Bitter cold prevents some school buses from getting on the road

ALTON — Despite all area schools having a two-hour delay because of the sub-zero temperatures Monday morning, Alton Schools had the day off because some of the diesel-engine school buses wouldn't start.

Superintendent Bob Cullison said administrators were just arriving when he got a call from Barnstead Elementary School reporting the Barnstead buses wouldn't start.

He said if either of the elementary schools (Alton or Barnstead) can't get their children to school, then the district policy says the high school must be canceled as well. He said all of the students use the same buses and the only high school students who would be able to attend would be driving their own cars.

Gilford Superintendent Kent Hemingway said his district had a few problems with buses serving the middle and high school levels.

He said he was notified by First Student that two of the buses for those routes wouldn't start and they sent out an alert to notify parents.

Hemingway said eventually one of the buses started however the other didn't and those parents were notified they had to get their own children to school.

He said he was told the affected buses had block heaters, used to keep the diesel fuel from becoming viscous in the cold, however the power for the block heaters came from the battery, which drew down the charge, leading to starting problems.

At low temperatures, diesel fuel can become viscous — hence the use of block heaters and glow plugs to keep the fuel warm. Diesel engines require very high compression to create the heat required for firing and starting can be problematic in cold temperatures.


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Tilton Police investigating car/pedestrian hit & run

TILTON — Police are actively investigating a hit-and-run accident Sunday night at 6:50 p.m. that occurred in the west-bound lane of Rte. 3 in the Lake Winnisquam area.

Police Chief Bob Cormier said Jeffrey Lorette, 19, of Belmont was walking toward Tilton, near the Anchorage At The Lake cabins when a vehicle headed in the same direction struck him and kept driving.

Cormier said it appears the man was struck by the passenger-side mirror of the car and may have sustained a broken arm.

He said Lorette was knocked down and wasn't able to identify what kind of vehicle struck him. He was able to get up and walk to a nearby home and call for help.

Cormier said the was some evidence from a car recovered at the scene.

Police ask if anyone was on Route 3 near the Anchorage just before 7 p.m. or knows anything about the hit-and-run they are asked to call Tilton Police at 286-4442.

Cormier said that people who are walking and driving along Rte. 3 should take extra care because the road is narrower with the snow banks. He also suggested that people who are walking after dark wear reflective clothing and walk in the opposite direction of traffic.

In his time as chief, Cormier said he had seen quite a few car-pedestrian accidents along Rte. 3, including one fatal one. He encouraged people to pay attention while they are driving and be wary of pedestrians walking along highways.

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LRGHealthcare's Red Dress Gala another sellout

MEREDITH — The 11th annual LRGHealthcare Red Dress Gala at Church Landing, held on Friday night, was a sell-out success which welcomed more than 320 guests.
Coinciding with American Heart Month, the Red Dress Gala helps to raise awareness about heart disease and prevention. Over the past 10 years this signature event has raised $464,000 for cardiac services, programs, and technology at LRGHealthcare and for its community Emergency Response partners.
The theme of this year's event was Dinner at Tiffany's. This elegant evening featured a meal created by The Common Man culinary team, live and silent auctions, and dancing to local favorite Paul Warnick and Phil 'n the Blanks.
Becky Doherty, LRGHealthcare Annual Fund and Special Events manager, said that some of the proceeds from this year's event are already being put to good use with the purchase of two EKG machines, one for the Surgical Department at Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia and the other for the Ambulatory Surgical Center at Hillside Office Park in Gilford.
Funds will also be used to purchase five state-of-the art carbon dioxide monitors, three for the emergency room at Lakes Region General Hospital, a portable unit for Franklin Regional Hospital's Respiratory Department and an additional mobile unit at LRGH.
The monitor is used a patient who has experienced cardiac arrest and measures the maximum concentration of CO2 at the end of exhalation, which is proportional to the amount of pulmonary blood flow, providing key information about the status of the patient.
Remaining funds will be used to train all staff at LRGHealthcare on the Heart Saver AED system.
For the the sixth year in a row, MB Tractor & Equipment was the $10,000 Presenting Sponsor of the gala. Evroks Corporation was the Gold Sponor.
Other sponsors included Candy Bar Sponsor DiGiorgio Associates Inc./Monitor Builders Inc.; Cocktail Reception Sponsor MRS - Medical Reimbursement Specialists; Entertainment Sponsor Lakes Region General Hospital Auxiliary; Gourmet Coffee Bar Sponsor Meredith Village Savings Bank; Photo Booth Sponsor Bank of New Hampshire; Silver Sponsor Decorative Interiors; Valet Sponsor Atlantic Parking Services, LLC (APS); Bronze Sponsors AutoServ of Tilton, Binnie Media, DAK Financial Group LLC, Denise Tucker Group, Dr. Racicot & Friends, FairPoint Communications, Franklin Regional Hospital Auxiliary, Franklin Savings Bank, Gilford Well Company, Lake Dockers, Lakes Cosmetic Institute, LRGHealthcare Senior Team, Rae Mello-Andrews & Friends, and The Brillant Gems!.
Corporate Sponsors include Cross Insurance, Landmark Benefits, Inc., and Stewart's Ambulance Service.
Major event supporters are Church Landing at Mill Falls at the Lake, Comcast Spotlight, Crown Design, Divine Inspirations, 5 Star Entertainment, Lakes Region Floral Studio, MW Animation & Video, Paul Warnick and Phil 'n the Blanks, The Common Man, Tylergraphics, Inc., and Warren Bailey.


The 11th annual LRGHealthcare Red Dress Gala featured a Dinner at Tiffany's theme and was held at Church Landing in Meredith on Feb. 13. Among those helping organize the event were, left to right; Maureen Wilkins, Becky Doherty, Katie Reid, Trish Stafford, Susan Brown of Lakes Region Floral Studio, co-chair; Stephanie Wentworth of Decorative Interiors, co-chair; Sarah Lapointe, Betty Ballantyne, Ilona Dunfee and Andrea Chin. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

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Moultonborough warrant article calls for eliminating town administrator position

MOULTONBOROUGH — Some 50 residents have renewed the effort to oust Town Administrator Carter Terenzini, which failed in 2013, by placing a petitioned article on the warrant of Town Meeting to eliminate his position altogether.

Article 29 reads as follows: "to see if the town will vote to eliminate the position of town administrator and to transfer the duties of the position to the Board of Selectmen. For transition purposes only, this change shall take effect on May 1, 2015. Nothin contained herein shall authorize the Board of Selectmen to increase the salary of the town administrator, nor to provide severance payments and/or to amend the existing agreement (if any) with the incumbent town administrator."

In October 2013 approximately 200 residents signed a petition urging the selectmen not to renew Terenzini's contract, but the board, with one dissenting vote, chose not to terminate him. That maneuver, like the current warrant article, was motivated by Terenzini's role in initiating an effort to remove two members of the Planning Board — Josh Bartlett and Judy Ryerson — after the pair changed their votes, enabling the Planning Board to approve construction of an observation tower on Red Hill, which was built without the requisite permits. The selectmen said they were acting in response to complaints from "several" residents, whom they refused to identify, but when the proceedings opened, Terenzini revealed he was the lone complainant. After a public hearing the selectmen unanimously rejected a motion to dismiss Bartlett and to abandon proceedings against Ryerson.

This year Bartlett is among five candidates, including Kelley Marsh, John Anderson, Jean Beadle and Chuck Connell, bidding for two seats on the Board of Selectmen.

After reviewing the proposed warrant article, town counsel Peter Minkow advised the Selectboard that it would be only "advisory" since the authority to create and fill the position of town administrator rests with the selectmen, who alone can eliminate it.

However, Eric Taussig, one of the petitioners and himself an attorney, notes that the decision to create the position of town administrator was taken by a vote of Town Meeting in 1989 and concludes that if the town can create the position, it can also eliminate it. He concedes that there is no state statute authorizing the appointment of a town administrator, but refers to RSA 37, which refers to a town manager. RSA 37:11, he claims, specifies that the decision to hire a town manager must be authorized by the town meeting while RSA 37:13 requires a vote of town meeting to rescind the decision.

Minkow disagreed, countering that the original vote in 1989 to authorize a town administrator was also "advisory." Furthermore, he reminded Taussig that Terenzini has a contract. which must be either terminated or renewed prior to Town Meeting and that to the extent the terms of his contract are at odds with the language of the warrant article the contract would take precedence.

Last week Terenzini hosted "Talk of the Town", a monthly video posted on the town website and broadcast on cable television. His guest was Jerry Hopkins, the town moderator and the two reviewed the warrant, explaining the import of each article. But, when they reached Article 29 to eliminate the position of town administrator, neither read or explained the article. Instead, Hopkins noted that both the Board of Selectmen and the Board Committee recommended against the article then remarked "I'll just leave that as far as my curiosity goes to those who want to read it."

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