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Executive Council enjoys Newmarket's 'Hot Shots' in Hampton

Union Leader Correspondent

October 03. 2012 8:23PM
Max Gialousis, 4, of Lee, watches the Newmarket Hot Shots, a team of jumpers from Newmarket Elementary School, during their performance on the Seashell stage in Hampton before Gov. John Lynch and members of the Executive Council met for a regular meeting Wednesday morning. (Jason Schreiber/Union Leader Correspodent)

HAMPTON - 'Who said government wasn't fun?' Executive Councilor Chris Sununu asked dozens of spectators under umbrellas - mostly envious state officials - who watched in awe as 18 talented members of the Newmarket Hot Shots hopped, skipped and jumped around.

The Hot Shots, a jump-roping group from Newmarket Elementary School, performed before Gov. John Lynch and the Executive Council held a business meeting at the new Seashell complex, built as part of the state's $14.5 million beach revitalization project completed this year.

Shortly after the young jumpers left the stage, the governor and council got down to business inside the Seashell building, where a foggy ocean view and the calming sound of waves served as the backdrop.

The governor and council made numerous appointments, confirming former Labor Commissioner George Copadis of Manchester as the state's new commissioner of the Department of Employment Security and naming Philip A. Bryce of Deering acting commissioner of the Department of Resources and Economic Development. Bryce will replace George Bald, who is retiring effective Nov. 1, until a new commissioner is confirmed.

As Bald reflected on his time in office, he praised the many people at the state and local levels who made the beach revitalization project a reality.

'We have really upped our game here with these facilities,' he said.

In other appointments, Dr. Thomas Andrew of Contoocook was reappointed chief medical examiner for the state until Aug. 20, 2017 and New Hampshire State Police Capt. Scott Sweet was appointed commander of the Attorney General's Drug Task Force until July 1, 2014.

Before the meeting, Lynch presented commendations to the Hampton Beach Village District and the Hampton Beach Area Commission for their work on the beach revitalization efforts; Molly Bolster, executive director of the Portsmouth-based Gundalow Company, for her organization's efforts to protect the Piscataqua River's maritime heritage and environment; and Julie Hurrie for organizing the annual Run for the Fallen to honor veterans and their families.

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