Arsenault set to take reins of Belknap County Democratic Party

Laconia resident and school board member Beth Arsenault is expected to be named interim chair of the Belknap County Democrats on Monday or Tuesday, according to current chair Jane Wood. "I've submitted my letter of resignation and have asked Kathy Sullivan (Chair of the state Democratic Party) to appoint Beth as interim chair until a special election can be held," Wood said yesterday. Wood, who has served nearly three years at the helm of the party's county organization, following a ...

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New Middle School trailing a little behind schedule

Overall project on target to come in at $17.4 million approved by voters

Sharp pencils and what Paul Blandford describes as "value engineering" have combined to pare $1.6 million from what had been a ballooning construction budget for the new Gilford Middle School and renovated high school. "We'd learned once the final design was completed the estimated price had climbed to $19 million," Blandford recalled. When voters approved the sale of $17.4 million in bonds to fund the ...

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Gephardt picks up local endorsements

U.S. Representative Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.) has picked up the endorsement of a handful of Lakes Region Democrats in his race for the White House, according to a release sent out by his press office yesterday. Included among the "220 elected officials and activists" the campaign lists as part of Gephardt's steering committee in New Hampshire are Laconia City Councilman, Armand Bolduc; Laconia School Board Chair, Marge Kerns; Laconia School Board Member, and former city council ...

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