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Proposed Bike Week rule changes raise eyebrows on council

bers of the Motorcycle TechniIn at least two instances, Bike Week could be possible. B G O Huge boost cal Review Committee. Councilor Bob Hamel (Ward Two particular proposals LACONIA — Some proposed 5) challenged the committee’s need clarifying in Hamel’s The committee reviews and from outside changes to city regulations approves plans submitted by recommendations as presented mind — a proposed regulaannual Motorcycle people who want to do busiby planning Director Shanna tion of cooking vendors setting events pushes regarding Week ordinances last night ness in Laconia during the Saunders last night by saying up shop on steep slopes and had at least one city councilor annual rally in a location that if they were implemented as changes to fire suppression sysChildren’s asking for some of the changes is extraordinary and usually written, the potential for shuttems in enclosed cooking tents. see BIKe WeeK page 8 ting down whole sections of Auction past to be re-reviewed by the mem- temporary. $330k mark Planned surplus draws attention as 2012 county budget presented y





LACONIA — With the exception of one year when a severe ice storm disrupted broadcasting, the annual WLNH Children’s Auction has always reached its goal of raising at least one more dollar than the previous year, with all proceeds donated to agencies which serve the needs of local children. see auCtION page 14


LACONIA — There was as much discussion about what the county projects it will not spend than about what it plans to spend

when the Belknap County Commission last night presented its 2012 county budget to the 18 state representatives — all Republicans — comprising the County Convention. Introducing the budget, Ed Philpot,

chairman of the commission, emphasized that despite rising fixed operating expenses and falling revenue from sources other than property taxes, the increase in the see COuNty page 13

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Three Wise Men — Leon Albushies, George Hetherington and Carl Gebhardt — walk down the street in Gilford Village following the Living Nativity program presented by the Thompson Ames Historical Society at the 1834 Meeting House Sunday afternoon. (Karen Bobotas/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

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NYPD officer shot & killed at scene of break-in

NEW YORK (AP) — A 22-year veteran police officer responding to a break-in Monday was shot in the face and killed by one of the suspects hiding inside the apartment when officers arrived, police said. Officer Peter Figoski, who could have retired two years ago with a full pension, died at a hospital just hours after the shooting, authorities said. Lamont Pride, 27, was arrested on murder charges. There was no answer to calls at a Greensboro, N.C., address where he said he lived, and there was no phone listed for a Brooklyn home. It was unclear when he would be arraigned, and there was no information on whether he had an attorney. A second suspect was being sought. Figoski had more than 200 arrests in his career and had been awarded 12 medals, including an exceptional merit medal for coming under fire in a brush with a man who would later be convicted as the city’s see NYPD page 4

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N.J. Nets owner to challenge Putin for Russian presidency MOSCOW (AP) — After a week of surprising challenges to his authority, Vladimir Putin faces a new one from one of Russia’s richest and most glamorous figures: The billionaire owner of the New Jersey Nets says he will run against him in March’s presidential election. The announcement Monday by Mikhail Prokhorov underlines the extent of the discontent with Putin, who has dominated Russian politics for a dozen years — first as president, then as prime minister.

It comes on the heels of Saturday’s unprecedented nationwide protests against Putin and his party, United Russia. Tens of thousands of people gathered in the streets to denounce alleged election fraud favoring United Russia in Dec. 4 parliamentary elections. The fraud and the party’s comparatively poor showing in the elections — losing about 20 percent of its seats, although it retained a narrow majority — galvanized long-marginalized opposition forces to con-

duct a startling series of demonstrations, including an enormous rally of at least 30,000 in Moscow alone. In yet another challenge to Putin, his former finance minister, Alexei Kudrin, said Monday he was ready to work to form a new party. At a news conference announcing his candidacy, Prokhorov refrained from criticizing Putin or President Dmitry Medvedev, but he said “society is waking up.” see RUSSIA page 11

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A sleepy country town better known for fly fishing than courtroom drama takes center stage Tuesday for a face-to-face encounter between a disgraced Penn State coach and the young men who say he sexually assaulted them as children in showers and campus locker rooms. Jerry Sandusky, a former assistant football coach at Penn State, will confront at least six accusers who claim that he violated their innocence and preyed on

their weakness, using a charity that was inspired by a biblical parable. Sandusky, 63, is charged with more than 50 counts of child sex-abuse involving 10 boys he met through the children’s charity he founded. A judge will decide if prosecutors have enough evidence to send the case to a trial. The defense often waives preliminary hearings, although it can also use the opportunity to cross-examine witnesses and explore their credibility. But Sandusky’s lawyer, Joe Amendola, said

Monday his client welcomes the hearing. “We plan to proceed with Jerry’s hearing, and Jerry is looking forward to the opportunity to face his accusers,” Amendola said. He said there had been no plea negotiations before the hearing. He would only say, “Maybe,” when asked if he would call Sandusky to testify. The drama will unfold in a quiet, central Pennsylvania town of just over 6,000 with Victorian homes and fly fishermen, in a see PENN STATE page 8

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court stepped into the fight Monday over a tough Arizona law that requires local police to help enforce federal immigration laws — pushing the court deeper into hot, partisan issues of the 2012 election campaign. The court’s election-year docket now con-

tains three politically charged disputes, including President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul and Texas redistricting. The debate over immigration already is shaping presidential politics, and now the court is undertaking a review of an Arizona law that has spawned a host of copycat

state laws targeting illegal immigrants. The court will review a federal appeals court ruling that blocked several provisions in the Arizona law. One of those requires that police, while enforcing other laws, question a person’s immigration see ARIZONA page  13

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Police charge 3 in Florida Lowe’s stands by decision to pull ads from reality college band hazing beating television show about American Muslim families

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Police have arrested three Florida A&M band members in the beating of a woman during hazing rituals that became so severe that her thigh was broken. Tallahassee police said Monday that on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 the three struck band member Bria Shante Hunter’s legs with their fists and with a metal ruler to initiate her into the “Red Dawg Order.” It’s a band clique for students who come from Georgia. Hunter told police that days later the pain became so unbearable that she went to the hospital. Her thigh bone was broken and she had blood clots in her legs. Hunter’s beatings came about three weeks before FAMU drum major Robert Champion was killed during a band trip to Orlando. Police say hazing was involved.

NEW YORK (AP) — Home improvement chain Lowe’s plans to stick by its decision to yank its ads from a reality TV show about American Muslims amid growing debate over the move. California Sen. Ted Lieu said Sunday that he is considering calling for a boycott of Lowe’s Cos., sparking criticism of the chain from both inside and outside of the Muslim community. On social media web site Twitter, actor Kal Penn began directing people to a petition on in support of the TLC cable network show, “All-American Muslim.” By Monday afternoon, there were about 9,200 signatures. U.S. Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota, who is Muslim, released a statement Monday condemning Lowe’s for choosing “to uphold the beliefs of a fringe hate group and not the creed of the First Amendment.” And Democratic state Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Detroit, the first Muslim elected to the Michigan Legislature, voiced her concern in a letter to Lowe’s CEO Robert Niblock. “I told them I was extremely disappointed that you give credibility to these hate groups,” Tlaib said. “People of Muslim faith are being attacked. It’s disappointing, disheartening.” Lowe’s, based in Mooresville, N.C., said it stands by its statement on Sunday that it pulled the ads after the show became a “lightning rod for people to voice complaints from a variety of perspectives — political, social and otherwise.”

New chancellor for community colleges CONCORD (AP) — A University of New Hampshire economist has been named chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire. Ross Gittell, a professor at UNH’s Whittemore School of Business of Economics, will take over as chancellor in February. He was chosen by the community college system board of trustees, which said Gittell will bring key skills and expertise to the job at a time when the system is working to meet the state’s shifting economic and workforce needs. He succeeds Bonnie Newman, who has served as interim chancellor since August. The previous chancellor, Richard Gustafson, retired.

“All-American Muslim,” which premiered last month, chronicles the lives of five families who live in and near Dearborn, Mich., a Detroit suburb with a large Muslim and Arab-American population. It airs Mondays on TLC and ends its first season Jan. 8. TLC spokeswoman Laurie Goldberg said the show has garnered a little over a million viewers per week. “We stand behind the show ‘All-American Muslim,’” she said. “We’re happy the show has strong advertising support.” Lowe’s stopped its commercials after a conservative group known as the Florida Family Association emailed companies to ask them to do so. The group said the program is “propaganda that riskily hides the Islamic agenda’s clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values.” Florida Family Association, based in Tampa, Fla., said that more than 60 companies that it emailed, from Amazon to McDonalds, pulled their ads. So far, Lowe’s is the only major company to confirm that it pulled ads from the show. Amazon, McDonald’s and other advertisers did not immediately return calls from The Associated Press seeking comment. Atlanta-based Home Depot, which was cited by Florida Family Association as a company that stopped advertising, said Monday that it never intended to run any ads during the show. But spokesman Stephen Holmes said one commercial ran “inadvertently and without our knowledge.”

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Man convicted in Meredith armed robbery that led to bloody death gets 7 1/2 to 15 By Gail OBer


LACONIA — A city man convicted of his role in a deadly Meredith armed robbery will spend 7 1/2 to 15 years in N.H State Prison, ruled a Belknap County Superior Court judge yesterday. After a week-long trial in October, a jury found Michael Noucas, 27, guilty of being an accomplice to armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. His sentence and conviction stem from a June of 2010 incident that resulted in the death of former Laconia resident Robert Hart — one of Noucas’s alleged co-conspirators. Noucas was severely wounded in the botched robbery attempt by the intended victim, who disarmed both men of a baseball bat and a knife and stabbed both he and Hart. Noucas nearly died from his wounds and survived largely because Julie Sallies, a convicted co-conspirator, drove him to the Meredith Police Department, arriving in just enough time for emergency responders to save his life. Sallies’s life-long friend Stephanie Davis sat in the Belknap County Court Room holding a picture of Hart — a person she said was Sallies’s fiance and one of her friends for seven or eight years. “Yes,” said Davis in a barely audible voice as Judge James O’Neill imposed the maximum sentence on Noucas for being an accomplice to armed robbery — one of the two crimes for which he was convicted. Noucas’s lawyer has filed for a review of a second conviction for conspiracy to commit armed robbery and, depending on results of the review, could face even more jail time. Speaking in the hall after the sentence, Davis said she and some of Hart’s and Sallies’s other friends “had been waiting for this for a long time.” “He didn’t kill Bob, but it was his idea,” Davis said. As to Sallies’s role in what ended up being Hart’s death, Davis said “Julie cooperated and admitted her wrongs.” Sallies is serving a five-to-10 year sentence in the N.H. State Prison for Women for conspiracy to commit armed robbery, conspiracy to commit burglary and an unrelated cocaine possession charge. She pleaded guilty to her role in the June 6, 2010 armed robbery and has been featured in a “Women In Prison” series by The Learning Channel. It was largely Sallies’s testimony at his trial that resulted in the jury finding Noucas guilty. She testified that Noucas came to her and Hart’s Laconia

apartment with the idea of robbing a Massachusetts man of his “coke and cash.” Victim David Rivera had been staying on the third floor of Noucas’s on-again off-again girlfriend’s Lake Street apartment. Forced by the court on a material witness order to return to Belknap County and testify, Rivera said he remembered nothing — not even being in New Hampshire. Sallies testified that Noucas and a second woman — who “was drunk out of her mind” showed up at her apartment with the idea of robbing Rivera. She testified she the two men with a baseball bat and two orange, knit ski masks. She also admitted to driving them to Meredith in her car. She said it wasn’t until the four of them got to Meredith that she realized Noucas had a knife — one later determined to belong to her. She testified that she saw him pull it from the back seat of her car just before before he and Hart went through the woods to rob Rivera.

Noucas didn’t speak at his sentencing but his lawyer read a prepared statement from him that said he had since made his peace with Hart’s mother, had lost a friend, and had lost custody of his young son. “I think the lord for the amazing people in my life” and “for keeping me alive,” read his prepared statement. After deliberating privately for about five minutes, O’Neill said that although he realized Noucas’s child would largely be raised by Noucas’s mother and that Noucas’s criminal record was not excessive, he found the premeditated act that resulting in Hart’s death involved an “extreme level of armed violence” O’Neill also said Noucas’s showed a lack of remorse. Noucas was also fined $1,240 and ordered to pay — along with Sallies — $18,481 in restoration to the building owner’s insurance company plus the $1,000 deductible the owner paid. He was credited with 110 days of pretrial confinement.

Standoff lands Kelly in prison for probation violation LACONIA — A Laconia man exonerated for much of his role in a 2010 police standoff in Belmont was sentenced to 3 1/2 to 7 years in prison yesterday for a cocaine sales conviction stemming from an incident in 2003. Judge James O’Neill sentenced Christopher Kelly, 34, to serve all of his sentence for a 2004 conviction for selling crack cocaine to an undercover narcotics officer on Tyler Street in Laconia. When Kelly was initially convicted, his sentence was suspended in its entirely contingent on his good behavior for seven years. Belknap County Prosecutor Carley Ahern argued that Kelly’s subsequent behavior, including a conviction last month for misdemeanor resisting arrest in the Belmont incident was cause for imposing the

former suspended sentence and O’Neill agreed. Kelly was indicted for felony criminal restraint and unlawful possession of a firearm but, after Belknap County Attorney Melissa Guldbransen presented the state’s case to a jury in early November, O’Neill ruled she had not presented enough evidence to let a jury decide the matter. The same jury found him guilty of one misdemeanor count of resisting arrest in the Union Road standoff. O’Neill sentenced Kelly to the maximum of 12 months in county jail but his lawyer Mark Sisti argued he had already served his time as part of his pretrial detention and a a different parole violation. O’Neill heard arguments yesterday morning on that part of the case, but has yet to rule. — Gail Ober

NYPD from page 2 notorious Zodiac Killer of the early 1990s. On Monday, Figoski was part of a backup team of officers who responded to a report of a break-in at the basement apartment in the East New York section of Brooklyn, police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. The owner of the two-story building, who lives on the first and second floors and rents out the barely-finished basement apartment, called 911 at about 2:15 a.m.

The two suspects had tried to flee through the back of the long, narrow apartment, but they couldn’t find a way out and were hiding in a side room full of tools as officers walked past them and started to interview the tenant and a neighbor. The suspects were trying to escape through the front when they ran into Figoski, police said. He was shot once at so close a range his gold collar insignia flew off. A handprint, possibly the suspect’s, was found in a pool of blood.


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Leo R. Sandy

A tribute to school counselors I have the honor and privilege to help prepare school counselors, school psychologists and mental health counselors for their professional careers. I also am fortunate to be able to do this with superb colleagues who are highly competent and with whom I have a very close, working relationship. My fellow professors in the Counselor Education and School Psychology Department at PSU are not only excellent teachers but also very accomplished field practitioners and researchers. This column will focus on school counselors. School counselors are key people in public schools. They work with children with normal developmental problems such as peer conflicts, low self-esteem, limited time management ability, the loss of a parent, sibling, grandparent or pet; performance anxiety, adjusting to a new school and a host of other issues. School counselors also work with children who receive special education services. School counselors help develop crisis intervention plans, screen kindergarten students, help high school students apply for college or careers, go into classrooms and do presentations on a variety of topics specific to the needs of the students, counsel children individually and in groups, sit on child study and special education teams, mentor graduate student interns, work with parents, consult with teachers and administrators, participate in assessment and monitor the school climate. They are indispensable to the operation of a school. School counselors help save children’s lives as in preventing problems from escalating and doing suicide-risk assessments. School counselors are strong advocates for children by helping children advocate for themselves and by being a voice for children when they need one. School counselors also work with outside agencies to help children who are no longer able to live in their homes due to severe neglect or abuse. Children today are experiencing an enormous amount of stress due in part to a poor economy, the negative influence of the media, reduced educational funding, and the strong emphasis on assessment that creates high test anxiety and takes away from instructional time. Parents must often work at several jobs and don’t often have the time and energy to spend time with their children playing board games, going for walks, and helping with their homework. Many families don’t even have one meal together a day, and too often homes look like train stations with people coming and going in a frantic manner. In hard times, child neglect and abuse also increase.When children come to school stressed, it affects their school performance and their interpersonal relationships. Enter the school counselor.

It is imperative that, despite the conditions under which students live, that the schools are equipped to meet students’ development needs so that they can become effective citizens during and upon the completion of their formal education. According to the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) “The elementary years are a time when students begin to develop their academic self-concept and their feelings of competence and confidence as learners. They are beginning to develop decision-making, communication and life skills, as well as character values. It is also a time when students develop and acquire attitudes toward school, self, peers, social groups and family. Comprehensive developmental school counseling programs provide education, prevention and intervention services, which are integrated into all aspects of children’s lives. Early identification and intervention of children’s academic and personal/social needs is essential in removing barriers to learning and in promoting academic achievement. The knowledge, attitudes and skills that students acquire in the areas of academic, career and personal/social development during these elementary years serve as the foundation for future success. . . Elementary school counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population. Elementary school counselors don’t work in isolation; rather they are integral to the total educational program. They provide proactive leadership that engages all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to help students achieve school success. Professional school counselors align with the school’s mission to support the academic achievement of all students as they prepare for the ever-changing world of the 21st century. . . Through a comprehensive developmental school counseling program, school counselors work as a team with the school staff, parents and the community to create a caring climate and atmosphere. By providing education, prevention, early identification and intervention, school counselors can help all children achieve academic success. The professional elementary school counselor holds a master’s degree and required state certification in school counseling. Maintaining certification includes on-going professional development to stay current with education reform and challenges facing today’s students. Professional association membership enhances the school counselor’s knowledge and effectiveness” (http:// asp?contentid=230). When I attended public school, there were only counselors at the high school level, and they were former teachers who took only four see next page

LETTERS It’s naive to think even the Muslims in Saudi Arabia are friendly To the editor, I read a recent letter regarding Muslims. I also had recently watched an episode of American Muslim. I was not going to write until I heard on the news this morning that Lowe’s is pulling it’s backing for the show because of pressure from other groups. First of all, it is not possible to call yourself an American Muslim. We are infidels in their eyes, so to be an American they would have to be an infidel Muslin. How does that work? Looking back to the young Muslin in Sudbury, Ma. And the other in Ashland, Ma.: They pretended to be “American” Muslim, both planning attacks on Americans. How can we believe that their parents do not feel the same. Arab nations do not allow other religious places of worship in their countries, why do we have to allow them here. Oh yeah, our own Constitution allows an enemy to live openly among us. I guess we goofed on that part. The other reason for writing is earlier this summer I read “Preachers of Hate” by Ken Timmerman, about Islam and the war on America. This book should be required reading by all infidels (anyone non Muslim). Pay attention to pages 117, 118 and 119.

Hamas largely funds costs to build mosques in America to ensure that young Muslims receive instruction on religious Jihad in order to assure that the “American” Muslim does not grow without the hatred of the infidel. Sadly much if not all of the money needed comes from us for our oil needs. So we are in fact funding our own enemy, INCLUDING the attack on 911. We Americans are silly to send any money to any Arab nation. It is naive to think that even Saudi Arabia is western friendly, they love our money and only tolerate us in order to spend it in absurd lavish ways. Not to make a satire out of our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan but trying to quell radical Muslims is like the arcade game, whack a mole, they are everywhere, taking one out makes no difference, there are more to follow. The Russians spent 10 years and countless lives trying to flat out take over Afghanistan and quit because they were beaten. We are trying to do what there? Bring peace, stability, love for western culture? Whatever the reason, by now it is clear, it is not going to happen. Dean Tappan Center Harbor

I feel ashamed this disgrace to veterans could happen in USA To the editor, Recently, the Dover (Delaware) Air Force Base has admitted that their mortuary, for years, has disposed of portions of troops remains from Afghanistan and Iraq by cremating them and dumping their ashes in a Virginia land fill. Air Force personnel told the Washington Post last month that they link this procedure to the disposal of medical waste. This and the fact that there is now news of lost and misplaced graves in Arlington is a disgrace. My local vet in Tilton has shown more dignity and respect over the years, to my fallen four legged friends, than Defense Secretary Panetta or the Air Force has regarding our dead. To date, no one has been fired. It does not matter whose limb it is, it once belonged to one of our country’s soldiers and should be treated

as such. How could our government let this happen? I blame it on the lack of leadership. The same leadership that doesn’t know how the guns got into Mexico, that Solyndra was broke, that can’t vote on a budget — and the hits keep coming as our country sinks into a black hole. We need leaders who can assure our men and women in the armed forces that if they make the ultimate sacrifice, that when they come home, their remains wont be lost or disposed of at the local dump. Maybe it’s me ,but as I look out my window at the flag pole in front of my home I feel ashamed that something like this could happen in the USA. The flag will stay where it is because I know we can do better. Tom Sellew Lochmere (Tilton)

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LETTERS $15B in Medicare funding is being directed to doctor education

Our schools are truly a valuable asset to Gilford & Gilmanton

To the editor, News media of late have been claiming the Medicare fund that provides insurance to seniors will be deficient in 2024. According to one news source, C-Span News, the Medicare trust fund may be deficient sooner if meaningful changes are not made. This is troubling for many seniors who currently rely on Medicare as a means for insurance coverage. The new Health Care Act — more commonly known as ObamaCare — plans on seeking cuts in Medicare in excess of $500-billion in an effort to pay for the many more who are retiring and will be seeking government health insurance. Yet, this is not the real reason why Medicare may be deficient. Congress and the White House have been less than transparent when they claim Medicare insurance will have to be cut significantly to maintain its viability for the many. What they are not reveling is the government’s commitment in funding Graduate Medical Education with money from the Medicare Insurance Trust Fund. In the October (2011) issue of The New England Journal of Medicine an article addressing this very issue brings forth what has been occurring for decades. Congress in the past has given its tacit approval in supporting graduate medical education with Medicare money. This funding goes to teaching hospitals throughout the

country in support of training physicians. As the article reports, just last year the Medicare program contributed $9.5-billion to those teaching hospitals with very little oversight or accountability. Additionally, ‘’there are add-on payments amounting to another $6-billion a year going to these same teaching hospitals for physicians medical education expenses”. The total amount paid out in 2010, is in excess of $15-billion from the Medicare Trust Fund. Arguably, it is a noble cause to assist teaching hospitals in training new physicians to ensure the demand for adequate health care is met in the coming decades. However, the government could in all good consciousness, fund medical education with money it sends to foreign governments. For instance: just 10% of what is sent overseas to other countries ($50+ billion in 2010) would in my opinion, adequately support those hospitals for educational training. The central point: Congress has a fundamental duty by established legislation that the Medicare Trust Fund remains solvent (and with clear transparency). Establishing a mechanism for funding graduate medical education is a matter easily addressed separate from the Medicare Trust Fund. George Hurt Gilford

To the editor, It’s that time of the year to acknowledge some notable accomplishments that occurred at Gilford High this autumn, particularly in the month of November. Early in the month, the girls’ volleyball team achieved their goal of being Division II State Champions. The girls set a goal and worked unceasingly toward it. Their preparation and dedication was a major factor in this accomplishment. Later on in the month, 36 students were inducted into the Gilford Chapter of the National Honor Society. These students fulfilled the requirements of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. The members of the NHS are truly outstanding students in all aspects of the scholastic experience. Again, preparation and dedication were major factors. Later in the month, the Performing Arts Department put on the classic play “The Sound of Music.” Over 64 students were involved in the production of this play. Again, preparation and dedication were important for the outstanding success of this endeavor. Additionally, Coach Joan Forge of the championship Gilford volleyball team acted in the role of a nun with the 2011 New Hampshire State Drama Festival Champions in this play. She spoke eloquently about the self-discipline that the members of both “teams” possessed — a degree of discipline that

from preceding page graduate courses (12 credits) to be certified as school counselors. Today’s school counselors are much better educated and trained. For example, most master of education degrees in counseling require up to 48 college credits. The contrast between the school counselor of the past and the school counselor of the present is quite dramatic. I have worked closely with school counselors since 1972 and have found

them to be extremely effective in the work they do. School counselors at the elementary level through high school are very well prepared for the complex demands that face them and they do an extraordinary job in promoting child development. They deserve our support and encouragement. (Leo R. Sandy is professor of counselor education at Plymouth State University and a consulting school psychologist.)

is necessary to be truly successful in whatever one does. Additionally, the school’s Interact Club in collaboration with the community’s Rotary Club and the Parks and Recreation Department put on a senior citizen dinner/theater activity in which students prepared and served a delicious beef stew dinner which was followed by a special performance of “The Sound of Music.” This was an excellent example of how the school and community do work together for the benefit of the community. Again, the preparation and dedication were apparent throughout this activity. These accomplishments are an excellent example of achievements in the academics, arts, and athletics; and are important in becoming wellrounded students. Many teachers, parents and community members were also involved in these activities, including notably Matt Demko (Performing Arts), Joan Forge (volleyball team), Deb Laliberte (Interact Club), and Lorienne Valovanie (NHS). It is a credit to all involved that that the Gilford and Gilmanton communities can be proud of our students, teachers, parents, and community members. The schools are truly a valuable asset. Frank M. Weeks Gilmanton




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BIKE WEEK from page one The first, said Saunders, would require cooking vendors on steep slopes to make sure they have a level cooking surface. She said the fire department has noticed that some of them are “unstable.” “Almost all of the vendors are on steep slopes,” Hamel said. “Are you going to tell me they can’t be there?” Shanna said the tightened ordinance would apply only to cooking tents and that it wasn’t the intent of the technical review committee to “shut them down.” “I don’t agree at all,” said Hamel. “This is going to say you can’t be there.” Saunders said she would take it back to the Fire Department for further review. As to fire suppression systems in cooking tents, Saunders said the proposed ordinance is now a N.H. state law and that during the past Bike Week the fire department gave information to vendors that would better allow them to comply this upcoming year. “There again the intent is to shut them down,” Hamel said and Mayor Mike Seymour said he interpreted the ordinance as complying with the state and not creating new ordinances. “What do they mean by fire suppression?” asked Councilor Matt Lahey (Ward 2). “Safe but not suppressed,” said Councilor Henry Lipman (Ward 3). “We don’t want this flashing back on us.”


Hamel asked if this new ordinance would apply to every fair in the state and Saunders said that it would. Other proposals would specifically not allow socalled motorcycle “burnout pits” because the Police Department said they violated the noise ordinances. In addition, the technical review committee recommended the six Lakeside Ave. parking spaces in front of the north end of the Weirs Beach Boardwalk that were occupied by Progressive Insurance, a major Bike Week sponsor, in 2011 be returned to the exclusive use of city emergency services. Hamel said the didn’t think this was necessary because for the past few years, public safety hadn’t used the spaces. Saunders said the committee has identified comparable space for Progressive that is just as visible and near the old location. “It has been a concern of the city that Progressive would spill into the street,” She said. Other changes relaxed some of the vendor fees and gave more latitude to the Police Department to regulate four-wheel traffic over the Weirs channel bridge. Other proposed fee changes would be a licensing fee of $10 for “roaming photographers” who take pictures for resale. She said it was to put a name and a point of reference to some of the portrait picture takers and that it would not apply to media and to local business who already have licenses in the city.

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Other area for review are a provision that would require assembly tents to have 10 feet of space between them. “They’re side by side,” observed Seymour. Saunders said she would clarify the language and reiterated that the committee’s “intent is not to get rid of Bike Week” or to over-regulate it but an attempt to get the various vendors to learn what the city expects of them. The City Council said they would hold a public hearing on the proposed changes at its next meeting and asked that members of the Police and Fire Departments be available. Copies of the proposed changes are available at the city Planning Department. Members of the Motorcycle Technical Review Committee are Saunders, a representative each from the Police and Fire Departments, someone from the Licencing Board, someone from the Public Works Department and the code enforcement officer. In other business, the council voted unanimously to set up a Parks and Recreation Department revolving fund and to adopt the proposed fee schedule for the use of city property by non-city residents. It was a second reading. The council also voted to offer an public “expression of intent” for the former Police Department Building on Court Street. City Manger Scott Myers said the wording of the offering is to allow the city some measure of control over the future use of the vacant building while maintaining the city’s rights and access to the Winnipesaukee River and the Riverwalk.

PENN STATE from page 2 courthouse framed by 26-foot columns built in the 1830s. Lawyers, probation officers and clerks went about their business on Monday while an official numbered spots on the sidewalk outside court for network news vans. Barricades were piled neatly on the courthouse lawn, while lighting equipment was stored behind the veterans’ memorial nearby. A lawyer for one of the teenagers scheduled to testify bristled at Sandusky’s description of the encounters as childplay, or “horsing around.” “My client said, ‘There’s nothing fun about what happened with me,’” Slade McLaughlin said last week, adding that he believes the Penn State scandal has unleashed “a watershed moment” in the understanding of child sexual abuse. At least six of the accusers are expected to testify at the hearing, which could last two days. Last month Sandusky told NBC’s Bob Costas and The New York Times that his relationship to the boys who said he abused them was like that of an extended family. Sandusky characterized his experiences with the children as “precious times” and said the physical aspect of the relationships “just happened that way” and didn’t involve abuse. Sandusky retired as Penn State’s longtime defensive coordinator in 1999, a year after the first known abuse allegation reached police. Penn State fired football coach Joe Paterno last month, saying he didn’t do enough to investigate allegations against Sandusky. In 1998 a mother told investigators Sandusky had showered with her son during a visit to the Penn State football facilities. Accusations surfaced again in 2002, when graduate assistant Michael McQueary reported another alleged incident of abuse to Paterno and other university officials. The grand jury probe began only in 2009, after a teen complained that Sandusky, then a volunteer coach at his high school, had abused him. Sandusky first groomed him with gifts and trips in 2006 and 2007, then sexually assaulted him more than 20 times in 2008 through early 2009, the teen told the grand jury. The two university officials charged with perjury and failure to report abuse — former Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and former university vice president Gary Schultz — face a preliminary hearing Friday in Harrisburg. Prosecutors may need to call McQueary — and perhaps Paterno — to lay out those allegations. In Bellefonte, about 10 miles northeast of Penn State, officials geared up a case that has attracted

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When it comes to the economy, GOP has an ideology but no plan To the editor, Regarding Marc Abear’s “Simple: payments on debt will preclude spending on something else”: it is NOT simple and requires a multi-faceted plan to stimulate a stuck economy. Mr Abear simply repeated everything he said last time like the comical notion that the “free” market is ultimately rational. And he still refuses to accept the importance of raising revenue. The most effective way to deal with an economic downturn is NOT to address debt first. Doing that further injures the economy. Payments on debt precluding spending is the worst thing we can do in a downturn. The debtfirst ideology is impotent in freeing “trapped liquidity”. Freeing trapped capital is primary to an economic recovery. It needs a shove. In a CBS News/New York Times Poll. October, 2011, people were asked what their priority was. 57-percent said JOBS. 5-percent said the debt and deficit. 57-5! The CBO has warned Congress that cutting spending in the middle of economic downturn would have a negative impact. The CBO pointed out the most effective way out of this mess is to create programs that spark economic activity, joined with “long term” debt payoff. The CBO recently pointed out that hundreds of thousands of jobs could be lost and economic growth would be hindered with the GOP’s latest alternative to the president’s jobs and tax holiday plan. Marc, like the GOP, has it backwards. Like Andy Boutin, he watches too much Fox brainwashing. Fox refuses to talk about revenues, too! Small business tax cuts and credits, jobs and building programs, benefit extensions, and demand-side tax cuts pump capital into the economy. Ending the Bush tax cuts and loopholes for the wealthiest, repealing corporate welfare like oil subsidies would raise trillions in revenue over a decade. And no more Mr. Nice Guy to companies that move our manufacturing base overseas. In economic downturns, the Keynesian pump-priming has worked quite well while Mr Abear’s cut-cut-cut ideas have always drowned. Europe’s IMF austerity plans made their situation worse. A good Keynesian stimulus plan includes points in time down the line where specific debt related policies kick in. Not one recovery in the past employed the misguided debt pay down prescription yet Keynesianism has worked just fine. Seemingly unknown to Mr Abear, it’s quite difficult to pay your debts and build for the future if you’re not raising substantial revenue. How was it all done then? FDR began work projects, returning millions to work. On top of that, with the Revenue Act of 1935, taxes went up for the $75,000 and $5,000,000 tax brackets. Tax loopholes the wealthy

were using to avoid paying taxes were closed. Corporate taxes were cut for small businesses and hiked for large ones. With these tools, FDR brought unemployment from 25 to 14-percent in three years because he had a good plan and a mentally fit Congress he could work with. Trouble reappeared in 1937 when he was swayed by conservatives to cut spending. An immediate downturn that erased much of the gains resulted. It was too soon for that part of the plan. FDR then introduced and signed another stimulus plan and the country was back on track 11 months later. With the recessions of 1945, 1948-1949, and 1953, counter-cyclical fiscal policies in place since FDR worked. But the recession of 1957-1958 was much deeper than those above. According to the DOT webpage, “In August 1957, the country had slipped into a recession that would increase unemployment by 7-percent and reduce corporate profits by 25-percent by April 1958. One of the reasons the president had promoted the interstate (highway) system was just such a situation — that he would have a public works program that could be expanded or contracted to control the economy. To stimulate the economy and avoid losing momentum, Congress passed the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1958.” Eisenhower knew the plan. The sluggish economy of 1961 led Kennedy to present Congress with a sizable stimulus program. By June, 1961, all parts of the plan had passed. Social Security payments and the minimum wage increased. The stimulus provided 420,000 construction jobs under the new Housing Act, $175M in higher wages, $400M for over 1,000 depressed regions, $200M to $750,000 children on welfare, and $800M in extended unemployment benefits for three million unemployed workers. The economy stayed strong until the Nixon years. When Bill Clinton sought to raise revenue with a modest tax increase for paying down the mountain of debt created by Reagan and Bush, tea party economist Dick Armey warned that it would mean the end of American prosperity. History tells us that the revenue raising worked and Bill Clinton handed the next president a SURPLUS after a period of unequaled prosperity. Dick Armey is still stupid. Economists with half a brain know what to do but the Republicans are doing everything they can to stop it. It’s deliberate because Obama is right on the mark; jobs programs, demandside tax cuts, ending the Bush tax cuts, extending unemployment benefits, etc. These are proven methods yet the cut-cut-cut crowd can’t see past their noses. Right wingers have an ideology, not a plan. James Veverka Tilton




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LETTERS Tilton will hold the Vicky Virgin Food Drive again next year To the editor, On behalf of the Board of Selectmen and those that helped us honor Vicky Virgin in this first annual food drive to feed the hungry, I would like to thank each and everyone of you that helped to make this event successful. I would like to thank Market Basket and Shaw’s Supermarket for allowing us to collect foods for the pantry during the event. And a huge thank you to WLNH for their live broadcast of the event on Saturday. Super thank you’s go to Bryant and Lawrence Hardware, Tilton House of Pizza, Pauli’s Restaurant, the Tiltn’ Diner and LaChance Citgo for the collection boxes at their businesses and to BJ’s for their wonderful donation. Many thanks also go out to Dr. Tammy Davis for allowing us to have collection boxes at the schools the week before and also allowed the collection drive to continue throughout the

schools after Saturday. Thank you to all the students who filled those boxes. And last but certainly not least our many volunteers who stood all day and helped bring in the food to the food pantry. We raised over $680 in cash that will help fill in where items are needed and we filled two rooms with canned goods and non-perishable items! Director of the Northfield Tilton Congregational Church Food Pantry, Nancy Wilson, was delighted to receive such an overwhelming response to the drive. We are all please it was such a great success and plan on doing this again in September next year to keep Vicy’s spirit of giving alive in our community. Thank you to all that gave to such a worthy cause in Vicky’s honor. It is a gift that will keep on giving for sometime to come and benefit many in our community. Pat Consentino, Chairman Tilton Board of Selectmen

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To the editor, The Belmont/Gilford High School Hockey Boosters Association recently wrapped up a very successful fund raiser for new hockey jerseys. This would not have happened if it weren’t for the outpouring of community support. First and foremost we would like to thank Bucky Lewis and Steele Hill Resort; Bucky for one of the funniest shows ever, and being the star attraction and Steele Hill Resorts for the use of their beautiful Carriage House and their outstanding staff, who “bent over backwards” for us. For everything you did, thank you. During the show we held a silent auction and a Chinese raffle, so very special thank yous need to go to all the donors who helped make this happen. For our silent auction, thank you Tribute Laser Engraving in Meredith, NH Sports Outlet Store in the Belknap Mall and Happy Jack’s Cigars in Laconia. For our raffle we had some outstanding gift baskets taken home. Thank you NAPA Auto, Gilford Air-

port Country Store, Drakes Island Resort, Hang Nails, Star Nails, Maui Tanning Salon, Jericho’s Salon, Village Image Salon, Island Tanning Salon, The Cleveland Family, Simply Tasteful Foods the Moody Family, MB Tractor, BG Boosters, Avon basket by Irene Lachance, Café Déjà vu, The Lakeside, Jon’s Roast Beef, Fratello’s, Papa Gino’s T-Bones/Cactus Jacks, Laconia Car Wash, Lachance’s Landscaping and McKenzie’s Pepperidge Farm Goldfish. Thank you for your support it is very much appreciated. We would like to thank everyone who came to the show and bid on items, your support made this so successful, and finally to the BG Boosters parents who helped out, your dedication to the program is truly appreciated. If we left anyone out please accept our apologies it was not intentional. Big thanks to all, we’ll see you at the rink and go BG Hockey in your upcoming season! Belmont/Gilford High School Ice Hockey Boosters Association

Fratello’s helped a lot in LHS band’s drive to fund Disney World trip To the editor, The Laconia High School Music Department — including band, color guard, and chorus will be going to Disney World in April of 2012 to compete. We have to raise about $1,400 per student in order for the entire group of kids (approximately 87) to go. This is totally paid for by each student through various fundraisers. Fratello’s/Homestead restaurants really stepped up to the plate for us. They offered such a fantastic fundraising opportunity. They offer a $10 gift certificate out of which 50-percent of each one was donated back to the school/student. YES really! We put

together the “Fratello’s” fundraiser for nearly two months, and sold more than $4000 in certificates, giving back to each student 50-percent of what they sold. This helped our students tremendously and we cannot thank Fratello’s for their wonderful generosity. A special thank you needs to go out to Matt at the Laconia Fratello’s where he processed 327 certificates in one night while they were packed and still found time to help us out! It is a wonderful thing to know that our local businesses care so much about our school and students. Fratello’s we thank you! Laconia Sachem Band Boosters


Belknap Commission surprised by Forrester bill to look at putting county jail under sheriff’s department By Michael Kitch

LACONIA — On the eve of unveiling a proposal to embark on a community corrections program, the Belknap County Commissioners were taken aback to learn that Senator Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) has expressed her intention of filing a bill that would convene for a commission to study the Belknap County Department of Corrections. “I had no idea this was in the works,” said Ed Philpot, chairman of the commission last week. “We have not been actively engaged in any discussion with the senator.” In May the commission engaged a consultant, David Bennett Consulting, Inc. of Park City, Utah, to assist with developing a master plan for the county corrections department, including suggestions for a “community corrections” program modeled on the regimen established in Strafford County. The program, which aims to reduce the level of incarceration and rate of recidivism, Philpot said, is integral to determining the capacity and designing the reconstruction of the county jail. “It’s about saving money,” he said, adding that the budget for corrections is the largest of any department. “If someone wants to know about what we are doing,” Philpot remarked, “all they have to do is ask. But, no one bothered. This is not a closely guarded secret,” he continued, noting that it was a major theme of the county conversations between the county commissioners and local selectboards. Forrester acknowledged last week that she was unaware that the commission was preparing a master plan for the county corrections department. She said that her bill sprang from the notion of

“streamlining government” by placing corrections under the authority of the sheriff, which is the practice in many other states. Because the sheriff’s department transports prisoners, she thought it was worth exploring what administrative efficiencies and cost savings could be achieved by combining the two departments under the authority of the sheriff. Forrester explained that she broached the idea with the sheriffs in Grafton County and Belknap County, which are both in her senate district, but found that only Belknap County Sheriff Craig Wiggin was open to it. “I didn’t want to apply to the whole state,” Forrester said, “so I limited it to Belknap County. I had no intention of upsetting the applecart,” she remarked. Belknap County Administrator Debra Shackett told the commissioners that, along with Dan Ward, superintendent of the corrections department, she spoke with Forrester, but understood from the conversation that any legislation would be general in nature, not specific to Belknap County. Senators Jack Barnes (R-Raymond) and Jim Forsythe (R-Strafford) and Rpresentatives Dennis Fields (R-Sanbornton), Colette Worsman (R-Meredith) and Bob Greemore (R-Meredith) co-sponsored the legislation. “I don’t know the ins and outs of the bill,” said Worsman. She emphasized her strong support for the “community corrections “ initiative. “I think it makes a lot of sense. It will improve efficiency and decrease costs,” she said. The county commission will host a symposium on the “community corrections” initiative on Friday, January 13 at the Beane Conference Center on Blueberry Lane between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

RUSSIA from page 2 “Those authorities who will fail to establish a dialogue with society will have to go,” he declared. Medvedev has promised on his Facebook page that the alleged vote fraud will be investigated. But Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, predicted Monday the probe will show that little vote fraud occurred and that it had no effect on the outcome. Peskov’s comment signaled that Putin — who served as Russia’s president in 2000-2008 and stepped over to the premiership because of term limits — is holding firm, despite the protests that were the largest in post-Soviet Russia. It is unclear how effective a challenger Prokhorov might prove to be. His wealth, estimated by Forbes magazine at $18 billion, and his playboy reputation may turn off voters who resent the gargantuan fortunes compiled by tycoons even as countless Russians struggled through the economic chaos of the

1990s after the Soviet Union collapsed. The 46-year-old bachelor is known for lavish parties and occasional scandal. He and some guests were arrested at a Christmas party in the French Alpine resort of Courchevel in 2007 for allegedly arranging for prostitutes; but he was soon released without charges. Prokhorov made his fortune in metals and banking and became majority stakeholder in the New Jersey Nets last year. Since then, he has traveled widely to build a global fan base for the basketball team, in the process showing off his towering 6-foot-8 (203-centimeter) frame and excellent command of English. Asked if he thought Prokhorov could run a country, Nets coach Avery Johnson said he had many qualities. “He is pretty smart. he has great leadership skills. see next page


Bayside Cemetery Association Laconia, NH NOTICE: All gates will be closed for the winter, as of MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2011; enabling, in the meantime, the placement of current seasonal items, at owner’s risk, as desired. Old, remaining , unsightly, out of season items, may be removed and disposed of by cemetery employees at any time. Existing Rules & Regulations: (in part). Article 1; Open from dawn to dusk daily April through November, as weather permits. Gates will be closed any time the Board of Directors and/or Foreman deems necessary. Article 12; Extra charges will be made in winter months (as necessary) for winter burials, if requested. Article 14; During winter months bodies may be placed in cemetery tomb for spring burial until June 10th without charge. Article 19; Bayside Cemetery will not be held responsible for any damage to lots, nor for the loss or damage caused by frost, vandals or any other cause beyond their control. Article 21; Directors of Bayside Cemetery reserve the right to change the rules or charges whenever a change is deemed necessary. The foreman is authorized to enforce the above rules (and all others); exceptions may be authorized by approval of the Board of Directors. December 10, 2011 Board of Directors, Bayside Cemetery Association.

Department of Public Works Christmas & New Year’s Solid Waste Collection Schedule NOTICE TO RESIDENTS ON CURBIDE COLLECTION ROUTES The Christmas holiday falls on Sunday December 25th and the New Year’s holiday falls on Sunday January 1st -there will be NO DELAY in curbside collection of trash during either of these 2 weeks. Monday collections will be on their normal schedules. Any questions, please call Ann @ 528-6379.

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LACONIA — Members of the Laconia Rotary Club, aided by many volunteers, placed wreaths on the graves of 455 veterans at Bayside Cemetery as part of the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony Saturday morning. A brisk breeze blowing across Lake Opechee with temperatures in the 20s didn’t deter the many who turned out to take part in the ceremony, including all 10 members of Brownie Troop #13158, second and third graders from Woodland Heights School. Dawn Johnson of Laconia, one of the leaders of the troop, said that the girls were earning their Legacy Community Hannah Lowell, 7, a member of Girl Scout Brownie Troop #13158 of Laconia, places a wreath on a Badge for the community veteran’s grave at Bayside Cemetery in Laconia Saturday. Some 455 wreaths were placed on veterans’ service project, which has headstones by members of the Laconia Rotary Club and volunteers as part of the nationwide Wreaths become annual project for Across Day. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun) the troop. during a noontime ceremony that was conducted Among those placing wreaths was Kris Jacques of simultaneously at over 500 participating locations Laconia, whose late husband Donnie Jacques served across the country and saw more than 200,000 in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Jacques, wreaths placed on the graves of veterans. who was a guidance counselor at Laconia Middle The wreath laying is held annually on the second School, where he worked for 35 years, was also a Saturday of December and has a motto of “Rememwell known basketball and soccer official. ber, Honor, Teach”. The local ceremonies are timed to John Nivus of the Rotary Club said that there was coincide with a ceremony held at Arlington National a good turnout for the event, which is designed to Cemetery each year. remember those who served, honor their sacrifices, It’s origins go back to 1992 when Morrill Worcesand teach the younger generation about the high ter, owner of Worcester Wreath Company of Harcost of maintaining America’s freedoms rington, Maine, found his company with an excess of Specially designated wreaths for the Army, wreaths nearing the end of the holiday season and Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant decided to take the wreaths to Arlington to decorate see next page Marine, and POW/MIA were placed on memorials from preceding page When you are behind the scenes and you are talking to him, you know he is a special person. It wouldn’t surprise me,” Johnson said. “If we could vote, he would have a lot of votes here in this building.” Kudrin, 51, lacks Prokhorov’s flash, but as finance minister under both Putin and Medvedev, he earned wide respect for his economic acumen. Kudrin was widely credited with softening the blow of the 200809 global downturn in Russia with his conservative



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COUNTY from page one amount to be raised by property taxes is $87,468, or 0.6-percent. Otherwise, the $14,159,651 to be raised by property taxes is the lowest amount since 2007. The cost of health insurance rose by $387,000, payroll increased by $251,000, utilities by $109,000 while revenues other than property taxes dropped by $175,000. General fund appropriations of $19,721,175 are 5.8-percent less while the nursing home appropriation of $11,339,277 is 1-percent more than in 2011. The total appropriation of $31,060,452 represents a decrease of 3.4-percent. Meanwhile, the undesignated fund balance (rainy day fund) is projected to reach $4.4-million at the end of 2012, slightly higher than where it stood in 2008. “There are a couple of things we bring to you with great pride,” Philpot told the delegation, explaining that the commission addressed significant priorities set by the comprehensive facilities management assessment prepared in 2008 and maintained a high quality of services without increasing either the budget or borrowings. “That’s a pretty substantial accomplishment,” he said. “We carefully pruned this budget.” Representatives Colette Worsman and Bob Greemore of Meredith questioned the 2-percent cost of living adjustment and 3-percent merit pay raise budgeted for county employees. Worsman wondered how many employees would receive increases of 5-percent in compensation while Greemore was troubled that “salaries are going up while revenues are going down.” Philpot replied that “we have been able to achieve what we have because of the efforts of the employees.”

He described the increases as “justifiable, reasonable and prudent” and “in the best interest of the county.” Worsman, who was echoed by Curt McGee of Sanbornton, and Tom Tardif of Laconia, challenged the growth of the undesignated fund balance, claiming that the commissioners proposed to collect but not spend approximately $3.3-million from county taxpayers. Philpot countered that the commission proposed returning $3,150,000 to taxpayers next year just as it did this year. He said that the finance director and department heads closely manage the budget. “That’s what we do all the time,” he remarked. “We don’t believe the number we’re given by the delegation (convention) is a blank check,” he remarked, explaining that “we don’t spend every dime that’s appropriated.” “They do overbudget,” said McGee. “Excuse me, Mr. Philpot, but you do overbudget.” McGee noted that the budget projected a surplus at the end of 2012 of $1.4-million, which he called “fat.” In 2010, he said that the undesignated fund balance represented 12-percent of the total appropriation, more than twice the 5-percent the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration suggests is appropriate for municipalities. “There’s way too much money in this budget,” McGee insisted. Tardif, who submitted a five-page critique of the budget, said that property taxpayers cannot afford pay raises for county employees on top of the higher cost of their health insurance. “They don’t need the raises,” he said, adding that in the private sector when employers cannot earn a profit “somebody’s got to go.”

ARIZONA from page 2 status if officers suspect he is in the country illegally. The case is the court’s biggest foray into immigration law in decades, said Temple University law professor Peter Spiro, an expert in that area. The Obama administration challenged the Arizona law by arguing that regulating immigration is the job of the federal government, not states. Similar laws in Alabama, South Carolina and Utah also are facing administration lawsuits. Private groups are suing over immigration measures adopted in Georgia and Indiana. “This case is not just about Arizona. It’s about

every state grappling with the costs of illegal immigration,” Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, said following the court’s announcement Monday. Fifty-nine Republicans in Congress, including presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, filed a brief with the court backing the Arizona law. The immigration case, like the challenge to Obama’s health care overhaul, pits Republican-led states against the Democratic administration in an argument about the reach of federal power. The redistricting case has a similarly partisan tinge to it, with Republicans who control the state government see next page

from preceding page the graves of soldiers. Veterans organizations assisted in the effort, which went on quietly for many years until 2005, when a photo of the stones at Arlington, adorned with wreaths and covered in snow, circulated around the Internet, bringing national attention to the effort. In 2006, with the help of the Civil Air Patrol and

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‘Pub Mania’ raises astounding $110,770 in just 24 hours AUCTION from page one With $283,808 raised in 2010, organizers speaking for the record would only acknowledge the goal of $283,809 for this year, although some would hint that, with the event in its 30th year, 2011 would be a great year to eclipse the $300,000 mark. For most of the auction, it looked like 2011’s numbers might not meet even the stated “one dollar more” goal. By the close of operations on Friday, after four days of the auction and with only one six-hour shift remaining, the total of funds raised stood at $159,540. By the auction’s close, though, that number had more than doubled, jumping to $331,410. How did the auction raise $170,000 in six hours? Molly King, program director for WLNH, said the dramatic conclusion to the auction was a testament to the growing role of outside fund raisers set up to support the auction. These events, of which there are now several, have together raised about as much this year as was raised during the auction itself in not so distant previous years. The concept of an event that runs independent of but also supportive of the Children’s Auction was first developed by the Laconia Athletic and Swim Club when it ran the “Cycle Mania” events for several years. This year, two new events arrived on the scene, the Frozen 5k road race hosted by MC Cycle and a 24-hour Skate-A-Thon at Skate Escape. Other auction-supporting events include the “Fill the Boot” drives run by several local fire departments, golf tournaments put on by the Crazy Gringo and Lakes Region Homebuilders, several fund raisers hosted by the Christmas Island Steakhouse and songwriter

Rick Page donated proceeds from the sale of his song “Santa, Can You Hear Me?” to the auction. In terms of dollars raised for the auction, the one outside event that leads the rest is “Pub Mania” at Patrick’s Pub and Eatery in Gilford. The concept is deceptively simple. Teams are formed to occupy each of 29 stools around the Patrick’s bar for 24 consecutive hours. Each member of each team holds down the stool for one hour and gathers pledges from supporters who want to support their goal, much the way an entrant in a walk-a-thon would do. Except in this case, they’re just sitting at a bar, being entertained. Now in its third year, the 24-hour event has quickly become the greatest single donor to the auction. The first year of Pub Mania raised $47,000. The next year the total was about $60,000. Allan Beetle, one of the owners of Patrick’s Pub, said he and the other organizers were hoping in 2011 to bring in an amount slightly higher than last year’s figure. Instead, they nearly doubled it, showing up to the auction on Saturday with a check for $110,770. “I knew that Pub Mania was coming in,” said King when asked what she was thinking at the start of Saturday. “I didn’t expect it to be that large.” Beetle was just as shocked. He said he and other participants looked at each other and asked, “how did we do that?.. It’s a little unbelievable.” Pub Mania, in his analysis, has been able to raise so much because it has established a reputation for being a “fun” event, involves nearly 700 people among 29 teams. Beetle said those hundreds of participants are driven to extremes by the fund raiser’s beneficiary. see next page

from preceding page in Texas facing off against Democrats and minority groups that tend vote Democratic. In the immigration arena, the states say that the federal government isn’t doing enough to address a major problem and that border states are suffering disproportionately. The issue has been widely discussed by the Republican candidates for president. They have mostly embraced a hard line to avoid accusations that they support any kind of “amnesty” for the some 12 million illegal immigrants estimated to be living in the U.S. Newt Gingrich was most recently criticized by his opponents for saying he would grant legal status to some with longstanding family and community ties, and Gingrich has since endorsed the South Carolina law that allows police to demand a person’s immigration status. That law is among the four state laws that have been challenged by the administration. Brewer signed the Arizona immigration measure into law in April 2010. The administration sued three months later to block it from taking effect. In April, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld a federal judge’s ruling halting enforcement of several provisions of the law. Among the blocked provisions: requiring all immigrants to obtain or carry immigration registration papers; making it a state crimi-

nal offense for an illegal immigrant to seek work or hold a job and allowing police to arrest suspected illegal immigrants without warrants. In October, the federal appeals court in Atlanta blocked parts of the Alabama law that forced public schools to check the immigration status of students and allowed police to file criminal charges against people who were unable to prove their citizenship. Lawsuits in South Carolina and Utah are not as far along. The administration argued that the justices should have waited to see how other courts ruled on the challenges to other laws before getting involved. Still, following the court’s announcement Monday, White House spokesman Jay Carney said, “We look forward to arguing our point of view in that case when the time comes.” Spiro, the Temple University immigration expert, said the court easily could have passed on the Arizona case for now. “They could have waited for the more extreme case to come from Alabama, which really outflanked the Arizona law,” Spiro said. He predicted the court would uphold the police check of immigration status but perhaps not the measure making it a crime to be without immigration documents. Arguments probably will take place in late April, which would give the court roughly two months to decide the case





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from preceding page “I don’t think Pub Mania could do what it is doing with anything other than the Children’s Auction.” Beetle said other causes, such as the WOW Trail, of which he is a supporter, or cancer research, wouldn’t prove as inspiring. “The Children’s Auction is something that calls to everyone in our community. If we tried to do Pub Mania for something else, I don’t think we could do it.” Beetle, while astounded by the 2011 Pub Mania success, is hoping to foster future growth of the event while protecting the “fun” flavor that he said is its signature. Team members were creative in fundraising, he said. One woman crocheted angels, another turned bottle caps into attractive fridge magnets, each of whom raised several hundred dollars. One of his bartenders raised $2,000. The highest-grossing team was Dream Team Supreme, from Supreme Marine. They raised more than $10,000. “I have no idea if we can pull in these types of numbers back to back,” said Beetle. “I hope we can work together with the 29 teams and beat the number next year.” Whether Pub Mania can set a new record next year or not, King said that the development of similar events will become more important as the auc-

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GILFORD — The Lakes Region Singers will offer plenty of the spirit of the season at their 20th annual Christmas Concert on Friday evening, December 16. Their music will feature an exciting mixture of gospel, jazz, and lively classics, as well as the debut performance of the new Youth Chorus. The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church on Route 11-A in Gilford. It is free and open to the public. The Lakes Region Singers will offer plenty of the spirit of the season at their 20th annual Christmas A free-will offering will Concert on Friday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Gilford. (Courtesy photo) be taken to help cover expenses. There will be a reception with refreshChildren.” Some of the carols feature rousing fourments, homemade by the singers, at intermission. hand piano arrangements, and the rollicking “Pat The performance will include new takes on traa Pan” will highlight the flute played by Alison ditional carols such as “Hark, the Herald Angels Witham, as well as a drums background. The lovely Sing,” “Ding Dong Merrily on High,” and “Oh, What “Breath of Heaven” (Mary’s Song) will feature the a Wonderful Child,” as well as a challenging version group’s accompanist, Kelly Cleveland, as soloist. of the early “Cantate Domino.” In addition, “DashDirected by Karen Jordan of Laconia, the Lakes ing Through the Snow” is a fun arrangement of the Region Singers have been entertaining this area familiar “Jingle Bells,” while the more modern songs with winter and spring concerts since 1992. The like “White Christmas,” “Midwinter Chill,” and chorale this year is bigger than ever, consisting of “Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love” will highlight the peace nearly 50 dedicated community singers from the and beauty of the Christmas season. Laconia-Gilford region. The new Youth Chorus, performing in public for Jordan says “We hope to spark your renewed apprethe first time, will do two pieces: “A Perfect Christciation of the holiday season with this fresh, new round mas Night” and “On This Still, Silent Night.” They of Christmas songs. We also want to encourage the will also join the Lakes Region Singers, as well as spirit of giving to others by asking you to bring along the Hallelujah Bell Choir, to perform “The Gift,” a non-perishable item for the region’s Food Pantry. which is based on the familiar hymn “O Come, Little Please join us for an exciting musical evening.”

Bereavement support group offers holiday programs MEREDITH — As part of its Community Benefit program and in collaboration with Community Health & Hospice (CH&H), The Retreat at Golden View will be hosting a bereavement support group “Handling the Holidays after you’ve had a Loss”. Since the single most important factor in healing from loss is having the support of other people, sharing sorrow with others who have experienced similar losses can help make the burden of grief easier to carry. Even those who aren’t comfortable talking about their feelings under normal circumstances will find that connecting with others will help them heal.

A supportive and confidential setting allows area residents to listen and share concerns about the approaching holiday season. Shirley Marcroft, Bereavement Coordinator at CH&H, will be on hand to guide the support group and provide helpful information. Area residents are encouraged to attend one or all of the three 1 hour sessions. — Tuesday, December 13, 6-7 p.m. — Monday, December 19, 2-3 p.m. — Wednesday, December 21, 10-11 a.m. Refreshments will be provided and there is no cost to attend. Call 279-8111 to sign up. For directions call or visit online at

French club flipping flapjacks, wrapping gifts to raise funds TILTON — The Belmont High School French Club is in the process of raising funds to send 20 students to France as part of the school’s foreign student exchange program. This past October, 20 students from Moissac, France traveled to Belmont High School to participate in this exchange program. These students spent two weeks with students from Belmont High School exploring American culture, schools and communities. As part of the exchange, Belmont students will go to France in April 2012 and spend two weeks with the same students that visited New Hampshire. As part of the fundraising effort the club will be hosting a Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee’s in Tilton on Saturday, December 17 from 8-10 a.m. Tickets are $5 each and include a pancake breakfast with coffee, juice or

other beverage. Tickets need to be purchased prior to the event. Those interested in attending should contact BHS French teacher, Edith Takantjas at 267-6525 or French Club members will also be doing gift wrapping at the Tanger Outlet Mall frlom 10 a.m.-3 p.m., offering a variety of papers, bows and adornments to wrap and top packages.

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TD Charitable Foundation presents Laconia Area Community Land Trust with Housing for Everyone grant competition award. Pictured left to right: Eric Patel, TD Bank VP and Store Manager, Laconia; Michael L. Rayder, Jr., Foundation Manager of TD Charitable Foundation; Linda Harvey, Executive Director of Laconia Area Community Land Trust; Carol A. Ford, VP and Regional Market Manager for Central NH Region of TD Bank, and Glen Ohlund, Community Development Manager, Northern New England. (Courtesy photo)

TILTON — Laconia Area Community Land Trust was recently awarded a $100,000 affordable housing grant through the TD Charitable Foundation’s Housing for Everyone

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This year’s Housing for Everyone theme was Building for the Future, focusing on three critical areas in affordable housing: — Energy efficiency, including weatherization initiatives, HVAC improvements, or implementation of alternative or renewable energy sources; — Capacity building, including the expansion of programmatic efforts or staff development for organizations that provide affordable housing services for low-to-moderate-income individuals or in low-to-moderate-income communities. Infrastructure investment to expand services provided will also be considered; — And new unit creation, where organizations focus their efforts on the creation of new affordable housing units that benefit low-to-moderateincome individuals or communities. The Housing for Everyone grant competition is one of the TD Charitable Foundation’s most widely known signature programs. The competition invites local non-profit organizations from Maine to Florida to submit proposals outlining their plans and initiatives to support and provide affordable housing initiatives in their communities. Twenty-five organizations throughout TD Bank’s footprint from Maine to Florida were awarded a $100,000 grant for a total grant donation of $2.5 million in 2011. The Land Trust was also awarded funds for this project from its national partner, NeighborWorks America.

LACONIA — The Belknap County Republican Committee has announced that its next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14 at the Shang Hai Restaurant, 331 South Main St., Laconia. This month’s meeting, the last one prior to the January Presidential Primary, will be the final opportunity for the candidates (or their surrogates representing the various presidential campaigns) to make their final

“pitch”. In addition, the committee will end the meeting with a Christmas/Hanukkah celebration. In the spirit of the holiday season, people are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to the meeting to be donated by the committee to the local food pantry. Those interested in having dinner or who want to socialize before the meeting, should plan to arrive as early as 5:30 p.m.

BRISTOL — On Saturday, December 17 at 7 p.m., The Mill Fudge Factory (located in Bristol square) will host its 3rd Annual Holiday Party with the Uncle Steve Band to benefit Bristol Community Services. Suggested admission is $7 or people can bring a donation of food or clothing, 100% of which will go to the Bristol Community Services, a local service organization that accepts in-season clothing, linens, toys, and household items. All items must be in good resalable condition. The center also houses a food pantry for residents of Alexandria, Bridgewater, Bristol, Groton and Hebron. In an effort to raise as much as possible for the Bristol Community Services, The Mill Fudge Factory is offering all concert guests a free scoop of homemade ice cream with every sandwich or salad, and a a free sur-

prise gift for all who attend. “There is nothing more magical than this old 1767 grist mill decorated for the holidays,” says Linda Carmichael, co-owner of The Mill Fudge Factory. The Uncle Steve Band will perform a mix of holiday favorites plus their signature style best described as a, “marriage of New Orleans and New Hampshire,” creating soulful vocals, gifted original compositions, bluesy sides, and break-your-heart harmonica playing. The Mill Fudge Factory has built a reputation by selling their artisan fudge at events and stores around New England, and increasingly as a listening room for live music and poetry. The business has also been featured on WMUR’s NH Chronicle and has recently opened a second fudge location in downtown Manchester.

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Laconia Altrusa Club holding wrap-it-up fund raiser at Franklin Savings Bank’s Gilford office GILFORD — Laconia Altrusa Club members will professionally wrap Christmas presents brought to the Gilford office of Franklin Savings Bank located at 11 Sawmill Road, next to the Marriott Hotel on Friday, December 16 from noon to 3 p.m. and Saturday December 17 from 9 a.m. to noon. Club members say the event is a wonderful opportunity to get gifts wrapped while enjoying cookies, hot chocolate and coffee in the waiting area. No appointment is necessary. Donations will be accepted to benefit Altrusa Club charities. For more information call the Gilford Office of Franklin Savings Bank at 934-0480.


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Barnstead-Alton Republicans holding holiday party BARNSTEAD — The Barnstead-Alton Republican Committee will hold its annual Christmas/ Hanukkah Party tonight at 6:30 p.m. at J.J. Goodwin’s Restaurant, 769 Suncook Valley Highway (Rt 28), in Center Barnstead. All area Republicans are invited to join together at this festive social event where topics will range from the latest on the primary front to holiday plans. In addition to a variety of refreshments, the group Citizen Watches Repairs

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Pianist Johannes Wallmann to perform at the NH Jazz Center at Pitman’s Freight Room on Thursday LACONIA — The NH Jazz Center at Pitman’s Freight Room in Laconia will present the Johannes Wallmann Quartet on December 15 at 8 p.m. Born in Münster, Germany, Wallmann grew up on Canada’s Vancouver Island, where he was a student of piano and guitar. Deciding to pursue a career in music, Wallmann moved first to Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music, and then New York City where he earned a Master’s and Ph.D. in jazz

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Fiddlehead Farms supports the Greater Lakes Child Advocacy Center ALTON — Fiddlehead Farms Marketplace is partnering with the Greater Lakes Child Advocacy Center (GLCAC) in the annual Holiday Tree of Hope Fundraiser throughout the month of December, to support child abuse victims and child abuse prevention outreach throughout Belknap County. Fiddlehead Farms employees have been hard at work getting the Tree of Hope filled with ornaments. Fiddlehead Farms customers, upon exiting the store, are invited to sponsor an ornament with a donation and place it on the tree. All donations will go directly to the Greater Lakes Child Advocacy Center. Fiddlehead Farms and the Greater Lakes Child Advocacy Center have set a goal of raising $1,000 for children in Belknap County. Funds raised will help ensure that there continues to be a safe, child-friendly environment available for child abuse victims to come and tell their stories.

“We are overwhelmed and so grateful for the generosity of Fiddlehead Farms team of employees,” says Meghan Noyes, program director of the Greater Lakes Child Advocacy Center. “Our partnership with Fiddlehead farms allows caring community members to directly impact child abuse prevention and promote healing for victims.” The Greater Lakes Child Advocacy Center is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. The GLCAC currently serves more than 200 child abuse victims and their families annually and reaches over 500 community members through child abuse prevention outreach and awareness trainings. The GLCAC serves all 11 towns/cities in Belknap County and all services are free of charge. The GLCAC is supported by local grants, community donations and fundraising efforts. For more information, contact the GLCAC at 524-5497 or Jennie Halstead at 749-9800

High Stakes Bingo at Funspot on Saturday to benefit historical society LACONIA — A $10,000 High Stakes Super Bingo will be held Saturday, December 17 at the Funspot Bingo Hall. Proceeds from the game will benefit the Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society’s renovations at the Lake Winnipesaukee Museum. Doors open at 2 p.m. with pull tab tickets on sale starting at 3 p.m. The

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By Holiday Mathis SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). As a realistic person, you understand how absolutely unrealistic it is to want things to be perfect. And who needs the added pressure? You’ll play it loose, and everyone will be comfortable and happy. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You don’t feel sorry for yourself, and you don’t like it when others throw themselves a pity party, either. Through your actions, you will train another person to take charge, be assertive and be responsible. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You will be, in a sense, shedding your skin. And though it’s a natural process, it still takes effort, which you gladly put in, as you are genuinely excited about the new person you are becoming. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You will learn because you can’t help but follow your curiosity and get answers. You won’t worry about whether a subject is worthy of your interest. You will be fascinated by life. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Your memory will bring back strange bits of information. There’s a reason for these seemingly random recollections, though you may not understand it until Friday. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 13). It’s your year to explore a new interest and simultaneously enlarge your social circle. What happens in January will fill a void in your heart that you didn’t even know existed until you experienced the joy of wholeness. With a little hard work, a lot of organization and a good team, your lifestyle will improve for the better in February. Aries and Taurus people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 40, 2, 14, 33 and 19.


ARIES (March 21-April 19). You refuse to accept that there are limits to what you can and can’t do. You’d rather see the future as wide open. Because of this approach, more is possible for you. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Someone who needs your help might be too intimidated to ask for it. Invite questions. Your open heart will be felt, and others will dare to depend on you. Of course, you’re the one who will benefit most in the end. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your interests will form you. To some degree, you can’t control what is attractive to you. But you can keep looking for the very best of what’s available and ask more questions. Your query could change everything. CANCER (June 22-July 22). You see something that others do not. It’s a testament to your unique spirit. You probably won’t be ready to share your observations, but you should record them in some way for later. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Failing often and with great style is the mark of highly successful people. You do not like to fail, but you can definitely see the usefulness in it. Win or lose, you’ll help others with your positive attitude. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You won’t have to restrict yourself, because you will naturally want what is good and right for you, and you’ll be inclined to take life in moderate doses. If you’re being unduly inhibited by outside forces, you’ll rebel. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Some kinds of pain happen simply because you’ve fallen into a groove of suffering and have yet to decide that you’ve had enough of it.

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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Tuesday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2011. There are 18 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 13, 1981, authorities in Poland imposed martial law in a crackdown on the Solidarity labor movement. (Martial law formally ended in 1983.) On this date: In 1769, Dartmouth College in New Hampshire received its charter. In 1862, Union forces suffered a major defeat to the Confederates in the Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg. In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson arrived in France, becoming the first chief executive to visit Europe while in office. In 1928, George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” had its premiere at Carnegie Hall in New York. In 1944, during World War II, the U.S. cruiser Nashville was badly damaged in a Japanese kamikaze attack that claimed more than 130 lives. In 1961, American artist Grandma Moses died in Hoosick Falls, N.Y., at age 101. In 1978, the Philadelphia Mint began stamping the Susan B. Anthony dollar, which went into circulation in July 1979. In 1994, an American Eagle commuter plane crashed short of Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina, killing 15 of the 20 people on board. In 2003, Saddam Hussein was captured by U.S. forces while hiding in a hole under a farmhouse in Adwar, Iraq, near his hometown of Tikrit. One year ago: President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul hit its first major legal roadblock as a federal judge in Richmond, Va., declared that the law’s central requirement that nearly all Americans carry insurance was unconstitutional. Today’s Birthdays: Actor-comedian Dick Van Dyke is 86. Actor Christopher Plummer is 82. Country singer Buck White is 81. Music/Film producer Lou Adler is 78. Movie producer Richard Zanuck is 77. Singer John Davidson is 70. Actress Kathy Garver is 66. Singer Ted Nugent is 63. Rock musician Jeff “Skunk” Baxter is 63. Country musician Ron Getman is 63. Actor Robert Lindsay is 62. Country singer-musician Randy Owen is 62. Actress Wendie Malick is 61. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is 61. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is 58. Country singer John Anderson is 57. Singersongwriter Steve Forbert is 57. Singer-actor Morris Day is 55. Actor Steve Buscemi is 54. Actor Johnny Whitaker is 52. Rock musician John Munson is 49. Actor-comedian Jamie Foxx is 44. Actor Bart Johnson is 41. TV personality Debbie Matenopoulos is 37. Rock singer-musician Thomas Delonge is 36. Actor James Kyson Lee is 36. Actress Chelsea Hertford is 30. Rock singer Amy Lee is 30. Country singer Taylor Swift is 22.


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CALENDAR TODAY’S EVENTS Hurray for the Holidays family program at the Laconia Community Center. Participants will be making Christmas ornaments while singing and listening to Christmas carols. $2 per person. Call 524-5036 to register. Cindy Graham teaches how to make a holiday centerpiece at the Gilford Public Library. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Library will provide boxwood, ribbons and baubles, you bring a container and some evergreens and pine cones. Sign-up please. Lakes Region Brownfields Advisory Committee meeting. 10 a.m. at the Humiston Building at 103 Main Street in Meredith. Open to the public. Belknap County Democrats Holiday Party. 6 p.m. at Hector’s Fine Foods & Spirits in Laconia. Light fare provided. Drinks and meals may be purchased. Lakes Region Chordsmen singing Christmas songs at the United Baptist Church (12 Park Street) in Lakeport. 6:30 p.m. Dessert and beverage will be served free of charge. For more information call 524-8775. Chess Club meets at the Laconia Public Library on Tuesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. All ages and sill levels welcome. We will teach. Giggles & Grins playgroup at Family Resource Center in downtown Laconia (635 Main Street). Free group for parents children from birth through age 5. For more information call 524-1741. Hands Across The Table free weekly dinner at St. James Episcopal Church on North Main Street in Laconia. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Moultonborough Toastmaster meeting. 6 p.m. at the town library. Everyone from surrounding towns also welcome to attend. Toastmasters develop speech practice that is self-paced and specific to an individuals needs. For more information call 476-5760. Meredith Library Computer Club meeting. 10 to 11 a.m. A look at external midea such a Blu-Ray players. Open to all experience levels. The Gift of Legos time at the Meredith Public Library. Drop in between 3 and 5 p.m. to create and build.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14 Annual Holiday Concert hosted by the students of Laconia High School. 7 p.m. in school gym. Free to the general public. Senior-Senior Holiday Concert at Laconia High School. 9:30 a.m. A special concert for the school’s senior class and senior citizens. All local senior citizens are welcome to attend and linger afterwards for refreshments. “History of Gunstock Mountain Resort” author Carol Lee Anderson presents a history of the county-owned recreation and the nearby Gunstock Inn. 6:30 p.m. at the Gunstock Inn and Fitness Center on Cherry Valley Road (Rte. 11-A). Books will be available for signing. For more information 293-2021 or visit Free Mom & Me movie at Smitty’s Cinema in Tilton. “Santa Buddies”. 11 a.m. Separated/Divorced Persons Support Group meeting. 7 to 8:30 p.m. each Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Belmont. Compassion, shared learning and confidentiality. For more information call the rectory at 2678174 or Ginny Timmons at 286-7066. Overeaters Anonymous offers a program of recovery from compulsive eating using the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of OA. Wednesday nights at 5:30 p.m. at St Joseph Church in Belmont. Call and leave a message for Elizabeth at 630-9969 for more information. Free community meal of hot soup and bread at Trinity Episcopal Church on Main Street in downtown Tilton. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday. For more information call Pastor Mark at 286-3120 or e-mail him at

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“Seeking the truth and printing it” THE LACONIA DAILY SUN is published Tuesday through Saturday by Lakes Region News Club, Inc. Edward Engler, Mark Guerringue, Adam Hirshan, Founders Offices: 1127 Union Ave. #1, Laconia, NH 03246 Business Office 737-2020, Newsroom 737-2026, Fax: 527-0056 News E-mail: CIRCULATION: 18,000 distributed FREE Tues. through Sat. in Laconia, Weirs Beach, Gilford, Meredith, Center Harbor, Belmont, Moultonborough, Winnisquam, Sanbornton, Tilton, Gilmanton, Alton, New Hampton, Plymouth, Bristol, Ashland, Holderness.

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Governor John Lynch and First Lady Dr. Susan Lynch visit PSU Ice Arena

“I love Plymouth State – I really do,” remarked a smiling Governor John Lynch as he and First Lady Susan Lynch enjoyed a spirited visit to Plymouth State University’s Ice Arena Dec. 8 prior to a PSU Men’s hockey game with UMass Dartmouth. Gov. Lynch, an accomplished hockey player, laced up the skates and enjoyed a workout on Hanaway Rink ice before dropping the ceremonial puck before the game. Shown above are Governor John Lynch, Dr. Susan Lynch and PSU Men’s Ice Hockey coach Craig Russell. (Courtesy photo)

Vegan holiday cooking class and dinner at the Pines in Northfield on Friday

NORTHFIELD — A vegan, healthy, holiday cooking class and dinner will be open to the public at Pines Community Center on Friday, December 16, beginning at 5:30 p.m. This hands-on class will involve several cooks preparing a variety of dishes starting with “turkey” seitan cutlets with gravy by Louisa Dell’Amico of Northfield. At around 6 p.m. Krista of Penacook will prepare a shredded carrot salad with lemonpoppy dressing, Lucy Carrillo of Alton will demonstrate the preparation of squash bisque using an immersion blender, and Louisa will make cranberry sauce. Lucy will also be making mashed potatoes and parsnips, and Krista will prepare a raw “Hail to the Kale” salad with an almond butter-limeginger dressing. The class will finish with Stan of Tilton baking brownies at about 7 p.m., followed by a dinner that will include all of the creations. Recipes will be included. “This is definitely an experiment and perhaps a little overly ambitious

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14 Free knitting and crochet lessons. Drop in on Wednesdays any time between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Baby Threads workshop at 668 Main Street in Laconia (same building as Village Bakery). 998-4012. Laconia Elders Friendship Club meeting. 1:30 p.m. at the Leavitt Park Clubhouse. People 55 and older meet each Wednesday for fun, entertainment and education. Meetings provide an opportunity for older citizens to to meet for pure social enjoyment and the club helps the commu-

for our first group cooking class, but we’re just going to try it and see what happens,” said organizer Dell’Amico. “As we all know, an abundance of tempting foods seem to pop up everywhere we turn at this time of year, and many of us succumb to eating too many calories only to regret it later,” she said. “I’d like to teach people how to prepare some healthier dishes that are satisfying and lower in calories, so that no one feels deprived,” she said. “No one can live on meal replacements forever”, said Dell’Amico. “Eventually, we all need to come to terms with our poor eating habits, learn to make peace with food, and give our taste buds time to adjust to foods that are full of flavor but lower in fat, sugar, and sodium. For the sake of our personal health, public health, the animals and the environment, Americans as a whole have to learn how to resist advertising and re-learn the basics of cooking”, she said. The cooking class and dinner costs $15. RSVP to or 729-0248.

nity with philanthropic work. TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) group meeting. 5:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Meredith. Duplicate bridge at the Weirs Beach Community Center. 7:15 p.m. All levels welcome. Snacks. Preschool Story Time at the Meredith Public Library. 10 to 11 a.m. Downstairs in the function room. Check out a computer expert at the Gilford Public Library. 9:15 to 11 a.m. First-come, first-served help for library card holders only. 20 minute limit if others are waiting.

We have some new faces! Although still seeing patients, Dr. Charles Lambert has decided to reduce his administrative duties and brought on a trusted colleague. Please welcome Dr. Joseph Cariello as the new owner and dentist. A little bit about Dr. Joe: He graduated from the State University at Buffalo in 2000. He has five small children, four boys and one girl. He knew he wanted to be a dentist when he was eight. We’re also pleased to introduce Dr. Karin Lamar and Dr. Joseph Williams. Dr. Lamar was named one of New Hampshire Magazine’s Top Dentists in 2010. Dr. Williams taught at Tufts University, and earned a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry. We now provide Invisalign, Zoom Whitening, and multiple implant systems. For your convenience we have family scheduling and extended hours. Learn more at our new website, As always, please call us at (603)253-4363 or stop in any time. You’re in great hands at Interlakes. 60 Whittier Highway Moultonborough, NH 603-253-4363

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Dear Annie: I have been unemployed since April. My former employers signed a nondisclosure contract about the terms of my resignation. But apparently, if the company to which I am applying asks the right questions, they are told everything. My question is: If my former employers signed a nondisclosure agreement, how can they disclose the nature of my resignation under any circumstances? I have more than 20 years of experience in my profession, but cannot find employment because my former employer is divulging information he contractually agreed not to mention. I can’t even find a job flipping burgers, because I am “overqualified.” Do I have any legal recourse in this matter? I cannot afford an attorney and do not know where else to turn. -- Ruining My Reputation Dear Reputation: Are you sure your former employers are doing this? Your inability to find a job may have nothing to do with them. In most circumstances like yours, the previous employer would simply write a neutral letter of recommendation, neither praising you nor trashing you. But if, in fact, a former boss is violating the conditions of the contract regarding your resignation, you may have cause to sue. However, you will need a lawyer. Try your state Legal Aid Society or contact the National Legal Aid and Defender Association ( for a referral. Also check local law schools to see whether they might take your case or offer legal advice. Dear Annie: We are remodeling our house. When we wanted to have a birthday party for our son, my mother offered to let us use her house instead of ours. It seemed to be the perfect solution. Unfortunately, my in-laws were offended. (Mind you, they didn’t offer to have the party at their house.) As a result, my husband’s parents and siblings chose to boycott the party. Now there is tension, and they are barely speaking to me, although they still speak to my husband.

My in-laws have always subtly favored my husband’s brother, but this slight was deliberate and noticeable. I don’t want to be the cause of any estrangement and have asked my in-laws what I can do to make amends. They insist nothing is wrong, but they give my husband an earful when I’m not present. My husband says to let it go, that it is not worth the confrontation. I love them and miss them, and I’m hurt that they aren’t willing to work this out. I want my son to know his grandparents. How can I fix this? -- Baffled Dear Baffled: Your in-laws sound rather thin-skinned, and it is caring and loving of you to promote a good relationship in spite of their favoritism. Please take your husband’s advice and let things go. Confronting them will not make them feel warmer toward you. The important thing is that your husband defends you against their criticisms. And keep in mind that they probably will not want to be kept from their grandson for too long. We recommend you remain unfailingly civil and kind so your behavior remains beyond reproach. Dear Annie: I read the letter from “Beleaguered Mom,” who expected her mother-in-law to baby-sit. I don’t have kids, but as a registered nurse, I have a similar problem. Just because I am an RN does not mean I am running a 24/7 free health clinic. I have been phoned at 11 p.m. by fellow church congregants asking about benign conditions that should be taken to their own doctors. On a retreat weekend for women only, the coordinator thought it was appropriate that I be placed in a bedroom with an actively hallucinating schizophrenic whom I had never met. She thought I could “help.” Instead, I didn’t get a wink of sleep. Please tell entitled people that trying to fashion others into your instant therapists or baby-sitters will alienate them instead of bringing them closer. -- New York Nurse

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AKC Registered West Highlands: 7 weeks, white, m/f, intelligent, affectionate, paper trained, $850. 524-4294.

Child Care CHILDRENS Garden Childcare: Year-round, reliable, clean, structured, pre-K environment, one acre yard, central location. 528-1857.

1996 Toyota Camry LE Wagon: 1-owner, moonroof, automatic, s.i. and plate, immaculate, $2,950. 387-2701.

ROTTWEILER Pups, AKC Champion Pedigree, tails, shots done, parents on premises, $500-600. 340-6219

1997 Honda Accord EX Coupe: 1-owner, V-Tech, 4-cylinder, auto, moonroof, rust-free, inspected, loaded, $3,350. 387-2701.

Announcement NEED to go to Ft. Myers, Florida? I will do the driving of your SUV or Van. Want to leave Approx. December 28, weather permitting, arrive January 5th. 40 years driving experience with perfect driving record. You pay for gas. 286-7720 PELVIC/ Transvaginal Mesh? Did you undergo transvaginal placement of mesh for pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence between 2005 and present time? If the patch required removal due to complications, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Johnson Law and speak with female staff members 1-800-535-5727.

Autos 1996 GMC Sonoma 4x2 Pickup Long Bed: V6, auto, AC, 139k, runs great, $1,850. 387-2701.

1997 Mitsubishi Gallant ES 4-Door: 4-cylinder, auto, all power, moonroof, 117k, inspected w/plate, $2,950. 387-2701.

Autos 1995 Ford F-350 Dump- 4X4, plow, good condition. $5,000. 455-6225 Laconia

1996 GMC Jimmy- Well maintained. $1,100 or best offer 387-4511

1998 Saturn SL2: 4-door, automatic, AC, CD, all power, inspected, runs excellent, $1,850. 387-2701. 1999 Lincoln Continental: 126k, FWD, V8, leather, moonroof, inspected and plate, mint, $2,950. 387-2701. 2000 Ford Taurus SES: 4-door, leather, buckets, moonroof, rear spoiler, 24-valve, loaded, inspected, $2,750. 387-2701. 2002 Pontiac Grand Am SE: V6, auto, 119k, new tires, like new, inspected, $3,450. 387-2701. 2003 Subaru Outback Limited: 4-cylinder, 5-speed, leather, 2-sunroofs, 1-owner, spotless, inspected, $4,950. 387-2701. BUYING junk cars and 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. PRICE Reduced! 2002 Audi A-4 Quantra. Excellent condition. $5,500. 569-9615 TOP DOLLAR PAID for junk cars & trucks. Available 7-days a week.

MEREDITH grandmother offering childcare in my child-friendly home. Will transport to and from school. 393-9079

Employment Wanted COMPANION job wanted. Have experience, references, insured vehicle. 603-359-1361, leave message.

For Rent Alton Housemate- Private suite w/use of common rooms in quiet country setting. No drinking/No smoking. $450/Month includes utilities. Available 12/15 or 1/1/12. 875-6875 APARTMENTS, mobile homes. If you need a rental at a fair price, call DRM Corp. Over 40 years in rentals. We treat you better! 524-0348 or visit M-W-F, 12-5, at 373 Court Street, Laconia. At Weirs Beach- Newly remodeled first floor Two 2-Bedrooms Nice, washer/dryer hook-ups. $900/Month, Heat/hot water included, $500/security Call 279-3141. Belmont 2-bedroom. 1st month half off, $425! + Utilities, References & security. No dogs. 630-1296 Belmont- 2 bedroom, 1 bath duplex. New carpet/paint. Washer/Dryer hookups, porch, deck. Private $850/Month. 617-909-9892 Belmont-3 bedroom, 1 bath house for rent. Large yard, pets allowed. Oil heat. Washer/Dryer hookup. $1,100 per month plus security deposit. References required.

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BELMONT: 2-bedroom duplex, washer/dryer hookups, $800/ month, 1st and $500 deposit, non-smoker. (603)455-7942.

LACONIA- 2-bedroom first floor. Onsite laundry, newly remodeled, snow removal. $850/Month, Heat/Hot water included. Call 524-0703

BELMONT: Sunny ground-level one bedroom, private road, deck, quiet country setting. Heat included $695/ month. 455-5848. CENTER Harbor House- One bedroom, year-round, propane central heat, tenant pays all utilities, tenant does all yard maintenance. No pets/Smoking. credit report required, verified income, references. $400/Month, security. Call between 5PM-8PM 603-253-6924. CLEAN UPDATED studio and one bedroom in Tilton. Heat/Hot Water included. $600-630/Month. 603-393-9693 or 916-214-7733. GILFORD, 2-Bedroom, 2-Bath, Balconies, no smoking/pets, $950/month plus utilities, Security deposit and references, 603-455-6662 GILFORD - Cute 2 bedroom house. Washer/dryer, garage, brookside setting. $1,000/month + utilities. 387-8433 GILFORD. 3 bedroom home for Lease/ option to buy, Owner financing available. Big yard, oversized garage. 603-393-5756. 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 2 bedroom 1 1/2 bath apartment with deck & nice view of Paugus Bay. No pets. Lowered rent for qualified tennant with good credit.


Laconia 3 bedroom 2 bath apartment with deck & single car garage. Quiet area with big yard near hospital. No pets. $1,050/Month, plus utilities


LACONIA House for Rent Spacious 3 bedroom 1 1/2 bath with washer/dryer. Completely rebuilt, new everything. Near park & beach. Available mid-December, rent starts Jan. 1st.

$1,300/Month + Utilities

(603) 455-9433 LACONIA Mountain VIew apts. $300 off 1st month!s rent. 2BR 1 bath, $700/mo. 2BR & 3BR townhouses, 1.5 bath and large decks. $775 & $850/mo. Quiet location with laundry and playgrounds. No Dogs. Office on site. 524-7185 LACONIA Province St. 4 bedroom apartment. Private parking, laundry, bright & clean, no pets. $1,000/Month + Utilities. 508-423-0479. LACONIA3 bedroom clean, cozy cape near LRGH. No smokers/pets. $950/Month. 528-3789

Laconia- Lakeport Condo. 2 bedroom, 2 bath. $900/Month + utilities. Call 603-235-6901 LACONIA- Large Rooms for rent. Private bath, heat/hot water, electric, cable, parking included. Free WiFi Internet. $145/week, 603-781-6294 LACONIA- VERY nice 1-bedroom apartment in clean, quiet, secure downtown building. Recently renovated. $175/Week. includes, heat, hot water & electric. 524-3892 or 630-4771 Laconia-2 bedroom 2nd floor. $210/Week, heat, hot water & electricity included. Call 603-235-6901 LACONIA-DUPLEX 2 bedroom 1 bath, washer/dryer hookups, garage. $900/month, heat included. References & security deposit. No pets or smokers. 524-8886 LACONIA-LARGE 2 bedroom 2nd floor . Quiet, clean, no pets. $800/month, Includes Heat. 556-1310 LACONIA: 3 Bedroom Apartment, $1,050/month, heat & hot water included. Parking provided. Washer/Dryer hookup available for stack unit. Section 8 approved. No dogs. References & security required. 603-387-2600. LACONIA: 1-bedroom for rent, heat/HW/electric included, no smoking, no pets, security deposit required. $750/month. 528-1685. LACONIA: Gail Avenue, 3rd floor, 1BR heat and h/w included, no pets, no smoking. $725. 524-5837. LACONIA: Gilbert Apartments. Call for available apartments. 524-4428 LACONIA: HUGE first floor, 8 room apartment. 4 bedroom, Heat/Hot Water included. Updated, New Hardwood floors, new bathroom, Washer/Dryer hookups, $1,250/Month. 566-6815 LACONIA: Large 3-bedroom apartment. First floor, parking. $850/mo + utilities, security/backgound check required. 603-781-6294. LACONIA: NICE 3 bedroom apartment. Clean, quiet, newly renovated, near park, short walk to town and schools. $1,000/month. Heat & hot water, snow removal included. Washer & Dryer hookups, pets welcome. Call 524-0703. Laconia: Quality, affordable, spacious two bedroom apartment for rent with heat and hot water included. Rent from $697 to $839 per month. Please call Julie at Stewart Property Mgt., (603)524-6673 EHO. LACONIA: Sunny, small 2-bedroom, 2nd floor no smoking/dogs. $200 per week. includes heat/hot water. 455-5569. Meredith– 2 Bedroom, 1.5 bath, 3 story townhouse style Condo. Garage, plowing, washer/dryer included. Non-Smoker. $950/month + Utilities. 6033-455-7591

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MEREDITH One bedroom apartment on second floor. 16X22 ft. deck, Open concept, cathedral ceiling, very elegant and rustic. Plowing, parking, dumpster & utilities included, $850/month. 455-5660

2 Kindle E-readers 3-5 months old. 1 Wi-Fi and one 3G & Wi-Fi both 3rd generation $80-$100. Sony portable DVD player. Model DVP-FX750 used once, perfect condition. $75. 267-0977.



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MEREDITH Room for Rent- Quiet, beautiful home. Laundry, kitchen, cable TV, porch. $125/Week. 603-689-8683 Meredith- 2 bedroom 1st floor, nice apartment. Walk to docks/village. Washer/dryer hookups, Non-smoking, unitlites not included. $750. 279-7887 or 781-862-0123 NEW Hampton- Large 4 bedroom, 3 bath newer home. Finished basement, wood floors and attached 2 car garage. 2 minutes to Rt. 93. $1,400/month plus utilities. 603-455-3762 NEW HAMPTON: 2-bedroom apartment. Close to Rt. 93. Heat & Hot water included. $750/mo. 279-5577. NORTHFIELD: 2 bedroom, 2nd floor, coin-op laundry & storage in basement, $215/week including heat, electric & hot water, 524-1234, NORTHFIELD: 2 bedroom trailer in small park with coin-op laundry on site, $225/week including heat, electric & hot water, 524-1234,

2 Mec reloaders, 20 ga. and 28 ga. Complete with owner’s manuals. Call for details (603)476-2271, (508)243-0349. 50% off all wreaths in stock, while they last. Jim Waldron, across from Belknap Tire. AMAZING! Beautiful pillowtop matress sets, twin $169, full or queen $249, king $399. See AD under “Furniture”. BABY visiting for the Holidays? New, original box, deluxe Disney Pack n Play $30, 387-3083. BAKERS RACK, entertainment center, living room chairs, coffee tables, fabric rocking chair, kitchen furniture, love seat & more! 279-0641 Baldwin Piano with humidifier unit & bench. $850. Easily accessible. 253-4850 FREE- BODY by Jake Ab Scissor. Good condition. 677-6528 Brand New Harvey Majesty 3-Lite Casement Window with Double Low-E glass and argon gas. All pine inside-Aluminum clad outside. Size 88 1/2” wide X 54 1/4” High with nailing fin. Retails for $2,100, asking $850. Must sell. Call 224-9213 CHRISTMAS TREES: Now Open! Good selection. Union Avenue, across from Belknap Tire. Jim Waldron 279-8066. ELECTRIC Wheelchair: Never used, many extras, $1,500. 524-2877. Full-Size Thule. Good condition. $200 or best offer. 524-3344

MEREDITH: Room for Rent,. $125/Week, utilities included. Smoking OK. Contact 707-9794

GIFT Certificate- One Complete Eye Exam - Dr. Shetty!s in Gilford or Bristol. (Up to $180 value). No expiration, $90 Firm. Call 524-5145 Green Cord Wood. $190 per cord. Doug 393-5163 or 393-9441 HOLIDAY SPECIAL: GREEN FIREWOOD, cut, not split $130/cord, cut & split $175/cord. Seasoned firewood, $250. Also, logging, landclearing & tree work (All phases). 393-8416.

TILTON: 1 bedroom, 1st floor, $195/week including heat, electric & hot water. 524-1234. WAREHOUSE/SPACE Up to 4,000 sq. ft. available with on-site office on busy Rte. 3 in Tilton. Seasonal or long term. Relocate your business or rent a spot for your toys. 603-387-6827 WINNISQUAM: Small efficiency and a cottage including heat, hot water & lights. $150-$175/week. $400 deposit. No pets. 387-3864.

IBM or Compaq laptop $110. IBM or Dell Computer $95. Surround Receiver $45. 524-6815. LAMB -RAISED locally. Hormone & antibiotic free. Vacuum packed, frozen. Custom cuts available. 528-5838 LIFT Chair- paid $800. Only used for 3 months. Still under warranty. Asking $500. 527-0459


LOOKING to start your own salon? Beautiful furniture, everything you need. 15,000 or BRO. Call Jared, 520-6425.

CEDAR LODGE Weirs Beach, Open Year Round ... Studios, 1-bedroom or 2-bedroom condos starting at $575 per month. Please call Wendy at 366-4316.

Polar Express tickets available for North Conway, NH Contact for details. PRO Mark brush chipper. 16HP. $700 or best offer. 630-0957 TENTERS or Tailgaters Christmas- Stainless campers kitchen. Lantern, pans, cook tools & stove. $250 253-4850

For Rent-Commercial WAREHOUSE/SPACE Up to 4,000 sq. ft. available with on-site office on busy Rte. 3 in Tilton. Seasonal or long term. Relocate your business or rent a spot for your toys. 603-387-6827

For Sale 6 qt. Cuisinart Electric pressure cooker $85. Kitchen Aid stand mixer $170. Both never-used.

Used Andersen Windows. Hot water heater & other miscellaneous items. Cheap! Call Dave 630-3986


Gold, (scrap rings, jewelry, etc.) Silver, (coins, flatware, etc. )

Antiques & Unusual Items Call 279-3087 or Stop In at

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Beautiful Queen or Full-size mattress set. Luxury Firm European Pillow-top style. Fabulous back & hip support. Factory sealed - new 10-Yr. warranty. Cost $1095, sell $249. Can deliver 603-305-9763. Cozy Cabin Rustics- Mattress and furniture year end sell-off! All mattress sets 20 % off! NH made Shaker furniture by Cedar and Oak 20 % off! Log Hickory and Rustic Barnwood Furniture and Artwork 20 % off ! Recliners, Futons, Bunk Beds, Dining Room, Bedroom, Sofas, Platform Beds, MacMotion Chairs, occasional tables, art work. Unique, Locally made. Great Deals!! Call Jay 603-662-9066 or shop our website and email for special pricing, 517 Rte. 25, Moultonboro, NH NEW mattresses ...always a great deal! Starting; King set complete $395, queen set $249. 603-524-1430.

Free Free firewood- Call 524-3892 or 630-4771 FREE Pickup for your unwanted, useful item garages, automobiles, etc. estates cleaned out and yardsale items. (603)930-5222.

Help Wanted BEYOND the Fringe Salon is looking for 1-2 booth renters with strong client base. 20+ hours/week. Please call 528-7735, leave message. STYLIST Booth Rental Available. Perfect location, clean, professional, great parking. Relaxed atmosphere. Contact 731-6230 for information. REFER STRAIGHT TRUCK: Owner operator wanted for FT motor carrier contract. 207-754-1047.

for Laconia Senior Center Elder Services is looking for a part-time(3 hours) food service assistant with food service experience and the ability to work well with older adults. Ability to assist senior center director with the facilitation and oversight of the day-to-day operations of food service programs at the senior center to include congregate dining and Meals on Wheels service. Must be able to assure compliance with safe food handling to include temping, serving and kitchen cleanliness. Strong organizational skills and a talent for handling multiple activities required. Send resume and letter of interest to: or Karen Heyes, Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc. (LSC), PO Box 1016, Concord, NH 03302-1016. E.O.E.


Permanent and holiday season help. Start immediately. Due to fall/ holiday season our company is experiencing a massive product demand opening various positions in all departments and must be filled this week. No experience required. Must be at least 18. Positions available: Customer Service/ set up and display/ appointment setting/ sales and marketing. Call today for immediate interview (603)822-0219. Or text anytime (603)930-8450.

Land CONWAY LAKE: Will trade deepwater lot w/tri-dock for commercial property or permitted land. 207-754-1047.


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Real Estate FOR Sale By Owner: 2-Bedroom house, 1-1/4 bath. 180 Mechanic Street, Laconia. 524-8142. HOUSE FOR SALE-White Oaks Rd., Laconia. Very well maintained, 3-bedroom. 1 car garage, potential in-home business options. Reduced, $145,000/OBO. By Appointment only, 524-3613 LACONIA- 3 bedroom clean, cozy cape near LRGH. Asking less than assessed value. 528-3789 LONG BAY Mortgage: 207-754-1047.

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Roommate Wanted LACONIA/GILFORD NEW YEAR/NEW HOME Beautiful home with private efficiency for rent now available in Laconia/Gilford. 8 minutes from college, hospital and downtown in quiet area. Rent includes all utilities, internet and cable. Completely furnished $500/month. Call 528-8030. MEREDITH ROOMMATE: Sunny, clean, spacious, walk to town. Includes washer/dryer. $350/Month. Call 481-0762.



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MATURE lady with 10 years experience available to help care for your loved ones. Companionship, outings, appointments, etc. References available. 293-8237

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Storage Space Clean, dry, secure storage for your cars, motorcycles, boats, household items.24/7 access.Call 527-9229. STORE your car-boat-motorcycle before the snow in a clean and secure brick building. Low-prices. (603)524-1430

Wanted To Buy GUNS and ammunition of any type, make or model: 603-930-5222.

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HANDYMAN SERVICES CALL THE HUNGRY PAINTER: Painting, small tree work, dump runs, odd jobs, water damage/drywall repairs. 455-6296.

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ROFESSIONAL painter seeking meowners and landlords who e considering a paint novation. Free estimates, and asonable rates. 1-802-780-9040

ave 30% on Interior Painting. I ured, references. Call Troy at rcotte Painting 455-9179

Snowmobiles SALES, SERVICE, performance parts. New & used parts, complete line of accessories for Snowmobiles & ATVs. Pre-owned sleds. Lake City Cat House, 283 White Oaks Rd., Laconia. Open 7 days a week. 524-5954.

ASSISTANT FINANCE DIRECTOR The City of Laconia is seeking an individual to perform various bookkeeping and accounting functions. Responsibilities include review of vendor statements and AP vouchers; A/R invoices, daily cash flow, spot audit of W-9s and daily cash receipts; reconciliation of GL Control accounts and bank accounts, preparation of monthly GL entries and processing of month-end close; and assist Department Heads with budget reports and review of accounts. The candidate should have graduated from a four year college with specialization in Finance Accounting, Business Administration or related field with major course work in accounting plus two years experience in the field with fund accounting in a municipal setting preferred OR any equivalent combination of education or experience which demonstrates possession of the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Salary Range $36,912 - $52,183 City applications and a job description may be obtained from the Finance Office, Laconia City Hall, 45 Beacon Street East, Laconia, New Hampshire 03246, Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM or at Applications and resumes will be accepted until Wednesday, December 28, 2011. EOE/ADA

Dark of the Moon at Sant Bani School Thursday through Saturday

SANBORNTON — ‘’Dark Of The Moon’’, a drama by Howard Richardson and William Berney and directed by Craig Jaster, will be performed December 15-1617 at 7 p.m., in the Sant Bani School Studio Theater. The play begins on the peak of a ridge somewhere deep in the Smoky Mountains on a windy, moonless night, and ends a year later as the moon comes up on the same lonely spot. John, a “witch boy” (played by senior Caleb Jaster) has fallen in love with a beautiful and carefree human girl (freshman Sophia Gilberto) named Barbara Allen. With the help of old Conjur Man and Woman (staff members Jonathan Powell and Mary Randall), he gets his wish to become human, too, on Sant Bani students Caleb Jaster and Sophia Gilberto perform in the condition that they “Dark of the Moon” at Sant Bani School Thursday, Friday and Satmarry and that Barbara urday night. (Courtesy photo) remain faithful to him for one year. young man in town and the most likely Barbara tells John “hit don’t differ” prospect to marry Barbara. In addition, what the townspeople think. But John’s former witch friends from the suspicions grow about the strange mountain (freshmen Teresa Dancewiczstranger who marries her, especially Helmers and Stefanie Schechter and when he refuses to set foot in church. junior Patricia Boegli) are always lurk“That’s one thing I can’t never do,” ing nearby to taunt and try to tempt John tells Barbara, but keeps the him away from the difficult day to day secret to himself how if he does, it life of being human. will waken the witch within that lies The play stands out for its authensleeping inside. him On the couple’s tic, rich language and distinctive diainsistence, Preacher Haggler (senior lect; for live music: old bluegrass and Andres Orr), agrees to marry them in gospel tunes are picked and sung the general store, but soon he leads throughout; and for the vividness of all the well-meaning folk of Buck’s its many characters (it features a cast Creek, including in the end even Barof 24). And though a serious drama, bara’s own loving family, in an allthere is no shortage of humor, espeout effort to convince Barbara that it cially in the role of old Uncle Smeliis “the will a Gawd” for her to leave cue (director Craig Jaster in his debut John, not knowing what the tragic acting in a Sant Bani production), consequences will be. who keeps everyone entertained down The play is a poignant illustration at the general store playing mandolin of how difficult it can be to leave our and telling stories. past behind. And the outside pressures The production is not recommended against John changing are just as powfor younger children. Parents are erful: the townspeople begin to turn advised that some of the content and against him after the Saturday night themes are mature. dance, when he forgets himself and Admission $5/$2.50 students and uses his old ways to win a fight against senior citizens. For reservations or Marvin Hudgens (junior Obie Dancemore information, call the school at wicz-Helmers), until now the strongest 934-4240.

Senior Moment-um Holiday Movie and Breakfast on December 19 GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department will be sponsoring a Senior Moment-um program on Monday, December 19 at the Community Church Fellowship Hall at 9 a.m. The program “Coffee and a Holiday Classic” will feature “It’s a Wonderful Life” in honor of the holiday season. The movie and coffee are free and

breakfast, featuring pancakes, sausage and orange juice, will be available for $2 per person which includes pancakes, sausage and orange juice. Anyone interested in breakfast must RSVP by Friday, November December 16. To RSVP or for more information contact the Gilford Parks and Recreation Dept. at 527-4722.

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