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Meredith man indicted on sex with child charge

MEREDITH — A former Fortier Road man was indicted yesterday by a Belknap County grand jury for allegedly engaging in various sex acts with a girl who is less than 13 and not his wife.

Andre J. Duquette, 38, is charged with two counts of felony pattern aggravated felonious sexual assault for allegedly touching and assaulting the girl on more than one occasion over a period of time from December of 2012 to June 15, 2014.

Duquette faces an additional rape charge for allegedly laying on top of her while she was unclad and one for a single count of sexual penetration.

At press time, not further information was available.

Last Updated on Friday, 29 August 2014 12:58

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Tilton Market Basket manager says shelves will be 90% stocked by first part of the week

TILTON — Mike LeClair, manager of the Market Basket store here, said yesterday that he expects his shelves to be 90-percent full by Monday or Tuesday at the latest and fully stocked before the end of next week.

"We are fully staffed and operational and working around the clock," LeClair said, adding that trucks bringing foodstuffs from warehouses and suppliers are arriving regularly. "We're working around the clock," he continued. "If a truck gets here at five, we'll stay till the job's done. He said that most meat and produce will arrive over the weekend.

Meanwhile, the store received a facelift. "We spent the last five weeks cleaning, sanitizing and painting," LeClair said. "It's as new as new as 10-year-old store can be."

Remarking that Market Basket serves more than 50,000 customers a week, LeClair said that he and his team look forward to welcoming them all back. Late Wednesday, after weeks of pressure, the Tewksbury, Mass. based company announced that an agreement had been reached for the employee beloved Artur T. Demoulas to pay $1.5 billion for the 50.5 percent of the company owned by his cousin and rival, Arthur S. Demoulas, and other family members. "Artie T." Demoulas was fired as CEO in June by a board controlled by Arthur S. Demoulas. To protest, hundreds of warehouse workers and drivers refused to deliver fresh produce to the company's 71 stores, leaving bare shelves.

(Associated Press contributed to this story.)

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Performers say staying in homes of local people a big part of the Up With People experience

LACONIA — The international cast of 100 young performers that will present two Up With People concerts here over the first weekend in September includes 21-year-old Likung Tang of China.

Tang says he looks forward to entertaining in America because this country has "a special position in my mind". "It's about democracy, liberty, and respect for personal property," he said. "And it's a really good chance for me to experience these things in the native people's lives."

Tang and his fellow cast members will arrive in Laconia on Monday. All are staying with local families. Throughout the week they will perform community service projects while taking advantage of opportunities to interact with Lakes Region residents.

On both Friday and Saturday nights (Sept. 5 and 6) at 7 p.m., Up With People will perform in concert at the Laconia Middle School. Their spectacular, 2-hour "Voices" show will feature both original and popular music and is dynamic blend of feature soloists, full-cast production numbers, fast-moving choreography and colorful costumes.

Tickets are priced at $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens and are on sale at all Meredith Village Savings Bank locations. Additionally, tickets may be purchased online at www.upwithpeople.com/Laconia.

Net proceeds from the concerts will benefit three local not-for-profit organizations: Stand Up Laconia, Gilford Got Lunch and Got Lunch! Laconia.

An Up With People ensemble will also perform a special, free 20-minute show in Rotary Park at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning (Sept. 6) as part of the opening ceremony for the city's annual Multicultural Festival.

Based in Denver, Up With People casts have performed in 38 countries around the world over the last 48 years. Performers vary in age from 17 to 29.

In addition to Tang, the cast coming to Laconia includes Lotta Lundell of Finland.

"One of the major things I am looking forward to is staying with a host family," said Lundell. "I think that host families are bringing the culture from where we are so much closer by just being able to show their everyday life. Host families are a way to learn to see life from different perspectives, as well as see many types of raising children. I  think that those are possibilities to make lifelong friends."

Yinjun "Elaine" Shen, also from China, says she has already traveled to both coasts in the United States but she still really wants to see what the real New England looks like "and have a more regional experience there".

A number of the cast members, of course, are Americans, such as Nicole Magloire of Harrisburg, PA. "The Up With People program is perfect for all different types of people but especially my favorite type," she said, "east coasters". "But wherever you go," she continued", you get to live with host families and and meet the most amazing people who end up being so helpful for you and the future decisions you make. You may have a host parent who works in the same professional field that you want to go into one day or one who knows someone who can be a resource for you."

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Construction underway on 1,152-sq.-ft. greenhouse at Inter-Lakes Elementary

MEREDITH — A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday morning for the Inter-Lakes Elementary School's "Living Classroom" greenhouse project, during which all of the school's students gathered outside the school to take part.
Dr. Steve Kelley, principal, said the project was made possible by a $65,000 fund drive which was launched last September and gained wide community support.
''We reached our goal in less than a year,'' said Kelley, who cited support from local service organizations like the Meredith Kiwanis, Altrusa and Rotary clubs for the success of the fund drive.
A donation of $10,000 from the Meredith Rotary Club, which was matched by $10,000 by the Inns at Mills Falls, pushed the total to $50,000 in May, when the school board voted to contribute $20,000 to the project, putting it over the top.
He said the 24 foot by 48 foot rigid-frame poly-carbonate greenhouse will promote active learning for students and provide learning experiences in all academic areas. With a supplemental heating design utilizing subterranean heat and solar energy, the greenhouse will operate year round with a minimal amount of purchased electricity. The space will include creatively designed outdoor garden beds, a composting center and will be large enough to hold 20 students and their educators for classes.
Helping with groundbreaking were second grader Molly Bernier, who last fall became the first student to donate to the project when she met Kelley in the hallway and gave him a dollar bill for the fund, and Inter-Lakes School Board member Lisa Merrill.
''This is a unique project which will enable students to learn and have fun at the same time,'' said Merrill, while Bernier, asked for her reaction to the groundbreaking said ''I feel very excited.''
Work has already started on the project with the excavation of the foundation area and is expected to be completed within a month according to Kelley, who said that students will be asked to take part in a ceremonial ribbon cutting ceremony when the work is completed.

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A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday morning for the Inter-Lakes Elementary School's "Living Classroom" greenhouse project. Taking part were Molly Bernier, a second grader who made the first student contribution to the project; Dr. Steve Kelley, principal of the Inter-Lakes Elementary School; Lisa Merill of the Inter-Lakes School Board; Everett Bennett, principal of the Inter-Lakes Middle Tier; and Chris Wald, the school district's building and grounds superintendent. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

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