3 incumbents returned to Alton School Board

ALTON — Incumbents Terry Noyes (472) and Stephen Miller (409) won re-election to three year terms on the Alton School Board on Tuesday There were no other candidates on the ballot but there were 295 write-in votes cast for Barbara Howard.
Marilyn St. Cyr, who was appointed to the board to fill out the year when Carlos Martinez resigned, won an election for a one year term by defeating Robin Rush Hanson 376 to 255.
Voters approved a $15,157,252 operating budget which funds both Alton Central School and the town's share of the Prospect Mountain High School budget.
An article which would have raised $461,775 as Alton's share of a $923,550 project to install an engineered metal roof system at Prospect Mountain High School fell 44 votes short of the 60 percent majority needed for passage. The vote was 467-384 but required 511 to pass.
Voters approved a new collective bargaining agreement with the Prospect Mountain High School Teachers Association which increases salaries and benefits by $146,186 next year and $148,267 the following year by a 481-380 vote.

Whittman takes Alton Selectboard seat; Miller now on board he wants to abolish

ALTON — Phil Wittmann defeated incumbent selectman Marc DeCoff 475-281 in a contest for a three-year term as selectman on Tuesday.
Richard Macdonald, who was unopposed, won a one-year term as selectman with 600 votes.
In a race for a three-year term as water commissioner, Steve Miller, who says he wants to abolish the water commission, was the winner with 265 votes, beating out John Conboy (257) and Tim Macdonald (219).
Other races were uncontested and Lisa Noyes won re-election to a three-year term as town clerk and tax collector with 779 votes.
A $6,712,905 operating budget was approved by a 478-360 vote.
A $2,000,000 bond issue for road reconstruction fell short of the 60 percent majority needed for passage by 64 votes even though it was favored 442-400.
Three petitioned warrant articles to designate Rines Road, Gilman's Corner Road and Drew Hill Road as scenic roads all were defeated by wide margins.

Mayor Engler announces recipients of Aavid donations

LACONIA —$20,000, generously donated by Aavid Thermalloy, LLC and its chief executive officer Alan Wong to mark the firm's beginning in Laconia 50 years ago and return to the city last year will be shared evenly among four community organizations.

When the City Council met this week Mayor Ed Engler explained that he was entrusted to distribute the funds and spoke with several members of the community before making his choices. He said that the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region, Greater Lakes Child Advocacy Center, Belknap Mill Society and the Immigrant Integration Initiative fostered by the Lakes Region Partnership for Public Heath will each receive $5,000.

Engler said that Aavid, as an advanced manufacturer with its roots in the city, had an affinity with the Belknap Mill, which stands as a lasting monument to the city's industrial heritage, Likewise, Engler said Aavid, whose local employees include a number of foreign born engineers, seemed like an appropriate donor to a new organization whose primary goal is to ensure the community welcomes new Americans.

The Greater Lakes Child Advocacy Center, which provides a safe haven for victims of child abuse, where justice, healing, equity and prevention are fostered, and the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region, with its educational and recreational programs geared to nurturing productive, responsible citizens, are essential to the growth and welfare of young people in the Lakes Region.