‘Miss Marjorie Lee Library’ now honors woman who dedicated her life to students

MEREDITH — Marjorie Lee, who devoted 65 years to the Inter-Lakes School District, will remain a presence there forever as the library of Inter-Lakes High School will carry her name and bear her portrait.
Following the decision of the School Board in May, some two dozen former colleagues and students gathered in the library last night to dedicate it as the "Miss Marjorie Lee Library." The plaque read simply "A Teacher, Mentor and Friend," while the portrait, the first painted by Vynnie Hale, captured the sharp eye and warm smile of a beloved and respected teacher.
Although Richard Hanson, chairman of the School Board, opened the proceedings, Lee quickly interrupted to say, "I think we should introduce ourselves."
Bob McNabb said "If you taught here, you probably threw me out of your class," and said he came to honor "the best teacher I ever had." One colleague described herself as "lunch partner," another as a "breakfast buddy" and a third move Lee to laughter by recalling a misplaced handbag.
Hale introduced himself as "the self-proclaimed teacher's pet of Miss Lee." Longtime School Board member Jack Carty said he was the "the father of the only valedictorian who did not have his speech screened by Miss Lee" for fear of what she might find. "I'm here because I'm in awe of this woman," John Poindexter said flatly.
Hanson said that this spring the School Board received a secret request from the Inter-Lakes Alumni Association to name the library for Lee. When he said he could not recall ever naming a room for an individual, Howard Cunningham, a fixture in the district since 1968, reminded him that a restroom was named Whitcher Hall after a history teacher.
Delighted with the portrait and plaque, Lee said "the library is so full of important things," moving Hanson to reply "and now you are one of them."
Lee began her career teaching English at Quimby School in Sandwich, and when it closed in 1963 came to Inter-Lakes High School, where she taught for the next 28 years. She also was an adviser for the "Pinnacle," the annual yearbook which earlier this year was dedicated to her, as well as to the National Honor Society. She introduced the journalism and drama clubs.
In 1991, when declining enrollment prompted the administration to shrink the English Department, Lee offered to retire, but then turned to her second passion, running a small business in the form of the school store.
"I sold everything but brainpower," she said.
During her 22 years of management, the profits from the store funded 74 scholarships, and in June Kylie Dickinson became the first recipient of the Marjorie Lee Scholarship..
Lee said she is spending her retirement writing a book about nine schools, five of them now closed and four still open, in Meredith, Center Harbor and Sandwich. The book is destined for pride of place in the Miss Marjorie Lee Library.

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Lakers beat winnisquam to earn spot in Division III final

MEREDITH — Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough toppled undefeated Winnisquam 35-20 Saturday to earn a spot in the Division III championship game next Sunday where they hope to avenge their only loss of the season when they meet undefeated Newport in a 11 a.m. game at the University of New Hampshire's Cowell Stadium in Durham.

Saturday's game against Winnisquam saw Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough (9-1) ride a powerful ground game in the first half and a pin-point passing attack in the second half to to an impressive win.

Malik Carter scored two first half touchdowns from four yards and two yards out to propel the Lakers to a 14-0 lead which Winnisquam cut to 14-7 before he half on a 65-yard run by Christian Serrano.

Quarterback Ryan Kelly tossed two touchdown passes, a 21-yarder to Zach Swanson in the third period and an eight-yarder to Andrew Brothers in the fourth period to make it 28-7.

Serrano tossed a 39-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Cote before Nick Brothers scored on a 66-yard run with 2:40 left in the game. Serrano's 57-yard run rounded out he scoring.

Sophomore Andrew Brothers rushed for a 151 yards on 17 carries and Nick Brothers, his older brother, and team captain gained 119 yards on 17 carries. Kelly completed all six of his pass attempts for 74 yards and two TDs. Carter, who had two rushing touchdowns gained 58 yards on 11 carries.

''Our offense had good rhytmn and we were really able to step up on defense. We had a couple of good goal line stands which made a huge difference,'' said Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough coach Jon Francis.

He praised his players for their heart and determination and the way in which they executed their game plan.

Newport (10-0), which knocked off Bow, 47-7, in Saturday's other semifinal, beat Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough 34-21 in late September.

''It was the worst game we played all year. We made a lot of mistakes and turned the ball over on our own 31 which gave them a a short field to work with. And we were missing three starters, all of whom are back and ready to play for us on Sunday.'' said Francis.

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Northfield Police find one-pot meth lab on Winnipesaukee River Trail

NORTHFIELD – A woman walking her dog on the Northfield portion of the Winnipesaukee River Trail Trail at 4 p.m. Sunday found what police determined to be the remains of a one-pot "cook" or lab for methamphetamine.

Sgt. Michael Hutchinson said yesterday the woman noticed a regular-sized soda bottle with duct tape on the top and white residue in the bottom. He said the remains of batteries and the plastic coverings for pseudoephedrine capsules and straws were found nearby.

A one-pot "cook" is a way for methamphetamine users to chemically convert the active ingredients in pseudoephedrine (an over-the counter cold medication) to methamphetamine that is usually smoked or snorted. The mixture is highly flammable and toxic to anyone nearby or who happens to come across it.

Hutchinson said Northfield Police called the New Hampshire Drug Enforcement Agency who came to evaluate the situation and clean up the area, noting that even though a "cook" appears to be dead, possible interactions with other chemicals can reactivate it.

Hutchinson said this is the second one-pot "cook" police have found on that section of the WOW Trail. Earlier this month, he said Franklin Police discovered a similar set up on their portion of the trail.

Northfield Police ask anyone with any information about Sunday's lab to call them at 286-8982. He also said that anyone who comes across similar looking ingredients should call their local police departments immediately and to not have any contact at all with the lab or its detritus.

"These are very dangerous chemicals," said Hutchinson. "We'd hate to see anyone get hurt."

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the name of the trail.

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