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It’s back to the negotiating table for Gilmanton School District officials and teachers after school district meeting voters rejected more than $67,000 in salary increases over the next two years. The event also marked the last annual school district meeting since the town voted in favor of becoming an SB 2 or official ballot town. The raises were step

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Federal and state environmental protection officials visiting the Beacon Street West residential community in downtown Laconia on Monday included (l-r) N.H. Department of Environmental Services officials Ralph Wickson and John Regan and Janis Tsang and Terrence Johnson of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Adam Drapcho)

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LACONIA — The presence of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at the Beacon Street West condominium community, where the agency is testing air and groundwater for contamination, has many residents of the 68 units more concerned about their property values than their personal health.

Groundwater samples collected between 1986 and 2007 at the former Allen-Rogers factory detected excessive levels of tetrachloroethene, or PCE or PERC, a manufactured chemical used in the drycleaning industry. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) concluded the contamination originated off the site. Since 2007, after Chinburg Builders, Inc. converted the factory

buildings on the site to modern housing, the agency has monitored the air quality of units in the larger of the two buildings and in 2009 collected water and soil samples at Henry’s Dry Cleaners on nearby Pleasant Street that indicated PCE and other chlorinated volatile organic compounds may have escaped from the site at some undetermined time in the past. see ePa page 10

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Explosion destroys home of Georgia ‘Chicken Man’ ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) — An explosion on Monday rocked the suburban Atlanta home of a man known for his fight to keep chickens on his property, and emergency officials say a body was found inside. The house belonged to Andrew Wordes, who was known as the “Chicken Man” for his attempts to turn his Roswell house into a makeshift farm. He told a local reporter to warn the marshals who were trying to evict him to back off. Moments later, fire officials say someone poured gasoline in the house and set it on fire. Firefighters found a body inside the house that was in foreclosure, but had not identified it by late Monday. The body was taken to the Fulton County medical examiner, and officials there said it could take days to identify the body. Wordes, 53, earned notoriety for his long fight with the city over the right to have livestock on his property. Along the way, he alienated neighbors but earned the support of the city’s mayor and others who read about him online. He even convinced a former governor to represent him in court. The chickens were see GEORGIA page 27

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Vermont police believe they’ve found teacher’s body ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — Vermont police found a body in a remote area Monday that they believe is that of a beloved teacher at a prestigious New England boarding school whose SUV was found running with her unharmed 2-yearold inside. The discovery sent shudders of grief and anxiety through the town’s few thousand residents, especially after authorities acknowledged they did not know whether the disappearance of 33-year-old single mother Melissa Jenkins was isolated.

Jenkins taught science at St. Johnsbury Academy, a boarding school of about 970 students that was established in the 1840s and whose alumni include former President Calvin Coolidge. Throughout Monday, townsfolk converged at the restaurant where Jenkins worked part-time, seeking solace and updates. As they braved bone-chilling winds for an evening candlelight service, news about the discovery of the body began filtering through the crowd. “She would do anything for anybody. She

definitely will be greatly missed,” said Ron Craig, of Peacham, who said he and his wife occasionally baby-sat Jenkins’ son. It’s scary that police do not know if this is an isolated incident, he added. “We’ve been locking our doors all the time because you just don’t know what’s going to happen.” Vermont State Police Maj. Ed Ledo said at a news conference Monday night that the public should be vigilant as authorities continue to seek a suspect. He would not give details on the condisee TEACHER page 4

SANTIAGO, Cuba (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Cuba on Monday in the footsteps of his more famous predecessor, gently pressing the island’s longtime communist leaders to push through “legitimate” reforms their people desire, while also criticizing the excesses of capitalism. In contrast to the raucous welcome Benedict received in Mexico, his arrival in Cuba’s second city was relatively subdued: Presi-

dent Raul Castro greeted him at the airport with a 21-cannon salute and a goose-stepping military honor guard, but few ordinary Cubans lined Benedict’s motorcade route into town and the pope barely waved from his glassed-in popemobile. Santiago’s main plaza, however, came alive when Benedict arrived for his evening Mass, his main public event here before heading Tuesday to Havana. While

the plaza, which has a capacity of about 100,000, was not fully packed there was a festive atmosphere, with Cubans dancing to the rhythms of a samba band awaiting Benedict’s arrival and waving small Cuban and Vatican flags. “It is a message of love, this visit,” said Jorgelina Guevara, a 59-year-old homemaker as she waited for the Mass to begin. see POPE page 5

CONCORD (AP) — Warning of missed opportunities and a revenue drain to Massachusetts, supporters are urging the New Hampshire House to move ahead with gambling legislation days before a critical vote. Supporters at a news conference Monday morning touted a bill to build four casinos

across the state as an economic cure-all, using newly legalized gambling in Massachusetts as the impetus to push it through. If New Hampshire does nothing, they say, it stands to lose between $40 million and $50 million annually in lottery revenue and room and meals taxes to its neighbor

to the South. “That large sucking sound you hear is going be New Hampshire dollars going to Massachusetts,” said Rep. David Campbell, D-Nashua. Campbell and others argued Monday see GAMBLING page 27

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times counts as many as 60 people enjoying the park. About half of the users are parents and small children in the playground area, the rest he described as middle and high school aged basketball players. He is currently working on three conceptual designs which are hoped to address the concerns of users. While creating the designs, Dunleavy incorporated suggestions offered during a meeting with nearby residents and park users last October. Those suggestions include new types of playground equipment, a walking ringing the park, relocating the baskeball court and adding lights, benches and landscaping improvements. Of the three plans, Dunleavy said one does not include a basketball court. All designs have a playground, and none of them include a park house. The Wyatt Park house was torn down last year after being closed for four years. The plans will be posted to the Parks and Recreation Department’s website as soon once they’re completed, Dunleavy said. He expected the city to organize a means to solicit public input before selecting the final design, although the means for gathering that input hasn’t yet been determined. “We will be reaching out to the Wyatt Park community to get feedback,” he said.

TEACHER from page 2 tion of the body found in Barnet, a town not far St. Johnsbury, where Jenkins’ vehicle was discovered Sunday evening near signs of a struggle. An autopsy was planned for Tuesday. A friend who was looking for Jenkins called police Sunday night. Her vehicle was found not far from her home in a rural area at 11:30 p.m. She had no restraining orders out on anyone, police said. St. Johnsbury Academy also serves as a public school for the town of St. Johnsbury, about 40 miles south of the Canadian border. Jenkins was a girls freshman basketball coach and a dorm proctor until she had her son. She graduated from Lyndon State College with a degree in natural science and geology. She was

working on her master’s degree, headmaster Tom Lovett said. “She’s got a real gift with students who either haven’t liked science before or learning science doesn’t come easy to them,” Lovett said Monday afternoon. “She’s got a real gift with them.” She was also a waitress at night at The Creamery Restaurant in Danville, the eatery where co-workers, friends and the father of Jenkins’ son gathered Monday afternoon along with others who were curious or concerned. “We all know her. It’s a tough thing right now,” said Marion Cairns, the owner, who described Jenkins as bright, pretty, a good mother and fun to be around. “She’d cut her arms off before she’d let anybody touch that boy. I mean, that boy meant everysee next page

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Motorcycle riders reject calls for helmet law despite recent Seacoast fatalities By Patrick cronin PORTSMOUTH HERALD

HAMPTON — Longtime biker Jim “Benny” DiBenedetto of Danvers, Mass., said the freedom to ride his motorcycle without a helmet is one of the main reasons he comes to New Hampshire. And he says he’s not alone. While many other states, including Massachusetts, have enacted mandatory helmet laws, DiBenedetto believes it should be a personal choice. He thinks that is especially true in New Hampshire, famous as the “Live Free or Die” state. “If you want to wear one, do it. And if you don’t, then don’t,” DiBenedetto said. “If they ever did change the law here, they might as well change the state’s motto while they are at it.” The controversy on whether bikers should be required to wear helmets has been debated for decades. Just this week, the conversation was resurrected as two Seacoast residents died in unrelated motorcycle crashes. Neither was wearing a helmet, according to police. N.H. State Police said Richard C. Rollins, 74, of Stratham, was killed Wednesday after being ejected from his motorcycle during a crash on Interstate 293 in Manchester. And last Monday, Edward Johnson, 47, of Hampton, died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash on Route 1 in that town. Bikers hanging out at Wally’s Pub at Hampton Beach this week said the recent deaths shouldn’t spark legislation that would require helmet use. A helmet bill last came before the Legislature in 2010. It was sponsored by Judith Day, a state repPOPE from page 2 “The Cuban people need it.” The trip comes 14 years after John Paul’s historic tour, when the Polish pope who helped bring down communism in his homeland admonished Fidel Castro to free prisoners of conscience, end abortion and let the Roman Catholic Church take its place in society. Benedict’s message as he arrived was subtle, taking into account the liberalizing reforms that Raul Castro has enacted since taking over from his older brother in 2006 and the greater role the Catholic Church has played in Cuban affairs, most recently in negotiating the release of dozens of political prisoners. The pontiff, who at the start of his trip said Marxism “no longer responds to reality,” gave a much gentler message upon arriving on Cuban soil, saying he wanted to inspire and encourage Cubans on the island and beyond. “I carry in my heart the just aspirations and legitimate desires of all Cubans, wherever they may be,” he said. “Those of the young and the elderly, of adolescents and children, of the sick and workers, of prisoners and their families, and of the poor and those in need.” The 84-year-old pontiff’s voice was tired, and by the end of the day he seemed exhausted after a vigfrom preceding page thing to her.” A family friend is caring for the boy. His father, B.J. Robertson, would not comment on Jenkins’ disappearance. Eric Berry, 44, of Lyndonville, a cousin by marriage whose daughter is Jenkins’ goddaughter, described her as a beautiful, kind person whom he believes was coming to someone’s aid when she disappeared. “She left her house with the idea, I think, to try to help somebody, and that’s as far as I’m going to go with that, because I don’t want to damage any investigation,” he said. The academy will provide counseling to grieving students, Lovett said. The disappearance recalled that of 20-year-old Krista Dittmeyer of Portland, Maine, whose car was found idling with its hazard lights on her 14-monthold daughter unharmed a year ago about 50 miles away in New Hampshire. Dittmeyer’s body was found in a pond.

resentative from North Hampton at the time. That was the same year the National Transportation Safety Board recommended states pass laws that everyone aboard a motorcycle be required to wear a helmet. The NTSB noted that from 1997 to 2009, annual motorcycle deaths doubled from 2,116 to 4,462. Head injuries were the leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes. Nevertheless, the 2010 helmet bill was killed by the full New Hampshire House. According to BikersRights.com, there are 20 states that require helmets. Another 28 states, including New Hampshire, require helmets only for some riders, usually those under 18. Maine doesn’t require helmets for all riders, but does for riders under age 18 and those with instructional learner permits. Joe Huntress of Fremont, a motorcycle rider for more than 25 years, said it would be a mistake for New Hampshire to require all riders to wear helmets. “It should be the rider’s choice,” Huntress said. “If they bring a helmet law into New Hampshire, you’re going to have a lot less tourists coming up here. How many said last time around they wouldn’t come up to Bike Week if they passed a helmet law? What would that do to Laconia?” Huntress said wearing a helmet doesn’t guarantee safety. “There are motorcyclists that are killed everywhere, even in states that have helmet laws,” he said. “My buddy died and he didn’t have a chance and he had a helmet on. It didn’t matter if he had a helmet or not — his head was cut right off.” Huntress said he does support the New Hampshire law that requires those under age 18 to wear

a helmet. “I think they should have a law that says any inexperienced new rider with under five years should have a helmet on and take a safety course,” he said. Bob Sodi, of Winchester, Mass., said even in states where helmets are required, bikers try to skirt the law. “I heard from a lot of people who actually have medical issues from wearing the helmet,” Sodi said. So instead, he said, some riders purchase and wear novelty helmets — a lightweight shell that doesn’t meet legal requirements. On the phony helmets, riders place counterfeit versions of the Department of Transportation stickers required in Massachusetts. “It’s just placating the law,” Sodi said. Larry Denning, aka “Crazy Larry,” said he doesn’t like to wear helmets. “One, it’s too heavy,” he said. “Two, it blocks your view, unless you have an open face. Number three is I had a helmet on when I crashed and it ripped right off and almost choked me to death.” Denning believes no one else should make the helmet decision for him. “It’s my head,” he said. Denning said bikers who ride at high speeds should use a helmet, but it shouldn’t be required by law. “If you got a cruiser, and you’re an old guy like me who just wants to cruise, then you don’t need a helmet,” he said. The bottom line, he said, is bikers need to use common sense on the road and drive defensively at all times. “You can be a bad-ass when you’re off your bike,” Denning said, “but don’t be one while you are riding your bike.”

orous four days of travel. In his own remarks, the Cuban leader assured Benedict his country favors complete religious liberty and has good relations with all religious institutions. He also criticized the 50-year U.S. economic embargo and defended the socialist ideal of providing for those less fortunate.

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Social Capital A major failing of our society seems to be a deficiency of social capital, defined as ”the value of social networks, bonding similar people and bridging between diverse people, with norms of reciprocity… the goodwill available to individuals or groups… the number of people who can be expected to provide support and the resources those people have at their disposal… friends, colleagues, and more general contacts through whom you receive opportunities to use your financial and human capital…the web of cooperative relationships between citizens that facilitate resolution of collective action problems…the ability of people to work together for common purposes in groups and organizations... (http://www.socialcapitalresearch.com/definition.html). Thus, this definition stresses the relational aspect of human interaction necessary to advance the development of individuals and societies. Social capital is the foundation and ultimate expression of civic virtue and is based on the idea that “social cohesion is critical for societies to prosper economically and for development to be sustainable” (http:// www.infed.org/biblio/social_capital. htm). Today, relationships appear to fragmented and disconnected with people disunited thus leading our society further away from the development of social capital where “relationships matter…(and) social networks are a valuable asset. Interaction enables people to build communities, to commit themselves to each other, and to knit the social fabric. A sense of belonging and the concrete experience of social networks (and the relationships of trust and tolerance that can be involved) can, it is argued, bring great benefits to people” (http:// www.infed.org/biblio/social_capital.htm). “Trust between individuals thus becomes trust between strangers and trust of a broad fabric of social institutions; ultimately, it becomes a shared set of values, virtues, and expectations within society as a whole. Without this interaction, on the other hand, trust decays; at a certain point, this decay begins to manifest itself in serious social problems… The concept of social capital contends that building or rebuilding community and trust requires face-to-face encounters” (http://www.infed.org/ biblio/social_capital.htm). Instead, what we are experiencing as a country is incivility, intolerance and discrimination toward many people – immigrants (legal and illegal), Muslims, homosexuals, women, teachers, youth, dissenters, elderly people and the list goes on. Popular and ill-advised solutions offered to solve our prob-

lems include more guns instead of opportunities to develop good social skills; more privatization instead of more commons, and more selfinterest instead of more common ground . No country can remain viable unless its citizens work together toward common purposes that result in the greatest good for the greatest number. The widening income gap is powerful testimony to the possible disintegration of our society. United we stand, divided we fall is becoming a reality. Robert Putman, author of “Bowling Alone”, is a major contemporary proponent of social capital. He lists several reasons why it is important: “…social capital allows citizens to resolve collective problems more easily… People often might be better off if they cooperate, with each doing her share… social capital greases the wheels that allow communities to advance smoothly. Where people are trusting and trustworthy, and where they are subject to repeated interactions with fellow citizens, everyday business and social transactions are less costly…social capital improves our lot is by widening our awareness of the many ways in which our fates are linked... When people lack connection to others, they are unable to test the veracity of their own views, whether in the give or take of casual conversation or in more formal deliberation. Without such an opportunity, people are more likely to be swayed by their worse impulses….(http://www. infed.org/biblio/social_capital.htm). Putman also pointed out examples of the decline of social capital in the US: “Voting, political knowledge, political trust, and grassroots political activism are all down. Americans sign 30-percent fewer petitions and are 40-percent less likely to join a consumer boycott, as compared to just a decade or two ago… membership and activity in all sorts of local clubs and civic and religious organizations have been falling at an accelerating pace. In the mid-1970s the average American attended some club meeting every month, by 1998 that rate of attendance had been cut by nearly 60-percent… In 1975 the average American entertained friends at home 15 times per year; the equivalent figure (1998) is now barely half that. Virtually all leisure activities that involve doing something with someone else, from playing volleyball to playing chamber music, are declining… Americans… trust one another less. (http://www. infed.org/biblio/social_capital.htm). Some possible reasons Putman cites that contributes to this decline include changes in the family structure, suburban sprawl and electronic entertainment. Research indicates that communities that have a high level of social see next page

LETTERS Neither one party rule nor compromise is always the right thing To the editor, Is Congress at a stand-still? If so, is that good or bad? Americans elect representatives whose views, they believe, are best for our country and our people. Since Americans disagree about these things, there will be disagreements, conflicts and even stalemates in Congress. Our nation’s founders wanted to ensure that extreme legislation, violating their principles, customs, and beliefs, is not imposed on the American people. So, the founders created a system which typically forces compromise to ensure that legislation is acceptable to most Americans. When one party so dominates the legislature that opposing views can be ignored, extreme legislation can be passed against the wishes of vast numbers of Americans. An example is the misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). About 300 Democrat legislators passed Obamacare despite the strong objections of about 200-million Americans and even its overwhelming rejection by the people of Massachusetts. But, neither one party rule nor compromise is always right. Politicians found they get votes easier by promising free stuff than by legislating responsibly. So most compromises are between representatives who want to overspend and representatives who want to way, way overspend. As a result our $15-trillion debt is growing daily by about $5-billion. Our country is rapidly approaching the level of indebtedness from which few nations have survived and none has been

spared major upheaval and pain for its middle and lower income citizens. The only real question now is which dollar of deficit spending will cause the financial disaster that will dwarf all others? Our credit rating has already been downgraded. Current deficit spending promises further downgrades which will drive up interest rates. Higher interest rates will force some or all of the following: more debt (putting us in a death spiral); significantly higher taxes (killing our economy); severe cutbacks to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other social programs; hyper inflation that wipes out people’s lifetime savings and destroys our standard of living. Only the rich will avoid the severe pain of this disaster. Continued deficit spending guarantees disaster for our country and most Americans. The only way to avoid disaster is to seriously start eliminating the deficit and paying down our national debt. Lets start by eliminating hundreds of billions spent on duplicate, wasteful, fraud inducing, inappropriate, failing, counter-productive, and non-essential programs. President Obama and this Congress are recklessly spending our country to financial disaster. Until enough responsible republicans and democrats are elected to eliminate the deficit and cut the debt, we should encourage, applaud, and support those senators and congressmen who bring Congress to a stand-still to stop the spending that further jeopardizes our country’s and our people’s futures. Don Ewing Meredith

Thanks to citizens of Gilford for supporting teachers’ contract To the editor, To the Citizens of Gilford: We would like to say “thank you” to all of the people who supported the collective bargaining agreement in the recent vote. The Gilford schools have a reputation around the state of deliver-

ing high-quality education as well as for the noted accomplishments of our students, and we appreciate being a part of this community effort to continue in such a positive direction. The Gilford Education Association

Gubernatorial candidate Hassan will be in Meredith on Thursday To the editor, Gubernatorial candidate, former N.H. Senator Maggie Hassan, will be at Hart’s Restaurant in Meredith from 4:30 - 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 29 to meet voters in the Lakes Region. She will answer questions about her

candidacy for governor and her positions on issues of concern to individual voters. Refreshments will be served. The event is open to all voters in N.H. and we look forward to a great turn out! Kate Miller Meredith


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LETTERS Why would Sen. Forrester support predatory lending practices? To the editor, Last Wednesday, a significant victory for our state’s middle class and lower income citizens was achieved. Unfortunately, our state senator failed to side with those individuals. SB-160, the so-called payday loan bill, creates a product called an “installment loan” but it is unlike any other installment loan on the books today. In fact, this bill would have created a class of loans carrying usurious interest rates: up to 403-percent. For example, on a $500 loan with a repayment period of six months and biweekly payments, a consumer would end of paying over $1,100 to satisfy the loan. In fact, this bill would have created a category of loans created specifically for individuals who cannot afford them and therefore simply go deeper in debt to repay them. The lenders appeal to the cash-strapped and the unemployed, providing them with a very punitive hand out rather than a structured, fiscally sound hand up toward employment and financial stability. This bill would have done nothing to promote job growth — one of Senator Forrester’s campaign pledges — but instead would have unfairly added to the financial pressures already felt by from preceding page capital have less crime, better health, higher educational achievement and better economic growth (http:// www.infed.org/biblio/social_capital. htm). For example, “Child development is powerfully shaped by social capital. Trust, networks, and norms of reciprocity within a child’s family, school, peer group, and larger community have far reaching effects on their opportunities and choices, educational achievement, and hence on their behaviour and development… In high social-capital areas public spaces are cleaner, people are friendlier, and the streets are safer… where trust and social networks flourish, individuals, firms, neighbourhoods, and even nations prosper economically. Social capital can help to mitigate the insidious effects of socioeconomic disadvantage… There appears to be a strong relationship between the possession of social capital and better health. ‘As a rough rule of thumb, if you belong to no groups but decide to join one, you cut your risk of dying over the next year in half… Regular club attendance, volunteering, entertaining, or church attendance is the happiness equivalent of getting a college degree or more than doubling your income. Civic connections rival marriage and affluence as predictors of life happiness… Teachers are more committed, students achieve higher test scores, and better use is made of school facilities in those communities where parents and citizens take an active interest in children’s educational well-being…(http://www.infed. org/biblio/social_capital.htm). Even business prospers in the pres-

our state’s under- and unemployed. In fact, these loans are also booby trapped with overdraft fees and other hidden charges so that they ultimately, statistics show, lead to more bankruptcies, foreclosures and the like. When a lender uses future unemployment, Social Security and disability payments — on which these individuals depend — as collateral, the loans are simply a house of cards waiting to fall on the desperate individual. Luckily, Governor Lynch saw through the lenders’ claims and vetoed this bill. In his veto message, he pointed out that these loans “would create an escalating spiral of debt for New Hampshire families that would undermine their financial security, as well as the financial well being of our communities and our economy.” It is unfortunate that Senator Forrester chose to vote to override this veto, acting with the minority of her colleagues in the Senate, for she chose to side with the predatory lenders whose livelihoods depend on the misfortune and missed opportunities of others. Sid Lovett Holderness

ence of high social capital. There is “better knowledge sharing, due to established trust relationships, common frames of reference, and shared goals…; Lower transaction costs, due to a high level of trust and a cooperative spirit (both within the organization and between the organization and its customers and partners)…; Low turnover rates, reducing severance costs and hiring and training expenses, avoiding discontinuities associated with frequent personnel changes, and maintaining valuable organizational knowledge” (http://www.infed.org/biblio/social_capital.htm). We can continue on the path of infighting, blaming, name-calling, fear and distrust or we can start to find ways to get along better and to work for those goals that we do agree on. If we persist in incivility and look for faults within others, nothing good will come out of it. Disagreement is healthy but it shouldn’t be our sole activity. It is imperative that we seek areas of common ground so that we can become better builders and not destroyers. One important skill that needs to be developed is dialogue. Yelling at each other (verbally or using CAPS in letters to the editor) must be replaced by listening – real listening that is active. The best form of patriotism is collective effort toward solving social problems that can bring the whole society up. Let us continue to debate and disagree but let us not allow that to stifle collective, proactive social action. (Leo R. Sandy is professor of counselor education at Plymouth State University and a consulting school psychologist.)

Ms. Therriault takes ‘access’ to mean someone else pays for it To the editor, It used to be that becoming an adult meant becoming self-responsible for their own well-being. Economic dependency on family was left behind along with the toys of childhood. It meant a sober realization that what one wants, one earns. “Deserves” becomes relegated to childhood status;”earned” its mature replacement. Ms. Therriault shows her wish for maturity in stating “I control my body”. True enough; that’s what adults do – exhibit self-control. You have the ability to decide, within the statistical limits of reliable birth control and human discipline, how many children to have, when to have them, and when to start that family (it seems, too, that marriage is becoming more and more optional in today’s society. No wonder single moms are becoming the biggest proponents of “government that gives you more with other peoples’ money” but that is grist for another letter). Truth-telling becomes more important as one becomes more mature; here, I find your words lacking. The Legislature is not limiting any such “right” of women — you still have the right to the timing of your family and children. No one is saying “you can’t” unless you are having a cognitive dissonant moment of being “independent” but still dependent on others to provide for your needs. You are suffering a consequence, young lady, but not the one that you think. You’re suffering under the delusion, spouted by progressives/liberals for decades, that society owes you everything as signified by your own

words: “I have simply assumed”. Your “I should have others providing for my most intimate moments” claim (even I keep hearing “hands off my body”) a most curious dichotomy. Your assumption is that you are free in demanding things from strangers simply because you believe a “right” is being violated — yet, aren’t you violating their economic freedom? I find this a rather curious attitude at best and at worst, a rather selfish attitude. Becoming an adult, Ms. Therriault, means providing for yourself. The travesty is that progressives, in manipulating the power of Leviathan government, have created the false equivalence of “access” for “someone else pays — and you can take that for granted”. It is true that women are breaking glass ceilings based on their hard work, determination, motivation, and smarts. They have shown their independence by doing it on their own. It is unfortunate that you equivocate that with demanding having someone give you something — it shows your continuing dependence. The bottom line is that you should be responsible for yourself – and if one employer does not offer the benefit mix you want, go work for someone else. A “right” to birth control? I must need new glasses – I can’t seem to find those two words in either the N.H. or U.S. Constitution. Selfishness boils down to “I want what you want for my desire”. That’s not a mature attitude. Go earn it on your own. Skip Murphy Gilford

Laconia’s 4th of July celebration will be held on . . . July 4 To the editor, Laconia, you spoke and we listened. The Laconia 4th of July Committee has heard the outpouring from the public regarding the date of the 4th of July Celebration. It was originally planned for Saturday, June 30 in hopes of a large turnout of people in attendance. The committee has moved the date back to the actual 4th for the celebration. We are still hoping for a large turnout of attendees. There will however, be a change to the course of the day. The parade will take place at 4:30 p.m. this year and will still go from Wyatt Park and make its way up downtown to end at Opechee Park. Directly after the parade the bands will start and

the festivities will commence. We are hoping families will come out for the parade and remain for the fun. The fireworks will be at 10 p.m. as usual. We are looking for participants for the parade. This is key for a nice event. Any help you can give us would be greatly appreciated. We are also looking for interested vendors. For the parade and vendor forms or for more information, please feel free to contact the Laconia Parks & Recreation Department at 524-5046 or parks@ city.laconia.nh.us We cordially invite you to join us for our country’s birthday celebration. Amy C. Lovisek Assistant Recreation/Facilities Director Laconia Parks & Recreation

The votes have been cast & counted but ship hasn’t been righted To the editor, Wow! Two letters in as many days from Ray Boelig. Ray has apparently just appointed himself the PC authority of Gilford. He attacks people for their “tone” but doesn’t dispute the facts. Sometimes Ray, the truth is ugly. Ray attacked Stuart Savage for his sense of “humility”. Instead of demonizing Mr. Savage, he should have thanked him for stepping forward and running for public office. Mr. Savage, unlike some other candidates self-funded his campaign and even bothered to show up at the candidate’s forum. Let’s not intimidate good people from volunteer-

Yes Ray, “the people have spoken” ……But you didn’t even bother to show up at either deliberative session, or vote on election day, so it would seem to me that as someone did not even vote, you have no room to criticize anyone in this process. The votes have been cast and tallied, but that alone hasn’t righted the ship, the problems still exist, and if you think that Skip Murphy, Barbara Aichinger, Doug Lambert, myself, and others will now just shut up and go away then hang on. . . it’s going to be a long year! Kevin Leandro


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LETTERS Men should have to undergo counseling to get a Viagra Rx

Making it harder for poor families to prevent unwanted pregnancies

To the editor, I have a respectful suggestion for the GOP legislators who want to rescind the law that requires insurance coverage of contraceptives: in my opinion, your legislation does not go far enough! You need to also put an end to the despicable practice of companies covering male erectile dysfunction drugs like Viagra and Cialis. Like easy access to contraceptives, those “little blue pills” lead directly to immoral sexual behavior. After all, if they are not chasing younger women, most men who take them have wives who are beyond their child-bearing years. Thus, most consumers of these drugs are having sex solely for recreational, not procreative purposes. This immoral, un-Christian, and unAmerican threat to the family and to traditional values has to stop! While a complete ban on these medications might be difficult, there are still

To the editor, I saw the light about the so-called small government people back in the mid-1990s. I read plenty of CATO books, too. I have always investigated other’s ideas. It didn’t take long for me to realize it was all delusional pie-inthe-sky nonsense that couldn’t work in the real world. These folk actually think charity and “personal responsibility” can take up the slack to replace a social safety net. That is just the tip of the iceberg to this fuzzy logic. When you put all the pieces together, there is no coherent picture. So here comes Speaker Bill O’Brien with more lofty sounding small government nonsense. Under O’Brien’s leadership the N.H. Legislature has attacked access to family planning in every way they can think of. At the same time, O’Brien proposed in House Bill 1658 that after a family is approved for welfare assistance, benefits would be frozen regardless of any changes in the family’s circumstances. Here is another grand idea from the

things we can do. The N.H. House could follow the lead of a female member of the Ohio Legislature who recently introduced a bill to deal with this growing problem. Even if we cannot get every man to stop using these medications we could cut down on their use by requiring a second opinion and counseling before they are prescribed. Men should be required to undergo counseling and to sign a statement of complete understanding of the possible dangers, both physical and moral, in using these medications. A waiting period to allow men to contemplate their actions before being allowed to fill these prescriptions would certainly help. Of course, there should also be a mandatory requirement that these patients be told that sexual abstinence is clearly the best option so they are fully informed. E. Scott Cracraft Gilford

We do not take Gilford support of Community Action for granted To the editor, To Gilford residents: We at Community Action realize that these economic times are very difficult times. There is a lot of pressure on the town’s administration to spend tax payer money wisely, and that’s why we want to thank you for your continued support of the Laconia Area Center of Community Action. There is a lot of discussion in Gilford about supporting or not supporting “outside agencies” and rightfully so; all areas of the town’s budget need to be evaluated closely.We are glad to know that the voters of Gilford recognize the excellent value we provide with assistance such as Fuel Assistance, Electric Assistance, meals programs, security deposit programs, etc, to the moderate and low income residents of your town using resources other than property tax dollars that help keep your town welfare budget as low as possible.

We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the Selectboard, the Budget Committee, your town welfare officer and all the office staff for their hard work regardless of which side of the issue they are on. We will continue a close working partnership with your welfare office to provide assistance to low income residents even in the most difficult situations. You do GREAT WORK and it is appreciated! In closing we do not take the support of Gilford voters for granted; we want to earn it every year. We could not keep people housed, warm and fed without the resources provided by local taxpayers. Please feel free to give me a call at the Area Center (524-5512) if you ever have any questions or concerns or would just like to visit and see what we do. Bob Adams, Laconia Area Center Director Community Action Program, Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc.

outer limits that makes no sense. Half of all American pregnancies are unplanned yet the Clan O’Brien thinks it is aiming at mothers who have children to increase benefits. What is wrong with this picture? N.H. is making it harder for poor families to prevent unwanted pregnancies and then O’Brien seeks to deny them any benefits for the increased costs of raising an unplanned child. That is just so responsible and reasonable! Luckily, some legislators have seen the light and wish to have such language removed from the bill but this only means the Clan O’Brien will just seek another avenue to attack families. The right wing agenda cares not about people; it unquestioningly worships an ideology as if its a deity. They put party platform and principle before people even if it harms people. Right wing ideology combines the worst of Hayek economics and religious fundamentalism. James Veverka Tilton

GHS Robotics Team halfway to St. Louis competition fundraising goal To the editor, As many people know by now, the Gilford High School FIRST® Robotics Team is raising money to get them to the World Championship Competition in St. Louis, this time to compete against 344 other teams from all over the world. Friday night we held a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the Gilford Community Church, and were so pleased to see so many faces, and receive such generous support from everyone that attended. A BIG Thank You to Bill and Sally Bickford of Kitchen Cravings, U.S. Foods and Hannaford, for preparing and providing all of the food; to Gilford Community Church for letting us use their kitchen and Fellowship Hall, to Coca Cola for providing all of the beverages; to all merchants and restaurants that donated raffle prizes;and to all the people that attended, team members, parents, and

even people that stopped by to make a donation but could not stay to enjoy the meal. Throughout this planning process there were so many others that offered help and kind words, there is no way to acknowledge everyone in this letter. It is such an honor to be part of such a warm and generous community! We are about half way to our goal, but still have a way to go to get there. We are confident we will get there though! For anyone that could not attend and would still like to make a donation, please feel free to send to: Gilford Robotics Team, c/o Gilford High School, 88 Alvah Wilson Rd, Gilford 03249. Again, many thanks! We couldn’t do this without your support! Michelle Andrews On behalf of Gilford High School FIRST® Robotics Team

Millions who don’t drive cars aren’t still forced to buy insurance To the editor, Just a couple quick thoughts on a couple of letters from Saturday’s paper. First Cathy Merwin is all incensed over the unfortunate death of Taryvon Martin. One bad incident and the law is wrong apparently by her letter. True, not all gun owners are good guys but by Justice Department and FBI statics less then two tenths of one percent of legal gun owners commit violent crimes. I also note that Gerealdo Rivera is taking all kinds of grief for saying the wearing of a hoody contributed to the kids death. Well, lets face it, most people who encounter a young person in a hoody at night are leery. Don’t blame Geraldo, blame Hollywood and TV crime shows for depicting hoodies as they clothing of choice of criminals and gang bangers. What we choose to wear sends a message as to who we

are. See someone dressed like a Hells Angel, we’re leery; a hoody, we’re leery; a white hooded sheet over their head, we’re leery. I don’t know what happened down there but media hype is not the way to judge it by. Second, Tom Dawson tells us “the individual mandate is exactly the same as auto insurance”. It is not! Millions of Americans who do not own cars are not forced to pay into a system designed to lower Mr. Dawson’s insurance premiums. I hope Mr. Dawson took the time to read Tony Bolton’s letter on page 5, “Look at England and decide if you think Obamacare is a good idea”. Tony destroys the entire premise of the liberal argument. Readers look closely into promises made by politicians; none can be trusted, watch them all. Steve Earle Hill

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LETTERS ‘Parking lot’ across from Robbie Mills Field is high quality soil To the editor, I was encouraged by the conversation at the “visioning” session for the future of the property that formerly housed the Laconia State School which was held at Laconia Middle School last week. The general consensus for the highest and best use recognized the special nature of this property due to its views, access to the lakes, quality arable land, trees, and brooks. Many attendees expressed a desire to see it used for recreation and agriculture. I had heard that there are plans to build a parking lot across from the Robbie Mills field to support the games held there. When I asked why the parking lot was not mentioned, I was told that the parking lot was considered “recreational” use. Strange. When I think of recreational use, I think of trails through

the fields and woods. I think of playing fields and play grounds and picnic tables. A parking lot is quite another matter. This parking lot would be for the use of those attending events at the Robbie Mills field, including Muskrat baseball games. Is it local recreational activities or commercial baseball games driving the plan for a parking lot? Why is it the responsibility of the city of Laconia to support a for profit entity? Importantly, the land across Eastman Road from the Robbie Mills field contains the highest quality agricultural soils on the entire site. It does not seem that a parking lot is the highest and best use for this part of the property. If you agree, please contact your city councilor and express your opinion. Janet Simmon Laconia

All of the very successful people I know have ADD, like I have To the editor, As one with obvious ADD all my life, I believe I’m well qualified to comment on it, and what I have observed over the last 79 years. I was very fortunate in having intelligent, very helpful parents, who were quick to help my excessive number of interests, so I could achieve most of the goals, and combine some of their interests. Of course, in doing so they turned me onto many other fascinating things, which they had similar interests in. Mom’s father was a genius, as was her brother Paul, and I thought she was. She specialized in math in college: some said she was best at multiplying, with 1 + 1/2 dozen kids (seven for you slow ones). Best repeated saying: there are liars, damn liars, and statisticians! Look at our government today to see

the proof! ALL of the very successful people I know have had the same problem I have: ADD; trying to do too many things at one time, but getting them all done (until about 66, when I seemed to slow). Even now my memory is perfect BUT the CPU in my head has gotten very slow at retrieval: it demands a hint to complete the task. I found it interesting that James Veverka had a very accurate, but not complete letter on the subject in Friday’s Daily Sun, along with interesting letter from Ryan Griffin (although not very polite or as informative). My first letter on this did not cover the severe problems drug treatments caused children and their latter offspring. Jack Stephenson

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$67M later, HHS still doesn’t have functioning computer system To the editor, Dear N.H. Executive Council members: How outrageous that a state like New Hampshire, with a population of only 1.3-million residents, has over a seven year period paid to a computer system design company over $67-million for a system which is still not ready for production use by the state. How could anyone in good coincidence agree to pay this company another $9-million to maybe get this system into production by who knows when? What I find particularly rude and unprofessional was HHS Commissioner Nick Toumpas’s response to Councilor Wieczorek’s valid question in regard to where the system design

company has completely installed any working version of this system. His reported response was that he was only concerned about the New Hampshire one. Sorry commissioner, you should be concerned about a company’s track record in terms of delivering their product on time and at contract price, especially when you are ready to give out another $9-million to that vendor. Sorry to see you go Ray, why not stay around for a while, perhaps in another three years you hopefully would see this computer system go into production. Or perhaps vote to pay another substantial increase for a system still not in use by New Hampshire. Bill Whalen Sanbornton

Obama’s Affordable Care Act giving us relief from insurance hikes To the editor, On the anniversary of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, we can look forward this year to relief from crushing increases in health insurance rates. I worked in a medical office that accepted health insurance and received payment from insurance companies. Our office also purchased

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City will celebrate the 4th. . . on the 4th LACONIA — The 4th of July Committee announced yesterday that Independence Day will be celebrated on the 4th. Since the holiday falls on a Wednesday this year, the committee contemplated holding the parade, festivities and fireworks on the preceding Saturday, June 30th, in hopes of boosting participation and attendance. “Laconia, you spoke and we listened,” said Kevin Dunleavy, director of parks and recreation, who said that although the traditional date will be honored, the schedule for the day will

change. The parade will begin in the afternoon, leaving Wyatt Park at 4:30 p.m. Directly after the parade reaches Opechee Park, the bands will start to play and the festivities will get underway. Dunleavy said that the committee hopes that people will follow the parade and remain for the festivities. The committee is seeking participants for the parade as well as vendors. For forms for the parade and vending as well as more information about the event, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 524-5046. — Michael Kitch

EPA from page one Last year, DES requested the help of the EPA in locating the source and extent of the contamination and last week the agency began sampling groundwater and air quality at Henry’s, Beacon Street West and several nearby properties to determine the source, level and extent of PCE contamination in the area. Tetrachloroethene, or PCE or PERC, is a manufactured chemical widely used by the dry-cleaning industry and also found in household products, including spot removers, water repellents, suede protectors as well as some paints and glues. It is a nonflammable, colorless liquid at room temperature with an odor akin to ether that readily evaporates in the air. Beacon Streeet West resident Gerald Knight said he was not aware that any of his neighbors have complained of poor air quality of ill effects. But, he continued “there is a very real concern among the owners that if there is something wrong, it will hugely affect our property values in a negative way. That is the general feeling throughout the buildings.” He said that a front page article published in the March 25 in New Hampshire Sunday News pictured his community as polluted. John Regan, a hydrologist with the DES, said that Chinburg Builders installed a mitigation system to ensure the air quality of the units when the factory was converted to condominiums in 2007. The current round of testing at the condominiums, he said, was intended to measure “vapor intrusion,” explaining that vapors from PCE and other chemicals in contaminated soil and groundwater can migrate into buildings through

cracks in basements and foundations. Janis Tsang, on-scene coordinator for the EPA, said that apart from investigating “vapor intrusion,” she expected testing of soil and groundwater in the vicinity of Henry’s Dry Cleaners would enable the agency to locate the source of the contamination and chart a course for addressing it. Tsang said that at Beacon Street West condominiums, soil and groundwater was tested first and indoor air quality measured afterwards. She said that the groundwater sampling undertaken last week indicated “the screening looks good.” This week she said that soil vapor samples are being taken from the space between the foundation and the soil to determine if there is any “vapor instrusion” while other tests will measure the indoor air quality of the residential units. Tsang anticipated that the report on the testing would be complete within eight to 10 weeks, when it would be shared with residents. She stressed that residents would be provided with confidential reports on their particular units as well as the results of testing conducted in the common areas of the complex. The health effects of PCE vary with the type of person and length of exposure. Some may experience temporary irritation of the eyes, nose and throat along with headaches, dizziness and nausea from short-term exposure of eight hours or less. Exposure to low levels of the chemical over many years may increase the risk of chronic disease, including cancer. However, numerous studies of people working between nine and 20 years in dry cleaners exposed to normal workplace levels of PCE found mild effects that see next page

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WASTE from page one ton for loads of more than two tons. But, the city pays Waste Management $16.60 a ton to truck the trash to Penacook and the Concord Regional Solid Waste Resource/Recovery Cooperative $66.80 a ton to dispose of it at the incinerator for a total cost of $83.40 a ton. The DPW recommended raising the fees to meet the cost in two annual increments, which would reduce the cost to property taxpayers by $190,000 in the first year and $380,000 by the second year.. The fee for loads of up to 100 pounds, approximately the equivalent of five bags of household trash, would be $5. Beginning on July 1, 2012 loads of more than 100 pounds would cost 3.5 cents a pound, or $60 a ton, calculated in increments of 20 pounds to match the calibration of the scale. On July 1, 2013 the rate for loads of more than 100 pounds would rise to 4.5 cents a pound or $90 a ton. In explaining the proposal, City Manager Scott Myers said that the nine solid waste haulers licensed by the city have been sounded about proposals and without raising objections agreed that the fees should offset the costs. In addition, the department proposed reducing the maximum weight and total number of containers placed at the curbside at both residential and commercial properties. The maximum weight of containers would be reduced from 60 pounds to 50 pounds. The number of containers at single and multi-family residences would be reduced from five from preceding page were difficult to detect. Following an inspection of Henry’s Dry Cleaners last November, John J. Duclos informed Pauline Smith, the owner of the firm, that no violations were found.”Maintaining compliance with the hazardous waste rules is a challenging undertaking,” his letter continued. “Henry’s Dry Cleaners, Inc. demonstrated a high level of achievement and it is obvious that Henry’s Dry Cleaners, Inc. takes its hazardous waste management seriously, and is commended for its performance.” Knight said that the eight two-bedroom units in the smaller of the two buildings sold for abut $250,000 apiece while the dozen one-bedroom units sold for about $100,000 each, representing an aggregate value of more than $3-million. “There’s a lot at stake in this one building,” he said. “We’re sitting on pins and needles waiting to see what they find,” Knight said. “I like to think that anything they find will be corrected,” he continued, “but, perceptions can take a long time to overcome.”

to two per family while at commercial properties the number of containers would be reduced from 10 to seven. At properties serving both residential and commercial uses the total number of containers would be reduced from 15 to nine. When Myers presented the proposals to the council a month ago he indicated that he would prefer a decision by April, so that the effect of the measures could be incorporated in the 2012-2013 budget. However, Councilor Ava Doyle (Ward 1) reminded her colleagues that many seasonal residents and business owners at The Weirs who have yet to return should have an opportunity to express their opinions on the changes. Without questioning the need to provide incentives for recycling, she said reducing the number of containers for businesses by 30-percent — from 10 to 7 — without adequate notice would not allow businesses time to begin recycling programs. Likewise, Councilor Brenda Baer (Ward 4) said the reduction of 60-percent in the number of containers allowed to family households was even steeper. Councilor Henry Lipman (Ward 3) suggested delaying any increase in transfer station fees and any decrease in curbside collections until October 1 and adjusting the budget appropriately. NOTES: Perhaps in response to the unusually mild winter City Manager Scott Myers suggested the City Council consider amending the municipal ordinance forbidding on-street parking between midnight and 6:30 a.m. from November 1 to May 1. He proposed either keeping the date of May 1 or moving it up to April 1 while authorizing the Chief of Police to lift the restriction before either date after consulting with the city manager and Department of Public Works (DPW). In addition, after consulting with the city manager, either the police chief or director of DPW would be authorize to declare a snow emergency at any time, when all on-street parking would be prohibited. The council indicated that it favored the change, but preferred to retain the date of May 1. . . . . . . After hearing from the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District Advisory Committee the Land and Buildings Committee directed the panel to prioritize the projects it recommended be pursued in the 2012-2013 budget cycle and attach cost estimates to each. The projects include demolishing the old police station on Church Street, constructing restrooms downtown, extending the riverwalk, improving directional signage and several lesser improvements. Director of Parks and Recreation Kevin Dunleavy, who chairs the committee, suggested the council consider the sale of a general obligation bond and service the debt with the revenue generated by the TIF district, which would enable more expensive projects to be completed in less time.

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Winnisquam full-day kindergarten proposal defeated By Molly A.K. Connors CONCORD MONITOR

TILTON — Five-year-olds in Northfield, Sanbornton and Tilton will continue to attend half-day kindergarten this fall after a warrant article requiring them to go all day failed at yesterday’s annual Winnisquam Regional School District meeting. The school board supported the article, which would have cost almost $300,000, but the budget committee did not, saying it was not the time to introduce a program that would have significantly increased taxes in two of the district’s three towns. Voters yesterday questioned both the cost and effectiveness of the program. “I didn’t take kindergarten, and I started school at age 6, but I’ve managed,” said Earl Leighton, 57, of Sanbornton. Proponents in turn said a full-day program would boost student achievement by doubling the amount of time children spend on math and literacy before first grade. “We continue to expect more capabilities and achievement at younger ages,” said Sean Goodwin, a member of the school board who spoke in favor of the measure. “Full-day kindergarten is educationally sound,” he said to a gym of about 200 people, many of them with small children. Scott Ruggles, 41, of Tilton, echoed Goodwin and cited a study that said students in full-day kindergarten outperform those who attended half-day kindergarten on standardized tests. “Wouldn’t it be nice to give our students a chance to be ahead of the game instead of playing catch up?” Ruggles said. But others, also citing scholarly studies, questioned whether children so young should be in school all day and whether it’s appropriate to demand such academic achievement of them in the first place. “This whole idea of academic standards for kindergarten has gotten a bit absurd,” said Nancy Court, 65, of Northfield. “I’m not convinced the longer day will produce the results we want,” she said. Ken Gorrell, 48, of Northfield, said the resources that would be put into full-day kindergarten should instead be targeted to students who are clearly struggling. “All-day kindergarten is a group approach,” he said. “What we really need to look at is individual children.” The measure would have cost about $244,000 in future years for the salaries of the teachers. It would have cost 36 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value in Northfield, 18 cents in Sanbornton and 17 cents in Tilton, according to Cheryl Somma, the district business administrator.

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After a secret ballot, voters rejected the measure 103-91. No one requested a recount for the close vote, Moderator Kent Finemore said after the fourhour meeting. Voters did, however, approve a one-year contract for the teachers that will cost an additional $21,500. The new contract honored the teachers’ step increases, which are based on years of service to the district and education level. The contract also increased the value of those raises by $600 and provided $1,000 bonuses to all the teachers. Instead, the district was allowed to change health care providers and will save about $370,000 by doing so. The teachers also agreed to higher co-pays and deductibles. Although some voters said the pay raises were unfair because so many in the private sector haven’t had one in years, School Board Chairman Mike Gagne said the district wouldn’t save money by rejecting the contract because it could only get a cheaper health care coverage without it. “It’s really about numbers here,” Gagne said. If the contract failed, he told voters, “We’ll be paying that money to the health insurance company.” Voters also approved a two-year contract for the district’s custodians that grants a 1.5 percent pay increase each year. The measure cost about $20,000, or 1 cent per $1,000 of assessed value. They also approved a petition warrant article that set aside $18,000 for new equipment for the football program, which is almost entirely funded by private donations. Changes in safety regulations meant the group needed new helmets for middle-schoolers, among other items. “We’re asking for a one-time financial boost from the school district to get us through,” said Tim Snow, president of Friends of Winnisquam Football. A handful of voters spoke against the measure, saying they were concerned about increasing public responsibility for the privately funded and managed group. But many spoke for it, saying the boosters have managed on its own for years and might not be able to continue without the $18,000. “This is one of the few items that 100 percent goes toward the children,” said Leif Martinson, who represents Northfield on the budget committee but said he was speaking for himself. Without discussion, voters passed a $23.9 million operating budget by a voice vote at the end of the meeting. The figure was a less than 1 percent increase over last year’s, officials said. The operating budget is projected to increase taxes in Northfield by 21 cents per $1,000 of assessed value to $12.22 and by 41 cents in Sanbornton to $11.42. Only Tilton taxes are projected to go down, by 9 cents per $1,000, to $10.27 per $1,000 of assessed value.

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Winni Playhouse hosting art workshop for kids March 31 LACONIA — Children in grades K-5 will have the opportunity to spend an entire day exploring five different art forms at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse’s Children’s Arts Workshop on Saturday, March 31 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Meredith. This is the fourth integrated arts day the Playhouse has run, each of them allowing kids to engage in the arts in a fun and enriching environment. This workshop will be inspired by the production of Alice in Wonderland which the Playhouse’s Teen and Youth Ensemble will be performing in early April. Participants will be divided into groups based on their age and will rotate through five workshops, led by professional educators, in drama, dance, music,

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SANBORNTON — Independent work marking the end of Sant Bani School’s off-campus Projects Period will be on display at the Sanbornton Public Library through April 1. Projects Period provides an alternative educational experience for students at Sanbornton’s independent kindergarten through twelfth grade school. The wide variety of project topics includes art, science, photography, computer, movie-making, dance, crafts, music, construction, painting, family vacations and travels, cabinetry, job shadowing, visiting and working at various types of institutions, and working with animals. Projects Period provides students with an oppor- Sant Bani high schoolers and Sanbornton residents Nicole Swain tunity to expand their and Marshall Bordeau share the bench that Bordeau built for his learning in new directions project. (Courtesy photo) beyond the classroom setting. For examspent their time learning about their ple, senior Max Duncanson built a fully cultural differences. functioning Go-Cart and juniors Colby One parent mentioned that he looks forward to Projects Period as an opportuClark and Anthony Bricchi did a joint nity for the whole family to get involved project titled Pastures & Pastries. Clark in learning or service projects that they taught Bricchi about his life working on would not normally think of doing. his family’s farm.Bricchi brought Clark Librarian Cab Vinton is pleased that into the kitchen and helped him learn the library’s upstairs is being used to the art of baking. showcase the work of Sanbornton stuFreshman Colin Tripp spent his dents. The space has recently become time shadowing a cabinet maker. home to the adult collection as part of Younger students went bird watching, the shuffle to maximize use of the new learned to embroider and even shadaddition. owed a police chief. This valued new space has multiple Although the students choose and town-wide uses, such as hosting book club design their projects, there are two meetings, yoga classes and public hearrequirements that they must meet. ings. All are invited to view the sampling Sometime between grades 7 to 12 of Sant Bani School projects and check they must do a career-oriented projout this valuable community space. ect, and in their high school years, Sant Bani School is an independent they are required to do at least one kindergarten through twelfth grade service project. Career projects often day school which was founded in 1973 take the form of shadowing a relative, with six students and has grown to experiencing the daily routine of the 170. A Sant Bani education is affordjob and interviewing about qualificaable to all families through a generous tions, compensation, etc. scholarship program. For information Junior Kevin Rose spoke about his call 934-4240 or visit the school’s webtrip to Germany. International stusite at www.santbani.org. dents Chai Kim and Patricia Boegli

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cussed are those provided by the Lakes Region Kennel Club along with the status and needs of the Happy Tails Dog Park. For daily program schedule visit www.lrpa.org or view LRPA-TV bulletin board on channel 24. Lakes Region Spotlight is aired daily Monday through Saturday. Granfield welcomes ideas and opportunities for future shows and can be contacted at cmgranfield@ gmail.com.


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Workshop tonight in Center Harbor discusses Current Use assessments

CENTER HARBOR — A workshop at which Current Use assessment and the different aspects of the program will be explained will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. tonight in the Cary Mead Room at the Center Harbor Municipal Building. The workshop is being held by the Belknap County UNH Cooperative Extension office and representatioves will explain how the Current Use Assessment Law provides an opportunity to keep land in open space by assessing land based on its present land-use.

Obama backers plan phone effort touting health care SANBORNTON — To highlight the benefits the Affordable Care Act has had for women’s health care, Obama campaign volunteers and supporters are reaching out to their neighbors, hosting grassroots house parties and phone banks across the state, as part of the Obama campaign’s nationwide Women’s Week of Action. On Wednesday, March 28, Sanbornton supporters will host a grassroots phone bank at 5:15 p.m. at the Sanbornton Public Library. Guest speaker will be former State Senator Kathleen Sgambati, who is also the former deputy commissioner of the NH Department of Health and Human Services. Sgambati will highlight provisions of the act which prohibit price discrimination against women and provisions which ensure that women will have access to free preventive care such as prenatal screenings, mammograms and colonoscopies, and as the law continues to phase in.

Author of ‘Bloodstains’ signing books at Annie’s Book Stop on Wednesday

LACONIA — Jeff Mudgett, author of ‘’Bloodstains’’, will take part in a book signing event Wednesday March 28 from 2-4 p.m. at Annie’s Book Stop located on 1330 Union Avenue, Laconia. Mudgett is the great, great grandson of Herman Webster Mudgett (H.H. Holmes) born in Gilmanton, who was the first serial killer in American history and whose crimes were most recently chronicled in Erik Larson’s ‘The Devil and the White City.’ Mudgett’s book “Bloodstains” is called, “the most unique combination of psychological thriller, true crime historical, and paranormal on the market today.” For more information about his book go here: http://www.bloodstainsthebook.com.

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LACONIA — NH Jazz will singer Joan Watson-Jones and her Quartet on March 29 at 8 p.m. at Pitman’s Freight Room, located at 94 New Salem Street in Laconia. Joan Watson-Jones grew up in New York City, surrounded by show business. Her mother was a dancer and boxer in the 1920s at Moulin Rouge in Joan Watson-Jones (Courtesy Paris and her father photo) (a physician) treated Billie Holiday, Mercer Ellington, and countless jazz luminaries. Today, Joan is a dynamic vocalist who takes on every show with poise and elegance. Her albums and live performances have garnered acclaim from numerous critics, including Cadence Magazine who heralded her as a “swinging singer who has a sultry way of expressing herself in the grand tradition of the jazz vocalist.” Ms. Watson-Jones has released two albums to

date, with a third slated for 2013 release. In addition to performing, Joan is also the creator of “The Jazz Room,” an internet-based radio program that features musicians, composers and other members of the jazz community. Joan will perform at Pitman’s Freight Room with pianist Frank Wilkins, bassist Archie K, and drummer Alvin Terry. Admissionis $12 (doors at 7:15). All shows are general admission. Seating is limited after 8pm. BYOB. NH Jazz shows have a listening policy which prohibits talking, and use of texting devices, cell phones, video/ audio recording, laptops, gaming units, and cameras. For information call the NH Jazz office (603) 2675387 during business hours or email jon@nhjazz.com Upcoming NH Jazz Shows: 4/2 Ray Vega Jazz Quartet (Trumpet Guru); 4/5 Mark Shilansky’s Join the Club Sextet (Modern Jazz); 4/9 John Funkhouser (Acclaimed Boston Pianist); 4/12 Chris Humphrey (Celebrated Vocalist); 4/16 Brian Friedland Big Band (Boston’s New Jazz Orchestra); 4/19 Teri Roiger, Kevin Harris, John Menegon & Yoron Isreal (Sultry); 4/21 Special Saturday Show: Sofferman’s Neti Pot w/ George Garzone (Modern & Hip); 4/23 Chris Bakriges (Romantic VT Pianist & Composer); 4/26 Kenny Werner (International Jazz Piano Legend).

LACONIA — A program of Lenten handbell music will be presented at the Congregational Church of Laconia on Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. Over thirty ringers from the handbell choirs of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, First United Methodist Church of Gilford and the Congregational Church, along with their directors, will perform arrangements of traditional Lenten hymns and original compositions.

Flutist Amanda Loud will be featured in a massed ring piece entitled “Down to the River to Pray”. Saundra Bicknell, violinist, will play an arrangement of “The Lord is My Shepherd” with the bell choir from the Congregational Church. A freewill offering will be taken in support of the Dorcas Fund of the Congregational Church, which offers financial assistance to Laconia citizens who are in need of funds to cover a range of emergency needs.

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LACONIA — Opechee Park Association, Laconia Parks & Recreation and Evangelical Baptist Church will host a Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. It will be held at the Smith Track at Opechee Park in Laconia. There will be a huge egg hunt with 2000 toy or candy filled eggs and prizes. There will

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CONWAY — Arts in Motion Theater Company will hold open auditions for “Little Shop of Horrors,” a musical spoof of 1950’s sci-fi movies, Wednesday, March 28, at 90 Odell Hill Rd in Conway at 6 p.m. “Little Shop of Horrors” will play June 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. with 1 p.m. matinees on June 2 and 9 at Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center in

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BRATTS holding annual meeting on April 2

GILFORD — The Belknap Range Trail Tenders (BRATTS), will hold its second annual meeting will meet on Monday, April 2, from 6-8 p.m. at Gilford Public Library. BRATTS is an allvolunteer organization that rebuilds and maintains trails in the Belknap State Forest, Gunstock, and the surrounding area. The organization is led by founder, Hal Graham and his wife, Peg. Part of the mission of BRATTS is to educate trail crews about the proper maintenance of the trails. Graham began his trail maintenance BRATTS founder, Hal Graham, second from left and his wife, Peg, give trail crew members guidance on training in 1979 when the proper techniques for maintaining hiking trails in the Belknap Mountain Range. The organization he started the New is preparing to hold its second annual meeting and urges those interested in hiking and trail mainteHampshire Chapter nance to attend. (Courtesy Photo) Volunteer Crew, a division of the Appalachian Mountain Club. As Graham vide assistance with difficult trail work and tasks worked in the White Mountains with some of the that require special skills or tools. most knowledgeable men in the field, he learned the All work is done under the guidance of Graham fine art of trail maintenance. to ensure maintenance is performed according state Graham is also a founder of the trail maintenance management practices for hiking trails and is conorganization, Trailwrights, which formed in 1987. sistent with maintenance performed throughout the This group also has evolved into becoming an edustate. He coordinates all trails issues with the Divicational organization, working with theU. S. Forest sion of Forests and Lands. Service, state parks, conservations groups, GunThe organization is constantly growing and always stock, and private land owners. welcomes volunteers. Recently a new committee was A division of BRATTS is the innovative Adopt-aformed and is currently planning the publication of Trail program, which oversees the care of 21 trails a guide book for the hiking trails that run through in the Belknap Mountain Range. One of the goals for the Belknap Mountain Range. the 2012 season is to focus on the program to make For more information about BRATTS or its annual sure each trail has been adopted and maintained meeting, call Hal or Peg Graham at: 286-3506 or throughout the season. email them at: halpeg76@metrocast.net. Volunteers for the organization are of all ages and backgrounds. They maintain local hiking trails, helping to arrest erosion, removing blown-down trees from trails, and adding color blazes and rock formations called cairns, which aid hikers following the trails. Trail crews, made up of trail adopters, pro-

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CALENDAR TODAY’S EVENTS All New England Jazz Festival for high school students at Plymouth State University. 5 p.m. concert in the Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts. $10/ adult. $6/senior or student. Basic Vegetable Gardening workshop at the Meredith Public Library. 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments. Antiques Appraisal Day hosted by the Laconia Historical & Museum Society. 5 to 7 p.m. at the Laconia Antiques Center, downtown. $5 donation per appraisal. Monthly meeting of the Lakes Region Zonta Club, featuring a presentation by Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region Executive Director Cheryl Avery. 7 p.m. at the Taylor Community’s Woodside building in Laconia. Open to the public. Chess Club meets at the Laconia Public Library on Tuesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. All ages and skill levels welcome. We will teach. 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. Hands Across The Table free weekly dinner at St. James Episcopal Church on North Main Street in Laconia. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Moultonborough Toastmaster meeting. 6 p.m. at the town library. Everyone from surrounding towns also welcome to attend. Toastmasters develop speech practice that is self-paced and specific to an individuals needs. For more information call 476-5760. The Greater Lakes Region Chapter Parents of Murdered Children for the families and friends of those who have died by violence meets at 6 p.m. on the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Laconia Police Department Community Room, 126 New Salem Street. For further information contact Carmen Doucette’, Chapter Leader at 524-7624 or laconia1@metrocast.net.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28 Information session for Lakes Region Flag Football League. Meredith Community Center. Youth information is 5:30 to 7 p.m., adult league information is 7 to 8 p.m. Friends of the Meredith Public Library meeting. 3 p.m. in the function room. “Rocky”, a German shepherd, and his handler, Carol Varney, will present a program on therapy dogs — “I work for hugs”. TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) meeting. 5:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Meredith. Overeaters Anonymous offers a program of recovery from compulsive eating using the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of OA. Wednesday nights at 5:30 p.m. at St Joseph Church in Belmont. Call and leave a message for Elizabeth at 630-9969 for more information. Free knitting and crochet lessons. Drop in on Wednesdays any time between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Baby Threads workshop at 668 Main Street in Laconia (same building as Village Bakery). 998-4012. The Thrifty Yankee (121 Rte. 25 - across from (I-LHS) collects donations of baby clothes, blankets and hygiene items for Baby Threads of N.H. every Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 279-0607. 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.

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Maggie Hassan visiting Hart’s Turkey Farm March 29 93 year-old writer reads from her recently published works M O U LT O N B O R OUGH — The April Poetry Evening at the Moultonboro Public Library will offer audiences a rare treat on Tuesday, April 3, — readings from a justpublished first book by a 93-year-old poet, covering 75 years of her writing life. Eleanor Corliss, a New Hampshire native who has been writing Eleanor Corliss (Courtesy since she was a teenphoto) ager, will share selections from Lifelines, spanning her experiences from living in Fremont in 1937 to Conway in 1967 to Webster in 2011, where she now pursues her writing career. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the library which is located at 4 Holland Street, at the intersection of Routes 25 and 109. The evening is free and open to the public, and complimentary refreshments will be served. Corliss has read at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord, at Poets in the Attic in Wolfeboro, and has been a previous contributor at Moultonboro’s poetry nights. In the words of Moultonboro organizer, poet, and artist Priscilla Burlingham, “Last month at our open mike reading, Eleanor gave us an amazing preview of her work at different life stages. I think this prolific and gracious poet, with her fine voice, will give everyone who attends in April another evening to treasure.” Corliss also paints in both oil and watercolor, and she provided the art for the front and back covers of her book. According to her friend and driver Nancy Aguair, who wrote the biographical note for the book, “She’s survived two husbands and three sons. In her midfifties she fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a registered nurse. And while maintaining her habits of avid reading and singing in her church choir, she’s also managed to become an accomplished artist.’’ The second half of Moultonboro’s poetry evening will offer unlimited open mike time for poets, musicians, and other writers from the audience.

March Tea Party meeting focuses on social media

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Lakes Region Tea Party will be meeting on March 28 at 7 p.m. at the Moultonborough Library. Tim Carter, founder of AsktheBuilder.com, will be demonstrating how to use Facebook, Twitter, and other social media in a live online presentation. Those in attendance will be encouraged to ask questions about social media and how it can be used to help further political causes. from preceding page

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28 Narcotics Anonymous meeting. 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 18 Veterans Square in Laconia. Concord Transplant Support Group meeting. 7 p.m. in Room 5C at Concord Hospital. Open to all pre- and posttransplant patients, friends and family. For more information call Yoli at 224-4767. ABC & Me storytime at the Meredith Public Library. Crafts, songs and games geared for ages 3-5. 10 to 11 a.m. Children are encouraged to bring an item from home that starts with the letter of the week — “R”.

LACONIA — Lakes Region voters are invited to a March 29 meet-and-greet from 4:30-6 p.m. at Hart’s Turkey Farm with gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan, the former Senate Majority Leader from Exeter who is seeking the Democratic nomination. An advocate for educational opportunities, civil rights, environmental protection and extension of healthcare coverage for adult children, children with autism and divorced spouses, Hassan is widely credited with the state’s adoption of universal kindergarten, raising the state’s legal dropout age to 18 and shepherding the passage of gay marriage—

achievements she says are now under assault in the State legislature. A graduate of Brown University and Northeastern University Law School, Hassan began her public service career in 1999 when appointed by then-Governor Jeanne Shaheen as an advisor to the state’s Adequacy in Education and Finance Commission. Her campaign is focused on job growth and economic development. Light refreshments will be served. For more information and to RSVP, call 279- 4764 or email KateMiller@metrocast.net.

MEREDITH — Randy “Zip” Pierce and his guide dog, “The Mighty Quinn” will be guest speakers at the Lions meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Meredith Community Center. The event will be open to the public so people can hear about their experiences climbing all 48 4,000 foot peaks in New Hampshire in the winter. Pierce will welcome questions from those that attend. There is no cost, but donations will be accepted. To check out more about Randy and Quinn, go to

www.2020visionquest.org The motto of Lions is “We Serve” and are entrusted as “Knights of the Blind” to assist those who need it who are visually impaired. The club always accepts used eyeglasses and will gladly take any that evening. They may also be dropped off at Rite-Aid, the Public Library, Meredith Village Savins Bank (main branch), the Visiting Nurse office and at the Dump Store at the transfer station.The club also accepts used hearing aids. For more information call 279-6016.

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This Weeks Activities Children: Preschool Storytime

Wednesday, March 28th @ 10:00 Thursday, March 29th @ 9:30 & 10:30 Stories and crafts in the Selig Storytime Room.

Goss Reading Room Storytime

Tuesday, March 27th @ 3:30, at our Goss branch, 188 Elm St. in Lakeport for storytime. For more information, call 524-3808.

Teen: Teen Weird Science Stuff!

Tuesday, March 27 @3:30 pm for teens in grades 612 in Laconia Rotary Hall. Come discover your inner mad scientist with wacky experiments guaranteed to knock your socks off! Based on Steve Spangler’s book, “Fire Bubbles and Exploding Toothpaste”.

Future Activities

Children: Preschool Storytime

Wednesday, April 4th @ 10:00 Thursday, April 5th @ 9:30 & 10:30 Easter Egg Hunt!

Goss Reading Room Storytime

Tuesday, April 3rd @ 3:30, at our Goss branch, 188 Elm St. in Lakeport for storytime. For more information, call 524-3808.

Adult: Adult Book Discussion

Tuesday, April 3rd @ 7:00 Laconia Rotary Hall “Country Driving” by Peter Hessler Hessler deftly illuminates the vast, shifting landscape of a traditionally rural nation that, having once built walls against foreigners, is now building roads and factory towns that look to the outside world. Discussion led by Independent Scholar, Jennifer Lee. Laconia Historical and Museum Society Exhibit January – April at the Laconia Public Library Perceptions & Celebrations of Laconia’s Native American History Re-imagining Captain Jack explores how past and present generations of Laconians have seen and celebrated the city’s Native American roots. It shows how new knowledge and inherent appreciation have steadily enlightened residents and made their celebrations more in line with the Native American cultures they seek to honor. January – April at the Goss Reading Room 188 Elm St. Lakeport Getting Around Town on the Laconia Street Railway The Historical and Museum Society also has a display at Goss Reading Room about the history of Laconia Street Railway, our city’s first public transportation system.

Hours: Monday - Thursday 9am - 8pm • Friday 9am - 6pm Saturday 9am - 4pm For more information, call 524-4775. We have wireless ... inside & out!!


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Northway Bank helps fund affordable housing Program offered on how to greet orioles and hummingbirds

Northway Bank has donated $5,000 to the Homeownership and Financial Success Program of the Laconia Area Community Land Trust. In the photo, left to right, are Heather MacLeod, Northway Bank Laconia Banking Center Operations Supervisor; Vanessa Vittum, Residential Mortgage Loan Originator; Linda Harvey, Executive Director, Laconia Area Community Land Trust, and Rich Sidor, CRA Officer for Northway Bank. (Courtesy photo)

BERLIN — Northway Bank has donated $5,000 to the Homeownership and Financial Success Program of the Laconia Area Community Land Trust. The donation will help the program continue with

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its highly successful track record after federal funding cuts. The program’s mission is to assist low and moderate income families achieve economic self-sufficiency through the development of permanently affordable housing opportunities and associated support programs. Laconia Area Community Land Trust has invested over $48 million in neighborhood revitalization projects and was named New Hampshire Business of the Decade in 2010 in the Construction/Real Estate/ Engineering category. “In the wake of Federal funding cuts, we are even more reliant on private donations. Northway Bank has once again stepped up and help this program at a critical juncture. Northway has always supported our homeownership program and has been a valued member of the Land Trust” said Nancy McCurry, Deputy Director of Laconia Area Community Land Trust. Richard Sidor, CRA Officer for Northway Bank, added, “As a local community bank, Northway is proud to be able to support the work of LACT as they help our neighbors achieve the dream of homeownership and manage the responsibility of owning a home during this difficult economy.” To learn more about this program, visit the Laconia Area Community Land Trust’s website at www. laclt.org.

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An oriole at your feeder is a sure sign of spring. Learn about Attracting Orioles and Hummingbirds to Your Feeder on Tuesday, April 3, 6:30 p.m. at the Gilmanton Year-Round Library. Steve White, owner of Wild Bird Depot in Gilford, will offer his advice. (Courtesy photo)

GILMANTON — Steve White, owner of Wild Bird Depot in Gilford, will offer tips on Attracting Orioles and Hummingbirds to your Feeder on Tuesday, April 3, 6:30 p.m. at the Gilmanton Year-Round Library. The arrival of the orioles brings assurance that summer is truly on its way. Males usually arrive on the breeding grounds a few days ahead of the females. Once they’ve selected a territory, they sing continuously all day long. Here in New England, we can expect their arrival around the first week in May. Everyone loves the hummingbird. It is a marvel of nature. In the wild, the hummingbirds have two major sources of food: flower nectar and small insects, such as gnats and spiders, which provide protein. In fact, you could classify the hummingbird as a carnivorous bird. It only uses the nectar to give it energy to hunt insects. They pick their insects from flowers or grab them out of the air as they dart around looking for nectar. The program is free and open to the public. The Library is located on NH Route 140 opposite the Gilmanton School. For more information contact the library at 364-2400 or Carolyn Dickey at 267-6098.

Meredith Historical Society touring Pierce Manse

MEREDITH — Meredith Historical Society members and friends will tour the Pierce Manse in Concord on April 3. Franklin Pierce, 14th President of the United States, and his family owned and lived in a 19th century Greek revival home from 1842-1848.In addition to learning about New Hampshire’s only president, visitors will experience mid-century life through hands-on objects, visual clues and a guided tour. The tour will also include information about Pierce’s military service, his involvements in state and national politics before election to the presidency, and his presidential accomplishments. Following the 1½ hour tour, the group will enjoy lunch at the Red Blazer Restaurant in Concord. All Meredith Historical Society members and guests are welcome. For costs and carpooling information call the Meredith Historical Museum at 279-1190 or Jan Phillips at 279-4617.

Correction: Meredith Library program is Wed.

MEREDITH — A Friends of the Meredith Library program which will feature Rocky, a German shepherd, and his handler will be held at the Meredith Public Library on Wednesday, March 28 at 3 p.m., not on Tuesday as reported on Saturday’s Daily Sun.


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ANNIE’S MAILBOX

Dear Annie: I have been with “Tony” for three years. When I started seeing him, I didn’t realize he was still legally married to a woman who cheated on him. He promised to divorce, but things remain the same. He claims “it’s just a piece of paper” and we are married in our hearts. I’ve tried explaining that it feels disrespectful, but he doesn’t get it. Tony and his wife wanted to avoid court, so they drew up papers with a mediator. But each time she sends them, he finds she has hidden something that goes against what they agreed, and he refuses to sign until the papers are fixed. But Tony always waits for her to make the next move. In the past, whenever he pushed for resolution, she made it difficult for him to see their children. It annoys me that Tony doesn’t try harder to end this. Worse, he and his wife still have a joint checking account. He keeps saying he’ll close it, but he hasn’t. Tony is a known procrastinator, but I am hurt and frustrated. Enough is enough. I don’t want to throw away what we have, but I’m beginning to resent him and his promises. I think the only way he will open his eyes is if I leave. But I love him, and our family is happy together. Am I being unreasonable? -- Tired of Waiting Dear Tired: Tony doesn’t want to rock the boat and figures you’ll stick it out. But it could take a long time, and his wife enjoys holding the puppet strings. (And there is absolutely no excuse to be sharing a bank account.) Tony needs to see a lawyer who will establish visitation rights and make sure the wife sticks to the agreement. If he refuses, it is your choice whether your life is better with him or without him. Dear Annie: I am a high school junior and attend a competitive school. I make good grades, and my parents have always been supportive. I recently scored a 212 on the PSAT, which is terrific. But

when I told my mom the results, she seemed disappointed. She said in order to be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, my score has to be over 215. She shows no pride in my accomplishment. I’ve expressed to her how disheartening this is, but she simply restates that I need a higher score for the scholarship. Annie, my family is not financially needy. I am more than capable of getting into a good school and finding other ways to get scholarships. Is she right to be so unenthusiastic? -- Feeling Unappreciated Dear Feeling: We’re not sure why your mother is so convinced you didn’t qualify. The PSAT score required to be a National Merit Scholarship finalist varies from year to year, state to state. Last year’s winning score may not be this year’s, and the results won’t be out until September. We think she may be afraid of jinxing you, and that’s why she has put a damper on her excitement. So from us: Way to go! Dear Annie: We love your column. But why would you tell “Hurt and Confused in Wisconsin” to make nice with her malicious, cruel stepmother-in-law? It’s OK to try to mend family rifts if the offenders will meet you halfway. But if the abuse is going to continue, the only good route is to turn both cheeks and walk away. Life can be sweeter without rotten in-laws, parents, children and stepparents. Keep the good ones, and toss the toxic trash. I tell ‘em: “Have a nice life,” and I truly wish them well. But we owe it to ourselves to have mostly positive people in our lives. -- The Villages, Fla. Dear Fla.: A good point, but we didn’t tell her to “make nice.” We said her husband can try a last-ditch effort to mend things by asking his father and stepmother to go with him for counseling. We’ll stand by that.

Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please e-mail your questions to: anniesmailbox@comcast.net, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.

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Animals LABRADOR RETRIEVERS AKC absolutely gorgeous black & yellow puppies. Bred for breed’s standards and temperament. Raised in our home (603)664-2828.

PIT Bull/ Bull Mastiff pups. Born Sept. 26th. Very friendly, nice colors, good with kids and other animals. Parents on premise. $300 or trade for hunting or equipment/ tools, etc. (603)539-7009.

Announcement WE Pay CA$H for GOLD and SILVER No hotels, no waiting. 603-279-0607, Thrifty Yankee, Rte. 25, Meredith, NH. Wed-Sun, 10-4, Fri & Sat 10-6.

Auctions OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: Auction at M a m e ’s to benefit the Inter-Lakes High School Chem-Free After Prom party. Lots of great stuff! Thursday, 3/29 at 6pm. With PK Zyla. Mame’ s, 8 Plymouth Street, Meredith.

Autos BUYING junk cars, trucks & big trucks ME & NH. Call for price. Martin Towing. (603)305-4504. CASH FOR junk cars & trucks.

Top Dollar Paid. Available 7 days a week. P3!s Towing 630-3606 CASH paid for unwanted or junk cars and trucks. Same day service possible. 603-231-2859.

BOATS BOAT SLIPS for Rent Winnipesaukee Pier, Weirs Beach, NH Reasonable Rates

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APARTMENTS FOR RENT

FRANKLIN: Quiet modern 2-Bedroom w/carport. 2ND-floor, starting at $765/Month, includes heat/hot water. Security deposit & references required. No pets. 286-4845.

for the 2012 season. Easy access to the big lake, unlimited launches, parking, facilities, gas dock, service, and ships store all on property. Call 366-4801 x 205 for info and contract.

Business Opportunities Need Extra Money? Start an Avon Business for $10. Call Debbie at 603-491-5359. Or go to www.start.youravon.com and enter reference code: dblaisedell.

Close to Downtown 1 bedroom with yard & parking. $155/Week, plus electric. References & Security Deposit required. No Dogs.

Lakeport 1 bedroom with parking. $145/Week, utilities included. References & Security Deposit required. No Dogs.

Call 524-4428 For More Information

Counseling ALCOHOL & DRUG Counseling. Evaluations/Assessments. One-on -one. Office, home or community visits. CONFIDENTIAL-voicemail. 998-7337 MS-MLADC

Employment Wanted COMPASSIONATE LNA/Care Giver. 30 years experience. Great references. Will travel, do overnight. 603-875-1232 MAN Seeking work for Landscaping, Spring Cleanup, Drywall, Plastering, Carpentry/Decking. 20 years experience in masonry/ brick paving. Cheap rates. Call 524-6694

For Rent ALTON Room w/bath in country: 10 minutes from Alton & Wolfeboro. $450/month w/utilities. Outside smoking OK. 875-6875. Love pets! CENTER HARBOR- One bedroom house in desirable downtown location. Safe, private, well maintained. All utilities $875/ month. Write to: Boxholder PO Box 614, Center

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 hook-up, attached garage. Non-smoker, Near LRCC/LRGH, security deposit. $995/month. + utilities. 528-1432. BELMONT One bedroom, deck, washer/dryer hookup, storage room, no utilities. Pets are OK. Some water access on Winnisquam, $700/month. 774-219-8750 BRISTOL: Newly renovated 2-bedroom apartment. Heat and hot water included. $700/month. 217-4141. Available April 15.

Franklin 3 Bedroom Mobile Home on Own Land

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$850/Month + utilities No Smoking, Pets, Sec & Refer.

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GILFORD GREAT LOCATION 3 bedrooms. Large working garage, large yard. Close to school, downtown. $1250/ Month.

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LACONIA - 26 Dartmouth St., low traffic area near schools, park & downtown. 1/2 of a duplex, 8 rooms, 3 bedrooms, walk-out basement w/washer-dryer hookups, large open porch, level lot for outside activities & ample off street parking. On the sunny side of the house, clean w/hardwood floors. Non-smoking. $1,000/month plus heat & utilities. Call owner/broker 396-4163

Newly Renovated Apartments, Meredith, NH

LACONIA 1 Bedroom- Washer/ dryer hookup, storage, no pets. Security Deposit & references. $600/month + utilities. 520-4353 LACONIA 3 bedroom, 1/2 duplex house, nice neighborhood, playground, Manchester St. No utilities. $900/ month. 603-642-8446. Laconia prime 1st floor Pleasant St. Apartment. Walk to town & beaches. 2 bedrooms + 3-season glassed in sun porch. Completely repainted, glowing beautiful hardwood floors, marble fireplace, custom cabinets in kitchen with appliances, tile bath & shower. $1,000/Month includes heat & hot water. 630-4771 or 524-3892

524-4428 LACONIA- 1 bedroom apartment with storage room. Newly renovated, no smoking/pets. $170/week Heat included. Near hospital, Good neighborhood. References/background check required. Call 524-6360, leave message. LACONIA- Large 3 Bedroom. Sunny, washer/dryer hook-up, storage. $995/Month, first, last, + security 524-0480 LACONIA- Very nice 1 bedroom apartment in clean, quiet downtown building. Modern kitchen, beautiful bath. $175/Week, includes heat, hot water & electricity. 630-4771 or 524-3892 LACONIA: Beautiful, large 1 Bedroom in one of Pleasant Streets finest Victorian homes. Walk to downtown & beaches. Fireplace, lots of natural woodwork, washer/dryer. Heat & hot water included. $775/Month. 528-6885.

GILFORD 3 bedroom condo, $1,300/monthly. Parking garages available. Heated pool, tennis court. Close to shopping and lake. Boat slip available. Washer/Dryer hook up available. NO PETS. References & security required. 781-710-2208.

LACONIA: 1-2 Bedrooms starting at $165/Week, utilities included. No pets. 496-8667 or 545-9510.

LACONIA Why rent a room when you can have your own studio apt. for as low as $135 per week with utilities included. References & Security deposit required.

TILTON: Spacious 2 and 3 bedroom apartments available. Heat and hot water included. Please call Mary at Stewart Property Management (603)641-2163. EHO.

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NORTHFIELD: 3 bedroom, 2nd floor, coin-op laundry in basement, $260/week including heat, electric & hot water, 524-234 www.whitemtrentals.com.

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New two bedroom apartment: $1,050/month, New three bedroom apartment: $1,150/month. Great parking, close to town, brand new appliances heat and air conditioning included in rent. Call for more information and appointment to see. Joyce Janitorial Service 603-524-8533

LAKEPORT Tiny one-bedroom, first floor, 1-car parking, lake view, $125/week. No utilities-No smoking, No dogs. references and credit check a must, leave message for Rob. 617-529-1838. LAKEPORT- Freshly painted, big 5-room, 2-bedroom apartment with lake view. Includes washer/dryer, hardwood floors, cabinet kitchen, 2 car parking, plowing and landscaping. Huge, bright and sunny master bedroom overlooking lake. Section 8 approved. $185/Week + 4-week security deposit. No utilities, no dogs, no smoking. Proper I.D., credit check and background check required. Showings on Friday only. Call Rob, 617-529-1838

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LUXURY 1 bedroom loft condo, near downtown Laconia, hardwood floors, granite countertops, Stainless Steel appliances, washer/ dryer. Includes Internet, cable, gym, and bike storage. No pets, no smoking. References, security and lease required. $1000/ month. 455-4075.

LACONIA 1 bedroom, sunny 1st floor in clean, quiet area w/parking, Washer/Dryer hookups, basement, yard. $150/week with/heat

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AVAILABLE APRIL 1ST Section 8 welcome. 3 bedroom on route 106, Laconia, N.H. Parking, garage, large yard, $1,050/mo. includes utilities. 528-2227

TILTONUPDATED one bedroom. Top-floor, quiet. Heat/Hot Water included, no dogs. $630/Month. 603-393-9693 or 916-214-7733. WINNISQUAM: Small efficiency and a cottage including heat, hot water, lights and cable. $160-$175 per week. $400 deposit. No pets. 387-3864.

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3 Lakeport Storefronts $325/Mth. includes heat $625/Mth. plus utilities $650/Mth. plus utilities

Downtown Laconia Small office $175/Month Utilities Included

CALL 524-4428 For More Information LACONIA - 1,200 Sq. Ft. of light and airy 1st class, 2nd floor professional office space with exposed brick walls and beamed ceilings; in downtown overlooking the Winnipesaukee River and Rotary Park in the Historic Belknap Mill. $1,400/mo. plus electricity and A/C. Call 524-8813


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For Rent-Commercial

For Sale

Commercial Building Former Hyundai Dealership

8,950 Sq. Ft. / 2 Acres Busy Route 3 Across from Belknap Mall LACONIA Current Market Pricing

(603)387-2311 OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE IN GILFORD $425-500 per month Very nice and professional offices with shared common areas in Gilford Professional Park. Nice views, parking and well kept complex. Rent includes electricity, heat, cleaning service for common areas, central a/c and shared kitchen, as well as men and ladies' room. Contact Rob at 387-1226 and leave a message to arrange for a view.

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90-GALLON Marine Fish Tank: Includes light, skimmer, pumps, live rock and fish! $800. 968-7941 or 986-3540. AMAZING! Beautiful pillowtop matress sets, twin $169, full or queen $249, king $399. See AD under “Furniture”. APPLE I-POD Touch: 8GB, white, new in original package, $125. 527-0873. Approx. 200 bales of good hay. $3.25 per bale. 524-4726 P. Bilodeau

Thule Racks- Will fit small or full-size pickups. Comes with adapters for newer Toyota Tacoma. $300. Call Tom 387-6700 YUGOSLAVIAN-SKS Rifle- 7.62 X 39mm. Black wood finish, picitiny rail & tapco muzzle break. $300. Call Tom 387-6700

Furniture Beautiful Queen or Full-size mattress set. Luxury Firm European Pillow-top style. Fabulous back & hip support. Factory sealed - new 10-Yr. warranty. Cost $1095, sell $249. Can deliver 603-305-9763.

MATTRESS & FURNITURE CLOSEOUTS AND OVERSTOCKS! 20% OFF ENTIRE STORE! RECLINERS $299, FUTONS, $299 BUNKBEDS, $399 SOFAS, $599 RUSTIC FURNITURE AND ARTWORK TOO! COZY CABIN RUSTICS AND MATTRESS OUTLET 517 WHITTIER HWY. (RTE 25) MOULTONBORO CALL JAY 603-662-9066 WWW.VISCODIRECT.COM PINE dining room set, Very nice, (table and 4 chairs), large hutch, and dry sink. $200 or BO. Call 528-5454.

FREE Pickup for your unwanted, useful item garages, automobiles, etc. estates cleaned out and yardsale items. (603)930-5222. T&B Appliance Removal. Appliances & AC’s removed free of charge if outside. Please call (603)986-5506.

Help Wanted

FIREWOOD: Green, Cut, split and delivered (Gilmanton and surrounding area). $190/cord. (603)455-8419 or (603)267-1992.

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On Mon. & Tues. our facility will conduct interviews to place 8 people. $500 per week, $1000 signing Bonus after 60 days. Why are we hiring when most companies are laying off? Because we offer a career opportunity limited only by your attitude and willingness to work. These positions are not dead end but will lead to secure positions with our 98 year old company. We start you at $500 per week. Openings are general trainees for display and management with rapid advancement, paid vacations, bonuses and incentives. If you are not working or are at a dead end job and are teachable, trainable & reliable, call our office Mon. & Tues. 9-5. Theses position will go fast. Have pen & paper ready. (603)822-0220. BABYSITTER needed for an adorable child from 1:45-6PM, 3-days per week. Clean criminal background check and valid drivers license required. If you are good with kids, retired or otherwise, call 524-6694

BOAT CLEANING & YARD/ FACILITY MAINTENANCE GREEN FIREWOOD- Cut, not split $135/cord; Cut & split $180/cord. Seasoned firewood. $250. Also, logging, landclearing

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SMALL Heating Oil Deliveries. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 6pm-10pm, Sat. & Sun., 2pm-8pm. BENJAMIN OIL, LLC . 603-524-6457

Body by Jake Ab Scissor, good condition. 603-677-6528

FIREWOOD Kiln dried, 16 inch cut and split, $300 a cord or half a cord $200, clean, no bugs, incl free bag of kindling and delivery. Early Bird Farm. 435-9385

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RUGER LCP Pistol .380 As new $250. Firm. NH ID Required. 267-0977

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NEW OPENINGS NOW Increase in business has opened the door for immediate full-time positions for GCO Advertising. We are currently seeking the right candidates for the following: • Scheduling Depart. • Customer Service • Management Trainees (in as

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LACONIA. Female caregiver to provide non-medical services for my wife who has Alzheimers. Services will include but are not limited to personal care, toileting, meal preparation, light housekeeping based on available time. This is a part-time position offering 10-20 hours each week. 978-807-7470

Full time opportunity for CSR in busy property and casualty office. Minimum 2 years insurance experience required. Candidates should possess strong organization, communication and data entry skills, and have enthusiasm to work independently as well as with a team. Excellent benefit package. Send resume and cover l e t t e r t o : minfinger@crossagency.com

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Music Teacher Alton School District Alton Central School is seeking a long-term substitute for a Music teacher from now through the end of the school year. Applicants must be Highly Qualified Teacher/certified in Music. Please forward your letter of interest, application/resume, proof of certification and three current letters of reference to: Steve Ross, Assistant Principal Alton School District - SAU #72 252 Suncook Valley Road Alton, NH 03809 (603) 875-7890 EOE

• And Marketing / Advertising Departments This is a permanent position so looking for those looking for something long-term. All applicants must pass a criminal background check and always dress to impress. Those interested should call Mon & Tue due to the fact we can put you to work this week our # is 528-2252 .

Part Time Appointment Setters Now Needed! 528-2237 - Nicole Rental Coordinator

Real Estate FOR Sale By Owner- 2 bedroom 1 bath ranch. approx. 1,500 Sq. Ft. 3-stall oversized garage, Taxes $2,300. Fixer Upper, sold as is. Handicap Accessible. Principals only, $79,000. 603-930-5222 NEW Hampton-3 Bedroom house. 2.5 baths, 4 garages, 5 acres. Views. $349,000. 279-4271

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GAMBLING from page 2 that the newly legalized casinos in Massachusetts would soon bring many of gambling’s social ills to New Hampshire without any funding to treat them. While opponents agree with the problem, they reject expanded gambling as a solution. “You don’t improve a situation by making it four

times worse,” said Rep. David Hess, D-Hooksett. However, supporters say the bill would improve the economic situation, too. To sweeten the deal, sponsors have included cuts to New Hampshire’s high business taxes, a popular goal that legislators have yet been unable to accomplish. Based on supporters’ estimates of the revenue

TEACHERS from page one raises, which are based on the number of years of experience and level of education a teacher has. According to the warrant, teachers would have received $37,006 for fiscal year 2012 and $30,455 for fiscal year 2013. While the school board recommended the increase, the budget committee did not. Committee Chairman Brian Forst explained that given the state of the economy, it was not a good idea to ask voters for raises for the teachers. The sentiment was echoed by voters who spoke against the measure. “I value the school. I value education,” said voter Lynn Paige. “But I just need help to lower my tax bill so I can stay living in town.” In the end the measure was voted down by secret ballot, 85-55. Meeting voters then approved allowing the school board to reopen negotiations with the teachers. “What happens now is we have to go back to the table,” said school board member Renee Kordis. “We’ll have to go back to the collective bargaining agreement and see what we can do now. And then we will have to have a special district meeting to make a decision.” Kordis declined to comment on how she felt the negotiations might go. Another point of contention at yesterday’s meeting was Article 7, which asked voters to set aside $32,902 for the high school expendable trust fund. The purpose of the fund is to cover unexpected tuition for high school students who move into the district during the school year. School board member Ella Jo Regan pointed out that the money cannot be spent on anything else, and is only to be used in an emergency if the district comes

up short. If the district has enough money to cover the students, the funds stay unspent in the trust. However, at least one woman argued that this was not the intent of the agreement between the Gilmanton School District and Gilford, where the high school is located. Voter Elena Ball argued that according to that contract, the district doesn’t need this fund. She said this is because the district pays Gilford based on the number of students it has as of Oct. 1 of a given school year. For example, on Oct. 1, 2011, there were 172 students going into Gilford. Therefore, the school will pay for that number of students in both January and July. If for some reason there were students who showed up after that cutoff date, the district would have to pay for those students, but not until next year’s budget cycle. However, school board members argued that money still has to come from somewhere. And if it’s not available - say in a trust - it will have to come in the form of cuts from the operating budget. Donna Claremont, business administrator for the district, said district officials know that there will be 180 students at Gilford next year based on this year’s eighth-grade numbers. The measure ended up passing on a 67-57 hand count. Voters also approved a $9,940,407 budget; $15,783 for the Gilmanton School leach field pump station capital reserve fund; $20,000 for the special education expendable trust; $21,319 for the roof replacement expendable trust fund; $3,500 for the fuel storage tank capital reserve fund; $1,902 for the water storage tanks capital reserve fund; $11,490 fore the paving capital reserve fund; $8,473 for the boiler replacement expendable trust; $2,736 for the tractor replacement expendable trust fund; and $7,143 in the asbestos tile replacement expendable trust.

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generated the first year, the business profits tax could be cut from 8.5 to 4.3 percent, and the business enterprise tax would be slashed by two-thirds, falling from 0.75 to 0.25 percent. Business owners at the press conference said a cut of that size would encourage businesses to grow and help bring in others from out of state. The real effects of such cuts would be short-lived, argue opponents, because any future Legislature would be able to raise them again, if money became tight. The House has never passed a gambling bill, but is closely split this year. Both sides are confident in imminent victory, although the opposition has a strong backup plan. Even if the bill passes the House and the Senate afterwards, Gov. John Lynch has vowed to veto any gambling bill that reaches him. Gambling supporters say they are undeterred. Rep. Gary Azarian, R-Salem, listed and contested the governor’s objections to gambling based on quality of life, social ills and proliferation. “At the end of the day, we’re hoping when he sees the job creation, the revenue loss to Massachusetts that he may reverse his decision,” said Azarian. GEORGIA from page 2 long gone by Monday, but he was still fighting eviction. A bank foreclosed on his house after he apparently stopped paying his mortgage while in jail. Court records show he filed for bankruptcy in July of 2011, and neighbors say he was asking the courts to block the eviction. Neighbors who gathered near his home on Monday laughed as they recalled some of his antics, like naming a stubborn chicken who survived a gunshot wound “Lucky” and the time he spelled “FEMA PLEASE HELP” on his roof after a flood damaged his basement. But some said they thought he’d become overzealous in his fight against authority. “He was a nice guy, but he was fighting a fight that really didn’t exist,” said John Cherok, a neighbor. “Sometimes you can go too far, and Andy did.” Wordes lived in the two-story home on a quiet street for about 13 years and started raising poultry in 2005.

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