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Secretary of State Bill Gardner holds a ballot that is being challenged, while Sen. Andrew Hosmer, Jay Surdukowski, attorney for Hosmer, Bryan Gould, Republican Party legal council who was representing Rago, and Kathy Lauer-Rago look on.

(SUSAN DOUCET / Monitor staff)

Hosmer named District 7 state senator after recount

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Nearly seven hours after the red tape on the first box of ballots was unsealed by Secretary of State Bill Gardner, Andrew Hosmer was officially re-elected as the District 7 state senator. A 132-vote difference between Hosmer, the Democratic incumbent, and Kathy Lauer-Rago, the Republican candidate in the district, led to the only state Senate race recount following the Nov. …

Laconia okays ordinance to ban spice; legislators may do the same

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

With Laconia the latest community to ban synthetic marijuana, the Lakes Region’s front against the dangerous substance has grown. A statewide ban may not be far behind, with lawmakers expected to submit comprehensive bills early in the next legislative session. “It sends a message here in our community that we don’t want this dangerous product in our community,” Laconia police Chief Christopher Adams …

Former state rep challenges incumbent Democratic state senator in District 7

Friday, October 24, 2014

Both first-term Democratic state Sen. Andrew Hosmer and his Republican challenger in District 7, former state representative Kathy Lauer-Rago, say changes are needed in the state when it comes to economics and education, but they differ on how to address those concerns. While both believe in the importance of a strong educational system …

Announcements for Oct. 4. 2014

Sunday, October 5, 2014

CONCORD Stories matter On Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Concord Public Library, Thatcher Freund, a journalist and memoir writer, will talk about the importance of stories in our lives for both ourselves and the culture in which we live – and why it matters so much to …

Letter: Feeding bellies and minds

Friday, September 19, 2014

We would like to express our appreciation to the Greater Laconia community for helping to make our first year of “Got Literacy” a success. Summer of 2013, we three retired teachers volunteered for the first time in the outstanding “Got Lunch, Laconia” program delivering lunches to deserving families. …

Brenda’s Ride benefits LRGHealthcare

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The 12th annual Brenda’s Ride with Friends: Fighting Cancer One Mile at a Time raised $10,000 on Aug. 2. The event, which began in 2003, featured hundreds of motorcycles that rode from Weirs Beach to Waterville Valley. The procession was led by Alton and Gilford police department volunteers …

Letter: Nation needs Smith

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Bob Smith is a conservative with principles as unshakable as New Hampshire granite. He has always supported protection of the weakest among us. Bob has pledged to work tirelessly to cut taxes and fees; oppose any tax increases; cut spending and the size of government; pass a right-to-work …

Lakes Region Community College gets auto education grant

Monday, September 1, 2014

Lakes Region Community College in Laconia recently received an automotive education grant as part of statewide funding for short-term automotive technician training. The award was provided by the New Hampshire Automotive Education Foundation. Multiple sections of the eight-week training sessions will be provided at all four of the …

Groups hope to restore World War I memorial in Laconia

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Residents in Laconia are hoping to spruce up the town’s World War I memorial, which is in disrepair because of exposure to the elements. Three bronze plaques are inscribed with the names of nearly 600 veterans from Laconia who served during the war. The 67-inch memorials are mounted …

Lake Escapes: On Lake Winnisquam, the sandbar is where it’s at

Monday, August 25, 2014

Temperatures hovered in the mid-70s Saturday afternoon, with some cloud cover and no breeze. Sure, it could have been a bit sunnier on Lake Winnisquam, but those who had dropped anchor in the shallow waters of the Winnisquam …

Lakes Region Community Emergency Response Team participates in National Night Out in Laconia

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Lakes Region Community Emergency Response Team recently participated in the National Night Out Party at the Laconia Police Station. The team – (from left) Richard Christopher, Amanda Ewing, Joyce Messer, Kathleen Merriam, Carmen Bishop, Jack Bishop, Mary …

Business notes for Aug. 18, 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services, alerted residents to the risks of salmonella infection, which is associated with exposure to chicks and live poultry. At least 11 individuals in New Hampshire had been infected with salmonella after exposure to chicks …