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Boothby gathers endorsements from GOP senators

LACONIA — Christopher Boothby, announced yesterday that state Senators Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro), the Senate Majority Leader, and Bob Odell (R-Lempster) chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, have endorsed his bid for the Republican nomination District 1 seat on the Executive Council.

Together with the support of Senator Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith), who is actively engaged in his campaign, Boothby enjoys the support of three of the four Republican senators who represent municipalities in District 1. Boothby described the three senators as "pillars of our state" who "represent what's right about New Hampshire politics."

In a prepared statement, Bradley, who has known Boothby since the later was a Belknap County Commissioner, said, "I know how hard he worked for his constituents. I believe he will continue to be an advocate for citizens as Executive Councilor and will be a worthy successor to the late Ray Burton."

Likewise, Odell, citing Boothby's experience in both the private and public sectors, said that "people in District 1 knew in Ray Burton they had a councilor who responded to their needs and fought for them in Concord. I believe Christopher will be the same type of councilor." Noting that Boothby seeks "to replace a political legend," he said that he must "handle a steep learning curve. Christopher will be able to do that."

Forrester too was confident Boothby will be "an accountable and responsive servant to his constituents — just like Councilor Burton."

"We're out there talking to people morning, noon and night," said Boothby, who promised an aggressive campaign when he announced his candidacy. "We're serious about this," he declared, adding that he believes how conscientiously candidates campaign is indicative of how they will fulfill their responsibilities as public officials.

"I'm extremely heartened by the response we've received," Boothby said. "It only causes me to work harder."

Mark Aldrich of Lebanon, a former congressional aide and director of economic development in Claremont, and Joe Kenney of Wakefield, who served in both the New Hampshire House of Representatives and Senate, are also seeking the Republican nomination in Executive Council District 1.

The district sprawls across two-thirds of the land area of the state, reaches into six of its ten counties — Coos, Carroll, Grafton, Belknap, Strafford and Merrimack — and includes four of its 13 cites — Laconia, Berlin Claremont and Lebanon — 101 of its 221 towns and 19 of its 25 unincorporated places.

The primary election will be held on January 21. The winner will face Democrat Mike Cryans of Hanover, who served on the Grafton County Commission with Burton for a number of years.

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House built by local contractors nets $90k for Children's Auction

LACONIA — A home built by local contractors to benefit the annual WLNH Children's Auction raised $90,129.11 for the charity.
A loud cheer erupted in the auction studio and sustained applause rippled around the room when the total was announced Friday night by Bob Glassett, treasurer of the Lakes Region Builders and Remodelers Association (LRBRA), whose members built the home in what was the most audacious project ever undertaken by the group.
Glassett said the idea for the project came two years ago when he and Mike Hayward were talking right after the auction at which the LRBRA had provided custom built TV production set for the auction about what the builders could do next.
''He said maybe we ought to build them a house'' said Glassett, who said that he said ''when do we start?'' and from that point on he and others in the organization were determined to see it through.
Glassett, who served as on-site supervisor throughout the project, said that one of the biggest boosts came from Hayward, who volunteered to serve as general contractor, as well as from Hayward's wife, Julie, who was president of the LRBRA during the time the group undertook the project.
Julie Hayward said that more than 100 firms contributed to the effort and over 200 people worked on the house at one time or another.
''Some of their clients had to wait while they pitched in here but the goal of helping out the community was so important that they were very understanding,'' said Hayward.
The organization's new president, Ray Boelig of Hampshire Hardwood, said that one of the most impressive parts of the project was the way that craftsmen who compete with each other for jobs came together to work side-by-side to building the 3,000-square-foot, three-bedroom home on Turner Way in the Windermere Ridge development off from Parade Road.
The craftsman, bungalow style home, which priced at $399,000, was sold after only 10 days on the real estate market, right after it was opened to the public on Columbus Day weekend.
The owners of the home, Ed and Kathy Detolla, were present at the check presentation along with their children, Tommy, 13, Joseph, 11, and Katelyn,8. He is a dentist with a practice in Meredith.
Crews from Hayward and Company Log and Timber Homes completely framed and roofed the home in less than a week in mid-July, enabling a jump start on other parts of the project .
Patti Phelps of All in the Details, LLC - Interior Design, said of the finished home that she and other interior designers were receiving a lot of praise from those who toured the home in October for how wonderful it looked but that it was all the work done by others which helped set the stage.
''We had the fun part, decorating the home, that was highly visible. But all those who volunteered for work on other parts of the project, from the foundation, to drywall and electrical made that possible.'' said Phelps.
Others who helped her included The Home Beautiful, Decorative Interiors and Sandra Curtis Designs, while the Harris Family Furniture store completely furnished the home, all of the interior decorations, furnishings, artwork, window treatments and supplemental floor coverings creating a move-in-ready residence.
AM HVAC, PENCO Plumbing & Heating, Gilford Well, and Baron's Major Brands Appliances all made donations of products and services.
Others who contributed included Morin Electric, which wired the home; Pella Windows and Doors; F.W. Webb; Middleton Lumber; New Hampshire Hardwoods; and Gilford Well; along with several builders and craftsmen — Mask Construction, Twin Oaks Construction, Alan Mann Home Improvements, K.A. Clason Fine Woodworking and Custance Brothers Woodworking.
The association purchased the two-acre lot in the Windermere Ridge subdivision at a discounted price and Franklin Savings Bank financed the purchase of the lot and construction of the house.

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Court sends South Down decision back to Laconia ZBA

LACONIA — A judge has vacated a decision made by the city Zoning Board of Adjustment to grant a variance to one of the villages in South Down Shores that would have allowed it to add parking spaces and permit some residents to expand their decks. The case is remanded back to ZBA for further consideration.

The Gables neighborhood received its variance in early 2013 and the South Down Recreation Association — the association that governs all of the villages in South Down — challenged it in Belknap County Superior Court in May.

Judge James O'Neill ruled last week that The Gables had not met any of the five criteria needed to be awarded a variance from the city's ZBA, although he did rule that the ZBA has the authority to grant the variance — a power that South Down also challenged.

The five criteria are that a variance would not be contrary to the public interest, that it would not be contrary to the spirit of the ordinance, that substantial justice is done, that the values of the surrounding properties would not be diminished, and that the literal enforcement of the ordinance would create a hardship to the applicant.

O'Neill denied a request by South Down Recreation Association for legal fees created when The Gables filed as an intervenor in the suit.

The Gables in one of multiple villages in South Down — each with its own governing board, its own name and its own identity. There are 31 individual homes in the Gables.



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LPD drug charge roundup continues with 4 more arrests; 3 other suspects still being sought

LACONIA — Police have arrested four more people and charged them with various counts of sales of narcotics.

Capt. Bill Clary said Joseph O'Flaherty, 31, of 11 Charges St. in Laconia faces one count of sales of a narcotic; Shane Mitza, 38, of 1201 Mount Major Highway in Alton faces three counts of sales of a narcotic; Juston Kennet, 27, no address given, faces one count of sales of a narcotic and Joanne Benwell, 25, no address given faces one count of sales of narcotics.

Clary said Kennet and Benwell were arrested by Rumney police.

In addition, police said there are active arrest warrants for narcotic sales outstanding for Tracey Hebert, 37, Richard Minor, 34, and Shawn Stitt, 35.

All of the above have ties to Laconia and police ask that anyone with any information about their whereabouts to call the Laconia Police Department at 524-5252 or the Greater Laconia Crime Line at 524-1717.

The aforementioned seven people have been charged with or are wanted for a variety of narcotic sales charges in what Clary described Thursday as a nearly year-long investigation into drug sales activity in Laconia. He said the drugs involved range from heroin and oxycodone to cocaine and crack.

Police apprehended 13 additional alleged drug dealers in an early-morning drug sweep Thursday, the second time police have conducted a city-wide sweep in the past year.

Eighteen months ago, the City Council added an additional police officer to the ranks and the police administration added a fifth detective to the Bureau of Criminal Investigations and concentrated on drug activity.

Clary said the 16 arrests and three additional warrants are the result of the extra detective in the drug unit.




Last Updated on Saturday, 14 December 2013 01:58

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