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Here’s where to find Memorial Day activities in the Lakes Region

The following events will be held in the Lakes Region in observance of Memorial Day.


Memorial Day parade, organized by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1670 and Wilkins-Smith American Legion Post 1, will take place on Monday, May 30, at 10 a.m., starting at Wyatt Park, moving up Main Street, stopping at the bridge for brief ceremony honoring those lost at sea, and continuing to Veterans Square for the main ceremonies. Guest speakers will be Mayor Ed Engler, VFW Commander Bill North, and American Legion Post 1 Commander Ray Peavey, who will be the master of ceremonies. The Laconia High School Chorus will sing.


Observances on Monday, May 30, will begin at 10 a.m. in Monument Square on Main Street. The parade will then proceed down Main Street to the Old Riverside Cemetery where there will be brief ceremony, and then return to Monument Square for the rest of the program. Selectmen Philip Whittmann and Joseph Kenney will be the main speakers. Mo Luckern, commander of Claude R. Batchelder American Legion Post 72, will be master of ceremonies. Public luncheon at Legion post home, at 164 Wolfeboro Highway, will immediately follow. Sponsored by Legion Post 72.


Parade and ceremonies, organized by American Legion Post 58, will be Monday, May 30, at 1 p.m. Parade route runs from Belmont Middle School down to Main Street, and then along Main Street to the Veterans Memorial close to St. Joseph Church for a ceremony and address by Lt. Col. Ray Hunter or the New Hampshire National Guard.


Traditional parade on Monday, May 30. Parade units will gather at Freudenberg parking lot on Route 104, and step off at 9:30 a.m., proceeding to Homeland Cemetery for wreath-laying and brief ceremony, then to Musgrove Bridge for a rifle salute and another wreath-laying. The parade will then continue to the Memorial Middle School.


Parade will be held on Monday, May 30, at noon. Parade wills start at Chose Circle and stop at the library, town docks, and Congregational Church. At each stop there will be remembrance services conducted by representatives of various local faith communities.


Ceremonies will be held on Monday, May 30, with the parade assembling at 9:45 a.m. in the Gilford Community Church parking lot. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and proceed to Potter Hill Road for observances at the World War I and World War II Veterans Memorial and then onto Belknap Mountain Road, for ceremonies at Pine Grove Cemetery. The Gilford High School Band and Boy Scouts will be taking part.


Remembrance program Monday, May 30, at 11 a.m. at the Town House, 754 North Groton Road. Patriotic music, historical commentary, and remembrance of veterans' service. A light lunch will be served afterward. Sponsored by Groton Historical Society.


Observances on Monday, May 30, as follows: 8 a.m., Oakland Cemetery, Meredith Center, with service by the Rev. Robert Lemieux; 9 a.m., Meredith Village Cemetery, Route 3, with service by the Rev. Denis Audet; 9:30 a.m., assemble at American Legion Post 33 parking lot, Pleasant Street; 9:50 a.m., parade steps off; 10 a.m., ceremony at in front of Public Library, with prayer remarks by state Sen. Jeanie Forrester; 10:15 a.m.; ceremony at Swazey Cemetery, Lang Street, with service led by Legion Chaplain Henry Hall; 10:30 a.m., Hesky Park bandstand, with service led by Legion Auxiliary Chaplain Alicia Gorrell; 10 a.m., POW/MIA memorial with addresses by Bob Kennelly and U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte; 11 a.m., back to Post 33 for ice cream and lunch for everyone.


Parade starts at 10 a.m. at Blake Road near Moultonborough Central School and continues down Route 25 to Town Hall.


Parade steps off on Monday, May 30, at 9 a.m. from Winnisquam Regional High School. There will be a short service at Park Cemetery. Wreaths will be laid at the three war memorials — Main and Winter streets, in front of Town Hall, and at Cannon Bridge. Parade will end at monument in front of Hall Memorial Library in Northfield.

New Hampshire Veterans Home will hold its program on Tuesday, May 31, at 11 a.m. in the auditorium. Warren Perry, deputy adjutant general of New Hampshire, will be the main speaker.




45-90 for Kibby

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Nathaniel Kibby is escorted out of the Belknap County Superior after pleading guilty and being sentenced 45-90 years in prison for kidnapping, rape, criminal threatening and witness tampering Thursday in Laconia. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)


Man who kidnapped Conway teenager suddenly changes plea to guilty


LACONIA — Nathaniel Kibby was sentenced to serve 45 to 90 years in a state prison outside of New Hampshire Thursday after pleading guilty to seven separate criminal charges ranging from rape to kidnapping in Belknap County Superior Court Thursday.

Kibby, who wore a white shirt and tie, pleaded guilty to three counts of pattern aggravated felonious sexual assault, or rape; one count of kidnapping; one count of witness tampering; one count of second-degree assault; and one count of criminal threatening.

In exchange for his plea, 176 other charges were not prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Jane Young.

His victim, a 14-year-old girl who was walking home from Kennett High School on Oct. 9, 2013, when she was taken, spoke softly at the sentencing, told him that it feels like forever and she always thinks about what he did to her.

"I wish things didn't have to happen the way they did," she said in a voice barely audible to the nearly 50 people, most of them police officers, in the court Thursday afternoon. "Sometime I don't feel like I am completely free."

"It was not my choice to be raped and threatened," she said. "You did that all yourself."

The victim's mother told him that she is grateful that he didn't kill her daughter but what she really wanted to know was why he was so angry that he did the things he did to her.

According to Young, who recounted the victim's 9 ½ month ordeal, Kibby, now 35, stopped and asked the girl if she wanted a ride. Young said the victim agreed because she had worn boots without socks that day and had a blister on her foot.

The victim said she wanted to go to D'Angelo's but knew right away he wasn't taking her there when he got in the wrong lane. Instead they went to a parking lot where he brandished a black handgun and told her he would slash her throat and blow her brains out when she tried to get out of the car. He told her he wanted oral sex.

When she said they could do it there, he said he wasn't comfortable, put a hood over her head, zapped her repeated with a Taser and drove a circuitous route to his home in Gorham, where he took her to a storage container he had on the property, where he bound and raped her.

Young said the tape over the victim's eyes caused a permanent scar on her nose and the zip ties were so tight she lost the feeling in her feet.

After about two weeks, he moved her to a closet where he kept her in chains. He ordered her to write a letter to her parents. She did, but told Young she still had some false fingernails on and carved a message on the back of the letter. When Kibby discovered the carving, he Tasered her, raped her and ordered her to write them a second letter.

Young said the assaults continued. He set up a camp-style toilet and when the stench became too foul, he would bring in kitty litter and bleach.

On Nov. 21, said Young, he moved her to a room he built in the back of the storage container on his property. 

Young said the victim gave an exact description of the room in the container including the green walls, the rubber mats, and four milk crates with things for personal hygiene and some food supplies. She said the door was locked from the outside, there were cameras blinking inside, and he told her if she tried to open it, the room would catch fire and she would burn.

In February, he returned her into the house and put a shock collar on her that was so tight it left scars. Young said he kept her sedated with marijuana, alcohol and sleeping pills. She said he showed her rifles and told her he would shoot her family, her dog and her friends if she got away.

The assaults continued but he prepped her as to what she should say to police if he let her go. Young also said he made counterfeit money and would use it to pay for prostitutes.

In July, a woman was arrested who had taken money from him and she gave the police a couple of $50 bills. Young said he started cleaning and returned to her July 20, 2014. The woman, Lauren Munday, had been arrested on May 12 on a parole violation and a material witness order. She has been held in the Belknap County jail for the past two days.

Young said she agreed to the plea bargain so she could "save (the victim) the embarrassment (of telling) what that monster did to her. She assured the court that all of the allegation could be substantiated with evidence.

Kibby said he accepted responsibility for what he had done and admitted to Smukler that he had committed the crimes. He apologized for his actions. He also stared at her while she gave her victim impact statement.

Before sentencing Kibby, Smukler said the fact that he didn't kill her was not a mitigating factor in his decision to take his plea. He said the sentence is light, as far as he was concerned, and that the only reason he accepted it was to spare the victim from testifying against him.

Smukler said what Kibby had done was "every parent's nightmare" and that if had gone to trial and lost, he would never see the light of day again outside a prison cell.

Kibby was sentenced to serve 10 to 20 years on one count of pattern aggravated felonious sexual assault, 10 to 20 years on a second count of pattern aggravated felonious sexual assault, 10 to 20 years on a third count of pattern aggravated felonious sexual assault, 5 to 10 years for kidnapping, 3 ½ to 7 years for witness tampering, 3 ½ years for second-degree assault, and 5 to 10 years for criminal threatening. All of the sentenced are to be served consecutive to each other and he was given credit for 659 days time served on the first rape charge.

In exchange for the plea, the state agreed that he would serve his sentence outside of New Hampshire, that the federal government would not prosecute him on any federal charges, that he would disclose the location of several ounces of marijuana and that he would be eligible for parole once 2/3 of his minimum sentence was served and the state wouldn't object as a routine matter.

Two Nashua men charged with Laconia copper theft

LACONIA — Two Nashua men were each ordered held on $500 cash-only bail Wednesday after getting caught red-handed by police allegedly stealing copper from the old N.H. State Prison property Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.

Dennis Little, 54, and David Grey, 55, both of Ash Street, are still being held in the Belknap County House of Corrections each on $500 cash bail said City Prosecutor Jim Sawyer.

Little is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit criminal mischief and one count of driving after suspension. Grey is charged with one count of criminal mischief.

— Gail Ober