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Marina expresses interest in buying old Winnisquam fire station

BELMONT — Winnisquam Marine has sent a letter to selectmen expressing an interest in buying the former Winnisquam Fire Station.

Town Administrator Jeanne Beaudin told selectmen last night she and the town counsel had gotten the letter earlier in the day and noted the town had initially offered the nearby business an opportunity to bid on it.

"It's our right to choose or refuse," said Beaudin.

No dollar figure was discussed last night. Beaudin said the communication was not a bid but an indication that the owners of the marina may be interested in purchasing the property from the town.

The property is on Sunset Drive and is directly opposite the marina. It is landlocked.

The now volunteer Winnisquam Fire Company was disbanded in 2006 and 2007 and, despite occasional but regular interest from residents of the Lochmere section of Tilton and the lakefront area of Sanbornton, the Belmont selectmen have said they have no interest in reusing the property as a fire station.

One half of the building is now home to the Belmont Department of Parks and Recreation and one half is used by the Belmont Fire Department for storage.

Beaudin said the Parks Department is preparing to relocate to the Belmont Mill and said last night there are a few things the town needs to do to the historic mill before the department can move.

A study prepared by a specially-convened Belmont Property Assessment Committee said the Winnisquam station was originally built in 1940 and has seen a number of additions and renovations. When the current Belmont Fire Station opened in 1995, there was some discussion about relocating the Police Department there, however in 2000 police added 1,250-square-feet to the existing station.

The committee looked at all town property except the library, the police department, and the current fire station on Route 140.

The report said the walls of the station show signs of decay or "carbonation", some of the mortar joints around the building are beginning to looses and the metal doors are beginning to rust. The roof needs to be re-shingled and the low-sloped roof over the kitchen needs to be completely rebuilt.

The committee said the interior of the building is in fair condition and the combustion chamber on the furnace is cracked.

"With the current condition of the Winnisquam Fire Station the Property Assessment Committee feels there is greater value in selling the building than there is repairing it," reads the recommendation.

If Winnisquam Marine is interested enough to make an offer on the property, Beaudin said it would be evaluated and placed on a warrant article at a future Town Meeting for a vote.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 02:11

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Local woman spearheads raising of $13k to build New Hampton Fitness Trail

NEW HAMPTON — In January, Pat Schlesinger, moved by concern at the incidence of childhood obesity and for the health of senior citizens, approached the Board of Selectmen about blazing a fitness trail financed solely by private contributions.

Given a green light, Schlesinger convened a citizens committee and the Selectboard established an expendable trust fund. Last week, the board accepted more than $13,000 raised by the committee and authorized the purchase of the 20 fitness stations with an eye to opening the trail and authorized the purchase of the stations with an eye to opening the trail by autumn.

The trail, a loop of of a little more than half-a-mile, will meander through 99.4 wooded acres, beginning near the foot of Fire House Lane and leading to an overlook on the Pemigewasset River before circling back to its starting point. The fitness stations, each designed to performance a particular exercise, will range along the trail at appropriate intervals. The stations have been ordered at a cost $10,070, and are expected to be delivered in four to six weeks. A second hiking loop of more than a mile, connecting with the fitness trail, is also planned for the site.

Town Administrator Barbara Lucas said that in the meantime Shaun Lagueux, professional forester, will begin marking the trail and locating the stations in anticipation of cutting the trail. Already many have volunteered to assist with the construction of the trail.

So far the committee has raised $13,080, just shy of its initial goal of $13,500, with the aim of collecting at least $16,000 to fund future improvements and maintenance. Schlesinger said that the generosity of both individual and corporate donors, along with offers of in kind contributions, has been impressive. Lucas said that Alex Ray of the Common Man Restaurants has donated $500 and offered to match contributions dollar-for-dollar up to another $500.

"People tell me they love the project," said Schlesinger, "but, they ask 'how are we going to get across Route 104?' When I tell them 'walk,'" she continued "they say 'oh, no we need a bridge to go over it.' Now they're thinking big!."

Contributions can be made to the New Hampton Nature-Fitness Trail and sent to the Trustees of the Trust Fund at the Town Office, 6 Pinnacle Hill Road, New Hampton, NH 03256.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 03 August 2013 03:38

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2 Weirs Beach businesses hit by burglars

LACONIA — Police are investigating a burglary at the Winnipesaukee Pier that occurred sometime between midnight and 6 a.m. Friday morning.

Police said an alarm sound at the restaurant at 2 a.m. and two officers went to investigate. They called the person listed as someone who can respond to an alarm but said the person declined to come down.

Officer said they checked the building to make sure no one was in the building and all the doors and windows were secured.

Police said an undisclosed amount of cash and change was taken.

Laconia Police logs also recorded a second burglary at the Weirs Beach Water Slide that was reported to them at 9:33 a.m. Friday morning.

Police said they do not know if the two burglaries are related.

Anyone with any information about either burglaries is asked to call the Laconia Police at 524-5252 or the Greater Laconia Crime Line at 524-1717.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 03 August 2013 03:33

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Muskrats forced into 4th place playoff game on Saturday after dropping season finale to Sanford, 5-2

LACONIA — Needing a win or at the very least some good luck to clinch a NECBL Eastern Division playoff spot on the last night of the regular season, the Mustangs got neither. The combination of Friday's 5-2 loss to Sanford at Robbie Mills Field and a 5-1 Mystic win over Plymouth (Mass.) secured a third place finish for the Connecticut team and a fourth place tie between Laconia and Sanford.

Mystic finished at 22-22, while the Muskrats and the Mainers deadlocked at 21-23.

A one game play-in game is now necessary and it will be played Saturday night in Sanford at 6:30.

The winner of the Laconia-Sanford game will open a best of three, first round playoff series at division winner Newport (30-14) on Sunday. Second place Ocean State (24-20) will host Mystic in the other Eastern Division first round series.

The second game in each series will be played on Monday night on the home field of the lower seeded team. Scores and other information about game times will be available online at www.necbl.com.

Laconia took a 2-1 lead into the eighth inning against Sanford last night but the Mainers tied the game in the next to last frame and then pushed across 3 more runs in the top of the 9th.

Evan Rahn (Wheaton) pitched 7 and 2/3 innings for Laconia, scattering 8 hits and giving up just one earned run. He was relieved by Jacob Moody, who took the loss.

Moody got two outs in the ninth before Robert Wayman reached on a throwing error by shortstop Carter White (U Memphis), who is primarily a catcher, and Nate LaPointe scored the go-ahead run from second base.  Troy Black then doubled home the second run of the inning and an error on left fielder Taylor Drake (McNeese St.) allowed the third run to score.

Laconia managed just 5 hits. Right fielder Eddie Macaluso (listed on the roster as a pitcher) had 2 hits and drove in a run.

All Star second baseman Joe Torres (Iona) scored Laconia's first run a a fielders choice in the fourth. Third baseman Nick Freeberger (Hartford CC) led off the seventh inning with a single and later scored on a single by Macaluso.

Last Updated on Saturday, 03 August 2013 03:28

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