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Alton Republican considering run for governor

ALTON — Walter Havenstein, who retired from the United States Marine Corps with the rank of colonel and served as an executive with several major defense contractors, confirmed this week that he is "seriously considering" becoming a Republican candidate for governor.

Havenstein is an active member of the Alton-Barnstead-Gilmanton Republican Committee and with his wife Judy is well known for hosting fundraising events and contributing to candidates. Last week, the New Hampshire Sunday News reported that he has been encouraged to run and quoted one unidentified "senior GOP strategist" who called him "the strongest potential candidate considering the race."

So far Andrew Hemingway of Bristol, a 31 year-old, self-described entrepreneur who chaired the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire, is the lone announced GOP candidate for governor.

Democratic incumbent Governor Maggie Hassan of Exeter is expected to seek re-election.

A graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a degree in aerospace engineering, Havenstein served in the Marine Corps from 1971 to 1983, specializing in tactical communications and systems acquisition management, and completed his service in the reserve in 1999.

Havenstein began his career in the private sector the aerospace and communications division of ITT Corporation and later held a handful of executive positions with the Raythen Company. In 1999 he joined Sanders Associates of Nashua, then a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Aerospace Electronic Systems, serving as president of the firm, which when it was acquired by BAE Systems a year later.

At BAE Systems, Havenstein was president of two operating groups between 2000 and 2003 when he became executive vice-president of BAE Systems North America. When the company reorganized in 2005 he became president of the Electronics & Integrated Solutions Operating Group within what became BAE Systems, Inc. Two years later Havenstein was named president and CEO of BAE Systems, Inc,, which employs more than 50,000 people and posts annual sales of more than $20 billion.

In 2009 Havenstein left BAE Systems, Inc. for Science Applications International Corporation, a contractor for government services and information technology, where he served as president and CEO until 2012 when he retired for personal reasons.

Havenstein serves on the bard of the Whittemore School of Busienss at the University of New Hampshire and is the vice-chairman of FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology), the non-profit organization founded by Dean Kamen, the inventor and entrepreneur, to foster interest in scientific and technical careers among young people.

Word of Havenstein's interest in the race of governor drew a prompt response from the right. Writing for Granitegrok, Steve MacDonald noted that Havenstein contributed $1,000 to Christopher Boothby's recent campaign for the Executive Council, which "establishes Havenstein's credentials as an inside the NH-GOP moderate, also known in NH-GOP insider-circles as 'the good candidate.'"

MacDonald went on to point to the GOP's "old-rich-big-business-crony-insider-white-guy image problem" that weakens its appeal to young voters. But, when Hemingway, "a young sharp, tech-entrepreur, announced his candidacy, he wrote that "the 'insiders' respond by courting a retired older-rich-big-big business-crony-GOP insider-white-guy; an establishment one-percenter."

"Exactly who would Walter Havenstein represent?" MacDonald asked. "I am going to have to go with the . . . government-first wing of the GOP for the time being."

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 February 2014 01:36

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Plan to reconfigure part of Veterans Square on City Council agenda on Monday

LACONIA — Planning Director Shanna Saunders will present a plan to reconfigure the west end of Veteran's Square to the City Council when it meets Monday night.

The plan evolved from a plan to open Beacon Street East and Beacon Street West to two-way traffic and improve the intersections around the loop prepared by TEC, Inc. of Lawrence, Massachusetts, which the council soundly rejected. When the First Congregational Church of Laconia embarked on a capital improvement project the opportunity arose to revisit the reconfiguration of the intersection where Veteran's Square joins Pleasant Street.

As proposed the plan would convert the intersection of Pleasant with Veteran's Square and Beacon Street West into a simple four-way junction by eliminating the circle that enables west bound traffic through Veteran's Square to reverse direction by rounding. In place of the circle, the curb in front of the First Congregational Church would relocated between 60 feet and 40 feet forward into Veteran's Square but there would still be three lanes — two west bound and one east bound.

The five angled parking spaces in front of the First Congregational Church would be relocated at the new curb. The driveway between the First Congregational Church and the Evangelical Baptist Church, which is being converted to the restaurant, would be expanded to a handicap-access turnaround and four angled parking spaces in front of the Evangelical Baptist Church would be retained. Likewise, the six parking spaces on the north side of Veteran's Square, alongside the railroad station, would remain.

The pavement and sidewalk would be removed from the area between the new and existing curb and sidewalk, which would become a landscaped sublawn, bordered by the relocated curb on Veteran's Square and an extended curb on Pleasant Street. The memorial and flagpole would be relocated from the circle to the sublawn, to which benches would be added.

Other than the change to the flow of traffic through Veteran's Square the traffic pattern would remain the same. Traffic entering Veteran's Square from Pleasant Street could turn right on to Beacon Street West, which would remain one-way, left into Veteran's Square or proceed down Pleasant Street, which would also remain one-way. The plan does not include traffic signals at the reconfigured intersection.

Saunders has been discussing the plan with property owners and business operators in and around Veteran's Square for several months.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 08:26

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Search of Moultonborough home led to arrests for alleged pot farming

MOULTONBOROUGH — The former director of Food Services at Inter-Lakes Regional School District has been charged with one count of manufacturing a controlled drug — marijuana — and one count of possession of marijuana.

Police Chief Leonard Weatherbee said Joseph A. Cyr, 49, his wife Shirley Cyr, 40, and his brother Jason R. Cyr, 43, all of 14 Hanson Mill Road turned themselves into Moultonborogh Police yesterday. All are free on personal recognizance bail.

They all face one count each of manufacturing a controlled drug and possession of a controlled drug.

When contacted last week, Superintendent Mary Ellen Ormand said Joseph Cyr was no longer employed in the Inter-Lakes District. The school district subcontracts its food service to Cafe Services.

Weatherbee said the manufacturing operation was discovered by Meredith Police while they were in the process of executing a search warrant at the Byr's home. They were looking for money allegedly stolen by Shirley Cyr from a Meredith couple while she was providing home-based health care.

When Meredith Police saw the marijuana, they notified the Moultonborough Police, who obtained a separate search warrant for the home.

Weatherbee said a number of items were seized by Moultonborough Police, including some plant material.

All three have pending court dates in the 3rd Circuit Court, Ossipee Division next month said Weatherbee.

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 February 2014 01:24

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Alton man accused of threatening to kill his family

ALTON — A former Suncook Valley Road man was ordered to stay out of Alton yesterday morning after violating a bail condition that ordered him not to return to his former place of residence.

Gregory Packard, 47, is charged with one new count of breach of bail for being at his old house Wednesday. Police found him when they went to serve a subpoena at the home.

According to affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, Packard was charged with two felony level counts criminal threatening and one felony level count of falsifying physical evidence after he allegedly waved a gun around his home and threatened to kill everyone in it on January 20.

Packard's step-daughter called the police, who responded. Affidavits said he walked out to the cruiser and denied having a gun.

During interviews with people in the house, one woman said she knew the gun didn't have a clip or magazine in it and that Packard had been drinking so she wasn't too worried. She refused to provide a written statement.

After being read his rights, police questioned him again about the gun and Packard said that a friend had given it to him but he didn't want it in the house so he threw it outside.

Two officers located the magazine in the home and a third officer found the gun in a row of snow-covered bushes. Police said it was laying with the stock sticking out of the snow as if it had been quickly tossed there.

Police confirmed the gun was unloaded and confiscated it. A court issued an order saying he was not allowed to return to the property or go near the occupants of the home.

By being there Wednesday night, Packard allegedly violated the terms of that order.

Judge Jim Carroll ordered Packard to live in Pinardville, a "census designated area" area along the Piscataquog River in Goffstown. Packard is also ordered to seek alcohol counseling.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 February 2014 02:29

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