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Carl S. Boklund, 86

LACONIA — Carl S. Boklund, 86, of Laconia, NH, died on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at the Lakes Region General Hospital, Laconia.
He was born in Bridgeport, CT in 1927, the son of John and Augusta Boklund, and lived all of his life in the Connecticut area until five years ago when he moved to the Lakes Region. Carl proudly served our nation during World War II on the USS Antitum aircraft carrier. He loved serving in the Navy and enlisted at the age of 16, one day before his 17th birthday. After World War II, he returned to civilian life where he married and began his career as a cabinet maker and accomplished carpenter. Carl enjoyed boating and had been a member of the East End Yacht Club in Bridgeport, where he received their "Man of the year" award. He had a genuine love for life and especially for people. His loving personality made him beloved by all who knew him.
Carl was a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Parade Rd. in Laconia. He was formerly a member of Salem Lutheran Church located in Bridgeport, CT.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanette Boklund, daughter-in-law, Deborah Boklund Johnson and her husband, Norman Johnson, of Belmont, NH. Grandchildren: Nathan Boklund and his wife, Kami Kistner, of Laconia, NH, Kristen Meyer and her husband, Colin Meyer. of New Haven, CT and Erika Emerton and her husband, Sean Emerton, of New Haven, CT. Great Grandchildren: Aelah Meyer, Taya Boklund, Elias Emerton, Amelie Meyer. In addition to his mother and father, Carl was preceded in death by his son, Carl J. Boklund, and by a sister, Ruth E. Hader.
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 PM in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H.
A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 2:00 PM at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2238 Parade Road, Laconia, N.H. Rev. David Dalzell, Pastor of the Church, will officiate.
Spring burial will be in the family lot in Union Cemetery, Laconia, N.H.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2238 Parade Road, Laconia, NH 03246.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N. H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 March 2013 11:08

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Susan Estrich - Is nothing private?

Two guys are at a conference, looking bored. On stage, there's been talk about "dongles," which, if you aren't aware, are devices you plug in to laptops to get connectivity. Bigger ones are supposedly more powerful. Can you guess the joke?
Actually, I thought it was kinda funny. The women sitting in front of them didn't. These guys weren't on the stage. No one was making her listen to them. She could've turned and told them to shut up. She could've changed seats. She could've had her own conversation about what jerks some guys are.
Instead, she snapped a picture of them and tweeted about their dirty jokes.
The tweet goes viral, and one of the guys — married, three kids — gets fired for talking dirty to another guy at a conference. In some circles, the woman is lauded as a hero, making tech politically correct and comfortable for future generations of women. In others, there is shock and awe that a private joke with another guy while sitting in a huge room could cost you your job.
I can't begin to imagine how many raunchy, tasteless, incorrect comments I've made to companions sitting next to me at boring meetings — about the speakers, the subjects, how creepy some guy or girl in the room is, etc. — without once worrying that I would be the subject of a national controversy.
There has been much talk lately, as well there should, about what standards should govern the use of drones as the government's eyes and ears domestically. But the threats and challenges of dealing with privacy extend well beyond the government, even if the Fourth Amendment itself is so limited.
Back in the 1960s, a guy named Charles Katz used a phone booth in Los Angeles to place bets in Boston and Miami. Unbeknownst to him, the FBI had placed (without a warrant) a listening device on the outside of the phone booth (yes, there used to be phones in booths that took dimes and then quarters), and they used the recording to convict him.
Katz challenged the government's right to use the evidence, on the grounds that it had been illegally searched and seized in violation of his constitutional right to privacy.
He lost in the district court. He lost in the appeals court, which ruled that since the FBI had not intruded physically into the inside of the phone booth, there was no search.
He won in the United States Supreme Court, which held that an invasion of privacy did not (as it must have in the time of the Founding Fathers) require a physical intrusion. Concepts of privacy have to be adjusted to take account of changing technology (more than the court in 1967 could have ever imagined). The test, the court ruled, was whether the individual had a "reasonable expectation of privacy." The whole idea of a phone booth was that it was a private space in a public place where you could make a call. We really don't have places like that anymore.
So where can you reasonably expect to be in private space in this utterly public bubble? Do you know what's private and what's not?
The two guys cracking jokes might have assumed that the woman in front of them was using her phone for something other than photographing them. But why assume that? Why should a politician assume that he can tell people one thing in one room that he would never say in a debate or anyplace where a lot of people would hear it — and not get caught on tape?
Every mike is hot; every room has a smartphone shooting. Assume it. Clean up your Facebook account. Your GPS is on. Somebody's flying overhead. Your footsteps could be retraced. In most cases, honestly, who cares? Made a stop for ice cream. When I used to call a friend whose phone, we believed, was being wiretapped, we'd have long talks about my mother. It doesn't matter. Until it does. And then it can make all the difference in the world.
What is private is not something you figure out by looking at the outside world. You get to know it by inventing and defining it as it applies to your world. As for me, I think if you're going to eavesdrop, you generally ought to keep it to yourself. And when telling dirty jokes in a public space, even if speaking to one individual, keep your voice down. And don't fire people for this.
(Susan Estrich is a professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Southern California Law Center. A best-selling author, lawyer and politician, as well as a teacher, she first gained national prominence as national campaign manager for Dukakis for President in 1988.)

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Meredith J. Bergeron, 22

BELMONT — Meredith J. Bergeron, age 22, died Sunday, March 24, 2013 in Meredith, NH as a result of a motor vehicle accident.
She was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts raised and educated in Quincy, MA, Webster MA and Belmont, New Hampshire schools. She was a graduate of Belmont High School, Class of 2008 and attended Emmanuel College in Boston.
Meredith was employed as a receptionist at the Forestview Manor in Meredith, for the past year. She was an aspiring author, diligently working on two books.
She was also an equestrian and loved her horse, Chance.
Beloved daughter of Jean E. (Sproule) Bergeron and Richard E. Bergeron, Jr., a former Quincy Police detective and sergeant and retired Webster, MA Chief of Police, of Belmont.
Devoted sister of Amy Chenette and her husband Dave of Braintree, MA, Maryjane Bergeron of Boston's North End and Richard E. Bergeron III of Belmont.
Loving aunt of Emma Chenette.
Also survived by one aunt and several cousins.
Funeral Services will be conducted at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, MA Thursday, March 28th at 11 a.m. Reverend James L. Kimmell will officiate. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting Hours at the funeral home Wednesday 4 – 8 p.m. Interment Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.
For those who wish, donations in Meredith's memory may be made to the New Hampshire Humane Society, 1305 Meredith Center Road, Laconia, NH 03246.
You are invited to visit www.thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 March 2013 10:51

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Edna I. Buchanan, 101

LACONIA — Edna Isabella Buchanan died at St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Laconia, N. H. on March 20, 2013. Edna was 101 years old. She was born in East Somerville, Massachusetts, July 19, 1911, as Edna Isabella Sander.
Edna grew up in Alton Bay, N. H., and later moved with her parents to Rochester, N. H. She graduated from McIntosh College in Dover, N. H. John (Bud) Richardson was her first husband. They lived in Rochester for 37 years.
In the 1940's Edna was employed as bookkeeper for the Shell Service Station at the foot of Rochester Hill. Later she kept accounts for the Mobilgas Service Station on South Main Street, Rochester, N. H. which was owned by her husband. For a number of years Edna worked at the Rochester Public Library. She enjoyed bowling, playing cards, and eating out with friends. New babies in the family were warmed by her crocheted pastel afghans. She loved pets and always had a cat in residence.
Following World War II, Edna was active in the American Legion Auxiliary, and led the girls of the Junior Auxiliary.
After the death of Bud Richardson, she worked for Foss & Came Insurance Agency. A visitor to Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester might have seen Edna, a pretty woman with brown hair and bright blue eyes, as she made her weekly rounds. For 20 years, as a volunteer, she wheeled the library book cart from room to room distributing reading materials and friendly conversation to recovering patients.
In 1970 Edna married Warren (Chet) Buchanan, a boyfriend from her high school days. They were married for 36 years and lived first in Rochester then in Alton. After Chet's death Edna moved in with her daughter in Laconia, N. H.
She is survived by daughter Carlene Richardson Tejada now of Douglasville, Georgia; son John (Kip) Richardson and wife Mary Stockwell of Gilmanton, N.H. and two stepsons Robert (Bob) Buchanan and wife Vicky Bunker of New Durham, N. H. and Curt Buchanan of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Edna also leaves grandchildren and step-grandchildren: Carlos Tejada and wife Nora Sommers of Beijing, China; Sara Tejada Roberts and husband David of Austell, Georgia; Raelyn Adel Cottrell and husband Brian of Gilmanton, N. H., Rocky Adel Gilmanton, N. H. and Katie Buchanan of Alton, N.H. In addition, she leaves five great-grandchildren and a sixth on the way.
Edna believed in loyalty, fair play, hospitality, the importance of doing business locally, and a community that works together, but the driving force in her life was family and home. She made sure her family ate hot home-cooked meals and sat around the table together. There was always enough food for drop-in guests.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in her name to St. Francis Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, 406 Court Street, Laconia, N.H. 03246, or to your chosen animal shelter.
A graveside service will be held in the spring in Rochester, N. H.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 March 2013 10:55

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