Zoning Board member Michael Foote running for City Council spot


LACONIA — Michael Foote, a member of the Laconia Zoning Board of Adjustment, is running to succeed Ava Doyle as the city councilor representing Ward 1, which takes in The Weirs.
Michael FooteFoote, 57, filed his candidacy papers Thursday at City Hall.
Doyle has decided not to run for re-election. Foote has been on the Zoning Board of Adjustment for five years.
He sees Laconia as being “on the edge of a growth period.”
He pointed to public and private investment at the Weirs as an indication of that growth.
“I see a lot of potential here,” he said.
Foote said the challenge for the city is making sure there is a good mix of growth, including commercial development that will support higher-paying jobs.
At the same time, it is necessary to be conscious of the need to protect open spaces, be thoughtful about the development that does take place and establish links that connect disparate parts of the city and that connect this city to its neighbors, he said. Foote supports the WOW trail as a means of creating such links.
The city needs to complete work on a master planning document that will set parameters for growth in the years to come, he said.
With Foote’s candidacy, there is someone running in each of the city’s six wards.
Mayor Ed Engler and veteran City Council members Henry Lipman, Robert Hamel, Brenda Baer and Armand Bolduc all filed for re-election. Political newcomers barbershop owner Breanna Henderson and restaurateur Reuben Bassett also filed. Mark Haynes, a medical facilities manager and Ward 4 moderator, has also filed to run for the council.
The mayor and all six City Council positions will be on the ballot this year. A primary will be held Sept. 12 if any race has more than two candidates. If there are two candidates or fewer for any of these positions, the race will be decided in the Nov. 7 general election. The filing period for elected positions in Laconia closes on Aug. 11.

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7-year-old wakeboarder raising funds for cancer cure

MEREDITH — A local water ski enthusiast will be participating on a wakeboard in this weekend’s Winniskiathon, and is using the event to raise money for the New Hampshire chapter of The Cure Starts Now.
Kira Livernois is only 7 years old, but she has been water skiing since she was 3, and feels she is ready to complete the 18-mile circuit that begins at Saunders Bay in Gilford and circles Parker Island in Wolfeboro before returning to Gilford.
“I wakeboarded 14 miles before, without letting go of the rope,” Kira said during an interview at the Highland Mountain Bike Park in Northfield, where she is participating in a mountain bike camp. Also attending the five-week summer camp is her 9-year-old brother, Hayes.
Kira, who lives in Meredith and will be entering second grade at Inter-Lakes Elementary School this fall, enjoys snow skiing as well as water skiing and mountain biking, and she is looking forward to Saturday’s event, which begins at 7 a.m.
The Winniskiathon, also known as the Lake Winnipesaukee Waterski Marathon, is an annual event first held in 2011 as a revival of the water ski events that used to occur during the 1960s and 1970s. In those days, most of the events left from Weirs Beach, and the competitions spread throughout New England before dying away as the lake became more populated.
Today the event is based in Gilford, and there are two courses: the 18-mile event that Kira will be participating in and a 27-mile course that involves two laps around the island.
When Kira wanted to participate, the family decided to use the event as a fundraiser for The Cure Starts Now, in honor of John Bradley Thompson.
John was a Gilford boy who was the same age as Hayes, and they had waterskied together, according to Tracey Livernois, Kira’s and Hayes’ mother. John was diagnosed with Diffused Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG, an aggressive form of cancer, and he died 10 months later. His family established the New Hampshire chapter of The Cure Starts Now in his memory.
According to The Cure Starts Now website, DIPG research receives little federal funding because it is such a rare disease, yet many believe that study of that type of cancer may hold the secret to curing other forms of cancer as well.
Tracey Livernois said the family approached the facilitators of the Winniskiathon as well as the Thompson family about using Kira’s wakeboarding event as a fundraiser for The Cure Starts Now, and both readily agreed. As of the end of the day Wednesday, they already had raised more than $1,600, she said.
“We didn’t set a goal,” Tracey said, “but this has exceeded our expectations so far.”
Kira’s father, Scott Livernois, will be piloting the boat on Saturday. While some participants in the event will be traveling high speeds, Tracey said their goal is to go for the distance, not time.
“We think she can do it,” she said.
For further information and to donate to the fund, see https://thecurestartsnow.org/get-involved/chapters/new-hampshire-gilford.

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Kira Livernois, 7, will be wakeboarding to raise money for The Cure Starts Now on Saturday. (Courtesy Photo/Kate Criscone)

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7-year-old Kira Livernois of Meredith has been waterskiing for four years, and she will be wakeboarding during this weekend's Winniskiathon. (Courtesy Photo)

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Laconia Police Log 7/28-31

Laconia Police Log

LACONIA — Police responded to 185 calls for service between 12:22 p.m. Friday and 11:50 a.m. Monday and made 10 arrests.

Those arrested included:


Laura Anderson, 52, a transient on a charge of fugitive from justice; Deborah Steel, 53, a transient, on a warrant; Andrew R. Haffle, 54, of 87 Plaskon Drive, Shelton, Conn., on a charge of driving under the influence; Aubrie Crosby, 21, of 396 Chapel St., Hlden, Mass., on a charge of possession of controlled drugs.


Llise M. Cangialose, 32, of 44 Doe Ave., on a bench warrant.


Paul E. Higgins Jr., 40, of 160 Hawthorne Street, Maldon, Mass., on a charge of resisting arrest; Hagan Kelly Gorgas, 27, of 40 Hillside Drive, Apt. 24, Gilford, on a charge of driving while intoxicated and conduct after an arrest; Kenneth K. Smith, 25, of 22 Strafford Street, on a bench warrant; Samuel Grad, 27, of 22 Edgerly School Road, Gilford, on a charge of domestic violence.


Jessica L. Clinch, 25, of 91 Church St., on a warrant.

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