CONCORD — Seven of the 13 Republican representatives from Belknap County were among the 52 members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives whose voting records earned A grades from the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance. The five Democrats in the county delegation were all graded D.
The Liberty Alliance tracked about 60 bills that came before the House this year, scoring members according to whether their vote protected or enhanced individual freedom and personal responsibility or expanded government regulation and central authority.
Posting the highest scores in the delegation, Representatives Guy Comtois of Barnstead and Michael Sylvia of Belmont were among the 17 House members to receive straight As. Representatives Bob Greemore and Colette Worsman of Meredith, Richard Burchell of Gilmanton, Chuck Fink of Belmont and Jane Cormier of Alton all were awarded grades of A minus.
Of six remaining county Republican representatives, Herb Vadney of Meredith scored B plus, Stephen Holmes of Alton and Bob Luther of Laconia both scored B and Dennis Field of Sanbornton scored B minus. The lowest scores among the Republicans were posted by Representatives Frank Tilton and Don Flanders of Laconia, both with C plus.
Although the Republican representatives from Belknap County comprise just seven-percent of the 179 members of the GOP caucus in the House, they accounted for 13-percent of the grades of A or better on the Liberty Alliance scorecard.
Among the county Democrats Representatives Beth Arsenault of Laconia and Ruth Gulick of New Hampton scored D plus, Lisa DiMartino of Gilford scored D and Ian Raymond of Sanbornton and David Huot of Laconia scored D minus.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 03:03
LACONIA — The WLNH Children's Auction is accepting applications for funding from organizations in the Lakes Region until October 31.
Molly King said yesterday that the growth of the auction has brought with it greater responsibility to distribute the proceeds to maximize the benefit to the community. As a result, the application process has changed. Applicants fall into four categories, each with a distinct mission. King urged organizations to choose the category that best describes their mission and submit the appropriate application.
The application process, together with a description of the four categories is posted on the website, childrensauction.com.
The first category consist of those organizations that serve the basic needs of children, including but not limited to food, clothing, shelter, hygiene and holiday gifts. Organizations that seek to mitigate or eliminate the need to provide the basic necessities and services for children fall into he second category. The third category includes organizations that invest in capital projects that improve the lives or children or strengthen the agencies that serve them while agencies offering recreational opportunities to children who might not otherwise afford them compose the fourth category.The information required of organizations in each of the four categories is specified on the website. falling into each of the four categories.
In 2012, the Children's Auction distributed $345,000 of the $416,500 raised among 33 charitable and non-profit organizations in the Lakes Region.
Organizations in the first category received $142,000, or 41 percent of the total; those in the second category $155,000, or 46 percent; those in the third category $16,580, or 5 percent; and those in the fourth category $27,000, or 8 percent. The directors held $1,000 in the account for the Doris Makely Memorial Sharing Smiles Scholarship. Likewise, a share of the proceeds have been kept in reserve in the event of an emergency in the community, while other funds have been earmarked to fund an independent audit of the auction.
The Children's Auction is run by an independent board of directors.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 03:00
MOULTONBOROUGH — The selectmen have yet to address a petition presented earlier this month urging them not to renew the contract of Town Administrator Carter Terenzini when it expires on March 31 and to convene a committee to begin searching for his successor.
When the Selectboard met last week, Chairman Joel Mudgett said that there has not been an opportunity to discuss the petition. When Selectman Chris Shipp suggested the board schedule a non-public meeting to consider the issue, his colleagues appeared to agree, but took no steps to convene a meeting.
When the petition bearing nearly 200 signatures was presented, the board accepted it in silence, save for Shipp who asked how many residents had signed it, while Terenzini jotted down notes. Speaking almost under his breath, Mudgett said that the board would take the petition "under advisement".
Jordan Prouty, longtime trustee of the trust funds, presented the petition. Reading from a prepared statement he described the town administrator as "the face of the town to the public," whose "actions, values, demeanor and character reflect who we are as a community. When citizens find that his conduct and values and actions do not reflect positively on our community," he continued, "they are left with no recourse, but to appeal to the body that made the decision to employ Mr. Terenzini."
Prouty said that petitioners share "a firm faith that a change will make for a better future." Noting "we wish Mr. Terenzini no ill will," he claimed that "his actions have created animosity and divisiveness both in and out of town hall" and concluded "we have lost confidence in his ability to properly represent the citizens of Moultonboro." The petitioners, he said, "do not take this action lightly," but believe a change is required to "move forward in a positive manner that better reflects our values."
The signatories to the petition, Prouty said, "are making a clear, fair request for a more harmonious future," which requires a town administrator "with natural leadership skills and values matching those exemplified by our many long term volunteers."
Terenzini has been unpopular among a section of the community for much of his five-year tenure and questions about his renewing his contract have arisen before.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 02:29
GILFORD — Police broke up an under-aged drinking party Friday night at the Fireside Inn after another guest called to complain about the noise.
Acting Chief Jim Leach said police found five males three of whom were under the age of 21. One of the boys appeared to be celebrating his 18th birthday.
He said police charged the three 18-year-old boys with unlawful possession of alcohol and one of them was charged with possessing a small amount of marijuana.
Leach said all of the boys appeared to be from the Bellerica, Mass. area and all were released to the custody of a sober adult.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 02:26
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