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City needs to fill 9 vacant poll worker positions

LACONIA — City Clerk Mary Reynolds is working to fill a total of nine vacant polling worker positions in four of the city's wards.

The City Clerk's Office is responsible for ensuring that all local, state and federal elections are conducted properly, in accordance with all ordinances, state statutes and federal laws. This cannot be done without the team of conscientious citizens who dedicate themselves to staffing the polling stations in the six wards of the city. Each polling station requires elected officials — the Moderator, Ward Clerk, Selectmen and Supervisor of the Checklist— as well as ballot clerks and check-in assistants.

Currently Ward 1 requires one selectman, and Wards 4 and 5 three selectmen each. In Ward 5 the positions of moderator and ward clerk are also vacant. Reynolds said that it is extremely important to fill the vacancies in Ward 5 as soon as possible, adding that training is available for those who requiring it.

Reynolds stressed that this is an opportunity for residents to contribute to the civic life of the city, adding that that they will find the experience both enjoyable and rewarding.

Anyone interested in joining the team of election officials should contact the City Clerk by calling 527-1265, or by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 12:09

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Felony DWI charge results from bypass accident

LACONIA — A local woman has been charged with felony driving while intoxicated after the car she was driving crossed the center line of the Laconia Bypass at 1:18 a.m. Saturday and stuck another car.

Police said Tara Avery, 29, of Laconia and the driver of the other car, Ashley Hart, 21, also of Laconia were both taken by ambulance to Lakes Region General Hospital.

Avery was taken by helicopter to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center due to the seriousness of her injuries.

The initial investigation showed that Avery was headed southbound and Hart was headed northbound. Police closed the bypass while they investigated.

In January of 2011, Avery pleaded guilty in Laconia District Court to one count of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol after being stopped on Laconia Road by Belmont Police.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Laconia Police at 524-5252.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 12:07

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Ladd Hill Rd. contract awarded

BELMONT — Selectmen voted unanimously to award the construction bid for lower Ladd Hill Road for $463,616 to G.W. Brooks & Son last night after meeting with their engineer.

G. W. Brooks's bid was about 20 percent lower than the closest two bids and during their last meeting had said they needed more time to review the specifics of the bid with their engineer and learn more about the Freedom-based company.

"We're nervous," said Selectman's Chair Ruth Mooney to Keith Pratt, the president and head engineer from Underwood Engineering. "Ladd Hill is Ladd Hill."

By that Mooney meant that not only is Ladd Hill Road itself in desperate need of rebuilding, there are some significant drainage issues that impact Rte. 3 and the state of New Hampshire as well as Belmont residents. It is a very heavily traveled road and is home to two businesses, a number of homes and residential side streets.

Pratt told selectmen that G.W. Brooks & Son were part of the team that rebuilt Rte. 3 about six years ago and that the are familiar with the drainage challenges.

He told selectmen that it was G.W. Brooks that initially suggested making the drainage pipes on to Rte. 3 larger and although that didn't happen, Pratt said the state left a stub to connect a future Ladd Hill Road project.

Pratt said the there will be box culverts where the streets meet Ladd Hill Road and that while there is some rock, he doesn't expect to hit too much ledge. He also told selectmen there is a contingency of between 5 and 10 percent.

Selectmen also decided that as part of the bid, there will be 320 hours of construction supervision instead of 220 hours.

Selectmen also award GW Brooks an alternate bid for reclaiming and resurfacing Marilyn Drive for $40,515.

The pre-construction meeting is scheduled for May 28 and Platt estimates the entire project will take about 90 days.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 12:01

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Rae Hann wins $10,000 at WOW Ball

LACONIA — The 11th Annual "WOW Sweepstakes Ball" held at the Conference Center at the Lake Opechee Inn & Spa on Saturday once again lived up to its promise of a great party with its 11th consecutive sellout. Grand Prize winner Rae Hann of Laconia certainly would agree. "I'm still in shock," said Rae. "We are truly blessed to have won the Grand Prize of $10,000. WOW, is an acronym for more than one thing!"

With the proceeds from Saturday's event, the WOW Sweepstakes Ball has now raised more than $300,000 over its 11 year run, which will fund the continued expansion of the WOW Trail. "Our hats off to Meredith Village Savings Bank, the presenting sponsor, and to everyone who bought a ticket, donated an auction item, advertisers and event sponsors," said event Chair Darcy Peary. "These events just can't happen without broad based community support which, thankfully, the WOW Trail enjoys."

A total of 10 cash winners were selected in a reverse drawing from the 300 tickets sold and shared the $13,000 in Sweepstakes dollars. "It's a fun, affordable way to support the WOW Trail," explains WOW Trail President Allan Beetle. "For $100, supporters are entered into the sweepstakes, can bring a guest to the event, enjoy a delicious dinner, live music, dancing, and have a fun night out."

The proceeds from this year's WOW Sweepstakes Ball will be used for the continued expansion of the trail. HEB Engineering is currently conducting the detail design of Phase II of the trail, which will extend the trail from downtown Laconia to Belmont with a construction target of 2014.

The WOW Trail's other signature fundraising event, WOW Fest, will be held September 27th at Laconia Athletic & Swim Club and feature a fun walk, 5K and 10K road races, and 15M and 67M bicycle challenges.

For more information, go to www.wowtrail.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

CAPTION: Rae Hann (left) was the winner of the $10,000 grand prize at the 11th Annual WOW Sweepstakes Ball in Laconia. Runner-up Lisa Green-Barber is at right. (Judi Taggart photo)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 11:35

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