They’re the best - Lucas Lamos named top city employee

LACONIA — “I haven’t run the grader and I don’t think I want to,” confessed Lucas Lamos, who during his 17 years with the Department of Public of Works has done just about everything else and yesterday his efforts and skills were recognized at the holiday luncheon for city employees and volunteers yesterday.
Lamos was chosen from among seven deserving nominees submitted by city departments. The citation described as “a team player with a can do attitude who has strengthened the image of the Department of Public Works. He works under the radar and does not seek the limelight, but serves as a shining example to us all.”
“Lucas is a carpenter, electrician, plumber,” one colleague said. “He’s just incredibly talented, equally humble and always willing to do what needs doing.”
Lamos was left near speechless by the recognition, but noted that unlike police officers and firefighters, the employees at the Department of Public Works who maintain, sweep and plow the streets, clear, repair and upgrade the drains, and keep the street lights lit and the traffic lights working are often overlooked. “Except when we’re plowing,” he smiled, “just after they’ve shoveled their driveway. I tell them I’ve been waiting around the corner until I see they’re finished,” he laughed.
Dozens of other city employees and volunteers were also noted for their years of service: Heidi Beaulac, Jason Griffin, Dwayne Mann, Stacy Anders, Rodney Roy, Holly Callanan, Gary Allen, Malcolm Murray, David Stamps, Collen Richardson, Karmen Gifford, Craig Borgeson, Kevin Dunleavy, Ames Sorrell, Diane Lynch, Deborah Derrick, William Contardo, Christopher Beaudoin, Marnie Blaisdell Schultz, Diane Wood, Phil Sylvia, Stacey Pate, John Paul Hobby, Kevin Butler, Ann Schofield, Richard Farrell, Chad Vaillancourt, Cindy Welch, Armand Maheux, Jeffery Desrosiers, Christopher Shipp, Gail Drucker, Mary Ellen Gallant and Drew McKeen. McKeen was the longest-serving employee, having spent 30 years at the Laconia Water Works.

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Gilford Christmas pageant takes the story to the final frontier

GILFORD — Imagine trying to explain the story of Christmas to someone who hadn't heard it before. Would there be some parts of the story that might seem a little ... illogical?

That's the scenario that siblings Mackenzie and Ethan Roys decided to put themselves in when asked this summer to write the script for this year's Christmas pageant at the Gilford Community Church. Opal Roys, their mother, said they were at the town beach when the church's youth director asked them if they wanted to pen the script for the pageant. "They went swimming a little bit and came out of the water and had an idea," she said. That idea was to examine the Biblical story of Christ's birth through the eyes of three principal Star Trek characters: Captain Kirk, Spock and Uhura. The pageant will be performed on Sunday during the church's regular service.

Mackenzie, 12 years old, said she and Ethan, 10, came up with the idea as they were bouncing ideas off each other. "We kind of thought of it together," she said. Opal wasn't surprised that they decided to take a science-fiction approach; both she and her husband, Mat, are sci-fi fans and they have immersed their children in both the Star Wars and Star Trek universes.

In the Royses' plot, Kirk, Spock and Uhura are on the bridge of the S.S. Enterprise. Spock becomes perplexed when Kirk attempts to explain Christmas to him. So, the trio decides to "beam down" to Bethlehem to see Christ's birth for themselves. "The moral of the play is to go back in time to tell him the true meaning of Christmas," said Ethan. "It was very fun."

After the scene on the Enterprise, the pageant moves on to conventional pageant scenes, but with the addition of a few star-traveling observers. Mackenzie, who has experience in musical theater at Gilford Middle School, said writing the dialogue was easy because of their familiarity with the Star Trek library. "We had a lot of background on them. We know the characters, we could tell how the characters would talk."

The service, open to the general public, begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Afterward, video of the pageant will be posted on



Siblings Ethan and Mackenzie Roys employed their sci-fi fandom to write Star Trek characters into a script for the Gilford Community Church Christmas pageant. The pageant will be performed on Sunday. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Adam Drapcho)

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County proposes 3 new employees in 2016 budget

LACONIA — Three new county employees are part of the proposed Belknap County 2016 budget.

Commission Chairman David DeVoy informed members of the Belknap County Convention  of the plan at Monday night's public hearing.
The new positions would include full-time attorney in the Belknap County Attorney's office and two new Department of Corrections officers.
Devoy said an additional attorney is needed because of changes in the state's court system in which felony level offenses will be routed directly to Superior Court, bypassing District Court, and require more early involvement in the cases by the County Attorney's office.
He said the new Corrections Department officers will be hired on April 1 and on May 1, and will enable the department to better manage work release programs. DeVoy pointed out that the county has fewer Corrections Department workers than many other counties with smaller inmate populations.
The budget also includes $350,000 in anticipated grants, $250,000 for the Corrections Department and $100,000 for the Sheriff's departments.
DeVoy said a consultant who worked with the county on developing plans for an $8 million community corrections facility has suggested that the county is eligible for between $150,000 and $250,000 in federal grants, which will help develop programs at the corrections facility.
Although the total spending proposal for 2016 is up more than 31 percent, he said the amount to be raised by taxes is the same as this year, $13,387,714.
The proposed 2016 budget of $35,235,571 includes $8 million for the new community corrections facility, to be financed by borrowing.

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