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Opechee milfoil treatment set for next week

LACONIA — Milfoil in Lake Opechee will be treated with a chemical herbicide applied on or around Thursday, September 5. The treatment was originally scheduled for early July but was postponed when the chemical herbicide that was to have been applied was found to have produced less than optimal results at other locations.

Suzanne Perley of the Lake Opechee Preservation Association said that the treatment will cover 13 acres, divided between the areas at the north end of the lake near Anthony Drive and the eastern shore below the Lakeport Dam, at a cost of $13,256. She said that DES awarded the association a grant equal to 40-percent of the cost and the city and the association are splitting the balance evenly.

On the day the herbicide is applied restrictions on the use of water will be imposed and posted. Swimming will be prohibited within 200 feet of the treated areas. Water drawn from intakes within 1,200 feet and wells within 50 feet of the treated areas should not be used for drinking, irrigating or watering plants until further notice. These restrictions will be posted on the shoreline prior to the treatment and any questions can be addressed to Marc Bellaud, Aquatic Control Technology, 11 John Road, Sutton, Massachusetts 01590-2509, (508) 865-1000 or info@aquaticcontroltech. com.

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 August 2013 02:55

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Tilton Police raid nets 'large amount' of illegal drugs & cash & 2 arrests

TILTON — Police yesterday raided a residence on Autumn Drive and report the seizure of a "large amount" of drugs and cash, along with a firearm. Placed under arrest at the home were 31-year-old Benjamin Ricks and 25-year-old Sarah Swett.

Police Chief Robert Cormier said a search warrant was executed with the assistance of the Sanbornton Police Department and the N.H. State Police K-9 Unit.

Ricks is charged with illegal possession of controlled drugs/narcotics and possession with intent to sell illegal drugs/narcotics. He is being held in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.

Swett was charged with illegal possession of controlled drugs/narcotics and was released from custody on personal recognizance bail.

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 August 2013 02:46

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Council to took at details of $252k downtown 'gateway' plan on Monday

LACONIA — The Downtown Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Advisory Board will present a revised plan for improvements to what has been dubbed "Gateway Plaza" on the north side of the Main Street bridge to the City Council when it meets Monday night.

The plan consists of adding four elements to the existing space. Planting beds edged with granite curbing, each with two shade trees, would be placed in front of Sawyer's Jewelry to the west and near the entrance to the parking garage to the east. In addition, to the planting bed there would be a brick island with planters and benches on the west side of the foot of Main Street. A green space, ringed with shade trees and lined granite seating, would front the Grace Capital Church, accented by circular brick plaza, 20 feet in diameter, at the corner of Main Street and Beacon Street West. Finally, a brick island with planters and would lie along Beacon Street East overlooking the Winnipesaukee River.

The budget for the project is $252,276.

The Advisory Board suggested landscaping the traffic island, by installing irrigation and granite curbing, as an option with an estimated price tag of $11,730.

The original plan proposed replacing the concrete fronting Grace Capital Church and the parking garage on one side and Sawyer's Jewelry on the other with brick pavers and both areas would be landscaped with shade trees and raised planters. Intended as a pedestrian plaza, it would include granite benches, timbered seating, trellises, sculpture and lighting. The traffic island on the bridge itself would also be landscaped. The cost of the design was estimated at between $417,000 and $455,000 depending on the type of materials used.

When the Main Street Initiative group questioned whether investing in a pedestrian plaza at one of the busiest intersections in the city, the council trimmed the budget to include infrastructure — irrigation, drainage and electricity — required to support improvements while reducing the scope of the landscaping. The cost of the revised plan falls within the limits of between $250,000 and $300,000 set by the council.

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 August 2013 02:38

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Senior Center 'gangleader' celebrates 100

LACONIA — "Oh, yes, I remember the Model-T. . . I rode in one," exclaimed Marie Carrigan as City Councilor Bob Hamel reeled off a list of milestones she had passed when the Laconia Senior Center celebrated her 100th birthday yesterday.

Carrigan has been an active volunteer at the center for the past two decades. She is revered for her baked goods, particularly her renowned chocolate cake, as well as her knitting and crocheting, which have brought joy to many of her fellow seniors.

Carrignan was born in Canada, but has lived nearly all her life in New Hampshire, where she worked in hosiery mill in Franklin. She was married for 41 years with one daughter, three grandsons and two great-grandchildren and still makes her home in the same large house where she has lived for more than 60 years.

A regular at the Bingo table on Wednesdays and Fridays as well as at "Dine Around," she is known at the center as "the gangleader." When Hamel noted that the year she was born marked the first time a woman jumped from an airplane, someone was heard to "Marie drove her to it."

Asked what was the secret to a long life, Carrigan replied without hesitation "there's no secret. The years just keep creeping up on you and all of a sudden you're a hundred."

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 August 2013 02:30

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