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Winni Sailing Association 1 o 2 nonprofits to benefit from raffle of 2 'Street 750' motorcycles donated by Laconia Harley

CONCORD — While a pair of Street 750 motorcycles, the newest addition to the Harley-Davidson stable, remained under wraps, Anne and Steven Deli, owners of Laconia Harley-Davidson in Meredith, kick-started the 91st running of Motorcycle Week at the Statehouse yesterday by announcing the bikes will be raffled to benefit David's House in Lebanon and the Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association.

During the past five rallies the Delis of the American Road Group, owner of Laconia Harley-Davidson in Meredith along with two other dealerships and eight merchandise stores, have raised $155,000 on behalf of the Loon Preservation Society, New Hampshire Food Bank, Winnipesaukee Playhouse and Boys & Girls Club of the Lake Region.

"These motorcycles are so hot they're undercover," Anne Deli said while her husband added that apart from the two to be raffled, the newest Harley-Davidson models are not available within 1,000 miles of New Hampshire. The motorcycles will be unveiled at dealership during the rally, which begins on Saturday.

Anne Deli explained that 3,000 tickets at $10 apiece will be on sale between June 12 and August 23 at David's House, the Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association and both Laconia Harley Davidson in Meredith and White Mountain Harley-Davidson in North Conway.

Governor Maggie Hassan, who purchased the first raffle ticket, applauded the Deli's generosity as an example of "the New Hampshire all hands on deck spirit" and thanked the couple for their charitable commitment to the nonprofit organizations of the state. Noting that Motorcycle Week represented "a terrific tradition," she said that the rally provided "a huge boost to our economy" while offering visitors an opportunity to enjoy natural beauty and tax-free shopping.

Founded in 1986 by David Cyr who lost his five year-old son David to leukemia, David's House provides a home away from home without charge for families with children undergoing treatment at Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Housing as many as 20 families at at once, it has been home to 13,000 families. Jaye Olmstead, development director, said that since the organization is exclusively dependent on private contributions, the partnership with the Delis is especially welcome. The partnership with the Delis was inspired by the Lindsey Frank Memorial Motorcycle Ride to David's House from Hart's Turkey Farm Restaurant, Laconia Harley-Davidson's next-door neighbor in Meredith.

Since 1984 the Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association has pursued its mission of teaching sailing to anyone wishing learn. Recently the association acquired property on Smith Cove in Gilford and partnered with Sail to Prevail to offer an adaptive sailing program to serve those with mental and physical disabilities, including veterans through the Wounded Warrior Project. Mullen said that the association plans to acquire two sailboats equipped with computers that operate the sails and rudders, costing some $60,000 apiece, for program and to fit the dock with a lift to enable sailors bound to wheelchairs to board and disembark. Expressing his appreciation to the Delis, Tom Mullen, president of the association, said "we've got to earn it by and going out and selling raffle tickets."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 11:59

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Search locates Alabama man safely on shore after he tipped canoe on Winnisquam

LACONIA — Rescue vessels from the Fire Department, Gilford, the N.H. Marine Patrol and the N.H. Department of Fish and Game spent much of yesterday morning searching a northern portion of Lake Winnisquam for a canoeist who capsized.

N.H. Marine Patrol said Jaxson Kales, 19, of Alabama was found about one-third of a mile away, on land, about four hours after the search began. Authorities located him as a result of a door-to-door search.

Fire Chief Ken Erickson, who sent his and Gilford's fire rescue's boats into the lake said it was likely the man didn't know anyone was looking for him. He said the canoeist told officers the water was very cold and said he had to swim about 200 yards to get to shore.

At times Kales told police he didn't think he was going to make it.

Erickson said a Dennis Avenue man was fishing at 6:30 a.m. when he saw and spoke with Kales, who was paddling a red canoe.

About an hour after speaking with the canoeist, the fisherman saw the same canoe empty and upside down in the water along with a floatation devise.

The fisherman dragged the canoe and the life preserver to his own dock and notified authorities.

Kales told authorities he was not wearing a life-preserver.

Erickson said people who are using the areas lakes and rivers should realize that because of the late spring, the water is still very cold. He said all boaters should wear life preservers.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 11:46

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Hosmer files, draws GOP opponent from Franklin

FRANKLIN — Andrew Hosmer of Laconia, a Democrat, yesterday filed for re-election to a second term in the New Hampshire Senate - District 7, while Kathleen Lauer-Rago, a Republican from Franklin who served one term in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, entered the race against him.

Lauer-Rago was elected to the House in the GOP landslide of 2010 and served as clerk of the House Education Committee. She is a director of the Network for Educational Opportunity, an organization seeking to expand parental choice in education, and has served with other nonprofit organizations. She is also a member of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire, the National Rifle Association and the Franklin Targeteers. A native of Texas, Lauer-Rago earned an accounting degree at Texas A & M University-Kingsville and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. She is married with three children.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 11:38

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Council Rejects Firefighters Contract

LACONIA — The City Council last night unanimously rejected a tentative collective bargaining agreement negotiated with the Laconia Professional Firefighters, Local 1153 of the International Association of Firefighters.

City Manager Scott Myers advised the councilors against disclosing or discussing any details of the tentative agreement and reminded them that their authority is confined to the cost items of the agreement.

Councilor Henry Lipman (Ward 3), who chairs the Finance Committee, offered a motion to approve the proposed contract. He then said that he was "pleased with the progress of the negotiations" and generally satisfied with the wages and benefits that have been agreed.

However, Lipman said that he was concerned that the agreement exposed the city and its taxpayers to future liabilities, specifically the excise tax on so-called "Cadillac plans" imposed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Under the ACA, beginning in 2018 an annual excise tax of 40-percent will be levied on health insurance plans with premums exceeding $10,200 for an individual and $27,500 for families. Consequently he said that he could not endorse the agreement.

Lipman was echoed by Councilor Bob Hamel (Ward 5), who noted that while the cost-of-living adjustment and step increases in the agreement are "in line," the health insurance benefit is not.

Last month the Police Commission approved a wage and benefit package for non-unuion employees, which Chairman Warren Clement said was consistent with what the commission was willing to negotiate with the Laconia Police Association. At the same time, Myers asked the City Council to approve a compensation and benefits plan for non-union city employees.
Both include three successive annual cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) as of July 1 of 2-percent in 2014, 2.25-percent in 2015 and 2.5-percent in 2016. Likewise, the health insurance plans would change with the elimination of the so-called HMO "high" plan at the end of the current fiscal year. Employees enrolled in the HMO 'low" plan, who currently contribute 9 percent of the total premium, will contribute 8 percent beginning on July 1 2014, 9 percent on July 1, 2015 and 10 percent on July 1, 2016.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 12:52

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