Mechanical failure suspected in Center Harbor roll over

CENTER HARBOR – A Meredith man escaped serious injury yesterday afternoon when his car rolled over on Route 25B yesterday afternoon.

Police Chief Mark Chase said the crash occurred on Route 25B and he said there is no reason to think it was anything but an accident.

"It looks like it could have been something mechanical," he said, noting that this time of year there is a lot of loose sand on road shoulders that can cause slippery conditions.

The driver, who was alone, was able to get out of the Toyota RAV 4 on his own, and wait for police.

Chase said one side of the road was closed for about an hour while police investigated. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

Laconia students hope ‘Sticker Shock’ will keep alcohol out of young hands

LACONIA — When the next case of beer gets sold at Vista Supermarket, the buyer will see a bright yellow sticker that reminds him or her that it is not legal to purchase for or give alcohol to anyone who is under 21.

The stickers were placed on the cases of beer by a group of 7th and 8th grades from Laconia Middle School who wore red T-shirts over turtle necks and  braved the snow and cold yesterday morning to participate in the Sticker Shock Campaign – a national effort to remind adults that it is unlawful and dangerous to provide alcohol to minors.

"If kids don't change what's happening around them, not many adults will take the initiative," said 8th grader Tony Collings who was carefully placing his yellow stickers on the cases of beer in the center of the beer display.

Store manager Bob Fitzpatrick said he was thrilled to be one of the local business managers who was chosen to participate in Sticker Shock. Fitzpatrick said his store has a hard and fast rule about asking everyone who purchases alcohol to provide some identification. Reminding them that it is also illegal to give to or buy alcohol for a minor adds a powerful message, he said.

Assistant store manager Jordan Swanson said Sticker Shock was "awesome" and is "a great way to get kids involved."

Eighth grader Brooke D'Amico said that placing the stickers on the cases shows there are consequences for giving alcohol to minors and Dante Parker, also an 8th grader, said he wanted to raise awareness for giving alcohol to minors.

"It's important to me and some of my peers who are doing so well," said Jordan Poire, also from the 8th grade. "I don't want to see any of them get off track by using alcohol."

Helping the group get out their message was Clare Persson who organized Sticker Shock as part of her role in Stand Up Laconia. She was assisted all day by Belknap County Restorative Justice Director Brian Loanes, N.H. Liquor Enforcement Officer Glen Ballock, Prevention and Education Police Officer Eric Adams and Juvenile Officer Peter "Tony" Horan of the Laconia Police Department and Rick Frost of the U.S. National Guard.

Other city stores participating in Sticker Shock were Cumberland Farms, Premium Mart, Circle K, Case & Keg, Sunoco, and the Laconia Spa. The students and their adult assistants ended the day with a pizza party at the middle school with pizza provided by Sal's Pizza of Belmont.

Forsten to head Concord School District

LACONIA – Terri Forsten has accepted the position as superintendent for the Concord School District and will be starting on July 1.

Forsten has been the superintendent of the Laconia School District for two years and its assistant superintendent before that. She has been with the Laconia School District for 20 years.

"I wanted it, I applied for it and now that it happened I'm taking pause and realizing just how my life and career has been shaped by Laconia," she said. "I am so grateful to have had this chunk of my life here."

Forsten started with Laconia Schools as the principal of Pleasant Street School in 1995 and in 2005 was promoted to assistant superintendent. In 2013 she was promoted to superintendent in the wake of former Superintendent Bob Champlin's retirement.

Before coming to Laconia, she was with the Hollis, Candia, and Concord School Districts as a special education teacher and curriculum coordinator. She also worked as a special education teacher at Concord State Hospital.

She said Laconia was a district that was just small enough to be able to move with the times and just large enough to be able to take advantage of many federal and state programs.

"A piece of Laconia will always remain with me," she said.

Forsten graduated from Keene State College with her teaching degrees and earned her master's at the University of New Hampshire. She has taken graduate courses at Harvard University and Plymouth State University and earned her certification to be a superintendent.

A unanimous Concord School Board decision to make her the next superintendent came as no surprise. Forsten lives in Concord and was the selection committee's first and only choice presented to the full board.

As to Laconia, Forsten said that the School Board has posted a meeting for April 15 at 6 p.m. to interview companies who have submitted applications to do a superintendent's search.

She also said that Assistant Superintendent Kirk Beitler and Business Administrator Ed Emond and the rest of the school district staff will be in place and she has every confidence in them.

Last week, School Board Chair Joe Cormier sent an email to all staff and School Board members saying the same thing and reminding them that the leadership team is a team and not just one person.