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The Hagel defense A decorated Vietnam vet, Chuck Hagel combines experience in war with skepticism over turning to military solutions where diplomacy might work. Add to those qualifications a tendency to speak his mind (after using it), and the former Republican senator from Nebraska seems uniquely placed to lead the Department of Defense in 2013. In Hagel, President Obama has someone well equipped to help trim the defense budget to rational size. Consider that defense spending has doubled since 9/11. The United States spends more on defense than the next 10 countries put together. A supporter of international cooperation, Hagel doesn’t think we should be policing the world alone. And unlike George W. Bush’s architects of the Iraq War, Hagel expressed well-placed humility in our ability to understand, much less reorder, the Muslim world. Even as Hagel supported sending American troops to Iraq early on, he warned, “We should not be seduced by the expectations of dancing in the streets.” Hagel’s internationalism would have fit comfortably in an older Republican tradition. But his sharp distaste for the Iraq War, its rationale and its execution generated scathing accusations of disloyalty from Bush allies and the neocons. And though ordinary Americans joined his critiques, the Republican leadership did not. In the recent campaign, Mitt Romney backed additional military interventions and called for even higher defense spending. (He oddly justified the latter as a means to create jobs. As opposed to spending more on roads or building schools?) Hagel follows in the footsteps of an earlier Nebraska original, George W. Norris. A progressive Republican of the early 20th century, Norris supported Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal and helped create the Tennessee Valley Authority. (Hagel probably would not have gone there, having opposed the Medicare drug benefit as an expansion of government.) Norris also attacked Republican

presidents with abandon. Hagel was raised in several small (some of them minuscule) towns in Nebraska. Living among few people makes each one more precious. Though much valued by the Sunday talk shows for his homegrown opinions, he seemed most comfortable in little towns separated by sweeping open landscape. After I wrote a column praising the lonely grandeur of Nebraska’s Sand Hills, Hagel sent me a handwritten note of appreciation, ending with, “Incidentally, I grew up in the Sand Hills.” Hagel has said some imprudent things, but there’s only one reason for concern — his past lack of enthusiasm for tough economic sanctions on Iran. His opposition to an openly gay appointee was unfortunate, but he’s since joined the 21st century in that regard. He misspoke in referring to the leading Israel lobby as the “Jewish lobby” — the lobby includes many non-Jews and irritates many who are Jews. His statement in a 2006 interview that “the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here” sounded borderline anti-Semitic to some. Well, the lobby does intimidate many in Washington, but that does not preclude a close relationship between Israel and the United States. Another remark — “I’m not an Israeli senator. I’m a United States senator” — drew controversy, though it shouldn’t have. In any case, that’s the way Hagel talks when expressing independence. He also famously said, “Nothing in my oath of office says, ‘I pledge allegiance to the Republican Party and President Bush.’” And so who is Hagel? He is an adult, and a more adult relationship with the rest of the world, Israel included, would be welcome. Not a man who needs to be backslapped, he appears incorruptible and therefore a threat in the eyes of many defense contractors. Senators from both parties will question him sharply. But if Hagel finds religion on the wisdom of tough economic sanctions against Iran, he could be an ideal secretary of defense.

Correction: Library can not use endowment principal to pay utility bills The Gilmanton Year-Round Library can only use the income (interest and dividends) earned from the $25,000 endowment it recently received, not

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LETTERS Previous ban on assault rifles had no effect on violent crime To the editor, On Dec. 19 you printed a letter from a frequent writer to these pages, James Veverka. He ranted, in his usual manner, about a variety of things one of which was the 2nd Amendment. First, none of the ideas that he listed would have stopped the tragedy in Newtown. Secondly, I hope that he doesn’t own any firearms as his continuous rage and hatred should certainly disqualify him from owning one. Now on to Scott Cracraft. As is the case with most of the writers to this newspaper that are part of the antifirearm crowd he knows not of what he speaks. He, and other contributors, should really consider doing a little research before making statements on a subject they know little or nothing about. He wrote “do you need an AK-47 or a .357 magnum to go deer hunting?” First the AK-47. The cartridge for it is a 762x39 caliber designed by the Russians. It is a smaller cartridge than the .308 which is pretty much the norm for deer rifles. The military rifle can be fired fully automatic but these are not easily purchased. You have to have what is called a class 3 license that is very difficult to obtain and any of you who don’t think so should try to get one. The semi-automatic model functions no differently than any semi-automatic hunting rifle and the only difference is appearance. The .357 magnum is actually a hand gun cartridge. There are some rifles that are chambered for it but they are not that popular. Some hunters do use handguns to hunt deer and

this cartridge is sufficient for that use. So yes, they can and do use these calibers for deer hunting. If you decide to take up the sport I strongly advise you not to try to bring one down by hitting it with your pocketbook. As far as adding to the volume of gun laws I really think everybody should take a deep breath and think about the repercussions. Any bans will immediately open up a black market for whatever is banned. A regular hunting rifle can easily be modified to the dimensions of the so-called assault rifles. Ammunition clips can also be modified to carry more rounds. There is actual evidence ( if one takes the time to look) that the previous ban on assault rifles had no effect on violent crime. No, these facts don’t come from the NRA. I think a ban on bullet proof vests other than for the military and police is a good idea as most of the cowards that perpetrate these acts wear one. Straw buyers are another problem that exists and a lot of the illegally owned firearms are purchased in this manner and the penalty for those buyers is not severe enough. As far as the tragedy in Newtown there are only two people responsible for that, the shooter and his mother. She for having firearms in the house when she was fully aware of his mental problems and he for carrying it out. Anybody out there who thinks that a stroke of the pen could have prevented it from happening should move their head to an area where it will get more air and sunlight. Dave Schwotzer Meredith

I too had ignorant beliefs, until I really started to research them To the editor, Stuffed within his opaque Red Scare carnival bubble, Robert E. Hood opined, “No need to support your position with facts, study, critical thinking, or intellectual honesty. Just quote from the Handy Liberal Handbook..”. Well, we have a problem here because that is how many progressives view right wingers. As one with an investigative personality, I don’t have any handbook. I “look stuff up” tirelessly. If

I discover I am wrong about an issue, I admit it. That is hardly the intellectual strength I see in Mr Hood. While Mr Hood doesn’t like “put-downs” he is quick in his letter to call liberals delusional, superficial, incapable, hypocritical, uncritical, not studious, politically unmotivated, and illiterate. That list is exactly what many think about conservative ideologues such as Mr. Hood, Mr. Earle, Mr. Danforth, see next page

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LETTERS ‘Gun control’ makes bureaucrats feel good but does little more To the editor, I am responding to Scott Cracrafts’ recent letter for stronger gun control laws. Full disclosure, I have never owned a gun and have only shot one while in the military. What I have done is read many articles and completed a good bit of research over the past month. Having done so, I am having trouble agreeing with much of what the professor was recommending. I do agree that there should be a proper waiting period and background check before purchasing guns and people should have some training in how to properly use them. Limiting the size of the magazines makes some sense except, who gets to decide the limits? How much ammo does one need to stop a crazed attacker hopped up on drugs or to take down multiple attackers? Most progressives think that a centralized government should make that decision. That being perhaps a precursor to more government rationing of guns to private citizens who must prove a “need” to have them? Scott engages in counterproductive hyperbole with his nonsense reference to citizens owning private nukes and tanks and “gun rights extremists”, while gun control advocates are after all sorts of “assault weapons”, when know one even knows what that term really means. He offers little of substance except to infer that we must reinstitute an “assault weapons” ban. That being a mostly political term which was used to institute the original ban that was allowed to expire some eight plus years ago because it had no real affect on reducing gun violence. Rather than the usual knee jerk reaction of taking guns away from folks unless they can show they “need them” as Scott says, let’s look at some research and offer some constructive options. And I wonder, just who Scott thinks is qualified to decide who “needs them”? Every multiple victim, mass shooting since 1950 with one exception, the Arizona shooting which injured congresswoman Gabriel Giffords and killed others, occurred in a “gun free zone”. James Holmes, the crazed Aurora, Colorado killer, picked the one movie theater out of seven that had a “no guns policy” posted. Criminals are not stupid. Some are totally crazy, but that doesn’t mean they are stupid. They will go where they don’t think they will be shot at.

It’s really not rocket science. It’s like sending a message to potential killers, please enter here, a defense free crime zone”. Or perhaps, “if you like shooting fish in a barrel, then come here”. I wonder if the professor is aware of an exhaustive study done by Professors John Lott and William Landis entitled: Multiple Victim Public Shootings, Bombings and Right-toCarry Concealed Hand Gun Laws? I would encourage all to google it and read the research. In a nutshell, what it said to me was that a “concealed weapons policy” has been the only public policy that has been effective in preventing mass shootings during the period between 1977 and 1999. Research shows that concealed carry permits saved far more lives than were lost. I would only add that much stiffer prison sentences have also been effective in preventing individual and mass killings. Perhaps Scott Cracraft has some answers as to why Chicago has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation and yet is the murder capital of the country. Coincidentally, also seldom seems newsworthy to the liberal press. I would also encourage folks to check out Michelle Malkin’s recent column where she offers some common sense solutions. (1) Tell our kids about heroes like Vicki Soto, Newtown teacher, Family Research Council security guard Leo Johnson and Holocaust Museum security guard Stephen Tyrone Johns. There are so many others who have saved lives, many concealed weapon holders, which never seem to make the news; (2) train kids and encourage adults to report bizarre or violent behavior right away; (3) protect our children from exposure to desensitizing cultural influences including bloody video games and age inappropriate Hollywood violence; (4) Use Westcliffe, Colorado’s “Sheriff’s Posse” as an example of how to utilize security patrols around schools and athletic events with trained and armed citizen volunteers; (5) and law enforcement conducted emergency drills. Number four would be a more realistic solution to hiring paid law enforcement in schools since there is no way smaller school districts could afford that expense. I wonder if Scott is aware that our president and others of means, send their children to schools which have armed protection? Don’t children of lesser means deserve the same protections as the elites of this country? Again, I have never owned a gun

from preceding page Mr. Wiles, and of course, the tired and fired Mr. Meade. Old tired men with old tired ideas. Cirrhosis of the mind; petrified Pinnochios. I am over 60 but I am not a slave to the past. Now as to the Handbook, I think Mr Hood should put away that paintbrush he bought in 1870. I can say that in the 1990s I was, on issues other than religious, reproductive and LGBT issues, not a liberal. I was a global warming skeptic who used all the same rubbish as the ones today do. I supported the libertine and irresponsible gun rights that I so despise now. I was called a right winger by liberals, a left winger by the right wing rat’s nest. I had some

libertarian wackjob ideas. I voted for Newt’s Contract! Talk about ignorance! I had these beliefs until I really started to research and drill down. In the last 20 years I have changed my views precisely because, unlike Mr Hood, I had a critically thinking mind. I dug deep into issues and unlike Mr Hood, preferred to know the facts instead of “knowing” only what I want to know in order to make my self feel good or right. To all those who keep questioning their own beliefs, don’t give a damn what your friends or family think if you come to different conclusions than they. Let them be deluded hypocrites on their own. James Veverka Tilton

nor do I belong to the NRA. Guns do make me nervous, but shouldn’t we do everything in our power to protect our children? I am hoping and praying that we can get our politicians to have an honest and reasonable discourse regarding the protection of our most precious resource. Just resorting to the same tried and failed methods of “gun control” which make bureaucrats feel good, but does nothing to resolve the problem, is not the answer. Nor is the answer giving up even more of our privacy to own a gun, as the professor suggests. Does that mean he is copacetic with the New York newspaper, the Journal-News publishing a map of the names and addresses of legal gun owners, thereby putting law enforcement officials and private citizens in harms’ way? Far too many on the left who style themselves as moral superiors to those on the right have already justified this dangerous step, because well, they know they are right. With that mindset, things are only going to get more dangerous. How about all of us acting like adults and do the hard work of coming up with real solutions.

What do you say Professor Scott Cracraft? Are you really interested in a brutally honest debate about how to protect our children? Or are you satisfied with spouting the usual progressive mantra about “more gun control” which perhaps gives you a warm glow because you sound like a kind and compassionate liberal academic? That does not make you kinder or more compassionate and in no way confers upon you the high moral ground. And one final major cause for concern which has mostly been ignored and that is the mismanagement of psychotropic drugs as the panacea for all our emotional ills. They can be of great help to the severely mentally ill. But over-prescription and under-reporting of the devastating side effects has had a direct causal affect on many if not most of these mass murderers. Just where is the open debate about that issue and our mental health system in general? Can we all have a responsible and frank discussion about these issues, please? Russ Wiles Tilton

Under guise of health, Meredith walks down road to socialism To the editor, Socialism: “System of social organization in which private property and the distribution of income are subject to social control...” With the Over the Fiscal Cliff votes, it is clear that this country is headed in that direction. Under Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire got a taste of it with her “Donor/Receiving Town” dictate. Now the town of Meredith, with surprising unanimous support from the Selectboard, is heading down the same path. Under the guise of health, the Meredith planners have singled out a small group of taxpayers with an unfunded mandate. These people, who live around Lake Waukewan, now have to pay $250-$600 to have their septic systems systematically inspected until they are replaced. This mandate is just a start and is based only on system age, not seasonal use or regular maintenance. No one is arguing that the lake needs to be kept clean, especially since it’s the town’s water supply. There are many state laws that deal with septic systems near town water supplies. If any homeowner’s septic system fails, it must be replaced at the homeowner’s expense. Those laws are already on the books. Even the inspections are not a bad idea. So what’s my problem? So far, I have nothing to gain or lose by this mandate, but the idea of “setting aside personal property rights for the greater common good,” which is how this plan was “eloquently” sold at the public hearing, goes against every grain in my body. This country was founded

on individual rights and if the town wants these systems inspected, the town should take responsibility and pay for the inspections. How difficult would it be to bid out to one inspector and have them do the entire group? Where would the money come from? First, the town could set up one of their infamous slush funds, oops, Expendable Trust Funds, for clean water, perhaps starting it with some of the Unreserved Fund Balance that they are using for many other projects. The people using town water, including a majority of the Selectboard, should pay a small monthly surcharge to go into this fund. Maybe the businesses in town who ask for voluntary donations to beautify Meredith should also pitch in. Grants should be applied for and lastly, since this is part of the infrastructure of Meredith, even taxpayers like me, who use our own wells and septic systems, should help to pay, as we have for other water/sewer projects. Although given many chances, the Meredith Selectboard refuses to discuss any of these ideas, so I suppose it will eventually just go to court. The opportunity for government control over unfunded mandates is indeed becoming endless. However, it is just not right to pit one small group of taxpayers against a larger group — schools call that bullying. If I wanted to live in a country/state/town that practices blatant socialism, I would move to one, but sadly, I’m starting to realize that I’m already here. Karen Sticht Meredith

Glassman has right attitude as chairman of Belknap County GOP To the editor, For the record, I am a registered Republican who sometimes is critical of Republican behavior (politicians); nonetheless, a Republican. My good friend, Harry Accornero, told me that the re-election of Alan Glassman for a second term might be challenged really? Before Alan became chairman, I witnessed his dedication as chair of

the Alton-Barnstead local GOP. Alan was well-qualified to take the reins for Belknap County chairman from another dedicated chairman, Frank Tilton. Alan has the right attitude and fairness for a chairman and I ask those who will be voting, to know why Alan should be re-elected. Niel Young Laconia

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Petitioned zoning article gets no support from Gilford Planning Board By Gail OBer

GILFORD – The lead signer of a petition that will cause a zoning warrant to appear on this year’s town meeting ballot told the Planning Board that he no longer supports it as written. Planning Board members agreed and unanimously voted not to support the passage of Zoning Amendment 5. Conservation Commission member Everett McLaughlin said his intent in circulating the petition was to return the amount of trees that could be cut within 150 of the shore line to the standards that were in place prior to 2011, when the Comprehensive Shoreline Protection Act (CSPA) was amended by the the Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act (SWQPA.) If passed, his warrant will return to the points-per-tree values set by the CSPA, in which each tree – based on its diameter at four and one-half feet from the ground - has a point value. Trees one to six inches each rate one point, trees six to 12 inches rate five points and trees greater than 12 inches are 10 points. Each 50 foot square area of shoreland must have at least 50 points worth of trees. McLaughlin explained that the SWQPA “severely weakened” the point system. Most specifically, any tree greater than 24 inches equals 25 points, allowing a property owner to cut all but two 24-inch trees and still be within the point requirements of

the new law. McLaughlin also sought restrictions on the use of herbicides and pesticide within 150 feet of a water line. The problem, said Town Planner John Ayer, is that the article as written provides no exception for agriculture and could adversely affect the “fragile family farmers” in Gilford, including Andy Howe and Ward Bird who both spoke against the proposal. Planning Board Chair John Morgenstern said he supports returning to the old tree numbering system but since the article is petitioned, he has no choice but to recommend or not recommend it in its entirety. With concern for the impact on agriculture, he was forced to vote to not recommend the article’s passage. “I can’t change it, amend it or withdraw it,” said McLaughlin, saying he owed an apology to the 33 residents who signed it. Morgenstern’s suggestion for McLaughlin, the Conservation Commission, and the farming interests in Gilford, would be to defeat the warrant article as written in this upcoming town meeting and spend the next year working with the Planning Department to come up with an ordinance the Planning and Zoning Boards could all support for the 2014 town warrant. “We will be willing to address this over the next coming year rather than have a petitioned article,” Morgenstern said.

GIFFORDS from page 2 husband announced that they were forming a political action committee aimed at preventing gun violence. Giffords and husband Mark Kelly, a former astronaut, discussed the effort in an op-ed published in USA Today and in an interview on ABC News. The interview also provided a glimpse of Giffords’ long recovery since being shot in the head two years ago. She does speech and physical therapy and yoga. She has a service dog named Nelson who helps her keep balance and guides her. She recently gained more movement in her right foot and can walk faster. She still struggles with her vision, especially on her periphery. She said family is what makes her the happiest. Giffords struggled to speak in com-

plete sentences, but provided several one-word answers to anchor Diane Sawyer in describing her recovery and response to the shootings in Tucson and Connecticut. She used the word “enough” to react to the thought of children getting killed in a classroom. She said “daggers” to recount her tense, face-to-face encounter with shooter Jared Lee Loughner at his sentencing in November. She said “sad” to describe his mental illness. She is frustrated that her recovery has not progressed more quickly. Kelly and Giffords wrote in the op-ed that their Americans for Responsible Solutions initiative would help raise money to support greater gun control efforts and take on the powerful gun lobby. see next page


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Laconia man charged with sales of methadone Gene Chandler speaking tonight at Belknap County GOP meeting LACONIA – Following an investigation by the New Hampshire Drug Task Force, a Laconia man is being held on cash bail and is facing six separate charges of methadone sales or conspiracy to commit methadone sales. Affidavits submitted by a detective with Alan Twamley (Courtesy photo) the task force said Alan Twamley, 29, formerly of 180 Union Ave. Apt 5 sold liquid methadone on three occasions to a confidential informant working with the drug task force. The first sale allegedly happened on the week of September 16 when the informant allegedly made arrangements with Twamley and the sale of $250 worth was completed outside the car of an undercover police officer working with the informant. The officer said he recognized Twamley from a mug shot. A week later on September 23, 2011 a similar deal for $250 dollars was completed again at an undisclosed location. This time, the confidential informant went to Twamley’s car instead of Twamley coming to him. The third sale during the week of October 23, according to affidavits that were unsealed this week, took place in Belmont. In this case, Twamley contacted the confidential informant and said the informant had to come to Belmont because Twamley was at a funeral. Twamley, according to the affadavits, wanted the

informant to do the deal outside the church but the undercover officer said he didn’t want to do it at a funeral. Twamley allegedly told the informant they could do the deal before the funeral and the confidential informant purchased $80 of liquid methadone. Twamley appeared in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division on October 26 and was ordered held on $15,000 cash bail. At the time, the affidavits were sealed at the request of Belmont Prosecutor Dave Estes and Laconia Prosecutor Jim Sawyer. He was indicted by a Belknap County grand jury on November 1 for three counts of sales of methadone. In December, Twamley was indicted on one additional counts of conspiracy possession of narcotic drugs with intent to distribute and two counts of attempt to possession narcotic drugs with the intent to distribute. According to the indictments sent down by the grand jury on December 13, on October 25, Twamley agreed with Gladys Wilcox, who is also known as “Nana,” Theresa Dumark and Gina Rossomangno to have Wilcox to mail a package containing liquid methadone to Rossomangno at the Belmont Post Office. The indictment says Dumark picked up the package for delivery to Twamley. Indictments indicate the package was intercepted at the post office before it reached Twamley and that he took substantial steps to send an associate to the post office to get the package. Amy Ashworth of the Public Defenders Office represents Twamley. Belknap County Attorney Melissa Guldbrandsen will be prosecutor. — Gail Ober

from preceding page “Achieving reforms to reduce gun violence and prevent mass shootings will mean matching gun lobbyists in their reach and resources,” the couple wrote. They said that it will “raise funds necessary to balance the influence of the gun lobby.” There was already some concern among gun control advocates that they were losing the momentum they hoped to have after the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead in December. Congress was already occupied with budget concerns. Giffords’ announcement brought back memories from the 1980s, when Jim and Sarah Brady formed the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Brady, then-President Ronald Reagan’s press secretary, was wounded in the 1981 presidential assassination attempt by a mentally ill gunman. Brady’s organization has been among the most vocal champions of gun control since then, but it remains to be seen whether Giffords’ group can better compete against the National Rifle Association and its huge fundraising and political clout.

The NRA spent at least $24 million in the 2012 election cycle, including $16.8 million through its political action committee and $7.5 million through its affiliated Institute for Legislative Action. By comparison, the Brady Campaign spent around $5,800. And when it comes to direct lobbying of lawmakers, the NRA was also dominant. Through July 1, the NRA spent $4.4 million to lobby Congress, compared with the Brady Campaign’s $60,000. “This country is known for using its determination and ingenuity to solve problems, big and small. Wise policy has conquered disease, protected us from dangerous products and substances, and made transportation safer,” Giffords and Kelly wrote. “But when it comes to protecting our communities from gun violence, we’re not even trying — and for the worst of reasons.” As a House member, Giffords was a centrist Democrat who represented much of liberal-leaning Tucson but also more conservative, rural areas. She supported gun rights and owned a Glock pistol. The couple said they still own two guns that are locked in a safe at their house.

BELMONT — Representative Gene Chandler of Bartlett, the Minority Leader of the New Hampshire House of Representatives will be the featured speaker when the Belknap County Republican Committee holds its first meeting of the year this evening at the Top of the Town Restaurant beginning at 6:30 p.m. The committee will also be holding its bi-annual election of officers by the 19 members elected to the New Hampshire Republican State Committee. Alan Glassman of Barnstead, the current chairman, is seeking re-election. Chandler, who served as Speaker of the House from 2001 until 2004, was re-elected to his 14th term in the House, many of them in the highest echelon of leadership. In addition, he has served on the Board of Selectmen in Bartlett for more than three decades and as chairman for the last 17 years. The committee welcomes all registered Republicans and like-minded Independents. Although the business meeting begins at 6:30 those wishing to dine and mingle should plan to arrive as early as 5 p.m. Contact the chairman at for more information. — Michael Kitch CHAVEZ from page 2

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HOLMES from page one been triggered by the remote control unit of a toy car left along with a boom box set to play loud music. Gumbinner said Holmes told him he hoped the music would lure someone and lead them to play with the car, thereby detonating the explosives. The other initiating system was a model rocket launch box which operated by means of infrared light, but Holmes told investigators it wasn’t armed, Gumbinner said. The attempt at a distraction speaks to a plan to escape but the traps weren’t triggered. Holmes, clad from head to toe in body armor, was found standing by his car outside the theater. He told investigators that the booby trapped apartment was an effort to pull police away from the theater so, under that scenario, he wouldn’t expect to see police so quickly. Police said he volunteered information about the booby traps. Authorities went to the apartment and carefully dismantled them. Prosecutors also used Holmes’ dating website profiles to try to prove he knew the consequences of his actions. On two social networking websites — and — Holmes asked: “Will you visit me in prison?” The Match profile was created in April; the FriendFinder account was opened on July 5. Holmes last accessed the sites two days before the July 20 shooting at a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises,” detective Tom Welton testified. As prosecutors lay out their case, Holmes’ lawyers have been asking questions throughout the hearing that suggest a mental health defense. Attorney Tamara Brady asked Steven Beggs, an ATF see next page Tuesday’s meeting. The board is scheduled to comb through the budget at an all-day work session on Jan. 21 – Martin Luther King Day. The public meeting is scheduled to get under way at 9 a.m. at School District headquarters in the Humiston Building. No board members had any immediate comment on the budget proposal. But later in the meeting board member Carol Baggaley, responding to a suggestion by Ormond that the district consider having audits of its various programs, touched on the need to pay attention to the bottom line. “We need to keep the taxpayers in mind with whatever we do,” Baggaley said. In other business, the board discussed the chronic problem of traffic exiting the high school-elementary school complex on Route 25, particularly at the beginning and end of the school day. Ormond said that after receiving a call from a truck driver who had to brake suddenly for a school bus which had pulled out onto the busy highway, she and Assistant Superintendent Trish Temperino met with Police Chief Kevin Morrow to discuss the situation. Ormond said that Morrow was not in favor of assigning an officer to direct traffic at times when traffic around the school is heavy. Ormond said that she and other administrators would now explore what other courses of action might be feasible and report back to the board with any recommendations. “I’m concerned about someone pulling out in front of someone who cannot stop and a catastrophe will occur,” Ormond said. Although enrollment in Inter-Lakes has declined in recent years, the amount of vehicle traffic is greater. One reason for that increase is because more and more parents now drive their children to school rather than making them ride the bus. NOTES: The board unanimously approved adoption of a policy by the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association regarding procedures to follow whenever it appears that a student may have suffered a concussion... The board unanimously amended its student residency policy to allow child of divorced parents to attend Inter-Lakes schools so long as one parent lives in the district and the parents have a signed agreement allowing a school attendance option. The change would not, however, make the district responsible for providing transportation for such a child traveling from another district... The board unanimously voted to appoint Bea Lewis Wheeler as School District clerk effective

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Jet-setting Gerard Depardieu skips drunk driving hearing in France PARIS (AP) — In the last three days, Gerard Depardieu met with Vladimir Putin to get Russian citizenship, got a prime seat at soccer’s biggest annual gala in Switzerland and dashed off to Montenegro to eye some real estate. But in all this whirlwind travel, he didn’t manage to show up at a Paris court Tuesday to face a hearing on drunken driving charges because, his lawyer said, he had a vital meeting abroad for an upcoming film. The 64-year-old French actor was in Montenegro meeting with the prime

minister, it turns out. The lawyer insisted that Depardieu, who has threatened to renounce his French citizenship and turn in his passport and social security card, wasn’t trying to dodge justice. Still, the hearing on a relatively minor charge was elevated to criminal court. “I’m not escaping court or justice, I’m a Frenchman and will return to France,” Depardieu said at a joint news conference with the Montenegrin leader. “I’m not a criminal. I skidded on my scouter,

from preceding page agent who testified, whether there was anything to prevent “a severely mentally ill person” from purchasing things like chemicals, ammunition and handcuffs. He replied no. Defense attorney Daniel King asked Appel if Holmes was tested for drugs or other substances. “I saw no indication that he was under the influence of anything,” Appel said. Holmes’ lawyers could have waived the first public airing of the case against him, but legal analysts say they may see the mini-trial as a chance to gauge the prosecution’s case or tactics to prepare for a possible plea agreement. Cases rarely advance to this stage without a judge agreeing to set a trial.

If Holmes is found sane and goes to trial and is convicted, his attorneys can try to stave off a possible death penalty by arguing he is mentally ill. Prosecutors have yet to decide whether to seek the death penalty. If he’s found not guilty by reason of insanity, he would likely be sent to the state mental hospital, not prison. Such a defendant is deemed not guilty because he didn’t know right from wrong and is therefore “absolved” of the crime, said former Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey, who recently lost an insanity case. Last year, Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood was acquitted by reason of insanity in the wounding of two eighth-graders outside a school not far from Columbine High School.

JAIL from page one employees, would have to increase to 49 with correctional officers representing 13 of the 21 additional employees. Ricci Greene estimated the cost of demolishing the existing jail and building the new facility at $42,579,660, which includes the so-called soft costs for architectural, engineering and managerial services as well as insurance and financing. Personnel costs, including compensation, benefits and payroll taxes, are projected to rise by $1,597,000, from $2,728,800 to approximately $4,325,800. County administrator Debra Shackett estimated the annual debt service on a borrowing of $42.6-million with a 30-year term at close to $3-million, which together with the increased payroll would add $4.6-million to the $3.3-million annual budget of the Department of Corrections. “I don’t like this plan simply because of the cost of it,” said Commissioner Stephen Nedeau. “But, it’s sink or swim.” Commissioner Ed Philpot, who chairs the commission, stressed that everything possible must be done to reduce the cost of the project, but acknowledged “we’re going to spend close to $40-million. That’s the reality. If we could do for $20-million, we’d do it for $20-million. The issue is not what can we do for $20-million,” he continued, “because that’s not doing it right. We would find ourselves right back where we are now.” Philpot alluded to the condition of the existing jail, which despite being expanded twice since it was built in 1890 is undersized and outmoded. As the number of inmates has more than doubled in the last 15 years, most of the space has been converted to makeshift housing that falls short of safety and security requirements. Ricci Greene Associates, like other

consultants and engineers who have assessed the facility, described the jail as “a potential liability” with a “myriad of functional and physical plant deficiencies” that render the building unsuited to renovation or expansion. “We’re between a rock and a hard place,” Nedeau remarked. “The longer we sit back and do nothing, the more expensive it’s going to be. We need a good facility,” he emphasized. “There are standards we have to live by.” Philpot said that $42.6-million “is not the cost,” adding that everything possible will be done to shrink the pricetag, without, however, compromising the integrity of the project. He reminded the committee that the commission has followed a process that began with recommendations about what sort of criminal justice system and correctional facility would best serve the county by reducing costly rates of incarceration and recidivism in the future. Ricci Greene Associates incorporated those recommendations into a conceptual plan for a facility. The next step, Philpot said, is to choose an architect and commission a design, which will cost between $2-million and $2.5-million. Then, he explained, the process of trimming the construction could begin in earnest. “It’s our responsibility to present this,” he declared. “We need to step off the curb. We have a responsibility to do it and do it right.” “And do it once,” Nedeau added, recalling the piecemeal approach to the expansion and renovation of the existing facility that has proven inadequate. The committee agreed to have Ricci Greene Associates present their report to a public meeting, to which the county delegation, local officials and interested residents would be invited.

I fell asleep. Even if I eat a salad with too much vinegar, I already have too much alcohol in my blood.” Depardieu’s battles against the French government and French justice began nearly at the same time. In November, he fell off his scooter in Paris and was charged with drunken WEBB from page one

happening on Twitter and pointed out that her picture was on TV. “I just couldn’t believe it,” said Webb, who, according to her pageant biography, graduated with a business degree from Alabama rival Auburn University in 2011. “I was just in complete surprise.” Dee Dee Bonner, McCarron’s mother, said the two laughed as Webb’s Twitter count grew. “We were like, ‘Oh my God,’” Bonner said. “She said, ‘All I want to do is date your son.’ We’ve been laughing about it. It’s quite shocking.”

driving. The following week, the mayor of a Belgian border town announced that the man whose roles in 150 films have all but defined French drama had set up house there to avoid rising French taxes. The prime minister’s new epithet see next page ESPN announcer Brent Musburger remarked that Webb was a beautiful woman as the cameras revisited her. “Wow, I’m telling you quarterbacks: You get all the good-looking women,” he said. Some found the remarks from the 73-year-old Musburger out of line. On Tuesday, ESPN released this statement: “We always try to capture interesting storylines and the relationship between an Auburn grad who is Miss Alabama and the current Alabama quarterback certainly met that test. However, we apologize that the commentary in this instance went too far and Brent understands that.”

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and should have a decision by the end of the month. Starr International Co. Inc., the investment firm of former AIG CEO Maurice Greenberg, filed the lawsuit in November 2011 on behalf of the firm and AIG shareholders. The complaint, filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, says that the government didn’t compensate shareholders fairly when it took a nearly 80 percent stake in the insurer as part of see next page

from preceding page for Depardieu - “pathetic” - set the actor off again. In an open letter in mid-December, Depardieu said the country he loved was no longer home to him. “I’m leaving because you believe that success, creativity, in fact, differences should be punished,” he wrote. “I won’t cast a stone at (people) who have cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes or too much alcohol or those who fall asleep on their scooter: I am one of them, as you dear media outlets like so much to repeat.” On Saturday, he received a Russian passport directly from Putin; on Monday he appeared at the FIFA awards ceremony in Zurich. And on Tuesday he was in Montenegro, apparently looking at property and meeting with the prime minister. “I’m not a collector of passports, I’m a citizen of Europe and I hope to be a citizen of the world,” he

said, as he stood with Montenegro Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic and showed his Russian passport. “I owe nothing to the French state.” Depardieu’s lawyer Eric de Caumont said his client was not trying to dodge French justice, but was abroad “meeting the producers of a movie,” whose filming in New York will begin in January. He did not elaborate. Depardieu has previously starred in films such as “Green Card” and “Cyrano de Bergerac.” Similar excuses are commonly accepted in French courts, according to Christopher Mesnooh, a lawyer in Paris who is not linked to the Depardieu case. But missing a second hearing will not get the same understanding, Mesnooh noted. The drunken driving hearing will be deferred to a criminal court and Depardieu could lose his driving license and could face up to two years in jail, Caumont said.

AFGHANISTAN from page one he was not authorized to brief reporters. A Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousef Ahmadi, said in an email that “an infiltrator” staged the attack and managed to escape from the scene but was then shot and killed after opening fire on a checkpoint. The Taliban have used the term “infiltrator” in the past to refer to members who have enlisted in the military to conduct such an attack. They identified the assailant as Mohammad Qasim Faroq. In London, the Ministry of Defense said the soldier, who was attached to the 21 Engineer Regiment, was killed by small arms fire at Patrol Base Hazrat. Several similar attacks have occurred in Helmand, the country’s most violent province, where almost all British forces have been concentrated. Capt. Walter Reid Barrie was shot and killed in Nad Ali district of Helmand Nov. 11, the last British soldier to die before Monday’s incident. Two British soldiers were killed by an Afghan policeman last October, and the

same month a police officer and militants poisoned their colleagues and shot others, leaving six Afghans dead. British Prime Minister David Cameron’s spokesman said Tuesday that in light of the increase in insider attacks, measures have been taken to increase security in Afghanistan — including better vetting and screening of recruits and bolstering counterterrorism efforts. “These are clearly very, very serious incidents,” spokesman Jean-Christophe Gray said. “We have taken a number of measures, and the military always keeps force protection measures under review.” Insider attacks killed 61 people in 45 incidents last year, compared to 35 killed in 21 attacks a year earlier, according to NATO. This tally does not include the Dec. 24 killing of an American civilian adviser by a female member of the Afghan police, because an investigation of the reportedly mentally unstable woman is continuing.

XMAS from page one be provided along the access road behind the buildings. Lacasse, who developed Nature’s View, a residential subdivision in Lakeport, said the units will have a lakehouse style and said after the meeting that he was very pleased with the board’s decision. All of the new units, with the exception of a small utility building, will be built behind the 50-foot wetland buffer and decrease the need for some of the current pavement, reducing the amount of impervious surfaces on the 3.2 acre lot by more than 20 percent according to Jon Rokeh of Rokeh Consulting, LLC, who is engineering the project. Rokeh said that the project will see all of the utilities upgraded and placed underground while all of the trees in the shoreland area will be retained. The properties closest to the water will be built on slab and the ones that are set further back will have full basements.

Rokeh said that currently storm water flows across the pavement into two direct discharge pipes that flow directly into Langley Cove. He said drainage conditions will be improved through the use of catch basins containing snouts, the use of rain gardens, which will collect roof water from the buildings, and the creation of a swale which will help contain runoff, as well as additional vegetation in the 50-foot buffer area. Attorney Regina Nadeau, who represented the developer, said that legal issues remained with the roadway known as Prescott Avenue and who actually owns it. She said that creation of a sidewalk requires that easements be obtained from the heirs of Prescott Farm. ‘The board attached several conditions to its approval, including the resolution of the roadway status, expressed support for a wide shoulder rather than sidewalks along the roadway and a prohibition against the storage of boat or snowmobile trailers on the property.

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TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian authorities released one of the only men in custody for alleged links to September’s attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in the Libyan city of Benghazi, the latest blow to an investigation that has limped along for months. Armed groups assaulted the lightly guarded mission on Sept. 11 and killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, but despite U.S. promises there has been little news of progress so far in bringing the perpetrators to justice. Ali Harzi, a 26-year-old Tunisian extradited from Turkey in October, was one of the only people actually detained over the attack, and at the time Tunisian authorities said they “strongly suspected” he was involved. On Tuesday, however, his lawyer Anwar Oued-Ali said the presiding judge had “conditionally freed” Harzi the night before for lack of evidence. He must remain in the Tunis area to be available for any further questioning. William Lawrence, the North Africa analyst for the International Crisis Group, said while it was

very possible that Harzi might have been involved with extremist groups in Benghazi, it was impossible to tell without more efforts from the Libyans. “If there had been a better investigation in Benghazi, this guy’s role in the whole thing would have been a lot clearer,” he said. “The fundamental issue is that the Libyans aren’t prioritizing this.” Already back in December, U.S. officials were lamenting the lack of cooperation with the governments of the region, particularly Libya, in their ongoing investigation into the attack, saying most of the suspects remain free. Mounting a coherent investigation is difficult for Libyan government — especially in Benghazi — because authorities rely on the militias who fought former leader Moammar Gadhafi and it is often difficult to draw clear lines between those providing security and those causing the instability. In November, the official in charge of Benghazi security was assassinated, and on Sunday the Libyan government announced that the investigator sent to look into his death was himself kidnapped.

from preceding page its bailout. As a result, the government violated the Constitution, Starr claims. AIG said that, by law, its board must consider three options: take over the lawsuit and pursue the claims on its own; attempt to prevent the claims from being pursued by Starr; or, allow Starr to continue to pursue the complaint on AIG’s behalf. The insurer noted that, if it decides not to let Starr pursue its claims on the company’s behalf, Starr would likely challenge the move. Under that scenario, if Starr won the case, AIG would not receive any damages or portion of a potential settlement. The Court of Federal Claims denied a request by

the U.S. to dismiss the lawsuit, which means the case will go forward regardless of AIG’s participation. The government came to the rescue of AIG in September 2008, at the depths of the financial meltdown. The New York company did business with hundreds of firms around the world, and officials feared its collapse would wreck the financial system. All told, AIG’s bailout was the largest of the Wall Street rescue packages. Since the financial meltdown, AIG has undergone a restructuring that has cut its size nearly in half. Its aim is to focus the company on its core insurance operations.

EU from page 2 States have raised taxes and slashed spending — including by cutting wages and pensions, measures that hit the labor force in the pocket and reduce demand in the economy. Laszlo Andor, the EU’s Employment Commissioner, warned the uneven impact of the crisis could create a rift. “A new divide is emerging between countries that seem trapped in a downward spiral of falling output, fast rising unemployment and eroding disposable incomes and those that have so far shown good or at least some resilience,” said a statement from Andor’s office. Last year “has been another very bad year for Europe in terms of unemployment and the deteriorating social situation,” said Andor. “It is unlikely that Europe will see much socio-economic improvement in 2013.” The single biggest increase in unemployment over the past year took place in Greece, where joblessness soared to 26 percent in September, up 7.1 percentage points over September 2011’s 18.9 percent. The highest overall rate in the EU was in Spain, where 26.6 percent of the workforce was jobless in November, up 3.6 percentage points over last year. By contrast, Austria posted the lowest unemploy-

ment rate in the EU, at 4.5 percent. The rate in Luxembourg was 5.1 percent, and the rate in Germany was 5.4 percent. Beyond Europe, unemployment in the U.S. has been edging down this year and was at 7.8 percent as of November. In Japan it was only 4.1 percent. “It is clear that the economic implosion of several (EU) member states continues at a troubling pace,” said Graeme Leach, chief economist at the Londonbased Institute of Directors. He said the stark statistics were “compounded by the political and human impact of terrifying levels of youth unemployment in Spain, Greece and Italy.” The problem of joblessness is made worse by the fact that southern EU nations are increasingly chipping away at their social safety system to make do. “Most national welfare systems have lost much of their ability to protect household incomes against the effects of the crisis,” said Andor. The figures illustrate the daunting tasks confronting the European Union. While the threat of a collapse of the eurozone due to too much government debt may have receded, the national economies — many of which are in recession — will struggle to recover as long as joblessness continues to rise, cre-

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Kenny Werner Trio playing Jazz Series at Blackstones on January 18 LACONIA — Blackstones, located at 76 Lake St, Laconia will host the Kenny Werner Trio on Friday January 18 at 8 p.m. General admission is $15. Kenny Werner’s influence on the musical community is unsurpassed. A Guggenheim Fellowship Award-winner and celebrated recording artist (with records on Blue Note, Sunnyside, Concord, Steeple Chase, and Half Note labels) he has impacted an entire generation of musicians. His compositions and dynamic live performances have impacted audiences around the world for more than 30 years. Werner was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Oceanside, Long Island. A piano student from a young age, he first recorded (for television) at the age of 11. He played classical piano, though found joy in playing music he heard on the radio. He studied classical piano at the Manhattan School of Music and later attended the Berklee School of Music. After graduation and time in Brazil, where he played and studied with Joao Assis Brasil, Werner started his own trio with drummer Tom Rainey and bassist Ratzo Harris. Werner has written many compositions featuring trios and other small group configurations, and in the mid 1980’s he became the pianist for the Mel Lewis Orchestra (currently

Kenny Werner will play at Blackstones on January 18 at 8 p.m. (Courtesy photo)

known as the Village Vanguard Orchestra). Kenny’s many musical partnerships include collaborations with Toots Thielmans, Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, George Garzone, Brian Blade, Dave Douglas, David Sanchez, Ari Hoenig, Randy Brecker, Scott Colley, Antonio Sanchez, and Johannes Weidenmueller. Werner is an in-demand teacher and clinician. He serves as an Artist-in-Residence at New York Uni-

versity, and has been celebrated for his 1996 book “Effortless Mastery - Liberating the Master Musician Within.” This groundbreaking work explores the emotional, spiritual, and psychological challenges that artists face. It is one of the most widely-read books on music and improvisation, and has been recognized by appreciative artists and musicians around the world. He was recently awarded the 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship Award for his work “No Beginning No End.” This long-form composition is a musical journey exploring tragedy and loss, death and transition, and the path from one lifetime to the next. Utilizing over 70 musicians, this album is an expansive composition with wind ensemble, choir and string section, and features Joe Lovano and Judi Silvano. Werner will perform with bassist Elliot Berman and drummer Jamie Eblen. The jazz series at Blackstones is coordinated by NH Jazz Presents, a company that produces a four day jazz tour to venues in Brandon, Laconia, Nashua and Portsmouth. The tour is sponsored by the Margate Resort, Patrick’s Pub, David Salzberg, the Saffron Bistro, and the Brandon Inn. For Information call (603) 556-9079 or visit Next Month: 2/8 Jonathan Lorentz Trio

Genesis Behavioral Health joins effort to highlight state’s mental health system crisis LACONIA — At a press conference held at the Legislative Office Building in Concord on January 7, Genesis Behavioral Health joined the National Alliance on Mental Illness-New Hampshire (NAMI-NH) to highlight the crisis in the mental health delivery system that has New Hampshire adults and children waiting in hospital emergency rooms for an inpatient bed. The NH Community Behavioral Health Association, representing the state’s communitymental health centers, partnered with NAMI-NH and a dozen other organizations for the press conference. Louis Josephson, President and CEO of Riverbend Community Mental Health in Concord, spoke for the Association and noted that the answer to this crisis is not just more beds at New Hampshire

Hospital – it is building community capacity to reduce the need for inpatient admissions. Genesis Behavioral Health and the other community mental health centers are at a loss trying to manage individuals in a mental health crisis who are in hospital emergency departments waiting for admission to New Hampshire Hospital. The need is for community alternatives to inpatient hospitalizations. Josephson stated that NH’s community mental health system has seen rate cuts and budget cuts in recent years that have meant fewer resources to manage adults and children with severe mental illness in the community. Six years ago, the NH Community Behavioral Health Association worked with the NH Department of Health and Human Services, NH Hos-

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pital and other partners to develop a Ten-Year Mental Health Plan. The Ten-Year Plan was praised when it was released in 2008 as the best way to get NH’s community- based mental health system, once a model in the nation, back on track. The Plan is now almost 5 years old and has not been funded or implemented as intended. The NH Community Behavioral Health Association and Genesis Behavioral Health urge state leaders to re-commit to the Ten-Year Plan and to invest in a community-based system that providers know from

experience works. The organizations say ‘’that to do otherwise is to continue to provide barriers to necessary care and an increased risk of harm to some of our most vulnerable residents and their families.’’ Genesis Behavioral Health is the Lakes Region’s community mental health center, serving Belknap and southern Grafton Counties. A nonprofit organization, Genesis provides services and programs to the community’s children, adults and elderly and serves over 3,300 individuals each year. For more information, call 603524-1100 or visit

Plymouth Chamber’s Jan. 16 seminar focuses on social media and business PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce will present their next Brown Bag Luncheon Seminar, How to Choose the Best Social Media for Your Business, on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 from noon to 1 p.m. at Pease Public Library on Russell Street in Plymouth. Brooke Sullivan of Bees Mischief will share her insights and marketing wisdom about some of the most popular social media platforms to help you determine the best fit for your business. As these sites constantly evolve, it’s important to know the newest features to enhance your presence and the experience for your clients. In this fast-paced session, Brooke will help business leaders understand which sites complement certain industries and how to find ideal customers on the various social media sites. This workshop is free, but space is limited. For more information, click the link on the Chamber’s website, or call 5361001. As a Small Business Consultant, Brooke Sullivan has years of marketing experience both B2B and B2C delivering profitable solutions to

drive sales for businesses in the area . A passionate speaker and energetic spirit, she’s been featured on Huffington Post and Stay Work Play. Her niche is enhancing corporate marketability utilizing electronic and print media. This professional skills training conducted by the Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce is part of their active support of the regional businesses and is possible through the generous support of Plymouth State University’s Small Business Support Center and was made possible in part with funding from a Rural Business Enterprise Grant from the USDA Rural Development. The Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce serves the business community by promoting the greater Plymouth area as a unique place to live, work, and play, and by recognizing its business, social, and economic opportunities. For more information about the Brown Bag Luncheon Seminars or the Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce, contact the Chamber office at 536-1001, or e-mail

Exhibit of photography and drawn art at One Mill Plaza LACONIA — An exhibit of photography and a drawn art by Kelly Gammon and Damon Goss will be on display at the Busiel Community Room and Gallery at One Mill Plaza through January 31. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. An open house will Kelly Gammon and Damon take place Saturday, Goss. (Courtesy photo) January 12 from 2-5 p.m. on January 13 a Meet and Greet the Artists will take place between 2-5 p.m. Kelly A. Gammon, artist and photographer, was born and raised in Laconia. Her work consists of wildlife and nature photography. From an early age she found a love for creating art and using the camera as a creative tool. It later become her passion. Kelly attended school in Laconia and remem-

bers Ms. Frick who inspired her creativity. Kelly later went on to study The Fine art of Black and white photography at The New Hampshire Institute of Art. Damon E. Goss, artist was raised in Hawaii. At the age of 14, he moved to Laconia, graduating as a member of the class of 1995. Damon started drawing at the age of nine. He attended the Art Institute of Philadelphia. Damon has also studied under artists Brain Davis and Joshua Been in Sedona, Arizona. Damon spends most of his time working on art projects using a variety of mediums, although color pencil and digital design are ones he enjoys the most. Damon and Kelly live in Canterbury. Both of them are members of the Audubon Society. They take pleasure in the upkeep of their small flock of chickens and ducks. They work as a team as well as individually on their art. Kelly and Damon have recently been working on The Jungle Mural for the W. O. W. Trail in Laconia located on Messser Street across from Irwin Motors. They also donated work for “Saving Our Treasured Chests”, an organization that donates to breast cancer patients.

ANDOVER — A workshop for local homeowners interested in residential solar-energy installations will be offered on Saturday, January 12, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Proctor Academy Chapel on the Village Green. The workshop will be open to the public at no charge. Arranged by the Andover Energy Group, the workshop will be led by Stephen Condon, sales manager of ReVision Energy of Portland, Me., and Exeter, N.H., a leading installer of solar electric and solar hot-water systems in northern New England. Purpose of the workshop is to help interested local property-owners learn more about the technology and economics of residential solar energy, including the economics of group purchases. Refreshments will be served. Condon, the workshop leader, is a University of New Hampshire graduate who grew up in a passive solar home built by his father in the 1970s. After graduation he spent five years building homes, some including solar installations, in northern California. Since returning to New Hampshire in 2008, his main interest has been in reducing northern New England’s dependence on fossil energy with the use of active solar energy systems. During the workshop Condon will answer such questions as: Have you thought about solar hot

water or solar electricity for your home or business but not known where to begin? How do these systems work? How much will a system cost? Is my site good for solar? How reliable are these systems? Can I really expect a good return on investment since I live in New England? Attendees will also see an installed solar electric system at Proctor Academy, and will be able to get answers to any other questions about solar in general or specific situations. With more than 3,000 installations completed since 2003, ReVision Energy is Maine and New Hampshire’s leading installer of grid-tied solar electric and solar hot-water renewable energy systems. A full-service company, it offers in-house design, engineering, installation and service with a staff of licensed and insured technicians and engineers. Recent local project include major installations at Andover’s Proctor Academy and Colby-Sawyer College in New London. The Andover Energy Group is an informal organization of volunteers interested in learning about and implementing renewable energy sources and energy-efficiency techniques in local homes, businesses and institutions. For more information, contact Larry Chase at

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Fish and Game sets January 16 hearing on rules changes CONCORD — Proposed Fish and Game rule changes relative to Atlantic salmon broodstock fishing, bait fish, zebra mussels, fishing tournaments, and fish importation will be discussed at a public hearing on Wednesday, January 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord. These rules would affect persons importing fish into New Hampshire, fishing for brood stock salmon, or conducting a fishing tournament. The current rules pertaining to fishing tournaments, broodstock Atlantic salmon and some of the baitfish rules are being re-adopted without changes to prevent these rules from expiring. The rules pertaining to zebra mussels are being adopted as previously effective.

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Robert E. Simpson, 93 NORTHFIELD — Robert E. Simpson, 93, a longtime resident of Northfield passed gently on January 4, 2013 at the Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia following a brief illness. Robert was born in Wilmington, MA, July 21, 1919, son of Adolph A. and Tekla M. (Johanson) Simpson. Following high school, Bob attended the Franklin Technical Institute in Boston, class of 1940. He was later called upon in Boston to teach Coast Guard enlisted men maintenance on ship electronics, useful during World War II. He was an engineer who successfully worked for the Boston Edison and Westinghouse in the “1940’s-1960’s” before retiring for healthier living on the land. As a resident of Northfield he will be remembered for his love of fishing, hunting, farming and his friendship with the Corliss family. He was strong, active, baked bread weekly and cut and split


10 trees this past year for his wood stove. In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by brothers, Harold, Carl, Albert, Arvid, Victor and sister, Esther. Friends in New Hampshire and New Mexico will remember Bob for his gentle spirit and humorous stories during his annual treks to National Parks. Robert leaves many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held for Robert later in the spring at an announced time and place. Burial will be in the family lot in Arch Hill Cemetery in Northfield. Arrangements are under the care of the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home in Tilton. In lieu flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bob’s name to the Nature Conservancy, Robert E. Simpson Memorial Fund, For more information go to

Carl R. Smart, Sr., 63 LACONIA – Carl R. Smart, Sr., 63, of 16 Gilford Ave, died Saturday, January 5, 2013 in his home after a brief illness with his wife by his side. He was born on January 20, 1949 in Concord, the son of Calvin and Nancy (Mahmot) Smart. He worked for several years as an Auto Body Technician for Patriot Auto Body. He was a Penacook Native American and a member of the Native American Indian Council. He loved woodworking, antique cars and motorcycles, attending antique shows and enjoyed guns and creating Native American regalia. He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Karen (Sweeney) Smart of Laconia, six sons; Cody Smart, Carl Smart Jr. and Cameron Smart, all of Laconia, Jason Smart of Alabama, Calvin Smart and Clinton Smart, both of Florida, eight daughters; Tawny Smart, Kaitlyn Smart, Kelsea Smart, Courtney

Smart, Chloe Smart and Saydee Watterson, all of Laconia, Nancy Smart of Tilton and Tina Rollins of Alabama, 10 grandchildren; Amelia, Tadd, Lilly, Brittany, Jacob, Jackson, Aaron, Austin, Hunter and Joseph, two brothers; Dana Smart of Concord and Ricky Smart of Northfield and one sister, Bonnie Lake of Rochester. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by one brother, Ronnie Smart. Memorial calling hours will be held from 3PM to 6PM on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia. A reception will be announced at the conclusion of calling hours. Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to .

William T. Virgin, III, 49 LACONIA — William Thomas Virgin III, 49, formerly of 65 Diane Drive Belmont, NH passed away in his sleep on Friday January 4, 2013. “Bill” as he preferred to be called born August 24, 1963 was the son of William Thomas Virgin Jr. and Linda (Angwin) Acorace. Bill attended schools in Concord, Franklin, and Plymouth, NH. During his healthier years Bill was employed at Freudenberg Nok in Bristol, Lewis and Saunders in Laconia, and as a retail clerk for the NH Liquor Commission. Bill enjoyed spending time with his family at all the birthdays, graduations and especially cookouts as he loved to cook! He would often receive requests for a few of his “fancy” dishes such as Seafood Newberg, Baked Stuffed Shrimp or Haddock. His good ole down home favorites included pizza, mac and cheese casserole and homemade onion rings and fries. Bill loved his nieces and nephews and looked forward to their visits so he could entertain them with his Donald Duck impersonations. He was quick witted and had a wonderful sense of humor, but was also a very unselfish and giving person where his family and friends were concerned. In addition to cooking Bill enjoyed cribbage, solitaire, and watching Star-Trek. Bill is survived by his mother, Linda Acorace of Belmont, two step-fathers; John Acorace of Belmont and Arthur Durette of Columbia, his biologi-

cal father William T. Virgin, Jr. of Epsom, NH, three brothers; David Virgin and companion Donna Gibson of Bristol, NH, Daniel Virgin of Laconia, NH and Timothy Virgin and wife Julie of Bristol, NH, two sisters; Heidi (Durette) Holt of Wolfeboro, NH and Cathleen (Durette) LaPierre and husband Christopher LaPierre of New Durham, NH; nephews Gregory Virgin, Zackary and Nicholas Holt; nieces Darcy Virgin, Sierra Holt, Lillian and Lindsey LaPierre, Christine Rich, Carlina and Gabrielle Virgin and many aunts and uncles. Bill was pre-deceased by maternal grandparents Paul and Rachel Angwin A.K.A Nana and Gump; paternal grandparents William and Ella Virgin and Uncle Steven Angwin. Calling hours will be held on Friday, January 11, 2013 from 2-4 PM at Wilkinson-Beane-SimoneauPaquette, 164 Pleasant Street Laconia, NH with a service immediately following at 4PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in his memory to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, Virginia 22312 or the Brain Injury Association of NH, 109 North State Street, Suite 2, Concord, NH 03301. Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to .

Elliot O. Foster, III, 71 MEREDITH — Dr. Elliot Orman Foster, III, 71, of Meredith, passed away at Golden View Health Care Center, in Meredith on Sunday, January 6, 2013 after a brief illness. Born on November 9, 1941 in Worcester, MA he was the son of Elliott O. and Elsie (Gangla) Foster, Jr. Elliott was raised in Shrewsbury, MA graduating from the Shrewsbury High School, class of 1959. Elliot went on to attend Ohio Wesleyan University and received his master’s degree from Syracuse University. Elliot earned his PhD in Church History from Duke. Elliot held various positions throughout his working years as a professor and accountant. Eventually he moved to Gilmanton Iron Works, NH to live with his parents in 1992. He was very active in the local churches and liked to fish and hike around the area. Elliot is survived by his sister, Constance Wood and husband Charles, of Kennebunk, ME; three nephews, Christopher Wood and wife Livia, of North Attleboro, MA, Craig Wood, of Worcester, MA, and Jonathan Wood, of Portland, ME, and a grandniece, Catherine Wood, of North Attleboro. Interment will be held at the Smith Meeting House Cemetery, in Gilmanton Iron Works, and will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Elliot’s memory to a local charity of one’s choice. Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are assisting the family with arrangements.

Film about genetically modified organisms shown on Friday

LACONIA — Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives, a film about Genetically Modified Organisms, will be shown Friday, January 11 at the Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center, 928 White Oaks Road, Laconia, Sponsored by Sustainable Sustenance, the event starts at 6:30 p.m, with a potluck dinner followed by the film at 7:30 p.m. Sustainable Sustenance is a grassroots group promoting organic, whole, and local foods. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are becoming more prevalent in the nation’s food supply. The film highlights research that shows that genetically modified soybeans and corn are implicated in the rising rates of gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, inflammatory diseases, and infertility in humans, pets, livestock, and lab animals. There is no charge to attend, though donations will be accepted. RSVP to Karen at 528-8560 or

White Mountain Dowsers learning about numerology

PLYMOUTH — The White Mountain Dowsers will learn about Numerology when the group meets on Monday, January 14 at the Starr King Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 101 Fairgrounds Road. The meeting gets underway at 6:30 with dowsing practice followed at 7 p.m. by a presentation by featured speaker Suzanne Pinkham on ‘’Your Personal Year Number.’’ Pinkham consults as a Feng Shui Practitioner specializing in Numerology for homes, offices and/or outdoor spaces, prepares personal Numerology Prosee next page

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Meredith Village Savings Bank & Merrimack County Savings Bank join forces

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank and Merrimack County Savings Bank have announced the finalization of their formal alliance as partners in the newly formed holding company, New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp. Samuel L. Laverack, President and CEO of Meredith Village Savings Bank, and Paul C. Rizzi, Jr., President and CEO of Merrimack County Savings Bank, will serve as co-CEOs of New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp, the first multi-bank mutual holding company in the state. As part of the alliance, each affiliate bank has retained its name and state charter, and each bank’s board of directors and senior management will continue to oversee the operations of their respective banks. Both organizations share a common goal to build a vigorous alliance between the two well-capitalized,

Learn to skate program starts Sunday at New Hampton School Arena NEW HAMPTON — A Learn to Skate and Open Skate Program will be offered at New Hampton School’s Lindsay Arena from 2-4 p.m. on Sundays from January 13 through February 24 with the exception of February 10. Free for all ages, the program will see the rink divided into two areas. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied at the rink by an adult and all participants must wear helmets. Activities will be led by New Hampton School students and supervised by experienced NHS faculty members. No sticks or pucks will be allowed. Parents are asked to drop off and pick up their child promptly. Pre-registration is strongly suggested. Contact Rosemary Brewster at 603-677-3445; for more information. from preceding page files and provides presentations and workshops. She will discuss what a person’s Personal Year Number tells them about the energies that support them and how it relates to the 2013 Universal Year Number. There is $5 suggested donation.For more information contact: Tom and Sandi Ruelke 603-444-5494 or Suzanne Schwartz 603 254-5966 suzmassage@ CALENDAR from page 17

THURSDAY, JANUARY 10 Daily Events at the Gilford Public Library. Toddler Time (18 mo – 3 yrs) 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Brown Bag Book Discussion 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Conversational French 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Crafter’s Corner 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Evening Book Discussion 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 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 6459518. Plymouth Area Chess Club meets Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. at Starr King Fellowship, 101 Fairgrounds Road. Form more information call George at 536-1179. American Legion Post #1 Bingo. Every Thursday night at 849 N. Main Street in Laconia. Doors open at 4 p.m. Bingo starts at 6:30. Knitting at Belmont Public Library. 6 p.m. Chess Club at the Goss Reading Room (188 Elm Street) in Laconia. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. each Thursday. All ages and skill levels welcome. We will teach. Giggles & Grins playgroup at Family Resource Center in downtown Laconia (719 No. Main Street, Laconia). Free group for parents children from birth through age 5. For more information call 524-1741. Squam Speaker Series features musher Lidia DaleMesaros. 6 p.m. at the Squam Lakes Association Resource Center on Route 3 in Holderness. Dale-Mesaros is owner of Valley Snow Dogz in Campton.

healthy, independent community banks. This alliance will enhance each bank’s ability better to serve its customers and communities and to maintain each bank’s status as a sound, stable, independent institution as the banking industry faces new challenges and continues to consolidate in an era of rapidly expanding technology and regulatory pressures. Laverack and Rizzi noted that they personally share a strong, mutual respect and trust and that the banks themselves enjoy similar corporate structures, histories and cultures. They pointed to the advantages of their geographic proximity, complementary yet distinct market areas, and their fundamental commitments to delivering high quality customer service. The management and board of directors of each institution are committed to maintaining each bank’s status as an independent community bank and its mutual form of ownership. Laverack and Rizzi both share a firm belief that a mutual form of ownership clearly serves bank customers and communities best. A mutual holding company has no stockholders, which allows it to invest its profits more conservatively for long-term sustainability and sound growth. In addition, decision making can be based on the longer term benefits to the com-

munity, customers and employees as opposed to the immediate needs of stockholders and the market. Rizzi noted that, “Our stability over the last few turbulent years has reinforced our belief in the mutual approach to ownership. This alliance makes it even more certain that we will prevail for generations to come.” Laverack added, “We’re here to stay as local, mutual banks that will thrive, not just survive, for the future benefit of our customers, staff, and communities.” Through the newly formed holding company, the two affiliate banks will be in a position to optimize the strengths and competitive advantages of each organization and to grow market share in their distinctive markets. With combined resources the overall company will better position each affiliate bank to serve its customers with significantly greater loan capacity and leading edge products and services and to implement enhanced technology-based delivery systems. It is anticipated that the two banks will be able toexpand while managing expenses as they jointly develop new products and services. It is further anticipated that each affiliate bank will share some resources, thus affording each bank greater capacity for future growth. However, this will occur over time, years in most cases, as the needs and opportunities are identified.


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By Holiday Mathis but know that none comes close to the original. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You don’t always want what everyone else wants, and you’re proud of that. Also, you know the truth: Many people don’t have any idea what they want, so they just try to blend in. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). As you create a change, you wonder whether it’s positive, negative or neutral. No one can know for sure. That’s why all change is risk. But you’re a risk taker, so change you must. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You may take the option you didn’t want to take, but it’s not settling, not exactly. It’s just that now you know more about what’s possible. Some amount of compromise must be made for the greater good. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Just because there’s a certain way that certain people do a task doesn’t make it right for all. The conventional way may or may not work for you, and if it doesn’t, you’ll find a better way. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Plain and simple: Some endeavors are harder than others. At least you’re taking this on with a friend. Just when you think you’ve each made every possible mistake, one of you will invent a new one -- but it’s all in good fun. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 9). You’re a brave hero! You’ll defend what’s yours and earn what’s not yet yours. Strategy and diplomacy will be your strong suit through February. March features the happy conclusion of a term of service, and you’ll embrace new responsibilities and adventures as a result. Self-control is strong through June. Virgo and Aquarius people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 3, 39, 11, 20 and 16.



ARIES (March 21-April 19). You have bright and intense energy now. Be careful to read people accurately so as not to overshadow them. Success depends on your ability to harness your passions and use them judiciously. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The need to be right stops people from relating and learning. But the remedy is simple: Agree to be wrong, mistaken and flawed. In other words, agree to be human. So what? No one can know everything. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You’ve gone through rough spots in a relationship, and that’s why you can now appreciate the sweetness of smooth sailing. The strange part is that it’s so easy to get along that you wonder why you ever didn’t. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Does your work take discipline? Maybe you don’t think of it in those terms, but to show up and do any job well, you need a certain amount of willpower. Your brain will work hard today. Tonight, relax and recharge. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). All of the expectations and options available to you bring pressure that is not conducive to getting things done. You’ll have to shut out some of the background noise if you’re going to move your main goal along. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Meeting new people is work. Sometimes you just don’t feel like doing it. The energy you’ve been pouring into family life makes new relationships seem less appealing. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Your catchy personal habits make you intriguing company. Some of the things you say will inspire another person to be more like you. Expect imitations,

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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Wednesday, Jan. 9, the ninth day of 2013. There are 356 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 9, 1913, Richard Milhous Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, was born in Yorba Linda, Calif. On this date: In 1788, Connecticut became the fifth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. In 1793, Frenchman Jean Pierre Blanchard, using a hot-air balloon, flew between Philadelphia and Woodbury, N.J. In 1861, Mississippi became the second state to secede from the Union, the same day the Star of the West, a merchant vessel bringing reinforcements and supplies to Federal troops at Fort Sumter, S.C., retreated because of artillery fire. In 1931, Bobbi Trout and Edna May Cooper broke an endurance record for female aviators as they returned to Mines Field in Los Angeles after flying a Curtiss Robin monoplane continuously for 122 hours and 50 minutes. In 1945, during World War II, American forces began landing at Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines. In 1951, the United Nations headquarters in New York officially opened. In 1960, on his 47th birthday, Vice President Richard Nixon became a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. In 1968, the Surveyor 7 space probe made a soft landing on the moon, marking the end of the American series of unmanned explorations of the lunar surface. In 1972, reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, speaking by telephone from the Bahamas to reporters in Hollywood, said a purported autobiography of him by Clifford Irving was a fake. In 1987, the White House released a Jan. 1986 memorandum prepared for President Ronald Reagan by Lt. Col. Oliver L. North showing a link between U.S. arms sales to Iran and the release of American hostages in Lebanon. In 1993, the two owners of a fast food restaurant in Palatine, Ill., and five employees were found shot and stabbed to death. (Two suspects were arrested in May 2002; both were convicted in separate trials and sentenced to life in prison.) In 1997, a Comair commuter plane crashed 18 miles short of the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, killing all 29 people on board. One year ago: Iranian state radio reported that a court had convicted former U.S. Marine Amir Mirzaei Hekmati of working for the CIA and sentenced him to death. (The Obama administration and his family deny Hekmati was a CIA spy.) Today’s Birthdays: Author Judith Krantz is 85. Football Hall-of-Famer Bart Starr is 79. Sportscaster Dick Enberg is 78. Actress K. Callan is 77. Folk singer Joan Baez is 72. Rockabilly singer Roy Head is 72. Rock musician Jimmy Page is 69. Singer David Johansen is 63. Singer Crystal Gayle is 62. Actor J.K. Simmons is 58. Rock musician Eric Erlandson is 50. Actress Joely Richardson is 48. Rock musician Carl Bell is 46. Rock singer Steve Harwell is 46. Rock singer-musician Dave Matthews is 46. Actress-director Joey Lauren Adams is 45. Roots singer-songwriter Hayes Carll is 37. Singer A.J. McLean is 35. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is 31. Pop-rock musician Drew Brown is 29. Rock-soul singer Paolo Nutini is 26. Actress Nina Dobrev is 24.


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CALENDAR TODAY’S EVENTS Red Hat Chapter Meeting. 10 a.m. at the Tilton Senior Center, 11 Grange Road, Tilton. Refreshments served. For more information call 527-8291. Workshop on Tax Strategy for Small Business offered by SCORE Lakes Region and Meredith Village Savings Bank. 5-8 p.m. at the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce on South Main Street in Laconia. Tuition is $25 per person paid in advance or $30 at the door. Veterans and students attend for free. Seating limited. To register visit Gilford Public Library events. Check – Out – An – Expert!, 10 a.m. to noon. Social Bridge 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Snow Party (K-Grade 4) 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Gilford Write Now Writers’ Group 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Edible Art (Teens) 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friends of the Library Monthly Meeting 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Thrifty Yankee (121 Rte. 25 - across from (I-LHS) collects donations of baby clothes, blankets and hygiene items for Baby Threads of N.H. every Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 279-0607. ABC and ME at the Meredith Public Library. 10-11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. Preschool Class ages 3-5. Laconia Elders Friendship Club meeting. 1:30 p.m. at the Leavitt Park Clubhouse. People 55 and older meet each Wednesday for fun, entertainment and education. Meetings provide an opportunity for older citizens to to meet for pure social enjoyment and the club helps the community with philanthropic work. Country Acoustic Picking Party at the Tilton Senior Center. Every Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Weirs Beach Community Center. 7:15 p.m. All levels welcome. Snacks. Preschool story time at Belmont Public Library. 10:30 a.m. Daily happenings at the Hall Memorial Library in Northfield. Story time 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Scrabble 1-3 p.m. Arts and Crafts featuring a memory box project 3:30 p.m. Overeaters Anonymous offers a program of recovery from compulsive eating using the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of OA. Wednesday nights at 5:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Church in Belmont. Call/ leave a message for Elizabeth at 630-9969 for more information. Free knitting and crochet lessons. Drop in on Wednesdays any time between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Baby Threads workshop at 668 Main Street in Laconia (same building as Village Bakery). 998-4012. Narcotics Anonymous meeting. 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 18 Veterans Square in Laconia. TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) group meeting. 5:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Meredith.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 10 Admission open house for interested parents at Sant Bani School in Sanbornton. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Mystery Book Group at the Meredith Public Library. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Features the book A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny. Make your own card class with Julie Dylingowski. 6 p.m. at the Hall Memorial Library in Northfield. $5 fee due on night of the class. The Lakes Region Genealogy Interest Group monthly meeting at the Wolfeboro Public Library. Question and Answer session begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by a program entitled “Researching Our French-Canadian Ancestors” at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information call 630-8497. Laconia Indoor Market. 3-6 p.m. at Skate Escape on Court Street in Laconia. Various farmers, food vendors, artisans, and independent sales representatives will be present. For a full list of vendors and specials go to http://

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Dear Annie: I am a 56-year-old male dating a woman with a 13-year-old son. We plan to marry in the near future. The boy has no relationship with his father and is very fond of me, as I am of him. The problem is that he’s a mama’s boy. I think he is jealous of me. He competes for his mother’s attention and goes so far as to crawl into bed with us in the morning in order to snuggle with her. When we sit on the sofa, he joins us and places his mother’s arm around his neck as if to say, “Hey, what about me?” I’ve tried to ignore this behavior, but it is starting to wear on me. My girlfriend sees nothing wrong with it, saying they have always been close and it’s always been just the two of them. But I think this isn’t quite right. I want her son to grow up a bit. I raised three children and never experienced this type of thing with my kids. I feel she needs to do something to curb this behavior. Am I being insecure or territorial or something? I love my girlfriend and don’t want this to be an issue, but I have no idea what to do. Any suggestions? -- Don’t Want a Contest Dear Contest: Many boys at 13 are still children, and the cuddling with Mommy is not indicative of an aberration. However, this is also a time when Mom should be setting sensible boundaries and gently discouraging too much intimacy. Some boys can confuse their love for Mom with their developing sexual feelings. Please approach this carefully. Suggest that the two of you talk to the boy’s pediatrician about appropriate behavior, and make sure your girlfriend understands that her son’s long-term best interests must take precedence. For information and assistance, we suggest the National Stepfamily Resource Center at Dear Annie: I married a wonderful widower nine months ago. We are both in our 60s, and he treats me like a queen.

“Vern’s” previous marriage of 34 years was a great one. When we married, he had lots of photos of his late wife. He thoughtfully removed them, but what upsets me is that he put a lot of them, including their wedding picture, in his home office where he spends 40 hours a week. Worse, the centerpiece of his bookshelves is the urn with her ashes. I told Vern I thought this was a little odd, but he said it would be disrespectful to put her ashes in a closet. What do you think? -- Second Wife Dear Wife: Vern was thoughtful enough to remove these photos from your presence, and his office is his own private space. And we can understand why he wouldn’t want to stick the urn in a closet. You can gently encourage Vern to scatter his late wife’s ashes somewhere that has significance for him or ask whether he’d like to bury them. But if he is resistant, we suggest you leave this alone. Neither the photos nor the ashes are in your shared space. You have no reason to be jealous. Dear Annie: “Frustrated in Michigan” said she sent her college-aged nieces very generous checks and didn’t get a thank-you note. She then called the mother of one of the recipients to see whether it had been lost. The check was then cashed, but still no thank-you note. In a situation like this, I wonder whether the giver is begging for attention. The gift was unsolicited. It almost seems as if the nieces are saying, “No, thanks, I’d rather do this myself.” I have been the recipient of unasked-for gifts, and they almost always come with strings attached. -- No Strings for Me Dear Strings: If a gift comes with unwanted strings, it need only be returned -- along with a note of thanks. But not to send any acknowledgement at all is extremely inconsiderate.

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1999 Dodge Ram 15004X4, 5.2L, good condition. $2,800/OBRO. Please call 738-7120 for more information.

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ALTON/GILFORD Townline: 2BR Cottage w/3-season porch, $235/week +utilities; 3BR Apt. $250/week +utilities. Cable/ Internet included. Dogs OK w/references. Beach access. (603)365-0799.

GILFORD Upstairs Apartment$700/Month, no security deposit. Heat included, electric not included. No pets. Ask for George 998-7750

2009 Toyota Camry- 4 cylinder, automatic, 40K miles, excellent condition, loaded. $14,000/OBO. 290-2324 BUYING junk cars, trucks & big trucks ME & NH. Call for price. Martin Towing. (603)305-4504. CASH paid for unwanted or junk cars and trucks. Same day service possible. 603-231-2859. NICE Ford Ranger short bed pick-up. 4 cylinder, 5-speed, 170K, inspected until May, rust

APARTMENTS, mobile homes. If you need a rental at a fair price, call DRM Corp. Over 50 years in rentals. We treat you better! 524-0348 or visit M-W-F, 12-5, at our new location, 142 Church St. (Behind CVS Pharmacy.)

BELMONT 2 bedroom apartment, heated, walking distance to the Belknap Mall. $195.00/wk, Four weeks security deposit, no pets. Call:

GILFORD, Single male needs roommate(s). 2 bedrooms available. $100+ per week, share utilities. Pets considered. 556-7098. GILFORD: 2-bedroom units avail able. Heat & electricity included. From $240/week. Pets considered. 556-7098. GILFORD: Currently available, semi-attached. 2 bedroom + exercise/utility room, one bathroom, and one car garage. W&D hookup, refrigerator and stove. Large backyard. $850/Month + heating oil & electric. Owners pay water, sewer, trash and snow

LACONIA APARTMENT Updated, 3 bedroom, 1-1/2 bath with deck area. Nice unit, $975/Month + Utilities.

630-2882 LACONIA 1st floor 2-3 bedroom apartment on Pleasant St. Walk to town & beaches, recently repainted, carpeting, appliances, full bath. $1,000/Month includes heat & hot water. 524-3892 or 630-4771 LACONIA 2-bedroom 2nd floor on Province St. Clean, sunny, lead safe. Good neighborhood with private parking. Washer/dryer access, no pets, $800/Month + utilities. 508-423-0479 LACONIA2-ROOMMATES wanted to share personal home. Clean, quiet, sober environment. All inclusive, $110-$150/week. 455-2014 LACONIA 2/3 Bedroom 6 rooms, move-in ready, quiet neighbors, plenty of storage, garage, washer/dryer hook-up, $850/Month + 1 month security (Flexible payment terms available). Property maintenance rent reduction available. 603-528-1850 or 603-486-3966. LACONIA Duplex Unit- 2 Bedroom unit with W/D hookups, storage and parking. $805/month plus utilities. Call 315-9492. LACONIA Duplex Unit- 4 bedroom unit with W/D hookups, storage and parking. $1,150/month plus utilities. Call 315-9492. LACONIA- Large Rooms for rent. Private bath, heat/hot water, electric, cable, parking included.

For Rent

For Rent


MINUTES from Concord2-bedroom 1-bath completely renovated energy efficient apartment complex. $825, including hot water with free WiFi. Secured building access, onsite laundry and more. Military discount available. Convenient Rte 3 location in West Franklin! Must See, Call today! 603-744-3551

Cozy 2-bedroom unit, coin-up Laundry, newly painted, quiet location. $800/Month. Security deposit required. 387-8664 LACONIA Large 3 bedroom 1st floor apartment. All rooms newly painted, new carpeting, newly tiled kitchen floor with washer/dryer. $1,100/Month + utilities. 1 month security deposit and lease required. Available now. Call 603-524-3759 and leave message for application.

LACONIA Small 1-bedroom second floor apartment close to LRGH. $150/weeek, includes heat & hot water. Smoke free, no pets & security deposit required. Call 524-9240

NEW HAMPTON: Nice 1-bedroom apartment, sliders to private deck, 5 minutes from I-93. $620/month. + security., cat okay. (603)217-0373. NEWFOUND Lake Area, 3 BR, 3 B, 15 acres, fields and woods, 1835 ft on the river, mountain views. $1400/mo. 1 plus year lease, Roche Realty Group, ask for Chuck 603-279-7046 ext 342 anytime day or evening.

LACONIA- 2 bedroom house near LRGH. Includes heat & hot water, washer/dryer, and snow removal. $1,000/Month. No pets/smoking. 524-5455 LACONIA- LARGE, bright 1st floor 1 bedroom on Pleasant St. Heat/Hot water included, on-site laundry, non-smoking. 603-617-9987 LACONIA- Nice 1 bedroom. No pets/no smoking, $130/week plus utilities 387-6810 Laconia- Wingate Village, 103 Blueberry Lane. 2-Bedroom & 3-bedroom townhouses for rent. $825/$875. Washer/Dryer hookups, private yard, full basement, dishwasher & A/C, in convenient location. Heat & hot water included. Call us today at 603-524-4363. EHO, FHO. LACONIA: 2 bedroom, 1st floor. Separate entrance, coin-op laundry in basement. $230/week, including heat, electric & hot water. 524-1234 LACONIA: 2 bedroom, 2nd floor in duplex building. $230/week, including heat, electric & hot water. 524-1234, LACONIA: Very nice 1-bedroom apartment in clean, quiet, downtown building. Recently painted. Nice kitchen and full bath. $175/week, includes heat, hot water & electricity. 524-3892 or 630-4771. LACONIA: 1st Floor, Large 3BR, 2-bath apartment. Deck and parking. No pets, no smokers. Security deposit, references and lease required. $900/month plus utilities. 875-2292. LACONIA: Gilbert Apartments. Call for available apartments. 524-4428 LAKEPORT: 5-room, 2-Bedroom. Includes snow removal, washer/dryer, lake view. 2nd floor unfurnished. $180/Week. Leave message for Bob, 781-283-0783 MEREDITH: 1-2 bedroom apartments and 2 and 3 bedroom mobile homes, $575-$750+ utilities, security deposit required, no dogs, 279-5846.

TILTON: Downstairs 1-bedroom. $620-640/Month. Heat and hot water included. No dogs, 603-630-9772 or 916-214-7733.

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Help Wanted

BELMONT: Route 106, 3-bay garage, 2-lifts, excellent location, great condition, plenty of parking. $2,000/month. (603)630-4198.



Beautiful Queen or Full-sized Mattress/ Box-spring Set. LUXURY-FIRM European Pillow-Top Style. Fabulous Back, Hip and Leg Support, Hospitality A+ Rating! All New Factory Sealed with 10-YR Warranty. Compare Cost $1095, SELL $249. Can Delivery and Set-up. 603-305-9763

Full time, must have barbering skills. 524-7978

For Sale 7-foot snowplow with lights & hydraulic lift. Made for a small truck. $400. 524-4445 8’ HD Blizzard snowplow. Brand new, in original pkg., fits 20082013 F-250 through F-550. $3000. 603-539-6902, 978-808-8315. AMAZING! Beautiful Pillowtop Mattress Sets. Twin $199, Full or Queen $249, King $449. Call 603-305-9763 See “Furniture” AD. Antique Philco radio with 78 record player. works well, $250/OBO. 2008 Honda CRV, low miles $14,950. 744-6107 FISH TANK: 46 gallon bow front tank; light wood veneer stand; light, heater, pump and filter included: $250. Call 279-4764. FLATBED trailer- 16ft. X 76in. Double axle galvanized frame, carries four ATVs, needs 4 tires. $650. 875-0363 FOUR 215 55 R 16 General Altimax Arctic directional snow tires mounted on alloy rims. About half wear remaining. $199. 674-7302 5500 Watt Honeywell Generator. Electric/hand start. 220/120 outlets, on wheels. Runs good, $750. 677-2865

NEW trailer load mattresses....a great deal! King set complete $395, queen set $249. 603-524-1430.


LINCARE, a leading National respiratory company, is seeking a Healthcare Specialist. Responsibilities: Disease management programs, clinical evaluations, equipment set up and education. Be the Dr.s eyes in the home setting. RN, LPN, RRT, CRT licensed as applicable. Great personalities with strong work ethic needed. Competitive salary, benefits and career paths. Drug-free workplace. EOE. Please fax your resume to 603-267-8231 Attn: Carol, or call 603-267-7406

FREE Pickup for your unwanted, useful items. Garages, vehicls, estates cleaned out and yardsale items. (603)930-5222.

HD TV- Sceptre LCD 23", used as backup TV w/LG Blue Ray Player $100. 267-0977

SHOVELERS WANTED $10-$15 PER HOUR Belknap Landscape Company is looking for dependable people to shovel snow. This is an On Call position; shifts could vary - day or night on heavy snow days. Job duties will include shoveling snow off roofs or clearing walkways at commercial & residential properties. Must be able to lift heavy objects, work long shifts & able to drive in snowstorms. Applicants must be 18 years of age, have a valid NH driver's license & reliable transportation. BLC is a drug free employer & conducts pre-employment drug screens.

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

If interested please apply in person to Rhonda Blackey at 25 Country Club Road, Unit #302, Gilford, NH.

Seatweaving. Classes. Supplies. New England Porch Rockers, 10 Pleasant Street in downtown Laconia. Open every day at 10, closed Sunday. 603-393-6451.


(603)447-1198. Olson’s Moto Works, RT16 Albany, NH. NICE 83 Honda V45 Magna750cc, water cooled shaft drive, book value $2,900 selling $1,275/OBO. 455-2430


Furniture COUCH with matching couch chair, country style skirted fabric, light blue and white checkered. Great condition, needs shampoo-

Full-time clerk, cashier, stocking. Must be 21 years old. Nights and weekends a must. Apply in person. No phone calls please.

Snowmobiles 03 Skidoo Grand Touring, V1000, 4 stroke, 2 up, fully equipped, like new, 1570 miles. $3500 OBO, 293-9183 DELETED YOUR PHOTOS? We can get them back! Call 524-4042.

Storage Space

PLOWING Commercial & Resi dential. Call 630-3511.

LACONIA: Storage sheds, South Main Street. 8 1/4 X 8 1/4 $30/month, 4 1/4 X 8 1/4 $15/month. 524-1234.

DICK THE HANDYMAN Buy • Sell • Trade

Fast growing, small publisher in North Conway needs experienced print & web ad sales person. Full/ part-time, territory from Lakes Region to Canadian Border. Make your own schedule for new and existing accounts. Salary plus commission. Equity position potential for the right person. Resume and references required. (603)356-7011.


We need 21 people ASAP. If you are looking for: Full time hours or more; permanent or temp positions; flexible schedule; nice bonuses for the new year; quick advancement; earning potential; $550 weekly; $1000 sign on bonus; call us immediately. We need help in all departments. Start training this week. No experience required.

QUALITY Firewood: Seasoned, dry hardwood. Pine or green available. Call for details, competative prices. 393-1708. CALL THE HUNGRY PAINTER: Painting, small tree work, dump runs, odd jobs, water damage/drywall repairs. 455-6296.


With Mike Stockbridge- Berklee, UMaine All styles, levels, and ages. (603)733-9070.





Patriots Playoff Tickets

Must have own tools, NH State Inspection License. AS certification, valid drivers license and clean driving record required. Apply in person at Union Ave. Auto, 415 Union Ave. Laconia

Our Customers Dont get Soaked! Major credit cards accepted

Professional Floor sanding, refinishing. Repair: remodeling, painting, cleaning. 603-986-8235

In Laconia, N.H. Our general dental practice has an immediate opening for an experienced part-time dental assistant. CDA licensing perferred. Must possess excellent computer skills and be experienced with dental software. Maturity, enthusiasm, organization, curiosity, confidence and self-motivation are skills we value. If you are great with people, have a desire to help us provide excellent & healthy restorative & esthetic oral dental care to our patients, and are looking for your own dental home, please contact us now; We are eager to meet your! Please email your resume, references, education data and professional licensing info. to:

SMALL Heating Oil Deliveries: No minimum required. Eveningweekend deliveries welcome. Benjamin Oil, LLC. 603-731-5980

Quality Work Reasonable Rates Free Estimates Metal Roofs • Shingle Roofs


Home Improvements

1950’s, Lester Spinet. Reconditioned and refinished 2004. Matching bench $689 negotiable. Contact for photo, details (603)986-1475.


Due to continued growth in our boat repair service business Channel Marine will be adding a new experienced Marine Technician to our service team (year-round) and also a winter seasonal position (Jan. thru March/April). Experience and/or certifications with Mercruiser and/or Yamaha a plus. Forward resume to: or call Kelly at 603-366-4801, X214.


for sale! (603)356-5775, (603)548-8049.

WALL TILES: Ceramic, Glazed, 74 sq. ft., American Olean, 6”x6”, Sandy Ridge (color), $40. Please call 455-3686.

Services HARDWOOD Flooring- Dust Free Sanding. 25 years experience. Excellent references. Weiler Building Services 986-4045 Email:

Help Wanted

IBANEZ Gio electric guitar, mint, $89, Peavey Special 130W amplifier, Scorpion, $129. Both $199 286-4012.

Used 2 inch gasoline Homelite water pump. (pumps 83 gallons per minute) with hose and fire nozzle $150. 524-4445

Roommate Wanted SHARE log home, own bedroom and bath, possibly sitting area all utilities included. Brand new construction. Small dog possible. Call 603-707-1206

BROCHURE distributor needed. Flexible hours, good pay, must have reliable car. References required (603)356-7011.


GOODYEAR Integrity P195/70R14. Four tires, used one season. Asking $250. 524-5187

Help Wanted

Available for small and odd jobs, also excavation work, small tree and stump removal and small roofs! Call for more details. Dick Maltais 603-267-7262 or 603-630-0121 PROMOTIONS, heavy sales, marketing, personal courier. available for 30-60-90 day periods. Mr. Blackburn 515-6764

Home Care EXCEPTIONAL SENIOR HOME COMPANIONSHIP Care provided by mature & qualified caregivers. Starting at $17 per hour (some restrictions apply). Call 603-556-7817

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