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Pearl E. (Racine) Kenyon, 84

07-02 obit Pearl Kenyon

NORTHFIELD — Pearl E. Kenyon, 84, a longtime resident of Northfield, died Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at the Merrimack County Nursing Home in Boscawen following a period of failing health.
She was born in Lakeport June 14, 1932, spending her youth there. She was the daughter of Emile and Melvina (Fifield) Racine.
Pearl lived in Florida for a time, later moving to Franklin. She had resided in Northfield for over 50 years. For many years, she was employed at the International Packing Corporation in Bristol and retired from the companies plant in Northfield.
She enjoyed the outdoors and enjoyed the time she spent during the summers at Paugus Bay in Laconia. She was a parishioner of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Tilton and sang in the choir there. Pearl was predeceased by her husband, Wallace L. Kenyon.
Her family includes her son, Christopher S. Pike of Northfield; two daughters, Sandra G. Descoteaux of Northfield and Brenda Lee Kenyon of West Palm Beach, Florida; grandchildren Corey Descoteaux and Sadie Fralic; great-grandchildren Liam and Jase Descoteaux; sisters Eva St. Jacques of Bedford and Arlene North of Tacoma, Washington; and nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held Wednesday, July 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road (584 West Main St.) in Tilton.
A committal for Pearl and burial will be private for family.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions in Pearl's name to St. Mary of the Assumption Church of St. Gabriel Parish, P.O. Box 490, Franklin, NH 03235-0490.
For more information, go to www.smartfuneral home.com.

Parades, fireworks, concerts mark July 4th festivities

07-02 fireworks

Parades, fireworks and concerts will mark Fourth of July celebrations in the Lakes Region, which gets underway tonight with fireworks at Crystal Lake Park in Gilmanton and in Ashland at 9:30 p.m. and another fireworks show in Weirs Beach will be held at midnight Sunday.
Ashland has moved the site of its fireworks display from the L.W. Packard Field to the Ashland Elementary School playing field where larger size fireworks are permitted. Fireworks will be set off Saturday, July 2. Ashland's July 4th opens with a pancake breakfast fundraiser at The Common Man Restaurant starting at 7 a.m. with the Independence Day Parade beginning at 10 a.m.
There will also be a parade at 10 a.m. in downtown Bristol and Gilmanton's Fourth of July parade also kicks off at 10 a.m. near the Gilmanton Academy Building.
In Wolfeboro a parade starts at 10 a.m., then fireworks at dusk over Wolfeboro Bay. A band concert will take place near the town docks preceding the fireworks.
Parades in Moultonborough and Waterville Valley get underway at 11 a.m. while Andover's parade starts at noon. Waterville Valley's fireworks show will be held at dusk.
In Andover, a full day of festivities is planned Monday with a pancake breakfast at 7 p.m., a flea market and concerts throughout the day on the Village Green. Fireworks will be held at dusk.
The fun kicks off in Moultonborough with the parade beginning at 11 a.m. at Blake Road, continuing through town to Old Route 109 and ending at the Lions Club with a free barbecue for all.
Center Harbor will have a parade at 2 p.m. and there will be band concert at 7 p.m. with fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
In Laconia, a parade gets underway at 4:30 p.m. which proceeds from Wyatt Park to Opechee Park, where vendors will be set up and local bands will entertain from 5:30 until 10 p.m., when fireworks will begin.
The Meredith July 4th celebration includes a chicken barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hesky Park; Meredith Lions Rubber Duckie Race at 4 p.m. at Mill Falls Marketplace. There will be a concert at 7 p.m. with fireworks at dusk.
In Ossipee, on Monday, July 4th, the parade starts at 10 a.m., with fireworks scheduled for 9 p.m.
Steele Hill in Sanbornton will host a barbecue and live entertainment starting a 3 p.m. with fireworks at dusk.
Sandwich will have fireworks Sunday at dusk at the Sandwich Fairgrounds.
Also on Saturday and Sunday, there will be a craft fair at Gunstock Recreation Area in Gilford which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The M/S Mount Washington cruise ship will hold a fireworks cruise from 7 to 10 p.m. with music by Annie and the Orphans and will return to the Weirs Beach dock following the Meredith Bay fireworks.

Gilmanton selectmen declare police emergency - Police chief says there is no emergency, resignations denied


GILMANTON — Selectmen met in an emergency session Monday and ordered that all outside detail work done by the police department be restricted only to the town because of an emergency caused by two resignations.

Town Administrator Paul Branscombe said Thursday that "it was public knowledge" that two of the town's full-time police officers are considering full-time positions in other departments.

Police Chief Matt Currier said Thursday that he has had no official resignations from his department and that there is no policing emergency.

Selectman Steve McWhinnie, who chaired the meeting in the absence of Michael Jean, said the board was informed two weeks ago that two officers are leaving, adding that the department is down to the chief and the sergeant as the only full-time employees.

"This is not only a poor reflection of the police department but on our day-to-day management," said McWhinnie.

McWhinnie tried to order the three part-time police officers to work full-time for the town but Branscombe said they don't have the authority to do that and there are reasons the three part-time police officers work part-time.

"The Police Department is at full staff," he said. "There are five full-time police officers and three part-time police officers."

"If there are people who are leaving, I have been approached by other certified officers who are seeking employment," Currier continued, adding that if there are to be any openings, he would use the same vetting process the department has always used to ensure they are hiring the best possible candidates.

While Currier declined to mention any of his employees by name, saying any discussion of individual employees would be a personnel matter, Whinnie did name the two officers who he said have verbally tendered their resignations.

He said the board would be holding an exit interview with one of them although, as of Thursday morning, no one had officially resigned.

A high-ranking local police official not affiliated with Gilmanton said he thought it was "highly inappropriate" that an elected board would be discussing individual police personnel matters in a public session.

"It seems to me this discussion should have been had in nonpublic sessions," he said.

He also said that while some civilian oversight of police agencies is necessary, some elected officials feel they need to micromanage a department when they don't know a lot about policing.

"They should leave the day-to-day department operations to the professionals," he said.

Branscombe said Thursday that, in his experience managing small communities, police officers most often seek employment elsewhere in order to earn more money or to get a wider variety of career opportunities that just aren't available in small communities like Gilmanton or Ashland.

"It happened many times in Ashland," he said.

He said the average pay for a full-time police officer in Gilmanton is $22 per hour or about $880 a week without overtime and police details, and that he wouldn't be shocked to learn that bigger departments are paying higher wages.

Currier said yesterday that he had not been asked to meet with the Board of Selectmen in either a public or private session to discuss this or any other police matter.