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M’boro police find ‘large quantity’ of pills and cash in N.Y. man’s hotel room

MOULTONBOROUGH — A New York state man has been charged with possession of oxycodone after police searched his room at a Route 25 motel recently.

After getting a warrant, police on Sept. 5 searched a hotel room occupied by Jude Posy, 42, of Laurelton, N.Y., and discovered what they describe as a "large quantity" of oxycodone and a "large quantity" of cash.

Posy was additionally charged with one count of possession of a narcotic drug with intent to distribute it.

He posted $5,000 cash bail is scheduled to appear in the 3rd Circuit Court, Ossipee Division, on Oct. 15.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 01:10

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WEEKEND - Area Pick-Your-Own Orchards

Cardigan Mountain Orchard
1540 Mount Cardigan Rd
Alexandria, NH 03222

Hackleboro Orchards
61 Orchard Rd,
Canterbury, NH 03224.
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Meadow Ledge Farm
612 Route 129
Loudon, NH 03307

Smith Orchard
184 Leavitt Road
Belmont, NH 03220
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Stonybrook Farm
128 Glidden Road
Gilford, NH 03249

Surowiec Farm
53 Perley Hill Road
Sanbornton, NH 03269

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 September 2014 12:58

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Newfound Budget Committee starts with lesson on school district accounting

by Thomas P. Caldwell

BRISTOL — Business Administrator Mike Limanni on Sept. 18 walked members of the Newfound Area School District Budget Committee through the accounting structure in preparation for the upcoming budget season, which formally gets underway at the committee's next meeting on Oct. 23.
At the end of August, the budget committee had elected Simon Barnett of Danbury to serve as chair for the coming year, and Harold "Skip" Reilly of Alexandria as vice-chair. The committee also set meeting dates for its budget deliberations, rotating the meetings among the member towns.
At the beginning of Thursday's meeting, which took place in the central office, the budget committee named John Jenness of New Hampton to serve as the committee's liaison on the new facilities committee which is being formed to develop a long-range plan for the district's schools.
The training session on Thursday served to make the budget committee members comfortable with the spreadsheets and to demonstrate how they could seek the level of detail they wanted. Limanni explained the accounting codes and what they meant, offering three versions of the current year's special education budget to demonstrate how, by "collapsing" various categories, they could look at specific numbers that might interest them.
"I can provide the budget in whatever format you want so the expenditures make sense," Limanni said, noting that he uses the various views to look for discrepancies that might indicate fraud, as well as to identify areas where the district might save money or operate more efficiently. "I'm a fiscal conservative," he said, "and if we can save pennies that add up to dollars, that money can be used more effectively by the taxpayers than by sitting in a school surplus."
At the same time, he said, there has to be money available for emergencies as well as the fluctuations that take place all the time in student enrollment, special education needs, and other areas that have not been identified when the budget is crafted.
Limanni also noted areas where he is adjusting the chart of accounts to better track expenses, or to place items in the proper category. He used the example of the summer program which has been listed under special education but more properly fits under co-curricular costs. He said he is making changes that will provide better tracking and, so people can follow year-to-year changes, he will be reassigning items to the new categories retroactively to the budgets for the past eight years. By July 1, he said, everything will be reflected under the revised categories so it will be easier going forward.
He noted that he consulted with the school district's accounting firm to make sure it approved of his proposed changes, and he agreed to provide an outline of those changes to the budget committee so they would be able to follow the numbers.
In discussing how the school district's budget cap is affecting the budget, Limanni said, "Right now, you can live within the cap quite well, with a diminishing student body. But that's why long-term planning is so important."
School Board member Jeff Levesque of Groton noted that the teacher contract negotiations will be a factor. "If we pay our teachers what Plymouth does, it would cost $2 million more," he said. "We won't be able to do that, but there will be an increase. If we get an agreement, I'd like to have the budget committee behind it. We're trying very hard to come up with a fair agreement with them that will be something we can also have public support for."
Reilly said he felt it was important to have the meetings in the towns where people can come and ask questions and see how the budget is formed. He noted that a roundtable with school administrators had proven helpful in the past, too, because they were able to voice their priorities.
Limanni said, "Uncomfortable conversations are good. Conflict is good. If I argue with you, don't look at it as a problem, because these conversations help to come up to better decisions. You've got to look at the whole picture, and I'm here to balance this out or give an alternate view. Then you make the decisions."
The next meeting will be Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Danbury Elementary School.
Reilly asked that one of the agenda items next month be a discussion of what an "employee" is in light of Limanni's stand that elected school board and budget committee members who receive a stipend for their service from the school district are employees who have to provide Social Security numbers and other personal information. Reilly maintains that, if that were so, all 424 members of the New Hampshire legislature would be employees of the state.

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 September 2014 12:51

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Segment of United Way's annual Day of Caring devoted to cleaning up Black Brook

LACONIA — Volunteers for the United Way annual "Day of Caring" pitched in yesterday to remove trash from along the banks of Black Brook and milfoil from the silt-filled cove located where the brook passes under Union Avenue before it empties into Spinnaker Cove on Paugus Bay.
The project, one of many of the day, was undertaken by volunteers from 3M in Tilton, Franklin Savings Bank, the Taylor Home in Laconia, Lakes Region General Hospital and the Aqualogic firm of Gilford, which specializes in the vacuum harvesting of Eurasian watermilfoil .
John Jude, president of Aqualogic and a member of the Gilford Conversation Commission, said that the project was undertaken in cooperation with the City of Laconia's Conservation Commission and was coordinated by Scott McPhie of the city's Planning Department who is the department's liaison with the commission.
''We've picked up trash along Black Brook and worked with the team of milfoil harvesters who pulled the plants out along with their roots. Hand removal is the only option here because we can't use chemicals because Black Brook empties into Paugus Bay just a short distance away from the intake for the Laconia Water Works,'' said McPhie.
Black Brook starts near Lily Pond in Gilford and flows past the Hannaford-Lowe's parking lot on its way to Paugus Bay. Periodic dredging is required of the silt which accumulates at the outlet.
Laconia has contracted with DuBois & King engineers to do a geomorphic study of the brook to develop and understanding of of the physical condition or the existing stream corridor while Gilford has set aside $4,000 to assist with the project. Laconia has already raised $17,000 to fund the study.
Both conservation commissions will continue to raise money for the second and third phases of the study — the total of which will be $35,000. After Phase I is the Hydrological and Hydraulic Culvert Analysis and the Watershed Plan.
The goals of the study and eventual work that will likely be done through a federal grant, is to reduce to need for ongoing dredging at Spinnaker Cove; reduce the milfoil by eliminating some of the sediments that accumulate in the stagnant area next to Union Avenue; decrease the turbidity and reduce the water temperature; control the debris; improve flows from the brook and replace some of the culverts to better control vegetative buffers; and to protect Paugus Bay.

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Dominic Jude of Aqualogic of Gilford positions a suction hose from a milfoil harvester in Black Brook
in Laconia yesterday as part of a United Way Day of Caring project. With him are John Jude, owner of Aqualogic, and Wayne Kreiensidsk and Mike Foote, on board the harvester. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

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Chris Perez, a United Way Day of Caring volunteer, helps remove milfoil from Black Brook in Laconia yesterday. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

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Michael Mitchell and Joe Laplante of 3M corporation in Tilton, United Way Day of Caring volunteers, dump a bucket of milfoil harvested from Black Brook in Laconia into a container. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 September 2014 12:41

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