Wine'ing Butcher & O chef running grill recipe contest

BEDFORD — The month of May has been designated as National Barbecue Month, and in celebration of this love of backyard grilling, the Wine'ing Butcher and chef Scott Ouellette have announced their search to find the best grilling recipes in New Hampshire.

"There's just something about cooking over an open fire that brings people together and sets the mood for fun," said David Moulton, general manager of the Wine'ing Butcher.

The recipe search is open to all amateur and home cooks who can easily submit their recipe online at Recipes can be submitted from May 1 through 31. Wine'ing Butcher chefs and well-known chef and owner of Canoe and O Steaks and Seafood, Scott Ouellette, will judge the recipes to determine a first-place winner and two runners-up, with prizes valued over $750.

More important than the prizes will be the opportunity for the winner to have their recipe featured in Ouellette's premier restaurants. The recipes that are gathered from the contest will be featured on Wine' Each recipe entered will receive a $5 off Wine'ing Butcher coupon that can be printed out and used at any of the four Wine'ing Butcher locations.

The formal definition of barbecue is a method and apparatus for cooking food, often meat, with the heat and hot gases of a fire, smoking wood or hot coals of charcoal and may include applications of a marinade, spice rub or basting sauce to the meat. Barbecue is a unique way of cooking and can differ depending on the culture, ingredients and method. Moulton said, "We can't wait to see the recipes that come in and plan to have lots of fun trying and sharing them with New Hampshire!"

The Wine'ing Butcher Gourmet Market has four locations in New Hampshire: Bedford, Pembroke, Meredith and Gilford. For information, visit or call 488-5519.

Two Laconia men arrested for Gilford vandalism spree


GILFORD — Police have charged two Laconia brothers with a one Class A misdemeanor count of criminal mischief for seemingly random acts of violence committed during the morning hours of April 24.

Nathanial Gerlarneau, 20, and Joshua Gerlarneau, 18, both of 351 Elm St., Apt. 3, turned themselves in to police at 4:10 p.m. on Thursday. Both were released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail and given a court day of June 16.

The Gerlarneaus are accused of at least 25 incidents of vandalism in Gilford that include $6,100 in damages to a Kubota excavator belongs to Busby Construction that was on Potter Hill Road, mailboxes that had been spray painted, state and town signs that had been painted and vacant residences that had smashed windows.

Police said one of the mailbox victims said he found a debit card belonging to Nathanial Gerlarneau near the damage done to his property, while a second victim had been able to get a registration number from a car that was being driven by the people who allegedly vandalized his. Police said the registrant of the car was Nathanial Gerlarneau.

In addition, a Gilford police officer had contact with Gerlarneau just after midnight when she stopped to see if he needed assistance when she saw his vehicle broken down on Lake Shore Road. She said he was putting oil in the engine and she logged the incident. She noted in her log that he had a passenger.

Police said the next morning, a Lake Shore Road resident who lives in the same area reported that all of his windows had been smashed overnight.

Chief Bean Burpee said police interviewed Gerlarneau twice and he admitted his and his brother's involvement. He accompanied an officer and showed him where the two had been.

Bean Burpee said the vandalism spree also touched the communities of Meredith, Alton and Laconia, and the Gerlarneau is working with their police departments as well.

Anyone with any additional information or who was victimized is asked to contact their hometown police departments.

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This excavator's windows were smashed by vandals in Gilford last Sunday. (Photo courtesy Gilford Police)

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Arbor Day marked at Sanborn Park with planting of two trees


LACONIA — Together with children from the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region, the city celebrated Arbor Day yesterday by planting a pair of trees — a Katsura and a Stellar Pink dogwood – at Sanborn Park.

Arbor Day traces its origins to 1594 in the Spanish village of Mondoñedo, where today a plaque on the Alameda de los Remedios, a boulevard lined with lime and chestnut trees, marks the occasion. The day was first celebrated in the United States in in Nebraska City, Nebraska, on April 10, 1872, when an estimated million trees were planted across the state. Today Arbor Day is celebrated in nearly 50 countries on six continents.

Several dozen children gathered around the Katsura tree and listened as three of their number — Knevaeh, Olivia and Jake — each read a poetic tribute to trees. One young girl responded correctly when Mayor Ed Engler asked the children the meaning of "arbor" by answering "It's another word for tree." Engler told the children that years from now, when two trees have grown to maturity, they can return to Sanborn Park with their children and tell them that they were here when the trees were planted.

Amy Lovisek, assistant director of the Parks and Recreation Department, introduced Tim Ford, her "guru" who keeps the grass growing green and the trees standing tall in the city parks. Ford answered questions from the children and told them that the department would soon be providing them with seedlings to grow their own pumpkins for the New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival in October.

New Hampshire has marked Arbor Day for the last 130 years, and for nearly three decades Laconia has been recognized the Arbor Day Foundation as a "Tree City" for nurturing its trees in accord with the high standards of the foundation. This year, the city became the first city in the state to receive the Growth Award from the Arbor Day Foundation for providing city employees with training to care for the trees in the city.

Native to Japan, the Katsura tree will reach a height of about 40 feet. Its heart-shaped leaves bloom a ruddy purple in the spring, turn bluish green in the summer and glow apricot in the fall while breathing a fragrance reminiscent of cotton candy. In Japanese folklore, the Moon Goddess sat beneath the Katsura tree awaiting messages from the heavens.

The dogwood, common along the East Coast from Maine to Florida, was once used to treat dogs with mange, which may how it got its name. Birds relish its glossy red fruit that falls in September and October, and its wood, highly resistant to sudden shock, has served as the heads of clubs to drive golf balls and as the shuttles on looms to weave cloth. Legend has it that the dogwood, once a tall tree, was ashamed at providing the cross for the crucifixion of Christ. Seeking Christ's forgiveness, the dogwood found itself slender, twisted and bedecked with flowers in the shape of crosses with crowns of thorns at their centers.

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Jake, Knevaeh and Olivia, from left, read poetic tributes to trees as children from the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region celebrated Arbor Day with the planting of two trees at Sanborn Park. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch)

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While children from the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region ringed the newly planted Katsura tree at Sanborn Park, Mayor Ed Engler read a proclamation to celebrate Arbor Day. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch)