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Meredith woman celebrates 100th birthday by casting ballot

MEREDITH — ''I don't feel like 100, but people keep telling me that I am,'' said Agnes Franklin after she marked her 100th birthday by voting in the mid-term election at the Community Center yesterday.
A native of Belfast, Ireland, who emigrated to the United States when she was just 14 years old, Franklin and her husband of 79 years, George, both cast ballots for the first time since they moved to New Hampshire from Binghamton, New York, several years ago.
''We were married in 1935. That's 79 years I've put up with him,'' she said with a laugh as she and George arrived by Meredith Bay Colony Club van at the Community Center late Tuesday morning.
She said that she and her husband first met at a Sunday night service at a Baptist Church in Binghamton and that it was George's sister who brought them together.
''He wasn't at the church service on one Sunday night but his sister was and she told him that there was a girl there that might catch his eye. So he came the next Sunday and kept looking at me,'' she recalls.
''I sat in my seat and kept winking at her. But it was her that kept looking at me'' says George, who recalled that it took the better part of a week's pay when he took her on heir first date and went to a movie.
The couple had to register as new voters before they could go through the voting lines and sign affidavits as neither had a drivers license or any form of photo identification.
The couple have a daughter who lives just north of Boston and who owns a home on Lake Winnipesaukee and who persuaded them to move from Binghamton to the Lakes Region.
One of their neighbors at the Meredith Bay Colony Club, Nancy Thomason, said that Agnes keeps herself very active and walks through the building every day to help maintain her health.
''When I found that she was going to be 100 years old on election day I thought wouldn't that be something to see her voting on her 100th birthday,'' said Thomason, who accompanied George as he went through the registration process and helped him fill out the needed forms.
Diane Ruggiero, who works at the Colony Club, assisted Agnes as she went through the same process. She said that the couple take part in all of the summer picnics that are held at the retirement community and enjoy the musical programs held for residents as well as ''anything to do with food.''
After they had voted, George, who will be 100 next October, said he was happy to have voted but glad to be getting back on the van to head back home. ''There's too much going on here'' he said as he watched the steady stream of voters casting their ballots.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 12:52

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Hosmer is last local Democrat standing, by 131 votes

LACONIA — "If I'm the only Democrat left standing in Belknap County, I guess I did okay," said state Senator Andrew Hosmer of Laconia, who edged his Republican rival Kathleen Lauer-Rago of Franklin by just 131 votes — 9,542 to 9,411 —on Tuesday to hold his seat in District 7.

Democrats lost all five seats they had held in the Belknap County House delegation of 18 members.

Hosmer carried the city of Laconia by a mere 89 votes — 2,651 to 2,562 — as the six wards split evenly between the two candidates with Hosmer's margin in Ward 3 proving the difference. Hosmer won Ward 3 by 152 votes, Ward 4 by 56 votes and Ward 5 by 36 votes, a combined margin of 244 votes. Lauer-Rago carried Ward 1 by 58 votes, Ward 2 by 23 votes and ward 6 by 74 votes, a combined margin of 155 votes.

In Franklin, the other city in the district, Lauer-Rago beat Hosmer by 78 votes, 1,215 to 1,1137. She held majorities in all three wards.

Hosmer carried five of the nine towns in District 7. Gilford and Belmont, the only towns in Belknap County in the district, went separate ways as Hosmer squeaked past Lauer-Rago by five votes in Gilford — 1,616 to 1,611 — but lost Belmont by 219 votes — 1,218 to 999. In Merrimack County Lauer-Rago won Northfield by 771 to 674, Salisbury by 292 to 248. Hosmer carried Andover by 527 to 375, Boscawen by 605 to 544, Webster by 395 to 382 and Canterbury by 690 to 441.

In seven of the 10 municipalities in the district the difference between the two candidates was less than 100 votes as Hosmer 's margins of 152 votes in Andover and 249 votes in Canterbury decided the outcome.

In light of the closeness of the election, the GOP may well request a recount.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 November 2014 12:34

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MIDNIGHT REPORT: More local election results

Here a election results that were not available as of press time for the print edition of Wednesday's Daily Sun — as of midnight.


Republican incumbent Joe Kenney leading Democrat Mike Cryans 41,462 to 38,168 with 94 of 116 precincts reporting.


District 6

Republican Kathy Lauer-Rago of Franklin leading Democratic incumbent Andrew Hosmer 6,399 to 6,201 with just 10 of 17 percents reporting. Rago carried Laconia by 11 votes; Hosmer carried Gilford by 5 votes and Rago carried Franklin by 78 votes, accounting for the 3 largest municipalities in the district.

District 2

Republican incumbent Jeanie Forrester of Meredith easily won re-election over Democrat Carolyn Mello of Ashland. With 19 of 21 precincts reporting, Forrester has 11,893 votes and Mello 6,731.

District 6

Republican incumbent Sam Cataldo of Farmington easily won re-election over Democrat Richard Leonard of New Durham. With all votes counted, Cataldo earned 9,882 to Leonard's 7,640.


Belknap County District 1

Republican Valerie Fraser upset Democratic incumbent Ruth Gulick 738 to 688 to earn the right to represent Center Harbor and New Hampton.

Belknap County District 2

Republicans swept all 4 seats in the district that represents Gilford and Meredith. Russ Dumais was the leading vote getter at 3,438, followed in order by fellow Republicans George Hurt (3,300), incumbent Herb Vadney (3,236) and Glen Aldrich (3,083). Incumbent Lisa DiMartino (2,766) was the leading vote getter on the Democratic side.

Belknap County District 5

Republicans David Russell of Gilmanton (2,339) and Peter Varney of Alton (2,335) claimed the two seats available.

Belknap County District 7

Republican Guy Comtois will again represent Barnstead, as he defeated Democrat Bruce Marriott 933 to 733.

Belknap County District 8

Republican Raymond Howard of Alton (2,954) handily defeated Independent Peter Bolster of Alton (2,025) in this district that includes the hometown of both men, plus Barnstead and Gilmanton.

Grafton County District 7

Republican challenger Eric Johnson defeated Democratic incumbent Jim Aguiar by 6 votes, 640 to 634.

Grafton County District 9

Republican Incumbent Jeff Shackett (1,982) and newcomer Robert Hull (1,574) were the winners, defeating Democrats Judy Wallick (1,536) and Jeremy Olson (1,010).

Grafton County District 17

Republican challenger Stephen Darrow defeated Democratic incumbent Catherine Mulholland, 2,546 to 2,371.

Merrimack County District 2

Republican challengers Werner Horn (852) and Harold French (841) defeated Democratic incumbent Scott Burns (840) and Lucy Natkiel (746). A recount is likely as the margin between French and Burns was a single vote. This district includes Wards 1 and 2 in Franklin and the town of Hill.

Merrimack County District 3

Republicans Greg Hill (1,200) and Deborah Wheeler (1,100) were the winners over Democratic incumbent Leigh Webb (970) and Carolyn Virtue (934). This district includes Ward 3 in Franklin and the town of Northfield.



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Gallagher & Fields win in Sanborton & Tilton

SANBORNTON & TILTON — Republicans captured the two seats in the New Hampshire House of Representatives in Sanbornton and Tilton as incumbent Dennis Fields was re-elected to his 15th term and Brian Gallagher was elected to his first.

The sweep ousted incumbent Democrat Ian Raymond, of Sanbornton, who was seeking re-election to a second term.

Gallagher, a former financial official in the governor's budget office and at the Surpeme Court, topped the poll with 723 votes in Sanbornton, his hometown, and 556 votes in Tilton for a total of 1,279. Fields ran a close second with 1,198 votes, 646 in Sanbornton, where he resides, and 552 in Tilton.

Raymond polled 1,103 votes, 595 in Sanbornton and 508 in Tilton to finish ahead of fellow Democrat Jane Alden of Tilton who received 558 votes in Tilton and 484 votes in Sanbornton for a total 1,042.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 03:59

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