Police got only mom's first name from roving toddlers

GILMANTON — Police said Friday that the two toddlers found on Mallard Ave. in the Sawyer Lake District were barely able to tell police their own names.

Sgt. Casey Brennan said that the two, one who was wearing only a diaper and one who was carrying a glass pipe that appeared to police to have been used, were brought to the police station by a passerby who saw them.

He said Chief Matt Currier spoke to the children and one of them was able to tell him her mother's first name.

Currier went to Mallard Road and began entering license plates until he found one car that was registered to a woman by that same first name. He said Currier went to the home and called for the woman to come outside and talk with him.

He said she had been sleeping and told Currier that the children are usually her alarm clocks but that they didn't wake her up that morning. Brennan said the woman lives in Northfield and was visiting a friend in Gilmanton who had already left for work.

Brennan said the woman faces possible charges for child endangerment and possession of a controlled drug. Because she hasn't been officially charged, Brennan declined to release her name.

The children were picked up at the police station by their father. The N.H. Division of Children, Youth and Families is assisting in the investigation.

Pines Center director leaves in wake of sex scandal

NORTHFIELD — The former director of the Tilton-Northfield Pines Community Center has resigned in the wake of the arrest of a maintenance man for allegedly sexually assaulting young children.

A news letter sent by the Pines Center board of directors confirmed Jim Doane resigned on June 2 following a meeting held in the evening of June 1. He had been director since summer of 2010.

Part-time maintenance man Robert Magoon, 73, of 27 Deer St. in Tilton was charged on May 3 with two separate complaints of assault one 9-year-old girl multiple times between the dates of Sept. 1 2015 and May 12, 2016. He was charged with abusing an 11-year-old girl between Aug. 24, 2014 to May 12, 2016.

Affidavits were sealed for 60 days by Judge Edward "Ned" Gordon and a judicial call center representative said Friday the case has been bound over to the Merrimack County Superior Court for possible indictment.

Magoon is being held in the Merrimack County Jail in lieu of $150,000 cash-only bail. Northfield Police Chief John Raffaelly said the investigation into Magoon's alleged assaults at the center is continuing and seven and eight additional possible victims have been identified.

The Pines Board of Directors outlined some operational changes that have already happened or will happen as the center moves forward.

Included are a single entry and exit through the front door of the facility. All other doors are to remain locked and closed throughout the day. Alarms will be added to all doors.

All people who enter the center will have to sign in and the center will be increasing the number of cameras throughout the building. The board is reevaluating staffing needs and examining policies and procedures.

Sailing Association expands adult, private lessons - 225 words

GILFORD — The Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association formed in 1988 to teach sailing to children, but recently has expanded its reach with programs designed to educate adults.

The LWSA's Adult Learn-To-Sail program includes two levels, each taught in small groups and in four, three-hour classes. The beginner class, level one, focuses on safety, rigging and basics of boat handling and maneuvering. Level two is for adults with some experience, and will include using an auxiliary motor, refined sailing techniques, sail shapes and tuning, and using a spinnaker, maritime radio, and daytime navigation.

The adult education programs are taught on the LWSA's three roomy and stable keelboats, which range in size from 23 to 26 feet.

If those classes don't fit the bill, the LWSA also offers private lessons. These lessons can be scheduled at the client's convenience, and even on the client's boat. Private lessons are often utilized by people returning to sailing after a hiatus, or who want to take their sailing skills to a new level. Several private lessons have been purchased as gifts for spouses.

And, if all that is desired is a sail on Winnipesaukee with someone else doing the work, the LWSA can arrange that, too, with one someone from the association piloting one of the LWSA's boats. Outings are frequently arranged as part of birthday celebrations.

For more information, visit or call 603-589-1177.