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Senate passes bill to reimburse FRM victims

CONCORD — A bill to establish a fund to provide restitution for those defrauded by Financial Resources Mortgage, Inc. (FRM) carried the New Hampshire Senate by a voice vote yesterday.

A similar bill introduced by then Senator Peter Bragdon (R-Milford) last year was referred to interim study by the Senate. Senator Kevin Avard (R-Nashua) introduced Senate Bill 155 in February.

The bill would designate 50-percent of the proceeds from penalties and fines collected by the Bureau of Securities Regulation in excess of its budgetary needs and 50-percent of the undesignated funds from settlements secured by the Department of Justice to the fund to make restitution to victims defrauded by the Meredith firm.

Scott Farah and Donald Dodge, the principals of FRM and its afiliate C L& M, Inc. were sentenced to prison for their part in defrauding more than 150 investors of some $23-million over nearly a decade before the firm imploded in 2009.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 March 2015 12:09

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Laconia police make three arrests on drug charges

LACONIA — Two Laconia residents are facing drug trafficking charges following their arrest yesterday, Laconia police report.

Ernie Clark, 45, and Jennifer E. Downs, 25, both of 1 Dixon St., #3, in Laconia, were two of three people arrested on drug crimes over the past two days, the department announced in a statement released to the media.

Clark and Downs were at their residence when they were detained by state Probation and Parole officers for probation violations. Based on evidence found by Probation and Parole, as well as evidence from an ongoing investigation, and evidence from a search pursuant to a search warrant, both are being charged with drug crimes.

Clark was booked at the Laconia Police Department and charged with possession of a narcotic drug with intent to distribute and sales of a narcotic drug. Laconia police said they expected to charge Downs with three counts of sales of a narcotic drug.

Police identified the third person arrested as Connor Garfinkle, 19, of 736 Union Ave., #9, Laconia. Garfinkle was at his residence when he was detained on a probation violation by NH Probation and Parole. A charge of possession of a narcotic drug was filed by the Laconia Police Department on Wednesday. He was arraigned Thursday and ordered held on $3,000 cash bail at the Belknap County Jail.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 20 March 2015 12:00

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County lawmakers to take up agreement with new Teamsters' unon affiliate when they meet on Mon.

LACONIA — The Belknap County Convention will take up a collective bargaining agreement with the newest union representing some Belknap County employees when it meets Monday night at 6 p.m. at the Belknap County complex.
The three-year contract with the Teamsters Local Union 633, which represents 21 workers from several different county departments, calls for a $28,890 increase in wages and payroll associated costs in the 2015 budget, increasing the total contract costs from $517,017 to $545,906.
The 2016 cost impact would be $25,300, when costs rise to $571,205 and 2017 it would be around $26,000, when contract costs will be $598,061.
The contract was approved by the previous Board of Commisioners just before they left office and its cost impact figures were first presented to the convention when it met earlier this week.
The new union was granted certification by the state Public Employee Labor Relations Board last summer and was organized to represent mainly support staff employees, many of whom were not eligible for membership in the State Employees Association, which represents employees in the Corrections Department, Sheriff's Department and Nursing Home.
County Commissioners plan to start negotiations with the other unions in the near future and had sought to leave funding for a vacant human resources director position left in the 2015 budget in order to have funds to put on the table during those negotiations. But the county convention removed the $100,000 from the administration budget.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 March 2015 11:55

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Sandy Bailey's stay at Gilford Town Hall coming to a close

GILFORD — After 12 years with the town working in various administrative capacities, Sandy Bailey will be retiring in the middle of April.

Bailey, who was hired in 2003 as a planning administrator and two years later promoted to administrative assistant to the town administrator said she and her husband are retiring at the same time.

"I've been working on a retirement plan for two years," said Bailey. "I decided about two years ago that this is what I want to do."

Bailey talked about her rather varied career yesterday, including the time she and her husband spent operating a hotel on the New Jersey shore.

"We did that for about three years," she said. They sold when the state decided her property would be a great place for an exit ramp off the Garden State Throughway.

"I learned the pros and cons of working with my husband," she said.

After they sold the hotel, Bailey and her husband returned home to Northwood, N.H. to assist with his parents.

She was hired as a planning assistant in 2003 by John Ayer and Polly Sanfacon, she said, noting that when she lived in Northwood before the New Jersey adventure, she had worked in their planning department.

In 2005, she was "recruited" by then Town Administrator Evans Juris to be his assistant and stayed in the position, working briefly with Debra Shackett and John Markland before current Town Administrator Scott Dunn was hired in August of 2008.

Known for keeping her own counsel, Bailey said she watched a lot of interesting things happen during her years upstairs but said her style isn't talking out of school.

"I'm also very easy-going and flexible," she said.

Bailey has four granddaughters with whom she plans on spending a lot more time.

"I was always a working grandmother," she said, adding that now she can help her daughters with daycare and take care of her grandchildren when they're sick just like her mother did for her when her children were young.

She said her husband will continue working part-time for at least a few more years and traveling across the United States is one of their long-term goals.

Bailey said her husband also built her a "granny cave" where she can go and work on her many crafts and hobbies — both with and without her grandchildren.

"I have a radio and my computer and I have been known to consume a glass of wine in there on occasion," she said.

Both Bailey and her husband have a passion for woodworking.

"We exchange tools for Christmas," she said. "This year I got a chop saw and he got a drill press."

She said she and her two older granddaughters made many holiday projects and with two of her granddaughters both younger than three, she looks forward to making many, many more of them.

As for Gilford, she said she'll miss the people.

"We're a little work family here and I'm really going to miss that," she said.

When asked what she's not going to miss, she said that one was easy — night meetings with the selectmen.

"Nothing personal," she said. "I just like to be home at night."

 

CUTLINE: (Sandy Bailey) Sandy Bailey in a familiar pose at a very familiar desk in the Gilford town offices. She is retiring in the middle of April so she can spend more time with her family. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)

Last Updated on Friday, 20 March 2015 11:50

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