Northfield police arrest two, seize BB pistol after road rage incident

NORTHFIELD — N.H. State Police arrested two people Sunday after a road rage incident on Zion Hill at 3:15 p.m., in which police suspect a weapon was brandished.

Sgt. James McIntire of Northfield said it appears a car containing at least three people passed a different vehicle on the right and one of the passengers brandished what the driver described as a handgun. The driver of the passed car was able to get a plate number and other identifying information about the occupants.

About an hour later, McIntire said a state trooper spotted the car in question on Park Street and stopped it, arresting the two occupants for offenses not related to the road rage.

Robert Chestnut of Tilton was charged with operating without a valid license, possession of a controlled drug and transporting a controlled drug in a vehicle. Kristina Blake of Tilton was arrested on an electronic bench warrant and was additionally charged with allowing an improper person to operate.

McIntire said Northfield Police learned a third person was in the car during the alleged road rage incident and obtained a warrant to search 397 West Main St. for a handgun.

McIntire said they recovered a BB gun. He said drugs were also found and Tilton Police requested an addendum to Northfield's warrant to search for them. Additional charges are expected.

Franklin Police are also interested in the case, said McIntire, because of reports that someone shot out some windows of cars with a BB gun earlier that day.

In anyone has any additional information they are asked to call the Northfield Police at 286-8982 or the Franklin Police at 934-2535.

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Belknap Mill Society adds staff and trustees, plans capital campaign

LACONIA — The Belknap Mill Society, after choosing not to sell the historic building and undergoing several changes of leadership, has added two employees and four trustees as it prepares to mount a capital campaign aimed at addressing the needs and ensuring the future of the oldest unaltered brick textile mill in the country.

Allison Ambrose, president of the society, said yesterday that Beth San Soucie, who served as managing director for the past year, has been succeeded by Tara Shore, who as administrator will oversee day-to-day operations, and Jennifer McLean, who will mange programs and schedule events while continuing to serve as coordinator of Leadership Lakes Region.

Meanwhile, membership of the Board of Trustees, which had shrunk to six, has been increased to ten with addition of Jennifer Anderson, director of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association, MaryLee Gorham-Waterman, executive director of the New Hampshire Humane Society, Michael Schofield of the Huot Technical Center and Karon Thibeault of Bank of New Hampshire.

Ambrose said that Anderson, who is serving as secretary of the society, is preparing its newsletter. Gorham-Waterman and Thibeault, she said, will turn their hands to the fundraising campaign, while Schofield will seek to develop a partnership between the society and the Huot Technical Center to assist with the repair and maintenance of the mill.

At the same time, the society has convened an advisory board consisting of Mayor Ed Engler, three former mayors — Rod Dyer, Paul Fitzgerald and Matt Lahey — Mark Warren, Pastor of the Grace Capital Church and Justin Slattery, executive director of the Belknap Economic Development Council. Ambrose said that the advisory board is working with the trustees to develop a vision and plan for the future of the mill.

The financial condition of the mill, which last February led the executive committee of society to approach the city about purchasing the building, remains fragile. Ambrose said that generous donations from Aavid Thermalloy and the Grace Capital Church amounting to some $30,000, and a grant have enabled the society to complete the replacement of the cupola and finial as well as provide what she called "breathing room" by defraying some operating expenses.

However, installation of a high efficiency boiler, replacement of windows, repairs to the roof, refinishing of floors and improvements to security systems, including a new front door, represent estimated costs of $175,000. Ambrose said that in addition to strengthening its fundraising efforts, the society will seek to rent office space on the second floor, which has been vacant for several years. Income from the rental of two law offices in the building is a significant share of operating income.

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Gilford H.S. to host New England Music Festival

GILFORD — The annual New England Music Festival Association announced this weekend that Gilford High School will host the 2016 event.

According to Gilford High School principal Anthony Sperazzo, the top 450 high school musicians in New England will be selected for performances in Gilford on March 17, 18, and 19, 2016.

"This is a huge honor for out schools and community," said Superintendent Kent Hemingway in an email shared with the School Board and other members of the Gilford School District community. The email was made public at last night's School Board meeting.

Hemingway estimates that thousands of people will come to the Lakes Region to hear the performances and to support the young musicians.

"We are sharing this information with local businesses as this will be another busy weekend in our area toward the end of ski season," Hemingway continued, adding he plans on contacting area hotels and restaurants in preparation for the festival.

According to the NEMFA website, "through their outstanding evaluations in one of those solo and ensemble festivals, New England's most gifted music students are invited to join together in the New England Band, Chorus and Orchestra at the three day festival, hosted annually by a regional high school... Lead by some of our nation's finest conductors, three days of rehearsals culminate in a stellar concert by all three groups, attended by parents and supporters alike."

A tentative schedule provided at last night's School Board meeting indicated the rehearsals will begin on March 17. Some of the nation's best conductors will work with the musicians as they prepare for two performances on March 19 – a 2 p.m. concert for band and orchestra and a 4:30 p.m. performance for chorus.

Information about ticket sales and the need for host families will be forthcoming as the school district learns more about NEMFA's decision to have it in Gilford.

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