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Paul Moynihan thanked as he retires

By ALANA PERSSON, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — "This is a good man, a model citizen who has brought nothing but professionalism to the city all these years. Paul Moynihan, you have set a high standard as a man and as a member of the Laconia Public Works," said Mayor Ed Engler during the retirement celebration of Moynihan held Thursday at the Belknap Mill.
During his 38 years working for the city Public Works Department, Moynihan took on numerous projects to better the city, and in the process positively affected the lives of countless individuals within the local community. Those who had the opportunity to work with Moynihan over the course of his employment shared that he was dependable and detail-driven, as well as calm and even-tempered. If a task or project was given to Moynihan, there was no question that it would be done on time and in a proper manner.
As a man dedicated to his job, Moynihan would assess every detail and angle of a project, oftentimes being the last one out of the office at night. Additionally, his attention to the various projects crossed over into his attentive care and compassion toward his employees, as noted by Luke Powell, assistant director of the Public Works.
"Paul's most common phrase was 'Is this a good time?' because he genuinely cared about the people working under him and what they were up to," said Powell, concluding his speech with "You have served this city well and I am happy to say: 'This is a good time.'"
In addition to the fond stories and memories shared by Lucien Bouley and Jim Presher, both former colleagues of Moynihan, and Brenda Baer of the City Council, there were various awards presented to Moynihan during the ceremony.
City Manager Scott Meyers took a moment to award Moynihan with a plaque acknowledging him for his accomplishments and dedication to the Laconia Public Works, which will be placed at one of Moynihan's past project sites. The location of the site has yet to be determined, as the city would like Moynihan to select the place he feels the plaque best deserves to go.
Additionally, Engler proclaimed that July 28, 2016, was to be named Paul Moynihan Day for the City of Laconia and presented him with an official document of this proclamation. Following this presentation, Sharon McMillin of the Winnipesaukee River Basin Program took to the podium, presenting Moynihan with a framed recognition certificate that had been signed by the advisory board members of the Department of Environmental Services and the Winnipesaukee River Basin Program.
Taking an opportunity to address the crowd, Moynihan acknowledged that it was through his strong faith that he was able to do his job over the decades, as well as through the love and support of his wife, Dona Lynn Moynihan, his children and grandchildren.
"We have accomplished a lot of things over the years but I played just a single role, everything is a team effort and everyone has important parts," said Moynihan, going on to thank the many people who have helped make all of the projects possible.
As Moynihan closes out his time as director of Public Works, he fondly will hold on to the many memories he has acquired over his years of work, and will proudly take all the awards and appreciation to the next phase of his life.

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Paul Moynihan and his wife, Dona Lynn, were presented with a plaque by the Winnipesaukee River Basin Program, which was signed by the advisory board members as a thank you for his service to the group. (Alana Perssons/Laconia Daily Sun)

Taxiarchai Church hosting 30th annual Greek Summer Festival this Saturday

LACONIA — The 30th Annual Greek Summer Festival, which will be held Saturday, July 30, at Taxiarchai Greek Orthodox Church, will feature Greek music, authentic Greek food and pastries, specialty imports and dry goods as well as a chance to win $10,000 in cash prizes in a raffle.

The festival has become a fixture of the Lakes Region summer scene and involves about 40 members of the church who are involved in preparing and serving the food, decorating the dining hall and according to long-time church member and event organizer Angie Argiropoulis.

The event gets underway at 10 a.m. with music and he opportunity to browse through the imports and dry goods with dinner being served at 11:30 a.m.

The menu includes baked lamb shank, roast leg of lamb and Greek style baked chicken dinners all served with Greek salad, rice, rolls and butter .

Also offered will be dolmathes, which are grape leaves stuffed with hamburger and rice; Greek sausage; pastitsio; baked macaroni and cheese meat pie; and spanakopita, the famous Greek spinach pie.

Pastries and desserts include baklava, koulourakia, finikia, diples and fruit bars.

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Displaying some of the Greek pastries which will be offered at the 30th annual Greek Summer Festival at Taxiarchai Greek Orthodox Church on Saturday, July 30, are Bessie Kafanelis and Mary Lou Beshta. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

Shaker and Prospect approached by Pittsfield for tuition paying school students

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

BELMONT — A Pittsfield citizens' committee formed to study the possibilities of sending high school students to other districts has reached out to the Shaker Regional School Board and the Prospect Mountain School Board.

The letter was briefly discussed by the Shaker School Board Tuesday evening. Members requested that Superintendent Michael Tursi review the request and report back to them.

Business Administrator Debbie Thompson said Shaker doesn't have a policy of accepting tuitioned students at this time except on a case-by-case basis that usually occurs when an existing student's family moves and a student wants to finish his or her senior year at Belmont High School.

Prospect Superintendent Dr. Robert Cullison Jr. said his district also has no policy for accepting tuition-paying students except in situations similar to the Shaker Regional School District. He said he will present the Pittsfield letter to his school board during its August meeting.

According to an article published June 1 in The Concord Monitor, the Pittsfield High School Tuition Study Committee was formed by Selectman Carl Anderson and was opposed by the school board, which said it already had Superintendent Dr. John Freeman do the same research and determined it wouldn't save the town any money.

Cullison said that if enrollments continue to decline, as they have in the Lakes Region, in the medium- to long-term some school consolidation may make sense. At this time, both Shaker Regional and Prospect Mountain student populations have been fairly consistent; however, Cullison said he is seeing slight declines over time.

In other Shaker School Board business, Thompson said the district owes the Huot Technical Center $53,000 for the 70 students who attended there last year.

She said this is expected because the money reflects the shortage in state tuition reimbursements for technical schools. She said the money is reserved from any projected surplus from the recently ended school year.

In the three prior years to last year, the amount of the reimbursement shortage was $66,545 for school year 2012-13; $132,437 for 2013-14; and $126,000 in 2015-16.
Last year ,the number of students who could take classes at the Huot was limited to 70.

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