Bystanders, police pull woman from Paugus Bay (109))

LACONIA — The Laconia Fire Department transported a woman to Lakes Region General Hospital Sunday night after responding to a 911 call of someone in the water at Paugus Bay who needed help.
Fire Chief Ken Erickson said that when the department arrived at the scene of the 10:37 p.m. call in the vicinity of the Lakeport Dam, they found that the woman had already been pulled from the water by bystanders and Laconia Police.
He said that the woman was a status 2 patient, which means the patient is unstable and requires IV fluids.

Motorcycle Week planners to host forum Nov. 11

LACONIA — The Laconia Motorcycle Week Association will host a public forum to invite comment and seek suggestions about how best to ensure the long-term success of the nation's oldest motorcycle rally on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the Belknap Mill, beginning at 5 p.m.

The forum will be moderated by Pat Kelly of Binnie Media and feature a panel consisting of Charlie St. Clair and Jennifer Anderson, executive director and director respectively of the association , and Cynthia Makris, president of the association, who will be joined by Mayor Ed Engler, Richard Ray of the Faro Italian Grille, and Kurt Muhlfelder of South End Media, all of whom serve on the board of the association.

Laconia Police Chief Chris Adams and Laconia Fire Chief Ken Erickson, together with officials of the New Hampshire State Police, will be on hand to respond to questions and comments about law enforcement and public safety.

Following a brief introduction, there will be a question-and-answer period. Those wishing to offer comments or raise questions will be asked to put their remarks on cards, which will be distributed at the door, and the moderator will present each statement in turn. Those unable to attend the forum, may email their comments or questions to Jennifer Anderson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Anderson said that the forum is an opportunity to learn more about the rally, the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association and the plans for the 93rd running of Motorcycle Week in 2016.

Light refreshments will be served.

Belmont tax rate up more than 2 percent

BELMONT — The New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration has set the 2016 property tax rate at $28.27 per $1,000 of assessed value, an increase of 62 cents, or 2.2 percent , over the 2014 rate of $27.65.

For the owner of a property valued at $200,000, this year's tax bill will rise by $124, from $5,654 last year to $5,530 this year.

A $300,000 property tax bill will rise by $186, from $8,481 to $8,295.

The amount to be raised by taxes increased by $654,987, or 4 percent, from $16,0333,863 to $16,688,859. The total assessed valuation rose by $2,403,451, or 0.4 percent, from $588,845,010 to $591,248,261.

The town tax decreased from $9.50 to $9.41, the county tax from $1.43 to $1.39 and the state education tax from $2.48 to $2.47 while the local school tax rose from $14.24 to $15.