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Burglar(s) strike Laconia Subway restaurant

LACONIA — Police are investigating a burglary at the Subway restaurant on Union Avenue that was reported to them at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

According to one of the employees, the burglar(s) used a crowbar to break into through the back door.

The burglar(s) only took money from the bottom of the cash register which was "bank" money, is mostly one dollar bills and change that is kept for the next day's opening. The employee said it appears the thief(s) tried to break in to the top draw of the register but were unable to do so.

Images of the person were captured by the surveillance system however there were no faces on the camera.

The employee said police think it may have been someone who was familiar with the store because it appears the thief(s) were able to avoid having their faces show up on surveillance cameras.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 02:44

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John O'Brien will not seek 3rd term on selectboard

GILFORD — Two-term Selectman John T. O'Brien will not be seeking a third term in March.

Phyllis Corrigan, whose term as chair of the Budget Committee has expired is the only candidate to sign up for selectmen as of Wednesday morning, said Town Clerk Denise Gonyer.

Tom Space, the incumbent Trustee of the Trust Funds is seeking a new term and Diane Tinkham and and Jack LaCombe are each seeking one of the two vacancies on the Board of Library Trustees.

There are three openings on the Budget Committee. Incumbent Norm Silber is seeking his first full term after being appointed last year and Joy Hall and Sean Murphy are also seeking terms. Gonyer said she has not heard from incumbent Alan Voivoid and Corrigan will be seeking election as Corrigan.

Incumbent Susan Leach is seeking an additional term as cemetery trustee and, although he hasn't signed up yet, Fire Engineer Bill Akerley said yesterday afternoon he was going to seek an additional term.

Gonyer said the Town Clerk's Office will be open until 5 p.m. Friday for residents to sign up for elected office.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 02:27

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Frates, as 'Nascimento' partners with Putnam Fund to bring positive messages to Laconia students

LACONIA — In the character of "Nascimento", magician, Larry Frates will bring magic with a message to the schools in the city in a series of performances from January to March sponsored by the Putnam Fund.

Along with the magic, Frates, a former teacher at Laconia Middle School who owns and operates Frates Creative Arts Center, will draw on his talents as a cartoonist, storyteller and puppeteer, to entertain while addressing timely issues confronting his audiences. For example, some shows will tackle bullying and substance abuse while others will aim at making choices, encouraging reading, inspiring creativity and nurturing talents. He said that teachers and students will participate in the interactive performances.

Frates said that he offered the schools a menu of options and they chose the topic. Programs have been offered to Laconia High School, Laconia Middle School and all three elementary schools — Pleasant Street, Elm Street and Woodland Heights — as well as Holy Trinity School.

"I'm local, the Putnam Fund is local and the schools are local," Frates said. "The shows are designed to the specific needs of Laconia."

Since 1962 the Putnam Fund, originally endowed by Perley and Ellen Putnam, has sponsored musical, theatrical and other cultural events without charge to residents of the and its environs. Jim Rogato, a member of the advisory committee of the fund, said that the fund has always sought opportunities to work with the schools. "We're always looking for a need," he remarked, "for ways to provide enrichment."

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 02:24

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Laconia to hold Feb. 11 hearing on pot store zoning

LACONIA — The Planning Board and Zoning Task Force will hold a public hearing on a proposed ordinance to regulate the location of a medical marijuana dispensary on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at City Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to operate Alternative Treatment Centers (ATCs) in four geographic zones, one of which consists of Belknap, Strafford and Rockingham counties in accordance with a statute authorizing the use of the drug to treat a specified number of medical conditions. Each ATC would be licensed to dispense and cultivate marijuana, as well as process the plant into edible products. With the support of DHHS, legislation (Senate Bill 22) has been introduced that would enable each licensed dispensary, with the approval of the department, to operate one satellite facility, which could only dispense, not cultivate or process, marijuana.
DHHS has issued 70 pages of rules regulating the ownership and operation of the facilities, but where and when such a facility could operate are questions for the city to address.
Planning Director Shanna Saunders has suggested that rather than propose different regulations for dispensing, cultivating and processing, she suggested the same regulation apply to all three.
She recommended that ATCs be confined to the Industrial Park, Industrial and Airport Industrial districts and prohibited elsewhere. The Industrial Park District refers to the O'Shea Industrial Park on Lexington Drive. There are three Industrial Districts in downtown, two beyond the south end and another near the north end of Union Avenue. The Airport Industrial District lies east of White Oaks Road and borders the Gilford town line. ATCs would be prohibited in residential districts and within 1,000 feet of schools, daycare centers and places of worship. The dispensaries would be allowed to operate between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Eric Borrin of DHHS said that the department received 14 applications to operate ATCs before the period for responding to the request for proposals closed at 2 p.m. yesterday. He said that at least one application has been received for each of the four geographic areas, but declined to specify how many applications were submitted for each area. The RFP prescribes that the applications — and the identity of the applicants — will remain confidential until 10 days after the successful applicants have been notified.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 02:17

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