Filing period closes with empty slots on ballot


CONCORD — When the period for filing candidacies for the general election closed last week, neither the Republicans nor the Democrats had filed a full slate of candidates for the 18 seats in the New Hampshire House of Representatives elected in Belknap County.

The 18 seats are spread among nine districts in the county. In a clean sweep, Republicans won all 18 seats in 2014 and nine of the incumbents are seeking re-election. But, the GOP left one slot on the ballot in District 5 and another in District 6 empty. while the Democrats failed to field a full slate of candidates in Districts 2, 5, 6 and 8.

In District 1, the towns of New Hampton and Center Harbor, there will be a rematch for the one seat between incumbent Republican Valerie Fraser and Democrat Ruth Gulick, both of New Hampton. In 2014, Gulick lost the seat to Fraser by a vote of 738 to 688.

In District 2, where four representatives are elected from the towns of Gilford and Meredith, two incumbent Republicans, Glen Aldrich of Gilford and Herb Vadney of Meredith, are joined on the GOP ticket by newcomers Norm Silber of Gilford and Mark Abear of Meredith. They will be challenged by three Democrats, all from Gilford, Lisa DiMartino, Dorothy Piquado and Johan Anderson.

In District 3, which elects four representatives from the city of Laconia, incumbent Republicans Don Flanders, Frank Tilton and Peter Spanos have been joined on the GOP ticket by Jim McCoole. Five Democrats — Tom Dawson, Tony Felch, David Huot, Liz Merry and Charlie St. Clair — will vie for the four slots on the general ballot in a primary election in September.

In District 4, the towns of Sanbornton and Tilton, three Republicans, incumbent Dennis Fields as well as John Vorel and Richard Brothers — all from Sanbornton — have filed for the two slots on the general election ballot with the nominees to be chose by the primary election in September. The two Democratic candidates are Ian Raymond of Sanbornton and Rich Burke of Tilton.

In District 5, the towns of Gilmanton and Alton where two representatives are elected, one candidate from each party has filed for the election — Republican Michael Mahoney and Democrat Elizabeth Abbott — both from Gilmanton.

In District 6, the town of Belmont, with two seats, John Plumer has filed as a Republican and Diane Lacey, former president of the State Employees Association, has filed as a Democrat.

In District 7, the town of Barnstead, two Republicans will contest the nomination for the lone seat in a primary election, Former representative Elaine Swinford and Barbara Comtois, the wife of the incumbent Guy Comtois.

In District 8, the towns of Alton, Barnstead and Gilmanton, Republican Ray Howard of Alton, the incumbent, is the only candidate to file for the one seat.

In District 9, the city of Laconia and town of Belmont where one representative is elected, incumbent Republican Robert Fisher of Laconia will be challenged by Democrat Beth Arsenault.

Both parties have fielded a full slate of candidates for other state offices.

The contest for the Executive Council seat in District 1 will be a rematch between the incumbent Republican Joe Kenney of Wakefield and Democrat Michael Cryans of Lebanon. In 2014, Kenney topped Cryans by a vote 49,260 to 47,798.

In Senate District 2, two Republicans, Brian Gallagher of Sanbornton and Bob Guida of Warren will face off in a primary election in September to determine who will run against Charles Chandler of Warren, the lone Democrat to file for the seat, in the general election.

In Senate District 7 incumbent Democrat Andrew Hosmer of Laconia will be challenged by Republican Harold French of Franklin.

Republicans have fielded a full slate of candidates for Belknap County offices, all of which are held by Republicans while the Democrats are contesting only one seat on the county commission.

Former Laconia Police Chief Mike Moyer and deputy county sheriff William Wright will vie to succeed County Sheriff Craig Wiggin. Incumbent Republican Melissa Countway Gulbrandsen is seeking re-election as county attorney and is joined on the GOP ticket by Michael Muzzey, the incumbent county treasurer and incumbent register of deeds Judy McGrath.

Two Republicans, both from Gilmanton, incumbent Dick Burchell and Glen Waring, former director of finance for the county, will contest the nomination for county commissioner in District 2, the towns of Barnstead, Belmont, Gilmanton and Tilton. The lone Democrat to file for county office, Cherie Willoughby of Belmont, will face the winner of the GOP primary in the general election.

Two Republicans, both from Alton, the incumbent Hunter Taylor and the challenger Jonathan Smolin, will vie for the nomination for county commissioner in Distrct 3, the towns of Alton, Gilford, Meredith and Center Harbor.

Sachems undefeated - Laconia boys lacrosse caps season with 11-7 win over Pelham in title game


LACONIA — The Laconia boys' lacrosse team completed an undefeated season with an 11-7 win over sixth-ranked Pelham Saturday afternoon at Bill Ball Stadium in Exeter in the Division III championship game.
It marked the first time since 2005 that the Sachems, who were 18-0 on the season, have won a lacrosse championship.
Laconia got strong performances from senior captain Brenden Mooney, who had four goals and two assists; sophomore Riley Roy, who scored four goals, including the first two of the game as the Sachems jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter; and sophomore goalie Steve Towers, who registered 21 saves.
The Sachems took a 7-2 lead at half time and extended their lead to 9-2 in the third quarter with goals from freshman Jakob Steele as Roy and fended off a late surge from Pelham, which closed the gap by scoring five goals in the final period as Laconia netted two to hold off the charge.
Roy had scored two goals in the first three minutes of the game and Towers made nine saves in the first period to stymie the Pythons attack, which enjoyed a 9-1 edge in faceoffs during the first half.
Mooney found an open lane through the middle and put Laconia up 4-0 at the 10:54 mark of the second quarter and Connor Halloran, who ended up with four goals for Pelham, got the Pythons on the board to cut it to 4-1. Mooney responded a few minutes later with another goal, making it 5-1.
Devon Russell's goal for Pelham after an offside penalty against the Sachems cut the margin to 5-2 ,but Mooney and Jake Ellis responded to put the Sachems up 7-2 at the half.
The Pythons were able to cut it closer as the first half came to a close on a goal by Devon Russell after an offsides penalty, but Laconia fired right back, getting a goal apiece from Mooney and Jake Ellis in the final minutes to secure a 7-2 halftime lead.
After Laconia moved out to a big 9-2 lead in the third quarter Pelham scored a pair to being it to 9-4 but Mooney's goal made it 10-4 to put Laconia up by six with only eight minutes left on the clock. Try as they might, the Pythons were unable to overcome that big advantage and Laconia held on for the win.
The victory was sweet for Laconia coach Chad Paronto, who had been with the Sachems as an assistant coach when they won three straight title from 2003 to 2005. Those wins were down-to-the-wire victories over Kearsarge by scores of 11-10, 5-4 and 7-6.
The victory also gave the Sachems two Division III titles this year as the girls beat Kearsarge 14-13 last Wednesday to win their second straight title.

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Laconia's Jakob Steele and Trevor Weeks celebrate a goal during Saturday's NHIAA Division III lacrosse championship in Exeter. (Alan MacRae/for the Laconia Daily Sun)

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Laconia assistant lacrosse coach Steve McDonough gets the ice bucket following Saturday's NHIAA Division III lacrosse championship in Exeter. (Alan MacRae/for the Laconia Daily Sun)

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Laconia's undefeated 2016 lacrosse team. (Alan MacRae/for the Laconia Daily Sun)

There are plenty of rides to enjoy during Motorcycle Week

Laconia Motorcycle Week Rides 2016

Wednesday, June 15

• The Ladies Ride
On Wednesday, June 15, a "Ladies Ride" will be led by the Winnipesaukee H.O.G. Chapter #2529 Ladies of Harley. Riders who want to participate in this ride should meet at the Laconia-Harley Davidson in Meredith and plan to depart at 10 a.m., and should expect to be back at about 5 p.m.
• NHMRO Benefit Ride from Coast to the Mountains
Another major ride happening on Wednesday, June 15, is the NHMRO Benefit Ride from Coast To Mountains. This 200-mile ride will begin and end at the Makris Steak and Lobster Restaurant in Loudon, with departure set for 9:30 a.m. The trip will arrive back at about 9:30 p.m., and there are four scheduled stops during the ride. The ride will cost $10 for the rider and $5 for a passenger, and all proceeds will benefit the NHMRO.

• Gypsy Tour of covered bridges

The ride leaves Rally Headquarters, on Lakeside Avenue, at 10:30 a.m. with line-ups beginning at 8 a.m. This 200-plus mile ride will take riders to, and in some cases, across, several wooden covered bridges, with photo opportunities at each bridge, and with scenic, winding roads in between.

Thursday, June 16

• The 23rd POW/MIA Freedom Ride, on Thursday, June 16, will line-up beginning at 5 p.m. in the Lowe's parking lot on Lakeshore Road/Route 11 in Gilford, and the ride will begin at 6 p.m. The ride, which seeks to bring attention to the issue of American service members held as prisoners of war or who are missing in action, will bring riders to the New Hampshire POW/MIA memorial at Hesky Park in Meredith, where a vigil will be held at 7 p.m.
• Ride To The Sky
On Thursday, June 16, there will be two separate ride opportunities to "Ride To The Sky" to Mount Washington. The first is a guided tour led by the Winnipesaukee Hog Chapter #2529, which will depart Laconia Harley-Davidson in Meredith at 9 p.m. and will arrive back there at about 5 p.m. The second ride will follow the Mount Washington Auto Road, which will be motorcycles only that day. Riders will depart at 10 a.m. and can expect to return at about 6 p.m. This second ride is weather dependent.

• Gypsy Tour to collect stamps for the Laconia Passport Program. Tour leaves from Rally Headquarters at 10:30 a.m.

Friday, June 17

• Inaugural We Love Laconia Motorcycle Week Ride featuring celebrities and Laconia Mayor Ed Engler. Two-hour guided tour leaves from Rally Headquarters at 9:30 a.m. and ends at the Laconia Roadhouse. Fee is $50 per rider, $25 per passenger, and includes swag, catered lunch, parking and entertainment. Proceeds benefit Laconia Motorcycle Week.

• Moonlight Madness Motorcycle Ride
This ride begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 17. Riders who wish to participate should line up at Morrisseys' Front Porch Wolfeboro. There will be prizes given out to riders for "President's Choice" and "Best in Show."

Saturday, June 18

• The 6th Annual "Jesus Ride"
This ride will be taking place on Saturday, June 18, and begin in the Lowe's parking lot in Gilford at 11 a.m. All bikers are welcome to the bike blessing that will be given to all the riders present by Pastor Russ. This ride will end on Main St. in Wolfeboro.