Belmont's top 10 high schoolers share a love of science, band and theater


BELMONT — For most of the top 10 graduates of Belmont High School, band, chorus, math, French and physics are some of the things that held this academically tight-knit group of seniors together.

Sarah Thayer explained that while not all of them were close outside of school, they all worked together academically to get the most out of their high school education.

"Like physics – we worked together and we cried together," she said, to nods and laughter around the table.

But physics is behind them now and this is a group of students who know what they want and how they're going to get it. And they're not afraid to share their opinion.

When asked about the arts, most of them said band was something that bound them together. Some played sports but most didn't. They all agreed that Laconia is making a big mistake by moving band to after school and complimenting them on how good their band is. Many of these students participated in the national championship in Florida last year.

While many of them love drama, they bemoaned the lack of a good working space for plays. Shakespeare fans all, they said they are looking forward to performing "A Midsummer Night's Dream" outside this year for their final performance.

"The whole class dresses up," said Carol Lipshultz, who is the class valedictorian.

"Yeah, it's so much fun to dress up," said Michael Sanborn who is the class salutatorian. "Everybody should do it."

For the most part, they're all going to different colleges and seven of the 10 plan to major in some kind of science and/or engineering. All of them said they are grateful to Allan Sheehy, who made them love and understand calculus, and to science teacher Aaron Hayward and history teacher Michael Foley.
For the half of the top 10 took French, they said "Madame," or in real life, Edith Takantjas, taught them much about world culture while teaching them French. All of them said they had some desire to get at least part of their education overseas and many of them credited that desire to her.

For many, band and the band trips are something they said would miss most.

There were a number of athletes in this group. Sanborn played a variety of sports primarily golf and track, Emily Ennis will be attending Elizabethtown College on a soccer scholarship, and most of the remaining students played either soccer, lacrosse or participated in track.

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The top 10 graduates of Belmont High School, from left, are Michael Sanborn, who will attend Clarkson University in its honors program for chemical engineering; Anna Scott, who will attend The New Hampshire Technical Institute; Emily Ennis who will attend Elizabethtown College for international business; Sarah Thayer, who will attend Salve Regina University for biology; Emily Ashey, who will attend UNH for psychology and legal studies; Veronica Harris, who will attend UNH its honors program to study chemistry; Tayla Jacques, who will attend Plymouth State College and study psychology and criminology; Carol Lipshultz, who will attend Colby College and study biochemistry and neuroscience; and Alise Shuten, who will be taking a gap year to work as an LNA after getting her certificate from the Huot Technical Center and who wants to be be a chiropractor. Not pictured is Eric Osgood, who will attend NHTI. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)

Benefit set for Lynn Martin, 58, diagnosed with terminal cancer (391 w/3 col cut)


LACONIA — A benefit fundraiser for a 58-year-old woman who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer will be held Sunday, June 5, from 1 to 5 p.m., at the Leavitt Park Club on Elm Street in Lakeport.
Lynn (Dore) Martin received word of her diagnosis on April 8 according to her friend, Valerie Thompson, who along with Ray Corliss, drummer for the LA East Rhythm and Blues Band, has been organizing the fundraiser.
"It's in my bones and liver. It stinks, but I can't change it and I have to deal with it and try to live every day to the fullest," said Martin. She says that she has been assigned a hospice care coordinator who meets with her every other week and monitors her condition.
"The doctor told me that it's a matter of months," she said. "Right now I'm able to be myself, but I get tired real quick."
Martin says she has worked all of her adult life, starting at Laconia State School, where she worked from 1975 until 1982 and most recently at Dunkin' Donuts, and now does occasional pet sitting. But she has no life insurance to cover her funeral expenses, which she said will involve cremation.
Thompson and Corliss say that the event will be hosted by the LA East Rhythm and Blues Band with Arthur James and Friends and will feature raffles of gift certificates from local businesses and restaurants. Donation is $10 per person and it will be a potluck/BYOB event.
Thompson says that a trust fund has been set with Meredith Village Savings Bank and that those who would like to contribute can send funds to the bank, addressed to Valerie Thompson, In Trust For Lynn Martin. For more information or to contribute items for the raffles call Thompson at 832-4960 or Corliss at 524-5860.
Corliss said the event was originally scheduled as a memorial tribute to the late Michael Sevigny, who died recently at the age of 65, and was a well-known local builder. He said that Sevigny will also be honored at the event.


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Valerie Thompson and her Golden Retriever,  Hunter, are shown with Lynn Martin, Owen Martin and Ray Corliss. Lynn Martin has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and Thompson and Corliss are organizing a fund raiser for her which will be held at Leavitt Park in Lakeport on June 5 from 1-5 p.m. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

Charlie Chandler joins District 2 race for NH Senate seat


WARREN — Charles Chandler of Warren, best known as Charlie, yesterday became the first Democrat to announce he will seek a seat in the New Hampshire Senate in District 2.

Born and raised in Laconia, which he called "my home town," Chandler has spent the last 45 years serving local and state government in elected, appointed and voluntary positions. "Public service is in my blood," he said.

Chandler, a retired attorney, has been a selectman in Northfield, where he also served on the Planning Board, and currently holds the same two positions in Warren. He represented Northfield in the New Hampshire House of Representatives where he served along side his father, Earl Chandler of Wilmot, and brother, Gene Chandler of Bartlett, as the lone Democrat of the three.

Chandler served on the Ballot Law Commission as well as an Election Monitor, appointed by the Secretary of State and Attorney General to oversee voting in New Boston.

In 2010, Secretary of State William Gardner picked Chandler to preside over an independent inquiry into Financial Resources Mortgage Inc. and CL&M Inc. of Meredith, which bilked more than 100 clients of tens of millions of dollars in what Chandler called "a heartless, vicious Ponzi scheme."

Chairman of the Board of Franklin Savings, a director of the Pemi-Baker Land Trust and a member of the Cannon Mountain Advisory Commission, Chandler said that along with background in law and service in government he also brings experience in business to his candidacy.

Chandler said that he has always been committed to public education.

"We must fully fund and provide this adequate education in order to keep New Hampshire moving forward." He described economic development as "always part of what I do," adding that while the economy rebounding "it's not improving for everybody."

Chandler stressed that his "experience, judgement and temperament" suited him for the Senate, where he anticipated "The positions I take will cross party lines."

Chandler is the second resident of Warren to enter the race in District 2, joining Republican Bob Giuda who his vying with Brian Gallagher of Sanbornton for the GOP nomination.

"I know them both well," he said, noting that he spoke with them to say that he intends to run a positive campaign grounded on the issues and hoped they would do the same. Chandler said, "There are serious philosophical differences and the voters of District 2 will have very clear choices."

Senate District 2 consists of 27 towns in three counties: Haverhill, Piermont, Orford,Warren, Wentowrth, Dorechester, Ellsworth, Rumney. Groton, Orange, Grafton, Campton, Plymouth, Hebron, Alexandria, Holderness, Ashland, Bridgewater and Bristol in Grafton County; Meredith, Center Harbor, New Hampton, Sanbornton and Tilton in Belknap County; and Hill, Danbury and Wilmot in Merrimack County.