LACONIA — Tomorrow morning, June 23, Laconia will celebrate the life of Peter S. Karagianis in the shadow of the Belknap Mill, a monument to the industrial heritage of the city that still stands today thanks to his vision, energy and generosity.
The walkway from Beacon Street East to the footbridge over the Winnipesaukee River will be named Peter Karagianis Way to forever mark his place in the forefront of the effort that spared the oldest, unaltered, brick mill in the nation from demolition.
Karagiani was called "Mr. Laconia" in 1985 by Edwin Chertok, a former mayor of the city, in recognition of his many contributions and unstinting service to the community. Today, on what would have been Karagianis's 100th birthday, Peter Karagianis Way will be dedicated to the memory of one of the city's most beloved and revered citizens, who passed away last month.
The celebration will begin at 9 a.m. with a public presentation delivered by New Hampshire State Senator Andrew Hosmer, Mayor Ed Engler, and members of the Karagianis family. They will commemorate the naming of Peter Karagianis Way and present the plaque designating the Belknap Mill as a property on the National Register of Historic Places.
Following the ceremony and throughout the day, the Mill will be open for cake and will feature a special exhibit devoted to Peter Karagianis' remarkable commitment to save the Belknap Mill.
– Michael Kitch