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‘Tate Aldrich Day’ proclaimed in Laconia


LACONIA — Monday was proclaimed "Tate Aldrich Day" in the city as the City Council honored the graduate of Laconia High School who, after returning to his alma mater and joining the English Department, was named New Hampshire Teacher of the Year for 2017.

Repeating remarks he made when the award was presented to the cheers of the assembled students and teachers at the high school in September, Aldrich said "I am who I am because of the city of Laconia." He thanked the mentors, coaches, colleagues and students with whom he has worked during what has been a relatively short but exceptionally promising career.

Reading a proclamation, Mayor Ed Engler noted that Aldrich graduated from Laconia High School in 2004 and from the University of New Hampshire in 2008, and began teaching the next year. He has also coached boy's varsity lacrosse and junior varsity basketball as well as girls' junior varsity soccer and girls' varsity basketball. He has taught summer studies and night school , served as co-advisor to the National Honor Society and as Curriculum Coordinator for the English Department. And he began the first annual Spelling Bee to benefit the "Got Lunch Laconia" program.

"He challenges Laconia's students to think, feel and care abut the quality of their lives, teaching them to trust themselves and care about others," Engler said. Describing Aldrich as "influential," the mayor said that "He really cares about what students are learning and how they are using the knowledge and skills in his class and beyond." Former students, he continued, say they did not realize they could enjoy reading and writing "until he unlocked it for them. This is why he is a great teacher: He unlocks potential that students never knew they had."

Aldrich, who said earlier that juggling the responsibilities of the honor with his obligations as a teacher has posed a challenge, offered his brief remarks and wished the mayor "a happy Tate Aldrich Day."

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Tate Aldrich of Laconia High School, left, the New Hampshire Teacher of the Year, was honored by Mayor Ed Engler, right, and the City Council on Monday, which was proclaimed "Tate Aldrich Day" in Laconia. (Michael Kitch/Laconia Daily Sun)

Traffic to be slowed during sewer line maintenance

LACONIA — The city of Laconia Department of Public Works is replacing a section of sanitary sewer lines along North Main Street from the Central Fire Station to Opechee Cove Beach. Local contractor John H. Lyman and Sons Inc. will be performing the work.

This construction will cause traffic restrictions daily, including two-way alternating traffic in one open lane and temporary road closures. Traffic delays will occur, especially during commuting hours. Commuters are asked to seek alternate routes, such as Church Street, Union Avenue, Elm Street and various side streets.

The work is expected to finish by Nov. 4.

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Grand Prize contest nears end, prize is not on private property

LACONIA — The Laconia Daily Sun's first Grand Prize contest will end soon, when one intrepid investigator follows the clues to a certificate redeemable for $1,000. The 18th clue will be released today, and will be found on posters in several stores in the region.

Clue posters can be found in Hannaford stores in Meredith, Plymouth, Bristol, Gilford and Concord; in Wine'ing Butcher shops in Gilford and Meredith; at Sanborn's Auto Repair in Laconia; and at the Gilford Mobil Mart.

The 18th clue will conclude the nine-week run of clues, which were printed in the newspaper on Tuesdays and posted in the above stores on Wednesdays. By press time on Tuesday night, no one had come forward with the certificate. If there's no winner by Monday, Mark Brady, who has crafted each of the four-line, rhyming clues, will release an additional clue for next week.

While it's up to prize-seekers to deduce the prize's hiding spot from Brady's clues, he stated yesterday that the prize won't be hidden near a home, nor will it be on land that is clearly private property.

"It's on property that is clearly accessible to the public," he said.

This will be Brady's 36th year running his Grand Prize contest, which has appeared in newspapers throughout New England. Brady conceived the contest for a group of radio stations he was operating in the Middlebury, Vermont, area, and has adapted the game for print media.

Over the years, he has operated the contest in many different markets.

When the winner has been announced, Brady will reveal the meaning hidden behind each of his clues.

"It's great fun. No matter where I go, the contests are customized for you area's geographic and historic points. It's a lot of fun to put it together."

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