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Senior Center asks Meredith for 43% reduction in rent

MEREDITH — The Community Action Program of Belknap-Merrimack Counties (CAPBM) has asked the Board of Selectmen to reduce the annual rent the agency pays to operate the Inter-Lakes Senior Center at the Community Center from $14,000 to $8,000.

At a workshop yesterday, Pam Jolivette, director of Elderly Services at CAPBM, told the selectmen that the request was based on comparing the rent at the Community Center, which has housed the senior center for the past eight years, to what it pays for other comparable facilities. She explained that the agency has lost $85,000 in federal funding due to the sequester and another $63,000 in funding from Granite United Way. She explained that to sustain its programs and services at their current levels, the agency has reduced staff hours and eliminated positions while exploring further budget reductions and alternative sources of funding.

The senior center is one of 10 operated by the agency and serves Meredith, New Hampton and Center Harbor. The center provides meals-on-wheels, congregate dining, and transportation services as well as exercise and wellness programs.

Selectman Peter Brothers said that "it's painful to sit here and hear about the reductions," but then reminded Jolivette that "we too are experiencing drops in revenue while operating costs continue to rise." He noted that the operating budget for the Community Center has grown from $348,000 in 2007 to $441,500 in 2013 and "revenues are as flat as they can be. These lines cross each other at the wrong place," he remarked. "Long story short, we're in a very similar situation as you are."

Although Brothers was pleased to hear CAPBM was reducing costs, he said "I'm having a hard time looking at the request." He pointed out that the senior center uses 1,585-square-feet, which includes the office of the director of the senior center, of the 18,000-square foot facility for about half-a-day. In addition, he said that the center uses the kitchen appliances, which he anticipated would need replacing in the near future.

Brothers said that apart from leasing the Community Center the town makes an annual appropriate to CAPBM, which he described as "a pretty significant contribution." He sought assurance that Meredith's contribution is "not out of proportion."

Town Manager Phil Warren reminded the Selectboard that revenues from the Community Center have risen from $149,000 to $175,000 during the past several years. He said that after resetting rates "we're in the market," but cautioned against increases that would "price ourselves out of the market."

"I'm torn," said Selectman Lou Kahn, who said there was no way to calculate a rent based on the amount of space and intensity of use. "I'm inclined to give them a break," he remarked, "but not the break they're asking for."

The board asked Jolivette to provide more information on the services the senior center provided to the residents of Meredith and agreed to consider the request in the course of preparing the 2014 municipal budget.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 01:57

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2 late touchdowns bring Sachems 20-17 win over visiting Lebanon

LACONIA — The high school football playoffs are still in sight as the Sachems score 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter last night to beat Lebanon 20-17 at Bank of New Hampshire Stadium. The turning point in the fourth was when Keith Schultz stripped the ball out of running back Cameron Broughton's hand and rambled 70 yards down the sideline for a defensive touchdown.

"I saw that he was being held up and went for the ball," Schultz said. "They are a fast team and when I stumbled around the 30 yard line I didn't think I was going to make it. I have never had a game like this before. It was a great win."

The sophomore has five tackles two fumble recoveries and a blocked punt to complement the touchdown.
"These kids are great," said Laconia coach Craig Kozens. "They deserved this win tonight. Schultz made a heads up play late in the game to keep it close. We looked to pound the ball, which worked early, but Lebanon came out to play. We have to get back to work and prepare for Kennett next week."
Schultz's punt block on Lebanon's opening drive of the game created great field position for the Laconia offense. The Sachems opened up the scoring when Steven Kemos powered his way up the middle for a three yard touchdown. But Laconia's offense would not score again until the final quarter.
Lebanon was kept off the scoreboard in the first quarter. Early in the second quarter the Raiders were looking for a spark. They found it with an end around at midfield that tied the game.

The Raiders then intercepted Sachems QB Matt Swormstedt with 50 seconds remain in the half. They then drove to inside the 25 and kick a 41 yard field goal to pull ahead 10-7 at the half.
Lebanon's first drive of the second half looked to have stalled when it was third down and 15. But the Raiders QB hit wide-out Austin Pelletier at the first down marker. Pelletier slipped past two tackles and sprinted down the sideline for a 59 yard score to increase the visitor's lead to 10.
After the Schultz touchdown, the Raiders ran the clock down to 2:17 before when they had to punt. The snap sailed over the head of the punter and was recovered by none other than Schultz at the Raider's 32. Six plays later Swormstedt hit Chris Frontiero over the middle for winning score.
Laconia (now 3-4) will continue the playoff push on Friday night when they travel to Conway to take on Kennett (also 3-4).

Lebanon, also in the North Conference of NHIAA Division II, stand at 2-4.

Plymouth leads the conference at 6-0, pending the Bobcats' game today against Portsmouth, which stands at 5-1.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Police allege woman was drunk when she caused crash near airport

GILFORD — A woman who was involved in a minor traffic accident on Lake Shore Road (Rte. 11) Thursday morning was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated.

Police said Debra S. Goeller, 63, of Valley Street in Laconia was driving east toward Alton at 11:52 a.m. and attempted to make a left-hand turn into what police described as a gated dirt turn off that goes to the Laconia Muncipal Airport runway.

Lt. Kris Kelley, who responded to the crash, said the car that was driving behind Goeller tried to pull around her on the right, but she apparently changed her mind regarding the turn and continued to head east on the road. He said the two cars then collided.

Goeller had a passenger in her car and Kelley said the other driver was alone. No one was injured.

Kelley said Goeller is new to the Lakes Region and that her prior address is in New Mexico.

A person is charged with aggravated DWI if he or she causes an accident or if his or her blood alcohol level is greater that .16, which is twice the legal driving limit.

Kelley said both circumstances were alleged factors in Thursday morning's crash.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 October 2013 02:51

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Police identify San'ton man as thief who helped himself to $40 at chocolate store

TILTON — Police have arrested the man who allegedly robbed the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory on October 15.

Brady R. Gilbert, 22, whose last known address was 13 Cogswell Road in Sanbornton is charged with one count of theft — a Class A misdemeanor.

Police affidavits submitted to support an arrest warrant said the store clerk told police that Gilbert came into the store that is in the Tanger Outlet Mall and bought a $2 item.

When she rang up his purchase, she told police he allegedly placed one hand on the counter and reached in and took $40 from the cash register.

The store clerk told police he wasn't wearing a mask or gloves and affidavits said police were able to lift a palm print from the counter.

The next day, Detective Crp. Matt Dawson said was able to identify Gilbert as a suspect and included his photo in an array and showed it to the clerk. She was able to identify Gilbert.

Dawson got a warrant for his arrest on October 17 and found Gilbert in the parking lot of the McDonald's restaurant.

Gilbert appeared by video in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday.

Dawson also said the Gilbert had previously failed to show up for a unrelated firearms charge in Belknap County Superior Court.

He said Gilbert was scheduled to appear in that court Monday morning because the state had filed a motion to revoke his bail on the other charge.

Dawson told Judge Carroll that Gilbert had refused bail the night before and he would be satisfied with $1,500 cash.

Carroll set bail at that amount.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 October 2013 02:42

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