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Governor & Executive Council commute remainder of Ward Bird’s sentence; he should be home today 5 councilors were willing to grant M’borough man a full pardon but governor wouldn’t go along By Michael Kitch THE LACONIA DAILY SUN

CONCORD — Following the unanimous decision of Governor John Lynch and the Executive Council to commute his three-anda-half year sentence for criminal threatening forthwith yesterday, tonight Ward Bird will sleep under his own roof for the first time since he went to prison in November.

All five councilors voted to grant Bird a full pardon, which would have not only have commuted his sentence but also erased his conviction, but Lynch negated the vote, forcing the council to settle for commuting the sentence. Although free, Bird remains a convicted felon without the right to possess firearms. Bird’s wife, Virginia, told Associated

Press that during a late afternoon telephone conversation her husband, he proclaimed that he’s not a prisoner anymore. She said that while he’s disappointed he didn’t get a full pardon, he told her that could be dealt with another day by applying to the court to have the conviction annulled. Carroll County corrections officials said see Ward BIrd page 10

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Australian costal towns hard hit by cyclone

INNISFAIL, Australia (AP) — A powerful cyclone ripped across Australia’s northeast coast early Thursday, blasting apart houses, laying waste to banana crops and leaving boats lying in the streets of wind- and wave-swept towns. Emergency services fanned out as day broke to assess the damage across a disaster zone stretching more than 190 miles (300 kilometers) in Queensland state, using chain saws and other equipment to cut through trees and other debris blocking roads. Premier Anna Bligh said no deaths or serious injuries had been reported but bad news could yet emerge from many places still cut off. Several thousand people were expected to be left homeless, she said. Cyclone Yasi was moving inland and losing power Thursday. But drenching rains were still falling, adding woes to a state where Australia’s worst flooding in decades has killed 35 people since late November. Hundreds of thousands of people spent the night huddled in see CYCLONE page 9

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Blood in Cairo square as Mubarak backers & foes clash CAIRO (AP) — Supporters of President Hosni Mubarak charged into Cairo’s central square on horses and camels brandishing whips while others rained firebombs from rooftops in what appeared to be an orchestrated assault against protesters trying to topple Egypt’s leader of 30 years. Three people died and 600 were injured. The protesters accused Mubarak’s regime of unleashing a force of paid thugs and plainclothes police to crush their unprecedented 9-day-old movement, a day after the 82-yearold president refused to step down. They showed off police ID badges they said were wrested from their attackers. Some government workers said their employers ordered them into the streets. Mustafa el-Fiqqi, a top official from the ruling National Democratic Party, told The Associated Press that businessmen connected to the ruling party were responsible for what happened.

The notion that the state may have coordinated violence against protesters, who had kept a peaceful vigil in Tahrir Square for five days, prompted a sharp rebuke from the Obama administration. “If any of the violence is instigated by the government, it should stop immediately,” said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. The clashes marked a dangerous new phase in Egypt’s upheaval: the first significant violence between government supporters and opponents. The crisis took a sharp turn for the worse almost immediately after Mubarak rejected the calls for him to give up power or leave the country, stubbornly proclaiming he would die on Egyptian soil. His words were a blow to the protesters. They also suggest that authorities want to turn back the clock to the tight state control enforced before the protests began. Mubarak’s supporters turned up on the

streets Wednesday in significant numbers for the first time. Some were hostile to journalists and foreigners. Two Associated Press correspondents and several other journalists were roughed up in Cairo. State TV had reported that foreigners were caught distributing anti-Mubarak leaflets, apparently trying to depict the movement as foreign-fueled. After midnight, 10 hours after the clashes began, the two sides were locked in a standoff at a street corner, with the antiMubarak protesters hunkered behind a line of metal sheets hurling firebombs back and forth with government backers on the rooftop above. The rain of bottles of flaming gasoline set nearby cars and wreckage on the sidewalk ablaze. The scenes of mayhem were certain to add to the fear that is already running high in this capital of 18 million people see next page

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican drive to repeal the year-old health care law ended in party-line defeat in the Senate on Wednesday, leaving the Supreme Court to render a final, unpredictable verdict on an issue steeped in political and constitutional controversy. The vote was 47-51. Moments earlier, the Senate had agreed to make one relatively minor change in the law, voting to strip out a paperwork requirement for businesses.

President Barack Obama, who has vowed to veto any total repeal of his signature legislative accomplishment, has said he would accept the change. It does not directly affect health care. Republicans conceded in advance their attempt at total repeal would fall short. But they also said they had accomplished an objective of forcing rank and file Democrats to take a position on an issue that reverberated in the 2010 campaign and may play a role in 2012.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said the vote marked an opportunity for Democrats who voted for the bill last year “to listen to those who have desperately been trying to get your attention.” “To say, yes, maybe my vote for this bill was a mistake, and that we can do better,” McConnell said. Democrats worked to minimize any political repercussions, a concern for a party already acutely aware it must defend see OBAMACARE page 11

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Bill Belichick named NFL School janitor kills Calif. elementary principal was called a dedicated leader by Bob Wells, execuPLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A school janitor Coach of the Year again tive director of the Association of California School was arrested Wednesday in the killing of a North-

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NEW DURHAM (AP) — Two women in New Durham, N.H., have been charged with assaulting a third woman and abusing her son, including trying to starve the boy and forcing him to sit naked in a snowbank. Prosecutors told Foster’s Daily Democrat that the woman and her now 7-year-old son had been living with 53-year-old Peggy Starr and Starr’s 31-yearold daughter, Christina Thomas, for years when the relationship became abusive. Starr is accused of hitting the boy with a spatula in 2009 and making him sit in a snowbank in early 2010. Thomas is accused of trying to starve the boy between 2006 and last year, holding a knife to the mother’s throat and hitting her in the face. Foster’s Daily Democrat says Thomas and Starr are scheduled for arraignment Feb. 8.

New Ipswich woman seeks pardon for 1982 crime committed when she was ‘young & stupid’

CONCORD (AP) — A New Hampshire mother of three is asking the Executive Council to pardon a felony she committed when she was a teen because it is hampering her efforts to get a good job. Forty-nine-year-old Susan Winter of New Ipswich says she was young, stupid and drunk when she fled from a Nashua police officer in 1982. She had several other felonies annulled, but state law bars annulments for escape. Winter says she gets no calls back on job applications after revealing she has a felony conviction. She says it’s a shadow of a troubled youth that she desperately wants to leave behind. Her testimony on Wednesday came on the heels of the council’s vote to commute Ward Bird’s threeyear sentence for brandishing a gun at a trespasser.

ern California elementary school principal who was hailed as a role model for other educators. No children were hurt in the late-morning shooting in the office at Louisiana Schnell Elementary School in Placerville, but one student may have witnessed the shooting, Police Chief George Nielson said. Principal Sam LaCara, 50, died in the attack, Nielson said. Authorities said they arrested janitor John Luebbers, 44, at his home about an hour after launching a manhunt. Investigators were trying to determine a motive for the shooting about 50 miles east of Sacramento. LaCara, who died at Marshall Medical Center,

Administrators. “Sam has been a role model to school leaders for his dedication to students and to public schools,” Wells said. LaCara had served as a treasurer of the group. Nielson was asked by reporters if Luebbers had been laid off. The chief said that possibility was part of the investigation, but he was uncertain about Luebbers’ employment status. “There may have been some kind of dispute between the principal and the custodian,” Nielson said. Police do not believe the janitor had a criminal history.

from preceding page weekend of looting and lawlessness and the escape of thousands of prisoners from jails in the chaos. Soldiers surrounding Tahrir Square fired occasional shots in the air throughout the day but did not appear to otherwise intervene in the fierce clashes and no uniformed police were seen. Most of the troops took shelter behind or inside the armored vehicles and tanks stationed at the entrances to the square. “Why don’t you protect us?” some protesters shouted at the soldiers, who replied they did not have orders to do so and told people to go home. “The army is neglectful. They let them in,” said Emad Nafa, a 52-year-old among the protesters, who for days had showered the military with affection for its neutral stance. Some of the worst street battles raged near the Egyptian Museum at the edge of the square. Progovernment rioters blanketed the rooftops of nearby buildings and hurled bricks and firebombs onto the crowd below — in the process setting a tree ablaze inside the museum grounds. Plainclothes police at the building entrances prevented anti-Mubarak protesters from storming up to stop them. The two sides pummeled each other with chunks of concrete and bottles at each of the six entrances to the sprawling plaza, where 10,000 anti-Mubarak protesters tried to fend off more than 3,000 attackers who besieged them. Some on the pro-government side waved machetes, while the square’s defenders filled the air with a ringing battlefield din by banging metal fences with sticks. In one almost medieval scene, a small contingent of pro-Mubarak forces on horseback and camels rushed into the anti-government crowds, trampling

several people and swinging whips and sticks. Protesters dragged some riders from their mounts, throwing them to the ground and beating their faces bloody. The horses and camels appeared to be ones used to give tourists rides around Cairo. Dozens of men and women pried up pieces of the pavement with bars and ferried the piles of ammunition in canvas sheets to their allies at the front. Others directed fighters to streets needing reinforcements. The protesters used a subway station as a makeshift prison for the attackers they managed to catch. They tied the hands and legs of their prisoners and locked them inside. People grabbed one man who was bleeding from the head, hit him with their sandals and threw him behind a closed gate. Some protesters wept and prayed in the square where only a day before they had held a joyous, peaceful rally of a quarter-million, the largest demonstration so far. Egyptian Health Minister Ahmed Sameh Farid said three people died and at least 611 were injured in Tahir Square. One of those killed fell from a bridge near the square; Farid said the man was in civilian clothes but may have been a member of the security forces. Farid did not say how the other two victims, both young men, were killed. It was not clear whether they were government supporters or anti-Mubarak demonstrators. After years of tight state control, protesters emboldened by the uprising in Tunisia took to the streets on Jan. 25 and mounted a once-unimaginable series of demonstrations across this nation of 80 million. For the past few days, protesters who camped out in Tahrir Square reveled in a new freedom — publicly expressing their hatred for the Mubarak regime.

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The left takes aim at a successful, Christian business Here’s a modest proposal for liberals who say they support job creation: Stop smearing successful, law-abiding private companies whose values don’t comport with yours. I’m looking at you, New York Times. Chick-fil-A is an American success story. Founded by Georgian entrepreneur Truett Cathy in 1946, the family-owned chicken-sandwich chain is one of the country’s largest fast-food businesses. It employs some 50,000 workers across the country at 1,500 outlets in nearly 40 states and the District of Columbia. The company generates more than $2 billion in revenue and serves millions of happy customers with trademark Southern hospitality. So, what’s the problem? Well, Chick-fil-A is run by devout Christians who believe in strong marriages, devoted families and the highest standards of character for their workers. The restaurant chain’s official corporate mission is to “glorify God” and “enrich the lives of everyone we touch.” The company’s community service initiatives, funded through its WinShape Foundation, support foster care, scholarship, summer camp and marriage enrichment programs. On Sunday, all Chick-fil-A stores close so workers can spend the day at worship and rest. For the left, these Biblically based corporate principles constitute high social justice crimes and misdemeanors. Democrats are always ready to invoke religion to support their big government, taxpayerfunded initiatives (Obamacare, illegal alien amnesty, increased education spending and FCC regulatory expansion, for starters). But when an independent company — thriving on its own merits in the marketplace — wears its soul on its sleeve, suddenly it’s a theocratic crisis. Over the past month, several progressive activist blogs have waged an ugly war against Chick-fil-A. The company’s alleged atrocity: One of its independent outlets in Pennsylvania donated some sandwiches and brownies to a marriage seminar run by the Pennsylvania Family Institute, which happens to oppose samesex marriage. In the name of tolerance, the antiChick-fil-A hawks sneered at the company’s main product as “Jesus Chicken,” derided its no-Sunday work policy and attacked its operators as “anti-gay.” Michael Jones, who describes himself as having “worked in the field of human rights communications for a decade, most recently for Harvard Law School,” launched an online petition drive at “demanding” that

the company disavow “extreme antigay groups.” Facebook users dutifully organized witch hunts against the company on college campuses. Over the weekend, New York Times reporter Kim Severson gave the Chick-fil-A bashers a coveted Sunday A-section megaphone — repeatedly parroting the “Chick-filA is anti-gay” slur and raising fears of “evangelical Christianity’s muscle flexing” with only the thinnest veneer of journalistic objectivity. Severson, you see, is an openly gay advocate of same-sex marriage equality herself and the former vice-president of the identity politics-mongering National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association. In a bitter op-ed on gay marriage laws not changing quickly enough, she asserted: “I don’t want the crumbs. I want the whole cake.” Severson has voiced complaints about her social and economic status as an unwed lesbian with a partner and child in several media publications. None of this was disclosed in Severson’s advocacy journalism hit job on Chick-fil-A. But therein lies the unofficial motto of The Gray Lady: All the ideological conflicts of interest unfit to print. Progressive groups are gloating over Chick-fil-A’s public relations troubles exacerbated by the nation’s politicized paper of record. This is not because they care about winning hearts and minds over gay rights or marriage policy, but because their core objective is to marginalize political opponents and chill Christian philanthropy and activism. The fearsome “muscle flexing” isn’t being done by innocent job-creators selling chicken sandwiches and waffle fries. It’s being done by the hysterical bullies trying to drive them off of college grounds and out of their neighborhoods in the name of “human rights.” Remember: These were the same tactics the left-wing mob used in California to intimidate supporters of the Proposition 8 traditional marriage initiative. Individual donors were put on an “Anti-Gay Black List.” Businesses who contributed money to the Prop. 8 campaign were besieged by fist-wielding protesters. The artistic director of the California Musical Theatre was forced to resign over his $1,000 donation. Message: Associate with the wrong political cause and you will pay. So much for national “civility.” (Syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin is the daughter of Filipino Immigrants. She was born in Philadelphia, raised in southern New Jersey and now lives with her husband and daughter in Maryland. Her weekly column is carried by more than 100 newspapers.)

LETTERS Being a legislator is not running with your personal agendas To the editor, We are a month into our 167th N.H. General Court session. We all heard the rhetoric during the campaign season, cut spending, create jobs and restore the N.H. advantage. I have to wonder was it genuine or was it just simply reciting what people so desperately wanted to hear and hope for, just to get elected. Being a N.H. legislator consumes many, many hours of commitment. I have been amazed by some of our past legislators and often wonder how they kept up with that constant dedication to their constituents. I commend them to this day. Although the session has just begun I am voicing my disappointment with some actions of our new legislators here in Belknap County. I am sure that being a freshman legislator can be somewhat overwhelming. Maybe when they ran for office they didn’t know that they would have to sit on more than one committee and be part of the County Delegation. When I see that our legislators are already showing tardiness and missing important finance briefings in Concord, I am disappointed. When absent for the

subcommittee on Belknap County Economic Development Commission meeting, I am disappointed. When I see that one of our freshman legislators wants to “wrangle” with the commission to demand cutting over $140,000 from our Belknap County Nursing Home (our seniors), when it isn’t possible, I am disappointed. Maybe these people just don’t have a clue or they just don’t care but they ran for office and took the oath to bear faith and true allegiance to the citizens of N.H. and to uphold the Constitution thereof. Being a N.H. Legislator should be taken seriously regardless that it is a volunteer job. Being a legislator is not running with your own personal agendas it is working for your constituents, each and every one of them. It is responding to and listening to your constituent’s thoughts and concerns. When the callowness wears off hopefully they will do what they were elected to do, represent us. As I have said before, vote for the person and not necessarily the party! Carla Horne Meredith

Don’t change 45/30 MPH, it’s a common sense law that works To the editor, An open letter to our legislators: Please don’t be fooled by the out of state folks who are trying to convince you that speed limits are unnecessary on Lake Winnipesaukee. The common sense speed limits of 45 MPH day and 30 MPH night are working and make the lake a safer, and calmer place for all to enjoy! Pontoon boats, sail boats, small runabouts and kayaks travel the waters all over the Lake, including the broads. Reverting back to having these small craft avoid boats traveling at 80 MPH and more is unnecessary, dangerous and not the tourist and family friendly message we need to send out about Lake Winnipesaukee. Reverting to a definition of “prudent and reasonable” speed is unenforceable and fraught with interpretation – what if we had prudent and reasonable speed as the basis on I-93? Many would still continue to travel at

only takes a few to create havoc and dangerous situations, would choose to travel at 90, 100 MPH or more. Crazy, right? Yet that is exactly what is being proposed by the fast boaters group. They also would want no speed limits on The Broads. Dangerous idea again, as The Broads are some of the most heavily traveled portions of the Lake. This area is the “intersection” for boats traveling north/south (from the main southern towns of Alton/Wolfeboro to northern towns of Meredith/ Weirs/Center Harbor) and those boats traveling east/west to get to camps, islands and/or just enjoying a sail in the prevailing winds. We did NOT send our legislators to Concord to waste time changing a common sense law that works. Leave the 45/30 speed limit alone on Lake Winnipesaukee and focus on pressing issues for our great state. Muriel Robinette

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LETTERS Compare Obama’s reaction to events in Iraq & Egypt. Make sense? To the editor, Comparing his administration’s reactions to the protests in Egypt and Iran, makes one wonder about President Obama’s Foreign Policy objectives. Iran is a fundamentalist Muslim dictatorship. For decades it has sponsored terrorism and worked for the destruction of Israel. It has stated its desire to destroy the United States. Iran continues to arm, train, and inspire rebels in Iraq causing thousands of American casualties. Iran is building a nuclear bomb to further threaten regional and world stability. In 2009 huge numbers of Iranians peacefully protested the fraudulent re-election of the fundamentalist Muslim government rather than the more moderate, more pro-Western alternative. The Iranian government acted severely, beating and imprisoning protesters, and causing the deaths or disappearance of between 500 and 3000 protesters. Did President Obama condemn these actions and call for the Iranian government to step down? No. Did he encourage those protesting for a more moderate and more pro-Western government? No. Egypt under Mubarak has been a friend. Egypt has been an ally in the war on terror, it has a long standing peace treaty with Israel, it has worked to stop shipments of weapons to Gaza, it is religiously and politically moderate, and it has been a calming influence in the Middle East. In a country with 80-million people, about 300-thousand are protesting with calls for one million protesters. Agitators from Hamas and Hesbollah and the Muslim Brotherhood are flooding into Egypt to heat up what has been mostly peaceful protests. Their objectives are to replace the current government with an strict Muslim fundamentalist government. In this situation the Obama administration has quickly called Egyptian President Mubarak “out of touch” with his people and called for him to negotiate with the protesters, to step aside, and to quickly turn control over

to a new government which includes the Muslim Brotherhood, a radical fundamentalist Muslim organization dedicated to Sharia Law and the destruction of Israel and the United States, it is the organization that spawned Hamas and Hesbollah. Although Vice President Biden wouldn’t call Mubarak a dictator, it is likely that an abrupt transition will end up replacing his government with a fundamentalist Muslim dictatorship like Iran. The Obama administration’s actions are eerily similar to the Carter administration’s actions when it withdrew support from the Shah of Iran letting Iran be taken over by Muslim fundamentalists. Consider how that turned out. These different responses are reminiscent of other Obama foreign policy actions. President Obama’s treatment of Great Britain, our longest and strongest ally were decidedly cool, perhaps even offensive. His treatment of the Israeli Prime Minister, the only real democracy and our strongest ally in the Middle East, was downright rude. His treatment of China, a dictatorship which manipulates its currency, uses prison labor to undercut free world labor, has a dreadful human rights record, is building a military to threaten its neighbors and others, which encourages the rogue regime in North Korea, and which is currently imprisoning its recent Nobel Peace Prize recipient, is friendly and respectful. Every parent knows that rewarding bad behavior encourages more of it. And, punishing desired behavior results in less of it. The Obama administration foreign policy seems to be to punish friendly nations and reward nations that act against American interests and against peace and freedom in the World. How such a policy advances American interests or how it leads to a more peaceful world offering better lives for more people is a mystery to me. Don Ewing Meredith

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anything about it. Granite State, first to vote, or even a mountain to ski. My family is Gilford educated and thank goodness for that. N.H. has put them leaps and bounds ahead of so many other states. I couldn’t be more proud to call New Hampshire home, and to be one of only a few to represent this wonderful state in the greatest army the world knows. Keep up the great work, and a special thanks to all of the teachers, educators, and volunteers that provide our children with a wonderful education. God bless America! Pfc. Timothy Neuenfeldt Fort Sam Houston TX

No election day bake sale because of M’borough moderator’s edict? To the editor, Fans of the Moultonborough Women’s Club bake sales, please note that there will probably not be a bake sale at the Life Safety Building on March 8th, town election day. For

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MOULTONBOROUGH — After about two hours of resident testimony and debate, a divided Planning Board voted on Monday night to send a sign ordinance to voters that would allow temporary signs advertising rental properties, including off-premises signs. Presently, the town’s sign ordinance allows temporary signs advertising property for sale but other real estate signs require a permit. However, as became clear during the night’s discussion, the ordinance restricting rental signs has been enforced only as residents complain, allowing many property owners to post signage without repercussion. The sign amendment was one of seven planning ordinance changes discussed on Monday night. The amendment would allow, “Temporary real estate signs advertising property on which the signs are located, not exceeding three feet by four feet in size and limited to two signs per lot.” The amendment would also allow off-site signage in compliance with the town’s rules regulating similar activity. “I continue to be concerned with this,” said Planning Board member Peter Jensen. “I’m in favor of allowing ‘for lease’ and ‘for rent’ when the intent is to bring in a resident for a structure,” he said, adding that his concern was allowing signage for the commercial rental industry. “This came to us in a flurry of activity,” said Board member Jane Fairchild, who she wouldn’t support the amendment’s passage because she felt it needed further work. “I feel this is primitive. For us to wade into now, this could be a can of worms.” She feared a “possible proliferation of rental or for lease signs... I think this is not ready for prime time. I don’t frankly, know why we are doing this. I think we should let this go.” However, those were the only board members against the amendment. Keith Nelson, an alternate board member seated on Monday night, said, “I feel we would be precluding homeowners putting their homes up for rent.” Those who have, in the past, been able to post signs without trouble would no longer be able to do so, he surmised, because of the attention the issue has received of late. “I’m not prepared to take the owners’ rights away from them.” Board member Ed Charest’s also supported the measure. “I would like to see this go forward. In a participatory democracy, the people have the right to make decisions, but they can’t make the choice if it’s never given to

them.” He didn’t fear “proliferation” of signs, he said, but noted that any problems can be addressed in subsequent rule changes. “If they’re ungodly, we’ll get rid of them.” Natt King said the rental signs are something the town has allowed “by defaul” for years and hasn’t seen them become a problem. “I believe homeowners have a very basic right ot advertise their property for sale or lease.” Residents, when given an opportunity to speak, were almost unanimously opposed to the amendment. Eric Taussig, reading from a prepared statement that he distributed to the board, identified himself as the person who identified the dischord between regulation and reality. He agreed that the town could wait a year to refine the amendment. “The non-urgent nature of this proposal can be easily discerned by the fact that nothing has changed for 17 years and, had I not come into this board to complain about violations of the ordinance, we would not be sitting here tonight discussion this proposal. Within the shortest period that I can recall a proposal being considered, an amendment to allow rental signs was drafted for consideration by the board, even though no one, especially me, who complained about the violation, requested a change.” Taussig said his concern was not with the property owners who advertise and manage their own rentals, but with “third-parties”, the several companies who manage hundreds of rental properties in Moultonborough, most of which are in waterfront neighborhoods. “For no less than 17 years, the town’s zoning ordinance has not permitted ‘for rent’ signs that advertise off-site real estate rental brokers, as such signs are a red flag that houses are vacant that leads to vandalism and break-ins . . . Do we need to red flag these houses and place a burden on our citizens and the police for the sake of off premises broker advertising.” Marlene Taussig said the proliferation of signs would change the landscape of the town’s neighborhoods. “I don’t think anyone who loves Moultonborough wants to see it become Weirs Beach, I think that is what’s happening and it’s sad.” She was concerned about increasing criminal activity because of the rental signs and said, “I think it bears further review.” Judy Ballard said the amendment hadn’t been “thought through.” “The main weakness I see is the parameters see next page

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MOULTONBOROUGH — With the two perpetrators of one of the largest Ponzi schemes in the state either in or on their way to prison, the bankruptcy trustees have set their sights on the Center Harbor Christian Church to recover some of the stolen money. The church, a small congregation on Bean Road in Moultonborough, is run by Pastor Robert Farah — the father of Scott Farah the former president of Financial Resources Mortgage Inc. and the alleged mastermind behind the scheme that defrauded nearly 500 people of $33-million. “We’re a very poor church,” said Robert Farah on Tuesday afternoon. “I don’t know what they hope to get.” In his pleading Bankruptcy Trustee Steven Notinger said he has identified $382,000 given to the Center Harbor Christian Church over the last four years of FRM’s existence, largely in the form of an $850 weekly tithe by Scott Farah. Initially, the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission had filed suit against CHCC, naming it as a relief defendant in its suit against Scott Farah and Donald Dodge. The SEC suit was dismissed against Farah, Dodge and the CHCC in an agreement with the bankruptcy trustee that U.S. Bankruptcy Court was the proper venue for recovery of any assets. The Daily Sun has also learned that the bankruptcy trustees have reached out to individuals victimized from preceding page have not been adequately defined,” she said, wondering how “temporary” could be interpreted and what penalties would be in place. “Too much discretion is given to the sign owner. I predict terrible problems with this in future years.” Julie Healy, who noted that most signs in town currently advertise Ward Bird’s pardon campaign, said, “I can tell by this board, you’re not prepared to pass this.” Jerry Albright, who said he was a real estate appraiser, said, “For every bank appraisal I do, I am required to do an estimate of how many properties in the class are occupied by owners, rented or vacant.” He said he was trained to count “for rent” signs

by FRM and its servicing arm CL&M and asked them to provide any information they can use to prove Robert Farah used his pastorship to persuade people to do business with FRM and his son Scott. “We have heard anecdotally that such persons exist and we want to talk to them...” wrote Deborah Notinger one of the trustee’s attorneys. She is also his wife. In the immediate fallout of the sudden collapse of FRM, nearly $3.2-million in liens were filed against Robert Farah for his alleged involvement in his son’s business. While the senior Farah has said he gave his son money to help start up the business in the late 1980s, he has steadfastly maintained that he had nothing to do with running or operating the business and was as much of a victim as anyone else. In the wake of the liens, Robert Farah filed for personal bankruptcy and in Febrary on 2010, Bankruptcy Judge J. Michael Deasy ruled his bankruptcy should be co-administered with the involuntary bankruptcy of FRM. To that end, the trustee forced the sale of Robert Farah’s waterfront home on Alpine Drive in Moultonborough garnering $15,000 for the estate with most of the rest going to satisfy the outstanding mortgage with Deutschebank. Because it is a church, the CHCC does not pay taxes to the town of Moultonborough but in 2010, their on-line records had the building and see next page to arrive at his estimate. “If there is a profusion of rental signs, that neighborhood might be in flux... a profusion of signs could definitely be viewed as a negative.” Tom Howard was the only resident to speak in favor of the amendment. “I think the board has adequately determined there is an issue here, please forward this amendment.” Board Chair Joanne Coppinger was joined by Nelson, King, Charest and Chris Maroun in voting to send the amendment to voters, while Jensen and Fairchild voted in the minority. “Next year we will be tweaking it, no doubt,” predicted Coppinger. Voters will be able to adopt or reject the amendment during the town’s ballot voting on March 8.

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council had information that was never presented to the jury, which indicated “a miscarriage of justice.” “We want to be fair to Ward Bird, his family and friends,” Lynch began and then, distancing himself from Wheeler and Wieczorek, said “I don’t know what the facts are. We don’t know.” Like St. Hilaire, he too was “hesitant to substitute our judgement for the comprehensive review by the judicial branch.” However, he remarked bluntly that “the punishment doesn’t fit the crime.” St. Hilaire’s first moved to commute Bird’s sentence but that initiative failed with only two votes, his own and Burton’s. When Wheeler’s motion to grant a full pardon carried unanimously only to be quashed by Lynch, the council unanimously adopted and the governor accepted St. Hilaire’s original motion. (The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

charities, and state and local governments file income tax forms every time they purchase $600 or more in goods. It was approved 81-17, after Republicans pointed out it had originally been their idea. Across the street from the Capitol, Democrats convened a Judiciary Committee hearing to solicit testimony on the constitutionality of the law they passed and Obama signed months ago. “Many who argue the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional are the same people who condemn judicial activism,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who presided.

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Armand J. ‘Peewee’ Gilbert, 77 LACONIA — Armand J. “Peewee” Gilbert, 77, of 46 Spring Street, died at his home on Tuesday, February 1, 2011. He was the widower of Julia K. (Silva) Gilbert who died April 11, 2010. Mr. Gilbert was born March 28, 1933 in Laconia, the son of Eugene and Mary (Maheux) Gilbert. He was a lifelong Laconia resident where he attended Sacred Heart Schools. He served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War. Mr. Gilbert had been employed at Aavid for twenty-six years, retiring in 2006. He had formerly been employed at the Belknap Mill in Laconia until it closed. He and his wife enjoyed taking car rides, being around family and mowing his grass. Survivors include a son, Armand “Pete” Gilbert II and his wife, Brenda, of Laconia; two daughters, Helen Persons of Colorado and Linda Sargent and her husband, Kevin, of Tilton; nine grandchildren, Angie Sargent, Jessica Sargent, Samantha Nawakowski, Renee Persons, Tyra Branon, Tiffany Gilbert, Alicia Gilbert, Amber Gilbert and Shayla Gilbert; three brothers, Laurent Gilbert of Belmont, Leo Gilbert of Belmont, Roger Gilbert of Sanbornton; three sisters, Marguerite Gilbert Walker of Laconia,

Grace Gilbert Abbot of Tenn., Alice Gilbert Brown of Gilford and many nephews and nieces. In addition to his parents and his wife, Mr. Gilbert was predeceased by three brothers, Arthur Gilbert, Maurice Gilbert and Robert Gilbert and by three sisters, Cecilla Flynn, Renea LeBrun and Stella Marsh. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, February 6, 2011 from 3:00-5:00 PM in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-BeaneSimoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N. H. A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, February 7, 2010 at 11:00 AM also in the Carriage House of the Funeral Home. Spring burial will be in the family lot in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Laconia, N.H. For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society Food Pantry, 1269 Union Ave., Laconia, NH 03246. Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N. H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to

Hazel C. Quain, 89 TILTON — Hazel Celia (Elliott) Quain, 89, a longtime resident of Tilton passed away on January 31, 2011 in Clearwater Beach, FL following a period of failing health. Hazel was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Dr. Samanto Quain, DDS who died August 3, 2009. She was born in Tilton, April 27, 1921, daughter of Ernest and Agnes (Deware) Elliott. Hazel was a graduate of Tilton School. She is survived by her daughter, Sandra (Quain) Krizman and her son-in-law Scott Krizman of New York and Connecticut and her daughter, Suzane Quain of Clearwater Beach, FL, her grandchildren, Craig Farnum and his wife Colleen of Reno, NV, Samantha (Farnum) Gorman and her husband Christopher Gorman of Merrick, NY and John Farnum of

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Mark S. Torres, 44 METHUEN, Mass. — Mark S. Torres, 44, died Friday, January 28, 2011 at the Lawrence General Hospital after a snowmobiling accident in Methuen. He was born in Lawrence and is the son of Jean (Van Scyoc) Torres of Dracut and the late John R. Torres. Mark lived his entire life in Methuen and attended the Methuen Public Schools. He was a service technician for Comcast in North Reading. Mark enjoyed spending time with his wife, AnnMarie. They vacationed in Ireland, Italy, and the Caribbean. They also spent a great deal of time with her family in Laconia, NH. Mark had many family members and a large group of friends who enjoyed his company and his zest for life. He cherished spending time with his 19 nieces and nephews and was loved by them all. Mark loved living on the Merrimack River and his neighbors there were like his extended family. Mark enjoyed operating all types of motor vehicles. He began riding motor cross bikes when he was twelve years old and competed on an amateur level. As an

adult, he was passionate about riding dirt bikes, four wheelers, and motorcycles. He had a life-long passion for spending time outdoors on his recreational vehicles. He is survived by his loving wife, AnnMarie (Cedrone) Torres; brothers, Richard J. Torres and his wife Cathy of Andover, James E. Torres and his wife Cheryl of Methuen, Michael E. Torris and his wife Marie of Atkinson, N.H. and Christopher D. Torres of Methuen and a sister, Susan J. Morgan and her husband William, Jr. of Pelham, N.H. There are also many nieces and nephews. ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends may call on Thursday, February 3, 2011 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the Cataudella Funeral Home 126 Pleasant Valley St. Methuen. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, February 4, 2011 at 11:00 AM in St. Francis Church, Dracut. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery, Methuen. Memorial contributions may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice 360 Merrimack St. Bldg.9 Lawrence, MA 01843. For directions and online condolences please visit our website at

Moultonborough One Book One Community kicks off with presentation by author Pam Flowers today MOULTONBOROUGH — One Book One Community will kick off a full roster of activities and events with a presentation by Alaskan author Pam Flowers at Moultonborough Academy at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 3. One Book One Community is currently reading the sled dog book “Woodsong” by Gary Paulsen. In keeping with the theme, Flowers, accompanied by one of her sled dogs, will show a media presentation of her 2,500 mile trek across Alaska to Canada.

Flowers’ appearance complements a number of other One Book One Community events including Chinook Dog Talk by Bob Cottrell on February 10, After School Sled Dog Craft Activity on February 16, Sandwich Sled Dog Spaghetti Dinner on February 18. A Potluck Dinner to be held at the Lions Club on March 13 will culminate the schedule. For more information, call Diane Campbell, chairman of One Book One Community, at 253-4656 or e-mail

Music legend Jonathan Edwards to perform at The Folk Gallery of Wolfeboro Concert Series Feb. 10 WOLFEBORO — Legendary singer/songwriter Jonathan Edwards will perform at The Folk Gallery of Wolfeboro Concert Series at the Wolfeboro Inn at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 10. Edwards has been entertaining audiences for more than four decades with his guitar playing and

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). When you do good deeds, you will do them with passion. If you can muster the same degree of passion that bad men cultivate while doing evil, then you will provide a much-needed counterbalance. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The one you admire needs someone to lean on and will look for signs of compassion and kindness. Relax and let your natural goodness shine through. A magic connection happens tonight. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). If you find yourself saying, “What could possibly go wrong?” it is a sign that you shouldn’t be counting on that particular scenario to go anything but terribly askew. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Being decisive can show your confidence and power. However, right now you are better off leaving your options open. Play the field. If you don’t have to decide, put it off. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You will miraculously transform a situation that is clearly not in your favor into something that will ultimately benefit you. Pat yourself on the back now, and then enjoy it when others do the same two weeks from now. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Not only will you gain immense satisfaction from attempting to improve your performance over yesterday’s scores, but you will also succeed in the effort. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You just can’t keep a secret today. However you try, your body language will not be able to hold back your true feelings. You will telegraph your hopes, fears, stresses and triumphs.

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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Thursday, Feb. 3, the 34th day of 2011. There are 331 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 3, 1959, rock-and-roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson died in a small plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. On this date: In 1811, American newspaper editor Horace Greeley was born in Amherst, N.H. In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln and Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens held a shipboard peace conference off the Virginia coast; the talks deadlocked over the issue of Southern autonomy. In 1924, the 28th president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, died in Washington, D.C., at age 67. In 1930, the chief justice of the United States, William Howard Taft, resigned for health reasons. (He died just over a month later.) In 1943, during World War II, the U.S. transport ship Dorchester, which was carrying troops to Greenland, sank after being hit by a German torpedo; of the more than 900 men aboard, only some 230 survived. In 1959, An American Airlines Lockheed Electra crashed into New York’s East River, killing 65 of the 73 people on board. In 1966, the Soviet probe Luna 9 became the first manmade object to make a soft landing on the moon. In 1971, New York City police officer Frank Serpico, who had charged there was widespread corruption in the NYPD, was shot and seriously wounded during a drug bust in Brooklyn. In 1991, the rate for a first-class postage stamp rose to 29 cents. One year ago: A suicide bomber killed seven people in northwestern Pakistan, including three U.S. soldiers. Motivational speaker James Arthur Ray was arrested on manslaughter charges after three people died following a northern Arizona sweat lodge ceremony he’d led in Oct. 2009. Actress Frances Reid, 95, died in Los Angeles. Today’s Birthdays: Comedian Shelley Berman is 85. Former Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-Md.) is 78. Football Hall-of-Famer Fran Tarkenton is 71. Actress Bridget Hanley is 70. Actress Blythe Danner is 68. Singer Dennis Edwards is 68. Football Hall-ofFamer Bob Griese is 66. Singer-guitarist Dave Davies (The Kinks) is 64. Singer Melanie is 64. Actress Morgan Fairchild is 61. Actor Nathan Lane is 55. Rock musician Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) is 55. Actor Thomas Calabro is 52. Actor-director Keith Gordon is 50. Actress Michele Greene is 49. Country singer Matraca (muh-TRAY’-suh) Berg is 47. Actress Maura Tierney is 46. Actor Warwick Davis is 41. Musician Grant Barry is 34. Singer-songwriter Jessica Harp is 29.




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CALENDAR TODAY’S EVENTS Congressman Frank Guinta will host a town hall-style meeting for constituents at Laconia City Hall at 6:30 p.m. The forum will also be televised live on Lakes Region Public Access (MetroCast Channel 26). 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. “A Taste of Gullah” at Plymouth State University. 11:30 in the Newfound Room of Prospect Dining Hall. $10 lunch and entertainment. (Free with PSU meal plan.) Music by Adwaaba Ensemble. The Gullah are African Americans who live the Low Country of South Carolina and Georgia who are known for preserving their African linguistic and cultural heritage. The university welcomes the greater community to this and other events celebrating Black History 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. 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.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Dancing With The Lakes Region Stars at Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith. 7 p.m. Hosted as a fundraiser to help seven students travel to Denver in March to assist the homeless in that area. $7 students. $10 adults. Free for children 5 and under. Friends of the Mereidth Public Library Books Sale Preview. 3 to 4 p.m. Current and new members will be the first to preview the week-long sale. If you become a new member at the preview you will be given a free tope and you can fill it for free at the sale. Al-Anon Meeting at the Congregational Church Parish House (18 Veterans Square) in Laconia.9:30 to 11 a.m. each Friday. Al-Anon offers hope and help to families of alcoholics. No dues or fees. All are welcome. Call 645-9518. Affordable Health Care at Laconia Family Planning and Prenatal. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 121 Belmont Road (Rte. 106 South). 524-5453. GYN and reproductive services. STD/HIV testing. Sliding fee scale. Indoor climbing wall drop-in time at Meredith Community Center. 6 to 8 p.m. Climb Mt. Meredith, a 24-ft. indoor climbing wall. $1 per person. Please pay at the front desk. Drop-In Sotrytime at the Gilford Public Library. 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Children 2-5 are welcome to sing songs, listen to a story and create a craft. No sign-up necessary. Knit Wits meeting at the Gilford Public Library. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. All knitters welcome. Tot Time at the Meredith Public Library. 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. Stories, songs and crafts for ages 3-5. Sign-up is helpful.

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Michael Kitch, Adam Drapcho, Gail Ober Reporters Elaine Hirshan, Office Manager Crystal Furnee, Jeanette Stewart Ad Sales Patty Johnson, Graphics Karin Nelson, Classifieds “Seeking the truth and printing it” THE LACONIA DAILY SUN is published Tuesday through Saturday by Lakes Region News Club, Inc. Edward Engler, Mark Guerringue, Adam Hirshan, Founders Offices: 65 Water St., Laconia, NH 03246 Business Office 737-2020, Newsroom 737-2026, Fax: 527-0056 News E-mail: CIRCULATION: 17,000 distributed FREE Tues. through Sat. in Laconia, Weirs Beach, Gilford, Meredith, Center Harbor, Belmont, Moultonborough, Winnisquam, Sanbornton, Tilton, Gilmanton, Alton, New Hampton, Plymouth, Bristol, Ashland, Holderness.

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LRGHealthcare Red Dress Gala is Friday night LACONIA — With its theme, “A Renaissance Masquerade’ the 7th Annual LRGHealthcare Red Dress Gala promises to be a night to remember! This great event is being held on Friday, February 4 at The Conference Center at Lake Opechee Inn & Spa in Laconia. Coinciding with American Heart Month, the Red Dress Gala helps to raise awareness about heart disease and prevention. Over the years this signature event has raised more than $223,000 for cardiac services, programs, and technology at LRGHealthcare and in our community. In addition to the anticipated 350 guests, over 100 business and individuals are involved in this great fundraiser. MB Tractor & Equipment is the Title Sponsor of this year’s Gala, and other major supporters include: Gold Sponsors: Evroks Corporation and Meredith

Village Savings Bank. Silver Sponsors: Akibia, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, DiGiorgio Associates/Monitor Builders, Inc., Laconia Savings Bank, Lakes Region General Hospital Auxiliary, Lovering Volvo. Bronze Sponsors: Decorative Interiors, Franklin Savings Bank, Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP, IntraNexus, MetroCast, Rist-Frost-Shumway Engineering, P.C., Tom Rock, MD of OPA, Corporate Sponsors: Franklin Regional Hospital Auxiliary, Granite State Glass, Landmark Benefits, Inc., Trane. Major Event Supporters: 98.3 LNH, Warren Bailey, Comcast Spotlight, Crown Design, Lake Opechee Inn & Spa, Lakes Region Floral Studio, O Steaks & Seafood, Tylergraphics, Inc., Walnut Street Productions.

LACONIA — The Seacoast Repertory Theatre’s Senior Moments will perform at the Taylor Community Woodside building 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, February 9. The free program features original short skits presented with light-hearted humor about life experiences as a “senior citizen.” “You don’t stop laughing because you’re old; you grow old because you stop laughing,” is the message of Senior Moments, an all-volunteer group of active

members dedicated to raising awareness among seniors of issues that may affect them. Senior Moments has given more than 100 performances, appearing at the New Hampshire Conference on Aging, Maine Senior Expo, AARP, and New Hampshire Public Radio, among others. To reserve a seat, call Deb Carbone of Taylor Community at 524-5600. In case of bad weather, the event will be held Friday, February 11.

MEREDITH — A Valentine’s Dinner to benefit Inter-Lakes Elementary School’s Chem-Free After

Prom party will be hosted by Mame’s Restaurant on Sunday evening, February 13. ILES seniors will serve guests, with tips also donated to the After Prom fund. The menu will feature a garden salad followed by a dinner buffet with carved roast beef au jus, lemon chicken, and mushroom ravioli with a port wine reduction sauce. Herbed rice, hot vegetable, dinner rolls, dessert, and beverage will be included. Dr. Phil and Jan Sanguedolce will provide music for entertainment. Reservations may be made by calling 279-4631 or by e-mailing

‘Senior Moments’ performed by Seacoast Repertory Theatre at Taylor Community on February 9

Valentine’s Dinner to benefit Inter-Lakes Chem-Free After Prom party hosted by Mame’s Restaurant Town of Sanbornton Request for Bids to replace the flooring at the Public Safety Building The Town of Sanbornton is seeking bids for replacing the flooring at the Public Safety Building, 565 Sanborn Road in Sanbornton, NH. The bid is to include removal of the old flooring, providing, installing/ setting up of the new flooring. The flooring will consist of both commercial carpeting and tile. Bids must be received by February 23 at 12:00 pm (Noon) at the Town Office Building. Questions should be addressed to the Town Administrator, 286-8303.

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Dear Annie: I am a 30-something woman and was in a relationship with another woman for two years. “Angie” was physically, emotionally and mentally abusive toward me. She decided many times to break off our relationship, but would then realize she missed me. She would e-mail, text, call, send letters, etc., until I gave in and we would date again. Then the abuse would start back up, and she would leave me again so I would be “safe.” This off-and-on-again business took almost as big a toll on my self-esteem and self-worth as the physical abuse. We currently have not spoken in four months, but in the past three days, Angie has twice managed to be where I am. When I see her in unplanned ways like this, I have anxiety attacks. She knows it upsets me because she apologizes, even though she obviously is making it a point to be in my presence. I talked to my lawyer, and he is going to send her a threatening letter saying to refrain from all contact or a restraining order will be filed. Annie, I know this is the right thing to do, but since I made the decision, I feel guilty. I don’t want to hurt Angie. She has feelings the same as anyone else. We had some good times, and she is someone I once loved deeply. I know I need to protect myself and my sanity, and yes, I am getting into counseling again. But I also feel sadness over losing the relationship. How can I stop feeling guilty for hurting her? -- Confused Dear Confused: Many abuse victims feel responsible for both the happiness of the abuser and the success of the relationship, and when you take the necessary steps to extricate yourself, guilt is a common consequence. By deliberately putting herself in your path, Angie is attempting to manipulate those feelings and possibly win you back. We are glad you are getting back into counseling. It will help you realize that

Angie’s feelings are no longer your concern. Dear Annie: My cousin and my best friend got into a major screaming match that almost came to blows. My cousin thinks “Josie” got her fired. I do not believe this is true. In addition, they both think the other one hates them. I know my cousin is jealous of the time I spend with Josie, and vice versa. Also, they both have fairly strong personalities and are highly opinionated. The problem is, we are all booked to go on a two-week vacation together next summer, part of it on a cruise ship. I’m trying to stay out of the middle. It is their fight, after all, and getting too involved will only make things worse. But I don’t want my only vacation to be full of stress and misery. How do I handle this? -- Torn in Two Dear Torn: Summer is several months away, and the two of them might reconcile. They don’t want their vacation ruined, either. It also might be worth losing a deposit to cancel or reschedule your reservation. If no one can get out of the trip, however, please take some consolation in knowing that vacations, including cruises, offer a lot of space to avoid people who drive you batty. Dear Annie: As someone involved with the American Cancer Society and the Relay For Life, it breaks my heart to know people are not considered “survivors” because they didn’t receive radiation or chemo. Getting the cancer out of your body makes you a survivor no matter what. My mother recently had a procedure where a mole and some extra skin were taken from her stomach because of melanoma. All those who have beaten cancer, in whatever form, are survivors in my eyes. Stand proudly. There are those of us who cheer for you. -- Survivor Supporter Dear Survivor: Thank you for your words of encouragement. We know they are deeply appreciated.

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.





For Rent

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

1997 Ford Ranger 4x4 v6 5speed, 65K miles, new tires and brakes cap, KBB says $4350, first $3250. Meredith 455-4381.

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

$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.

LABRADOR pups AKC. Extraordinary litter with outstanding pedigrees. All you want in a Lab! Great temperaments. (603)664-2828. ROTTWEILER Pups, AKC, tails, shots done, parents on premises, $600. 267-7186.

Announcement DRAGONFLY Botanicals! Intro to Herbs! 4 month Apprenticeship begins Feb. 12th, at Wild Women!s Studio, Laconia. Pre-registration required. Go to for more info on 2011 Herb Classes. THE THRIFTY YANKEE-New Thrift Shop in Meredith, Opening February 5th. Consignments and more! Across from Interlakes High School. 279-0607

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

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 2004 VOLVO S80 Sedan pristine condition. 165,000/miles, asking $5,500/BO. Silver, black leather interior, 491-1599. 2007 Toyota Tundra, dbl. cab, SR5, 65K miles, maroon with black interior $17,500/ bro. 455-8987. 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 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

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

ALTON/GILFORD Town Line: Studio, $200 per week, includes utilities, cable and internet. Lake/Beach access. 365-0799. 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- 3-Bedroom 1 3/4 bath single family. Large lot, convenient location, no smoking. $1,500/Mo. 724-7515

KEN BARRETT AUCTIONS Monday, February 7, 2011 @ 6pm • Preview at 4pm ID#5134, for 200 photos We offer you some great vintage toys,trains,game boards, nice collection [couple hundred] old matchbox toys, also 55 NIB matchbox, pedal cars, 50 American muscle cars NIB, also Buddy- L, Structo, Wyandotte,Tonka, J.Chein, [20 steel & tin litho] Very special wooden Buddy- L timber truck, circus cage car, boxes of trains, many HO, Lionel rolling stock, books & accessories, much more!!!

Auction Held at 274 Main St. Tilton, N.H. • 603-286-2028 Lic # 2975, buyers premium, subject to reserves, errors, omissions & Auctioneer’s terms. Catered by Bev.

For Rent

For Rent

GILFORD: Owner!s furnished home, ideal for short-term needs, beautiful lakefront views, $800/month. 603-393-7077.

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

LACONIA 1 BDRM Sunny 2nd floor, quiet, handy area. $500/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 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 Waterfront- 2-Bedroom condo, quiet location, ample parking, Clean/renovated, furnished optional. No smoking/pets. $895/month. 603-366-4655. 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 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: 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: Near downtown, 1-Bedroom, $600 +utilities and 2-Bedroom, $750 +utilities. References & deposit required. 387-3864. 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: 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: Large 3-Bedroom apartment, washer/dryer hookups, garage, attic & basement space. Backyard $850/month + utilities No pets, no smoking. 630-2007. 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. MEREDITH: Cozy studio near downtown, hardwood floors, storage, heat, hot water included. No pets, non-smoker. References, security required. $500/month. 455-4075. MEREDITH: In-town 1-bedroom, includes heat, $600/month. Parking w/plowing. No Smoking. No pets. Security deposit. 387-8356. 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 ONE bedroom apt. on second floor. Open concept, cathedral ceiling, very elegant and rustic. Plowing, parking and dumpster included, no dogs, $795/ month 455-5660. WINNISQUAM: Small efficiency apartment and a cottage including heat, hot water and lights. No pets. $150-$175/week. $400 deposit. 528-2757 or 387-3864. VACATION Special. Marco Island, Florida/Naples area. Waterfront condo $700/ week $2000/ Month. 603-393-7077. Why Not?


One and two bedrooms: Starting at $200/wk * All utilities, cable and Internet included

Rodeway Inn

788 Laconia Rd., Tilton 603-524-6897 Go to and enter “Tilton, NH” *Taxes and Some Conditions Apply.

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For Rent

For Sale


AMAZING Beautiful queen or full pillow top mattress set only $249. See ad under “furniture”.

Laconia Timberlake Apartments Saturday, 2/12 11 to 3 pm

at 150 Blueberry Lane #20 2 Bedroom, Parking, Laundry, $699-$709/Mo. Handicap Studio, 1st Flr, $619/Mo.

$25 Gas Card Raffle Refreshments! $500 off 1st Mon. Rent! Red Oak Apt. Homes, Inc.

520-2915 or 668-8282

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.

For Rent-Commercial

MEREDITH Great Location! 31 Foundry Ave. Off Route 104

(Behind Olde Province Common)

1,500 Sq. Ft. with 17’ ceiling & 14’ overhead door. Partial 2nd level balcony space. Finished office cubicle on 1st floor. Perfect for graphic, woodworking, artistry, retail, storage, etc.

$750/Month + Utilities 279-0142 (Business) 677-2298 (Cell) 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

Help Wanted

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

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 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.

Furniture AMAZING! Queen or full mattress set. Beautiful Luxury firm European-pillow-top, new in plastic, costs $1,095, sell $249. Can deliver. 603-305-9763

Free T&B Appliance Removal. Appliances & AC’s removed free of charge if outside. Please call (603)986-5506.

Help Wanted DRIVERS NEEDED 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. 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.

Help Wanted

HOCKEY TEAM VOLUNTEER NEEDED!!! The Laconia Leafs JR Hockey team is searching for a volunteer equipment manager for the 2011-12 season. Experience not needed, training provided. Duties include skate sharpening, equipment repair/upkeep, game day prep, etc. For More info contact: Coach Will Fay #581-7008

Insurance Customer Service/Producer wanted. P&C License preferred. Candidate must have strong communication skills. Flexible hours, some nights & Saturdays required. Hourly earnings + commission. Highly motivated candidates may apply by calling Allstate Insurance Company in Gilford. 293-0155 or send resume to 348 Intervale Rd. Gilford, NH 03249 Attn: Thom

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.

Health Benefits and 401k Available.


Quality Work Reasonable Rates Free Estimates Metal Roofs • Shingle Roofs


Our Customers Don!t get Soaked!

Small Jobs Are My Speciality

528-3531 CALL Mike for roof shoveling, snowblowing, scrapping and light hauling. Very reasonably priced. 603-455-0214

OFFICE ASSISTANT: Part-time, needed at Hart!s 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,

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.

Rick Drouin 520-5642 or 744-6277 Ice-Dam Removal & Roof Shoveling. Fully insured. 10% of profits donated to Salvation Arny. 603-455-2848

MILES COMPUTER REPAIR Virus Removal, Computer Tune-ups, Hardware Install, Network Install, Same Day Service. 603-998-2326. MOBILE Home Repairs: Storm damage, Renovations. Doors, windows, floors, etc. Reasonable, experienced. Dan, 279-5806, 937-7095.

PIECE OF MIND $30/ hour. Let me clean, organize or restyle your home. Dependable and trustworthy, impeccable references. Call Cindy at 520-2150. ROOF Clearing Specialist: Hardworking, experienced, references. No job too big or small! Matt Labranche, (603)393-4937.

Real Estate Belmont- 2 Bedroom Manufactured Home on its own 1/2 acre lot Town water & sewer, newly renovated and energy efficient, nice location. For Sale owner financing available call for details. For Lease - $1000/month. Call 2678023 GC Enterprises Property Management

Roommate Wanted ADULT person to share house in Laconia. $140/wk. includes everything. Pets okay. Female preferred. 524-1976 WOMAN TO SHARE APARTMENT. Quiet, sober, non-smoking environment. $500 month includes utilities. W/D, Cable & Parking. Avail. immediately. 528-2227


Stop in or call Jim Drouin Alvin J Coleman & Son, Inc. Rt. 16, Conway, NH 603-447-5936


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

The Fireside Inn Suites Lake Winnipesaukee is looking for someone with a strong work ethic, who is honest and has extensive hands on experience in managing hotels. You must have strong leadership and communications skills and feel comfortable jumping to assist in any position. You will be responsible for all facets of the hotel including day-to-day operations, hiring, supervising and directing staff, controlling costs and maximizing reve nues. You must not be afraid to get involved in the community and make outside sales calls. In order to be considered for this job, you must include your salary requirements.

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THE LACONIA DAILY SUN, Thursday, February 3, 2011 — Page 19

NH Audubon seeks public’s Meredith VNA building going up fast — Every participation on Statewide Bird Survey goodMEREDITH builder knows the CONCORD — The New Hampshire Audubon is asking for the public’s help on a Statewide Bird Survey to take place Saturday, February 12 and Sunday, February 13. Biologists need assistance from citizens all over the Granite State to get a clear picture of what’s really happening with our winter birds. Anyone can participate in the Backyard Winter Bird Survey by counting the birds in their own backyard on the survey weekend and sending the results on a special reporting form to NH Audubon. To receive a copy of the reporting form and complete instructions on how to participate, send a self-addressed, stamped, long envelope to: New Hampshire Audubon, Winter Bird Survey, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, NH 03301. Forms are also available at NH Audubon centers in Auburn, Concord, and Manchester, or at the NH Audubon Web site under the “Birding” page. Data from the Backyard Winter Bird Survey is used to track changes in the distribution and abundance of many species. Each year about 1,300 observers across the state count the birds coming to their feeders. “The strength of the survey is that we can look at trends over the long term,” said Survey Coordinator Rebecca Suomala. “We now have more than 20 years of data and we can see the patterns of ups and

downs in different bird species.” Last year, the survey showed continued increases in numbers of wintering American Robins, but an absence of winter visitors such as Pine Siskins and Common Redpolls that periodically comes south in big numbers. “We expect redpolls to be back this winter because the survey data show a pattern of high numbers every other year,” according to Dr. Pam Hunt, senior biologist at NH Audubon. Hunt’s analysis shows that southern species such as Red-bellied Woodpeckers and Carolina Wrens continue to increase on the survey. “On the downside, House Finches continued to decline, reaching an all time low in 2010,” she said. “We can see their populations increase in the 1990s and then a big drop from conjunctivitis in 1996, after which they never really recovered.” Reports of a lack of birds are just as valuable as reports of many birds. “If everyone reported only when they have a lot of birds, we wouldn’t be able to see the declines,” said Suomala. The most important thing is to participate each year regardless of how many or how few birds you have. This provides a consistent long-term set of data that shows both the ups and downs. For more information about the Backyard Winter Bird Survey, call NH Audubon at 224-9909 or visit www. and click on “Birding.”

LACONIA — Former Heath and Human Services Commissioner and GOP gubernatorial standardbearer John Stephen will address the Belknap County Republican Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 9. As always, the meeting will be held at the Shang Hai Restaurant on South Main Street

and will begin at 6:30 p.m. Early arrivers may take advantage of an optional dinner buffet that starts at 5:30. Rep. Frank Tilton said Stephen is expected to make suggestions as to how the state budget can be balance. All Republican and undeclared voters are welcome to attend.

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importance of closing in a building under construction before snow flies. While it has been plenty cold this season neither that nor snow has interrupted progress on the Visiting Nurses new home. As of mid-December the building was closed in from the weather. According to Mike Bouchard, on-site supervisor for Bauen Corporation, work will continue on the exterior as long as weather permits including the installation of the finished siding. Even without this “the building is weather tight”, he said. Occupancy is scheduled to take place in March. When the Meredith Public Health Nursing Association chose Bauen Corporation as their general contractor, the board of directors was most impressed by the number of local contractors Bauen had selected for the project. Over 65-percent of the work is being done by local and Lakes Region contractors. In the next several weeks the following contractors and providers will be on-site: Middleton Building Supply, CST Carpentry, Quality Insulation, Granite State Glass, and Allan Perkins Painting Contractor. Creating the design and the construction documents for the project is Stewart Associates Architects LLC of Laconia. The civil engineer is Fluet Engineering of Gilford and mechanical/electrical engineer is Buckley Associates of Rumney. When the building is ready for occupancy the Visiting Nurses intend to

relocate to their new facility immediately. The new facility will provide more adequate office space and work stations, greater privacy, a more welcoming reception area, urgently need storage areas and a conference room. The building will be accessible from Waukewan Street at the intersection of NH Route 104. The Meredith Public Health Nursing Association is a 501c3 non-profit organization that was founded in 1923 to provide home health care for the residents and visitors to Meredith and Center Harbor. In addition to registered nursing care they provide the services of home health aides; physical, occupational and speech therapists; counselors and personal care assistants. Two hours each day (10 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 2 p.m.) are set aside for walk-in clients who for whatever reason would like to consult with or receive treatment from an on-duty registered nurse. Many services are covered in part by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance. Other funding is provided by the communities served. Increasingly, MPHNA has found it must rely on its benefactors, the annual appeal and other donations. No one needing services has ever been turned away!

LACONIA — LRGHealthcare’s Breast Cancer and Beyond Support Program will host a social gathering for women affected by breast cancer at the Women’s Imaging Center at Lakes Region General Hospital from 4:30 — 6 p.m. on Monday, February 7. Titled “Just Chillin,’” the informal program will offer support and discussion in a relaxed casual atmosphere.

All are welcome to connect and converse with other women, share stories, and discuss experiences. R.S.V.P. to LRGHealthcare’s Breast Health Coordinator Ginny Witkin, RN, at 527-2940 or e-mail All attendees are encouraged to call the day of the event between noon — 2 p.m. to conform the gathering is not cancelled due to inclement weather.

LAKES REGION — The deadline for submitting applications to the Zonta Club for the Young Women In Public Affairs Award is March 1. The award honors young women age 16 — 19 in secondary level or preuniversity schools with a commitment to volunteerism, experience in local or student government, achievement in volunteer leadership, knowledge of Zonta and its programs, and who advocate Zonta’s mission of advancing the status of women worldwide.

The Local award is $1,000 and the winner would be eligible for a District award of $1,000. The District recipient would then be eligible for an International award of $3,000. All applicants must be living or studying in a Zonta district/region at the time of application. Information about the award and applications may be obtained by contacting Marcia Hayward at 524-2588 or the guidance departments of Alton, Belmont, Gilford, Inter-Lakes and Laconia High Schools.

‘Breast Cancer and Beyond’, presented by LRGHealthcare, to host social event Monday, February 7

Applications for Zonta Club’s Young Women in Public Affairs Award due 3/1

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The Laconia Daily Sun, February 3, 2011  

The Laconia Daily Sun, February 3, 2011

The Laconia Daily Sun, February 3, 2011  

The Laconia Daily Sun, February 3, 2011