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New Hampton Hazard Mitigation Plan Being Updated

NEW HAMPTON — The New Hampton Hazard Mitigation Plan Committee will begin the process of updating its 2009 Hazard Mitigation Plan. The committee, which is represented by a variety of local interests, will focus on the natural and man-made hazards that put New Hampton at risk as well as the development of recommendations to protect the safety and well being of town residents.

The committee will have its first meeting on March 14 at the New Hampton Public Safety Building, 26 Intervale Drive starting at 2 p.m. Residents and business owners of New Hampton and representatives from neighboring communities are encouraged to attend and provide input.

Hazard Mitigation Planning is as important to reducing disaster losses as are appropriate regulations and land use ordinances. The most significant areas of concern for New Hampton will be determined as a result of this process.

For more information call Chief Michael Drake, New Hampton Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director at 744-2735 or David Jeffers, Regional Planner, Lakes Region Planning Commission at 279-8171.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 09:06

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Congresswoman Shea-Porter's staff will be in Center Harbor and Meredith Friday

CENTER HARBOR, MEREDITH – On Friday, March 14, members of Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter's staff will hold open office hours at town halls in Center Harbor and Meredith.

Members of Shea-Porter's staff will be available to assist constituents with issues they may be facing with a federal agency or with local concerns.

"If you need help with issues related to the federal government such as veterans' benefits, Social Security, Medicare, or home mortgages, my office can help, and I encourage you to stop by," Shea-Porter said.For questions or additional information about services offered through the office hours, constituents should contact Abby Sickles at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 641-9536.

On Friday, March 14, staffers will be at Center Harbor Town Hall from 10 to 11 a.m., then at Meredith Town Hall Annex from noon to 1 p.m.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 08:48

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Dylan Graves, 53

MEREDITH — Dylan Graves, 53, of 176 Waukewan St. died suddenly at home on Monday, March 10, 2014.
Dylan was born August 3, 1960 in Anchorage, Alaska the son of William and Helen (Mills) Graves. Dylan served in the US Army. He had been employed as a laborer for Ken Hibbert Landscaping.
Dylan is survived by his wife, Dawn (Gray) Graves, of Meredith; his mother, Helen Waite, of Laconia ; a daughter, Melexcia Graves, of Gainesville, Fla., one grandchild, Nevaeh Graves, of Florida, three step sons, Larry Moss, Robert Moss and Nathan Moss, all of Laconia; two brothers, Kenneth Graves and his wife Monique, of Bedford, and Tony Graves, of Laconia, a step-sister, Elsie Rapoza of Gilmanton, a step-brother, Scott Waite of Lochmere and several nephews and nieces and his dog, Bongo. Dylan was predeceased by his step father Tom Waite and his beloved dog, Duke.
Calling Hours will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance. Funeral services and burial will be private.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to NAMI NH, 85 N. State Street, Concord, NH 03301.
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.

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German shepherd 'Max' joins Franklin Police Department

FRANKLIN — The City of Franklin recently welcomed a new member to its police force on February 24, when Max, a 16-month-old black German shepherd, was officially assigned to the City of Franklin by the NH Police K9 Academy in Portsmouth.

The Franklin Police Department has been in line to receive a K9 for some time now, visiting the K9 Academy each week, patiently waiting for a dog that would pass muster and then be assigned to them.
Max passed all the required tests and has been partnered with Officer Adam Donnelly of the Franklin Police Department. Max and Officer Donnelly will continue to attend trainings at the Portsmouth K9 Academy every Monday to hone their skills. Max brings a variety of capabilities to the Police Department as K9 teams are trained in agility, to search for contraband, track suspects, find articles and assist with apprehensions. The K9 team will work closely with the SRO and DARE program to coordinate efforts both in terms of enforcement and education as well as the preventing drugs from coming on to school campuses.
"The addition of a K9 unit to the Franklin Police Department is a very positive move," says Franklin Police Chief David Goldstein. "Most criminals would rather submit to arrest than to risk being taken down or bitten by the Police K9. Having a K9 present helps lessen aggression levels, keeping situations from escalating and protecting our officers from harm."
Bringing Max to Franklin has been a community effort, a mission accomplished through a combination of fundraising, donations, and grant acquisitions. The Franklin Mayor's Drug Task Force raised more than $4,000 by hosting a retirement event for Councilor Bob Sharon. This included a sizeable donation from the Hope Community Chapel. Councilor Sharon was one of the original members of the Franklin Mayor's Drug Task Force. As a tribute to his many contributions the event proceeds were donated to the K9 program in Councilor Sharon's honor. An additional raffle for an iPad Air by the Task Force raised another $2,000. The Working Dog Foundation provided a $7,000 grant, and various other donations to the City on behalf of the K9 program have been instrumental in bringing Max to Franklin. Dr. Barry Taylor of the Franklin Veterinary Clinic has pledged full support for routine and emergency care of Max, another key component to making this project happen.
The Franklin Mayor's Drug Task Force will continue to fundraise to sustain the K9 Program and residents can look forward to the Annual "Bow-Wow Ball" as a fun community event. Additional grant dollars are also actively being sought.
Members of the community are invited to attend the next open meeting of the Franklin Mayor's Drug Task Force for an opportunity to meet Max and Officer Donnelly. The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 13 at 5 p.m.at the Franklin Opera House and light refreshments will be served.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 07:40

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