Huot Law Enforcement Students Investigate Their Future


LACONIA — Students studying Law Enforcement at the Huot Technical Center have many opportunities to explore exciting career options within the field ranging from local and state police departments, federal law enforcement agencies, fish and game wardens, criminal investigators, correctional officers and private security. One thing they all have in common is the responsibility to protect citizens and their property, apprehend suspects and enforce the law.

Gilford Patrol Officer Adam P. VanSteensburg and his K9 Partner "Ike" presented to the Law Enforcement Class about the partnership between Ike and Officer VanSteensburg. Officer VanSteensburg explained the important role of dogs in law enforcement operations and the two main classifications of police dogs (K9's), detection and general purpose.

While Detection dogs are most commonly trained to detect either drugs or explosives (never both) they can be trained to detect anything. In airports, for example, police canines have food detection dogs or ones that detect money. There are also K9s trained to detect cadavers (human remains), and even pregnant female lobsters (for fisheries officers).

General purpose K9s are trained in tracking, apprehension (bite work), article searches (items with fresh human scent, as in a gun that was thrown away), building searches, and open searches (suspects hiding in woods or field, no tracking). Throughout the presentation, Ike demonstrated various skills, with the highlight being the apprehension of a suspect, who in this case was played by former Laconia Police Chief Miket Moyer.

The K9 class presentation is one of many learning experiences that provide students with the knowledge and skills to transfer into higher education and the workforce.

Shaker Village hosting program about ‘Magnificent Barns’

CANTERBURY — Canterbury Shaker Village presents “Magnificent Barns!” an illustrated lecture by painter and illustrator on Sunday, October 19 from 4-5:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended.

“Magnificent Barns!” explores the achievements in architecture, agriculture, and design made by the Shaker communities in the building of their major barns during the 19th century. Agriculture was one of the principle economic enterprises of the Shakers and their efforts toward perfection and achievements as innovators resulted in the construction of some of the most notable barns of their era.
The lecture will be presented by artist Robert Braun and includes more than 160 archival photos, maps, and drawings of historic barns. Also included will be a selection images created by Braun for the Shaker Barn Project, a series of paintings, scale drawings, and models that both document and illustrate a number of important Shaker barns as they were originally built. Representations of livestock and poultry known to have been raised by the Shakers or typical of the era and geography enliven the paintings and expand the subject matter to include animal husbandry.
Braun is an accomplished artist who has been an Art Department Illustrator for films including The Great Gatsby, Revolutionary Road, The Departed, and The Manchurian Candidate. Braun has worked as a Design Assistant producing paint elevations and models for numerous Broadway productions as well as the Metropolitan and Washington Operas. He has also created murals and done decorative painting for Michael Graves, Diane Von Furstenburg and Iris & B.Gerald Cantor as well as illustrations for museums and the National Park Service.
“Magnificent Barns!” was originally presented in 2013 at the Shaker Seminar at Mt. Lebanon, New York, an event that also included an extensive survey of the barns in New York State. A question and answer period will follow the lecture and full-sized high quality giclee prints of the original watercolors in the Shaker Barn Project will be available for sale after the presentation. For more information or to pre-register visit

Gilmanton Year-Round walk-a-thon

GILMANTON — The Forest Walk-a-thon at the Gilmanton Year-Round Library will be held on Sunday, October 18 at 11 a.m. 

There are two routes available. One is the short-loop course by the pond, which goes past the observation platform overlooking the pond. The longer route takes participants up to the top of Cogswell Mountain and is about a 2 mile course. Guides will be available along the course to point out areas of interest and give directions. There will also be an opportunity to participate in a forest scavenger hunt.

A free T-shirt will be given to the first 125 participants. Everyone can enjoy a hot dog and drink after crossing the finish line. Prizes will be awarded to the top earners during lunch. All money raised will be used to benefit the Gilmanton Year-Round Library’s operations. Prizes donated by The Iron Works Market, The Gilmanton Winery and Jordan’s Ice Cream and Brookside Pizza.

Sign up and get a pledge sheet at the library or download a form by going to and clicking on WALKATHON tab. Questions should be directed to Anne Kirby at 364-7498 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Taylor appoints Ed Soucy to Vice President-Finance

LACONIA — Taylor Community President/CEO Bob Selig announced the appointment of Ed Soucy to the position of Vice President- Finance. Soucy has been serving as Controller for Taylor since May, 2013, prior to which he had extensive experience in managing the finances of health care organizations and companies, including continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), similar to Taylor.

"The financial management of a not-for-profit 501( c) (3) and in particular a CCRC like ours is complex and unique," explained Selig. "Ed's expertise is invaluable in helping Taylor ensure we continue to operate on a strong financial foundation as we look to the next 100 years of serving our mission to seniors."

In addition to the normal accounting and financial duties, in Soucy's new VP-Finance role, he'll oversee the financial management responsibilities in Human Resources, including 401k administration, liability insurance, health insurance, workers' compensation, liability and property insurance. Ed also assists residents with converting from Lifestyle to Continuing Care Contracts, a move that greatly benefits residents and Taylor Community overall.

Soucy resides in Hudson, with his wife and daughters. He enjoys playing Trivial Pursuit with Taylor residents as well as singing show tunes with the Taylor Chorus.