Glendale Marine Patrol building taking shape, should open in fall


GILFORD — After a nearly year-long construction period, the new Marine Patrol Headquarters building is scheduled to be completed in early October.

The new Glendale headquarters will go from a 1960s block cement building to a two-story, 32,000-square-foot building on the same footprint as the old one, which is roughly the area formerly occupied by Goodhue's Boat Yard.

The building, said Sgt. Crystal McLain, will provide the Marine Patrol the ability to store and work on their boats, additional parking, a boat registration area, and training and administrative office space.

Gilford Town Administrator Scott Dunn said the Glendale docks will still have the same amount of parking for Gilford residents but the traffic pattern from the upper parking lot to the lower parking lot will be reversed.

During the rollout of the construction plans in February 2015, Marine Patrol Capt. Tim Dunleavy said once construction is complete, the agency will no longer need to store impounded boats, broken buoys or other lake debris outside of the building.

Additionally, some work has been done to better storm water management.

The legislature appropriated $9,279,313 for the project in the 2013-2015 capital budget.

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Construction on the 32,000-square-foot Marine Patrol building continues apace with a scheduled completion date in October. (Laconia Daily Sun Photo – Gail Ober)

Music pours out of Tilton performer


FRANKLIN — If one caught Guydell Powell and his son Xoren's drill-team drumming performance at the end of Saturday's Franklin Community Day Parade, it would only be a glimpse of the talent. Guydell has been making music from a young age, a hobby that has grown with him. His talent is remarkable and varied. He plays skillful renditions of his own original works in genres including, but certainly not limited to, jazz, funk, rock, country, and even some spiritual works he calls "righteous."

"I classify my music and say, 'It's just Guydell,'" he said. "I think of got a little something of everything because that's the way I think. I'm an artist that believes in music – not just category." Guydell is vibrant and engaging when talking about his own music, finding joy and energy from others' interest in his work.
Entering his house in Tilton, you are greeted by a cozy, relaxed atmosphere and are quickly taken to a nook that he refers to as his studio. Drum kit, keyboards and his sound equipment complete the enclosure.

"This is where I do most of my personal creative work," he said. He quickly passed through four CD cases packed with 474 discs made since the turn of the millennium. "These are my original songs," he said.
Hearing Guydell perform is a real treat, although almost any length of session will not allow for the true breadth of his work to be demonstrated. Still, the range he showed in an hour and a half was impressive.
He transitioned from his drum kit to the keyboards, where he does most of his work. In one five-minute period he went from a song "I Knew When I Seen It", a post-9/11 inspired song about seeing the flag, to an upbeat funky number, to a song called "Ride," which he wrote for friends who are bikers. Worried he was only showing his rock voice, he did a couple of a cappella songs that utilized more of his vocal range.
With the sounds from the studio often reverberating through the house, it's obvious that his family is very supportive of his musical endeavors.

"My wife and son are a very much a part of me being this (creative entity,)" he said. His son Xoren joined him on the drums while he was playing dexterously and freely on the keyboards.
As the person who maintains the park in front of the Franklin Hannaford, Guydell has given eight years and countless hours to his community. These days, however, he's looking to break into another kind of community and be distributed to reach a wider audience. Earlier in his life, he was offered different types of production for his work but found that the professional studios impinged upon his originality. He's currently working on putting together his top tracks to be sent off to record labels.
As our time came to a close, the impassioned Guydell said "last song" about five times. For Guydell Powell, there will never be one.

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Music reverberates through Guydell Powell's house in Tilton as he plays one of his countless original songs in his home studio. (Brendan Sorrell/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

Got Lunch! Laconia volunteers launch this year’s effort to feed kids


LACONIA — Eat Out for Got Lunch! Laconia week began Monday as volunteers who will provide school children with nutritious lunches throughout their summer vacation gathered for lunch at T-Bones/Cactus Jack's, one of 11 participating restaurants, to jump start the sixth year of the program.

The program delivers fresh vegetables and fruit, along with protein in portions recommended by the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Service. Last year more than 230 volunteers delivered lunches to an average of 576 children a week for 10 weeks for a total of 28,780 lunches.

Aaron Lichtenberg of Woods Farm in Alton, coordinator of the Lakes Region Agricultural Collaborative, which supplies the program with locally grown vegetables, Tony Felch of the Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction and Pat Kelly of WLNH/WEMJ Radio, were honored guests at lunch yesterday. Got Lunch! Laconia also partners with Vista Foods to provide families with $5 voucher to purchase eggs, milk, yogurt or cheese each week.

Burrito Me, Patrick's Pub, Lyon's Den, Village Bakery, The Local Eatery, Brick Front, Holy Grail of the Lakes Region, Faro Italian Grille, Hector's Fine Food and Spirits and Tavern 27 are also taking part in Eat Out – Got Lunch! Laconia week by generously contributing a portion of their proceeds to the program.

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Volunteers for the Got Lunch! Laconia launched at T-Bones/Cactus Jack's to kick off Eat Out for GOT LUnch! Laconia week. Clockwise, from left: Aaron Lichtenberg, Dave Barth, Ted Tunicliffe, Tony Felch, Rev. Paula Gile, Stan Brallier, Pat Kelly and Sandy Brallier (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch)