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Philpot electedVP of NH Bar Association

LACONIA — Elected vice president of the New Hampshire Bar Association, attorney Ed Philpot Jr. has reached the first rung on the ladder leading to the presidency of the organization. A native of New Jersey, after graduating from Rutgers University, Philpot followed his cousins Bill and Jeff Philpot, both local attorneys, to New Hampshire where he acquired his legal education at the Franklin Pierce Law Center, now the University of New Hampshire School of Law. 

"Jeff and Bill were both very helpful to me," he said.

Philpot worked his way through college as a bricklayer and recalls that while seeking work to pay for law school, "I followed a concrete truck." The truck led him to a job site at what was then the campus of Chubb Life in Concord.

He said he saw the job trailer shaking and heard a ruckus inside then the door opened. A man flew out, jumped in his truck and drove off abruptly.  A second stepped into the doorway, recognized Philpot right away and asked "Have you got your tools? I just fired the mason."

Philpot had known Artie McCarthy for years and worked for him in New Jersey. Although a trial attorney with a general practice that includes personal injury and business law  Philpot, ever the bricklayer, considers construction law his strong suit. He has offered instruction in construction law as well as testified before the Legislature about legislation bearing on the industry.

Philpot has been active citizen of the Lakes Region. He served on the Laconia School Board from 1997 to 2003, chairing the board for two years, and oversaw the renovation of the three elementary schools. From 2008 to 2014 he served as the lone Democrat and dominant  member on the Belknap County Commission, whose term closed amid bitter conflict between the commission and delegation that has persisted beyond his tenure. He has also served as a director of the Lakes Region Day Care Center, Project Extra, Lake Winnipesaukee Skating Club and Laconia Youth Soccer League and as Commodore of Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association.  

Philpot and his wife, Dianne, live in Laconia where they raised their three children — Graham, serving with the Merchant Marine; Rosalie, a chemical engineer; and Madeline, a registered nurse — whom he proudly called "all graduates of Laconia High School."

Ed Philpot Jr

Forest on Laconia airport property to be logged


GILFORD — A logging operation will thin the timber on 48 acres of land north and west of Laconia Municipal Airport, the airport's general manager said Tuesday.

The area is ripe for logging,” Marv Everson said. “There is no record of previous logging that I'm aware of.

We saw it as an opportunity. We hope to gain revenue to put back into the airport to take care of maintenance issues.”

Bids are being accepted by companies that will pay for the right to harvest trees.

We're taking out marketable trees, but leaving younger growth to be able to build another forest,” he said.

Everson said he wasn't sure how much the airport would make on the project, but said the money could also be used to help pay for potential improvements, such as a planned extension of a taxiway.

The forest that is to be logged is off of Lily Pond Road near the airport.

The general aviation airport is owned by Laconia, but lies within Gilford's boundaries. Private planes and business jets use the airport, which last had regularly scheduled commercial flights in the 1990s, Everson said.


Bypass bridge work

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By this fall, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation should finish a $7.2 million pavement and bridge project consisting of pavement and bridge deck rehabilitations on five miles of Route 106 from Perkins Road north to the Laconia city limits. The work includes rehabilitation of the Laconia Bypass over the NH 107 bridge, where crews worked last week. Motorists can expect periods of two-lane shifts at the bridges, and a mixture of two-lane shifts and flagger-controlled alternating one-way traffic for road work, according to the agency work plan. Work will extend onto the roadway portion of the Laconia Bypass from the south ramps of the Route 106 overpass to the north ramps of the Route 107 underpass. The state also will build a northbound left turn lane and southbound right turn lane at the Route 106/Seavey Road intersection to improve safety. (David Carkhuff/Laconia Daily Sun)