Honoring Nick Cournoyer

07-09 Gilmanton police cruisers

07-09 Gilmanton PD decal

Gilmanton Police have updated their cruiser decals. Ten years ago in May, Gilmanton lost its first and only soldier when PFC Nick Cournoyer, 25, made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq.The Gilmanton Police Department has had ribbon magnets displayed on the cruisers since that time, but the department wanted to make them a permanent feature on its cruisers. That was accomplished as of July 4. Cournoyer's mother, Lenda, a "Gold Star Mother," drove with with Chief Matt Currier in the Gilmanton Fourth of July parade. At top, from left, are Sgt. Casey Brennan; Officer Kosta Makris; Officer Joseph Collins; Lenda Cournoyer and Denis Cournoyer, Nick's parents; Natalie Bowels, Nick's sister; her daughter; Ross LeClair, Nick's friend; Chief Matt Currier; and Officer Maxwell Hodgdon. (Courtesy photos)

Manchester golfer leads in State Amateur Championship


LACONIA — Ryan Tombs of Manchester fired a seven-under par 65 in the second round of play Tuesday in the New Hampshire Golf Association Amateur Championship being held at Laconia Country Club, taking over the lead in stroke play with a two-day total of 135.
He may have set a record for the lowest 18-hole score in state championship play at Laconia but was two over the course record, which is 63.
Jim Cilley of Ridgewood Golf Club in Moultonborough, who was the 2011 champion, is second with a two day total of 141 and James McKee of Windham was third with a 142.
Tied for fourth with 143 are Chris Houston, 22, of Laconia Country Club, Matthew Paradis of Concord Country Club and Austin Fox of Legends Golf of Hooksett, who had fired a five-under par 67 Monday to take the opening day lead but posted a 76 on Tuesday.
Tied for seventh with scores of 144 are Josh Kibbe of Green Meadow, Damon Salo of Bretwood and Connor Greenleaf of Windham. Tied for 10th with scores of 145 are Cameron Salo of Windham, Jamie Ferullo of Rochester and Doug Champagne of Concord.
The New Hampshire Amateur Championship is a six-day event, beginning with 36-hole of stroke play qualifying on Monday and Tuesday to determine the 64 players who will be advancing to the match play rounds beginning today. One round of matches will be played Wednesday, two rounds of matches will be played both Thursday and Friday, and the championship concludes with a 36-hole final match on Saturday.

Motorcycle museum to close, mve - Owner complained crematory next door created intolerable conditions


MEREDITH — Doug Frederick, the owner of the American Police Motorcycle Museum on Daniel Webster Highway (US Route 3) , has announced that the museum will close on July 18, but expressed the hope of reopening at a new location for the start of the motorcycle season next year.

Frederick could not be reached for comment on his decision.

For the past several months, Frederick has complained to local and state officials that ash and odor, which he alleges are carried by emissions from the crematorium at the Mayhew Funeral Home abutting his property, have cast a blight over his property.

In May, Peter Mayhew, who owns and operates the crematorium, filed suit, claiming that Frederick and his wife "maliciously published false and misleading statements, which falsely accuse the Plaintiffs of business conduct that is abhorrent to a civilized society, with ill will, evil motive, intent to injure and wanton disregard for Plaintiffs' rights and the consequences that were likely to follow." He asked the court to forbid the Fredericks from making any statements that are published in a public medium that bear on the character, credibility and reputation of Mayhew, his wife or his funeral home, or that reflect directly or indirectly on the operation of the crematory at the funeral home.

Last month, Frederick brought a counter-claim, asking the court to curtail operation of the crematorium until it can be determined if the alleged nuisance can be abated or alternatively to prohibit cremations between the 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. In addition, Frederick's attorney has charged Mayhew with bringing a "strategic lawsuit against public participation," or SLAPP suit, intended to censor, intimidate and silence a defendant by burdening with the expense of litigation and causing undue aggravation.

Initially filed in Belknap County Superior Court, the litigation was transferred to Carroll County Superior Court when Justice James D. O'Neill, III recused himself. Justice Amy Ignatius has yet to schedule a hearing in the case.