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After 5 year suspension, Gilford psychiatrist may reapply for medical license

CONCORD — A Gilford psychiatrist may reapply for his medical license after agreeing to a five-year suspension that is retroactive to February 2009 when he voluntarily surrendered the license.

According to a settlement agreement made public yesterday by the state Board of Medicine, Gregory Bahder can ask for his license back provided he provides proof of 18 months of psychotherapy and is favorably recommended by his treating physician. In addition, he must complete a professional boundaries education class, and that agrees to a 10-year contract with the N.H. Professionals Health Program that will allow them to randomly test him for drugs and/or alcohol for at least the first 12 months of the contract.

Bahder voluntarily surrendered his license in February 2009 after he engaged in sexual activity with a female patient following her treatment for cocaine dependency while she was incarcerated at the Belknap County House of Correction.

He agrees that if a disciplinary matter were held, the evidence supporting professional misconduct would include that he had four sessions with the female inmate in late 2007 and into early 2008 and that before her release the two exchanged personal phone numbers.

Bahder also agreed that the evidence would support that in June 2008 and in November 2008 he met with his former patient in Manchester and engaged in sex with her in exchange for money. During the November get-together, the two purchased crack cocaine and smoked it together in a motel room.

Should Bahder's license be reinstated, he must submit four semi-annual progress reports, continue treatment with his own physicians and psychotherapist, and provide a copy of the settlement agreement to any current or potential employer for two years after he gets his license back.

He also agrees that for as long as he practices in New Hampshire he will be associated with a practice that has no less than three other licensed physicians.

In 2010, a jury in the Hillsborough County Superior Court acquitted him of four counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault after his arrest in Bedford in 2009.

It is unlawful in New Hampshire for a doctor to have a sexual relationship with a patient within a year of the time treatment ends.

In all the above matters, Bahder was represented by Atty. Mark Sisti.

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 September 2014 12:03

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Putnam Fund hosting free Doo-Wop & 60's British pop concert tonight

LACONIA — An evening of Doo Wop, featuring the Bel Airs and Rockin' Daddios, spiced with the songs and stories of "Swinging London" in the Sixties from Julie Grant, will fill Laconia High School Auditorium with music and memories tonight.

Presented by the Laconia Putnam Fund, the show opens at 7 p.m. with admission free on a first come, first seated basis.

The premier doo-wop quintet in New England, the Bel Airs stir images of girls with beehive hairdos, saddle shoes, bobby socks and poodle skirts with five-part harmonies that have enlivened county fairs, town concerts and car shows across the the region. Twice voted the best doo-wop group in the New Hampshire, the Bel Airs strive to echo the sound of the original recordings of the classic artists, including the Drifters, Cadillacs and Chiffons as well as Elvis, Frankie Lymon and Del Shannon.

The Rockin Daddios — Angelo Gentile, Bo Guyer and Jim Rogato — will will gild their own selection of golden oldies like "Book of Love," "Blue Moon," and "Teenager in Love," hearkening back to those less troubled, more innocent years.

Julie Grant, who began singing professionally at the age of three, signed her first record contract at 15 and was soon performing alongside the likes of the Yardbirds, Hollies and Rolling Stones. "The Stones opened for me a couple of times," she remarked, "then the tables turned." She recalled that her bass player sheepishly told her he was taking a job with an American guitar slinger by the name of Jimi Hendrix.

Grant, who lives in Gilford and works as an agent for the Mohegan Sun casino, will be sharing stories of what she remembers as "wonderful years" and her songs, including her hit with Carole King's "Up on the Roof" from 1962.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 September 2014 12:47

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Meredith hosts annual 9-11 observance

MEREDITH — Police Lt. Keith True, one of several speakers at a Patriot Day Commemoration of the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America, which was held at Hesky Park here yesterday said that he had observed the same faces attending every one of the ceremonies since the first one in 2002.
''Some of those who entered the first grade in 2001 are now serving their country. If we continue to support each other we can still have the kind of country that we have always wanted for our children,'' said True, who urged those in attendance to never forget what happened that day and the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives during the attack.
Meredith Deputy Fire Chief Andre Kloetz said that recent events in Iraq and Syria serve as a reminder of how brutal America's enemies can be.
He said that the loss of 343 firefighters and 72 law enforcement officers in the collapse of the World Trade Center towers was a loss of unprecedented magnitude and that the bravery of the first responders should always be remembered.
He said that he was honored to call himself an American citizen and that while America is not a perfect nation it has always responded to protect those who are being persecuted around the world.
Ralph Ascoli, whose sister Debbie Mannetta was among those killed when the towers collapsed, said that he still feels her loss every day but in recent years has turned his attention to trying to help those first responders who developed lung cancer due to their exposure to asbestos while fighting the fires and digging through the rubble in the days following the attack.
''We should remember those who rushed into the buildings when others were rushing out of the buildings. They went in to help to help those inside without regard for their own safety,'' said Ascoli.
Other speakers included State Senator Jeanie Forrester, Carla Horn, chairperson of the Board of Selectmen and American Legion Service Officer Bob Kennelly, who as commander of the Legion organized the first September 11 commemoration.

Meredith ceremony at Hesky Park marked the 13th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. A giant American flag is held aloft over the gathering by the Meredith Fire Department's aerial ladder truck. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

Meredith Fire Department Second Deputy Chief Tom Jolsin sounds the bell for fallen firefighters at a ceremony honoring those who lost their lives in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)


Last Updated on Friday, 12 September 2014 12:44

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'Credible threat' leads to lockdown at Newfound High School

BRISTOL — In response to what Police Chief Michael Lewis called "a credible threat", Newfound Regional High School was locked down for 32 minutes yesterday morning and a juvenile suspect was taken into custody.

Lewis said that at approximately 7:24 a.m. a caller, who he declined to identify, advised police that a named juvenile, who was believed to be armed, was going to the high school with malicious intent. By 7:56 a.m. officers found the suspect, who was placed in custody. Lewis said that the suspect was not armed nor were any weapons or explosive devices found at the school. Lewis declined to specify what charges might be brought against the teenager.

Meanwhile, according to a statement by Stacy Buckley, the superintendent of schools, officers responded immediately by securing the high school campus and the building was placed into lock-down. Buckley said that students who had already reached school were confined to their classrooms while those who were arriving by bus, car and on foot were taken to the middle school where the campus was secured.

"We practice fire and safety drills once a month," she said, "and everything went off smoothly."

Buckley said that once the suspect was in the custody of the police the students taken to the middle school were returned to the high school and the lock down and secured campus was lifted at both schools.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 September 2014 12:36

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