Benefit set for Lynn Martin, 58, diagnosed with terminal cancer (391 w/3 col cut)


LACONIA — A benefit fundraiser for a 58-year-old woman who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer will be held Sunday, June 5, from 1 to 5 p.m., at the Leavitt Park Club on Elm Street in Lakeport.
Lynn (Dore) Martin received word of her diagnosis on April 8 according to her friend, Valerie Thompson, who along with Ray Corliss, drummer for the LA East Rhythm and Blues Band, has been organizing the fundraiser.
"It's in my bones and liver. It stinks, but I can't change it and I have to deal with it and try to live every day to the fullest," said Martin. She says that she has been assigned a hospice care coordinator who meets with her every other week and monitors her condition.
"The doctor told me that it's a matter of months," she said. "Right now I'm able to be myself, but I get tired real quick."
Martin says she has worked all of her adult life, starting at Laconia State School, where she worked from 1975 until 1982 and most recently at Dunkin' Donuts, and now does occasional pet sitting. But she has no life insurance to cover her funeral expenses, which she said will involve cremation.
Thompson and Corliss say that the event will be hosted by the LA East Rhythm and Blues Band with Arthur James and Friends and will feature raffles of gift certificates from local businesses and restaurants. Donation is $10 per person and it will be a potluck/BYOB event.
Thompson says that a trust fund has been set with Meredith Village Savings Bank and that those who would like to contribute can send funds to the bank, addressed to Valerie Thompson, In Trust For Lynn Martin. For more information or to contribute items for the raffles call Thompson at 832-4960 or Corliss at 524-5860.
Corliss said the event was originally scheduled as a memorial tribute to the late Michael Sevigny, who died recently at the age of 65, and was a well-known local builder. He said that Sevigny will also be honored at the event.


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Valerie Thompson and her Golden Retriever,  Hunter, are shown with Lynn Martin, Owen Martin and Ray Corliss. Lynn Martin has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and Thompson and Corliss are organizing a fund raiser for her which will be held at Leavitt Park in Lakeport on June 5 from 1-5 p.m. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

Charlie Chandler joins District 2 race for NH Senate seat


WARREN — Charles Chandler of Warren, best known as Charlie, yesterday became the first Democrat to announce he will seek a seat in the New Hampshire Senate in District 2.

Born and raised in Laconia, which he called "my home town," Chandler has spent the last 45 years serving local and state government in elected, appointed and voluntary positions. "Public service is in my blood," he said.

Chandler, a retired attorney, has been a selectman in Northfield, where he also served on the Planning Board, and currently holds the same two positions in Warren. He represented Northfield in the New Hampshire House of Representatives where he served along side his father, Earl Chandler of Wilmot, and brother, Gene Chandler of Bartlett, as the lone Democrat of the three.

Chandler served on the Ballot Law Commission as well as an Election Monitor, appointed by the Secretary of State and Attorney General to oversee voting in New Boston.

In 2010, Secretary of State William Gardner picked Chandler to preside over an independent inquiry into Financial Resources Mortgage Inc. and CL&M Inc. of Meredith, which bilked more than 100 clients of tens of millions of dollars in what Chandler called "a heartless, vicious Ponzi scheme."

Chairman of the Board of Franklin Savings, a director of the Pemi-Baker Land Trust and a member of the Cannon Mountain Advisory Commission, Chandler said that along with background in law and service in government he also brings experience in business to his candidacy.

Chandler said that he has always been committed to public education.

"We must fully fund and provide this adequate education in order to keep New Hampshire moving forward." He described economic development as "always part of what I do," adding that while the economy rebounding "it's not improving for everybody."

Chandler stressed that his "experience, judgement and temperament" suited him for the Senate, where he anticipated "The positions I take will cross party lines."

Chandler is the second resident of Warren to enter the race in District 2, joining Republican Bob Giuda who his vying with Brian Gallagher of Sanbornton for the GOP nomination.

"I know them both well," he said, noting that he spoke with them to say that he intends to run a positive campaign grounded on the issues and hoped they would do the same. Chandler said, "There are serious philosophical differences and the voters of District 2 will have very clear choices."

Senate District 2 consists of 27 towns in three counties: Haverhill, Piermont, Orford,Warren, Wentowrth, Dorechester, Ellsworth, Rumney. Groton, Orange, Grafton, Campton, Plymouth, Hebron, Alexandria, Holderness, Ashland, Bridgewater and Bristol in Grafton County; Meredith, Center Harbor, New Hampton, Sanbornton and Tilton in Belknap County; and Hill, Danbury and Wilmot in Merrimack County.

Fire at Plymouth apartment displaces 17

PLYMOUTH — Seventeen people were displaced by a fire late Sunday night/Monday morning at a 12-unit apartment building. The Red Cross has reported they are assisting five adults, eight children and two cats involved in the incident at 2 Fox Park Drive.

Most of the occupants had exited the building safely, while one required fire department assistance, according to a release from Plymouth Fire-Rescue. The fire was contained to one unit, which was heavily damaged. No cause was determined for the fire, which is under investigation.

Deputy Chief Morrison credited an aggressive interior attack with limiting the fire spread. Several other units suffered smoke damage. There were no reported injuries. 

Plymouth Fire-Rescue was assisted by fire departments from Ashland, Campton-Thornton, Holderness, Rumney, Waterville Valley and Meredith E.M.S. Support was also provided by the American Red Cross, the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, the New Hampshire State Fire Marshal's Office, Plymouth Police Department, as well as Plymouth State University Police. 

– Ginger Kozlowski