LACONIA — Local Republicans were quick to condemn remarks of Belknap County Commissioner Ed Philpot of Laconia, who while speaking to fellow Democrats at the county committee's annual picnic on Thursday evening called the Republican leadership of the Belknap County Delegation "bad people looking to do bad things."
Alan Glassman of Barnstead, chairman of the Belknap County Republican Committee, promptly issued a statement calling on Philpot to make a public apology "acknowledging that his public comments were unprofessional, inflammatory, and inappropriate." Others, including two members of the delegation — Representatives Jane Cormier of Alton and Richard Burchell of Gilmanton — immediately sent letters to this newspaper reproaching Philpot.
In his statement, Glassman said that he was "appalled" to read Philpot's remarks, adding that his reaction was "exacerbated by the fact that The Daily Sun's headline at the top of page 1 was "Philpot takes aim at 'bad people' leading GOP delegation". He noted that The Citizen, which also reported on Philpot's remarks, headlined its story "County Democrats Looking to 2014 Elections."
"If Commissioner Philpot really feels that publicly uttering such a statement is going to help improve the strained relationship between the commissioners and the Republican delegation," Glassman continued, "he undoubtedly doesn't have a good understanding of human nature. Speaking on behalf of all Republicans in Belknap County, " he said, "I want to see the commissioners and the entire delegation able to work together on such critical matters as the county budget and the county prison." But, he closed, "to do so, at this juncture requires a public apology from Commissioner Philpot."
"I was very shocked to say the least," Glassman said yesterday. He said that he sent an e-mail directly to Philpot urging him to apologize quickly and publicly to put the matter to rest. He copied his e-maill to Philpot's colleagues, Commissioners John Thomas of Belmont and Steve Nedeau of Meredith — both Republicans — as well as to Representative Colette Worsman of Meredith, who chairs the convention, and Representative Frank Tilton of Laconia, the chairman of the Executive Committee of the convention.
Philpot's differences with the delegation began last December, shortly after the commission presented its budget, when the delegation claimed authority over the budget he believed was vested in the commission. The breach widened as the delegation prepared its budget, choosing to reject the commission's suggestions for reducing the amount to be raised by property taxes in favor of stripping stripping employee benefits from the budget.
After the commission shuffled money within the budget to fund the benefits, the dispute fell to the hands of attorneys. Meanwhile, the commissioners have spent much of the past year planning to replace the county jail with a new facility. The project has scant support among the delegation, some of whose members have challenged the process followed by the commission and openly rejected its findings and recommendations.
Last Updated on Saturday, 20 July 2013 02:34
PLYMOUTH, Mass. — The Muskrats moved into a tie for second in the Eastern Division of the NECBL last night with a 7-5 win here over the Pilgrims. Now 18-13 on the season, Laconia and Ocean State are both 2 1/2 games back of Newport.
Laconia will be back at home tonight, hosting Sanford at Robbie Mills Field at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Mainers will return the favor and host the Muskrats. On Sunday evening, Laconia will entertain the league's annual All Star Game.
Laconia, greatly aided by 8 walks, managed to score its 7 runs against Plymouth with just 8 hits, none of them for extra bases. Center fielder Joe Torres (Iona) and catcher Carter White (U Memphis) each had 2 of them.
Evan Rahn (Wheaton) worked 6 innings for the Muskrats and got credit for the win. He allowed 2 runs on 8 hits, walking 3 and recording 1 strikeout. Adrian Longoria (Texas A&M-Corpus Christie) worked a perfect ninth and got credit for a save.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 July 2013 03:20
GILMANTON — Superintendent John Fauci said yesterday that despite the fact that the building housing the SAU is for sale, the School District has a two years left on its lease and has no plans to relocate.
Fauci made his comments when called to respond to a letter to the editor penned by Elena Ball suggesting the SAU 79 offices will "be looking for a new home and asking the taxpayers to foot the cost."
"The School Board hasn't mentioned it and I don't foresee any changes," Fauci said, noting there are no "for sale" signs on the property and nothing to indicate that if the building were sold the new owners would make any changes.
"We are excellent tenants," he said.
He described the building as an historic building that is perfect for the size of the SAU — which has five employees, two of whom are full-time. He said the owner of the home lives in the upper two floors and the SAU offices occupy the first floor.
In other School District news, Fauci said the schools have reviewed with the police and fire departments some new security protocols in the wake of the tragedy at Newtown, Conn.
He said cameras can now not only monitor the outside of the school but are set up so there is the ability to monitor them remotely. He added a parents forum about safety jointly sponsored by the police and the school board was widely attended.
Enrollments is up, Fauci said, bucking the overall trends in New Hampshire.
He said the New England School Development Economic Council recently completed a demographic study that included a 10-year look back and a 10-year forward projection that indicates school enrollment in Gilmanton will increase over the next 10 years.
Fauci said one of the things that makes Gilmanton a desirable place to live for young families is the quality of the public school system and the full-day kindergarten.
The study shows K-8 enrollment has increased from 388 to 406 students or 4.6 percent from 2002 until 2012 — the last year the data was available for the study. Enrollment through 2022 is projected to increase 15.5-percent and is based on the number of births through 2012 and the projected number of births in the next 10 years. The number of students is projected to go from 406 to 469 during that period.
With enrollment increasing in 2014 from 406 in 2012 to a projected 420, Fauci said the district has hired one additional teacher.
The Demographic study is available on the SAU site at www.gilmanton.k12.nh.us.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 July 2013 03:18
LACONIA — How likely is it that three sisters from Norwood, Massachusetts would end up living at the same continuing care retirement community in New Hampshire? Well, very likely as it turns out. Sisters Janina Majcher, 98, Irene Barninger, 95 and Sue Knowles, 93, are all residents at Taylor Community.
Sue moved in first in 1993, with her late husband, Deryck after friends mentioned they should check out the facility. Janina followed in 1997 and Irene in 1999. What brought them to Taylor? "It had a good reputation," said Irene matter-of-factly.
All three women enjoy having their own apartments, yet take comfort in the fact they can still be a family.
Growing up, Irene said the three were very different. Janina suffered from polio as a child. She was an accomplished pianist, spending hours practicing. "She had small hands with a delicate touch and was very good at sewing and crocheting, making cloth dolls and toys, which she sold off our back porch."
"Jan was smart," added Sue. "She skipped a grade."
Irene spoke of Jan's sense of humor. "A couple of years ago we took her to the dentist, who was very kind. Upon leaving he came out to say goodbye and as she was getting on the elevator she waved and said, 'Adios Doctor!'"
Today Jan lives in the nursing section of Taylor. Although her health isn't the best, she enjoys having Sue come and read to her nightly.
Irene manages the library in her building and regularly sends books up to Sue. "Every night she asks if I can come back tomorrow," said Sue with a smile.
Irene is proud of the sisters' strong, Polish background. Both she and Sue raved about their mother's cooking and the traditional Polish dishes she would make.
Irene, who was happiest when working with figures, made a career as a bookkeeper until retirement. She moved to a condo following her husband's passing. After breaking her hip and the subsequent healing, she decided to move to Taylor.
Though Irene has her health issues as well, she remains upbeat and is a regular participant in Taylor Home daily functions. Besides being in charge of the assisted living's library, she's a participant of the chorus.
Sue was the athlete, playing baseball and volleyball and after she married, golf. She also enjoyed cooking and singing. "When I was in my 20s Irene and I were in Boston and saw a place where you could make a recording. Irene insisted I go in and I made two records. My son still has them today," she said.
While she had aspirations of being both a singer and a dietician, Sue ended up becoming a registered medical secretary, which she really enjoyed.
She also helped name one of the streets on the Taylor Community campus. "We used to live on Fox Hollow Lane. The postman came by one day and said they were thinking of renaming it because there were too many streets beginning with the letter F in town. He suggested we get together with our neighbors and come up with a new name."
Sue took the first letters from the names of the two other couples on the block as well as she and her husband's and tried to play around with them. The group had recently gone to the movies together to see "Amadeus." The letters she had and the movie title matched and she suggested they change the name to Amadeus. Everyone liked the idea and the post master agreed. Today it is known as Amadeus Drive.
Both women credit their longevity to good genes. Their mother lived to be 89 and their father, 94.
Irene's philosophy on life is based on reading "The Power of Positive Thinking" many years ago. "I try to keep a happy, positive attitude," she said.
Sue's rule to live by is to be as honest as you can. "Try to be understanding and empathetic of others, especially the elderly. Some day that will be you," she said.
Taylor Community is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community whose mission is to provide the highest quality retirement living options to support the independence, health and dignity of community residents. For more information, call 524-5600 or visit www.taylorcommunity.org.
The photo caption is as follows: Irene (second from left), Sue and Jan, pose with their mother, Catherine, several years ago.
Unfortunately, a current photo of the three together isn't possible due to health issues. I do hope you'll find this of interest and appreciate your consideration.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 July 2013 03:15
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