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New Jersey teen wants to give remote Belknap Range pond a name

GILFORD — A New Jersey teenager who has hiked in the Belknap Mountain range ever since he was a young child has proposed that a small pond in the Robert Tilton Town Forest be named Moulton Pond.
Soren Denlinger, 15, of Asbury, New Jersey, a sophomore at Voorhees High School where he earned high honors last spring, says ''I've hiked by it many times and thought the pond deserved a name.''
After finding trail maps which said that that the stream which flows from the 6/10th of an acre pond is Moulton Brook, Denlinger wrote to the United States Board on Geographic Names proposing the name of Moulton Pond, which he said is linked to the Moulton family, long-time residents of the area.
The request for naming the pond in honor of the Moulton family recently came before the Belknap County Commissioners, who were told that Gilford selectmen have already reviewed the request and took no position on it but were not opposed.
Commissioner Ed Philpot said that he would like to hear from a long-time hiker and member of the Gilford Conservation Commission, Chuck Coons, before the commission took any action.
Denlinger's request noted that the unnamed pond is located 9/10th of a mile southwest of Round Pond and that Dave Roberts, who created a trail map of the Belknap Mountain range because it ran beside Moulton Road near Manning Lake.
Nanci Mitchell, a past chairman of the Gilmanton Conservation Commission, who along with her husband owns land near the small pond, said that she and her husband have called it Christmas Pond because they discovered it about 10 years ago on Christmas Day, but had no objection to seeing it named Moulton Pond.
Denlinger's application notes that the Moulton family has a long history in the area and cites the history of Col. John Hale Moulton (1795-1885) of Center Harbor, who was a Belknap County Commissioner from 1858 through 1861.
The grandson of General John Moulton, for whom the town of Moultonborough was named, John Hale Moulton was a merchant, hotel and mill owner and operated a freight boat on Lake Winnipesaukee and a Center Harbor selectman from 1819 until 1868, town treasurer from 1824 until 1881 and even served as a deputy sheriff for five years. He also served in the Legislature from 1847 and 1848, and again from 1852 to 1856.
Moulton received his education from teacher Dudley Leavitt, who is credited with starting a widely popular almanac, and ran a saw, grist and shingle mill and used the freight boat he owned to transport lumber around Lake Winnipesaukee. He also owned what was known as Moulton's Hotel in Center Harbor from 1848 until his death in 1885.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 September 2013 06:09

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Walgreen's donates equipment bags to LHS/WRHS hockey team

LACONIA — The Laconia-Winnisquam Wolfpack hockey team has received a donation of 20 equipment bags from Walgreen's, a gift which Kelly Dyer-Rawlings, a member of the Laconia-Winnisquam Wolfpack Boosters, says is greatly appreciated.
''I can't thank Dan Quinn, the Walgreen's manager, enough. It's the kind of support we need from local businesses,'' said Dyer-Rawlings, who said that the donation came about as a result of a discussion she had with Quinn earlier this year.
''It's a really nice donation and will help make our players proud when they walk into an ice arena,'' said TJ Galligan, who is now in his fourth year as coach of the cooperative hockey team, one of several in the area including the Gilford-Belmont and Inter-Lakes and Moultonborough Academy teams.
It's been a rocky start for the Wolfpack, which suffered through two winless seasons before beating Manchester West 7-1 last year in the opening game of its Division III season.
The Wolfpack went on to post a 5 -12 record, just one game shy of the playoffs last season, and were competitive against some of the division's top teams.
''We're definitely going to make the playoffs this year,'' says Wolfpack captain Matthew Missert, a Laconia senior, who says that the team only lost a few players to graduation and has a veteran group of players this season.


Dan Quinn, manager of the Laconia Walgreen's store, is shown with Matthew Missert, a Laconia High School senior who is the captain of the Laconia-Winnisquam Wolfpack high school hockey team; Jordan Audet, an LHS sophomore and a player on the team, and T.J. Galligan, head coach of the Wolfpack. Walgreen's donated 20 equipment bags to the team, which is in its fourth year as a cooperative team which affords players from two different school districts the opportunity to play ice hockey against other high school teams. Kelly Dyer-Rawlings, a member of the Laconia-Winnisquam Wolfpack Boosters, thanked Walgreens for the donation and said that the boosters hope more businesses will become involved in helping provide support for the players. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 01:17

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Tilton man prepared to admit he was selling heroin

LACONIA — A Tilton man has tentatively agreed to serve 2 1/2 to six years in the New Hampshire State Prison for selling heroin to a confidential informant working with the Tilton Police.

Paperwork obtained from the Belknap County Superior Court said Travis Dalessio, 27, formerly of West Street entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors Thursday during a pre-trial hearing.

He also agreed to serve a 2-to-4 year prison sentence that would be served concurrently — or at the same time — for a second count of selling heroin to an informant.

Two separate fines of $1,000 each were suspended pending his good behavior and he will be on probation for five years following his release from prison.

The two sales allegedly occurred o separate dates in October of 2012.

Dalessio also agreed to a 3 1/2 to 7 year suspended sentence for conspiring with Nicole Economides to sell heroin on or about November 11, 2012 by negotiating the deal and driving her to to the site where a heroin sale was made.

Economides pleaded guilty in June of 2013. Just recently she was indicted for allegedly hiding drugs on her person after she pleaded guilty in Belknap County Superior Court for sales of heroin and was taken to the Belknap County House of Corrections.

The two were arrested by Tilton Police in December of 2012 and Dalessio has been incarcerated since then, unable to post $50,000 cash-only bail.

As part of his tentative agreement, he also agreed to complete a drug and alcohol evaluation.

Dalessio is scheduled to make a formal plea on October 30.

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 August 2013 03:16

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Lipman urges Medicaid expansion; speaks at hearing on behalf of N.H. Hospital Association

CONCORD — Speaking on behalf of the New Hampshire Hospital Association, Henry Lipman, senior vice-president of financial strategy and external affairs at LRGHealthcare, last week told the commission studying the expansion of the Medicaid program that extending enrollment "is the right thing to do for our patients and our state."

Lipman, who chairs the Advocacy Task Force of the association, said that as he was speaking someone without insurance who would be covered if the program is expanded is being treated for a chronic condition in an emergency room because they have no where else to turn. Taking the opportunity to extend Medicaid offered by the Affordable Care Act, he said would ensure that people "get the right care, at the right time and in the right place."

Between 2008 and 2011, Lipman said, that cost to hospitals of providing uncompensated care to uninsured patients climbed 40-percent, totaling $550-million, adding that a share of that cost is reflected in higher insurance premiums individuals and employers. "That is simply not sustainable," he said.

Insurance, Lipman stressed, provides regular access to primary and preventative care, without which medical services cannot be delivered appropriately or efficiently. Without the access that an expansion of Medicaid would provide the care of those patients will remain "unmanaged, uncoordinated and consuming far more resources than necessary.

The association, Lipman told the commission, surveyed approximately 100 physician practices owned by hospitals that serve more than 500,000 patients. Almost all are open to new Medicaid patients and plan to accept more if the program is expanded.

Lipman discounted the projection of the Lewin Group that net revenues to hospitals would rise by $113 million if Medicaid is expanded, but by $158 million if it is not, a difference of $45 million. He cited several factors that suggest that while net revenues will increase under both scenarios the difference will not be nearly as great as the Lewin Group estimates.

Finally Lipman said that despite the expansion of Medicaid, an uninsured population will remain and hospitals will continue to provide uncompensated care. Consequently, the so-called disproportionate share (DSH) program, which distributes funds to those hospitals serving relatively greater numbers of indigent patients, will continue.

The Hospital Association was echoed by a number of other organizations representing health care providers in supporting the expansion of the Medicaid program, among them the New Hampshire Community Behavioral Health Association, which includes Genesis Behavioral Health.

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 August 2013 03:12

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