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Grenier only candidate for Gilford Selectboard

GILFORD — Richard "Rags" Grenier, the former superintendent of the Belknap County Department of Corrections and member of the Budget Committee, is the lone candidate seeking to fill the seat on the Board of Selectmen left empty by the decision of Kevin Hayes, the incumbent, not to run for re-election. The 2014 filing period closed on Friday.

There are five candidates for three seats on the Budget Committee. Incumbents Kevin Roy, Sue Greene and Kevin Leandro are all seeking re-election while Skip Murphy, a former member of the committee, and J. Scott Davis, a former member of the Planning Board who currently serves as vice-chairman of the Zoning Board of Adjustment, complete the field.

Rae Mello-Andrews filed for election to a three-year term on the School Board, succeeding Paul Blandford who term expires this year.

Denise Morrissette Gonyer, the incumbent, has filed for re-election as Town Clerk/Tax Collector.

Last Updated on Saturday, 01 February 2014 01:56

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Sled Dog Derby postponed to Feb. 14-16

LACONIA — The 85th annual Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Derby has been postponed from next weekend until the weekend of February 14-16 due to poor snow conditions.

It marks the second straight year that the derby has been postponed. Last year it was put off twice due to the lack of snow and finally held the first weekend in March.

Race trail boss Jim Lyman said that the course needs at least another six to eight inches of snow in order for the race to be held and says that the race date may be moved permanently to mid-February.

The New England Sled Dog Club has postponed one race scheduled for the Lakes Region and cancelled another. The Hill Village Race scheduled for last weekend has been cancelled and the Tamworth race, which was first held in 1924, was postponed from January 18-19 to March 1-2.



Last Updated on Saturday, 01 February 2014 01:53

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Gilford Selectboard says investment in Kimball Castle not in town's best interests

GILFORD — With the deadline of April 30 for the Kimball Castle to be "made safe" by either demolition or fencing approaching, the Board of Selectmen yesterday announced its preference for having what remains of the structure be razed. The board would like to see a single family home developed on the Locke's Hill property and a suitable memorial placed on nearby town-owned land.

In the meantime, the board invited residents to attend a public forum of the future of Kimball Castle at the Town Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 26, beginning at 7 p.m.

In April 2013, after Building Inspector Dave Andrade told the selectmen the Kimball Castle posed a risk to public safety, the board voted unanimously to authorize its owners, David and Mary Jodoin of Nashua, doing business as Kimball Castle Properties, LLC, to demolish it. Three times since the board has extended the deadline to comply with Andrade's order.

At a public hearing in August, 2013 a group of people, among them some who were not residents of Gilford, called for the castle to preserved. The selectmen invited those seeking to preserve the castle to submit a petitioned warrant article to the Town Meeting to determine if voters were willing to take steps, including including raising and appropriating town funds, to this end. No petitioned warrant article was submitted.

However, the board noted that the Kimball Wildlife Forest Committee suggested that the town purchase the property where the castle stands, drawing on grants, donations and trust funds, so that the castle can be allowed to collapse and the 23.66 acres added to the 179 acres of the Kimball Wildlife Forest. The transaction was projected to cost between $500,000 and $700,000.

The selectmen found that "this investment is not in the town's best interest, especially when we consider the cumulative costs of town ownership (to include having to manage the care of several other structures, dealing with inevitable trespassers, potential liabilities, and the loss of tax revenues) for the sake of a dilapidated castle that would cost a fortune to rebuild."

By letter, the selectmen advised Sandy McGonagle, who chairs the Kimball Wildlife Forest Committee, they have concluded that "there is very little public support for the town to re-acquire this structure or the land on which it resides" and that the board agreed the property should remain on the tax rolls as a single family house lot. The board suggested the committee turn its attention to planning an appropriate memorial to the castle somewhere in the forest.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 03:06

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Vadney retiring from Meredith Selectboard; Seeger only candidate to file

MEREDITH — After serving one term on the Board of Selectmen, Herb Vadney, who is also serving his first term in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, has chosen not to seek re-election.

Prior to his election to the Selectboard, Vadney was long chair of the Planning Board.

Hillary Seeger, nee Jollimore, was the lone candidate to file for the Selectboard by the close of the filing period on Friday.

Seeger, whose father Ken served a town moderator and mother, Ann as supervisor of the checklist, said she has no political experience, but after watching what has been happening in Washington decided lack of experience would not put her at a disadvantage. "I'm a collaborative person," she said, "and believe representatives of the people should follow their conscience rather than their party."

Seeger served as a civil engineering technician in the United States Air Force for eight years and in the Army National Guard for another six. She is vice-president of the Laconia Kiwanis Club and was an enthusiastic supporter of Christopher Boothby's campaign for the Executive Council. Saying that as a selectman she intends to represent the will of the people, she urged anyone with questions about her candidacy to call her at 707-6821.

Last Updated on Saturday, 01 February 2014 01:23

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