Hoffman 's Day in Court

"It's been a pleasure," Joe Hoffman told Justice Lucinda Sadler when his trial in Laconia District Court closed yesterday. The compliment was well deserved for while Hoffman as usual held center stage, Justice Sadler, presiding with an even hand and good humor, directed the action. Hoffman was facing disorderly conduct and criminal trespass charges arising from behavior at a meeting of the Gilford Planning Board last October. Representing himself, Hoffman, offered a defense based on ...

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Judkins dismisses school board's claims

With school board chair Marge Kerns advocating the defeat this fall of a handful of city councilors who voted to cut one-percent from the school district's budget, Rick Judkins fired back. "They dare to suggest eliminating those who ask them questions!" the Ward 5 councilor barked. "It's almost humorous." Yet Judkins said what kept it from being funny was the fact that the school board's decision to eliminate 17 para-professional positions was needlessly impacting many families. "The ...

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School District axes 17 para-professional positions

The Laconia School District sent out 17 pink slips to para-professionals on Thursday, May 15 — the latest day prescribed by state statute for school districts to notify employees that their contracts will not be renewed — sparking anger among members of the Education Assistants of Laconia, the union that represents the secretaries and teacher's aides employed by the district, and prompting a sharp rebuke last evening from city councilor Rick Judkins. "This is so far beyond what we'd ...

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