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Police break up teen drinking party in Laconia

LACONIA — Police broke up an under-age drinking party at 1:27 a.m. on Sunday after getting a call about a large party at 197 Province Street.

Austin Kessler, 19, of 197 Province St. has so far been charged with one count of internal possession of alcohol.

Police said the circumstances surrounding the party are still under investigation.

According to police, when officers arrived the saw several people who were on a porch run into the home.

When police went to the door, the said they saw numerous beer cans, bottles and red solo cups strewn on the deck.

Police say many of the party goers ran behind the house into a wooded area and additional officers were called to the scene to assist with the people who were there and to look for those who fled.

Five people so far have been charged with unlawful/internal possession of alcohol. They ranged in age from 17 to 20.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 12:39

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American Motorcyclist Association salutes Laconia Bike Week

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Has named Laconia Motorcycle Week as the Recreational Road Riding Organizer of the Year.

Laconia Motorcycle Week, at 91 years, the oldest Motorcycle event in the country, was up against tough competition for this honor, the Iron Butt Rally and New York's Americade, but the AMA committee voters decided that Laconia deserved the award. AMA Director of Racing Bill Cumbow said, "Laconia's organizers always do a good job of advancing the core values of the AMA. Laconia Motorcycle Week promotes the motorcycle lifestyle in a safe, fun and responsible way, and we're looking forward to another 91 years of this great event."

Charlie St. Clair, Laconia Motorcycle Week Association's executive director accepted the award on behalf of the rally, saying, "It was gratifying to be recognized by the most prestigious national motorcycling organization in the country. Obviously, the "In Laconia We Ride" concept rings true for the AMA as well as rally fans."

Other award winners included Off-Road Organizer of the Year: East Coast Enduro Association; Track Racing Organizer of the Year: American Sportbike Racing Association; ATV Organizer of the Year: Michael Coburn Racing. In addition, the country's best amateur motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle racers from the track, trail, desert and everywhere in between were honored at the American Motorcyclist Association Championship Banquet in January.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 12:37

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Gold Star Father tells Memorial Day gathering in Meredith that 3-day weekend has ruined observance

MEREDITH — Gold Star father Mark Decoteau told a crow gathered for a Memorial Day service at the POW-MIA monument here Monday that ''as a nation we seem to have lost our way when it comes to Memorial Day.''
Decoteau, a 1983 West Point graduate whose son, Army Pfc. Marc Paul Decoteau, was killed in action in Afghanistan on Jan. 29, 2010, said Memorial Day is not a holiday at all yet has been turned into a national holiday style event marked by barbecues and shopping rather than a day to honor those who gave their lives in service to the nation ever since Congress changed the date from May 30 to the fourth Monday in May in 1971, creating a three-day weekend.

He said that the original Memorial Day dates back to after the Civil War and was known as Decoration Day for years because that was when the graves of those who had died during the Civil War were decorated.
He said that during his military career he and his fellow soldiers attended many services where they honored those who gave their lives and that those ceremonies served as stark reminders of the meaning of war. For him they became even more meaningful during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, particularly after the death in 2005 of a friend and fellow West Point graduate.
But nothing prepared him for the cold night in January of 2010 when he received word that his 19-year-old son, Marc Paul, who had joined the U.S. Army right out of Plymouth High School in 2008, had been killed while supporting combat operations in Afghanistan.
''After that, Memorial Day took on a significance I could not fathom before'' said Decoteau. He said that since the American Revolution some 1,330,000 Americans have dies serving their country and urged those in the audience to look, listen, and learn about American military history and its significance.
''Take time to know them (our veterans) and the price we have paid for freedom,'' said Decoteau. He is the town manager of Waterville Valley and was at the ceremony with his wife, Nancy, who was presented with flowers for her status as a Gold Star mother, and is the town manager in Warren. Their son, Andrew, is a sophomore at West Point.
Also honored as a Gold Star mother at the ceremony was Lenda Cournoyer, of Gilmanton, whose son Nicholas, 25, a Laconia High School graduate, was killed in Iraq in 2006. Natalie Bowles, his sister, was also honored at the ceremony as a Gold Star sister and placed a wreath at the POW-MIA monument during the ceremony.
The POW-MIA service followed upon the heels of a ceremony held in front of the Meredith Library earlier in the morning which was presided over by Griggs-Wyatt American Legion Commander Bob Kennelly and at which State Senator Jeane Forrester spoke.


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Veteran Elliott Finn and members of the audience listen attentively to a MemorIal Day speech at the POW-MIA Monument at Hesky Park in Meredith delivered by Mark Decoteau of Waterville Valley, whose son Marc Paul Decoteau was killed in Afghanistan in 2010. (Roger Amsden/for the Laconia Daily Sun)


Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 12:34

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Low bid for city's waste biz close to budget

LACONIA — Only two companies have bid to collect the city's trash and recyclables, but Casella Resource Solutions, the current contractor and likely low bidder, priced its service within the amount City Manager Scott Myers recommended in his 2014-2015 budget. Bids were opened at City Hall on May 22.
Casella bid $39,550 per month, or $474,600 per year while the other bidder, Waste Management, Inc. bid $67,007 per month, or $804,084. Once the bids are reviewed and confirmed the contract will be awarded.
The current one-year contract with Casella is set to expire on September 30. However, to address concerns expressed by Casella, Myers proposed shortening the term of the contract, inviting the bids in the spring and setting the term of the new contract to coincide with the city's fiscal year. Under the current contract, Casella collects recyclables at the curbside and empties the four remote bins for a flat cost of $10,000 per month, regardless of the tonnage. Casella found that the volume of recyclables taken to the remote locations has far exceeded the projections presented when the current contract was put out to bid, which the company claimed expanded the scope of the work.
This time around bidders were asked to price the collection of recyclables at the curbside and at the remote bins separately so that, together with the weekly collection of trash at the curbside, there are three components of the contract. Casella bid $10,000 per month to collect recyclables, irrespective of tonnage, at the curbside every other week and $3,750 per month to empty the remote bins for a total of $165,000 per year for the recycling component of the contract, which is $45,000 more than the current contract.

Based on an estimated annual volume of 4,200 tons, the company bid $25,800 per month, which represents $73.71 per ton and $309,600 a year, to collect trash at the curbside weekly.
When Myers prepared his budget proposal he projected the recycling program to cost $145,000, or $20,000 less than Casella's bid price. But, at the same time, he projected a modest increase in the volume of recycling that would further reduce the volume of trash collected at the curbside and consequently reduced the request of the Department of Public Works for weekly trash collection by $12,800, from $352,800 to $340,000. Altogether Myers budgeted $485,000 for the collection contract, $10,400 less than Casell's bid of $474,600.
The contract sustains the incentive to recycle. The cost of collecting, transporting and disposing of trash is approximately $152 per ton, which is spared by each ton that is recycled since the cost handling recyclables is fixed at $13,750 per month irrespective of the volume. Since 2009-2010 the recycling program has contributed significantly to stabilizing the expense of dealing with solid waste at approximately $1.6-million, but increases in the volume of recycling has yet to become sufficient to achieve net reductions in expenditures.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 12:19

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