Underdog Sachems & Golden Eagles both fall in semi-finals of Division III field hockey tourney

EXETER — Laconia and Gilford each enjoyed storybook playoff runs that ended here last evening in the semi-final round of the NHIAA Division II Championship Field Hockey Tournament. Defending champion and second-seeded Berlin rallied in the second half to defeat the Sachems 3-1. And undefeated and top-ranked Hopkinton scored the winning goal in the fourth minute of overtime to beat the Golden Eagles 2-1.

Laconia held a 1-0 halftime lead thanks to a goal by Samantha Silva.

Laconia entered the tourney as the 11 seed but beat 6-seed Littleton in the first round (5-4) and three-seed Monadnock (Swanzey) in the quarterfinals (2-0) to earn the trip to Exeter.

The Sachems won the final three games of their regular season schedule to enter the tourney at 7-7.

Logan Baxter scored the lone Gilford goal in the second semi-final contest. The teams played a scoreless first half.

Gilford entered the tourney as the 12 seed but defeated 5-seed Newfound (3-1) and 4-seed Pelham (3-1) in the earlier rounds.



Wolfeboro man said caught with 40-lbs. of moose meat & a carcass buried in his yard

WOLFEBORO — A York Road man has been charged with moose poaching after a N.H. Fish and Game Department investigation was triggered by an anonymous game thief tip.

Police said the tip came to them on Saturday and on Sunday police they found a 40-gallon tub filled with fresh moose meat  at the residence of Barry Caswell of York Road.

The carcass of the young male moose was found buried in three feet of earth that was covered by six-foot brush pile.

Caswell allegedly admitted to poaching the moose on his property and burying the carcass with a backhoe.

He is charged with one misdemeanor count of taking a moose out of season. If convicted he can be fined up to $1,000.

New Hampshire's Conservation officers ask that people who see any suspicious wildlife-related activity to Operation Game Thief at 1-800-344-4262.



Forrester looking for 3rd Senate term vs. Mello

MEREDITH — Rising to chair the Finance Committee in her second term in the New Hampshire Senate, Republican Jeanie Forrester is well placed to withstand the challenge of Democrat Carolyn Mello of Holderness, who is making her first bid for office in District 2.

"I don't believe my work is done," Forrester said as she eyed a third term. A veteran of Main Street programs in Meredith and Plymouth, former town administrator in Tuftonboro and New Durham and member of nearly a dozen civic and charitable organizations, she enjoys a strong presence in the 27 towns of the district. "Constituent service," she insists, "is my top priority."

Mello, a veteran of the United States Air Force, where she was a Russian linguist, recently retired after teaching special education for 17 years. As a teacher she was president of her union and as a retiree she served on the school board, experience that placed her both sides of the negotiating table.

The two candidates oppose the Northern Pass project and industrial wind farms, both major issues in the district. They agree that efforts should be made to shrink the role of money in electoral politics. Both favor increased support for higher education, both the university and community college systems. Forrester helped broker the compromise to extend health insurance to some 20,000 residents eligible for Medicaid, an initiative Mello supports. Neither candidate favors decriminalizing possession of marijuana. And while Forrester firmly opposes casino gambling, Mello questions its value as a revenue source.

Otherwise Forrester and Mello differ. A conservative Republican, Forrester believes that the state's fiscal challenges arise on the spending side of the ledger while Mello suggests exploring additional sources of revenue. Forrester opposes and Mello favors raising the minimum wage. Forrester opposes and Mello favors repealing the death penalty. Forrester has supported providing parents with wider choices in educating their children, including voucher programs, while Mello is strongly opposed to the state investing funds or foregoing revenue to support private pr parochial schools.

In her two terms, Forrester has become a leader in the Senate, showing a command of the major issues, from the budget to health care, and playing a major role in addressing them. Her experience and presence poses a formidable challenge for anyone making their political debut.

Peer group forming to support parents who have children dealing wiht substance abuse issues

LACONIA — A peer support group for parents of children, teens or young adults with drug or alcohol problems is meeting at the Laconia Family Resource Center at 719 North Main Street on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month.

The group is called F.A.S.T.E.R. (Families Advocating Substance Treatment, Education and Recovery) and support is being made possible through a recent Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant — passed through the state to the Laconia School District.

The group started meeting on September 11 said Susan McKeown, the Family Support Coordinator at the Children's Behavioral Health Collaborative.

"Families also need to be supported in recovery," said McKeown.

F.A.S.T.E.R is anonymous and is run by parent facilitators who are trained to train other parent facilitators. McKeown said it is free, confidential, respectful, and accepts that chemical dependency is a treatable disease of the brain.

"It can be very difficult for a parent to admit that all is not well at home," said McKeown. "If they can talk to someone ahead of time, they're not so afraid of going to a meeting."

She said it can be very helpful for people who have children with drug problems just to know that they are not alone.

McKeown said people who are interested and want to join can call Nancy at 293-0960 who will explain to them how the group works and answer any questions.

She said it's an opportunity to get support, information and to learn about resources available in the area.