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Northfield a heated dispute between members of large M’boro family selectmen agree with chief that cop should be fired First snow By Gail OBer


MOULTONBOROUGH — It was windy on the Monday in late March of 2006 when Christine Harris set out alone from her Salem home to take a look at several properties for sale in Central New Hampshire, including a tract off Emerson Road here, on

the shoulder of the Ossipee Mountains. She had been scheduled to view the property with a local real estate agent but he canceled when she was unable to arrive at the appointed hour. Without notifying the agent, she decided the next to try and find the property on her own. By late afternoon, Harris was lost in the

maze of back roads that pepper the landscape of rural Moultonborough. Maybe Harris’s dream of managing a state- and/or federally-funded animal refuge and demonstration farm was piein-the-sky wishful thinking and maybe she should have known that she would be see Ward BIrd page 8


NORTHFIELD — The Board of Selectmen this week unanimously endorsed the recommendation of Police Chief Stephen Adams to dismiss Officer Brian Brown after weighing the evidence presented at a public hearing, held at Brown’s request, the week before. see POLICE page 7

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By 71-26 vote, Senate ratifies Obama’s arms control treaty with Russia WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday ratified an arms control treaty with Russia that reins in the nuclear weapons that could plunge the world into doomsday, giving President Barack Obama a major foreign policy win in Congress’ waning hours. Thirteen Republicans broke with their top two leaders and joined 56 Democrats and two independents in providing the necessary two-thirds vote to approve the treaty. The vote was 71-26, with Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., showing up just two days after cancer surgery. Obama praised the strong bipartisan vote for a treaty he described as the most significant arms control pact in nearly two decades. “This treaty will enhance our leadership to stop the spread of nuclear weapons and seek the peace of a world without them,” he told reporters at a White

House news conference. The accord, which still must be approved by Russia, would restart onsite weapons inspections as successors to President Ronald Reagan have embraced his edict of “trust, but verify.” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow welcomed the vote but still needed to study the accompanying Senate resolution. Vice President Joe Biden presided over the Senate and announced the vote. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton observed the vote from the Senate floor. Both former senators had lobbied furiously for the treaty’s approval. “The question is whether we move the world a little out of the dark shadow of nuclear nightmare,” Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, D-Mass., said to his colleagues moments before the

historic tally. Calling the treaty a national security imperative, Obama had pressed for its approval before a new, more Republican Congress assumes power in January. In recent days, he had telephoned a handful of wavering Republicans, eventually locking in their votes. The Obama administration has argued that the United States must show credibility in its improved relations with its former Cold War foe, and the treaty was critical to any rapprochement. The White House is counting on Russia to help pressure Iran over its nuclear ambitions. “A responsible partnership between the world’s two largest nuclear powers that limits our nuclear arsenals while maintaining strategic stability is imperative to promoting global security,” Clinton said in a statement applauding the vote.

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Axl Dominguez awoke early Wednesday to a bumping sound and looked out the window to a scary sight: plastic trashcans floating down the flooded street. And then the water came rushing into his house. “We didn’t have time to get anything ... Water started coming in from all the walls. Then the wall fell and we got out through the window,” the 15-yearold Dominguez said hours later, shivering in shorts, a mud-splashed sweat shirt and bare feet as he carried his pajama-clad little brother to the truck of a neighbor who finally took them to an evacuation center. The tail end of a storm that dumped rain on Southern California for nearly a week gave the region one final lashing, burying houses and cars in mud, washing hillsides onto highways, flooding urban streets, threatening dozens of canyon homes and spreading filthy water that prompted the closure of 12 miles of Orange County beaches. Inflatable boats and canoes were used to rescue dozens of motorists and homeowners from flooded streets, hotels and hillsides. Others refused to leave their homes, even as dirty water and mud sliced through their neighborhoods. The storm weakened as it moved eastward, but floods still washed away at least six vacant homes in Arizona and inundated parts of Nevada and Utah. The low-pressure system could be in New Mexico by Thursday and reach the Gulf Coast by Saturday with some rain, but not the deluge that hit Southern

California, forecasters said. The storm turned the final days before Christmas into a nightmare, and left some residents fearful that more and bigger mudslides could strike the wildfire-scarred hillsides in suburban Los Angeles even after the skies cleared. More than 200 homes were evacuated for at least 24 hours in La Canada Flintridge and La Crescenta, suburbs of Los Angeles below steep hillsides that burned in 2009 and where mudslides inundated homes and backyards in February. Few residents heeded the evacuation orders, which were lifted Wednesday evening as the driving rain eased. It’s the same area where the Station Fire charred 250 square miles above suburbs tucked below the San Gabriel Mountains. “The ground is so saturated it could move at any time” and the threat will remain for several weeks, said Bob Spencer, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. Olivia Brown, 45, left her Paradise Valley home in the La Canada Flintridge area around midnight. “I’m worried about a rock coming down on the house,” Brown said at a Red Cross shelter. “My husband stayed home with two of our dogs. He had to be a man, you know, and hold down the fort. “When he’s nervous, it makes me nervous. I had to go,” she said. In Silverado Canyon, in the Santa Ana Mountains in

eastern Orange County, Mary Adams and her husband got up in the middle of the night to check for mudslide danger as rains pounded the hill above them. They had just crawled back into bed at 3:30 a.m. when they heard a low, dull roar and then the echoing boom of boulders tumbling into a creek. Adams, 54, jumped from bed to see a small river of mud, rocks and debris sweep past her side door, whisking the couple’s travel trailer 100 feet down the hill and filling their garage and succulent garden with thick ooze. On Wednesday morning, the rain was still coming down hard as Adams surveyed the damage. The sound of falling rocks still rang out every few minutes as the rain poured down outside. Like Adams, dozens of her neighbors had refused to evacuate and worked with shovels to clear debris from storm drains and divert rivers of water and muck from their homes and cars. If we can get the truck out, then maybe we can leave but I’m not going to be away from my house and just be sitting in an evacuation center three blocks down the road,” said Adams, who has lived in the canyon more than 30 years. In San Diego, the first floor of the Premier Inn in the city’s Mission Valley flooded, forcing about 50 guests and employees to the second floor where lifeguards used a rubber raft to rescue them amid floating trash bins and fast moving water, fire officials said.

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Internet access is not a civil right When bureaucrats talk about increasing our “access” to x, y or z, what they’re really talking about is increasing exponentially their control over our lives. As it is with the government health care takeover, so it is with the newly approved government plan to “increase” Internet “access.” Call it Webcare. By a vote of 3-2, the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday adopted a controversial scheme to ensure “net neutrality” by turning unaccountable Democratic appointees into meddling online traffic cops. The panel will devise convoluted rules governing Internet service providers, bandwidth use, content, prices and even disclosure details on Internet speeds. The “neutrality” is brazenly undermined by preferential treatment toward wireless broadband networks. Moreover, the FCC’s scheme is widely opposed by Congress — and has already been rejected once in the courts. Demonized industry critics have warned that the regulations will stifle innovation and result in less access, not more. Sound familiar? The parallels with health care are striking. The architects of Obamacare promised to provide Americans more access to health insurance — and cast their agenda as a fundamental universal entitlement. In fact, it was a pretext for creating a gargantuan federal bureaucracy with the power to tax, redistribute and regulate the private health insurance market to death — and replace it with a centrally planned government system overseen by politically driven code enforcers dictating everything from annual coverage limits to administrative expenditures to the makeup of the medical workforce. The costly, onerous and selectively applied law has resulted in less access, not more. Undaunted promoters of Obama FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s “open Internet” plan to expand regulatory authority over the Internet have couched their online power grab in the rhetoric of civil rights. On Monday, FCC Commissioner Michael Copps proclaimed: “Universal access to broadband needs to be seen as a civil right ... (though) not many people have talked about it that way.” Opposing the government Internet takeover blueprint, in other words, is tantamount to supporting segregation. Cunning propaganda, that. “Broadband is becoming a basic necessity,” civil rights activist Benjamin Hooks added. And earlier this

month, fellow FCC panelist Mignon Clyburn, daughter of Congressional Black Caucus leader and Number Three House Democrat James Clyburn of South Carolina, declared that free (read: taxpayer-subsidized) access to the Internet is not only a civil right for every “nappy-headed child” in America, but is essential to their self-esteem. Every minority child, she said, “deserves to be not only connected, but to be proud of who he or she is.” Calling them “nappy-headed” is a rather questionable way of boosting their pride, but never mind that. Face it: A high-speed connection is no more an essential civil right than 3G cell phone service or a Netflix account. Increasing competition and restoring academic excellence in abysmal public schools is far more of an imperative to minority children than handing them iPads. Once again, Democrats are using children as human shields to provide useful cover for not so noble political goals. The “net neutrality” mob — funded by billionaire George Soros and other left-wing think tanks and nonprofits — has openly advertised its radical, speech-squelching agenda in its crusade for “media justice.” Social justice is the redistribution of wealth and economic “rights.” Media justice is the redistribution of free speech and other First Amendment rights. The meetings of the universal broadband set are littered with Marxist-tinged rants about “disenfranchisement” and “empowerment.” They’ve targeted conservative opponents on talk radio, cable TV and the Internet as purveyors of “hate” who need to be managed or censored. Democratic FCC panelists have dutifully echoed their concerns about concentration of corporate media power. As the Ford Foundation-funded Media Justice Fund, which lobbied for universal broadband, put it: This is a movement “grounded in the belief that social and economic justice will not be realized without the equitable redistribution and control of media and communication technologies.” For progressives who cloak their ambitions in the mantle of “fairness,” it’s all about control. It’s always about control. (Syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin is the daughter of Filipino Immigrants. She was born in Philadelphia, raised in southern New Jersey and now lives with her husband and daughter in Maryland. Her weekly column is carried by more than 100 newspapers.)

LETTERS U.S. Postal Service owes us the simple service we’re paying for To the editor, The U.S. Postal Service is going broke. People are using e-mail, FedEx or UPS and the U.S.Postal Service wonders why. It is not rocket science. People get more service for their dollar at the alternate sources. Occasionally I get a neighbor’s mail in my box. Rather than return it to the post office, I do the neighborly thing and deliver it to its rightful owner. I sent two very important cards through the U.S. Postal Service and because the OLD address was 92 and got changed to 94, perhaps due to 911, it was RETURNED with the correct address on it. The same house with the same people for at least 10 years

now has a new number. It could have been delivered. That means the cards will now be late (they were mailed on the 18th) for Christmas and I can pay an additional 44 cents each to have them redelivered. There has not been a change in carriers, simply a new attitude from some very over-paid postal workers. If you forget the dash, oh well, just pay again. I repeated the title of U.S. Postal Service so that perhaps they would realize that we are their customers and that they do owe us the simple service that we are paying for. Earlon Beale Laconia

Why isn’t Meredith’s Confoudabout marked with adequate signs? To the editor, Question: Has any one wondered why Meredith’s illustrious, wheel bending “traffic flow solution” is completely devoid of adequate caution signs when being approached from any direction? Allowing for those of us who are unfortunate enough to be subjected to this “ok, who’s next” merry-go-round on a regular basis, there essentially exists nothing more than an innocuous triangle yield sign warning a, oftentimes, unsuspecting motorist or motorcycle visitor of the obstruction facing him/her as they crest a hill, or round a curve. Have

any of Meredith’s town officials considered something really innovative, such as a flashing light similar to that used by our neighbors in Alton as well as other communities that truly care for the public safety? I can’t wait for the first real snowfall so that I, along with our valiant snowplow drivers can repeat the “find the wall” game as we cautiously and responsibly watch for other motorists and encounter “the traffic solution wall” at the same time. Ken Goodman Moultonborough

We need to put people in office who are not millionaires To the editor, I am beginning to wonder very seriously if the gangsters in the government really think that the American public is so gullible as to believe that the economy is really getting better. Of course those with jobs go about their daily business thinking everything is fine and dandy, but those without jobs know things are not as good as the rest of the flock is being told. In one breath you are told the economy is getting better because there are less people getting unemployment checks, while on the other hand those people who were receiving weekly checks, have now lost their benefits, so of course the numbers look good. In the meantime, the programs that are in place, paid with tax money to help those that are

down and out, are being handed out to people who have never paid a dime in taxes to pay for these safety programs and are raping the tills and taking away from he people who have paid their fair share all their working lives. Look around you. You know who they are. You see them walking the streets living like privileged characters. In the meantime, the more people out of work, the bigger problem we have with people stealing, which makes the prices go up to cover the loses sustained by the people who are trying to make an honest living. It is a vicious circle which could very easily be fixed if the voters would just get the guts enough to take back the government and put people in office who see next page

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LETTERS Homelessness is truly a stain on the soul of America To the editor, Tuesday, December 21st, marks the longest night of the year. This night should have as much significant as the happy holidays that follow. For on this night our thoughts turn to the homeless throughout our nation. Many will die of exposure over the long winter on the coldest nights.

Homelessness is a stain on the soul of America and the darkest part of the stain is our homeless veterans. After having served their country and protecting our freedom, many suffer from addiction, mental illness, and deep emotional wounds. They end up homeless and vulnerable. The following poem reflects this painful situation:

Darkness was coming and time was so short. To find a cardboard house before night was his only thought. Shifting the bundle of newspapers he’d found; He thought of the cushioning it would give to the hard ground. He’d slept in far away places with only the ground as his bed, But that was when a soldier’s life he’d led. These thoughts were the one he’d learned now to dread So he quickly pushed them out of his head. Now his life was quite different, but still full of strife, Keeping warm, keeping safe once again meant his very life. Once he’d had a home, a kid, and a wife But madness and poverty now ruled his life. Homeless and forgotten he roams our fair city With only the occasional look, some charity – But, oh, how he hated the pity. “I’m still a man,” he wanted to scream, but only a grunt, a flinch, and his wary eyes could be seen. How fast it can happen, How quickly things change, From soldier to shadow still fighting a war deep in his brain. Please give as generously as you are able to the many wonderful organizations that reach out a helping hand.

Thank you. Patsy Wells Sanbornton

Plenty of examples of the joys of supporting local businesses To the editor, As a long time supporter of small businesses and a member of BIBA (the Belknap Independent Business Alliance), I feel the need to frequently acknowledge the friendliness, competency, competitiveness, and quality of service that I receive from local companies. Just to mention a few: all the grandparents decided to purchase a “nice” wooden swing set for the little ones’ back yard – comparison shopping was done in person and online, and the unanimous decision was to purchase the most popular kit at Boulia Gorrell. Not only were they nearby and happy to deliver, they made helpful suggestions, answered a multitude of questions, and had the cheapest price. Not long after, my brother wired me flowers for my birthday, and I returned home that day to find a lovely voice mail from Whittemore’s, asking when would be a good time to deliver them – they had already swung by my empty house twice. I left them a return voice mail and less than an hour later, a charming lady arrived with a beautiful arrangement. It was after hours, and I assured her it would have been fine to come the next day, but she disagreed with me because the next day wouldn’t be my birthday. from preceding page are not millionaires. After all, most millionaires got that way by not traveling the most honest route. If there was a president who really cared about ALL Americans, he would exercise his line item veto by knocking out all the special interest garbage put into these bills by a bunch of gangsters who are not interested in government for and by the people. The way the system is now, one only has to go back in history eighty years to see

I have had multiple experiences at Trustworthy Hardware with Mo and everyone on the staff – they always find the widget or whatchamacallit I need, and at a deal. Thank yous are long overdue to Terry Murphy’s Auto Repair and Citgo Station. This gentleman has held my cars and my children’s cars together for years, has always been available in an emergency, explained problems in a way I could understand, and made great recommendations. You don’t find too many mechanics who will pull your car apart, tell you it can’t be fixed, or isn’t worth the investment – and then not charge you an arm and a leg for saving you a ton of money. Recently I wanted an assortment of small jobs done in my home, and the response was less than spectacular, until another small businessman and friend, Jim Makris at Opechee Trading Post recommended a young man who was doing some work for him – Devon LaFond, owner of DevCo Building Company. Jim said he was thorough and competent, accurate with his estimates, dependable and enjoyable to have around. Devon and I connected, went shopping, and spent a week together making my little home shine – quite literally. I cannot see next page what happened in Germany, is about to happen here in America. If you can’t run your own lives, find someone in your own family to help you. There is nowhere to run and hide. Get the government out of your homes. Learn how to stand on you own two feet. The average American will not stand to be corralled into living under a socialistic form of government. Bev Buker Gilford

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LETTERS Electorate is likely to take an adult view toward spending cuts To the editor, Why are politicians so nervous about balancing the budget? One of the reasons for the failure to tackle budget problems is that the members of the government (elected officials) are beholding to interest groups. Interest groups are a fact of political life. Confronting them rather than the entire electorate is the difficult task for political parties. The political parties (translation: fund raising organizations) support and direct the candidates and their message. Biting the hand that feeds you is problematic especially if you are contemplating a career in elected office. Politicians are elected to serve in the

governments. The issue is who are they really serving? Who wants them to pay down debt and balance the budget? Cash strapped governments should not worry about losing office. Conventional wisdom seems to be that cutting spending will work against the party in office. That said, the electorate is likely to take the adult view of fiscal consolidation if it is focused on spending cuts rather than tax increases. Cutting spending is more acceptable to the electorate than raising taxes. There’s a reason the pledge has been in place for 40 years. Just my honest opinion. Marc Abear Meredith

‘Creator’ concept comes from Bible; U.S. has Biblical foundation To the editor, Yes, Professor Sandy, America is a Christian Nation, and I’ll tell you why. Our Declaration of Independence founded our Nation. The Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…that they are endowed, by their Creator with certain unalienable rights…that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”. The concept of a “Creator” comes only from the Bible, so any way one cares to look at it; our Nation has a

Biblical foundation. The U.S. Constitution enforces the rights of the people that are listed in the Declaration of Independence. The First Amendment of the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution states: ‘Congress shall make no law…prohibiting the free exercise …of religion.’ As for the coming “holiday”, there is no (lawful) limitation on our calling this “holiday” by its correct name, Christmas. So, Merry Christmas each and every one of you Bob Kingsbury Representative to the State Legislature Laconia

It was nice to hear and see the veterans swap service stories To the editor, The Sons of the American Legion Post 33, Meredith would like to thank all those involved in the Veteran’s Christmas dinner held on Saturday Dec 18. The veterans present included a bus load of residents from the Tilton Veteran’s Home plus numerous vets from the Lakes Region and even some from the Boston area. The Vets were treated to a turkey or ham dinner with all the fixings, served by the Ladies Auxiliary. After dinner, they were all excited to have their pictures taken with one of two of Santa’s hottest little elves. They all


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say enough about the quality of the work that Devon and his employee, Gary, did in my home, installing wood flooring in three rooms with beautiful detail work, replacing bathroom fixtures and lights, and installing new ones in my closets and pantry. After years of resenting the dinginess of my space, I am delighted to come home every night to this expanse of seamless cherry flooring – no more scrubbing decades old linoleum. The sheer joy of modern lighting makes me giddy – whether I’m looking for a can of soup or putting on makeup.

took their pictures home laminated for safe keeping. This was a truly moving experience for us all and I can’t think of a better way to get into the Christmas spirit. It was nice to see and hear the vets swap stories from their service time. Some had scrapbooks and shared them with other guests during the afternoon. Some of these stories are 70 to 80 years old and their memories prove how important their military service is to them still. Thank you all again, Barry Weeks, Adjutant Sons of the American Legion Post 33 Meredith As delighted as I am with my new surroundings, what brought me the most satisfaction was working with Devon. He was so kind and thoughtful at all times, putting my concerns first, keeping the work area meticulously clean, explaining the steps he was taking, making suggestions and answering my questions. It was really a pleasure to have him come to my home as a contractor, and leave as a friend. Working with the “little guys” continues to have big benefits. Jane Bergeron Sales Representative The Weirs Times

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BELMONT — A Belmont teenager lost control of her car yesterday afternoon and rolled it car over, yet she managed to escape without any apparent significant injuries. According to her parents, who came to the accident scene, Ashlea Haskell, 18 and a resident of Durrell Mountain Road, was on that roadway driving home after Christmas shopping during a light snowfall that had turned the road surface slick. When Haskell, driving a Saturn coupe, rounded a corned and prepared to head down a slight decline, a car heading in the opposite direction led her to swerve to the right and into a ditch, causing the car to flip onto its roof. Haskell was able to walk to a nearby

home, where she called her parents Wendy and Jerry, who were joined by Haskell’s boyfriend at the accident scene. Sergeant Richard Mann, who worked the scene, said “road conditions are a factor” in the crash, which was reported at 1:57 p.m. Mann said Haskell was transported to Lakes Region General Hospital and was suffering from a headache and a sore neck and shoulders after the crash. Haskell couldn’t recall how she had exited the vehicle, Mann said, which was likely an effect of the trauma of the crash. It was unclear whether she had been thrown from the car or had found a way to crawl from the wreck. — Adam Drapcho

POLICE from page one According to the minutes of the hearing, Adams brought charges against Brown last month following a chain of events on October 17 that began when, despite the standing policy of the department and the direct order of his sergeant, he drove the newest cruiser on the midnight shift. That night Brown mounted a pursuit of a speeding vehicle that led down a dirt road, during which the cruiser was damaged. Moreover, during the pursuit he turned off the camera system that records what occurs ahead of the cruiser, contrary to department policy. However, Adams buttressed his recommendation by asking the Selectboard to consider a string of earlier incidents reaching back a year, for which Brown was already disciplined. In September, 2009 Brown, the lone officer on duty, left his post by driving his cruiser to Concord to check on a former girlfriend. Questioned by the chief, he readily confessed and volunteered that he had made the same trip once before. Later that month, Brown was suspended for five days and ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after challenging the authority of his supervisor in the presence of fellow officers. Earlier this year, Adams formally warned Brown after he failed to complete a search warrant following an arrest for felony driving while intoxicated in a timely manner. In September, Brown was reprimanded for failing to notify his supervisor of a ride-along with a female juvenile and in October he given a written warning for failing to inform his superiors of a major fire. Adams testified that the sum of these incidents prompted him to recommend Brown be terminated, adding that “previous disciplinary actions, counseling and anger management training” had not brought about a change in his conduct. Refer-

ring to the abandonment of his post, risk of the high-speed pursuit and instances of insubordination, the chief said it would be “unsafe” for Brown to remain in police work “because he continues to do things that in his own mind he believes are right.” Brown told the selectman that he not been disciplined before 2009. He did not challenge the factual basis for most of the charges, but in several instances said that he was not aware of the department’s policy while in other cases, particularly the charges arising from the pursuit, policies allowed officers to apply their own judgment. But, questioned by attorney Paul Fitzgerald, who represented the chief, Brown agreed that a reasonable person reviewing his record could conclude that he was prone to substitute his judgment for that of his superiors. In their notice of decision, issued yesterday, the selectmen fastened on the events of October 17. They found that Brown knew he was not to use the newest cruiser on the midnight shift, but chose to do so. Likewise, they deemed disabling the camera system in the cruiser “contrary to long-established practice and protocol” as “extremely poor judgment.” Finally, the board, while reluctant to question an officer’s decision in an emergency, held that Brown should have the abandoned the chase “when the risk exceeded the need.” Although the selectmen acknowledge the other cases of misconduct were closed, they included what they called “the cumulative impact of his disciplinary record” in their decision. The noted that he knew it was wrong to take a cruiser to Concord for personal reasons and leave the town unprotected and to challenge the authority of his superiors. “In each each, he substituted his judgment for that of his superiors and the policies, and was prepared to face the consequences.”

Vandal kills 15,000 trout by turning water pump off

MILFORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game is asking for help in finding whoever was responsible for turning off a water pump at a Milford fish hatchery, killing 15,000 rainbow trout that were due to be stocked next spring. Officials say the pumping station was broken into on Sunday.

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Gilmanton man will be in prison for at least 10 years for Laconia apartment building shoot-up By Bea Lewis


LACONIA — A Gilmanton man who pleaded guilty to attempted homicide for firing a rifle through the door of a woman’s bedroom where she had sought refuge has been sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison. Jimmie J. Andrews Jr., 28, 32 Crystal Lake Road, #1, Gilmanton Iron Works was sentenced in Belknap County Superior Court in connection with the incident at 365 South Main St. in Laconia last Aug. 4. He also pleaded guilty to criminal threatening and two counts of reckless conduct in connection with the same incident. In exchange for the guilty pleas that averted a trial, the state agreed to drop — or nol pross — other charges of attempted homicide, first-degree assault and reckless conduct. Andrews was credited with 133 days of pretrial confinement. The court recommended anger management and parenting classes. The court also encouraged the defendant to be available for therapeutic psychological assistance to aid him in understanding his role in reconnecting

with his child while incarcerated. The defendant was placed on probation for three years and is to participate meaningfully and complete any counseling, treatment or educational programs as directed by correctional authorities. Andrews may petition for suspension of five years of his minimum after serving eight years if he can show that he has been of good behavior and has taken full advantage of the programming at the State Prison to assist him in his anger management as well as his parenting skills. The defendant shall have no contact or communication with the victim unless the victim informs the County Attorney that she desires such communication except to facilitate communication with the parties’ minor child. On the criminal threatening charge he was sentenced to three to six years in prison, suspended on good behavior and compliance with all terms of the court’s order. The suspended sentence may be imposed after a hearing brought by the state within 10 years of his release. The sentence is to be served consecutive to the attempted see next page

NOTICE TOWN OF GILFORD NEW HAMPSHIRE The Gilford Planning Board will conduct a public hearing to consider changes to the Gilford Zoning Ordinance on Monday, January 3, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in Conference Room A at the Gilford Town Hall, 47 Cherry Valley Road, Gilford, New Hampshire. Anyone interested is invited to attend. This is the first public hearing for these items. PROPOSED ZONING ORDINANCE CHANGES A public hearing will be held to consider the following proposed amendments: 1. Create Accessory Apartment Regulations – Create a new land use, Accessory Apartment, and related regulations as follows: amend Article 3 by modifying the existing definition of Apartment and creating a new definition for Accessory Apartment; create a new Section 4.6.17, Accessory Apartment, as an accessory use permitted in the Natural Resource Residential zone, Single Family Residential zone, and the Limited Residential zone, and as a prohibited use in all other zones; create a new Section 4.7.6(p), Accessory Apartment, allowing up to one (1) Accessory Apartment per lot in a single-family dwelling or an accessory building under certain conditions, requiring the property owner to occupy either the principle dwelling or the accessory apartment, allowing no more than two (2) bedrooms per apartment, allowing an apartment to be between 300 and 1,000 square feet in area but not exceed 40% of the gross floor area of the building in which it is located, and providing related regulations; and amend Section 6.18, Density of Dwelling Units to Land Area, to accommodate Accessory Apartments. 2. Section 4.7.6(e), Home Occupation – Amend Section 4.7.6(e) to prohibit visibility of most home occupations outside a building, to specify signage limitations for home occupations, to prohibit home occupations from becoming nuisances, to specify screening requirements for certain outdoor uses associated with home occupations, to regulate storage and idling of larger vehicles used in connection with home occupations, and to make other related changes. 3. Section 5.2.1, Island and Shore Frontage District – Amend Section 5.2.1 by deleting Section (b) in its entirety and replacing it with a new Section (b) requiring uses within 100 feet of the water bodies regulated by Section 5.2.1 (Lake Winnipesaukee, Saltmarsh Pond, Lily Pond, Poor Farm Brook, Meadow Brook, Jewett Brook, Gunstock River, and any other year-round brook) to be subject to the provisions of the Aquifer Protection District as specified in Article 19 whereas they are currently prohibited altogether on lots abutting or within 100 feet of the subject waters; by deleting Section (c)(1) and Section (c)(3) which regulate natural vegetation and erosion along these water bodies, to allow natural vegetation and erosion to be governed by the provisions of Article 19, Aquifer Protection District; and making other related changes. 4. Article 7, Off-Street Parking – Amend the minimum parking requirements for many land uses to reduce the amount of parking required in most cases and to increase it in other cases; add a new Section to create parking requirements for Boat Storage facilities; and to make other related changes. The exact text of the proposed changes may be inspected at the Department of Planning and Land Use (DPLU) and the Town Clerk’s office in the Gilford Town Hall at 47 Cherry Valley Road, Gilford, New Hampshire. DPLU is open Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The Town Clerk’s office is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday, and until 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays. You may contact the Department of Planning and Land Use by calling (603) 527-4727.

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from preceding page homicide and the reckless conduct charges. On the reckless conduct charge he was sentenced to 31⁄2 to seven years in prison, suspended upon good behavior and compliance with all terms of the court’s order. The suspended sentence may be imposed after a hearing brought by the state within 10 years upon his release. On the second charge of reckless conduct, Andrews was sentenced to 31⁄2 to seven years. The sentence is to be served concurrent with the attempted homicide charge. He was also barred from having any contact with Tanja Beaupre or Tammy Martel or their families. Public Defender John Bresaw represented Andrews. Before being sentenced Andrews was being held at the Belknap County Jail in lieu of $500,000 cash bail. According to the police affidavit filed in Laconia District Court following his arrest, Andrews had written a suicide letter during the morning of the incident and gave it to the his girlfriend’s aunt who was at the residence of 365 South Main St., Apt. 1. The aunt gave the note to the girlfriend shortly after

9 a.m. About an hour later Andrews came to the residence armed with a rifle. Andrews had apparently entered the house where the shooting incident occurred and pointed the rifle at the girlfriend’s face and said, “Give me my daughter, she is going to the next world with me.” When Andrews fired the rifle, one bullet was deflected into the ceiling when the girlfriend pushed the rifle away and the other bullet went through the door where his girlfriend had just entered, pierced the exterior wall of the house and entered into the next-door neighbor’s house. Police were dispatched to the South Main Street apartment after receiving a 9-1-1 call from the girlfriend who claimed Andrews had fired a gun and fled the scene. Officers in Belmont apprehended Andrews a short time later without incident. Police identified the as weapon as a 7.62 x 54 cal. bolt-action Mosin-Nagant, a Russian military rifle used during World War I and World War II. Police obtained a search warrant of Andrews’ vehicle and recovered the rifle.

WARD BIRD from page one unlikely to raise the $990,000 needed to buy what was described as a “unique parcel of land with spectacular views....” But what she didn’t know was she was walking blindly into a powder keg and would soon become one of the prevailing winds in the perfect storm of a family dispute. What happened to Harris that day she inadvertently crossed paths with Ward Bird of 206 Yukon Trail has already become an oft-told tale that may someday become the stuff of New Hampshire legend. But why Bird may have reacted to her presence the way he did is the stuff of police reports and court orders. Bird is married to Virginia Viano — one of 12 children who inherited somewhat equal shares of a family estate just east of Rte. 109. Virginia and Ward Bird’s share at 204 Yukon Trail abutted her brother Christopher and his wife Patricia Davis-Viano’s share at 203 Yukon Trail. When Christopher died, she inherited his parcel. At some point in late 2005, Davis-Viano decided she wanted to sell her share and contacted Ed

Marudzinski of Maxfield Real Estate, who initially pegged the selling price at $1 million. In a voluntary statement made to Moultonborough Police much later, in 2008, Marudzinski said DavisViano knew the Bird’s held a right of first refusal on any sale of her property but “felt that they did not have the financial ability to purchase the property.” Marudzinski said he made the report in April of 2008 because by then he had an offer on the property for $599,000 and was afraid to notify Bird of his right to match the offer. Marudzinski said in his first contact with DavisViano, in 2005, she was very secretive and “didn’t want anyone to know she was looking into selling the property.” He said he told her there was little chance of keeping her listing secret because of the “gossip mill” in the small community. He said it was in their next conversation that she told him the Birds had learned about her wish to sell. He said she told him “Ward had become very see next page

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LACONIA — After making do with temporary quarters for the past year, the Lakes Region Boys and Girls Club is looking forward to settling into its new home at the corner of Fair Street and Water Street. Last week the Planning Board approved the club’s plan to reconfigure the lot and renovate the building that has long housed The Citizen newspaper. Dave Parker, executive director of the club, said that the organization has entered a purchase and sale agreement to purchase the 1.6-acre lot and building, encompassing some than 16,000 square feet, from a limited liability company owned by the Robert Foster family of Dover, former publishers of The Citizen newspaper. Parker said that the club will occupy the one-story building along Water Street while the adjoining twostory section, which recently served as a temporary home to the Laconia District Court, will be offered for lease. The club will renovate approximately 10,200 square feet to accommodate a computer center, art studio and office space as well as a multi-purpose

room, which will double as gymnasium, and teen center. Parker said that the teen center will include television and games rooms along with a cafe and kitchen. Space will be set aside for meetings and educational programs. Parker said the entrance to the building, sheltered by a covered walkway, will face Water Street, enabling buses to easily bring children to the club. Outside, the club plans to shrink the paved area of the lot from 20,000 square feet to 8,000 square feet, adding the difference to the lawn, which will serve as outdoor play space. There will be parking for 16 vehicles and three buses. Planning Director Shanna Saunders said that she was especially impressed with the proposed stormwater treatment system for the site, which fronts on the Winnipesaukee River. Parker said that arrangements to finance the acquisition of the property are underway while a campaign to raise the funds required to renovate the space was ongoing. He said that the income from leasing the adjoining office space would be especially welcome at a time when when non-profit organizations are challenged to raise funds.

from preceding page angry and a family dispute occurred where the local police became involved.” That first salvo was fired on Nov. 17, 2005. According to Moultonborough Police records made available by the Carroll County Attorney’s Office after The Daily Sun filed a request under the RightTo-Know law, Master Patrol Officer Wayne Black was dispatched to Bird’s home at 5:27 p.m. The dispatcher said Bird had been in an altercation with Stephen Viano of 205 Yukon Trail and reported that Viano may have fired a gun at him. Black and Cpl. Peter Beede responded and met Bird in his driveway. Bird told him Viano was drunk and had called him on his cell phone about some wood the two men co-owned. Bird told the police he was having his property surveyed because he knew Davis-Viano was trying to sell her land. Shortly after getting the phone call

from Viano, he said he pulled up to his gate and saw the orange markers allegedly used by his surveyors in a small pile and zip-tied to the gate. As he got out of his truck, he told police DavisViano and Stephen Viano (now romantically involved and living together at Stephen’s home on 205 Yukon Trail) pulled up behind him in their truck. As Bird got out of his truck he said Davis-Viano came up to him and “was right in his face arguing with him.” Bird said he told her to back away but she refused. At some point, Bird said he saw what he thought was the butt of a gun in Stephen Viano’s pocket and decided to leave. He said he told Davis-Viano again to back away but she refused. Bird took off at a “high rate of speed” and later told police he thought he heard a gunshot. “’Is that what I though that was?’” Bird recalled saying to Stephen Viano as he stopped in his drivesee next page


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from preceding page way and leaned out of his car. Getting no response he said he headed up his driveway. Davis-Viano and Stephen Viano allegedly followed him for a bit but turned back. When he got into his house Bird said he recieved a number of cell phone messages from Stephen Viano and called the police. He allowed Black to listen to his messages. Black’s report said Stephen Viano left messages yelling at Bird and saying Bird had to pay for injuries he allegedly caused to Davis-Viano when he drove away while her arm was in his truck door. Police interviewed Davis-Viano and Stephen Viano at his home. Black’s report said Davis-Viano’s arm was scratched and bruised but both “adamantly denied having a gun or firing a gun.” “’If I had shot at Locky (Bird’s nickname), I would have hit him,’” Black recounts Stephen Viano saying. After police canvassed the neighborhood and learned nobody heard a gunshot and, assisted by the N.H. Department of Fish and Game and a metal detector, searched but didn’t find the alleged bullet, police concluded no charges could be brought forward against anyone because nothing could be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Both Davis-Viano and Stephen Viano said the sale of her property was at the heart of the argument. “This was not about Steve. He had nothing to do with this,” wrote DavisViano in her statement. “This was Ward and myself arguing about me selling and logging my property.” At some point after the altercation, Bird applied for and was granted a temporary restraining order against Davis-Viano and Stephen Viano that became final in May of 2006, two month after Bird’s now infamous run-in with Harris. On Nov. 29, Black responded to a second complaint from Bird about gunshots being fired from Stephen Viano’s property. His report said it was probably fireworks but indicated

there may be some level of intimidation against the Birds and he would investigate. Black said, “they (Stephen Viano and Davis-Diano) didn’t admit to shooting off any fireworks but didn’t deny it either.” He said he told Stephen Viano and Davis-Viano not to do anything in the future that could possibly violate the restraining order Bird had against them. Throughout the winter, real estate agent Marudzinski continued listing the property. He told police he had agreed with Stephen Viano and DavisViano that he would accompany all potential buyers, mostly to “weed out the tire-kickers.” He also told police he believed Harris to be a business woman with the means to buy the property and, after learning of her encounter with Bird, said he thought Bird “purposely acted this way to scare off his client.” In his statements to police, Marudzinski also said there were three occasions when Bird had called the real estate office and spoken to the associate brokers advising them the agency was “misrepresenting” the property to potential buyers. He also detailed two accounts of Bird stopping by the Center Harbor office to “question” them about the property. Marudzinski said it was after he got the listing that “Keep Out Private Property” signs appeared on the private roadways (Emerson Path and Yukon Trail) leading to the Viano heirs’ property. He said there was often a braided cable strung about four-feet high across the entrance to Bird’s property. He also said the Bird’s forced Stephen Viano to relocate the entrance to his property and entered a civil suit to force Davis-Viano to move her gate to another location. And that’s when Harris’ made the surprise visit that ultimately cost Ward Bird his freedom for what could be as many as three years. Both Harris and Bird agreed she see next page

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from preceding page spoke to Bird’s niece, who lives on nearby Ossipee Mountain Road, to get directions to the Davis-Viano property. Both agreed that the niece told Harris if she reached a certain point after the fork in the road she was on the wrong property. Harris contends that, as she drove up to the house, a screaming Bird waved a gun at her and profanely ordered her to leave his property. Bird, who didn’t take the stand at his trial, has said that he was wearing the gun in a back holster and only removed it to check the safety and remove the clip before he reentered his house. The initial police report was taken at 5:24 p.m. by then Cpl. and now Chief Thomas Dawson. In his affidavit to support an arrest warrant for reckless conduct he described Harris as “very upset and crying” when she entered the Moultonborough Police Station immediately after her encounter with Bird. “Before I got out of the car to see if this was the right place I heard screaming before I actually saw the man [undecipherable] gun around and screaming at me to get the “F” off his property still screaming so loud you couldn’t understand him,” wrote Harris about 20 minutes after she left the Bird property. “He kept swearing and I was trying to ask if he was Steven (Viano) and he didn’t answer and just [undecipherable] waveing [sic] the gun around and pointing it toward where I and the car was. I just got back in my car and said to myself ‘what an ass’ and he went to almost jump off the porch at me with the gun...” she wrote, printing her statement in block letters. After taking Harris’s statement, Dawson drove to Bird’s house arriving at 5:53 p.m. He said Bird told him he was “upset that the woman had trespassed after being told the correct directions to Viano’s property.” “Bird told Cpl. Dawson that he believed that the woman was up to no good,” wrote Chief Scott Kinmond in his affidavit to support Bird’s arrest. “Corporal Dawson then told Bird that the woman was merely lost and that waiving [sic] a gun in a reckless manner was no way to ask somebody to leave your property,” continued Kinmond. “Bird then told Corporal Dawson that he over reacted and that he owed Harris an apology,” Kinmond said, adding that because Bird was recovering from surgery Dawson waited until March 29, or the next day, to get his written statement. Kinmond also noted that Bird’s statements on the day of the encounter and the day he gave his written statement were “very inconsistent.” “On the day of the interview, Bird was remorseful and stated he would take what ever he had coming his way. He was apologetic and even admitted to

over reacting, wrote Kinmond. Bird’s niece, the woman who gave Harris directions to Bird’s house, said in her written statement that she told Harris if she “saw any job trailers that she [undecipherable] the wrong way.” “She was looking to buy property. I phoned Ward and Ginny and warned them the woman might show up on there [sic] property...” wrote Laura Heald-Keyser the evening of the encounter. On the next day, Bird’s version had changed. He reiterated he was recovering from surgery following an accident and was on medication. “I have been under extreme stress,” he wrote, adding his discomfort meant he was not comfortable around strangers. He said he was unconforatable because Harris had driven “past five signs stating ‘No Trespassing’ ‘Keep Out’ ‘Private Property’ etc.” “I did not know if she could understand English or Spanish. I did not know what her actual intent was. I did not know if she was ‘scoping’ out my property to steal from me. Also, the evening before, my wife had apparently spoken to this woman on the telephone and made it very clear that we did not have any real estate for sale,” Bird wrote. He said his niece “made it very clear” not to drive onto his property. Bird said Harris “deliberately trespassed,” and drove past “five very clear, bright red signs, also having the telephone numbers to the real estate she was looking for, and having directions from my niece.” He said he repeatedly asked her to leave, eventually losing his patience and using profanity. He said Harris got into her truck and mouthed the words “(expletive) you” to him. “I said ‘Don’t you tell me to (expletive), You on my own property,’” Bird wrote, adding that even though Harris’s windows were closed “she must have heard me because she rolled down her window and said that she did not say that.” see next page



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GUNSTOCK from page one lons. From the reservoir, pumps able to move 4,000 gallons a minute, drive the water some 3,750 feet through a 12-inch pipe, which empties into the pond near the lodge. From the pond a pair of 150 horsepower pumps deliver the water to an arsenal of highly efficient snow guns. Goddard said that the system can bring 6,000 gallons per minute to the mountain compared to 3,600 gallons per minute in the past. He explained that the system was designed to provide enough snowmaking capacity to open 80-percent of the trails by the week of Christmas vacation in an average year. “We averaged the weather conditions for the past 10 years,” he said, “and designed the system for the average.” With greater snowmaking capacity, Goddard said

that “we can put all the big firepower on the most popular trails all at the same time instead of doing one trail after another. We can make as much snow as we made in the past, but in a more compressed period of time. We’re getting it done faster,” he said. Goddard estimated that Gunstock would make snow between 60 and 70 days this season, compared to between 90 and 100 days in the past. By producing more snow with less electricity, he projected operating costs would be trimmed by $30,000 or $40,000 a year. “We’re more efficient,” he remarked, explaining that efficiency is measured in “dollars per acre foot” of snow. The new system, he said, would reduce the cost of a foot of snow per acre to between $230 and $250, which represents about 40-percent of past costs. “And,” said Goddard, “we will have more snow in more places.”

from preceding page He said he turned to reenter his house and believes Harris saw the .45 caliber Sig Sauer tucked in his back. “She exited my property in an unhurried manner,” he wrote. “I did not at any time point it in an unsafe direction, and it was not shown at any time during our exchange, until I turned to enter my home,” he continued. “I always carry a gun on my person. I have a permit to carry a concealed firearm and fully understand my rights as a citizen and a homeowner, and the responsibilities that go with those rights,” he said. Bird wrote that when Dawson arrived the night of the encounter he assumed he was there to take his complaint about Harris trespassing on his property — not to ask him about waving a gun.

He was charged with one count of reckless conduct. His first trial entered in a mistrial. Bird was then indicted for criminal threatening and was found guilty in 2008. Remaining free on bail, Bird appealed his conviction to the N.H. Supreme Court that unanimously upheld his conviction. The family feud continued until Davis-Viano moved and the property was finally sold. In the time between Bird’s encounter with Harris and 2008, police responded to calls involving him and other family members in April of 2006; May 15 , 2006; May 17, 2006; Oct. 25, 2006; Oct. 25, 2006; July 9, 2007 and March 3, 2008. According to Dawson and to the best of his knowledge, there have been no incidents between Bird and the new owners.

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Angels assist County Nursing Home Educational Theatre Collaborative Children’s Arts Festival invites kids to “Never Never Land”at PSU January 15

LACONIA — A number of “angels” from the local community recently showed support for the Belknap County Nursing Home’s annual Holiday Fair. In addition to local businesses donating raffle items, baked goods were provided by the Lakes Region Community College Hospitality Program, the Huot Technical Center Culinary Arts Program, and the Women’s Relief Society from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. All proceeds from the event benefit the Resident Activities Fund, enabling the staff to take residents on outings, hire local musical talent, purchase supplies, and hold in-house events.

PLYMOUTH — Children in grades K — 6 are invited to take a trip to “Never Never Land” while participating in the annual Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC) Children’s Arts Festival to be held at PSU’s Silver Center for the Arts from 8:30 a.m. — 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 15. This special event offers an opportunity for children to learn different aspects of the arts — music, dance, theatre, visual, and language arts — while experiencing the themes of the current production, “Peter Pan.” According to ETC co-producer and festival coordinator Robb Dimmick, themes such as magic, family, flight, and pirates will provide a common thread throughout the production and related activities. Six fun-filled workshops will include “I’m Flying,” led by Tara Holmes, in which kids will dance as if they are flying with Peter Pan, Wendy, John and Michael; “Be a Pirate,” led by

Four-year-old Alyssa Flanders holds one of five blueberry pies baked by her grandmother, Hilda Campbell, and donated by The Church of Jesus Christ of LatterDay Saints. (Courtesy photo)

Fifth cousin of St. André Bessette to sing at Christmas morning mass in Laconia LACONIA — Maria Zeckhausen, daughter-in-law of Bill and Barbara Zeckhausen of Laconia, will be singing at the 9 a.m. Christmas morning Mass at Andre Bessette Parish, at Sacred Heart Church, 241 Union Avenue. Maria and her husband David, who grew up in Laconia, live in Maplewood, NJ, but recently returned from Rome where 12 members of her family went with the Congregation of Holy Cross pilgrimage to the canonization of St. André Bessette. Saint André is Maria Zeckhausen’s fifth cousin. Her grandmother, met with him in Montreal, and he was a prominent figure in the family during and even after his life. Her grandparents came from Quebec. Zeckhausen said that even during the Depression her family sent money

to St. Joseph’s Oratory in support of his work. The notice of his death, in French, was framed on their wall, and people felt at that time because of his healing reputation that he might become a saint. In 1937, when he died, a million people filed past his casket. Zeckhausen was interested to learn that parishioners voted to name their newly merged parish Saint André Bessette. Because of this coincidence, arrangements were made for her to participate in the Christmas service. Bill Zeckhausen will join her, playing the trumpet. Maria Zeckhausen brought some artifacts from Rome: ticket and booklets from the canonization ceremony, the mass of celebration and a book about Saint Andre for the church in Laconia.

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Town of Gilmanton, New Hampshire, Planning Board PO BOX 550, Gilmanton, New Hampshire 03237 603.267.6700 PUBLIC NOTICE 2011 PROPOSED ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENTS PUBLIC HEARING THURSDAY- JANUARY 06, 2011 - Beginning @ 6:00 PM Academy Building, 503 Province Road, Gilmanton, NH

Pursuant to NH RSA 674:16 I – the following amendments are for the purpose of promoting the health, safety, or the general welfare of the community, the local legislative body of any city, town, or county in which there are located unincorporated towns or unorganized places is authorized to adopt or amend a zoning ordinance under the ordinance enactment procedures of NH RSA 675:2-5. 1. “To see if the Town will vote to Amend the Definition of Multi-Family in Article XVI to change the maximum number of number of families from 4 to 5.” 2. “To see if the Town will vote to Amend Article VI Manufactured Housing, Section D1, Storage and Use of Recreational Vehicles to clarify that the storage is only allowed at a primary residence or at a property abutting a primary residence.” 3. “To see if the Town will vote to Amend Article III,B – Fire Ruined Buildings by allowing the Board of Selectmen to grant extensions.” 4. “To see if the Town will vote to Amend Article VIII, Administration, Enforcement and Penalty, Section A to clarify that the enforcement duty shall be by the Board of Selectmen or its designee. 5. “To see if the Town will vote to Amend Article III by adding a new comprehensive Groundwater and Wellhead Protection Overlay Zone.” 6. “To see if the Town will vote to Amend Article VII, Non-conforming Uses, Lots and Structures, Sections B2 and B4 by clarifying that changes to the non-conforming structure that may be accomplished within the existing setbacks, are permitted. 7. “To see if the Town will vote to Delete the existing definition of “Structure” in Article XVI and replace with a new definition.” 8. “To see if the Town will vote to Amend Article XVI by adding a new definition for ‘Deck’.” 9. “To see if the Town will vote to Amend Article VIII, Administration, Enforcement and Penalty, Section A, by clarifying that it is the Board of Selectmen or their designee, has the authority to enforce the zoning ordinance decisions of the Historic District Commission.” 10. “To see if the Town will vote to Amend Article VII, Paragraph C, Non-Conforming Lots, Paragraph 2, to clarify that the existing requirement to obtain a state approved septic system design must be met prior to the issuance of a building permit by the Town and that only minimal frontage is needed on a Class V road in order to build on it.” 11. “To see if the Town will vote to Amend Article IX, Board of Adjustment, Paragraph C by deleting paragraph 2 relating to the expiration of variances.” Full text of the proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendments will be on file December 23, 2010, at the Gilmanton Town Clerks Office located at the Academy Building, Gilmanton Corners Post Office, Gilmanton Corners Library, Gilmanton Iron Works Post Office, Gilmanton Library, and on line at 12) Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment #12 as proposed by Petition of the voters of this town: To amend Article IX, Board of Adjustment paragraph C, Variances by deleting paragraph 2, as it relates to the expiration of variances, in its entirety? 13) Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment #13 as proposed by Petition of the voters of this town: To Amend Article III, General Provisions Applicable to all Districts, by adding a new section O. Biosolids, which would prohibit the stockpiling or landspreading of municipal sewerage sludge, “biosolids” Class A and B, with the exception that Class A sludge, sold in bags for home gardening use, would be allowed. Nancy Girard, Planning Board Chair

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Ledger “Pal” V. Parent, 80 BELMONT — Ledger “Pal” V. Parent, 80, of 52 Concord Street died at his home on Tuesday, December 21, 2010. Ledger was born July 24, 1930 in Belmont, N.H., the son of Ledger J. and Celina (Monreau) Parent. Mr. Parent served in the U.S. Army. He was a lifelong resident of Belmont and was owner of Parent Brothers Construction/Sand and Gravel for over fifty years. He would work from sunrise to sunset. Ledger was a communicant of St. Joseph Parish. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans and the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Ledger loved people and the Lakes Region and enjoyed hunting and fishing with his brothers. Survivors include caregivers for many years, his loving sister, Malvina “Mal” Cherrette, and a grandnephew, Robert Lord, both of Belmont; two nephews, John Monroe of Center Barnstead and Vaughn Monroe of Gilford; two nieces, Roberta Hackett of Arizona and Vivian Higgins of Florida and several grandnephews, grandnieces and cousins In addition to his parents, Ledger was predeceased by his three

brothers, Oliver “Nate” R. Parent, Henry “Pete” E. Parent and Harry J. Parent; a sister, Blanche Monroe; a nephew, Norman Lord and his wife, Linda Matthews Lord. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, December 23, 2010 from 3:00-6:00PM in the Carriage House of the WilkinsonBeane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, December 24, 2010 at 10:00 AM at St. Joseph Parish, 96 Main Street, Belmont, N.H. Ledger will be laid to rest in the spring with his parents and siblings in the family lot in South Road Cemetery, Belmont. For those who wish, the family suggests that in lieu of flowers memorial donations be made to Community Health & Hospice, Inc., 780 North Main Street, Laconia, N.H. 03246 Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N. H. is in charge of the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to

Artistic Roots, cooperative gallery and teaching center, announces winter classes and scholarships PLYMOUTH — Artistic Roots, a not-for-profit cooperative owned and operated by professional artists and artisans, is offering winter classes, scholarships, and a new Community Art Project. “The regular class schedule will be kicked off in early January and runs through March,” announced Cheryl Johnson, Artistic Root’s newly-hired executive director. “For the first time, we are offering scholarships for our already affordable classes.”

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from preceding page Vermont watercolorist, will return for another allday workshop – Painting Vibrant Florals. Fiber artists will also be able to expand their skills. Donna Castor will teach two workshops: Let The Sewing Begin and Making Friends with Your Serger. Knitters will enjoy making Earflap Hats with Jennifer Mattrick, and Heather Baldwin will introduce newcomers to needle felting three dimensional figures. Lynn Haust will present another in her series of kiln-fired glass jewelry workshops — Glass Fusing II. Melissa Greenawalt-Yelle will help beginners choose and use their digital cameras in Digital Photography Bootcamp. Finally, students can learn the skill of Handbuilding Pottery with Joyce Bouley at

her Campton studio. This winter’s Community Art Project series includes Knitting for Children, Revitalize Your Sewing Machine, Getting Started with Watercolor, Digital Photography Basics, Intro to Needle Felting, Surface Design on Fabrics, and Building Websites for Artists. “An important component of Artistic Root’s nonprofit mission is to bring together artists and the community through workshops and classes,” said Johnson. “The Community Art Project — a series of free classes for kids and adults taught by our members — fulfills that mission.” For more information, call 536-2750 or visit www.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). You are generous with your attention, and you’ll give it to the deserving and undeserving alike. You don’t see it that way, of course. You see everyone as deserving. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You love someone, but you don’t love what he or she is doing presently. Luckily, you’re able to separate the person from the action. You give your understanding and love but not your approval. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Be proud of your blisters and scars. They prove you got into the work of life and risked injury for what you wanted, and now you have the souvenirs to show for it. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Don’t feel that you must figure something out with your downtime. You’ll be happier if you use that time to do nothing at all. Today, there’s no decision so urgent that you can’t make it tomorrow. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You’re not in an overly competitive mood. Yet, you’ll get more accomplished when there’s someone as fast paced as you in your vicinity to keep up with. It’s human nature at work. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You’ll save a situation at work with your quick thinking and spirit of collaboration. The way you unite people is heartening. You remind everyone that we are in this together. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). There is a part of your life that needs healing. You wish someone could wave a magic wand over it so it would be done already. It turns out, you have all the magic you need. You just need to concentrate it.

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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Thursday, Dec. 23, the 357th day of 2010; with 8 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 23, 1968, 82 crew members of the U.S. intelligence ship Pueblo were released by North Korea, 11 months after they had been captured. On this date: In 1783, George Washington resigned as commander in chief of the Continental Army and retired to his home at Mount Vernon, Va. In 1788, Maryland passed an act to cede an area “not exceeding 10 miles square” for the seat of the national government; about 2/3 of the area became the District of Columbia. In 1823, the poem “Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas” was published anonymously in the Troy (N.Y.) Sentinel; the verse, more popularly known as “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” was later attributed to Clement C. Moore. In 1893, the Engelbert Humperdinck opera “Haensel und Gretel” was first performed, in Weimar, Germany. In 1928, the National Broadcasting Company set up a permanent, coast-to-coast network. In 1941, during World War II, American forces on Wake Island surrendered to the Japanese. In 1948, former Japanese premier Hideki Tojo and six other Japanese war leaders were executed in Tokyo. In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson held an unprecedented meeting with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican. In 1975, Richard S. Welch, the Central Intelligence Agency station chief in Athens, was shot and killed outside his home by the militant group November 17. In 1980, a state funeral was held in Moscow for former Premier Alexei N. Kosygin, who had died Dec. 18 at age 76. One year ago: Richard and Mayumi Heene (HEE’-nee), the parents who’d pulled the “balloon boy” hoax in hopes of landing a reality TV show, were sentenced by a judge in Fort Collins, Colo. to jail — 90 days for him, 20 days for her. Today’s Birthdays: Actor Gerald S. O’Loughlin is 89. Actor Ronnie Schell is 79. Emperor Akihito of Japan is 77. Actor Frederic Forrest is 74. Actor James Stacy is 74. Rock musician Jorma Kaukonen is 70. Rock musician Ron Bushy is 69. Actor-comedian Harry Shearer is 67. Actress Susan Lucci is 64. Singer-musician Adrian Belew is 61. Rock musician Dave Murray (Iron Maiden) is 54. Actress Joan Severance is 52. Singer Terry Weeks is 47. Rock singer Eddie Vedder is 46. The first lady of France, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, is 43. Rock musician Jamie Murphy is 35. Jazz musician Irvin Mayfield is 33. Actress Estella Warren is 32. Actress Anna Maria Perez de Tagle is 20.




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CALENDAR TODAY’S EVENTS Al-Anon Meeting at the Congregational Church Parish House (18 Veterans Square) in Laconia. 8 to 9:15 p.m. each Thursday. Al-Anon offers hope and help to families of alcoholics. No dues or fees. All are welcome. Call 645-9518. Affordable Health Care at Laconia Family Planning and Prenatal. 4 to 6 p.m. at 121 Belmont Road (Rte. 106 South). 524-5453. GYN and reproductive services. STD/ HIV testing. Sliding fee scale. Weight Watchers meeting. 6:30 p.m. at the Center Harbor Christian Church. “Penguins on Parade” at the Goss Reading Room at 188 Elm Street in Lakeport (Laconia). Noon to 5 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday in December. Kirk Dougal’s collection of penguins includes brass, wood, ceramic, stuffed, great and small. Each young reader who visit the exhibit will receive a penguin gift, while supplies last. 524-7683. Knotty Knitters gathering at the Meredith Public Library. 10 a.m. to noon. All levels of experience are welcome.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 24 Choral music offered by the Congregational Church of Sanbornton. 7 p.m. Christmas Eve service. Both Junior and Senior Choirs will perform under the direction of Minister of Music Dennis Akerman.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 25 Traditional free Christmas Day Dinner served at the First United Methodist Church in Gilford. Noon fellowship — punch, appetizers and carols — followed by dinner at 1. Roast ham with all the fixings. Call Mac Keysar at 5246190 to make reservations.

Student poetry on display at Squam Lakes Science Center HOLDERNESS — Thanks to the Creative Writing students from Plymouth Regional High School, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is sharing a unique perspective on the experiences visitors can enjoy at this local natural science center — poetry. Coordinated by Kate Donahue, Creative Writing instructor at PRHS, and Amy Yeakel, Education Program director at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, PRHS students were charged with the mission of writing “single moment poems” that capture the “essence” of an exhibit, a trail experience, or an observation about the natural environment. Students also had to represent their poems visually, and worked with the art and digital photography teachers at PRHS, using their input for artistic representation and display. PRHS art instructor Mary Donovan accompanied the Creative Writing class on a field trip to the Center, which helped her to more effectively guide and advise students on their visual representations of their poems. The idea for this project has been long in the making, according to Donahue, who had the opportunity to work with Yeakel on an in-service observation that could potentially connect students at PRHS with “real world experiences” such as a “school-to-work” opportunity. Donahue has always been interested in the “Poetry along the Paths” at the Robert Frost Place in Franconia and wanted to afford a similar experience or opportunity for her students. The poems will be exhibited until mid-May 2011.

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Michael Kitch, Adam Drapcho, Gail Ober Reporters Elaine Hirshan, Office Manager Crystal Furnee, Jeanette Stewart Ad Sales Patty Johnson, Graphics Karin Nelson, Classifieds “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: 65 Water St., Laconia, NH 03246 Business Office 737-2020, Newsroom 737-2026, Fax: 527-0056 News E-mail: CIRCULATION: 17,000 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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Dear Annie: Our two children are married with families of their own. The siblings used to get along quite well, but over the past few years, they hardly speak to each other. I don’t know what happened. We threw ourselves an anniversary party, and our son refused to speak to anyone because we had missed his youngest son’s birthday celebration. The reason we didn’t attend was because our daughter had left her three little kids with us when she took a vacation. The kids were specifically not invited to the birthday party, so none of us could go. We explained this, but our son still feels we were in the wrong. Yet he rarely attends the birthday parties of his sister’s children. I am dreading the holidays. Our son usually spends Christmas Eve with us and the following day with his in-laws. Our daughter has invited us to spend Christmas Day with her. I’d love to have them together, but my son tends to say “no” to any family celebration. Do we ask these two couples point blank what is happening or just ignore it? -- Trying Not To Step on Toes Dear Trying: These are your children. Talk to them individually. Ask what is going on and how you can help resolve the issues. Don’t accuse either of them of behaving poorly. Focus only on what would make things better. Frankly, your son sounds as if he is looking for reasons to be angry with his sister. That means he is likely to become defensive and, consequently, resistant to any of your suggestions. If that is the case, there’s not much you can do. But you won’t get anywhere if you don’t try. We hope they will listen to their mother. Dear Annie: A few months ago, we invited newlyweds to visit us for a long weekend at our vacation home in Arizona. These are young friends in their early 30s. As a gift, we paid for their airline tickets and wined and dined them during their visit. We also gave them a wedding card with a signifi-

cant check. Three weeks after the visit, we received a two-line e-mail thanking us for the plane tickets and the wedding gift. That was it. No handwritten note. Not even a personal call. I’m appalled to think this is how young adults thank others for their generosity. Have they forgotten good manners? Can’t they be bothered to write a gracious note, put a stamp on the envelope and mail it? Or do they have no clue? -- Perplexed in Chicago Dear Perplexed: We’re going to go with door number three. They have no clue. Either they were never properly taught, or they don’t believe a handwritten note is necessary these days. At least you received a two-line e-mail. Some folks don’t get even that much. You were exceedingly generous to this young couple, and if you don’t feel it was sufficiently appreciated, you are under no obligation to be so magnanimous in the future. But it also wouldn’t hurt to casually mention that, based on their brief response, you weren’t sure they enjoyed the visit. Dear Annie: I read the letter from “Crowded by the Ex” and agree that it seems many exes are not letting go, passiveaggressively attempting to crowd out the most recent wife. My husband was divorced 46 years ago, and we’ve been married for 18 years. Early in our marriage, his ex could not wait to become part of our family, frequently showing up at our house unexpectedly to “see how we were doing,” bringing gifts, etc. Mind you, their now 50-year-old son lived in a distant city. But we got even. On one occasion when all of us were present, we were approached by a woman who knew the ex, but not us. My husband introduced me as his wife, whereupon the woman turned to the ex and said, “Oh, Judy, so THIS is your son!” -- Shook Her Loose

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



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BEAUTIFUL puppies, red mini poodles and pomapoos. Sire is champ background. Good price. Happy, healthy, home raised. 253-6373

ALEXANDRIA Rooms for rent, quiet country setting, large bedrooms and use of family room and kitchen, large backyard, beautiful open space, everything included (cable, Internet), built and designed for easier living. Please call Randy 744-6787 or 707-7295

CONDO in Lake Winnipesaukee/ Laconia area: Nice condition Studio unit, Fully furnished, lake views, utilities + cable & Internet included, $500/month. Available immediately. Call 860-558-3052.

ROTTWEILER Pups, AKC, tails, shots done, parents on premises, $700 to $950. 267-7186.

Autos 2 1999 Dodge utility vans, low miles, run great $3,000 for both Call Scott. 786-9955. 2008 Dodge Caravan- Showroom condition under, 6,000 miles. Asking $13,500. Can be seen at 72 Stark St. Laconia. Call 630-9901 Linda or 387-2276 Garey ABLE to pay cash, cars average $250, trucks full-size $2300, truck batteries $6 each, alloy $7 each, in Epping we have scale, $1/ lb. for coded Copper wire, $2.65/ lb. for copper pipe. (603)502-6438 BUYING junk cars and trucks ME & NH. Call for price. Martin Towing. (603)305-4504. CASH FOR junk cars & trucks.

Top Dollar Paid. Available 7 days a week. 630-3606 CASH paid for unwanted or junk cars and trucks. Same day service possible. 603-231-2859. 01 Subaru Limited Outback Wagon. Loaded, heated seats, winter package, dual sun roof. Great condition, 127K, $6,000/obo. 630-1950 Plow truck for yard use Runs good. $1,100. 630-0957

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

ALTON/GILFORD Town Line: 2-Bedroom house, $200/week +utilities; Studio, $200/week, includes utilities, cable/internet.. Lake/Beach access. 365-0799. APARTMENTS, mobile homes. If you need a rental at a fair price, call DRM Corp. Over 40 years in rentals, 524-0348 or visit M-W-F, 12-5, at 373 Court Street, Laconia.

BELMONT 1 Bedroom Unit Washer/Dryer Hookup. $600/Month 2 Bedroom Unit Washer/Dryer Hookup $700/Month

LACONIA 1 Bedroom units starting at $600/Month CALL 267-8023 GC ENTERPRISES PMC NO PETS BELMONT 2 Bedroom manufatured home on 1/2 acre. Town water and sewer, newly renovated and energy efficient. Nice location. FOR LEASE: $1,000 a month FOR SALE: Call for details Call 267-8023 GC Enterprises Property Mgt. BELMONT, NH - $699.00 a month. 2 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, W&D hookup, single wide mobile home with yard for rent. Close to school. Call Fairlane Homes at 800-325-5566 for more informa-

GILFORD 5 rooms, 2 bedrooms, 1-1/2 baths, attached one car garage, excellent condition, $1200/ month plus utilities, contact Debbie at Roche Realty 603-279-7046 or 603-520-7769. GILFORD At Glendale Docks: 3-Bedroom, 2 story, porch, appliances, wood floors. Year-round. No dogs. $900/month. 401-741-4837. GILFORD one bedroom apartment over country store. $750/month everything included. Contact Sara Mon.-Fri. 6:00am2:00pm for appointment 293-8400 or leave a message after 2pm. at 455-0461. GILFORD-LACONIA New home 4 New year. Efficiency for rent. Includes all utilities, cable WiFi, furnished. Rent $140/week or $500/ month. 528-8030 GILFORD: 3 bedroom apt, 2 bedroom apt., one bedroom cottage available including electricity, hotwater from $175/week, heat negotiable, pets considered. Security + references. 556-7098 or 832-3334. GILMANTON LARGE 2 bedroom Apartment. Easy commute, pets negotiable. $950/Month. 630-6812 Laconia 2 bedroom apartment. Heat included. Garage parking, no smokers/dogs, near downtown and hospital. Deposit, references. $750/Month. Call 724-1985 LACONIA 3 bedroom, $240 per week plus utilities, security deposit, Pets OK, references. 630-3126 LACONIA Efficiency first floor, with private entrance, quiet area in good location, $650/ month includes utilities, security deposit and references required,

For Rent LACONIA HEAT, HOT WATER & ELECTRIC INCLUDED 1 Bedroom $750 Mo. 1 Room Efficiency $450/Mo. Call 267-8023 GC Enterprises Property Management LACONIA In-town, 2-Bedroom, finished basement. $750 plus utilities, first and security. No smoking, available now. 528-2292 LACONIA One bedroom, heat included, $695/ month, cute and clean, large livingroom, eat-in kitchen, extra storage room, parking for 2 cars. 455-5253. Laconia-Large 3-bedroom 1st floor apartment. $1000/Month. 1 month security deposit required/1 year lease. Available now. 603-524-3759 LACONIA-LARGE 1 bedroom apartment. $700/Month, newly painted, utilities not included. Available 12/15. References & security deposit required, 1 year lease. Off-street parking. 914-826-4591 603-524-3759 LACONIA-South Down, Golf Village: 3 bedroom 2 bath townhouse; Cathedral ceiling, gas heat, central air, gas fireplace, all appliances, washer & dryer, beach, trails, tennis and all SD amenities. No smoking, no pets. Snow removal & lawn care included. $1,200 Month. Garage available. 603-387-2954 LACONIA: 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom in duplex building, 1st & 2nd floors plus access to attic and basement with laundry hook-ups, $1,100/month plus utilities, 524-1234. LACONIA: 1 bedroom, 2nd floor, $210/week including heat, electric & hot water. 524-1234. LACONIA: 3 bedroom, 2nd floor. Separate entrance, coin-op laundry in basement. $265/week including heat, electric & hot water.

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LACONIA: 26 Dartmouth St. 1/2 of a Duplex; 7 Rooms, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath. Walkout Basement w/Laundry Hookups. Very clean, hardwood floors, private off street parking for 2 cars. Convenient to library, churches, downtown, Opechee Park & schools. Available immediately non-smoking. $1,000/month plus utilities. Owner/broker 396-4163

NEW Hampton - stunning quality! Immaculate 2+bedroom/ 2 bath exclusive Condo. $1195/ mo. Astonishing open stairwell extending up to the 3rd floor lighted by the skylight in the cathedral ceiling. Brazilian wood floors, W/D hook up. Less than 3 minutes from I-93. Call today 603-744-3551. NEFH...Come on Home!!

LACONIA: Close to downtown, 5 room 2-Bedroom, 1.5 baths, first floor, includes heat, 2-car parking, snow removal, landscaping, deck, washer/dryer. $210/week. 4-week security deposit, first week in advance, references and credit check a must. No pets. Leave message for Bob, 781-283-0783 LACONIA: Gilbert Apartments. Efficiency, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments available. 524-4428. LACONIA: 2 bedroom, heat/hot water included. Private entrance. No smoking/pets. References and security. 524-0329. Lakeport-Lake view 4 room-2 bedroom 1 bath. Includes snow removal, trash removal & landscaping, 2-car off-street parking, washer/dryer, partial heat. No pets. $200/week. References & credit check a must. 1st week in advance & 4 week security deposit. Leave message for Bob. 781-283-0783. MEREDITH: 2-Bedroom House, 3/4 bath, washer/dryer hookup, oil FHW. $900/month. 279-8247, Jim. MEREDITH: In-town 1-bedroom, includes heat, $600/month. Parking w/plowing. No Smoking. No pets. Security deposit. 387-8356. MEREDITH: Large 2 Bedroom second floor. Main St, newly painted, off-street parking, no pets/smoking. First month and security, references required. $795 + heat/utilities. 603-630-2381. NORTHFIELD: 1 bedroom, 1st floor, separate entrance, coin-op laundry in basement. $195/week including heat, electric & hot water. 524-1234.

NORTHFIELD Are you tired of living in run down, dirty housing, then call us we have the absolute best, spotlessly clean and everything works. We include heat & hot water and all appliances, Townhouses & apartments, in Northfield one block from I-93 Call 630-3700 for affordable Clean living.

SPACIOUS 1 bedroom apartment, within walking distance to LRGH facilities. Heat/Hot Water, Washer/dryer hook-up, Private parking. NO SMOKERS OR PETS. References and security deposit required. $750/month. 279-1080 leave message.

TILTON- 3 Bedroom house, 2-car garage; near Exit 20. $1,500/Month + utilities & security. 626-5000

TILTON-REMODELED 1 bedroom apartment. 1/2 month rent free! Heat/Hot Water included. $660/Month. 603-393-9693 or 916-214-7733

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** LOCHMERE MEADOWS** Brand New Construction Tilton, NH Spacious 2, Bedroom Units 2 BR HC Accessible Units Available Heat & Hot Water Included in rent WD Hookups, Storage.. And much ,much, more!!! Income Restrictions Apply Rent based on 30% of Households Income Credit, Criminal, & Landlord Checks No Pets Allowed CONTACT US TODAY! 1-800-742-4686 The Hodges Companies 201 Loudon Road Concord, NH 03301

LRGH Nursery Guild makes holiday donations

Members of the LRGH Nursery Guild recently donated $500 worth of food to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry and $250 worth of diapers and baby wipes to the Carey House. Also contributed to the Carey House were a Christmas tree and decorations. LRGH Nursery Guild members include (front row) Joey Blake and Michelle Blake, (center) Daegan Boucher, and (back row) Denise Boucher, Laurie Samson, Cloe Boucher, Erin Gately, and Corey Gately. (Courtesy photo)

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7 foot plush sofa, like new, chocolate microfiber, scotchguard, $200. 267-0977

BED Orthopedic 10” thick pillowtop mattress & box, new in plastic cost $950, sell Queen $285, Full $260, King $395. 431-0999

ADVERTISING Sales for tourism publication, must have solid ad sales experience. Lakes Region, North Conway to Canadian Border. Commission only. Resume and references required. (603)356-7011.

SINGLE white male seeks single white female, 40-60. Please call 733-8387.

PRICE REDUCED 14,000 sf. retail/commercial building on 2.5 acres for sale or lease; Corner location; Ample parking, access & visibility on Rte 11, across from airport. MOVE YOUR BUSINESS HERE! Call (603) 430-4000 RETAIL Space for Lease: 450 square feet, $650/month plus utilities. Route 3, Tilton (539 Laconia Road). Located in building occupied by Northeast Metal Roofing and Fire and Stove Stove Shop, 630-2332.

For Sale 2008 Dodge Caravan- Showroom condition under, 6,000 miles. Asking $13,500. Can be seen at 72 Stark St. Laconia. Call 630-9901 Linda or 387-2276 Garey 4 TIRES: General Grabbers AW P235/75 R 15, $100. Generator: 3600 W. Craftsman with H/D Power Cord. $375. Tools: Automotive. Air Rachets, Tap & Die Set, etc. 934-2221

7.5 ft. Plow set up complete, off of 1987 Chevy Truck. Truck is included. $500. 630-0957 BRAND new 18.5 cu. ft. Frigidaire refrigerator $350, 150,000 btu master heater K1 with thermostat $75, toolbox fits small pickup $40. Tonneau cover fits small pickup $75, chrome rollbar with lights $50. 286-3174 Complete Hensley Towing Hitch with operating manual. 10,000 lb. capacity, good condition. $325. 603-524-8860 Diesel fuel tank with electric pump. $300. 630-0957 DRY firewood, 80% Red Oak, $275/ cord, delivered within 20 mile radius of Moultonborough. 236-6749. DRY firewood, all hardwood, cut and split 16” to 18” last winter, $265/ cord, $150/ half cord. John Peverly 528-2803 no calls after 8 pm please.

BEDROOM set brand new 6 pce solid cherry Sleigh bed, all dovetail sacrifice $750. 427-2001 HOT tub Mp3/ ipod dock, speakers, led lights, 5/6 person. All options with cover. New in wrapper. Cost $8200, sell $4200. Will deliver 235-5218. KITCHEN cabinets solid Maple with glazing never installed/ dovetail. Cost $7000, sell $1650. 235-1695. MEADOWBROOK Inner Circle Membership 2011 Season, cost $300, sell $150. Great Christmas present! Call 630-2440. NORDICTRACK Elliptical: $150. Call after 5pm. 524-2239. SEASONED Hardwood Cut, Split & Delivered $240/ cord. Call 603-534-8863.

Hodgman Quality Hip Waders. Size 9 Cushion insoles, fully guaranteed. New in box, never worn. $25. 677-6528

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

TEMPORARY/PART TIME The City of Laconia Parks and Recreation Department is seeking an individual to oversee the Community Center gym from December to May 2011. The attendant will be needed the following times: •Monday, Tuesday and Thursday-2:15 pm to 4:15 pm •Monday & Tuesday evenings - 6:45 pm to 10:00 pm

Rate: $7.28/hour Application forms may be obtained at the Parks & Recreation Office: 306 Union Avenue, Laconia, NH 03246, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am-4:30pm. EOE/ADA

is expanding due to record high sales & demand for more JCS tours! Average rep. pay $21/hr, PT. Day shift 8:15am-1:00pm. Night shift 4:15pm-9:00pm, Also full-time available. Must have good communication skills. Lots of fun, no experience needed. JCS is the industry leader, providing tours to Inn Season, Sterling, Tradewind, Windham, and FantaSea Resorts. 603-581-2741, Laconia. Ask for Carlos. Maintenance Person- Must have knowledge of light plumbing, remodeling, painting, light electrical & carpentry. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. and shovel snow. Customer service background helpful. Valid NH drivers license, vehicle with insurance and background check required. Must work Sundays. Fax resume to 603-366-4879 or e-mail to No calls please.


Roommate Wanted ADULT person to share house in Laconia. $140/wk. includes everything. Pets okay. Female preferred. 524-1976 BELMONT Female seeks roommate to share adorable house, clean 3-bedroom cape, $125 per week includes utilities,-laundryparking. Dog okay. Non-smoker please. 401-243-3237 SEEKING female roommate for Pleasant St. apartment. $450/month. Heat/Hot Water included. Call for details: 566-3831 SINGLE mom seeks female roommate to share expenses. Nice 2 bedroom apartment in Belmont. Kids not with me. Non-smoker, no pets, call 603-393-5998



FISHER used plow 7 ft. Complete hydraulics, lights, push rods. Off 1989 Chevy pickup. You haul away. $700. 536-2489



offer expires 12/31/10

MED-LIFT recliner, Brand new less than 6 mos. Cost $1600, sell for $800. 293-2026. Studio/ Platform Bed w/Mattress: T-$295, F-$350, Q-$400. Floor Sample Clearance on all Mattresses! Exceptional savings at Jeffs Discount Furniture & Bedding. Save Big! Route 3, Laconia, NH (across from Funspot), 603-366-4000.

Substitute positions available with Rural Transportation Program providing transit services for older adults in the Lakes Region including the greater Laconia, Meredith, Belmont, and Franklin areas. Flexible hours. Experience driving 18 passenger vehicle. New Hampshire commercial drivers license required (CDL-C) or (CDL-B) with passenger endorsement, DOT medical card and excellent driving record. Substitute positions may cover more than one area. Contact Kris Bregler, Assistant Director of Elder Services at 225-3295. Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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

Small Jobs Are My Speciality

Rick Drouin 520-5642 or 744-6277


Now Hiring

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


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

Help Wanted

All Trades Landscaping



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

Seeking highly motivated people to join my Pampered Chef team. High earning potential! Call

A Knotch Above Housekeeping. 10 years experience, references available. Residential, Commercial. 603-545-7268

Motorcycles Buy • Sell • Trade

(603)447-1198. Olson’s Moto

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WELDING SERVICES- No job too small. Mobile unit or at shop. 34 Meadowbrook Lane, Gilford. 603-293-0378

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Fed agency finds fractured oil line & flawed safety protocol caused Laconia plane crash By Michael Kitch THE LACONIA DAILY SUN

GILFORD — In a report issued this week the National Transportation Safety Board determined that a fractured oil line and flawed inspection protocol led to the crash of a private aircraft during Motorcycle Week last year, which took the life of the pilot. Stephen Cardelli, 50, of South Portland, Maine died when his single-engine Cessna 177RG struck trees about a mile from the end of the runway at Laconia Municipal Airport and crashed in the parking lot of the Margate Resort annex at 4:14 p.m. on June 13, just two minutes after taking off. The plane was flown to Laconia on May 31 to undergo an annual inspection before being purchased by Cardelli. After the accident, Dave Emerson of Emerson Aviation, one of two fixed-base operators at the airport, confirmed that his firm performed the inspection. It included inspections of the powerplant, propeller and controls as well as the overall condition of the aircraft and was completed

on Friday, June 12, the day before the accident. The plane was certified as airworthy by an authorized airframe and powerplant mechanic, who signed the airframe, propeller and engine logbooks. This week, the NTSB reported that “the oil cooler return line attach nipple was fractured and gouges were noted on the surface of the hose end socket caused by an inadvertent contact by a wrench slipping off of a nearby bolt or nut and striking the surface of the hose end socket.” The NTSB concluded that the probable cause of the accident was “a loss of engine power due to oil exhaustion from the fracture of the nipple for the engine oil cooler return line.” A month after the accident, investigators reported finding only approximately two ounces of oil in the engine oil system. Although both the engine and crankcase were fractured, there was no evidence of oil near either break. The oil filler cap was secure, but there was no oil on the dipstick. Although the oil sump and oil cooler were displaced by the impact, investigators found “no evidence of pre-impact oil loss on any of the

Celtics win streak hits 14 with 84-80 win over Philadelphia

BOSTON (AP) — Ray Allen scored 22 points, and Paul Pierce recovered after missing his first seven shots to score 11 in the second half and lead the Boston Celtics to their 14th straight victory, 84-80 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. Shaquille O’Neal had 13 points and nine rebounds, but he missed two free throws with 1:02 left and Boston nursing a two-point lead. Philadelphia had two chances to tie it, but Andre Iguodala slipped and turned the ball over the first time and then had his shot blocked by Kevin Garnett the next. Allen hit a pair of free throws with 5.6 seconds left to ice it. Elton Brand had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday scored 15 points for Philadelphia, which was coming off a 45-point loss to the Chicago

Bulls — its worst in three years. The Celtics have not lost since Nov. 21, the second game of their only two-game losing streak of the season. Their 14-game winning streak matches the fifth-longest in the history of the NBA’s most-decorated franchise, and it ties the third-longest in 46 years. The 2007-08 team, which won Boston’s 17th NBA title, won a franchise-record 19 in a row. Lou Williams scored 12 points and ex-Celtic Tony Battie had 10 for Philadelphia, which lost 121-76 to the Bulls on Tuesday night. That had Celtics coach Doc Rivers sending angry text messages to his former assistant, Chicago’s Tom Thibodeaux. “You don’t want to be the next one, but we are,” Rivers said before the game.

fracture surfaces.” An oil filter, bearing the installation date of June 1, 2009, “had little oil saturation inside the filter cavity.” The engine, a Lycoming IO-360-A1B6D, takes eight quarts of oil, but when full registers somewhat less than that amount on the dipstick. In its latest report the NTSB states that oil was found on the taxiway that services the maintenance facility, in the area where aircraft warm their engines and leading to the runway. Indications are that with the oil pump operating at capacity, the plane lost a significant amount of oil before it left the ground. John Haas of Telebyne Mattituck Service, Inc. in Mattituck, New York, which distributes and services Lycoming engines, said that “if there were some catastrophic failure, like a hose breaking, the oil would be all pumped out pretty quickly, within minutes.” The oil apparently spewed from the underside of the aircraft, out of sight of the pilot. Approximately two minutes after leaving the runway, the plane struck a pine tree about 55-feet tall with its left wing and horizontal stabilizer. Witnesses said that the plane then banked to the right and righted itself before hitting a second tree near ground level next to the parking lot, just 5,316 feet from the end of the runway. Numerous witnesses to the crash told investigators there was “no engine noise.” When the engine was examined all four connection rod bearings were damaged and seized as well as bore signs of heat distress. The NTSB found that circumstances surrounding the inspection and release of the aircraft contributed to the accident. Investigators reported that most of the entries on the inspection checklist were initialed by the mechanic who did the work and/or Emerson, the holder of the Inspection Authorization Certificate (IA) who was responsible for inspecting the aircraft and the work. But, the form entitled “Power Plant Operational—Pre-Flight Check” was not initialed. Emerson told investigators that the windshield was replaced on Friday, June 12 and since it required see PLANE CRASH page

The Laconia Daily Sun, December 23, 2010  
The Laconia Daily Sun, December 23, 2010  

The Laconia Daily Sun, December 23, 2010