Kurt Webber won't seek 4th term on Gilford School Board

GILFORD — Nine-year incumbent School Board member Kurt Webber will not be seeking re-election to the School Board in March.

District Clerk Kim Verracchio said yesterday that incumbent Chair Sue Allen and incumbent Jack Landau are seeking re-election but that as of yesterday afternoon there is no one running for Webber's seat.

Webber said yesterday he thinks there are a few people in town who are considering running for his vacated slot.

Moderator Sandy McGonagle is seeking reelection as is Verracchio. To date, the is no candidate for District Clerk.

Interested candidates should go to the SAU building across from Gilford General Store on Belknap Mountain Road to sign up before 5 p.m. Friday.

Burglar(s) strike Laconia Subway restaurant

LACONIA — Police are investigating a burglary at the Subway restaurant on Union Avenue that was reported to them at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

According to one of the employees, the burglar(s) used a crowbar to break into through the back door.

The burglar(s) only took money from the bottom of the cash register which was "bank" money, is mostly one dollar bills and change that is kept for the next day's opening. The employee said it appears the thief(s) tried to break in to the top draw of the register but were unable to do so.

Images of the person were captured by the surveillance system however there were no faces on the camera.

The employee said police think it may have been someone who was familiar with the store because it appears the thief(s) were able to avoid having their faces show up on surveillance cameras.

John O'Brien will not seek 3rd term on selectboard

GILFORD — Two-term Selectman John T. O'Brien will not be seeking a third term in March.

Phyllis Corrigan, whose term as chair of the Budget Committee has expired is the only candidate to sign up for selectmen as of Wednesday morning, said Town Clerk Denise Gonyer.

Tom Space, the incumbent Trustee of the Trust Funds is seeking a new term and Diane Tinkham and and Jack LaCombe are each seeking one of the two vacancies on the Board of Library Trustees.

There are three openings on the Budget Committee. Incumbent Norm Silber is seeking his first full term after being appointed last year and Joy Hall and Sean Murphy are also seeking terms. Gonyer said she has not heard from incumbent Alan Voivoid and Corrigan will be seeking election as Corrigan.

Incumbent Susan Leach is seeking an additional term as cemetery trustee and, although he hasn't signed up yet, Fire Engineer Bill Akerley said yesterday afternoon he was going to seek an additional term.

Gonyer said the Town Clerk's Office will be open until 5 p.m. Friday for residents to sign up for elected office.

Frates, as 'Nascimento' partners with Putnam Fund to bring positive messages to Laconia students

LACONIA — In the character of "Nascimento", magician, Larry Frates will bring magic with a message to the schools in the city in a series of performances from January to March sponsored by the Putnam Fund.

Along with the magic, Frates, a former teacher at Laconia Middle School who owns and operates Frates Creative Arts Center, will draw on his talents as a cartoonist, storyteller and puppeteer, to entertain while addressing timely issues confronting his audiences. For example, some shows will tackle bullying and substance abuse while others will aim at making choices, encouraging reading, inspiring creativity and nurturing talents. He said that teachers and students will participate in the interactive performances.

Frates said that he offered the schools a menu of options and they chose the topic. Programs have been offered to Laconia High School, Laconia Middle School and all three elementary schools — Pleasant Street, Elm Street and Woodland Heights — as well as Holy Trinity School.

"I'm local, the Putnam Fund is local and the schools are local," Frates said. "The shows are designed to the specific needs of Laconia."

Since 1962 the Putnam Fund, originally endowed by Perley and Ellen Putnam, has sponsored musical, theatrical and other cultural events without charge to residents of the and its environs. Jim Rogato, a member of the advisory committee of the fund, said that the fund has always sought opportunities to work with the schools. "We're always looking for a need," he remarked, "for ways to provide enrichment."