8th annual Winni Dip to raise funds for Special Olympics this weekend

LACONIA — The eighth annual Winni Dip will bring teams of law enforcement officers from all over the state to the Margate Resort on Paugus Bay Saturday in a benefit event for the New Hampshire Special Olympics.
The Winni Dip has an '80s theme this year and has set a goal of raising $110,000 after raising $90,000 last year. A parade will be held at 11:30 a.m. where the participants will show off their costumes and be judged for their attire. At noon, the teams will take to the water at the Margate's beach, and, once participants have dried off and warmed up, there will be food and entertainment. As many as 20 teams and 100 police officers are expected.
The second annual High School Dip wiill be held on Sunday, following the same format, with an 11:30 a.m. parade and a noontime dash into the lake. Theme for this year's high school dip is school spirit. Also taking place at the same time on Sunday will be the fiirst-ever Middle School Plunge for younger students.

– Roger Amsden

McWhinnie sworn in as Gilmanton selectman, biosolids still OK after recount

GILMANTON — There were no significant changes following Wednesday night's recounts of the March 8 voting in Gilmanton.
In the selectman's race, Stephen McWhinnie picked up one more vote, leaving the final tally at 514 votes for him and 501 votes for Donald Guarino. McWhinnie was sworn into office immediately after being declared the winner by Moderator Mark Sisti.
In the recount for the biosolids ban, allowing biosolids picked up one vote and kept the win with a total of 532 votes. Support of the ban also picked up one vote, for a total of 504 votes, meaning there will be no ban on the use biosolids as fertilizer in Gilmanton.

– Gail Ober

Death at Golden View under investigation


MEREDITH — The death of a patient at Golden View Health Care Center on Wednesday night, which was reported to authorities, is being investigated by the New Hampshire Attorney General.

Although a senior assistant Attorney General has confirmed an investigation is underway, the office has not disclosed any specific information about the incident.

In a prepared statement, Robert Carey, an attorney representing Golden View, said that "The Golden View nursing home is cooperating fully with the Attorney General's investigation. The residents in its care are safe. Out of respect for its residents and the investigation, Golden View has no further comment at this time."

Officials of Golden View declined to respond to inquiries Friday.

WMUR-TV has reported that the family of the patient who died contacted the station, but declined to speak about the situation. The station also reported that the New Hampshire Medical Examiner confirmed that an autopsy is being conducted.

Golden View Health Care Center opened in 1974 and offers a continuum of care, including transitional care, assisted living, long-term care, memory support and respite care. The facility is overseen by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.