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Masonic Open House
Corinthian Lodge #82
Saturday, October 20
you ever wanted to know about Freemasonry or had a family member who
was part of the fraternity? Come and visit us to learn more –
all are welcome!
Letter To The Editor
turn to a county, rather than state, issue on which my opponent for
the NH House seat for Alton, Barnstead, and Gilmanton (Rep. Raymond
Howard, Jr.), and I differ.
2017, the county delegation slashed the recommended budget, with
Rep. Howard among those pledging not to raise county taxes, not by
one penny, not for any reason. The delegation cut the recommended
appropriation for the Sheriff’s Department by $135,881, after which
Sheriff Moyer indicated that his department would not be able to
continue performing per usual under the reduced amount.
Howard had the perfect solution to the problem. Pointing out that
dispatch is not a statutorily mandated duty of the Sheriff, he
recommended cutting dispatching to save money, a measure that would
save the Sheriff’s Department approximately $500,000.
flaw here? If the Sheriff’s Office stops dispatching for the towns,
the towns have to do it themselves. The estimated cost of the
Howard solution to the 3 towns in Rep. Howard’s district, all of
which receive 24/7 dispatch through the Sheriff’s Department, is
approximately $425,000 per town per year, plus an additional $500,00
for initial set-up. Each of those towns would pay close to $1
million extra the first year, and $425,000 extra each year after.
Fortunately Rep. Howard’s proposal fell flat, with the clear
realization that the proposal was penny-wise, pound-foolish, saving
$500,000 for the county at a cost of millions to the towns.
Attempts to save the taxpayers a few dollars in the short run can be
extremely costly to those same taxpayers in the long run. My
palm card pledge to look for “long term solutions, not quick fixes”
referred to exactly this type of situation. If elected, I will give
more thought to any solution I propose.
Belknap County Republicans Announce October Meeting With Guest
Speaker, Senator Bob Giuda
Belknap County Republican Committee will hold their next monthly
meeting on Wednesday, October 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Laconia VFW,
143 Court St, Laconia, NH.
Committee is pleased to announce that State Senator Bob Giuda Dist.
2 will share his background, current events and be available for
questions as it relates to his position and candidacy.
Numerous other Republican Candidates will be on site to answer
County GOP meetings are open to ALL Republicans and like-minded
Independents. The Committee recommends that you arrive as early as
5:00 pm to socialize and/or to have dinner (at your option) prior to
the start of the meeting at 6:30 pm.
Committee again encourages its members to continue to bring
non-perishable food items for donation to local food pantries.
more information about the Committee, please check the Committee’s
www.BelknapCountyGOP.org or send an email to Vice Chair William
“Bill” Wright email@example.com .
Oscar Foss Memorial Library News
Region Comic Con!
Oscar Foss Memorial Library is sponsoring a multi-community comic
con event, with workshops throughout the day, local comic shops
coming to do events, and our library clubs putting together fun
games and activities for cosplayers and geeks alike. Other events
will include a cosplay contest, a movie screening, D&D games,
Quidditch games, and more! Join us Saturday, October 6th from 12 to
8 pm for all our comic con festivities! There is still time to sign
up for volunteering for this event. If interested please call
Maddison at the library at 269-3900.
little practice reading or just love dogs? Register to read to Mack
our very special Reading Therapy Dog. Mack will be at the library on
Thursday, October 11th from 3-4pm. Sessions will run for 15 minutes
per family. Come in to the library or call 269-3900 to sign up for a
at the library on Friday, September 12th at 6:00pm for a free night
at the movies. We will be showing “Hocus Pocus” (PG) in honor of
it’s 25th anniversary! Everyone is encouraged to come in costume to
help celebrate but pajamas and cuddling items are always welcome
too. Refreshments will be provided.
Hour is held every Wednesday at 10:00 am for preschoolers. This
program includes stories, music & movement, arts & crafts, snacks
and more! The schedule for this program follows the Barnstead
Elementary School yearly calendar. Please check our online calendar
or contact Christy at the library if you have any questions.
call the library (269-3900) or visit our website (oscarfoss.org) for more information about our
programs or events. There is always something happening at the Oscar
Foss Memorial Library! Library hours are; Tuesday and Wednesday:
10am-6pm, Thursday and Friday: 12pm-8pm, Saturday: 10am-1pm, Sunday
and Monday: closed.
Dock Diving Championships
a one year old Labrador Retriever, from Barnstead, received an
invite to the World’s Dock Diving Championship, being held in
Knoxville, TN October 8th-13th. This event is invite-only and the
dogs must qualify to a certain level to receive an invitation. His
owner and trainer, as well as owner of Inspire K-9’s Training Center
in Alton, NH, Megan Arey says, “He has been in training for the past
two years in many events, just trying to find the right dog sport
for him. We have trained and had many qualifying scores and wins in
agility, rally obedience, and hunting retriever to include waterfowl
and upland hunting”. Megan Arey continued by saying, “While he loves
and excels in training, competing, and working for me, there is
something about the dock and chasing the bumper he lives for!”
Aiden jumped at the world qualifying event at the Hopkinton State
Fair and jumped 22 feet putting him in a shot to qualify for the
World’s competition. Megan stated, “in order to get an invite, the
dog has to fall in the top 4 in their division for the weekend,
which Aiden clearly did, earning him a Master Jumpers title and an
invite to compete at the World’s Competition in the Master
diving is a fun sport that is gaining in popularity. It is a sport
that tests a dog’s physically ability and impulse control to listen
to their owner’s commands while on the dock. Dogs compete in jumping
for the longest distance or longest height into a body of water. The
dock measures 40’ long and the dog can jump from anywhere on that
dock. The distance the dog is judged on is from the end of the dock
to where that base of the tail breaks the water’s surface. Handlers
have 90 seconds to get their dog into the water. There will be live
stream of Megan and Aiden competing on Inspire K-9’s Training Center
facebook page for the first qualifying round on Wednesday, October
is a certified dog trainer through the Certification Council for
Professional Dog Trainers. She hopes to heighten visibility of the
many sporting opportunities for dogs and their families in Alton,
New Durham, Gilmanton, Barnstead and other surrounding towns. Her
mission is to showcase to many people that anyone can accomplish
many goals with their dogs, while having fun! Megan is also a leader
of the 4-H Dog Club, Paws and Effect for children of Alton, New
Durham and Barnstead. Spreading awareness about dog sports to the
younger generation is something she loves to do and be involved in.
Michelle (Labrecque) Jimmo
Michelle (Labrecque) Jimmo, daughter of Albert R. and Pauline
(Salice) Labrecque, passed away peacefully at the University of
Vermont Medical Center on September 19, after a long illness. Her
longtime partner Mike Prayah and some of her family were able to be
a very kind person and avid reader. She also enjoyed knitting,
playing games on her tablet, watching classic TV shows like ‘the
Nanny’ and tending her garden, of which she was very proud. She also
loved animals especially her cat Cuddles and her hamsters Maxine and
with her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers Dennis
Labrecque and Michael Labrecque.
Survivors include her brothers: Paul Labrecque, Webster NH, and
Donald Labrecque, Mashpee, MA; and her sisters: Carol Drew, Paula
Huggins and Ann Philbrick of Ctr. Barnstead, NH, Donna Riley,
Scottsdale AZ, Diane Doner Salice, Concord NH, Cheryl Salice, Wilson
NC, Cindy Labrecque, Cook MN, and many extended family members.
graveside ceremony will be held for both Michelle and her late
brother Michael at Riverview Cemetery in Barnstead N.H., on Oct. 20,
2018 at 11:00 a.m. All family and friends are welcome to attend. A
remembrance gathering will immediately follow at Gene and Ann
Philbrick’s home at 273 Shackford Corner Road, Ctr. Barnstead NH.
of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the University of
Vermont Medical Center Foundation- Renal Dialysis Education Fund,
Courtyard at Given 3N, 111 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401.