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Inter-Lakes board member says vote for slate of officers was prearranged, violating spirit of the law

MEREDITH – The Inter-Lakes School Board's vote last night to elect its officers for the coming year was nearly unanimous. But one member declined to vote because she believed the action violated the spirit, if not the letter, of the state's Right-to-Know law.
Richard Hanson was re-elected board chairman, Lisa Merrill was elected vice chairman, and Sally Whalen was re-elected secretary.
The sole dissenter was board member Carol Baggaley, of Center Harbor, who abstained from voting on all three motions. As the votes were being conducted, she said only that she was abstaining on the grounds of RSA 91-A:2-a.
RSA 91-A is the statute number for the state's Right-to-Know law, while Subsection 2-a requires that a public body discuss and decide matters in public, unless the topic is one that can be discussed in executive decision.
After the meeting adjourned, Baggaley said that she abstained because she believed that other members of the board had effectively decided to elect Hanson, Merrill and Whalen before the meeting took place, making last night's vote merely a formality to ratify what had already been decided in private. She felt that was inconsistent with the spirit and purpose of the Right-to-Know law.
NOTES: The board approved using up to $5,000 in School District funds to help defray the cost of the Inter-Lakes High School Destination Imagination team to travel to Tennessee to compete in the Global Final Tournament. The team consists of seven students. While the School District appropriation will help with the cost, the team will be doing fund-raising in order to come up with the balance . . . . . . The board approved allowing Inter-Lakes High School French students to participate in a joint three-day field trip to Quebec City with students from Newfound Regional High School. Superintendent Mary Ellen Ormond said that having the two high school collaborate on the trip made the cost more affordable.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 01:31

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Belmont to get $212,000 cash rebate from regional solid waste cooperative

BELMONT — Selectmen learned Monday night the town is getting $212,000 in cash from the Concord Regional Solid Waste Resource Recovery Coop this year as its portion of the distribution of an old reserve fund.

Town Administrator Jeanne Beaudin told Selectmen Monday night the town has three options for using the money — it can use it to offset the property tax commitment, to set it aside and appropriate it through through a warrant in the 2015 budget process, or to divert the money to a special purpose after holding a public hearing.

Belmont is not renewing it's contract with CRSWRRC or "the co-op"  and the money will come to the town in the form of a check. She said the town should get another distribution in 2017.

Beaudin said the money is part of a distribution of some old reserve assets and the coop management has determined it has enough in reserves to cap the Franklin ash dump and do any other contractual arraignments.

The co-op is under contract to dump its ashes in Franklin through 2014 or until the dump is full. Member communities, including all who have been members before, bear a share responsibility for capping the Franklin ash dump once it can no longer be used.

Belmont is one of seven communities who chose not to renew it's co-op-related contract with the Wheelabrator-operated incinerator in Penacook and as of January 2015 will contract with Bestway, which is now owned by Casella Waste Management. Beaudin said the town received a favorable "home field" contract that includes curbside recycling with Casella, who has a recycling transfer facility on Rte. 140.

In 2013, town voters approved allowing Casella to expand to a solid waste transfer facility however a formal application for the expansion has yet to be made to the Planning Board.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 01:21

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120 unit Laconia apartment complex sold for $4.9 million

LACONIA — For the first time in three decades Lakeshore Estates, an apartment complex on Blueberry Lane, has changed hands. The NAI Norwood Group of Bedford announced yesterday that the Estates Circle Apartments, LLC, whose principal is David L. Goolgasian, Jr. of Jupiter, Florida, acquired the land and four buildings for $4.9 million last month.

The complex, consisting of 120 units divided among four three-story buildings with a swimming pool on 6.38 acres, was built by Marina Development, Inc. in 1974 and subsequently acquired by Lakeshore Estates Associates, LLC of Laconia in 1982. At the time of the sale 112 of the 120 were leased. The property was assessed by the city for $2,769,300.

The transaction was financed by Franklin Savings Bank with participation of Sugar River Bank. In a prepared statement the new owners assured tenants that they intend to manage the complex in the manner of the previous owners and plan to improve the interior of the units as well as upgrade other aspects of the property.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 01:16

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Putnam Fund hosting long-amazing Kreskin Saturday night

LACONIA — Six decades after he first began astonishing the public with the demonstration of his abilities as a mentalist, the Amazing Kreskin continues to push the envelope of the uncanny as he did in February this year with his Super Bowl prediction.
His prediction that the Seahawks would win wasn't exceptional (he had a 50/50 chance, right?) but his choice of the score, 43-9 was, as the Seahawks won 43-8. And he also predicted that a M. Smith would make a big play for the Seahawks, which was exactly what Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith did with an interception which was returned for a touchdown, leading to his being named Most Valuable Player in the Super Bowl.
Kreskin will be putting his talents on display Saturday night at 7 at the Laconia High School Auditorium in a special free performance sponsored by the Laconia Putnam Fund.
According to Kreskin's website, The Amazing Kreskin has, for some six decades, dramatized the unique facets of the human mind...his own. His very name has become an integral part of pop culture throughout the world, invoked in comedy clubs, comic strips, print stories, and TV shows from sitcoms on through national magazines.
Born in Montclair, New Jersey, in 1935 it was during the childhood game "hot and cold" that Kreskin's remarkable ability to find hidden objects emerged. He was inspired to become a mentalist by Lee Falk's famous comic strip Mandrake the Magician, which features a crime-fighting stage magician. His ability to read thoughts expanded, and by his teens he also became nationally recognized in the United States as "The World's Youngest Hypnotist."
From 1970 to 1975, Kreskin's television series The Amazing World of Kreskin was broadcast throughout Canada on CTV and distributed in syndication in the United States. He appeared on The Tonight Show 61 times from 1970 to 1980. In the 1980s and 1990s he came to prominence again through several appearances on Late Night with David Letterman. In 2009, he became the first guest to make three appearances on the new Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
In his late teens, this icon of thought transference developed a mental test that has become the highlight of his performances all over the world. This signature piece has Kreskin requesting that his check be hidden somewhere within the venue he is appearing. If he fails to find it, he will forfeit his fee. That has happened nine times.
Actor/Producer Tom Hanks released in 2009 a feature film, The Great Buck Howard, starring Tom Hanks and John Malkovich. It is announced at the end of the movie that the inspiration for the key character of the screenplay is The Amazing Kreskin, the character played by John Malkovich.
In the 2010 movie, Dinner for Schmucks, the character played by Zach Galifianakis has as his hero and influence The Amazing Kreskin, which further exemplifies the wide scope of exposure and attention which Kreskin has had.
The return of The Amazing World of Kreskin series can now be viewed on the website Hulu.com by searching The Amazing Kreskin.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 01:10

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