Gilford residents invited to meet only candidate left for superintendent tonight

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

GILFORD — Kirk Beitler, the assistant superintendent in the Laconia School District, is the last remaining candidate for the top spot in the Gilford School District.

Administrators said this morning that David Ryan of the Manchester School District had withdrawn his name from consideration.

School Board Chairman Karen Thurston said earlier that, despite the closure of school Tuesday for inclement weather, there is still a parents meeting with Beitler scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Gilford High School auditorium.

"We had two very good candidates and Mr. Beitler has put in a great deal of effort and we need to continue forward at this time," said Thurston, encouraging parents to come to the high school tonight to meet him.

She said Beitler will be meeting with administrators and teachers during the school day on Thursday and the School Board will be meeting with Beitler in a nonpublic session Thursday night from 5:30 to 6 p.m.

Mark Billings, Inter-Lakes High School school board member, who chaired the selection committee at Inter-Lakes, confirmed Tuesday that Ryan also withdrew his application to succeed Mary Ellen Ormond as superintendent there.

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More benefit from Children's Auction

LACONIA — Christopher Boothby, Tony Felch and Sandra Marshall of the Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction distributed $52,500 among a dozen organizations that provide educational and recreational opportunities to the children of the Lakes Region. Representatives of each organization were on hand to receive a check at Lakes Region General Hospital yesterday. The Circle Program received $10,000, the Laconia Lodge of Elks #876 received $3,000, the HealthFirst Family Care Center received $5,000, the Tilton-Northfield Recreation Council received $2,500, Child and Family Services received $5,000, the Ashland Area Recreation Center received $2,500, the Gilford Youth Center received $2,500, the Pittsfield Youth Workshop received $2,000, the Pemi Youth Center received $2,500, the Tapply-Thompson Community Center received $2,500, the Franklin Boys & Girls Club received $5,000 and the Boy & Girls Club of the Lakes Region received $10,000. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch)

Christopher Boothby, Tony Felch and Sandra Marshall of the Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction distributed $52,500 among a dozen organizations that provide educational and recreational opportunities to the children of the Lakes Region. Representatives of each organization were on hand to receive a check at Lakes Region General Hospital yesterday. The Circle Program received $10,000, the Laconia Lodge of Elks 876 received $3,000, the HealthFirst Family Care Center received $5,000, the Tilton-Northfield Recreation Council received $2,500, Child and Family Services received $5,000, the Ashland Area Recreation Center received $2,500, the Gilford Youth Center received $2,500, the Pittsfield Youth Workshop received $2,000, the Pemi Youth Center received $2,500, the Tapply-Thompson Community Center received $2,500, the Franklin Boys & Girls Club received $5,000 and the Boy & Girls Club of the Lakes Region received $10,000. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch)

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State champs on the ski jump - Bobcats take team, individual awards in Plymouth

A skier goes down the inrun of the 28 meter jump during Plymouth High School’s ski jump meet on Friday evening.  (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)  Competitors take to the air off the 28 meter jump during the first jumping meet held Friday evening at Plymouth High School following the jump’s renovations.  (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth Region High School's ski jump, newly rebuilt thanks to a robust community effort, was the site for the state championship ski jump meet on Friday evening. The local team flew the furthest, with the Bobcats winning the team title, as well as the top individual finishes for female jumpers.

"It was fantastic," Jim Carey, Plymouth athletic director, said about the environment on Friday evening. He estimated that there were about 200 people in attendance to watch the event. "It was a great evening."

The Plymouth team took the state title. There aren't enough female competitors across the state to offer a girls' team title, but both of the top two individual female jumpers were Bobcats, said Carey, with freshman Rebecca Caron finishing in first place, followed by Holly Mason, also a freshman.

Full event results were not immediately available.

Plymouth's ski jump was deemed unsafe last year, leaving many in the Plymouth skiing community concerned that the program would fade away. A campaign was quickly started to rebuild the jump, using private donations and volunteer labor. Interest flowed over into the student-athlete world, also, with the roster of the jump team swelling to 23 members.

New Hampshire is the only state in the country to have ski jumping as a high school sport.

— Adam Drapcho

A skier goes down the inrun of the 28 meter jump during Plymouth High School’s ski jump meet on Friday evening.  (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)  Competitors take to the air off the 28 meter jump during the first jumping meet held Friday evening at Plymouth High School following the jump’s renovations.  (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)

A skier goes down the inrun of the 28 meter jump during Plymouth High School’s ski jump meet on Friday evening.

At top, competitors take to the air off the 28 meter jump during the first jumping meet held Friday evening at Plymouth High School following the jump’s renovations.  (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)

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