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Holderness’s Julia Ford representing U.S. at Olympics

HOLDERNESS — A Holderness woman is one of three Granite State skiers who have been named to the U.S. Olympic Ski Team which will be competing in the Winter Games later this month in Sochi, Russia.
Julia Ford was chosen for the Alpine Ski Team.
Ford, who turns 24 next month, is a 2008 graduate of Holderness School, where she was on the school's ski team, and also played soccer and lacrosse as well as serving at student body president.
"She's a very good athlete," said George "Jory" Macomber, the associate head of school at Holderness who also coached Ford when she was a freshman on the ski team. "What really impressed me was how she really focused in the big moments. The bigger the event the better she is."
A member of a ski-racing family, Ford competes in the downhill and the super giant slalom — or Super G – events. Macomber said that it has not yet been decided which events Ford will compete in at Sochi.
Ford's parents, Duane and Lori Ford, both work at Holderness School. Her father is the school's director of residential life and also teaches math and coaches the school's football and men's lacrosse teams. Her mother is a coach for the Holderness ski team, but was coaching in Vermont when Julia was at Holderness.
Ford, who is a student a Westminster College in Utah when she is not training for competition, is one of two Holderness graduates who will be competing in Sochi, according to Courtney Williamson, Holderness's director of communications.
The other is Julia Marino, who will be sole athlete representing Paraguay in the Winter Olympics. Marino, who graduated from Holderness in 2011, holds dual citizenship in Paraguay and the U.S. Born in the land-locked South American country, she grew up in Massachusetts and attended Holderness for her senior year. She is holds the distinction of being the first athlete to compete for Paraguay in the Winter Olympics.
Marino, who is a sophomore at the University of Colorado, will be competing in slopestyle skiing — a new event in the Winter Games. Slopestyle skiing consists of a downhill course with obstacles including jumps and rails (akin to skateboarding) that skiers use to perform tricks.
"We're very proud of our two Olympic athlete," said Williamson.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 09:45

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Clarification: Gilford High grade change goes into effect with the Class of 2018

An article in Tuesday's paper regarding a change in the way Gilford High School weights grades incorrectly reported that the change would go into effect in 2018. In fact, the change will be implemented for the Class of 2018 and for all Gilford High classes thereafter. The article also misquoted principal Peter Sawyer as discounting the value of SAT scores among college admissions counselors. The quote should have read, "What they look at is the rigor of the class and the grades they received... It's not the GPA or the class rank."

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 02:19

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Gilford deliberative session will be held tonight

GILFORD — The deliberative session of Town Meeting postponed due to yesterday's snow storm will be held in the High School auditorium tonight at 7 p.m.

The annual meeting is part one of the two-part SB-2 process; voters will go to the polls on March 11 to vote on the warrant articles and to elect town officials.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 01:43

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Man & woman involved in Monday crash in Bristol facing variety of charges

BRISTOL — Two people were taken to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for critical injuries after the Dodge Durango Jason Brown was driving crashed head-on into a backhoe on Summer Street at 3:30 p.m. Monday.

A N.H. Department of Transportation backhoe operator was taken to the hospital, treated for minor in juries and released.

Police Lt. Kris Bean said Brown, 29, and his passenger, Cheryl Brown, 26 both of 140 School St. face a number of charges stemming from the crash.

Bean said Jason Brown will likely be charged with driving after being deemed a habitual offender and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He said a gun was found in the back seat of the Durango.

He said Cheryl Brown will likely be charged with criminal liability for the conduct of another because the car belongs to her and she has a valid drivers license, and for filing a false report to police.

Bean said she allegedly told police after she woke from surgery in Lebanon that she was the one driving the car.

Bean also said Jason Brown had been arrested by Tilton Police on January 24 and was charged with one count of driving after being deemed a habitual offender, one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and one count of possession of drugs.

Bean said police have applied for a search warrant for the Durango. He also said police have reason to believe Jason Brown was under the influence of drugs or alcohol and that may have contributed to the crash.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 01:39

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