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Belmont eyes banning dogs from Sargent Park, leashed or not

BELMONT — Selectmen will hold a public hearing at their next meeting on June 16 on a proposed ordinance change which will ban dogs from Sargent Park.
Jane Breton, Parks and Recreation Director, requested the change be made due to concerns for the health of the children using the town park.
''Kids are sitting on the ground where the dogs have been. When you think of how much a mess it has been and how unsanitary it can be you can see why I'm asking for a change.''
Currently dogs on a leash are allowed in the park and the department has animal waste bags at entryways but some users are not complying with state law that provides that they pick up dog waste.
Breton observed that a change in the law will make it easier for park attendants to keep dogs out of the park.
Ruth Mooney, chairperson of the Selectboard, said that she agreed with the proposed change in the town ordinance. Town Administrator Jean Beaudin said that she would have the language of the proposed ordinance change ready for the June 16 meeting and the public hearing.
Selectmen also heard a request from Steve Paquin, town building inspector, for a part-time assistant for his office.
Paquin said that his office has been inundated with requests for building permits in the last two months with 10 new commercial buildings, numerous single-family buildings and at least 27 property violations. He said that the commercial buildings require visits at least twice a week and that he is facing at least 85 annual inspections as well as inspections of five junkyards.
''I'm falling behind on the paperwork in my office and need a temporary part-time office assistant,'' said Paquin.
Mooney asked Paquin if he was confident that he could handle the field work and he said that he was but had no idea how long the spike in demand for his services would continue.
Beaudin said that she had talked with Paquin about the situation and was looking for funds within the budget which could be used for a temporary position and also for a person who could serve in a temporary position.
Selectmen decided to request more information from the Shaker Regional School District on a request that the town share the $58,000 cost for reclaiming and paving roadway near the Belmont Middle School.
Mooney suggested that she was amenable to a 50-50 split with the school district on costs of the project pointing out that ''it all comes out of the same pocket'' but Selectman Ron Cormier Jr. said he was opposed, pointing out that it was the responsibility of the school district.
''It's poor planning on their part'' said Cormier, who maintained that the school district had been made aware of the Belmont downtown project and could have become involved with the town at that time.
Selectman Jon Pike asked if the estimated cost of the project was correct and what the scope of work for the project was.
''I want to hear more about the entire project before we make a decision,'' said Pike.
Mooney said she would obtain more information about the project before the next meeting of the selectmen.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 01:20

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Laconia home invasion suspects held on cash only bail

LACONIA — Two men are facing charges regarding a home invasion on Clinton Street that allegedly occurred at 6:27 p.m. Sunday night.

Jordan Miller, 19, of 31 Merrimac St. in Laconia is charged with one felony count of burglary with the intent to commit an assault assault and David Bickford, 20, of 57 Blueberry Lane in Laconia is charged with one count of criminal trespass and one count of felony burglary with intent to commit an assault.

According to police affidavits made available in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, Miller, Bickford and a third man who is as yet unidentified, knocked on the door of an apartment on Clinton Street and "stormed their way into the room" when the resident answered it.

The victim said one of the three pushed him to the kitchen floor but when other people in the apartment said they were going to call the police, the three men left.

Investigating officers said one of the people in the apartment recognized Bickford.

Police said a short time later, the victim got a text message from a friend that told him Bickford was on Main Street near the Colonial Theater and police found him there.

At 8 p.m. police said Miller went to the police station and told them he went to the victim's house to tell him to stop selling heroin to one of his family members. He confirmed Bickford was with him.

During his conversation with police Miller allegedly told the officer, "I went there and told that kid to his (explicative) face. I told him to stop selling (explicative) drugs."

Police said they reminded Miller of his rights and that he could have an attorney but he continued calling the entire matter "bull (explicative)" and saying that he shouldn't be under arrest for telling an alleged heroin dealer to stop selling drugs.

At his video arraignment yesterday, Miller appeared without a lawyer.

Laconia Prosecutor Jim Sawyer said Miller has convictions from the 6th Circuit Court, Franklin Division for criminal mischief, the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and resisting arrest in 2013. Sawyer asked for $2,500 cash-only bail.
Miller said he has a full-time job and has always appeared in court when he was supposed to. He asked Carroll for personal recognizance bail so he wouldn't lose his job.

Carroll ordered him held on $2,500 cash only.

Bickford was represented by the the N.H. Public Defender's Office.

Sawyer said he had convictions for robbery, possession of controlled drugs, criminal mischief, theft from 2013 and most recently a conviction for shoplifting. He said Bickford is on probation and was subject to a 72-hour hold.

Carroll ordered Bickford held on $10,000 cash only bail.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 June 2014 11:57

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Rep. Greemore won't run for a 3rd term

MEREDITH — Bob Greemore of Meredith, a Republican who has served two terms in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, said last week that he has decided not to seek a third term.

"The fire isn't out," said Greemore, who explained that his business, Bob's Sharp-All, required more of his time than his responsibilities as a legislator enabled him to provide. He said that for the past two years he has spent three, four and sometimes five days a week in Concord as well as a significant amount of time dealing with county affairs as vice-chair of the Belknap County Convention. He acknowledged that his business, which he said has doubled every year for the past decade, has suffered. "I've just got to get it back," he explained.

Greemore was first elected in 2010 and served on the House Education Committee during his tenure. His retirement, together with the decision of Rep. Colette Worsman (R-Meredith) not to seek re-election, leaves two of the four seats in Belknap District 2, consisting of Meredith and Gilford, open.

Greemore is a solid part of the convention majority coalition that has, under Worsman's leadership, been at at loggerheads with the Belknap County Commission over the past two years.

The filing period for the 2014 general election opens tomorrow and runs through Friday, June 13.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 June 2014 11:51

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Susanna Brent takes over as managing director of Winnipesaukee Playhouse

MEREDITH — After conducting a national search, The Winnipesaukee Playhouse announced Monday that Susanna Brent has assumed the role of managing director. The move to bring in an experienced manager was spurred by founders Bryan and Johanna Halperin's decision to step away from daily operations of The Winnipesaukee Playhouse at the end of 2014.

"Our entire family has lived The Winnipesaukee Playhouse for the past 10 years and while we certainly plan on remaining active in some theatrical aspects of the Playhouse; now is the right time for our family to explore additional opportunities to serve our community," said Johanna Halperin.

Brent is joining a leadership team that still includes co-Founders Neil and Lesley Pankhurst, who will remain with the Playhouse as artistic director and marketing director, respectively.
Brent is thrilled to join the Winnipesaukee Playhouse for its 11th season. Prior to arriving, she served as the director of the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, the largest and most well equipped arts center in upper Michigan. In 2006, she and her husband, Lester, founded the Good Medicine Theatre Company in Las Vegas, and were awarded Best of Las Vegas for her direction and her husband's technical direction of Douglas Carter Beane's "The Little Dog Laughed".

In addition to her work in arts management, Brent has enjoyed opportunities in hospitality and special event management at the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas and The Mill at Loon Mountain. She began her career and met her husband at the Papermill Theatre, now Jean's Playhouse, in Lincoln. The couple and their daughter, Zelda, are very pleased to come home to New England.

"The Winnipesaukee Playhouse has welcomed me like family. I am honored to become part of an organization that is so committed to both this community and this art form," said Brent.
"As a direct result of strong local support for our mission of providing professional theatre, community theatre and educational opportunities, The Winnipesaukee Playhouse continues to grow and requires organizational leadership and direction to insure our continued success," said playhopuse board chair Christopher Boothby. "Our Board, Founders, staff, volunteers and donors are excited to begin working with Susanna to ensure that our shared vision of expanding the region's cultural arts offerings on our spectacular campus becomes a reality."
Reflecting on the role that the Halperin family has played in the growth and development of the theatre, Boothby said "The critical role that Bryan, Johanna, Lesley and Neil have played in creating meaningful, life changing cultural arts opportunities for adults, children and volunteers is something that we as a community can never fully repay. We thank Bryan and Johanna, recognize that their role of founder is ongoing and will be looking forward to their continued great success as actors, directors, producers, costumers, and stars at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse in the years to come."
The Winnipesaukee Playhouse has recently announced its full summer professional theatre schedule which includes "The Foreigner", "The Importance of Being Earnest", "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", "Any Other Name" and "Talley's Folly". Additional information, season subscriptions, volunteer opportunities, donor support and ways to visit what Yankee Magazine called "NH's Best Summer Theatre" can be found at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org or by calling 603-279-0333.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 June 2014 11:48

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