Belmont favors industry over aquifer


BELMONT — Voters overwhelmingly turned down a move to prevent further development over the aquifer by a vote of 514-187.
Article 2 was a petitioned warrant article to stop all further industrial development over the aquifer circulated and submitted by George Condodemetraky who also sought a seat on the Board of Selectmen.
The article was the subject of many letters to the editor and great deal of conversation around Belmont. Its future was the hot topic of this year's candidates' night at the Belmont High School.
Proponents of the warrant article said that the biggest danger to the aquifer is industrial development over it, while opponents claim that is in not in the best financial interests of any industry to potentially pollute the aquifer. Opponents also say the long-term economic viability of Belmont would be severely hampered as one-third of the town is over the aquifer.
Article 3 asked voters to raise by bond issued under the Municipal Finance Act for $375,000 to replace a bridge/box culvert on Hoadley Road. This was supported by the Board of Selectmen and the Budget Committee and passed by a vote of 420 for it to 261 against it and got a three-fifths majority, or 408 votes of the 681 needed to pass.
Article 4 asked the town to authorize a long-term lease/purchase agreement for of $560,000 to purchase a new pumper truck for the Belmont Fire Department and to raise and appropriate $63,507 for this year's payment. Both the selectboard and the Budget Committee recommend this article. This article squeaked by with 414 voting for it and 260 voting against it. With 674 voting yesterday, it need to pass by 404 votes.
Article 6 requested $40,000 for a new command vehicle for the Belmont Fire Department. Town Administrator Jean Beaudin said yesterday that it was too late to remove the article from the warrant when Belmont and Laconia decided to share a chief and a deputy chief. She said should the article pass, the money would remain in the apparatus special revenue fund. This vote passed by a narrow margin of 346 yes votes and 335 no votes.
Selectman Jon Pike easily bested his three opponents by garnering 333 votes to 93 for James Spiller, 119 for Condodemetraky and 153 for write-in candidate Kevin Sturgeon.
Of the six people running for five slots on the Budget Committee, Eric Shirley, Albert Akerstrom, Tracey Leclair and Ronald Mitchell prevailed. Former selectman and town administrator Donald McLelland Sr. fell short.

The Farnum Center opens new drug treatment center in Franklin

FRANKLIN — Construction is complete on a new facility to house services for substance abuse treatment in New Hampshire, and on Monday, Farnum Center welcomed 10 new clients into the newly opened "Ray House," named after New Hampshire's well-known and generous restauranteur, Alex Ray, of the Common Man Restaurant chain, who donated $100,000 to help with the project.
The newly expanded Farnum Center North in Franklin will provide inpatient treatment for women in need, and also has immediate space available for first responders and veterans in need, in a separate treatment wing dedicated to veterans. In all, the Ray House has 21 available beds. In the next few months, another 42 beds will be licensed and available for rehabilitation and treatment in the Webster House next door.
"We have opened our doors to anyone in need, but we recognize there is a special and significant need to tend to the men and women in uniform who have sacrificed for our country," said Dr. Cheryl Wilkie, senior VP of Substance Abuse Services at Farnum Center. "We have created a special unit dedicated solely to our veterans and to our first responders. They have given so much to us, and it's time for us to do what we can to give back to them."
Easter Seals Farnum Center broke ground on a major expansion in Franklin last fall. The nonprofit agency will offer new treatment services in two separate locations, Farnum Center in Manchester and Farnum North in Franklin. In addition, the process is underway to transition from peer recovery services to a fully licensed clinical program at Webster Place in Franklin. This will allow the facility to be fully flexible to handle a variety of inpatient and outpatient needs.

"The numbers speak for themselves and, sadly, 2015 set another record for the number of lives lost to drug overdoses," said Larry Gammon, president and CEO of Easter Seals. "This expansion is the first in what will be several steps to help those who are caught in this deadly addiction."
The New Farnum Center's Residential Service in Franklin will be a 30-day substance abuse treatment program with the capacity to serve 20 adults with primary substance abuse issues or co-occurring mental health and substance use problems. This program is for clients who require the structure and intensive support of a residential setting. Farnum Center is a comprehensive alcohol and other drug treatment facility that offers programming based on the philosophy of Health Realization and an array of services. Days are filled with education classes, meetings, group discussions, positive seminars and special presentations. Their goal is to teach participants that they have the tools they need to stay sober already within themselves. Farnum Center understands how important it is for you to get the help you need right away; that is why we have a new screening process called Open Access. They will be seen by one of the clinicians who will complete a thorough psychosocial evaluation and discuss what level of care would be most appropriate.

03-08 Franklin Farnum Center ribbon cutting

The ribbon-cutting at the new Franklin Farnum Center took place Friday. (Courtesy Photo)

03-08 Franklin Farnum - Reception Room

The reception area at the Franklin Farnum Center. (Courtesy Photo)

03-08 Franklin Farnum bedroom

A bedroom at the Farnum Center. (Courtesy Photo)


Car crash closes Route 11-A, driver escapes serious injury

GILFORD — A man escaped serious injury after his car went off the road and down a 15-foot embankment Monday at 4:23 p.m. near Gunstock Mountain Resort on Route 11-A.
Fire officials said the car landed on its passenger side. After scaling the embankment with a ladder, rescue crews were able to break the driver's side window and help the man out. He was alone in the car.
"It was a very steep embankment," said Firefighter Dion DeCarli who said he didn't really have much contact with the man because he was helping to stabilize the car.
Route 11A was closed for about 30 minutes while the car was being pulled from the embankment by two wreckers. Crews remained there until 5:50 p.m.
The man was not transported by ambulance and DeCarli said the police are investigating the cause of the crash.
— Gail Ober