City plans inauguration ceremony for Monday night

LACONIA — The inauguration of the new mayor and City Council will be held on Monday, January 13 in the Rose Chertok Gallery on the third floor of the Belknap Mill, beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited and welcome.

As master of ceremonies, former Mayor Rod Dyer will introduce the incoming mayor, Edward J. Engler, and city councilors Ava Doyle (Ward 1), David Bownes (Ward 2), Henry Lipman (Ward 3), Brenda Baer (Ward 4), Bob Hamel (Ward 5) and Armand Bolduc (Ward 6), who will be led to the stage by an Honor Guard of Laconia Firefighters.

Retiring Mayor Mike Seymour and Ward 2 Councilor Matt Lahey will be honored for their service to the city.

The ceremonies will be punctuated by musical selections, including the National Anthem, performed by the concert choir of Laconia High School, featuring soloist Linda Spevacek and directed by Debbi Gibson.

Following the mayor's inaugural address and councilor's remarks, the city council will convene a brief meeting to elect a mayor pro tem and confirm committee assignments.

A reception open to all will follow the ceremonies.