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Tardif won't be on ballot for Ward 5 school board election

LACONIA — City Clerk Mary Reynolds said yesterday that she has not heard back from Ward 5 resident, and former mayor, Tom Tardif, so despite his six write-in votes he will not appear as a School Board candidate on the November general election ballot.

During the September primary, Tardif got six write in votes and David Gammon got four write-in votes. Incumbent Stacie Sirois was the only declared candidate and was the only name on the primary ballot.

Reynolds said yesterday that within 48 hours of learning Tardif was the second leading vote getter, she sent a certified letter to his home to see if he wanted his name to be on the ballot. She said the letter was signed for on September 12 by Tardif's wife.

She said his deadline to accept the nomination was September 22 and she has not heard from him so she is assuming he doesn't want to be on the ballot.

Last year, Tardif got three write-in votes in a primary election against City Councilor Bob Hamel and appeared on the ballot after David Gammon took the city to court because the write-in votes had not been accounted for in the ward's official election report. Tardif accepted a spot on the ballot when officially asked. He received 67 votes to Hamel's 135.

Tardif did not immediately return The Sun's phone calls on Wednesday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 September 2014 01:45

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Gilford discussing logistrics of closing Gilford Ave. intersection with Laconia Bypass for repairs in 2015

GILFORD — Three years after the N.H. Department of Transportation scrapped a proposal to replace the concrete deck of the bridge on the Laconia Bypass that spans Gilford Avenue because of cost, DOT representatives told selectmen last night they were going to bid the project again.

Design engineer David Scott said they have made some design adjustments to the project and expect that it can be done for $1.7 million.

Three years ago, the DOT tried to get the project done for $1.6 million but canceled because the all of the bids were too high.

The project, said Scott, will take 60 hours and selectmen again decided that one weekend of 24-hour labor is preferable to spreading the project over five 12-hour days.

The plan is to create a large, temporary traffic circle from the four ramps that access the bridge and close the bridge section to all traffic. Scott noted that setting up the temporary detour will take place before they actually replace the deck and there will be some Jersey barriers and workers on site before the deck replacement.

Selectmen agreed on the three-day construction window but didn't initially agree on whether the construction should be done mid-week or on a weekend.

Scott said the construct targets are either early May or late September of 2015 or perhaps similar time periods in 2016. He said any summer construction was off the table.

Selectman Gus Benevides said he would prefer to stick to a weekend schedule because he wanted minimal disruption to the commuters and school buses. He asked that the DOT give as much notice as possible to the operators of the nearby Marriott TownePlace Suites so they could inform their guests.

Selectman John O'Brien initially favored a midweek construction schedule because it would effect the hotel less.

When Town Administrator Scott Dunn told the DOT representatives and reminded the selectmen that the excavation at the Liberty Hill coal tar site was occurring during the week, both agreed that a weekend would be preferable.

All agreed that the DOT should appraise the operators of Gunstock Mountain Resort about their plans.

Police Lt. Kris Kelley asked that they not do construction during NASCAR weekend or during Laconia's annual Motorcycle Week and DOT representatives agreed.

When asked Kelley said that if they were to do the construction over the Winni Fishing Derby weekend traffic would be manageable.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 September 2014 01:42

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Open mic tonight at Wolfeboro's Poets in the Attic meeting

WOLFEBORO — The Poets in the Attic monthly meeting and open mic gathering will be held at the The Country Bookseller, on Thursday, September 25 at 7 p.m. Wolfeboro Community Television records the first hour to broadcast later, and then the poets continue their open reading for another hour.

“We had two of my favorite readings this summer,” said host Gordon Lang. “Once in the Durgin Stables courtyard and once at Azure Rising. But as the weather starts getting nippy, I’d rather duck in to the Bookseller and have a nip of coffee.”

Local poets also use this as a chance to socialize, to try out new material, and even to discuss their craft. “It’s not a workshop,” Lang said, “but we do talk about what we’re trying to do and how we might go about it. Every now and again I throw out a prompt to work on for next month. They call it homework."

Anyone can drop in at a Poets in the Attic gathering, whether to read or play a song, or just to enjoy the good work. The Country Bookseller is on North Main Street in the Durgin Stables complex of shops. Free off-street parking right next to the store is available via Mill Street.

For more information about joining the Poets in the Attic, contact Gordon or Cheryl Lang by phone at 539-4472 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 September 2014 01:26

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Pastor Mark Warren taking over leadership of Grace Capital Church - 268

PEMBROKE — Pastor Mark Warren, who was been serving as the campus pastor for the Laconia location of Grace Capital Church will be appointed the new lead pastor for the entire congregation, which also has campuses in Manchester and Pembroke. The announcement was made Sunday in conjunction with word that founding Pastors Peter and Lisa Bonanno will be stepping down from their position of church leadership after 18 years.

Grace Capital Church belongs to a larger denomination known as the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. It has grown from a living room containing 12 people (1996) to the largest Foursquare church in the Northeast. Thirteen hundred people now attend services at one of the three campuses.

The church's extensive Laconia campus is located in the downtown parking garage building.

Under the leadership of the Bonannos, the church has sent out missionaries, planted other churches, built a church facility in Pembroke and raised up many leaders who are in full-time ministry today.

In a letter to the congregation, Pastor Peter Bonanno stated, "You may ask, why would someone choose to leave when things are going so well, but actually, isn't that the best time? When there is a strong vision, great opportunity and capable leaders, the most courageous thing for someone to do is to let others rise to the occasion."

More information regarding the future steps of the founding pastors is expected to be announced later in October. A celebration of Pastors Peter and Lisa Bonanno will be held at the Pembroke campus, Saturday, October 18, at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend their send-off party.

For more information, please visit http://www.gccnh.com.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 September 2014 01:24

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