Water line replacement moving along in Gunstock Acres


GILFORD — The Gunstock Acres Village Water District has coordinated with the Department of Public Works and with the replacement of a half-mile of water main, the Mountain Drive could be ready for road construction in early August.

The water district is separate and independent from the town of Gilford, and the water portion of it is paid solely from user fees assessed to the people who live there. The roads are maintained by the town. The water district contracts with New England Service Company for maintenance and repairs.

According to Gunstock Acres resident and Gilford Budget Committee member Norm Silber, there are about 10 or 11 wells and most water is pumped through a labyrinth of water pipes. Mountain Road is one of the key access roads that transverses the acres running from Route 11 A off Cherry Valley Road to near Cumberland Road that ends on Route 11 near Lake Winnipesaukee.

He said his understanding is that along Mountain Road, most of the original water piping is original cast iron that was laid near standard ledge. He said when the ground freezes and later thaws, the ledge shifts and the pipes crack or break.

Water District Manager Alex Crawshaw said that so far about 400 feet of old cast iron pipe has been replaced. He said that in the past, when there was a leak the district would fix it with stainless steel clamps.

"In those first 400 feet we've removed 12 clamps," he said.

He said the water district had money in its accounts and has used it to dig a trench to lay the new water lines. He said this phase goes from Alpine Drive to Deer Run and is estimated to cost $300,000.

Crawshaw said that at some points the water main transects the road so there will be a few days that a portion of the road is closed but so far that hasn't happened.

"Since the road is a loop, no driveway will be shut off," Crawshaw said.

Once the water project is complete, the town's Public Works Department will completely rebuild the same section of road at an estimated cost of $148,800, which was included in the Public Works Department budget and approved at Town Meeting.

Mountain Drive is one of three major road projects planned by the Department of Public Works this construction season. Edgewater Drive (west) and Saltmarsh Pond Road are the other two major projects.

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Crew from Dawson's Excavating and Utilites work on a steep section of Mountain Drive in the Gunstock Acres Village Water District. (Laconia Daily Sun Photo/Gail Ober)

Horn: Top of GOP ticket spells trouble


BELMONT — Leery of the impact of Donald Trump's candidacy on the remainder of the Republican ticket, Jennifer Horn, chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party, told Belknap County Republicans this week that the state party will direct its resources to maintaining its majorities in the New Hampshire Legislature and capturing the governorship.

Referring to the top of the GOP ticket, Horn said "It's going to impact us." She noted that a poll taken to measure the effect of the presidential candidacy of either Trump or Sen. Ted Cruz on races further down the ballot indicated that "These are challenges for us to overcome." In particular, Horn stressed that "We don't win any race anywhere in the state unless independents vote with us."

Horn remarked that the contest for the Republican presidential nomination "has been a destructive process." Replying to a direct question, she acknowledged that the dissension and turmoil in GOP ranks has taken a toll on fundraising. "That has become a hurdle," she said.

Horn assured her listeners that all donations to the New Hampshire GOP will be applied to the governor's race as well as contests for the New Hampshire Senate and House and Representatives. She said that the Republican National Committee will fund the races at the top of the ticket, including Kelly Ayotte's bid to hold her seat in the United States Senate against the challenge of Gov. Maggie Hassan.

"We're in it to win it," Horn said of the races for power in the State House.

Horn has not disguised her misgivings about Trump. When he mulled a run for president in 2011 she wrote prophetically in the New Hampshire Union Leader "Donald Trump is not a credible candidate for president. If the GOP allows him to hijack the primary process then they deserve exactly what they get." Last November, as the New Hampshire primary approached, she mistakenly forecast that "Shallow campaigns that depend on bombast and divisive rhetoric do not succeed in New Hampshire." When Trump spoke of barring Muslims from the country, Horn countered "It is un-Republican. It is unconstitutional. It is un-American." And when he said women who have abortions should be punished, she said that "A nominee who cannot speak to women cannot win."

Horn's remarks prompted calls for her resignation. But, far from resigning, earlier this month tried to strike again. Although Trump's victory in the New Hampshire primary earned him 11 of the 23 seats in the state's delegation to the Republican National Convention, she recommended a slate of delegates for the committees at the convention without a Trump supporter among them. Under pressure from Trump's delegates, she retreated and Corey Lewandowski, the manager of Trump's campaign, was chosen chairman of the delegation.

Senate candidate Giuda tells county GOP he’s ready for ‘big leagues’


BELMONT — I am a conservative. I am a Republican," declared Bob Giuda of Warren, the first candidate to enter the race for the New Hampshire Senate in District 2, the seat opened by Sen. Jeanie Forrester's decision to run for governor.
Speaking to the Belknap County Republican Committee this week, Giuda described the Senate as "the big leagues." He stressed his experience which began with his election to to the Board of Selectmen in Warren in 1998 and to the House of Representatives in 2000. He was a member of the Ways and Means, Labor and Rules committees and in his third term was named deputy majority leader. He said that he authored a constitutional amendment to limit the reach of the power of eminent domain and was in the forefront of efforts to scuttle a personal income or general sales tax to resolve the school funding issue.
A graduate of Pittsfield High School, Giuda attended the United States Naval Academy, graduating and commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1975. He served as a carrier-based fighter pilot and retired with the rank of captain. and served as a naval aviator for a decade. Afterwards, he worked for the FBI investigating drug trafficking, and in 1986 returned to flying as a captain piloting Boeing 777s on international flights for United Airlines.
"I'm not a captain because I can fly," Giuda said, "but because I have the judgment to deal with dangerous situations and ensure safe outcomes." He said the two highest priorities are first that "We're losing the identity of what America is about" and second "We're losing faith in what America is about. The things we believe in," he continued, "are under direct assault — our values, our rights, our property."
Giuda took a couple of oblique swipes at the other Republican candidate in the race, Rep. Brian Gallagher of Sanbornton, who sponsored legislation forbidding women to fully expose their breasts in public places and suggesting that events like Motorcycle Week and NASCAR races attract prostitution. What he called "female exposure," he said, did not require legislation, but was already addressed by local ordinances. As for prostitution, he simply repeated the importance of "judgment."
Giuda said he is opposed to the Northern Pass project unless the entire length of power lines are buried. He explained that the timber industry in the North Country has been overtaken by foreign competition, leaving the scenic beauty of the region its only valuable natural resource.
"I will back Donald Trump, Giuda said, then added that the most important races were those for state offices. "Vote how you like at the top of the ticket," he remarked, "but please do not stay home."
Senate District 2 consists of 27 towns in three counties: Haverhill, Piermont, Orford,Warren, Wentowrth, Dorechester, Ellsworth, Rumney. Groton, Orange, Grafton, Campton, Plymouth, Hebron, Alexandria, Holderness, Ashland, Bridgewater and Bristol in Grafton County; Meredith, Center Harbor, New Hampton, Sanbornton and Tilton in Belknap County; and Hill, Danbury and Wilmot in Merrimack County.

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