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200 petitioners ask Moultonborough to find new town adminstrator

MOULTONBOROUGH — Nearly 200 petitioners have urged the Board of Selectmen not to renew the contract of Town Administrator Carter Terenzini when it expires next year and to immediately convene a committee to search for his replacement.

Apart from Selectman Chris Shipp, who asked how many had signed the petition, the board accepted the petition in silence, while Terenzini jotted down notes. Speaking almost under his breath, Chairman Joel Mudgett said that the board would take the petition "under advisement".

Jordan Prouty, longtime trustee of the trust funds, presented the petition to the selectmen when they met last night. Reading from a prepared statement he described the town administrator as "the face of the town to the public," whose "actions, values, demeanor and character reflect who we are as a community. When citizens find that his conduct and values and actions do not reflect positively on our community," he continued, "they are left with no recourse, but to appeal to the body that made the decision to employ Mr. Terenzini."

Prouty said that petitioners share "a firm faith that a change will make for a better future." Noting "we wish Mr. Terenzini no ill will," he claimed that "his actions have created animosity and divisiveness both in and out of town hall" and concluded "we have lost confidence in his ability to properly represent the citizens of Moultonboro." The petitioners, he said, "do not take this action lightly," but believe a change is required to "move forward in a positive manner that better reflects our values."

The signatories to the petition, Prouty said, "are making a clear, fair request for a more harmonious future," which requires a town administrator "with natural leadership skills and values matching those exemplified by our many long term volunteers."

Terenzini has been unpopular among a section of the community for much of his five-year tenure and questions about his renewing his contract have arisen before.
But, the petition is the first open effort to oust him. It began to circulate about the time the Selectboard pursued removal proceedings against two members of the Planning Board — Josh Bartlett and Judy Ryerson — which after much prevarication and dissembling was ultimately revealed to have begun with a recommendation from Terenzini.

In 2010, Terenzini applied for a town administrator's position in Palmer, Massachusetts. A year later he was interviewed for a similar position in Kingston, Rhode Island and in 2012 he was among three finalists for an opening in Wareham, Massachusetts.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 October 2013 01:49

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Belmont Police continuing to investigate circumstances to led to 2-year-old falling down stairs

BELMONT — Police continue to investigate the reason a 2-year-old child fell down a flight of stair at a Concord Street apartment building Wednesday morning. She was apparently seriously injured by the fall.
Lt. Rich Mann said police have removed the yellow tape from the front door of Apartment 3 in Building 2 in the Belmont Village Apartments.
"This is an open and active inquiry," Mann added. "Members of the detective bureau are looking in to circumstances surrounding this event."
Public safety officials said yesterday the child was found at the bottom of the stairs breathing but unconscious. She was in the care of an adult while her mother was a work.
After being transported by ambulance to Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia, she was stabilized in the emergency room and flown by helicopter to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. He condition is not known and police are not releasing the identity of the family.
In a written statement, Mann said that, "anytime someone is injured in our community we make every effort to determine how and why it occurred."

Last Updated on Friday, 04 October 2013 02:40

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Music departments at 8 area high schools benefit from Meadowbrook guitar raffle to the tune of $2k each

GILFORD — The Meadowbrook Foundation, the charitable organization founded by the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook, presented checks yesterday to music departments from eight area high schools and a guitar to a lucky winner of a summer long fundraising effort.
Winner of the black Jack Daniels Epiphone guitar, signed by nearly all the artists who played the main stage at Meadowbrook during the 2013 Eastern Propane Concert Series, was Joey Vaughan, a mason from Stoneham, Mass.
Vaughan said that he attended several Meadowbrook concerts during the summer, including Bad Company and KISS, and bought a raffle ticket at each of the concerts he attended.
Liane Clairmont, marketing director at Meadowbrook, said that students from eight area high schools sold tickets for the signed guitar from a red tent set up outside the pavilion over the summer and that over $14,000 was raised from the raffle.
Ed Darling, a member of the board of directors off the Meadowbrook Foundation, presented checks for $2,000 to the music departments of eight area high schools whose students worked selling tickets for the raffle.
Receiving checks were Gilford, Inter-Lakes, Laconia, Belmont, Kingswood Regional, Newfound Regional, Propect Mountain and Winnisquam Regional high schools.
Funds from the Meadowbrook Foundation have supported many scholarships and programs throughout the years and last year became the main supporter of SmartMusic, which was put into Gilford schools.
SmartMusic is an award-winning interactive music software that provides the ideal practice environment. With a subscription to SmartMusic, students have unlimited access to the world's largest accompaniment library for all ages and skill levels, which includes 1,000 pieces of music. The Foundation's ultimate goal is to be able to provide SmartMusic in all the Lakes Region's schools.

Guitar Winner CAPTION:
Joey Vaughan of Stoneham, Mass. (center), is presented with a Jack Daniels Epiphone Guitar by Liane Clairmont, marketing director at Meadowbrook, and Ed Darling, a member of the Meadowbrook Foundation. The guitar was signed by nearly all the artists who played the main stage at Meadowbrook during the 2013 Eastern Propane Concert Series. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

Last Updated on Friday, 04 October 2013 02:35

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Grand Jury returns indictments against Amy LaFond

LACONIA — A Belknap County Grand Jury yesterday indicted Amy LaFond on five felony charges — manslaughter, two counts of negligent homicide, second degree assault and possession of a narcotic drug. She was the driver of the car that struck two girls at the Messer Street Bridge in April, taking the life of Lilyanna Johnson, 14, and severely injuring Allyssa Miner, 14.

 In addition, LaFond is charged with a misdemeanor drug offense and three traffic violations, all of which are now before the Belknap County Superior Court.

LaFond, 52, of 10 River Street, Laconia, entered pleas of not guilty to the felony charges and earlier pled not guilty to the misdemeanor and violations when she was arraigned in 4th Circuit Court — Laconia last week. She is being held in Belknap County Jail in lieu of bail of $50,000 cash or $100,000 corporate surety.
Johnson and Miner were struck while on the sidewalk at the crosswalk at the south end of the Messer Street Bridge at approximately 2:30 p.m. on April 19. Lafond was traveling northbound on Messer Street toward its intersection with Opechee Street. A car going in the same direction had stopped at the crosswalk, apparently to enable a number of middle school students standing at the corner to cross the street. Lafond is alleged to have skirted the stopped car, crossed into the southbound lane of Messer Street and mounted the raised sidewalk, hitting the two girls.
In charging manslaughter, a class A felony, the state alleges that LaFond recklessly caused the death of Lilyanna Johnson by driving while distracted at an excessive speed after consuming drugs. Alternatively, she was indicted on two alternative theories of negligent homicide, both class B felonies, one for "failing to maintain a proper lookout" and the other for "failing to pay due attention while operating a motor vehicle after having consumed drugs."

County Attorney Melissa Countway Guldbrandsen has said that toxicology tests found elevated levels of oxycodone and the presence of gabapentin, both prescription drugs, in LaFond's bloodstream. Prior to LaFond's arraignment, Guldbrandsen noted that LaFond has not been charged with driving while impaired, but "we are alleging that the accident occurred after she consumed drugs."
The two charges — manslaughter and negligent homicide — represent different degrees of culpability. Manslaugher presumes recklessness, or consciously disregarding "a substantial and unjustifiable risk" of causing injury or death despite being aware of that risk. The risk must be of a kind that, in the circumstances, to disregard it would be inconsistent with the conduct of a law-abiding person. On the other hand, a person acts negligently by failing to become aware of "a substantial or unjustifiable risk" of a nature and degree that a reasonable person would observe.
La Fond is charged with second degree assault, a class A felony, for recklessly injuring Allyssa Miner, who suffered a fractured pelvis, lacerated spleen and bruised lung, by driving at excessive speed while distracted and after taking drugs.
LaFond is also charged with possession of narcotic drugs, specifically oxycodone, a class B felony, and unlawful dealing in prescription drugs, gabapentin or Neurontin, a class A misdemeanor. The state alleges that both were found in her possession, though she had no lawful prescription for either. Finally, LaFond faces three traffic violations — speeding, failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and crossing the double yellow line when it was not safe to do so.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 October 2013 02:30

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