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Swinford will seek Cormier's seat in N.H. House

BARNSTEAD — The day after State Rep. Jane Cormier announced that she is moving to Hooksett and resigning her seat, fellow Republican Elaine Swinford announced that she will run to take her place in Belknap District 8, consisting of Alton, Barnstead and Gilmanton. The district elects one member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

Swinford served two consecutive terms in the House from 2009 to 2011, when she was one of seven Republicans elected in a district consisting of Alton, Barnstead, Belmont and Gilford. She lost her seat in 2012, after the new districts were drawn, when she was beaten in the Republican primary for the lone seat in Barnstead by Guy Comtois. "I redistricted myself out a seat," she quipped, explaining that she served on the committee that redrew the House districts. Swinford served on the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, which she chaired during her second term.

Well known in Barnstead, Swinford serves as the town's welfare director as well as operates the thrift shop and food pantry when she is not tending to her three dogs — Mollie, Sadie and Bentley Four-on-the-Floor.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 12:28

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Boys' alleged recess head injury results in lawsuit against Shaker Schools

BELMONT — The mother of a boy who attended Belmont Middle School in the spring of 2012 has filed suit against the Shaker Regional School District claiming the school ignored head injuries to her son sustained during recess.

According to a lawsuit file in the Belknap County Superior Court, the boy was playing football during recess when one of his classmates allegedly tripped him while he was running full speed with the ball.

Although he appeared to have recovered from the fall, when he tacked the classmate who recovered the fumble, the classmate flipped him over his shoulder and "body slammed" him to the ground.

The complaint said that none of the staff at the school district reported any incident.

In addition, the plaintiff (who is the boy's mother) said her son didn't return to his class but "was eventually discovered wandering the halls still in a disoriented state."

He was taken to the nurses officer and spent 50 minutes under the nurses supervision until his mother came to the school to get him.

His mother said she immediately took him to Lakes Region General Hospital where physicians determined he may have a concussion.

The complaints said the boy didn't recognize his mother or his step-father and continued to act disoriented in his own home. The boy had previously suffered from migraines but they had been under control until this incident.

The boy and his mother are claiming the Shaker District was negligent in that the school breached a special duty it has to him to ensure his physical and emotional health.

The boy and his mother are asking for an unnamed amount of money for medial bills and future compensatory damages.

In reply, Shaker Regional attorney said the boy continued to play football after being tripped but is without sufficient information about the alleged "body slam."

Shakers attorneys said the school nurse followed the protocols regarding potential head injuries to "the extent and symptomology exhibited at the time."

The defense also says the boy was not missing from class and that's why there's no recorded absence.

The school admits the nurse is an employee of the district but denies a head trauma was diagnosed at the time that would have mandated the summoning of an ambulance.

The school district is also claiming an affirmative defense saying that, subject to discovery, the injuries to the boy were not caused by the school district and should be barred from recovery.

The school also said the boy's previous health is unexplored and they reserve the right to explore any pre-existing conditions the boy may have had.

The school is also claiming that this suit should be considered in relation to any medical bills that may have been paid by any insurance.

The school district has also file a motion to dismiss the case that has not been answer as of yesterday by the complainant.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 12:25

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Gilford residents will meet new police chief on June 2

GILFORD — Recently hired Police Chief Anthony J. Bean Burpee will be sworn in at the town offices at 6 p.m. on June 2.

Following the swearing in, Town Administrator Scott Dunn said there will be a meet-and-greet session for the general public at 7 p.m.

Bean Burpee, who is a lieutenant with the Kennebunk Police Department, was vetted by a citizens review panel and two selectmen before being offered the job as the town's police chief.

Among his other duties Bean Burpee will oversee the construction of the $1.2 million Gilford Police Department expansion that has already encountered a minor speed bump when federal officials required the rear of the building be moved in four feet.

The reduction is because the back of the building came too close to the 500-year flood plane for the nearby Gunstock Brook.

According to Town Administrator Scott Dunn, there is $169,000 in federal money in the project that will be used to construct an emergency operations/community room and if the town is to use the grant, then the federal guidelines regarding flood planes must be satisfied.

Dunn said the design has gone back to the architects who will likely shift things around to make the building four feet shorter. He think the changes can be easily accommodated.

"We'll loose a foot here and a foot there," Dunn said. "That kind of thing."

He said the architects will identify those areas. Dunn also said that architects have completed borings of the rock where the expansion will sit.'

"They found some ledge but they expected that," he said.

Dunn said he hopes the bid specifications will be completed by July 1.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 12:19

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Lakes Region Community College awards 173 degrees

LACONIA — The 45th Annual Commencement Ceremony was held for Lakes Region Community College (LRCC)  graduates on May 17 at Bank of N.H. Pavilion at Meadowbrook Musical Arts Center in Gilford. One hundred seventy students graduated from LRCC in 23 academic programs with 173 degrees.

Presiding over LRCC's Commencement ceremony was President Dr. Scott Kalicki, who served as vice president of Student Affairs at Southern New Hampshire University prior to taking the top position at LRCC.

The Student of the Year Award was presented to Kimberly Johnson of Meredith, president of Phi Beta Lambda, LRCC's professional business organization for college students interested in careers in the business world. The Student of the Year Award is based on a vote of the faculty and staff.

Liberal Arts student, Kimberly Amerson of Hillsboro was the class valedictorian. She had the highest grade point average for the graduating class in her LRCC studies.
The Chancellor's Award of Teaching Excellence went to Kathleen Kenney of Concord. The Chancellor's Award for Service Excellence was given to Penelope Garrett of Mirror Lake.

Instructor of the Year was LRCC English Professor  Arthur Deleault of Manchester, voted on by the students. Deleault has been voted Instructor of the Year more times than any other faculty member at the college.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 12:11

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