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Belknap Mill Invites Families to the Park

LACONIA — Belknap Mill will kick off its 3rd year of "Kids in the Park," a family summer program series beginning Friday, July 2. "Kids in the Park" offers fun learning opportunities in Rotary Riverside Park for children and families each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday beginning at 10:30 a.m. throughout the month of July. The full calendar of events and times can be found on the Mill’s website at:
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80s Dance Party in the Park for the Belknap Mill

LACONIA — The Belknap Mill is teaming up with Frank FM 98.3/99.1 to host an 80s Dance Party in Rotary Riverside Park as part of their 2021 Arts in the Park Summer Concert Series, on Friday, July 2 at 6:00 p.m. The 1980s were a decade of bold style, colors...
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Gunstock looking for volunteers

GILFORD — The Wetlands Walk boardwalk at Gunstock is offering tours and is due for some tidying up. Volunteers are needed on Saturday, June 26 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and free tours will be given at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Volunteer tasks include removing leaves from the surface and close to the boardwalk, trimming branches around the boardwalk and connecting trails, minor carpentry, sanding and priming and adding puddy-based wood filler to the bumper rail for the visually impaired, installing Buy a Board plaques, removing invasive weeds, and creating openings in a beaver dam to protect the boardwalk’s understructure by lowering water; if you have boots to wear they are helpful for some of these tasks. There are two pollinator gardens that will need some weeding. Students under 18 must have a responsible adult with them. Community Service Certificates are available. Once at Gunstock follow the ‘volunteer’ signs to access the boardwalk, or you can walk ¼ mile from the parking lot just off Rt 11A. If the weather is severe, work will be postponed to June 27, Sunday, from 1-4 p.m. with a tour at 2:30. For more information, call the Belknap County Conservation District office at 527-5880 or BCCD Volunteer, Jan, at 603-707-9760.
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Nursing vacancies put homes in dire straits

Hiring people to fill vacant nursing positions continues to plague the Belknap County Nursing Home. And if the situation does not change, the possibility that the facility might have to close is not altogether out of the question, according to the home’s administrator. That dire outlook was given by Nursing...
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Nursing vacancies put county nursing home in dire straits

LACONIA — Hiring people to fill vacant nursing positions continues to plague the Belknap County Nursing Home. And if the situation does not change, the possibility that the facility might have to close is not altogether out of the question, according to the home’s administrator. That dire outlook was given...
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Belknap House Cow Pie Bingo fundraiser set for July 18

LACONIA — Belknap House will hold its fourth annual Cow Pie Bingo fundraiser at Huckins Farm. In this New England tradition, four-by-four-foot squares are marked on a fenced-in section of land at the farm. Tickets are mapped to one of each of the unique squares and offered for sale. A maximum of 500 tickets are sold. The number of tickets sold determines the size of the grid in the pasture and the maximum prize awarded. Two cows are released into the fenced in pasture. The winning square is the one that receives the first cow pie or is closest.
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A Father's Day gift that keeps on giving

If the father in your life is a fan of the outdoors, a plaque on the universally accessible Wetlands Walk at Gunstock is suggested as a gift by Jan Hooper, volunteer for its maintenance. The plaques are 1”x4” in dark green with white lettering and they last for years. Order forms are available from the Belknap County Conservation District by contacting email, or in the bins at the ¼ mile Wetlands Walk loop. The Wetlands Walk can be accessed two ways.
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Conservation District spring plant sale was a success

Community support for the Belknap County Conservation District spring plant sale is much appreciated. With over 300 plant sale orders, volunteers were key to the success of our annual fundraiser. Working through the month of April, volunteers helped wrap bare-root plants and bulbs and prepared orders with 88 different plants, from asparagus to fruit trees and native trees and shrubs. Volunteers assisted with plant pick-up days by pulling plant orders and providing sage gardening advice.

Derby-themed event raises money for Gilda's House

Gilda’s Club New Hampshire is grateful to everyone who was part of the “It’s All About the Hat” fundraising event held on May 1, at the Belknap Mill in Laconia. The Kentucky Derby-themed program was nearly two years in the making due to COVID-19, but well worth the wait for the over 80 people in attendance. As a result of the generosity of many, including more than 20 business sponsors, over $8,000 was raised for Gilda’s Club New Hampshire in support of its goal of opening a clubhouse in the Lakes Region to offer free services for men, women, and children impacted by cancer. GCNH programs are designed to complement medical care by providing support groups, healthy living workshops, educational programs, and social activities, all at no charge.

Two charged with major fentanyl sales in Tilton, North Conway

LACONIA — Two men are each facing up to 30 years in prison after being indicted for selling fentanyl in central New Hampshire in quantities large enough to kill more than 300,000 people. Mariano A. Santos, 29, and Luis Soriano, 34, both of Boston, were indicted by a Belknap County...

Man indicted for alleged drug sales on Jewett Street

LACONIA — A Laconia man has been indicted on multiple charges of drug trafficking in Laconia,. Norman Smith, 45, was indicted on five counts of sale of fentanyl. The charges are among a number of drug-related indictments issued by the latest session of the Belknap County grand jury. An indictment...

Belknap EDC awarded Micro-Enterprise Grant Award to support small businesses

LACONIA — Belknap Economic Development Council and three partner regional development corporations will be allocating more than $240,000 to support small business development in the region. Working with the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center, the organization will be able to directly support businesses with accessing technical assistance, business plan development, and other resources.

Alton man indicted on child pornography charges

LACONIA — An Alton man has been indicted on multiple child pornography charges. Gavin Duquette, 21, of Main Street, in Alton, was indicted on five charges of distribution of child sex abuse images, and five charges of possession of child sex abuse images. Duquette’s indictments were issued by the latest...

Belmont woman charged with having potent opioid drug

CONCORD — A Belmont woman has been indicted for possession of a powerful opioid drug, the Attorney General’s Office announced Tuesday. Rozanna Watson, 39, of Belmont, New Hampshire, was indicted on a charge of possession of a controlled drug (subsequent offense). The indictment specifies that Watson had less than 1 gram of the synthetic opioid when she was charged on May 1, 2017.

Lew Henry: Asking reps to vote to defeat SB 61 to preserve freedom for NH workers

This week the New Hampshire House of Representatives has the duty to support and protect the rights of NH workers and businesses by voting to defeat SB 61, "An act prohibiting collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join a labor union." This act will also prohibit all labor agreements from including "fair share" rules. Claiming that SB 61 gives workers "freedom," and hiding under the banner "right to work," this legislation is nothing more than blatant interference into the private dealings of NH citizens by a tyrannical government. The "freedom" in this bill is, as Janice Joplin warned, ". . . just another word for nothin' left to lose." States having passed similar bills have much lower wages, much higher poverty rates, much more dangerous workplaces, and much more pollution.