Ashland School gets 2015 EDie for excellence

ASHLAND — The Ashland Elementary School was recognized yesterday by the state Department of Education and has received an Excellence in Education ("EDie") award as the top K-8 school in New Hampshire for 2015
The award came as a surprise ending to a student assembly at which teachers and school workers were honored and students cheered as the banner proclaiming the Excellence in Education award was carried into the school gym where the assembly was held.
Shannon Bartlett, school principal, said that she was informed two weeks ago that Ashland was a winner and she spent the time since then keeping the secret.
She said that he award reflects well on the quality and dedication of the school's teaching staff and the community support the school has enjoyed in recent years.
Bartlett, who has been principal at the school for three years, said that it's nor the first time the school has been honored. In 2007 it was named New Hampshire School of the Year and in 2008 long-time Principal Bill Tirone, who spent nearly 40 years in the Ashland School District, was named Principal of the Year.
The Excellence in Education awards, or "EDies," were created more than 20 years ago to recognize public schools that meet high standards. This year's elementary school winner is the Parker Varney School in Manchester and Bow High School took top honors in the high school division.
On Saturday, June 6, all of New Hampshire's Schools of Excellence will be honored at the 22nd Annual EDies award celebration. This gala event is a collaborative effort of most of the major state-wide education associations.

It is the purpose of the New Hampshire Excellence in Education Awards Program (EDies) to recognize New Hampshire schools and individuals who meet high standards of excellence. The primary sponsor, McDonald's restaurants of New Hampshire, has been dedicated to sponsoring the "EDies" since they began in 1994.
"McDonald's of New Hampshire is so proud to have been part of the EDies awards since its inception over 20 years ago," said New Hampshire McDonald's owner/operator Peter Napoli. "It's a pleasure to recognize educators and schools that go above and beyond the call of duty — and this year's three winning schools are no exception. McDonald's thanks all of our New Hampshire educators for their tremendous dedication, hard work and enthusiasm toward helping our young people grow to be outstanding citizens.''

Ken Darsney, principal of the Barnard School in Hampton, announced at an assembly yesterday that the Ashland Elementary School has been honored for Excellence in Education for meeting high academic standards and has been named award winner in the K-8 category. (Roger Amsden/for the Laconia Daily Sun)

Tilton police arrest Laconia man staying at hotel for methamphetamine possession

TILTON — Police arrested a Laconia man and a Danbury woman on April 22 for methamphetamine possession. The arrests were made at a Rte. 3 motel.

Henry Montaign, 54, of Fenton Ave. is also charged with one count of felony possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it.

Tasha Morin, 27, of Jones Hill Road in Danbury is charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine.

Both were released on personal recognizance bail and are scheduled to appear in the 6th Circuit Court, Franklin Division on June 15.


Volunteers check phosphorus levels all over big lake

GILFORD — A flotilla of boats was out on Lake Winnipesaukee on Monday as part of an effort to test levels of phosphorus in the water. The testing was conducted by the Lake Winnipesaukee Association.

"The goal of the sampling is to determine the nutrient levels of phosphorus in Lake Winnipesaukee when the water turns over each spring," said Pat Tarpey, the association's executive director, "The sampling verifies models that are a key to the continued development and implementation of the Winnipesaukee Watershed Management Plan."

"Phosphorus is a key indicator of how productive Lake Winnipesaukee will be this year," explained Tarpey. "High values of 'P' lead to increased algal blooms and the growth of vegetation in lakes. The P levels may increase in the spring with snow melt due to higher run off volumes and erosion associated with spring rains."

Yesterday's testing was the second "ice out" spring overturn phosphorus in-lake sampling of the entire lake in one day. The first ice out sampling event took place on April 2, 2010. Water was tested at 12 locations: Meredith Bay, Center Harbor, Moultonborough Bay inlet, Moultonborough Bay, Wolfeboro Bay, Alton Bay, the Broads, Saunders Bay north and south, Paugus Bay, and Cow Island.

Police fish 18-year-old 'runner out of Winni River

LACONIA — A young city woman who was wanted on an outstanding bench warrant for criminal threatening allegedly tried to hide from police Sunday evening by going into the Winnipesaukee River.

Briana D'Amore, 18, whose last known address was 192 Union Avenue, allegedly ran from a police officer around 6 p.m. when he saw her on the corner of Union Avenue and High Street and tried to hide by going into the river and crawling up on a platform under the Main Street Bridge.

The platform was built by construction crews that are working on the bridge reconstruction project.

For about an hour crews from both the Police Department and the Fire Department searched for D'Amore and at one point thought she was in the river.

People lined both sides of the river on the Stewart Park and Rotary Park sides to see what was happening.

Firefighters used their mobile rescue boat and headed up the Winnipesaukee River. Joining them in the boat was Laconia Police Officer Richard Carlson.

Coming down the river was a small fishing boat whose occupants to told to get out of the river and moor their boat while police were trying to convince D'Amore to surrender and come with them.

Carlson and firefighters were able to pull her into their boat without capsizing it and she was brought to shore to two waiting police officer near the pathway to the kayak launching spot in Rotary Park.

D'Amore, who was dripping wet and shivering, was escorted, in handcuffs, by two officers to a waiting ambulance. She was bundled in warm blankets and taken to Lakes Region General Hospital for evaluation for hypothermia.

Police said she will be charged with two counts of resisting arrest. She has not yet been scheduled to appear in court.

D'Amore was clearly distraught and told arresting officers that they wouldn't be arresting her if they had gone through what she had gone through.


CUTLINE: (Driana D'Amore) A Laconia firefighter and a police officer bring a local woman into the rescue boat last night after she ran from police and tried to hide under the Main Street Bridge. Two men in a fishing boat were told to temporarily moor so as not to interfere with rescue crews.

CUTLINE: ( Driana D'Amore) Two Laconia police officers escort Briana D'Amore up the kayak access on Beacon Street East to a waiting ambulance where she was evaluated.