Maine State Police Seek Help to Locate Missing TeenagerRNHSA Media GroupNewsBreak Contributor
Council OKs Farm Aid, New Laconia State School Closing; No McLaughlin Pardon HearingInDepthNH.orgNewsBreak Contributor
State Told to Pay Up Now on Ed FundingInDepthNH.orgNewsBreak Contributor
Rescue Effort Successfully Retrieves Injured Hiker from Welch-Dickey TrailRNHSA Media GroupNewsBreak Contributor
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Father-son team new owners of Tilton Dairy Queen
TILTON — After being closed for the winter season, Dairy Queen is reopening Friday under new ownership: 23-year-old Christopher Hanson and his father John Hanson. Christopher was inspired to pursue business by his father, who has worked in retail for 35 years, and is currently the general manager at Kohl’s. Christopher has lived in Tilton his entire life, graduating from Winnisquam Regional High School in 2018, where he took business classes that furthered his interest in being an entrepreneur. At age 14, he started a job at the Dairy Queen he would eventually own. He worked there for four years under owner Bianca Dion.
Laconia Police Log
LACONIA — Police responded to 437 service calls from 8 a.m. Jan. 31, through 8 a.m. Feb. 7. Nine people were arrested.
Out with the old, in with the new
The former Haffner’s gas station on Lakeshore Road in Gilford was demolished Feb. 13. Haffner’s was also the site of the Airport Country Store & Deli. The property is slated for redevelopment under a voluntary lot merger. Three people and a backhoe were operating at the time of the demolition. (Gabriel Perry/The Laconia Daily Sun photos)
Savor the Charm of Italy: Top 3 Italian Restaurants in Laconia
In this article, we'll be exploring three exquisite Italian restaurants located in Laconia. Have you had the pleasure of dining at any of these establishments yet? If you have, we'd love to hear about your experiences in the comments section below.
Hiker describes 11-hour ordeal after falling on Mount Washington, admits he was ‘underprepared’
MEREDITH, N.H. (AP) — As temperatures plunged on Mount Washington and ferocious winds made it near impossible to see, hiker Cole Matthes began to drift away from the trail. Then he hit a patch of snow-covered ice and slid hundreds of feet down a ravine. His fall Saturday sparked...
Free property alerts available through Belknap, Carroll county offices
In the face of increasingly complex real estate scams, some New Hampshire counties are offering a tool to help property owners protect themselves. Belknap and Carroll counties offer online tools which alert property owners to any recording documents that come across their desk. The free tools will notify property owners if any legitimate or fraudulent paperwork is filed.
These 5 counties are most vulnerable to extreme winter weather
To determine which counties face the biggest risks from winter weather events like ice storms, blizzards, and cold waves, HVAC Gnome ranked 2024's most vulnerable counties for extreme winter weather.
Gaye Fedorchak: Gilford town administrator, selectboard created packet for voters
This year the Gilford town administrator and selectboard have, in the interest of providing increased transparency as discussed in the recent town deliberative sessions, created (with feedback from the Town Budget Committee) a new 2024 Town Meeting Election Ballot Information Packet (published Feb. 15) with more information than was originally requested during the meeting. Please take a look at this resource, we hope it’s helpful to all the voters. Your feedback is encouraged. Here is the link: GilfordNH.org.
After delays, state says it will close on 220-acre Laconia property in March
After two months-long delays, the state says it will close its $21.5 million deal on the 220-acre Laconia State School property on March 13. The state has tried to sell the property, which needs considerable work, including the removal of dilapidated buildings, for decades. The state has required that the...
At The Flip Side, all are welcome
LACONIA — The newest restaurant downtown offers a full-service breakfast and lunch, something that’s been missing in the city’s center since the Soda Shoppe closed. It’s also a labor of love for the owner, who saw a chance to provide opportunities for people on both sides of the service.
Laconia and Chamber of Commerce at Odds Over Future Home of Pumpkin Festival
According to The Union Leader the City of Laconia has plans for more conversations with the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce about keeping the headquarters of the New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival in the downtown area rather than moving it to Lake Winnipesaukee. The chamber said the move was intended to...
Fernald Nature Preserve
Fernald is a 1050 acre nature preserve that is a department of energy. Fernald has nuclear waste stored under huge mounds of dirt to help it from coming into contact with humans and animals. Fernald has many lakes and a ton of wetland. There is also a huge array of...
Course prepares students to serve as nursing assistant trainee
TILTON — The New Hampshire Veterans Home is accepting applications for the Licensed Nursing Assistant Trainee course through Thursday, Feb. 22, to build a career in the nursing field. Students are full-time, state employees eligible for benefits and earn an hourly rate while learning in this expense-paid course. The...
James M. O’Neil: Don't blame Trump in fraud case, bank should have appraised property
I’m responding to Vincent Ribas’ letter to the editor piece in The Laconia Daily Sun on Feb. 20, regarding Donald Trump’s fraud case in New York. In simple terms as far as I know, when you borrow money from a bank, or any institution, the institution almost always sends an appraiser to see if the property is worth what money you’re borrowing on that particular property. So, shame on the lender for not doing their job. Don’t blame Trump. Besides, as stated, Tramp paid back 100% of the loans.
Council OKs Farm Aid, New Laconia State School Closing; No McLaughlin Pardon Hearing
CONCORD – About $8 million in crop relief was approved Wednesday for New Hampshire farmers who suffered more than $15 million in damage from two extreme weather events – freezing and flooding – in 2023.
Discover Laconia: Top 3 Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt Spots You Can't Miss
In this article, we're taking a delightful tour through Laconia, exploring three exceptional Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt shops. Have you had a chance to taste the sweet offerings from any of these places yet? If yes, we would love to hear your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below.
Selectboard Member J. Kevin Hayes: Adding expenses to each Gilford article doesn't tell whole story
I take issue with Doug Lambert’s assertions in his recent letter to the editor. Yes, many voters including the two selectboard members present voted against the amendments to each of the Capital Reserve articles. Why? Because adding the current balance in each fund to the article only tells half the story. The other half that was not part of the amendment is what the money is to be used for and how much each is projected to cost. Note that these articles are developed from Capital Improvements Committee recommendations so that expenses are scheduled into the future and there is not a spike in the tax rate. Article 15 is an example. The article requests $125,000 to be put in a Capital Reserve fund for the future purchase (projected in 2028) of a fire truck. The amendment at the deliberative session would have added that the balance in the fund as of Dec. 31, 2023 is $474,330. What the amendment doesn’t say is that a fire truck in 2028 is projected to cost $1 million.
Boys Basketball Roundup - February 21, 2024
Grace Christian raced to a big lead and never looked back in a 69-38 win over Northfield for a Vermont boys basketball victory on Feb. 21. In recent action on Feb. 13, Grace Christian faced off against Mill River and Northfield took on Winooski on Feb. 12 at Northfield High School.
Making dresses for girls around the world
MEREDITH — Every girl deserves at least one dress, says the front page of the Dress a Girl Around the World flyer. It is a sentiment shared by Connie Dehnel of Meredith and the women who have joined her to sew dresses for girls around the world. Dehnel grew...
Ruth Marshall: Missing history of the commercial development of Tilton
Some important parts of Tilton's commercial history were missing from the article titled "New resort in Tilton expected to draw more tourists to Lakes Region," published on Feb. 14. There were various industries and businesses that sustained the community before the interstate came to town or the shopping and lodging options exploded along Route 3. On West Main Street, the Tilton Endless Belt factory and the Tilton Tannery employed a few hundred people, many of whom lived right in town and walked to their jobs. The belt factory building is still there and now houses a variety of tenants. A park area has been established where the tannery was located. Another contributor to the economy of the town was L.M. Pike & Sons paving and construction company. That business occupied the area between the railroad tracks and routes 3 and 140 and had a private company airstrip behind the buildings. That location was set up as an asphalt production site in the early 1920s and continued there for many decades.