Motorcycle Week planners to host forum Nov. 11

LACONIA — The Laconia Motorcycle Week Association will host a public forum to invite comment and seek suggestions about how best to ensure the long-term success of the nation's oldest motorcycle rally on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the Belknap Mill, beginning at 5 p.m.

The forum will be moderated by Pat Kelly of Binnie Media and feature a panel consisting of Charlie St. Clair and Jennifer Anderson, executive director and director respectively of the association , and Cynthia Makris, president of the association, who will be joined by Mayor Ed Engler, Richard Ray of the Faro Italian Grille, and Kurt Muhlfelder of South End Media, all of whom serve on the board of the association.

Laconia Police Chief Chris Adams and Laconia Fire Chief Ken Erickson, together with officials of the New Hampshire State Police, will be on hand to respond to questions and comments about law enforcement and public safety.

Following a brief introduction, there will be a question-and-answer period. Those wishing to offer comments or raise questions will be asked to put their remarks on cards, which will be distributed at the door, and the moderator will present each statement in turn. Those unable to attend the forum, may email their comments or questions to Jennifer Anderson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Anderson said that the forum is an opportunity to learn more about the rally, the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association and the plans for the 93rd running of Motorcycle Week in 2016.

Light refreshments will be served.

Belmont tax rate up more than 2 percent

BELMONT — The New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration has set the 2016 property tax rate at $28.27 per $1,000 of assessed value, an increase of 62 cents, or 2.2 percent , over the 2014 rate of $27.65.

For the owner of a property valued at $200,000, this year's tax bill will rise by $124, from $5,654 last year to $5,530 this year.

A $300,000 property tax bill will rise by $186, from $8,481 to $8,295.

The amount to be raised by taxes increased by $654,987, or 4 percent, from $16,0333,863 to $16,688,859. The total assessed valuation rose by $2,403,451, or 0.4 percent, from $588,845,010 to $591,248,261.

The town tax decreased from $9.50 to $9.41, the county tax from $1.43 to $1.39 and the state education tax from $2.48 to $2.47 while the local school tax rose from $14.24 to $15.

Veterans Day events - Observances planned in Laconia, Meredith, Tilton, Boscawen tomorrow

LACONIA — Laconia VFW Post 1670 and Wilkins-Smith Post #1 American Legion will host a Veterans Day ceremony at the at the Veteran's Square Memorial on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
Mayor Ed Engler will speak and members of the Laconia High School Band will take part in the ceremony.
In Meredith, American Legion Post 33 will host a Veterans Day program on Wednesday featuring a parade and ceremony in front of the Public Library.
Parade participants will meet at the Post of Plymouth Street by 10:40 a.m. The parade up Main Street to the library will step off at 10:50 a.m. and the program at the library will come to order at 11 a.m.
A prayer will be offered by the Rev. Robert Lemieux and speeches will be delivered by veterans and representatives. Meredith resident and Navy Vietnam veteran Chuck Thorndike will be the featured speaker. He served in the Navy from 1967-1970 as E5 Radarman. He served aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard CVA 31 aircraft carrier as well as what was known as the "Brown Water Navy" — Coastal Division 12 Swift Boat Unit, Vietnam. The playing of Taps is scheduled for 11:11. The honor guard will then march to the POW/MIA Memorial is Hesky Park for a second ceremony. Lunch will then be offered back at the Post.
In Tilton, Haircuts for Men on Main Street will host its sixth annual Virginia B. Hutton Veterans Day Motorcycle Run on Wednesday. The day will get under way with coffee and doughnuts, donated by Dunkin' Donuts, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
At 9:45 a.m., the police-escorted group will start its ride to the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen. State and local police will lead the procession. There will be traffic control at major intersections along the route.
The procession will arrive at the cemetery at 10:30 a.m. in time to take part in the 11 a.m. Veterans Day ceremony.
Following the ceremony, the police-escorted motorcycle run will proceed to Whiteman-Davidson American Legion Post 49 in Northfield, where participants can eat pizza donated by Uno's Chicago Grill.