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Laconia Kiwanis Club holds home run derby

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Laconia Kiwanis Club held its home run derby July 19 and raised over $2,500 for numerous children’s charities in Laconia and Gilford. Many local businesses generously donated prizes for the competition. The home run derby had 27 participants in three separate divisions. Jordan Ortiz was the winner of the 13 and under competition, Riley Stone was the winner of … 0

Business notes for July 28, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

Paradigm Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. of Hooksett recently acquired Sensible Plumbing & Heating of Goffstown. U.S. Cellular will donate $1 million to teachers’ classroom projects through its Calling All Teachers program, in collaboration with To participate, New Hampshire teachers must affiliate with U.S. Cellular at and post their classroom needs between Aug. 11 and Sept. 21. For more information … 0

Gilmanton man pleads guilty, gets prison for setting fires

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Gilmanton man has pleaded guilty to three counts of arson and has been sentenced to one to five years in prison after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors. Jason Clairmont of Gilmanton was scheduled for a hearing Tuesday on his upcoming trial. The Citizen reported that Clairmont admitted he set fire to two cars and part of a porch in Laconia earlier … 0

Letter: Confusion from Forrester

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

State Sen. Jeanie Forrester, I am confused. Every opportunity you have had to date to vote on Medicaid expansion, you have voted “No.” You voted “No” even with provisions added to give New Hampshire the right to opt out if the federal funding level was to drop. Now … 0

Letter: Forced on us

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Several months ago I wrote to 2nd District Rep. Annie Kuster asking her not to support the Affordable Care Act. I just received a reply from her wherein she stated she did support the ACA and described how great it is. I assume she took Democratic Leader Nancy … 0

Letter: Move to Mass. or die?

Sunday, March 2, 2014

I have been treated for eight years for an aggressive form of lymphoma. I have had two bone marrow transplants and sustained more than 50 rounds of debilitating chemo, industrial strength as they upped the ante with each ensuing recurrence. All my treatments were through the Dana Farber … 0

Business people

Monday, March 3, 2014

Better Homes and Gardens’ The Masiello Group in Concord named the following agents as having outstanding 2013 real estate sales achievements: RICK WAGNER ($5.5 million), PAM KENISON ($5.23 million), KIM BENOIT ($5.07 million), SUSAN ROEMER ($4.848 million), BOB … 0

Victim of fatal fire in Laconia identified

Saturday, March 1, 2014

The state fire marshal’s office yesterday identified the victim of Tuesday’s fatal fire in Laconia as 74-year-old Paul Blakely. Blakely died in a fast-moving four-alarm fire at an apartment building on Davis Place that kept firefighters working until the next morning. A group of good Samaritans tried to … 0

Two men arrested in Belmont double stabbing

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The police arrested two men yesterday in connection with an early morning double stabbing inside a Belmont apartment that resulted in serious injuries. John Drouin, 27, of Laconia, and Robert Rama, 21, of Concord, were arrested by U.S. … 0

Snow was a boost for Laconia sled dog derby

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

It’s been a good year for New Hampshire’s annual World Championship Sled Dog Derby in Laconia. Plentiful snowfall made for good trails for the weekend race. Hundreds of people gathered to watch Claude Bellerive of Charette, Quebec, edge out newcomer Jack Trottier of St. Gabriel de Rimouski, Quebec. … 0

Letter: Payment, with a catch

Monday, February 17, 2014

Civil litigation is at a crossroads in New Hampshire. As a result of an election ballot-counting error by Laconia officials, a petition was filed with the court in order to ensure that every vote cast be counted. (See Belknap County Superior Court Docket No. 211-2013-CV-00308) The plaintiff prevailed … 0

Surge in heroin use has hit Belmont hard lately

Monday, February 17, 2014

Michael Chamberlain had done heroin before. He had told friends he was miserable, that his father was dying of lung cancer, that he needed to escape. Before, drugs had brought relief. This time would be different. When he … 4