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New Lakes Region senator’s vote seen as pivotal in fight over boat speed limits on the Broads BY MICHAEL KITCH THE LACONIA DAILY SUN

CONCORD —As the Senate Transportation Committee considers a bill to lift the speed limits on Lake Winnipesaukee, freshman Senator Jim Forsythe (R-Strafford), who represents several of the waterfront municipalities of

Belknap County, finds himself at the center of a dispute that has roiled the Legislature for the past six years. Last year, after five years of debate, the Legislature enacted legislation limiting speeds to 45 miles per hour in daylight and 30 mph. after dark This year, the controversy was rekindled

when, at the request of Safe Boaters of New Hampshire (SBONH) , a bill — Senate Bill 27 — was introduced to replace the specific speed limits with the standard of “reasonable and prudent.” Before the bill reached the committee SBONH agreed to change the proposed legislation

to maintain the speed limits everywhere but the Broads, the expanse of open water in the center of the lake, where the “prima facie” limit would be 55 mph. But, when the committee heard the bill last week the Winnipesaukee Family Alliance for Boating Safety see FORSYTHE page 12

LACONIA — Only six of 18 members of the Belknap County Convention listened Monday while representatives of the Belknap County Economic Development Council explained their 2011 Belknap County budget request for $75,000. see BCEDC page 10


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HOUSTON (AP) — Investigators found that the operator of a home day care where a fire killed four children last week had left the youngsters in her care alone to go shopping, according to a court document made public Tuesday. Surveillance video shows Jessica Tata was shopping at a Target store about a mile away from the facility when the fire started Thursday, investigators said in a probable cause affidavit. Investigators believe the fire, in which three other children were injured, was started by a stove top burner that had been left on. Tata, 22, has fled to Nigeria since being charged in the fire. Authorities said Tuesday they are still trying to locate her. She has been charged with reckless injury to a child and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. Harris County Dissee DAY CARE page 11

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed emergency short-term legislation Tuesday to cut federal spending by $4 billion and avert a government shutdown. Senate Democrats agreed to follow suit, handing Republicans an early victory in their drive to rein in government. The bill that cleared the House on a bipartisan vote of 335-91 eliminates the threat of a shutdown on March 4, when existing funding authority expires. At the same time, it creates a compressed twoweek timeframe for the White House and lawmakers to engage in what looms as a highly contentious negotiation on a followup bill to set spending levels through the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year. The Senate set a vote on the short-term measure for Wednesday morning, the final

step before it goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. “We’ll pass this and then look at funding the government on a long-term basis,” said Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. The White House, which earlier in the day called publicly for an interim measure of up to five weeks, stopped short of saying the president would sign the legislation. “The President is encouraged by the progress Congress is making towards a short-term agreement,” the president’s spokesman, Jay Carney, said. “Moving forward, the focus needs to be on both sides finding common ground in order to reach a long-term solution that removes the kind of uncertainty that can hurt the economy and job creation.” House Republicans were more eager to

draw attention to the bill that was passing with the acquiescence of the White House and Democrats than to the challenge yet ahead. “Now that congressional Democrats and the administration have expressed an openness for spending cuts, the momentum is there for a long-term measure that starts to finally get our fiscal house in order,” said Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia. “Changing the culture of borrowing and spending in Washington is no small feat, but I am heartened by today’s action and it shows that Republicans have started to make the meaningful changes that voters called for in the last election.” The GOP won control of the House and gained seats in the Senate last fall with the backing of tea party activists demandsee CONGRESS page 13

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — After focusing for weeks on his proposal to strip public employees of collective bargaining rights, Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday presented his full budget — a plan that cuts $1 billion in aid to public schools and local government but avoids any tax or fee increases, furloughs or widespread layoffs. Walker said the cuts could be paid for in large part by forcing government employees to pay more for their pension and health care benefits. And the governor whose cost-cutting ideas have stirred a

national debate over public-sector unions gave no indication he would soften his demand to reduce their power at the negotiating table. Schools and local governments targeted for cuts would not be allowed to make it up with higher property taxes. “This is a reform budget,” Walker told lawmakers inside the Assembly chamber as protesters on the floor below screamed, banged on drums and blew horns. “It is about getting Wisconsin working again. And to make that happen, we need a balanced

budget that works — and an environment where the private sector can create 250,000 jobs over the next four years.” Walker’s legislation has drawn tens of thousands of demonstrators to the Capitol over the last three weeks, and tensions were still high as Walker outlined the budget during a joint session of the Legislature convened under heavy security. Assembly Democrats refused to stand as the governor arrived to speak. “It feels like we’re announcing a goingsee WISCONSIN page 13

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Left Wing needs an update Though I deem myself a sortof liberal, I don’t closely read the left-wing magazine The Nation. Its views don’t budge for decades at a time, so one can get by just checking in now and then. Case in point is a recent analysis of the gap between rich and poor in that glittering souk of luxury, New York City. The unsurprising title: “A Tale of Two New Yorks.” Why should this bother me, since some of the things said are true, and I would agree with many of the remedies? It bothers me because cartoon portrayals of the poor hurt efforts to help them in constructive ways, such as ensuring universal health coverage. Sympathetic Middle Americans may turn away when the advocates skate by matters of self-defeating behavior and open borders in worsening the poor’s plight. And unless carefully nuanced, the race argument comes off as phony. Anyhow, Nation writer Lizzy Ratner lifts the curtain with a predictable set piece. Sotheby’s auctions a Tiffany diamond necklace for $3.6-million. Meanwhile, up in Harlem, an unemployed 51-yearold mother lives on food stamps and sweeps streets in return for her welfare check. Who bought the diamonds? The buyer could have been an heiress in Cleveland. But even if it was a bailedout Citicorp baron — whose reckless behavior added to the mother’s woes — the fault ultimately lies in a political culture that let him do what he did. The unemployed mother, we are told, is well put together and lost a good bank job in 2008. Then the author lets slip that the woman’s “youngest son has left his private school.” What? Okay, what’s the story? And is it unreasonable to ask her whether the father or fathers of her three children are helping out — and if not, why not? Alas, such questions offend Nation sensitivities. Between 2009 and 2010, “while the number of New Yorkers visiting food pantries ballooned by 200,000,” we read, the city’s 57 billionaires upped their collective net

worth by $19-billion. No one’s passing the hat for billionaires, but honesty demands including the end of 2008, when the economic meltdown shaved hundreds of millions off their fortunes. Ratner starts counting at the dawn of a bull market. Back among the poor, we hear about “Nancy, a 56-year-old domestic worker from Colombia whose age, lack of English and limited education have conspired to keep her jobless for more than two years.” These burdens have nothing to do with diamond buyers. Nancy is the only interviewee not identified with a last name. Could she possibly be in the country illegally? That would be an important piece of information. And what about the reality that a huge illegal workforce has helped pauperized unskilled Americans? If Ratner doesn’t believe it, she should delve into the work of the two economists she cites in drawing her contrasts. Andrew Sum and Ishwar Khatiwada have long studied how mass immigration, particularly the illegal kind, has hurt low-skilled Americans. The evidence mounts, they’ve written, that “some employers have begun to reorganize work in ways that systematically exclude certain native-born workers, especially those under the age of 35, from employment and that create work that does not meet the basic labor standards that have been developed over the years ...” Yes, the unemployment rate in west Brooklyn is very high for blacks relative to whites (though Ratner oddly leaves out Hispanics and Asians). But this simplistic case for racism would further falter if she included this disparity: The median income for black households in the borough of Queens now exceeds that of white households. Or hasn’t The Nation heard? It has so much catching up to do. (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.)

Thanks to BHS Student Council for hosting candidates’ night To the editor, I want to congratulate the Belmont High School Student Council for a wonderful job in presenting candidate night for the citizens of Belmont. The table set up was very patriotic with the red, white and blue theme with bottles of water for each candidate not to mention the chocolate availability. The food and drink table set up in the back of the room was also presented very well. Thank you for putting on a program

in order to informed the town of Belmont citizens, it is a shame that so few citizens seem to care about who is running their town. I think all the candidates gave a brief idea about themselves and what they hope to accomplished. Again I thank you for all your hard work in presenting a well organized program, and to all the candidates which showed up. Glenda J. Hill Belmont Budget Committee Candidate


LETTERS We in Meredith refuse to be denied our right to vote & be heard To the editor, Join the revolution and vote yes for SB-2 for Meredith. The advantages of SB-2 are many, but the biggest is that the registered voter can vote in the privacy of the voting booth and the ballot box is open for a continuous 12 hours. You cast your secret vote as time permits. Another advantage is the absentee ballot provision. The sick, those away on business or vacation and the many serving in the military have the opportunity to vote. The voices of all the people should be heard on matters of taxation. Without SB-2 not all of us are represented at annual town and school board meetings. The many uprisings in the Middle East are a reminder of the power of the people. The Philippines just celebrated their 25 anniversary of people power after throwing out dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who pillaged and looted the treasury. Meredith’s present restricted method of voting is old fashioned and drowns out opposing views. Tea Partiers are not “un-American” as millionairess Nancy Pelosi said and we certainly have to celebrate the downfall of Husni Mubarak and the great battles of this generation that are being fought in Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Tunisia, Libya, Jordan and Iran; and efforts that are taking place with the Jasmine Revolution in China, least we forget the street protesters in Tiananmen Square in front of the Forbidden City in 1989. The Chinese do not tolerate dissent. As did not Mubarak, and el-Gadhafi SB-2 is not street pressure to break government. It is about the need for democratic voting rights and greater participation in government and the

secret ballot. Voters seek to peel back governments that prohibit the vote and provide enormous, pay, perks and bow to public employee unions. People want to avoid bankruptcy and the orchestrated methods used by teachers and public employee unions to increase their privileges and raise property taxes. We are raising taxes ad infinitum to feed an insatiable appetite of government. Our schools have declining enrollments and test scores and yet the school board cries for more money and do not tighten their belts by asking teachers to increase what they pay for their health care insurance costs of their plans and pay a larger contribution of their salaries into pension costs.. The people should be heard. SB-2 is part of this great battle that this generation is engaged in. Listen to the cries of the people demanding to be heard and represented. We want all of Meredith’s registered voters to enjoy the right to vote. The people are rising up and making a comeback. The public wants us to live within our means. SB-2 is a message that we want a say in government, to improve government and create meaningful dialogue with the full spectrum of the town. We don’t have a King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, a Pearl Square or a Cairo Tahrir Square but we have a Husky Park ‘Square’. We are a small town and do things peacefully, not like Madison, Wisconsin where people are protesting public union rights and the generous benefits teacher and public employees enjoy. We in Meredith refuse to be denied the right to vote and be heard. Join in people power and vote YES for SB-2 Richard G. Juve Meredith

Money is simply thrown at the schools because ‘it’s for the kids’ To the editor, My wife and I moved back to N.H. five years ago to start a family. Without question we want the best possible education for our child. Too often I think money is simply thrown at the schools because “Its for the Kids” and no thought is given as to the effectiveness of that spending. I want someone who will fight to make sure that we

every dollar we spend. I want someone who realizes that the status quo is no longer good enough. I am voting for Mark Billings because he will work to make sure that we have the highest quality education that money can buy. Justin Van Etten Stewart’s Ambulance Service, Inc. Meredith

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LETTERS Our current mayor would make an excellent city manager To the editor, I would like to present a thought on the hiring of a new city manager. First, the person I would like you to consider has not asked or intimated that he is even interested in the position. He is first and foremost, a Laconian, a plus in itself. To have a native running the city gives us someone who knows all the ups,downs and in the middle situations, someone who knows the people and their concerns, someone who doesn’t have to get to know and love this city. Someone who already knows and loves it. He is a businessman in the financial sector, is involved heavily in many charitable organizations as well as civic programs. He is a man with vision and is a

strong people person. He is currently involved with the city in a leadership position and would be stepping into the job with little need for training and informing him of what is going on and what our problems are. He is affable, and it is hard to disagree with him, though at times, I must. He is fair. He listens to everyone. He not only listens, he hears you. Working with him has been a most pleasant experience and I was happy to find out how wrong I was about him when running for office. He is our current mayor, in case you didn’t recognize him. Councilor Brenda Baer Ward 4, Laconia

Marginalizing people on the lake for racers is bad for the region To the editor, I was shocked to hear of the proposed amendment to SB-27, whereby an area of the Broads would be opened up for the speed boats to go 55 MPH. In my opinion concentrating all of Winnipesaukee’s speed boats onto the Broads is a recipe for mayhem. Secondly, this proposed area includes three small islands, at least one of which has been struck at night in the past. These people had no say in this sudden amendment and will be undoubtedly horrified at the prospect of having their islands located in the middle of a racetrack. With all due respect, Sen. D’allesandro’s amendment is not well thought out to say the least. While I’m

grateful my home is outside of this area, my family crosses the proposed racetrack to get to Wolfeboro and Gilford. Some of our friends live in Winter Harbor which is “locked in” by the proposed high speed area giving these people no choice but to enter this zone if they wish to boat outside of Winter Harbor. Marginalizing people on the lake for a group of racers in very expensive boats is bad for the lake and the Lakes Region economy. Please urge your legislators to keep the present law that is working so well and to vote ITL to SB-27 and 55 MPH in the Broads. C. Clark Tuftonboro

Mr. Carty has obligation to make fair, accurate, unbiased statements To the editor, Shame on Mr. Carty for his poorly worded portrayal of the choice voters will make when choosing the Member at Large position for Inter-Lakes School Board on March 8. His wording appears to deliberately suggest that our choice is between a fiscal conservative or not. That is not the case. Neither candidate is a spend thrift and both are concerned about keeping our taxes as low as possible while providing the best possible education our residents can afford. And what about his choice to include “select” past professional information about the candidates rather than their full biographical information? Is the current chair’s past union membership any more important than his opponent’s

professional affiliation with Wall Street firms responsible in large part for our current national fiscal mess, his wife’s past profession as a teacher or the five figure tax bill he pays on his waterfront home? Of course not! So why include only “select” facts in the portrayal of each candidate? As an elected official on our school board representing all residents of this district, Mr. Carty and other elected officials have an added obligation to make public statements that are fair, accurate and unbiased. His letter of 2/24 was not. Let’s focus on the critical issues confronting our schools and avoid more of this nonsense in the future! Eric Sanschagrin Center Harbor

Center Harbor code enforcement officer was doing his job last fall, too To the editor, Based on my own experience, I respectfully disagree with the claim made by Mr. Halsey, in a recent letter to you. He seems to think Ken Ballance, our Center Harbor Code Enforcement Officer, is currently measuring political signs but did not do so during the elections last November. In October, I had a large sign on my property in Center Harbor supporting my candidate for State Senator, and received a telephone call from Mr. Bal-

lance that it was too large according to regulations, he said that I had the option of removing it, or he would do it for me. The whole transaction was both civil and consistent with the regulations. The sign was removed, and replaced with smaller signs. As Code Enforcement Officer, this is his job, and yes, Mr. Halsey, he did it last November. Barbara Lauterbach Center Harbor


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LETTERS County funding critical to Belknap Co. Economic Development Council To the editor, The Belknap County Delegation will meet on March 7 to vote on the Belknap County budget presented by the Belknap County Commissioners. The county’s funding of the Belknap County Economic Development Council (BCEDC) is under review and there appear to be some questions about what the BCEDC does and how it utilizes county funds. Accordingly, the undersigned directors of the BCEDC would like to address these questions and urge the members of the County Delegation to approve the full $75,000 that the Commissioners have included in their budget for the BCEDC. First, we would like to address how the BCEDC uses the county’s funds. There appears to be a misunderstanding that the BCEDC uses the county’s funds to make loans to area businesses. This is not the case. The county’s annual investment has never been part of the BCEDC’s loan funds, and, in fact, has always been used to fund the BCEDC’s ongoing operations. The county’s budgeted $75,000 investment in the BCEDC represents nearly one third of the BCEDC’s operational budget for 2011. The BCEDC does maintain a revolving loan fund (RLF), through which it makes loans to businesses within the county, and the RLF is an important tool that the BCEDC uses to assist local businesses. However, these funds are separate and distinct from the funds that the county provides to BCEDC. The RLF is made up of three separate types of funds, each of which comes from different sources and each of which may only be used for certain purposes. The first are U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Intermediary Relending Program funds or “IRP funds,” which are monies that the BCEDC borrows from USDA and the BCEDC must repay. The second are Community Development Block Grant funds or “CDBG funds,” which are funds that are awarded by the federal government in connection with a grant application for use in connection with a particular project. The BCEDC receives these funds, loans them to the business that qualifies for the grant, and then reinvests the principal and interest earned on the loan into the RLF for use in connection with future qualifying projects. The third are Micro-Enterprise Loan funds, which are obtained through another federal grant and matching private contributions. These funds are restricted both in the amount of each loan and in the size of the enterprise that qualifies.

Second, there appears to be a concern about the amount of funding that the BCEDC is requesting. In particular, it has been suggested that the BCEDC is requesting an increase in funding from the county. This is also not the case. The BCEDC has maintained level funding of $75,000 from the County since 2003, when, in fact, it reduced its request to $75,000. Despite the fact that other sources of revenue and grants have dramatically declined and nondiscretionary expenses have increased over the past three years, the BCEDC elected to reduce its staff and to make sharp cuts to other expenses rather than requesting increased funding from the county. Third, there appear to be some questions about what the BCEDC has done for the county in exchange for its investment. The mission of the BCEDC is to promote economic vitality by providing coordination and leadership in facilitating sustainable growth, and the preservation and creation of quality employment opportunities in Belknap County. The BCEDC has provided technical and financial assistance to projects that put vacant properties back to the tax rolls, which has generated significant new property tax revenues for the cities and towns in Belknap County. In fact, business properties supported by the BCEDC account for more than $67-million in total assessed property values for Belknap County, which generates over $90,000 in property taxes each year to the county alone. The BCEDC has been involved in the rehabilitation of many landmark buildings, including the Allen-Rogers factory, both Scott and Williams buildings, the Tilton Endless Belt building, and the Belmont Mill. The BCEDC has also supported the creation of new jobs at companies such as The J. Jill and new industries such as the Granite Media Center in Tilton, as well as the expansion of existing businesses such as the Inns at Mill Falls. Likewise, the BCEDC has advised numerous non-profit organizations on structuring or securing funding, including the Lakes Region Daycare Center, New Hampshire Humane Society, The Carey House, and most recently, the Boys and Girls Club. The BCEDC has counseled more than 3,200 businesses, organizations, and entrepreneurs and provided financing for 66 clients. Through our revolving loan fund, the BCEDC has made almost $9-million in loans, which has leveraged an additional $75-million in capital from other sources. see next page

Many Republican teachers don’t want any part of the union To the editor, The media has been covering only small segments of the teacher strikes/ demonstrations in Wisconsin. What they have left out is very important. Many conservative/Republican teachers chose not to take any part in the demonstrations. They chose instead to continue teaching. These teachers have been attempting for 18 months to change the forced union due collection. They do not want to be part of

the union but are forced to contribute to the union. It does not take a rocket scientist to see how unions function. Its all about money and power. That is why we need to see the New Hampshire Legislature take this problem head on and recognize the peoples RIGHT to WORK. There are far too many shady elements who have taken over the unions. Gene F. Danforth Danbury

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LETTERS Is new police complex something this town of 1,000 can live without? To the editor, The promoters of the Center Harbor Police complex claim this has been a well-studied and well-planned capital expense. If so, one would think HOW MUCH WILL IT COST, would be the first question they could answer. (I now estimate it at $2,700,000 to $3,000,000.) I recently submitted a Freedom of Information request to the Center Harbor selectmen. I asked for, “Any and all accountings that show total projected cost of the entire Police Station project,” Their answer was; “nothing in this chapter shall be construed to require a public body or agency to compile, cross reference, or assemble information into a form in which it in not already kept or reported by that body or agency”. Somewhat disturbing that that the town has not “compiled” or “assembled” this information. What we have been able to uncover so far: approximately $150,000 (that we can find) has been spent as of December, 28, 2010. (Somewhat curious the selectmen in this year’s warrant ask for permission to empty the balance of a Trust Fund after taking most of the money out of it already without requesting the same in past years.) We know the cost to us taxpayers for the land is more than $300,000. Of course, there are those who want to pretend that there is no cost associated with removing tax dollars, and there are those who suggest we are buying a property valued at $250,000, when they know that the building will be torn down leaving us with a property assessed at $139,000. (Readers can determine for themselves who is being honest or misleading.) So, $150,000 spent already, $996,000 projected structure cost, $300,000 land cost, about $925,000 in interest. So those alone add up to over $2,370,000. But these estimates do not include, from preceding page In many instances, our loans have filled a void in the financing package that would have prevented the other sources from making their loans. We have been instrumental in assisting new businesses that created jobs and, although such loans are confidential, have provided financing to allow a number of economically important local businesses to continue to operate, which has saved jobs that would otherwise have been lost. As noted above, the county’s budgeted $75,000 investment in the BCEDC represents over one third of the BCEDC’s budget. It also represents less than one half of one percent of the county budget. Without the county’s full funding, the BCEDC will not be able to continue to operate in its current capacity, which is already reduced, and it is unlikely to produce the results that it has, and continues

furnishings, architectural construction drawings, legal fees, insurance, equipment for the station, unclear on removal of the existing house, computer equipment, security system, generator, signs, lighting, telephones, radios, crime analysis gear, project over runs, etc, etc, etc. So here we are, poised to laden the town with millions in debt, for a project that professional outside evaluation has determined is not needed and the town can’t even tell us what it will cost. As we know from various letters to the editor, there are those who have tried to imply the amount we intend to “borrow” should be treated as the “project cost”, of course this is about as misleading as one can get. There are hundreds of thousands of dollars in documented costs that will need to be paid from trust funds and tax increases. But even without knowing the cost, the question each of us should ask ourselves is quite simple, if this complex is something we can’t live without to serve our approximately 1,000 residents, how have we done it for the last quarter century with the same population? Center Harbor is not any different now than it was 25 years ago (the thing most of us like) but there is now this push in the Center Harbor Town Office to significantly grow the government and facilities, far, far beyond inflation and the cost of living, simply because, well, time has passed. So it must be time for massive government growth. It’s not long until March 8 and we all get a chance to vote and decide what we think responsible government is. Article 2 and Article 31 need to be rejected; please Vote NO or the only growth we will see in Center Harbor is going to be the size of our government and our property tax bill. Keith Markley Center Harbor to, produce for the residents of Belknap County. The BCEDC has been successful at its mission and is, and will continue to be, a good investment by the county and a valued resource for business, industry, and municipalities. For these reasons, we urge the County Delegation to approve the full $75,000 that the BCEDC has requested. Michael J. Persson, BCEDC Chair David Haley, BCEDC Vice Chair Sean Sullivan, BCEDC Treasurer Mark Edelstein Randy Eifert Tony Ferruolo Debbie Frawley Drake Tom Garfield John Giere Greg Goddard Kimon Koulet Henry Lipman Jane Wood Eliza Leadbeater, Interim Executive Director

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are clearly paying a price that is reflective of the fact that they will pay property taxes on 30-percent more than what these properties are worth. There is your mystery solved in these surprise selling prices. The buyers have to calculate those extra costs into servicing their overhead for the homes. This situation is clearly affecting property values, and exacerbating the price declines attributable to larger percentages of families no longer having adequate household income to afford home ownership. Worse than liberals are socialists like our neighbors to the north. Canada’s currency is now at a premium to the US Pe$o. They did not allow their banks to become insolvent in the first place and would certainly not still be propping up an insolvent bank like BOA. Last year Canada increased interest rates three times to subdue rapidly rising housing prices. The paper, pulp, and forest products industry in Canada is booming while ours here in N.H. is sputtering. There is no Obamacare debate in Canada where the forest products companies enjoy a permanent unfair trade advantage by not having to worry “aboot” that issue in calculating employee wages and benefits against the net bottom line of realizing shareholder profits. CFX.TO from C$2 to +C$16 in two years. ADN.TO just announcing a doubling of their dividend. I think these buyers will be happy if their homes do not further depreciate when the current bond bubble ultimately explodes and we will return to the thrilling days of yesteryear when in 1979 you would indeed be quite delighted getting an 11.25-percent 20 year mortgage loan when the average roof over your head cost more around $75K U.S. Pe$os. I think that it is strange that Canada has a strong real estate market and the U.S. real estate market is still so weak. I think it is quite strange that with the global price of oil now well above $100/barrel that the Merrimack Valley gas main that terminates in Laconia is not being run out and extended into the more densely populated areas of the surrounding towns. Natural gas is in such a glut now that plans and permits are being made and sought to export even more LNG from North America. Natural gas is currently costing about 1/7th the price of heating oil per BTU. In this part of the country some of those trillions squandered could have been spent creating well paying jobs in that pursuit and reducing the cost of heating our homes which would be true value added to our area real estate. It is perhaps not so strange though that with lumber now at $3.36/K board from from $1.75 two years ago that it is more expensive now to build than to buy in the secondary market — to say nothing of copper tripling. Not so promising for new home construction and that well paying skilled job sector that would support higher housing prices. That’s what I think. Tim Sullivan Gilford

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LACONIA — “There’s nothing like taking a chance,” remarked Mark St. Gelais, president of Stamping Technologies, Inc., “trying something you normally wouldn’t do. Taking on a challenge.” Since 1989, when many American manufacturers have succumbed to foreign competitors or moved their operations overseas, Stamping Technologies has prospered by serving a niche market with a knack for innovation and attention to detail. St. Gelais, who began stamping, machining, milling and fabricating metals as 13 year-old in the family firm, brings 40 years of experience to the business he has shepherded from an 1,800-square foot shop to a 10,500-square foot facility in the Lakes Business Park with 23 employees, where everyone goes by their first name. Stamping Technologies, St. Gelais explained, specializes in the manufacture of “metal microelectronic packages,” primarily for defense contractors but also for the aerospace and communications industries. Think of the plastic boxes that house the computer chips and circuit boards that increasingly

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formed part of a thermal imaging sight that would be mounted on an M-16 rifle. “We ship them to BAE Systems and a month later they’re in Iraq or Afghanistan,” St. Gelais said. Stamping Technologies, St. Gelais said, works to tolerances of plus or minus one ten-thousandth of an inch, which is eight times smaller than a single strand of human hair. Each and every item is inspected by 30 X microscope. If imperfections, most commonly burrs or raised edges on machined parts, are found, the entire batch may be discarded. To achieve such exacting standards, the firm uses the most sophisticated machinery, including a half dozen “computer numerically controlled” (CNC) milling machines and what St. Gelais called “a lot of real smart guys.” A product may pass through more than a dozen distinct processes before it is finished. Recently Stamping Technologies won its first export contract. For two years Schott Glass AG, a German manufacturer of industrial glass products, had searched for a firm to make a housing for fiber-optic systems When St. Gelais learned of the problem from a representative of the company with whom he was acquainted he immediately offered to bid on the project. St. Gelais explained that the firm quotes a blueprint provided by the customer. The quote includes the price of designing and fashioning the tool or die required to manufacture the item, a process that may take 250 to 300 hours. “The tools are the meat of the business,” he said. Made from blocks of hard-

ation in the county’s 2011 spending plan is expected on Monday, March 8. At the subcommittee level, Accornero said he would vote yes to move the request to the full convention but still wasn’t sure how he would vote in the end. As a guest on conservative activist Niel Young’s radio show on Feb. 12, he voiced opposition to funding BCEDC, as did Worsman, Simpson and Comtois. The BCEDC was represented Monday by Chair Mike Persson, Vice Chair David Haley and Treasurer Sean Sullivan, who were flanked by a number of other board members. For Tobin, who during his previous four years as a state representative and member of delegation supported the BCEDC, it’s a matter of listening to his constituents who keep telling him to “cut, cut, cut.” “I still do support the program and I’m not looking to eliminate them,” said Tobin by telephone yesterday. “It’s just there may be some cuts and not just to this program,” he continued. He said the information provided by the BCEDC see next page ened steel, tools, each bearing a number corresponding to the job it was crafted to perform, line racks in the plant. Along with the price of tooling, the quote also includes the prices for making the actual item. “We gave Schott a quote,” said St. Gelais, “and got an order for 250 pieces. But, they wanted them in four weeks. Four weeks to build the tool, make the part and ship. We shipped 25 pieces a few days early,” he said, smiling, “and looked like heroes to those people.” The performance earned the company a second order for 1,000 pieces and a third for 5,000, which will be worth $250,000. Last week United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen toured Stamping Technologies after learning of its success in an overseas market. St. Gelais said that he would travel to Germany this summer in hopes of expanding opportunities to export. St. Gelais said that during the 1990s the telecommunications industry represented a major share of his firm’s market. Around the turn of the century, when the bubble burst, he said that “our business was cut in half and it took us three years to recover.” Since then revenues have grown between five-percent and ten-percent a year to reach $3-million annually. Apart from a firm in Germany, which apparently could could not meet the needs of Schott Glass, and another in New Jersey, Stamping Technologies has no competitors outside of Asia, where a Japanese firm controls the market. “We can’t compete in Asia,” St. Gelais said, “but we can be very competitive in European markets.”



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with an SUV being operated by Kristopher Kloetz. Kloetz was taken to the Lakes Region General Hospital for treatment of what Laconia Police are describing a minor injuries. Gilford Police Chief John Markland said Kloetz was back at work on Tuesday.

FORSYTHE from page one (WinnFABs) and its allies steadfastly resisted any change to the speed limits. Last week, following the hearing, Bob Flannery of SBONH e-mailed the group’s supporters to inform them they faced two problems. First, he said that they were outnumbered by “the WinnFABs people, who he described as “mostly a bunch of hen-pecked old people with nothing better to do.” Second, he said that the Senate Transportation Committee was deadlocked two-to-two with Senator Jim Rausch (R-Derry), the chairman, and Senator David Boutin (R-Hooksett) is favor of the change and Senators Nancy Stiles (R-Hampton) and Molly Kelly (D-Keene) against, leaving Forsythe the swing vote. “WinnFABs knows this,” Flannery said. “They are specifically targeting him RIGHT NOW! I have seen the e-mail!” He called on his supporters to contact Forsythe by e-mail or cell phone and urge him to support SB-27.

Meanwhile, when the Laconia City Council met this week Warren Hutchins, a staunch advocate of speed limits who spoke against SB 27 before the committee, asked the councilors to voice their opposition to the bill and , in particular, to inform Forsythe of their position. For his part, Forsythe was not showing his hand. He said that he was unable to attend the entire committee hearing and intended to review all the testimony presented. Forsythe, who is aligned with the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance, said that he regarded SB-27 as “pro-freedom bill.” However, in the next breath, he acknowledged that a significant share of his constituents, favored the speed limits. Both Senators Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) and Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro), whose districts border Lake Winnipesaukee, are firmly in favor of retaining the speed limits enacted last year and opposed to SB-27.

SPA from page one administration, they decided that it was time for them to go into business. They bought the Case ‘N’ Keg store on June 17, 2009. “It was our competition,” Patty responded, when asked why they wanted to open up a second location in the space vacated by the Spa. “It works out, I know all the customers that live in Laconia, it’s a good opportunity,” said Ricky. Because the previous owner retained the rights to the Laconia Spa name, the new store’s official name will be the Church St., Laconia Spa. They are planning to re-arrange the store’s layout, but beyond those changes they expect to stay true to the model that served local residents for many years. Ricky said that customers shouldn’t expect to see a duplicate Case ‘N’ Keg on Church Street. Their other store specializes in a wide variety of beers and services customers who stop as they drive along the major thoroughfare. In contrast, the Church St., Laconia Spa is a neighborhood convenience store that provides for the basic essentials of local residents, most of whom walk to the store. Their store will be, he said, “a nice, packed store with great customer service.” They know the expec-

tations are high, as they can hardly turn the light on in the space without passersby stopping in to inquire. “We had so many people coming in when we were packing up,” Ricky said. “We hope we do good,” Patty said. To help them get off on the right foot, they’ve hired a couple of the employees who used to help run the old Spa. After a month or so of operation, they even plan to continue selling cooked food items, a new amenity added to the Spa last year. Ricky said it was an easy decision for him and Patty to follow in their parents’ line of work. “There is always potential in this kind of business, it can always grow. All the things sold in convenience stores are daily needs for customers,” he said. “From experience, from our parents’ experience it can always grow.” In addition to the two businesses, the Patels have also welcomed Jiya, a 20-month old girl, into their lives. Will she eventually be seen working the counter? Ricky said no, she’ll be “studying, so she can do whatever she wants.” The Patels will open the Church St., Laconia Spa on 6 a.m. on Friday. Regular business hours will be see next page

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Fire breaks out on roof of Gadhafi forces retake towns near Libyan capital TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Moammar Gadhafi’s forces adding that the Gadhafis are ready to implement middle school in Wolfeboro battled poorly armed rebels Tuesday for control of reforms.

WOLFEBORO (AP) — Fire officials in New Hampshire say a school in Wolfeboro had to be evacuated after a cutting torch ignited a fire on the roof of a middle school. No injuries were reported. The fire broke out on a roof at the Kingswood Regional High School complex about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday but was brought under control within an hour. Wolfeboro Fire Chief Butch Morrill says workers from Northbranch Construction, a contractor for a school renovation project, helped extinguish the blaze, which was confined to a small area of the roof and wall, where the existing middle school connects with a new addition being built. The students were evacuated to nearby Kingswood Arts Center. WISCONSIN from page 2 out-of-business sale,” said state Rep. Cory Mason, a Democrat from Racine who criticized Walker’s proposed cuts to education. Walker’s budget places “the entire burden of Wisconsin’s budget shortfall on our children, our most vulnerable citizens in need of health care and longterm care, and our dedicated public employees,” said Robert Kraig, director of the consumer-advocacy group Citizen Action of Wisconsin. Doing so is Walker’s “own value choice, not an economic necessity forced on him by others,” Kraig said. The governor released his two-year spending plan in part to support his argument that public-worker concessions are essential to confront a projected $3.6 billion budget shortfall. His proposal to eliminate most collective bargaining remains in limbo after Senate Democrats fled the state to prevent a vote. Wisconsin “cannot grow if our people are weighed down paying for a larger and larger government, a government that pays its workers unsustainable benefits that are out of line with the private sector,” he said. “We need a leaner and cleaner state government.” By eliminating most collective bargaining, Walker says, state agencies, local governments and school districts will have flexibility to react quickly to the cuts. The budget will put tremendous pressure on schools and local governments, which will be asked to shoulder huge cuts without raising property taxes to make up the difference. Walker’s budget includes a nearly 9 percent cut in aid to schools, which would amount to a reduction of nearly $900 million. from preceding page a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Not counting Ricky and Patty, they expect to employ about nine people between their two stores. The Spa traces its roots back to 1925, when Gus Regas started the business on Main Street. It’s been on Church Street since 1955. Patrick Collins had owned the store most recently. He owned a handful of similar stores in New Hampshire, and when a store he owned in Pittsfield failed in late 2010 he was forced to liquidate his assets to resolve his debts.

towns near the capital trying to create a buffer zone around his seat of power. The increasingly violent clashes threatened to transform the 15-day popular rebellion in Libya into a drawn-out civil war. Amid the intensified fighting, the international community stepped up moves to isolate the longtime Libyan leader. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he ordered two ships into the Mediterranean, including the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge, and he is sending 400 Marines to the vessel to replace some troops that left recently for Afghanistan. Military leaders weighing a no-fly zone over Libya said it would be a complex task that would require taking out Gadhafi’s air defenses, and Russia’s top diplomat dismissed the idea as “superfluous” and said world powers should focus on sanctions. Gadhafi’s son, Seif al-Islam, warned Western forces not to take military action against Libya and said the country is prepared to defend itself against foreign intervention. “If they attack us, we are ready,” he told Sky News,

Facing an unprecedented challenge to his 41-year rule, Gadhafi’s regime has launched the bloodiest crackdown in a wave of uprising against authoritarian rulers in the Middle East. Gadhafi has already lost control of the eastern half of the country but still holds Tripoli and other nearby cities. An exact death toll has been difficult to obtain in the chaos, but a medical committee in the eastern city of Benghazi, where the uprising began on Feb. 15, said at least 228 people had been killed, including 30 unidentified bodies, and 1,932 wounded. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has cited reports that perhaps 1,000 have died in Libya. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told Congress that the U.S. must lead an international response to the crisis, including expanding already tough financial and travel sanctions against Gadhafi, his family and confidants and possibly imposing a no-fly zone over Libya. “In the years ahead, Libya could become a peaceful democracy, or it could face protracted civil war. The stakes are high,” she said.

CONGRESS from page 2 ing deep cuts in spending and other steps to reduce the federal government. On the House floor, Democrats sharply attacked Republicans in the run-up to the vote, but much of their criticism was aimed at an earlier $61 billion package of spending cuts that had cleared on a party-line vote. “The sooner we can agree on a long-term package of smart cuts — not reckless, arbitrary, job-destroying cuts — the sooner we can stop funding the government in disruptive two-week increments that undermine efficiency and spread economic uncertainty,” said Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, secondranking in the Democratic leadership. When it came time to vote, Democrats split, 104 in favor and 85 against. The leadership was similarly divided, Hoyer supporting the legislation and the party’s leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, opposed. Republicans voted 231-6 in favor. Hoyer’s reference to reckless cuts was a reach back to the earlier measure, written to satisfy 87 first-

term conservative Republicans. It called for $61 billion in cuts while funding the government through Sept. 30, and would also have blocked enactment of proposed federal regulations on an array of private industries and prohibited the use of funds to implement the year-old health care law. Confronted with a veto threat by Obama and strong opposition in the Senate, House Republicans announced quickly they would follow up with the interim two-week bill to avoid a shutdown while buying more time for compromise talks. As such, the two-week measure is loaded with symbolism, although the $4 billion in cuts are not particularly controversial. About $2.7 billion was ticketed for earmarked projects, and the balance for education and other programs that Obama had proposed terminating or reducing next year. The day’s events marked the culmination of a slow-motion retreat on the part of Senate Democrats, who had hoped to use the past few weeks to make the case that House Republicans are radicals bent on closing down the government.



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ARIES (March 21-April 19). You really don’t feel that you have to beat anyone else in order to win at life. Since you don’t have any worries about being inferior or superior to anyone, you treat everyone as an equal and are accepted by all you meet. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You’ll observe others without feeling the need to judge them. It’s not because you’re trying to be a saint, but because you realize that non-judgment allows you to see and know more about the way things really are. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). It will feel as though you can communicate with the elements. The ancient Egyptians believed everything was alive, including the rocks and the rivers. You’ll relate to the world as though this is true today. CANCER (June 22-July 22). You’ll meet a potential friend. This one is a true kindred spirit and requires you to be nothing other than who you are. You won’t need to promote yourself or put on any kind of affectation. You’re perfect “as-is.” LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). There is little room for compromise in some of your relationships, and this causes stress for you today. Luckily, you have a heavenly place in your own mind where you can go when you need relief and relaxation. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Changes are on the way. Go with what feels right. There is an idea unfolding in your life that will, once completely unfurled, transform your environment and your schedule. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You have an eye for the immaterial. You see beyond the solid form of things and people you encounter. You experience

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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Wednesday, March 2, the 61st day of 2011. There are 304 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On March 2, 1861, the state of Texas, having seceded from the Union, was admitted to the Confederacy. The Territory of Nevada came into existence under an act signed by President James Buchanan. On this date: In 1793, the first president of the Republic of Texas, Sam Houston, was born near Lexington, Va. In 1836, the Republic of Texas formally declared its independence from Mexico. In 1877, Republican Rutherford B. Hayes was declared the winner of the 1876 presidential election over Democrat Samuel J. Tilden, even though Tilden had won the popular vote. In 1899, Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state was established. In 1917, Puerto Ricans were granted U.S. citizenship as President Woodrow Wilson signed the Jones-Shafroth Act. In 1943, the World War II Battle of the Bismarck Sea began; U.S. and Australian warplanes were able to inflict heavy damage on a Japanese convoy. In 1977, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted a strict code of ethics. In 1989, representatives from the 12 European Community nations agreed to ban all production of CFC’s (chlorofluorocarbons) by the end of the 20th century. In 1990, more than 6,000 drivers went on strike against Greyhound Lines Inc. (The company, later declaring an impasse in negotiations, fired the strikers.) One year ago: Authorities in San Diego County found the body of 17-year-old Chelsea King, who’d been missing since Feb. 25, 2010. (John Albert Gardner III later pleaded guilty to raping and murdering King and another victim, 14-year-old Amber Dubois; he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.) Today’s Birthdays: Actor John Cullum is 81. Author Tom Wolfe is 81. Former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev is 80. Actress Barbara Luna is 72. Actor Jon Finch is 70. Author John Irving is 69. Singer Lou Reed is 69. Actress Cassie Yates is 60. Actress Laraine Newman is 59. Former Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wis., is 58. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is 56. Singer Jay Osmond is 56. Pop musician John Cowsill (The Cowsills) is 55. Tennis player Kevin Curren is 53. Country singer Larry Stewart (Restless Heart) is 52. Rock singer Jon Bon Jovi is 49. Blues singer-musician Alvin Youngblood Hart is 48. Actor Daniel Craig is 43. Rock musician Casey (Jimmie’s Chicken Shack) is 35. Rock singer Chris Martin (Coldplay) is 34. Actress Heather McComb is 34. Actress Bryce Dallas Howard is 30. NFL quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is 29.


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CALENDAR TODAY’S EVENTS “Reading the Famine: Boston newspaper accounts of Ireland’s Great Hunger” presented at Meredith Public Library. 4:30 p.m. James Farrell, of the UNH Speakers’ Bureau will discuss how reports of the devastating famine tended to blame the victims for their own misery, paying special attention to reports in Boston newspapers. Check Out A Computer Expert at the Gilford Public Library. 9:15 to 11 a.m. Old School PE at the Meredith Community Center. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For 21+ $1 per person; pay at front desk. Central New Hampshire Young Professionals gathering at the Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information call Peter Laufenberg at 254-9791. Birthday party for Dr. Seuss at Gilford Public Library. 1 to 4:30 p.m. A part of Read Across America Day, festivities will include cake, story telling, and more. 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. 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. Sliding fee scale. TOPS (Taking Off Pound Sensibly) group meeting. 5:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Meredith. Program on Coping With The Cold at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness. 10 a.m. to noon. The winter-time adaptation of birds. $7/member. $9/ non-member. To register call 968-7194.

THURSDAY, MARCH 3 U.S. Civil Air Patrol “Hawk” Squadron hosting open house at the Laconia Airport. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Guests will learn about the Civil Air Patrol and its missions, including search and rescue, aerospace and its cadet program. Cypress String Quartet in concert at Plymouth State University. 7 p.m. at the Silver Center for the Arts. For tickets call 535-ARTS. 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. Mac Keyser’s “Betty O Band” performs at the Laconia Senior Center. 10 a.m. Adult volleyball at the Meredith Community Center. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $1 per person, pay at front desk. For 18+ 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. 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 pick one from the bag. 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. Free hot meal and great company brought to the Bristol community by Food for Friends. 5 to 6 p.m. at the Tapply Community Center on the first Thursday of every month. Weight Watchers meeting. 6:30 p.m. at the Center Harbor Christian Church.

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Loraine M. Desaulnier, 79


GILFORD — Loraine M. Desaulnier, 79, of Gilford, died Wednesday, February 23, 2011, at home after a short illness. She lived in Laconia before moving to Gilford 3 years ago. Loraine spent many years residing at the former Laconia State School. Loraine enjoyed life to the fullest.... She enjoyed swimming, coloring and singing for her friends. Loraine also enjoyed travel-

ing the last few years. She will be sadly missed by her family, Debbie, Jessica, Joe and Jacob Jason, and the children, Andre, Kayden, Ayla, Levi and Guliahna. Also, her good friend, Patricia Newton. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2011, at noon, in the Dewhirst Funeral Home, 1061 Union Ave., Laconia. Burial will be in the Wixson Memorial Garden, Gilford, later in the Spring.

NORTHFIELD — Adelard E. “Al” Bachler, 88, of Franklin, NH, formerly of Northfield and Salem, died at Franklin Regional Hospital on Feb. 27, 2011. He was born in Lawrence, MA on June 12, 1922 the son of Emile and Albertine (Bergeron) Bachler. He attended Sacred Heart School and Central Catholic High School in Lawrence. Al served in the US Army anti-aircraft battalion during World War II. While in preparation for D-Day, he was severely injured. After recovering, he was able to rejoin his unit in France and was able to meet his paternal grandparents. A longtime resident of Salem, he started and ran his own building contractor business for many years. Following retirement, he moved to Northfield. Al was a Third and Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus for over 40 years. He served in every office in the Third Degree Council and Fourth Degree Assembly except Grand Knight. He belonged to Councils in Salem, Derry, Franklin, and Tilton, NH. He was a member of the DAV and Catholic War Veterans. Family members include his wife of 62 years, Therese (Jacques) Bachler of Franklin, 2 daughters: Elaine, wife of Michael Murphy of Northfield, and

Barbara, wife of Wayne Lowe of Manchester, 2 sons: Donald Bachler of Tilton and Robert Bachler and his wife Dawn of Franklin, a brother, Raymond Bachler of Derry, 10 grandchildren: Michael Bachler of Manchester, Kerry Lowe of Worcester, MA, Amy Bachler of Derry, Kimberly Bachler of Franklin, Brendan Murphy of Northfield, Elizabeth Graves of Franklin, Shannon Murphy of Northfield, William Bachler, of Manchester, Ryan Murphy, BU2 serving in the US Navy in MD, and SPC Thomas Bachler, serving in the US Army, Ft. Drum, NY, 15 great grandchildren, and 2 nephews. He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Amy Beckford who died in 1999. Visiting hours will be held Thursday, March 3rd from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at Paquette-Neun Funeral Home, 104 Park St., Northfield, NH. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, March 4th to St. Paul Church, Franklin at 10 am. Burial with Military Honors will follow in NH Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul Church, PO Box 490, Franklin, NH 03235 or to Goldencrest Activities Fund, 29 Baldwin St., Franklin, NH 03235. For directions and an online guestbook, please visit

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Jacqueline E. Spear, 81

LACONIA/NEW HAMPTON — Jacqueline E. Spear joined her husband, Carleton, and granddaughter, Diane, on Sunday, February 27, 2011, following a brief illness. Jackie, daughter of Phoebe (Sylvain) and Charles F. Richardson, was born on February 10, 1930 in Wolfeboro, NH. Jackie graduated from Plymouth State College and spent many years teaching young minds to read, write and play. Her life as a Navy wife brought her to Taiwan, where she taught for four years. Jackie retired, after many years of service, from New Hampton Community School and continued as a volunteer for a period of time. She enjoyed going to the Laconia Athletic Club to swim and socialize and going out with the “Lunch Bunch”. Recently she was instrumental in preserving a section of the Snake River, part of the Winona Road homestead that she shared with her husband, Carl for many years. Jackie is survived by her sister, Janet Thibeault of Plymouth, daughters Robin Stowell & husband Robert of Dover, Dawn Day of Ashland,

Brenda Deneault & husband Tom of New Hampton, her nine grandchildren Cassandra, CJ, Jacqueline, Courtney, Jessi, Natasha, Thomas and Ali and eight great grandchildren, Caleb, Morgan, Caleigh, Jacob, Dillon, Skylar, Nevaeh, and Chloe who will miss their “Lovebug Nana”, and much loved nephews and their families. Jackie leaves behind many caring friends and generations of first graders with fond memories of Mrs. Spear. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in memory of granddaughter Diane Brigham, the American Heart Association in memory of her husband Carleton J. Spear Jr., and St. Jude’s Hospital for all of her “babies”. A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 4, 2011 at the New Hampton Community Church (Rte. 132 Main St.), New Hampton, at 1:00 pm. Rev. John Fischer, of the Hebron Community Church will officiate. Mayhew Funeral Homes of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements.

Sant Bani School to hold informational Admissions Open House March 12 SANBORNTON — Sant Bani School will hold an informational Admissions Open House beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 12. Tours will follow a group presentation. Openings in a number of grades, including kindergarten and the high school, are avaukabke for the 20112012 school year. A fully accredited K — 12 day school established in 1973, Sant Bani School serves 175 students on a campus with access to 200 acres of fields and woodlands. Strong academic and co-curricular programs integrate intellectual, creative, and spiritual growth with physical, emotional, and social development. Preparing students for college is a focus of the upper grades, and graduates have a 100% college acceptance rate. Learning takes place in the

classroom, on the playing field, on stage, in the studio, and through service projects. The school forms a caring family-like community characterized by a low student-faculty ratio and interactions among a variety of age groups. Such an atmosphere, built on a reverence for life, gives students the confidence to seek new challenges and adventures, and fosters a sense of responsibility to others. Now in its 38th year, the school continues to stay committed to its generous scholarship program making the school affordable for all families. A diverse population regionally, economically, ethnically, and globally has kept the learning environment at the school rich and varied. For information about the upcoming Open House, call 934-4240 or visit

LACONIA — Beginner and Advanced Dog Obedience classes, offered by the Adult Education program, will meet for eight weeks at Woodland Heights Elementary School beginning Wednesday, March 16. The Beginner class will meet from 6:30 — 7:30 p.m. and the Advanced Class from 7:30 — 8:30 p.m. Both will be taught by John and Carolyn Bancroft. No dog is too young or too old for the Beginner class, where pets will learn to walk beside their owners on a leash without pulling, come when called, sit, lie down, stand, and stay where commanded

to stay. Owners will also learn how to communicate with their canine friends. The Advanced class is designed for dogs who are ready to begin training off a leash, responding to verbal and hand signals. Dogs will learn how to interact with other dogs while paying attention to their master’s instructions. This class also prepares pet handlers and their dogs to enter the obedience trials and show rings. All dogs must be current with Rabies and Distemper shots. Documentation must be provided prior to registration. To register, call the Adult Education office at 524-5712.

Dog obedience classes through Laconia Adult Education start March 16

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Grammy Award winner Shawn Colvin ‘Chicago’ presented by PSU Music, Theatre, and performing at Flying Monkey on Saturday Dance students at Silver Center March 10 — 13 PLYMOUTH — Students in the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Plymouth State University (PSU) will present the musical extravaganza “Chicago” at the Silver Center for the Arts March 10 — 13. “Chicago,” the Broadway musical, is a universal tale of fame and fortune that features one showstopping song after another (“All That Jazz”, “Razzle Dazzle,” “Cell Block Tango”), and great dancing. Bob Fosse choreographed the original production and his style is strongly identified with the show. Set in prohibition-era Chicago, the play portrays many dark elements common to the times: murder, exploitation, greed, scandalous living, treachery, and corruption, while it looks at some celebrities’ pathological need to be idolized. The musical is based on a play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins, who was assigned to cover the 1924 trials of murderesses Beulah Annan and Belva Gaertner for the Chicago Tribune. PSU Director of Theatre Beth Cox said the department picked “Chicago” because it is a great dance show. “We are fortunate to have contracted guest director and choreographer Kevin P. Hill, who is teaching the Bob Fosse dance style. Kevin provides our students a work environment which they would encounter in New York,” Cox said. Hill’s resume includes work on Broadway’s most recent revival of “Guys and Dolls.” Other credits include “Hello Dolly” with Carol Channing, “42nd Street,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “Kiss Me Kate,” and many others. Featured roles include: Velma, portrayed by Brandee Peglow; Roxie portrayed by Amanda Teneriello; Amos, portrayed by Mervin Marvey; Billy portrayed by Andrew Freitas; Mary Sunshine portrayed by Jason Faria, and Mama Morton portrayed by Jennifer Roach. Each is a theatre arts major at Plymouth State. Performances of “Chicago” are March 10 — 12 at 8 p.m., March 12 at 2 p.m., and March 13 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $19 for adults, $17 for seniors, and $15 for youth. Call the Silver Center Box Office at 535ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869.

California Guitar Trio to play at the Flying Monkey on Thursday, March 3

PLYMOUTH — The California Guitar Trio, three of the most revered contemporary guitarists in the world of music, will take to the stage at the Flying Monkey Performance Center at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 3. The ensemble — Bert Lams from Belgium, Hideyo Moriya from Japan, and Paul Richards from the United States — brings technical wizardry to styles ranging from flamenco to classical, psychedelic to surf rock, and gypsy to jazz. CGT’s music was played to wake the astronauts aboard the NASA space shuttle “Endeavor.” Here on Earth, the Trio’s music has been featured extensively on NPR, NBC’s Olympics coverage, and various CBS, CNN, and ESPN TV programs. Since their inception in 1991, the Trio has released 12 CDs: seven studio albums (including a Christmas record), four live releases (including An Opening Act from their 1995 worldwide tour with King Crimson), and the recent compilation “Highlights,” featuring their most popular original works as well classics from Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue” and Beethoven’s 9th to Chantays’ “Pipeline” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students, and may be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 536-2551. Dinner is available from 6 — 7 p.m. at an additional charge. Advanced reservations for the dining section are required.

PLYMOUTH — Three-time Grammy Award winner Shawn Colvin brings her intimate acoustic performing style to the Flying Monkey Performance Center at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 5. In the 19 years since the release of her debut album, the gifted singer-songwriter has maintained a non-stop national and international touring schedule, appeared on countless television and radio programs, had her songs featured in major motion pictures, and created a celebrated cannon of work. She has shared the stage and toured with legendary artists such as Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Hornsby, Emmylou Harris, and Lyle Lovett. Colvin was born in Vermillion, SD, where she lived until she was eight years old. A small-town childhood in the university town of Carbondale, IL, drew her to the guitar by the age of 10. She made her first public appearance on campus at the University of Illinois at age 15. By the late 1970s, Colvin was singing in a Western Swing band in Austin, TX, the city she now calls home. Moving to New York at the decade’s end, she remained in the country music field as a member of the Buddy Miller Band until she met producer, guitarist, and co-writer John Leventhal. Leventhal inspired Colvin to find her own voice as a songwriter. She began honing her skill, and was soon signed to Columbia records. Her first album, “Steady On,” won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Recording. Tickets to Shawn Colvin’s concert are $50 for Gold Circle and $40 for Reserved. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the box office at (603) 536-2551. Dinner is available from 6 — 7 p.m. at an additional charge. Advanced reservations for the dining section are required.

Three-time Grammy Award winner Shawn Colvin will perform in concert at the Flying Monkey Performance Center in Plymouth at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 5. Colvin’s eight albums have sold more than 2.5 million copies in the U.S. (Courtesy photo)

MEREDITH — “Reading the Irish Famine,” a presentation by speaker James Farrell at the Meredith Public Library originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 2 has been postponed to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23. Farrell of the UNH Speakers’ Bureau will discuss “Reading The Famine: Boston Newspaper Accounts of Ireland’s Great Hunger, 1846 — ‘47.” The devastating famine in Ireland in the late 1840s was worldwide news, and many newspapers in America reported on the suffering in Ireland. Yet those

newspaper accounts often framed the events in Ireland, and the arrival of famine immigrants in America, from distinct political perspectives that tended to blame the Irish themselves for their own misery. Farrell’s presentation will take a close look at the newspaper coverage of the Irish Famine, paying special attention to the way the various Boston newspapers reported on the tragic events. The event is sponsored by the UNH Speakers’ Bureau and the Friends of the Meredith Library. Refreshments will be served.

‘Reading the Irish Famine’ originally set for today at Meredith Public Library rescheduled for March 23

Award-winning LRCC Graphic Design honor student Abagail Dow also successful entrepreneur

LACONIA — Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) Graphic Design honor student Abagail Dow is not just an award-winning videographer, she is becoming a successful business entrepreneur. Dow won the 2010 Granite State Dairy Promotion (GSDP) semester-long competition in her Principles of Marketing class. Her high energy video depicts “Lily,” a cuddly cow, as the GSDP mascot at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS). The Merrimack Valley High School (MVHS) graduate is also the creative force behind Redhead Designs, a business she started May 2010, which now boasts more than 15 clients. “The sole reason I came to LRCC was Media/Graphic Design Professor Mike Place,” said Dow, whose business specializes in graphic design, media arts, web design, fine arts, and photography. “Professors are preparing me well for obstacles the business world might throw at me.” “I saw that Abbey had tremendous potential,” said LRCC Marketing Prfessor Max Brown. “She is a top-notch student.” Dow, who was employed by NHMS as a Communications Assistant and completed all of the Speedway’s 2010 event brochures, is pursuing her

Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) Graphic Design honor student Abagail Dow is shown with some of the illustrations she has created for Redhead Designs, a business she started May 2010. Dow, an award-winning videographer whose work is featured in New Hampshire Motor Speedway event brochures, specializes in graphic design, media arts, web design, fine arts, and photography. (Courtesy photo)

bachelor’s degree and hopes to teach graphic design at the secondary school level. View her creations at

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Dear Annie: When I was 5, my mother married an abusive man. He talked down to us and often resorted to slapping and name calling. On at least three occasions, he was physically abusive -- punching, throwing and beating us. On the other hand, he adopted us and often did nice things, too. When I had my first child, my husband and I moved away. We have maintained limited contact with my parents, although they can visit as often as they like. I prefer not to go to their home, where my stepfather is in charge. Recently, I explained to my mother that our children could not visit her without additional adult supervision. She became angry, saying it’s time I put the past behind me. She says I should remember the good things. She insists her husband would never hurt my children. But she also denies that he was abusive, saying he “lost control” only once. While I am upset with my mother for not protecting us, I feel guilty for denying her the pleasure of being the grandmother she wants to be. Without him, she would be a good one. How can I be a responsible mother and stop feeling like a bad daughter? -- Unsettled in the West Dear Unsettled: Many abusers can be charming and loving when they are so inclined. Your mother, like many women in these situations, is in denial about the way her husband treated his family. Reasoning with her apparently has no effect. Being a good daughter does not mean subjecting your children to potential abuse, physical or emotional. You see your parents regularly, and they are welcome to visit whenever they wish. There is no reason to feel guilty. Dear Annie: Our new neighbor is a young professional with a boy the same age as mine. We like her and look forward to our sons growing up together.

The problem is, she will pop in several times a day for half an hour or more. She doesn’t seem to realize that her intrusions are interrupting our valuable family time. We have tried not answering the door, but she will then phone us or return and knock again. She can see our cars in the driveway, so she knows when we’re in. We have tried telling her that family time is important to us, but instead of getting the hint, she compliments us on our family dynamic. We don’t want to hurt her feelings, but I’m freaking out about what will happen when summer comes and we are both home all day with our kids. Please give me a polite way to get her to back off without ruining any future relationship. -- Had Enough Dear Had: Some people need explicit boundaries. When your neighbor knocks during family time, go to the door, tell her this is “not a good time” and suggest a better one, even if it’s the next day. Smile and close the door. Repeat as needed. Dear Annie: The letter from “No More Frustrations, Please” hit me hard. It has been a little over a year since my wife walked out on me, saying I never did anything but sit in front of the TV. She refused to go for counseling, saying I was not going to change and she was done. A month later, I was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea. I started using a CPAP machine and now have energy again. I finished all of the projects around the house. I bike 20 miles. My weight is down, and I feel so much better. It saddens me how close we could have grown had we gone through this together. You are right. He should do everything possible to save his marriage. I am in counseling, trying to forgive her for giving up without a fight. -- Sleeping in California

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




For Rent

For Rent

THE Thrifty Yankee- Route 25 Meredith, NH. 279-0607. Open 9am-6pm Tuesday through Sunday. Consignments Welcome!

Top Dollar Paid- $150 and up for unwanted & junk vehiclies. Call 934-4813

FOR RENT OR SALE- Weirs Beach Condo. 2-bedroom, 2-bath, fully renovated. $900/Month + Utilities & Security deposit. Or, $1,000/Month utilities included + security deposit. Sale $110,000. Many amenities. 603-279-5991

LACONIA: Efficiency apartment, $135/week includes heat & hot water. References and deposit. 524-9665.

Autos 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee132K, 4-Wheel Drive, leather, automatic, loaded with options! $2,995 OBO. Call Scott at 603-369-0494 1999 Chevy Cavalier, 4 dr, 4 cyc, air, auto, CD, 89K mi., $3495 obo. 934-2221. 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 ABLE to pay cash, cars average $300, trucks full-size 4x4 up to $500, truck batteries $8 each, alloy $9 each, in Epping we have scale, $1/ lb. for coded Copper wire, $3.00/ lb. for copper pipe. (603)502-6438 BUYING junk cars and trucks ME & NH. Call for price. Martin Towing. (603)305-4504. CASH FOR junk cars & trucks.

Top Dollar Paid. Available 7 days a week. 630-3606 CASH paid for unwanted or junk cars and trucks. Same day service possible. 603-231-2859.

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

For Rent ALTON/GILFORD Town Line: Studio, $200 per week, includes utilities, cable and internet. Lake/Beach access. 365-0799. APARTMENTS, mobile homes. If you need a rental at a fair price, call DRM Corp. Over 40 years in rentals. We treat you better! 524-0348 or visit M-W-F, 12-5, at 373 Court Street, Laconia. BELMONT Condo: 2-bedroom, 2-bath, single-level, washer/dryer hookup, garage. Non-smoker, Near LRCC/LRGH, security deposit. $995/month. 528-1432. BRISTOL: 2BR apt, heat and hot water included. $675 a month. 217-4141. 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

FRANKLIN- Riverfront, 1 Bedroom, 2nd Floor, Storage. $650/mo + Utilities, Security Deposit. No Pets, 387-4471. Laconia 1 room for rent. 118 Court St. 1st floor, $120/Week includes everything. Own bathroom, 524-7218 or 832-3535 LACONIA 1-Bedroom - Washer/ dryer hookup, storage, no pets. Security Deposit & references. $600/mo. + utilities. 520-4353 LACONIA 3 rooms nice quiet area, sunny, 2nd floor $525+. Parking, storage. No smoking 528-3649. LACONIA ONE bedroom efficiency apartment, partially furnished, second floor, close to hospital. $130/week, Includes heat/hot water, lights. Very clean, owner lives in the home. Security deposit and references required. No pets/smoking. 524-5437 LACONIA Prime 2 bedroom apartment on Gale Ave. Walk to town and beaches. Carpeting, just repainted, private entrance, Garage. $900/month includes heat and hot water. 524-3892. LACONIA Waterfront- 2-Bedroom condo, quiet location, ample parking, Clean/renovated, furnished optional. No smoking/pets. $850/month. 603-366-4655. 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- 3-Bedroom, 2nd Floor, Washer/Dryer, Attic Storage, Sunroom, $950/month + Utilities & Security Deposit. No Pets/No Smok-

LACONIA: Near downtown, 1-Bedroom, $600 +utilities and 2-Bedroom, $750 +utilities. References & deposit required. 387-3864. 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: Gilbert Apartments. Efficiency, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments available. 524-4428.

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For Sale

NORTHFIELD: 2 bedroom, 1st floor, coin-op laundry in basement, $225/week including heat, electric & hot water, 524-1234.

Custom Glazed Kitchen Cabinets. Solid maple, never installed. May add/subtract to fit kitchen. Cost $6,000 sacrifice $1,750. 433-4665

SANBORNTON New Large 1 bedroom condo; 2nd floor; parking, plowing & electric included; No smoking/pets. $765/mo. 455-0910

DELTA 3HP 15 Inch Planer. Floor Model 22-785X Deluxe Floor Roller Stand, Dust Hood/Included. Still in sealed, never opened shipping boxes. $1,535. Original price $3,250. 603-520-1114

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.

Diesel fuel tank with electric pump. $300. 630-0957 FIREWOOD-ALL quantities available. Pick-up/delivery. Self-Serve 1 Mile from Piches, Belmont. Off Union Rd. 18 Arlene Dr. 998-7337/Leave Message LAMB -RAISED locally. Hormone & antibiotic free. Vacuum packed, frozen. Custom cuts available. 528-5838

For Rent-Vacation TROPICAL Paradise: Marco Island, Florida waterfront condo. Dare to compare, from $500/week and up. 603)393-7077.

For Rent-Commercial LACONIA/BELMONT LINE- Retail Showroom at Rt. 106 & Bypass. 1500+ Sq. ft., 10X12 overheaed door, security & fire system. $1,900/Month. 603-502-6437 LACONIA Prime retail. 750 sf., parking, includes heat. $550 per month. Also 1325 sf. $675/month Security deposit & references. 455-6662.

For Sale

Miller Big 40 Welder & Generator powered by 4 cyl. gas motor. Mounted on 7 X 14 ft. Dual axle trailer. $1,200/OBO. 630-0957 MOVING Sale in Gilford, office furniture, household furniture, books, & etc. Call anytime 524-4740. PARADIGM Studio 100 v.3 full range home audio/ theater tower speakers. $1650. 496-8639. RED Sox Tickets: April games, tickets $70-$120 (except New York games). Call for details. 630-2440 ROTEL RB-1090 380 w/ch stereo home audio/ theater power amp $1200. 496-8639.

Furniture AMAZING!

Craftsman snow blower $175, Vintage racing snowmobile, extra parts $500. 91 ArtcticCat Snowmobile $500. 603-343-3753 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 Cole Brook & Co. ladies leather jacket. Size 3X. Black, not worn much. $65. Call 524-8306

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 $239. 603-524-1430. Twin bed. Head board is cloth with red & white thin stripes. Comes with frame, foundation & mattress. $65. Large living room chair bought at Giever Furniture. Asking $175. Call 524-8306

Help Wanted MEREDITH: Established salon with booth rental available. Located on Main Street. Choose your own hours. Full or part time 731-5041.

Join a Retirement Community proudly serving Seniors in the Lakes Region.

LACONIA: Large 4 bedroom apartment. Second floor, new paint and flooring, parking. $850 + utilities, security and references required. 603-781-6294. LACONIA: 1-2 Bedrooms starting at $550/Month. Includes Heat/Hot Water & Electric. No dogs. 496-8667 or 545-9510. 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

Our team is always looking for individuals with caring and serving hearts to work with Seniors.

Group Interviews are held Every Wednesday

MOULTONBOROUGH: 3BR, 1.5BA New England style home. Walk to Center Harbor proper. Garage, dishwasher, washer/dryer hookups. Wood & oil heat. No smoking. No pets. $1,150/month plus utilities. 603-253-9446.

Maplewood - building on the hill (left) 1:30 pm - Application Completion 2:00 pm - Interview


LNA – Per Diem – All Shifts

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.

LPN – Full Time - Days Other Positions: Exceptional Talent Apply We are located at 153 Parade Road, Meredith. “Come Home to Forestview”

Devonsquare’s revival headlines third show of Folk Gallery Concert Series at Wolfeboro Inn

WOLFEBORO — Devonsquare will reunite to headline the third show of the Folk Gallery Concert Series at the Wolfeboro Inn Ballroom March 10 at 7 pm. Ryan Ordway, sound engineer and musician at the Folk Cellar, will opening the show with a sampling of material from his soon-to-be-released CD. Tickets are $20. A dinner is available before the show. Tickets are available at The Folk Cellar, The Sandy Martin Gallery, or by calling 569-9890 or 515-1003.

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

CLEANER Meredith Area Full time Office Cleaner Experience preferred. Must have valid driver’s license, own transportation and be able to pass a security & background check.

Apply in person to: Joyce Janitorial Service

14 Addison St. Laconia, NH

LACONIA HARLEY-DAVIDSON 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

Middle Marathon in Franklin, scheduled for March 19 & 20, postponed FRANKLIN — The Second Annual Middle Marathon, originally scheduled for March 19 & 20, has been postponed to a date yet to be determined. The 10th Annual Community Talent Show will still take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 19. The show has been a staple at The Middle since the stage was reopened 10 years ago. Budding artists from around the Lakes Region wishing to enter this event should e-mail Denise Sharlow at The Middle office hours are 10 a.m. — 2 p.m. Monday – Friday. Phone number is 934-1901.

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

Mobile Homes



GILFORD: 55+ Park, 2BR w/carport, beach access, excellent condition, updated furnace, with appliances, $25,500. 524-4816.

Part-time maintenance technician needed for Wingate Village Apartments in Laconia. Experience in electrical, plumbing, interior/exterior building repair and maintenance. Pay starts at $13.00 per hour, 20 hours per week (Monday – Friday, 8AM-12 PM) With on-call rotation. Previous experience in maintenance preferred. Limited travel for training required. Email resumes to EOE. EHO. PART time Administrative assistant for professional office in downtown Laconia. Flexible hours. Call 524-4488.

Rowell's Sewer & Drain

is looking for 2 full-time/Part-time Sewer Technician/Laborers. Candidate must be self motivated, professional and avail. to work O/T. Must have CDL Class B and be in good physical condition. Benefits include a competitive salary, 8 paid holidays and IRS retire plan. Forward Resumes to: Call 934-4145

GROWING Fiber Optic Company seeks the following full time position: Senior Mechanical Engineer. Able to perform complex activities relating to design, testing and evaluation of mechanical systems, subassemblies and components. Research and analyze design proposals, materials, specifications and other data. Responsible for all mechanical prototyping, costing, and parts procurement. BSME preferred, 10 years of previous experience in Mechanical Engineering with at least 4 years in a senior role. Send resume or apply in person to Optical Design Manufacturing Inc, 143 Lake Street, Suite 1E, Laconia, NH 03246. No phone calls please. SERVER: Now hiring motivated team players with positive attitudes for year round or seasonal positions. Expereince preferred but will train the right candidates. Flexible schedule. Weekends and holidays a must. Training starts 4/4/11. Apply in person at Harts Turkey Farm Restaurant on Route 3 in Meredith or apply online at

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Adult volleyball at the Meredith Community Center begins Thursday

MEREDITH — Adult volleyball will get underway at the at the Meredith Community Center from 6:30 — 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 3. Cost is $1 per person and can be paid at the front desk. A registration form must be completed upon arrival. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Non-marking sneakers only, please.



Real Estate By Owner- 4-Bedroom, 3-season porch, 2-car garage plus shop. 1/2 acre, dead-end street, prime location. 603-528-5254, Leave message.

GILFORD, Lake Breeze Park, For sale by owner, 12x60 mobile home, fully applianced, deck and shed, nice lot, 2 car driveway. $8900. Call 527-1163.


REMOVAL: Sheds, garages, junk/trash, fences and cellar & attic cleanups. Laconia/Gilford area. (978)618-3712. Call Tom anytime. ROOFS CLEARED: 29 years experience, insured. Call Eric, (603)387-4996.

SUMMIT RESORT Now Hiring Part-Time Front Desk


Nights and Weekends a Must!

Quality Work Reasonable Rates Free Estimates Metal Roofs • Shingle Roofs

Please apply in person 177 Mentor Ave, Laconia


Our Customers Dont get Soaked!



NOW accepting applications for experienced servers. Apply in person, Galley Restaurant, 405 Union Avenue, Laconia.

on private trout pond. FFF certified casting instructor. Gift cert. available. (603)356-6240. www.mountainviewflyfishing.c om

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


SNOWMOBILE Repair: All makes & models, 25-years experience. No job too small. Mobile service. 393-1087.

Small Jobs Are My Speciality

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

Snowmobiles 2005 Yamaha Rage: 6,000 miles, runs great! Front left ski & arm need repair. Asking $3,000. 603-387-0147.

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