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BHS bomb scare called in on holiday

BELMONT — Local police and the state police bomb squad responded Monday to a bomb threat phoned into the high school.

Police said there was no school that day and the building was closed.

The property was searched and no explosive devices were found.

The incident was reported to the FBI, which continues to investigate.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 01:30

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Alton's Havenstein brings 're-open for business' message to Meredith

MEREDITH — Walt Havenstein of Alton, the Republican candidate for governor, brought his campaign to the Lakes Region with stops in Meredith and Laconia last evening.

In Meredith, more than three dozen people, a significant share of young voters, gathered in the spacious apartment of Chelsy Usher and Tricia Poehler tucked into what was once the premier movie theater in town.
Speaking briefly, Havenstein sketched his plan to return New Hampshire to the forefront of the New England economy. "It's really very simple," he began. He explained that businesses sought the opportunity to earn a return for their investment in capital and labor. In New Hampshire, he said, the primary tax on business — the Business Profits TAx — has risen to become the highest in the region at 8.5-percent. At the same time, the Business Enterprise Tax, which he said taxes labor, weighs heavily on small businesses. Furthermore, the tax on real estate transactions hinders the formation and expansion of fledgling enterprises.
If elected, Havenstein said would reduce the Business Profits Tax to 7.4-percent in his initial budget and tackle the Business Enterprise Tax and Real Estate Transfer Tax soon afterwards. He also called for addressing the high costs of the Unemployment Trust Fund and workers compensation insurance.
Along with lowering taxes, Havenstein spoke of lightening the regulatory burdens on business, which he described as especially onerous for start-up and small enterprises.
Havenstein said that these measures would send a "signal" to businesses in other states that "New Hampshire is open for business." He intends to court firms in other New England states and Canada, New Hampshire's largest trading partner, to invest and relocate in the state.
In response to a question from Jack Carty, Havenstein said that businesses must nurture a skilled workforce. He recalled that when as chief executive officer of BAE Systems of Nashua he faced a shortage of engineers, he invested $1 million in the University of New Hampshire to build a laboratory and develop a curriculum to provide them.
Likewise, Havenstein recalled partnering with Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), which sponsors robotic competitions, to foster interest in engineering in the schools. As governor, he said he would make robotics a varsity sport. He said that firms can also pursue mentoring and internship programs with schools, at no cost to taxpayers, and recalled that BAE Systems ultimately hired three-quarters of its interns.
Havenstein has said if he is elected he will create 25,000 new jobs by August 15, 2017. "I can do it," he assured his listeners.


CAPTION: Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein of Alton swaps notes with Representative Harold "Skip" Kelly of Hill at house party in Meredith. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch)

Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 01:07

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Special LPD project to focus on reducing accidents involving autos, pedestrians & cyclists

LACONIA — A special police task force is working on lowering the number of accidents that occur between automobiles and pedestrians and bicyclists.

Led by Sgt. Dennis Ashley, a certified police bicycle instructor, the Problem Oriented Project is focusing on educating the bicycling and motoring public about the rules of the road and some common sense actions.

An outline of the project was presented at Thursday's meeting of the Police Commission.

This year, there have been 11 accidents involving pedestrians and automobiles. One of those was a fatal accident on South Main Street that is still under investigation.

In addition, there have been four accidents involving bicyclist and automobiles. One of those, said Ashley, resulted in serious injuries to the bicyclist.

Ashley said that a bicyclist has to obey the same rules as motor vehicle traffic and shall keep to the right unless it is not safe or is making a left turn.

Bicylists must wear reflective articles at night and the bicycle must be equipped with lights and reflectors.

He said bicycles fare best when they are operated like an automobile.

As to pedestrians and automobiles, Ashley said pedestrians should walk on the side of the road facing oncoming traffic.

It is state law that motorists must stop for pedestrians in crosswalks and if a motorist is at making a right turn at a stop light with a pedestrian crossing, the motorists must not make the turn if the walk light is on — whether or not there are any pedestrians.

Over the course of the summer, statistics indicate police issued two summon for right-on-red violations, 14 written warnings, and numerous verbal warnings.

Alternatively, pedestrians crossing where there is no crosswalk must yield to automobiles.

In other Police Commission action, members unanimously approved the promotion of Det. Christopher Noyes to sergeant.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 01:02

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AutoServ founder Paul Gaudet Sr. named Irwin award winner

MEREDITH — Paul Gaudet Sr., founder of AutoServ, which employs over 180 people at its auto dealerships in Laconia and Belmont, was presented with the James R. Irwin Award at last night's third annual Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce Community Hero Awards held last night at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse in Meredith.

Gaudet said that he was ''humbled'' to have been included among the four nominees for the award, which has been presented by the chamber ever since 1964 for community leadership, a pioneering attitude and spirit of progress in the community.
He spoke glowingly of the other nominees, Rusty McLear of Meredith, founder of the Mill Falls resort complex; Debbie Frawley Drake, former owner of Lakes Region Linen and who is involved in a myriad of community organizations and Sandy Cleary, owner of CruCon Cruise Outlet in Moultonborough which employs over 100 people and recently built a 30,000 square foot headquarters building.
"Rusty has had such an impact on the area and Debbie is just so involved in everything and Sandy has created a thriving business. I really am humbled to have won this award,'' said Gaudet, who went on to thank his children. ''I think they had a lot to do with this. They kept telling me, 'Dad, you've got to show up,' '' said Gaudet.
He has been a major supporter of the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region, the Rotary Club and the United Way in which his employees play a large role in the organization's annual Day of Caring and have formed a close, year-round system of support for the Salvation Army's Carey House in Laconia.
Warren Bailey, chairman of the board of directors of the chamber who along with Karmen Gifford, chamber executive director, introduced the nominees said that Gaudet was noted for ''doing good things when no one is looking'' and had passed that trait on to his children, who are involved in the family business and also active in the community..
Bill Quigley, marketing director at Gunstock Recreation Area in Gilford, was presented with the J. Bart Conners Award, which was first presented by the chamber in 1981 and recognizes an individual for outstanding dedication to the mission of the chamber.
Quigley said that he and his family moved to the area 10 years ago and found that they had moved into ''a wonderful community. I thank you for allowing us to get involved.''
Other nominees for the Conners Award were Penny Raby, treasurer and chair of the chamber's financial committee, Christine Harris, a former chairman of the chamber's board of directors and Donna Keeley who is community outreach director for Public Service of New Hampshire.
A new award presented this year, the Public Service Award for leadership and charity in public service, went to Laura Brusseau, a social studies teacher at Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith and the founder of the Faith, Hope and Love Foundation, which has helped over 700 girls get free prom dresses and raised over $40,000 for children in need in New Hampshire. Other nominees included Laconia Police Chief Chris Adams, Gilford firefighter Dominic DeCarli and Franklin Mayor Ken Merrifield.
The Hurst Award, for excellence in community leadership in the Greater Franklin area, went to Lynne and Bill Burns for their work at Trestle View Park in Franklin. Other nominees were Fred Caruso, head of the Cash 'n Cans holiday food drive at Mix 94.1 FM, Jeff and Beverly Brewer for their work on behalf of the Franklin Animal Shelter and Michael Mullavey for his work on behalf on many Franklin organizations.
The Young Professional Award went to Beth San Soucie, who helped create the non-profit Fusion which brings together young professionals in the Lakes Region and is the managing director of the Belknap Mill. Other nominees were Kyril Mitchell, assistant vice president and office manager of the Bank of New Hampshire's Gilford branch and community volunteer, Calise Houle, owner of Happy Cow Ice Cream on Union Avenue in Laconia and Chris Walkley, assistant vice president for commercial banking at the Bank of New Hampshire and active with the Community Land Trust and the New Hampshire Humane Society.
Another new award, the Student Leader Award, was given to Meredith Fay Ellis, a 13-year-old Gilford student who created ''Buttons of Hope'' which help raise funds for local charities. Other nominees included Samantha Mackes, a 2014 graduate of Belmont High School and is active with the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region; Joshua Allen, a 2014 graduate of Laconia High School who interned with the Laconia Muskrats this past summer and Olivia Conley, a freshman at Laconia High School where she is active in sports and volunteers Saturdays at the St. Vincent DePaul Society.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 01:39

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