The Laconia Daily Sun, November 30, 2012

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Friday, November 30, 2012


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Newfound Regional schools caught in unintended consequences trap set by state’s new property tax cap law; $900,00 at stake By Gail OBer


BRISTOL — It appears the law on unintended consequences has struck at the heart of the Newfound Regional School District budget, nine months after voters passed a two percent cap on the amount property taxes can be increased by in any one year.

According to Fran Wendelboe, the chair of the Newfound Budget Committee, the district learned recently from the N.H. Department of Revenue Administration that the amount to be collected in taxes to support the current school year, approved by voters at the March district meeting, must be reduced by about $900,000

— or the amount of surplus funds left over at the end of the 2011-2012 school year. The key to all this is that by law, unlike towns and cities, N.H. school districts cannot carry surplus funds from one year to the next. They must return them to the taxpayers. While Newfound voters passed an $11 million budget for

2012–2013, the $900,000 surplus from 2011-2012 — which partially came from the arrival of unexpected federal revenue sources like grants — actually lowered the amount to be raised in local taxes at the end of this year by $900,000. “The $900,000 was applied (by DRA) to our tax rate and it reduced see NEWfOUNd page 8

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LACONIA — Police are investigating a series of daytime burglaries that have occurred over the past few days in an area to the north and west of downtown. To date, police said in a media release that four homes — one on Lexington Avenue, one on Lynnewood Road, one on Blueberry Lane, and one on McGrath Street were forcibly entered. In each case, police said the homeowners were gone for relatively short periods of time — about one to four hours. Police said all four homes were “rummaged through” and one victim reported the theft of some jewelry. One victim said he and his daughter had gone out for lunch around noon and returned to the home at just after 3 p.m. He said he didn’t initially notice anything was wrong, that he and his daughter worked on their computers after returning, and then she returned to her home in a different N.H. city. He said it was when see raSH page 8

At the opening of Christmas Village at the Laconia Community Center, “mayor” of the village, Patty Derosier, presents honorary keys to Laconia Mayor Mike Seymore (left) and Executive Councilor Ray Burton. Also pictured are City Councilor Bob Hamel, elf “Twinkle,” City Councilor Ava Doyle and elf “Tinkle.” (Courtesy photo/Adam Drapcho)

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LACONIA — The doors to Christmas Village were thrown open last evening, marking the beginning of the holiday season for thousands of people, including both the young and young-at-heart. The

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NASA finds ice at North Pole. . . of Mercury

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Just in time for Christmas, scientists have confirmed a vast amount of ice at the north pole — on Mercury, the closest planet to the sun. The findings are from NASA’s Mercuryorbiting probe, Messenger, and the subject of three scientific papers released Thursday by the journal Science. The frozen water is located in regions of Mercury’s north pole that always are in shadows, essentially impact craters. It’s believed the south pole harbors ice as well, though there are no hard data to support it. Messenger orbits much closer to the north pole than the south. “If you add it all up, you have on the order of 100 billion to 1 trillion metric tons of ice,” said David Lawrence of the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University. “The uncertainty on that number is just how deep it goes.” The ice is thought to be at least 1½ feet deep — and possibly as much as 65 feet deep. There’s enough polar see ICE page 11

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JERUSALEM (AP) — The black-andwhite photos show masses of people yearning for independence, celebrating a vote recognizing a state in Palestine. It was a day that generations of pupils would be taught to remember with reverence: Nov. 29. The jubilant revelers were Jews, the year was 1947, and the vote was held in the United Nations General Assembly. The Palestinians rejected the partition plan, which called for Jewish and Arab states to

be established after the imminent expiration of the British rule over Palestine. The outraged Arabs soon started a war they eventually lost. Sixty-five years later to the day, the tables are somewhat reversed: Palestinians have turned to the General Assembly for a second chance — and it is the Israelis who have dismissed the vote, which resoundingly upgraded the Palestinians’ U.N. status, as a symbolic trifle.

The irony of the date was not lost on the Israelis. “We are the best teachers of the Palestinian people in their struggle for independence,” wrote Eitan Haber, a veteran columnist for the Yediot Ahronot daily. “They have studied carefully the history of the Zionist movement.” While it’s true that Thursday’s vote won’t immediately create a state of Palestine, it see PALESTINE page 8

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is seeking $1.6 trillion in higher taxes over a decade and an immediate infusion of funds to aid the jobless, help hardpressed homeowners and perhaps extend the expiring payroll tax cut, officials said Thursday as talks aimed at averting an

economy-rattling “’fiscal cliff” turned testy. In exchange, the officials said, President Barack Obama will support an unspecified amount of spending cuts this year, to be followed by legislation in 2013 producing savings of as much as $400 billion from Medicare and other benefit programs over a decade.

The offer produced a withering response from House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, after a closed-door meeting in the Capitol with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. “Unfortunately, many Democrats continue to rule out sensible spending cuts that see CLIFF page 12

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CONCORD (AP) — The provost at the University of Michigan has been chosen as the 18th president of Dartmouth College. Philip Hanlon will succeed Jim Yong Kim, who left Dartmouth in April to become president of the World Bank. Hanlon earned his bachelor’s degree at Dartmouth in 1977, and will be the 10th alumnus to serve as president of the Ivy League school in Hanover, N.H. “I’m thrilled to be coming home. It’s a really terrific place,” he said Thursday. “It shaped my life in profound ways.” As provost, Hanlon serves as the chief academic officer at Michigan. A mathematics professor who plans to continue teaching at Dartmouth, he said he appreciates the school’s focus on undergraduate teaching. Hanlon described himself as a good listener who likes to lead by example. While it is too early to describe specific plans or priorities, Hanlon said he expects there will be profound changes in higher education in the next decade. Universities can’t transform themselves quickly, he said, and need leaders who can look three or four steps ahead. “I think people would say I have a great focus on the future,” he said. Hanlon said his broad mission will be furthering what he considers the key role of any great university: preparing the next generation of leaders. It was see DARTMOUTH page 14


CONCORD (AP) — Gov.-elect Maggie Hassan said Thursday she is setting up informal transition teams on topics ranging from the health care to transportation to advise her as she prepares to lead New Hampshire for the next two years. Hassan told The Associated Press she wants to hear what different people have to say about issues that include transportation, health care, business,



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BARNSTEAD — A Barnstead officer who said he failed the state police academy physical fitness requirements after being 11 seconds too slow on a timed run is suing the state, claiming the fitness exams are biased against men. David Scott said he would have passed if he were a woman because a female his age has two minutes and 56 seconds more to complete the mile and a half run required for graduation from the police academy. In a lawsuit filed this month, Scott, 54, argues that the state’s fitness standards shouldn’t be used for hiring, saying that even the nonprofit organization that created the benchmarks warns against using them for graduation exams because it appears to violate the Civil Rights Act of 1991. “What are the physical fitness requirements to be a police officer? If they set those standards at 15 pushups, 25 sit-ups, bench press 150 pounds and run a mile and a half in 15 minutes – if I can’t do it, then I can’t be a cop. The 20-year-old can’t do it, then he can’t be a cop. If the female can’t do it, then she can’t be a cop,” said Scott, who lives in Alton Bay. “There should be one set of numbers. I don’t care whether you’re 20 or 60 or 70. I don’t care if you’re male or female.” Scott joined the police academy in 2010 shortly after being promoted, on the condition of his subsequent graduation, from a part-time to a full-time officer in Barnstead. Scott, who is representing himself on the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Concord, claims that he excelled in the academy, receiving “superior” scores on several evaluations. But when it came time to pass the mile and a half run, Scott said he finished in 14 minutes and 44 seconds, 11 seconds behind a passing score for a man his age. Scott retook the test numerous times. “I’m ashamed to admit it,” he said. “But I think it was like 10 chances. My fault. Shame on me. I didn’t maintain the regimen. (But) every time I took that test, if I were using the female standards, I would have passed.” Scott said that after he failed to graduate, the Barnstead Police Department returned him to parttime status in February 2011. The test Scott failed is required of every New Hampshire Police Academy student. Members must take a pushup, sit-up, bench press and run-

ning exam, with passing scores based on a person’s gender and age. To be a full-time officer, applicants need to be in the 50th percentile of performance based on their age and gender norm. But the Cooper Institute, a research nonprofit that developed those norms, doesn’t recommend using them for hiring purposes. “The Civil Rights Act of 1991 basically says you can not adjust or use different cut-points for different ages and different genders,” said Steve Farrell, a science officer at the Texas-based nonprofit. “In other words, since the job is the same for everybody regardless of their age or gender, it really doesn’t make sense, to us anyways, to require a female of a certain age to perform at one level versus a male of the same age to perform at a different level.” Farrell said that since 1999 the Cooper Institute has recommended a single-norm standard for selection purposes like academy entrance or exit tests. Under that standard – developed after studying job-related fitness standards for 180 federal, state and municipal agencies – the Cooper Institute believes that an applicant should be able to complete the mile and a half run in between 14 minutes and 40 seconds and 15 minutes and 54 seconds. Scott would have met that standard. But New Hampshire is not alone in testing recruits as it does. The military, for example, requires that a person pass a physical fitness test before graduating basic training, with the test scored through a gender- and age-based point system. And despite the Cooper Institute’s recommendations, roughly a third of the agencies that have adopted their norms apply them for selection standards, like New Hampshire, according to Farrell. Farrell stressed that while the institute doesn’t recommend the practice, there are upsides. Using the norms for hiring actually develops a more diverse workforce by allowing women to be compared only to other women of their same age rather than the entire applicant pool, Farrell said. But ultimately he called it “arbitrary” for an agency to use a percentile ranking to decide who is and isn’t capable of being an officer. “The physical requirements of a police officer are the same regardless of their age or gender. . . . When that emergency comes up, it doesn’t matter whether see next page

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LACONIA — A city man was ordered held on $5,000 cash-only bail yesterday after allegedly beating his girlfriend and then running from police. Police said the were initially called to 32 Lyford St. Apt. 1 at 12:34 a.m. after getting a report that Andrew Mitza, 22, had assaulted his girlfriend. Police said he had already left on foot when they arrived. A short time later, police arrested him and took him to the Laconia Police Station where he was charged with simple assault. Personal recognizance bail was set and Mitza was taken to Belknap County Jail due to intoxication from either alcohol or drugs. He was ordered not to return to 32 Lyford St. as part of his bail conditions. At about 3:36 a.m., police, who were at the home interviewing the victim, said they saw Mitza approaching the house. Officers Brandy Enis and Gary Allen approached Mitza and told him he was violating the terms of his bail. The said Mitza ran from them entering the woods near Messer Street and disappearing from sight.

Gilford police K-9 Agbar and his handler were called and found Mitza hiding in the river. Police took him into custody and took him to Lakes Region General Hospital where he was evaluated because he was in the river for a while. While he was at the hospital, affidavits said he made a comment to Sgt. Michael Finogle that he “was having homicidal thoughts.” Mitza was held overnight of $5,000 cash bail and appeared in the 4th Circuit Court Laconia Division by video yesterday afternoon. Judge Jim Carroll continue the cash bail but said that it could be reduced to personal recognizance bail if Mitza was admitted to the N.H. State Hospital. Should Mitza post the cash bail, Carroll ordered that he attend AA meetings three times a week, follow all of the counseling instructions he gets from Genesis Behavioral Health, and live in Alton. He must stay away from Lyford Street and the alleged victim. According to police logs, he is charged with one count of simple assault, one count of breach of bail, and one count of resisting arrest. — Gail Ober

from preceding page you’re male or female or old or young,” Farrell said. The state has been using Cooper’s numbers on graduation exams since 1992, according to Mark Bodanza, a captain at the Police Standards and Training Council, who said the system was re-evaluated as recently as this year. Bodanza declined to discuss the reasoning for Scott’s failure from the police academy, saying only that the lawsuit, which the state has 21 days to respond to, is written from Scott’s point of view. Bodanza said the 12-person council – which is made up of police chiefs, sheriffs, judges and the attorney general, among others – has been aware that the state is not using the Cooper Institute’s research as the nonprofit recommends it should be. He said the council has been advised that using the age- and gender-based norms for hiring is “legally defensible” in court. But he declined to specify lawsuits where that was the case, deferring questions to the attorney general’s office. Deputy Attorney General Ann Rice declined to comment in light of the ongoing litigation. Bodanza did say that the council largely considered two factors when deciding how to administer fitness examinations: what was the fairest system “across the board for people applying to police departments”

and what was a legally defensible system. “They found both of those things in the Cooper standards,” he said, noting that the council is concerned not only with gender diversity but age diversity as well. Scott, though, believes the state adopted the current system only “so they don’t get sued by females.” In his lawsuit, he alleges that the system allows “less overall physically fit females to become” police officers, an assertion Bodanza called “repulsive” and “offensive” to women in law enforcement. Scott, though, stands by the statement and called the state’s system “discriminatory.” “If you’re going to base my employment on how fast I can run, then I think every cop out there needs to be able to run the same distance in the same time,” said Scott, who works as a school bus driver to make up for being only part time in Barnstead. In his lawsuit, Scott is asking that the 11 seconds by which he failed the running test be waived and that he be certified as a full-time officer. He also is looking to be financially compensated for pay he lost after being returned to part-time status and to receive retroactive seniority at the Barnstead Police Department. Finally, he wants a judge to order the state to provide equal employment opportunities for all candidates.

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I know who killed Twinkie Born in 1930 in Schiller Park, Ill., the deceased was 82 years old at the time of passing, which ironically was the day before Thanksgiving. Having long enjoyed the sweet life, the end was a bit bitter, for the dearly departed’s estate had been mercilessly plundered in recent years by unscrupulous money managers. This left 18,500 surviving family members in dire straits. Indeed, the family contends that the octogenarian’s death was not due to natural causes, but to foul play — a case of corporate murder. This is the drama behind the sudden death of Twinkies. Fondly remembered as “the cream puff of the proletariat” (and less fondly as a sugar-and-fat bomb that delivered a toothache in one bite and a heart attack in the next), this industrial concoction of 37 ingredients became, for better or worse, an icon of American food processing. The father of the Twinkie was James Dewar, a baker at the old Continental Baking Co. who saw the goofilled tube cake as a way to keep the factory’s confection machinery busy after strawberry shortcake season ended. Yes, the Twinkie was actually conceived as “food” for idle machines. How fitting is that? But us humans happily swallowed this extruded marvel of comestible engineering. As a teenager, I probably downed my weight in Twinkies each year — and my long years on this Earth might well be due to the heavy dose of preservatives, artificial flavors and other chemicals baked into every one of those cellophanewrapped two-packs that I consumed. The Twinkie was the best-seller of Hostess Brands, a conglomerate purveyor of some 30 nutritionally challenged (but moneymaking) brand-name food products, ranging from Wonder Bread to Ho Hos. In the past year, Hostess racked up $2.5 billion in sales — yet it suffered a staggering $1.1 billion in losses. Thus, on Nov. 21, Ripplewood Holdings, the private equity outfit that had taken over the conglomerate in 2009, pulled the plug, solemnly announcing that Hostess simply couldn’t survive. Why? Because it was burdened with overly generous labor contracts, the firm’s executives declared, adding that greedy union officials refused to save the company by taking cuts. Wait a minute. They claim that the bereaved loved ones of the Hostess family killed the Twinkie? Holy Agatha Christie, that can’t be right. Remember the horrible murders in 1978 of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk? At the killer’s trial,

his lawyer argued for leniency on the grounds that his client subsisted on a steady diet of junk food, which had addled his brain. This claim entered the annals of American jurisprudence as the “Twinkie Defense.” Even less defensible is the campaign by Ripplewood financial manipulators to lay the death of Hostess at the feet of loyal, longtime employees who, after all, need the jobs. In fact, far from greedy, Hostess workers and their unions have been both modest and faithful. Their wages are decent but not at all excessive — only middle class. And the charge that unions would not make sacrifices to help the company is a flat-out lie, for they had previously given back $100 million in annual wages and benefits to help it survive. The true perfidy in this drama is not in the union, but inside Ripplewood’s towering castle of high finance in New York City. After buying Hostess in a bankruptcy sale, these equity hucksters proceeded to feather their own nests, rather than modernize Hostess’s equipment and upgrade its products, as the unions had urged. For starters, these profiteers piled an unbearable debt load of $860 million on Hostess, thus diverting its revenues into nonproductive interest payments made to rich, absentee speculators. Also, they siphoned millions of dollars out of Hostess directly into their corporate pockets by charging “consulting and management fees” that did nothing to improve the snackmakers financial health. But it was not until this year that their rank managerial incompetence and raw ethical depravity fully surfaced. While the Ripplewood honchos in charge of Hostess were demanding a new round of deep cuts in worker’s pay, health care, and pensions, they quietly jacked up their own pay. By a lot! The CEO’s paycheck, for example, rocketed from $750,000 a year to $2.5 million. Like a character in a bad Agatha Christie whodunit, Ripplewood — the one so insistently pointing the finger of blame at others — turns out to be the one who killed the Twinkie. Along with the livelihoods of 18,500 workers. (Jim Hightower has been called American’s most popular populist. The radio commentator and former Texas Commissioner of Agriculture is author of seven books, including “There’s Nothing In the Middle of Road but Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos” and his new work, “Swim Against the Current: Even Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow”.)

LETTERS A lot has to change to make us whole again; all have to give To the editor, The day before the election I watched Maria Barteromo on CNBC give an editorial on why we should vote and she ended it with “remember you get the government you deserve”. I had heard that phrase before but after the election I realized how profound a statement it was. If you liked the election results, then to quote the president, you got your “revenge”. Revenge against who I do not really know. The rich?, Your boss? Taxpayers? If you did not like the results than you lost to who? Mitt Romney’s 47 percent? The poor?The unemployed? The election is over and we are as divided as ever. The rich are hated because they are rich, no matter how they got there. The rich themselves forgot how they got there and look down on everyone else. Somewhere along the line we as a nation let this happen to ourselves. We have made it easier to not work than to work. The illegal aliens are no longer mowing lawns, they are roofers, tile setters, masons, drywall workers etc. All working wage jobs that we

no longer WANT to do. The rich rather than paying their fair share hide behind tax deductions for capital gains, claiming their money has already been taxed. If you have enough money that your income is money from your money, than that money IS earned income. A lot has change to make this country whole again. Everyone has to give something. If you make a million dollars a year is 30 percent too much to ask for taxes? Shouldn’t some students be learning construction trades in high school so students can go to work after they graduate. We are sending students to college, saddling them with debt for jobs that don’t exist. A good plumber becomes a plumbing contractor. We cannot keep paying people not to work. At 61 years of age, this really is not my problem anymore. It is my children’s problem and quite honestly they remind me of myself at their age, to busy to take notice and get involved. James Edgar Meredith

Pres. Obama’s definition of compromise: I won so do as I say To the editor, It’s Tuesday and I see my friend Russ Wiles has an interesting letter here in the paper. Russ can’t understand why progressive liberals support the Palestinians and not Israel. A question that has bothered me for many years also.I have concluded that it’s simply that they know conservatives support Israel, so they make a conscious decision to be against them. Even most American Jews go along with this unreasonable, unthinking, logic-lacking decision. Very strange. I wonder if Jews have some gene that makes them seek to be persecuted? I just can’t understand it either. Progressives, I do understand though; they follow the rules for radicals, any means justifies the ends, so there really are no rules, no laws, no Constitution except when they can use them for their ends. Ethics are a weakness of their opponents to be used against

them and the practice of personal destruction is always on the table. Democrats just squeaked to a win in November and are calling it a mandate, but it can’t meet that standard except in their own minds. Obama is now all for compromise to avoid the financial cliff in January. I have to wonder if his definition of the word is still “I won so do what I say”, as it was in his first term. If so I wonder if Republicans will cave in to liberal demands. It might just be that; that might be the smart thing to do. Let Obama have what he wants. It will either work (very unlikely) or this country will crash like it has never done before. Thomas Jefferson said that people get the government they deserve, so this could be a test of that opinion. I wonder if America will really like what they get? Steve Earle Hill

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LETTERS Why is Shaker School District so afraid of BudCom review? To the editor, I am sure that taxpayers in Belmont were so happy when they received their new tax bills. Read them and weep! I was surprised at how much higher the bills were this year and even with the town portion as well as the county portion going down, once again the Shaker Regional School District knocked our tax bills up again due to the huge raises given to the teachers last year in their new 3-year contract. And we will have another 2-years to go. I was pleased to see the district return funds to the town earlier this year as did most school districts, which begs the question as to why they have left over money in the first

place? I certainly hope that someone again tries to get this School District in a SB-2 requirement as well as perhaps we should examine the idea of a tax cap which towns can now do. The district is able to get away with this because they can simply stack their meetings and have no budget committee oversight. It is time for the town to stop the district from their monetary thievery. At least the selectmen take into consideration the taxpayers when they prepare their budget as do the budget committee members. . . thank you one and all. Why is the school district so afraid of a budget committee review? Don Irvin, Belmont

Jimmy V helped me accept my knuckle dragging ancestry To the editor, I think perhaps Mr. Veverka is losing his touch. He used to sound sorta, kinda convincing with his vast, empirical research. His last retort to my letter touting our president’s lawless running of our country was an example of him having lost about 20 mph off his blazing 40 mph fastball. I offered several examples in that letter and in a subsequent letter. However, after reminding me that I am a “loser with loser ideas”, he only had one very weak example of my loser mentality. He said I was, “bemoaning recess appointments”. Actually, what I said was that President Obama was performing recess appointments when there was no actual recess at the time he made them. I was not comparing the number of them versus previous presidents as he was alluding. So, the one teeny, weeny so called flaw he found in my letter was really just his inability to correctly understand and report what I actually wrote. Oh well, I still have great affection for this man. In case some may have forgotten, it was Jimmy V. who helped me to accept my knuckle dragging neanderthal ancestry. It was a positively cathartic moment in my life and I have him to thank for that. And now, I owe this man even more for another “random act of kindness” from him. Recently, I was afraid I was losing my hearing and had become despondent. Mr. Veverka noticed that I had “pasty crackers”


between my ears. After removing the impacted Saltines and Ritz cracker residue, my hearing has been restored. It is my fervent belief that James has been languishing in the wrong line of work. His feeble attempts to demean those who enjoy riding in the “Laconia Sun right wing clown car” appear terribly misguided. It makes him come across as a callous, uncaring, poor judge of character. I submit that he should become a social worker. He has helped me tremendously and without asking for one cent of recompense. Mr. Veverka, should you decide to change your vocation, please know that I would be more than happy to give you a ringing endorsement. I would just like to ask for a little more guidance from you. After ObamaCare takes full effect and the advisory panel has limited my choice of docs, I am not sure which one would best suit my needs. I’ve been told my only choices will be either the “bewitching” Dr. Bombay or Dr. Vinnie Boombatz who did such a marvelous job of keeping Rodney Dangerfield alive, despite his very low self-esteem. If you can help me Mr. Veverka, then I will treat you with far more respect than poor Rodney ever received. I pray that your forthcoming catharsis as a devoted human service worker will be as wondrous as my emergence from decades of a cro-magnon existence. Russ Wiles Tilton


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Those 5 Virginia counties are tied to government jobs & money To the editor, This is in response to Mr. Ververka’s letter: Explain 5 of the 6 richest counties in Virginia”. Now I am going to do so. The five counties in Virginia referred to are politically backed and are suburbs of Washington DC. These are government workers making well over $100k. Also, government-backed contractor jobs are in the area. When Mr Obama takes away from defense spending, these jobs will feel the impact.

I will also give an unwanted answer to the food stamp debate. During the Bush II years, total food stamp users hovered around 20 million. FYI that number today is at 47 million. Please stop the “blame Bush” tactic. I find it funny that Obama supporters use the look “forward” motto, when all they do is look “backward” and blame. Daniel Ash Laconia

Please come out & support Teen Project on Tuesday, Dec. 4 To the editor, Please join us in treating yourself to a fine meal at one of the more community-supportive restaurant establishments in our area — all day Tuesday, Dec. 4, at T-Bones/Cactus Jack’s — to support the Appalachian Mountain Teen Project (AMTP), a local agency that provides extensive services to 16 LMS and LHS students, has a collaborative relationship with LHS’s Freedom Found club to reach even more Laconia students, and serves all Pleasant Street 5th graders through their diversity awareness program. T-Bones/Cactus Jacks is donating a

portion of that day’s proceeds to AMTP to help them continue to provide support in our area to teens and children who desperately need their support. Economic constraints in our city have resulted in no funding to AMTP from the city or the SAU, but they continue to provide services in our area. Please come out and support this outstanding agency. It is no coincidence that this fund-raiser falls on the very day that the WLNH Children’s Auction kicks off its annual marathon for the children of the Lakes Region. John Walker Laconia

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NEWFOUND from page one our base,” said Wendelboe. Good news for taxpayers this year, said Wendelboe, but bad news for budget builders who must factor the two percent tax increase allowed on the lower amount — meaning the district must eliminate about $895,000 from the 2013–2014 budget now being prepared. Wendelboe said the School Board and the Budget Committee had tacitly agreed on a $11,214,000 budget target for 2013-2014 — an amount that would allow the district to absorb the increases in state retirement contributions, insurance, fuel and to give small raises to the para-professionals who she said “really took it on the chin” in this year’s budget, which was reduced by 10 percent from the 2010-2011 school year level. Wendelboe said there are three possible solutions to the district’s dilemma and the path of least resistance is having the DRA reinterpret the legislative intent of the law that was passed which permitted school districts, among other governmental entities, to have property tax caps. She argues that lawmakers only intended to control the rate at which property taxes can be increased; their purpose was not to have the law drive down the total amount that can be collected because of something that happened the year before. She said a representative of the school board, a representative of the Newfound administration, herself, and State Senators Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro), David Boutin (R-Hookset) (the two sponsors of the tax cap bill in 2011) and Sen. Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith), who represents most of the district, were meeting in Concord yesterday to discuss their options and to clarify what the legislature intended

when the law was passed. She said the DRA was invited to the meeting. She said the school board has made a formal request to meet with Gov. John Lynch in hopes he can help clarify the legislative intent of the tax cap and the DRA’s current interpretation. If that fails, she said the second option would be to “fast-track” legislation this January that would clarify what she believes was the original intent of the law. “This would be tough,” Wendelboe said, noting the clarification legislation would have to have bipartisan support in both the House, the Senate, and Governor-elect Maggie Hassan who would need to sign it. She said the legislation would have to be enacted and signed into law before the school district is legally required to post its budget for public hearings in February. The third option would be to reduce the budget by the $895,000, present it to the deliberative session (Newfound is governed under SB-2), and make a floor motion to raise it by a maximum of 10 percent. By law, a tax cap means only that the School Board and the Budget Committee must develop and present the governing body — the voters — a budget that is under the legal cap. Voters at a deliberative session have the right to increase (or decrease) a presented budget by 10 percent. In towns and school districts that are not governed by SB-2, voters at annual meetings can make whatever changes they want. Should the deliberative session choose to raise the budget, she said the voters at the second session of the district meeting would either adopt or reject the it by a ballot vote in March.

VILLAGE from page one who has helped create Christmas Village year after year, said that several dozen people offer a hand, either before, during or after, to help transform the interior of the Community Center into the North Pole. He estimated that about 5,000 people visited the attraction last year, and expected much of the same this year. The format of the event remains unchanged from recent years. Visitors will first enter into the Community Center’s basement level, where a team of volunteers led by Sharon Cavanaugh offers a series of games and craft activities. Visitors will then move upstairs, where they will get a ride on Santa’s sleigh, visit Santa’s workshop and pick out an orna-

ment, enjoy cookies and lemonade in a café, have an individual meeting with Santa and receive a gift, and finally spend some time in “Grandma’s Living Room.” The only cost of the experience is an optional $3 for a photograph of the visitor with Santa. Bolduc said visitors should plan on spending “at least an hour” when coming to Christmas Village. For many, the event has become a part of yearly holiday tradition. Even for Bolduc, who is nearing his 40th Christmas Village, the event retains its charm. “It’s the holiday, it’s Christmas, it’s Christ. It’s what it’s always been and we like to keep it going.” The best part of the event, for Bolduc, was seeing children get excited about the holiday. “That makes it all worth while.”

Belknap County Delegation and Belknap County Commissioners Public Hearing – December 10, 2012 at 7:00 PM

The Belknap County Delegation will convene at the County Complex, 34 County Drive, Laconia, NH in Conference room #1 for the following purposes: • Presentation of the Commissioners recommended budget • Public hearing on the same (RSA 24:23) • First Meeting (RSA 24:9a) Belknap County Commissioner's Recommended Budget Summary

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RASH from page one he went to his bedroom and saw that all of the drawers had been pulled out and his medicine chest was open that he realized someone had been in his house. He said the person got into his house by breaking out one of three glass panes in a rear entrance, reaching in through the broken window, and turning the knob. The victim said nothing was taken. “I don’t leave any money in the house and I don’t have any jewelry,” he said speculating that those were the things the burglar(s) was seeking. “I guess I’m very fortunate that whoever it was didn’t trash the place,” he said. The victim noted that in two of the other burglaries, who are people he knows, said they told him entry was made through a door that was in the rear of their homes and their backyards are bordered by woods. City police are asking people to make sure their doors and windows are locked and to report any suspicious people or automobiles they see in the neighborhoods. PALESTINE from page 2 will give the Palestinians a boost, elevating their status from U.N. observer to nonmember observer state — like that of the Vatican. The resolution upgrading the Palestinians’ status was approved by a vote of 138-9, with 41 abstentions, in the 193member world body. Anton Salman, a resident of the Palestinian city of Bethlehem in the West Bank, said he hoped international recognition will mark the beginning of a new period that “will begin to build a real state and to recognize our identity as a people with a state and land.” The vote recognizes a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, the lands Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war. This represents far less territory than the Palestinians were offered on Nov. 29, 1947, when the U.N. General Assembly passed Resolution 181. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in a rare moment of candor, admitted in an Israeli TV interview last year that the Arab world erred in rejecting the plan. “It was our mistake. It was an Arab mistake as a whole,” he said at the time. Resolution 181 called for the partition of the British-ruled Palestine Mandate into a Jewish state and an Arab state: 33 countries voted in favor, 13 against and 10 abstained. The resolution was accepted by the Jews of Palestine and set off jubilant celebrations. In a whiff of nostalgia, Israeli TV on Thursday aired grainy footage from that day of people dancing in the streets. Israeli radio interviewed Israeli seniors about their recollections from that day. It was a strikingly different Israel from today — a place where only several hundred thousand Jews lived, most of them European. Their suits and hats see next page

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Equivalent of 182 dump trucks of sand said leaving Weirs Beach each year BY MICHAEL KITCH LACONIA — Each year approximately 1,275 cubic yards of sand — enough to fill 182 city dump trucks — is swept by wind and water from Weirs Beach into the Weirs Channel. Speaking to a small group of interested people at the Weirs Community Center last night, Kirk Bosma of the Woods Hole Group, which the city commissioned to study the problem, explained what was causing the beach to shrink and suggested what might be done to restore it. Weirs Beach is not a natural beach, but was built between 1950 and 1960 with sand dredged from the nearby channel and trucked from Gilford. The beach was built in three stages, the northern section first then the southern section and finally the middle section between, which was bounded by two jetties, or groins, fashioned of iron rails, railroad ties, rocks and sandbags. A third jetty was built along the channel. Bosma recalled that by 1958 erosion had already taken its toll, washing away some 2,000 cubic yards of sand. Although the sand was restored, erosion persisted, shaping a scalloped shoreline framed by the jetties. He said that in 1975 a study concluded that the fine sand could not withstand stormwater and wave action

and recommended removing the jetties, raising the elevation of the beach, improving the surrounding drainage and rebuilding the jetty lining the channel. Despite these steps, he said that the beach continued to migrate, forming the crescent there today. Bosma explained that his team collected data on the direction and strength of prevailing winds and waves, along with records of water levels and measures of water depth. Meanwhile, a crew from the Department of Public Works regularly surveyed the beach over the course of a year to provide a record of its changing topography. He said that analyzing and modeling this data indicated that some 612 cubic yards of sand was blown from beach by wind, another 500 cubic yards was lost to the action of waves and less than 100 cubic yards was carried away by stormwater. The total of 1,212 cubic yards calculated by the model nearly matched the 1,275 cubic yards confirmed by the surveys of the beach. Bosma listed a number of measures that could be taken to restore and stabilize the beach. The jetty along the channel could be extended and elevated to stem the migration of sand into the channel. Likewise, the jetty could be supplemented with fencing to reduce the loss of windblown sand.

Adjustable jetties or groins, that could be extended as well as raised and lowered, might slow the drift of sand toward the jetty and into the channel. Drainage upland of the beach could be improve to lessen stormwater run-off across the beach. The next step, Bosma said, will be to evaluate the effectiveness of these measures, or some combination of them, by incorporating them into the model and to prepare estimates of the cost of the preferred alternative. He stressed that the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES), which must approve any project to restore and stabilize the beach, will expect a plan to be supported by data and analysis indicating that it is likely to succeed without adversely effecting the natural environment. Kevin Dunleavy, director of Parks and Recreation, said that once he receives the technical memorandum detailing the initial findings of the Woods Hole Group he will meet with officials of DES. He noted that when the prospect of restoring the beach was first broached with DES the response was encouraging. He said that Darlene Forst of the Wetlands Bureau recognized the importance of the beach, both to the tourist economy of the city and the region and as a major source of public access to Lake

Winnipesaukee. Moreover, the Army Corps of Engineers has assured city officials that the agency would not intervene on a project of three acres or less, but instead would follow the recommendations of DES. For years business owners at The Weirs longed to restore the beach, but were discouraged by the lack of sufficient funds and the stringency of environmental regulation. Nevertheless, in 2000 the city dedicated revenues from parking in excess of $25,000 a year for “dredging and reconstructing Endicott Rock Park Beach” and five years later created a “beach refurbishment fund,” supported by beach fees, which has a balance of some $68,000. After the boardwalk was damaged by a flash flood in August 2008 the Weirs Action Committee (WAC) suggested restoring the beach along with rebuilding the boardwalk, but the two projects could not be undertaken at once. However, in November 2009 the WAC voted to ask the city to address erosion of the beach and the following spring Robert Ames and Joe Driscoll of the WAC, together with Dunleavy and Luke Powell of the Department of Public, met with officials at DES. Encouraged by the response, the city contracted with the Woods Hole Group in May, 2011 to undertake the study of the beach.

ICE from page 2 ice at Mercury, in fact, to bury an area the size of Washington, D.C., by two to 2½ miles deep, said Lawrence, the lead author of one of the papers. “These are very exciting results,” he

added at a news conference. For two decades, radar measurements taken from Earth have suggested the presence of ice at Mercury’s poles. Now scientists know for sure, thanks to Messenger, the first space-

from preceding page were more suited to Vienna than to the Middle East. Few back then would have imagined the Israel of today — much more Middle Eastern yet also heavily influenced by America, prosperous and powerful beyond the imaginations of most of the revelers of 1947. After the vote, ecstatic Palestinians in Ramallah and other West Bank towns waved flags, danced in the streets and set off fireworks. A group of Israeli peace activists

held a rally Thursday to support the Palestinian bid in front of the old Tel Aviv Museum, where Israel’s independence was declared in May 1948. “The choice of date is not accidental. It’s aimed at correcting a historical mistake,” said Mossi Raz, a former Israeli lawmaker and veteran activist. “Sixty-five years ago, the United Nations decided to establish a Jewish state and an Arab state ... but it never happened. Today we are completing a historic decision with the establishment of Palestine.”

craft to orbit Mercury. The water almost certainly came from impacting comets, or possibly asteroids. Ice is found at the surface, as well as buried under a dark material. Messenger was launched in 2004 and went into orbit 1½ years ago around Mercury, where temperatures reach 800 degrees. NASA hopes to continue observations well into next year. Columbia University’s Sean Solo-

mon, principal scientist for Messenger, stressed that no one is suggesting that Mercury might hold evidence of life, given the presence of water. But the latest findings may help explain how water and other building blocks of life arrived elsewhere in the solar system, he said. Mercury is becoming the subject of new interest “where it wasn’t much of one before,” Solomon said.


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Lee Thompson says goodbye to DPW after 33 years By Michael Kitch

LACONIA — After dodging the spotlight during his 33 years with the city, Lee Thompson, general foreman at the Department of Public Works, found himself center stage yesterday when his fellow employees and city officials celebrated his retirement. Thompson joined the department in 1979, starting as a laborer and truck driver assigned to all aspects of roadway construction and maintenance. Within a decade he became the traffic specialist, who managed the signage and striping of city streets as well as oversaw the traffic lights across the city, a responsibility he bore throughout his career. During his tenure all seven of the intersections controlled by traffic signals underwent major improvements. Promoted to Senior Foreman in the late 1990s, Thompson planned, scheduled and supervised the work of the highway maintenance crew. “He was the man for everyday planning,” said Paul Moynihan, director of public works. “Lee is a very organized

man in his own way.” Moynihan called Thompson the “mastermind” behind the deployment of the department’s resources during Motorcycle Week. He placed the signs, barricades port-potties, saw to any necessary striping of roadways and planned the collection of trash and recyclables. Thompson, who closely followed and keenly forecast the weather, also managed the plowing, salting and sanding of city streets. As a foreman he was known as stern, but fair and even-handed, with “no favorites.” Although Thompson was on the job by 5:30 a.m., Moynihan said that he could always be reached when needed, but cautioned “if you call him after 7:30 at night, he’ll answer, but . . . “ He went on to offer a few words or phrases that did not apply to Thompson, among them “politically correct,” “tactful,” and “warm and fuzzy,” but described him as an “unsung hero, always on the job,” who when asked about the progress of one project or another usually replied “all done!”

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Stacie Laughton declares she’ll be ‘brilliant’ lawmaker, but not now By Maryalice Gill THE NASHUA TELEGRAPH

NASHUA – Stacie Laughton, who made history this month as the country’s first openly transgendered candidate to win a seat in a state Legislature, signed a letter to give up her post Thursday, calling it a “tragic end.” “I am deeply saddened that it had to come to this,” Laughton said, “but as I said earlier this resignation is in the best interest of myself, my party, the citizens of my district, and I’d even go as far as to say the state of New Hampshire as a whole. My wish is that we can just move on from here.” Laughton joined Nashua State Rep. Ken Gidge during his Access Nashua show “Gidge’s World” to announce the final decision, after she had wavered back and forth about giving up the seat after news surfaced that she had served several felony convictions under the name Barry Charles Laughton, Jr. Former WSMN radio disc jockey Gidge also hosted a show a decade ago when embattled State Rep. Tom Alciere tearfully resigned. Like Laughton, Alciere was also elected by voters in Ward 4. In January 2001, Alciere bowed to intense pressure and resigned his seat after published reports revealed he advocated the killing of police officers. from preceding page here in Dearborn I about fell over,” Bryan said, as he hung Christmas lights outside his mother’s home. He said the only other local lottery win he could remember was when an area farmer won about $100,000 in scratch-off game years ago “and bought himself a combine.” The winning ticket sold in Arizona was purchased at a 4 Sons Food Store in Fountain Hills near Phoenix, state lottery officials said. Customers poured into the store, to check their tickets and share in the big moment. “I think it’s crazy, and I also think it’s great,” said

Representative-elect Stacie Laughton (right) announced she not fill the office she was elected to on Nov. 6 while on a Nashua TV show on Thursday hosted by Rep. Ken Gidge (left). (Nashua Telegraph photo)

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from preceding page government. Boehner suggested as much when one reporter asked if his comments meant he was breaking off talks with the White House and congressional Democrats. “No, no, no. Stop,” he quickly answered. “I’ve got to tell you, I’m disappointed in where we are, and disappointed in what’s happened over the last couple weeks. But going over the fiscal cliff is serious business.” Republican aides provided the first description of the White House’s offer, although Democratic officials readily confirmed the outlines. Under the proposal, the White House is seekng passage by year’s end of tax increases totaling

$1.6 trillion over a decade, including the rate hikes sought by Obama. Obama also asked for approval by year’s end of $30 billion to renew expiring jobless benefits, $25 billion to prevent a looming Jan. 1 cut in fees for doctors who treat Medicare patients and an undisclosed amount to help homeowners hit by the collapse in real estate values. The White House also wants a new stimulus package to aid the economy, with a price tag for the first year of $50 billion, as well as an extension of the Social Security payroll tax cut that is due to end on Dec. 31, or some way to offset the impact of its expiration. In political terms, the White House proposal is a near mirror image of what officials have said Repub-


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received approval to give its top executives bonuses totaling up to $1.8 million for meeting certain budget goals during the liquidation. The company says the incentive pay is needed to retain the 19 corporate officers and “high-level managers” for the wind down process, which could take about a year. Two of those executives would be eligible for additional rewards depending on how efficiently they carry out the liquidation. The compensation would be on top of their regular pay. The bonuses do not include pay for CEO Gregory Rayburn, who was brought on as a restructuring expert earlier this year. Rayburn is being paid $125,000 a month. Hostess was given interim approval for its winddown last week, which gave the company the legal protection to immediately fire 15,000 union workers. The company said the terminations were necessary to free up workers to apply for unemployment see next page

HASSAN from page one “This is a grassroots state and decision-making is best when we bring people together to identify their priorities and then figure out how best to move forward,” said Hassan. Hassan, a Democrat from Exeter, campaigned on the need for people to work together to address the state’s problems. Earlier this month, Hassan reiterated that her focus will be reaching out to Democrats, Republicans and independents. She named Pamela Walsh as her transition director. Walsh of Concord served as deputy chief of staff for retiring Gov. John Lynch, a Democrat, and as press secretary for Democratic Gov. Jeanne Shaheen, now a U.S. senator. The transition co-chairs are former Democratic state Sen. Kathleen Sgambati and former Resources and Economic Development Commissioner Sean O’Kane, who served under Republican Gov. Craig

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WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo was suspended for the third time this calendar year on Thursday when the NBA told him to sit out two games without pay for starting a skirmish that sent players sprawling into the courtside seats. Rondo will miss Friday night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers and Sunday’s against the Bucks in Milwaukee. He will also give up $200,000 in pay. Celtics center Kevin Garnett was fined $25,000 for his role in the scuffle, and Nets forward Gerald Wallace was fined $35,000. Rondo was thrown out of Wednesday night’s 95-83 loss to the Nets in the second quarter when he shoved Nets forward Kris Humphries off the parquet to retaliate for a hard foul on Garnett. A shoving match ensued; Rondo, Humphries and Wallace were all ejected. Rondo spoke with the league on the telephone on Thursday and made his case. “I told them the truth,” he said after practice at the Celtics’ workout facility in suburban Boston. “I don’t think

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blacks and young voters. Carney said that comment, widely panned as disparaging by leaders of both parties, did not hang over the postelection meeting of the two men. The spokesman underscored Obama’s interest in listening to Romney’s ideas. Obama presumably did so without accusing his former rival of having “Romnesia” about his own positions, as the president had once charged with a wicked smile. Long gone too, it seemed, was Romney’s accusation over the summer that Obama was running a “campaign of division and anger and hate.” “Gov. Romney congratulated the president for the success of his campaign and wished him well over the coming four years,” the White House statement said. And this: “They pledged to stay in touch, particularly if opportunities to work together on shared interests arise.” Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom agreed that it was a “very friendly lunch” between two men who spoke about the big challenges facing the nation. Still, Romney did not get the warmest of welcomes coming into the White House gates. The Secret Service said a man interfered with his vehicle as it arrived at a secure checkpoint near the White House. The man was later interviewed by an officer and became combative, the Secret Service said. He was charged with assault on a police officer and unlawful entry.

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Thomas W. Sheehan, 74 CAMPTON — Thomas W. Sheehan, 74 of Campton died Thursday, November 29, 2012 at the Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia after a brave battle with cancer. Tom was born in Franklin, September 20, 1938, son of the late John E. Sheehan Sr. and Ida Mary (Auger) Sheehan. He attended St. Mary’s School in Franklin and in 1952, attended the College St. Joseph in Berthierville, Quebec for the ninth grade of his high school program. Tom attended Franklin High School for two years and graduated from Tilton-Northfield High School in 1956. Stationed in Thailand, Tom served with the U. S. Army, United States Security Agency from 1961 until 1964, honorably discharged as a Sergeant. He graduated from Plymouth State College in 1976 with a major in English. Upon completion of his studies Tom taught at the Middle School level in Franklin for several years. After teaching he owned Sheehan Logging Company for 16 years and always enjoyed the outdoor work. The experience served him well, as he later worked for Sugarbush Land Company, buying and developing land for 11 years. After the company closed, Tom worked for Allard Lumber Company for five years as a log buyer. He was instrumental in creating the log yard in Haverhill, NH that continues to be in operation. After retiring in 2005, Mr. Sheehan improved the family owned cottage on Back Lake in Pittsburg and enjoyed the offerings of the Great North Woods area. Tom and his wife Joan resided at the lake for six months of each year. During his adult life his volunteer work focused on children and young adults. Over the years he served for ten years with the Juvenile Diversion Committee in Plymouth, was a former Little League coach and Senior Babe Ruth coach in Tilton and Plymouth, member of


the NH Sports Car Club and Sports Car Club of America. He was a car enthusiast and had extensive knowledge of all types, holding the record for the hill climb at Mt. Ascutney in Vermont at one time. Tom was an avid hunter on his land in Sanbornton and enjoyed his many trips with his son Matt and friends around the U. S. and Canada. He was a generous man who helped others throughout his life and had a keen sense of humor. His positive outlook on life and love of his family will always be remembered by those who knew him. In addition to his parents, Tom was predeceased by brothers, John Sheehan Jr., Robert Sheehan and sisters, Elizabeth Sheehan Beaupre and Margaret Sheehan Dyment. He leaves his wife of 43 years, Joan (Rivard) Sheehan of Campton; his son, Matthew Thomas Sheehan and companion Carole Smith of Laconia and her children, Christopher and Ashley Smith; as well as relatives, nieces and nephews from the Sheehan and Rivard families. Calling hours will be Tuesday, December 4th from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road in Tilton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, December 5th at 9:30 AM at St. Paul Church, School Street in Franklin. Burial with military honors will be held in the afternoon at 1:30 PM at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 D. W. Highway in Boscawen. Those wishing may make memorial contributions in Tom’s name to either, David’s House, P. O. Box 660, Lebanon, NH 03766-0660, www.davids-house. org or to Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice, 780 North Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246. For more information go to www.

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BELMONT — Gary Bloom, 69, of Belmont, N.H., died Nov. 29, 2012 after a brief illness. He was born July 11, 1943 in Salamanca, N.Y., the youngest of four children to Wanda (Pavlock) and John Bloom. He married Martha “Marty” (Morton) Bloom on April 23, 1966, and they enjoyed 46 fun years of marriage. Gary was most at home on his boat on Lake Winnisquam, on the golf course with his friends, or in Florida at his and Marty’s home in The Villages. Gary and Marty’s adventurous spirit brought them around the world and home again, making friends and forging new connections wherever they went. Gary worked for J.J. Newberry’s for 36 years, working his way up from a stockroom boy to District Manager. After Newberry’s closed, Gary and Marty opened Bloom’s Variety on Laconia’s Main Street in 1997 in the old Newberry’s storefront, which they operated until their retirement in 2008. Gary loved the fast pace of retail and had a talent for connecting with his many loyal customers and community members. A long-time proponent of small businesses and the importance of Main Street in a local economy, Gary remained supportive of the Main Street effort. Gary is predeceased by his mother and father and his sister Janice Skud-

larek of Randolph, N.Y. He is survived by his wife Martha; his children Trevor Bloom and wife Lisa, of Reading, Mass.; his daughter Meredith Morin and husband Mike of Stratton, Vt.; and his five grandchildren: Jack Bloom, Natalie Bloom, Brian Bloom, of Reading, Mass. and Eva Morin and Luke Morin of Stratton, N.H., his brother Mark Bloom, of Raleigh, N.C., and sister Lorraine Harf, of Depew, N.Y., as well as many other family and friends. Calling hours will be held in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-BeaneSimoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street in Laconia on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 from 5 to 8 p.m. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Parish, 96 Main Street in Belmont on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 at 10 a.m. by Rev. Paul B. Boudreau, Jr., Pastor of the Church. Donations may be made to the Main Street Initiative, Inc. of Laconia at 555 Main St., Laconia, NH 03246. Wilkinson-Beane-SimoneauPaquette Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to

Proceeds from Swim Club gift certificates donated to Children’s Auction LACONIA — Again this year, the Laconia Athletic & Swim Club is offering a stocking stuffer gift idea that will benefit the WLNH Children’s Auction. While supplies last, the club is selling $10 visits for $10 gift certificates and all proceeds will be donated directly to the Lakes Region’s largest single non-profit fundraising event. “The holidays are a great time for giving and what better gift to give than one that

gives back,” said club owner Tom Oakley. “We have great way for people to give the gift of fitness to family and friends in a way where everyone benefits.” The Children’s Auction begins on Tuesday, Dec. 4 this year and runs through Saturday, Dec. 8. To take advantage of the Swim Club offer call 524-9252 or visit the club at 827 North Main Street. The website is found at

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27th annual Rev. Ray ‘Gilmanton’s Greatest Views’ pursues final $40,000 Wixson Memorial Gilford Senior Citizen Dinner is December 6 GILFORD — The 27th annual Rev. Ray Wixson Memorial Gilford Senior Citizen Dinner & Holiday Celebration will take place on Thursday, December 6 at 5:45 p.m. at the Gilford Community Church and Community Center, Potter Hill Road. This event is put on every year by the members of the Gilford Rotary Club to thank the seniors of Gilford for their many contributions to Gilford over the years. There will be a traditional turkey dinner with all the “fixings” and entertainment by some local talent. There is also a rumor that Santa himself might stop by. Call the Gilford Community Church at 5246057 to make reservations. Transportation is available if needed.

GILMANTON — The campaign to preserve “Gilmanton’s Greatest Views - For Everyone, Forever” is down to the final push. The Board of Directors of the Gilmanton Land Trust announced that only $40,000 remains to be raised to complete this ambitions, $1.17 million project by the end of 2012. The project, begun two years ago, will protect and ensure the good stewardship of four iconic conservation properties in Gilmanton owned by George Twigg, III. These lands include famous views from Frisky Hill, extensive frontage on unspoiled Meetinghouse Pond, highly productive farmlands, and an historic site used two centuries ago for processing (“retting”) flax into linen and found nowhere else in New Hampshire. Key partners include the Five Rivers Conservation Trust, and the Gilmanton Conservation Commission. For more information on the project, including donation options, see, and/or contact project manager Tom Howe (, 603-364-6131). Howe commented: “We’re grateful to have received such strong support from 185 households, businesses, foundations, and public funding programs so far. It’s a testament to the sense of community that

our supporters feel about this project, and why we’ve done so well. We’re excited about completing our fundraising over the coming month. With help from others, we’ll meet a challenge gift of $7000 from two couples, and reach our goal by deadline! This will give us the resources we need to complete the necessary real estate transactions early in the new year.”

TILTON — The Elder Services Department of the Community Action Program, Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc., would like to invite seniors to outreach lunches on Tuesdays in December at the Tilton Senior Center. The Tilton Senior Center is located at 11 Grange Road in Tilton, and welcomes all seniors from the surrounding communities. There is no membership fee or residency requirement. The Center is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There are a variety of opportunities for social interaction as well as informational sessions and health and wellness programs. Some upcoming programs this December include a Mystery Hike with UNH Covert Dot Banks on December 4, an informa-

tion session about Assistance Programs for Seniors on December 4, and a Red Hat Society Meeting on December 11. For more information about these programs, or to reserve a spot for lunch by the Thursday prior, call 527-8291. Lunch is served at 11:30 am, and is $6 for those under 60, and a suggested donation of $2 for individuals 60 and over. December Menu Tuesday, December : Pork Riblet, BBQ Sauce, Baked Beans, Biscuit, Coleslaw, and Pineapple Tuesday, December: Spanish Rice, Green Beans, Hot Apple Dessert Tuesday, December: Holiday Dinner: Chicken Breast, Mashed Red Bliss Potatoes, Wheat Roll, Peas & Onions, Winter Squash, Assorted Pies.

View of the Belknap Range from Frisky Hill, Rt. 107, Gilmanton, across lands to be preserved in the Gilmanton’s Greatest Views - For Everyone, Forever campaign undertaken by the Gilmanton Land Trust and Five Rivers Conservation Trust. (Courtesy photo)

Moultonborough Recreation Department Weekly community dining at Tilton Senior Center adds Zumba Gold classes MOULTONBOROUGH — The Moultonborough Recreation Department has added a Zumba Gold class on Friday mornings at 10 a.m.with certified instructor, Ellen Chase. First class is free. Zumba Gold is tailored to the needs of older adults, baby boomers, and those that may have a physical limitation that doesn’t allow them to keep up at a fast pace. It’s the same dance and fitness routines, but is performed at a lower intensity. For more information, call the recreation office at 476-8868. (Original Zumba classes are held on Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m.) The Moultonborough Recreation Department will host a Holiday Concert performed by the New Horizons Band on Tuesday, December 11, at the Moultonborough Community Auditorium. The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door. Adults: $5. Seniors & Children 12 & under: $3.

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Craig McKeon, Graphic Design & Media Specialist for Bank of New Hampshire; Bill Hemmel, Owner of Lakes Region Aerials; Mark Primeau, President & CEO for Bank of New Hampshire; Jay Buckley, President for MegaPrint. (Courtesy photo)

Bank of New Hampshire has a view from above LACONIA — People who enter the atrium in the Laconia office of Bank of New Hampshire will notice a new view from above. The atrium wall has been transformed into a six mile aerial view over Moultonborough Neck on Lake Winnipesaukee. As renovations took place recently in the Laconia office at Bank of New Hampshire, it was decided to change the look of the large atrium wall with something from the bank’s own back yard. Bill Hemmel, Owner of Lakes Region Aerials, specializes in aerial panoramas and took flight specifically to capture this view for Bank of New Hampshire. He has done aerial photography since the 1970’s and is a commercial aircraft and helicopter pilot. Craig McKeon, graphic design and media special-

ist for Bank of New Hampshire was instrumental in measuring the wall and laying out the photo to ensure proper sizing and placement for the final installation. Jay Buckley, president of MegaPrint, took on the task of printing this 8 panel wall paper panorama. MegaPrint operates out of Plymouth and has been banner printing for over 18 years. Bank of New Hampshire, founded in 1831, provides deposit, lending and wealth management products and services to families and businesses throughout New Hampshire. With 21 banking offices throughout New Hampshire and assets exceeding $1 billion, Bank of New Hampshire is the oldest and largest independent bank in the state.

MEREDITH — An informative presentation on “ Range Finders and Cameras” will be given by Richard Hartman, a member of the Lakes Region Camera Club, at the club’s meeting on December 4 at 7:30 p.m. at The Trinity Episcopal Church in Meredith. It’s likely that a number of club members have either owned or used a range finder camera to focus in on subjects before tripping the shutter at some point. Since it’s inception, focusing has made great

advances. Richard will relate to the audience what he has learned about this concept, its history, its application in the latest cameras and their advantages and disadvantages. The LRCC meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month and sponsors programs, workshops, competions and field trips. Persons at any experience level are welcome. For more information, visit or call Phyllis Meinke at 340-2359.

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WinnAero, the aviation education non-profit based at the Laconia Airport, is in the final weeks of raffle ticket sales for its refurbished Cessna 172 airplane plus $1,200 in cash. (Courtesy photo)

Tickets may be purchased by visiting the Laconia Airport Manager’s Office or by going on-line to www. On-line options include a credit card purchase or downloading the ticket purchase form, attaching a personal check and mailing it to WinnAero. Tickets for the airplane plus $1,200 in cash are $50. The raffle Cessna is on display at the Laconia Airport for anyone who would like to check it out. WinnAero also reminds parents and grandparents to watch for news about Santa Claus arriving in the Cessna to meet with children and families on December 8.

Holiday open house at Laconia Indoor Winter Market

LACONIA — The Laconia Indoor Winter Market will be hosting a “Holiday Edition” open house Thursday, December 6 from 3-6 p.m. at Skate Escape Roller Rink located next to Little Caesars Pizza Place in Laconia. There will be new one day only vendors in addition to the 25 plus regular vendors which have a variety of farmers with meats, veggies, herbs, eggs, jellies, bakers, crafters, sewers, embroiderers, popcorn, fudge, cake makers, jewelry makers, pendants, crocheters, direct sell vendors and much more. There will be free refreshments, coloring and letters to Santa. The market will also be accepting refreshment donations for the 2nd Annual Skate-a-thon to help from preceding page tion, which we feel enhances our community.” The Moultonborough Grange hall was named to the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance’s ‘Seven to Save’ list in mid-October. Additional grants to fund the further permanent stabilization necessary to save the Grange building, including a roof systemfinal repair, deck framing, and grade and foundation work, are now being actively sought.

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Breast Cancer and Beyond support group meeting on Monday at Caring for Women

LACONIA –The LRGHealthcare Breast Cancer & Beyond support group meets often, bringing women together to share experiences and advice. The next group meeting will be held on Monday, December 3 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Caring for Women (Next to the Laconia Clinic) and will offer a workshop on Plum Blossom healing through the art of beading. This informal gathering will offer women a chance to relax and mingle with others who are experiencing something similar. For more information or to register for the event, contact Ginny Witkin at 527-2940. RSVP is appreciated.

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By Holiday Mathis Romance is the most complex flavor of love. Sometimes it causes you to run in the opposite direction of the thing you most want. Why? No explanation will satisfy. It is what it is. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You’ve held onto a wish even after you stopped actively pursuing it. What you couldn’t seem to make happen by choice will now happen by chance. This is a matter of faith meets excellent timing. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). It takes courage to reveal your heart, but it takes something more than that to keep it to yourself. Strategic selfcontrol is called for. Consider the big picture and the feelings of all involved. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Do people know what’s acceptable to you? Maybe you haven’t articulated it even to yourself yet. It would benefit you to draw personal boundaries and then enforce them. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Romantic love is so strange. Sometimes you want it badly and yet, inexplicably, run in the opposite direction. If you are now acting in a way that seems to be the opposite of what you want, consider that you might be in love. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Nov. 30). You’ll work more for love than for money. You’ll find projects that challenge you and fit in with your selfimprovement goals. Then in February, all bets are off. You’ll be confident, comfortable and committed to making yourself happy -- all the while creating more attraction around you. A windfall comes in April. Aquarius and Gemini people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 14, 39, 2 and 17.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). Comfort and weakness are linked. You don’t want to be so focused on maintaining a certain comfort level that you find it difficult to make decisions based on your values. Prefer comfort, but don’t require it. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your desires intersect with the needs of another, and the result is a moment you’ll look back on and deem “perfect.” It will feel as though a plan (that you never made) is coming together. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). With your guiding planet, Mercury, now direct, you’re a master communicator. You have a variety of ways to send and receive messages, including via your thoughts. CANCER (June 22-July 22). A surge of fresh energy and curiosity puts you in a daring mood. You’re not trying to impress anyone, and yet you can’t help yourself. It’s a natural result of your confidence. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Your strong intentions are a force in the universe. When you want to spend time with someone, you find a way to make it happen no matter how busy you are or what else you have going on. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). A strange turnaround is featured. The very thing you were struggling against suddenly seems to be giving you power. Or maybe you’re just stronger because of the fight. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Your loved ones cherish the acceptance you lavish on them; it’s about as close to unconditional as can be. Love blossoms because everyone feels free to be exactly who they are. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21).



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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Friday, Nov. 30, the 335th day of 2012. There are 31 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 30, 1982, the Michael Jackson album “Thriller” was released by Epic Records. On this date: In 1782, the United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris, ending the Revolutionary War. In 1803, Spain completed the process of ceding Louisiana to France, which had sold it to the United States. In 1835, Samuel Langhorne Clemens — better known as Mark Twain — was born in Florida, Mo. In 1874, British statesman Sir Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace. In 1900, Irish writer Oscar Wilde died in Paris at age 46. In 1936, London’s famed Crystal Palace, constructed for the Great Exhibition of 1851, was destroyed in a fire. In 1939, the Winter War began as Soviet troops invaded Finland. (The conflict ended the following March with a Soviet victory.) In 1954, Ann Elizabeth Hodges of Oak Grove, Ala., was slightly injured when an 8½-pound chunk of meteorite crashed through the roof of her house, hit a radio cabinet, and then hit her as she lay napping on a couch. In 1962, U Thant of Burma, who had been acting secretary-general of the United Nations following the death of Dag Hammarskjold the year before, was elected to a four-year term. Eastern Air Lines Flight 512, a DC-7B, crashed while attempting to land at New York’s Idlewild Airport, killing 25 of the 51 people on board. In 1966, the former British colony of Barbados became independent. In 1982, the motion picture “Gandhi,” starring Ben Kingsley as the Indian nationalist leader, had its world premiere in New Delhi. In 1987, American author James Baldwin died in Saint Paul de Vence, France, at age 63. One year ago: The central banks of the wealthiest countries, trying to prevent a debt crisis in Europe from exploding into a global panic, swept in to shore up the world financial system by making it easier for banks to borrow American dollars. Police in Los Angeles and Philadelphia dismantled Occupy Wall Street encampments in both cities. An Arizona jury sentenced Mark Goudeau (goo-DOH’) to death for killing nine people in the Phoenix area. Today’s Birthdays: Actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr. is 94. Actor Robert Guillaume is 85. Radio talk show host G. Gordon Liddy is 82. Country singer-recording executive Jimmy Bowen is 75. Movie director Ridley Scott is 75. Movie writerdirector Terrence Malick is 69. Rock musician Roger Glover is 67. Playwright David Mamet is 65. Actress Margaret Whitton is 62. Actor Mandy Patinkin is 60. Musician Shuggie Otis is 59. Country singer Jeannie Kendall is 58. Singer Billy Idol is 57. Rock musician John Ashton is 55. Comedian Colin Mochrie is 55. Former football and baseball player Bo Jackson is 50. Actor-director Ben Stiller is 47. Rock musician Mike Stone is 43. Actress Sandra Oh is 42. Country singer Mindy McCready is 37. Singer Clay Aiken is 34. Actress Elisha Cuthbert is 30. Actress Kaley Cuoco is 27. Actress Christel Khalil is 25.


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CALENDAR TODAY’S EVENTS Family Movie Night held at the Gilman Library in Alton. 7 p.m. Includes popcorn and drinks. Camp chairs or pillows encouraged. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information call 875-2550. 4th Annual “Santa Land” hosted by the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department. 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Gilford Youth Center. Features games, face painting, a coloring contest, toy raffle table and cookie decorating table, pictures with Santa and his helpers, and more. Hotdogs and hamburgers for sale. For more information call 527-4722. Christmas Yard Sale at the Lakeport Freighthouse Museum in Lakeport. 6-8 p.m. A special fill-a-bag for $1 room will be set up. For more information call 524-7683. Performance by violinist Katie Lansdale accompanied by pianist Wei-Yi Yang at Sant Bani School. 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and free for students/children. They can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 934-4240. Refreshments and desserts will be available during intermission. For more information visit Al-Anon Meeting at the Congregational Church Parish House (18 Veterans Square) in Laconia. 9:30 to 11 a.m. each Friday. Al-Anon offers hope and help to families of alcoholics. No dues or fees. All are welcome. Call 645-9518. 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. Sit and Knit at the Hall Memorial Library in Northfield. 2-5 p.m.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 The Town of Alton’s annual “Light Up the Night” event. Evening of free events begins at 5 p.m. at Alton Town Hall. The tree lighting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Ginny Douglas Park. For a full list of the nights events call 875-0109 or email Pancake breakfast hosted by the students from the Moultonborough Academy Latin Club to support their trip to Rome next spring. 8-10 a.m. in the school cafeteria. Annual Breakfast with Santa to benefit the Squam Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. 8:30-10 a.m. at the Corner House Inn. $8/adults and $4.50 (plus tax and gratuity)/ children. To make a reservation call 284-6219. The Ladies Aid Annual Chowder Luncheon and Craft Sale. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Methodist Meetinghouse in Center Sandwich. $5/adults and $3/children under 10. 9th Annual Christmas Concert presenting the Carter Mountain Brass Band. 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Gilford. Donations of $8 accepted at the door. Book signing with Lakes Region author Peter Miller featuring his recently published book “Seven Canterbury Tales Retold: Improvisations on Chaucer.” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pitman’s Freight Room presents Beatles cover band The Beat Billies. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. followed by the performance at 8 p.m. Admissions is $10. BYOB. Holiday Craft Fair held by the Tilton Senior Center. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center located on Grange Road in Tilton. Features homemade items, baked goods, hot dogs, and beverages. Breakfast, books and bake sale held at the Sanbornton Congregational Church. 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cost is $5 per person, max $15 per family. For more information call 630-7936. Christmas Fair hosted by the Bristol United Church of Christ Women’s Fellowship. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 21st Annual Christmas Guitar Concert at the Belknap Mill featuring Grammy Award-winning guitarist Ed Gerhard. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 in advance and $24 at the door. To purchase a ticket call 664-7200, visit Greenlaws Music in Laconia, or go to

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Dear Annie: My wife and I have a wonderful 3-year-old son. We have a great home and make good money, but life stinks. For the past year, my wife has insisted on allowing our son to sleep in our bed. And in case you’re about to ask, the answer is yes, we have not been able to do the one thing that married people normally do in bed. When my wife puts our son in his own bed, she unbuttons her shirt and lets him nurse until he falls asleep. Without fail, he wakes up before midnight and walks into our room. If I tell him to go back to his room, he starts crying, and my wife then permits him to crawl into our bed. I went to a therapist on my own. His advice was to tell my wife, “You can sleep in our son’s bed if you want it that way.” Guess what. She did. He’s the clingiest kid I ever saw, and his mom seems to need him a lot more than he needs her. I feel like I’m competing for her attention. Any advice? -- N.Y. Dear N.Y.: Your wife is using her son as an excuse to avoid intimacy. This does a disservice not only to your marriage, but to your child. He is learning that if he cries, he will get whatever he wants, and that he is winning the competition for Mom’s affections. And yes, she has made it more of a competition than it needs to be. Please don’t blame your son for being “clingy,” and try not to focus on your sexual frustration. Instead, try to get your wife to understand that her behavior is unfair to the boy. Urge her to discuss this with her doctor, your child’s pediatrician or a counselor. Dear Annie: I’ve been friends with “Sue” and “Mary” for years. Last year, I asked Sue to drive me to a cosmetic medical procedure in another state. She agreed and also wanted the procedure. She asked me to include Mary, which meant plan-

ning the trip around Mary’s work schedule. We set tentative dates, and I made motel reservations and arranged clinic availability. Mary kept changing her mind about coming and finally admitted that she didn’t want the procedure. When she cancelled again, Sue moved up our departure time. Mary then reconsidered and wanted to come after all. I told her the departure time had been moved up, and she said she’d drive herself and meet us there. Two days later, Mary sent me a letter saying she wasn’t coming and lambasted me because I “didn’t know what it was to be a friend.” I thought we’d talk it out, but that was a year ago, and we have yet to speak. I don’t feel I owe Mary an apology. Sometimes I think she was looking for an excuse to squeeze me out of her friendship with Sue. It seems immature for a middle-aged woman to behave in such a fashion. Any suggestions? -- Three’s a Crowd Dear Crowd: You don’t owe her an apology, although it might help to say you are sorry that things became so complicated and difficult, and you regret that the friendship suffered as a result. And you could ask Sue to help. But frankly, after all this time, we have to assume Mary isn’t interested in renewing your bond. Dear Annie: “Confused in N.C.” asked who should pay for birthday and anniversary dinners at a restaurant. Here’s my solution: When inviting people to a restaurant, I make it clear that I will pay for appetizers, wine and dessert. Guests are welcome to come whenever, and some only come for dessert, which is fine. That way, those on a budget can participate, and I don’t break the bank. Often, guests will buy a bottle of wine for the table as a birthday present. -- Can’t Always Entertain at Home

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For Rent

BEAUTIFUL Puppies: Apricot and black. Pomapoo Teddy Bears . Champ background. Good price. Healthy, happy, home raised. 253-6373.

$_TOP dollar paid for junk cars & trucks. Available 7-days a week. P3 s Towing. 630-3606

Outboard Motors: Special pricing and no interest Lay-Away Plan.

ALTON Luxury new 2,000 sq ft 2 bedrm condo on Winnipesaukee. Pictures available. Willing to make deal for immed occupancy, $1895/ month. Boat slip available 978-887-6649. Penthouse with 360 degree deck also available.

DACHSHUNDS puppies. Heath & temperament guaranteed. Parents on premise, $450 (603)539-1603. LABRADOR Retriever pups AKC. Outstanding English lines, Chocolates/ blacks. Bred for breed standards/ temperament. In-home raised. (603)664-2828.


2003 Ford Taurus SW- auto., 3rd seat, remote start. Good family car, reduced $2,577. 387-0629 2003 Silverado LS- Excellent condition, one owner, only 38K miles. 2WD, reg. cab, 8ft bed. $7,900. 524-8745 2003 Subaru Legacy Outback Wagon- $2,000 as is. $3,200 with minor work done. 267-5456 2005 Kia Rio, 4 door, auto, a/c, 104K Miles, new timing belt and water pump, great on gas. $3795. 934-2221 2008 Ford Fusion SE 4 cyl, auto, AC, power doors/windows, moonroof, AM/FM w/ 6 CD/MP3 player, new tires, rear spoiler, black, 95,000 miles, $9750. 528-2595 ANTIQUE 1973 MG Midget$5,200. 267-5456 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. FOR Sale 1994 Chrysler Concord, new tires and battery, awd, inspectable, 28 mpg. Good condition. $1500. 677-2865 FOR Sale: 2008 Prius Hybrid, 51k miles, light green, good condition. $11,900. 968-7959.

Child Care CHILD or elder care. Weekends, some holidays, some overnights, in your home. Responsible, 42, own transportation. 630-9969

Employment Wanted GENTLEMAN with CDL-B and current medical card seeks work. Also have many years of shipping, receiving, manufacturing, retail and warehouse experience. Prefer 2nd shift, but can work 1st. 496-8639

For Rent 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

BRISTOL- Available immediately! Two Bedroom newly renovated, first floor. New carpet and linoleum, new bathroom fixtures, new appliances and cabinets. Plenty of closet space! Not a far commute to PSU or I93, right around the corner from Freudenberg. $700 per month plus utilities. Will consider a pet. First month plus 1 month security deposit, references required. Please call 603-387-6498.

ALTON/GILFORD Line 2BR Cottage w/3-season Porch, $220-235/week +utilities; 3BR Apt. $240-260/week +utilities. Beach access. 603-365-0799. 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 the new CVS Pharmacy.)

For Rent

BELMONT farmhouse 2 bedroom apartment. 2nd floor, large balcony, heat & electric included. No pets/No smoking. $760/Month. 340-6219

3 BEDROOM $195/WK, 1 BEDROOM $160/wk . Both with sun porch. Heat included. Messer Street. $600 security. HUD Approved. 524-7793, 344-9913.

BELMONT- Renovated, quiet Rte. 3. One & Two bedroom, Include heat/hot water, starts at $685, no pets. 528-1991

LACONIA 2 bedroom house near LRGH. Includes heat & hot water, washer/dryer, and snow removal. $1050/Month. No pets/smoking. 524-5455 LACONIA, 260 Holman St., 2-Bedroom house, 2 Baths, garage, washer/dryer, screened porch, lake access. No pets, non-smokers. $1,300/mo. plus utilities. 524-4313.

BRISTOL- Available immediately! Two Bedroom newly renovated, first floor. New carpet and linoleum, new bathroom fixtures, new appliances and cabinets. Plenty of closet space! Not a far commute to PSU or I93, right around the corner from Freudenberg. $975/Month, includes heat/hot water/electricity. Will consider a pet. First month plus $500 security deposit to move in. References required. Please call 603-387-6498.

LACONIA, Messer St., 1 1/2 Br, $150/wk. Utilities not included. Call 603-512-8722.

FRANKLIN: 2 & 3 bedroom mobile homes for rent $700-$725. + Utilities, security deposit required, no dogs, 279-5846.

Laconia- 3 bedroom/6 room apartment. Views of Winnipesaukee, washer/dryer hook-up, garage (1 bay), discounted rent opportunities (grass cutting/walk shoveling). $925/Month + one month security. Available 12/2/12. Call 486-3966 or 528-1850

GILFORD - 1 or 2-bedroom units available. Heat & electricity included. From $190/week. Pets considered. 556-7098.



1998 Ford F150 4X4 Pickup- Ex tra cab, 8ft bed, 165K miles. Currently registered, runs good. $2,700/OBO. 344-8885 Laconia

For Rent BELMONT2-bedroom, open concept, porch w/view, washer/dryer, water/sewer included. Pets welcome w/approval. No smoking. $750/Month w/$200 security. 267-8155

Completely renovated, including new kitchen. Nice house, nice area. 64 Fenton Ave. No pets, No Smokers. $975/Month, plus utilities. 630-1438 LACONIA - 3 BR first floor unit. Parking and W/D hookups. No dogs. $1,120 includes heat. Call 315-9492. LACONIA - Great 3 bedroom, hardwood floors, 3-season porch, washer/dryer hookup, off street parking, in town, close to park. $1,100/month. Security, 1st month, references. 455-0602. LACONIA 1 Bedroom- Washer/ dryer hookup, storage, no pets. Security Deposit & references. $600/month + utilities. 520-4353 LACONIA 1-Bedroom Apartment. Includes Heat. Hot Water, Electric. Nice location., No pets/ No smoking. $650/month 630-4198

LACONIA, Large 1-bedroom, $180/week. Includes parking, heat and hot water. No pets. References & security. 455-6662. LACONIA- 2 bedroom house with yard, shed, and off street parking. Available January 1st. $750/Month plus utilities. 620-3133

LACONIABeacon St. West Luxury condo. Furnished, washer/dryer, hardwood floors, granite countertops, storage unit, gym included. Very low utilities. Free Internet & cable. Non-smoker/No pets. Security, lease & references required. $750/Month. 455-4075 LACONIA- Elegant, large one bedroom in one of Pleasant Street!s finest Victorian homes. Fireplace, beamed ceilings, lots of natural woodwork, washer/dryer. Walk to downtown and beaches. Heat/Hot water included. $925. 528-6885 LACONIA- LARGE 2 bedroom 2nd floor. Quiet, clean, no pets. $700/month, Includes heat. 556-1310 or 340-6258 LACONIA- Large Rooms for rent. Private bath, heat/hot water, electric, cable, parking included. $145/week 603-781-6294 LACONIA-1 bedroom $150/Week, includes heat & hot water. References & deposit. 524-9665

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LACONIA -2 bedroom duplex unit. Off street parking and W/D hookups. No dogs. $805 plus utilities. Call 315-9492. LACONIA: 2 bedroom, 2nd floor in duplex building with separate entrance. Recently renovated, $240/week including heat, electric & hot water. 524-1234,

LACONIA: (2) three bedroom apartments for rent. Heat, hot water and electric included. No dogs. Call Gilbert Apartments for more info. 524-4428 LACONIA: Gilbert Apartments. Call for available apartments. 524-4428 LACONIA: Huge 3-bedroom, 1st floor. Bonus 3-season room. Washer/Dryer hook-up. No pets/smoking. $900/month. 603-387-6810. LACONIA: Large 2 bedroom for rent. Heat, hot water and electric included. No dogs. Call Gilbert Apartments for more info. 524-4428 LACONIA: Large 3-bedroom, 2nd/3rd floors. Washer/Dryer hook-up. No pets/smoking. $800/month. 603-387-6810. LACONIA: Large 3 & 4-bedroom apartments. Parking. $850/mo + utilities. 603-781-6294. LACONIA: Large 3 & 4-bedroom apartments. Parking. $850/mo + utilities, security deposit required. 603-781-6294. LACONIA: Sunny small 2 bedroom, 2nd floor. No smoking/no dogs. $190/week, includes heat/hot water. 455-5569. MEREDITH- 1 bedroom first floor, walk to village, washer/dryer hook-ups, no smoking, $600/Month no utilities 279-7887 cell 781-862-0123 MEREDITH: 2 Bedroom apartment. Main Street, convenient to downtown and beach. No smoking/no pets. $700/month + utilites. 279-6108, 6-9pm. MEREDITH: 2BR, in-town apartment with parking. $700/month includes heat. No smoking. No pets. Security deposit. Call John, 387-8356. MEREDITH: 1-Bedroom apartment. Main St., convenient to all. Private entrance and parking. $700/Month heated, No Smoking/No pets. 279-6108, 6-9pm. MEREDITH: 1-2 bedroom apartments and 2 and 3 bedroom mobile homes, $575-$750+ utilities, security deposit required, no dogs, 279-5846.

Help Wanted


LACONIA: Studio apartment, $135/week, includes heat. References and security deposit. 524-9665. 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.

Help Wanted MNA Medication Nurse!s Assistant. Part-time. Sanctuary Home Health Nursing. References and license required. 603-455-3585.

NORTHFIELD: 2 bedroom, 1st floor, direct access to basement with coin-op laundry, $230/week including heat, electric & hot water. 524-1234, LACONIA-BELMONT-GILMANTON area apartment. 2nd floor on Organic Farm, hardwood floors, carpeted master. Washer/dryer, Full bath. $850/Month, Heat/utilities not included. 1-2 Horse Stables on-site. Call 568-3213 for appointment/information. TILTON- Downstairs 1-bedroom, or upstairs larger unit. $630/Month, heat/hot water included. No dogs, 603-630-9772 or 916-214-7733. TILTON: Large room for rent downtown. $150/week includes all utilities. 603-286-4391. WINNISQUAM: Small efficiency and a cottage including heat, hot water, lights and cable. $160-$175 per week. $400 deposit. No pets. 387-3864.

For Rent-Commercial DOWNTOWN Laconia- Store front for rent. Main Street. $775/month, includes heat. Call Gilbert Apartments for more info. 524-4428 LACONIA Downtown: We have several small office spaces available for rent starting at $175/month. Heat, hot water and electric included. Handicap accessible/elevator; shared kitchen and conference room. Call Gilbert Apartments for more info. 524-4428

For Sale 7ft snowplow w/lights & hydrolic lift $400. Homelite XL portable winch $250, Homemade single axle trailer frame $100, 3/4 inch Snap-on Socket set, hose & impact wrench $300. 524-4445 AAMCO Brake Lathe with bench and accessories. $1,200 or best offer. 630-3482 AMAZING! Beautiful Pillowtop Mattress Sets. Twin $199, Full or Queen $249, King $449. Call 603-305-9763 See “Furniture” AD. Ariens Snowblower- 6HP, $200 firm. Older model, runs good. 267-8685 Black Bi-fold glass fireplace doors. Opens to dual screen doors. 42inch X 30.25inch. $125. 524-5594 FENTON Art Glass: Vases, baskets, animals. Hand painted in USA. $10-$75. Call 603-651-3103 FIREWOOD -SANBORNTON. Heat Source Cord Wood. Green and seasoned. Call 286-4946

Free FREE Pickup for your unwanted, useful items. Garages, vehicls, estates cleaned out and yardsale items. (603)930-5222. GREEN Firewood $150 per cord. Dry firewood $210/cord. Cut, split & delivered. 393-1402

Heavy Equipment

HAY FOR SALE- Fertilized field. $5/bale first cut, $6/bale second cut. Can arrange delivery. 524-2217

BLAIS EQUIPMENT- 2008 D6NLGP. New condition. 2005 D5G 1800 hrs. AC, heat, priced to sell. Several late model machines, rentals available. Always buying. 603-765-8217

IBANEZ Gio electric guitar $100, Austin Les Paul guitar $150, Peavey 130W amplifier $150 286-4012.

The Town of Meredith is currently taking applications to fill an opening for a full time Police Dispatcher. The Police Dispatcher involves receiving emergency and non-emergency requests for Police assistance, determining nature/urgency of call, initiating police or other emergency personnel action. A dispatcher operates a variety of communications equipment including radio consoles, telephones, and computer systems. Position requires shift works: days, evenings, nights, holidays, weekend and a successful applicant must pass a back ground check. Please refer to the full job description and application submission requirements at Starting wage: $17.02/hour. The Town of Meredith is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Help Wanted

Sub-contract for Laconia based MC (100 mile radius max). 207-754-1047



Cut, Split & Delivered $200 per cord,

Central NH CPA firm seeks experienced tax professional for full time seasonal employment with possible year round opportunity. Focus is on individual tax returns, but experience with business returns is a plus. Experience with Ultra Tax CS and QuickBooks preferred. Please send resume to, fax to 603-528-7624 or mail to: Malone, Dirubbo & Co., P.C. 501 Union Ave., Laconia, NH 03246-2817

Got trees need CA$H?


LOG Length Firewood: 7-8 cords, $900. Local delivery. 998-8626. MATCHING Black Kenmore elec tric smooth surface, warming drawer, over size burner, simmer control, self cleaning stove with under the counter microwave in very good condition $350. If interested please call 524-1142. Cash only. Pair Ski-Doo Flex Skis- Dual Carbide, black w/yellow handles, 40 inches of carbides. Excellent shape, $400/OBO. Paul 603-366-2809 PIANOS: What greater gift to give a child than a piano? Call 524-1430. SNOWBEAR utility trailer 42 inch sides. Asking $750 Call 253-1000 or 361-3801. Solid wood kitchen table with 4 matching chairs. $125/OBO. 671-3876 SUPPORT your local logger and heat with carbon neutral wood or wood pellets. Purchase a Central Boiler outdoor wood furnace on sale EPA qualified to 97% efficient. (603)447-2282. TIRES & Rims, like new 235/75-15 for two wheel drive GM. 5 lug. $350. 528-5188 WOOD Stove- Regency, 18 inch wood. 7 years old, burns very clean, $475/OBO. Electric cement mixer, 4 cubic feet. Used 1 job, like new, $250. 393-2632

Furniture AMAZING! 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 NEW trailer load mattresses....a great deal! King set complete $395, queen set $249.

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE KIDWORKS Learning Center is now accepting applications for an Afternoon Float. 12-5:30pm, Monday- Friday, Year Round. Must have 18 Early Childhood Credits. E-mail resume to: EOE


If you are a people person and like working with the public, our Customer Service & Sales positions is a fit for you. Call for interview at (603)822-0219 or text anytime to (603)662-9138. Interviews will be conducted same day calls are taken. No experience necessary. Full training provided for those who qualify. Serious opportunity for advancement. Management training from day 1. $1000 sign on bonus, $550/wk. commissions and bonuses. LINCARE, leading national respiratory company in Concord, NH seeks friendly, attentive Customer Service Representative. Phone skills that provide warm customer interactions a must. Maintain patient files, process doctor s orders, manage computer data and filing. Growth opportunities are excellent. Drug-free workplace. EOE. Email resumes to Ivan at or fax to 603-753-0157. LOCAL RESORT SEEKS PT BOOKKEEPER Familiarity with payroll, Quickbooks and Microsoft Office preferred. Typing and 10-key skills required. Please send salary history and resumé to Denise McGuire at

Full time property maintenance person with 10+ years experience in landscaping, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, heating, plowing and shoveling. Computer and management skills a plus. Must be reliable, a self starter and have a valid NH drivers license. Must live in Laconia/Belmont area. A drug-free environment. Please send resume to: (fax) 603-527-9223 (email) (mail) A. E. Mitchell Corp. PO Box 720, Belmont, NH 03220

NURSE NEEDED RN FOR KIDNEY DIALYSIS Dialysis experience preferred, but not a must. Senior nursing students may apply. Please send resume to: Central NH Kidney Center 87 Spring Street, Laconia, NH 03246 or Call


PART TIME HELP WANTED Deburring 4pm-8pm Mon.-Fri. Will Train Send resume to:, or apply in person at

Laconia Altrusans offering gift certificates for 23rd Annual Taste of the Lakes Region event LACONIA — Gift certificates for the 23rd Annual Taste of the Lakes Region which will be held on April 7, 2013 are now being sold in advance for $25 each. Altrusa International of Laconia holds this exciting annual spring event as a fund raiser to enable their organization to help other local non-profits fulfill their missions. For $25 per ticket people can enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with family and/or friends eating and socializing. That day approximately 25 local eateries provide an assortment of their most

Help Wanted



Buy • Sell • Trade

Position to manage all aspects of the Inter-Lakes Senior Center (Meredith). 25-29 hours/week. Direct day-to-day operations of Center including coordination of nutrition services, transportation, education, recreation and support services. BA or BS degree in Human Services or related field (Master!s preferred), two to five years experience working with older adults, demonstrated supervisory experience, effective communication skills, program development and community relations. Send resume to Joan Barretto, Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc. (ES), PO Box 1016, Concord, NH 03302-1016. E.O.E. No phone calls please.

Home Improvements TOTAL FLOOR CARE, TOTAL HOME CARE Professional Floor sanding, refinishing. Repair: remodeling, painting, cleaning. 603-986-8235

Instruction PARENTS in Laconia: Does your child have trouble reading? My son did too and I resolved it. I may be able to help your child to read. Give me a call. There's no cost, I'm not selling anything. Call or text Steve directly at 603-651-8952

Mobile Homes $34,995 14 wides $65,995 38X28 Cape Open Daily & Sun.

Camelot Homes Rt. 3 Tilton NH

popular recipes, some of which are included in the Altrusa cookbook “Taste of the Lakes Region”. Cookbooks are also available for sale at $15 each. Altrusa International is a non-profit 501(C)3 organization. All monies are returned back to the community in the form of donations and scholarships to other non-profit organizations and local libraries. To purchase gift certificates or cookbooks, visit the Altrusa table at the Gilford Craft Fair Saturday, December 1 or order online at: www.altrusalaconia. com.



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BELKNAP BURNER SERVICE Need Your Oil Tank Replaced? Complete Removal and Replacement of 275 Vertical Oil Tank


r 24 Hou Service

To include piping, new gauge, new Garber filtration system.


(Needs to be approved through the state quidelines.)

Fully Insured Registered Reasonable Rates

603-393-9403 Services

Storage Space INDOOR Winter Storage: Cars, bikes, small boats. Competitive rate, limited space. Route 106, Gilmanton, NH. 603-520-4701.

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

Real Estate ATTENTION GILFORD & GILMANTON RESIDENTS! If you are considering selling your home, please call. I am a pre-approved buyer relocating back to the area, seeking a newer/updated, open concept home. 3/4 bedroom, 2/4 bath, 2,300 sq. ft. +, level lot with privacy. I ve seen all currently listed property

Store your Car, Boat, Motorcycle, RV in a clean/dry place. Monthly rates. 524-1430 or 455-6518

PLEASE CALL 617-469-7894 FLIP this house: 3 bedroom, 1-bath, living room, dining room. Needs TLC. A block from downtown Laconia. Assessed at $130K, asking $69,500. Principals only, sold as is. Call 603-581-6710 LACONIA lakefront house w/2 BR, 1.5 bath, 985 sq.ft in quiet neighborhood on Lake Winnisquam view of Mosquito Bridge; 101! shoreline w/beach, .54 acre lot; great potential for expansion/ renovation; brick fireplace, 3-yr-old furnace; screened porch, walkout basement $625K; inquiries please call 455-5778

Services Caggiano Tree Service and Marine Construction. Trusted for over 35 yeaers in the Lakes Region. Call for your free estimate today. 603-253-9762. Fully Insured. Robert Caggiano, Arborist


Yard Sale

Reasonable rates, home and commercial. No job too big or small. Call for free estimate today. 603-717-6682

LACONIA- Big Indoor Yard Sale. 229 Messer St. Friday & Saturday, 9am-4pm.

DICK THE HANDYMAN 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

PIPER ROOFING Quality Work Reasonable Rates Free Estimates Metal Roofs • Shingle Roofs

Our Customers Don t get Soaked!

528-3531 Major credit cards accepted

GOOD clean family HANDY-MAN, No job too small. Garage clean-outs, faucet leaks, barn restoration, stonewall repairs. Years of experience. Honest/affordable! 568-3213. HARDWOOD Flooring- Dust Free Sanding. 25 years experience. Excellent references. Weiler Building Services 986-4045 Email:

BUSINESS Telephone Systems Sales, Repairs Data & Voice Cabling. 20 Years in Business 524-2214


Michael Percy

677-2540 SPRUCE UP YOUR HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS! Painting, Cleaning, Etc. 393-7884 or 455-8112. Call the pros!

Lakeport Community Association Christmas Sale! Fri. 11/30 5-8 Sat. 12/1 8-2 Lots of new things! Come check us out! OFF ELM STREET BEHIND LAKEPORT FIRE STATION

TACTICAL TREE SERVICE Tree Removal, Tree Pruning & Snowplowing Fully Insured Free Estimates


MEREDITH, corner of route 104 and Winona Road. Fri, Sat, Sun, & Mon 10am - 3pm. Office furniture, work benches with vises, durable medical equipment, shop machinery and more....

Home Care

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


$45/Month (6) 30-Gallon bags per week



Small Jobs Are My Speciality

Rick Drouin 520-5642 or 744-6277

SNOW PLOWING- Reasonable rates, Laconia-Gilford. 455-7897

SKIDOO 583 red, rebuilt motor, $1500. 2002 Polaris 800 XC High-output twin, purple 1000 miles on rebuilt motor $2200. Skidoo 600 triple 2100 miles $1200. Nice clean machine. 524-9011

“COMPASSIONATE CARE You Need, When You Need It” is the motto of Senior Home Care Companions of the Lakes Region (SHCCLR). Services include Meal Preparation, Shopping, Laundry, Light Housekeeping, Transportation, Personal Care, Respite, Overnight and 24-hour individualized assistance. Services are by mature (over 50), screened, interviewed, referenced, experienced and qualifired caregivers. When a family member needs any of the provided services, please call 603-556-7817 for more information or a Free in-home needs assessment. Or, look us up at

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Northway Bank tops SBA lender list again in 2012

Preowned Homes FOR SALE

BERLIN — During the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) fiscal year 2012, which ended in September, Northway Bank originated 91 loans worth more than $4 million under the agency’s core 7(a) program, once again making them the top SBA lender in the state of New Hampshire. In addition, Northway loaned more than $20 million through the SBA’s “bricks-and-mortar” 504 program of which $11 million was permanently funded by Northway, the highest dollar volume originated among all lenders in the state. “We’re a local business ourselves, so we’re eager to help our fellow local businesses make investments that can help our communities prosper,” says Bill Woodward, President and CEO of Northway Bank. “As an independent, locally owned community bank, Northway feels a special obligation to help small business.” Victor Levesque, Northway’s director of commercial banking, added, “We’ve always been committed to helping small businesses. They are the economic

View home listings on our web site or Call Ruth @ 527-1140 or Cell 520-7088

Nature’s view opeN house S at u r day 12/1 : 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

CALENDAR from page 22

53 Port Way, Laconia. Come check out Nature’s View: Laconia’s fastest


growing area of new homes. Several models to look at—ready for you to pick out the finishing touches. Stop at 53 Port Way for info and a brochure. Prices starting at $219,900.

Sandwich Craftsmen’s 2012 Christmas in the Village. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sandwich Home Industries. Winter flowers will be for sale. For more information go ot “Famous English Christmas Tea” and Fair held by the Gilmanton Community Church. Beginning at 10 a.m. at the Church located on Route 140 in Gilmanton Iron Works. Luncheon served 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parlor. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 12, and free for children under 5 years old. For more information call 267-6150 or visit Gilford High School Annual Craft Fair. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meatball grinders, coffee, donuts, and raffle tickets for one night stay at Mill Falls in Meredith will be sold throughout the day to benefit senior class. Holiday Arts Workshop hosted by the Winnipesaukee Playhouse. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Playhouse’s Meredith Campus at 50 Reservoir Road. Open for children aged 4-13. Children and tweens will be split up into different programs featuring drama games, singing, crafts, and more. The cost is $30 per child with a $5 discount for each sibling. Children should bring a bagged lunch and snack. Applications can be found at or by calling 366-7377. Christmas Yard Sale at the Lakeport Freighthouse Museum in Lakeport. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. A special fill-a-bag for $1 room will be set up. For more information call 5247683. Unitarian Universalist Holiday Fair. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Church located at 172 Pleasant Street in Laconia. A soup and bread lunch will be offered at 11 a.m. Holiday Open House hosted by the Friends of the Meredith Library. 10 a.m. to noon at the Library. Refreshments will be served. For more information call 279-1206 or email Annual Snowmobile Safety Class conducted by the Belknap Snowmobilers of Gilford/Laconia. 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Belknap County Sportmen’s Association on Lily Pond. For more information or to register call 630-0671.

Directions: Rte. 3 (Union Ave, Laconia) or Rte. 106 (Parade Rd.) to Elm St., Laconia to Massachusetts Ave. Left on to North St. and then right onto Nature’s View Dr. to 53 Port Way.

(603) 528-0088

(603) 279-7046

For Sale By Owner

Ossipee, 14 Covered Bridge Road

Completely renovated inside & out. 3 bdrm., 1.5 bath, 2100 sq., hardwood floors, Dutch Colonial. MLS# 4196825 • $186,000 Go to to see pictures & more info or call Kevin 603-367-8487, 1-207-446-1795

Open House Sat & Sun, Dec. 1 & 2 • 1-3pm

life blood of our economy and Northway will continue to do our part to support them.” The SBA doesn’t make loans itself, but rather guarantees loans made by participating financial institutions, thereby assuring broader access to capital by reducing lending risk. The 7(a) program provides financing for general purposes and is the SBA’s primary means of helping small businesses. The 504 program provides financing to help small businesses acquire fixed assets like real estate or equipment. Small business is a Northway niche. Though the bank’s experience extends to just about every industry, Northway is especially active with small, familyowned businesses. Northway Bank serves the financial needs of consumer, small business, and commercial customers throughout New Hampshire. As a local business with 17 banking centers, 225 associates, and a full range of banking and investment solutions, Northsee next page 4th Annual “Santa Land” hosted by the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department. 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Gilford Youth Center. Features games, face painting, a coloring contest, toy raffle table and cookie decorating table, pictures with Santa and his helpers, and more. For more information call 527-4722. The Inter-Lakes Theatre presents “Nuncrakers, The Christmas Nunsense Musical”. 7:30 12 p.m. at the InterLakes High School Community Auditorium. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at or by calling 1-888-245-6374. Mame’s Restaurant is offering a deal to buy one, get a second entree free, available with the purchase of tickets. For reservations call 279-4631. 2nd Annual Jingle Mingle 5K fun run/walk hosted by the Tapply Thompson Community Center in Bristol. Registration begins at 9 a.m. followed by the race at 10 a.m. The race begins at the Newfound Memorial Middle School on North Main Street in Bristol. On the day registration is $25. Refreshments provided post-race. For more information call 744-2713 or visit Al-Anon Meeting at the Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia. 8 to 9:15 p.m. each Saturday in the firstfloor conference room Al-Anon offers hope and help to families of alcoholics. No dues or fees. All are welcome. Call 645-9518. All compulsive eaters are welcome to attend the Overeaters Anonymous meeting held each Saturday morning from 11 to 12 at the Franklin Hospital. Narcotics Anonymous meeting. 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Society (172 Pleasant Street) in Laconia. The New Horizons Band of the Lakes Region meets every Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Music Clinic on Rte 3 in Belmont. All musicians welcome. For more information call 528-6672 or 524-8570. Open Door Dinners offer free weekly meal in Tilton. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. An outreach housed at Trinity Episcopal Church on Main Street, downtown. provides a free hot meal open to all members of the community. All are welcome to eat and all are welcome to help out. For more information, especially about volunteering, please call Pastor Mark at 286-3120 or e-mail him at

We don’t just list your property…we sell it!! 208 DW Highway, Meredith, NH 603-279-0079 423 Main Street, Laconia, NH 603-527-8200 PHEASANT RIDGE GOLF. Prime level building lots overlooking the golf course w/ outstanding views & a lovely country location close to Laconia & all Lakes Region attractions. 9 lots, ready for building 3+ bdrm homes. 1.37 acres to 4.26 acres. $69,900 - $119,900 Bob Gunter 387-8664 PRIVATE CUL-DE-SAC community. 3 acre wooded lot in the heart of beautiful Meredith, NH at Clover Ridge. Close to skiing, shopping, fine dining, & Lake Winnipesaukee. Come build a house to make it a perfect home. $79,900 Travis Cole 455-0855

EASTERLY VIEWS. Ready to build on 2.72 acre lot with plenty of open space & a 28 x 40 garage. Bordered by stone walls and 2 roads, surrounded by farms. High and dry. $148,500 Rob Wichland 387-7069 WINNISQUAM WF compound. 265’ sandy shoreline w/spectacular long views. Uniquely wonderful property has 1.72 level acres, 7 car garage w/apartment, & a 5 BR, 4 bath main house. Kid friendly beach, huge dock, & snowmobile trails from your back yard. A fantastic family property. $1,695,000 Travis Cole 455-0855

SPACIOUS RANCH on a very private 1.4 acre lot, yet a short drive to the beach, boat launch & all amenities. Large open rooms. master suite with whirlpool & part of the home can be closed off for the winter - perfect for the empty nesters. $219,900 Scott Knowles 455-7751

VIEWS, COMFORT, LOCATION. Fully furnished 3 BR, 2 1/2 bath unit directly across from the beach & boat club in South Down Shores. Fabulous Winnipesaukee views, 1st floor master, many upgrades, & all the amenities South Down $339,000 Jane Angliss 630-5472

NEED LOTS OF SPACE? Circa 1850 home has 3,000+- sf, 4 BRs, 2 baths, great room w/ massive fireplace, and a study & master BR each with Rumford style fireplaces. Sunroom/ porch, 2-car garage, plus a barn/shed with 2 open bays & 2 enclosed bays w/loft. $184,900 Dennis Potter 731-3551

VIEWS AND LAKE ACCESS. Private, dream home location offers 6+ acres, panoramic views of Lake Winnisquam and the mountains plus access to all Waldron Bay amenities including a sugar sand beach, clubhouse, & tennis. $139,000 Becky Whitcher 393-7072

Young craftsperson’s buttons aid Children’s Auction GILFORD — Perhaps the youngest craftsperson whose art will be on display at the Gilford High School Craft Fair this Saturday is Meredith Ellis, 11 of Gilford , who has designed and made crocheted flower pins which she calls “Buttons of Hope”. Ellis, who is commited to making a donation to this years WLNH Children’s Auction, got her start a few years ago

Meredith photo)



with lessons from her grandmother and later went online and found out how to make crocheted flowers. This evolved into her three layered pins, centered with a button. She then decided that she wanted to start her own business and wih help of her mother, LeeAnn FayEllis, was able to contact a few people via facebook and a womens group, Women Inspiring Women. Meredith was recently invited by a local jewlery maker, Deb Fraser to join her at upcoming craft fairs, an invitation which she happily accepted and the response in her first two craft fairs has been very promising according to her mother. Find out more by going to or Meredith’s Marketplace on facebook.

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Pine Gardens Manufactured Homes Sales & Park

Under New Ownership Lowest Prices Around!

Office Lots (603) 267-8182 Available See our homes at:

Park Rent - $390/Month 6 Scenic Drive, Belmont, NH

Bank of New Hampshire supports NH Food Bank MANCHESTER — Bank of New Hampshire is proud to support the New Hampshire Food Bank with a $1,500 donation. Bank of New Hampshire ran a Facebook promotion to reach 1,500 likes and would then donate $1,500 to the New Hampshire Food Bank. “Bank of New Hampshire would like to thank the community for helping us to gain the number of likes to be able to give this gift to the New Hampshire Food Bank in such a time of need,” stated Mary Mattson, VP – Commercial Lender for Bank of New Hampshire. “The New Hampshire Food Bank is a staple in our community and we are proud to be able from preceding page way supports customers, businesses, and communities as they work to achieve more rewarding and financially secure futures. For more information, call 1-800-442-6666 or visit

to contribute.” For more information on the New Hampshire Food Bank, visit Bank of New Hampshire, founded in 1831, provides deposit, lending and wealth management products and services to families and businesses throughout New Hampshire. With 21 banking offices throughout New Hampshire and assets exceeding $1 billion, Bank of New Hampshire is the oldest and largest independent bank in the state. Bank of New Hampshire is a mutual organization, focused on the success of the bank’s customers, communities and employees, rather than stockholders. For more information, call 1-800-832-0912 or visit www.BankNH. com.

Center Harbor Office 32 Whittier Hwy Center Harbor, NH 03226 (603) 253-4345

Laconia Office 348 Court St Laconia, NH 03246 (603) 524-2255

524-6565 Fax: 524-6810

E-mail: 61 Liscomb Circle, Gilford, NH 03249

Moultonboro - $1,800,000

Stately 12 room Adirondack style lake home w/views of Mt. Washington. Personal elevator to 3 floors. #4200378

Ron Burton 603-253-4345

Gilford $200,000

Wonderful floor plan with a spacious, fireplaced Great room! Amenities inc pools, clubhouse, beach, docks & more. #4200652

Susan Bradley 581-2810

Gilford - $164,900

Completely remodeled from the studs in! Large open kitchen & dining room. All new SS appliances. #4198538

Cami Navoy 603-253-4345

Laconia $299,000

Newer sun filled home w/ spacious rooms, beautiful maple HW & tile floors, granite kitchen, walk-out LL & more. #4197543

Shelly Brewer 581-2879

Barnstead $171,360

Lovely sun filled Colonial 3 BR, 3 BA w/ freshly painted interior & partially finished walkout LL on 2.21 acres. #4201872

Nancy Desrosiers 581-2884

Belmont $134,900

Well maintained 2 BR home w/ attached 2 car garage in a great location with high visibility for an in home business. #4201595

Peg Thurston 581-2823 and Abby Russell 581-2876

Belmont $225,000

2 Public Open Houses Sat 12/1 11am - 1pm 130 SARAH CIRCLE 66 LANDING LANE #105 LACONIA


Nice home in a private location w/ open concept kitchen/dining/livingroom. Walkout LL w/ windows. #4179133

Lorraine Bourgault 581-2828 and Shawn Bailey 581-2835

Laconia $168,900

Exceptionally well maintained spacious & bright end unit in Wildwood Assoc w/ attached garage & beach rights to Winnisquam. #4199530

BRAND NEW!! Deeded Lakewood Beach On Lake Winnisquam!! Hardwood & Tiled Floors, 6 Rooms, 3 Bedrms & 2 Baths. Private Backyard W/deck. 2 Car Garage. $5000 Allowance Towards Appl’s & Upgrades. Lower Level Family & Laundry Room. NothingLikeMovingIntoAllNew!! $ 239,000 Agent: Mitch Hamel Dir: Pleasant St To Havenwood Dr, First Right Onto Sarah Circle.. House On The Right

COSMOPOLITAN CONDO!! Historic Riverside Factory Condo..Charming As Can Be!! 2 Bedroom Unit Is On The Ground Level With Some Interior Brick Walls, H/w Floors, Exposed Beams, Central Air & Low Condo Fees. Riverfront, Kayak Racks, Workout Room & Downtown Location. $139,000 Agent: Susan Cummins-Harris DowntownLaconia,BehindLaconiaSavings BkToWater St, Left To Beacon St Condos..Or FairSt ToWater St..

MANY OPTIONS With This Fantastiic Residential/ Commercial Zoned Real Estate!! Updated To The Max! New Kitchen W/granite Counters, New Heating System, New Roof, Gorgeous Woodwork, New Flooring, 12 Rooms, 3 Bedrms, 4 Baths, Separate 3 Room Office W/conference Rm, 2 Car Garage W/additional Storage. Big Yard And In Ground Pool!! Great Condition!! $187,000




NEWLY LISTED ..Gorgeous Penny Lane Contemporary Offers 2300 Sf Of Living Space. Living Room And Family Room With Fireplace, Formal Dining, Stainless Steel Appl’d Kitchen, Vaulted Ceilings, First Floor Master Bedroom Suite, 4 Bedrms, 2.5 Baths And 2 Car Garage. Deeded Winnisquam Beach Rights And Tennis Courts Too. Wildwood Assoc. $275,000

DESIRABLE GILFORD Neighborhood.. Sprawling 2700+sf Ranch Situated On A 1+ Acre Lot. Nicely Sited, Landscaped And There’s An In-ground Pool. Nice Big Kitchen/ family Rm With A Brick Fireplace To Gather Around. 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, New Addition Gameroom And Office And 2 Car Garage.

NEWLY PRICED CONDO End Unit At Meredith Bridge, The Heart Of Weirs Beach Fun! You’ll Love This 2 Bedrm 2 Bath Air Conditioned Condo. Private Balcony Faces Out To Wooded Backline. Carport And Storage. Pool And Clubhouse..4 Seasons Of Lakes Region Fun!! $97,000

Carole Stankatis 581-2831

Gilford - $72,500

Ground floor unit with easy in & out access & steps to pool & tennis. Sold totally furnished & turn key. #4199973

Ellen Mulligan 603-253-4345

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