Teen rolls car, hits wall, not injured

BELMONT — Police did not cite a 17-year-old girl after she lost control of the car she was driving Wednesday at 8 p.m. on Leavitt Road, hit a wall and landed on the driver's side. She was alone in the vehicle.
A supervisor said she needed to be extricated by Belmont Fire and Rescue. She was taken to the Lakes Region General Hospital by ambulance for some minor bumps and bruises but was apparently treated and released.
Police said she was going faster that she should have been going but was wearing her seat belt. He added she was terrified by the incident, had crashed a car that belonged to a family member and they have faith that she has learned her lesson.
"Fortunately, no one else was injured," said the supervisor.
Belmont Police asked that all drivers be aware of driving conditions and that inexperienced drivers use extra caution while driving in the dark or in unfamiliar areas. They added that in this cold spell, as in all of them, there are many road surfaces in Belmont with black ice.

No one there to greet you - Belknap County Nursing Home hasn’t had receptionist for seven years

LACONIA — One of the top priorities for the Belknap County Nursing Home this year is hiring a receptionist for the home, which has not had a receptionist for the last seven years.
Interim nursing home Administrator Bob Hemenway told members of the County Convention's Nursing Home Subcommittee Friday morning that he was surprised to discover that the receptionist position had been funded in the last two budgets but that none had ever been hired.
The $46,000 position is not a part of this year's budget, which was originally proposed by the commissioners, but Hemenway said that it is crucial to the operation of the home.
"The people working in the front office have other responsibilities which are important. What a mistake that was, not to fill it," said Hemenway, who later noted that the lack of a receptionist contributes to lower morale in that office.
Rep. Don Flanders (R-Laconia), chairman of the subcommittee, said that he has many times walked through the front door into the nursing home and found that no one was there to greet visitors.
County Administrator Debra Shackett said she has been with the county for seven years and that during that time the nursing home has never had a receptionist. She said that although the position was funded the last two years, the previous administrator did not believe the nursing home needed a receptionist and had not filled the position.
"It's a real hardship not to have a receptionist," said Shackett, who said that Commission Chairman David DeVoy (R-Sanbornton) has expressed support for hiring one and is looking to fund the position by finding savings in other areas.


Another major priority is implementing an electronic medical record-keeping program. Hemenway told subcommittee members that the current record keeping system is inefficient and doesn't accurately capture all of the activity for which the county should be reimbursed.
The county currently uses PointClickCare software for the nursing home, but licensed nursing assistants do not have access to it, so they enter information on what they have done into another system at the end of the day.
Hemenway said that it will be 18 months to two years before the benefits of electronic record-keeping can be realized because reimbursement rates won't reflect the new information for about two years.
But he urged immediate action, saying "the longer you wait, the longer it will take for it to have an impact."
County commissioners have already approved encumbering $20,000 in funds from the 2015 budget in order to purchase 12 wall-mounted kiosks this year, which will allow the nursing home to begin to implement an electronic medical record-keeping program as soon as possible.
The change is designed to stem an estimated $185,420 yearly loss in Medicaid income due to lack of adequate documentation of services provided for residents.

Chris Christie promises to disrupt the status quo while in Meredith

MEREDITH — "We need to turn the status quo upside down and build it over again," Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, told more than 200 voters crammed into the cafeteria at Inter-Lakes High School on Thursday evening. "I know how to disrupt and I know how to build," he added.
Christie recalled that when he was elected governor in 2010 New Jersey faced a projected budget deficit of $2.2 billion. Resisting rising pressure from the Democratic legislature to raise taxes, instead he declared a fiscal emergency and, without consulting the legislature, reduced spending to balance the budget. He said he has balanced budgets throughout his six years as governor without increasing income, sales or corporate taxes and while vetoing more proposed tax hikes than any governor in the country. After upsetting the apple cart, Christie said that he "brought people together" to reform the tenure system for school teachers and the pension system for public employees.
Referring to his rivals in the GOP field, Christie said "we have governors, senators, business types and a character" then quipped "we're not electing an entertainer-in-chief. We're electing a commander-in-chief. He dismissed first-term senators — Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio — whom he said "have no idea how to run the most complex government the world has ever known. We did that eight years ago," he said, and stressed "We need need someone who's done this before."
Apart from his experience as governor, Christie also touted his seven years as United States Attorney, which included investigations and prosecutions of both corrupt public officials and plotters of terrorism.
"I'm the only candidate who has pursued and prosecuted terrorists," he said, noting that more than 14 years after the attack on the Twin Towers "We are questioning whether the government can keep us safe."
He called for strengthening intelligence agencies and restoring their authority to collect data.
"This is a much more dangerous world," Christie said. "American leadership is a burden and an opportunity, but it's not a choice," he continued. "But, American cannot carry the burden by itself."
He said that during the first 100 days of his presidency he would meet with the leaders of America's allies and, after "giving them an hour to vent about how they've been treated by the Obama administration," set about repairing relationships.
Christie said that a coalition of a coalition of European and Middle Eastern allies Imust be formed to destroy ISIS. Calling the nuclear accord with Iran "the worst thing the president has done," he said that he would tell the Iranians that the United States will never permit Iran to have a nuclear weapon, will have no relationship with Iran until it recognizes the right of Israel to exist and encourage Iranians to overthrow their government.
"To be part of the civilized world, you have to be civilized," he said, "and they are not."
Noting that 71 cents of every dollar in the federal budget is spent on entitlement programs and debt service, Christie said that the swollen national debt can only be shrunk by restructuring Social Security and Medicare and accelerating the pace of economic growth. He has proposed raising the retirement age from 67 to 69 over the next 25 years and means testing Social Security, which he said would save $1 trillion in a decade, while raising the eligibility for Medicare and reducing its subsidies for the well-to-do.
Health care, Christie said, should be the responsibility of the states. He said he would repeal Obamacare within a year then give states a year to develop a health care plan tailored to their own circumstances. He explained that each state differs and "the same plan can't work for all states."
At the same time, he would increase funding for the National Institute of Health for medical research, especially to address cancer, heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer's disease, which account for the major share of healthcare costs, especially at the end of life.
Rejecting calls to bar Muslims from entering the United Sates as "ridiculous," Christie said there should be no religious test for citizenship. Likewise, he dismissed the notion of building a wall on the southern border, but instead proposed additional fencing, electronic fencing and additional personnel to secure the border. Above all, Christie emphasized that existing immigration laws must be enforced.
With two-thirds of Republican voters still undecided, Christie is among a handful of candidates polling in the single digits. The recent CNN/WMUR poll of New Hampshire voters, conducted by the Survey Center of the University of Hampshire, indicates that his support has slipped from near 10 percent in December to 6 percent in January.