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Blanchette found guilty - Defense blamed victim for encourag…

Blanchette found guilty - Defense blamed victim for encouraging sexual conduct, jury found former deputy sheriff had raped inmate in his care

Former Belknap County deputy sheriff Ernest Justin Blanchette is handcuffed before leaving court following a pronouncement of guilt Thursday. (Gail Ober photo/Laconia Daily Sun)   By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN MANCHESTER — After deliberating for just 90 minutes, a nine-man three-woman jury found former Belknap County Sheriffs Deputy Ernest Justin Blanchette guilty of aggravated felonious sexual assault Thursday in connection with his conduct with an inmate he was transporting. Blanchette, 36, was taken into custody and remanded to... Read more


Obama has achieved his dream; America is circling the drain

To The Daily Sun, And the laughs just keep on coming for the Obama/Clinton aficionados. Frank M. Weeks thinks apologizes are in order. I don't think so Frank, if you want someone to apologize for the birther issue, give Hillary a call. It was her PACs that started it all, and that's documented. And the naysayers, oh come on, nearly every thing we on the right said about Obama from 2007 on, Barack himself proved us... Read more

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Community Wellness Fair planned may 14 at gilford church

GILFORD — A free community-wide health fair that will be held Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church and will feature exhibitors from around the Lakes Region. Fair exhibitors include: Asea Wellness, Awakening Chiropractic, Comfort Keepers, Community Action Program of Belknap/Merrimack Counties, Downtown Gym, Easter Seals/Caring Companion, First United Methodist Church of Gilford, Genesis Behavioral Health, Gilford Physical Therapy & Spine Center, Grace Wellness Center, Healing Lakes Chiropractic... Read more

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Diana L. Boissonnault, 63

LACONIA — Diana Lynn (Lamphere) Boissonnault, 63, of Laconia passed away on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at Concord Hospital in Concord, surrounded by her family. Diana was born on Jan. 3, 1953, in Claremont. She was the eldest daughter of Allen and Evelyn (Hackett) Lamphere. Diana grew up in Claremont. She graduated from Stevens High School in 1971. She had lived in Laconia for the past 34 years. She is survived by her two daughters (who were truly... Read more

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Calendar of Events

5-1-16 Calendar

Annual CROP Walk at the Newfound Nature and Fitness Trail behind the Bristol Fire Station. 1:30 p.m. Blessing of the Animals at Sanbornton Congregational Church/UCC. 5 to 6 p.m. For details call 286-3018. David Lake Fishing Derby at Gilmanton Church. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For details call 267-6150. Pub Mania Bingo at Patrick's Pub & Eatery in Gilford. 3 to 5:30 p.m.​ For details call 493-9524. The Streetcar Company presents The Producers at Inter-Lakes Community Auditorium in Meredith... Read more

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Local businesses help support Veterans Count Program

LACONIA — Veterans Count was conceived in 2007 when Easter Seals' board member, Mike Salter, sought to bring comprehensive, emergency aid to veterans and their families whose quality of life was significantly impacted by deployment to war zones. A veteran of the U.S. Army Special Forces, Salter and the Easter Seals NH President and CEO Larry Gammon approached the NH Joint Force Headquarters (NH National Guard), at that time commanded by Laconia native Major General Kenneth... Read more

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Pat Buchanan -America won't survive the death of God

In a recent column Dennis Prager made an acute observation. "The vast majority of leading conservative writers ... have a secular outlook on life. ... They are unaware of the disaster that godlessness in the West has led to." These secular conservatives may think that "America can survive the death of God and religion," writes Prager, but they are wrong. And, indeed, the last half-century seems to bear him out. A people's religion, their faith, creates their culture... Read more

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