Ashland man arrested on charge involving heroin and fentanyl

By RICK GREEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN

ASHLAND — An Ashland man has been arrested on a felony drug possession charge involving heroin and fentanyl.

Adam Macallister, 32, was arraigned Thursday in Belknap County Superior Court. Bail was set at $20,000.

Court documents indicate he was arrested on Wednesday while leaving a residence on Main Street in Ashland.

On March 4, he was arrested on an outstanding warrant during a traffic stop on Interstate 93 in New Hampton, but was released.

Officers later obtained a search warrant for the vehicle and found a substance thought to be heroin and fentanyl. Also found were a plastic bag containing white powder, a needle, a spoon, two short straws, a digital scale and two stolen license plates.

The case is being prosecuted by the New Hampshire attorney general's office. He is being represented by the state public defender's office. Assistant Attorney General Jane Young declined to comment on the case. Representatives of the public defender's office said Friday they were not familiar with the case.

Fentanyl has become a deadly problem in the state, accounting for most of the 500 drug overdose fatalities last year.

Also, Gov. Chris Sununu announced Tuesday that a related, but even more powerful drug, carfentanil has been discovered in the state and was implicated in the overdose death of a Meredith man and two other fatal overdoses in Manchester. The drug was created to tranquilize large animals.

The man who died in Meredith was identified by state police and the state medical examiner's office as Richard Normandin, 48. His body was found March 13 in his home.

Meredith police referred questions to the Attorney General's office, which declined to comment as an active investigation continues.  

Kevin, kids and the mayor mark Arbor Day with new tree

By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — Once again the city celebrated Arbor Day at Sanborn Park, where Tim Ford, foreman at the Parks and Recreation Department, planted a Zelkova Serrata tree that, with good fortune and tender care, will grow to a girth of 12 feet around at its base, rise to a height of nearly 100 feet and cast its shadow over the park for the next 500 years.

Several children from Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region were on hand for the ceremony. Each read a verse of Henry Behm's poem "trees," which begins "Trees are the kindest things I know. They do not harm, they simply grow."

Kevin Dunleavy, director of Parks and Recreation, reminded them that when the tree has grown into a towering teenager they should bring their children and grandchildren to the park and tell them they were there when it was a mere stripling.

Mayor Ed Engler read a proclamation to mark the occasion then shared his affection for trees with the children. A native of South Dakota who sunk deep roots in Texas, he told them he often drove out of his way to admire those trees that captured his fancy. One of his favorites, if not the favorite, he said is the Founders' Oak, a live oak tree in New Braunfels, Texas. The tree, he explained, is some 325 years old, 17 feet around at the base, with a canopy stretching for 60 yards.

Dunleavy told the children that Laconia is home to a number of the largest examples of their species in Belknap County, including the Norway Spruce, Catalpa, Butternut, Douglas Fir and Black Walnut as well as the state champion white oak, the Perley Oak, which has stood and spread alongside Perley Pond for more than 400 years.

The Zelkova, Dunleavy said, is not native to North America, but is common to Japan, Korea, eastern China and the island of Taiwan. It is an ornamental tree with dark green leaves that turn to yellows, oranges and reds in the autumn. In 1989, the Korean Forest Service found that most of the trees in the country more than 500 years old were Zeltova Serrata, more than 10 of which are registered national monuments.

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Tim Ford, foreman of the Parks and Recreation Department, was joined by Chris, 14, Leah, 11, and Tessa, 10, from the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region around the Zeltova Serrata, the newest tree in the city planted in Sanborn Park to celebrate Arbor Day on Friday. (Michael Kitch/Laconia Daily Sun)

NH Humane Society honors volunteers

By ROGER AMSDEN, for THE LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — Three members of the educational outreach team at the New Hampshire Humane Society were honored as volunteers of the year at a gathering for volunteers Thursday afternoon at the Humane Society shelter on Meredith Center Road.
Andrea Bonner, director of volunteers for the society, who is herself stepping down as she moves to Maine, presented the awards to Meg Greenbaum, Deb Corr and Lynn Davis.
She said that the trio, all of whom have backgrounds in education, have been providing educational programs about pets at schools, day cares and early learning centers in the Lakes Region. Among the places they have visited are the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region, the Headstart program in Laconia and the Ashland Elementary School.
"It was a labor of love for them from the beginning," said Bonner.
Corr and Greenbaum were present to accept their awards but Davis was unable to attend.
The organization's new director of volunteers, Samantha Stevens, moved to the Lakes Region from the San Francisco area about six months ago and says that she looks at her new job as a way to get out and do things and get to know people.
She said that the society has about 100 volunteers, including young people in the 8-18 age group. Many of the volunteers are retired people with flexible schedules.
Donna Mitchell, who most recently worked with the New Hampshire Music Festival for 10 years, comes all the way to the shelter from Center Sandwich to spend two or three hours volunteering each week.
"I like volunteering here. For me it's just a way of relaxing," said Mitchell, adding that the friendly staff helps make it a great place to be.
Wayne McBrian, who recently retired after 20 years with Brookstone stores, said he always enjoyed spending time with animals, going back to high school when he worked in a veterinarian's office, and finds volunteering a good way to occupy his time.
He said that he and his wife, who is still working, moved recently from Amherst to Meredith and he finds it nice to be around animals after having recently lost his pet dog.
He's also a veteran who volunteers at the Veterans Administration office in Tilton and is working to help raise funds to help a disabled veteran whose service dog needs surgery on his foot.

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Deb Corr and Meg Greenbaum were honored as volunteers of the year by the New Hampshire Humane Society at a gathering held at the Humane Society shelter on Meredith Center Road. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun).

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