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Bulldogs no match for Berlin, lose 7-1

LACONIA — Belmont-Gilford went from the undefeated top seed in the NHIAA Division III standings to third in a matter of a week. Yesterday, the Bulldogs (10-2) dropped their second consecutive game, this one to now top-ranked Berlin,7-1.

Belmont-Gilford was beaten (4-3) by 7-1 Souhegan on February 1.

"We had no heart today," B/G coach Jay Londer said after the Berlin loss at the Laconia Ice Arena. "They didn't want to play. When I played in college, I was all heart. I was embarrassed to coach this team today"

The Bulldogs put the pressure on early, out-shooting Berlin 17 to 9 in the first period, but could not find the back of the net. "We took 17 shots and left 10 rebounds in front of the net that no one wanted to collect," continued Londer. "It simple. You are supposed to dump and chase. We just dumped and did not chase." The first period went scoreless until Berlin's Conner Jewitt found himself all alone with seven seconds remaining and beat the Bulldog goalie to the far corner of the net, where he stuffed the puck in.

The second and third period belonged to the Mountaineers, scoring two more goals in the second and and four in the third. Trevor Cahill had the lone goal for the Bulldogs in the third period.

Belmont-Gilford will be the away team at the Laconia Ice arena against Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes tomorrow.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 February 2014 01:46

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Revised proposal for fence around Laconia Airport skips 'prime' wetlands

GILFORD — After their first plan for a perimeter-enclosing fence was rejected by the N.H. Department of Environmental Services, the Laconia Municipal Airport has proposed a second version that would not impact prime wetlands in the area, said Engineer William Stack.

The purpose of the fence, said Laconia Airport Manager Diane Terrill in December, is to protect the runway from wild and burrowing animals that have the potential to cause a collision with aircraft.

The newest proposal, that was signed by the Gilford Conservation Commission earlier this week, will be 9,500-linear-feet of fencing in two sections.

Stack said the proposed new fence will steer clear of the conservation easement held by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests on the Howe property.

He also said that the fence will not go into areas designated as "prime wetlands" as defined by DES administrative codes and designated as such by the town of Gilford in 1984.

The November denial of the permit noted that the impact caused by the high degree of development in the general area has made these prime wetlands even more important.

Stack said the new proposal has the same two brook crossings, however the latest application to the DES notes there brooks were likely man-made in the 1940s and and not unique or unusual to the area.

Along with it's acceptance of the latest application for submission tot he DES, the Conservation Commission also added a condition that the airport come up with a maintenance plan for the fence and include it in its annual report to the Conservation Commission.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 February 2014 01:38

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Congregational Society planning to sell 5 house lots on historic Smith Meeting House grounds

GILMANTON — A plan by the trustees of the First Congregational Society to subdivide the property and carve out five building lots has met a road block over whether or not the road should be paved.

During a public hearing held in December, the Society's George B. Roberts, Jr., accompanied by Laconia attorney Pat Wood, met with the Planning Board about the project.

Minutes said the goal of the subdivision was to sell the private building lots to create an endowment that will pay for maintenance and upkeep in the portion of the property around the historic Smith Meeting House, which was constructed in 1774. The total lot size is 20 acres.

"It is the First Congregational Society's intent to maintain the historic character and preserve the elements in compliance with the Historic District," read the minutes that captured Wood's statements to the Planning Board.

Any houses, said Wood, would be in keeping with the character of the property.

The project's scope includes upgrading 1,251-feet of Parsonage Hill Road and about 900-feet of Governors Road, to the end of the subdivision. Both would have hammerhead turnouts for emergency vehicles and plows.

Roberts said no one in the Society would have anything to do with the marketing or selling of the lots and he anticipated that the sales could take five to six years.

The Society wants to develop the roads to Class V standards but doesn't want to pave them. Roberts said that high costs of paving the roads coupled with the current real estate market would mean the Society wouldn't raise enough money through the sales of property to perpetually maintain the Meeting House and its environs.

Under current subdivision regulations in Gilmanton, building on Class VI roads is not allow and all new Class V roads must be paved.

In asking for a waiver, Wood reiterated the project would not be feasible in paving was a requirement; the spirit and the intent of the Historic District Committee would be maintained; the importance of preservation is recognized; the road agent and the fire chief were amenable to the design; the maintaining a gravel road and hammerheads are less costly than if they were paved; and that shared driveways were proposed along Parsonage Hill Road.

Woods said that in his opinion the waiver requirements have been met.

Selectman Don Guarino, who is the selectman's representative to the Planning Board recused himself and Ralph Lavin sat in his place.

From the floor, Guarino said he objected to waiving the pavement requirements because every other developer has to meet the requirements. He said Wood's contention that the Society is not a developer doesn't pass muster because in this case it is acting as a developer. He cited several recent developments in town including Sawgrass Road, a proposed Howard Road, subdivision, a subdivision on Burke Road and others required pavement.

Guarino said the town has not been adding any dirt roads and it would be a mistake not to pave the roads in this subdivision proposal.

Planning Board members adjourned the public hearing so they could consult with the town attorney.

Since that meeting, Roberts has filed a petition with the Board of Selectman to make Governor's Road a Class V road.

Selectmen have to decide the layout of new roads and can give consideration as to whether it should be paved or not. Roberts also asked the Planning Board to delay any consideration of the subdivision proposal until the Board of Selectmen have made a decision.

Town Administrator Arthur Capello asked Roberts to provide the town with a list of abutters so the selectmen could send them notices of a public hearing. The date for the public hearing has not been set.

Roberts could not be reached on Thursday for comment.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 February 2014 01:35

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Victim of untimely death in Belmont identified; investigation ongoing

BELMONT — Police have identified the man who died in what was called an untimely manner at 56 Arlene Drive Tuesday night as Michael Chamberlain, 26, of Clinton Street in Laconia.

Police said an autopsy along with toxicology tests were done yesterday by the N.H. State Medical Examiner and police are awaiting the result.

Mann said this is an active investigation and police are working to determine where Chamberlain had been and who he was with up until the time of his death.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Belmont Police at 267-8350. He said callers can remain anonymous.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 February 2014 01:25

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