Luther, Hayward elected to Laconia School Board

LACONIA — In the elections for the School Board last week, Barbara Luther, who ran without opposition, was elected to her second term in Ward 2 with 887 votes, and in Ward 3 Aaron Hayward topped Scott Knowles by a vote of 645 to 505.

After filing his candidacy, Knowles asked to have his name removed from the ballot and did not campaign for the seat, leaving Hayward to be elected virtually by default. Hayward succeeds Scott Vachon, who served on the board for 13 consecutive years.

— Michael Kitch

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Fugitive Moon arrested by Tilton Police

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

TILTON — Police have arrested a man wanted in connection with an officer-involved shooting that occurred in the early morning hours of Oct. 28.

11-02 Hayden MoonThe U.S. Marshal's and Belknap County Joint Fugitive Task Force had been looking for 24-year-old Hayden Moon since he allegedly dragged a Belmont Police officer during a traffic stop at 1:38 a.m. on Stone Road.

The Belmont officer, said Belknap County Attorney Melissa Guldbrandsen, fired his weapon in a effort to stop Moon from fleeing. He is on paid administrative leaving pending an investigation by the New Hampshire State Police into the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Moon's car was recovered in Loudon by Loudon Police, said Major Crimes Lt. Scott Gilbert, a few days later. He said Guldbrandsen later confirmed that Moon was not injured during the shooting.

Moon is wanted for one felony count of reckless conduct and one misdemeanor count of resisting arrest in relation to the October incident.

According to the New Hampshire Judiciary, Moon was convicted for possession of a controlled drug in Merrimack County in 2013 and for the same offense in Belknap County in 2015. He is also facing one count of being a felon in possession of a deadly weapon after his arrest in August. He has a hearing scheduled in the Hillsborough North Superior Court on Nov. 14.

Tilton Police Chief Robert Cormier said he believes Moon's arrest was the result of a traffic stop by two of his patrol officers and that it was uneventful.

"(My officers) were at the right place at the right time and are to be congratulated for their heads-up work," said Cormier.

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Timberman canceled

Annual race in Gilford posted end on Facebook

By ADAM DRAPCHO, LACONIA DAILY SUN

GILFORD — The Ironman 70.3 Timberman triathlon, started by a local athlete in 2001, will not continue in 2017. Taking its place in the Ironman-branded events will be a new Ironman 70.3 event at Old Orchard Beach, Maine, on Aug. 27.

As of deadline, Ironman had not made an official announcement of the decision to discontinue the Timberman events, which included both a "Sprint" triathlon, featuring shorter races, and the 70.3 event, which included a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run. A few thousand athletes were attracted to Gilford each year for the events, which served as a qualifier for the prestigious and grueling Ironman triathlons.

The "events" page on www.ironman.com still lists the Timberman; however, its date field reads "TBD," while dates are listed for other events through September of 2017. On the race's official Facebook page, an athlete complained about that omission and asked if the Timberman, as well as another race, known as "B2B Full," would be canceled.

At 6:43 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13, the official Timberman account responded:

"Timberman is not happening as well as B2B Full."

Efforts to contact a representative of the World Triathlon Corporation, which includes the Ironman brand, were unsuccessful.

Myles Chase, owner of MC Cycle and Sport in Laconia, which had served for several years as the official bicycle service shop for the Timberman, said on Monday that he had heard in October that there was a chance that the event might have had its final run, and that he learned of its cancellation at the beginning of November.

The Timberman was an important event for the early years of his business, Chase said, though in recent years it became an ordeal that distracted his shop from its local customers. Still, he was disappointed to hear that the event was leaving.

"It's a bummer for the community. It has always been a gateway event for athletes who want to enter a triathlon," Chase said. The loss of the event will also negatively affect the many local nonprofit organizations that staffed the Timberman in exchange for a donation.

"A lot of local organizations just lost an opportunity to raise money as well," said Chase.

For Maureen Nix, a member of the Lakes Region Triathlon Club, the cancellation came out of the blue.

"Myself, as well as other members of the Triathlon Club, are shocked to find out that the race was cancelled. It was a good way for the athletes in the community to train together on a local course. An event of that nature in our back yard was a wonderful opportunity," said Nix.

The Timberman was started in 2001 by Keith Jordan, a local athlete who wanted to offer a triathlon in his home state. Within a few years of its founding, owing to the beautiful setting of the Lakes Region and the friendliness of the local volunteers and hosts, the Timberman had gained national notoriety as a "must-attend" triathlon. He also founded a triathlon in Bristol, the Mooseman, as well as several other events both in New Hampshire as well as around the country.

In 2009, he sold the Timberman and Mooseman events to the World Triathlon Corporation, which discontinued the Mooseman in 2012, and, apparently, the Timberman after the 2016 running.

Nix said that the sequence of events, as well as the Ironman's lack of communication with local athletes, has left a smear on the brand's name.

"It kind of sours people on Ironman, leaving the Lakes Region high and dry," she said, noting how Jordan had created an event that became a yearly highlight for so many. "Now, they just pull the rug out. It's really discouraging when a local guy built it up to such an incredible event, and now it's gone."


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Jim Kallmerten of Syracuse, N.Y., gives the thumbs up as he enters the water for the 1.2-mile swim during the Timberman 70.3 on Aug. 21.  (Karen Bobotas/File photo)

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