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Imagine you lived in colonial times

GILFORD — Like the colonists they are studying, Rebecca Bedard's class of fourth graders are a hardy bunch and spent yesterday morning on a walking historical field trip through colonial Gilford.

Sponsored by the Thompson-Ames Historical Society and the Gilford School District, Bedard's students spent yesterday morning learning first hand how people lived and worked.

Students visited a milliner, a wig maker, and a hatter with retired teacher Ginny French, learned about being a storekeeper, a printer, a cooper, shoemaker and tool maker from Walt Stockwell of the historical society and how to be a teacher from Kathy Lacroix, also of the historical society.

After seeing all of the demonstrations, each student has to pick a career or trade from colonial times, study it, write a paper and create a project. The projects are presented to the third graders just before February vacation.

Patrick Gandini wants his project to be about silver smithing, just like Paul Revere, although he said he liked the school teacher presentation best of all.

Kayla Gallagher, dressed naturally with a color coordinated outfit replete with matching necklace and head band wants her project to be about milliners. "I love the accessories," she said.

Camryn Marshall, an energetic girl who voluntarily answered a lot of French's questions, wants hers to be about teaching.

Everybody learned something new yesterday.

The boys in French's wig making section were shocked to learn that if they were living in the colonial era and were the sons of prominent men, they would be wearing wigs after having their heads shaved. "Eews" and "Nos" came from all of the children, but especially the boys, when they learned about that.

The girls looked shocked when they learned that if they lived in colonial times, it wouldn't be long before they were sent to live with a milliner as an apprentice, learn how to sew and make ladies hats and dresses, and not be able to live at home with their families.

All, including French when she did the research for her presentation, learned that George Washington's hair was his own and he didn't wear a wig. Everyone learned that wigs have been worn by upper the classes and royalty since ancient Egyptian times.

This was French's first time doing a demonstration for the students and she said she had a blast. A history major in college, she said she was excited to be researching specific topics and would gladly do it again.

For Walt Stockwell, any time he gets to talk history to young people is good time.
Since his retirement and relocation to New Hampshire, Stockwell has been involved in various historical societies and likes working on identifying tools from the colonial times.

The programs are coordinated by Kathy Lacroix who said the Thompson-Ames Historical Society also working on programing for other school districts for a small fee. As an example, she said a program designed for second graders is offered to students in the Paul Smith Elementary School in Franklin.

For more information, school districts are encouraged to call Kathy Lacroix of the Gilford Historical Society Education Coordinator at 524-3390.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 January 2015 01:34

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Correction: Shaker budget vote will be Monday morning

The headline that appeared yesterday with an article about the funding of pre-K and kindergarten in the Shaker School District listed an incorrect time for the meeting. The Shaker School Board will meet at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 19,  at the SAU Building, for a final vote on the budget.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 January 2015 01:29

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Zoning Task Force tackles medical marijuana issues

LACONIA — The Zoning Task Force yesterday neared agreement on a proposed ordinance to regulate a medical marijuana dispensary in the event that someone should apply to operate one in the city in accordance with statute authorizing the use of the drug to treat a specified number of medical conditions.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has invited requests for proposals to operate Alternative Treatment Centers (ACTs) in four geographic zones, one of which consists of Belknap, Strafford and Rockingham counties. Each ACT would be licensed to dispense and cultivate marijuana, as well as process the plant into edible products. With the support of DHHS, legislation (Senate Bill 22) has been introduced that would enable each licensed dispensary, with the approval of the department, to operate one satellite facility, which could only dispense, not cultivate or process, marijuana.
Planning Director Shanna Saunders told the task force that although the city manager had an informal inquiry from a prospective applicant in the summer, she anticipated that a dispensary was more likely to be located in a more heavily populated part of the designated region, which includes the cities of Portsmouth, Dover, Rochester and Somersworth. However, she said that DHHS has advised her that applications close at the end of this month and it intends to narrow its selections by the end of next month in anticipation that the dispensaries will open six months later.

Sanders recalled that in 2008, when Metro Treatment of New Hampshire sought to operate a methadone clinic in the city, there were no appropriate zoning ordinances in place, adding that she did not want the city to find itself in the same situation again.

Saunders said that DHHS has issued 70 pages of rules governing the ownership and operation of the facilities, but where and when such a facility could operate are questions for the city to address. Rather than propose different regulations for dispensing, cultivating and processing, she suggested the same regulation apply to all three.
Saunders recommended that ACTs be confined to the Industrial Park, Industrial and Airport Industrial districts and prohibited elsewhere. The Industrial Park District refers to the O'Shea Industrial Park on Lexington Drive. There are three Industrial Districts in downtown, two beyond the south end and another near the north end of Union Avenue. The Airport Industrial District lies east of White Oaks Road and borders the Gilford town line. Acts would be prohibited in residential districts and within 1,000 feet of schools, daycare centers and places of worship. The dispensaries would be allowed to operate between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Michael Foote wondered why marijuana could not be cultivated in districts where agriculture is permitted. Saunders explained that marijuana would be grown indoors in large buildings and, in light of security considerations, these facilities should not be isolated in rural areas.
Warren Hutchins, who chairs the Planning Board, suggested that the ordinance provide for licensing ACTs, which would be charged an appropriate fee. Saunders said that ACTs will be licensed by the state and did not know if they could also be licensed by municipalities.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 January 2015 01:25

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Divided Gilford selectboard votes not to support petitioned fireworks ban

GILFORD — Selectmen crossed swords again last night over the fireworks issue when two of them voted not to support a petitioned warrant article spearheaded by a third selectman.

Selectman John O'Brien, who has long been an opponent of personal fireworks use, started a petitioned warrant article and got the 25 signatures necessary to put it on this year's warrant.

"My issue with this," said Selectman Gus Benevides, "is presenting this by one selectman."

He said he understands that as a private citizen, O'Brien has the right to petition an article if he wants, however, because he is a selectman, Benevides and Selectman Richard Grenier felt the board should make an official recommendation not to support it.

Last year, Benevides and Grenier voted to abolish a fireworks ordinance that had been passed in 2013.

Benevides has been against banning personal fireworks because the state allows them to be purchased. O'Brien has always been for a ban. The third selectman has always been the tie breaker.

O'Brien objected to having the board support or not support a non-money article because the selectmen typically don't take official positions on all non-money articles.

He made a motion that selectmen should vote to support or not support all non-money warrant articles, but it failed for lack of a second.

In other business, at the request of Police Chief Anthony Bean Burpee, selectmen are considering an ordinance that would make the possession and sale of synthetic drugs.

Bean Burpee said Det. Sgt. Chris Jacques has been researching the matter for about six months by speaking with chemists, police from communities with similar ordinances, and other experts. His proposed ordinance has the support of Belknap County Attorney Melissa Guldbrandsen and Belknap County Superior Court Judge James O'Neill III.

He noted that in the past few years there have been about a dozen incidents in Gilford involving synthetic drugs and he learned that in 2013 a 17-year-old from a different community went to a local concert, purchased some synthetic drugs and died at his home later that evening.

Laconia, Belmont, Wolfeboro, Tilton and Franklin have all passed similar ordinances.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 January 2015 02:27

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