Shopping center developer says large oak is hazard

LACONIA — Gregg Nolin of Cafua Management Company, the firm that owns the Dunkin' Donuts store on Union Avenue and built the new shopping center building alongside it, said yesterday that he approached Planning Director Shanna Saunders about removing the large oak tree at the northeast corner of the lot because it represents a safety hazard.

Nolin said that he only inquired about taking down the tree and has yet to decide whether or not to make a formal application to do so. Should the company seek to remove the tree, Nolin said that it will follow whatever process the city prescribes.

When the Planning Board approved construction of the commercial building on the lot where the Hathaway House stood it stipulated that "the large oak tree near the northeast corner of the property is a monumental shade tree, and as such shall be protected and maintain(ed) during and after construction." Saunders has said that since preserving the tree was a condition of the Planning Board's approval of the project, a request to remove it would be referred to the board for its approval.

The tree is rooted in the sidewalk, within six feet of the curb cut defining the entrance and exit to the property, which is close to the northeast corner of the lot. The trunk of the tree, which is 14 feet around, will all but totally obscure the view of a motorist leaving the site of the southbound lane of traffic on Union Avenue. At the same time, the tree is approximately 10 yards south of a second curb cut for vehicles leaving Dairy Queen next door, largely screening motorists exiting both sites from one another. And even if motorists were leaving each site at the same time they would have no way of knowing which direction they were taking.

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Meredith again marks September 11

MEREDITH — The town yesterday marked the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 that claimed the lives of 2,996 men, women and children in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania by remembering their deaths and celebrating their lives at a ceremony in Hesky Park, sponsored by State Senator Jeanie Forrester and hosted by American Legion Post 33.

Reminding everyone of the immediacy of the tragedy, master of ceremonies Pat Kelly of WEMJ radio began by remarking "we're feeling like this just happened." The Lakes Region Chordsmen sang the National Anthem and all remained standing for the Pledge of Allegiance.

Then Deputy Fire Chief Tom Joslin struck "The Four Fives" by ringing a brass bell five times in four series separated by slight pauses, a tradition to honor fallen firefighters and dignitaries dating at least to 1865 when the New York City Fire Department signaled the passing of Abraham Lincoln.

Speaking for the police, who lost so many of their counterparts, Lieutenant Keith True said that we are all routinely reminded of the event by the emergency number, and "some are reminded where there's an empty seat at the dining room table." By doing our jobs and attending these memorials, he added, we defy terrorism.

"I have a very short little message," said Joslin, who urged his listeners to tell their public officials, especially their congressmen and senators, to ensure that those whose health was impaired by responding to the collapse and clearing the sites of the towers at the World Trade Center receive the medical care they require and deserve. Then, his voice breaking, he read "The Fireman's Prayer".

Nate Torr, chairman of the board of Selectmen, asked everyone to pause, look around and appreciate "how fortunate we are". He recalled that after winning freedom in the Revolutionary War and expanding it in the Civil War "our freedom is again being challenged" and, unlike other wars America has fought, "the struggle has been brought to us."

Holding a picture of his sister Debbie Manetta, who died at 31 in the North Tower of the World Trade Center, Ralph Ascoli said "there is a story behind every face," asked everyone to remember then played Brad Paisley's rendering of "When I Get Where I'm Going" with the line "Don't cry for me down here." Kelly remarked "that's great music to think by."

Senator Jeanie Forrester, noting that the innocents who perished were "in the wrong place at the wrong time," recalled the words of her predecessor, the late Carl Johnson, who at an earlier ceremony took another lesson from the tragedy, namely that "as Americans we're more likely to be in the right place at the right time" to help those in need.

Bob Kennelly of American Legion turned on the terrorists, charging "they don't like our freedom, they don't like our religion and they don't like women." New Hampshire, he continued, was fortunate to have Governor Maggie Hassan, Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen, Congresswoman Ann Kuster and State Senator Jeanie Forrester. "I like our freedom, I like our religion and I really like our women," he declared. "If you treat the women right, they will work well for you."

Elliot Finn, a veteran of World War II, with a hand from Kennelly, laid a wreath in Meredith Bay and a dozen Monarch butterflies were released over the water. "There goes freedom," said Kelly.

Alicia Gorrell, American Legion Auxiliary Chaplain, offered a prayer the ceremony closed to the haunting strains of Taps.


CAPTION: Service Officer Bob Kennelly of American Legion Post 33 speaks at the ceremony commemorating September 11 at Hesky Park in Meredith yesterday. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch)

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Metal roofing contractor pleads guilty to writing hot paycheck

TILTON — A former Laconia metal roofing contractor pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor count of issuing bad checks in the 6th Circuit Court, Franklin Division last month.

Jonathan Taylor, 48, whose last known address was Sanbornton Road in Tilton was ordered to pay his young victim $300 through the Tilton Police Department. According to his mother, the young man had done some work for Taylor but his paycheck had bounced.

Taylor was also find $1,448 with $1,200 suspended pending his good behavior.

Dominick DiMarsino, a Pepperell, Mass. homeowner who said he hired Taylor and paid him $16,000 to put a roof on his house said Taylor is scheduled to appear in Ayre District Court on September 14. As of April 9, the charge against him was a charge of felony larceny over $250 by false pretenses.

DiMarsino said he went to the police when he never heard from Taylor after giving him the deposit.

Taylor filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy protection in January of 2015 but changed his pleading to a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The difference is under Chapter 13, Taylor would have been given a chance to reorganize and schedule repayment plans with his creditor. A Chapter 7 bankruptcy provides no opportunity to reorganize and the trustee gathers all of the available assets and redistributes them to the creditors.

According to the most recent bankruptcy documents, Taylor has abandoned assets of $800, exempt assets of $10,530, and claims against him of $210,990.

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