Japan tries to contain radiation Early Wednesday fire at stricken nuclear plant prompts burst of radiation — P. 2
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
VOL. 11 nO. 204
Amount lawmakers cut from county budget was symbolically equal to total of unionmember raises
Manchester architect picked to work on Huot Center project
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LACONIA — In the wake of the Belknap County Convention’s vote to reduce the 2011 county budget by $224,000 Monday night, county administrators spent yesterday scouring the budget for places to make adjustments. Rep. Peter Bolster (R-Aton) said yesterday the $224,000 figure came from a previous subcommittee meeting and approximated the amount of raises stipulated in the budget by union contracts. County Administrator Debra Shackett said yesterday that she and the finance director had reviewed the budget line by line to derive recommendations for the Board of Commissioners’ next meeting of March 23. “Keeping the goal of the commission in mind, we looked for places we can make recommendations,” she said. Shackett said she would prefer to have the commission review her recommendations before being more specific. She did say the recommended reductions will be felt by most departments and no department would “escape reductions.” see COUnTy page 8
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LACONIA — The School Board announced at last night’s meeting that it has hired the Manchester-based architecture firm Lavallee Brensinger to pen designs for a renovated Huot Regional Technical Education Center. However, as board member Joe Cormier alluded to in the meeting, the board is hoping that state budget for the two year period beginning July 1 that’s currently being developed will provide for enough funding for the plans to come to fruition. Lavallee Brensinger will work with RistFrost-Shumway Engineering of Laconia to create renovation plans. Cormier said, “the next step will be to get together with these groups and our building committee and strategize going forward.” Champlin said a design “charrette” will be held with the architecture firm so that members of the public can provide input. “We’re kind of on a short timeline because we’ve got through see HUOT page 7
Rector no longer member of Gilmanton police force
Growing season never ends on Sanbornton farm Katie and Steve Surowiec peel back a layer of insulating fabric from a bed of lettuce. This sole 4-feet by 8-feet bed has provided about 30 pounds of lettuce so far this winter. The Surowiecs have found a surprising amount of success with winter agriculture, the produce of which can be seen at the winter farmers’ markets in Laconia. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Adam Drapcho)
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SANBORNTON — With unpredictable weather patterns and fields with more stones, it seems, than soil, New England farmers have it hard enough. Add a growing season only about a third
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GILMANTON — Sergeant Dennis Rector, who was second in command of the Police Department, is no longer employed by the town, Selectman Rachel Hatch confirmed yesterday, declining to speak further on the subject. Rector was second in command of the department and served as the juvenile prosecutor for the town. Last month Police Chief Phil O’Brien said that Rector was suspended from the force as of February 1. At the time Betty Ann Abbott, who chaired the Board of Selectmen, offered no explanation, but said only that it was a personnel matter. She said the Board and O’Brien met in a non-public session to discuss see GILManTOn page 8
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Japan to spray water & acid on stricken nuclear plant KORIYAMA, Japan (AP) — Japan was considering spraying water and boric acid over a stricken nuclear plan in a desperate measure to contain radiation after officials said Wednesday that many fuel roads were damaged, in an escalating crisis caused by last week’s earthquake and tsunami. Masami Nishimura, a spokesman for Japan’s nuclear safety agency, said the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., thought of the measures after a string of explosions and fires at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. The latest fire broke out at a reactor early Wednesday, a day after the power plant emitted a burst of radiation that panicked an already edgy Japan following Friday’s massive earthquake and tsunami that is estimated to have killed more than 10,000 people. Hajimi Motujuku, a spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power, or TEPCO, said the outer housing of the
containment vessel at the No. 4 unit at the complex caught fire. On Tuesday, a fire broke out in the same reactor’s fuel storage pond — an area where used nuclear fuel is kept cool — causing radioactivity to be released into the atmosphere. TEPCO said the new blaze erupted because the initial fire had not been fully extinguished. About three hours after the blaze erupted Wednesday, Japan’s nuclear safety agency said flames could no longer be seen at Unit 4. But it was unable to confirm that the blaze had been put out, and clouds of white smoke were billowing from the reactor, according to live video footage of the plant. Also Wednesday, Japan’s nuclear safety agency said 70 percent of the nuclear fuel rods may have been damaged at another Fukushima Dai-ichi reactor that was first stricken last week, triggering the crisis.
“But we don’t know the nature of the damage, and it could be either melting, or there might be some holes in them,” said an agency spokesman, Minoru Ohgoda. Japan’s national news agency, Kyodo, said 33 percent of the fuel rods at a second reactor were also damaged. The troubles have been caused by overheating of the reactors, which have lost their cooling ability because of damage to equipment from the earthquake and tsunami. Excessive heating will lead to a meltdown of the reactor and release hazardous radiation. Engineers are desperately trying to cool the reactors and spent fuel rods after the electricity was cut off in the wake of the quake, shutting down their cooling functions. Boric acid is “important because it captures radiasee JAPAN page 10
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended the use of nuclear energy despite the calamity in Japan where a nuclear power plant leaked radiation in the wake of a devastating earthquake and tsunami. The president told Pittsburgh television station KDKA that all energy sources have their downsides but that the U.S. — which gets 20 percent of its electricity from nuclear power — needs to look at the full array of them. The president said facilities in the U.S. are closely monitored and built to withstand earthquakes, even though nothing’s failsafe. Proponents of nuclear power fear their efforts to win over the public to the safety of their industry have been dealt a tremendous blow by the disaster in Japan. “I think it is very important to make sure that we are doing everything we can to insure the safety and effectiveness of the nuclear facilities that we have,” the president said in a second TV interview Tuesday,
with KOAT in Albuquerque, N.M. “We’ve got to budget for it. I’ve already instructed our nuclear regulatory agency to make sure that we take lessons learned from what’s happening in Japan and that we are constantly upgrading how we approach our nuclear safety in this country,” he said. The president said he’s been assured that any radiation release from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant along Japan’s northeastern coast would dissipate before reaching the U.S. In Japan the crisis was spiraling as a fire broke out at a reactor a day after the plant emitted a burst of radiation. The government ordered people living within 20 miles of the plant to seal themselves indoors to avoid exposure. At the White House Tuesday, spokesman Jay Carney said that unlike some other countries the U.S. was not recommending that American citizens leave Tokyo over radiation concerns. Carney said that U.S. officials have determined Americans in
Japan should follow the same guidance Japan is giving to its own citizens. Nonetheless, Austria said it is moving its embassy from Tokyo to Osaka and France recommended that its citizens leave the Japanese capital. The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo has told Americans to avoid traveling to Japan. Meanwhile more U.S. military crews were exposed to radiation Tuesday as the Pentagon ramped up relief flights over the reeling country. The Defense Department said the Navy started giving anti-radiation pills to some of those exposed, and Americans on two military bases south of Tokyo were advised to stay indoors as much as possible. With more aid for victims on the way, the U.S. Navy said it was redirecting three ships to work in the Sea of Japan on the country’s west coast rather than risk the hazards of radiation and the debris field in the waters off the east coast.
CONCORD (AP) — The House has overridden Attorney General Michael Delaney’s objections that lawmakers lack the constitutional power and ordered him to join a lawsuit against the federal health care reform law. The House voted 259-107 Tuesday to force Del-
aney to join 28 other states in suing to block the Affordable Health Care Act. State Rep. Anne Cartwright, an Alstead Republican, argued that if the Legislature doesn’t have the constitutional power to direct the attorney general, then it has no power to enforce law. But opponents
said the attorney general is in the executive branch which is a separate and independent branch of government under the constitution. They said the executive branch enforces laws. The Senate has passed a similar bill that recommends instead of mandates that Delaney join the lawsuit.
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Mother Nature wins A wall of water now rules our freak-of-nature nightmares. Like the whirling funnel that drops down from the sky, it gives scant warning. But unlike a tornado, it devastates wide swathes of civilization, and there’s no tsunami equivalent of a tornado cellar for sitting out the violent weather. Hurricanes consume entire cities, but they generally arrive after days of warnings. What could one do in the coastal Japanese city of Sendai, when the ground suddenly shook and two stories of water came rolling over? That instant upheaval is the terror of it, and no Hollywood disaster movie can equal those scenes of large boats flying off the wave’s edge and smashing under bridges. (Warner Brothers has pulled Clint Eastwood’s tsunami move, “Hereafter,” from Japanese theaters.) And any movie that portrayed the real-life sequence of “frightening failures in three nuclear power-plant reactors” would have been bashed as propaganda by nuclear-power interests. In an editorial titled “Nuclear Overreactions,” The Wall Street Journal sought to downplay the dangers by calling the event “a once-in-300-years earthquake.” (Meanwhile, the frontpage headline screamed, “Japan Races Against Time,” and a subhead read, “Officials Struggle to Prevent Meltdown at Two Reactors.”) Note the tendency to assess the frequency of occurrences by the yardstick of the human lifespan. Three hundred years is a speck of time for Mother Nature. Even in personal experience terms, it leaves a one-third probability of something happening during a centenarian’s lifetime. Those odds are scarier in the case of nuclear energy, which — while non-greenhouse-gas-producing and not imported from the Mideast — does hold a tiny risk of causing a catastrophe, but one that does not now seem inconsequential. Your writer has been a supporter of nuclear energy for the good reasons cited above. She had put the calamitous failure scenario on a high shelf of worries, due to the layers of safeguards installed in modern nuclear plants. (Her main environmental concern has cen-
tered on where to store the nuclear waste.) Now she’s less sure. The Japanese are the most orderly of people. And as the only country to experience the trauma of a nuclear explosion, it ensured that any nuclear facility be among the safest and best managed. And now we have all sorts of things going wrong there. Humankind has conquered many diseases. Smallpox and polio, which killed or maimed millions, are now largely gone. But on the geological level, science has gotten better at watching than at fixing. We can’t stop the earth’s plates from moving. No wall can hold back a sea determined to flood. The first levees “protecting” low-lying New Orleans from surging waters were built by French settlers in the 1700s. In the centuries that followed, the levees grew in size and sophistication. But when Hurricane Katrina came to visit in 2005, many of them failed, and only the natural high-ground areas escaped inundation. Blame poor maintenance. Blame nearly 100 years of flood-control projects that tampered with the Mississippi River’s upstream course. Blame the levees themselves for compromising the marsh’s ability to control flooding. But also blame the complacency that grows from measuring time through human memory banks. When Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, Hurricane Betsy and the floodwaters she sent surging into New Orleans were 30 long years in the rearview. Bear in mind that Betsy and Katrina were category four hurricanes. Three category five hurricanes have made recorded landfall in the United States. The most recent was Andrew in 1992, which devastated South Florida. Neither national wealth nor planning nor discipline can stop Mother Nature on a rampage. Societies may be able to contain their losses, but humankind is clearly not in charge. (A member of the Providence Journal editorial board, Froma Harrop writes a nationally syndicated column from that city. She has written for such diverse publications as The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar and Institutional Investor.)
Left always pleading for civil discourse, then starts name calling To the editor, Here in Saturday’s edition of The Sun I find Leo R. Sandy taking a cheep shot at Russ Wiles because Russ answered a question, “what does cull mean”? When Steyn spoke of culling Muslims I really doubt that the professor had any question as to that person’s meaning or intent. So why ask? Seems as though Leo was looking for an opportunity to take that cheep shot of lumping someone in with Steyn. Funny how those on the left are always pleading for civil dis-
name calling and smearing those with whom they disagree. Talk about your broad brush, professor. Now it seems to me that if the professor is going to be critical of someone not speaking in plain language he must reserve a large place for Obama and his administration, who refuse to call terrorism terrorism but refer to such events as “man made disasters”. I could go on but I think I’ve made my point that double standards abound with the professor and his friends. Steve Earle
LETTERS We need to replace the arrogant group on Gilford School Board To the editor, For the first 67 years of my life I was always under the impression that we lived in a democracy. You all know what that is. If you voted, and your vote was in the majority, the end result would also reflect your wishes. Apparently that is not how things work in the Township of Gilford. The March 10 headline in The Laconia Daily Sun spelled that all out to us in spades: “SCHOOL BOARD CHAIR DEFIANT IN THE FACE OF GILFORD VOTE”. The article goes on to quote school board chair Kurt Webber: “The law is very clear, the school board makes the decision on how the schools will run. We are not going to change our position.” Really, doesn’t that give you a warm, fuzzy feeling? The arrogance displayed by “Chairman Kurt” and backed by the rest of the Gilford School Board, in my eyes, is totally unacceptable. We’re paying the bills folks and don’t you forget that. Another item that is unacceptable is our $19,700 per student education cost, which is 37.5-percent higher than the state average of $13,600 per student. We are fortunate in Gilford to have the bulk of our tax burden supported by second home taxpayers. That doesn’t mean you should be taking advantage of this situation. Without our second home taxpayers we would be facing a $40 dollar per thousand mill rate the way the Gilford School Board spends our tax money. It’s high time that the voting residents of Gilford replace this arrogant group of people with people who have some
clue as to how the real world should operate and keep the wishes of the taxpayers in mind as well. I urge every Gilford taxpayer to take 10 minutes out of their life and pick up a copy of our annual town report at the town clerk’s office. The publication is relatively comprehensive except for one major flaw: the employees names have been left out. My guess is, that is done so the taxpayers can’t track who gets what in regard to raises and benefits annually. Take a good look at it, particularly at salaries and benefits. Remember, THESE ARE YOUR TAX DOLLARS THAT ARE BEING SPENT. Folks, it isn’t our assessments that are the big problem, it’s our mill rate. The total value of taxable property in Gilford, thanks to being on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, dictates a mill rate of 12 to 14 dollars per thousand if our money is wisely spent — not 18 dollars, plus. The bottom line is we’ve got too many people “drinking at the public trough”. They’re getting big salaries and benefits that we in the private sector can no longer afford. It’s not just our school, the town portion of our budget could use some serious tightening-up also. This problem is not unique to Gilford, it’s everywhere. Guess what everyone, government, whether it be local, state or federal, THE HONEYMOON’S OVER. The taxpayers can’t afford to pay for your inefficiency anymore. Things have got to change, NOW. John Goodhue Gilford
SB-2 didn’t pass because of the confusing way it was worded To the editor, SB-2 did not pass in Moultonborough. Now I know why. Those election cards you had, you needed a lawyer to explain it to you. It was worded in such a way to CONFUSE people. I am sure most people were not sure whether to vote yes or no. I think that the elderly would have had a hard time understanding any of it. So it was done in a sneaky way to get what they wanted after all. Now was that right? That is why SB-2 did not pass. Pretty sneaky to write it up like they did so people would say I don’t know
not be printed simple in a way people would understand? Why? Because it was to the selectmen’s and town’s advantage and to hell with our opinion. After all it is our tax money. So now the people know why things pass they were not sure about and no SB-2. This way they can control the town and we have to sit through those long meetings. They use scare tatics to get people to thinking SB-2 would be a bad thing. If anything, SB-2 would give the control back to the people and not the selectmen. This way it is about their friends and special interest. Way to go!
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State Senator Jeanie Forrester
Moving toward a realistic state budget There is a lot going on in Concord right now and I thought it would be helpful to give you an overview of what we’ve been up to in the Senate since January. Many of the Senators ran on a platform of cutting spending and taxes. Thanks to the leadership of Senate President Peter Bragdon, the first order of business was to make cuts in the Senate budget. We cut the Chief of Staff’s salary by 30-percent, hired fewer employees (at lower salaries) to replace outgoing staff, and instituted a one-year pay freeze for all legislative employees. Initial legislation includes SB-130, which passed the Senate on February 16, and repealed the gambling winning taxes; and SB-170 which prohibits the taking or taxing of the JUA (Joint Underwriters Association) fund. We hope to initiate more tax cuts, but are being cautious. We want to make sure we don’t dig ourselves deeper into the current $900+ million deficit hole. Several other important issues featured during campaign season included education reform, pension reform, creating a more businessfriendly environment and balancing the budget. Thanks to the hard work of Senators Stiles and Rausch, an education formula and reform plan (SB-183) was developed. This bill ensures towns and cities will neither lose nor gain funding dollars beyond their 2010 levels. There is also an educational constitutional amendment (CACR-14) in the works. Senator Bradley has been working diligently with stakeholders on a pension reform bill (SB-3) that will stabilize New Hampshire’s Retirement System (NHRS). Presently the NHRS has a total unfunded liability in the pension and medical subsidy accounts of nearly $4.75-billion. There are multiple bills relative to creating a more business-friendly environment. One such bill is SB-125 which modifies standards and burden of proof with respect to the business profits tax deduction for reasonable compensation for owners of partnerships, limited liability companies, and sole proprietorships. Another business-friendly bill is SB-155 (which I was the prime sponsor), an act relative to expense deductions. The bill aligns N.H. tax code with Section 179 of the federal tax code. This code was created to help businesses by allowing them to deduct the full amount of the purchase price of equipment up to certain limits. This will incentivize businesses to invest and grow. Other bills of interest include: SB-1, which repeals the evergreen clause mandate enacted in 2008. SB-1 became law without the governor’s signature on March 1. Prior to the repeal, the law required public employee contracts continue automatically, including salary and benefit increases, during the interim between the expiration and agreement to a successor agreement.
We moved this legislation quickly to ensure that local governments facing upcoming budgetary meetings and deadlines had time to prepare for the change. SB-1 does not prohibit the inclusion of evergreen clauses if agreed to by both parties during the normal course of a contract negotiation. The state should not be mandating the terms of local contracts. This bill puts decisionmaking back in the hands of the local communities. SB-148 provides that a resident of New Hampshire shall not be required to obtain, or be assessed a fee or fine for failure to obtain, health insurance coverage. This bill also declares that the attorney general should join the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. SB-52 is in response to the much publicized SB-500 from last session. This bill grants discretion to the parole board in cases of early release of prisoners and parole violation sentencing under SB-500. Finally, the budget. As you probably know, the governor presented his budget on February 15. His budget must balance state spending and projected revenues. The House Finance Committee, which traditionally uses the governor’s budget as a starting point for its work, is in the process of crafting their version of the budget. Once the full House approves the Finance Committee’s budget, it passes over to the Senate. The goal of the Senate Finance and Ways and Means committees is to create a framework for a realistic state budget that lives within our means and does not raise taxes or implement new fees. The House and Senate versions are then resolved during a Committee of Conference (this is a joint committee of the legislature which is appointed by, and consists of, members of both chambers to resolve disagreements). Their goal will be to present a final budget for House and Senate approval in mid-June. Once approved by both chambers, the budget heads to the governor’s desk for signature into law. Aside from committee work, session, and meeting with constituents, I sent out a constituent survey to my e-newsletter list asking for input on a variety of issues. If you are interested in participating in the survey, log onto my website at www.jeanieforrester.com and go to the homepage for directions. If you’d like to subscribe to our e-newsletter, visit the website and complete the subscription form. There is a lot of information about bills in this newsletter! I encourage you to call or e-mail if you have questions. You can also visit the NH General Court website (gencourt. state.nh.us) to learn more. As always, I want to hear from see next page
LETTERS We expect the school board to keep our best interests at heart To the editor, I served on the committee to form our own Gilford SAU. The school board supported our forming our own SAU (in hindsight I see that the support was simply to be separated from Laconia). The committee was made up of members from our community along with the then acting town administrator and school building administrators. The plan that was submitted to and accepted by the Department of Education and voted on by our town was to have the town’s business office handle the services required under RSA 194-C:4. Part of this plan was to use the high school technology person to assist with this. The intent was to be an independent, flexible school district with a more efficient and less costly administration structure Despite the committees intentions, once we were granted our own SAU the then sitting school board took the same position as today’s board and hired a superintendent. Flash forward… we now are on the hook for several years paying health care benefits for the superintendent who is leaving. This is the same board and superintendent who said we were bursting at the seams and needed more room (build a multimillion dollar middle school!) only to find that their projections were incorrect and enrollment is down. Next, the elementary school was bursting at the seams… “we have to put the 5th grade over in the middle school”... oh no.... now we find there are empty class-
rooms. It is proposed that the SAU offices go there (offices we wouldn’t need if they had stayed with the committee’s plan). Oh no! We can’t move there. Why? We’re going to add fulltime kindergarten (which the town said no to last year) and what do you know, now our rooms are full. The SAU offices would simply have to move to the former town library for just a small amount of renovations…. oh no….. we ran over budget. What type of business people do we have running this show and just who are they working for? And now a new superintendent with full benefits (at a school board budgeted cost of $175,000) is hired one day before the town votes by an overwhelming majority NOT hire a superintendent. Ladies and gentlemen this is OUR school district. We collectively bought and paid for it. We collectively elect individuals to oversee the day-to-day affairs of the business of educating our children. We expect them to perform their duties with our intentions and best interests at heart. When a plan formed by a committee of community representatives and ratified by the electorate is ignored, that is irresponsible. When a warrant article is passed overwhelmingly by the town to clarify and direct and that edict is purposefully, preemptively short circuited, that is inexcusable. I don’t know about you but how many of you can tell your boss in this economy to shove it! Karen Thurston Gilford
I thought Republicans were supposed to be about cutting taxes To the editor, I attended my first Belknap County budget meeting on March 14. I thought that this would be a snap- all Republicans with a clear mandate on November 2. Boy, was I surprised! The chair allowed the public to make comments before closing the meeting and doing business. I was surprised by the size of the crowd and was told that it was larger than normal. As each resident spoke, it was clear that they wanted spending cut. Some members of the committee were not happy to hear from the folks. Some talked among themselves and laughed at some of the speakers. I thought that was very disrespectful. It looked to me like the committee was evenly split between conservative and liberal Republicans. The conservatives tried to cut 7-percent from the budget. I thought that this was a modest amount. Several votes took place and they ended up in a tie each time. We were told by the chair that a tie does not pass. The conservatives tried to talk about how they promised the voters that they would cut spending. Several of them tried to
show where money could be cut without cutting essential services. The liberal Republicans would not support any cuts. After a 15 minute recess, one of the liberal Republicans (I don’t know his name) made a motion to cut $200,000.00 dollars from a $32-million budget. A vote was taken and it passed. Thus ended any real attempt to bring sanity to the budget and relief to the over-burdened taxpayers of Belknap County. The last thing that stuck in my mind was a comment made by Rep. Swinford of Barnstead. Clearly disgusted by all the talk from conservatives, Rep. Swinford said, in front of the committee and the public, that there are conservatives and there are Republicans. I thought that Republicans were suppose to be for cutting taxes. Evidently, Rep. Swinford does not think so. Isn’t it sad that the taxpayers of Belknap County don’t have better representation? Maybe we should remember that in the 2012 elections Don Walker Barnstead
Obama is afraid to do what is needed and easily won in Libya To the editor, Obama’s refusal to send any kind of aid to patriots in Lybia, or declare a No Fly Zone, shows that Obama is a total coward, or Muslim supporter of dictator Gadhafi. More likely, Obama sees himself as a total DICTATOR,
Obama is proud to escalate a totally losing war in Afghanistan, a long proven disaster for us and our troops, but afraid to do what is needed and easily won in Lybia. Does anyone understand Obama? Jack Stephenson
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To the editor, On March 5, The Sun published a letter from Bob Ely which contains some disturbing distortions. He starts out by saying “Several weeks ago I attended an information meeting in New Hampton about the proposed new Public Safety Building. . . “ To start with, it wasn’t an “information session,” it was the Deliberative Session of Town Meeting (New Hampton is an SB-2 town). Since Mr Ely was opposed to the warrant article as presented, he could have moved to amend it by reducing the appropriation, changing the funding mechanism, etc. He chose not to. He then writes about my supposed comments concerning “... the hundred or so individuals who always voted no on anything that would raise taxes.” I made it very clear I was referring to the people who vote no on EVERY warrant article, including those items that DON’T cost the town any tax money, such as approving grants to the fire department. I assume that these people do so because they dislike government, so I offered to provide oneway tickets to Somalia for any New
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out of N.H. by increasing fees and taxes — and changing the moral fiber of out state, Now you demand it of Republicans. And now to those Republicans of Belknap County: how many of them are on the right side of fiscal and freedom matters? Voters of Belknap County should be furious with the vote taken Monday evening by your state representatives, re: the county budget for next year. We did have nearly 50-percent of the delegation vote for the taxpayers, and in particular only two (Accornero and Kingsbury) of Laconia’s five reps voted right — more on this later. Niel Young Laconia
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Hampton voters who renounced their U.S. citizenship. They could then live in a country without such an oppressive government, and enjoy its police and fire protection. Mr Ely wants to convince me “... to use that money from all those one way tickets to Somalia to pay for the Public Safety Building....” So far, I have had no takers for my offer, so I’m afraid that’s not an option. Neither is continuing to use the current decrepit firehouse and unsafe police quarters. The real problem is that some people either hear only what they want to hear, or don’t bother to read the part of warrant articles that say “...with no amount to be raised from taxation.” Instead, they behave like two-year olds, saying “no” to everything to “solve” every conflict. Unfortunately, the SB-2 system encourages this delusional behavior. There are understandable differences of opinion concerning the Public Safety Building and other warrant articles, but misrepresenting my views does not improve the level of civil discourse. The Declaration of Independence says that “Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed....” The implied meaning is that this must be informed consent. Spreading misinformation is as old as politics, but dangerous to democracy. Town Meeting is one the last vestiges of direct democracy in this country — every voter can be heard and vote on each warrant article, see next page
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Lawmakers vote 11-6 to make Alton’s prosecutor new Belknap County Attorney By Gail OBer
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ALTON — Surrounded by a glowing family, new County Attorney Melissa Guldbrandsen shook the hand Monday night of the man who preceded her — the Hon. James Carroll IV, president judge of the Laconia District Court. Guldbransen, who is currently the town of Alton’s prosecutor, said she was honored and thrilled to have been chosen by the Belknap County Convention to fill Carroll’s shoes. “Thank you all,” she said in her brief words to the 18-member convention that appointed her. “I know you have put a lot of time and effort into this.” In her comment after, Guldbrandsen said her philosophy is not much different that her predecessor — to meet justice fairly and equitably, to deter crime by working with the resources provided to her by the federal, state and county governments and to work with local police to see justice is served. There was no discussion about the two candidates at Monday’s convention meeting at the county complex. Vice-Chair David Russell (R-Gilmanton) told the delegation he performed the necessary background and reference checks and found each candidate — former assistant county prosecutor Lori Chandler was the other — more than qualified for County Attorney. “These are two of the best candiHUOT from page one June to put a plan together... we’re excited about moving forward. We hope the state works with us,” Cormier said. When the school board received consent from the City Council to approve a $10-million renovation/expansion project, it was with the understanding that state building aid would pay for all but $1.5-million. With steep budget cuts proposed, it is a possibilfrom preceding page not just delegate responsibility to a representative. If you want to blame someone for town government, look in the mirror. It’s not perfect; Winston Churchill said that “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” This year, enough concerned New Hampton voters turned out to finally overcome the “no to everything” crowd
dates we could have found for this position.” Russell said. With no discussion and by a show of hands, delegates voted 11 to 6 to appoint Guldbrandsen to the position. Voting for her were Rep. Harry Accornero (R-Laconia), Rep. Bob Greemore (R-Meredith), Rep. Bill Tobin (R-Sanbornton), Rep. Tyler Simpson (R-New Hampton), Rep. Collette Worsman (R-Meredith), Rep. Guy Comtois (R-Alton), Rep. Robert Malone (R-Alton), Rep. Dennis Fields (R- Sanbornton), Rep. Peter Bolster (R-Alton), Rep. Jeff St. Cyr (R-Alton) and Rep. Jim Pilliod (R-Belmont). Voting for Chandler were Rep. Frank Tilton (R-Laconia), Rep. Bob Luther (R-Laconia), Rep. Donald Flanders (R-Laconia), Rep. Alida Millham (R-Gilford), Rep. Elaine Swinford (R-Barnstead), and Russell. Rep. Bob Kingsbury of Laconia was absent at the time of the vote. Guldbrandsen is an Alton native and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and education from the University of New Hampshire. She earned her Masters of Education in 1994 from UNH and taught until she earned her law degree from North Carolina School of Law in 2002. She is a former law clerk for retired N.H. Chief Justice David Brock. Married to Thaddeus, Guldbrandsen has two sons — Asa who is 6 and Zander who is 12. ity that building aid won’t be funded in the coming biennium. One of the alternatives plans being considered would involve moving the Huot Center away from Laconia High School, locating in a retrofitted portion of the Aavid building in the O’Shea Industrial Park. The next meeting of the Laconia School Board is scheduled for April 5.
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ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING **NOTE CHANGE IN MEETING DATE** The Laconia Zoning Board of Adjustment will meet on MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2011 at 7:00 p.m., in the conference room on the second floor of City Hall for the following hearings: HEARINGS: Continued The applicant is requesting 4 signs and 117.75 SF of signage in the DR Zone where 2 signs and 96 SF of signage are allowed. Application # 2011-0001 MSL # 442-142-46 DR Zone Landwild Holdings 426 Main Street Variance The applicant is requesting a two part variance from 235-58, Table VI, Table of Sign Regulations. The first part of the request is from 235-58 (A) in order erect 4 signs in a zone where only 2 signs total are allowed. The second part of the variance is from 235-58 (A) is to allow one wall sign to be 39.5 SF, where the maximum size is 24 SF. Application # 2011-0002 MSL # 442-142-46 DR Zone Landwild Holdings 426 Main Street Variance The applicant is requesting a three part variance from 235-58, Table VI, Table of Sign Regulations. The first portion is from 235-58 (B) in order to erect 2 freestanding (or pylon) signs where only 1 freestanding sign is allowed per site. The second portion is from 235-58 (A) to allow one of the freestanding signs to be larger than the allowed 24 SF. The existing freestanding sign, that the applicant is proposing to move, is 48 SF. The final portion of this variance is from 235-58 (A) to allow 117.75 SF in a zone where 96 SF is permitted. HEARINGS: New Application # 2011-0003 MSL # 395-336-7 RA Zone Genesis Health Care 175 Blueberry Lane Variance The applicant is requesting a variance from 235-58 Table VI, Table of Sign Regulations, in order to erect a freestanding sign in a zone where they are not permitted. Application 2011-0004 MSL # 393-336-7 RA Zone Genesis Health Care 175 Blueberry Lane Variance The applicant is requesting a variance from 235-35 (A) in order to allow a 10’ setback for the freestanding sign in a zone where the required front setback is 25’.
N.H. House votes to kill bill that would have restricted college student voting CONCORD (AP) — The House has killed a bill that would have barred students from voting in New Hampshire college towns if they weren’t from there. The bill also specified that members of the military stationed in New Hampshire would continue to be residents of their previous states for
voting purposes. The House voted 267-72 Tuesday to kill the bill despite arguments from some that action should be postponed so the issue of who has a valid claim to voting in New Hampshire can be addressed. Bill opponents said that issue will be worked on in another bill and brought back next year.
House votes to reduce dropout age back to 16 CONCORD (AP) — New Hampshire’s high school dropout age could be lowered under a bill passed by the Republican-controlled House. The House voted 210-134 Tuesday to send a bill to the Senate that allows 16- and 17-year-olds to drop out with a parent’s permission. Gov. John Lynch pushed for passage of a law that raised the dropout age to 18. In recent weeks, Lynch has been tout-
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GILMANTON from page one personnel matters without specifying them. Rector is the second high-ranking pubic safety officials to be dismissed in less than a year. In July, former
Fire Chief K.G. Lockwood retired after complaints about errant driving by members of the Gilmanton Fire Department became public. — Michael Kitch
COUNTY from page one The all-Republican, 18-member convention narrowly passed the $32,158,768 budget after one faction of the delegation tried repeatedly to slash the budget by nearly $2-million, even caucusing among factions in a recess called to devise strategy. Following three motions to amend the budget that failed on nine to nine votes — an amendment must pass by a simple majority — Laconia Rep. Bob Luther was persuaded to swing his vote to pass a budget reduced by $224,000. Offered by Bolster and Rep. Dennis Fields of Sanbornton, the proposed amendment was enough to get Luther to switch sides in the intramural fight. “There were people (on the prevailing side) who were willing to make some
cuts (all along),” said Bolster, adding the cuts were to be made when the department subcommittees made their presentations and recommendations. Since half of the delegation, lead by Rep. Colette Worsman (R-Meredith) moved to go straight to the bottom line, the other half never got to propose their department-based recommended budget cuts. “There’s a possibility there could have been more cuts but we never got to that point,” Bolster said. As for the vanquished, Harry Accornero, R-Laconia said the socalled cutters will “live to fight another day.” “We have tried to reduce the budget,” said Rep. Bill Tobin (R-Sanbornton). “Now we simply want to taxpayers to know how we voted.”
FARM from page one found a found a way to change the equation in their favor. They can’t control the weather but they have found a way to continue harvesting and selling produce throughout the winter months, though their fields remain covered in a thick blanket of snow. The resulting produce can be seen at the winter farmers’ markets in Laconia, held in the Belknap Mill every third Thursday of each month. The market features crafts and baked goods, as well as preserved food such as canned or pickled vegetables and fruit, either dried or in jams. However, at the Surowiec table, patrons are surprised to find a basket of fresh greens, picked fresh that day and as vibrant as a July morning. The 130-acre farm on Perley Hill Road has been cultivated by the same family since Louis Surowiec, a Polish immigrant who came to work in mills in Franklin, bought the property in 1917. Judging by the age of some of the structures on the property, though,
they believe the property has been used for agriculture for more than two decades. It was a dairy farm for most of the 20th Century, though that practice ended in 1970. For many years following, Steve worked the property as an apple orchard and worked off the farm. A dozen years ago, Steve and Katie married and they began to produce vegetables as well as apples. They market their produce at many local farmers’ markets as well as sell plants to Hillside Agway in Tilton. For the Surowiecs, as well as many other farmers, the winter was a time to repair equipment, process paperwork and arrange business deals, all chores there isn’t time for during the summer season. Also like many other farmers, the Surowiecs have constructed several greenhouses which they use to grow tomatoes and cucumbers earlier in the season than the threat of a late frost would otherwise allow. A few see next page
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from preceding page ago, Katie said, they started experimenting with the empty greenhouses and planted greens. The experiment was a success and has kept their salad bowls filled year round. The greenhouses, sometimes called tunnels, are constructed of a heavy plastic sheet stretched over curved aluminum supports. The plants benefit from the insulating effects of the plastic as well as by a protective fabric that the farmers drape over plants. Although the greenhouses aren’t heated – the cost of oil would be prohibitive – the temperature inside the tunnels has remained at least 20 degrees above the ambient temperature. Despite January nights that dipped to as low as 15 degrees below zero, the Surowiecs have suffered remarkably little loss of their greens due to frost damage. In the heat of summer’s sun and its long days, plants like lettuce and spinach quickly come to maturity and then must be harvested during a narrow window before they “bolt” and become bitter. However, in the winter, the plants behave differently. In one of the Surowiecs’ 26-feet by 96-feet tunnels, there are three long rows of greens – Asian greens, lettuces and lots of spinach – which were planted in September and October. Those months had just enough heat and sunlight for the plants to germinate and grow, but the ensuing winter weather ceased the plants’ development and prevented them from bolting. There they sit, fresh and lush, waiting for Katie to come by with her shears on market day. Not only have the plants remained dormant at their ideal stage of ripeness, the Surowiecs think the flavor and texture of winter plants is superior to those grown in summer. The plants develop a concentration of sugar in response to the cold temperatures. The sugar acts as an anti-freeze, guarding against frost damage. To the human consumer, it translates into greens with a smooth texture and which lack the oft-characteristic bitterness. This year was the first that they’ve experimented with marketing their winter crop. Customers have been taken aback at times, Katie said, when seeing fresh greens in February. It’s the real deal, she convinces them, and the produce sells. They’ve also been approached by several restauranteurs who would love to offer their clientele a locally-grown alternative to iceberg lettuce. They think they’ve found something with no downside – the tunnels would just lie dormant otherwise – and which has the potential to become a significant source of revenue during a time of year when vegetable farmers typically survive off what
they sold the prior year. “What’s driving us is having a year-round overhead,” Steve said. “Your revenue is four, five months and you pay bills 12.” “I love it,” Katie said about the winter farming experiment. And it is an experiment – one of their greenhouses is dedicated to determining which crops can thrive in the cold and which are only fairweather friends. “To me, it’s a challenge. Regular agriculture can get a little boring.” “It think it’s up and coming,” Steve said. They’ve realized they can harvest through the winter, once the customers begin to expect the availability of local produce year-round, he thinks many other local farmers will join them and help develop the market for off-season vegetables. This year, the Surowiecs are using three-quarters of one tunnel for winter crops. They plan to use two full greenhouses next year and don’t expect to have trouble finding enough buyers. “It’s nice to have good, local produce. If the customers will come get it, let’s do it,” said Steve. The Surowiecs will be selling at the Belknap Mill on Thursday, March 17 from 3 to 6 p.m.
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LACONIA — The city man accused of beating his pregnant girlfriend in January appeared again in Laconia District Court yesterday to answer charges he attempted to contact his victim and ask her not to cooperate with authorities. Nathan Scaringi, 25, of 178 Union Ave. faces 12 Class B misdemeanor counts of breach of bail for allegedly contacting the victim and three felony charges of witness tampering for his alleged attempts to influence her cooperation. Already in Belknap County Jail on $5,000 cashonly bail and two counts of breach of bail — one for asking his father to contact her and one for going to the apartment himself after his initial arrest — Judge James Carroll IV increased his bail to $50,000 cash-only. Scaringi faces two addition counts of breach of bail for those two allegations. In his latest charges, police affidavits allege Scaringi used a fellow inmate’s identification to call the victim from phones available in the jail. During
the total of 12 phone calls, each one representing a separate charge of breach of bail, there were three alleged attempts to influence the victim. In the first, the state alleges Scaringi told the woman not to give any more information to the police because it would hurt him. In the second, police allege he told her to “have some type of accident” so she couldn’t show up for the court hearing and in the third he allegedly told her he was going to try and get his court date changed and encouraged her not to take any phone calls or accept any summons from police. He was already facing four counts of simple assault for allegedly slapping the victim, restraining her by holding her arms behind her back, sitting on her and spitting on her. Called to the home on Jan. 11 by someone who heard them arguing, Police Officer Kevin Shortt said he responded to the home and, after a brief search, found the victim hiding in a closet. Shortt’s affidavit said the victim had red marks and swelling on her face where Scaringi allegedly struck her.
Correction: Statement should have been attributed to Rep. Dennis Fields A story about the March 14 meeting of the Belknap County Convention that appeared in our Tuesday, March 15 edition contained an error that attributed remarks to Rep. Frank Tilton that were actually made by Rep. Dennis Fields. The portion of the story in question should have read as follows: “Fields said he had difficulty supporting the
proposed 7-percent slash because all of the subcommittee’s had reviewed their respective departments and had actually added money to the commissioner’s request. “If we had come in at 29 (million) we’d be discussing 25 (million), he said. “I’m happy with what we’ve done.”
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remained in a country trying to recover from the massive disasters that are believed to have killed more than 10,000 people and battered the world’s third-largest economy. The radiation leak caused the government to order 140,000 people living within 20 miles (30 kilometers) of the plant to seal themselves indoors to avoid exposure, and authorities declared a ban on commercial air traffic through the area. Worries about radiation rippled through Tokyo and other areas far beyond that cordon. The stock market plunged for a second straight day, dropping 10 percent Tuesday. However, the market soared more than 6 percent in Wednesday morning trading. The re-emergence of the fire at the spent fuel pond in Unit 4 makes that “my biggest worry” because “the spent fuel pool really doesn’t have any containment over it and it’s very exposed,” said Meshkati. “There is radioactive fuel that could cause some problems.” The fire could put all sorts of radioactive isotopes — such as cesium and iodine — into the air, Meshkati said.
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Year-Round Library still a divisive issue in Gilmanton; voters approve funding by 17 votes By Ray DuckleR CONCORD MONITOR
GILMANTON — In a town meeting overshadowed by the collapse of a longtime resident, Gilmanton will again fund a year-round public library, a service that has become a hot topic the past two years. After a lengthy discussion, a 45-minute ballot vote and another 20 minutes of counting, residents, by a 156-139 margin, agreed on Saturday to raise the $47,500 recommended by the budget committee for operating expenses. The remaining $23,000 will be raised by private donations. The board of selectmen wanted no taxpayer money used for the library. Not even the overall operating budget was free from the article’s reach, as a resident quickly proposed a $459 increase, from $2,448 to $2,907, to cover books and other supplies. That put the amended budget, minus appropriations, at $3,482,652, which passed by a close voice vote. Still, a loud voice emerged opposing town funding for the library, which opened last year at a cost to taxpayers of $41,300. The argument dates back 10 years, when the idea of the town’s first year-round library surfaced. Opponents claimed last year they were told that private donations would be used to fund the entire project, while supporters insisted they had said that donors would merely do their best to cover all expenses. The topic was so controversial last year that many residents came to the meeting late, arriving to vote on the library article and nothing else. This time, though, Moderator Mark Sisti told the audience at the start that those already in attendance would vote first, and anyone seen entering solely for the library issue would vote last, meaning a long wait on a long line. Stan Bean, doubling as the budget committee chairman and head of the library association, moved from the front table to a seat on the gym floor to avoid a conflict of interest. He noted that the library has more than 80 profrom preceding page Statehouse for weeks trying to stop the Republican governor from pushing through laws to curb public employee unions. Protester Jacob Flowers of Memphis said Ramsey and other lawmakers just don’t understand the objective, and that “the people of Wisconsin showed what can happen when people act in solidarity with one another.” Regardless of the intentions, Tennessee Highway Patrol Col. Tracy Trott said such behavior will not be tolerated in the Legislature. “We’re going to make sure that the Legislature has an opportunity to conduct their business in a safe and secure way,” he later told reporters. “And whatever we have to do to ensure that we will.” Sen. Bill Ketron, a Murfreesboro Republican who had at least three labor-related bills before the com-
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grams and hosted nearly 100 meetings for 1,200 people last year. “I’d like to remind you that this is a public library,” Bean said. “We’ve held the operating budget steady for three years because volunteers gave over 4,000 hours last year.” Arguments came from all sides, with some voters looking to slice the cost to $20,000, others wanting to contribute nothing, and still others looking for a multiple-year contract between the library and the town to avoid an annual fight. George Roberts, who moderated town meetings for 37 years, said library trustees should not be appointed. “We can get rid of this controversy,” Roberts said. “If you want public funds, the trustees should be elected.” And Frank Gianni, while acknowledging times are tough, spoke in favor of the library. “With the economy, we’re all struggling,” said Gianni, supporting himself with a crutch on his right side. “But we have access to books and periodicals for a small amount a year.” While the library article, submitted by petition, represented a small amount of the overall budget, large expenditures like $405,000 for a new fire truck passed easily. So did $340,000 for 13 capital reserve funds and $200,000 for a new ambulance. Voters also approved a 2.8 percent step raise, equaling $24,291, for town workers. “It’s been over four years since employees have had a step increase,” said Selectwoman Betty Ann Abbott, who retired yesterday after one term. “It’s been solely a cost-of-living raise.” “Take care of the people that take care of you,” added resident Tom Morin. Not everyone saw it that way, however. “The state of New Hampshire just laid off countless people,” said Laurie Sanborn, who’s lived in town for 17 years. “You should be thankful you have a job. No to raises this year.” The article passed in a close voice vote. mittee, agreed. “It’s part of our constitution to have the right to exercise your voice and your opinion,” he said. “But there are proper places to voice that opinion. It was totally inappropriate to disrupt the business of the state of Tennessee.” The conference room where the arrested protesters were held was across the hall from Ketron’s office. As they were escorted out one by one and onto an elevator, fellow protesters standing by cheered and continued chanting. Tamara Henderson of Chattanooga witnessed troopers handcuff her 25-year-old daughter, Ash-Lee Henderson, and drag her down the hallway of the Legislative Plaza. She likened it to “people in Mississippi and Alabama who were hosed’” during the Civil Rights Movement.
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Biruta ‘Lorraine’ Dubiel, 81
LACONIA — Biruta “Lorraine” (Skaistis) Dubiel, 81, of Weirs Beach, died Saturday, March 12, 2011 at the Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia. Lorraine was born in Hartford, Conn. on August 3, 1929 and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (Butkus) Skaistis. She was raised in Warehouse Point, Conn. and attended schools in South Windsor, Conn. She then went on to attend Edgewater Park in New York where she received an Associate’s Degree. In 1950, Lorraine married the love of her life, Ted, where they resided in Bloomfield/Windsor, Conn. They later relocated to Mystic, Conn. before moving to Weirs Beach, N.H. in the ‘90’s after retiring. Lorraine was employed at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft and later at Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, both in the greater Hartford area. Lorraine lived life to the fullest and was an avid gardener, loved doing crafts and was a lover of animals (especially cats, horses and birds). Lorraine belonged to the Bloomfield Garden Club and was actively involved in church activities at the Sacred Heart Church in Bloomfield, Conn. Lorraine is survived by a daughter and son-in-law,
Kathleen (Dubiel) and Angelo van Engelen of Mystic, Conn. and Belmont, N.H, a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ernest and Nancy (Kallaugher) Dubiel of Safety Harbor, Florida, a sister-in-law, Sophie (Dubiel) Godlewski of Rocky Hill Conn. and by two nieces and five nephews. She was predeceased by her loving husband of fifty-nine years, Ted, by a sister, Helen, and by a brother, Bernard. There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, March 21, 2011 at 10:00 AM at St. Andre Bessette Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Avenue, Laconia, N.H. Burial will follow at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Rte. 3, Boscawen, N.H. For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the New Hampshire Humane Society, PO Box 572, Laconia, 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 www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
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ARIES (March 21-April 19). You will accomplish what you couldn’t quite finish yesterday. The timing wasn’t right, or you just weren’t comfortable enough to open your mind to the possibilities. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). If that thing you are holding on to “just in case” doesn’t find said “case” today, you should let it go. Something has to give in order for you to make way for the future. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You’ll want to keep track of the beauty in this day. Take a photo of the view that pleases you, or record that nature sound that your mind interprets as music. Share your discovery with friends. CANCER (June 22-July 22). A project is turning into more than you wanted to take on, but it’s all doable. You may “hit the wall,” but it’s not going to stop you. Take a break, and come back to it later. You’ll have success the second time around. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You will overhear something that wasn’t intended for your ears. This will turn out to be fortunate, indeed. It’s as though you were meant to get the information, even if others didn’t want you to know. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Pay careful attention to your work, focusing on only one task at a time. A slip of the finger is all it takes to send an accidental e-mail, erase your work or worse. You’ll stay alert, and all will go well. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Your even temper isn’t a steadfast rule. You are occasionally prone to sudden outbursts of passion, both surprising and impressive to those around you. When
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Today is Wednesday, March 16, the 75th day of 2011. There are 290 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 16, 1802, President Thomas Jefferson signed a measure authorizing the establishment of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. On this date: In 1751, James Madison, fourth president of the United States, was born in Port Conway, Va. In 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel “The Scarlet Letter” was first published. In 1968, during the Vietnam War, the My Lai (mee ly) Massacre of Vietnamese civilians was carried out by U.S. Army troops; estimates of the death toll vary between 347 and 504. In 1971, former Republican presidential candidate Thomas E. Dewey, 68, died in Bal Harbour, Fla. In 1984, William Buckley, the CIA station chief in Beirut, was kidnapped by terrorists (he was tortured by his captors and killed in 1985). In 1985, Terry Anderson, chief Middle East correspondent for The Associated Press, was abducted in Beirut; he was released in Dec. 1991. In 1991, U.S. skaters Kristi Yamaguchi, Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan swept the World Figure Skating Championships in Munich, Germany. In 1994, figure skater Tonya Harding pleaded guilty in Portland, Ore., to conspiracy to hinder prosecution for covering up an attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan, avoiding jail but drawing a $100,000 fine. One year ago: In testy exchanges with Republicans, Attorney General Eric Holder told a House Appropriations subcommittee that Osama bin Laden would never face trial in the United States because he would not be captured alive. Today’s Birthdays: Comedian-director Jerry Lewis is 85. Country singer Ray Walker (The Jordanaires) is 77. Movie director Bernardo Bertolucci is 70. Game show host Chuck Woolery is 70. Singer-songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker is 69. Country singer Robin Williams is 64. Actor Erik Estrada is 62. Actor Victor Garber is 62. Actress Kate Nelligan is 60. Country singer Ray Benson (Asleep at the Wheel) is 60. Rock singermusician Nancy Wilson (Heart) is 57. Golfer Hollis Stacy is 57. Actress Isabelle Huppert is 56. Actor Clifton Powell is 55. Rapperactor Flavor Flav (Public Enemy) is 52. Rock musician Jimmy DeGrasso is 48. Folk singer Patty Griffin is 47. Country singer Tracy Bonham is 44. Actress Lauren Graham is 44. Actor Judah Friedlander (FREED’-landuhr) is 42. Actor Alan Tudyk (TOO’-dihk) is 40. Actor Tim Kang (TV: “The Mentalist”) is 38. Rhythm-and-blues singer Blu Cantrell is 35. Actress Brooke Burns is 33.
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CALENDAR TODAY’S EVENTS Program on the rich history of the Balsams Grand Resort Hotel featuring Stephen Barba, executive director of University Relations at Plymouth State University. 11 a.m. at the Taylor Community’s Woodside building in Laconia. Part of the 2011 PSU Lecture Series. Mr. Barba worded at The Balsams for 48 years. Irish quintet Altan in St. Patrick’s Day concert at the Silver Center for the Arts at Plymouth State University. 7 p.m. For tickets call 535-2787. Flag football parent/player information night at InterLakes High School in Meredith. 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. Registration for the spring season ends March 31. For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Consume less and make your own hot water from sunshine workshop at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness. 6:30 p.m. For details go to wwww.nhnature.org. Old School PE session at the Meredith Community Center. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $1 per person, pay at the front desk. 21+ Free Mom & Me screening of “Monsters Inc.” at Smitty’s Cinema in Tilton. 11:30 a.m. 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. 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. 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. Duplicate bridge at the Weirs Beach Community Center. 7:15 p.m. All levels welcome. Snacks. (Every Wednesday) TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) group meeting. 5:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Meredith. Check out a computer expert at the Gilford Public Library. 9:15 to 11 a.m. Early Release Craft Time at the Gilford Public Library. 1:30 to 2 p.m. Students in grades 1-4 are invited to bring an extra sock to transform into a stuffed critter to take home with them. Sign-up in the Childrens’ Room.
THURSDAY, MARCH 17 “Sugaring Off With The Bolducs” program at the Goss Reading Room in Lakeport. 6 p.m.Featuring brothers Ernie and Armand Bolduc of the landmark Bolduc Farm in Gilford. All are invited to learn how sap in turned into maple syrup and try and sample of the brother’s legendary brew. Guys’ Night Out at the Gilford Community Church. 6 p.m. social hour followed by dinner, catered by Ellie Murphy, at 7. Guest speaker will be LRGHealthcare CEO Tom Clairmont. $10 and all Lakes Region men are welcome to attend. Reservation accepted at 524-6057. Free talk on “Is There Value In Your Old and Rare Books?” at the Laconia Public Library. 6:30 p.m. Featuring Kenneth Gloss, propietor of the Brattle Book Shop in Boston. Adult volleyball at the Meredith Community Center. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $1 per person, pay at the front desk. 18+ Annual meeting of the Annie Forts UP Syndrome Fund. 8 a.m. at the Preferred Vacation Rentals offiece in Center Harbor.
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‘The Music Man’ presented by Streetcar Company at Inter-Lakes Auditorium
LACONIA — The Streetcar Company will be presenting one of America’s best-loved and well known Broadway musicals, “The Music Man,” at the InterLakes Community Auditorium April 8, 9, and 10. Based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson, “The Music Man” centers around Harold Hill, who poses as a boys’ band organizer and sells band instruments and uniforms to naive townsfolk before skipping town with the cash. In River City, Iowa, prim librarian Marian Paroo sees through the con man, but when Hill helps her younger brother overcome his fear of social interactions due to his lisp, Marian begins to fall in love with Harold. Harold, smitten with Marian, risks being caught to win her. In 1957, “The Music Man” won five Tony Awards, CALENDAR from preceding page
THURSDAY, MARCH 17 Presentation on Late Winter & Early Spring Birds of the Lakes Region. 7:30 p.m. at the Loon Center in Moultonborough. Hosted by the Lakes Region Chapter of the Audubon Society of N.H. Refreshments. Winter Farmer’s Market in at the Historic Belknap Mill in Laconia. 3 to 6 p.m. Vendors offering local farm-raised meats, fresh-baked breads, organic tea, cofree, fudge, pastries, pies, cakes, fresh produce, jellies & jams, local wines, herbs, oils, plants, jewelry, wood workers, and fine art. Third Thursday of each month. Parkinson’s Support Group meeting at Forestview Manor (153 Parade Road) in Meredith. 2 to 3:30 p.m. For more information call 279-3121 or e-mail Kathy@forestviewmanor.com. 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. Giggles & Grins playgroup at Family Resource Center in downtown Laconia (635 Main Street). Free group for parents children from birth through age 5. For more information call 524-1741. Tales For Tails at the Gilford Public Library. 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Join Holly and her dog “Ben”. He loves to listen to children read. Bring your own book or select one from “Ben’s” bag.
including Best Musical, and the cast album won the first Grammy Award for Best Original Cast Album. Streetcar Company President J Alward is directing “The Music Man” with choreography by Erin Lovett Sherman, musical direction by Johan Andersen, and music performance by Phil Breton. Jordan Tankard is technical director and the show is produced by Matt Demko. The cast features 2010 NH Theatre Awards Best Musical Actor Rodney Martell (Harold Hill), Elaine Riedel (Marion Paroo), Scott Alward (Marcellus), Ginny Barunas (Mrs. Paroo), Johan Andersen (Mayor Shinn), Patte Sarausky (Mrs. Shinn), Alexa Dembiec (Amaryllis), Braeden Alward (Tommy), Kayla Zarella (Zaneeta Shinn), Cecilia Zarella (Gracie Shinn), Riley Alward (Winthrop Paroo ), Doug Embree (Constable Locke/Conductor), and Matt Demko (Charlie Cowell). Supporting cast and choral ensemble includes Larry Thompson, Angelo Gentile, Karl Kimball, Peter Ayer, Lena Luongo, Marcia Trimm, Carolyn Desrosiers, Erin Lovett Sherman, Dave Rowson, Saphaedra Renee, Melissa Bigler, Allie Dennis, Myles, Camryn Dembiec, Kaitlin Cuddy-Egbert, Rebekah Roy, Val Hammond Kimball, Ila Bartensen, Luke Riedel, Zeke Riedel, Dawn Thomas, Sharleigh Thomson, and Alex Thomas.
Rodney Martell and Elaine Reidel play the lead roles in The Streetcar Company’s presentation of “The Music Man,” the Tony and Grammy Award-winning Broadway musical to be performed at Inter-Lakes Community Auditoriun April 8, 9, and 10. Tickets are on sale now at Greenlaw’s Music in Laconia and Innisfree Boosktore in Meredith. (Photo by Erin Fitzmaurice for The Streetcar Company)
Tickets are on sale now at Greenlaw’s Music in Laconia and Innisfree Bookstore in Meredith. Further information may be found online at www.streetcarcompany.com.
Just Maple at Green Acres Farm in Tilton to host open house Saturday, March 19 and 20
TILTON — Just Maple at Green Acres Farm will host a “Maple Weekend” open house from 9 a.m. — 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 19 and 10 a.m. — 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 20. UNH Forester Andrew Fast will do a presentation on backyard sugaring at 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday. Entertainment will be provided by Proulx Entertainment with performances by Jim Barns, Don
Watson, and Dave Jennings. Tours of the farm will include an opportunity for kids to feed the milking goats and take a turn at milking one by hand. A visit to the sugar house will provide the chance to sample maple kettle corn, maple cotton candy, maple walnut fudge, maple milk, maple candy, and much more For more information, call the Maple Hotline at 520-2373.
Senior Moment-um Theatre Night at Gilford High School
GILFORD — The Parks and Recreation Department, in conjunction with the High School Performing Arts program, will sponsor a Senior Moment-um Theatre Night at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23.
Participants should meet in the school lobby at 5:45 p.m. prior to the performance of two one-act plays: “Metamorphosis” and “Seussification of Romeo and Juliet.” This program is free and no R.S.V.P. is required. For more information, call Parks and Recreation at 527-4722.
Awakenings Espresso Cafe open mic & album release party LACONIA — An open mic and album release party will be hosted by Awakenings Espresso Café from 5 — 8 p.m. on Friday March 18. All are invited to bring voices, guitars, other instruments, poems, jokes, stories, friends, and families. The event will include UNH student and Awakenings employee Jami Harmon’s self-compiled album of original music. For more information, call 524-1201.
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Dear Annie: I am the second wife of the nicest, most wonderful man I have ever known. “John” and I have been in a happy marriage for seven years. John is friends with “Ruth,” a 36-year-old mother of two, and her husband. The problem is their out-of-control 16-yearold daughter, “Bethany.” The girl is jealous, manipulative and vindictive. She tells tales, runs around town at all hours, has wrecked her share of vehicles and has an excuse for every problem she causes. This would be none of my business, except one of my friends is the mother of Bethany’s on-again, off-again best friend. The mothers of these girls don’t like each other and have had a number of verbal confrontations. Recently, I received an emotionally charged call from Ruth demanding I end my relationship with my friend. Supposedly, I made certain comments that have hurt Bethany’s feelings, even though Ruth admitted the information may not be true. The only thing I am guilty of is resenting this child. John and Ruth’s husband are both great fellows, and I’m afraid this will harm their relationship. Either way, Bethany will most certainly make more trouble in the future. Is there anything I can do? -- Aurora Dear Aurora: You need to stay out of this entirely. While Ruth should not be dictating the terms of your other friendships, you should not be talking about Bethany with anyone. Your resentment is coming through loud and clear, and both Ruth and her daughter can pick up on it. If necessary, apologize to Ruth for any misunderstanding, but otherwise, drop the subject. Your husband can deal with his own friendships. Dear Annie: My husband and I both work full time and have three young children. I make larger meals on Sundays so we can eat leftovers during the week. I invited my in-laws over for dinner last Sunday, and they
ate more than I had ever seen them eat before. My mother-inlaw said they skipped meals knowing they were coming over for dinner. Needless to say, there were no leftovers, and I was not happy. I don’t intend to invite them too often anymore. Annie, please remind people to be considerate guests. -Love My In-Laws, But Dear Love: Honey, if you didn’t want your in-laws to eat the food, you should not have invited them for dinner. A gracious hostess does not expect guests to save leftovers so you won’t have to cook the rest of the week. The next time you have company, we suggest you make enough so even hungry people leave food on their plates. Or put aside the food you need later. Whatever is on the table is fair game. Dear Annie: During most of the 20 years that my first wife and I were married, I didn’t realize how important it was to demonstrate how much I appreciated her. When she suddenly passed away six years ago, I thought of all the times that I had not expressed my love and appreciation. Two years later, I met a widow online. From the beginning, we started and ended our meetings with a hug. After we married, we remembered to give each other a hug and a kiss whenever either of us left the house. We also held hands and kissed or hugged for no reason other than to express our love. At age 62, we could still enjoy a romp in bed or just cuddling under the covers. When they told us a year ago that she had cancer, we were even more affectionate, providing comfort to each other. We’ve heard others indicate that they don’t need to tell their spouses they are loved “because they already know.” How wonderful it would be for couples to remember how they treated their partners during courtship. If they continued to “court” their partner as long as they live, there would be a lot more happy couples. -- Widowed Again
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AKC Cairn Terrier Toto dog. 1 yr old male, neutered, microchiped cream brindle. UTD on vacs, Canadian champion sired. $700. (207)935-1320.
1999 Chevy Cavalier, 4 dr, 4 cyc, air, auto, CD, 90K mi., $3,000 obo. 934-2221.
BOAT SLIPS For Rent At the Winnipesaukee Pier Weirs Beach, NH Reasonable rents installments payments for the season. Call 366-4311.
2 BR very clean, bright, updated appliances with cathedral ceilings and skylights, within walking distance of downtown Laconia, off street parking, includes heat, h/w, w/d, no smoking. $900 a month. Carolyn 630-0232
Golden Retriever puppies: AKC registered, first shots/ health certificate/ clearances. $1,500. 603-267-6404
1999 F-150 4-WD- Extra CabGood Condition, $1,799. Center Harbor. 677-6586 2000 Ford Taurus SE WagonVery reliable, good condition. 104K miles, grey with grey interior. 4 new tires, current on all maintenance. $2,800/OBO. 603-341-1529 2005 Suburu Forrester 5-speed, Great condition, 190K miles, have all service records. $4,900 OBO. 455-6977 BUYING junk cars and trucks ME & NH. Call for price. Martin Towing. (603)305-4504.
DOCKS for Rent: 2011 season, Lake Winnisquam Point. Parking, bathrooms, showers, launch on site. 603-524-2222.
APARTMENTS, mobile homes. If you need a rental at a fair price, call DRM Corp. Over 40 years in rentals. We treat you better! 524-0348 or visit M-W-F, 12-5, at 373 Court Street, Laconia.
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
ASHLAND: One bedroom duplex, 2nd floor, offstreet parking, stove, refrigerator, storage, one/two people, no smoking, no pets, security deposit & references. $675 plus utilities. 603-293-7663 CUTE 1-bedroom remodeled apartment in Tilton. 1/2 month rent free! Heat/Hot Water included. $660/Month. 603-393-9693 or 916-214-7733
CASH FOR junk cars & trucks.
Top Dollar Paid. Available 7 days a week. 630-3606
FRANKLIN 1 bedroom heat & hot water included, $550/ mo. First month rent and security deposit, 630-2614
CASH paid for unwanted or junk cars and trucks. Same day service possible. 603-231-2859. GREAT Condtion! 2000 E-350 Box Truck with 7.3 Diesel engine. $5,300. 455-9269.
Autos 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee132K, 4-Wheel Drive, leather, automatic, loaded with options! $2,995 OBO. Call Scott at 603-369-0494
MUST sell!!! 2004 Buick Rendezvous. Asking $5,600 all offers considered. 455-8844 Top Dollar Paid- $150 and up for unwanted & junk vehiclies. Call 934-4813
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.
FRANKLIN- Riverfront, 1 Bedroom, 2nd Floor, Storage. $650/mo + Utilities, Security Deposit. No Pets, 387-4471. GILFORD: 1BR apartment over country store. $800/month, everything included. Contact Sara, Monday-Friday, 6am- 2pm for appointment, 293-8400, or leave message after 2pm at 455-0461.
New Franklin Apartments, LLC Elderly and Disabled Housing Now Accepting Applications for Project-Based Section 8 Subsidized Apartments HUD Income Limits Apply One & Two Bedroom Units Available Located in Tilton, Franklin & West Franklin
Apartments Available Now For more information, please contact 603-286-4111 Or TTY 1-800-735-2964
LACONIA 1-Bedroom 1st floor, Bright & sunny newly renovated, new appliances, off street parking. $700/Month, Utilities and Heat Not included. 524-1349
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 NICE 2-bedroom, quiet building. Washer/Dryer hook-ups, no dogs. $650/Month plus utilities. Plowed parking. 527-1411 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, Clean/renovated, furnished-optional. No smoking/pets. $895/month, 2nd Month 1/2 OFF. 603-998-9694. LACONIA Weirs Blvd 2 Bedroom, 2 bath, one level newly renovated condo year-round. Balcony with view of lake, pool, no smoking/pets, refs/dep required. $900/month. 366-4341 LACONIA- 1 bedroom next to LRGH. Quiet building, heat/hot water included. $625/month 603-527-1411
LACONIA: Downtown, 875 sq.ft. 1-bedroom condo, includes parking, dishwasher, washer/dryer, hot water, gym, cable TV and internet. $1,000/month + gas and electricity. No smoking. 387-1638. email@example.com LACONIA: Large 4 bedroom apartment. Second floor, new paint and flooring, parking. $850 + utilities, security and references required. 603-781-6294. LACONIA: Nice, clean 1st floor 3 bedroom with yard, porch, family room, office, Washer/Dryer hook-up. No dogs. $875 monthly. 527-1411 LACONIA: Sunny, 1-Bedroom, hardwood floors, 3rd floor, washer/dryer hookup, heat, $600. Security & references. (603)293-7038. LACONIA: 1-2 Bedrooms starting at $130/Week. Includes Heat/Hot Water & Electric. No dogs. 496-8667 or 545-9510.
Laconia- 3-Bedroom, 2nd Floor, Washer/Dryer, Attic Storage, Sunroom, $950/month + Utilities & Security Deposit. No Pets/No Smoking. 387-4471
LAKEPORT-Exceptional 1-Bedroom 1st floor. Washer/dryer room, gas fireplace, large kitchen/with dishwasher, porches, off-street parking with/snow removal. $875/Month including heat/hot water. NO SMOKING. 366-4712
LACONIA- Large Rooms for rent. Private bath, heat/hot water, electric, cable, parking included. FREE WiFi Internet. $145/week, 603-781-6294
MEREDITH 1 bedroom first floor, carpeted, washer/dryer hook-ps, parking, near town, non-smoking, $600/Month no utilities 279-7887 or cell 781-862-0123
LACONIA- ROOMMATE wanted to share large apartment. 1 private room, washer/dryer, large yard, walk to downtown. $125/Week including Heat/Hot-water. 630-9226
MEREDITH One bedroom apartment on second floor. Open concept, cathedral ceiling, very elegant and rustic. Plowing, parking and dumpster included, Pets? $795/month 455-5660.
LACONIA-Large 1 bedroom apartment. Newly reduced to $650/Month. Newly painted, off street parking. Utilities not included. Available immediately. References & Security deposit (1 month rent) required. 1 Year lease. 603-524-3759 LACONIA: 2-Bedroom, 2nd floor apartment. No pets/smoking. $650/month +utilities. Security deposit and references required. 875-2292. LACONIA: Efficiency apartment, $135/week includes heat & hot water. References and deposit. 524-9665. LACONIA: Large efficiency, hear hospital, $150/week. Security deposit required. 603-573-5800. LACONIA: Gilbert Apartments. Efficiency, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments available. 524-4428.
MEREDITH- In-Town Efficiency apartment. 1-bedroom, 1-bath. Kitchen, large living room with dryer. Quiet location, no pets/no smokers $800/Month + utilities. Rick (781)389-2355 MEREDITH: In-town 1-bedroom, includes heat, $600/month. Parking w/plowing. No Smoking. No pets. Security deposit. 387-8356.
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.
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Affordable Housing Get your name on our waiting list PRINCE HAVEN or HILLSIDE APARTMENTS All utilities included Plymouth/Meredith, N.H. (Prince Haven has an elderly preference) If you are 62, disabled or handicapped, (regardless of age), and meet annual income guidelines, you may qualify for our one-bedroom apts.
Call today to see if you qualify. 603-224-9221 TDD # 1-800-545-1833 Ext. 118 or Download an application at www.hodgescompanies.com Housing@hodgescompanies.com
40% of our vacancies will be rented to applicants with Extremely Low Income. Rent is based on your household size and income. An Equal Opportunity Housing Agent
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NORTHFIELD: Large 2 bedroom on 2nd & 3rd floors, $240/week including heat, electric & hot water, 524-1234.
3 Piece sectional sofa includes queen sleeper and 2 recliners for $400. Solid wood oval dining table with 2 leaves and 6 chairs $400. 279-4788
T&B Appliance Removal. Appliances & AC’s removed free of charge if outside. Please call (603)986-5506.
Landscape Maintenance and Construction Crew Members Wanted
Must be motivated and have a positive attitude.
on private trout pond. FFF certified casting instructor. Gift cert. available. (603)356-6240. www.mountainviewflyfishing.c om
NORTHFIELD: 2BR mobile home on own land, near Exit 19. Pets considered. $695 per month plus utilities. Call 286.4624.
PREMIER Gated Community Meredith Bay. 3500 sqft custom 4BDRM single family home, 2-car garage. Grand Winnipesaukee Views! Beach Club, Pools, Tennis! $3750/mo./yr lease. Call 888-559-4141 or firstname.lastname@example.org. www.MeredithBayNH.com
AMAZING! Beautiful queen or full pillow top mattress set $249, king $399. 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 Custom Glazed Kitchen Cabinets. Solid maple, never installed. May add/subtract to fit kitchen. Cost $6,000 sacrifice $1,750. 433-4665 FIREWOOD-FREE-Tree removal Green (Dry when available) starting at $75 1/2 cord delivered. 998-7337. Also easy self-serve smaller quantities. 18 Arlene Dr. Belmont, 1 mile up Union Ave. from Piches.
is expanding due to record high production & demand for more JCS tours! Average rep. pay $21/hr, PT. Night shift 4:15pm-10:00pm, Also full-time available. Must have good communication skills. Lots of fun, no experience needed. JCS is the industry leader, providing tours to Inn Season, Sterling, Tradewind, Windham, and FantaSea Resorts. 603-581-2741, Laconia. Ask for Carlos. FIVE STAR GOLF CARS has an immediate opening for an experienced mechanic. Must have valid driver!s license with clean driving record, strong communication skills and be able to lift 75lbs. Inquire within, 1165 Union Ave., Laconia, 527-8095.
Generator- 3600 W. Craftsman, used once. $375. OBO. 934-2221
RASCAL 326 Power Chair: Like new, $3,900. Includes ramp. Call John at 253-9863 or 455-9863.
is offering an Exciting Sales Opportunity for Motivated and High Energy People. Sales experience is preferred but not required. Great pay with Benefits available. Please apply online at www.laconiaharley.com.
TILTON- DOWNTOWN. Large room in 3-bedroom, 2-bath apartment, shared with 2 other responsible adults, $150 weekly, includes all. 286-4391. 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.
For Rent-Vacation DREAM COME TRUE Marco Island, waterfront condo/amenities. SW Florida/Naples area $700/week. 603)393-7077.
For Rent-Commercial EXCELLENT Location! 3,000+ Sq.Ft., corner lot, high traffic count, attractive architecture and great image for your business! $7/Sq.Ft., triple net lease. 528-0696. LACONIA/BELMONT LINE- Retail Showroom at Rt. 106 & Bypass. 1500+ Sq. ft., 10X12 overheaed door, security & fire system. $1,900/Month. 603-502-6437 Meredith- Office studio space. 2nd floor 3 rooms, carpeted 1,000 sq. ft. heated, near town, non-smoking. $625/Month. Cell 781-862-0123 home 279-7887
Full-time position (34 hours/week) for Family Planning, Prenatal and Teen Clinic Program. Responsible for day-to-day management of busy clinic environment including medical records management, patient and insurance billing systems, patient education, appointment scheduling and general oversight of facility. Previous experience in reproductive health care services working with low--income women and teens. Must be flexible, able to work independently and also function as part of a health care team. AA or BA in Social Services required. Please forward resume to Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc. (FP), P.O. Box 1016, Concord, NH 03302-1016. E.O.E.
STYLIST wanted in downtown Meredith salon: Unique booth rental options available. Call “A Step Up” at 279-6750.
PARADIGM Studio 100 v.3 full range home audio/ theater tower speakers. $1650. 496-8639.
SUNNY large Victorian, 2 bedroom, kitchen, livingroom, diningroom and den, hardwood floors, tin ceilings, beautiful, $850/ month including heat, 494-4346.
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PART-TIME Experienced Mechanic. 15-20 hours/week. Ridgewood Country Club, Moultonboro. Call Steve 491-3462
ONE aluminum extension ladder $15, Three unopened boxes 2 ft.X4ft. ceiling panels 36-pieces $15. 527-0873
SANBORNTON-1 Bedroom 2nd floor, walk to Lake; all utilites included. No smoking/pets. $650/Month. 455-0910
Call Pete (603) 279-1378 American Pride Landscape Company
WATER Jet Operator: Successful candidate should possess a strong cad-cam background and have basic machine shop knowledge. Familiarity with water jet operation a definite plus but will train the right person. Must be able to lift 50 pounds. Tee Enterprises is a precision machine shop in Conway, NH, featuring climate controlled comfort year round, excellent work environment and a benefit package including 100% paid health insurance for the employee. Apply in person to Carl or Corey at 71 Hobbs Street in Conway.
ROTEL RB-1090 380 w/ch stereo home audio/ theater power amp $1200. 496-8639. SNOWBLOWER Craftsman 24 inch 7.5 HP, electric starter. Like new, needs lower-unit. $250 OBO 253-7746
Beautiful Queen or Full Mattress Set. Luxury firm European pillow-top. New in plastic, costs $1,095, sell $249. Can deliver. 603-305-9763 PROMOTIONAL New mattresses starting; King set complete $395, queen set $249. 603-524-1430. Small chrome 5 piece kitchen set. Excellent shape, upholstered chairs with leaf. $100 firm. 528-7984
Laconia School District Laconia Middle School has an opening for a
Paraprofessional This is a part-time position, 25 hours per week for the remainder of the 2010-11 school year. Please send letter of intent, resume, and three letters of reference to:
Jen Sottak, Student Services Coordinator Laconia Middle School 150 McGrath Street, Laconia NH 03246 EOE
Knowledgeable and dependable automotive technicians of all levels of experience, needed for our growing service department. Applicants must possess a positive attitude and be able to work with others as a team. GM experience and/or inspection certificate very helpful but not required. Must be willing to learn. Own tools required. Medical and dental plans available. Paid holidays, vacations and 401k.
Apply in person to Austin Woodward at Profile Motors, Inc., Rt. 16 & 112, Conway, NH, Serious inquiries only please.
New Hampshire Aikido -Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Barn, Wadliegh Rd. Sanbornton. 286-4121
Land BELMONT: $54,900 for 3 acres with great soils, no wetlands, driveway already installed to building site. Owner/broker, 524-1234.
Mobile Homes GILFORD, Must see 12x60 2 bed room mobile home in adult park. All appliances, 2 A/C units, nice deck & shed, shady lot. $8,700. Call owner 527-1163.
ALTERATIONS: Spring Special, 2nd alteration 1/2 price. Custom sewing projects welcome. Passion For Fashion, 393-5878.
PIPER ROOFING & VINYL SIDING Quality Work Reasonable Rates Free Estimates Metal Roofs • Shingle Roofs
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GILFORD: 55+ Park, 2BR w/carport, beach access, excellent condition, updated furnace, with appliances, $23,900. 524-4816.
Roommate Wanted DANBURY: 1 Bedroom, new $400/ month includes all utilities, no security deposit, references required, no pets/smoking. 290-9200. Male/Female, clean/sober. References Required, utilities included. $125/Week or $500/Month. Contact 707-9794 WEIRS Beach Area: To share house, $500/month, everything included. Beach rights. 393-6793.
Services AFFORDABLE Handyman: Good old fashioned service at a fair price. Central NH. Call Keith, 603-998-9428.
BRETT’S ELECTRIC Fast, Reliable Master Electricians. No Job Too small, Lowest Rates, Top Quality. SAVE THIS AD and get 10% OFF JOB. Call 520-7167.
HAN!S Hauling: Big and small clean ups. Your job ... name your price. Han, 527-8620.
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LRGHealthcare hosts ‘Dress in Blue Day’ to raise awareness of colon cancer
Members of the Lakes Region healthcare community recently participated in “Dress in Blue Day,” which coincided with the Colon Cancer Alliance’s (CCA) National Dress in Blue Day activities to help commemorate March as Colon Cancer Awareness Month. (Courtesy photo)
HANDYMAN SERVICES Rick Drouin 520-5642 or 744-6277
TAX PREPARATION Individuals and Businesses No return is too small. E-Filing available Accounting and Auditing Roger Marceau, CPA 387-6844 or e-mail email@example.com THE HUNGRY PAINTER: Painting, small tree work, dump runs, odd jobs, water damage/drywall repairs. 455-6296.
INTERIOR & EXTERIOR Painting. Experienced, Reasonable Rates. Call Dan 937-7095
ness Month by talking to a physician about colon cancer screening, or calling LRGHealthcare Education Services at 527-7120 to receive more information. To ensure that every patient in our community has access to the screening tests needed to stay healthy, LRGHealthcare created the Screening Bridge Program. Patients who qualify based on financial guidelines receive the screenings they need at a minimal cost. Screenings included in the program include colon cancer and breast cancer screening, as well as screening for indicators of diabetes and high cholesterol. For more information, or an application for the Screening Bridge Program, call 5277000. In addition, LRGHealthcare is currently participating in the New Hampshire Colorectal Screening Program. Through this program, for a limited time, patients who qualify based on financial guidelines are offered screening colonoscopies. For more information about this program, call 653-3702.
Gilford’s Col William J. Moran takes Civil Air Patrol leadership course
Small Jobs Are My Speciality
M.A. SMITH ELECTRIC: Quality work for any size electrical job. Licensed-Insured, Free estimates/ 603-455-5607
LACONIA — The Laconia Clinic, Westside Healthcare, and Newfound Family Practice recently hosted a “Dress in Blue Day” event to help bring greater awareness to colon cancer and the importance of colon cancer screening. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. The event took place to coincide with the Colon Cancer Alliance’s (CCA) National Dress in Blue Day activities to help commemorate March as Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Dress in Blue Day was held on the first Friday in March in communities and offices throughout the nation. Americans dressed in blue, the nationwide awareness color for colon cancer, to show their support in the fight against this preventable disease and to get people talking about the importance of colon cancer screening. “Screening tests may prevent many cases of colon cancer,” said Rick Wilson, MD, Director of Practice Development at LRGHealthcare. All are encouraged to commit to observing Colorectal Cancer Aware-
CONCORD — Col William J. Moran of Gilford joines top Civil Air Patrol members increasing their skills to be leaders of the future, at the 2011 Wing Commander Course held March 13 — 18 at CAP National Headquarters at Maxwell AFB, AL. The graduate-level course postures participants to assume high-level command at the state level as members of the CAP National Board, a key CAP governing body. Attendees are selected for the course by their region commander and must be approved by the CAP national commander, Maj. Gen. Amy S. Courter. “The Wing Commanders Course covers everything a CAP commander
should know in order to be an effective leader,” said Courter. “As with all of our training, its content is thorough and its effect on participants is dynamic, which are qualities essential to success in today’s technologically savvy world.” Col Moran, a member of the New Hampshire Wing of Civil Air Patrol, has distinguished himself in numerous ways. He took command of the NH Wing in September 2010 after having been the vice commander for four years under the previous commander. Prior to that he was commander of the Hawk Composite Squadron of Laconia. Moran is a retired Air Force colonel and pilot.
‘Button Up, NH’ home energy workshop at Tuftonboro Town House March 23
TUFTONBORO — “Button Up,, New Hampshire,” a free home energy workshop sponsored by the Tuftonboro Association, will be held at the Town House at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23. Rob Bowers, an experienced home energy auditor with Belknap-Merrimack CAP, will introduce participants to the
basics of home energy budgets and the value of home weatherization. Workshop topics will include residential heat use and loss, simple do-it-yourself weatherization, the value of a professional home energy audit, and the technical and financial resources available to make it happen For more information, call Bill Marcussen at 544-2650.
NEW HAMPTON — New Hampton School will offer two free programs for local children beginning Saturday, March 26. Part of the the school’s community service program, all clinics are free and run from 8:30 — 10:45 a.m. March 26, and April 9 and 23, and May 14. NHS will offer an Outdoor Adventure Clinic and a Tennis Clinic to chil-
dren in grades K — 6. Participants are encouraged to bring water bottles. Snacks will be provided. All activities will be led by NHS student volunteers and supervised by experienced NHS faculty members. For more information, contact Rosemary Brewster at 677-3445 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Hampton School to offer two free programs for kids beginning March 26
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