LACONIA — After his mother died, 20-year-old Hunter Lucas went into a funk.
Diagnosed with ADHD and moving from Gilford to Belmont to Laconia, Lucas said he finally gave up on high school. He tried a couple of other types of schools — mostly online — but just couldn't stay interested.
"I had a lot happen to me in high school," Lucas said, so he took a year off.
Last year, he came to Laconia Adult Education and on June 6, he will get his high school diploma.
Elaina Powell, who will also get her diploma on June 6, has a very different story.
Once an elementary student at Belmont Elementary School, in fourth grade she started to get sick, missing enough school that her parents were forced to home-school her.
A year later, she was diagnosed with chronic Lyme's disease and has never been able to return physically to school. Fighting a series of infections, she continued her homeschooling with the Shaker Regional School District as her home district, often taking advantage of on-line classes sanctioned by the state department of education.
Needing four credits to graduate, Powell said she discussed Laconia Adult Education with her guidance councilor who told her the program may be too demanding because of the attendance requirements — only two absences are allowed per class.
Nevertheless she enrolled this past September and earned two of the four credits she needed to pass. By January, she needed two more credits but was taken ill in April and underwent open-heart surgery where surgeons removed a golf-ball sized blood clot from her right atrium.
Working with Adult Ed and Shaker Regional, Powell was able to finish her last two credits.
Last week Powell and Lucas had a spirited discussion in the tiny Adult Eduction office at Laconia High School about why this program met their needs.
"I consider myself more mature than most teenagers," Lucas said, noting that one of the things he didn't like about conventional high school was that he felt with his personal losses at such a young age that he didn't have a lot of common with most of the students.
Powell said she would have had a similar experience in a conventional high school, but also said the teachers in the Adult Education Program were more willing to help her individually than she thought they would be.
Both agreed their individual life experiences were such that they wouldn't fit into a regular high school and both wouldn't have had a diploma without the program.
"Sometimes public school gets repetitive and tedious," said Powell with Lucas, adding: "Some people aren't built for it."
Lucas, his diploma now about to be safely in hand, said he needs to find a job. His ultimate goal is to become a gunsmith and is hoping one of the local gun manufacturers will hire him so he can get enough experience to go to one of the country's gunsmithing schools.
Powell has the dream of studying cardiac sonography and specializing in ultra-sound technology with an emphasis in psychology — her favorite class in the Adult Ed program.
With Lyme's disease constantly a detriment to her health, she said she knows it make take her longer to get her degree, but added, "Heck, I didn't think I finish this because of the surgery."
The Laconia Adult Education Program will have its graduation ceremony in the Laconia High School Auditorium on Friday June 6 at 7 p.m.
Senior Divisional Manager for New Hampshire Ball Bearing Gary Groleau, who is a 1974 graduate of Laconia High School, will be the commencement speaker.
Cutline: (Lucas and Powell) Laconia Adult Education graduates Hunter Lucas and Elaina Powell give the thumbs-up during a visit to the Adult-Ed offices last week. Both will get their diplomas on June 6. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)
Last Updated on Friday, 30 May 2014 11:12
LACONIA — The Planning Board will begin the process of adding design standards to its site plan regulations next week when it holds a public hearing on a draft proposal during its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, June 3, at 6:30 p.m.
The regulation is intended to supplement the current ordinances without vesting the Planning Board with more authority than it already possesses. At the same time, it seeks to make the planning process more transparent and predictable by informing builders and developers of what is expected before they invest time and money in a project.
Since the design standards would be an amendment to the site plan regulations, not to the zoning ordinance, they would not require the approval of the City Council, but could be adopted by the Planning Board alone.
They would be applied to all developments, except for one and two family residential projects, undertaken in the city. A subcommittee of the Planning Board would work with developers to comply with the design standards as well as make recommendations about particular project to the board, which which the final approval of site plans rests.
The proposal consists of written and illustrated guidelines describing specific architectural goals such as entryways, landscaping, roofing, materials, lighting, windows and decoration. A score sheet, which awards, withholds and detracts points for an array of optional components, would be a prerequisite for approval of a site plan. For example, a plan to place parking space at the rear of the building would gain four points while putting parking spaces at the front of a building would lose four points. Likewise, an ornamental fence would be worth one point while a chainlink fence would cost a point. The standards would vary from one district to another in the city.
Although a strong predictor of the outcome of the planning process, the Planning Board would not be strictly bound to a numeric standard but authorized to apply its judgment to the particular circumstances of individual projects. Brandee Loughlin, assistant planner, said yesterday that the details of how the scoring will be applied to specific projects remain to be decided.
The design standards were prepared by Hawk Planning Resources, LLC, Ironwood Design Group, LLC and SMP Architecture, Inc.
Last Updated on Saturday, 31 May 2014 12:34
LACONIA — A 21-year-old Gilford man was ordered held on $5,000 cash bail for one count of possession of heroin after he accidentally overdosed while in his parents home on Oxbow Lane Wednesday night.
Police affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division said Kelsey Hron's, parents found him at 11:45 p.m. laying on his bed. They told police he wasn't breathing and was purple and called 911.
Hron's father pounded on his chest and was able to bring him around. Affidavits said when police and fire responders arrived Hron was standing up. They said his eyes were bloodshot and he appeared disoriented.
Police recovered a spoon with liquid and gauze, a syringe, and a small plastic bag containing a white powdered substance.
After he was seen at Lakes Region General Hospital, Hron was charged with one count of possession of heroin.
During his video arraignment, Gilford's prosecutor Eric Bredbury argued for $5,000 cash only bail saying that he thought Hron was a danger to the community but more importantly, a danger to himself.
He noted that Hron was already on bail for charges of identity fraud and receiving stolen property after being indicted by a Belknap County grand jury on April 24. He said that as part of Hron's bail conditions, he was not to possess any illegal substances.
"(Hron) acknowledges his substance abuse issues," said Bredbury.
Judge Jim Carroll ordered that Hron be held on $5,000 cash only however the bail could be reduced to personal recognizance should he be accepted in a residential treatment program.
Should he post bail, he is ordered to live with his parents on Oxbow Lane.
Last Updated on Friday, 30 May 2014 10:44
LACONIA — Last evening Lou Gaynor, the chef for Hands Across the Table since the popular program began in June 2011, prepared his last meal — beef over noodles topped off with tiramisu for desert — for more than 150 diners at the parish hall at St. Andre Bessette Parish.
Sandy Morey said that apart from the six weeks Gaynor has been spending in Florida each year, "he has cooked every single meal from day one and done all the shopping. He's done everything from soup to nuts." Now he is going to be a full-time resident of the Sunshine State.
Deacon Russ Morey said that Gaynor planned the menus, which were never "hum-drum," but always "well-balanced with lots of variety and super tasty. We never wonder if we we're going to eat and eat well," he added, "and there's always enough, no matter how many people show up."
Gaynor said that he has enjoyed his part in the popularity of the program, which he believes will continue to grow as his successor, Tammy Fontaine, takes his place in the kitchen.
CAPTION: Lou Gaynor, who for past three years has planned and prepared the meals for Hands Across the Table, with his successor, Tammy Fontaine. The Florida-bound Gaynor served his last meal yesterday. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch)
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:51
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