Voters arriving at Nov. 3 polls without photo ID will need to have picture taken on the spot

LACONIA — City Clerk Mary Reynolds yesterday reminded voters intending to cast ballots in next Tuesday's municipal election that if they arrive at the polls without valid photographic identification, in order to vote they must agree to be photographed by election officials.

Reynolds explained that voters without photographic identification may cast a ballot by completing a "challenged voter affidavit", or statement affirming they are who they who they claim to be. In addition, they must be photographed. The photograph will be attached to the affidavit, which will be retained with the voting materials from the election and made available to New Hampshire Secretary of State for follow up. Each person who completes a challenged voter affidavit will be required to confirm they voted in the election within 90 days of receiving a notice from the Secretary of States or an investigation will be conducted by the New Hampshire Department of Justice.

Voters objecting to being photographed because of their religious beliefs may attach an affidavit of religious exemption to their challenged voter affidavit.

The valid forms of photographic identification are a driver's license issued by any state; an identification card issued by the division of motor vehicles or other agency of any state; a United States armed services identification card; and a valid student identification card.

If you have any questions about the new voter identification law or about casting your vote in the city please contact the City Clerk at 527-1265.

Ida Schwartz survived pinch on Spanish Stepsto reach 100 years of age

LACONIA — "It wasn't chance," said Ida Schwartz, who celebrated her 100th birthday this week at the Taylor Community. "I was lucky."

Schwartz was born in New York on October 22, 2015, one of two children of Sam and Sarah Dolitsky. the family moved to Holyoke, Mass. where her father owned and operated Dolitsky's Department Store. At the age of nine Schwartz began working in the store, first behind the counter as a saleswoman and ultimately as the buyer, who traveled to New York chose the clothes that filled the hangers and stocked the shelves.

At 23 Schwartz went out on her very first date with Albert Schwartz of Springfield, Mass. and was surprised when he asked her to marry him. The couple raised a son and daughter, Steve and Ricki, and her family has grown to include four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Earning a prosperous $40 a week, Albert Schwartz did not want his wife to work. She gave up her job at the department store and turned her energies to helping others. During World War II she visited with, read to and wrote to hospitalized soldiers as they recovered from their wounds. She tested young children for amblyopia, a major cause of loss of vision. She raised money for charities, visited nursing homes and managed a job training program.

The Schwartzes enjoyed traveling both at home and abroad and she takes pride as the only woman in her family to be pinched on the Spanish Steps in Rome as well as to stroke a hole-in-one.

Mayor Ed Engler offered Schwartz the congratulations of the city, proclaiming the day in her honor. Governor Maggie Hassan sent her best wishes. And Bob Selig, the chief executive officer of the Taylor Community, read a message from President Obama and his wife Michelle.

"This is a wonderful, wonderful thing," Schwartz said

Council grants couple 2 extra hours of amplified music for July 2016 outdoor wedding reception

LACONIA — Without so much as a word of discussion, the City Council on Monday night unanimously granted the request of an engaged couple who plan to marry at The Margate Resort on Sunday, July 3, 2016, to allow amplified music to play at their outdoor reception until 11 p.m., two hours past the deadline set by the current loudspeaker ordinance.

The decision contrasts sharply with the council's denial of similar request by the earlier this year when The Margate Resort, which hosted a convention of Harry Potter aficionados, asked to extend the hours of amplifies music until 11 p.m. on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. After denying the request by three-to-two vote, the council agreed to extend the hour to 10 p.m. by the same margin. At the time Councilor Armand Bolduc (Ward 6) noted that the venue borders Paugus Bay and stressed that sound carries for a long distance over water.

In a letter to the council, the couple, Kaitlyn Sullivan and James Pickering, explained that they have booked with The Margate, wherethe reception will be held in a tent on the north lawn, accompanied by a bonfire and fireworks. Although they anticipate the reception will end around 9 p.m., they noted "anything can happen to make things run late. How is it possible," they asked, "to have a bonfire on the lake and fireworks and have everything done at 9 p.m when in July it usually does not get dark until 9 p.m.?"

Meanwhile, the council is still wrestling with a proposal to relax the ordinance for licensing outdoor loudspeakers. Currently, outdoor loudspeakers cannot be operated later than 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The Government Operations and Ordinances Committee of the council recently recommended extending the hours to 10 p.m. and 11 p.m., respectively, and allowing loudspeakers to operate until 11 p.m. on the weekday night before federal holidays. However, when the proposal met with opposition from residents of The Weirs, the proposal was left in limbo. "We're not done with this — not anywhere near," said Councilor Ava Doyle (Ward 1), who chairs the committee, on Oct. 12.

NOTE: The City Council voted unanimously to extend the employment contract of City Manager Scott Myers until June 30, 2017. Initially Myers was given a three-year contract beginning on June 30, 2011, which provided for an one-year extension by mutual agreement after two years. In August, 2013 the council voted to extend the city manager's contract until June 30, 2016 To ensure there is always a full year's contract in pace should either the manager or the council choose not to renew, the agreement provides that it be extended at the end of each subsequent year. In January, 2014, the council voted to raise the manager's annual salary from $100,000 to $105,000 as of February 3, 2014, from $105,000 to $112,500 as of July 7, 2014 and from $112,500 to $120,000 as of January 5, 2015 through the the end of calendar year 2015.