The Laconia High School Class of 2017

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LHS fraduates toss their caps following commencement Friday evening.  (Karen Bobotas/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

LACONIA — The Laconia High School Class of 2017 graduated on Friday, June 9. The graduates are as follows:

1. Alexis Grier Albert
2. Nathaniel Charles Allen
3. Emily Morgan Baird
4. Kenneth Michael Barton
5. Korry Elizabeth Blake
6. Tyler Joseph Boissonnault
7. Sandro Bosnjak
8. Robert Arthur Brough
9. Logan Michael Brough
10. Jessa Jason Buchanan
11. Ashley Altagracia Burgos
12. Nicholas Robert Caravona
13. Austin Joseph Carbone
14. Ryan Nicholas Carpenter
15. Ryan Thomas Cashman
16. Brianna Elizabeth Paige Chambers
17. Leon Chon Chen
18. Kadidja Elizabeth Conde
19. Adrianna Noel Copp
20. Cameron Campbell Crane
21. Abigail Chartier Crowell
22. Jenna Lyn Dame
23. Nicole Marie D'Amore
24. Kaleb Anthony Dion
25. Carter Roland Doherty
26. Kylie Ann Dolloff
27. Nicholas Ryan Drouin
28. Jacob Patrick Ellis
29. Nikki Jean Fain
30. Chloe May Feaster
31. Jacob Edward Filgate
32. Devin Ourice Fitts
33. Joshua Michael Follansbee
34. Liam McClain Fortson
35. Brandon Michael Galimberti
36. Morgan Elizabeth Gamans
37. Ryan Alan Garneau
38. Cameron Lee Gifford
39. Cameron Joseph Giguere
40. Shayla Blaze Gilbert
41. Michael Robert Gillis
42. Kandis Hope Gray
43. Emily Paige Gray
44. Samuel Allan Guyer
45. Natashia Guzman Lugo
46. Tasha Nicole Hartford
47. Ian James Hearn
48. Collin Michael Humphreys
49. Robb Mar Hyslop
50. Austin Jacob Johnson
51. Cheyanne Theresa Keets
52. Jerra Ann Kirk
53. Jacob Daniel Kresco
54. Dalibor Kresovic
55. Ciara Janelle LaGarde
56. Andrew James Laramie
57. Aaron James Leach
58. Ian Raymond Leach
59. Richard Thomas Lennon
60. Monique J.P. Lewis
61. Rylee Elizabeth Littlefield
62. Garrett Cole Long
63. Taylor Madison Lovely
64. Timothy Scott Maczko
65. Cole Robert Manion
66. Shawn Michael Marston
67. Daniel Soen Mason
68. Michael David Maxham
69. Brandon Tyler Maxham
70. Tori Elizabeth McCrea
71. James Turner McDonald
72. Isaiah Fred McDonald
73. Gabriela Lynn Melvin
74. Allyssa Ramey Miner
75. Romeo Emanuelle Miranda-Aponte
76. Benjamin M.N. Montembeault
77. John Victor Morales-Rodriguez
78. Quincy Robert Morris
79. Kaitlyn Addison Mowery
80. Nicolas Malcolm Murray
81. Jacob Eric Nelson
82. Kevin Van Nguyen
83. Colleen Mary O'Brien
84. Lyndsey Therese Paronto
85. Kate Elizabeth Persson
86. Brittany Allegra Petell
87. Saengphet Praseuth
88. Laurenda Rose Robinson
89. Madison Rae Sandifer
90. Jonathan Tyler Sasseville
91. Garyanne Mia Setzer
92. Joshua W. Shumway
93. Duncan Anthony Sirois
94. Gladiana Lilyjean Spitz
95. Teegan Jane Stevens
96. Mackenzie Robert Stewart
97. Leah Donna Stivali
98. Maggie Patricia Sullivan
99. Helen Elise Tautkus
100. Brandon Owen Thammavongsa
101. Caleb Xashon Thomas
102. Shawn Michael Tierney
103. Simon Trung Trieu, Jr.
104. Nathan Andrew Tucker
105. Dominick Tracy Vaillancourt
106. Kyle Hunter Vaughan
107. Sydney Rene Warman
108. Isabella Kristina Whitty
109. Dana Summer Woods-Robinson
110. Carson Charles Woodward
111. Cheyanne Rose Zappala

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111 graduating seniors march into Bank of NH Stadium for LHS Commencement ceremony Friday evening.  (Karen Bobotas/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

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Tate Aldrich speaks to the LHS class of 2017 during his commencement address.  (Karen Bobotas/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

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Taylor Lovely shows off her diploma.  (Karen Bobotas/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

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Meredith beautification plan gets mixed reviews

MEREDITH — Bricks and trees emerged as major points of contention during a workshop presentation earlier this week on a beautification plan for Meredith village.
Most people attending the Monday-night meeting agreed that the Greater Meredith Program’s conceptual plans for the area of the Meredith Town Docks offer welcome improvements to the town, but some speakers questioned the wisdom of installing a brick crosswalk in New Hampshire, where snowplows and extreme weather conditions can cause such materials to deteriorate rapidly.
The Greater Meredith Program is offering to pay for its recommended enhancements to the state Department of Transportation’s proposal to improve traffic patterns on routes 3 and 25 in the area of the Meredith Town Docks. The DOT would fund its work, but upgrades such as using bricks for a 12-foot-wide pedestrian crosswalk and the planting of trees alongside the sidewalks and along the docks would be the responsibility of the GMP.
Since the meeting, Town Manager Philip Warren has been contacting other communities that share our climate for their experience with brick crosswalks, in preparation for the next selectmen’s meeting, on June 15, when they are to vote on the updated proposal.
Warren said he has found only two communities in New Hampshire — Concord and Plymouth — and one in Portland, Maine, that have installed brick crosswalks. The first two have not had the sidewalks in place long enough to be able to offer an opinion, and Warren had not heard back from Portland.
Public Works Director Michael Faller said during the workshop that Plymouth’s previous experience with brick crosswalks has not been positive.
“The concrete will heave up and, over time, you get a difference in elevation, and plows can catch on that,” he said.
Plymouth has redone its crosswalks with a deeper concrete base, but cannot yet say how durable they are.
Also questioned at the meeting was the planting of trees, particularly along the water’s edge.
The waterfront improvements are long-range goals and are not part of the current project because of the need to stabilize the seawall, which Warren said already is compromised and could not support the extra weight. Seawall improvements are a responsibility of the town and Warren said the town also will be considering dock replacement. Any solution could be years away.
As part of the current project, the Greater Meredith Program wants to plant trees and shrubs along the village side of Route 3 and along the guardrail separating traffic from the parking area. It also proposes upgrading the standard guardrail in the DOT plan to a white wooden rail with flowers planted alongside it.
Selectman Michael Pelczar said he opposes any planting of trees along the docks because it would obscure the view of the lake, and he worried that leaves falling from the trees along the state right of way would require extra work by town employees.
“We’re talking about a major beautification project,” Selectman Bev Lapham responded. “I can’t believe we’re talking about the cost of raking the leaves.”
Warren said, “The reality is, when we have incremental increases — if we take on additional duties and responsibility — that means [budget] increases. My concern is that, when we roll into September and October, I don’t want to rob from Peter to pay Paul.”
GMP spokesman Rusty McLear said, “I think it’s fair to say to the taxpayers that they shouldn’t be burdened with any of this. The Greater Meredith Program has the money to do this, and if it takes our money to maintain it, we’ll do that.”
He added that some work might be done more economically by the town, and the group is willing to reimburse the town. He also noted that his Mill Falls enterprise maintains that side of the highway.
Some of the residents attending the meeting came forward to express their concerns about losing the lake views.
Dennis Finnerty worried about the liability from wet leaves in the parking area and said, “To me, I don’t want anything else blocking my view of the lake. I’m tired of the GMP dictating what we think is beautiful. The [sculpture] walk is a success, but, to me, I walk along the lake to see the lake.”
Karen Sticht agreed, saying, “Every time I drive down, I look at the lake and think, how beautiful! I really don’t think trees are necessary. If you drive around, you can see a few trees. We’ve got lots of trees.”
Meredith Fire Chief Ken Jones said he likes the appearance of trees but his concerns have to do with parking and safety.
“Going to one crosswalk, you’re going to see a lot of jaywalkers,” he said, “and if you plant trees that might obscure drivers’ views, safety is a concern.”
Jones said he also has concerns about the ability of fire trucks to make the turns.
The impetus for the Greater Meredith Program’s proposals is the state highway agency’s plans to upgrade the intersection of routes 3 and 25 while resurfacing the road. Plans call for eliminating one of the northbound lanes on Route 3 to allow for wider left-turn lanes coming from Route 25. The signal at the intersection will be replaced with one that includes cameras and detection devices to optimize its operation.
The plan also would eliminate the two crosswalks at Dover and Lake streets and replace them with one 12-foot-wide crosswalk in the middle of those two intersections, with ramps compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
There also will be new curbing with raised islands, either paved or grassy.
Adjustments to the parking lot would eliminate some spaces and add others, and there was confusion at the meeting on whether there would be a net gain or a net loss of parking capacity.
The department plans to issue bids this summer and have work begin this fall. All work would occur off-season so it would not impact summer traffic.

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An artist's representation shows the proposed changes at Route 3 in the area of the Meredith Town Docks.

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There are currently two crosswalks crossing Route 3 in Meredith near the town docks. Plans call for replacing them with a single crosswalk. (Adam Drapcho/Laconia Daily Sun)

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‘They don’t have a voice’ - Fritzie Baer award goes to Mae West Run founder

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Doug Asermely shows the guitar signed by members of Guns N Roses that will be given away during the Mae West Memorial Pet Run. His company, Sick Boy Motorcycles, is donating the guitar. (Adam Drapcho/Laconia Daily Sun)

GILFORD — The organizer of the Mae West Memorial Pet Run is this year’s recipient of the Fritzie Baer award, given by the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association to those who help build respect between riders and non-riders.
Doug Asermely of Sick Boy Motorcycles, based in Deadwood, South Dakota, has worked all year with the association to plan for the 94th running of Laconia Motorcycle Week, said Charlie St. Clair in presenting the award at the inaugural Motorcycle Week press conference on Thursday.
This year’s will be the fifth pet run, named for St. Clair’s cat, Mae West, who died during Motorcycle Week in 2013.
“We decided to hold a run in memory of that cat,” Asermely said, “and to donate the proceeds to the N.H. Humane Society.”
There were 185 participants that first year and the numbers have increased every years since. More than 200 riders participated in 2016.
This year’s ride, on Monday, July 12, at 10:30 a.m., will begin at rally headquarters at the Weirs Beach boardwalk and will then travel to the Humane Society on Meredith Center Road, where riders will have a chance to visit the animals and enjoy complimentary coffee and a pastry. From there, the run will take riders through scenic roads in Meredith, Laconia, and Loudon, ending at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Asermely said there will be an after-party at the Broken Spoke Saloon.
All riders will receive a complimentary T-shirt and Asermely will be raffling off a guitar signed by all members of Guns N Roses except for Axl Rose, and carrying the Sick Boy Motorcycles logo.
Asermely donates his time and resources so all of the money raised by riders and sponsors of the pet run goes to the Humane Society. While there are many runs for charitable causes during Motorcycle Week, Asermely said he was particularly moved to help animals.
“Pets don’t have a voice,” he said.
Asermely’s father started the company, which sells T-shirts, hats, and motorcycle accessories that carry the Sick Boy logo, 19 years ago, he said. He has been coming to Laconia Motorcycle Week since the late 1980s, first as a customer and, more recently, as a vendor. This year, his Sick Boy Motorcycles tent is set up at the Laconia Roadhouse.
During his remarks about the pet run, Asermely also called for changes in the annual rally.
“We have a lot of passionate people,” he said, “but the industry is changing, and we need to change with it. If you do the same thing every year, the crowds will be less and less, and by the 100th year, we’ll be just a skeleton. Let’s not be horrible.”
After receiving the Fritzie Baer award later, he said, “If I had known, I’d have saved the rant.”

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