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Reps will not consider county attorney candidate who lives in Wolfeforo LACONIA — The Executive Committee of the Belknap County Convention decided yesterday not to accept the application of Assistant Carroll County Attorney Stephen Murray because he was not a resident of the county when he applied. Executive committee member Frank Tilton, R-Laconia,

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Consultant has plan for ‘corpse in the living room’ Locals interested in performing arts center told to get Colonial Theater open again & take it from there By Michael Kitch LACONIA — “Having a dark theater on Main Street,” consultant Duncan Webb told almost 100 people gathered at the Belknap Mill last to hear his report on the Colonial Theater, “is like having a corpse in your living room.”

But, instead of suggesting the body be removed and buried, Webb sketched a strategy for bringing it back to life. Webb, whose firm Webb Management Services, Inc. has consulted on 263 similar projects, did not minimize the challenge, but stressed that the reopening and renovation of the theater would play “a profound

role in the development of downtown.” Webb described the market for a performing arts venue in the city as difficult. Noting that educational attainment is a leading indicator, he noted that only a fifth of Laconia’s residents have a college degree, compared to a third of the state’s populasee COLONIaL page 12

CONCORD (AP) — The New Hampshire farmer serving a mandatory minimum threeyear sentence for brandishing a handgun at a trespasser who refused to leave his property is pinning his hopes for an early release

in part on finally being able to publicly attack the credibility of his accuser. Ward Bird, 49, of Moultonborough, has been behind bars since Nov. 17, after the state Supreme Court upheld his conviction for crimi-

nal threatening with a handgun of a woman who had passed several “No Trespassing” signs and come onto his hilltop property. Bird’s supporters say his defense was see BIRd page 23


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Congressman Frank Guinta (center) joined a group of well wishers who visited the WEZS radio studios in Laconia on Saturday morning to help celebrate the start of Niel Young’s 15 year on the radio. The conservative activist (front, left) broadcasts his program, “The Advocates” for four hours each Saturday morning and can also be heard each weekday morning, starting at 9 a.m. Guinta will be back in Laconia on Wednesday. He is scheduled to host a town hall-style meeting at Laconia City Hall at 6:30 p.m. and all New Hampshire voters are welcome to attend and participate. Joining the congressman on Saturday were (l-r) former Franklin Mayor Tony Giunta, Franklin Mayor Ken Merrifield, City Councilor Bob Hamel, NH State Rep. Harry Accornaro and Rep. Paul Hopfgarten of Derry. (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun) No better IRA anywhere in the Lakes Region! IRA ~ 5-10% Premium Bonus Guarantee of Principle Call DAK ~ 279-0700 or 533-0002 (cell)


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Egypt’s army promises not to use force on protestors CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s military pledged not to fire on protesters in a sign that army support for President Hosni Mubarak may be unraveling on the eve of a major escalation — a push for a million people to take to the streets Tuesday to demand the authoritarian leader’s ouster. More than 10,000 people beat drums, played music and chanted slogans in Tahrir Square, which has become the epicenter of a week of protests demanding an end to Mubarak’s three decades in power. With the organizers’ calling for a “march of a million people,” the vibe in the sprawling plaza — whose name in Arabic means “Liberation” — was of an intensifying feeling that the uprising was nearing a decisive point. “He only needs a push!” was one of the

most frequent chants, and a leaflet circulated by some protesters said it was time for the military to choose between Mubarak and the people. The latest gesture by Mubarak aimed at defusing the crisis fell flat. His top ally, the United States, roundly rejected his announcement of a new government Monday that dropped his highly unpopular interior minister, who heads police forces and has been widely denounced by the protesters. The crowds in the streets were equally unimpressed. “It’s almost the same government, as if we are not here, as if we are sheep,” sneered one protester, Khaled Bassyouny, a 30-year-old Internet entrepreneur. He said it was time to escalate the marches. “It has to burn. It has to become ugly. We have to

take it to the presidential palace.” Another concession came late Monday, when Vice President Omar Suleiman — appointed by Mubarak only two days earlier — went on state TV to announce the offer of a dialogue with “political forces” for constitutional and legislative reforms. Suleiman did not say what the changes would entail or which groups the government would speak with. Opposition forces have long demanded the lifting of restrictions on who is eligible to run for president to allow a real challenge to the ruling party, as well as measures to ensure elections are fair. A presidential election is scheduled for September . In Washington, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs dismissed the naming of the see EGYPT page 23

ENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge in Florida ruled Monday that President Barack Obama’s entire health care overhaul law is unconstitutional, placing even noncontroversial provisions under a cloud in a broad challenge that seems certain to be resolved only by the Supreme Court. Faced with a major legal setback, the White House called the ruling by U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson — in a challenge to the law by 26 of the nation’s 50 states — “a plain case of judicial overreaching.” That echoed language the judge had used to describe the law as an example of Congress overstepping its authority.

The Florida judge’s ruling produced an even split in federal court decisions so far on the health care law, mirroring enduring divisions among the public. Two judges had previously upheld the law, both Democratic appointees. A Republican appointee in Virginia had ruled against it. The Justice Department quickly announced it would appeal, and administration officials declared that for now the federal government and the states would proceed without interruption to carry out the law. It seemed evident that only the U.S. Supreme Court could deliver a final verdict on Obama’s historic expansion of

health insurance coverage. On Capitol Hill, Republican opponents of the law pledged to redouble pressure for a repeal vote in the Democratic-controlled Senate following House action last month. Nearly all of the states that brought suit in in Vinson’s court have GOP attorneys general or governors. Vinson ruled against the overhaul on grounds that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring nearly all Americans to carry health insurance, an idea dating back to Republican proposals from the 1990s but now almost universally see JUDGE page 13

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Winners & losers after a Pharoah’s fall Among the biggest losers of the Egyptian uprising are, first, the Mubaraks, who are finished, and, next, the United States and Israel. Hosni Mubarak will be out by year’s end, if not the end of this month, or week. He will not run again and will not be succeeded by son Gamal, whom he had groomed and who has fled to London. Today, the lead party in determining Egypt’s future is the army. Cheered in the streets of Cairo, respected by the people, that army is not going to fire on peaceful demonstrators to keep in power a regime with one foot already in the grave. Only if fired on by provocateurs is the army likely to clear Tahrir Square the way the Chinese army cleared Tiananmen Square. But the army does have an immense stake in who rules, and that stake would not be well served by one-man, onevote democracy. Like the Turkish army, the Egyptian army sees itself as guardian of the nation. From the Egyptian military have come all four of the leaders who have ruled since the 1952 colonel’s revolt that ousted King Farouk: Gens. Naguib, Sadat and Mubarak, and Col. Nasser The military has also been for 30 years the recipient of $1.2-billion dollars a year from the United States. Its weapons come from America. Moreover, the army has a vital interest in the “cold peace” with Israel that has kept it out of war since 1973, produced the return of Sinai, and maintained Egypt’s role as the leader of the moderate Arabs and major ally of the United States. The Egyptian army is also aware of what happened to the Iranian generals when the Shah fell, and what is happening to the Turkish army as the Islamicizing regime of Prime Minister Erdogan strips that army of its role as arbiter of whether a Turkish regime stays or goes. The Egyptian army will not yield its position readily, which is why it may tilt to the ex-generals Mubarak named Friday as vice president and prime minister. The army’s rival is the Muslim Brotherhood. The oldest Islamic movement in the Middle East, the most unified opponent of the regime, its future in a democratic Egypt, as part of a ruling coalition or major opposition party, seems assured. And while the crowds in Cairo and Alexandria are united in what they wish to be rid of, the Muslim Brotherhood is united in knowing the kind of state and nation it wishes to establish. Why are the United States and

Israel seemingly certain losers from the fall of Mubarak? Because in any free and fair election in the Middle East, a majority will vote for rulers who will distance the country from America and sever ties to Israel. When it comes to America and Israel, there is little doubt where the “Arab street” stands. And the freer the elections, the more the views of the Arab street will be reflected in the new Arab regime. But why do they hate us? Is it because of who we are? Surely, it is not our freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly or free elections for which we are hated. For this is what the demonstrators are clamoring for. Indeed, it is in the name of these freedoms that the Egyptian people are demanding that we cease standing behind Mubarak and stand with them. No, the United States is not hated across the region because of the freedoms we enjoy or even because of the lectures on democracy we do not cease to deliver. We are hated because we are perceived as hypocrites who say one thing and do another. The Arabs say we support despots who deny them the rights we cherish. They say we preach endlessly of human rights but imposed savage sanctions on Iraq for a dozen years before 2003 that brought premature death to half a million children. They say we use our power to invade countries that never attacked us. They say we have provided Israel with the weapons to crush the Palestinians and steal their land, and that we practice a moral double standard. We condemn attacks on Israelis, but sit silent as Israel bombs Lebanon for five weeks and conducts a war on Gaza, killing 1,400 and wounding thousands, most of them civilians. Any truth to all this? Or is this just Arab propaganda? After losing Turkey as an ally, Israel has just seen Hezbollah come to power in Beirut and the Palestinian Authority stripped of its credibility by the Wikileaks exposure of its groveling to America and Israel. Now Israel faces the near certainty of a more hostile Egypt. As for America, if we are about to be thrown out of the Middle East, it would be neither undeserved nor an unmitigated disaster. After all, it’s their world, not ours. (Syndicated columnist Pat Buchanan has been a senior advisor to three presidents, twice a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and the presidential nominee of the Reform Party in 2000. He won the New Hampshire Republican Primary in 1996.)

LETTERS SB-27 would undermine commonsense speed limits on big lake To the editor, We are writing to inform people in the area of an upcoming New Hampshire Senate Bill 27 which would undermine our current commonsense 45/30 speed limits on Winnipesaukee. As you may know, the current 45 MPH day/ 30 MPH night limits were signed into law this summer, following the 45/25 speed limits law of 2009. It drew wide support from area businesses, residents, and boaters because before the speed regulations people were afraid for their safety due to the faster larger boats, personal watercraft, and bass boats that often traveled at speeds of 60, 80 and even 100 miles per hour. From our own experience, boats used to be able to legally go 85 MPH just 150 feet off shore near where we stay. The proposed change to the law would replace hard and fast numbers with the words “reasonable and prudent”. Allowing this kind of boating again would be a terrible mistake. Reasonable and prudent means different things to different people. Can you imagine the chaos if we eliminated speed limits from our roads and highways in NH and let everyone decide for themselves? Here’s where absolute numbers make sense. And our present law already includes reasonable and prudent (but no faster than 45 MPH day and 30 MPH night). Also, we need to remember that the collision energy delivered by a boat traveling at 60 MPH is four times that of a boat traveling at 30 MPH in the event of a crash. The Blizzard accident before the 45/25 Law showed what can happen. We have speed limits in New Hampshire on our roads and backwoods trails for cars, trucks, ATVs and snowmobiles. We need to keep the 45/30 for boats on our waters. Other possible changes are higher

speed limit numbers or unregulated speeds in the Broads. These similarly would be short sighted. The Broads is the hub of the lake through which people pass to get from one part of the lake to another and to get to their island homes. It is a beautiful area that is a favorite for anglers and sailors. If we raise the limits, then it defeats the purpose of limits to slow the boats down for kayakers, families tooling around on pontoon boats, sailors, campers learning boat skills on the waters, fathers and mothers teaching their kids fishing and other slow moving watercraft who all have the right to use all of Lake Winnipesaukee. The 45/30 and 45/25 numbers are very fast speeds on waters and have been working well these past 2 years! More and more families, kayakers, rowers, and slower family boaters have been sharing the waters of Lake Winnipesaukee safely, enjoyably and without any high speed accidents! Please help us preserve this valuable 45/30 law for the families visiting or living near the lake who want to enjoy the waters safely and fairly! If you agree, I please consider contacting State Senators Jeb Bradley and Jim Forsythe and urge them not to accept this change or to allow higher speeds anywhere on the lake. Urge them NOT to support SB-27, but to support the current 45/30 Law with no changes. They can be contacted at: (PH: 2713073) and james.forsythe@leg.state. (PH: 271-3096). And contact your other legislators. Or, please send your e-mail with name and NH town of residence to winnfabs@winnfabs. com, the grass roots organization that is working to preserve the 45/30 law. Carroll Stafford, Laconia Sandy Stafford, Laconia Warren Hutchins, Laconia Mary Hutchins, Laconia

For Valentine’s Day, why not make donation to the food pantry? To the editor, Many of our friends and neighbors are finding themselves in need of financial assistance due to our declining economy. However, I wonder how many of our Sanbornton residents are aware of the fine job Melanie Van Tassel and other volunteers are doing to help these families?

I just recently discovered that a number of Sanbornton residents have been contributing to and volunteering at the Sanbornton Food Pantry; donating funds and food as well as their time and energy. This year, we can celebrate Valentines Day by “Having a Heart”. Why see next page

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LETTERS Ward Bird has always preached honesty, forgiveness and love To the editor, Within your last two issues, two citizens expressed negative remarks concerning the Free Ward Bird Committee and supporters of Ward Bird. They are entitled to their opinions and I’m proud to live in a country where everyone can voice their concerns. I am Ward Bird’s sister and a member of the FWB Committee, a group of concerned citizens and professionals with high morals and values. The committee’s intention has always been to bring to light an injustice served to a member of our community. We have tried to be transparent in sharing facts of this hearsay case. We also take seriously the representation of my brother whose Christian outlook is evident in his words and actions and in the influence he has had on his children. For example, here is a Facebook message that Ward’s 16-year-old son, Ian, posted on November 18, when Ward spent his first night in prison. “Thank you everybody for the tremendous support. It’s a sad day when a father’s son can only contact him by writing a letter which must first be searched by a stranger. I know my father is innocent. I was there five years ago witnessing my father return from the hospital after almost dying. I was there watching him struggle to walk. And I was there the day that criminal trespassed on my parents’ land and accused my father of jumping off our porch and chasing her car down the road shooting at her. I was there when she drove away and my father simply turned around on the porch and returned to my parents’ room to wait for his blood pressure to lower so he could breathe normal. My father is an innocent, honest-living wonderful man. God bless you all for your support and may he forgive those who have committed so many life-changing wrongs. Before my dad left he told me the most important thing is love, and I will not let hate and anger govern my actions. Please

do the same. Thank you all so much. A cool quote I read once is, ‘Darkness can not drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate can not drive out hate, only love can do that.’ Gandhi. For anyone else who is feeling hateful toward anyone in this ordeal, please remember those wise words.” Ward has always preached honesty, forgiveness, and love to those surrounding him. Four years ago, as this nightmare unfolded, and I was sharing my frustration and anger at the accusations thrown at my brother, he encouraged praying for Christine Harris because she felt the need to hold up these lies. When the suggestion arose that he take a plea bargain, he refused because of his integrity. He was not going to admit to doing something that he did not do. We, his family, supported him in this decision. He believed that justice would prevail. It was how our parents raised us and how we were raising our own children. If you do the right thing, tell the truth, everything will work out. Even as Ward went through the nightmare of a botched jury trial where he was found guilty of criminal threatening, he continued to profess that we have the best justice system in the world. He refused to let those surrounding him spout hate at the process or the people involved. He has held on to these beliefs through this ordeal. When visiting him at his home, the night before he was to drive himself to prison, he pointed at a needlepoint image of the American flag on his wall. He said to me, “It has some flaws in it, but we still have the best justice system in the world.” Ward’s character is why many others and we are showing such loud and visual support. The Free Ward Bird Committee is proud to stand by this man. We know we have run a clean campaign of support and appreciate all those who believe the same. Melissa J.B. Manville Center Harbor

Gilmanton grateful to Chamber for recognition of our new facility To the editor, The Town of Gilmanton would like to thank the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce for bestowing upon us the 2010 Golden Hammer Award. As fellow selectman Don Guarino recently informed me, the Golden Hammer is the Academy Award of Construction, and as such, I should rightly have given an acceptance speech at the award ceremony at Church Landing on January 27! Well, without the risk of having the music come up, let me extend a few thanks to those without whom we would not have been there last Thursday and without whom we would not have delivered such a great Public from preceding page not make a donation to the Sanbornton Food Pantry? Donations can be made out to: Sanbornton Food Pantry and can be left at the town clerks office. Share your love and good fortune on Valentines Day. Your generosity will be blessed! Bill Whalen Sanbornton

Safety Building for our small town. First we must point to Ricci Construction Company of Portsmouth, who brought us the best and most complete design under our target of $900,000, and then delivered the project on budget and 1 month ahead of schedule (the last in no small part thanks to Mother Nature!) In particular, John Ricci and his site supervisor Guy Picard were a pleasure to work with throughout the project. Secondly, we send a big shout-out to Laconia Savings who provided our funding at the most favorable rate we could find. Then we had a long list of local contractors including Bayside Concrete, Belknap Communications, Clairmont Asphalt Paving, Daniels Electric, Don’s Tree Service, Wescott Garage Doors and Wolcott Construction. I actually do hear the music coming up, so let me finish by saying again, thank you for this great honor. We will hang our Gold Hammer at our new Public Safety Building with pride! Betty Ann Abbott, Chair Gilmanton Board of Selectmen


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LETTERS Can’t ignore Center Harbor’s need for up-to-date police facility To the editor, I wish to support the selectmen of Center Harbor plan for the new police station on Route 25. The letter of Harry Viens in the last issue of the Meredith News spoke to much of the criticism. But since then the Markleys, who live across the street from the proposed site, have sent a letter that has misrepresentation and misstatements. They have indicated their personal strong objection to this site. This may influence some of their statements. The Municipal Resources Inc. report of 2002 was commissioned by the Board of Selectmen at that time to review administrative and technical aspects of the police department management. It was not a review of space needs for the police department. Referring to the study in this context is misleading. The current Board of Selectmen refer to this document as the beginning stage of a long and careful process of municipal planning. In the Observations/Recommendations section of the MRI Report, bullet point #9 states: “as the community looks to the future, a facility with more space is appropriate”. Three years later the Space Needs Committee was convened to study the needs of all municipal departments. Based on that committee’s findings that the police department had the most critical space need, a building committee was formed. The reports of these studies have always been available for view at the Town Hall. No Freedom of Information Petition is needed to see them. To say that these documents say the opposite of what the selectmen state is not based on studying these documents. Further, to say that the selectmen have “ignored” and have an “ill conceived plan” ... is twisting facts to suit their point of view. The price of $199,000 negotiated on the McCahan property on Route 25 is $50,000 below the town’s assessed value of $249,700. The property has

been on the market for over a year with a price considerably higher than the town’s option-to-purchase price. The three officer police force has been in place since 2003. There are two shifts. The third officer covers the days the other officers have off each week plus vacation time. The Board of Selectmen and Chief of Police in 2002 recommended the increase from two to three full-time officers to “appropriately meet the needs of Center Harbor” (Town Report 2002). Center Harbor voters have approved the police department’s budget including three full-time officers every year since 2003, including unanimous votes in many of those years. The facility does not include a “... Crime Lab”. It has space for fingerprinting and processing prisoners. To say that the selectmen have not studied this matter fully is to ignore the work that started in 2002. The result is not “knee jerk” and is disciplined. To say that there is a “hardening of the lines”, and that “this project must go forward at any cost” ignores the reality of the need for an up-to-date police facility. We use 4,000-squarefeet of space in scattered municipal buildings around the town. The current office space is one small room in the Town Hall. Chief Mark Chase has outlined the need for each of the spaces in the new building. They are consistent with all the guidelines for such a facility. I am sure Mark will repeat this information at each of the town meetings that are coming up. We should all attend the proposed project bond hearing on February 9, 7 p.m., and listen to the carefully thought out answers to our questions. If we can not pay 15 cents per thousand of assessed valuation for a police station which will be an asset to the community for many years, we need to examine our priorities for our protectors of our safety. Kent Warner Center Harbor

House Republican leadership has not taken position on HB-39 To the editor, Recently, legislation has come before the New Hampshire House of Representatives to redefine an “adequate education.” To be clear, despite recent news reports, neither I, nor House Republican leadership, have taken a specific position on House Bill 39,with regard to the various subjects within the state’s definition. Additionally, any claim that we do not value subjects like art, music or foreign languages is completely false. Those subjects will continue to be taught in our local public schools. The recently announced House Republican agenda stressed that our primary educational focus would be on a constitutional amendment that protects local control, permits targeted aid, and removes the handcuffs on the legislature’s funding policy authority. We also made clear our belief in the wisdom of keeping the decision making process in the hands of the local communities. Ultimately it should be local parents and schools

who decide the content of students’ curricula, not the state bureaucrats in Concord. With regard to adequacy, we support the concept that the adequacy definition adopted four years ago should be re-examined to ensure that it relates to contemporary educational needs and is financially sustainable. There were early signs that the current definition was imperfect when Gov. Lynch allowed it to become law without his signature in 2007. The difficult economic realities that we face necessarily require that we make difficult spending choices and not downshift costs onto local municipalities and property taxpayers, but we will make those choices with the understanding that we must ensure that our students leave our public school system with a mastery of the fundamental subjects so they may excel in college and go on to be productive members of society. Rep. D.J. Bettencourt N.H. House Majority Leader


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LETTERS And what’s the worst job you have ever had? To the editor, I want to tell a story that is funny and sad at the same time. This was my first experience working for a veterinarian in Texas. The doctor said he would train me as we went along. I thought this was good. A big St. Bernard dog came in for his check up. The doctor asked me to pick him up and put him on the table because he had a bad back. I said, “Are you kidding?” We finely got a board and placed it near the exam table where the dog could walk up himself. I asked what happened to the person who had the job before me. He told me that one of the dogs took a bite out of his face and he is in the hospital. Nice! Then he told me to wipe the table with the sanitizer after the dog left. He said use only one squirt. Take a paper towel and wipe the table. As I went to wipe the table he yelled and said, “No, not that way”. He told me one paper towel has eight sides we can use. He had to fold it to show me how it was eight sides. Wow! How cheap is that? I thought he was weird telling me that. As the day went on it only got better. I washed my hands and took a paper towel from the dispenser. All of a sudden 10, and 20 dollar bills came flying out. So much for pennies from heaven. He said he put the money in their to keep it safe in case he was robbed. Then I opened the cabinets only to have everything from empty boxes to prescription bottles falling on my head. He also would wash and reuse syringes. Not funny! That did it for me. That’s when I thought, “Do I

really want this job?” This guy was out to lunch for sure. Then he told me to go in the back and hose down the cages where the dogs would board. The hose then came loose from the spigot and water was everywhere. What else would go wrong for me today? He said, “Not to worry, just mop up what you can.” You should have seen the mop. It had only a few strings on it. I would be mopping for the next 10 years at this rate. He said still use it. Boy, is he nuts? Then we are near closing so I am told to vacuum fur, dirt, etc. Well the dirt went in the vacuum and came out the other end. Now that was funny. I did everything to stop from laughing. He never had a cash register. He had a cigar box that was lined with dividers to separate the money. It was hidden behind the counter. Then I went to his office to tell him I will not be coming back. You should have seen his office. He had plywood for the top of his desk, sitting on bricks. He had junk food everywhere. I was surprised he could find anything. He had boxes for his files. He was indeed a strange one. His wife was the one who got me the job. I wonder if she ever knew what a nut job he was? Just thought this would be different. Like I said, “funny and sad at the same time.” The end of story was he hardly had any animal boarding at the hospital and has since gone out of business. I wonder why? THANK GOD! Anna DeRose Moultonborough

County attorney was willing to prosecute without factual evidence To the editor, Katie Boles said: “Ward Bird threatened a lost woman, allegedly with a gun, who was trespassing on his property.” She made that as a statement of fact, but there is not even one shred of factual evidence that Ward did what he was convicted of. The only “evidence” presented to the jury was from the “victim” who was widely known not to be credible. Yet, the Carroll County Attorney, who “knew or should have known” that, presented the “victim” to the jury as

being a credible witness. We believe Ward was unjustly prosecuted and convicted on the testimony of this one witness and the willingness of the County Attorney to believe the “victim” and to prosecute without any factual evidence. Ward put his faith in the judicial system, and, to date, it has let him down. We are looking for, hoping for, pleading for a correction of this failure of the system. Robert Beem Center Harbor

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LACONIA — Last month saw at least one local snowfall record broken in what turned out to be an especially snowy January. The winter weather has affects both positive and negative for those trying to have a little cold-weather fun. “It’s not one of those winters where there’s no snow,” declared Russ Hobby, a consulting meteorologist and Laconia resident. This winter got off to a slow start, with less than an inch falling in November and a below-average amount in December. January, though, saw 45.4 inches, about double the typical amount Laconia sees in the first month of the year. That total was helped along by a storm on January 12 which saw 22 inches fall, setting a new local record for a single January day. With January’s totals, the winter’s snow has added up to 59.3 inches, which is about a foot over what an average winter would have by now. Although a sizable storm is expected for Wednesday, Hobby said the season would have to see quite a bit more to contend with the current record winter of 2007-2008, when 139 inches fell. The average for Laconia’s winters is 81 inches. Hobby said this winter is, “snowy and cold as usual. We’ve gota long ways to go, the winter’s only half over.” Hobby said a healthy snow cover is beneficial for many pursuits, such as maple sugaring – “you need to snow to cool the roots, you know” – and for dog sled races. James Lyman, “trail boss” for the 82nh Laconia

World Championship Sled Dog Derby, welcomed news of more snow. “Everything looks great so far,” he said, adding that the extra snow will help to build a good base along the trail, which is shared with snowmobilers. The derby, which attracts competitors from Canada and Europe as well as crowds of local spectators, is scheduled to take place February 11-13. Last year, poor trail conditions forced organizers to call off the event but Lyman said that isn’t likely to happen this year. “Looks like we’re getting some luck for a change,” he said. While the snow has Lyman celebrating, it likely has Scott Crowder cursing. Crowder, the founder and organizer behind the New England Pond Hockey Classic, has had a crew of workers laboring since January 21 to clear 14 rinks on Meredith Bay of Lake Winnipesaukee. All the snow this year resulted in a thick layer of slush forming atop the thick ice and insulated by several inches of snow. Crowder and his workers have invested an estimated 350 hours to remove the snow and allow the slush to freeze in preparation for the event, which will be held this weekend. A big storm on Wednesday will give them hours to clear the rinks again, in time for an event-opening skills competition planned for Thursday evening. “The good things is, we’ve got all day Thursday to clear the rinks,” Crowder said. It’ll be a long day, though, with the added pressure of about a thousand athletes planning to play hockey starting on Friday. “Probably, Wednesday night, we’ll be out there plowing with headlights.”

ATTORNEY from page one said he understood that an applicant for an otherwise elected position should be the same as if the candidate was running for office. A candidate for elective office must be a resident of the county where he or she intends to run when he or she files to be a candidate. Tilton said a candidate “may have the greatest of intentions” but the delegation would be “sending the wrong message to accept the promise of a move.” Murray’s exclusion leaves three candidates for Belknap County Attorney: Lori Chandler — a former Belknap County prosecutor who is employed by a local law firm; Melissa Guldbrandson, who is the contract prosecutor for the town of Alton; and Kenneth Anderson who is the former County Attorney for Grafton County, who now lives in Gilford and is in private practice. In related news, Executive Committee and County Delegation Chair Alida Millham said she reviewed the code of ethics as to recusals and said she will not recuse herself from the process as she previously said.

Chandler is employed by the law firm that Millham’s husband, Peter Millham, has long been associated with, Wescott, Dyer, Fitzgerald and Nichols. Millham said her husband is an “of counsel” attorney and no longer a partner in the law firm. She said she went to Chandler’s wedding and attended one other social event where she was also an attendee. She said the guidelines for a conflict of interest, according to the handbook used by the N.H. General Court says conflict exists when there is a direct financial benefit to the legislator or if a financial interest that is reasonably foreseeable or direct accrues to the legislator. “I’m comfortable with that,” said Elaine Swinford (R-Barnstead) as the rest of the Executive Committee nodded. The committee agreed that all three candidates should be interviewed on the same day — Feb. 7 — and while the interviews will be public the candidates themselves should not be at each other’s interview. see next page


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Authorities have nothing new to report on 3-month anniversary of Bobbie Miller’s murder By Gail OBer


GILFORD — It’s been three months since a local woman and her dog were found shot to death in their Country Club Road home and the N.H. Attorney General’s Office is still not releasing many details about the case. The body of Roberta “Bobbie” Miller, 54, was found by a family member and reported to police if the late afternoon of Nov. 1. She had been shot multiple times. Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Agati said yesterday that Miller’s murder is still “on the front burner” but he has no additional details that can be released at this time. Agati said police are still interviewing people, including family members who he said have been cooperative, and reviewing cell phone and other records received through warrants. Police said Miller was murdered some time between Oct. 29 — a Friday — and Nov. 1 - a Monday. “We are still looking at that entire window,” Agati said noting police are still creating a time line of when Miller was last seen alive and what the forensic evidence tells them. “We don’t have a conclusive time of death.” He said they have determine the caliber and type of weapon used but STORM from page 2 falls have pounded the Northeast in one of that region’s most brutal winters, the Midwest has been comparatively unscathed, until now. At Edele and Mertz Hardware just from preceding page They also agreed that the full 18-member delegation should conduct the interviews and only the finalist(s) will be subjected to background checks. The voting on each candidate will be public and the committee decided members will cast their votes by hand. Millham said she was against a rollcall vote because, in her experience, the last seven are often influenced by the votes of the previous seven. She wants everyone to vote at the same time.

are not releasing that information to the public. Agati said they do not have the murder weapon. At the time of her death, Miller was recently divorced from ex-husband Gary Miller, the former owner of Miller Chevrolet in Wolfeboro. According to friends the couple had lived apart for about three years and their divorce was described a “long and nasty” by one of Bobbie Miller’s former coworkers. Miller had two children — a son Jonathan who friends said occasionally stayed with her — and a daughter Jennifer who lives in California. Although the Miller’s divorce was final in August of 2010, the two were scheduled to appear in Carroll County Court three days after her body was found because, according to court documents, Gary Miller claimed she owed him just over $80,000 in back taxes and legal fees. Police have also not connected a fire at a camp in Acton, Maine that went to Gary Miller as part of the divorce with Roberta’s murder. The fire occurred the evening of the last day police can confirm Miller was alive, Nov, 29 and was called in around 9:30 p.m. and destroyed the three-season home. a few blocks from the Anheuser-Busch brewery in St. Louis, customers lined up by 7 a.m. Monday waiting for the store to open. Snow shovels, ice melt and salt were all big sellers. “’Freaking out’ is a great way of putting it,” employee Steve Edele said. “The icing — that’s what scares people.” As the first flakes fell, transportation officials readied street-clearing equipment, and some airlines encouraged travelers to rebook trips leaving from Chicago. Airlines canceled thousands of flights ahead of the snow, and legislatures in several states decided to shut down altogether Tuesday or cancel committee meetings The National Weather Service suggested any Green Bay Packers fans planning to drive from Wisconsin to see next page

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Accornero and Tobin also wanted to know how many jobs would be created through the BCEDC. Accornero later voted to support the appropriation saying he can always vote against it at the full delegation level after a more careful review. The annual BCEDC appropriation has traditionally gone toward helping the defray operating expenses and to show a commitment to other lenders and the federal government, the source of the loan fund, that the county and the community supports the program. The program manages a revolving loan fund and acts as a local incubator for small business development. Tobin and Accornero are two of the six committee members. Two others, Don Flanders (R-Laconia) and Dennis Fields (R-Sanbornton) supported accepting the initial request and later supported the appropriation. Two members of the Committee, Bob Greemore (R- Meredith) and Guy Comtois (R-Alton) were absent. — Gail Ober

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“If we get 20 inches, maybe,” Lawson said at a downtown rail station. “But around here, 12 inches, it doesn’t stop us.” Even when the snow stops falling, the temperature will keep dropping. Bitterly cold temperatures were forecast in the wake of the storm, with wind chills as cold as 40 degrees below zero possible in parts of North Dakota, South Dakota and other areas. In Arkansas, most communities expected lesser amounts of snow, but the weather service warned of severe thunderstorms that could generate freezing rain, hail and isolated tornadoes. On Monday, freezing drizzle coated roadways across the Plains. Two school buses in the Kansas City, Mo., area slid off icy roads. No one was seriously hurt. A Wisconsin state trooper was struck and seriously hurt while directing traffic around another accident. In Minnesota, the state patrol reported hundreds of crashes statewide, including one that was fatal. Elsewhere, dozens of day care centers and school districts in Kansas and Missouri canceled classes Monday. The 2011 Pork Expo in Peoria, Ill., was rescheduled for the middle of February. Even Missouri’s Department of Transportation — the agency responsible for keeping the state’s highways clear of snow — decided to cancel a commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday in the state capital of Jefferson City.

Lynch ends pursuit of JUA money By Michael Kitch THE LACONIA DAILY SUN

CONCORD — The New Hampshire Department of Insurance last week formally abandoned its pursuit of the surplus of the New Hampshire Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association (JUA) by withdrawing its proposal amending the rules of JUA to enable the state to control the funds. With the decision Democratic Governor John Lynch has avoided a fight with the overwhelming Republican majorities in the House and Senate that he was bound to lose. During the election campaign last year, many Republican candidates, especially the most conservative among them, chastised the Lynch administration and the Democratic legislature for infringing the private property rights of the policyholders. In 2009, on Lynch’s recommendation the Democrat-controlled Legislature included the $110-million surplus in the 2010-2011 budget. Policyholders, led by LRGHealthcare of Laconia, challenged the state’s claim, insisting that the rules governing the JUA and their contracts with it granted them a right to a share of the surplus. In January 2010, the New Hampshire Supreme Court denied the state’s claim and upheld the right of the policyholders. However, the administration declined to comply with the decision and instead sought to rewrite the rules of the JUA in order to transfer its surplus to the state coffers. Twice the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (JLCAR) rejected the proposal. When the Legislature convened earlier this month Representative Betsey Patten (R-Moultonborough), a longtime member of the committee, introduced a resolution — House Joint Resolution 2 — co-sponsored by the president of the Senate, Peter Bragdon (R-Milford) among others, prohibiting the implementation of the rules over the objection of the committee. Moreover, the resolution stipulated that the Legislature determine the role of the state in the operations of the JUA and, more significantly “how the vested and constitutionally protected rights of JUA policyholders to JUA surplus funds

shall be honored.” Alex Feldvebel, deputy insurance commissioner, said last week that the department withdrew its proposed rules “in the interest of resolving the resolution.” Patten explained yesterday that the Legislature would have been required to act on the resolution within 90 days to forestall the adoption of the rules, but the decision of the Insurance Commissioner to withdraw the rule has rendered the resolution unnecessary. “We were concerned that the commissioner would disburse the money,” she remarked. “Now that the rule has been withdrawn the money is not in jeopardy of being disbursed without the approval of the Legislature.” Patten expected that the resolution would either be withdrawn or recommended “inexpedient to legislate” by the House Commerce Committee. Meanwhile, Senator Sharon Carson (R-Londonderry), who also sits on JLCAR has filed legislation, which has yet to be drafted and introduced, relative to the JUA. Carson could not be reached for comment, but according to Patten, the legislation will address the issues raised by the resolution, namely the relationship between the JUA and the state and the rights of the policyholders defined by the court. “The bill will give us time to work through the issues surrounding the JUA,” Patten said, adding that she expected the attorneys for the state and the policyholders “will sit with the committees as they address the issues.” Meanwhile, despite the ruling of the Supreme Court, the state has yet to acknowledge the right of policyholders to a share of the surplus, arguing that to do so would jeopardize the longstanding tax-exempt status of the JUA. Since the JUA was established in 1985, it has enjoyed a tax-exemption on the assumption that it is an integral part of the state. Doubt was first cast on the tax status of the JUA in the course of litigation when Justice Kathleen McGuire of Belknap County Superior Court while ruling that the state was not entitled to the surplus also held that the JUA was not a state agency. Although see next page

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would not be broad enough to along carrry the load. At the same time, in light of the limited local and competitive regional markets and sparse demand from performance companies to use the venue, Webb recommended fashioning the theater to host a diverse set of uses and taking an incremental approach to the project. Webb outlined three phases, beginning with “cleaning up and clearing out” the theater to restore the auditorium as usable space. In particular, the suggested configuring the orchestra level so it could provide three different settings — theater seating, tables and chairs or a flat floor — to accommodate diverse events. Next he said that the storefronts and apartments should be renovated, perhaps in partnership with a private developer. Webb said that the project would be capped with the full restoration of the theater, cautioning that the intent was not only to return it to its original glory but also to ensure steady bookings and financial viability. Webb explained that the success of each phase should determine the timing and direction of the next. “Success breeds support,” he said. Recalling that Webb was taken by Stephanie Wentworth’s vision of developing the Colonial Theater in tandem with Bloom’s Variety building next door, David Stamps asked what would happen if the Bloom’s space, recently leased to the Laconia Antique Center, was not available. “It’s a little trickier, but still doable,” Webb replied, adding that there was abundant space in the theater block to house food service, which he deems an essential composee next page

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from preceding page agency. Although attorneys for the state appealed her decision, they failed to appeal the issue of the relationship between the JUA and the state, leaving McGuire’s ruling to stand. Ever since attorneys for the Insurance Department have insisted that if the JUA distributed surplus funds to policyholders, it would forfeit its tax-exempt status and could be required to pay back taxes with penalties and interest. On the other hand, attorneys for the policyholders have countered that that the state is exaggerating the risk and urged the JUA to settle with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) then honor the rights of policyholders. Ironically, the JUA, with the approval of the Insurance Depart-

ment, distributed funds to policyholders in 1999 and again in 2000. “We are proceeding with resolving the tax issue,” Feldvebel said. “We expect to initiate negotiations with the IRS soon.” Explaining that the state would approach the IRS on the basis of the past history and current rules of the JUA, he said that “we’ll be trying for the best result we can get.” The resolution of the tax issue would remove a major obstacle to a settlement between the state and the policyholders in keeping with the decision of the Supreme Court. Both Feldvebel and Gordon MacDonald of Nixon Peabody, representing the policyholders declined comment on the prospect of a settlement of the dispute.



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that kind of financial analysis, but that he narrowed the scope of his study. He anticipated that if the city accepted his recommendation and formed an Advisory Committee to oversee the project, it would explore the financial issues. Jack Polidoro wondered if any players in the private sector have expressed interest in the project. City Manger Eileen Cabanel said that while no one has shown interest in owning and operating the venue, the city is acting as a facilitator “to bring interested parties together.” Despite the challenges, enthusiasm appeared undiminished. “I believe in the project,” proclaimed Stamps, who said concerns about risk were misplaced. “Let’s get the thing going. We’re running out of time.” He was echoed by attorney Pat Wood, who reminded his listeners that Main Street was reopened to traffic and a beautiful wing was added to the library. “We can do this,” he insisted. “This is an opportunity that we cannot pass up.”

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SANBORNTON — Wayne “Joe” D. Cassavaugh, Sr. 63, of 76 Hueber Drive, died at his daughter’s home in Moultonboro on Saturday, January 29, 2011. Mr. Cassavaugh was born August 5, 1947 in Laconia, N.H., the son of Nelson P. and Bernice G. (Dow) Cassavaugh. He was a lifelong resident of Laconia and was a 1965 graduate of Laconia High School. He also graduated from Nathaniel Hawthorne College with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Mr. Cassavaugh served in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam War. He had been employed at the New Hampshire State Prison for twenty-seven years, retiring as Captain in 2006. Mr. Cassavaugh was a Shriner and a member and past master of the Mt. Lebanon Lodge #32 F.&A.M. He enjoyed motorcycling, hunting and fishing and was a member of the Blue Knights Motorcycle Club. Survivors include a son, Wayne D. Cassavaugh, Jr. and his wife, Heather, of Tilton; three daughters, Lisa Cassavaugh Gerlarneau and her husband, Terry, of Moultonboro, Toni-Jo Cassavaugh Rollins and her husband, Christopher Rollins, Sr., of Sanbornton and Alison Cassavaugh of Laconia; three grandchildren, Nathaniel Gerlarneau, Joshua Gerlarneau and Christopher Allen Rollins, Jr.; four brothers, Nelson Cassavaugh, Jr. of Laconia, Clifford “Butch” Cassavaugh

of Concord, Terry Cassavaugh of Epsom and Mark Brewer of Gilford; five sisters, Sheila Haven of Laconia, Priscilla Wills of Lee, Marsha Byers of Laconia, Sandy Bolduc of Laconia and Pamela Beaudoin of Belmont and many nephews and nieces. In addition to his parents, Mr. Cassavaugh was predeceased by three brothers, Gene Cassavaugh, Kirkman Cassavaugh and Raymond Cassavaugh and by a sister, Gale Bartlett. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, February 3, 2011 from 5:00-8:00 PM in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Rte 3, Boscawen, N.H. on Friday, February 4, 2011 at 11:00AM. Burial will follow the service. For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104-2396. Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to

LACONIA — Arlene C. Newell, 94, of 17 Morningside Drive, died at the St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on Saturday January 29, 2011. Arlene was born June 12, 1916 in Newport, N.H., the daughter of the late George and Florence (Beattie) Croteau. She spent her childhood at Lake Sunapee and graduated from Sunapee High School in 1935. She took courses at the Remington Rand School of Business Machines in Boston and was a member of the first class of certified dental assistants held by the New Hampshire Dental Association, with the Capping and State Boards held in Concord. She was very active in the New Hampshire Dental Assistants’ Society for two years. She had been employed by the late Dr. E. J. Hammond for twenty-eight years as office manager and nurse assistant, retiring in 1971. In 1962, she married Clifton B. Newell of Laconia and they lived on Morningside Drive in their new home they had built in 1963. Arlene had been a member of the Laconia Country Club since 1943 and was an honorary member. She was also a member of the First United Methodist Church of Gilford. She was always a very caring

person of others. Survivors include her husband of fortyeight years, Clifton B. Newell, of Laconia; a niece, Armena Macartney, of Morehead City, North Carolina and by two sisters-inlaw, Elizabeth Page of Chelmsford, Mass. and Lucille Rollins of Wolfeboro, N.H. and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Ethel Dolloff, of Gilford, by a nephew, Albert G. Dolloff, also of Gilford and by a brother, Ralph Croteau, of Worcester, Mass. There will be no calling hours. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday February 5, 2011 at 11:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church, Rte 11A, Gilford, NH 03249. Spring burial will be in the family lot in Union Cemetery, Laconia. The family has requested no flowers. For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the First United Methodist Church, PO Box 7408, Gilford, N.H. 03247. Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N. H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to

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Charles L. Corbin, 71

GILFORD — Charles Leonard “Len” Corbin, 71, died Sunday evening, January 23, 2011 at his home. Len was born on December 6, 1939 in Laconia where he was raised and schooled, graduating from Laconia High School in 1957. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian Area Studies from Colgate University in 1961. He was the son of Alta (Stearns) and the late Charles Hosmer Corbin. He had been a lifelong resident of the Lakes Region. Prior to his retirement, Len was employed by the United States Department of Justice, working in the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Honorably serving his country, he was a United States Army veteran serving from 1961-1964 as a language specialist. He challenged and lost to incumbent U.S. Representative Louis Wyman in the Republican primary for U.S. Congress in 1964. Len also spent a significant portion of his adult life teaching English and Debate at private schools both in the United States and abroad. He loved travel, the Atlanta Braves, politics, and the Sunday Boston Globe. Len was a loyal son, witty friend and brother and loving and constant father. Len is survived by his mother with whom he made his home, Alta (Stearns) Mudgett, of Gilford; his daughter, Amber Barnes, and her husband, Chris, of Tacoma, Washington; his son, David Corbin, and his

wife, Catie, of Wolfeboro; his brothers, Tom Corbin of Sanbornton, Merrill Mudgett of Winnisquam, Royal Corbin of Hendersonville, NC, and Robert Corbin of Morganton, GA; his grandchildren, Alexander, Catherine, and Patrick Corbin, and Owen and Will Barnes. Len is also survived by his beloved ex-wife, Esilda Corbin, of Dover, NH and dear step-children, Barbara Lavin of Portsmouth, NH, Giuseppe Bellavita of Portsmouth, NH, and Alessia Bellavita Slater of Boston, MA, and many nieces and nephews. Visiting hours will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 4, 2011 at the Wilkinson-BeaneSimoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia using the Whipple Avenue entrance. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 11am at Grace Presbyterian Church, 174 Province Street, Laconia. Spring burial, with military honors, will take place at the family lot in Pine Grove Cemetery, Gilford. For those who wish, the family suggests expressions of sympathy in Len’s name be made to the American Diabetes Association, 330 Congress Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02210. Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia is assisting the family of Len. For more information and to view an online memorial please visit

7th Annual Souper Bowl fund raiser for Artistic Roots gallery and teaching center set for February 5 PLYMOUTH — The 7th Annual Souper Bowl fundraiser for Artistic Roots non-profit gallery and teaching center, will be held from 3 — 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 5. All are welcome to stop by, purchase a hand-thrown pottery bowl created by local artisans, and enjoy allyou-can-eat soup, bread, and home-made desserts. This year more than 20 restaurants and individuals will supply the soup and desserts, including Holderness General Store, Lucky Dog Tavern, Thai Smile, D’Acres, Italian Farm House, Sunset Room at Owl’s Nest, The William Tell, George’s Seafood,

Foster’s Steakhouse, 6 Burner Bistro, Mad River Tavern, Chase St. Market, Mt. Fare Inn, Barbara Beeler, Heather Baldwin. Attendees are invited to cast a vote for their “Favorite Soup” as Six Burner Bistro, winner of the 2010 Souper Bowl Soup Contest, vies to retain the title. Entries for the Friends of the Arts High School Art Show will be on display, showcasing works by high school students from around the state. Artwork created by students who participated in the Artistic Roots Educational Program during the past year will also be on display. see next page More than 40% of back and neck injuries are a result of a motor vehicle accident.

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HIV prevention topic of Zonta Club meeting at Taylor Community February 8

LACONIA — Local and global HIV prevention will be the topic of the Lakes Region Zonta club meeting to be held at the Taylor Community Woodside building from 6:30 — 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, February 8. Heather Barto, MS, STD/HIV surveillance coordinator for the Infectious Disease Surveillance Section of the NH Department of Health & Human Services

Trace your roots at the Gilford Public Library

GILFORD — Thanks to a N.H. State Library program, you don’t have to spend money or travel out of town to trace your heritage, for is now available for use on the Gilford Public Library’s public access computers. So if you’ve ever wondered what town your ancestors lived in, or when they crossed the ocean to settle in the United States, you can come in to begin the search for answers. is an easy-to-use computer program, and with it you can search through census reports, ship manifests, draft cards, birth and death certificates, and much more. To begin your search, all you need is a name, though the more information you have (such as birthday, town of residence, or year of immigration) the easier your search will be. And if you’re new to computer usage, remember that the library offers Check Out An Expert on Wednesday mornings from 9:15 to 11:00, so you can have one-on-one help as you begin to familiarize yourself with As you embark on your ancestor search, remember that the library also has a number of other resources to help you along. Heritage Quest, another online resource, is available at the library and from your home computers. Also, you can check out a genealogy magazine such as Ancestry Magazine to read great search tips and stories. And while you’re in the library, be sure to browse our ancestry books, which you’ll find under the 929 Dewey classification number, both in the general collection and in the NH Room. Just bring along a name — it’s all you need to begin following the winding path of your roots.

will lead the presentation. Barto will provide an update on the current status of HIV in the U.S., including information on treatment protocols, life expectancy, cost of managing HIV, insurance coverage, areas with the highest infection rates, and age groups most affected. A ten-minute video on HIV in other nations and the efforts funded by Zonta International to address prevention of HIV in Rwanda will be screened. The Lakes Region Zonta Club supports the Zonta International Service Projects, one of which is working in conjunction with UNICEF on a program of Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) in Rwanda aimed at treating HIV-positive women, preventing transmission of the virus, and giving Rwandan women access to health care and reproductive health services. Rwanda has one of the world’s highest concentrations of orphans due to genocide, and deaths of HIV-positive mothers

have created a second wave of orphans, estimated at 30 percent of all children. Equally catastrophic is transmission of the virus from HIV-positive mother to her infant during pregnancy, childbirth, or through breastfeeding. UNICEF, with support from Zonta International, has expanded coverage of basic PMTCT programs, as well as meeting the full range of medical, nutritional, psychological, and economic needs of HIVaffected women and their families. Guests are welcome to attend the Zonta Club’s February 8 meeting and anyone who wishes to bring a teenager who might benefit from information on HIV is encouraged to attend. To reserve a seat, call 524-2588. For further information on the Zonta Interntional Service Projects, visit For more information about the Lakes Region Zonta Club, call 5248620 or e-mail

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Elizabeth Soychack to perform ‘Valentine Cabaret’ TILTON — Singer Elizabeth Soychak will perform a set of pop standards and swing selections in a benefit “Valentine Cabaret” at Trinity Episcopal Church Parish Hall at 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 12. Accompanied by pianist Craig Jaster and bassist Chris Gilb, Soychack’s set list will include the music of Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, and Johnny Mercer, as well as her own signature tune, “Behave Yourself.” All proceeds will benefit the Open Door Dinners, an outreach ministry of Trinity Church that offers a free community meal each Saturday from 4:30 — 6 p.m. Tickets for the “Valentine Cabaret” may be purchased in advance for $17.50 or at the door for $20. Beverages and dessert are included. Seating is limited. Call 286-3120. from preceding page The Golden Hammer Awards for outstanding new construction in the categories of Retail - McDonald’s in Laconia; Commercial - Interlakes Medical Center in Meredith; Municipal - Gilmanton Public Safety Building; and Non-Profit - Laconia Area Land Trust for the completion of Lochmere Meadow Apartments in Tilton. The unique Tool Belt Award was presented to J. Oliva Huot Technical Center for the home remodel completed by students. Presentation of the Environmental Award went to the WOW Trail in recognition of the completion of Phase 1 and 1.2 miles of recreation trails from Lakeport to downtown Laconia. For more information about LRCC, call 524-5531 or visit

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). You benefit from the belief that good luck is coming to you. So continue to look for signs, like a cricket on the hearth, a penny on the ground or a ladybug that lands on your shoulder. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Being popular has its drawbacks. You could find yourself in a tight spot socially today, but you’re likely to handle it well. If you don’t know what to say, buy yourself some time by flashing that beautiful smile of yours. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You want to take action on some matter, but you need the approval of others to move forward. Or do you? Think about how it would look if you were to act now and, if necessary, apologize later. CANCER (June 22-July 22). You’re not trying to compete with anyone, and yet you are so confident that you could arouse jealousy among those who are supposed to be in charge. Tonight, an impractical idea will be the one that works. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). It will be easy to get mired in an overabundance of details today. Limit your research. Too much information is worse than not enough. Narrow your focus and tune into your instincts. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You will get your chance to speak in front of a crowd. This isn’t something you normally seek out; however, you have a very important message, and you can make a difference in the world by telling it. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Your energy is remarkably high, and remark they will. People around you will say things like “wow” and “how impressive” and “bravo.” And since you are so capable, they will also make requests


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Today is Tuesday, Feb. 1, the 32nd day of 2011. There are 333 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 1, 1861, Texas voted to leave the Union, 166-8, at a Secession Convention in Austin. On this date: In 1893, the opera “Manon Lescaut,” by Giacomo Puccini (JAH’-koh moh pooCHEE’-nee), premiered in Turin, Italy. In 1896, Puccini’s opera “La Boheme” premiered in Turin. In 1920, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police came into existence, merging the Royal North West Mounted Police and the Dominion Police. In 1960, four black college students began a sit-in protest at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., where they’d been refused service. In 1961, the U.S. Air Force successfully test-fired the Minuteman I, its first solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile, from a test site in Florida. In 1991, 34 people were killed when an arriving USAir jetliner crashed atop a commuter plane on a runway at Los Angeles International Airport. In 2003, the space shuttle Columbia broke up during re-entry, killing all seven of its crew members. One year ago: President Barack Obama unveiled a multitrillion-dollar spending plan, pledging an intensified effort to combat high unemployment and asking Congress to quickly approve new job-creation efforts that would boost the deficit to a record-breaking $1.56 trillion. Today’s Birthdays: America’s last surviving World War I veteran, Frank Buckles, is 110. Gospel singer George Beverly Shea is 102. Actor Stuart Whitman is 83. Singer Don Everly is 74. Actor Garrett Morris is 74. Singer Ray Sawyer (Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show) is 74. Actor Sherman Hemsley is 73. Bluegrass singer Del McCoury is 72. Jazz musician Joe Sample is 72. TV personality-singer Joy Philbin is 70. Comedian Terry Jones is 69. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) is 67. Opera singer Carol Neblett is 65. Rock musician Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) is 61. Blues singer-musician Sonny Landreth is 60. Actor-writer-producer Bill Mumy (MOO’-mee) is 57. Rock singer Exene Cervenka is 55. Actor Linus Roache is 47. Princess Stephanie of Monaco is 46. Country musician Dwayne Dupuy (Ricochet) is 46. Actress Sherilyn Fenn is 46. Lisa Marie Presley is 43. Comedian-actor Pauly Shore is 43. Actor Brian Krause is 42. Jazz musician Joshua Redman is 42. Rock musician Patrick Wilson (Weezer) is 42. Actor Michael C. Hall is 40. Rock musician Ron Welty is 40. Rapper Big Boi (Outkast) is 36. Country singer Julie Roberts is 32. Actor Jarrett Lennon is 29. TV personality Lauren Conrad is 25.


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CALENDAR TODAY’S EVENTS The Plymouth State University Chamber Singers present highlights and impressions from their recent “American Adventure” in images and song. 7 p.m. at the Silver Center for the Arts. Free tickets are available by calling 535-2787 or visit Lakes Region Camera Club meeting. 7:00 p.m. at the Meredith Community Center (Note location and meeting time changes). Program: Printing your images. Beginning as well as experienced photographers welcome. RESPECT Teen Clinic at Laconia Family Planning and Prenatal. 121 Belmont Road (Rte. 106 South). 524-5453. Walk-in for teens only, 2 to 6 p.m. GYN and reproductive services. STD/HIV testing. Boy Scout Troop 143 meets at the Congregational Church of Laconia (across from Laconia Savings Bank). 6:30 each Tuesday. All boys 11-17 are welcome. For information call 527-1716. BabyGarten at the Gilford Public Library. 11;30 a.m. to noon. Babies to 18-months are welcome to sing songs, share stories and move to music. Sign-up in Children’s Room. Philosophy Club meeting at the Gilford Public Library. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. All are welcome.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Congressman Frank Guinta holding town hall-style meeting at Laconia City Hall. 6:30 p.m. All local voters are encouraged to come and share their thoughts and opinions on the major issues of the day, or any other pressing concerns. For more information contact J. Mark Powell at 202-226-8530. Laconia Elders Friendship Club meeting. 1:30 p.m. at the Leavitt Park Clubhouse. People 55 and older meet each Wednesday for fun, entertainment and education. Meetings provide an opportunity for older citizens to to meet for pure social enjoyment and the club helps the community with philanthropic work. Cub Scout Pack 143 meets at the Congregational Church of Laconia (across from Laconia Savings Bank). 6:30 each Wednesday. All boys 6-10 are welcome. For information call 527-1716. Affordable Health Care at Laconia Family Planning and Prenatal. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 121 Belmont Road (Rte. 106 South). 524-5453. GYN and reproductive services. STD/HIV testing on walk-in basis from 4 to 6 p.m. only Sliding fee scale. TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) meeting. 5:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Meredith. Duplicate bridge at the Weirs Beach Community Center. 7:15 p.m. All levels welcome. Snacks. Check-out a computer expert at the Gilford Public Library. 9:15 to 11 a.m.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3 American Red Cross Blood Drive. Noon to 5 p.m. at Sacred Heart Hall (31 Gilford Ave.) in Laconia. Sponsored by Orthopedic Professional Association. Each donor will receive a coupon for a free 6-inch sub for Subway. Appointments recommended at 1-800-733-2767. Walk-ins welcome. Mac Keyser’s “Betty O Band” performing at the Laconia Senior Center. 10 a.m. Free hot meal and great company brought to the Bristol community by Food for Friends. 5 to 6 p.m. at the Tapply Community Center on the first Thursday of every month. 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.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3 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. Knotty Knitters meeting at the Meredith Public Library. 10 a.m. to noon. All levels of experience welcome. Preschool Story Time at the Meredith Public Library. 1 to 2 p.m. Stories and crafts for ages 3-5. Sign-up is helpful. Toddler Time at the Gilford Public Library. 11:30 a.m. to noon. Toddler 18 to 36 months are welcome to sign songs, share stories and move to music. Sign-up in the Children’s Room. Tales For Tails at the Gilford Public Library. 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Join Holly and her dog “Ben”, who loves to listen to stories. Bring your own book or pick one from “Ben’s” bag.

China Bistro restaurant in Laconia ranked one of Top 100 Chinese Restaurants in USA LACONIA — Chinese Bistro Chinese Restaurant has been honored with the Overall Excellence Award and ranked #23 of the Top 100 Chinese Restaurants in USA 2010. Restaurant industry elites from around the world gathered at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco in January to celebrate the 7th Top100 Chinese Restaurant Awards hosted by celebrity chef Martin Yan. With “The Future of Chinese Dining and Its 150Year History in America” as its theme, the festivities featured an awards show, food carving, seminars,

and a dine-around-town event in San Francisco, where Chinese cuisine originated in the U.S. International chefs from around the world including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada, and Australia, representing the diversity of Chinese cuisines, were in attendance. This marks the third consecutive year that China Bistro Chinese Restaurant has been honored as one of the Top 100 Chinese Restaurants in USA. For more information, visit and www.

Auditions to be held for Summer Theatre in Meredith Village Feb. 11 & 12

MEREDITH — The Summer Theatre in Meredith Village will hold auditions for local performers at InterLakes High School from 3 — 8 p.m. on Friday, February 11 and Saturday, February 12. Adults and teens for small roles and ensemble roles are being sought for the 2011 season, which will iinclude productions of “Guys and Dolls,” “Man of La Mancha,” “Hairspray,” “Cabaret,” and “Buddy, the Buddy Holly Story.” Teens are also invited to audition for the Junior Apprentice Program, which performs the Childrens Series. Anyone interested in auditioning should bring a song and accompaniment. Scenes will be provided for the acting portion of the audition. Some teens may be considered for “Hairspray.” The dance audition for that show will be held with the New York choreographer 4 and 7 p.m. on both days. This part of the audition will be conducted as a professional dance call. Dance technique, body type, and personality will be important factors in casting for this very specific piece. For more information, call (888) 245-6374.

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Dear Annie: I have an 18-year-old fraternal twin sister. We have the same friends, the same classes and the same extracurriculars. The problem is, she bullies me. If I have something she wants, she throws things at me. She pushes me out of my chair so she can sit in it. She constantly teases me, even when our friends are over. She says things like, “People only hang out with you because you’re my twin,” and “You should lose some of your fat.” Everything I do, we do. Everything we do, she’s the boss. If I resist, she hits me. We have an older sister, but she favors my twin. My friends don’t want to get involved or are oblivious to it. My parents do nothing. It’s obviously hard to avoid her, and I’m tired of sinking to her level. What can I do? -- Twin Problems Dear Twin: This is extreme sibling rivalry. Bullies are often jealous and insecure. Talk to your school counselor. Then look into switching classes and extracurricular activities so you are not together. Make different friends. Join sports groups outside of school. Be sure to attend different colleges. You and your twin need to separate yourselves and develop independent interests so she no longer feels so threatened by you. And she needs to grow up. Dear Annie: My son and his girlfriend, “Mandy,” have a beautiful baby boy, “Cal,” who is my first grandchild. Mandy also has a daughter, “Lila,” from a previous marriage. Lila is now 4, and Cal, with whom I spend a lot of time, is 2. Lila used to call me “Grandma,” but recently began calling me “Grandma Kay.” Mandy has always kept her distance from me, and I suspect this is a way to keep Lila from getting too close. I am worried that Cal will start calling me by my first name, too. I asked Mandy to have Lila simply call me “Grandma,” but she refused and now laughs when her

daughter calls me Grandma Kay. Cal is already starting to pick up the name. Any advice? -- Just Call Me Grandma Dear Grandma: Where is your son in all this? You should be registering your complaint with him, not Mandy. He might want to point out to his girlfriend that it is in her best interests to get along with you. That said, however, this is not such a big deal. Many children use “Grandma First Name” to distinguish one set of grandparents from the other. It is not an insult and is no reflection on how close and loving the relationship is. Kids also find their own nicknames for grandparents, which is something you can encourage. Please don’t make a fuss over this. Dear Annie: You cautioned “New York” not to get between her husband and his unemployed son who lives with them and frequently threatens suicide. I have a similar situation with my wife and her 49-year-old son. “Tom” has been living under our roof for two years, drawing unemployment. He also has a drinking problem. My wife tolerates his behavior because she worries he might kill himself otherwise. It is hard to communicate with Tom about his directionless behavior, the drinking and the fact that he doesn’t eat. We have planned for him to be out of our house by spring, but we worry that he won’t be able to take care of himself. He refuses counseling or medical help. I know if Tom does not make it on his own, he will end up living with us again, and I fear I will be forced to move out. I have been married to his mother for 30 years. It is sad to know that I may be going into retirement alone. -- East Texas Dear Texas: Alcoholics often have poor eating habits. It’s also possible Tom is suffering from depression and is using alcohol to self-medicate. Since Tom refuses help, please look into Al-Anon ( at 1-800-4AL-ANON (1800-425-2666).

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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DACHSHUNDS puppies health and temperament guaranteed. $400. (603)539-1603.

2000 Ford E-350 Box Truck with 7.3 Diesel engine. 126K miles, 3-speed auto transmission with overdrive. 15 ft. box with pass through, a/c, complete new front end, new rotars, calipers, pads, leaf springs, coil springs & shocks. $5,350. 455-9269

01 Subaru Limited Outback Wagon. Automatic, loaded, heated seats, winter package, dual sun roof. Great condition, 127K, $5,500/obo. 630-1950

ALTON/GILFORD Town Line: Studio, $200 per week, includes utilities, cable and internet. Lake/Beach access. 365-0799.

LABRADOR pups AKC. Extraordinary litter with outstanding pedigrees. All you want in a Lab! Great temperaments. (603)664-2828.

Announcement DRAGONFLY Botanicals Intro to Herbs 4 month Apprenticeship begins Feb. 12th, at Wild Womens Studio, Laconia. Pre-registration required. Go to for more info on 2011 Herb Classes.

Autos 1991 Honda Civic DX Hatchback: Red, automatic, good drive train, will run with new fuel lines. Good car to run or for parts. $350/best offer. 393-7786. 1996 Ford F-350 4-Wheel Drive Dump Truck. 4-speed manual, 27,000 original miles, 9 ft. Fisher plow. $5,250. 455-9269 1997 Ford Ranger 4x4 v6 5speed, 65K miles, new tires and brakes cap, KBB says $4350, first $3250. Meredith 455-4381. 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4X4. 3.7 Liter-V6. Metallic Grey, Leather interior, remote start, sunroof, 23,750 miles. Asking $19,500. 603-267-6605

2004 VOLVO S80 Sedan pristine condition. 165,000/miles, asking $5,500/BO. Silver, black leather interior, 491-1599. 2006 Nissan Maxima 3.5SE red, 95k mi, new tires, great shape. $10,900 obo. 630-2381 2007 Toyota Tundra, dbl. cab, SR5, 65K miles, maroon with black interior $17,500/ bro. 455-8987. ABLE to pay cash, cars average $300, trucks full-size 4x4, $350, truck batteries $8 each, alloy $9 each, in Epping we have scale, $1/ lb. for coded Copper wire, $3.00/ 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.

Top Dollar Paid- $150 and up for unwanted & junk vehiclies. Call 934-4813 WE buy junk cars and trucks. Cash paid on the spot. Available every day. 832-8518

BOATS DOCKS for Rent: 2011 season, Lake Winnisquam point. Parking, bathrooms, showers, launch on site. 603-524-2222.

Business Opportunities LACONIA- Unique opportunity. Laundromat in well established location; Dryers, some equipment needs repairing or replacing. Free rent to get started. $3,000. 603-455-6662

For Rent $500 OFF FIRST MONTHS RENT at Mountain View apartments. 2-bedroom apartment, $700 + utilities; 2-bedroom townhouse, 1.5 bath, large deck, $775 + utilities; Quiet location with laundry and playgrounds. Integrity Realty, Inc. 524-7185.

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: 2-BR, quiet area, big yard. Heat included, $225/week. All housing certificates accepted. 520-1431, 267-0545. BELMONT: 1 bedroom, 2nd floor, coin-op laundry and storage space in basement. $195/week including heat, electric & hot water, 524-1234 BELMONT: 2 Bedrm duplex, w/d hookups. $200 per week + utiliites. Sec/ Refs required. 524-3790 BRISTOL 1BR apt, heat and hot water included. $600 a month. 217-4141 FRANKLIN 1 bedroom heat & hot water included, $550/ mo. First month rent and security deposit, 630-2614 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.

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GILFORD Condo-Country setting, 2-bedroom, 2-baths, laundry, Gunstock views. No smoking/No Pets. $950 + utilities. Call 603-455-9719

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

GILFORD: Owner!s furnished home, ideal for short-term needs, beautiful lakefront views, $800/month. 603-393-7077. GORGEOUS 1-Bedroom condo in Laconia. 1st floor, hardwood floors, open-concept, new appliances. $1,200/Month includes, heat/hot water, cable, Internet, washer/dryer, fitness room access. Not smoking/No pets. 630-8171 LACONIA 1 BDRM Sunny 2nd floor, quiet, handy area. $575/mo.+ References, pet maybe. 528-3649. Laconia 1 Bedroom- Washer/dryer hookup, storage, no pets. Security Deposit & references. $600/mo. + utilities. 520-4353 LACONIA 2-bedroom 2nd floor apartment. Near hospital, clean, washer/dryer hook-up, heat/hot water included. $850/Month. 524-0703 LACONIA cute 1 bedroom 3rd floor apartment. 3 season porch, heat/hot water included. $650/month 524-0703 LACONIA Pleasant St. 1-Bedroom, $750. Studio apartment $650. Heat/hot water included, no pets/smoking. 524-5837 LACONIA Prime 2 bedroom apartment on Gale Ave. Walk to town and beaches. Carpeting, just repainted, private entrance, Garage. $900/month includes heat and hot water. 524-3892.

LACONIA: Close to downtown, 5 room 2-Bedroom, 1.5 baths, first floor, includes 2-car parking, snow removal, landscaping, deck, washer/dryer. $180/week. 4-week security deposit, four weeks 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: Two 1 bedroom apartments available, both on 2nd floor. $180 & $190/week including heat, electric & hot water, 524-1234. LACONIA: Year-round furnished rental. Two bedrm, two bath condo. $800/month No Pets 978-851-2816. LAKEPORT 2 bedroom, all utilities included. No pets. $200 per week. Security deposit. Call 524-5076 MEREDITH- ROOMY 2-bedroom near downtown. Heat/storage included. No pets, non-smoker, References, security & lease required. $750/Month. 455-4075 MEREDITH: 2-Bedroom House, 3/4 bath, washer/dryer hookup, oil FHW. $900/month. No pets. 279-8247, Jim.

LACONIA Waterfront- 2-Bedroom condo, quiet location, ample parking, Clean/renovated, furnished optional. No smoking/pets. $895/month. 603-366-4655.

MEREDITH: Cozy studio near downtown, hardwood floors, storage, heat, hot water included. No pets, non-smoker. References, security required. $500/month. 455-4075.

LACONIA Weirs Blvd 2 BR, 2 bath, one level newly renovated condo year round, balcony with view of lake, pool, no pets, refs and dep req. $900 a month. 366-4341

MEREDITH: In-town 1-bedroom, includes heat, $600/month. Parking w/plowing. No Smoking. No pets. Security deposit. 387-8356.

Laconia- 3-Bedroom, 2nd Floor, Washer/Dryer, Attic Storage, Sunroom, $950/month + Utilities & Security Deposit. No Pets/No Smoking. 387-4471 LACONIA- Bright and sunny sec ond floor apartment in quiet two family home. 5 rooms, 2-Bedrooms, 1 bath, storage, parking, deck, washer/dryer hookups. No Pets/No Smoking. Lease, deposit & references required. $650/Month + utilities. 875-2292 LACONIA- Large Rooms for rent. Private bath, heat/hot water, electric, cable, parking included. $145/week 603-781-6294 LACONIA-DUPLEX 3 bedroom 1/1/2 bath, washer/dryer hookups, garage. $950/month, heat included. References & security deposit. No pets or smokers. 524-7419 Laconia-Large 3 room apartment. $675/Month. Newly painted, off street parking. Utilities not included. Available immediately. References & Security deposit (1 month rent) required. 1 Year lease. 603-524-3759

MUST SEE - LOVELY MEREDITH HOUSE 1st floor of 2-family home, full basement, W/D hookup, close to town, large, 2BR, hardwood floors, porch, $975/month +utilities. No Smoking/Dogs. Security,references. 279-4376

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. NORTHFIELD: 3 bedroom, 2nd floor, coin-op laundry in basement, $250/week including heat, electric & hot water. 524-1234 VACATION Special. Marco Island, Florida/Naples area. Waterfront condo $700/ week $2000/ Month. 603-393-7077. Why Not?

LACONIA: 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom in duplex building, 1st & 2nd floors plus access to attic and basement with laundry hook-ups, $950/month plus utilities, 524-1234. LACONIA: Nice & quiet one bedroom, 2nd floor, good neighborhood, lots of attic storage, laundry hookups, parking, $700/month includes heat. 455-8789. LACONIA: 1-bedroom apartments in clean, quiet, secure downtown building. Very nice and completely renovated. $175/week, includes heat, hot water and electricity. 524-3892. LACONIA: Large 3-Bedroom apartment, washer/dryer hookups, garage, attic & basement space. Backyard $850/month + utilities

For Rent-Vacation Marco Island Waterfront Condo: Floridas southwest destination vacation, starting at $500/week, sleeps 4. 603-393-7077. MARCO ISLAND, FLORIDA: Eagles Nest Timeshare, sleeps 6, 5/27/11-6/10/11, Friday-Friday, $980/Week. Call 603-524-0665.

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


IN-TOWN LACONIA: 2,000 Sq. Ft., possible to 3,500. Loading dock, three phase power, private office, priced like storage but great for your business. $900 per month, includes heat and property tax. Sale possible. AVAILABLE NOW. Kevin Sullivan, Coldwell Banker Commercial, 630-3276. LACONIA- Retail store with office and garage. Great location (1073 Union Ave.) $850/Month + Utilities. Possible sub-divide for right tenant. 603-520-7882 LACONIA Prime retail. 750 sf., parking, includes heat. $550 per month. Also 1325 sf. $675/month Security deposit & references. 455-6662. OFFICE Space for Rent: Includes three large offices, three smaller offices, 2 restrooms, storage room and large reception area in 2,600 sq. ft. Plenty of parking. Monthly rent is $1,700 and includes heat, a/c and electric. Please call Rick at 491-9058.

For Sale 7.5 ft. Plow set up complete, off of 1987 Chevy Truck. Truck is included. $500. 630-0957 AMAZING Beautiful queen or full pillow top mattress set only $249. See ad under “furniture”. BED- Orthopedic 11 inch thick super nice pillowtop mattress & box. 10 Yr. warranty, new-in-plastic. Cost $1,200, sell Queen-$299, Full-$270 King-$450. Can deliver. 235-1773 BEDROOM- 7-piece Solid cherry sleigh. Dresser/Mirror chest & night stand (all dovetail). New-in-boxes cost $2,200 Sell $895. 603-427-2001 Body by Jake Ab Scissor. Very good condition, a few minor cosmetic flaws, scratches, scuffs. $50. 677-6528 Custom Glazed Kitchen Cabinets. Solid maple, never installed. May add/subtract to fit kitchen. Cost $6,000 sacrifice $1,750. 433-4665

Substitute drivers for fixed route systems, demand response routes and box truck pick-up & delivery routes. Positions available Monday through Friday AM and PM shifts. All positions require CDL B with passenger endorsement, air brakes, DOT medical card and excellent driving record. Apply in person at Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc. 2 Industrial Park Drive, Concord, NH or call 225-1989 for an application/information. E.O.E.

PERSONAL CARE ATTENDANT POSITION Please stop by Care & Comfort Nursing,102 Court St., Laconia for an application, call 528-5020 or fax resume to 528-0352.


Tired of living paycheck to paycheck? If you have a good attitude and like people we want you to become part of our team. Fun team atmosphere. Vacations. $500/week but not limited to. Bonuses. Advancement. Start this week. Call for more information Mon & Tues only 603-822-0220.

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OUR salon is seeking an experienced hair technician to add to its growing team! Please apply in person at The Clip Joint, 585 Union Avenue, Laconia, NH.

OFFICE ASSISTANT: Part-time, needed at Harts Turkey Farm Restaurant. Approximately 30 hours per week. Experience needed in hospitality, payroll, accounts payable, and inventory, along with working knowledge of Windows, Excel, and Word. Knowledge of Aloha and Passport programs a plus. Must be flexible and detail oriented. Send resume to PO BOX 664, Meredith, NH 03253 or email Dianne,



Varsity Track Coach This coaching position is for the Spring 2011 Season To submit letter of interest and application, or for more information, contact:

James Chase Athletic Director Laconia High School 345 Union Avenue Laconia, NH 03246 Telephone: 603-524-3350 Applications are available at the high school or online at:


Temporary (24 hours a week until June 30th) travel trainer needed to work with passengers learning to ride transit service. Flexible hours. Potential growth into full-time position beginning July 1. BA and 3 years experience working with senior, low-income, immigrant and/or disability communities preferred. Transit experience and public speaking skills important. Background in ESL a plus. Salary range $13.00-$15.00 per hour. Send resume and cover letter by 2/11/11 to Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc.(T/T), PO Box 1016, Concord NH 03302-1016 EOE

WEATHERIZATION WORKER Full-time/year-round position (37.5 hrs/wk) for Weatherization Department in Concord. Worker should be capable of performing carpentry duties as related to energy improvements and repairs to residential structures. Work includes but is not limited to access to attics, crawl spaces and work from ladders. Salary range is $14.00-$18.00 with full benefits. Candidate must have valid driver!s license and meet Agency insurance requirements. Respond by 2/11/11 to Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc. (WXN), P.O. Box 1016, Concord, NH 03302-1016 or call 603-225-3295 x-1187. E.O.E. Position is ARRA funded.

Elan Publishing Company Small printing/book binding company in Moultonborough is accepting applications for our production team for first and second shifts. Applicant should have mechanical aptitude and be physically capable of standing and performing repetitive lifting. Benefit package includes matching 401k, health, life and disability.

Please stop by Mon-Fri, 9-3pm to fill out an application at 492 Whittier Hwy, Moultonborough

Diesel Mechanic Alvin J. Coleman & Son Inc. is actively seeking a qualified and experienced mechanic to perform repair and preventative maintenance on a fleet of heavy trucks and equipment. Position is full time, year round, and available today. Health Benefits and 401k Available. Stop in or call Jim Drouin Alvin J Coleman & Son, Inc. Rt. 16, Conway, NH 603-447-5936 EOE

Diesel fuel tank with electric pump. $300. 630-0957 Hodgman Quality Hip Waders. Size 9 Cushion insoles, fully guaranteed. New in box, never worn. $25. 677-6528 MAYTAG dryer, large capacity, runs great, $75; Kenmore dorm-size refrigerator (no freezer), $50; Fishtank, stand, hood, filter, heater, 30 gallon, $150 & 35-gallon, $200. Call 630-4158. Also Kohler shower door, $150. 524-1896. TOMTOM GPS Ease- Never used, got 2 for Christmas. $60. Computer Roll Top Desk- Light wood, large piece, many features. Asking $300. Call 524-8306 TORO CCR 2450 GTS 5 HP Snowblower- Like New Condition. $345 OBO. 729-0199 Leave Message

Work 14 shifts in the Month of February and ski for free for the rest of the Season!

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WARD BIRD from page one legally able to challenge at his trial the credibility of the trespasser, Christine Harris, who some say has a troubled history. However, more information on Harris will be allowed to be put into the record on his behalf Tuesday at a two-hour hearing before Gov. John Lynch and the Executive Council on his petition for a pardon or commutation of his sentence. Bird’s lawyer and his supporters say they will make a number of witnesses available — including Harris’s former landlord and a parole officer. The parole officer has said in a letter to the council that “she wouldn’t know the truth if it ran over her in a truck.” Harris, formerly of Salem, has not returned multiple calls left with her lawyer. The landlord, Peter Curro, said he went through “eight months of hell” trying to evict Harris from the house she rented from him in Brentwood in 1997. He said she bred Rottweilers in the house in violation of the lease and left the house covered wall-to-wall in feces and urine. His statements are supported by a report by the local animal control officer.

During the eviction proceedings, Harris sought a court order to stop Curro from harassing her, but the judge called her motion groundless. Harris was convicted of animal cruelty and is appealing that conviction. The jury that convicted Bird in 2008 was not allowed to hear about her convictions because the judge deemed them irrelevant to the case. Property and gun rights advocates have made Bird a cause celebre. “I don’t need people using me as a cause,” Bird told the Associated Press. “I just want to be home with my family.” Lynch and the five council members will hear Bird’s petition Tuesday and deliberate his fate Wednesday, after their regularly scheduled meeting. Lynch does not vote on pardons but can veto the council’s action. He has said he believes pardons are warranted “only under extraordinary circumstances or a gross miscarriage of justice,” and has told the council he opposes an unconditional pardon for Bird. Bird’s saga began March 27, 2006, when Harris arrived

at his home. She had phoned the Bird family the night before asking if they or their relatives had property for sale. They told her they were not interested. Harris said Bird waved a gun at her and repeatedly told her to get off his property during the 10-minute encounter. Bird says he did not take his handgun from his waistband until he turned to reenter his house. Bird did not testify at his trial and now wishes he had. He said he agreed with his attorney that it didn’t seem necessary at the time. Before his trial, Bird was offered a plea deal on a charge of reckless conduct, which would have resulted in probation and no jail time. Bird said he rejected it because he did nothing wrong. He has petitioned for a full pardon. In the past 15 years, only two pardon petitions have been granted — the last one in 2003. If his conviction stands but his sentence is commuted, Bird would go free. But as a convicted felon, he would be barred from possessing firearms.

EGYPT from page 2 new government, saying the situation in Egypt calls for action, not appointments. Publicly, the Obama administration has declined to discuss the subject of Mubarak’s future. However, administration officials said Monday that Washington prefers Mubarak not contest the upcoming vote. They spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of diplomacy. The State Department said that a retired senior diplomat — former ambassador to Egypt Frank Wisner — was now on the ground in Cairo and will meet Egyptian officials to urge them to embrace broad economic and political changes that can pave the way for free and fair elections. The army statement, aired on state TV, said the powerful military recognizes “the legitimacy of the

people’s demands” — the strongest sign yet that it is willing to let the protests continue and even grow as long as they remain peaceful, even if that leads to the fall of Mubarak. If the 82-year-old president, a former air force commander, loses the support of the military, it would likely be a fatal blow to his rule. For days, army tanks and troops have surrounded Tahrir Square, keeping the protests confined but doing nothing to stop people from joining. Military spokesman Ismail Etman said the military “has not and will not use force against the public” and underlined that “the freedom of peaceful expression is guaranteed for everyone.” He added the caveats, however, that protesters should not commit “any act that destabilizes security of the country” or damage property.

Looting that erupted over the weekend across the city of around 18 million eased — but Egyptians endured another day of the virtual halt of normal life, raising fears of damage to the economy if the crisis drags on. Trains stopped running Monday, possibly an attempt by authorities to prevent residents of the provinces from joining protests in the capital. A curfew imposed for a fourth straight day — starting an hour earlier, at 3 p.m. — was widely ignored. Banks, schools and the stock market in Cairo were closed for the second working day, making cash tight. An unprecedented complete shutdown of the Internet was also in its fourth day. Long lines formed outside bakeries as people tried to replenish their stores of bread.


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