Greenhouses saved from Beans & Greens field fire

GILFORD — A fire which scorched a field at Beans and Greens Farm late Thursday night was extinguished before it could cause major damage to four nearby greenhouses.
Deputy Fire Chef Brad Ober said that the fire, which was reported at 11:40 p.m. is believed to have been caused by a spark from a nearby outside boiler which is used to heat the greenhouses.
''There was minimal damage,'' said Ober, who said some of the clear plastic covering on the ends of the greenhouses was damaged in the fire, which burned about a half-acre of field.
The fire was brought under control at 12:10 a.m.

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Workers at Bean and Greens Farm in Gilford check out fire damage at the farm's greenhouses on Friday. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

Promoter has leased drive-in for series of Bike Week rock concerts

LACONIA — The Weirs Drive-In Theater will become a venue for live music and boxing matches during the the 92nd running of Motorcycle Week, the world's oldest motorcycle rally.

Vesslarglobal Partners, LLC of West Jeffereson, North Carolina has leased the property from its owner, Patricia Baldi, and this week has submitted a proposal to stage concerts on each of the last four days of the rally, along with a boxing exhibition on Friday.

A stage, 160 by 100 feet, will be erected in front of the main screen on the west (uphill) side of theater. The boxing ring, surrounded on four sides by seating, will be set up and broken down on Friday. Two bars, one 50 feet and another 20 feet, are planned for the site, which will also feature 10 beer "tubs" scattered throughout the venue.

Concerts are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., with bands playing until midnight, except on the Thursday when the music will stop at 10:30 p.m. The line-up of bands has yet to be announced.

According the the permit application form filed with the city, concert attendance is projected to begin at 5,000 people on Wednesday, climb to 8,000 to 10,000 on Thursday, reach 15,000 to 20,000 on Friday and jump to 30,000 on Saturday, the last night of the rally.

Planning Director Shanna Saunders said that the proposal will be presented to the Motorcycle Technical Review Committee on Wednesday, May 6.

In the past, the Weirs Drive-In Theater has been a popular site for vendors and motorcycle parking, but their numbers have diminished in recent years as attendance at the rally has fallen.

Sporazzo promoted to principal at GHS

GILFORD — School Board Chair Karen Thurston said yesterday that current high school vice-principal Anthony Sporazzo will be promoted to principal beginning next school year.

Sporazzo will take over for current Principal Peter Sawyer, who is taking the job of Middle School principal next year.

"(Sporazzo) is a very highly respected individual with his students and co-workers," said Thurston. "He's firm but he listens."

She said Sawyer and Sporazzo were a "dynamic duo" at the high school and because of the campus design both will continue in the same building.

Sporazzo joined the Gilford High School as a Physical Education teacher 11 years ago, said Thurston.

"He's a fair individual and we're very fortunate to have him," she said.