Belmont tax rate up more than 2 percent

BELMONT — The New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration has set the 2016 property tax rate at $28.27 per $1,000 of assessed value, an increase of 62 cents, or 2.2 percent , over the 2014 rate of $27.65.

For the owner of a property valued at $200,000, this year's tax bill will rise by $124, from $5,654 last year to $5,530 this year.

A $300,000 property tax bill will rise by $186, from $8,481 to $8,295.

The amount to be raised by taxes increased by $654,987, or 4 percent, from $16,0333,863 to $16,688,859. The total assessed valuation rose by $2,403,451, or 0.4 percent, from $588,845,010 to $591,248,261.

The town tax decreased from $9.50 to $9.41, the county tax from $1.43 to $1.39 and the state education tax from $2.48 to $2.47 while the local school tax rose from $14.24 to $15.

Veterans Day events - Observances planned in Laconia, Meredith, Tilton, Boscawen tomorrow

LACONIA — Laconia VFW Post 1670 and Wilkins-Smith Post #1 American Legion will host a Veterans Day ceremony at the at the Veteran's Square Memorial on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
Mayor Ed Engler will speak and members of the Laconia High School Band will take part in the ceremony.
In Meredith, American Legion Post 33 will host a Veterans Day program on Wednesday featuring a parade and ceremony in front of the Public Library.
Parade participants will meet at the Post of Plymouth Street by 10:40 a.m. The parade up Main Street to the library will step off at 10:50 a.m. and the program at the library will come to order at 11 a.m.
A prayer will be offered by the Rev. Robert Lemieux and speeches will be delivered by veterans and representatives. Meredith resident and Navy Vietnam veteran Chuck Thorndike will be the featured speaker. He served in the Navy from 1967-1970 as E5 Radarman. He served aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard CVA 31 aircraft carrier as well as what was known as the "Brown Water Navy" — Coastal Division 12 Swift Boat Unit, Vietnam. The playing of Taps is scheduled for 11:11. The honor guard will then march to the POW/MIA Memorial is Hesky Park for a second ceremony. Lunch will then be offered back at the Post.
In Tilton, Haircuts for Men on Main Street will host its sixth annual Virginia B. Hutton Veterans Day Motorcycle Run on Wednesday. The day will get under way with coffee and doughnuts, donated by Dunkin' Donuts, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
At 9:45 a.m., the police-escorted group will start its ride to the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen. State and local police will lead the procession. There will be traffic control at major intersections along the route.
The procession will arrive at the cemetery at 10:30 a.m. in time to take part in the 11 a.m. Veterans Day ceremony.
Following the ceremony, the police-escorted motorcycle run will proceed to Whiteman-Davidson American Legion Post 49 in Northfield, where participants can eat pizza donated by Uno's Chicago Grill.

Gilford wins volleyball, soccer titles to continue school's tradition (543)

GILFORD — It was a good day for Gilford High School sports Saturday as the Golden Eagles won a pair of state titles, with the boys soccer team edging Hillsboro-Deering 1-0 in double overtime and the girls volleyball team capping an undefeated season with a five-set win over Somersworth.

For the soccer team, it was the first Division III state title since 2010 and the 15th for head coach Dave Pinkham, whose teams have been in 24 state championship games since he started coaching at Gilford in 1977.
For the volleyball team, which finished with a 20-0 mark, it was the 15th Division II state title in the last 21 years under coach Joan Forge, who, like Pinkham, is a 1977 graduate of Plymouth State University and a member of PSU's Athletic Hall of Fame. She has been coaching at Gilford since 1984.
Forge said it was the first time that Gilford has ever had to go five sets to win a championship game and credited a core group of seniors, including Captain Jordan Dean, Maddie Harris and Brooke Beaudet with providing the focus and determination Gilford needed to win.
''We came really close last year and the team put in a lot of offseason training to prepare for this season,'' said Forge.

She said it was good battle against Somersworth and the team proved its true mettle after the Hilltoppers tied the match at two sets apiece.
''We had to play a lot of defense, but we were perfect in serving, going 115 for 115 in five games,'' said Forge, whose team won the fifth set 15-8 as Maddie Currier served up six straight points.
Gilford volleyball won nine straight state championships from 1999 to 2007.
Pinkham, whose team finished with a 15-4-1 record, said that this year's team was young with at least five sophomores starting in every game.
''If you had told me at the start of the season that we would be playing in the championship game, it would have been hard to believe,'' said Pinkham, who said that the turning point for his team came in a late-season game with Newfound Regional High School.
''We were tied at the half and hadn't played that well. But, at the half, we had a heart-to-heart talk and played really strong from that point on through the rest of the season. For the last seven-and-a-half games we played, including four in the playoffs, we allowed only one goal the rest of the way.''
The winning goal Saturday came 96 minutes into the game when Sander Volpey hit from three yards out to beat Hillsboro-Deering goalie Thomas Ferguson.
Goalie Ethan Warren made six stops for the Golden Eagles, who held Hillsboro-Deering to just two shots on goal in the second half and none during overtime.
''I've always felt you win it with your defense,'' said Pinkham, who said that watching the younger players mature and gain confidence over the course of the season made this one of the most satisfying state championships he has ever experienced.
In the 1990s, the Golden Eagles went nine years without losing a game and set many national records including most consecutive championships, 10, most consecutive games without a loss, 133, and fewest goals allowed in a season, two.