Gilmanton family wins WaveRunner at end of Got Lunch! Laconia raffle

LACONIA — Matt and Julie LeBlanc of Gilmanton say they plan to put the three-seater Yamaha V1 Sport WaveRunner that they won in a Got Lunch! Laconia raffle to good use.
The couple live on Sawyer Lake and found out last Monday while vacationing in Rhode Island that they had won the personal watercraft valued at $10,427.
''We're going to have fun with it,'' said Matt LeBlanc, when he and his wife and their children, Gracey, 8, and Sawyer, 4, stopped by Irwin Marine in Laconia Friday morning to pick up their prize, which also came with a trailer .
They had received a phone call from Dave Barth, Julie's dad, who helps deliver the summer meals for the Got Lunch! Program, about their good fortune. He had been at the drawing which was held Monday morning at the Laconia Congregational Church, where volunteers gather every Monday to assemble the food items for distribution.
''We were happy to win but it's really just a bonus for us. We bought a raffle ticket because we like supporting a great program.'' said LeBlanc.
The Got Lunch! Laconia program delivers healthy meal makings every week to about 650 children in the city Laconia and was started in 2011 and has spawned similar programs in abut 15 New Hampshire communities since then.
It marked the second straight year that Irwin Marine has donated a personal watercraft to raise funds according to Paula Gile, assistant pastor of the Laconia Congregational Church and one of the founders of the program.
On hand to present the keys to the WaveRunner to the LeBlancs was Bill Irwin, vice president and sales manager at Irwin Marine.
Giles said that the raffle raised over $10,000 for the Got Lunch! program.

Bill Irwin of Irwin Marine is shown with the LeBlanc family of Gilmanton; Sawyer, 4, Gracey, 8, Julie and Matt with the three-seat Yamaha WaveRunner that they won in a raffle which raised funds for Got Lunch! Laconia. (Roger Amsdem/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

Correction: Hassan's compromise budget includes $5.7M more for addiction treatment

Gov. Maggie Hassan told a group of people gathered to discuss Recovery Court in Laconia on Monday that she included $5.7 million more in her compromise state budget for substance abuse treatments than what was in the budget presented to her by the Legislature's committee of conference, which she vetoed. She urged those in attendance to voice their support for the compromise as the $5.7 million includes $4 million for the Governor's Commission and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery, which would include a drug court in Manchester. The additional funds would allow for the acceleration of extending the substance abuse benefit to the traditional Medicaid population in FY 16. The facts concerning the $5.7 million number were incorrectly reported in a story that ran on page 1 of the August 4 Daily Sun.

Lily Pond Road building that housed seafood store will now host expanded marina & used car outlet

GILFORD — The owner of the building that housed Fin's Seafood at the intersection of Lily Pond Road and Rte. 11 has gotten permission from the Planning Board to expand the showroom for boat sales for one tenant and add a space for car sales in a different part of the building.

The Planning Board approved the request from Wide Open Spaces Rev. Trust owned by Kim Cedarstrom, to have a showroom and an outdoor sales area with a separate outdoor storage area for repaired boats for Miles Marina, which has been operating a marine engine repair shop for years in the same spot.

Cedarstrom said yesterday that he is working with an unidentified possible tenant for the car sales portion of the building.

Last year the town approved changing the land its uses closest to Rte. 11 from industrial use to commercial use in part to allow for the expansion of Walmart. With the zoning change, Cedarstrom did not need a special exception to enlarge the existing showroom.

The board told Cedarstrom he has to abide by the town's sign regulations, install a stop sign and a stop bar at the exit, and plow the snow to a spot that is at least 50 feet from Lily Pond. An additional condition is that no vehicles or watercraft can be washed on the site.

As of yesterday, Miles Marina had a number of boats for sale along the Route 11 portion of the lot.