Annette Poirier, founding member of Weirs Action Committee, dies at 81

LACONIA — Annette Poirier, a founding member of the Weirs Action Committee, died last weekend at the age of 81.

For more than four decades Poirier owned and operated Abakee Cottages, which overlooks Lake Winnipesaukee on land that once housed the Native American village Aquedoctan.

In the 1990s, she began drawing together business and property owners at The Weirs to pursue the interests of the community with one voice. Her efforts came to fruition with the formation of the Weirs Action Committee (WAC) in 1995, when she became the organization's vice president. She served as president from 1997 to 1999 and later chaired the Beautification Subcommittee, which she dubbed the "Pretty Committee."

Over the years Poirier had a hand in virtually every initiative to enhance and promote The Weirs. "The Weirs Action Committee will be forever indebted to the commitment, hard work, dedication, wit and wisdom of Annette Poirier," read a statement issued upon her death.