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Governor speaks of state's 'particular genius' at Taylor Community appearance

LACONIA — Governor Maggie Hassan, who will begin her second term in the new year, yesterday paid a visit to the Taylor Community, where she received a standing ovation when Bob Selig, chief executive officer of the retirement complex, introduced her to nearly a hundred residents.

Hassan recalled that earlier this year she was invited to mark the opening of Opechee Harbor, the Taylor facility serving seniors with memory loss and dementia, but was unable to fit the visit into her schedule. However, she said that she had not forgotten and looked forward to touring the facility.

Noting that as the number of elderly grows, the governor said that the need for care and services for those with dementia will increase. She said that in May she signed legislation establishing a permanent sub-committee of the health and human services oversight committee devoted exclusively to Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. At the same time, the law directs the Department of Health and Human Services, in association with the state chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, to prepare an educational program about the disease and other dementias for both the general public, interest groups and government departments, especially law enforcement agencies.

Hassan said that since she was first elected in 2012 her biggest surprise has been "how much I love being governor." As if anticipating the challenges of her second term, when she will face Republican majorities in both the House and Senate, she said that the hallmark of the state and its democracy is that it "brings more and more people from the margins into the heart and soul of the community. As you do that, you get stronger," she continued. "It's hard work and New Hampshire has a particular genius for it."

As the mother of a 26-year-old son with cerebral palsy, who cannot speak or walk, Hassan said she learned about inclusion from all those who opened their arms to him and offered to help.

In New Hampshire, the governor explained "people are engaged at every level." They hold down jobs and raise their families, she said, then volunteer to serve in the citizen legislature for $100 a year or on the planning board for nothing at all. "And they expect the same of their elected leaders," she remarked.

Without offering any specifics, Hassan referred to the fiscal challenges facing the state, which she expected would be overcome by "continuing to talk to each other and work together in a bipartisan manner" during her second term as they were in her first.

Following her relatively brief remarks the governor went throughout the room, offering her hand and making conversation with virtually everyone.

CAPTION: Governor Maggie Hassan chatted with Barbara Miles (right) after speaking to residents of the Taylor Community yesterday. The governor came to tour the newest addition to the complex on Union Avenue, Opechee Harbor, a facility for caring for seniors with impaired memory and other dementias. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch).

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 01:48

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Brush dump opens again because of storm damage

LACONIA — The Department of Public Works will open the city's brush dump on Hilliard Road at the Weirs on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week, December 2, 3 and 4 — and if necessary on Friday, December 5, to enable residents to dispose of limbs and branches fallen during last week's snow storm.

This week the DPW has waived all restrictions on size and will accept all limbs and branches regardless of their length and diameter.

The brush dump will be open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. today, tomorrow and Thursday and, if necessary Friday. To reach the brush dump, go to the roundabout at the Weirs, turn north on Endicott Street (Rte. 3), and past the Meredith Bridge Condominiums turn left on to Hillard Road. The dump is one mile down the road on the right.

With winter in full swing the DPW reminds residents not to plow or shovel snow on to city streets and sidewalks.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 01:41

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79 indictments handed down by local grand jury

SUPERIOR COURT — Seventy-nine indictments were handed down in 45 separate cases by a Belknap County grand jury this past session.

George C. Beaton Jr. was indicted for one count of theft by unauthorized taking. The case was investigated by the Tilton Police.

Mark D. Carpenter was indicted for four counts of manufacturing methamphetamine and one count of possession of of a controlled drug. The Meredith case was investigated by the Belknap County Sheriff's Department.

Parker Cathcart was indicted for one count of reckless conduct and one count of violation or probation or parole. The case was investigated by Laconia Police.

Joseph M. Clark was indicted for four counts of manufacturing methamphetamine in a Meredith case investigated by the Belknap County Sheriff's Department.

Sean Connelly was indicted for one count of sale of a controlled drug from a case investigated by the Tilton Police.

Corey Cromwell was indicted for two separate counts of possession of a controlled — one investigated by Belmont Police and one investigated by Tilton Police.

Andrew Currier was indicted for two counts of conspiracy to possess a controlled drug and one count of being an accomplice to possession of a controlled drug. The case was investigated by Meredith Police.

Tyler Demond, was indicted for one count of possession of a narcotic drug in a case investigated by the Laconia Police.

Stephen Donahue was indicted for one count of receiving stolen property in a case investigated by the Laconia Police.

Christopher Erickson was indicted for four counts of possession of controlled drugs in a case investigated by the N.H. State Police.

Richard L. Fielders III was indicted for one count of theft by unauthorized taking in a case investigated by the Tilton Police.

Joshua A. Fox was indicted for one count of possession of a narcotic drug in a case investigated by the Tilton Police.

Shane Goss was indicted for one count of theft by unauthorized taking and one count of being an accomplice to criminal mischief in a case investigated by Tilton Police.

Zachary Gouette was indicted for one count of burglary in a case investigated by the Meredith Police.

Kyle Harriman was indicted for four count of possession of narcotic drugs, one count of possession of drugs, and one count of falsifying physical evidence in a case investigated by Laconia Police.

Norma Hernandez was indicted for two counts of sales of controlled rugs and once count of possession of narcotic drugs in a case investigated by the Belmont Police.

Randy Lee Johnson was indicted for four counts of forgery in a case investigated by Meredith Police.

Richard A. Kelley Jr. was indicted for motor vehicle penalties and once count of driving while intoxicated in a case investigated by Gilmanton Police.

Eric V. Lanigan was indicted for one count of theft by unauthorized taking in a case investigated by Belmont Police.

Dennis Lefebvre was indicted for one count of receiving stolen property in a case investigated by Belmont Police and for one count of burglary in a case investigated by the Laconia Police.

Jarod C. Leroux was indicted for one count of burglary in a case investigated by Laconia Police.

Eric J. Lewis was indicted for one count of possession of a narcotic drug in a case investigated by Belmont Police.

Tyler Marchand was indicted for one count of burglary in a case investigated by Laconia Police.

Mitchcell J. Martel was indicted for one count of receiving stolen property in a case investigated by N.H. State Police.

Joseph McCormick was indicted for one count of accomplice to theft by unauthorized taking in a case investigated by Gilford Police.

Tracy McGuire was indicted for one count of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of a controlled drug in a case investigated by the Belknap County Sheriff's Department.

Evan Mercado was indicted for two counts of theft by unauthorized taking in a case investigated by the Tilton Police.

Adrian Merced was indicted for one count of second degree assault in a case investigated by the Laconia Police.

Paul Mullaney was indicted for one count of possession of a narcotic drug in a case investigated by the Belknap County Sheriffs Department.

Kelsey Naroian was indicted for two counts of forgery in a case investigated by Tilton Police.

Klifford T. Owens was indicted for one count of acts prohibited by the Controlled Drug Act in a case investigated by the Belknap County Sheriffs Department.

Catherine Plaia was indicted for one count of theft by unauthorized taking in a case investigated by Laconia Police.

Aaron S.Rae was indicted for one count of bail jumping in a case investigated by the Belknap County Sheriffs Department.

Joseph Richardson was indicted for reckless conduct in a case investigated by Laconia Police.

Raymond Richford was indicted for one count of possession of a controlled drug in a case investigated by Tilton Police.

Samantha Romney was indicted for one count of possession of controlled drugs and one count of possession of controlled drugs with intent to distribute in a case investigated by Gilford Police.
Joshua Russell was indicted for motor vehicle penalties in a case investigated by Belmont Police.

Cody Ryan was indicted for one count of possession of a narcotic drug in a case investigated by Laconia Police.

Adam Scarsilloni was indicted for one count of theft by unauthorized taking in a case investigated by Tilton Police.

Derek Taylor was indicted for two counts of forgery in a case investigated by Meredith Police.

Thomas Ware was indicted for one count of receiving stolen property in a case investigated by Tilton Police.

John E. Woodbury was indicted for one count of arson in a case investigated by Laconia Police.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 November 2014 12:35

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The only other Laconia, USA

LACONIA — The City on the Lakes has a distant cousin, Laconia, Indiana, a town numbering 50 residents at the last census within its 0.05-square-miles perched a mile-and-a-half north of the Ohio River in the southeastern reaches of the state.

Tom Huckaby, a resident of 42 years who calls himself "still a newcomer," said that how the town got is name is a mystery and, in light of the Greek origin of the word, an ironic one. "We're not laconic around here," he explained.

The town was platted, or mapped, in 1816, by John Boone, Daniel Boone's nephew, and was the commercial center of Boone Township for much of the 19th century. Originally the town was drawn to the river, where produce and merchandise crossed back and forth on ferries at Tobacco Landing. Tobacco Landing Road is till the primary north-south thoroughfare through town.

Laconia once boasted a furniture factory, which was destroyed by fire in 1880, three general stores, ringing the town square, three hotels, millinery stores, pool rooms,. a barber, doctor and dentist as well as a bootlegger.The Laconia General Store, built in 1927, remains the lone commercial building at the center of the four block square town. There are two churches, one Presbyterian and one Methodist, both dating from 1874. And Laconia, once a center for the distribution of mail, still has a post office.

The town is home to a pair of major league baseball players. Merrill "Pinkie" May played for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1939 to 1943 and retired with a lifetime batting average of .275. (His son Milt May, enjoyed a career of 15 years in the major leagues as a catcher with five teams, compiling a lifetime batting average of .263.) Gary Timberlake, the second son of Laconia to reach the majors, pitched for a week with the Seattle Pilots, in 1969, surrendering seven hits, nine walks and six runs.

In 2001, Doris Faith, the town historian, told the "Indianapolis Monthly" that the closure of the high school in 1958 , followed by the closure of the elementary school in 1985, "may have been the town's downfall".

Huckaby said that in the 1980s the town found a generous benefactor, Bill Cook of Bloomington, who made his fortune manufacturing medical devices and supplies. In 1984, Cook purchased and restored Cedar Farm, said to be the only plantation north of the Mason-Dixon Line, from the descendants of Jacob Kinter, who built it in 1837. Overlooking the Ohio River, floodwaters reached the ceiling on the ground floor in 1937 and crept to within 30 feet of the house fifty years later. The 2,700 acre estate includes a columned manor in the classic revival style along with an ice-house, carriage house, smokehouse, cookhouse, school house, cabins and barns, all of which were restored or rebuilt.

When the failure of its underground fuel tanks threatened the future of the Laconia General Store, Cook purchased the property and replaced the tanks. Donna Smith, one of several clerks at the store, said "we're an emergency grocery store and sell a little bit of everything." The store serves as the meeting place for the town.

Cook also acquired the deserted school building, originally constructed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1933 after fire destroyed Clay Hill College. He converted the school to a community center with a handful of apartments. "

Huckaby said that whatever Cook did was done "first class," including importing mahogany from Honduras to replace the window frames in the converted school. "I doubt the general store was turning a profit when he bought it and its questionable if its profitable even now," he said, adding that its value to the town cannot be counted.

As the population dwindled, the town council recognized the lack of a sewer system as a major constraint on the growth of the community. While state law prescribed that a septic system could not be permitted on any lot of less than an acre, the lots in Laconia were less than half an acre. In 2000 the town was awarded a federal grant of $260,000 to construct a sewer system. During the following decade the population, which had slid from 75 in 1990 to 29 in 2000, nearly doubled.

Huckaby, who owns and operates a greenhouse in Laconia, said that the town is something of a bedroom community for Louisville, Kentucky, some 30 miles to the east. He said a number people in town commute to the General Electric and Ford plants in Louisville and farm 200 or 300 acres around Laconia.

Small and quiet, Laconia, said Huckaby is a pleasant place to live, not least for its natural surroundings, which feature acres of protected forest and steep 300-foot high bluffs overlooking the Ohio River.

"When I google Laconia," Huckaby said, "New Hampshire always comes up first. Send me some information about your Laconia."

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 November 2014 12:32

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