Gilford swears in new officer

With her own family, new Gilford PD family, Gilford Town personnel, & members of the Belknap County Sheriff's Dept. all looking on, Officer Kimberly Orr took her oath of office earlier today as she joined GPD as a full-time patrol officer. Officer Orr has relocated to the area from Lexington, MA, where she had been previously employed as an officer with that town's police department.

With her own family, new Gilford PD family, Gilford Town personnel and members of the Belknap County Sheriff's Department all looking on, Officer Kimberly Orr, left, took her oath of office Friday morning as she joined GPD as a full-time patrol officer.  Orr has relocated to the area from Lexington, Massachusetts, where she had been previously employed as an officer with that town's police department. With her is Chief Anthony Bean Burpee.

Ted Cruz packs the Beane Center days before primary

Presidential candidate Ted Cruz made supporters wait about a half hour for a visit to the Beane Conference Center in Laconia last night, but promised to bring the old Reagan coalition together. (Michael Kitch/Laconia Daily Sun)

LACONIA — While a packed house at the Beane Conference Center waited nearly an hour for Ted Cruz last night, the campaign showed several videos, of which the most telling were those featuring leaders of the "liberty movement," particularly the one recalling the support first Ron then Rand Paul expressed for Cruz.

Following his poor showing in Iowa, Rand Paul dropped out of the race for the GOP nomination, orphaning his libertarian followers. who In New Hampshire far outnumber the evangelicals who fueled Cruz's victory in Iowa.

The Cruz who spoke in Laconia was an equally conservative, but more secular candidate than carried the cornfields on Monday , or even than stumped in Tilton last month. His top priority was spurring economic growth by lowering taxes and easing regulations. "I will repeal every word of Obamacare," he vowed, "and replace it with "common sense reforms that make healthcare personal, portable and affordable." He said he would introduce a flat tax that would enable taxpayers to file their returns "on a postcard" and abolish the Internal Revenue Service. And finally, he pledge to "defend our constitutional rights, especially "religious liberty" and the "right to bear arms."

Cruz stressed the urgency of rebuilding the military, securing the borders and "utterly destroying ISIS," all familiar themes of his stump speech. He also dwelt on the 10th amendment to the Constitution, which he takes to severely limit the authority of the federal government and envisioned returning extensive authority to the fifty separate states and, above all, to "we the people."

"Taking power out of Washington and back to we the people," he said. That's what this campaign is all about.

Cruz regularly likens the current state of the Union to the late 1970s, when the failings of the Carter Administration led to what he calls "the Reagan Revolution," which last he said began with the New Hampshire Primary. "New Hampshire gave America our 40th president and changed the arc of history," he declared, adding " I see the old Reagan coalition coming together."

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New Hampshire's liquid gold - Maple syrup season off to unusually early start

Jeff Moore of Windswept Maples in Loudon taps trees along Loudon Ridge Road.Jeff Moore of Windswept Maples in Loudon taps trees along Loudon Ridge Road.

By Roger Amsden

FOR THE LACONIA DAILY SUN

The New Hampshire maple syrup season is off to a quick start, thanks to an unusually warm winter.
Jeff Moore of Windswept Maples on Loudon Ridge Road in Loudon says that he and his brother and father, Larry, held their first boil of the season Tuesday, which produced 160 gallons and that they have been collecting sap since last Wednesday.
Yesterday marked their second boil of the season, a marked contrast with last year, when a cold winter kept the operation from getting into full swing until late March.
He said that sap starts flowing when temperatures stay below freezing overnight and rise above freezing during the day with ideal conditions having temperatures ranging from mid-20s at night to the to mid-40s during the day.
"It's quite a bit earlier than last year but there's no such thing as a typical year for making maple syrup," Moore said. "It's all weather dependent."
He says the farm has 8,500 taps and last year made 3,300 gallons of syrup. It has a vacuum system that sucks the sap from the trees as well a reverse osmosis system at its sap house which removes more than half of the water from he sap before it is boiled.
He said that new high efficiency arch for the boiler along with the reverse osmosis system greatly reduces the amount of wood used to boil the syrup down.
"Before the reverse osmosis system was installed, we used 35 cords of wood to produce 3,000 gallons of syrup," said Moore. "Last year, we only used 14 cords of wood to make 3,300 gallons."
Windswept Maples is one of the few remaining major maple syrup producers to continue to use a wood-fired boiler. Most other large producers have switched to oil-fired or natural gas systems.
Moore said that work on tapping the trees started on Jan. 10 this year and that 6,000 had been tapped at the start of the week.
"We've got one orchard left to tap. It's really the most important work we do all year and you have to take your time and do it right. If bacteria grows at the tap site you lose your production much faster," said Moore.
Jim Fadden of North Woodstock, president of the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association, said family records going back to the 1940s show that this year is very unusual with such an early start.
"Typically, maple season doesn't start until around Town Meeting time in mid-March. But over the last 10 to 15 years we've had more early starts than I can remember. This year, farms on the Seacoast and in the Wilton area were boiling in late January. There's even a farm in Lancaster which is starting to boil this week. I haven't started yet, and it looks like the cold weather will be coming back soon and shutting things down."
He said he has about 10,000 trees tapped on Lost River Road and produces about 3,000 gallons a year.
He said last year was a good year for New Hampshire maple producers, who made 120,000 gallons of syrup, compared 112,000 gallons in 2014 and 124,000 gallons in 2013. The year 2012 was a bust, however, with only 76,000 gallons produced.

 Larry Moore of Windswept Maples in Loudon loads wood into the boiler at the farm’s sugar house yesterday. It was the second boil this week for Windswept Maples and one of the earliest starts to making syrup in the farm’s history. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

Larry Moore of Windswept Maples in Loudon loads wood into the boiler at the farm’s sugar house yesterday. It was the second boil this week for Windswept Maples and one of the earliest starts to making syrup in the farm’s history. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

Steam rises from the evaporator at Windswept Maples in Loudon as they boil the maple sap for the second time this year. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

Steam rises from the evaporator at Windswept Maples in Loudon as they boil the maple sap for the second time this year. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

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