Franklin's first - VFW Post among early adopters in state to get keno equipment

FRANKLIN — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1698 will be among the first in the state to have a keno installation.
The local post voted Wednesday night whether to offer keno, and Quartermaster Harry Snyder reported, “It went.”
“They’re picking up the application today, and we’ll get it in whenever,” Snyder said. “I think we’ll be the first in the state.”
Maura McCann of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission confirmed, “Franklin is going to be where keno equipment is going to be installed first. It’s a nice group of businesses there, so that’s where we’re starting with the installation of equipment. The VFW will be one of the places in Franklin, but it won’t be the only one.”
McCann added, “The on-sale date is Dec. 15, regardless of where the businesses are.”
The on-sale date is when keno goes live across the state.
The New Hampshire Legislature approved the game as a way of helping to pay for full-time kindergarten at public schools. The legislation provides $1,100 per full-time kindergarten student, beginning July 1, 2018.
To play keno, people select from 80 numbers on a card similar to a bingo card, and a computer generates 20 random numbers to determine which ones are winners.
Gaming establishments pay a $500 application fee and earn 8 percent of the income from keno bets. One percent of the income will support research, prevention, intervention, and treatment for problem gamblers, with the rest, minus administrative costs, going toward full-time kindergarten.
McCann said the majority of cities in New Hampshire do their balloting on Nov. 7, but Franklin’s elections are a month earlier. Towns will not vote on keno until their town meetings in 2018.
“With keno recruitment, we touched base with approximately 100 places in New Hampshire that are interested in offering the game, and we had meetings with some of them. Some also have dates scheduled,” McCann said. “Ten percent have provided the application and licensing fee.”

Belknap County Nursing Home dietary manager resigns


LACONIA — The Belknap County Nursing Home is advertising for a new dietary manager following the resignation of Carolee Sliker, who has held the position for more than nine years.
Sliker's last day on the job will be next Tuesday, according to Shelly Richardson, administrator of the nursing home. Sliker was not available for comment on her decision.
Sliker has worked for the county for 19 years, having served as purchasing agent for the Belknap County Home from June of 1998 to April of 2008, when she became the dietary manager.
Belknap County Commissioner Hunter Taylor attempted to talk Sliker out of resigning at a work session last Friday at which commissioners and nursing home officials worked to piece together a temporary plan for replacing prison inmates who have been working in the county as dishwashers but will no longer be available because they will be involved all day in programs being provided at the new Community Corrections Center.
Sliker has been critical of the use of inmate labor in the nursing home kitchen and, along with Richardson, proposed two weeks ago that the county hire 10 dishwashers and one laundry aide starting on May 1 next year to resolve the problems with relying on inmate labor. The workers would be paid $10.61 an hour and be eligible for health insurance. Cost for the eight months would be $310,674.
Two years ago the county approved a pilot program to pay inmates who worked in the county home kitchen, laundry room or on the grounds $3 a day. The program was dropped last year after both Sliker and Belknap County Corrections Superintendent Keith Gray said that it wasn't working as intended.
Sliker said at that time that the program had produced "a parade of inmates coming through the kitchen who have behavior issues and do not want to work."
She said that those who do want to work and do a good job are quickly lost as they qualify for work release programs, requiring the cooks to be constantly training new inmates, which she said involves paying overtime for the cooks who have to supervise them.

Longest-serving police commissioner nears retirement

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Retiring Laconia Police Commissioner Armand Maheux, center left, was presented with a shadow box containing his badges, ID card and a uniform patch by Chief Matt Canfield at a luncheon in Maheux’s honor at Laconia Police Headquarters yesterday.  On the left is Commissioner Tom Tarr and center is Commissioner Doug Whittum. (Alan MacRae/for The Laconia Daily Sun)


LACONIA — At age 87, Armand Maheux will end his tenure on the Police Commission next month, but his pride in the police force will continue.

He joined the commission when it was established in 1995, making him the city's longest serving commissioner. He was a police officer for the city during the 1970s.

“I think, bar none, we have one of the finest departments in New Hampshire and that doesn't come just from me, that comes from the commandant of the police academy,” he said Thursday at a retirement luncheon in a police department conference room named after him. “It wasn't always this way, but it is now and I hope in the future years it will continue to be.”

He praised the officers. 

“They do their job and they do it right,” he said. “They do it the way it should be done. We're not, 'Kick butt and take names later.' Service, that's what we're here for.”

He had an emotional meeting with Police Chief Matt Canfield recently. Maheux has a police commissioner's badge and a building pass and he talked to the chief about needing to return those items.

“That was a pretty heartbreaking conversation,” Canfield said.

Canfield framed the badge and pass and presented it to Maheux at the luncheon. Maheux also received a city proclamation thanking him for his service.

“This guy's an outstanding person,” Canfield said. “He's made it to every single DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) graduation, every police academy graduation. He has never missed.

“He remembers everybody's birthday. Even when he was in the hospital the last couple years, he made sure we got our birthday cards. He just truly cares about people, about us and about this department.”

He also served as Santa Claus at the city's annual Christmas party, even though with his thin frame, straight posture and military precision, nobody would mistake him for Saint Nick.

Maheux served as a police officer from 1974 through 1978, leaving to take a position with Aavid Thermalloy.

Before working as an officer, he managed a department store, a shoe store and a jewelry store. He is known for being impeccably dressed, usually sporting a sharp and well-fitting suit, with a tie and polished shoes. 

Maheux admitted to some emotion near the end of the retirement ceremony.

“I appreciate this very much and I'm going to miss you guys,” he said. “I love you all. I think not only the police officers but the civilian employees and the volunteers of this department are second to none and I mean that from the bottom of my heart.

“I think I better sit down before I cry.”

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Retiring Laconia Police Commissioner Armand Maheux, left, is congratulated by Commissioners Tom Tarr and Doug Whittum at a luncheon in Maheux’s honor at Laconia Police Headquarters yesterday.  (Alan MacRae/for The Laconia Daily Sun)