Barnstead man charged with raping child


LACONIA — A Barnstead man was indicted for seven separate counts of the special felony of aggravated felonious sexual assault by a Belknap County grand jury on June 23.

George Colbath, 63, whose last address was 35 Walker Road is alleged to have committed the assaults on a minor between September of 2014 and January of 2016.

According to a February on online news article in Fosters Daily Democrat, Colbath, whose address was listed as Farmington, was arrested by Nottingham Police on similar charges on Feb. 3.

The newest Belknap County charges are being prosecuted by the Rockingham County Attorney Office in Belknap County because of the two cases involve the same victim.

Belknap County Attorney Melissa Guldbrandsen said Colbath is being monitored on an electronic bracelet as a condition of his bail stemming from the Rockingham County charge.

He is scheduled for arraignment on the new charges in early July in Belknap County Superior Court.

Aavid Thermalloy celebrates retirement of longtime employee


LACONIA — Many laughs, tears, and memories were shared during the retirement celebration of Sundee Dumais, as she closed out her 30 years of service with Aavid Thermalloy.

Standing before friends and family, Dumais exclaimed to the crowd that when began her career with Aavid, she viewed it as a short-term job that would help her learn how to work a computer and become better at mingling with other people.

"Never did I expect to be here more than a few years," said Dumais, "but I can say standing here now that I am so am glad I stayed with the company and didn't venture."

Beginning her career in 1986, she held the position of opening mail and answering the phone. Two years later, she began moving around to additional fields within the company, including the reporting and expediting field, followed by planning, purchasing and production. At the end of her career, Dumais left Aavid as Buyer-Planner within production control.

"Every day at work has been a good and fun day, because the people I had the opportunity to work with made the experience excellent," said Dumais.

Fellow employees at Aavid took time to share memories and  thank Dumais for her outstanding service to the company. Co-workers declared Dumais as the "unsung hero" of the company, recognizing her as the engine behind various behind the scenes efforts that have ensured great customer satisfaction over the years.

In addition to the kind sentiments shared, Dumais received a custom birdbath from the production floor, which was inscribed with a meaningful message from the staff. Additionally, Dumais received a monetary gift as a thanks for her years of service by President and Chief Executive Officer Alan Wong.

Officials at Aavid expressed that Dumais was one of many long-term employees working for the company, as over 50 percent of employees have been working for more than 10 years.

"We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated workforce and a high retention rate of employees," said Norman Soucy, vice president and general manager of the Global Transportation and Industrial Systems Division. "It is with great satisfaction that we see employees retire, as we are fortunate they have had a place of employment for a long period of time."

By the end of the 2016 year, Aavid will employ 16 people who have been working between 30 and 44 years for the company, 49 people between 20 and 29 years, and 23 people who have been with the company between 10 and 19 years.



 Norman Laramie, Dave Lacroix, Sundee Dumais, Lisa Druin and Norman Soucy gather as Dumais is wished a happy retirement. (Alana Persson/Laconia Daily Sun)


Sanbornton seeks new town administrator

SANBORNTON — After contracting with Municipal Resources Inc. for the services of an interim town administrator for the past year, town officials are seeking to make a permanent appointment before the contract expires at the end of July.

Charlie Smith, the interim town administrator under contract who said Thursday that he has applied for the position, is among 11 applicants for the position. The candidates have been screened by a committee composed of Fire Chief Paul Dexter, Police Chief Stephen Hankard, Treasurer Karen Cobb and Selectman John Olmstead and a short list of six will be interviewed in July.

The Board of Selectmen chose to contract with Municipal Resources, Inc.last year following the departure of town administrator Bob Veloski after the selectboard failed to renew his contract.

– Michael Kitch