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Plane flips over on Rumney Lake

RUMNEY — Neither pilot nor passenger were injured Friday when a sea plane crashed on Stinson Lake in this Grafton County township.

According to the N.H. Marine Patrol, a plane piloted by Donald H. Stoppe of Ashland took off from Plymouth Airport about 5:20 p.m. and was attempting to execute a "touch and go" maneuver on Stinson Lake some 10 minutes later when it flipped over immediately after making contact with the water. Stoppe and passenger Nicholas A. Kontrovitz of West Swanzy were able to make it safely out of the craft. There was also a dog in the plane.

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 August 2013 02:48

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Condo association worried lot merger will give future Kimball Castle development access to Winni beach

GILFORD — The president of a local condominium complex near Kimball Castle raised yet another concern this week regarding the razing of the stone structure built around the turn of the last century.

Reynold Ilg of Broadview Condominiums told selectmen on Wednesday that he fears that Kimball Castle, LLC will merge its portion of the castle property with a 3.3-acre abutting lot owned by David Jodoin.

Jodoin is the principal owner of Kimball Castle, LLC and the castle acre lot that has a 15-foot easement and rights to the private beach on Lake Winnipesaukee owned by Broadview.

Ilg said Jodoin's separate 3.3-acre parcel only gives single-family access to the Broadview Beach.

He told selectmen he wouldn't want to see the big lot merged with the smaller lot because combining the two could give the 25-acres owned by Kimball Castle LLC the same easement rights as the smaller lot, meaning that if the property were to be developed in the future that Broadview Beach could be overrun with additional people.

"We are very concerned," Ilg said, noting that former advertisements for Kimball Castle's sale as an inn listed "beach rights" and, to the best of his knowledge, the actual 25-acres owned by Kimball Castle LLC has no easements to the beach.

Selectmen, in their capacity as trustees of the Kimball Castle properties, must approve any contract before it is submitted to the Belknap County Superior Court for possible approval. Jodoin has given them a draft of what he wants and selectmen held a public hearing earlier this month. The board is now working with their attorneys to evaluate Jodoin's proposal and incorporate the concerns expressed by people who spoke at the hearing into it.

The town holds $90,000 of the $116,000 mortgage on the 25-acre piece of property that was sold with the approval of annual town meeting in 2009. The money from mortgage payments goes into the Kimball Wildlife Trust that manages the rest of the estate for hiking and wildlife preservation.

Town Administrator Scott Dunn said yesterday that he has spoken to other people who live in Broadview. He said, in his opinion, it wouldn't make any sense for Jodoin to merge the castle lot with his 3.3-acre separate parcel because that would make the smaller parcel subject to the same restrictions as the larger one.

"He (Jodoin) would lose control over the 3.3-acre lot he owns outright," Dunn said.

Dunn also noted it wasn't in the town of Gilford's purview to determine what Jodoin can or can't do with the small parcel as it relates to the Kimball Castle property.

He said a voluntary lot merger is administrative not legislative and is not a matter for the Board of Selectmen.

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 August 2013 02:46

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Mystery urn containing ashes left at Alton cemetery

ALTON — Police are reaching out to the general public for help in identifying a urn holding what appears to be human ashes that was left in one of the local cemeteries.

Chief Ryan Heath said workers in a small, town-owned cemetery just off Route 11 near the Gilford line found the square copper urn on August 16. He said a bag in the urn looks like one that would be used by a crematory but police don't want to disturb the contents and area funeral home owners are equally stumped.

"We've been trying to identify who it belongs to but we've go no idea," Heath said yesterday afternoon.

He said it's rare to find discarded ashes but said it usually happens after a house is burglarized and the thieves discover what they've stolen and feel bad about it.

"They'll abandon the urn somewhere and we'll quietly return it to the victims," he said.

Heath said this summer Alton has had relatively few burglaries and none of those victims reported the loss of an urn.

He said he has spoken to other police chiefs in the Alton area and none of them have this listed on their records of items reported stolen. Police have also reach out to local funeral homes, again with no results.

He also said police almost never release this kind of information to the media because it is so sensitive, but it this case it may be their only hope of discovering who owns the remains.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Alton Police at 875-0575.

CUTLINE (photo in news email) Alton Police are looking for the owner of this 5" by 6" by 7" cemetery urn found abandoned in a small public cemetery on Route 11 near the Gilford line.

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 August 2013 02:40

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Volunteer paint crew needed at Children's Charity House on Tuesday

LACONIA — To be ready to lead the Lakes Region Parade of Homes during the Columbus Day weekend, the Children's Charity House, built at Windemere Ridge by volunteer tradesmen with donated materials to benefit the WLNH Children's Auction, needs painting.
Dale Squires of Lakes Region Builders and Remodelers Association, whose members have undertaken the project, is calling for volunteers to lend a hand on Tuesday, September 3 by painting the entire interior in just one day.

John Groesser of JG New Age Interiors enlisted four of his competitors — Sherkanowski Drywall, Wyatt Drywall, Cullen Drywall and Vergato Drywall — to do in one week what would have taken one contractor three and by Monday the walls will be ready for painting.
Squires said that volunteers, wearing only broad smiles and painting clothes, are needed to start work on Tuesday at 7 a.m. and put in as much time as they can. The color scheme has been selected by the three interior decorating firms on site and the paint, along with brushes and tools, has been donated. Food and drink will be provided courtesy of the Binnie Media, which owns WLNH-FM.
"It's nothing fancy," Squires said, noting that the interior woodwork will be installed after the walls are painted. "It's mostly using rollers with some cutting into corners and ceilings." he said that paintwork is an opportunity for everyone to contribute to the project, which is the first home built to benefit the auction since the kindergarten children at Woodland Heights School contributed a gingerbread house that fetched $1,000.
The Children's Charity House is a dramatic 2,200-sq.-ft. craftsman-bungalow-style residence, which will be finished with the very finest materials and workmanship, bedecked with color, flooring, artwork and furniture by local professional interior decorators. The wooded property, purchased for a discounted price, with mountain views will be skillfully landscaped.
Chris Kelly of Re/Max Bayside, who will take a reduced commission to market and sell the home, said that he expects it will be priced between $320,000 and $350,000, but stressed that "it's true value will much greater because of the quality of the materials and workmanship that will go into it. Whoever buys this home will get a once in a lifetime bargain." The proceeds from the sale, representing the difference between the selling price of the home and the value of the non-donated labor and materials to build it, will be donated to the Children's Auction.

Anyone with questions can contact Squires at 455-1594 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

John Groesser (center) of JG New Age Interiors, who corralled the tradesmen from four companies to hang drywall at the Children's Charity House  is flanked by Eric Maglio (left) and Roger Carter (right). Groesser's team did in a week what usually takes three. Now the Lakes Region Builders and Remodelers Association, which built the home with volunteer labor and donated material, is recruiting volunteers to paint the interior.  (Laconia Daily Siun photo/Michael Kitch).

 

Last Updated on Friday, 13 December 2013 05:39

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