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Group advises that downtown TIF money be spent on public restrooms & better access to Winnipesaukee River By Michael Kitch THE LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Between Lakes Region Listens on Monday and the Planning Board on Tuesday there has been much talk of what to do about downtown this week, but last night the Advisory Committee overseeing the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district began putting real money in play.
The committee, together with some two dozen merchants, landlords and residents, met at the Belknap Mill to consider how best to invest annual funding of more than $100,000 for the TIF district in public projects designed to foster vitality and prosperity downtown Russ Thibeault, president of Applied Economic Research, explained that tax incre-
ment financing allows municipalities to define TIF districts, then apply a portion of the future tax revenues that accrue from the increase in assessed value generated by the construction, expansion or renovation of property in the district to either provide funds or service borrowings for public improvements within it. Half of the incresee dOWNtOWN page 14
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GILFORD — The owner and eight employees of the Hair Factory all found themselves a day late and $336.4-million short when the Powerball drawing was held last month. Joanna DeCesare, the owner, said yesterday that when the jackpot topped $300-million in February she and her employees began pooling their money to buy tickets each week. “We started with five tickets,” she said. “All easy picks.” But, none was a winner. In hopes of improving their luck, they decided to pick a number of their own, which they would play along with the easy picks. Each of the nine picked two numbers, one between see Odds page 16
Belmont says employee error led to $11k payback to Selectman Pike By Gail OBer
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BELMONT — Town Administrator Jeanne Beaudin and Selectman Ronald Cormier said yesterday, through Town Attorney Laura Spector in a response to a suit filed by George Condodematraky, that a town employee closely connected to Selectman David Morse allegedly mislead Selectman Jon Pike about his ability to stay on his exFuel Oil OIL & PROPANE CO., INC. wife’s health insurance. 10 day cash price* Laconia 524-1421 subject to change Pike had alleged “that
when he was divorced from his wife (a town of Belmont employee) he was incorrectly instructed by a town employee that he was required to be removed from his exwife’s health insurance, requiring him to incur substantial expense to secure his own health insurance,” wrote Spector. “Given the town’s past practice and lack of clear policy, the selectmen undertook to consider whether Selectman Pike was entitled to compensation for the health insurance premiums he had paid over the previous (three) years,” read the response and answering the question of why the
town settled with Pike for $11,100. The meeting for that consideration was held on June 6, 2011. Spector joined the full Board of Selectmen just after 7 p.m. Pike recused himself immediately and left the room while Morse, after legal consultation, also recused himself and left the room about 15 or 20 minutes after Pike left. Minutes reflect that Cormier, the last remaining elected official in the room, “moved and seconded” to award Pike the $11,100 to settle a potential legal claim Pike had against the town. see BELMONt page 15
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Biggest solar storm in years races toward planet Earth
WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth’s magnetic field is about to be shaken like a snow globe by the largest solar storm in five years. After hurtling through space for a day and a half, a massive cloud of charged particles is due to arrive early Thursday and could disrupt utility grids, airline flights, satellite networks and GPS services, especially in northern areas. But the same blast could also paint colorful auroras farther from the poles than normal. Scientists say the storm, which started with a massive solar flare earlier in the week, is growing as it races outward from the sun, expanding like a giant soap bubble. When it strikes early Thursday, the particles will be moving at 4 million mph. “It’s hitting us right in the nose,” said Joe Kunches, a scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, Colo. Astronomers say the sun has been relatively quiet for some time. And this storm, while see STORM page 16
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N.H. House passes birth control insurance exemption CONCORD (AP) — While the issue of birth control coverage plays out nationally, New Hampshire’s Republican-controlled House voted Wednesday to allow employers with religious objections to exclude contraceptive coverage from their health plans. The House voted 196-150 to send the bill to the GOP-dominated Senate after a floor debate in which Republican House Speaker William O’Brien at one point threatened to empty the House gallery when bill opponents cheered as arguments were made against the bill.
The measure’s fate in the Senate is uncertain. Gov. John Lynch, a Democrat, has not said if he would veto the bill. “The governor has serious concerns about the bill. Our current law is working well,” Lynch spokesman Colin Manning said Wednesday. The New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union has said it would sue to block the change, arguing that it would open the door to other kinds of discrimination. O’Brien, who is Catholic, began championing the exemption after the federal
government issued a rule requiring health insurance companies to provide contraceptives to employees of religious organizations. He accused President Barack Obama of using the issue to woo women to vote for him in November. He and other GOP leaders last month along with Catholic Bishop Peter Libasci called for the federal requirement to be overturned even though Obama announced after an uproar over the rule that it no longer mandates religious organizations to see BIRTH CONTROL page 16
WASHINGTON (AP) — His delegate lead growing, Mitt Romney gently nudged his Republican opponents toward the sidelines on Wednesday and said he was on track to wrap up the presidential nomination before the party convention next summer. Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich paid him no mind, vowing to fight on in a campaign marked by persistent ideological divisions.
If anything, the political maneuvering intensified as the marathon pointed toward contests in five states over the next week. Romney’s campaign purchased television advertising time in Alabama according to campaign sources, as it pursued a breakthrough in the party’s Southern base. A Santorum ally urged Gingrich to abandon the race. In response, the former House speaker
said he would consider it — if he thought Santorum was sure to beat Romney and then President Barack Obama. “I don’t,” he added. And when Santorum was informed that an aide to Romney had said it would take an act of God for any other candidate to amass a majority of convention delegates, Santorum responded heatedly. “What won’t they resort to to try to bully their see ROMNEY page 15
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MEREDITH — Voters at last night’s Inter-Lakes School District annual meeting passed the proposed 2012-13 operating budget, a three-year teachers’ union contract and a one-year contract for support staff, and did so in about 90 minutes, the same length of time typically required for regular school board meetings. The three-year teachers’ contract passed with a secret ballot vote of 149 to 58. With its passage, teachers will gain a “step” increase in the pay scale and see their base pay increased by a half of a percent during the first year and a percentage and a half during the second and third year. However, most attention paid to the question was focused on changes to the health care scheme. Board Chair Richard Hanson, who also led the board’s negotiating team, said the contract “culminates a two-year process, much of which has been an effort to address the ever-increasing cost of health insurance.” The agreement seeks to phase out the “Comp 1000” plan, an expensive plan which is becoming even more costly as insurance providers look upon it with less and less favor. Hanson said the district will allow teachers who want to keep the plan to do so, although at a greater cost to them. The district hoped that teachers would instead chose from the new options which offer savings to both the district and teachers. New teachers will not be able to enroll in the Comp 1000 plan. “We wanted to do something to retard the out-ofcontrol costs. I think we succeeded,” said Hanson. Meredith resident Mark Billings, though, thought the change might continue to propel insurance costs, especially because those teachers who engage the Comp 1000 plan can continue to do so for years to come. “Demographics trump economics,” he said,
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Enrollment drop pushes Laconia High School sports programs down into Division III, where athletic director expects they will be more competitive By AdAm drApcho THE LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — After playing for many years in Division II — what used to called Class I, for intermediate — most of the city’s high school teams will compete in the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Division II level next school year. Athletic Director Jim Chase said the step down in divisions because of enrollment decline could be a major step up for many of the school’s teams, which have struggled lately to find success against schools in Division II that are sometimes twice Laconia’s size. “We are changing just about everybody from Division II to Division III,” said Chase. “It’s all based on numbers, on the sizes of schools.” Up until a couple of years ago, he said, Laconia High School’s population had stabilized in the high 700s and as recently as the 2008-2009 school year enrollment was up to 802. This put the school comfortably within Division II, which had schools with as few as 650 students and as many as 1,200. Now, though, the school’s from preceding page the 4,421 voters in Meredith. At the end of the meeting, Meredith resident Bob Flanders stepped to the microphone to recognize Superintendent Phil McCormack, who has announced his intention to retire at the end of the school year. “I’d like to thank him for all the diligent work he’s put in,” said Flanders. That dedication extended beyond official duties to athletic events and district celebrations. Flanders recalled standing shoulder-to-shoulder with McCormack and helping him flip hundreds of hamburgers at festivals. “Phil’s done a great job for this district,” Flanders said, triggering a standing ovation.
population is around 630 and administrators don’t expect the school to grow in the near future. Chase said the size disadvantage has been too much for many LHS teams to overcome. “We see that in the records of our teams. Our sports teams have struggled.” For the basketball season just concluded, the Sachems boy’s team finished 4-14 and the girls’ team was 1-17. The football team, success of which has been exceptional compared to other sports, won’t change its division. The volleyball team will remain in that sport’s Division II. Ice hockey and lacrosse teams were already playing in Division III and therefore won’t change. The ice hockey team was winless this past winter. For the rest of the school’s teams, Chase hoped the switch from Division II to III will mean a more realistic chance for a winning season. An indirect result of the change, he added, is that Laconia will
play opponents from neighboring school districts. Other Division III schools include Gilford, Belmont, Inter-Lakes, Winnisquam, Prospect Mountain, Newfound, Franklin and Winnisquam. Old Division III opponents Bishop Brady, Kearsarge and Pelham are following Laconia into Division III but traditional rivals Plymouth, Kingswood (Wolfeboro) and Kennett (Conway) are not. An unusual twist to this development, students who sit next to each other during Huot Technical Center classes will line up across from one another on the athletic fields in the afternoon. Also, Chase expected that the proximity opposing teams will mean more fans in attendance at games. Finalized fall schedules won’t be released until May 1. However, Chase said the division reorganization is already creating a buzz at the school. “It’s exciting. The coaches, the kids are all looking forward to this,” he said. “We should be more competitive.”
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ered to be in police custody but hadn’t been formally charged. Tulsa County sheriff’s Sgt. Shannon Clark said the deputy who was wounded was shot in both hands and both arms and was in surgery as of 7 p.m. He didn’t know the extent of the injuries to the deputy, whom the department didn’t identify. Emergency Medical Services Authority Capt. Chris Stevens said one man was taken to a hospital in critical condition and that two other people were hospitalized, one in serious and one in fair condition. A woman, who was not hit by gunfire, was “shaken up” and treated at the scene. Glyn Roe, 49, a heating and air-conditioning worker from Tulsa who was just visiting the library Wednesday, said he saw all the events unfold.
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LETTERS Majority agree that birth control should covered at no cost scriptionbe to also avoid pregnancy, you’d To the editor, “A picture is worth a thousand words” and many words were said about a recent picture taken at a Congressional hearing. It was from a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on a mandate to require that employers in public businesses include contraception coverage in their health insurance plans. The catch to the picture was that the entire panel was made up of men from conservative religious organizations. These organizations claimed that the mandate was an attack on their religious freedoms. The mandate was not an attack on religious freedom. It is an attempt to protect the health and rights of women. Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown Law Student, was asked to attend the hearing then later excluded by Republicans. A couple days after the original House meeting, Democrats had their own hearing on this issue and gave Sandra a chance to speak. She testified how a friend of hers had polycystic ovarian syndrome and how she took contraception to stop cysts from growing on her ovaries. Her friend was denied coverage for contraception, she was unable to pay for the prescription out of pocket, and ultimately had a cyst grow the size of a tennis ball on her ovary. She had surgery to remove the cyst and now experiences, night sweats, weight gain, and menopause symptoms. She also can’t have children. Did I forget to mention she is only 32 years old! In case you thought she was also taking the pre-
be wrong. She is gay. What’s so telling about this mandate is that most states, including ours, already have it in place. It was passed in 1999 with bipartisan support and it also gave employers, including churches, the option to bypass the requirement of self-insuring and have the insurance company pick up the payment. Some N.H. Republican politicians have been hypocritically calling the mandate “a persecution on religious freedoms.” But what I don’t understand is why they neither said nor did anything when one was Attorney General and the other was a Statehouse Rep. It took over a decade for this bill to be revisited, even when most Americans agree employers should be required to provide contraception in the health insurance they offer their employees. A poll done by Public Religion Research Institute showed 55-percent of Americans believed their employers with health care plans should cover contraception and birth control at no cost. But this is not about whether or not a company owned by a religious group “has” to pay for something. This is about protecting the life, health and choices of women. It should be about giving all women including Sandra Fluke’s friend the chance to fight against her disease and to have the opportunity to bare children. Charlie Smith Laconia
With PAYT households only pay for the trash they generate To the editor, Pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) works by having households separate waste into two categories for pickup on the same day of the week as they have now. One is a container of your choosing for unlimited mixed recyclables that include aluminum, glass, plastic and paper to be picked up at no charge. The other will be remaining trash in only specially marked trash bags. The bags will be sold at numerous businesses and municipal locations in and around Belmont. It is estimated that there will be two types of bags, $1 for approximate kitchen size bag and $2 for an average trash bag. Households will not be required to recycle, but trash will only be picked up if in specially marked bags. The issue is the town’s cost of waste disposal is over a half a million in the budget. The use is unlimited with no incentive to limit which incurs constant annual increases out of the control of the taxpayer. PAYT offers a way to put control of costs to the user where there is none now. Waste disposal is a utility, yet the cost of waste disposal is currently assessed based on your property value and not what you actual use as a household. With PAYT households only pay for what they generate and not everyone else. It is estimated that a full year of PAYT will reduce taxes $.62 per thousand or about $150 for an average home. PAYT will not be implemented immediately, rather it will most likely be much later in the year when a new single-stream recycling center goes
the town has properly setup to initiate the program with residents. There have been three major concerns of PAYT. First, “I do not need another municipal fee”. Second, it is the only benefit I actually use for paying my taxes. And last, it will increase illegal dumping. My responses to those concerns are, first, if you attempt to make waste disposal self funding that creates one less component of the municipal budget that can be justified as an increase to your assessment. That can provide some hope that the reward of tax savings is continually offsetting the cost of my self-managed household waste and not funding of others unlimited waste removal, thereby making my cost true to my needs and wants and not of others. Regarding the loss of a benefit you receive now for paying property taxes, I recycle now and when I see the quantity of waste by others I get a bit frustrated that I am not only subsidizing for others, town and school services, but that it also includes waste too. I would rather go in the direction of less government assessment and more control of costs and savings to myself. Finally, illegal dumping occurs now. As we have seen it can come from abutting towns as well. It is the hope that Belmont citizens will be responsible for their own actions. If not, then dumping is not our only problem. Also, Concord did not experience any increase in illegal dumping after implementing PAYT. David Morse Belmont
LETTERS Are you, Mrs. Aichinger, one of those communities can’t do without? To the editor, In a recent article written to this paper, a Mrs. Aichinger from Governer’s Island Community in Gilford took great liberty in her criticism of Gilford High School School nurse, Mrs. Meg Jenkins. The problem with her analysis was that it was very short on information, very long on anger. Did Mrs. Aichinger ever ask what Mrs. Jenkins was earning her first year in the district, and how she had to take a second job working for a local physician to make ends meet as a single mom of a young son? And I wonder if Mrs. Aichinger stopped to count the enormous number of extra, unpaid hours Mrs. Jenkins has put in over the years helping with all our kids, something that does not show up on a stat sheet. When my son was diagnosed with cancer in his senior year, Dec., of 2004, it was Mrs. Jenkins who stepped up and organized a fantastic spaghetti benefit on Nate’s behalf, and involved the whole community. It’s Mrs. Jenkins who has served on numerous local boards and organizations over the last 20 years. These include the Parks and Recreation board, Francoeur and Babcock Scholarship tournament committees and boards, just to name a few. Mrs. Aichinger seems
to conveniently forget that a persons’ worth is never truly measured in dollars. The real truth is, Mrs. Jenkins is one of those people that communities need, those that bind us together with their care and efforts. How about you Mrs. Aichinger, are you one of those that communities cannot do without? What have you done to show to this community your commitment to our continued good fortune of living in a great town such as this? How have you demonstrated with your efforts, not your complaining, that you really do care and we should put our trust in you? The fact that you attacked Mrs. Jenkins for her advocacy, appears to show great intolerance, little patience, and a willingness to put down people who do not agree with you. In my world, we call that bullying! Are you the kind of person we want representing us on an important committee? One thing we know for sure, your attempts at degrading Mrs. Jenkins failed miserably. It only made us look and see how valuable she is and has been to our community. The truth is the only one who was degraded by your letter, was yourself. Jim Babcock Gilford
I will provide Gilmanton with the representation that it wants To the editor, Dear Gilmanton voters: My name is William Magee and I am asking you to consider me for selectman for the Town of Gilmanton. I have lived in Gilmanton for about four years with my wife and two of my four daughters. I believe not having been a long time resident can be an advantage for me. I can view the issues from a different perspective and owe no favors. I have the time and the ability to give to the community that I have come to love. I feel my experience in management, working with budgets and the public will be beneficial to this position. When I worked for Raytheon Company, I managed up to nine missile programs with over 600 employees, and was able to initiate many cost cutting measures. As a taxpayer, I am frustrated with the increases to our real estate taxes
ing. As a selectman, I hope to assist with budget management to save the taxpayers from further increases. I will vote on all of the issues, as I have no conflicts of interest. I will not have to excuse myself from important issues unlike some elected officials. I am in favor of SB-2, as it will provide the community with a fair vote on the issues, residents can vote in private without intimidation. Also, I am not in favor of funding the Gilmanton YearRound Library. The state has stopped funding the schools and this money could be used more appropriately by the schools or to keep our taxes down. I will provide the Gilmanton residents with the representation that they want. Please be assured that I will give 100-percent to this position. I would appreciate your vote on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. William Magee Gilmanton
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LETTERS I recommend Ashland selectmen votes for Stewart & Preston
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To the editor, Voters of Ashland: First off, I would like to take a moment to congratulate all those who became candidates for the various positions that are open in this year’s election. You show a concern for civic responsibility that is to be commended. My choice for the 3-year term of Selectman is Jeanette Stewart. Jeanette has been representing the townspeople of Ashland as Selectman for five years, through good and bad times. Currently, she is the Selectboard chairperson. She would like the opportunity to continue in this position and use her leadership experience, since the Selectboard is now moving forward in a positive direction. In short, Jeanette is a 21 year member of the Ashland Woman’s Club currently serving as vice president, a member of the Ashland Historical Society, a former member of the budget committee, a member of the Planning Board and is a respected lifelong Ashland resident and is a caring, active community member. There is no doubt that the concerns of Ashland are paramount in Jeanette’s thinking.
To the editor, My name is Pat LaBonte and I have been a resident of Gilford for over 70 years. In that time I have been privileged to serve this town as a Fire Engineer for nine years, selectman for nine years, a member of the Zoning Board for six years, and I am now in my 16th year as a member of the Budget Committee. I’m writing today to voice my opposition to Article 8 on the Town of Gilford ballot. We don’t need new fire engine. Engine 4 is a good truck; it just needs some basic maintenance. It is a shame that the Fire Department has let this truck go. I looked at that truck and was appalled at the lack of the most basic maintenance. If they are so concerned about having a reliable back-up truck then they should spent some of their vast down time greasing and trying to maintain this truck. Did you know that the Fire Department could not produce ANY maintenance records when Mr. Leandro requested them? The chief said the FD doesn’t keep maintenance records. How can they operate a fleet of truck and not have any maintenance records? The good news is that engine 4 is used so little that the lack of maintenance has not caused any permanent damage, and
Phil Preston has entered the race as a write in candidate for the 1-year position as selectman. Phil has been a public servant for a large part of his life. He has shown leadership, dedication, commitment, creativity and resourcefulness in the various offices he has held and positions he has filled. Some of these are executive director of the Squam Lakes Association, Town Moderator, trustee of the Ashland Memorial Park Committee and the Ashland Historical Society. Phil has served 4-years in the N.H. House in Concord as well. Phil brings a wide variety of talents and his insight of the political atmosphere in Concord to the table and seeks votes to serve the town of Ashland as selectman. To insure that Ashland keeps moving forward, let’s keep the Selectboard a cohesive unit and vote for Jeanette Stewart and Phil Preston. Voting is a serious responsibility and a wonderful opportunity to take an active part in deciding the future of Ashland. See you at the polls! Joe Mazzone Ashland
Can’t we have a selectboard race without this hateful diatribe? To the editor, Phobia politics came to Meredith, in this paper, last Saturday. I, for one, am tired of the kind of fear monger messaging, callously used to try and disparage Carla Horne, a candidate for Meredith Selectboard. Aren’t you sick of it too? Can’t we have a Selectboard election, which does not affiliate candidates with political parties, without this kind of hateful diatribe? We all want and need honest and qualified people to run for office and represent us. Such tactics are meant to intimidate people away from serving. But my letter isn’t directed at the writer of that regretful letter. The purpose of my letter is about my hope that we can elect the best person willing and able to represent us on the Meredith Selectboard. I believe that person is Carla Horne. I was disappointed that Representative Worsman, candidate for Meredith Selectboard did not attend the recent candidate’s forum. Representative Worsman’s ability (energy) to perform both her legislative and Selectboard duties was discussed at the forum and
is not in question. What I believe was skirted at the forum was conflict of interest. While not a legal issue, perhaps the potential for it and how it can impact the interests of Meredith, does warrant consideration. Evidently, as stated at the forum and in this paper, Selectboard Member Worsman has disqualified herself from Selectboard votes due to a conflict with her role as a N.H. State Representative. In turn, I wonder, does Representative Worsman disqualify herself on committee and General Court voting when such a vote could be in conflict with those she represents in Meredith? I am grateful that Carla Horne has come forward for a seat on the Meredith Selectboard. Carla Horne holds no allegiance to political shenanigans in Concord that continue to shift tax burden from the state to local communities and ever increasingly interjects government into our private lives. Carla Horne has my vote for Meredith Selectboard and I hope yours. Rick DeMark Meredith
This Gilford ﬁre truck is a vehicle that people’s lives depend on To the editor, I write in support of Gilford Question 8. On March 13th, the taxpayers of Gilford will vote on a myriad of items that will affect our taxes. Perhaps the most critical vote is on the replacement of Engine 4. This truck is 25 years old; it is an antique! It is no longer reliable — parts are not available. Ranger stopped making fire engines many years ago. If money is spent on refurbishing this truck, it will still be a 25 year old, unreliable truck, which the insurance rating agency (ISO) probably won’t give Gil-
ford credit for, because of the age. Other communities in the area have recently replaced aging fire apparatus as needed, including the call/volunteer departments. THIS IS A VEHICLE THAT PEOPLES’ LIVES DEPEND ON! The time is right; bonds are cheap, interest is low. Gilford is a beautiful community, and it is incumbent on the voters to give our professionals the needed tools for our protection. PLEASE VOTE TO REPLACE ENGINE 4 NOW! Robert Henderson Gilford
with a little bit of work catching up on the maintenance this truck can stay in service for at least five more years. I have been in the excavating and trucking business for over 45 years. I have done work for a great many people here in Gilford. I have always repaired all my trucks and equipment myself; needless to say I know what I’m doing when I’m inspecting a truck, and Kevin Leandro similarly has spent his life in the trucking industry and is as capable and knowledgeable about trucks as anyone I know. I agree with Kevin that there is simply no justification to spend over a half million dollars to buy a new truck when the current main truck is in excellent condition and the back-up is a really solid truck that just needs some care. Let me tell you they don’t build trucks as nice as engine 4 anymore. People in this town are still hurting because of the recession. Quite a few people have had to move out of Gilford because they can no longer afford the taxes. Buying a new truck right now would be an irresponsible mistake. We don’t need it and can’t afford it! I recommend that you vote NO on the new fire truck. Pat LaBonte Gilford
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LETTERS It is not unusual for fire truck to stay in service well past 25 years To the editor, On March 13, the hardworking taxpayers of Gilford will go to the polls to vote on the town warrant. Article 1 will ask you to elect people for a verity of positions, mostly uncontested. There are nine candidates for Budget Committee and only three seats are available. I encourage people to choose wisely, your tax rate depends on it! Also, you will be asked to approve a variety of appropriations to fund town government for the next year. For most warrant articles I make no recommendations, however I most ask you to vote NO on Article 8. Article 8 asks you to authorize the town to take out a $450,000 bond for the purchase of a brand new fire engine. Some points: 1. In the interest of full disclosure to the voter, article 8 should include the language of “the sum of all payments, including interest is $510,000”. Every bank and lending institution is required by law to disclose this information on every any mortgage, auto loan, really any loan. We should hold the town to the same standard. I tried to amend this article at the deliberative session to no avail; the crowd was stacked against me. 2. The warrant reads as if the new fire engine will be replacing a 1987 ranger fire engine (engine 4). This is simply not true! The new engine will be replacing a 2003 KME fire engine (engine 2) as the first due attack pumper. Engine 2 will then be rotated to reserve/back-up/2nd due status (There is some debate on the proper term to describe this engine’s role however the fire chief himself has used all three of these terms to describe engine 4.) replacing engine 4. It is true that engine 4 will ultimately be sold but its replacement will be a 2003 not a 2012. The wording of the Article 8 is such that it leads the unknowing voter to believe that the
current front line truck is a 1987 and not a 2003. 3. Engine 4 and Engine 2 are both good trucks. Mr. Pat Labonte and myself (We both have extensive experience buying, selling, repairing and operating severe duty vocational trucks.) spent hours on two different occasions inspecting these trucks trying to find some justification to spend a half million dollars. While we do have some concerns involving the Fire Department’s preventative maintenance procedures, or lack thereof, we feel both these trucks are fundamentally sound. Particular attention was paid to engine 4 due to its age; we believe that with a little TLC this truck is good for at least five more years. It only has 79,000 miles and is mechanically sound. 4. It is very premature to put a 9 year old truck in “2nd due” status. 5. It is not unusual for a fire truck to stay in service well past 25 years. The Town of Center Harbor just bought a new custom chassis pumper (for $100k less than the one Gilford FD wants to buy) which replaced three trucks; a 1988, 1978, and a 1974. The 1988 was recently sold to the Town of Bridgewater for $10,500 to become there 1st due pumper, and they are proud to have it. 6. If article 8 passes engine 4 will probably be sold to a town of lessor financial means and it will serve them well. Our trash is their treasure. 7. Gilford’s tax rate increased $.93 per $1000 this year and with home evaluations continuing to drop we are nearly guaranteed a similar increase next year. We are, by a large margin, the highest taxed town on the big lake. Making this purchase during these economically challenging times would be fiscally irresponsible. 8. Why do we need a $450K fire truck? A new double cab commercial chassis pumper with the same capa-
bilities can be purchased for $200k less than the truck that is proposed. 9. The procedure the Fire Department used to award the bid is questionable at best. It allowed dealers free reign to outfit their proposed truck as they wished, as opposed to requesting bids for trucks with a common predetermined specification. The (now former) fire chief and a firefighter took a trip to Ocala, Florida to tour the “E-one” assembly plant. (E-one was ultimately selected) This trip took place before the bid. No one seems willing to say who paid for this trip. It isn’t unusual for a dealer to treat a customer to a trip to the plant after being awarded the bid to observe the customer’s truck in the assembly process. Having done extensive business with e-one (in Ocala) over several years I can vouch that this is a regular practice of e-one dealers, but it highly unusual and very suspect for this trip to accrue pre-bid. 10. The Board of Selectman unanimously does NOT recommend purchasing a new fire engine. According
to the last vote on the matter the Budget Committee does NOT recommend this purchase by a margin 8-4, this vote will not show on the ballot (but can be verified by meeting minutes of Feb.7th) because of technical reasons involving the timing of this vote. The first vote tally of NOT recommended by a tie vote of 6-6 will appear on the ballot. Both of these votes included the highly improper vote of a part time employee of the fire department, whose role on the Budget Committee is to serve as the School Board’s representative. The School Board doesn’t take official positions on fire truck issues. With all these points made I feel obligated to mention that although I strongly disagree with the need for a new fire engine at this time, I have the upmost respect the Gilford firefighters, and the fire engineers. Mr. Akerley is truly a man of class. In conclusion I urge the voters of Gilford to vote NO on Article 8. Kevin Leandro Gilford
This is opportunity for Gilford to create government that works To the editor, Dear Gilford taxpayers: My name is Stuart Savage. In a previous letter I announced my candidacy for Gilford Budget Committee. Like most people, I like to shop for bargains. If I can use some ingenuity to save a few dollars, I feel victorious. If my neighbor was going to pave his driveway and mine needed it too, I would try to package my work with his to get us both a better price from the contractor. Yes, we could work independently and pay more, but why? The savings realized could help me finance other projects, or maybe something fun for my wife and me. Why toss money away needlessly? If I’m elected, I would apply this same logic to our town finances. We should evaluate our needs in paral-
lel with surrounding communities and attempt to “bundle” purchases for better pricing. This could include paving materials, salt and sand, office supplies, and so on. This could also mean contracted services where practical. I feel there’s good potential in these areas. Quality can remain high while saving taxpayer money. We can start out small, see what works, and build from there. So many times, political debate has degenerated into a vitriolic clash of “us or them”. This should not be so! I think all Gilford residents are proud of their town and want it to remain an attractive, safe place. There is a huge opportunity to put aside our often petty disagreements and work together to create efficient government that works! Let’s not squander it! There has been a lot of recent dialog about “the Gilford Advantage”. To me, this doesn’t have to be a nebulous reference where anyone who challenges the status quo is branded an enemy of our great town. Our true advantage lies in the many constructive ideas we can glean from all those who want to offer them. Not heartless, Draconian “cuts”, but creative realignment of our spending with the harsh reality of a struggling economy. Low taxes can coexist with quality services; creativity and efficiency are the keys to success. Again, I humbly ask for your support on March 13. Together, we can steer Gilford back to fiscal discipline and preserve our bright future. Stuart Savage Gilford
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LETTERS SB-2 actually favors voters who want to shrink the government To the editor, Dear Gilmanton voters: I am writing to oppose the SB-2 petitions to change the method of governance in Gilmanton for the town and our school. Currently, we have two annual meetings, one for town and one for the school to adopt their respective budgets. At both we discuss the issues in a community setting. Every voter is free to attend and speak. We can ask questions, hear the views of our neighbors, offer amendments and gain a better understanding of what’s at stake for the town and the school – why we’re spending money on a fire truck, recycling trash or adding computers for the school. For both the town and school budgets, once a budget proposal is reviewed and revised, the voters cast a vote and must affirmatively adopt the budget. If the vote fails, then the budget has to be revised until a majority agrees. The beauty of this system is that voters leave the meeting knowing exactly what the revised school budget will be. The same process is true for warrant articles at town meeting on a variety of subjects. SB-2 seeks to change this process. Why? The common complaint, especially for the school budget, is that many voters do not attend the meetings. SB-2’s answer is to have voters vote by ballot in the voting booth. This is seductive because more people generally vote by ballot than attend annual meetings. But be careful here. For the school budget, the voters would be voting
solely on the total dollar amount because they couldn’t amend it once it was on the ballot. Yes, a deliberative session would be created to vet the budget for presentation to the voters or other warrant articles – but experience has shown that deliberative sessions are no better attended than annual meetings. However SB-2 has more than procedural deficiencies. In fact, SB-2 creates an opportunity for a small group of voters with an agenda to create a budget that reflects their bias… e.g. to increase or decrease teacher salaries or benefits. Then, if voters defeat the proposed budget, SB-2 requires that it default back to last year’s budget minus one-time expenses. But what if the default budget increases or decreases teacher salaries or benefits contrary to the wishes of the town? In other words, both the proposed budget and default budget may be unacceptable and voters would be helpless to do anything about it when the only choice is “yes” or “no.” This totally changes the dynamic – rather than a town meeting forcing consensus, SB-2 actually favors voters who want to shrink the government. All you have to do is vote “no” on any budget, no matter what is adopted at the deliberative session. All SB-2 will do is diminish our town resources, undermine the quality of our schools and ultimately lessen the value of our homes. Please vote “no” on both SB-2 petitions. Robert Ronstadt Gilmanton
I was not hand-picked by an elite group to be their candidate To the editor, Dear Gilmanton voters: I gave a great deal of thought to running for selectman. I decided to do this because of my long standing interest in my community. I realized by adding my name to the ballot I would open myself up to criticism. I don’t feel I need to apologize to anyone regarding my passion for advocating from my fellow community members. For the people who are too timid to bring forward their concerns or for those who aren’t up to the backlash that comes to people who speak their mind. I am not only a 30+ resident of this town, but a N.H. native. I also am someone who will not apologize for me or my family being involved in a community they love AND grew up in. When I see things that I feel need to be changed, I stand up and address those concerns. People need to realize when I stand up for things such as landowner rights it is not just for my own benefit, but for every residents benefit. I agree with some regulations in order to protect the property values of others, but I think that over regulation is becoming a burden to landowners when they have to jump through unnecessary hoops just to use the property they pay taxes on. I’ve witnessed some frivolous expenditures by town departments and some selectmen just rubber stamp all their
requests without questioning it. If elected, I will not be one of those selectmen. I will question the requests made by department heads and ask them to justify it. If they can justify a request I will support it. If they cannot justify it I will not vote to support it. ALL departments can cut back, especially in these current economic times, just as we have had to do in our own personal lives. Taxes in Gilmanton are getting out of control, and people are being forced to sell their homes and move out of the town they called home. Let’s all begin to live within our means before the tax steam roller forces our residents to lose their homes and the community they love. Many of you may have seen my campaign signs throughout our community, on the lawns of many hardworking people and the homes of our retirees. These are the people I want to help remain in this town. I chose to run for this position. I was not handpicked by an elite group to be their candidate and their “in” to steering the vote. My history speaks for itself, I am my own person and will not be swayed by special interest groups who are not interested in what’s best for the common man. If you agree, then I sure could use your vote on Tuesday, March 13th and will thank you for it. Brett Currier Gilmanton
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LETTERS I became school board member who was voice of kids & parents
John Anderson & Jon Tolman are solid candidates for M’borough
To the editor, My name is Lisa Merrill and I am seeking re-election to the Inter-Lakes School Board representing the town of Meredith. To those who may not know me I am a product of a public school education and a state university. My bout with breast cancer earlier in life should have slowed me down, but somehow it empowered me to work harder for things in which I believe. And there is nothing I believe in more than our young people; they are our future and our country’s greatest natural resource. This is why I ran for school board three years ago and why I once again ask for your vote. During my 3-year term as a school board member I have accomplished a great deal. I started with a group of dedicated parents concerned about education and wanting the best for our children. We made great strides in 1) making our schools safer from unwanted intruders, 2) creating more school spirit, 3) changing block scheduling, and 4) cooperating with Moultonborough Academy for both athletics and academics. Because I saw a need for more transparent communication, I decided to videotape every school board meeting so citizens who could not attend could view it on channel 26. This past year I was also elected by the SAU 2 board to represent them as their chairman. I am currently involved in the superintendent search for our district. I became a school board member that was the voice of the kids, of the parents, and of the community. But, as a small business owner, a parent, and a taxpayer, I know how important it is to
To the editor, Moultonborough candidates had their opportunity, on the 19th, to plead their case for their hopes to become or remain an elected town official. The four minutes of time for each of the five candidates for selectman – for two seats—was most revealing. Two of those speakers, I believe, came away from that event as clear leaders. Jon Tolman came to the event prepared and was firm in his assertions that he would not be more of the same old thing. He opposes SB-2, but would be a strong advocate for open and transparent government. He is not in favor of developing the troublesome town-owned property formerly owned by the Lions Club. Being sensitive to the economic times, I believe he would be a better choice than what we presently have, notwithstanding his anti SB-2 stand. John Anderson presented a strong argument for “Common Sense” in government. He too came prepared and answered the questions that are on the minds of Moultonborough citizens. He has studied SB-2 as much as anyone I know, and more than any public official I know; and he proudly stands in favor of it. His common sense approach says that spending two years and tens of thousands of dollars on the prospect of a charter town – the article proposed by the incumbents— is just not achieving a goal of more voter participation. His conservative nature would be to preserve the low taxes we have enjoyed by saving the lakes and ponds from milfoil thereby preserving property values. Repairing the Playground Drive soccer field makes more common sense than building out a new one at the remote location presented by the incumbents. Video taping of all public meetings would be his approach for more of the
dove-tail the educational needs of our students with the financial responsibilities of school board members. It is a very difficult balance; and I believe I have done a good job finding that balance. I have preserved core programs for our children while holding our budget to an annualized increase of under 2.3-percent during my 3-year term. This compares favorably with inflation over the same period. Last year, when funding was up in the air, I took it upon myself to look for grants and discovered the Lexus: Eco-challenge. Because I had found a project that fit in with the 7th grade science curriculum, I was given the green light to implement an environmental project with a group of students. In the end, we won this national challenge along with the $10K prize; one of only eight middle schools in the country to share this honor. I saw our students flourish and become the great young scientists of the future. A win, win for school, community and students! If I am given the privilege to serve you again, I will continue to strive for what is important for the success of the children in our district. I feel truly blessed to be on the Inter-Lakes School Board and hope with your support I will be able to continue to think creatively and incorporate technology within our school district. Remember that all three towns; Meredith, Center Harbor and Sandwich are able to vote for this seat. I respectfully ask for your vote on March 13th. Lisa Merrill Meredith
Passing ‘rights-based’ ordinance (Article 12) is best for Holderness To the editor, To all residents of Holderness: Last night, Monday March 5, I attended a meeting at the Holderness Central School . The discussion concerned Article 12 which is on next week’s Town Meeting agenda. This article asks the Town of Holderness to pass an ordinance which would give the town the right to protect itself by determining which energy projects would be allowed within the boundaries of the town. Corporations interested in developing energy projects that would intend to cross through Holderness would not be allowed to proceed unless the project was approved by the town through its normal and established governance practices. This article is deemed to be a Rights-
Based Ordinance which would allow the residents of Holderness to better determine how our town’s resources and environment might be affected. It leaves the approval of such issues where they belong; in the hands of the residents of Holderness. Passage of this article will allow the residents of Holderness to effectively state that this right of self-determination is not one that we are willing to delegate to any other governmental body. While Article 12 appears long, it is important. I believe that passing it will be in the best interests of all current and future residents of Holderness. I ask for your support on this important matter next week. Bob Lamb Holderness
With SB-2, no more long meetings, no hassle on how you voted To the editor, Are you ready for a more democratic form of government for Gilmanton than Town Meeting? The Official Ballot is more democratic. Vote YES for SB-2 Article I on both the town and School District ballot on Tuesday, March 13th. Overall, having SB-2 voting benefits our community. SB-2 has worked very well for Gilford, Alton, Belmont, Pittsfield, Epping, etc. Advantages: No more long meetings, no lines of voters going to the microphone, no hassle
on how you voted, no reconsideration vote after everyone else is gone home on a defeated article. It is proven that a greater percentage of voters turn out for the ballot than participation of voters at Town Meeting. Yes, you can vote absentee. Open voting subject allows one to vote to intimidation — SB-2 privacy. I feel that we have lost control on the overall town and School District budget. Judy Price Gilmanton Iron Works
public to be able to view their government in action. I have known John for the nine years he has lived in town. He is a bright, thoughtful man with a quiet demeanor who will definitely not be more of what we presently have. Bob Gofredo gave us his background and was a pleasant speaker. Creator of the Moultonborough Toastmasters, he seems like a nice upstanding man. I didn’t learn all that much of his stance on local issues, though. He did say that the he is a strong supporter of the Moultonborough PD. He supports the work of the Milfoil Committee. He wants to do what is right for the town but gave us no clue as to what is his definition of “right for the town”. Joel Mudgett has worked long and hard at his job of Board of Selectmen chair. However, the question remains of why we are facing the potentiality of a Charter town when he opposes it and no one on the board supports the Charter effort. He has opposed televising the public meetings since it was first proposed. I feel he looks at things without taking into consideration the voice of the people other than those of his companions at Town Hall. And under his chairmanship we are now dealing with a police union. Jim Gray indicated that he was only interested in another term to follow up on his work of finding a new chief for the MPD. And how long has that taken? I would say that we have very two solid candidates in Moultonborough who are willing to clearly state their positions on any issue and stand by them; and both will be a breath of fresh air on the Board of Selectmen. John Anderson and Jon Tolman would be a refreshing start towards a new openness of town government that we can all get behind. Rick Heath Moultonborough
Perry Onion is the most suitable & qualified candidate in Gilmanton To the editor, First, and foremost, let’s be sure to express our gratitude to all of the candidates that have put themselves up for election this year for the Board of Selectmen in Gilmanton. It is a great thing that we have four people in our town who are willing to sacrifice their time and patience to serve us almost every Monday for three years and many hours in between. Bravo to them all, and may the best man win. If you want some good ways to evaluate your candidates for selectman this March, here are some that I recommend: First, look at how much time a candidate has spent in his past serving the community in similar ways as a selectman. Look for someone who has consistently attended meetings, done their homework and studied issues thoroughly, worked well with other board members without compromising their own principals, and voted on matters that may have disappointed a friend or neighbor. Second, test whether the candidate has substantial personal interests in the town, either because of their business, employment of family members, or other interests. If the candidate routinely does business with the town
where their own financial interest is material, or if they have an immediate family member serving in a key department or position, these are red flags. That candidate will be hamstrung by conflicts of interest and the repeated requirement to recuse himself, or worse, the temptation to act on his own interests. Third, see if the candidate has a reasonable approach to management and cost containment. Is the candidate pragmatic, and does he or she show frugality in his or her own personal conduct? The largest single category of expense in the town budget is not in the vendor list, it is in salary and benefits. A candidate who knows how to get the most out of people, and who is best able to manage with encouraging leadership as well as strict discipline is the most desirable candidate. Someone who will “stir the pot” is likely to damage morale, and that translates into lower productivity and either poor performance (bad value for the taxpayer), or higher cost (high turnover and few willing to work for lower salaries). Finally, and frankly, choose a smart one. Selectmen are confronted with a broad array of legal, environmensee next page
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LETTERS I will be voting for Webber & Allen for Gilford School Board To the editor, Doug Lambert keeps using the same two examples, all-day kindergarten and the hiring of a superintendent, to demonstrate how the Gilford School Board allegedly abuses its authority and makes decisions which override voter decisions. After listening to Mr. Lambert’s speech at the candidate’s night and reading the letters to the editor I have some questions about these allegations which may give voters another perspective to review before choosing a School Board candidate. Since I had not yet moved to Gilford during the now infamous all-day kindergarten vote, I am unsure if it was voted down based on cost or because voters just did not want kindergarten students at school all day. I suspect it was a cost issue but as I stated, I wasn’t a resident of Gilford for that election. If the voters did decline kindergarten for cost reasons only then wouldn’t the Gilford School Board have the authority to implement the program as long as there were no new costs without bringing it to the voters? After all, didn’t those of us who took the time to elect the current board and thereby entrust them to make decisions which would be best for student learning while maintaining fiscal responsibility? Obviously, it will be a few years until enough data can be collected to prove that not only can the program be run with no additional cost (actually I believe it was a cost savings) but there could be potential additional cost savings over the years by decreasing student retentions. I was and still am, however, a resident (mailing address, students enrolled in Gilford schools, address on property tax card, voting, cars registered, etc.) of Gilford for the other infamous vote about not hiring a superintendent. Like many of the voters, I was honestly quite confused
about what the warrant was trying to accomplish. Was it advisory only, as presented at the school deliberative session? Evidently the word “administrator”, which I interpreted as synonymous with the word “superintendent” was not a correct interpretation, according to the author of the article. At the risk of opening myself up to public ridicule from a few of our candidates running for committees/ boards this year, I probably could have made a more informed voting decision if the ballot simply asked, “do you want a superintendent or not”, yes means the School Board can hire one and no means they can’t? I see how very easy it could be for voters to believe that the Gilford School Board is just a big, bad bully mowing down the will of the voters, but like almost every playground fight, there are always two sides to the story. On Tuesday March 13, 2012 I will be voting for Kurt Webber and Sue Allen to serve on the Gilford School Board for an additional term. As a parent with three children at Gilford Middle School I have seen some awesome changes over the past four years. I am excited that two of my children will be entering Gilford High School next fall under the leadership of Peter Sawyer. I can only see positive changes happening in our schools under our current superintendent, administrative leadership and our elected School Board. With so much emphasis on cost, I am trusting that the district leadership will continue seeking cost savings without compromising the quality of education. These people are truly invested in our community and truly care about the welfare of all students so let’s let them continue with their great work. Deb Mercer Gilford
Please join me in voting SB-2 for Moultonborough School District To the editor, SB-2 is a form of Town Meeting with the same voter credentials as our present Moultonborough Town Meeting. SB-2 town meeting is called the deliberative session. The main difference is with SB-2 voting on all the resulting warrant articles from the deliberative session will be voted on at ballot day, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., about 30 days after the deliberative session. Voting
will be for all the warrant articles. The extra 30 days gives voters time to review warrant articles especially any that may have been amended at the deliberative session. I am asking Moultonborough voters to join me and vote yes for SB-2 for the Moultonborough School System on March 13th between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Jim Leiterman Moultonborough
from preceding page tal, fiscal, managerial, and generally quantitative issues that they must absorb, process, understand fully, and then translate into decisions and/or policy in a timely fashion. I believe that all of our candidates may be qualified in this regard, but I believe that one candidate stands out. When examining these criteria, I think that Perry Onion is the most suitable and qualified candidate this year for these reasons: 1. He has served the town for years on different boards and projects. 2. He has no conflicts of interest. 3. He has a steady personality and a
reasonable attitude. 4. He is frugal and he does for himself what other people buy from someone else. 5. He has had a distinguished career as a teacher and craftsman, and he has shown himself to be a capable thinker and collaborator. Once again, amid an embarrassment of riches, Perry Onion is the gem. Please vote for him at our historic Gilmanton Academy Building on Tuesday, March 13. Please mark your calendars and vote! Nathaniel Abbott Gilmanton Iron Works
There is no room in Center Harbor politics for such nonsense To the editor, Dear Center Harbor residents: I recently read a letter to the editor, railing against Center Harbor’s attempt to address space needs for town offices and Police Department. Most people understand the issues for police space and truly want to solve the problem. Last March the proposal to buy land and build a new facility was rejected. As an alternative it was suggested to explore the option of using the existing complex with a combination of upgrade and addition. The selectmen and committee have done as the town has requested and now have another proposal. But, apparently there are those who don’t want a solution and just say no to anything. The letter I refer to cites Center Harbor as a villainous town who in 2010 dared to raise $5,000,000 in taxes. According to this letter, Center Harbor was the most egregious because it had to raise the most revenue out of the 10 towns cited with comparable populations. As in most issues the devil is in the details. Yes, Center Harbor raised over $5,000,000 in taxes in 2010, however, $5,000,000 was NOT all used to operate the town. Our tax bills are broken down into four categories: town tax, school tax, state school tax and county tax. The town portion of the tax rate is only 35-percent (town portion for operating expense was $1,793,097.00). The majority goes to fund the school system and to a lesser degree, Belknap County. (Don’t take my word for it, check your tax bills.) The portion actually spent on town operations is not the highest of the towns cited in the letter, but fits right into the average of those towns. In fact, town operating expenses have been fairly consistent over several years, with few exceptions. There are no plans to expand the Police Department personnel and department budgets have been mostly level funded. Good job town officials! Maybe all this energy would be better spent on finding a solution to school funding, which is far more taxing. The letter also states by borrowing millions (plural) for this project our children’s children will be paying for this dastardly decision. The fact is, the actual cost of the project is $1.1 million. However, after applying capital reserve and other funds, the town wants to bond LESS than a million ($860,000) at 2.15-percent for 10 years… a good decision for town residents. The proposed project will be paid for by 2022, therefore, rendering the statement that “our children’s children will be paying for the bill” null and void. It seems to me that this statement is nothing more than a scare tactic and sensationalism. It is more likely that if we don’t correct the space inadequacies NOW, it will cost our children more in the future. Building costs don’t go down. Next, some or most residents of Center Harbor received a letter from a selectman candidate, Barry Borella,
soliciting your vote. He also sent an application for an absentee ballot to ensure your participation in the election; preferably his, but could be used for his opponent, Richard Drenkhahn. What troubled me most about this was the enclosed sheet marked “Important Information”. The first part suggests that you vote, which is admirable. The second portion of the information suggests that residents come to Town Meeting to vote against the building proposal. Many residents have not even see this proposal. He also wants the residents to know that the proposal will be voted on via “Secret Ballot Vote” and “IT DOES NOT REQUIRE ANYONE TO EXPOSE THEMSELVES TO A VINDICTIVE RESPONSE BY A TOWN EMPLOYEE”. Gee, I wonder who he is talking about. The suggestion that there is some sort of sinister plot to punish those who vote against the proposal is paranoid at best. There should be no room in town politics for such nonsense. Rational people should be able to agree or disagree without this kind of foolishness. I can unequivocally say, that based on the nasty tone and insulting remarks in his letter, when I do vote, it WILL NOT be for Barry Borella. I don’t believe the residents in the town of Center Harbor should vote anyone into office who shows such potential for personal verbal attacks and destructive approaches to problem solving. I am appalled by the amount of misinformation; distorted figures, innuendo and vicious published attacks directed towards our employees and elected town officials. I believe all of these officials are acting in the best interest of the town and should be given kudos instead of unwarranted, constant bashing. After all, most of them call Center Harbor home and pay the same taxes. I support the selectman’s plan, which will solve the space needs for the Police Department and town offices for decades to come… a real proactive approach. The longer this issue is dragged out the more it will cost. It’s time to settle the issue and stop the flow of venomous attacks. I respect those who differ from my view and expect the same civility in return. Sometimes we just have to agree to disagree. That same civil treatment should be extended to our elected officials and town employees. I for one appreciate and thank our town officials and employees for their hard work and dedication. Keep up the good work. My fellow residents, I hope you will join me and support Richard Drenkhahn for selectman. Let’s prevent nasty divisiveness from seeping into our town government. Center Harbor does not need it! Oh, by the way, Center Harbor’s tax rate only increased $.01 (one cent) from 2010 to 2011. A fine job by our elected officials. Walter R. Newcomb Center Harbor
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LETTERS Dialog between voters & officials does produce budget restraint To the editor, On Tuesday, March 13 voters in the Town of Gilford will be asked to approve tax caps for the town and school districts. “No” is the appropriate vote on each of these articles. There are several reasons why both should be defeated. The Town of Gilford already has tax caps. We just call them something else, namely town meetings and the school district meetings. Over the last few years, through the municipal budget committee and town/school meeting processes, the voters have leaned on elected officials demanding efficient employee structures, restraint in compensation, rolling back benefits and savings in non-personnel areas. Officials of both the town and school district have responded to these calls. In 2012 the town budget proposes to raise $7,408,216 by taxation versus $7,386,113 raised in 2008, a miniscule increase of $22,103 (.3-percent) over four years. Comparable amounts for the school district are $14,254,744 for 2012 versus $13,289,799 for 2008, an increase of $964,945 (7.26-percent) over the same four years. The School District wasn’t so fortunate as to be able to keep the amount raised by taxation level, however, it is important to put their numbers into perspective. Last year’s School District budget was hit with increased expenditures that are hard to control — among them health insurance premiums up $245,900, N.H. retirement system contribution up $174,600, special education costs up $217,800. This year, while similar budgetary pressures exist, the amount the voters are being asked to raise by taxation has risen by only $21,690 or a meager .15-percent. Furthermore, it is worth noting that for the four year period from December, 2007 - December 2011 the consumer price index rose by 15.636 points from 210.036 to 225.672, an increase of 7.44-percent. The total increase in dollars raised from the taxpayers by the school district over that period compares favorably with the CPI numbers. These statistics show that dialog between the voters and town/school officials can and does produce budgetary restraint. On the school side, this cooperative effort has held down the amount raised by taxation in the face of some pretty serious budgetary pressure. On the town side it has kept the amount essentially flat. The tax cap proposed in the petitioned warrant articles would freeze the amount to be raised by taxation indefinitely. This is too rigid. Tax caps enacted elsewhere allow the cap to fluctuate due to changes in population, inflation and similar factors, but the proposed cap in the petitioned articles has no such safety valves. Let’s consider for a moment only the
impact of inflation. Whether we like it or not, inflation is going to march on. The Federal Reserve has set a target of 2-percent annual inflation and has gone so far as to say they will consider exceeding this if job growth falters. Applying a 2-percent, compounded inflation rate to the Budget Committee’s proposed 2012-2013 school district amount to be raised by taxation of $14,254,744 means that after just three years (with no increase in enrollments) the School District may have to spend an additional $872,504 just to keep up with rising price levels or, in the alternative, find savings in personnel, supplies, sports programs,etc. to make up the shortfall. This year the School Board was able to find substantial savings in the face of rising health insurance and other costs, but there is no guarantee they could find similar savings in the future without harming the quality education they are elected to deliver. On the town side, the Budget Committee’s recommended amount to be raised by taxation is $7,408,216. While only half as much as the school budget, the combined effect of a 0-percent tax cap and the ravages of inflation would be just as acute. A few other factors need to be mentioned. As clearly pointed out at both the town and School District deliberative sessions, the tax cap proposals contain no provisions to deal with capital expenditures, emergencies and changes in revenue that are beyond the control of the town. Proponents of the caps point out that RSA 32:5-b which allows towns to enact tax caps, includes an override procedure, but this is a nebulous and untested proposition. As of now, no one knows how this would work and how a budget could be presented that contained a legitimate need to override the cap. Wouldn’t it be better to simply address the needs of the town and School District through the tried and true hearing and deliberative session process, rather than putting our town officials in the untenable position of having to hope the citizens will vote for a tax cap override? The budgetary process currently in place is working. As stated at the outset, it effectively functions as a tax cap. It is producing meaningful, constructive dialog between town officials and voters and, more importantly, is producing responsible budgets which protect taxpayers while providing town and school services they expect and need. The tax cap proposals in the respective town and School District warrants are flawed and if enacted would soon cause significant harm to the things we like about the Town of Gilford. They should be defeated on March 13. William P. Roderick Gilford
Time ignore rhetoric from those who benefit from growing government To the editor, Gilford Deliberative Sessions and public hearings are complete and the town is approaching voting day. We have been reading and hearing from the employees of the public sector who continue to lobby for their own back pockets. It seems these people are oblivious to the world around them. They don’t seem to notice that people struggling to make ends meet simply can’t continue to support the ongoing burden of the “legacy” portions of the very lucrative contracts offered to public employees. Over and above the teachers’ contract that we will all be voting on, the School District offers these bloated contracts to a variety of employees. The typical contract offers employees the following benefits: — 25 days vacation – can accumulate up to 50 days (that’s 10 weeks). — 15 sick days – can accumulate up to 120 days (that’s 1/2 a years pay) — retirement — fully paid dental insurance — a very small contribution, if any, for premium health care insurance While the rest of us struggle to pay higher premiums for our own decreasing benefits, we also get the pleasure of paying for their premium benefits, too. Many of these contracts are for salaried employees making between $40,000 and $75,000 a year. I don’t know anyone in that salary range in the private sector getting these kinds of benefits or even needing a contract for that matter. It’s easy to see why we are hearing a full court press from the benefactors of our tax dollars. They obviously want to keep their gravy train rolling. It doesn’t matter what town or city they work in, they all sing the same tune to protect each other’s welfare. It doesn’t matter if it makes sense to consolidate and reduce spending, these people will hear none of it. Enough is never enough for them. Mr. Wernig and a group called the “Friends of Gilford” are recommending candidates who will support their welfare. This group should be called “The Friends of Gilford Employee
Compensation” because 99-percent of their membership is comprised of people who receive money and premium benefits from our tax dollars. The last thing this group wants is for you to vote for anybody that will “scrutinize” the budget. When they say their candidates will review the budget with respect, they mean, give “them” everything they want. Simply asking tough questions is considered disrespectful as far as they are concerned. Is it any wonder why Mr. Wernig’s is recommending candidates who served as public employees and will dutifully support “their own”? One of his candidates, Budget Committee incumbent Phyllis Corrigan, consistently asks one question during her budget review; why aren’t we spending more? Obviously, her near 100-percent voting record to add spending, qualifies her to be on his list of candidates. The “Friends of Gilford” recommended candidates are sure to give you a much higher tax bill; and for what? After all the money we’ve given them, the Gilford School district is still listed as a district “in need of improvement”. It’s time to reign in the madness. It’s time to ignore the tired old rhetoric from those that will benefit the most from a growing government. We can begin the process by voting for the candidates that will produce change. We need to end the insanity in the School District by electing Doug Lambert to the School Board. You can rest assure that Mr. Lambert will question the need for all those lucrative contracts for services that in some cases could easily be contracted out. The Budget Committee needs strong conservatives that will actually scrutinize the budget and ask the tough questions. Please join me in voting for conservative candidates, Barbara Aichinger, Skip Murphy and Stuart Savage. These candidates will help bring back the Gilford advantage for all of us and not just a few! Terry Stewart Gilford
Colette Worsman is a strong voice for sensible policies To the editor, Meredith residents are fortunate that Selectmen Colette Worsman and Peter Brothers are running for reelection, they deserve our support. During today’s weak economy when many citizens are struggling financially, the Meredith Board of Selectmen has done a great job, for several years now, of maintaining services and preparing for the future while keeping taxes fairly stable. For this they deserve our gratitude and support.
Meredith is also well served because Selectman Worsman serves as a state representative who makes sure that Meredith interests and those of other small towns are considered in state legislation. She is a strong voice for sensible policies and opposing the downshifting of expenses to N.H. towns. Please join me in voting for Colette Worsman and Peter Brothers for Meredith selectmen. Don Ewing Meredith
There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in N.H., I’d rather see an occasional illegal vote than turn away 1 eligible voter To the editor, Who will be next? The N.H. Legislature has attacked several groups since the 2010 election. They went after the poor and the families of disadvantaged chil-
(police officers, fire fighters, teachers, municipal workers and state workers). Recently they have certainly not been kind to women. Now it is a select group of potential voters who do not have acceptable photo identification.
up what group will be next? The right to vote is an important part of living in a democracy. There is no evidence of widespread fraud. This is an attempt to deny voting for political gain. I would rather see an
eligible voter the right to vote. This is just plain wrong. Will it happen in New Hampshire? Isn’t New Hampshire the “Live Free or Die State”? Paul Bonneville Lochmere (Tilton)
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LETTERS On March 13 we can vote on the vision for Alton Central School
I’m running simply because I want to be able to serve Meredith
To the editor, Where is the vision for Alton? Rather than discussing the incidents from Candidates’ Night on February 23, why aren’t we discussing how we can move forward in solidarity to find ways to heal as a community and to bring civility and respect back to our public meetings? Rather than criticizing the volunteer members of the Alton Central School Building and Grounds Committee for their efforts informing the public of the proposed renovation, why aren’t we rolling up our sleeves, adding to the discussions, getting involved by sharing our time and talents, and making a difference for our little school? Rather than writing extensive letters to the editor sharing information and concerns with the proposed renovation to ACS, why weren’t we getting involved with the planning of the proposed renovation and expansion, which has been in the works since 2006? Rather than throwing out statistics based on small sample sizes and short-term data, why aren’t we asking what’s been done and available for information and reports before we apply ink to paper in an opinion letter accusing boards and committees of short-sighted information, a lack of transparency or, (and our favorite) “back-room dealings”? There is no room in a small community like Alton for the derogatory comments, blatantly negative opinion pieces attacking elected officials (who happen to also be community members) and a barrage of accusations in public meetings. We are hopeful that the governing bodies of this town, committees and boards, can work together to put an end to that. Together. There is also no room in Alton for a lack of vision. Whether we’re working
To the editor, To my fellow residents of Meredith: Town elections are a week away, it is very important that you exercise your civic duty. Go out and vote on Tuesday, March 13 and attend town hall meeting on Wednesday, March 14. Running for public office is exciting and it can also be somewhat challenging. Sometimes we take slanderous remarks; we chase signs around town and sometimes even have sleepless nights trying to think of the perfect speech or answers to questions. I commend each and every candidate who is running. If elected, I will take my experience, knowledge and skill set to the Meredith Board of Selectmen and will conduct myself in an open minded and attentive manner. Negativity and defamation is not
towards improvements for the town or the schools, we have to be committed to seeing past what the next five, 10, or 20 years brings. We can be the town that attracts new families, new businesses, new building developments, and the town where people want to be involved in civic matters because they want to improve on a good thing; not because they have an axe to grind. In the short term, we have the upcoming election on March 13, where we can vote on the vision for the Alton Central School’s proposed renovation, geothermal option, and gymnasium option. Along with the warrant articles for the school are the warrant articles for the town, including several asking for approval of money for various social services. As voters, we can approve whatever we wish and as a legislative body decide the budgets for the upcoming year; the short term. In the long term, we as a community, have to decide if we want to continue to snipe at public boards and committees via editorials in the paper, which is only done when interest permits and consists of no real commitment, or we can become involved and committed, accepting no excuses, only results. John Argiropolis Krista Argiropolis Richard Brown Keith Dube Kristi Hikel Paula Holden Bob Longabough Laura MacStravic Rebecca McKellar Andy McLeod Pam McLeod Terri Noyes Steve Renner Natalie Thibeault Christine Tilly Lawrence Tilly Linda Wilman
What exactly does Mr. Borella mean by ‘holding the line on spending’? To the editor, Mr. Borella is soliciting our votes for Center Harbor selectman on Tuesday, March 13. His main platform seems to be that fiscally irresponsible selectmen have allowed our taxes to double every 5 to 7 years to support an “unsustainable” “drive to build, grow and spend”. The main focus of Mr. Borella’s discontent is, of course, the proposed town office expansion. To support their opposition, he and his colleagues are spewing out all sorts of misinformation and downright untruths (for a concise rebuttal of some of the more egregious claims, see letters to The Laconia Daily Sun and Meredith News by Tom Wilson, John Thompson, Karin Swanson Karagozian, as well as Selectman, David Hughes). In summary, the current municipal building was put up when the town’s population was about 540 people. Our population has doubled since then and in the summer months, increases even more. And there is every reason to suppose that the town will continue to grow in the coming years. As anyone who has volunteered to work on the various town committees knows, the offices are, even in slow months, already strained to breaking point and the current police depart-
it’s barely legal. The proposed expansion is needed and has been carefully and economically planned. If he is elected, what does he mean by “holding the line on spending”? Since he is utterly, provably wrong when he claims that “we have had consistent tax growth averaging at about 6- to 10-percent compounded annually”, he will find himself with no fat to cut from the current tax rate. Does he intend to save money by starving existing departments to the bone? It’s my impression that most of us appreciate the services our taxes pay for, otherwise why would we overwhelmingly approve their budgets every year at town meeting? We’ve been well served over the years by hard-working staff, selectmen, and volunteers. We need to continue to support them. In his letter to town residents, Mr. Borella says we should support him for his “philosophy on how we need to manage the future of our community”. Judging from what he and his supporters have written, his philosophy is one of slash and burn and never mind the consequences. On March 13, vote NO to Mr. Borella and his negative campaigning. Vote YES on Article 2. JoAnn Wood
only counter productive, it is also unacceptable in my book and I will not participate in that kind of behavior. As a matter of fact, if people were just a little bit more thoughtful of others we would all be better off. I do accept what I believe to be an apology from Mr. Marino. I am not running to “take someone out” or because I have a personal or political agenda. I am running simply because I want the opportunity to serve my town and lead us into the future as a strong, healthy and prosperous community. Thank you to each and every one of you who have been so helpful and supportive! I ask for your consideration of support on March 13, please vote Carla Horne to the Meredith Selectboard. Carla Horne Meredith
Shaker spending is out of control; vote for SB-2 on Friday evening To the editor, Recently I have been reading about the pros and cons of SB-2 in The Daily Sun. Let me say that because a person is unable to attend a deliberative session for one reason or another does not mean they are uninformed voters. The reasons people do not attend these sessions are varied. Two in particular could be solved by holding the hearings during the day (Saturday, for instance). People work all day, sometimes both parents need to hold down a job just to keep the bills paid in this economy. They need to spend time with their families at night. The elderly (a large block of voters) do not drive at night, (drivers wanted), with no one to drive them, they just
do not attend. I’m sure that there are other valid reasons for not attending. Solving the problems would be more constructive than labeling voters as uninformed. Passage of SB-2 on March 9 at 6 p.m. at Belmont High School will give you, the Belmont voter, an opportunity to help control the school boards out of control spending. You want to know where your tax money is going and why don’t you? If you cannot get to the high school to vote on March 9th get an absentee ballot. Call the Belmont High School, they will help you. Let your voice be heard - vote! F. Gebhard Belmont
Lot’s of people to thank for helping Hector’s support LPD K-9 fund To the editor, We would like to thank the following who supported our fundraiser to help the Laconia Police Department get a new K-9 dog. NAPA Auto Parts, Pam and Roger Landry; Trustworthy Hardware, Moe Martineau, Pam and family; All My Life Jewelers, Randy, Sue and Charlie Bullerwell; Laconia Electric, Laura Cameron; Tranquility Springs Wellness Spa; Prescott’s Flowers, Patty and Jen; Southern Wine and Spirits of New England; Quick Laundry, Wende & Rob Richter; Irwin Marine, The Irwin Family; B&G Auto, Bill Romprey; Circle K; Mary Kay, Marcia Dionne; Jolly Jumpers, Robin and Ivan Ross; LiSasha’s Beauty Lounge, Lisa Martell and Sacha Boynton; Paws Antiques and Collectibles, Scott Grant; Cascade Spa at Church Landing; Coors; Budweiser; Bootleggers, Al and Karen Miltner;
Meredith Village Savings Bank, Laconia Branch; Ju-Li’s Fabric Creations, Lisa Moulton and Joanne Liddy; Dipped Paws and Sweet Aroma, Diane Gorewitz; WFTN Northeast Communications Corp., Jeff Levitan; Patrick’s Pub, Alan Beetle; Inns at Mills Falls donated two grand prizes, thank you, Gail Batstone; Greenlaw’s Music, Dave and Peter, donated the PA system; Hampshire Hospitality Holding Inc., cash donation; Gail Beane, Graphic Designer; Tylergraphics Inc. A special thanks to Scott Grant, owner of Paw’s Antiques, who gave us the idea for the fundraiser. Thanks to everyone who gave a cash donation along with everyone who purchased raffle tickets to help the Laconia Police Department get their Bow-Wow. A special thanks to the staff at Hector’s for all of their help. Most success is wished to the LPD and their new dog. Carl & Carla Peterson Hector’s Restaurant, Laconia
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Plans for former Burger King property approved By Michael Kitch
LACONIA — With few questions and little discussion the Planning Board Tuesday night approved the plan presented by Watermark Marine Systems, LLC of Gilford to redevelop the lakeside lot at 1218 Union Avenue, which formerly housed Burger King, as a commercial marina with 14 boat slips and housing its corporate offices, a retail store, storage building and launching ramps. Watermark intends to develop the larger of the two lots by converting the building into a retail marine supply store and adding a relatively small second-story to house the corporate offices. The storage building, 30-feet by 60-feet, launching ramp, commercial dock and forklift way will be built on the on the northern end of the site. With approximately 364-feet of frontage on Paugus Bay the property qualifies for 14 boat slips, 13 of them designated as commercial slips and the other designated as a transient dock for customers of the store. The ramp and slips will be protected from the prevailing northwesterly wind in rough weather by a breakwater. Apart from the transient dock, the slips will be reserved
exclusively for commercial use with “over nighting” and “living aboard” prohibited. Likewise, there will be no public mooring or launching at the site. Nor will vessels be serviced, fueled or stored on the property. The Burger King property consists of two lots , the 1.03-acre parcel which Watermark will develop, and a 0.9-acre lot that abuts it to the south. In 2009 local attorney Paul Bordeau and Bill Contardo, a member of the Planning Board, doing business as P & B Realty Ventures, LLC, submitted plans to develop a private yacht club on the abutting lot, which has some 258-feet of shorefront. The development, called “Crown Shore Yacht Club,” would include a dock with 52 boat slips, a 900-square-foot clubhouse overlooking the lake at the southern end of the lot, a sandy beach, a 202-square foot gazebo at the foot of the dock and parking for 57 vehicles. As a yacht club rather than a marina, the development would not include a launching ramp, fueling station or washing facility. Originally Bordeau and Contardo planned to purchase the both lots and predicated number of boat slips on 622 feet of frontage, which is the sum of the frontage of the two lots. Bordeau attended the meeting last night, but did not speak.
DOWNTOWN from page one mental property tax revenues will be reinvested in the downtown TIF district and half deposited in the general fund. The boundaries of the downtown TIF district enclose an area roughly ringed by Fair Street, New Salem Street, Church Street, Union Avenue and Court Street and divided by Main Street, running from Pine Street in the south to Oak Street in the north. The district included 287 properties spread over 145 acres, which together represented a total assessed value of more than $70-million when the district was established in 2004. Since then the city has approved a TIF district in Lakeport and a third TIF district is contemplated at The Weirs. Warren Clement, who serves on the Advisory Committee, said that the TIF district has generated approximately $435,000 in funding, of which $150,000 was spent on the Riverwalk at City Hall and $107,000 on the landscaping of Stewart Park, leaving a current balance of $178,000. The group was invited to offer suggestions for projects and then to rank them in order of prior-
ity. Public restrooms, followed closely by improved access to the Winnipesaukee River, topped the list. Bob Sawyer was one of several to note that amenities like the WOW Trail and Riverwalk, which drew people downtown, should be complemented by public restrooms. The river, said Thibeault, may be the only one in an urban setting where anglers can land salmon with the same genetic make-up as those caught in the rivers of Newfoundland and Labrador. Sawyer said that the river should also be accessible to boaters from Lake Winnisquam by ensuring sufficient clearance beneath the Main Street bridge, noting that an opportunity was missed when the Fair Street Bridge was rebuilt. John Moriarity proposed establishing a “commercial port-of-call” on Lake Winnisquam at the foot of Water Street by removing the abandoned sewage treatment tanks from property owned by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. Completing the Riverwalk, originally designed to run between the Fair Street bridge and the Church Street bridge on either side of the Winnipesaukee see next page
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BELMONT from page one Condodemetraky said he repeatedly tried to get more detailed information about why Pike was given $11,000. Some basic information was included in the disclosure agreement and confidentiality statement kept on file in the Town Clerks Office. When rebuffed by Beaudin because of the confidentiality agreement, he filed suit in Belknap County Superior Court against Beaudin, Cormier and Pike — but not the town of Belmont. The crux of his request for summary judgment is Cormier vioated the Right to Know Law by making a decision without a quorum. His suit also claims Beaudin failed as town adminstrator by not posting the topic on the agenda and ailing to keep accurate minutes. In the response, Beaudin denied both allegations. Spector’s response on behalf of Cormier said that while it is true Cormier was the only selectman left standing at the time of the vote, there is no provision n N.H. State Law to appoint alternate selectmen in this situation. The response notes that two former selectmen were consulted about Pike’s threatened suit and both, Ward Peterson and Ron Mitchell, agreed the best way to end the matter was for the town to pay Pike the out-of-pocket money he had spent on health insurance. Condodemetraky’s recommended remedy was that the court invalidate the settlement and order Pike to reimburse the taxpayers. He also requests the court remove Pike from office and that the town codify a policy that disallows divorced people from remaining on their former spouses health insurance — a move already taken by the town, although it is
from preceding page River and connecting it to the WOW Trail at appropriate points also scored highly. Following from the recent discussions about the flow of downtown traffic, there was general support for improved signage throughout the downtown, perhaps supplemented by enahncements to the “gateways” to the center of the city. Rather than using the limited funds to defray the cost of projects, a majority of those present favored borrowing, through the sale of general obligation bonds, in order to finance more expansive undertakngs and applying the TIF funds to service the debt. Planning Director Shanna Saunders said that a report of the meeting would be prepared and the recommendations would be presented to the City Council, which woud have to approve the particular projects as well as any borrowing to fund them.
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Belknap Co. vote on birth control broke down 10-4-4 Gilmanton selectmen clarify CONCORD — A majority of the 18 representatives voted against it. Four representatives — Don Flanders position on police staffing from Belknap County — all Republicans — voted in and Bob Luther of Laconia, Dave Russell of Gilmanton favor of legislation that would entitle employers to deny their employees health insurance coverage for contraceptive services, medications and devices on the strength of their religious beliefs. House Bill 1546 carried the House of Representatives yesterday by a majority of 196 to 150. The bill will be referred to the Senate. Representatives Harry Accornero, Bob Kingsbury, and Frank Tilton of Laconia, Bob Greemore and Colette Worsman of Meredith, Guy Comtois and Elaine Swinford of Barnstead, Robert Malone of Alton, Tyler Simpson of New Hampton, Dennis Fields of Sanbornton voted for the bill. Representatives Peter Bolster and Jeffrey St. Cyr, Jim Pilliod of Belmont and Alida Millham of Gilford
and Bill Tobin of Sanbornton — did not vote. The bill effectively repealed a statute enacted in 1999 requiring employers, including religious institutions and their affiliates, to provide contraceptive drugs, devices and services in their health insurance programs. Without objection from either Catholic or Protestant churches, the law was adopted in the House by a vote of 243 to 85, with the majority almost evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats, and carried the Senate by a voice vote. The law aroused no controversy until last month when a similar provision of the federal Affordable Care Act triggered was challenged by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. opposition — Michael Kitch
BIRTH CONTROL from page 2 directly pay for contraceptives. It was not clear Wednesday how the federal requirement would affect the New Hampshire exemption if it becomes law. O’Brien argues that people who don’t agree with the exemption can either pay for birth control out of their own pockets or choose to work for a different employer. “New Hampshire has a long and proud history of religious tolerance,” Deputy House Speaker Pamela Tucker, a Greenland Republican, said in support of the measure. Rep. Jennifer Coffey, R-Andover, said women who need contraceptives to address a health issue other than to avoid pregnancy would still be able to get prescriptions covered by health plans. “This says no pills, no condoms for the sole purpose of preventing pregnancy,” she said. Dozens of women gathered at the Statehouse to demonstrate against the bill. NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire also held a news conference in the Legislative Office Building across the street as the debate neared a conclusion. “Who would have imagined that with the advances made by women in nearly every sector of society, we would be facing legislation that not only turns back the clock, but so dramatically attacks a most basic and fundamental right of women,” said the Rev. Mary Westfall, pastor at the Durham United Church of Christ. “Who would have imagined that in a state that so values personal rights and liberties, a piece of legislation would even be seriously considered that so erodes those very rights? Who would have imagined,” she said at the news conference.
New Hampshire is one of 28 states with laws or regulations requiring equity in private insurance coverage for contraceptives, according to Laura Thibault, interim executive director of NARAL’s state organization. Eight of the 28, including New Hampshire, have no exemptions for religious organizations, she said. The remaining states have opt outs for churches and some allow schools, universities and hospitals to refuse the coverage, according to Thibault. Besides New Hampshire, a handful of other states are considering repealing the mandatory coverage, she said. The 12-year-old law O’Brien proposes to change only requires coverage of contraceptives if other drugs also are covered. Employers also can avoid state mandates altogether by self-insuring. But opponents argued that the constitutional protection of religious freedom does not apply to an institution entering the marketplace to buy insurance. “Offering a health care benefit to employees is not an expression of religious faith. It is a business decision,” said Rep. Christopher Serlin, D-Portsmouth. Serlin said once an employer enters the marketplace “they need to abide by the same laws we do.” He said if the bill truly was to protect religious freedoms it would have included the Jehovah’s Witness religion, which forbids blood transfusions. Last week, radio personality Rush Limbaugh apologized to Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke for calling her a “slut” and “prostitute.” Limbaugh made the remarks after Fluke testified to congressional Democrats in support of national health care policies that would compel employers and other organizations to offer health insurance that covers birth control.
GILMANTON — Selectmen clarified the staffing recommendation regarding the Police Department yesterday. According to Town Administrator Tim Warren, during the initial budget development, selectmen asked both the fire and police chiefs to come up with a way to pay for the increases in their respective contributions to the state retirement system and still level fund their departments. He said Chief Phil O’Brien’s initial recommendation was to reduce the position of full-time sergeant to half time but selectmen didn’t like the idea and instead found the savings in other portions of the police budget — not in the personnel lines. Warren said at some point during the discussion one member of the Budget Committee asked if the department could function with one less patrol officer and cruiser but said that idea was immediately dismissed. During their deliberations, the Budget Committee liked the idea of reducing the sergeant position from full-time to part-time and that is the recommendation voters will see as part of the Police Department line in the proposed budget warrant article. Selectmen said they continue to recommend five full time police officers — a chief, a sergeant, and three full-time patrol officers. — Gail Ober
ODDS from page one 1 and 59 and one between 1 and 35, and put them in a hat.. A customer, DeCesare said, drew out one number at a time to create a special number for the Hair Factory, which they played regularly. “I was watching the news yesterday,” DeCesare recalled, “when they announced the winner had come forward to claim her prize of $336,400,000.” She said that “when they posted the winning number — 1-1037-52-57 PB11 — I couldn’t believe what I was seeing! Those numbers were the exact same numbers we had all picked and been playing. Then I realized that we had played it after the drawing.” The winner, Louise White, an 81-year-old woman from Newport, Rhode Island was equally surprised. She said that she wrote the numbers as they were read on television but missed a few then waited ten minutes to hear them again. After she checked her ticket and found the numbers matched she called “is anybody awake. I want you to come look at something.” Twice she checked the number on-line and only then tucked the winning ticket in her Bible and went out to Sunday breakfast. “It’s good to dream a little bit,” DeCesare remarked, then added “maybe I’ll be calling you next week.” — Michael Kitch STORM from page 2 strong, may seem fiercer because Earth has been lulled by several years of weak solar activity. The storm is part of the sun’s normal 11-year cycle, which is supposed to reach peak storminess next year. Solar storms don’t harm people, but they do disrupt technology. And during the last peak around 2002, experts learned that GPS was vulnerable to solar outbursts. Because new technology has flourished since then, scientists could discover that some new systems are also at risk, said Jeffrey Hughes, director of the Center for Integrated Space Weather Modeling at Boston University. A decade ago, this type of solar storm happened a couple of times a year, Hughes said. “This is a good-size event, but not the extreme type,” said Bill Murtagh, program coordinator for the federal government’s Space Weather Prediction Center. The sun erupted Tuesday evening, and the most noticeable effects should arrive here between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. EST Thursday, according to forecasters at the space weather center. The effects could linger through Friday morning. The region of the sun that erupted can still send more blasts our way, Kunches said.
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Get your kicks with ‘New Work By Robot’ at The Studio LACONIA — Imagine a by-gone time glorified by trips down the Mother Road, Route 66 and all its nostalgic romance. Now imagine it visited by a robot. In the March exhibit at The Studio, 84 Union Avenue, artists Jeffrey Sass and Keith Buchholz invite you to take the highway that is best as seen through the eyes of Robot and his experience. Sass and Buchholz are both natives of St. Louis, and over the course of a year, explored Route 66 as it passed through Missouri, Sass using pinhole photography and Buchholz the idea of souvenir boxes to document both the appeal of the kitschy attractions and the cultural shifts that have occurred with the closing of the road. Robot “poses” in front of iconic landmarks in photographs that have been painstakingly applied to t-shirts and hand painted by Sass. Altered boxes by At left: New Work by Robot exhibit features Route 66 through the eyes of a Robot and opens at The Studio in downtown Laconia on April 7. (Courtesy photo)
Buchholz explore the lure of travel, road food and scenic stops, while also nodding at a darker side of the often-glorified “good old days”. The Studio’s Melissa McCarthy, who curated this exhibit, feels that it’s especially timely to see this combination of nostalgia and imagination as Laconia moves forward in its revitalization. “Jeff and Keith have created a trip down memory lane that is both charming and disturbing,” she says, adjusting the lid of one of the painted and stenciled boxes. “It’s a chance to look at a golden age that’s been fictionalized, and a view of the road ahead.” “New Work by Robot” is on view at The Studio through Saturday April 7. An opening event is planned for Saturday March 10 beginning at 7 p.m., with live music by Brother Rob, Michael LaRoche, The Laminators and The Labor Pains. The Studio is located at 84 Union Avenue and regular hours are Wednesday - Friday 10-5 and Saturday 10-3, other times by appointment. Call 455-8008 for information.
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911 program for Guy’s Night Out in Gilford GILFORD — Director of the NH Bureau of Emergency Communications, Bruce Cheney, former Police Chief in Laconia, will present the enhanced 911 system as it exists today and what is coming in the future with ‘’Next Generation 911” at the next Guys’ Night Out on March 15 at Gilford Community Church. The NH Bureau of Emergency Communications serves as the communication link between the public and
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Gilford Cal Ripken Baseball open registration days beginning March 9 GILFORD — The Gilford Cal Ripken youth baseball league will hold open registration days March 9-11 at the Gilford Middle School gym during the following times: Friday 3/9, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Saturday 3/10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Sunday 3/11, 9 a.m.=2 p.m. All boys and girls ages 4-12 are encouraged to sign up. Please note that firsttime registrants must also present an official birth certificate prior to the beginning of the league season.
The Board of Directors would also like to invite the public to the annual open board of directors meeting on Thursday, March 15. This meeting will be held at the Gilford Town Hall and will begin at 7 p.m. All interested parties are encouraged to attend. Player registrations will also be accepted before and after the meeting. For any questions about the league, contact the league president, Jaime Boucher, at 630-2802.
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Juried student exhibition March 13– April 7 at PSU’s Karl Drerup Art Gallery PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University students enrolled in programs of the PSU Department of Art will submit the product of some of their creative efforts for judging by distinguished juror Patricia Carega during the 2012 Juried Student Exhibition March 13–April 7 at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery. Carega is owner and director of the Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery in Center Sandwich. An opening reception will be held from 4–6 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 at the gallery. Visitors to the exhibition will see sculpture, ceramics, drawing, photography, painting, printmaking and graphic design produced by these creative and ambitious artists. The Juried Student Exhibition is an annual event for the PSU gallery program. Students will submit up to three works in as many as five levels
of study in the Department of Art’s curriculum, with prizes awarded in each category. One level is for personal work developed outside the classroom. Each level has a ‘best in class” category and three honorable mention designations. One work will be selected as “best in show.” The Juried Student Exhibition provides an important opportunity for students to expand their artistic resume. The show allows the students to understand the real world process of entering an exhibition and to see what is expected of them in a professional manner in preparation for when they enter exhibitions outside of the university setting. Gallery hours are Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; closed Sunday and PSU holidays. All gallery exhibitions are open to the public free of charge.
PLYMOUTH — The White Mountain Dowsers will hear a discussion of the local economy and an attempt to establish a locally-based currency when the organization meets at the Starr King Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Fairgrounds Road in Plymouth on Monday, March 12. Dowsing practice will be from 6:30 to 7 p.m. followed by the featured speaker George Matthews from D Acres, a non-profit, farm based service organization that promotes sustainability through practice, experimentation, workshops, tours, and community outreach. He will present a short talk about community based currencies. As part of its focus theme for 2012: The Local Economy; Currency in Community, D Acres, which is located in Dorchester, will be launching a
community-based currency. D Acres is currently exploring the possibilities for starting up a mutual credit system -- an alternative to money-based exchanges that connects people in the community, facilitating the trading of goods, services, or skills. Akin to barter networks and time banks, mutual credit systems enable users to list offerings, wants, requests, find other members of the community who offer what they need, and carry out trades, all in one convenient location. These systems serve to enhance local economic activity and build resilient communities without relying on scarce supplies of regular currency. A $5 dollar donation is suggested. For more information contact Tom and Sandi Ruelke at 603-444-5494 firstname.lastname@example.org
GILFORD — Gunstock will be offering a moonlit zip tour this Saturday night, March 10 at 4 p.m. The ZipTour participants will be the last ones up the Panorama lift where they will be greeted with an assortment of cheeses, veggies and dips. They will then watch the sun go down on the back of the mountain while the moon rises over Lake Winnipesaukee. Sam Adams will then provide a sampling of their products paired with Chicken wings and Hog Wings to complement the beers. Guests will head out in small groups to descend the mountain on the ZipTour sometime around 6 p.m. which includes the 4th and 6th longest ziplines in the world, in the dark
with just headlamps. “It’s an incredible feeling” says Greg Goddard, Gunstock’s general mananger, “we have had the opportunity to test it at night and it’s a completely different experience than during the daytime. We are looking to develop different night tours that we can run during the summer season as well.” The cost is $95 and that includes tax and tip on the food service, the ZipTour and all the equipment necessary for the tour. Saturday,s weather looks to be nice and sunny, so the views at sunset and moonrise are going to be spectacular. The tour is limited to 24 people and reservations are required. Call 603-7374388 for reservations and all the details.
LACONIA — The LRGHealthcare Breast Cancer & Beyond support group meets regularly and brings women together to share experiences and advice. The next group meeting is being held on Monday, March 12 from 4:30 -6 p.m. at Lakes Region General Hospital in the
Women’s Imaging Center. This informal gathering will offer women a chance to relax and mingle with others who are experiencing something similar. For more information or to register for the event, contact Breast Health Program Coordinator Ginny Witkin at 527-2940. RSVP is appreciated.
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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Thursday, March 8, the 68th day of 2012. There are 298 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 8, 1862, during the Civil War, the ironclad CSS Virginia rammed and sank the USS Cumberland and heavily damaged the USS Congress, both frigates, off Newport News, Va. On this date: In 1702, England’s Queen Anne acceded to the throne upon the death of King William III. In 1782, the Gnadenhutten (jih-NAY’-duhnhuh-tuhn) massacre took place as more than 90 Indians were slain by militiamen in Ohio in retaliation for raids carried out by other Indians. In 1854, U.S. Commodore Matthew C. Perry made his second landing in Japan; within a month, he concluded a treaty with the Japanese. In 1874, the 13th president of the United States, Millard Fillmore, died in Buffalo, N.Y., at age 74. In 1917, Russia’s “February Revolution” (so called because of the Old Style calendar used by Russians at the time) began with rioting and strikes in Petrograd. The U.S. Senate voted to limit filibusters by adopting the cloture rule. In 1930, the 27th president of the United States, William Howard Taft, died in Washington at age 72. In 1942, Imperial Japanese forces occupied Yangon in Burma (Myanmar) during World War II. In 1944, two days after an initial strike, U.S. heavy bombers resumed raiding Berlin during World War II. In 1960, Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Richard M. Nixon won the New Hampshire presidential primary. In 1965, the United States landed its first combat troops in South Vietnam as 3,500 Marines were brought in to defend the U.S. air base at Da Nang. In 1971, Joe Frazier defeated Muhammad Ali by decision in what was billed as “The Fight of the Century” at Madison Square Garden in New York. Silent film comedian Harold Lloyd died in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 77. In 1988, 17 soldiers were killed when two Army helicopters from Fort Campbell, Ky., collided in mid-flight. One year ago: Voters in Bell, Calif., went to the polls in huge numbers and threw out the entire City Council after most of its members had been charged with fraud. (Residents were infuriated to find out that former City Manager Robert Rizzo had been receiving an annual salary of $1.5 million, and that four of the five City Council members had paid themselves $100,000 to meet about once a month.) Today’s Birthdays: Actress Sue Ane (correct) Langdon is 76. Baseball player-turned-author Jim Bouton is 73. Songwriter Carole Bayer Sager is 68. Actor-director Micky Dolenz is 67. Singermusician Randy Meisner is 66. Pop singer Peggy March is 64. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Jim Rice is 59. Singer Gary Numan is 54. Actor Aidan Quinn is 53. Country musician Jimmy Dormire is 52. Actress Camryn Manheim is 51. Rock singer Shawn Mullins is 44. Actress Andrea Parker is 42. Actor Freddie Prinze Jr. is 36. Actor James Van Der Beek is 35. Rock singer Tom Chaplin (Keane) is 33. Rock musician Andy Ross is 33.
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CALENDAR TODAY’S EVENTS Winter Farmer’s Market at the Skate Escape on Court Street in Laconia. 3 to 6 p.m. Vendors offering local farmraised meats, fresh-baked breads, organic tea, cofree, fudge, pastries, pies, cakes, fresh produce, jellies & jams, local wines, herbs, oils, plants, jewelry, wood workers, and fine art. Swing Caravan appearing at the N.H. Jazz Center at Pitman’s Freight Room in Laconia. 8 p.m. $12. BYOB. Health Insurance Changes & Options Workshop hosted by the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce. 3:30 to 5 p.m.at the Community Center. RSVP to 27961221 or email@example.com. Lakes Region Lacrosse information session. 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Gilford Town Hall. Girls’ & boys’ teams for U11, U13 and U15 age groups. More information at www.lrlacrosse.org. Gilford Girls’ Softball registration. 5 to 8 p.m. at the middle school. For ages 4-13. For more information call Melody Strout at 630-8108. Sanbornton Democrats will caucus at the Public Library for the purpose of electing officers and a delegate to the N.H. Democratic Party Convention. 7 p.m. Open House at Blue Heron School at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. A nature-based Montessori school for children 3-6. Free workshop on starting a vegetable garden. 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gilman Library in Alton. Presented by Kelly McAdam, agriculture educator for Cooperative Extension Service. Registration not required but helpful. Call 527-5475. Final 2012 registration session for Laconia Little League. 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Community Center on Union Avenue. American Legion Post #1 Bingo. Every Thursday night at 849 N. Main Street in Laconia. Doors open at 4 p.m. Bingo starts at 6:30. Al-Anon Meeting at the Congregational Church Parish House (18 Veterans Square) in Laconia. 8 to 9:15 p.m. each Thursday. Al-Anon offers hope and help to families of alcoholics. No dues or fees. All are welcome. Call 645-9518. Chess Club at the Goss Reading Room (188 Elm Street) in Laconia. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. each Thursday. 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. ABC & Me time at the Meredith Public Library. 1 to 2 p.m. Stories, crafts and games for children 3-5. Children are encouraged to bring an item from home that starts with the letter of the week — “P”. Knotty Knitters meeting at the Meredith Public Library. 10 a.m. to noon. Open to all experience levels. Mystery Book Group meeting at the Meredith Public Library. “The Widow’s Mate” by Ralph McInery. Refreshments. Copies at the main desk.
FRIDAY, MARCH 9 Laconia Christian School students present a hilarious, family-friendly adaptation of “The Caterbury Tales”. 7 p.m. at the Laconia High School auditorium. Belknap County Area Committee on Aging meeting. 10 a.m. at the Wesley Woods Community Room at the First United Methodist Church in Gilford. Program will be Part 3 of “Go Grinning” series. Al-Anon Meeting at the Congregational Church Parish House (18 Veterans Square) in Laconia. 9:30 to 11 a.m. each Friday. Al-Anon offers hope and help to families of alcoholics. No dues or fees. All are welcome. Call 645-9518. 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. Basic Sewing Class at the Meredith Public Library. 12:30 to 2 p.m. Sign-up required. Pick up list of necessary materials at front desk.
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Thomas F. Broderick, Jr., 75 GILFORD — Thomas F. Broderick, Jr., 75, of 79 Deer Run Lane died at the Laconia Rehabilitation Center-Genesis on Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Mr. Broderick was born March 25, 1936 in Boston, Mass the son of Thomas F. and Mary ( McDonough) Broderick, Sr. He resided in Lynnfield, Mass. until moving to Gilford sixteen years ago. Mr. Broderick was an attorney at law. He was a graduate of Boston University and the Suffolk University School of Law. He was an avid reader. Mr. Broderick was a communicant of St. Andre Bessette Parish-Sacred Heart Church. Survivors include his wife of fifty one years, Stephanie (Legro) Broderick of Gilford; a son, Thomas F. Broderick, III of Gilford; a daughter, Cheri Anderson, of Litchfield; two grandchildren, Ashley and Richard Anderson, both of Litchfield; a brother, Joseph Broderick, of Natick, Mass.; a sister, Frances Jacoby, of N. Reading Mass. and several nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his par-
ents, and by a brother John Broderick. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, March 8, 2012 from 7:00PM –9:00PM at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH using the Carriage House Entrance. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 11:00AM at St. Andre Bessette ParishSacred Heart Church, 291 Union Avenue, Laconia, NH. Spring burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Laconia,NH. For those who wish, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5 Bedford Farms Drive Ste. 201, Bedford, NH 03110. Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia NH is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
Jon M. Batchelder, 69 AUGUSTA, Ga. — Mr. Jon MacKaye Batchelder, 69, of Augusta, GA passed away on Friday, March 2, 2012 at his residence. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 4pm in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Born in Laconia, NH, he was the son of the late Sydney and Ada Jacobs Batchelder. He graduated in 1960 from Inner Lakes High School. Jon was a carpenter for over twenty years and retired as service manager from the Augusta Chronicle after twelve years of service. He served his country in the Air Force. Jon was very active with The American Legion Post #205, Military Order of The Cooties Pup Tent #69, Sons of The American Legion #178, 40 & 8, a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3200, and Fraternal Order of Eagles #1197.
In addition to his parents, Jon was preceded in death by a brother; Gregory Batchelder. He is survived by his wife of thirty nine years, Andrea Thompson Batchelder, son, Michael and his wife Julie Batchelder, Ottawa, Canada; brother, Jan Batchelder, Meredith, NH; sister, Gaye O’Malley, Hampton, NH; brother and sister in laws, Robert and Betsy Thompson, Gary and Judy Thompson, Larry and Rita Thompson, Kerry and Rita Atwood, Jeff and Brenda Kollwitz, numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends after the service at The American Legion Post #178, 3219 Richmond Hill Rd. Augusta, GA 30906. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Heartland Hospice, 208 Pitcarin Way # A, Augusta, GA, 30909.
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Kathryn R. Chase, 97 LACONIA — Kathryn Roller Chase, 97, passed away at her home on Saturday, March 3, 2012. Kathryn was born June 12, 1914 in West Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Louis and Louise(Holle) Roller. In 1937, she received her B.S. Degree in Biology from Douglass College (New Jersey College for Women) in New Brunswick, N.J. and in 1940, she received her M.S. Degree in Zoology at Rutgers University. From 1943-1945 she served as a WAVE in the U.S. Navy with the rank of Lt. J.G. On Feb. 2, 1945, she married David Graeme Chase in Washington, D.C. She was a high school biology teacher, devoted homemaker, mother and wife. She had been a resident of the Taylor Community in Laconia, N.H. for the last twenty-one years. Before that, she resided in Sudbury, Mass. and Cape Cod, Mass. While living in Sudbury, Mass., she sang in the church choir, taught Sunday School and did volunteer work at the Boston Museum of Science. She had many interests including geology, opera, nature, religion and current events. Kathryn was a member of The Unitarian Universalist Society of Laconia and was their historian for many years. Survivors include two daughters, Pamela Chase and her husband, Jonathan Pawlik, of Tumwater, Washington and Marilyn Hurley and her husband, Barry, of Eldred, Pennsylvania; two grandsons,
Ethan Hurley of Rochester, New York and Colin Hurley and his wife, Bethany, of Erie, Pennsylvania; one great grandson, Nolin Chase Hurley; two brothers, Edward Roller and his wife, Audrey, of Gillette, New Jersey and Richard Roller and his wife, Harriet, of Chester, Vermont; a brother-in-law, Aquila Chase, and his wife, Marcia, of Newmarket, New Hampshire; a sister-in-law, Jacquie Chase, of Inverness, California and many precious nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, David, on Dec. 7, 2001, and by her sister, Evelyn Konrad. A calling hour will be held on Friday, March 9, 2012 from 1:00-2:00PM at the Wilkinson-BeaneSimoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. A Memorial Service will follow the calling hour at 2:00PM at the Unitarian Universalist Society, 172 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N. H. Spring burial will be in the family lot in Plymouth Notch Cemetery, Plymouth, Vermont. In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Unitarian Universalist Society of Laconia, 172 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH 03246. Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
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Sidore Lecture Series to examine link between inequality & crime on March 12
PLYMOUTH — The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State University will present Paul Leighton, a professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology at Eastern Michigan University, at 7 p.m. Monday, March 12, in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts. This year’s Sidore Lecture Series focuses on the growing gap between the world’s rich and poor. The speakers hope to inspire audiences to think about the various forms of poverty that plague societies around the world, while sharing concrete solutions. Speaking on The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison: Inequality, Corporate Power and Crime, Leighton will discuss the link between the distribution of economic resources and crime. He will base his comments on famed criminologist John Braithwaite’s argument that inequality worsens both crimes of poverty, which are motivated by need and
structural humiliation, and crimes of wealth, which are motivated by greed and unaccountability. He will also provide a review of numerous solutions proposed over decades, highlighting the importance of campaign finance reform. Professor Leighton’s teaching and research interests include a range of violence from rape, hate crimes and terrorism to genocide. He also studies white collar crime and criminal justice policy, with expertise in prisons, private prisons and capital punishment (including televised executions). Leighton edited Criminal Justice Ethics with Jeffrey Reiman. He is also the co-author of Class, Race, Gender and Crime. He has been the North American Editor of Critical Criminology: An International Journal and The American Society of Criminology’s Division on Critical Criminology named him Critical Criminologist of the Year in 2001. The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series was established
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Laconia Christian School presenting Canterbury Tales Friday & Saturday LACONIA — Laconia Christian School will be presenting ‘The Canterbury Tales’ at Laconia High School at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10. This rollicking adventure is full of jests and fun, morals and vices, but told in a family-friendly manner. It features many of Chaucer’s best-loved characters: the greedy Innkeeper, the rowdy Yeoman, the Wife of Bath (She has had five husbands and certainly thinks she knows the secret to a happy marriage!), the Alchemist who outwits the Priest into believing he can turn ordinary metal into gold, the Three Thieves and Chanticleer and Pertelote( a cocky rooster and his hen). Tickets are available at the door for $7 adults and $5 students (18 and under).
Workshop on controlling energy costs set for March 15 ANDOVER — A free, in-depth workshop for controlling home energy costs will be offered to the public in Andover beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, in the cafeteria of the Andover Elementary/Middle School. The two-hour workshop, called Button Up 201, is the second part of a two-part program offered in conjunction with the University of New Hampshire and the NH Office of Energy and Planning. The first session, a general overview of energyrelated problems, drew 21 participants in February. The March 15 session will focus on hands-on solutions. Attendees need not have attended first workshop. Led by certified energy professionals, the workshops provide residents with information and techniques to save money on home energy use. “With home heating prices predicted to rise by another 10 percent this season, the Button Up NH workshops are a wonderful way to help guard against fuel price increases,” says Denise Blaha, UNH program manager. “Participants will learn how to undertake basic air sealing and insulation techniques, where to find technical and financial resources, sources of energy waste and easy do-it-yourself conservation measures to reduce fuel and electricity use that will save money and make homes more comfortable throughout the year.” Workshop attendees will also be able to receive personalized answers to energy-related questions and get guidance through the process of implementing an energy reduction project, such as air-sealing an attic or basement or implementing a solar hot water system. The UNH-based program is a collaboration with Clean Air-Cool Planet, Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI), UNH Cooperative Extension, and the Lakes Region Community College. The Andover workshops are co-sponsored by the Andover Energy Group, the Andover Library Trustees, the Andover Conservation Commission and Proctor Academy.
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Dear Annie: My best friend, “Maggie,” and I are like sisters. We have great fun, can talk about nearly anything and have supported each other through our toughest times. Our husbands also get along well, and we often do things together. Over the past year, Maggie has become increasingly critical of her husband, “Scott.” He is a likeable guy, but Maggie scolds and picks on him, rolls her eyes and basically treats him with contempt. Granted, Scott can be a little blunt, and his attempts at humor don’t always succeed, but her responses are worse. She will say, “You’re such an idiot. Why don’t you just keep your mouth shut?” Yet, the next minute, they will have their arms around each other. We often see Maggie and Scott at parties, and it is clear that others feel embarrassed by this behavior. Maggie has never mentioned marital problems to me. In fact, she says sweet and complimentary things about Scott when it’s just the two of us. I don’t want to jeopardize our terrific friendship, so how do I approach this subject? She doesn’t take criticism well, no matter how gentle. -- Baffled Friend Dear Baffled: Some married couples fall into the habit of letting criticisms become common and public. We think Maggie might simply need a little push in the right direction. The next time she says or does something critical of Scott, you might take her aside and say, “Are you angry with Scott? You seem to dislike him so much lately.” You also could give positive reinforcement when you witness affection, adding, “It’s so nice to see you two getting along.” Dear Annie: I’ve been asked to be the maid-of-honor for a friend. I was planning to throw a bridal shower with 10 to 15 guests at my apartment. I had a nice luncheon-type party in mind. The other day, my friend informed me that she wants to invite 65 guests and, since my apartment is too small for that
crowd, said I should host it at a local restaurant. I checked with the venue, and it is way too pricey for my budget. Even if I involve the other two bridesmaids, this will be a much bigger expense than I can afford. Are there rules when it comes to bridal shower guest lists? I don’t want to hurt her feelings or lose her friendship, but combined with the expense of the dress, shoes, hair and bachelorette party, I may need to take out a loan. How can I handle this? After all, it’s her wedding. -- Soon To Be Poor Maid of Honor Dear Maid: The bride is allowed to give you the guest list, but she must keep to the hostess’s limit. When you told her you would give a shower for 15 people, she should have kept the guest list at 15. It is inconsiderate of a bride to force anyone to shell out more than they can afford for a shower. We recommend you tell her “so sorry,” this isn’t in your budget, and you will have to decline as hostess, but that you would be happy to give a smaller event in your apartment for 15 guests. We don’t care if it’s her wedding. It doesn’t entitle her to become Bridezilla. Dear Annie: Your response to “Stuck in the Middle” was spot on. It’s never too late to learn good fiscal behavior, but it’s never too early, either. America’s Credit Unions sponsors a public television series called “Biz Kid$” that teaches young people the importance of good money management and business skills they can use for life. With a website of resources and a free curriculum that teachers and parents can access, “Biz Kid$” teaches kids that being fiscally responsible can be fun. Will you tell them, Annie? -- Jamie Hammond, Executive Producer Dear Jamie Hammond: With pleasure. We hope our readers, young and old, will check out Biz Kid$ at bizkids.com.
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393-5756 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. GILFORD, 2-Bedroom, 2-Bath, Balconies, no smoking/pets, $890/month plus utilities, Security deposit and references, 603-455-6662 GILFORD: 4-bedroom, 3-bath house, garage, decks, hot tub, walk-out basement, lake view, W/D. No smoking. Pet negotiable. $1,650/month +utilities. References, security deposit, one year lease. 603-455-6269. GUNSTOCK Acres Home: Private entrance, deck & livingroom. No pets or smoking. $525/month. 603-759-2895. 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 LACONIA - Old Mill Building. First floor, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath condo. Wood floors, granite, stainless steel appliances $1000 per month includes cable. Washer/dryer in unit. No smoking/ no pets 524-1799. LACONIA 1 Bedroom- Washer/ dryer hookup, storage, no pets. Security Deposit & references. $600/month + utilities. 520-4353 LACONIA Lg. 3-room refurbished, 2nd floor apt. inc. heat/ parking, $175 week, no pets/ smoking. Refer. & Security deposit required. 524-1874 or 524-4590 LACONIA- 1 room for rent. 118 Court St. 1st floor, $120/Week includes everything. Own bathroom, 524-7218 or 832-3535 LACONIA- 2-Bedroom & 3-Bedroom Townhouses for rent $825/ $875. Washer/Dryer hookups. Private yard, full basement, dishwasher & A/C in convenient Laconia location. Heat & hot water included. Call us today at 603-524-4363. EHO, FHO. LACONIA- BIg 1-bedroom close to downtown. Includes plowing, 2-car parking & washer/dryer. Plenty of closet space. 2nd floor. $200 heat credit, no dogs/smoking. $170/Week + 4-week security deposit. Credit & criminal background check required. Section 8 approved. Leave message for Rob 617-529-1838
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LACONIA: 2BR townhouse, 1.5 bathrooms, w/d, attached garage. $1,300/month plus utilities. Call 387-7138. LACONIA: Large, sunny 3BR, first floor. $1,000/month plus utilities. Central air, washer/dryer hookup, hardwood floors, walk to the lake and downtown with space for your garden. Available June 1st. Pet friendly. Contact Heather, 998-3174. LACONIA: 1-bedroom, $135$150/ weekly includes heat & hot water. References and deposit. 528-0024. LACONIA: 2-bedroom $180/ week includes heat & hot water. References and deposit. 524-9665. LACONIA: Charming sunny small 2-bedroom, 2nd floor no smoking/dogs. $200/week. includes heat/ hot water. 455-5569. LACONIA: Gilbert Apartments. Call for available apartments. 524-4428 LACONIA: 1-2 Bedrooms starting at $175/Week, utilities included. No pets. 496-8667 or 545-9510. 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 LITTLE HOUSE, Ashland. This guesthouse is tiny, but cozy. Climb up ships ladder to 2 small bedrooms. Bath has shower only. Nice porch. All utilities included plus basic cable & internet. $175/wk or $750/mo, plus security deposit. References. No pets, non smokers ONLY. 968-7800 MEREDITH lakefront studio, utilities included, no pets, no smokers, single person, $850/mo. Call 279-1472.
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TILTON- Large 1 bedroom. Newly renovated kitchen. Features washer/dryer, dishwasher, attached greenhouse. $750/Month including utilities. No dogs.
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TILTONUPDATED one bedroom. Top-floor, quiet. Heat/Hot Water included, no dogs. $630/Month. 603-393-9693 or 916-214-7733.
COUCH and matching oversized chair, dark green, $250. 2 sage green recliners $75 each. Clean, no rips Call 528-0287.
WINNISQUAM: Small efficiency and a cottage including heat, hot water, lights and cable. $160-$185 per week. $400 deposit. No pets. 387-3864.
For Rent-Commercial 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 for an appointment to see. LACONIA- Several prime Main St. Stores in center of town. 1,000 & 2,000 Sq. Ft.+ basements. From $1,000/Month includes heat. 524-3892 or 630-4771 LOCATION LOCATION. If your business needs exposure this may be your perfect fit. Real estate, legal, dental, eye care, office or retail business seeking. Visibility, should take a look at this 750 sq. ft. office/store front with high traffic count and plenty of parking. Just steps away from the Common Man in Ashland. $850/mo. All utilities included. 968-7800.
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For Sale 4-Goodyear Eagle Performance Touring all season tires. 225/60R16. Lightly used. $300 or best offer. 279-3980 AMAZING FOUR WHEELER DEAL! 2012 Polaris Sportsman HO with brand new trailer. Both never used! Title, Warranty, Manuals. Sell both for $6500 or four wheeler for $5800, trailer for $800. NEED TO SELL! 603-387-2630. AMAZING! Beautiful pillowtop matress sets, twin $169, full or queen $249, king $399. See AD under “Furniture”. AMMO: 30-06, 360 rounds; 16 gauge, 260 rounds; 22 cal., 1660 rounds; 12 gauge, 945 rounds; Call 496-8639 for details.
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Superintendent candidates Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund gives to attend March 12 forum $5,000 to help complete Skatepark of Plymouth
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PLYMOUTH — The Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund has awarded $5,000 to help complete a skate park in Plymouth that will provide more than 6,000 children, teenagers and young adults in the Pemi-Baker region with a place to enjoy camaraderie and physical exercise. The first phase of the park opened in September of 2011, including a 120-foot “street piece,” a “kidney bowl”, jumps, ramps and other features. In its first month, organizers reported that the skate park attracted an average of 150 to 200 youth each week. By the summer of 2012, organizers hope to triple the size of the park, adding new concrete features and a winding 8-foot-wide concrete gully called a “snake run.” Planned developments for the future include landscaping with edible berry bushes and flowers, a picnic area, park benches, a playground for younger children, and even a “graffiti park” featuring artwork from area youth. “We are so grateful for the support of the MVSB Fund in this grassroots, collaborative effort,” said Mike Currier, who leads the board that has been working on the project. “Once fully completed, the park will be a great asset to the town of Plymouth and a wonderful outlet for youth and older children seeking their own identity and expression through activities like skateboarding. We envision the park becoming a destination for skateboarders from throughout New Hampshire and New England and even other parts of the country. We cannot thank the MVSB Fund and our other donors enough for allowing this great community feature to become a reality.” The group has raised more than $54,000 and received more than $35,000 of in-kind support from community members, businesses, contractors and corporate donors. Supporters include Common Man founder Alex Ray, who donated the property the skate park sits on, and Pat Moore, a nationallyacclaimed professional snowboarder originally from Plymouth. Upcoming fundraisers and events to benefit the skate park include: • March 3 – Snowboarding Rail Jam hosted by Plymouth State University students in downtown Plymouth (across from the Mandarin Taste restaurant).
Staff members from MVSB’s downtown Plymouth office recently presented a $5,000 check to the Skatepark of Plymouth. Janet Currier, left, head teller, and Kelly Beebee, right, branch manager, present a $5,000 check to Mike Currier, center, who coordinated the effort to build the skateboard park located on Route 3 in Plymouth. (Courtesy photo)
• March 10 – 5:30 to 11 p.m. The Common Man Inn presents Uncle Steve’s Band performing at a dinner/dance to benefit the park’s “Drive for 75K” fundraising campaign. Admission is $20 per person or $150 for a table of 8. • March 24 – Ragged Mountain Ski Area presents a Rail Jam to benefit the Skatepark of Plymouth. Further details to be announced. The Skatepark of Plymouth received one of 32 grants totaling more than $78,000 awarded by the Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund in 2011. The MVSB Fund makes grants every year to local community initiatives and non-profits that make a significant impact upon the lives of people in the local community. Since its inception in 1997 under the leadership of John Starrett, then president and CEO of the bank, 216 grants totaling more than $796,000 have been awarded to a wide range of environmental, social, educational, and historic projects throughout the Lakes Region and Plymouth area. Applications for the next set of grants are due by October 15, 2012.
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