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Gilmanton man facing assault charge involving power cord

GILMANTON — Police charged an Elm Street man with simple assault on September 18 after he allegedly wrapped a cord around a 22-year-old female companion's neck while she slept.

The alleged victim said she woke and found Joseph Baumann, 46, wrapping a pair of earphones around her neck.

Baumann turned himself into police on September 20 and was released on personal recognizance bail.

 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 01:30

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GHS students enjoying full weekend of homecoming

GILFORD — This is Homecoming Week for Gilford High School and the theme this year is "The Seasons."

Adviser Terry Wilson said the each high school class picked a different season and volunteers decorated various parts of the "wall way" in the gymnasium for their class's season.

This morning, all of the students will go through the cafeteria to admire their fellow student's handiwork. He said the faculty will vote on the winner.

The lineup for homecoming this year begins with a Hall of Fame induction at 4 p.m. in the gymnasium at the high school. Tonight is the dance at the High School. Wilson said it's an informal dance with a disc jockey.

Saturday's sport's line up begins at 9:30 a.m. with J.V. Boys soccer hosting Belmont High School. The varsity game against Belmont is at 11 a.m.

On the other soccer field, the Girls JV soccer game against Belmont begins at 11 a.m. with the varsity girls soccer game beginning at 12:30 p.m.

At 11 a.m. the varsity field hockey team hosts Laconia while the JV game begins after the varsity game ends.

At the football field at Gilford Meadows features the 2-0 Golden Eagles against the 1-1 Newport Tigers for a Division III match up.

In the gymnasium, the J.V Girls Volleyball team takes on the Prospect Mountain Volleyball team at 5 p.m. while the varsity match up against Prospect Mountain begins around 6 p.m.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 01:26

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Sanbornton lawmaker sponsored2 environmental laws signed by governor

SANBORNTON — In a visit to the Durand Lake Recreation Area in Randolph recently, Gov. Maggie Hassan was joined by lawmakers from both parties and representatives of environmental organizations to sign into law three bills aimed at safeguarding the natural environment from oil spills.

State Rep. Ian Raymond (D-Sanbornton), who sponsored two of the bills, explained, "Many in New Hampshire are not aware that we have an aging interstate oil pipeline running through one of the most beautiful areas of our state."
The pipeline, built in 1941, connects Portland, Maine, which handles the largest volume of oil of any port on the Eastern Seaboard, with refineries in Montreal. The pipeline stretches for 236 miles and passes through the North County towns of Gorham, Jefferson, Lancaster, Randolph and Shelburne.

In 2008, the Portland Pipe Line Corporation announced that it was studying a plan to expand the capacity and reverse the flow of the pipeline to carry crude oil from the Alberta tar sands to Portland in order to reach the world market.

Raymond said that the prospect raises the risk to the environment because oil from the tar sands is very abrasive and must be diluted with chemicals as well as pumped at higher temperatures and pressures than conventional crude oil. Moreover, he stressed that because of its composition, tar sands oil resists traditional techniques applied to spills and leaks.

"Unlike conventional crude," he said, "it sinks in water, forming a tar-like coating on the river or lake bottom that is almost impossible to clean up." The chemicals in the oil, he continued, "vaporize, forming a toxic cloud that has a lower flash point than conventional crude," which poses a risk to first responders.

The three bills, all signed into law, establish a committee to study the safe delivery, by pipeline, rail or truck, of oil and gas — both natural gas and propane — through the state. The bills also require pipeline operators to submit oil-spill response plan to the state Department of Safety, and require the Public Utilities Commission to apply annually to the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration for authority to inspect pipelines.

Two of the three bills carried the New Hampshire House of Representatives and Senate by voice votes, while the third, requiring spill response plans, passed the Senate by the narrowest of margins — 13-11 — and the House by vote of 186 to 104.

"Prevention is the key," said Raymond, who described the bills as "the first step in having the state take control and play a more active role in oversight of the transportation of these volatile fuels."

CAPTION: State Senator Jeff Woodburn (D-Dalton), N.H. Governor Maggie Hassan and Rep. Ian Raymond (D-Sanbornton) were in Randolph, N.H. recently for the ceremonial signing of three bills relating to the safe delivery of oil and gas through the state. Raymond is holding a N.H. Audubon Society photo thanking the legislators for their work on the bills. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 01:24

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1,728 county residents signed up for insurance through ObamaCare

LACONIA — According to data compiled by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), at least 1,728 residents of Belknap County enrolled in health insurance plans offered by the federal marketplace established by the Affordable Care Act between October 1, 2013 and April 19, 2014.

HHS collected data from 29,684 zip codes in the 36 states with federal or state marketplaces. The agency reported enrollment for nine of the eleven municipalities in Belknap County: Laconia, 453; Meredith, 319; Gilford, 251; Tilton-Northfield. 235; Belmont, 218; Sanbornton, 113; New Hampton, 77; and Center Harbor, 62. Fewer than 50 enrolled in Barnstead and no data was reported for Alton and Gilmanton.

In May HHS reported that in New Hampshire 64,901 residents were eligible to enroll in a plan offered on the marketplace and 40,262 had selected a plan by April 19.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 01:12

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