Man stabbed at Tilton inn

TILTON — Police are actively searching for a Laconia man who allegedly stabbed someone in the head twice at the Rodeway Inn Saturday night.

Police were called to the motel just before 10 p.m. by a woman who said her brother, Jason Ford, 31, of 103 Messer St. had just stabbed her boyfriend twice and had fled.

Police said the victim was taken by ambulance to Lakes Regional General Hospital by ambulance where he was treated and released.

Tilton Police have secured an arrest warrant for first-degree assault and ask that if anyone has any information regard Ford's whereabouts to call 286-4442 or reach the Detective Buruea at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

– Gail Ober

Addiction recovery program comes to Belmont


BELMONT — The SMART Recovery Program, as an alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, will be hosting weekly meetings in the basement of the Belmont Mill on Mondays beginning in August.

SMART is different from AA or NA in that it employs known psychological reinforcements for drug and alcohol recovery that do not including accepting a higher power.

"It is recognizing that some people do not believe in a higher power," said Welfare Director Donna Cilley who said she has had a number of requests for NA meetings somewhere in Belmont.

Cilley took the point position for doing the research on SMART after a local man who has volunteered to mentor the meetings brought it to her attention and requested the town try to provide a space.

She said the two spaces that are available included the mill and the Corner Meeting House, but stakeholders collectively felt the Corner Meeting House was not a good place for people who seek anonymity.

Cilley told selectmen the facilitator of the meetings will be there about one-half hour earlier that the designated time and will take responsibility for opening and closing the building and making sure that people who want to talk together after the meeting do so in another location.

She said he would provide the tables and chairs.

SMART Recovery uses a four-point program that calls for building and maintaining motivation, coping with urges, managing thoughts, feelings and behaviors and living a balanced life.

The program also uses a seven-step model to help change drug using behavior.

The steps are pre-contemplation of life without drugs or alcohol; contemplation by weighing the pros and cons of drugs versus a life without them; determining and preparing for recovery; and taking action by seeking a program and/or professional therapy, maintenance, relapse and termination.

Conversely, AA and NA call for accepting a higher power in their step programs, which Cilley said can often cause people without religious beliefs to feel hypocritical about joining them. According to a 2015 Gallup poll, New Hampshire is the least religious state in the U.S., with 55 percent claiming to be nonreligious.

Cilley said that NA and AA are both very valuable programs that have helped hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world and said she still supports them for the people who use them.

Selectmen voiced no opposition and said that if a program works for drug and alcohol addiction the town should help make it possible.

Knit Wits say farewell to longtime knitter, friend


GILFORD — "What will we do without Gloria?" exclaimed Jean Gray during her longtime friend Gloria Dublin's last knitting session and going-away party. Other nodded and agreed, discussing how much they'd miss her and how much they've appreciated spending Friday afternoons with Dublin. After giving back to the community for over 40 years, specifically through her weekly knitting group called the "Knit Wits," Dublin is leaving Gilford for Alaska to be with her daughter. After decades of donating her time and bringing people together across the Lakes Region, those closest to her felt Dublin should be celebrated before leaving for "The Last Frontier."
Since 2006, Gloria has invited anyone with an interest in knitting to join her at the Gilford Public Library on Friday afternoons to not only knit hats or sweaters, but to socialize and "knit friendships." Dublin has always welcomed anyone to come to the meetings; regardless of age or level of experience, everyone was welcomed with a smile. Every meeting is a chance for members to come together and catch up, and it's all thanks to Dublin.

"She's the reason we're all here, she made it happen and because of her everyone gets together on Fridays," said friend and fellow Knit Wit Kathy Salanitro.
Between all the socializing, a lot of work gets done at every session. Once novice knitters become accomplished, and those who once found themselves unable to finish projects now have stacks of sweaters at home.

"Because of Gloria and these Friday afternoons, everything got completed and we had a ball doing it." said one member.

Because of her unique "on the round" method, knitting became much easier and every member was able to create finished products they were proud of. Creations ranged from everything from hats and mittens to sweaters and blankets. Additionally, those that attend the meetings are not the only ones who benefit; the Knit Wits have always been giving back to the community since their beginnings. None of the items created ever went to waste and Dublin often donated items to those in need. Some favorite causes include the Special Olympics, homeless shelters, hospitals and schools with underprivileged children.

During the past decade, Dublin said she's had a lot of fun not only teaching people to become better knitters, but giving everyone a reason to come together. During her surprise going-away party, Dublin was presented with a plaque that all the group's members had pitched in for. The plaque featured Dublin smiling from ear to ear posing with her knitting. Below was the phrase "Knitting hearts and friendships," which is the perfect description for all that Dublin has done. Gilford and the greater Lakes Region area will miss her warmth and positivity, but will always treasure the sense of community she brought to the area.

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Gloria Dublin admires a cake given to her by her sister Knit Wits. The cake pictured both the New Hampshire and Alaskan state flags. (Aliza Gray/for The Laconia Daily Sun)