Meredith again marks September 11

MEREDITH — The town yesterday marked the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 that claimed the lives of 2,996 men, women and children in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania by remembering their deaths and celebrating their lives at a ceremony in Hesky Park, sponsored by State Senator Jeanie Forrester and hosted by American Legion Post 33.

Reminding everyone of the immediacy of the tragedy, master of ceremonies Pat Kelly of WEMJ radio began by remarking "we're feeling like this just happened." The Lakes Region Chordsmen sang the National Anthem and all remained standing for the Pledge of Allegiance.

Then Deputy Fire Chief Tom Joslin struck "The Four Fives" by ringing a brass bell five times in four series separated by slight pauses, a tradition to honor fallen firefighters and dignitaries dating at least to 1865 when the New York City Fire Department signaled the passing of Abraham Lincoln.

Speaking for the police, who lost so many of their counterparts, Lieutenant Keith True said that we are all routinely reminded of the event by the emergency number, and "some are reminded where there's an empty seat at the dining room table." By doing our jobs and attending these memorials, he added, we defy terrorism.

"I have a very short little message," said Joslin, who urged his listeners to tell their public officials, especially their congressmen and senators, to ensure that those whose health was impaired by responding to the collapse and clearing the sites of the towers at the World Trade Center receive the medical care they require and deserve. Then, his voice breaking, he read "The Fireman's Prayer".

Nate Torr, chairman of the board of Selectmen, asked everyone to pause, look around and appreciate "how fortunate we are". He recalled that after winning freedom in the Revolutionary War and expanding it in the Civil War "our freedom is again being challenged" and, unlike other wars America has fought, "the struggle has been brought to us."

Holding a picture of his sister Debbie Manetta, who died at 31 in the North Tower of the World Trade Center, Ralph Ascoli said "there is a story behind every face," asked everyone to remember then played Brad Paisley's rendering of "When I Get Where I'm Going" with the line "Don't cry for me down here." Kelly remarked "that's great music to think by."

Senator Jeanie Forrester, noting that the innocents who perished were "in the wrong place at the wrong time," recalled the words of her predecessor, the late Carl Johnson, who at an earlier ceremony took another lesson from the tragedy, namely that "as Americans we're more likely to be in the right place at the right time" to help those in need.

Bob Kennelly of American Legion turned on the terrorists, charging "they don't like our freedom, they don't like our religion and they don't like women." New Hampshire, he continued, was fortunate to have Governor Maggie Hassan, Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen, Congresswoman Ann Kuster and State Senator Jeanie Forrester. "I like our freedom, I like our religion and I really like our women," he declared. "If you treat the women right, they will work well for you."

Elliot Finn, a veteran of World War II, with a hand from Kennelly, laid a wreath in Meredith Bay and a dozen Monarch butterflies were released over the water. "There goes freedom," said Kelly.

Alicia Gorrell, American Legion Auxiliary Chaplain, offered a prayer the ceremony closed to the haunting strains of Taps.


CAPTION: Service Officer Bob Kennelly of American Legion Post 33 speaks at the ceremony commemorating September 11 at Hesky Park in Meredith yesterday. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch)

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Metal roofing contractor pleads guilty to writing hot paycheck

TILTON — A former Laconia metal roofing contractor pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor count of issuing bad checks in the 6th Circuit Court, Franklin Division last month.

Jonathan Taylor, 48, whose last known address was Sanbornton Road in Tilton was ordered to pay his young victim $300 through the Tilton Police Department. According to his mother, the young man had done some work for Taylor but his paycheck had bounced.

Taylor was also find $1,448 with $1,200 suspended pending his good behavior.

Dominick DiMarsino, a Pepperell, Mass. homeowner who said he hired Taylor and paid him $16,000 to put a roof on his house said Taylor is scheduled to appear in Ayre District Court on September 14. As of April 9, the charge against him was a charge of felony larceny over $250 by false pretenses.

DiMarsino said he went to the police when he never heard from Taylor after giving him the deposit.

Taylor filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy protection in January of 2015 but changed his pleading to a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The difference is under Chapter 13, Taylor would have been given a chance to reorganize and schedule repayment plans with his creditor. A Chapter 7 bankruptcy provides no opportunity to reorganize and the trustee gathers all of the available assets and redistributes them to the creditors.

According to the most recent bankruptcy documents, Taylor has abandoned assets of $800, exempt assets of $10,530, and claims against him of $210,990.

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Selectmen again upset by 'unprofessional' fireworks show

GILFORD — Selectmen expressed their displeasure with the Atlas Fire Works company at Wednesday's meeting because technical difficulties extended the show longer than what was expected.

Selectman Richard "Rags" Grenier waited until the end of the meeting to voice his unhappiness, saying that the display took so long — 52 minutes — that people started to leave.

Grenier said the "electrical board" and the back-up electrical board both failed to work and called the show "unprofessional".

He volunteered to go to the Old Home Day Committee and express his concerns.

"Gilford is known for having the best fireworks," said Selectman Chair Gus Benevides. "It has to be addressed."

Benevides said selectmen were disappointed in the 2014 show as well and selectmen mentioned it to the Old Home Day Committee.

Speaking last night, Charlie St. Clair, who was one of five Atlas employees on the scene on August 29, said there were technical difficulties with the electrical boards and during the early portion of the show fireworks had to be fired by hand and not electronically.

"They had a problem with the electronic equipment," he said. "It's unfortunate but it happens."

"I don't know a fireworks company in the world that doesn't have occasional problems," he said.


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