Gilmanton woman named Public Access TV manager

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Public Access Board of Directors has announced that Grace Bergdahl McNamara has accepted the position of station manager.

McNamara brings 20 years of experience in communications, public relations, and management within non-profit organizations to LRPA according to Chan Eddy, chairman of the board of directors.

Eddy said that McNamara has been hired as a part-time employee who will work 28 hours a week with a yearly pay of $30,000. She will be handling the day-to-day operations of LRPA-TV, including program scheduling and personnel assignments as well as working within the LRPA communities to bring the advantages of public access TV to the public's attention; work with a number of organizations including the annual Children's Auction; strengthen the relationship between LRPA and the Huot Technical Center and local schools; and enhance LRPA's revenue stream, amongst other duties.

She replaces Shane Selling, who has been interim station manager since March.

McNamara holds a BA from Boston College and an MA from Emerson. She makes her home with her husband and daughter in Gilmanton.

LRPA's studios are located on the campus of Laconia High School.

Correction: School board looks to trim 1 1/2 positions

The headline over an article that appeared on page 1 of the Wednesday, July 8 edition of The Daily Sun included a numerical error. The Laconia School Board's budget recommendation to City Council will include the elimination of one full-time position at the middle school and one part-time position at an elementary school — a total of 1 1/2 positions, not the 2 1/2 positions mentioned in the headline. The numbers included in the story itself were accurate.

Coffee with Gilford police chief scheduled for July 30 at the Community Church

GILFORD — Police Chief Anthony Bean Burpee will host a second "Coffee with the Chief" event on Thursday, July 30 at the Gilford Community Church Fellowship Hall from 6 to 8 p.m.

The purpose of these events is to open a dialogue directly between the community and the police to "create proactive solutions in order to address possible conflicts surrounding a wide range of issues."

"It is my belief that having an authentic police/community relationship helps in promoting dignity, understanding, and respect during police and community interactions," said Bean Burpee.

He will also address local crime trends, department goals, safety considerations, and other topics attendees would like to see addressed. Attendees are invited to bring along their own beverages.

In other police news, the department recently finished a two-day training exercise at the Gilford High School to prepare for a possible critical incidents.

"Having (the police) as well-trained and prepared for the unthinkable is of the utmost importance," said Lt. Kris Kelley.

Kelley said active-shooter training includes both hostage and shooter scenarios during which officers breach building buildings and navigate though hallways and classrooms in order to isolate shooters and rescue potential victims.

The exercise was conducted in coordination with the Gilford Fire and Rescue Department and the Belknap Regional Special Operations Group.

Police have gotten new summer uniforms that are ballistic vest carriers called ArmorSkin that are worn over an official but more breathable shirt. Kelley said ballistic vests are traditionally worn under uniforms and can be very uncomfortable in the summer.

Kelley said the new uniform maintains a police uniform look while alleviating the strain on the lower back and hips from wearing a ballistic vest.

Trump to speak in Laconia next week

LACONIA — Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump will hold a campaign event at the Weirs Community Center on July 16 at 6:30 p.m., according to his media representative.

Trump, who has recently made waves regarding his statements on illegal Mexican immigrants, is currently polling near the top of most regional and national polls.

It is not known at this time if Trump will be making other campaign stops in the state.