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Tilton was only local Republican to vote for 4¢ hike in N.H. gasoline tax

CONCORD — When the N.H. House of Representatives voted yesterday to raise the gas tax by four cents per gallon — the first increase in 23 years — Rep. Frank Tilton, alone among the 13 Republican members of the Belknap County, voted with the majority.

Senate Bill 367, sponsored by Senator Jim Rausch (R-Derry), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, carried the House 193 to 141, with members divided largely along party lines.

Four of the five Democrats — Reps. Lisa DiMartino of Gilford, Ruth Gulick of New Hampton, David Huot of Laconia and Ian Raymond of Sanbornton — voted for the tax hike. Rep. Beth Arsenault was absent and did not vote.

Save for Tilton, the other 11 Republicans — Reps. Richard Burchell of Gilmanton, Guy Comtois of Barnstead, Jane Cormier and Stephen Holmes of Alton, Dennis Fields of Sanbornton, Charles Fink and Michael Sylvia of Belmont, Don Flanders and Bob Luther of Laconia, and Herb Vadney and Colette Worsman of Meredith — voted against the increase. Rep. Bob Greemore of Meredith was absent and did not vote.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 12:08

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Gilmanton man arrested for allededly warning intruders with gunshots

GILMANTON — A Bean Road man had been charged with one count of felony criminal threatening after allegedly firing a number of rounds from a .40 caliber handgun into the air to stop someone from coming onto his property.
Police said the incident occurred on April 16 at 8 Bean Road.
Jeffrey W. Sargent, 38, told police that at no point did he think his life was endangered but just wanted to keep people off his property.
Sargent is being held on $5,000 cash-only bail and is scheduled to appear in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 12:00

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Downtown antique center burglarized

LACONIA — The Laconia Antiques Center on Main Street was burglarized just before 3 a.m. Thursday morning.

Business owner Charlie St. Clair said yesterday that it appears two men used a rock or some other hard object to break in the lower part of the glass door on Hanover Street in order to enter the building.

Images of two people were captured by surveillance cameras. St. Clair said police are reviewing the video.

He said two display cases were targeted, glass was broken and some jewelry and other things stolen.

St. Cliar said it appears the men knew exactly which cases they were targeting because neither case was near the side door and the targeted cases were were in separate parts of the building.

"It's discouraging to have something like this happen in downtown Laconia," St. Clair said. "This is a good place to do business."

He said the Laconia Police Department "is on top of it" and he has every confidence the two men will be caught.

St. Clair said the antiques center has cameras and police are reviewing the video.

Det. Sgt. Thomas Sweet said yesterday that police continue to investigate and asks that anyone with any information call the Laconia Police at 524-5252 or the Greater Laconia Crime Line at 524-1717.


CAPTION: The Hanover Street side door was smashed by burglars early yesterday morning during a burglary at the Laconia Antiques Center on Main Street. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 11:59

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Community Action Program closing senior center in Meredith

MEREDITH — The Community Action Program of Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc. (CAP) this week announced the closure of the Inter-lakes Senior Center, which operated for many years at Trinity Episcopal Church before moving to the Community Center in April 2006. The center served the towns of Meredith, Center Harbor and New Hampton.

In a prepared statement, the agency explained that it was "faced with making this very difficult decision due to rising costs and funding reductions."

The CAP rented space and use of the kitchen at the Community Center between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, offering a congregate luncheon that in recent months regularly drew less than a dozen seniors.

Pam Jolivette, director of elder services at the CAP, declined to specify the operating budget for the center. However, last year the CAP, which was paying $1,200 per month in rent, approached the Board of Selectmen with a request to halve the rent. The board chose to reduce the rent by a third, to $800.

Jolivette said yesterday that as pressures on its funding have mounted the agency reviews the costs and utilization of all its cost centers, including its 10 senior centers. She said that the agency "deeply regretted its decision and offered its "sincere appreciation" to the volunteers, civic groups, businesses and town officials whose contributions ensured the success of the center for so many years.

Jolivette hastened to stress that "the Elder Services Department of the CAP "will continue to provide all current services for residents of Meredith, Center Harbor and New Hampton." Meals-on-Wheels will be delivered five days a week. The Rural Transportation Program will continue to offer rides for medical appointments, grocery shopping and other errands.

Senior citizens from the three towns are welcome to enjoy lunch at any of the agency's other nearby senior centers in Laconia, Belmont, Tilton, Franklin and Alton. In addition, the CAP is exploring the possibility of offering a community luncheon once or twice a month in the area.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 11:56

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