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Two days left to file for state, county offices


LACONIA — Two years ago, Republicans captured all 18 seats in the New Hampshire House of Representatives in Belknap County and with two days remaining in the filing period for the November election eight of the incumbent representatives have filed for re-election along with five newcomers, leaving five slots on the ballot still empty.
Valerie Fraser of New Hampton is seeking a second term in District 1, the towns of New Hampton and Center Harbor.
In District 2, where four representatives are elected from Gilford and Meredith, Glen Aldrich of Gilford is running for a second term and Norm Silber, a member of the Gilford Budget Committee, is bidding for his first term. Two spots remain to be filled. The remaining incumbents are Russ Dumais and George Hurt of Gilford and Herb Vadney of Meredith.
Three incumbents — Don Flanders, Frank Tilton and Peter Spanos — have filed for the four seats in District 3, the city of Laconia. The fourth seat was held by the late Bob Luther, who passed away in February.
Incumbent Dennis Fields of Sanbornton, the longest serving member of the delegation, is running again for one of the two seats in District 4, the towns of Sanbornton and Tilton, and is joined on the GOP ticket by John Vorel.
Michael Mahoney of Gilmanton, making his first bid for a House seat, has field for one of the two seats in District 5, the towns of Gilmanton and Alton.
In District 7, the town of Barnstead, former representative Elaine Swinford and Barbara Comtois, the wife of the incumbent Guy Comtois, will vie for the Republican nomination for the one seat .
Ray Howard of Alton, the incumbent, has filed for re-election to the seat in District 8, consisting of the towns of Alton, Barnstead and Gilmanton.
Robert Fisher of Laconia is seeking a second term as the lone representative in District 9, the city of Laconia and town of Belmont.
No Republican candidates have filed in Distict 6, the town of Belmont, which elects two representatives.
Democrats have have filed for election in five of the nine districts.
Former representative Ruth Gulick of New Hampton is bidding to return to the House from District 1.
In District 2 three Democrats from Gilford have filed for the four seats. Lisa DiMartino is seeking to return to the House. Dorothy Piquado who ran unsuccessfully in 2014 is making a second bid and Johan Anderson has also filed.
In District 3, the city of Laconia, five Democrats — Tom Dawson, Tony Felch, David Huot, Liz Merry and Charlie St. Clair — have filed for the four seats.
Former representative Ian Raymond of Sanbornton is running again for one of the two seats in District 4 alongside Rich Burke of Tilton.
Beth Arsenault, who represented Laconia in the House for several terms, is seeking to regain the seat she last held In District 9, which the city shares with the town of Belmont.

Sachem boys one win away - lacrosse team tops Hopkinton 11-8, will play for title Saturday


LACONIA — The Laconia High School boys lacrosse team defeated Hopkinton 11-8 Wednesday evening and advances to the state Division III championship game Saturday when it plays Pelham in a 2:30 p.m. game in Exeter.
The Sachems remained undefeated with the hard-fought victory over a scrappy Hopkinton team which took an early 2-1 lead and then battled back from a four-goal deficit early in the third quarter to keep the outcome in doubt until the final minutes of the game.
Tyler Roy, Jordan Audet and Jake Ellis scored three goals apiece to pace the Laconia offense, which came to life early in the third quarter to extend the Sachems 4-3 halftime lead to 7-3 and then 8-4 before Hopkinton scored two straight goals while Laconia was short-handed due to penalties.
Brenden Mooney for the Laconia offense moving with a goal just 51 seconds into the game but Hopkinton's Sam Schuster scored two of his game high four goals in a span of a little over two minutes to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead at the 7:34 mark of the first period.
The Sachems replied with two goals of their own from Roy and Audet, both on passes from Mooney, to take a 3-2 lead going into the second period.
Schuster scored at the 8:59 mark of the second period to knot the score at 3-3, Laconia retook the lead at the 4:28 mark when Ellis connected after taking a pass from Trevor Weeks.
Laconia's offense came on strong early in the third period, when, thanks in large part to the face off skills of Tyler Mitza, they were able to get and maintain control of the ball for long periods of time.
Audet scored at the 10:47 mark on a pass from Mooney and against the 9:45 mark on a pass from Weeks and Ellis scored just 32 seconds later to push the lead to 7-3.
During that offensive surge the Sachems played an aggressive defense and were knocking Hopkinton players off the ball to keep momentum on their side.
Joe Cullinan scored for Hopkinton to cut the lead to 7-4 at the 5:21 mark but Ellis made it 8-4 a little over a minute later.
Hopkinton was able to take advantage of two penalties later in the third period, getting goals from Liam Flanagan and Prince Mansah to make it 8-6 as the third period ended.
Laconia struck early in the fourth quarter with Roy taking a pass from Ellis and putting it home just 34 seconds into the frame making it 9-6 and the score stayed that way for the next five minutes until Schuster scored his fourth goal of the game, making it 9-7 at the 6:17 mark.
Laconia responded with a goal by Roy on a pass from Weeks less than a minute later but Cullinan punched home his second goal to bring the Hawks within two goals at the 3:52 mark.
Hopkinton pressed their attack for the next two minutes but Stephen Towers came up with a couple of key stops in goal and Laconia got possession of the ball with 1:24 left. The Sachems moved it quickly around their offensive perimeter with some quick passing and put the game out of reach with a goal from Parker Minor on a Weeks pass with 58.3 seconds left.
The Sachems face seventh-ranked Pelham at 2:30 Saturday afternoon at Billy Ball Field in Exeter.
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Laconia’s Jakob Steele gets around Hopkinton’s defender Prince Mansah during NHIAA Division III Semi Final round action on Wednesday evening.  (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)

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Laconia’s Parker Minor and Hopkinton’s Jacob Ashcraft go for a ground ball during Division III semi final action on Wednesday evening.  (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)

Gilmanton crash slows traffic on Route 106 (142)

GILMANTON — A Belmont woman was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital by ambulance Tuesday at noon after she collided with a pickup making a U-turn on Route 106.

Gilmanton Police said it appears Raymond Oliver, 56, of Pembroke was headed south near Allens Mill Road when he pulled to the side of the road to take a phone call. He was evaluated by ambulance personnel at the scene and declined to be transported.

After he finished, police said he took a U-turn and a car driven by Lori Ann Hayes, 53, collided with the side of his pickup. Hayes was taken to LRGH with what police said were non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said the crash is still under investigation and citations could be forthcoming.

Route 106 was closed to one lane until about 1 p.m.

Gilmanton Police and Fire were assisted by Belmont Police and Fire.

– Gail Ober

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A U-turn on Route 106 led to this crash in Belmont Tuesday. (Gail Ober/Laconia Daily Sun)