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Burchell's colleagues planning to oust him as chair

LACONIA — Heeding the soothsayer's warning to "beware the Ides of March," Richard Burchell took steps yesterday to thwart the intent of his fellow Belknap County commissioners — Hunter Taylor and Dave DeVoy — to oust him from the chairman's post in favor of DeVoy when the commission meets Monday morning. After bickering throughout the morning, Burchell informed his colleagues by e-mail that "I will use the Sheriff's Office to clear the room if what you have contemplated is attempted." In a letter sent to The Laconia Daily Sun yesterday, Taylor revealed that he would offer a motion to "reorganize" the commission... Read more


Arguments for legalized personal fireworks are somewhat sill…

To The Daily Sun, The subject of personal fireworks has reared its ugly head again in Gilford. A personal fireworks ban is the last warrant article to be voted on March 10. Please keep in mind that this article does not prohibit professionally run fireworks programs offered most weekends around the Gilford area. It is strictly aimed at the disturbing noise at all hours of the night, potential for fires, and risk of personal injury to the user, but also to... Read more


E. Scott Cracraft - What did Arius get for Christmas?

In recent letters to The Sun, several writers have carried on an intense and fascinating debate over Jesus and whether or not he was God or even an historical figure at all. I think that Jesus was quite likely an historical character but most of our information comes from Christian writings, including quite a few with very different views about who Jesus was and which were left out of the official canon of the New... Read more


Youth hockey: Fighting Spirit fall in shootout

The New Hampshire Fighting Spirit lost Wednesday night 3-2 to the New England Stars in a shootout. A back and forth game saw the Spirit holding a 2-1 lead as the third period started however they were unable to hold on and ultimately lost. Forwards Christian Babineau and Nick Pino scored for the Spirit during regulation and goalie Adam Higdon was solid in net. The Spirit wrap up their regular season with a weekend series against... Read more



Elizabeth Mitropoulos and Robert Bertrand Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mitropoulos of Gonic, New Hampshire are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Elizabeth to Robert Bertrand son of Donna Bertrand of Laconia, New Hampshire and Robert Bertrand of Wingrave, England.   Ms. Mitropoulos is a 2011 graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor’s degree in nursing.  Mr. Bertrand is a 2008 graduate of Plymouth State University with a bachelor’s degree in geography.   A... Read more

Calendar of Events

3-1-15 Calendar

Indoor Farmer's Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Big Banana, 229 Messer St., Laconia. Food stamps accepted. Free kid's ice fishing derby at Lily Pond in Gilford, 9 a.m.-noon. Hosted by the Belknap County Sportsmen's Association. No registration required. Bait, equipment and lessons will be provided. Read more


Veterans coming to area for training, discussion, relaxati…

GILFORD — Camp Resilience, the operational arm of the local non-profit group The Patriot Resilient Leader Institute (PRLI), is geared up to welcome its third group of visiting veterans for four days of recreation, life skills training and peer to peer group discussion sessions. The group of 10 veterans will be arriving Monday, March 2 and departing Thursday, March 5. This group will have veterans who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Viet... Read more


Birth- Preston Lou Ashton

Preston Lou Ashton Born on August 1, 2014 at 4:17pm at Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia, NH to Laura Dunn and Ryan Ashton. Preston weighed 6lbs 14oz and was 19 inches long. His maternal grandparents are Cal and Tammy Dunn, Jr. of Laconia, NH. His maternal great grandparents are Harry and Thelma Bean of Gilford, NH. Paternal grandparents are Jim and Cheryl Barnes of Gilmanton Iron Works, NH. Preston has many aunts and uncles; Cal, Sue,... Read more


Brittany Sulham Crowned Miss Littleton Area 2014

Brittany Sulham, Miss Littleton Area 2014 Brittany Sulham, was crowned Miss Littleton Area on Saturday, June 21st. She is a 2014 graduate of Profile High School. Her platform was the importance of not texting while driving and her talent is modern dance. Her proud grandparents are Jackie and John Nikolais of Gilford, NH. Brittany resides in Bethlehem, NH. Read more


Gladys Sakowich, 97

Gladys Sakowich, 97 ANDOVER, Mass. — Gladys Sakowich, an incredible business woman, leader, philanthropist, devoted wife, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, on her 97th birthday. Born to Frank and Harriet (Armitage) Tidswell of England, young widow to the late Robert Strauten, married the late Anthony "Tony" Sakowich with whom she shared nearly 60 years of unwavering love, Gladys grew up in Methuen and spent most of her life between her marital home in Andover and their home-away-from-home on Lake Winnipesaukee and Governors... Read more

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