Hospitality jobs big in northern counties

By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN

CONCORD — A study prepared by the New Hampshire Department of Employment Security concludes that the hospitality sector plays a disproportionate role in the economies of Belknap, Carroll and Coos counties.

For the purposes of the study the hospitality sector is distinguished from the tourist industry. Tourism generally refers to goods and services provided to non-resident visitors. But, common measures of tourism includes goods and services provided to both residents and visitors. To segregate the economic impact of the hospitality sector it is defined as businesses engaged in arts, entertainment and recreation, on the one hand, and accommodation and food services, on the other. This classification excludes retail sales, seasonal housing and transportation services, which are less identifiable as tourist activities.

In 2014, employment in hospitality averaged 66,300, representing 9.2 percent of total employment in the state. Throughout the state employment in the hospitality sector is distinctly seasonal — strongest in the third quarter — July, August and September — and weakest in the fourth quarter — October, November and December. And in 11 of the 14 industry groups in the hospital sector the average weekly wage was $500 or less, little more than half the average weekly wage for employees in all industries.

The hospitality sector represented the largest share of private employment in Carroll County at 30 percent, followed by Coos County at 24.9 percent and Belknap County at 18.5 percent. Accommodation and food services accounted for the lion's share of employment in the sector — 25.3 percent of employment in Carroll County, 20.2 in Coos County and 15.5 percent in Belknap County.

The greatest number of employees in the hospitality sector were in Hillsborough and Rockingham counties, the two most populous in the state, where they accounted for a smaller portion of total employment.

The study indicated that in Belknap, Carroll and Coos counties taken together almost one of every five jobs was supported directly or indirectly by the hospitality sector. Without these jobs, the study projected that by 2024 employment in the three counties would shrink by 19,500 and gross domestic product would fall $1 billion or 14 percent. In other words, the economic impact of the hospitality sector is twice as great in these three counties as in the state as a whole.

Northfield street fight leads to four arrests

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

NORTHFIELD — Four men have been charged with rioting after a street fight broke out on the corner of Dearborn Road and Park Street Friday at 7:42 p.m.

Of the four men, two are current residents of Northfield. They are Justin Gebo, 21, and James Weatherbee, no age given. The other two are Trevor Hoyt, 20, of Stuart, Florida, and Demetrius Furse, 33, of Indian Town, Florida. Police said Hoyt used to be a Northfield resident.

Police said they were initially called to the corner because of a car accident and callers were telling them that people were fighting in the street.

When police arrived they found a "chaotic" scene with people fighting and others either trying to break it up or watching from the side lines.

Police also learned that it appears the minor car accident was not related to the street fight. One of the drivers was taken by ambulance to Franklin Regional Hospital for what police described as minor injuries.

The above four men are all charged with one felony count each of rioting.

Hoyt was also charged with disorderly conduct and breach of bail as he was on bail from a May 16 incident where he was charged with criminal threatening with a deadly weapon and simple assault.

Furse is additionally charged with resisting arrest and operating without a valid license.

Gebo is additionally charged with disorderly conduct, obstruction government administration and two counts of resisting arrest.

Weatherbee was additionally charged with disorderly conduct, obstruction of government administration and one count of resisting arrest.

Police said the incident is still under investigation and more arrests are possible. Tilton Police and the State Police assisted Northfield Police at the scene.

Lakes Region honors those who gave all

Ceremony in Laconia focused on John L. Sanborn, who died in the Korean War at 18

By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — Together with their counterparts in cities and towns across the state and around the country, residents of Laconia yesterday remembered and revered the men and women who lost their lives in the service of our country with a parade along Main Street and ceremony at Veterans Square to mark Memorial Day.

Under a gray but dry sky, Ray Peavey Jr., commander of Wilkins-Smith American Legion Post 1, introduced the Laconia High School chorus, whose rendering of the national anthem was followed by the hymns of each of branch of the armed services — The Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force.

Hillary Seeger, vice commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1670 and a Blue Star Mother, recalled one young soldier returning from combat overseas, saying, "I saw things in my twenties that no one should see in their whole lives."

Seeger told of her daughter, who serves at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, where she oversees the the flights of C-5 Galaxy aircraft ferrying military personnel to and from the "sandbox," of the theater of war in the Middle East. She said her daughter puts faces to the names on the manifests listing those who leave for the war zone and "it breaks her heart" to find the names missing from among those who return.

"I am so thankful my stars are blue and so very grateful to the mothers whose stars are gold," said Seeger, stifling her tears.

Blue Star Mothers is a group formed to provide support for those who had sons or daughters in active service in war, first organized during World War II. Gold Star Mothers was formed after World War I to support those who lost a son or daughter in the service of our country.

Speaking for all residents of the city, Mayor Ed Engler brought the significance and immediacy of Memorial Day to the city streets and present day. The mayor recalled the experience of John L. Sanborn, who was raised on Mechanic Street and would turn 84 next Sunday, but for the Korean War. At 17, Sanborn enlisted in the Army, and less than a month after his 18th birthday fighting broke out on the Korean peninsula. Engler suspected Private Sanborn, trained as a tank gunner, probably could not place Korea on a map, much less grasp the dynamics of the Cold War. Yet on Sept. 5, 1950, Sanborn died at Taegu fighting with the forces of the United Nations to defend South Korea. In 1973, the city dedicated a park on Mechanic Street in in honor of Private Sanborn, which the mayor said remains a jewel in Lakeport.

The mayor noted that altogether 551 citizens of Laconia fought in Korea, all of whom are remembered by name on a monument at Veterans Square. Including Sanborn, a dozen gave their lives, the other 11 Engler honored aloud — Arthur J. Bower Jr., James Hildreth, Floyd N. Alexander, Edward F. Ewens, Rudy H. Haferkamp, Albert A. McCarthy, Ralph C. Merrill, Jr., Richard E. Rivers, Erwin C. Young, Jr., George A. Curley Jr. and Richard J. Bolduc.

To mark the significance of Memorial Day, Engler drew on United States Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, who fought in the Civil War, from which the day of remembrance originated. Speaking in Keene on what was then Decoration Day, Holmes said that the occasion should have meaning for those without personal experience and memory of the conflict.

"It is now the moment when by common consent we pause to become conscious of our national life and to rejoice in it," Holmes said, "to recall what our country has done for each of us, and to ask ourselves what we can do for the country in return."

More directly, Peavey reminded everyone that Memorial Day is "not about picnics and auto races, but about remembering those who have paid the price."

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Ray Peavy,Jr., commander of Wilkins-Smith American Legion Post 1, left, and Bill North, commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1670, led the Memorial Day parade. (Michael Kitch/Laconia Daily Sun)

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Boy Scouts from Troop 68 marched in the Memorial Day parade. (Michael Kitch/Laconia Daily Sun)

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The Marching Sachems, outfitted from the rain that never fell, provided the martial music for the Memorial Day parade through downtown. (Michael Kitch/Laconia Daily Sun)

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Mayor Ed Engler, flanked to the left by City Council Armand Bolduc (Ward 6) and to the right by City Councilors Bob Hamel and Henry Lipman (Ward 3), accompanied by his daughter Bessie, represented the city in the Memorial Day parade. (Michael Kitch/Laconia Daily Sun)

 

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Mayor Ed Engler, speaking to a crowd gathered at Veterans Square on Memorial Day, recalled the service and sacrifice of Private John L. Sanborn of Lakeport, in whose name Sanborn Park on Mechanic Street is dedicated. (Michael Kitch/Laconia Daily Sun)

 

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Bill North, left, commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1670, and Ray Peavy Jr., commander of Wilkins-Smith American Legion Post 1, place the wreath at Veterans Square honoring the Laconians who served and fell in country's wars during the past century. (Michael Kitch/Laconia Daily Sun)