Gilford High School Class of 2016

GILFORD — The following students graduated from Gilford High School on Friday, June 10: David Charles Arnst Jr., Christian Eliason Ayer, Jacob MichaelBaer, Cassidy Leigh Bartlett, Jillian Ruth Barton, Robert Anthony Barton, Logan McKenzy Baxter, Justin James Bellissimo, Noah Benjamen Blais, Nikolett Bogdan, Joshua Edward Bolduc, Autumn Joy Bos, Nathan Ryan Boutwell, Drouin Reed Brulotte, Michael Avery Bugnacki, Miranda Marion Bushnell, Domenic Joseph Canzano, James Lagueux Chapin, Reileigh Marie Clark, Rebecca Gail Cook (Salutatorian, Treasurer), William Andrew Crowell, Jessica Michelle Currier, Emily Ziel Curtis, Isaac Louis Dahl, Cortlynn Nichole Danby, Moriah Ruth Davies, Damon Russell Davis, JordanSmith Dean, Kayla Arline Dillon, John Michael DiMartino, Zachary Mahi Djabelarbi, Emma Marie Donnelly, Emma Katherine Drew, Ethan William Drew, Jordan Elizabeth Drew , William Patrick Drew-Huckins, Nicole Breanna Dunton, Dakota Daniel Duval, Olivia Jean Edson, Kaitlin Cuddy Egbert, Madison Rose Eldridge, Jeremiah David Flanders, Jacob Paul Forst, Jeremiah Cabrera Freeman, Mark David Glavin Jr., Coby Anthony Goodwin, Samantha Claire Greer, Julia Greene Harris, Madison Joyce Harris, Gabrielle Christine Hood, Richard Cameron Hughes, Quinton Emmanuel Jones , Clara Jane Jude, Helen Rose Jude, Sierra Lynn Juneau (Secretary), Christian Peter Karagianis (Vice President), Sarah Adrienne Lachapelle, Jessica Lynn Ladd, Alyson Elizabeth Ladouceur, Ryan Thomas LaFrance, Cerrissa Leigh Lamos, Brianna Rae LaRoche, Joseph Andrew Lempke, Amber Leigh Loureiro, Nicole Ashley Lurvey, Corrina Marie Marengo, Mitchell David Robert Mattice, Patrick Kenneth McKenna, Misty Rose Medeiros, Carter Thomas Mercer, Shannon Elizabeth Mercer, Isabella Leanna Mitchell, Juliet Christian Mosher, Alexandra Rae Nault, Mariah Elizabeth Nelson, Zachary Robert Newquist, Hailey Dawn Nugent, Haleigh Frances Patch, Cordelia Allene Penney, Parker James Plourde, Savannah Evelyn Plummer, Shane Theron Podmore, Eric George Potter, Sophia Lisa Prevost, Caleb Walter Price Austin Josep,h Ralls, Sienna Noelle Remick (Valedictorian), Ethan Parker Rice, Timothy Herbert Rice, Joseph Talen Richardson, Ian Patrick Rollins, Oliver Taillefer Roy Dana Catherine Ruchti, Hunter Augustus Sanborn, Owen Daniel Sanborn, Brandon Scott Sasserson, Kaitlyn Allyse Sasseville, Hannah Mae Saulnier, Maxwell Standow Sawyer, Natasha Delcey-Marie Scerra, Matthew James Schwartzkopf, Samih Shafique (President), Sophia Christine Sherkanowski, Rebecca Louise Pearl Simpson, Connor John Sleeper, Caleb Montgomery Smith, Dustin Frank Souza, Brianna Marie Spoor, Courtney Jean Stevens, Hunter Richard Stevens, Gary James Strzepek, Louis Allen Sullivan, Tyler James Swarthout, Emily Paige Theberge, Grace Marie Therrien, Breanna Morgan Thibodeau, Karina Ashlee Tomlinson, Gabrielle Victoria Tuscano Matthew James Waite, David Franklin Walker, Bryce McCracken Workman, Laura Lynn Zakorchemny, Leon Iser (Foreign Exchange - Germany), Alejandro Soberon Zertuche (Foreign Exchange - Mexico).

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Valedictorian Sienna Remick at the podium during Gilford High School’s commencement Sunday morning at Meadowbrook Bank of NH Pavilion.  (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)

93rd Motorcycle Week off to a promising start

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A steady flow of bike traffic rides through Weirs Beach on Sunday afternoon as Laconia’s 93rd Motorcycle Week gets under way.   (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)



LACONIA — The 93rd annual Laconia Motorcycle Week got off to a good start Saturday morning with more than 250 riders taking part in the 10th annual Peter Makris Memorial Run.
"We don't have official numbers yet as to how much money was raised, but it was a great run,'' Laconia Motorcycle Week Executive Director Charlie St. Clair said at a Motorcycle Week press conference held Monday the Naswa Resort. The resort is the starting and ending place for the Makris event, which honors Peter Makris, a Marine Corps veteran and late owner of the Naswa. The event has raised over $300,000 for the Laconia Fire Department Life Saving Fund and the Easter Seals Veterans Count program since its inception.
Lt. Alan Graton of the Laconia Police Department said there was heavy traffic in Laconia during the daytime Saturday but rainy weather later that day and cool and windy conditions on Sunday slowed traffic in the area.
Graton said that in wake of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, early Sunday morning, local police are staying vigilant, as usual, and are in communication with other departments with regard to any possible threats. He said that there are no indications at this time of any potential problem in the area.
St. Clair said he anticipates that the warmer weather predicted for later this week will bring in lots of bike traffic and that Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be big days for bikers from New Hampshire and other New England states to show up.
He said there are a lot of activities coming up this week at entertainment complexes in the Weirs area, including the Laconia Roadhouse and Laconia Fest, which is being held on the Weirs Beach Drive-In property and where Steven Tyler of Aerosmith is scheduled to perform Wednesday.
Jennifer Anderson, director of Laconia Motorcycle Week, said there was a lot of activity at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, including vintage racing and demonstration rides from seven different motorcycle manufacturers. She said that over 40 riders who took part in a ride to the Speedway on Saturday were able to do a lap around the track, which proved to be quite a thrill for them.
Upcoming rides include a Gypsy Tour of covered bridges on Wednesday which leaves Rally Headquarters, on Lakeside Avenue, at 10:30 a.m. The 200-plus mile ride will take riders to, and in some cases, across, several wooden covered bridges.
The 23rd POW/MIA Freedom Ride, on Thursday, June 16, will line up beginning at 5 p.m. in the Lowe's parking lot on Lakeshore Road/Route 11 in Guilford, and the ride will begin at 6 p.m. It will bring riders to the New Hampshire POW/MIA memorial at Husky Park in Meredith, where a vigil will be held at 7 p.m.
On Friday, June 17, the inaugural We Love Laconia Motorcycle Week Ride, featuring celebrities and Laconia Mayor Ed Engler, will be held. The two-hour guided tour leaves from Rally Headquarters at 9:30 a.m. and ends at the Laconia Roadhouse. Fee is $50 per rider, $25 per passenger, and includes swag, catered lunch, parking and entertainment. Proceeds benefit Laconia Motorcycle Week.

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Jason Denbeston and Melissa Coons ride down the boulevard at Weirs Beach Sunday afternoon as Laconia's 93rd Motorcycle Rally gets under way.  (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)

Gilford asks New Castle to consider giving fire boat to them


GILFORD — In the wake of learning that the Portsmouth fire boat will be going to New Castle rather than Gilford, Selectmen's Chairman Richard Grenier went to New Castle's most recent meeting.

His goal, he told his own board last week, is to asked the New Castle Board of Selectmen to consider Gilford should the fire boat not work out for them.

Grenier said he was very well received by the board, which was having a public hearing that evening. He also reported there were a few people in attendance who were not in favor of getting the fire boat.

For a brief time in late April and in early May, it looked as though the fire boat was coming to Gilford. Purchased by Portsmouth using a Homeland Security Grant for $353,000 in 2006, the Portsmouth Fire Department determined that the $15,000 to $20,000 a year to maintain the boat, coupled with the costs of personnel who can navigate it, did not make financial sense for the department. It was rarely used.

Gilford Fire Chief Steve Carrier said he spoke with the Portsmouth Fire Chief Steve Achilles, and told Achilles that if they were giving the boat away, it would be a valuable asset for Gilford as it would be used in lake water, thereby eliminating much of the cost of annual maintenance forced by salt water use. Portsmouth Fire Commissioners originally agreed with Achilles, and Gilford selectmen voted to accept the boat. At the last minute, a movement by some seacoast towns, primarily New Castle, led the Portsmouth City Council to reconsider Gilford in favor of that community.

Grenier said much of the New Castle discussion centered on the Tarbell Fire – the fire on Jan. 23 that leveled the former home of the late seacoast impressionist artist Edmund Tarbell. The home, which had been divided into three apartments, was considered one of the more historic homes in the small community.

Built in 1845, Fosters Daily Democrat reported that Tarbell purchased the home in 1905 and lived there with his family until he died in 1938.

According to Seacoast Online, the fire burned for 12 hours and was fought by firefighters from about 15 coastal towns, including some in Maine. One of the biggest problems firefighters had with the blaze was a lack of water and high winds.

It reported that one of the hydrants near the home was out of order and the since the tide was going out, the water levels in the Piscataqua River were too low to draft water. News articles mentioned eight tankers from different communities shuttled water to the fire.

In the wake of the fire, according to news articles at the time, New Castle voters created a committee to study water availability as it relates to firefighting. The committee supported the acquisition of the fire boat.

At a recent board meeting, Seacoast Online reported that New Castle will use the boat as a backup piece of equipment.

Last week, Grenier said he would also attend a New Castle selectmen's meeting around the time they are preparing the 2017 budget to see if the seaside communities still want it.