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Help from football players a welcome surprise on PSU move in day

PLYMOUTH — Pat and Marion Maney of Londonderry yesterday looked a little like weary tourists returning from an extended stay in some far-away land.

Each had two suitcases plus a duffel bag they were lugging down the sidewalk next to the Mary Lyon Hall — their daughter's home for the next nine months at Plymouth State University.

Fortunately for the Maney's, the bags were empty and they were on their way home.

"We came with a car and a half" said Pat.

When asked what items their freshman daughter Maureen Maney couldn't live without, they both laughed.

"We have four suitcases," said Marion, "and one of them was filled with shoes."

The Maneys delivered a fan, a humidifier for allergies and the requisite four suitcases of clothing for their honor's business major daughter. Fortunately for them, one of the other two girls in her flat brought the refrigerator and the third girl brought the microwave.

The Maney's were but two of the hundreds of sets of parents who converged upon PSU for the traditional "move in" day who got to play the role of Sherpa — or one of the members of a tribe in Nepal who guide hikers up the mountains and, perhaps more importantly, carry their provisions up there, too.

But the Maney's, like the rest of the parents, were met with a pleasant surprise yesterday — the PSU Panthers football team.

"We pull up and we get swamped by these huge handsome guys," said Marion Maney, who said they loaded all of her daughter's things into a big white plastic tote on wheels and brought them in to the dorm.

Sophomore Quarterback Jimmy Boulay, senior defensive lineman Jeff Nussek and senior wide receiver Nick Cavallo were three of those coach assigned to help the students of Mary Lyons Hall. Nussek said the wrestling team will take over a noon and the sorority sisters of Delta Zeta will take over at 4 p.m.

When asked what orders they were given by their coach Nussek said, "Kill them with kindness."

"We walk up to people and asked them if we can help them bring their stuff up to their dorm rooms, Nussek said.

For Mark Tulley, the father of freshman Jordan Tulley, of Hollis the football players were a godsend.

"This is great," he said. "I haven't been up to the third floor yet."

Mark Tulley stood behind the open door of his black SUV and handed Jordan's things to members of the football team who carried them up to the third floor at Blair Hall.

According to his father, Jordan's couldn't live without his television, his X-box and dad's American Express card.

Moe Giddis of Pembrook stood next to his SUV and sipped on a cup of coffee.

Courtney Giddis is the fourth and youngest of Moe Giddis's daughters — and the second who has gone to college.

When asked how much packing he had done the night before, Moe grinned and said, "None."

He said his daughter had "gotten a little mouthy" the night before so he informed her she was packing her own things in the back of the SUV.

"She did it all herself," he said, showing off a framed collage of pictures of her friends and family she had made the night before.

"See," he said pointing to his own picture in the top left corner of the collage. "I'm right here so she can't still be too mad at me."

Looking at the football players lugging all of her things up to the dorm, Giddis leaned back and sighed.

"This is sweet," he said. "I haven't done a darn thing all morning."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 12:40

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Man hurt diving into lake near Winnisquam sandbar

SANBORNTON — A 23-year-old man from Chichester who suffered a diving injury at a sandbar on Lake Winnisquam Sunday was transported by helicopter to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon following the incident.

Marine Patrol received a 9-1-1 call at 12:45 p.m. which reported that a man dove into the waters on Lake Winnisquam near the sandbar and ultimately lost feeling in his extremities. Marine Patrol Officer Jason Patten arrived on scene within minutes and also assisted responding members of the Sanbornton Fire/Rescue with transporting equipment to the scene.

Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim had been a passenger in a boat. As they approached the sandbar, the victim dove out of the boat in an attempt to stop its forward momentum. After diving out of the boat into the shallow water, the victim advised that he could not feel his extremities.

He was transported to Lakes Region General Hospital for initial evaluation and treatment.

The incident remains under investigation.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 01:29

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Selectman suggests building contractors started effort to remove Moultonborough Planning Board members

MOULTONBOROUGH — While the selectmen appear bent on going forward with removal proceedings against two members of the Planning Board and refusing to name the individuals who brought the original complaint against the pair, when the issue was last discussed Selectmen Russell Wakefield suggested that building contractors were among the complainants.

On July 10, the Planning Board, by a tortured process and in a controversial decision, approved the construction of an observation tower on Red Hill that was built without requisite permits. At least two of the five selectmen fielded complaints from citizens and the Selectboard may or may not have received a written statement from one or more individuals apparently questioning the conduct of Josh Bartlett and Judy Ryerson.
Following their regularly scheduled meeting on July 18, the selectmen held a "non-meeting" with town counsel Peter Minkow to consider the information they had received. At the meeting the Selectboard agreed to begin removal proceedings while instructing Town Administrator Carter Terenzini and Minkow to offer the two members the opportunity to resign rather than be embarrassed by a public hearing. After both Bartlett and Ryerson refused to resign, the selectmen scheduled the public hearings on Monday, September 9 (1 p.m.) to determine if Bartlett and Ryerson should be removed for "inefficiency, neglect of duty or malfeasance in office."

At their regular meeting last week the selectmen were again pressed to identify those who brought the original complaints, by both residents and Selectman Chris Shipp, who repeatedly said Bartlett and Ryerson were entitled to face their accusers.

In reply to questioning by Steve Maguire, Wakefield said that "if you are a contractor out there in Moultonborough trying to make a living and you had a complaint, you had a problem, you'd be the last one in here complaining, because you may have to go to that Planning Board and you don't want to make enemies on that Planning Board because your application may have some bias to it and maybe it's going to get voted no. I'm not telling you that would happen," he continued, "but you as a contractor are going to think like that. And don't tell me you wouldn't."

"You're playing favorites and protecting people," said Nancy Wright.

Wakefield also said that the complaints were discussed by the board in the July 18 non-meeting and as such remain privileged. He said that "everything we talked about cannot be dispensed to the public." He said that because of how the issue reached the board "we're between a rock and a hard place."

Steve Maguire said that any complaints lodged with the Board of Selectmen are public documents and the identity of those who submit them should not be protected.

Answering a question from Paul Puntunieri, a member of the Planning Board, Wakefield acknowledged that the Selectboard deliberated and voted when they met with Town Counsel. Puntunieri is among those who have noted that the selectmen sought the advice of town counsel in a "non-meeting," not a non-public meeting, of which there is no record. According to the Memorandum of the New Hampshire Attorney General on the application of the "Right-to-Know" law, "deliberation about the matter on which advice is sought may not occur during consultation with legal counsel." Instead, any deliberation, decisions and votes subsequent to that advice must take place in public session.

Selectmen Jonathan Tolman said that the case is a matter of public record. He said that the selectmen decided to proceed after reviewing the minutes and the video of the meeting, which he suggested offered sufficient cause to bring charges against Bartlett and Ryerson. Acknowledging that a number of people had expressed concerns to the Selectboard, he said that their identity was not relevant since the decision to act was made by the selectman.

Wakefield's recent remarks are at odds with earlier statements. Last month he told the Planning Board that the Selectboard received a "petition" from one individual and said that town counsel advised the board there was no alternative but to begin removal proceedings on the strength of it. He insisted that the complainant, not the Selectboard, initiated the proceedings and even suggested the complainant would present the case at the public hearings. He also assured the Planning Board that the identity of the complainant would be disclosed to Bartlett and Ryerson.

However, when the Selectboard next discussed the issue, Joel Mudgett, the chairman, said he could not recall seeing a petition, but allowed that concerns were expressed to him by a number of people who wished to remain anonymous because they might be appearing before the Planning Board in the future.

Since then the Selectboard has denied a Right-to-Know request for records of the non-meeting on July 18, claiming that minutes are not required of non-meetings, and firmly refused to name any of those who approached them about the decision of the Planning Board or the conduct of its members.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 01:22

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New Jersey teen wants to give remote Belknap Range pond a name

GILFORD — A New Jersey teenager who has hiked in the Belknap Mountain range ever since he was a young child has proposed that a small pond in the Robert Tilton Town Forest be named Moulton Pond.
Soren Denlinger, 15, of Asbury, New Jersey, a sophomore at Voorhees High School where he earned high honors last spring, says ''I've hiked by it many times and thought the pond deserved a name.''
After finding trail maps which said that that the stream which flows from the 6/10th of an acre pond is Moulton Brook, Denlinger wrote to the United States Board on Geographic Names proposing the name of Moulton Pond, which he said is linked to the Moulton family, long-time residents of the area.
The request for naming the pond in honor of the Moulton family recently came before the Belknap County Commissioners, who were told that Gilford selectmen have already reviewed the request and took no position on it but were not opposed.
Commissioner Ed Philpot said that he would like to hear from a long-time hiker and member of the Gilford Conservation Commission, Chuck Coons, before the commission took any action.
Denlinger's request noted that the unnamed pond is located 9/10th of a mile southwest of Round Pond and that Dave Roberts, who created a trail map of the Belknap Mountain range because it ran beside Moulton Road near Manning Lake.
Nanci Mitchell, a past chairman of the Gilmanton Conservation Commission, who along with her husband owns land near the small pond, said that she and her husband have called it Christmas Pond because they discovered it about 10 years ago on Christmas Day, but had no objection to seeing it named Moulton Pond.
Denlinger's application notes that the Moulton family has a long history in the area and cites the history of Col. John Hale Moulton (1795-1885) of Center Harbor, who was a Belknap County Commissioner from 1858 through 1861.
The grandson of General John Moulton, for whom the town of Moultonborough was named, John Hale Moulton was a merchant, hotel and mill owner and operated a freight boat on Lake Winnipesaukee and a Center Harbor selectman from 1819 until 1868, town treasurer from 1824 until 1881 and even served as a deputy sheriff for five years. He also served in the Legislature from 1847 and 1848, and again from 1852 to 1856.
Moulton received his education from teacher Dudley Leavitt, who is credited with starting a widely popular almanac, and ran a saw, grist and shingle mill and used the freight boat he owned to transport lumber around Lake Winnipesaukee. He also owned what was known as Moulton's Hotel in Center Harbor from 1848 until his death in 1885.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 September 2013 06:09

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