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City loses battle with firefighters union

Efforts by the City of Laconia to split up the bargaining unit that represents local firefighters were dealt a final blow yesterday by the N.H. Supreme Court. In an appeal of a New Hampshire Public Employee Labor Relations Board (PELRB) ruling dismissing a petition filed by the city in 2000 to modify the fire department's collective bargaining unit to exclude lieutenants and captains, the court unanimously affirmed the PELRB decision. "I still think the city's position was right," ...

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Selectmen Tackle Budget

As the budget process gets underway, the Selectmen and the Budget Committee are jockeying for advantage. At a work session on the budget yesterday, Selectman Kinney O'Rourke told his colleagues "I really think we should try to trump the Budget Committee." Even before discussion has begun about dollars and cents, friction has arisen between the Selectmen and the committee over the process. Last June Derek Tomlinson, the newly appointed chair of the Budget Committee, asked the town and ...

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Local health care providers urging flu shots

With the flu season rapidly approaching local health care providers gathered yesterday at Lakes Region General Hospital to issue a collective warning that it's critical that people get their flu shots. Recalling that there were over 40,000 deaths in the U.S. last year attributable to influenza, Dr. Fred Hartman, who specializes in Public Health and Infectious Diseases at LRGH, stressed how dangerous the viral infection can be and how relatively easy it is to avoid. "It's preventable ...

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