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Scott Davis & Paul Gaudet, Jr. elected to airport board

LACONIA — The Appointive Agency for the Laconia Airport Authority this week elected Scott Davis and Paul Gaudet, Jr. to the two open at-large seats on the Authority.

Scott Davis, former director of the Huot Regional Technical Education Center at Laconia High School, has served on the Authority for the past year, since his appointment to the unexpired portion of a retiring member. Before joining the Laconia School Distgrict in 1993 he developed vocational education programs for the departments of education and corrections in Vermont. A graduate of the University of Vermont, he has been a member of the boards of Lakes Region Public Access Television, Genesis Behavioral Health, and the WOW Trail as well as an incorporator of the Belknap Economic Development Council. He is also the founder and president of the Green Mountain Water Skiers and will now serve a full, 4-year term.

An owner and principal of the AutoServ Family of Dealerships, Gaudet has lived in the Lakes Region for the past 20 years, first in Gilford and now in Laconia.He is a graduate of Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Florida and holds an associates degree from Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Gaudet is a director of the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region and a sponsor of adult education program of the Easter Seals Society of New Hampshire. He fills the three years remaining on a 4-year term that originally went to Sean Fountain, who resigned.

Both men will hold seats dedicated to Laconia residents.

The Appointive Agency consists of the Gilford Board of Selectmen, Laconia City Council and Belknap County Commission. Twelve of the 13 members, including all the selectmen and councilors, voted on Monday night.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 01:01

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Laconia man charged with criminal assault with a knife

LACONIA – A local man is charged with threatening with a steak knife after a verbal altercation on Winter Street Saturday at 6 p.m.

Phillip Dupont Jr., 34, of 135 Pleasant Street St. is charged with one count of felony-level criminal threatening with a knife and is free on $10,000 personal recognizance bail.

When officers arrived on the scene they saw Dupont standing outside of 23 Winter St. — the home of one of his relatives. Affidavits said he had blood on his face and was drunk. When they asked him what happened he said he fell down the stairs.

His relative said he thought there was some kind of argument outside his apartment but said he didn't know much about it.

According to the victim (an adult male) and a witness, Dupont Jr. came out of Winter Street house and began yelling. Two men told him to go back inside.

The men told police that Dupont went back inside and came out with a steak night and allegedly advanced on one of the men moving the knife in the air in a stabbing motion.

He said the alleged victim first pushed Dupont away, but when he approached second time, he punched him in the face.

Police said they interviewed a number of juveniles who also saw the altercation and their stories were consistent with that of the victim and his friend.

While the city prosecutor argued in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday for $5,000 cash bail, Dupont's attorney said his client would agree to abstain from alcohol and say away from Winter Street if he could to be freed on personal recognizance bail

Judge Jim Carroll ordered $10,000 personal recognizance bail with the above conditions.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 12:51

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Burning pile of debris extinguished off Endicott Street North.

LACONIA — Firefighters from area communities spent about 90 minutes extinguishing a brush fire in the woods on Endicott Street North across from Cedar Lodge yesterday afternoon.

Fire Capt. Bob Landry said the fire burned a pile of brush, stumps, bark, and mulch that was about the size of a tennis court.

He said the fire occurred off an access road across from the motel and firefighters are unsure of what caused it.

Landry said the Laconia Department of Public Works brought a backhoe to the scene to knock down the pile of debris so firefighters could make sure all the embers were out.

Landry said yesterday was a Class 3 — or moderate — fire day.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 12:49

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Got Lunch! Has $66,000 Fundraising Goal (462)

LACONIA — Got Lunch! Laconia launched its annual Eat Out for Got Lunch! week yesterday at T-Bones, one of nine participating restaurants at which people only have to mention to their server that they are supporting Got Lunch! and a portion of their check is donated to the program. People who ate at T-Bones, Cactus Jack's and Burrito Me on Monday were able to participate.
Got Lunch! Laconia is the program that proves summer meal makings to the families of children who qualify for free and reduced-price lunches at school during the school year. The program served 570 Laconia children in 2013 and expects to help feed more than 600 this summer. More than 200 volunteers were involved in the effort.

The program's fund-raising goal this year is $66,000 according to the Rev. Paula Gile of the Congregational Church of Laconia, UCC, who along with John Walker helped start the program four years ago. She said it costs about $110 per participant in the program, which runs for 10 weeks and starts this year on June 16.

''We need businesses to get on board,'' said Gile, who says that she is proud that the program has now spread to 12 other communities, and that all are patterned on the Laconia model.

She said that two major supporters of the program are AutoServ, whose employees make contributions matched by the firm, and Vista Foods in downtown Laconia, which is a large donor.

Irwin Marine has donated a 2014 Sea-Doo Spark 3up (3 seater) personal watercraft to be used a summer raffle prize to benefit the pioneering non-profit organization. The Sea-Doo features a new, innovative braking system and the prize includes a trailer.

"Irwin Marine's generous donation of this exciting, state of the art Sea-Doo will certainly provide great fun for the lucky Got Lunch!, Laconia Sea-Doo raffle winner," said Gile. ''But more importantly provide funds that enable us to provide much needed healthy lunches to Laconia's school children during the summer. Thank you Bill Irwin and your team for your commitment to feeding the children of Laconia."

Gile said raffle tickets are priced at $10 each (three for $20) and will go on sale in May and the drawing will be held on Aug. 4.

Another raffle prize will be four tickets to a Red Sox-Orioles game in early September which have been donated by Davis & Towle Insurance Co.

She said that Pleasant Street School recently donated $700 from funds it raised during School Spirit Week and that since it started four years ago has delivered 61,567 lunches to hundreds of school-age children in Laconia during the summer months.

The Eat Out for Got Lunch! program this week is expected to raise about $2,500 for the program.

Other participating restaurants are the Village Bakery and Brick Front today, Fratello's and Hectors on Wednesday and Tavern 27 and Patrick's Pub on Thursday.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 03:54

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