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MEREDITH — “Something’s got to give,” said Justin Van Etten, owner of Stewart’s Ambulance Service, which serves the towns of Meredith, Center Harbor, Sandwich and Moultonborough, “but we’re not there yet. Van Etten said that the company’s writeoffs for non-payment of services rose from about $327,000 in 2009 to $513,000 in 2011 and he anticipates another increase when the books are closed on 2012. “That

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Ashland selectmen have had enough of public comment at meetings; from now on, put it in writing BY GAIL OBER


ASHLAND — After a particularly rancorous selectman’s meeting on December 3, board Chair Jeanette Stewart took the recommendation of the town administrator and put a stop to the public comment portion of future meetings. Residents who want to address the board can still put their concerns in writing and send them to any board member or Town Administrator Paul Branscombe. Residents can also ask through Branscombe to be put

on the agenda for an upcoming meeting. Stewart said each piece of correspondence would be acknowledged at the next meeting and the appropriate department would be notified of the concern or comment. Branscombe said yesterday that he recommended stopping the public comment portion of the meetings because they have turned into a “feeding frenzy” with personal comments often directed at town department heads or individual selectmen. “Unfortunately, in recent weeks it’s turned into a circus,” he said yesterday. “We lost civil-

ity. Part of our job is to restore civility.” Video tape of the December 3 meeting shows about 15 people sitting in the town library. The hostilities began when two woman addressed the board separately. One discussed a piece of property on Highland Street that the town has been dealing with for months and one was a woman who was dissatisfied with the way the water erodes the road near her property. The comment period descends into relative chaos when Director of Public Works see ASHLAND page 11

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Cheese said first made at least 7,500 years ago

LONDON (AP) — Little Miss Muffet could have been separating her curds and whey 7,500 years ago, according to a new study that finds the earliest solid evidence of cheese-making. Scientists performed a chemical analysis on fragments from 34 pottery sieves discovered in Poland to determine their purpose. Until now, experts weren’t sure whether such sieves were used to make cheese, beer or honey. Though there is no definitive test for cheese, Richard Evershed at the University of Bristol and colleagues found large amounts of fatty milk residue on the pottery shards compared to cooking or storage pots from the same sites. That suggests the sieves were specifically used to separate fatrich curds from liquid whey in soured milk in a crude cheese-making process. “It’s a very compelling forensic argument that this was connected to cheese,” Evershed said. “There aren’t many other dairy processes where you would need see CHEESE page 8

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Census predicts whites will be U.S. minority by 2043 WASHINGTON (AP) — White people will no longer make up a majority of Americans by 2043, according to new census projections. That’s part of a historic shift that already is reshaping the nation’s schools, workforce and electorate, and is redefining long-held notions of race. The official projection, released Wednesday by the Census Bureau, now places the tipping point for the white majority a year later than previous estimates, which were made before the impact of the recent economic downturn was fully known.

America continues to grow and become more diverse due to higher birth rates among minorities, particularly for Hispanics who entered the U.S. at the height of the immigration boom in the 1990s and early 2000s. Since the mid-2000 housing bust, however, the arrival of millions of new immigrants from Mexico and other nations has slowed from its once-torrid pace. The country’s changing demographic mosaic has stark political implications, shown clearly in last month’s election that gave President Barack Obama a second

term — in no small part due to his support from 78 percent of non-white voters. There are social and economic ramifications, as well. Longstanding fights over civil rights and racial equality are going in new directions, promising to reshape race relations and common notions of being a “minority.” White plaintiffs now before the Supreme Court argue that special protections for racial and ethnic minorities dating back to the 1960s may no longer be needed, from affirmative action in college see WHITES page 6

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Gunfire rang out in the mall food court, instantly transforming a casual afternoon of holiday shopping into a nightmare. The shooter, armed with a rifle, was dressed in dark clothing and wore a hockey-style face mask. As panicked shoppers fled for cover, workers ushered some into hiding places within stores, or helped them to the exits. The first officers to arrive formed groups and rushed

into the chaos, rather than waiting for the more heavily armed SWAT team. “If we would have run out, we would have ran right into it,” said Kaelynn Keelin, who saw a window get shot out and, along with other Made In Oregon co-workers, pulled customers into the store for shelter. The quick mobilization of mall workers and police reflects the reality that, while mass shootings are rare, they have forced

authorities to rehearse for such outbreaks of violence as if they are the norm. “This could have been much, much worse,” Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said. Roughly 10,000 people were inside the Clackamas Town Center on Tuesday afternoon, when police say Jacob Tyler Roberts, 22, armed himself with an AR-15 semisee SHOOTER page 11

GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A New Hampshire man has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for a Massachusetts plane crash that killed his daughter nearly two years ago. Fifty-eight-year-old Steven Fay of Hillsboro entered the plea Tuesday in Franklin Superior Court and was sentenced to probation.

Fay was piloting a twin-engine Cessna when it crashed on approach to Orange Municipal Airport on New Year’s Day 2011. His 35-year-old daughter Jessica Malin died. Prosecutors said Fay had a pilot’s license, but wasn’t qualified to fly the plane without an instructor. His license was revoked

by the Federal Aviation Administration. At the recommendation of prosecutors and Fay’s attorney, a judge placed him on probation until Dec. 31, 2013. He is prohibited from operating an aircraft or seeking reinstatement of his license during that time. Fay could have faced up to 20 years in prison.

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Pat Buchanan

The winter of conservative discontent As the white flag rises above Republican redoubts, offering a surrender on taxes, the mind goes back to what seemed a worse time for conservatives: December 1964. Barry Goldwater had suffered a defeat not seen since Alf Landon. Republicans held less than onethird of the House and Senate and only 17 governorships. The Warren Court was remaking America. In the arts, academic and entertainment communities, and national press corps, conservatives were rarely seen or heard. It was Liberalism’s Hour, with America awash in misty memories of Camelot and great expectations of the Great Society to come in 1965. That year, however, saw escalation in Vietnam, campus protests, and civil disobedience against the war. That August, there exploded the worst race riot in memory in the Watts section of Los Angeles, with arson, looting, the beating of whites, and sniper attacks on cops and firemen. A year after LBJ’s triumph, black militants and white radicals were savaging the Liberal Establishment from the left, while Gov. George Wallace had come north in 1964 to win a third of the vote in the major Democratic primaries with an assault from the populist right. Below the surface, the Democratic Party was disintegrating on ethnic, cultural and political lines. Law and order and Vietnam were the issues. Richard Nixon would see the opening and seize the opportunity to dismantle FDR’s coalition and cobble together his New Majority. Today, the GOP strength in the House, Senate and governorships is far greater than anything Republicans had in the 1960s. The difference is that, then, we could visualize a new majority of centrist Republicans, Goldwater conservatives, Northern Catholic ethnics and Southern Protestant Democrats. And we could see the issues that might bring them into the tent: a new Supreme Court, law and order, peace with honor in Vietnam. When the Liberal Establishment collapsed during the 1960s, unable to end the war in Vietnam or the war in the streets, national leadership passed to the party of Nixon and Ronald Reagan. From 1968 to 1988, the GOP won five of six presidential elections, two of them in 49-state landslides. The crisis of the GOP today is demographic, cultural and political. Demographically, people of color are nearing 40 percent of the U.S. population and 30 percent of the electorate. These folks — 85 to 90 percent of all immigrants, legal and illegal — are growing in number. And in 2012, people of color voted for Obama 4 to 1. The GOP trump card — we are the party of Reagan, who led us to victory in the Cold War — ceased

to work 20 years ago. Then, George H.W. Bush, a war hero who had presided over the fall of the Berlin Wall and dissolution of the Soviet Empire, the victor of Desert Storm, won 38 percent of the vote against a draft-evader named Bill Clinton. Culturally, the causes of the 1960s’ revolutions — no-fault divorce, legalized drugs, “reproductive rights,” teenage access to birth control, gay rights and gay marriage — have either been embraced or become acceptable to most of America’s young. As a result of the sexual revolution promoted by the counterculture of the 1960s, the dominant culture today, 40 percent of all births in the United States are now to single moms. With no husband, these women look to government to help feed, house, educate, medicate and provide income support for themselves and their children. For sustenance and the survival of their families, they depend on that same Big Government that Republicans denounce at their rallies. As to the GOP’s strongest appeal — we are the party that will cut taxes — half the country does not pay income taxes, and the GOP is about to surrender to Obama even on the tax front. Republicans stand for bringing entitlements under control. But the primary beneficiaries of the big entitlements, Social Security and Medicare, are seniors, the party’s most reliable voting bloc. On foreign policy, the most visible Republican spokesmen are Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham. Both were unhappy with the withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan. Both want to intervene in Syria and Iran. What does America want? To come home and do our nation-building here in the United States. The bedrock values of Reagan — work, family, faith — still hold an appeal for tens of millions. But the faith of our fathers is dying, the family is crumbling, and work is less desirable when the social welfare state offers a cushioned existence for life. Conservatives need to rediscover what they wish to conserve and how, in a climate every bit as hostile as 1964 — then await the moment when the country turns again to an alternative. As it will. For our economic course is unsustainable. And our regnant elite are more arrogant than the establishment of the 1960s, though less able to satisfy the clamors of their bawling constituencies for more and more from a country that is approaching an end of its tolerance and an inevitable crash. (Syndicated columnist Pat Buchanan has been a senior advisor to three presidents, twice a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and the presidential nominee of the Reform Party in 2000. He won the New Hampshire Republican Primary in 1996.)

LETTERS How much of our precious assets will be sacrificed in green’s name? To the editor, An energy solution, no matter how “green” is no longer beneficial to the state of N.H. if it does more harm than good. The Newfound Lake area is a perfect example of green energy gone amuck. All it takes is a foreign, for- profit company and opportunistic landowners. All other N.H. citizens, from business and homeowners in a 100-mile radius suffer the consequences. Every town, ridge, and lake in N.H. could be next. This is a horrifying example of a lack of regulations and a state that needs a comprehensive energy plan. It is important to understand that Alexandria and Bridgewater already have all the green energy they need — they both operate biomass plant. With the addition of the Groton wind farms this summer we are apt to literally “turn green” from too much clean energy. The proposed Wild Meadow Wind Farm in Alexandra is unnecessary. The thought of adding 35 turbines (that are 454 feet tall — the equivalent of a Boeing 747 airplane on a giant stick) to Forbes Mountain directly overlooking New Hampshire’s pristine Newfound Lake and Cardigan Mountain State Forest is inconceivable. Even worse more turbines have been pro-

posed for the northwest corner of the lake near Sculptured Rocks. What ever happened to moderation? Add in other N.H. wind farms sprawl: Danbury, Grafton, Lempster, Antrim, Temple and throw in the Northern Pass and you no longer have a state that will attract tourists, snowmobilers, vacationers, hunters and hikers. I can understand now why the old man in the mountain jumped! What next? New Hampshire has to ask itself how much of our precious assets — our lakes and mountains are we willing to sacrifice in the name of man made “green?” There are many other less invasive options in clean energy — I propose we focus on solar and biomass and technology that will not require sacrificing our natural tourist attractions — our pristine lakes and mountain ridges. I urge you to learn more about wind turbines at “” and to contact your local politicians to place a moratorium on Wild Meadow Wind Farm and other similar projects until a comprehensive state energy plan can be put into place. Stephanie Bednaz Bridgewater

The people should come first, not your friends and personal desires To the editor, One should gather all the facts before spouting off, and naming people who, through a further check, are not guilty as accused. I apologize at this point, to any Republican members of the County Convention for suspecting some politics being played during the nomination and election of the new chairman. If all said secret ballot was fine with them, then why, when this is a vote by a political body, is there a problem? When it comes to filling a slot on a commission, as a city councilor, we might be more comfortable going with a secret ballot to avoid hurting the feelings of some good people, who just are not chosen! As with the mayor, the chairman of the delegation sets the agenda. IT IS an important position. Committee assignments are decided

legal action be considered for electing that member of the body, chosen by secret ballot? Do I expect harmony with our state reps and the county commission? No, and rightfully so, they are spenders (think 9 percent increase in spending). For too many years the delegation chairman has been too close with department heads, commissioners and a desire to spend money that does not belong to them. Good luck to those who deliberate. Remember being elected as a representative of the people, means the people come first, not your friends and not your personal desires. Instead of being upset that the vote was by secret ballot, let us ask; is it true that the commissioners have offices now and we are paying rent for the previous tenant at their new location? Niel Young

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LETTERS My wife really likes to shop. How can I take that away from her?

At Village, my grandson ran to Santa in a state of pure joy

To the editor, Tis the shopping season! I commend all you women for your excellent and experienced talents in regard to the “gathering” of Christmas joy. When I was younger, I too went to the malls and shops. I remember seeing a few other guys wondering aimlessly as well. And then, on the last day before Christmas, us men greatly out-numbered the women around the stores. All of us seemed to possess that look of uncertainty and terror. We frantically searched for something. One Christmas morning on our way to my inlaws, I recall actually shopping at a corner convenient store to search for some “trinket” I could give that day! I’ve told a few of my friends that shopping really hasn’t chanced much for “eons”. I’d like to say it’s my theory, but really, it’s just common sense. Way back then, the women of the cave had to “gather”. If it were up to the male species, there might not even e a thick hide covering the entrance. I think back to when I was a bachelor. There would be no curtains on my windows if it were not for a girlfriend. Either she was sympathetic, disgusted or both. Then when I came to selecting the “choicest” cuts of meat, those early women of ancient times went forth to the site. The large and once dangerous beast lay before them. Their men had fought hard and killed it. Oh! Did I mention that food shopping is not a favorite of mine either? An uneasiness follows me as I maneuver around women and toward the department that displays the kill. As the slightly-hairy cave women busied themselves cutting and tearing, their thick-haired men would gather around the fire. Some would be

To the editor, On behalf of the entire Charles Bradley Family I would like to express my appreciation to all those involved with Christmas Village. My husband, son, daughter-in-law, two grandsons and I attended the Village on its last day this year. As we worked our way through the Village waiting to see Mr. and Mrs. Claus, there were so many volunteers entertaining us, as well as the hundreds of other visitors. My two grandsons were captivated by all the activities and Christmas characters, especially a very friendly Grinch who became fast friends with both of them. As we finally entered Santa’s house, my

injured but all grunted back and forth to each other about the days’ events — almost like the modern day instant replay of an afternoon football game. From time to time they would quiet themselves, remembering the one that did not come back alive. Kind of like the football players that were carried off the field of play. Both time-less groups silently thanked the unfortunate fellow for “taking one for the team”. But these men were exhausted and hungry! “Hey honey! How are those chicken wings coming?” Anyway, getting back to Christmas shopping. I must tell you that I am a lucky man. For years now, I don’t worry or fret over what to get my wife and family. I willingly open my dusty wallet, enabling her to acquire what she wants and what she deems appropriate for everyone else in the family. Up until last year, I did struggle with stocking stuffers. But those wanderings through the Great Wall of China...I mean Wal-Mart, produced the same ineptness inside. So, last Christmas, she consented to take that on too. . . even her own stocking! She really likes to shop. How could I take that away? So, the pressure is gone. It’s taken a few years to evolve in this direction. I’ve told my situation to a few female friends. I haven’t taken an extensive poll, but it seems 50/50. One would smile and say, “I wish my husband would do that!” Another would give me the “dreaded look” and then walk away. So, to you few men who love to shop — nice. To those that strive to be in my corner — I feel your pain. And finally, to all you gals our there. . . Merry Christmas. Thanks for taking care of us! William H. Kendall, Bristol

grandson Charlie ran to him chanting “Santa, Santa” and was in a state of sheer joy. That joy was passed on to the adults who had the privilege of being present because once again we were able to experience the joy of Christmas through the eyes of the young. For the past 37 years our city has been so blessed to have Christmas Village. It has been an amazing gift to both young and old alike and that is because of the many volunteers who make it possible each year. To all those volunteers we say a big thank you and Merry Christmas! Marie Bradley Laconia

Obama is throwing American under the bus. Don’t you care? To the editor, There is a lot to be said about taxes, but I think Winston Churchill said it all. “A nation trying to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handles”. Tax the rich? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the “rich” are the ones who invest and create jobs for

those who want to work. Those on the freebie list don’t care as long as they can get something for nothing. Obama is throwing America under the bus! Don’t you care what is happening to your country? Don’t you care that your children and grandchildren will be paying dearly for Obama’s 2nd term? Think! T. Gebhard Winnisquam

Here’s exactly what Roosevelt said to Americans on Dec. 8, ‘41 To the editor, In the Wednesday edition of The Daily Sun, Mr. Don Ewing opened his letter to the editor with a comment about the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese on December 7, 1941. However, his facts about what President Roosevelt said to Congress were incorrect. This is what President Roosevelt said: “Yesterday, December 7, 1941 —

a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” If Mr. Ewing is going to quote people, he should get his facts correct. I know what the president said because I heard the broadcast when he addressed Congress on December 8, 1941. Gordon D. King Laconia

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Laconia receives Homeland Security grant to hire 4 additional firefighters LACONIA — The Fire Department has been awarded a $642,028 grant through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program administered by the United States Department of Homeland Security. City Manager Scott Myers said yesterday that the funds will be used to hire four additional firefighters for two years. The announcement was made Wednesday by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen. Myers said that in past years SAFER grants required municipalities to contribute matching funds that increased during the term of the grant or to maintain the positions funded for specific period after the grant expired. However, he said that no such conditions are attached to the grants awarded this year. “The grant is intended as a segue for ultimately budgeting for the positions,” Myers said, “but there is no obligation for the city to do so. The four positions will enable the Fire Department to increase the number of firefighters deployed on each shift from eight to nine. The additional firefighter will be assigned to Central Station, where five are cur-

rently on duty. The Weirs Beach Station will continued to be staffed with three firefighters. Myers said that with eight firefighters on each shift, if one was unable to work, the department is hard pressed to respond to multiple emergencies and operate the necessary apparatus. Moreover, there are indications that the risk of injury is greater when the department is shorthanded. He said that the ninth firefighter will ensure that the department always have a complement of eight, which should lead to some reduction overtime required to compensate for absences. At present, if one of the eight firefighters on a given shift is out, an off-duty member of the department is called in and paid at a time and one-half rate. Municipal Resources, Inc. is currently conducting a staffing and scheduling study of the Fire Department, which is expected to be completed in the first quarter of next year. Myers anticipated that the results of the study would enable the department to make the most efficient use of the additional personnel. The City Council must formally accept the grant. — Michael Kitch

WHITES from page 2 admissions to the Voting Rights Act, designed for states with a history of disenfranchising blacks. Residential segregation has eased and intermarriage for first- and second-generation Hispanics and Asians is on the rise, blurring racial and ethnic lines and lifting the numbers of people who identify as multiracial. Unpublished 2010 census data show that millions of people shunned standard race categories such as black or white on government forms, opting to write in their own cultural or individual identities. By 2060, multiracial people are projected to more than triple, from 7.5

million to 26.7 million — rising even faster and rendering notions of race labels increasingly irrelevant, experts say, if lingering stigma over being mixed-race can fully fade. The non-Hispanic white population, now at 197.8 million, is projected to peak at 200 million in 2024, before entering a steady decline in absolute numbers as the massive baby boomer generation enters its golden years. Four years after that, racial and ethnic minorities will become a majority among adults 18-29 and wield an even greater impact on the “youth vote” in presidential elections, census projects. “The fast-growing demographic see next page

Gilford will have consultants review proposed coal tar settlement; public welcome to hear the details on Jan. 23 By Michael Kitch

GILFORD — Town Administrator Scott Dunn said yesterday that the plan to address the coal tar contamination off lower Liberty Hill Road agreed to between the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) and Liberty Utilities with be referred to McDonald Morrisey Associates, hydrogeological consultants for the town, for review. This week DES announced that its approval of the plan to excavate to depths reaching 55 feet and remove approximately 45,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil from four house lots, where some 430 tons of toxic coal tar was dumped in 1952. The work is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2014 and to be completed by the end of 2015. Earlier this month, in anticipation that DES would accept the plan, Attorney Tupper Kinder, representing the town, advised the agency of the concerns about how the project would be undertaken. The selectmen acknowledged that “some minor amounts of contamination may remain” and understood that all structures, above and below grade, remaining on the site will be demolished. They expect that the finish grade of the site once the work is complete will closely match the preexisting grade. Furthermore, the selectmen indicated that the town may seek to acquire the properties in the future and in the meantime expects that they will be available and suitable to be used subject to appropriate restrictions applied by DES in accord with state law. The town seeks an assurance, backed by a performance bond, to restore all town roads to “the condition as good as or better” prior to the project, which will generate frequent and heavy truck traffic. Likewise, the selectman ask that the company fund

a site inspector, who would to both DES and the town to ensure “day-today compliance with the conceptual design parameters.Finally, the board asked that the construction schedule be accelerated to begin next year. John Regan of DES said that the agency will address these and other issues at a public meeting to be held at the Gilford Public Library on Wednesday, January 23, beginning at 7 p.m. The site sprawls across four lots — 69, 77, 83 and 87 Liberty Hill Road— with the densest concentrations of coal tar on numbers 77 and 83. The plan calls for excavating area shaped like a supine figure-eight stretching more than 500 feet parallel to Liberty Hill Road and extending to more than 200 feet at its widest point above the waist at 83 Liberty Hill Road. It will be enclosed by 1,748 feet — the length of nearly six football fields — of fencing The site will be excavated to depths of 55 feet. Regan said that 99-percent of the contamination will be removed from the site, explaining all that will remain will be thin seams of tar-stained, but not saturated, soil and seams of tar-saturated soil less than one inch thick. He said that neither represent a significant threat to the quality of groundwater and both will diminish naturally over time. He noted that the cost of removing these small quantities of coal tar far outweighed the benefit of eliminating the minuscule risk they posed. “The source of the contamination is all being removed,” Regan stressed, “and what little remains will attenuate naturally.” He said that “we fell good about the plan and the good news is that it is being implemented. “What contamination remains will not significantly limit use of the site,” Regan said, though he doubted the properties would again be developed as house lots.

from preceding page today is now the children of immigrants,” said Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, a global expert on immigration and dean of UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, describing the rate of minority growth in the U.S. as dipping from “overdrive” to “drive.” Even with slowing immigration, Suarez-Orozco says, the “die has been cast” for strong minority growth from births. As recently as 1960, whites made up 85 percent of the U.S., but that share has steadily dropped after a 1965 overhaul of U.S. immigration laws opened doors to waves of new immigrants from Mexico, Latin America and Asia. By 2000, the percentage of U.S. whites had slid to 69 percent; it now stands at nearly 64 percent. “Moving forward, the U.S. will become the first major post-industrial society in the world where minorities will be the majority,” Suarez-Orozco said. With the white baby boomer population now leaving the workforce, the big challenge will be educating the new immigrants, he said. The U.S. has nearly 315 million

people today. According to the projections released Wednesday, the U.S. population is projected to cross the 400 million mark in 2051, 12 years later than previously projected. The population will hit 420.3 million a half century from now in 2060. By then, whites will drop to 43 percent of the U.S. Blacks will make up 14.7 percent, up slightly from today. Hispanics, currently 17 percent of the population, will more than double in absolute number, making up 31 percent, or nearly 1 in 3 residents, according to the projections. Asians are expected to increase from 5 percent of the population to 8 percent. Among children, the point when minorities become the majority is expected to arrive much sooner, by 2018 or so. Last year, racial and ethnic minorities became a majority among babies under age 1 for the first time in U.S. history. At the same time, the U.S. population as a whole is aging, driven by 78 million mostly white baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964. By 2030, roughly 1 in 5 residents will be 65 and older.


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Condo association’s complaint about proposed new Gilford sewer rate structure gives pause By Gail OBer

LACONIA — Police are investigating the origin of a rash of graffiti that has occurred over the past four days in the Strafford Street section of the city. Strafford Street links Union Ave. at Normandin Square with Bisson Ave. Capt. Matthew Canfield said that in the past four days police have taken reports of people spray painting or “tagging” cars at a local car dealership and a storage shed at the Public Works Department. Canfield said all of the spray painting appears similar. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Laconia Police at 524-5252 or the Greater Laconia Crime Line at 524-1717. Anonymous tips can be made on the Laconia Police Department Website at

GILFORD — Selectmen last night tabled the proposed new sewer rate changes after the president of a condominium associations objected to having each one of the units in his complex pay an individual administrative fee because there is only one meter for the entire complex. Mark Corry, the president of the Gilford Meadows Association, said all of the sewer infrastructure in his association is the responsibility of the association but each of the 40 units pays $17.55 per quarter in administrative fees — some of which go to the town for its expenses and some of which goes to the Winnipesaukee River Basin (sewer) Project. Public Works Director Sheldon Morgan confirmed for selectmen that there is only one interceptor and one meter for the association. He said he has no objections to the flow rate, just the 40 administrative fees for one meter. Morgan said he would have to do some research as to why condominium associations and some of the town’s mobile home parks are charged the way they are charged and would report back to selectmen. In the interim, Selectmen Kevin Hayes suggested that if the board were to make a change for Gilford Meadows it would naturally effect the other associations and the administrative rate would have to be recalculated to reflect a possible policy change. He recommended tabling the rate changes until the research is complete. Town Administrator Scott Dunn said that if the rates need to be recalculated due to a possible policy change there would be a second public hearing. If the policy changes stay the same, there would be no need for an additional hearing. The proposed changes are a decrease in the administrative fee from $17.55 quarterly to $14.60 quarterly. The decrease reflects a decrease in one member of the sewer department. The second proposed change is an increase in the flow rate from $5.73 per thousand gallons per quarter to $5.99 per thousand gallons. In other business, selectmen voted unanimously

to spend $115,496 in the 2012 budget for items that would have been budgeted for 2013. The breakdown is $12,775 for a computer network upgrade that is necessary for next year’s plan to tie the Gilford Police Department into the main server; $14,275 for a new hydraulic extraction device and a hydraulic cutting device for the Gilford Fire Department; $36,459 for a pump replacement for Engine 4; $4,875 for an carriage shelving in the vault area of the Town Clerk-Tax Collector’s Office; $23,524 for a new police cruiser; $4,678 for a copy machine for the police department; and $17,730 for two mobile radios and equipment for two new cruisers. Chief Kevin Keenan explained that instead of buying two cruisers in 2013, the town will buy one with 2012 funds and one in 2013 but the department will buy the radios, graphics and equipment for both cruisers with 2012 money. In addition, Fire Chief Steve Carrier said Engine 4 is nearly ready to go to Lakes Region Fire Apparatus in Tamworth for installation of its new pump. It will need to be towed as it is inoperable without a pump. To date, he said the Public Works Department has replaced the radiator core, replace the front and rear springs, replaced the brakes, replaced the seal for the drive hub, wheel hubs and slack adjusters, rebuilt the air lines for the brake system, and completely rewired the 25-year-old truck. They also manufactured cab mounts. Morgan said so far his department has invested 348 hours spread among three people — or about $10,000 in labor — and has spent $12,320 in parts for the fire truck. Dunn said an additional expense incurred in 2012 is a recent breakdown of the geothermal heating system at the Gilford Public Library that has so far cost the town $3,000 to fix. He said the Board of Library Trustees will be coming to selectmen at their next meeting with a recommendation for some improvements and repairs that will reduce the chances of future failures. He said the trustees are still gathering information but he expects it will be in the $5,000 t0 $10,000 range.

CHEESE from page 2 to strain,” he said. He and colleagues weren’t sure what kind of milk was used, but said there were lots of cattle bones in the region. The study was published online Wednesday by the journal Nature. “This is the smoking gun,” said Paul Kindstedt, a

professor of nutrition and food sciences at the University of Vermont and author of “Cheese and Culture.” He was not involved in the study. “It’s almost inconceivable that the milk fat residues in the sieves were from anything else but cheese,” Kindstedt said, adding that many experts

suspected cheese was being made in Turkey up to 2,000 years earlier than this latest finding in Poland but that there was no definitive proof. He said the discovery of cheese making marked a major development for Neolithic people and gave see next page


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City Council agrees to ‘community revitalization tax relief incentive’ program BY MICHAEL KITCH THE LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — Without debate the City Council on Monday unanimously adopted a state law that enables municipalities to forgive property taxes to property owners who redevelop or improve existing buildings. The “community revitalization tax relief incentive” (RSA 79-E) permits municipalities to tax improved properties at their unimproved value for up to five years and as many as nine years for affordable housing projects and designated historic buildings. The measure is aimed specifically at downtown buildings, or those in town or village centers, as designated by the master plan or zoning ordinance or identified by the governing body of the municipality. To qualify for property tax relief, the owner must undertake rehabilitation or renovation equal to 15 percent of the assessed valuation of the structure or $75,000, whichever is less. Moreover, not more than half the construction cost of the project can be subsidized by state or federal programs. The City Council may grant tax relief provided it finds that the projects serves one of the following “public benefits”: enhancing the “economic vitality” of the downtown, improving a culturally or historically significant structure, promoting the developfrom preceding page them a survival advantage by allowing them to turn milk into a form that provided essential calories, proteins and minerals. At that time, the adult population was largely lactose intolerant, so making a product with less lactose, like cheese, allowed everyone to digest the nutrients in milk. Kindstedt said the earliest cheeses were likely similar to spreadable cheeses like ricotta and fromage frais. He guessed that people either ate them soon after they were made or buried them in pots for months afterwards, saving them for the winter when food was scarce. Cheeses also served to spice up the Neolithic diet. “Food was incredibly dull and monotonous,” Kindstedt said, noting the prehistoric farmers’ dependence on grain porridge. After being buried in the ground for months, he said, the cheeses would have been non-perishable, “bomb-proof” and pretty pungent. “They probably would not be the first choice for a lot of people today,” Kindstedt he said. “But I would still love to try it.”

ment of the municipal center, or by increasing the stock of housing in the urban core. The property owner must enter a covenant, recorded as a burden on the property at the registry of deeds, ensuring that the building will be maintained and used in a manner that serves the public benefit. The duration of the covenant must match the period for which the tax relief is granted. If the property owner fails to honor the covenant, the governing body of the municipality can terminate or reduce the term of the tax relief and, if the covenant is terminated, can recover all back taxes with interest.

The law authorizes the municipality to continue taxing the property at its unimproved value for up to five years from the completion of the rehabilitation or renovation. The tax relief may be extended for another two years if the project creates new residential units, and for another four years if it includes “affordable housing.” Likewise, buildings eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, state register of historic places or a local historic district could be granted an additional four years of tax relief provided that the renovation meets the standards set by the United States Department of the Interior.

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AMBULANCE from page one doesn’t include our write-offs for charitable cases, which have gone from $39,000 to more than $100,000,” he added. Van Etten said that several factors are weighing on the ambulance service, beginning with Medicaid. He explained that Medicaid pays 10-percent of the actual cost of transporting a patient. “Stewart’s writes off 90-percent,” he said. The Medicaid reimbursement rate, he said, has not changed for the past 16 years, but with the recession the numbers enrolled in the program has swelled. “It is the number of Medicaid patients, not the rate, that has caused the problem,” he said. Private insurance carriers, particularly Anthem—NH, are contributing to the pressures. Van Etten said that Anthem—NH controls approximately 65-percent of the health insurance market and has used its market power to aggressively press ambulance services to reduce their rates. According to a report by the New Hampshire Insurance Department, Anthem enjoys a 32-percent discount from charges billed by ambulance services, five-percent more than United Healthcare Insurance Company and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Meanwhile, Van Etten stressed that because ambulance services are frequently transporting patients with life threatening injuries or conditions, they are hard pressed to control costs. As an example, he offered needles used for intravenous therapy to resuscitate patients that may cost $1,000 apiece. “In emergency situations when patients must be stabilized or resuscitated as soon as possible, there are few options,” he said. “The nature of the emergency determines the cost.” The Insurance Department reports that emergencies represent three-quarters of all transports and total charges and 65-percent of all transported patients require “Advanced life support.” In 2011, Rockingham Regional

Ambulance, Inc., the largest service in the state with nearly a fifth of all transports, closed and Van Etten said that a handful of other private ambulance services are considering following suit. He said that ambulance companies face the unenviable choices of shifting the cost of Medicaid patients to those with heath insurance, which is difficult as carriers bargain for larger discounts, or to raise the cost to the towns with which they contract to provide 911 services. “We’re not there yet,” Van Etten repeated. Meredith, which represents about 60-percent of the call volume generated by the four towns Stewart’s serves, budgeted $283,047 for its contract for 911 service. Each town pays a fixed charge of together with a variable charge based on its call volume, which is adjusted to ensure that no town pays less than 10-percent of the total cost of the contract. Speaking to the issues facing Stewart’s at a recent meeting of the Board of Selectmen, Meredith Town Manager Phil Warren said without Stewart’s the town would also face difficult choices. He said that he strongly recommended against “taking the service in house,” which would require a major expenditures for equipment and personnel, but noted that the numbers of ambulance services “are dwindling.” Van Etten said that as local ambulance services close, large national firms enter the market. American Medical Response (AMR), the largest service in the country serving 2,100 municipalities in 38 states, won the contract in Manchester in January, 2011. In the year ending March 31, 2010, before Rockingham Regional Ambulance closed and AMR began serving Manchester, the company accounted for four-percent of all transports and seven-percent of all billings in the state while its average charge for emergency transport were the tenth highest among the 130 services in the state. — Michael Kitch

ASHLAND from page one Tim Paquette takes exception to the second woman’s comments as a reflection of his job performance. He pointed out that when she built her home, she installed a culvert on her property to control storm water runoff. Rather than keeping the culvert cleared of leaves and debris, he said, she built a stonewall to stop the water from running into her home, diverting the water into the road that is now eroding. The hostilities grew when a different woman — the wife of the town administrator although she identified herself as a taxpayer — accused Pauquette of not respecting people who want to address him. When one man stood to echo the

sentiment and he began yelling and pointing his finger at Stewart, Police Chief Tony Randall directed him to leave and many the attendees left with him — some voicing their anger at the board as they did so. When one man said the board had “broken the spirit of the town” by ending future public comment, Selectman Dan Golden said if he was doing such a bad job he would resign right then and there. After some additional comments and the business of the evening being completed, Stewart closed the meeting. Golden didn’t resign. Ashland’s recent issues with public comment and civility are nothing see next page

Forrester appointed vice chair of Senate Finance; Hosmer to serve on Commerce & Ways & Means By Michael Kitch

CONCORD — Re-elected to a second term, Senator Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) was appointed vicechair of the two committees on which she served during her first term — the Senate Finance Committee, where she was the lone freshman, and the Public and Municipal Affairs Committee. “I was pleasantly surprised to get vicechair of Finance,” she said yesterday, indicating that she put little stock in titles. “I’m just here to do a job,” she remarked. She said that both committees were her first choices of assignments. Freshman Senator Andrew Hosmer (D-Laconia), the first resident of Laconia to serve in the New Hampshire Senate in more than a half century,

has been appointed to the Commerce Committee and the Ways and Means Committee by Senate President Peter Bragdon (R-Milford) Hosmer, the general manager of the Autoserv Nissan dealership in Tilton, said that the Commerce Committee was his first choice, explaining that he campaigned for increasing and perpetuating the research and development tax credit. He said that he was surprised to be placed on the Ways and Means Committee, the likely arena for a debate about the introduction of casino gambling. “I look forward to working alongside Lou D’Allesandro,” he said of his fellow Democrat, who is the vice-chair of the panel and the foremost champion of gambling in the Legislature.

SHOOTER from page 2 tomatic rifle he stole from someone he knew, and went on a rampage that left two people dead. The sheriff said the rifle jammed during the attack, but the shooter managed to get it working again. He later shot himself. The sheriff and Roberts are not related. As authorities tried to determine a motive for a shooting they said had no specific targets, details emerged about Roberts from acquaintances and neighbors. They described him as relaxed, friendly and outgoing. “Jake was never the violent type,” Roberts’ ex-girlfriend, Hannah Patricia Sansburn, told ABC News. “His main goal was to make you laugh, smile, make you feel comfortable. You can’t reconcile the differences. I hate him for what he did, but I can’t hate

the person I knew because it was nothing like the person who would go into a mall and go on a rampage.” Sansburn said Roberts had recently quit his job at a gyro shop in Portland and sold all of his belongings, telling her that he was moving to Hawaii. He was supposed to take a flight Saturday but told her he got drunk and missed it. “And then this happens. ... It makes me think, was he even planning on going to Hawaii?” Sansburn said. A former neighbor of Roberts said that he liked to play video games and never seemed troubled. “He was like a rapper. He would rap all the time,” said Samantha Bennett, who said she went to middle school with Roberts but wasn’t close to him until he moved in with a girlfriend across the hall from her at an apartment complex in summer 2011.

from preceding page new and most town’s have specific approaches to the public comment time and have at times had issues with civility during public comment sessions. New Hampshire’s open meeting laws say that selectman’s meetings are public events and are held for selectmen to discuss and conduct the business of the town. Most town’s have their own internal rules regarding public comment. All boards at some point convene mandated public hearings for a variety of matters and those are times specifically designated for people to address their local government about a specific action it is contemplating. Public hearings for budgets, emergency expenditures, and road closings are examples of why a board would hold a public hearing. In Sanbornton, selectmen used to allow a nearly unlimited public comment throughout their meetings. About four years ago, with meetings lasting as late as 10 to 11 p.m. selectmen chose to limit the public comment period to every other week and only to those who signed the public comment sheet before the meeting was called to order. In Gilford, where selectmen meet twice monthly, public comment is delegated to the end of the meeting. The board chair will tell those who wish to

comment that they will listen to comments, as long as they are polite and respectful, but likely not address the issue that night but refer it to the appropriate department for investigation. Belmont also meets twice monthly. Although public comment is not typically included in the official agenda, selectmen have always allowed a public comment period at the end of the meeting for those with anything to say as long as it is said respectfully. Slightly less formal than other boards, selectmen often engage those in the audience who have a particular insight to the matter at hand. Both Belmont and Gilford also allow people to be added to the agenda should the town administrator recommend it. In Holderness, Town Administrator Walter Johnson said townspeople rarely attend their meetings but when they do, there is a brief public comment period at the close of the meeting. “Typically, people call here first,” he said. “If they want to be part of the agenda, I will add them.” In New Hampton, the secretary to the town administrator said their comment time is approached the same way and people rarely attend. (Disclosure: Ashland Selectboard Chair Jeanette Stewart is an employee of the advertising department at The Laconia Daily Sun.)


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from preceding page throughout the year. The amount raised by Team Café Déjà Vu, by way of comparison, is about nine times greater than the total of the first Children’s Auction. Allan Beetle, one of the owners of Patrick’s Pub and an organizer of Pub Mania, didn’t see a reason why his event, and the auction, couldn’t continue to raise ever more money for the community. “As many people that there are that participate, there’s thousands that we haven’t got on board... There’s plenty of room for growth,” he said. Beetle’s comments are validated by several other events which have sprung up, this year and last, in support of the auction. According to King, the Crazy Gringo restaurant organized a golf tournament that raised $9,000 this year. A skate-a-thon at Skate Escape contributed $4,000. Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavillion hosted the Third Annual Rockin’ Holiday Bash to kick off the auction, raising $16,700. The Laconia Elks lodge decided to take a page out of Beetle’s playbook and hosted the first-ever Elks Mania, raising about $10,000 for the auction. “Pretty good for a first year event,” noted King. In King’s view, the success of the Children’s Auc-

tion is due to the organization’s commitment to using the funds exclusively to benefit local organizations, something that continues to evoke charitable tendencies of Lakes Region residents. “It helps your neighbor,” she said. “It’s all staying right here, that’s where the magic is.” If the current pace of growth is continued, the auction could raise a half-million dollars next year. While that number might seem improbably high, King won’t count out the possibility. “I think, with this community, anything is possible. It’s such a great place to live and people really believe in the auction. If this community wants it to hit $500,000, then it will.” However, she added that organizers aren’t solely concerned with setting new records. “Whatever the auction raises each year, it’s more than there was to begin with.” Mike Trombly, who recently became general manager of WLNH and chair of the Children’s Auction board, got a crash course in the Children’s Auction this year. “It was incredible, an amazing testament to the Lakes Region community.” He also expected to see further growth of the event. “It’s only limited by people’s ability to think outside the box.”

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WOLFEBORO — Marion E. Dame, 85, of 39 Clipper Drive, died Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at the Wolfeboro Bay Center. Mrs. Dame was born May 9, 1927 in Franklin, N.H. , the daughter of Phillip and Evelyn (Boudreau) Clark. She resided in Lakeport for several years before moving to Wolfeboro two years ago. She had been employed at the Laconia State School, Sweaterville and most recently N. H. Ball Bearings for ten years. Marion loved gardening, crocheting, the ocean and spending time with her family and friends. She traveled within the US and also Germany with her Husband, Archie. In younger years, she enjoyed motorcycling and was an active volunteer at our Lady of the Lakes Church in Lakeport. Mrs. Dame is survived by her son, Michael C. Dame of Lakeport; four daughters; Cheryl M. Kipreotis and her husband William of Franklin, Cynthia L. Ferland of Belmont, Sandra J. Dame of Acworth, GA, and Patti A Sullivan of Belmont, Seven grandchildren; Joshua Clark and his wife Laura of Sanbornton, Emily Clark of Laconia, Brandon Ferland of Norfolk, Virginia, Kyle

Ferland and his wife Julie of San Diego, CA, Ashley Ferland of Belmont, Amanda Whittier of Laconia and Matthew Sullivan of Temple, three great grandchildren, her brother, Andrew Clark and his wife Gloria of Penacook, two brothers in law, Kenneth and Richard, three sisters in law, Alice, Marion and Shirley. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, Archie C. Dame, in 1983. There will be no calling hours. A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 1:00PM at Bayside Cemetery, Laconia, N.H. A reception will be announced following the graveside. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association MA/ NH Chapter, New Hampshire Office, Five Bedford Farms Drive, Suite 201, Bedford, NH 03110 Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to .

LACONIA — Richard M. Downing Sr., 85, of 22 Stafford Street, formerly of Gilmanton, died on Sunday, December 9, 2012 in his home. He was born in Arlington, Mass., the son of Alexander and Cathleen (Montague) Downing. Richard served in the US Navy during World War II. He graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor in Chemical Engineering. Richard worked for D-C Products and Reichold Chemical for 31 years in Cambridge Ma. He then founded Downing Construction and worked as a builder for 20 years. He is survived by his son, Richard M. Downing Jr. of Merritt Island, FL, two daughters; Susan Boudreau and her husband Robert of Reading, Mass and Robin

Downing of Swampscott, Mass, one brother, Ronald Downing of Mass and one grandchild, Kimberly Lapine of Mass. He was predeceased by his wife, Deane Williams in 1999 and one brother, Robert Downing. There will be no calling hours. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246. Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to .

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GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department will be sponsoring a Senior Momentum program on Monday, December 17 at the Community Church, Fellowship Hall at 9 a.m. for “Coffee and a New Classic” To get in the spirit, participants will be watching, “A

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Art show and sale at Pitman’s Freight Room LACONIA — An art show at Pitman’s Freight Room features the work of Dennis Morton. Known locally as “Danny,” Morton spent most of his youth in Keene. He began his formal training as an apprentice under renowned artist Richard Whitney. Morton’s training and initial work in New England was as a portrait artist. During this period he exhibited his work in a number of galleries. In 1988 Morton was honored at the New Hampshire State House where twenty-five of his paintings were exhibited. Moving to Hawaii in 1991, his focus shifted primarily to landscapes. His landscape paintings of Hawaii can be found in offices of the Bank of Hawaii as well as the courtyards of Punahou, the Castle Medical Center and in many private collections. In recent years, Morton has returned each fall to the Monadnock and Lakes Region areas to appreciate and capture on canvas the brilliant color. There will be a special reception on December 14 and again on December 17 from 2-7 p.m. Refresh-

ments and music by Dennis and friends from 5-7 p.m.

GILFORD — The Gilford Community Band will be performing the annual “Christmas In The Village” concert on Sunday, December 16 at 3 p.m. at the Gilford High School Performing Arts Center. This year’s concert will feature many of the annual favorites by Leroy Anderson, Christmas Sing Alongs, and some of the more current holiday favorites. Also featured will be the Alumni Choir and some new musical arrangements. Admission is free although donations toward the music fund will be accepted. Originally organized in 1978, the Gilford Commu-

nity Band is a concert band sponsored by the Gilford Recreation Commission to provide entertainment for the public and a venue for area musicians to perform. The band consists of brass, woodwind and percussion musicians from throughout the Lakes Region with membership exceeding 50 musicians of all ages. Lyvie Beyrent will conduct the concert. Lyvie is the director of Instrumental Music at the Gilford High School. For more information about the Gilford Community Band and the concert, visit the GCB website at

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‘The Adventures of Snitch, the Fracoon’ author & illustrator in Waterville Valley on Sunday morning WATERVILLE VALLEY — On Saturday December 15, at 11 a.m. the Margret and H.A. Rey Center will welcome local author and illustrator, John Shelley and Stefan Wollmar for a reading of their newly released children’s book “The Adventures of Snitch, the Fracoon: In Search of the Magic Crystals”. Shelley will read from the book, which is wrtitten in rhyming stanzas, and Snitch will be there in person to entertain young visitors. Shelley, who grew up in Keene, has been involved in many creative activities, from songwriting to advertising copy writer for radio stations and has spent most of his life as a computer programmer.

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Moultonborough Grange Hall one of 6 sites recently added to State Register of Historic Places MOULTONBOROUGH — The Moultonborough Grange hall is one of six properties added to the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places, as announced on November 26 in a joint release by the NH Division of Historical Resources and the NH Department of Cultural Resources. The Moultonborough Grange building, located centrally in Moultonborough Village, is significant both for its architecture and for its social history in the community. In 1894, the newly incorporated Moultonborough Grange #197 purchased the property, a former tavern, and made extensive renovations to it during the next decade. By 1903, the building was transformed into a Grange hall with characteristic features, including the large auditorium with raised performance stage upstairs. The property retains a high level of integrity, and evokes the heyday of the Grange movement in the early 1900s. Since the critically unstable structural condition of the Grange hall was discovered in June 2012, the Moultonborough Heritage Commission and the Moultonborough Historical Society, owner of the property since 2006, have partnered to take steps to save this landmark building and to plan for its future in Moultonborough Village. During the Plan NH ‘Moultonborough Community Charrette’ event held in July 2012, the Grange hall was discussed as one of a number of vacant or underutilized historic buildings in the traditional downtown area with great potential to contribute to village revitalization.


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LACONIA — Bank Timothy Martin was of New Hampshire has appointed President/CEO of announced the election Taylor Community in June of two new Corporators, of 2009. Tim is involved in Andrea K. Johnstone and the community as a Board Timothy Martin. member of Leading Age, Andrea Johnstone joined Maine/NH and is also a Elliot Health System as a Board Member of IAHSA Senior Vice President and (the International Affiliate General Counsel in March of Leading Age). 2012. Andrea currently Marton earned his serves on the Federal Court Bachelor of Science degree Advisory Committee and from Husson University. was recently appointed He has two older children to the NH Board of Bar Andrea Johnstone (Courtesy and lives in Laconia with Examiners. his wife Peggy. photo) She is also the immediBank of New Hampate past president of the shire, founded in 1831, Children’s Alliance of New provides deposit, lending Hampshire, a public policy and wealth management and advocacy organizaproducts and services to tion focused on child wellfamilies and businesses being, and is a founding throughout New Hampmember of the NH Comshire. With 21 banking munity Loan Fund, Vested offices throughout New for Growth Investment Hampshire and assets Committee. Johnstone also exceeding $1 billion, Bank chairs the NH Business of New Hampshire is the and Industry Association’s oldest and largest indeHuman Resources, Health Timothy Martin (Courtesy pendent bank in the state. Care and Workforce Devel- photo) Bank of New Hampshire opment Committee. is a mutual organization, focused on the success of the bank’s She is a graduate of Hofstra Univercustomers, communities and employsity School of Law and Wheaton Colees, rather than stockholders. For lege and lives in Hopkinton with her more information, call 1-800-832-0912 husband, Andrew, and her teenage or visit sons, Calvin and Henry.

Supper raises funds for emergency equipment NEW HAMPTON — The New Hampton Firefighters Association will be having a Spaghetti Dinner on December 19, from 5-8 p.m. at the 104 Dinner on Rt 104 in New Hampton. The dinner will help raise funds for a new piece of equipment, a 2013 Polaris Ranger 800 Crew, that the association through donations and grants has purchased for the Fire Department. The association has raised $13,000 for purchase of the base unit and now is looking to raise an additional $12,000 to purchase a windshield, doors, roof, Al-terrain tracks, a winch for the front and back,

snow plow and a trailer to haul it. The vehicle will carry a crew of six people, with equipment. Once its fully functional it will be able to safely extract a victim from an off road situation with limited manpower, transport a crew ready to fight a forest fire and move equipment such as chainsaws, gas and hand tools to the scene. The New Hampton Firefighters are a 501 (C) 3 organization set up to assist the New Hampton Fire Department and the community in promoting the fire and safety mission of the New Hampton Fire Department.

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CALENDAR TODAY’S EVENTS Sant Bani School theater department presents the multi-media experimental piece Orphans of Morpheus. 7 p.m. at the Sant Bani School Studio Theater. Admission is $4/adults and $2/students and senior citizens. For advance reservations call 934-4240. 40th Winter Holiday concert series presenting the Pemigewasset Choral Society. 7:30 p.m. at Gilford Community Church. Admission by donation. For more information visit The Gilford Middle School drama department presents ‘The Little Mermaid Jr’. 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Gilford High School. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Heather Pierson Quartet presents A Charlie Brown Christmas. 8 p.m. at Pitman’s Freight Room in Laconia. $10. BYOB. 3rd Annual ‘Food for the Soul’ Christmas Art Walk to benefit the NH Humane Society hosted by the galleries of Meredith. 4-7 p.m. Galleries include chi-lin, Vynnart, Gallery 51, The League of NH Craftsmen, Ogelthorpe Fine Arts and Crafts, and The Arts Collaborative. Mame’s Restaurant serves as headquarters for raffle drawings. Anne of Green Gables Movie night Part Two conducted by the Gilmanton Year-Round Library. 6 p.m. Laconia Indoor Market. 3-6 p.m. at Skate Escape on Court Street in Laconia. Various farmers, food vendors, artisans, and independent sales representatives will be present. For a full list of vendors and specials go to http:// Al-Anon Meeting at the Congregational Church Parish House (18 Veterans Square) in Laconia. 8 to 9:15 p.m. each Thursday. Al-Anon offers hope and help to families of alcoholics. No dues or fees. All are welcome. Call 645-9518. Gilford Public Library events. Brown Bag Book Discussion 12:30-1:30 p.m. Conversational French 3-4 p.m. Crafter’s Corner 6–7:30 p.m. Evening Book Discussion 6:30-7:30 p.m. Plymouth Area Chess Club meets Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. at Starr King Fellowship, 101 Fairgrounds Road. Form more information call George at 536-1179. American Legion Post #1 Bingo. Every Thursday night at 849 N. Main Street in Laconia. Doors open at 4 p.m. Bingo starts at 6:30. Knitting at Belmont Public Library. 6 p.m. Mystery Book Group at the Meredith Library. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Featured book is The Dog Who Knew Too Much (A Chet and Bernie Mystery #4) by Spencer Quinn. Chess Club at the Goss Reading Room (188 Elm Street) in Laconia. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. each Thursday. All ages and skill levels welcome. We will teach. Giggles & Grins playgroup at Family Resource Center in downtown Laconia (719 No. Main Street, Laconia). Free group for parents children from birth through age 5. For more information call 524-1741.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14 The Gilford Middle School drama department presents ‘The Little Mermaid Jr’. 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Gilford High School. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Sant Bani School theater department presents the multi-media experimental piece Orphans of Morpheus. 7 p.m. at the Sant Bani School Studio Theater. Admission is $4/adults and $2/students and senior citizens. For advance reservations call 934-4240. Annual Christmas Tree of Love hosted by the Lakes Region General Hospital Auxiliary. 1 p.m. in the atrium lobby at LRGH. Open to the community. Refreshments will be served. For more information call 524-3211 ext. 3663. Christmas Caroling at the Belknap Country Nursing Home featuring students and staff from the Elm Street School Project Extra program. 3:30-4:30 p.m. All community members are welcome to come and listen to the carolers.

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Dear Annie: I have been married to “Nancy” for 51 years. The day of our wedding, I was 167 pounds with a full head of hair. Now I am 181 pounds and bald. Nancy was always a Rubens type, which was fine with me. After giving birth to our first child, she lost more than 20 pounds, and even her father was impressed. However, two more children followed, and her weight went up to what it was before. Now, at age 75, she is obese. She has trouble with her ankles and can barely move. She refuses to use a cane or a walker. We constantly argue. She is beginning to look ugly to me. I want to leave, but I can’t because she cannot live alone. I am depressed. If I die before she does, she will be on her own because our children work, are struggling financially and have their own kids to raise. They have spoken to their mother about the possibility of a retirement home, and she says, “Absolutely not.” What can I do? -- West Valley Dear West: Some of this is not within your control -- your wife’s weight and what happens after you die. It is selfish of her to put this type of burden on her children, so you might want to discuss it directly with them, making contingency plans in case she should outlive you. There are alternatives to retirement homes, including in-home care or one of the children taking Mom in. You, however, are stressed over this and having a rough time. Please talk to your doctor about it. Dear Annie: My mother-in-law is not a true hoarder, but she’s definitely a packrat. Her house has drawers, cabinets and boxes filled with unfinished craft pieces, papers so old you can’t read the faded print, moldy magazines, dried paint, cracked pottery, broken candy dishes and junk tucked into nooks and crannies so deep no one has seen the contents in years.

She is the only one who knows where anything important might be “filed.” She is widowed and retired and has the time and the physical ability to go through this stuff. Her two children help with yard work and home improvement, but they don’t have time to pick through her collections. My mother-in-law is not depressed. She’s just lazy and has poor organizational skills. She spends too much time watching TV and emailing. I am hoping she might recognize herself in your column. How can I convince her to de-clutter before it’s too late? -- Don’t Want To Pick Through the Weeds Dear Don’t: If Mom has poor organizational skills, the idea of going through her vast collection of miscellany is both overwhelming and paralyzing. She needs someone to assist her, one drawer at a time, perhaps once a week, to make it manageable. You could offer to do this or suggest it to another family member. Or hire a professional organizer. And it’s possible that Mom’s church or other community organization has volunteers who might help out. Dear Annie: This is for “Devastated Daughter,” whose father died suddenly. Now she is conflicted about going away to college, because she worries about leaving her mother alone. I agree with your advice that she should go as planned. Here’s my message to her: Dear Daughter: Your concern for your mother is a beautiful testament to your relationship. She is concerned for you, too. The best gift you could give her is to follow your dreams, live according to the values you have learned from a loving family and succeed as an independent young woman. Yes, she may occasionally break down. But she will go on, and it will be much easier if she knows you are OK. -- Thinking of You in the South

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LABRADOR Retriever pups AKC. Outstanding English lines, chocolates/ blacks. Bred for breed standards/ temperament. In-home raised. (603)664-2828.

WANTED: In good condition, 1980 Franklin High School yearbook. Will pay fair price. Please call 364-5834

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

BELMONT, NH- FURNISHED Room for rent available immediately, (approx. 14X15) in gorgeous Large Victorian mansion overlooking Lake Winnisquam on 1 acre of land, covered in mature English gardens & trees and a fabulous gazebo to share. $425/month includes shared kitchens, bathrooms living room, etc. Also includes heat, electric, digital cable, wireless Internet & beach access on Lake Winnisquam. Call 603-527-8496


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Saturday, 9am-3pm and Sunday 9am-2pm. at the American Legion, Ralph W. Shirley Post #46 on Tasker Hill Rd. in Conway. Empty your jewelry box and fill your wallet with CASH! Proceeds support servicemen, vets and your community. No amount too small! Highest prices GUARANTEED, paid to you in CASH! Buying all your non-plated, broken, mismatched or unwanted GOLD, SILVER, DIAMONDS, PLATINUM, JEWELRY, OLD AMERICAN & CANADIAN COINS, POCKET WATCHES, TEA SERVICES & FLATWARE (.925/Sterling) in any condition or age! Trusted brokers for over 30 years! For More Information, call (603) 279-0607 NONCOMPETITIVE female year-round runner wanted to train with over 40 runner for marathon. Laconia/Gilford area. Mornings or

Autos $_TOP dollar paid for junk cars & trucks. Available 7-days a week. P3s Towing. 630-3606 1987 Mercedes 300-E 6 cylinder, auto, 230K, Looks good, runs great, no rust. Inspected and used daily. 30MPG Hwy., 24 city. Selling due to illness. $4,500. 279-7455 8am-8pm. 1998 Ford F150 4X4 Pickup- Ex tra cab, 8ft bed, 165K miles. Registered, XLT, loaded, runs good. $2,300/OBO. 344-8885 Laconia 2000 Chevy S10 pickup. Only 98K. Automatic, 4 cylinder, 2WD. Runs great. $2,995. 603-670-4001 2004 CHEVY 2500 XCab 4X4 pick-up. White with fisher plow, 8’mm. Truck in good condition, all highway miles. $11,800 or B/O. HK Powersports, Union Ave., Laconia 2005 Escape. 4 door, automatic, sport utility 4WD. Only 172K. Good condition. $2,995. 603-670-4001 2005 Subaru Forester 2.5 XS, AWD, 27K miles, Cayenne Red, Excellent condition, new tires, CD, heated seats, auto, remote starter/entry, car cover, $12,500, 603-528-3735. 2006 Grand Prix. Only 125k. Great condition. Automatic, V6. $4,995. 603-670-4001 2010 Subaru Forester 2.5X, premium, auto, loaded, highway miles full maintenance $15,500. 630-4737 BUYING junk cars, trucks & big trucks ME & NH. Call for price.

PRE 1972 Classic 4 speed cars wanted. Especially convertables. 978-771-8818.

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For Rent ALTON/GILFORD Line 2BR Cottage w/3-season Porch, $220-235/week +utilities; 3BR Apt. $240-260/week +utilities. Beach access. 603-365-0799. APARTMENTS, mobile homes. If you need a rental at a fair price, call DRM Corp. Over 50 years in rentals. We treat you better! 524-0348 or visit M-W-F, 12-5, at our new location, 142 Church St. (Behind CVS Pharmacy.)

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BELMONT- Renovated, quiet Rte. 3. One & Two bedroom, Include heat/hot water, starts at $685, no pets. 528-1991 BELMONT: Perkins Place 2-bedroom townhouse style. $775/Month, only $99 security deposit, no application fee. Call 238-8034 FURNISHED Room with private bathroom. Heat, hot water & cable included. $150 per week. 603-366-4468. GILFORD 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Condo. Fireplace, gas heat, W/D hookup, no dogs/smoking. 1 year lease, $975/month + security. 455-6269. GILFORD - 1 or 2-bedroom units available. Heat & electricity included. From $190/week. Pets considered. 556-7098.

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

GILFORDNice 2 bedroom apartment Glendale area. Basement storage, washer/dryer in unit. $850/Month + utilities. No pets/no smoking. Available 2/1/13. 508-380-4277


GILFORD: Currently available, semi-attached. 2 bedroom + exercise/utility room, one bathroom, and one car garage. W&D hookup, refrigerator and stove. Large backyard. $850/Month + heating oil & electric. Owners pay water, sewer, trash and snow removal. No smoking on premises

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GILFORD: Large room. Includes bathroom, kitchen, livingroom and all utilties for adult female. Only $90/week. This wont last long! Call Cindy, 707-6662.

LACONIA: Gilbert Apartments. Call for available apartments. 524-4428

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS Laconia: 2 bedroom house near LRGH. Includes heat & hot water, washer/dryer and snow removal. $1,025/Month. No pets/smoking. 524-5455 LACONIA 1st floor 2-3 bedroom apartment on Pleasant St. Walk to town & beaches, recently repainted, carpeting, appliances, full bath. $1,000/Month includes heat & hot water. 524-3892 or 630-4771 LACONIA Almost New Winnipesaukee Waterfront Luxury 2-Bedroom Condominium. W/D, air, large deck. $1,200. No smoking. One-year lease. 603-293-9111

LACONIA: Large 1 bedroom 2nd floor. heat & hot water included. $150/week. 832-1639 LACONIA: Large 3 & 4-bedroom apartments. Parking. $850/mo + utilities. 603-781-6294.

LAKEPORT APARTMENT 3 bedroom, 1-1/2 bath. No Pets, $950/Month + Utilities. 1-Year lease & references required.

630-2883 MEREDITH: 2BR, in-town apartment with parking. $700/month includes heat. No smoking. No pets. Security deposit. Call John, 387-8356.

LACONIA- $885/Month, heat, water sewer included. 2 bedroom, small pets considered. Charlene Coldwell Banker 581-2885 LACONIA- 1 bedroom home. $850/Month + utilities. $850 deposit, available immediately. Call 603-340-0936 No calls after 8pm please. LACONIA3 BEDROOM $195/WK, 1 BEDROOM $160/wk. Both with sun porch. Heat included. Messer Street. $600 security. HUD Approved. 524-7793, 344-9913. LACONIA3 bedroom washer/dryer hook-up, basement storage, off-street parking, 2nd floor, $800/Month + utilities. 455-6983 LACONIA- Elegant, large one bedroom in one of Pleasant Street!s finest Victorian homes. Fireplace, beamed ceilings, lots of natural woodwork, washer/dryer. Walk to downtown and beaches. Heat/Hot water included. $925. 528-6885 LACONIA- Large Rooms for rent. Private bath, heat/hot water, electric, cable, parking included. $145/week 603-781-6294 LACONIA- Opechee Gardens: 2-bedroom great move-in special. $750/Month, $200 security deposit, 2nd month free, no application feel. Call 238-8034 LACONIA-1 bedroom $160/Week, includes heat & hot water. References & deposit. 524-9665 LACONIA: 2 bedroom, 2nd floor in duplex building with separate entrance. Recently renovated, $240/week including heat, electric & hot water. 524-1234, LACONIA: Very nice 1-bedroom apartment in clean, quiet, downtown building. Recently painted. Nice kitchen and full bath. $175/week, includes heat, hot water & electricity. 524-3892 or 630-4771. LACONIA: Dyer St. 2-bedroom townhouse style. Great move-in special, $775/Month, $200 security deposit, 2nd month free, no application fee. Call 238-8034

NORTHFIELD: 2 bedroom, 1st floor, direct access to basement with coin-op laundry, $230/week including heat, electric & hot water. 524-1234, SINGLE male needs roommate(s) 2 bedrooms available. $100+ per week, share utilities. Pets considered. 556-7098. TILTON: Large room for rent downtown. $150/week includes all utilities. 603-286-4391. TILTON/LOCHMERE- Available January 1st. Two bedroom duplex apartment. Garage & washer/dryer available. Just 3 miles from Exit 20. Ideal for couple/single parent. $750/month + utilities. No smoking/no pets. Call 527-6283. TILTON: Downstairs 1-bedroom. $620-640/Month. Heat and hot water included. No dogs, 603-630-9772 or 916-214-7733. WINNISQUAM: Small efficiency and a cottage including heat, hot water, lights and cable. $165-$225 per week. $500 deposit. No pets. 387-3864.

For Sale 4 Karastan Carpets- 10X14 Serapi, 4X6 Heriz. 3X5 Multi-color Panel- 2X4 Rose Sarouk. Call for prices. 603-528-9661 4,000 Watt Generator. $250. 677-2865 7ft snowplow with lights & hydrolic lift $400. 524-4445

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5 Piece TAMA Jazz/Rock Drum Kit- Black, includes 4 Zildjian cymbals, throne, all hardware. Like new, perfect for Christmas gift! $350. Call Steve, 293-8985

SKI-DOO Modular helmet 2 shields one heated $200. HJC helmet 2 shields one heated $100 /obo. Call Paul at 603-366-2809.

LACONIA-FEMALE caregiver to provide non-medical services for my wife who has Alzheimers. Services will include but are not limited to personal care, toileting, meal preparation, light housekeeping based on available time. This is a part-time position offering 10-20 hours each week, 12:305:30 pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Must be reliable and dependable and able to transfer 115 pounds. Send experience and/or resume to or phone (978) 807-1450.


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

AMAZING! Beautiful Pillowtop Mattress Sets. Twin $199, Full or Queen $249, King $449. Call 603-305-9763 See “Furniture” AD. ANTIQUE corner shelf, 6 tiers, 5 ft. tall, $60. Boston rocker $50, heavy red glass dishes $75, oak curio $50, Thomas Kinkades Lamplight Village 3 plate set, $30. 30 gallon fish tank with stand, $70. 524-2239 CHINA- Royal Doulton- Tiara pattern. 6 place settings, gravy boat, vegetable bowl & service platter. $400. 603-528-9661 ELECTRIC glass top white range & matching over range microwave. $350. Will sell separately. 267-6060 FOUR Snow Tires, $180. Kenmore vacuum cleaner $40. All in excellent condition 267-8950 HD TV- Sceptre LCD 23", used as backup TV w/LG Blue Ray Player $150. 267-0977 IBANEZ Gio electric guitar $100, Peavey Special 130W amplifier $150. Or both for $225. 286-4012. JETT III Ultra Power Wheelchair with oxygen carrier, like new. $1,500. 744-6107.



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LAPTOP- Acer Aspire, used 3 times since new. W/case, adult owned like new $150. 267-0977

SMALL Heating Oil Deliveries: No minimum required. Eveningweekend deliveries welcome. Benjamin Oil, LLC. 603-731-5980 WHITE metal trundle bed. New, twin, (with mattresses). Perfect Xmas. $300. 707-2878 WOOD Stove- Regency, 18 inch wood. 7 years old, burns very clean, $475/OBO. Electric cement mixer, 4 cubic feet. Used 1 job, like new, $250. 393-2632 YAMAHA Piano- P22, oak. Great condition. Will need tuning. $2,900. Leave message, 603-520-1450.

Furniture AMAZING! Beautiful Queen or Full-sized Mattress/ Box-spring Set. LUXURY-FIRM European Pillow-Top Style. Fabulous Back, Hip and Leg Support, Hospitality A+ Rating! All New Factory Sealed with 10-YR Warranty. Compare Cost $1095, SELL $249. Can Delivery and Set-up. 603-305-9763 NEW trailer load mattresses....a great deal! King set complete $395, queen set $249. 603-524-1430. TWO hope chests, $60 each. One kids roll top desk, $150, 6 drawer bureau $50. Three trunks, best offer. 387-6524

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LIFT Chair- $300 or best offer. 2 rolling walkers with seat & brakes. Call 229-7180

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LOG Length Firewood: 7-8 cords, $900. Local delivery. 998-8626.

Experienced, independent contractors with liability insurance. Year-round work, nonsmokers, Call Rich 603-662-6353.


contents of attitics, basements, houses, barns & storage units. (603)730-4258. PIANOS: What greater gift to give a child than a piano? Call 524-1430. RADIO Shack Custom Tone Syntheizer, Model MD 1121. Stand and music rack included. Like new. $115. 293-0922

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

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


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

Motorcycles 1980 FLH HD/Project bike. Runs, wiring needs to be finished, lost eyesight. All original equipment included, plus jack. $4,000. 387-6524

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Consigner’s Avenue, through career partnership Speare puts up Warm Hearts, Warm Hands Tree program, takes on fashion-minded student

MEREDITH — Danielle Bliss, a 10th grader at Inter-Lakes High School has a love of fashion. When she heard that Consignor’s Avenue (formerly off of Main Street in Meredith, now on Rt. 25 in Meredith in the old Christmas Loft building) was moving into a new spot and needed someone with a fashion sense to help, Danielle was all smiles. The Greater Meredith’s Career Partnership Program Director, Rhonda Hanaway set up a meeting between herself, Danielle and Caroline Hunter, the owner of Consignor’s Avenue. Mrs. Hunter has taken advantage of the Danielle Bliss, a 10th grader at Inter-Lakes High School, is taking part in the school’s career partnerCPP in the past and was ship program through an internship at Consigner’s Avenue. (Courtesy photo) happy to have another student engage in a school-to-work experience. Some of hope that my interns learn from their experience here. Danielle’s duties include dressing manequins, setting up I have been involved with this program for a number displays and helping customers. of years and find it beneficial for me and the students A student learns so much in this environment involved. Danielle has been a wonderful addition. She because they are working with the public and learning is very friendly, outgoing and also very fashion savy. about the retail world. Danielle is excited about this The customers just love her”. new venture because she plans to study fashion after Danielle will receive high school credits for this high school. “Since this internship, I’ve learned about internship and they will appear on her transcript marketing, customer service skills and work ethic. I and of course, on her resume’. love fashion and I plan to apply to Parsons School of Fashion in New York in my senior year”, said Bliss. Adds Hunter, “The Greater Meredith’s Career Partnership Program has given me a sense of contributing to the growth of our children. I am proud to help the community. Education is very important to me and I TILTON — Praise Assembly of God will be holding a Christmas Eve Candle Light Service at 6:30 Services Home Care p.m. on Monday, December 24. . There will be a devotional and singing of Christmas carols during the hour long service. The community is invited to participate in this special time that Pastor Bill Williams will officiate at. There will be no Wednesday night service on December 26, but Praise Assembly will have its regular Sunday service on December 30 at 10 a.m. The church is located at 180 School St., Tilton. For more information call the church office at 286-3007.

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PLYMOUTH — Tis the season of giving, and Speare Memorial Hospital’s fourth annual Warm Hearts, Warm Hands tree is an example of the greater Speare community at work. Critical Care Nurse Director Deb Thompson got the idea for the tree four years ago as a theme for another tree project Speare had gotten involved in. While a different theme was selected, Thompson Speare Memorial Hospital’s decided to move for‘Warm Hearts, Warm Hands’ ward with her idea as a tree. (Courtesy photo) way to meet a need. She says, “Working in the Emergency Department we were noticing people coming in not properly dressed for the weather—because they didn’t have the means to do so. By decorating a tree with hats, gloves, mittens and scarves for the taking, we were fulfilling a need at a time of year when people are looking for ways to give back.” The tree itself was donated by Occupational Health Nurse Susan Scheinman, and together with Deb and colleague Occupational Health Nurse Linda March, the three put up the tree just inside the Emergency Department entrance. Speare employees and volunteers load up the tree with hats, mittens and scarves, many of which are handmade. Those in need are invited to take items from the tree to help keep them warm. “And just when the tree is getting a little sparse,” notes Deb, “it magically fills up again.” It’s another example of that little something extra from Speare that is more than you expect. Speare Memorial Hospital —a 24-hour, acute care, non-profit community hospital and health care provider serving Plymouth and the communities of central New Hampshire—is nationally ranked as a HealthStrongTM: Top 100 Critical Access Hospital. Visit online at or join them on Facebook. CALENDAR from page 19

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14 Holiday art demonstration featuring LRPA artist, Larry Frates hosted by the Alton Senior Center. 12:30 p.m. during lunch at the Senior Center. Annual Cookie Buffet hosted by the Friends of the MinotSleeper Library. 3-6 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge in Bristol. Winnipesaukee Playhouse presents a youth/teen ensemble in A Very Broadway Christmas musical cabaret. 7 p.m. at the theater in the Alpenrose Plaza in the Weirs. Tickets are $14/adults, $12/seniors, $10/kids and students and can be purchased by calling 366-7377. 40th Winter Holiday concert series presenting the Pemigewasset Choral Society. 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in Franklin. Admission by donation. For more information visit The Belknap County Area Committee on Aging hosts a Holiday Party. 10 a.m. in the Wesley Woods Community Room in Gilford. For more information call 528-2555 or email Hall Memorial Library Happenings. Crafts for Teens and Tweens featuring a Fingerknit Scarves activity 3:30 p.m. Clever Crafters featuring individual projects 4-5:30 p.m. Clever Crafters is a new adult craft time. Al-Anon Meeting at the Congregational Church Parish House (18 Veterans Square) in Laconia. 9:30 to 11 a.m. each Friday. Al-Anon offers hope and help to families of alcoholics. No dues or fees. All are welcome. Call 6459518. Giggles & Grins playgroup at Family Resource Center in downtown Laconia (719 No. Main Street, Laconia). Free group for parents children from birth through age 5. For more information call 524-1741. Sit and Knit at the Hall Memorial Library in Northfield. 2-5 p.m.

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