Hosmer endorses Connolly for governor

LACONIA — District 7 New Hampshire State Sen. Andrew Hosmer, D-Laconia has endorsed former state Director of Securities Mark Connolly for governor.

Connolly, of New Castle, is a New Hampshire native and former New Hampshire state representative who served for 30 yeas and a business and community leader.

Connolly is running against District 2 Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern, whose district includes the Belknap County towns of Barnstead, Gilmanton and Belmont for the Democratic Party nomination in the gubernatorial race.

"Mark's story is about taking on the hard fights and getting results for New Hampshire families," said Hosmer. "Throughout his career in public service and as a business leader, Mark has put politics aside to bring people together and get things done, and I know that's what he'll do as our next governor."

"I am humbled to have Andrew's support. His hard work as a business owner, public servant, and father exemplify what makes New Hampshire great," said Connolly. "Andrew's been a champion for the Lakes Region, and I'm honored to have him join our campaign. We have challenges before us, but Andrew and I, along with thousands of other Granite Staters, believe that our state's best days lie ahead."

– Gail Ober

8th annual Winni Dip to raise funds for Special Olympics this weekend

LACONIA — The eighth annual Winni Dip will bring teams of law enforcement officers from all over the state to the Margate Resort on Paugus Bay Saturday in a benefit event for the New Hampshire Special Olympics.
The Winni Dip has an '80s theme this year and has set a goal of raising $110,000 after raising $90,000 last year. A parade will be held at 11:30 a.m. where the participants will show off their costumes and be judged for their attire. At noon, the teams will take to the water at the Margate's beach, and, once participants have dried off and warmed up, there will be food and entertainment. As many as 20 teams and 100 police officers are expected.
The second annual High School Dip wiill be held on Sunday, following the same format, with an 11:30 a.m. parade and a noontime dash into the lake. Theme for this year's high school dip is school spirit. Also taking place at the same time on Sunday will be the fiirst-ever Middle School Plunge for younger students.

– Roger Amsden

McWhinnie sworn in as Gilmanton selectman, biosolids still OK after recount

GILMANTON — There were no significant changes following Wednesday night's recounts of the March 8 voting in Gilmanton.
In the selectman's race, Stephen McWhinnie picked up one more vote, leaving the final tally at 514 votes for him and 501 votes for Donald Guarino. McWhinnie was sworn into office immediately after being declared the winner by Moderator Mark Sisti.
In the recount for the biosolids ban, allowing biosolids picked up one vote and kept the win with a total of 532 votes. Support of the ban also picked up one vote, for a total of 504 votes, meaning there will be no ban on the use biosolids as fertilizer in Gilmanton.

– Gail Ober