Stamping Technologies of Laconia awarded NH Job Training grant

LACONIA — Stamping Technologies, Inc. is among seven companies in New Hampshire to receive a grant from the the New Hampshire Job Training Fund this month.

The grant of $4,500, which the firm will supplement with matching funds, will provide training for three employees in the ISO 9001 Collaborative of the New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership. ISO 9001 refers to the criteria for quality management system set by the International Organization for Standardization.

More than a million companies in 170 countries, including Stamping Technologies, are certified to ISO 9001. Certification enables firms to compete in competitive global markets.

Founded in 1990, Stamping Technologies specializes in the manufacture of metal packages that house the computer chips and circuit boards that have become commonplace in modern industry. The company works with materials that can withstand extreme pressures and temperatures and to exacting stanof plus or minus one ten-thousandth of inch, or eight times smaller than a single strand of human hair.

– Michael Kitch

Laconia drug sweep nets 16, warrants out for 17 more

LACONIA — Police arrested 16 people yesterday for various counts of sales of controlled drugs in an early morning roundup that was widely spread throughout the city.

Capt. Matt Canfield said the arrests stem from multiple investigations into drug sales done by narcotics detectives over the past four or five months. In the past few years the city has conducted other similar wide-sweeping drug raids.

Canfield said the police had arrest warrants only and no additional drugs were confiscated. He said police charged Nicole Beaule, 30, of 24 Baldwin St. with being a felon in possession of a gun. He said police found the loaded .22 caliber hand gun while they were arresting her.

Others charged with conspiracy to sell drug or sales of controlled drugs were Justin Franquie, 24, of 26A Winter St; Brandon O'Brien, 22, of 17 Bay St.; Christopher Miles, 43, of 103 Blueberry Lane #86; Melissa Sylvia; 47 of 72 Batchelder St. #3; Frederick Sanborn, 42, of 72 Batchelder St; Emmie Landry, 21, of 99 Merrimac St.; Ashley Goyette, 24, of 32 High St.; Austin Brue, 23, 85 Sheridan St.; Tyler Young, 24, of 381 Union Road in Belmont; Nathan Greene, 23, of 12 Winter St. #3; Joseph Gillis, 22, of 16 Rowell St.; Damon Farriss, 24, of the Belknap County House of Corrections; Joseph Costello, 23, of the Belknap County House of Corrections; Kory Morrissette, 25, of 99 Merrimac St.; and Heather Daigneau, 26, of 479 Meadow Pond Road in Gilmanton.

Laconia Police also have arrest warrants for 17 addition people: Christopher Hodges, 40, of Laconia; Ashley Huckins, 37, of Laconia; Moniker Kemper, 31, of Laconia; Stephen Brue, 42 of Laconia; Ashley Murgatory, 29, of Laconia; Tirar Tortorello, 45, of Laconia; Katie Reinholtz, 30, of Laconia; Jessica Patten, 35, of Laconia; David Desbian, 23, of Laconia; Joshua VLK, 35, of Tilton; Jonathan Thayer, 33, no address given; Scott MacKay, 45, no address given; Krystal Sanborn, 33, no address given; Phay Pheuychandauong, 52 of Northfield, Myranda Clifton, 31, no address given; and William Kimball, 25, of either Laconia or Manchester.

Police said the locations of the people with outstanding warrants are where they possibly live. Anyone with any information about their whereabouts is asked to call the Laconia Police Department at 524-5252 or their local police department.

No money, no child care - Huot Technical Center Child Development Center loses grant money, may have to close at end of year

03-10 Huot day care

Following their story time, Keegan Connelly leads the charge for some outdoor actiivty in the playground at the Huot Technical Center day care on Wednesday afternoon.  (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)



LACONIA — There is a strong possibility that the 30-year-old Huot Technical Center Child Development Program will be shuttering its doors at the end of this school year.
According to Program Director Colleen Bownes, she said she was told by administrators last Friday that the program would likely be eliminated at the end of the school year.
"We are on the chopping block," she said, adding "Ten years of that tax cap has influenced the education in Laconia."
It is unsure at this point in time that the tax cap is directly responsible for the development center's possible closure. In a number of school district Budget and Personnel Committee meetings, members have had a discussions about the limited amount of new money available to the district for next year under the restraints of the tax cap. The committee has targeted 12 jobs for elimination but, because of personnel reasons, it is not known if the two-full time and one part-time positions in the CDC program are included in them.
School Board member Michael Persson, who sits on the Budget and Finance Committee, said yesterday there was some discussion at a full district budget meeting on Saturday that the Perkins Grant that subsidizes the program will be unavailable for the next school year.
"This leaves an $82,000 deficit in the program," he said.
Bownes said the program serves 16 children between the ages of 3 and 5. She said many of them are the children of teachers and the teachers benefit because they are able to buy a "school year" slot instead of paying for a 12-month slot in a different day care.
She also said the Child Development Center Program is a class where students in the early childhood education program get their experience to go on to become teachers.
Built new three years ago during the Huot Technical Center renovation project, the Child Development Center has its own entrance and place for dropping off and picking up children. Bownes said the center is newly outfitted with child-sized desks and furniture, toilets, sinks and other things.
"I'm just heartbroken," she said.
Bownes said for the students it is a year-long program that can be taken in their junior and senior years. About half of the students who attend come from Laconia and about half come from the surrounding school district.
Kathleen Butler is a teacher at the Gilford School District who has had her two children attend the Child Development Center over the past four years. She also has some of her own students who have gone through the educational program offered by Bownes and the other teachers.
Both said they would be willing to look at ways the program could generate more money by raising the fees for attendance and/or raising the number of children admitted to it. Bownes said there is a three-year waiting list.
Both also said they will attend the March 15 School Board meeting where the final decision will be made. The School Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Harvard Street School.

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