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Blankenship remains held in lieu of $30k cash bail

LACONIA — After a bail hearing Monday in Belknap County Superior Court, Judge James O'Neill refused Kenneth Blankenship's request to allow $30,000 cash-only bail be converted to corporate surety (from a private bonding company). Belknap County Prosecutor Roni Karnis said Blankenship, 33 of Orchard Street in Belmont, had a history of running from the police and not showing up for court dates. She added that he continually lied to her office about where he lived, gave police in three different jurisdictions three different addresses on three separate occasions after he had told her office he was living on Elm Street in... Read more

Letters

Froma Harrop - Coal did its job. Happy retirement!

Time to drop this "war on coal" talk. Time to ignore the hollering by coal country politicians over President Obama's beefed-up plan to combat global warming. No, the Clean Power Plan will not ruin their local economies, because coal has already done that, certainly in Appalachia. Look at those barren flats where majestic mountains once stood. The coal industry lopped off the mountaintops and fouled the streams, depriving West Virginia and eastern Kentucky of a key... Read more

Columns

How to pick an agent...

By Roy Sanborn REALTOR® Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Real Estate  June was a great month for single family home sales in our Lakes region communities with 112 transactions taking place at an average sales price of $325,548. That brings the total number of transactions for the first half of 2015 to 417 at an average price of $309,625. That is up from last year's first-half total of 408 transactions at an average of $299,623. How do you choose a real estate agent to work with you... Read more

Sports

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

Weddings

Engagement-Maguire-Chaff

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

8-4-15 Calendar

Performance of Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers," 7:30 p.m., Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Reservoir Road, Meredith. Tickets & info: 279-0333 or www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org Interlakes Summer Theater presents Sister Act. 7:30 p.m. at Inter-Lakes Community Auditorium. Advice to the Players presents Twelfth Night. 2 p.m. at the Sandwich Fairgrounds Stage.   Pete Cluett performs songs and stories, 3-4 p.m., Gilford Public Library.   Franklin Farmer's Market. 3 p.m.  on the lawn of Franklin Regional Hospital. Debit and EBT payments accepted, SNAP benefits matched up to... Read more

Announcements

Franklin Savings Bank to host its 22nd charity softball tour…

FRANKLIN  — Franklin Savings Bank will host its 22nd Annual Charity Softball Tournament on September 16 – 23,  at Odell Park in Franklin. All proceeds raised throughout the event will benefit local children's charities, including Awareness for Adalyn, Every Child is Ours, and the Paul Smith School Playground Fund. The FSB Annual Charity Softball Tournament fields co-ed teams ages 13 and older to swing their bats for charity. The deadline to register a team is Friday,... Read more

Births

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

People

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

Obituaries

Ronald J. Mount, 78

Ronald J. Mount, 78 GILFORD — Ronald J. Mount, 78, died at home on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, after a period of declining health. Ronald was born on Oct., 25, 1936, in Hightstown, N.J., the son of the late Nelson C. and Marie (Henzler) Mount. He graduated from Hightstown High School in 1955. Ronald joined the Army Reserves in January 1954 and was honorably discharged in January 1956. He served in the Air Force on active duty from... Read more

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