Thanks to the Children's Auction

LACONIA — Representatives of a baker's dozen local organizations gathered in the lobby of Lakes Region General Hospital this week to share contributions totaling $170,200 from the Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction. The organizations, all of which work to eliminate or mitigate the need for extended services to children, benefitting from this year's auction are: Lakes Region Child Care Services, Stand Up Laconia, Lakes Region Community Services, New Beginnings, Voice Against Violence, Central NH VNA & Hospice, Granite UW Whole Village, Greater Lakes Child Advocacy, Laconia Area Community Land Trust, Appalachian Mountain Teen Project, Northfield-Tilton Congregational Church, Ossipee Concerned Citizens and Tiny Twisters. "Enjoy the money," Warren Bailey, who began the auction 33 years ago, told the recipients.. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch).

Representatives of a baker's dozen local organizations gathered in the lobby of Lakes Region General Hospital this week to share contributions totaling $170,200 from the Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction. The organizations, all of which work to eliminate or mitigate the need for extended services to children, benefiting from this year's auction are: Lakes Region Child Care Services, Stand Up Laconia, Lakes Region Community Services, New Beginnings, Voice Against Violence, Central NH VNA & Hospice, Granite UW Whole Village, Greater Lakes Child Advocacy, Laconia Area Community Land Trust, Appalachian Mountain Teen Project, Northfield-Tilton Congregational Church, Ossipee Concerned Citizens and Tiny Twisters. "Enjoy the money," Warren Bailey, who began the auction 33 years ago, told the recipients.. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch).

Three vie for Gilford School Board seats, no contested races on town side in Gilford

GILFORD — There is a three-way race for two open seats on the Gilford School District School Board. Incumbents Jack Landow and Karen Thurston are both seeking re-election, while Gretchen Gandini is seeking to unseat one of them. There are no contested races on the town side.

On the Budget Committee, that serves both the town and the school district, none of the incumbents are seeking reelection. The three candidates running for the three open three-year terms are Sean Murphy, Tim Sullivan, and S. Peter Karigianis. Not running for re-election are David Horvath Sr., Geoff Beane and Bob Henderson.

Running unopposed for one three-year seat on the Selectboard is incumbent Gus Benavides, who is finishing his third term as selectmen.

Incumbent Sandra McGonagle is seeking another two-year term as town moderator; incumbent Irene LaChance is seeking a six-year term for supervisor of checklist; and incumbent Miriam York, who was appointed to the seat, has filed for the four-year term as supervisor of the checklist.

Incumbent William Chris Ray Jr. is seeking a spot of the trustee of the trust funds, and incumbent Jack Lyman is seeking a second three-year term as fire engineer.

William Day is seeking a single three-year term as cemetery trustee.

Michael Marshall and Alexis Jackson have filed for the two year-year terms as library trustee.

Election Day is March 8.

– Gail Ober

Race is on for Belmont selectman, budget committee, planning board

By Gail Ober
THE LACONIA DAILY SUN

BELMONT — There will be a three-way race for the Selectboard this year as incumbent Jonathan "Jon" Pike faces challenges from George Condemetraky and James Spiller.

On the Budget Committee there are five candidates – Eric Shirley, Albert Akerstrom, Tracey LeClair, Donald McLelland Sr. and Ronald Mitchell – for four open spots.

There is a three-way race between James Spiller, Michael LeClair and Ward Peterson for two seats on the Planning Board.

Cynthia DeRoy is running for Town Clerk Tax Collector, Alicia Segalini is running for a two-year term as Town Treasurer, Alvin Nix Jr. is running for Town Moderator, Gregg McPhearson is running for a three-year term as Trustee of the Trust Funds, Diana Johnson is running for a three-year term as Library Trustee, and Mark Masterbrook is running for an seat on the Zoning Board of Adjustments. All are unopposed.

The candidates for the Shaker School Board are Sean Embree from Belmont and Jodie Martinez from Canterbury. The election for School Board candidates is March 4 at the Belmont High School and the polls open at 11 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. when the business portion of the meeting begins. This was incorrectly reported at the end of a story that ran on Page 15 in the Feb. 3 Laconia Daily Sun.

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