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Meredith goes with take coyotes to scare geese

MEREDITH — Visitors to Hesky Park and Scenic Park should not be alarmed to find coyotes lurking amid the shrubbery and sculptures, for they are only manikins placed in hopes of dispersing the Canada Geese, who have dropped the curtain on "Barefoot in the Park." .

Town Manager Phil Warren told the selectmen yesterday that at $70 a head the faux coyotes offered the least expensive and most promising means of persuading the geese to take their business elsewhere. But, he emphasized that the coyotes must be moved about frequently in order to be effective.

Extermination, Warren said, is "out of the question." He explained that a three-year process, including a study and appeal to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, would be required with no assurance of success. Chemical sprays are available, but cannot be used within 150 feet of the water. Fences and hedges, about four feet in height, might deter the geese, but disfigure the park. Dogs, trained to harass the geese until they leave never to return, can be hired at significant cost. Devices that produce sound geese find unnerving cost $1,600 apiece.

Of all the options, Warren chose the coyote manikins. So Wiley and Smiley it is.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 12:23

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Driver rolls truck trying to evade police at Weirs Beach

LACONIA — Police said yesterday that an as yet unidentified person is facing multiple charges for failing to stop for a police officer and rolling over a truck during his effort to get away.

Lt. Rich Simmons said an officer on routine patrol on Lakeside Avenue at Weirs Beach attempted to stop the truck however the driver drove at a rapid speed up Tower Hill Road at 12:52 a.m. Saturday.

He said the officer chose not to engage in a high speed pursuit but followed the truck toward Rte. 3.

Simmons said the driver lost control of the vehicle after making the turn on to the highway and rolled the truck in front of the Tower Hill Cottages.

He said the driver and his passenger fled into the woods and the closest police dog was in Warner. The driver was not apprehended that night but he said police have been able to identify him.

He said the truck was heavily damaged, if not a total loss, and the Belknap County Sheriffs Department helped them contact the vehicle's owner, who lives in Gilmanton.

He said the driver of the vehicle was not the owner. However the truck had not been reported stolen.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 01:47

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Second Gilford Meadows athletic field should be ready for play next fall

GILFORD — The Gilford Meadows Committee says that work on reclaiming a playing field area north of the existing football/lacrosse field is proceeding well and expects that work will be completed this fall and that the field will be available for use next year.
Sue Allen, Gilford School Board chairman and a member of the Meadows Committee, told her colleagues last night that the project is being directed by Andy Bartlett, the volunteer project manager, who is working working with local contractors and a number of other businesses which have been donating considerable time, equipment and materials to make the project, which was identified several years ago as Phase I of a multi-year project to add more space for recreational and sports programs, possible.
The Meadows Committee has been working for over 10 years to develop plans for the property, which was donated to the Gilford School District in 2000 by Raymond and Barbara Carye with the stipulation that it be used for educational/recreational programs. The original development plan called for the building of a new high school on the site but voters rejected the idea.
For the past few years, the committee has been working on development and fundraising efforts to expand the playing field capacity for all local field sports, and make safety improvements for existing uses and had set a fundraising goal of $264,000 for the first phase.
This spring, the Gilford School Board approved the plan, for which the committee has already received permits from the state Department of Environmental Services, which five years ago had rejected the first plan proposed by the committee.
Allen said that Gilford Well has been working to install irrigation for the new field while Andy Howe of Beans & Greens Farmstand has been mowing the fields.
She said with the removal of a former apartment building from the former farm site, there will now be only one entrance and one exit road from the property, which will make traffic flow easier during football and lacrosse games.
Phase 2 will involve leveling and seeding the existing multi use field, which currently is rutted and in less than ideal condition. Future efforts will include enhanced concessions and rest room facilities.
Gilford may be looking at forming a cheer team according to Superintendent Kent Hemingway, who said that a student who recently transferred to Gilford from Winnisquam Regional High School has made a request that a cheer squad be formed.
High School Principal Peter Sawyer will be working out a proposal for the squad which will be presented to the School Board when it meets next month.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 01:20

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Inmate dong chin-ups on water pipe leads to flood at county jail

LACONIA — It got a little wet in the mens' minimum security dorm at the Belknap County House of Corrections on the morning of August 8 when a couple of minimum security inmates doing chin ups on a sprinkler system pipe broke it near the valve.

Superintendent Daniel Ward said water poured from the broken pipe and by the time the broken portion of the system was shut down, he said water flooded the dorm.

Ward said there was surprising very little damage because the floor and walls in the dorm are cement and the actual sprinkler system didn't deploy.

He said the male inmates in the ward were evacuated to the yard while maintenance and corrections officials used water vacuums to suck up the water. Ward said it took about two or three hours for maintenance to replace the broken pipe and the valve and to clean up the water.

"It was a mess but it was (cleaned up) pretty quick," Ward said.

He said they have the entire incident on tape and parts of it are kind of comical. He said the man was sliding on the pipe "like a monkey" when it appears he heard it crack. He said he and two others just ran as fast as they could to get away from the cascade of water.

"It's likely not intentional," Ward said. He added that it was a reckless act because the pipe is painted bright red "so they won't hang on it."

"It's just not designed to handle a couple of hundred extra pounds," he said.

The Belknap County Sheriff's Office is investigating but he said there likely won't be any additional criminal charges.

"We will seek restitution," he said. He said the damage was $353.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 01:00

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