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Gilmanton officials preparing for another showdown, this time over personnel issues

GILMANTON — More fireworks appear to be in the offing when the Board of Selectmen meets next week to consider the request of newly appointed town administrator Paul Branscombe for a multi-year employment contract and a proposal to convert his administrative assistant, Stephanie Fogg, to full-time status. Don Guarino, who chairs the Selectboard, objects to both proposals, insisting that both issues should be addressed in consultation with the Budget Committee in the course of preparing the 2016 town budget. "It's premature," he said. Meanwhile, Rachel Hatch, who was appointed to complete the term of Steve McCormack last month, indicated that she... Read more


Don't be fooled by our thin veneer of scenic beauty and fine…

To The Daily Sun, This is in response to your lead story last Tuesday, Aug. 25, which describes the Greater Laconia area as "The 21st richest small city in the USA." Michael Kitch is an excellent reporter, and I have no reason to question the accuracy of the study described in his story. However, we all must take care not to be fooled by the thin veneer of lakes, scenic beauty and fine homes that hides our... Read more


Anne Deli - A 5-point plan to revive Motorcycle Week

There has been an outpouring of concern for the direction and future of Laconia Motorcycle Week since I spoke in opposition to new bike week vendor fees at a recent workshop of Meredith selectmen. What has struck me is how much this dialogue, long simmering below the surface, has needed to come to the forefront and be discussed. The facts speak for themselves — attendance is down, traffic is down, and interest is down. We must... Read more


Waukewan Ladies count their putts

The Waukewan Ladies were back on the course for the first sunny day of the season. The ladies cheered as they teed off on the back nine. Teams of 4 and a game of "Count Your Putts" was the plan of attack. Two best putts per hole netted the winning team $10 per player with a total of only 27 putts. Congratulations to the team of: Jan Lefebvre, Ellen Vail, Gloria Ferland, and Karen Bourgeois.... Read more



Mr. and Mrs. Frank Maguire of Laconia, NH, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Lynn, to Kevin Chaff, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Chaff of Hampstead, NH. The future bride graduated from Southern NH University with a masters degree in business. She is employed at EFI in Meredith. The future groom received a bachelors degree in criminal justice from U. Mass Lowell. He is employed by the State of NH 911.... Read more

Calendar of Events

9-1-15 Calendar

Performance of gothic drama "Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde," 7:30 p.m., Winnipesaukee Playhouse, 50 Reservoir Road, Meredith. Info and tickets: (603) 279-0333 or   New Horizons Band performs, 6:30 p.m., Rotary Park Bandstand, Beacon Street East, Laconia. Sponsored by Laconia Parks and Recreation Department.   Events at Gilford Public Library: Social Bridge, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Events at Hall Library, Northfield: Spanish Club, 10 a.m.; Craft Tuesday, 11-3 p.m. ($5 hourly fee); Tech Tuesday, 2-4 p.m; Project Teen, 3 p.m. Story... Read more


Author of ‘In the Evil Day’ to speak at library in Sandwich …

SANDWICH — Local author Richard Carey will give a talk about his newest book, "In the Evil Day," on Friday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. at the Samuel Wentworth Library in Center Sandwich. The library is co-sponsoring Carey's talk along with Bayswater Books of Center Harbor. "In the Evil Day: Violence Comes to One Small Town" tells the story that begins on Aug. 19, 1997, as John Harrigan, owner and publisher of the News and Sentinel... Read more


Birth- Preston Lou Ashton

Preston Lou Ashton Born on August 1, 2014 at 4:17pm at Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia, NH to Laura Dunn and Ryan Ashton. Preston weighed 6lbs 14oz and was 19 inches long. His maternal grandparents are Cal and Tammy Dunn, Jr. of Laconia, NH. His maternal great grandparents are Harry and Thelma Bean of Gilford, NH. Paternal grandparents are Jim and Cheryl Barnes of Gilmanton Iron Works, NH. Preston has many aunts and uncles; Cal, Sue,... Read more


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


Florence A. Comstock, 87

  Florence A. Comstock, 87 MOULTONBOROUGH — Florence Ann Comstock, 87, of Redding Lane, died Aug. 27, 2015, at her home, after a long illness. Born in Manchester on April 26, 1928, she was the daughter of William E. and Dorothy (Ormsbee) Jolin. Florence grew up in Manchester and graduated from Manchester's Central High School, class of 1946. She resided in Goffstown for many years and had summered in Moultonborough since 1955. Florence moved here permanently in 1969. She... Read more

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