Have your say on Laconia Motorcycle Week plans Nov. 11.

LACONIA – Those who want to make suggestions for next year's Laconia Motorcycle Week will want to attend a public forum on Wednesday, Nov. 11, a the Belknap Mill in Laconia. The forum will allow participants to ask questions of the association's board members and to learn more about plans for the 2016 rally, set for June 11 to 19.

The forum, moderated by Binnie Media’s Pat Kelly, will be a discussion about plans, concerns and suggestions for the 2016 Laconia Motorcycle Week.  Association Executive Director Charlie St. Clair, Director Jennifer Anderson, board President Cynthia Makris of the Naswa Resort and Laconia Mayor Ed Engler will participate in the discussion and a question-and-answer session. Laconia Police Chief Christopher Adams, Laconia Fire Chief Ken Erickson and officials from the New Hampshire State Police will be available to answer questions relating to law enforcement and public safety.

Laconia Motorcycle Week Association board members Richard Ray from the Laconia Roadhouse and Faro Italian Grille and Kurt Muhlfelder of South End Media will also be in attendance.

The forum runs from 5 to 7 p.m., and light refreshments will be served. The Belknap Mill is located at 25 Beacon St. East, next to Laconia City Hall, in downtown Laconia.

Ocean State Job Lot opens in Meredith’s Olde Province Common

MEREDITH — Ocean State Job Lot, the discount retail chain founded and headquartered in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, expanded its presence in New Hampshire to a baker's dozen yesterday with the opening its store at Olde Province Common on Route 104.
Last spring, Ocean State Job Lot purchased the shopping center, which filed for bankruptcy in 2014, for $2,050,000, began renovating some 30,000 square feet of space in July, and spent the last month stocking the shelves with inventory.
The company is a "closeout" retailer, offering discontinued and overstocked goods, including sporting goods and housewares at discounted prices, along with new items that are regularly restocked, as well as assorted foodstuffs.
Founded in 1977, Ocean State Job Lot owns and operates 109 stores in the six New England states as well as a dozen in New York and New Jersey. Apart from the Meredith store, there are stores in Concord, Derry, Hooksett, Milford, Nashua, Newport, Northumberland, Ossipee, Peterborough, Portsmouth, Walpole and Woodsville.
The company often acquires or leases space opened by the failure of supermarkets and discount stores. In Meredith, Ocean State Job Lot occupies the space left by the closure of Jackson's Star Market, which served as the anchor of the shopping center from when it was built in 1989 until 2009. Likewise, the company enlarged its footprint in New England by acquiring locations vacated by Ames when it went bankrupt in 2002.
The opening of Ocean State Job Lot has breathed new life into the shopping center. The New Hampshire Liquor Commission, which is building a new store in New Hampton, recently reversed its decision to close the Meredith store and will continue to lease 8,000 square feet, alongside Louie's Famous Pizza, Carter Mountain Flooring and Design, Garden Island Dry Cleaners and Unique Ambiance Hair Studio. A branch of Meredith Village Savings Bank is housed in a free-standing building at the center.

County will record meetings to ensure accurate records

LACONIA — Belknap County Commissioners, seeking to put disputes over the minutes on nonpublic sessions behind them, have adopted a policy of recording all nonpublic meetings for the purpose of generating minutes.
The policy provides that all those attending nonpublic meetings will be notified upon entering the room that the proceeds are being recorded.
The recordings will be retained for one year before being deleted.
Commissioners have had frequent disputes over the past several months over the minutes of nonpublic meetings and whether or not they should be released to the public.
When Commissioners David DeVoy (R-Sanbornton) and Hunter Taylor (R-Alton) voted in August to release minutes of nonpublic meetings held in July. Commissioner Richard Burchell (R-Gilmanton) maintained that the minutes of nonpublic meetings on July 1, July 15 and July 27 were not accurate and were being used to editorialize.
Commissioners Taylor and DeVoy maintained that the minutes, which Taylor keeps, were accurate.
Burchell took issue with the very detailed minutes of nonpublic meetings, including vulgarity, which were being produced.