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Annual summer mission trip delivers more than fun for youth

GILFORD — Recently, seven youth returned from Gilford Community Church’s Summer Mission Trip, an annual one-week excursion that saw the group visit Pennsylvania to assist families with repairs to their homes among other related tasks. The experience, according to youth participants, was overwhelmingly positive. “I really enjoyed the...
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Senior Moment-um Beach BBQ and bocce and cornhole Sept. 12

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department will be sponsoring an end of the summer Senior Moment-um program on Monday, Sept. 12. Participants will meet at Gilford Town Beach at 11:30 a.m. for a barbecue lunch and some friendly bocce ball and/or cornhole for those who are interested. The barbecue will include hotdogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, pickles, chips and salad. Drinks and paper goods will also be provided.

Mount Washington Cruises promotes Jared Maraio to general manager

WEIRS BEACH — The Winnipesaukee Flagship Corp. has promoted Jared Maraio to the position of general manager. Maraio will replace Captain Jim Morash, who has been the company’s general manager since 2000. The promotion completes a transition that began in 2018 at Morash’s suggestion that the company begin...

Gilford landscaper nets two LandOpt Awards

GILFORD — Jeremy Clark of Belknap Landscape was honored as Project Manager of the Year by the LandOpt network of landscape contractors. Clark outpaced dozens of potential candidates representing LandOpt firms spanning the United States. "We've been lucky to have Jeremy at Belknap for over 20 years, and we...

How small New England cities are standing up to white supremacists

Two dozen local residents crowded into the city hall in Franklin, New Hampshire, last week to demand that their mayor and council representatives take a more aggressive stance against growing white supremacist activity in the region. They denounced neo-Nazi groups that have encroached into local council and school committee meetings...

Barnstead home destroyed by fire Thursday night

BARNSTEAD, N.H. — An investigation is underway into the cause of a fire that destroyed a home in Barnstead. Barnstead Fire Chief Al Poulin said the fire started around 9:15 p.m. Thursday at a home on White Birch Road. He said the home is in a somewhat remote area and by the time firefighters arrived there was already heavy fire.

Cyanobacteria threat topic of recent presentation

MEREDITH — Recently the Waukewan Watershed Advisory Committee, the Lake Winnipesaukee Association and the Windy Waters Conservancy co-sponsored a public educational program on the growing threat of cyanobacteria to our lakes and ponds. The July 20 program held at the Meredith Community Center was well attended by over 65...

NH Music Festival conductor celebrates 25 years

PLYMOUTH — Paul Polivnick was honored Aug. 9 for his dedicated leadership of the festival symphony orchestra. Devoted audience members gathered at the Common Man in Plymouth to give Paul and his wife, Marsha, a fond farewell after 25 years of loyal service. Under Paul’s musical direction, the festival orchestra size increased over the years, their recording “Summer Lightning” was received with acclaim, and musicians returned year after year for the opportunity to rehearse and perform under his inspired leadership. Paul will always retain the title of Conductor Laureate of the NH Music Festival.

Graves trampled, veterans’ flags pulled at New Hampshire cemetery

Canterbury, New Hampshire police are trying to figure out who caused damage at the Maple Grove Cemetery. Police say graves were trampled and veteran flags were pulled out of the ground sometime between Aug. 11 and Aug. 14. Investigators said some type of all-terrain vehicle also left tire marks in...

Gilford Historical Society book signing on Old Home Day Aug. 27

GILFORD — Members of the Gilford Historical Society will be selling their newly published book, “Color Your Way Through Gilford's History” in front of the Meetinghouse (across from the entry to the village field) from 9 a.m. to noon during Gilford's Old Home Day celebration on Saturday, Aug. 27. On each page there is a brief history of a place of interest with a photo and on the facing page an artist's fanciful drawing of it that can be colored.

Four athletes to be inducted in the LHS Athletic Hall of Fame in November

LACONIA — The Laconia High School Athletic Department will be inducting four athletes into the Laconia High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Nov. 25. Chris Normandin class of 1991; Dean Leighton, class of 1956; and twins Emily and Kate McLaughlin class of 1997 will join the other 48 standing members of this prestigious group.

Gunstock's money: With annual audit, internal investigation unfinished, how did copy of donation check become public?

GILFORD — As stories about the resignation of Gunstock Mountain Resort’s management and growing demands for commissioner resignations hit national news, on July 27, Rep. Mike Sylvia (R-Belmont) released a photocopy of a 2020 check from Gunstock to the political committee of Gov. Chris Sununu. Sylvia also issued a statement calling the donation “clearly improper and possible violative of the law.”

Aquatic plants of Winnipesaukee: Beware the hitchhiker

If you frequently recreate on Lake Winnipesaukee, at some point you’ve pulled some mysterious slimy plant off of your boat and probably put it back in the water not thinking much about it (or if you’re a little mischievous like me, threw it at an unsuspecting friend for a laugh).

Celebrating The Mount’s 150th Anniversary: David Warren on Aug. 24

WEIRS BEACH — Historian and ship modeler David Warren will give a talk on “The S.S. Mount Washington and WW II” at the Lake Winnipesaukee Museum on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. Since seating is limited, reservations are requested, by e-mail to This program is free for Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society members; for non-members there is a $5 fee.

Tara Smith: Reasons why Bill Wright gets her vote for county sheriff

As every day passes, I am more and more appalled by the horrible behavior of Mike MacFadzen who is running for Belknap County Sheriff. I know both Mike and Bill, not well, but have seen them many times at events I am at. I have never seen such a blatant attempt to lie and to cause harm to a man's reputation, just to get a job. I have heard many people say that Mike McFadzen has encouraged them to write into The Laconia Daily Sun and trash Bill Wright. Mike MacFadzen tries to sabotage Bills Wright's campaign as often as he can. Mike McFadzen plays dirty pool. Do you really want that as the new Belknap County Sheriff? A man who talks about having integrity but then shows you the exact opposite. Actions speak louder than words, people. Bill Wright didn't convince me to vote for him, Mike McFaden's despicable behavior has made that decision for me. I want the man who will take the high road every time ... not a slithering snake who will do what ever it takes to win, including lying and playing dirty.

Prosecution rests in Sapry trial

LACONIA — Prosecutors have rested their case in the murder-insanity trial of Hassan Sapry. The conclusion of the prosecution's case came Thursday after four days of testimony in Belknap Superior Court. Since Monday, the jury heard 15 witnesses who testified about Sapry’s actions around the time that Wilfred Guzman Sr., 57, was killed on April 19, 2019, the results of the autopsy on the victim’s body, analysis of evidence related to the crime, as well as Sapry's recorded confession.