'Right-to-work' enjoys strong support on delegation

CONCORD — Only one member of the Belknap County Delegation — all of whom are Republicans — voted against the so-called "right-to-work" bill which carried the New Hampshire House of Representatives this week by a vote of 149 to 146.

Representative Dennis Fields of Sanbornton alone voted against the measure, which was endorsed by 13 of his colleagues — Representatives Glen Aldrich, Russ Dumais and George Hurt of Gilford, Robert Fisher, Bob Luther, Peter Spanos and Frank Tilton of Laconia, Valerie Fraser of New Hampton, Ray Howard and Peter Varney of Alton, Shari LeBreche and Michael Sylvia of Belmont, and Herb Vadney of Meredith.

Representatives Don Flanders of Laconia, Brian Gallagher of Sanbornton and David Ruseell of Gilmanton did not vote.

Earlier in the session a similar bill failed in the New Hampshire Senate when its 24 members deadlocked 12 to 12.

Pair of heroin overdoses reported in city over weekend

LACONIA — City police and fire/rescue crews responded to four non-fatal overdoses of drugs over the past weekend.

Capt. Bill Clary said two of them were heroin-related and two of them were pill-related.

He said one was on Winter Street, one on Warren Street, one on North Main Street and one was in the Weirs.

Fire Chief Ken Erickson said the Winter Street overdose was "about as close to fatal as it can get." He said the victim, who is not being identified, was about 18-years-old and had a respiratory rate of one to two beats a minute.

"She was literally a gasp of air away from being dead," he said.

Erickson said she was treated with Narcan — an opiate antidote — and taken to Lakes Region General Hospital.

Trust established to own Bert Southwick farm

NORTHFIELD — Before he passed away, Bert Southwick, an iconic figure in the town for 93 years, transferred his property to the Southwick Farm Trust with the intent that the buildings and land will forever remain a working farm.

Sean Chandler and Michael Stine, the co-trustees, have begun the process of renovating the house and barn with an eye to leasing the property to a person with the interest and experience to carry on where Southwick left off. The trust will seek to secure a conservation easement on the property, which in keeping with Southwick's wishes would forestall its development in perpetuity.

Meanwhile, Scott McGuffin, the trust protector, said that "Bert's Angels", the 4-H Club and local residents have contributed in money and in kind to begin the rehabilitation process by repairing the barn. He said that David Huckins, a local contractor, and his crew spared the structure from certain demise under the weight of snow. The house, which will require wiring, plumbing and a new well, will ultimately be renovated as well.

Anyone interested in providing either financial support or in-kind assistance to the process should contact Sean Chandler at 286-3464.