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County delegatoin splits on reducing pot penalty

CONCORD — The 16 members of the Belknap County Delegation — all Republicans — present and voting yesterday split evenly when the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted by 297 to 67 to reduce the penalties for possessing and growing small amounts of marijuana.

House Bill 618 reduced the penalties for possessing an ounce or less of marijuana to a violation and for growing six plants or less to a misdemeanor, effectively decriminalizing both offenses.

Representatives Glen Aldrich of Gilford, Guy Comtois of Barnstead, Robert Fisher of Laconia, Valerie Fraser of New Hampton, Ray Howard of Alton, Shari LeBreche and Michael Sylvia of Belmont and Herb Vadney of Meredith voted with the majority in favor of the bill. Representatives Russ Dumais and George Hurt of Gilford, Dennis Fields and Brian Gallagher of Sanbornton, Bob Luther, Frank Tilton and Peter Spanos of Laconia and Peter Varney of Alton voted against the bill.

Representatives Don Flanders of Laconia, and David Russell of Gilmanton did not vote.


Last Updated on Thursday, 12 March 2015 01:51

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Finance director leaving county post for school job in Southern New Hampshire

LACONIA  — Belknap County Finance Director Glenn Waring has resigned the post he has held with the county for the last four years to become business administrator for the Mascenic School District, SAU 87, which encompasses the southwestern New Hampshire communities of Greenville and New Ipswich.

Waring's last day on the job will be Friday and he will start his new job on Monday, March 16.

''I've very much enjoyed working for the county and it was a difficult decision to make to leave here,'' said Waring.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 March 2015 01:42

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Forrester & Senate president hosting business roundtable in Meredith on Friday morning

MEREDITH — More than a dozen area business owners are slated to discuss ways to improve business in the state at a roundtable forum scheduled for this Friday morning at Church Landing in.

The roundtable discussion will be co-hosted by state Sen. Jeanie Forrester, and Rusty McLear, president of Hampshire Hospitality Holdings, and is sponsored by White Mountain Attractions.

The event is due to get under way at 7:30 a.m.

Senate President Chuck Morse and other Senate Republicans, including Sen. Jerry Little, will also participate in the program.

Businesses scheduled to be represented include Laconia Harley-Davidson, Gunstock Mountain Resort, Common Man restaurants, Hay Creek Hotels, Duprey Co., Steele Hill Resorts, Mount Washington resort, Hampshire Hospitality Holdings, Sippican Partners LLC, and Squam River Landing.


Last Updated on Thursday, 12 March 2015 01:39

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No contested races on ballot in Center Harbor

CENTER HARBOR — Richard Drenkah won a three-year term as selectman with 109 votes in Tuesday voting.

He was unopposed, as was Mary Richardson, who was elected as tax collector for a one-year term with 117 votes.

Kevin Desmond was elected library trustee for three years with 113 votes and Diane Drenkah was elected as trustee of trust funds for three years with 103 votes. Both were unopposed.


Last Updated on Thursday, 12 March 2015 01:36

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