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SUV crashed into 20 bikes on busy Rte. 3

MEREDITH — A motorcycle rider was being treated for a severe left leg injury Friday evening after an SUV apparently crossed over the Rte. 3 centerline in the vicinity of Watermark Marine Construction and struck a pair of oncoming motorcycles. The accident happened about 4 p.m. and the primary roadway between Weirs Beach and Meredith Village was closed. Heavy Laconia Motorcycle Week traffic was re-routed to Parade Road via Rollercoaster Road.

Fire Chief Ken Jones said the female driver of the SUV as northbound at the time of the accident and was apparently trying to avoid hitting traffic in front of her when she veered into the southbound lane. He said two riders were injured and transported to Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia. One sustained what appeared to be minor injuries and the man with the leg injury was going to be transported via helicopter to a larger facility.



Last Updated on Saturday, 21 June 2014 12:26

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LRGHealthcare says 'co-opetition' will define its relationship with ClearChoiceMD

LACONIA — In response Vermont-New Hampshire based urgent care provider ClearChoiceMD's application to put a medical facility in the Belknap Mall, the administration of LRGHealthcare issued the following statement on Friday.

"ClearChoiceMD made LRGHealthcare aware of their plans to open a facility in Belmont before it was announced publicly. Like we would any other practice, we welcome ClearChoiceMD to the community. We see this as an example of "co-opetition" (a combination of co-operation and competition), where we expect to establish a working relationship that includes referrals.

Through continued communication with ClearChoiceMD, we anticipate our two organizations to work well together to achieve the best outcomes for Lakes Region area patients. We realize we'll be competing in some aspects, however the health of our community is our first and foremost priority."

The application is before the Belmont Planning Board and involves a site plan review. ClearChoiceMD is scheduled to appear at its July 28 meeting.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 June 2014 01:34

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Trail of Meredith man accused of supplying Heroin overdose delayed

LACONIA — Jury selection in the case of a former Meredith man who allegedly sold heroin to a Moultonborough man who died of an overdose is now scheduled for October.

Andrew Currier, 51, formerly of 100 Blueberry Hill Road is charged with two counts of selling heroin with death resulting to Jason Dostie on May 29, 2013. Each count represents a different explanation of the same crime.

Dostie died on May 29 in Meredith after allegedly taking the heroin. His body was found in his father's truck in Moultonborough but the subsequent police investigation determined he died while he was in Meredith.

The case was investigated by the Meredith Police. Currier was indicted by a Belknap County grand jury on October 3, 2013.

Jury selection was initially scheduled for May 29 but Currier's lawyer, Steve Mirkin, filed an assented-to motion to continue saying he had gotten nearly 1,000 pages of supplemental discovery that included a "forensic" file compiled by a lab in Pennsylvania.

Most of the file, wrote Mirkin, consists of charts, diagrams, and other scientific test data that must be examined by an expert witness.

In addition, three weeks before the proposed date of jury selection, the prosecution added Dr. Edward Barbieri of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania its witness list. Mirkin expects that once an expert for Currier has examined the new data, he will want to depose or interview Barbieri under oath.

In order to prove to charge of sales of heroin — death resulting, the state has to prove not only that Currier sold Dostie heroin but that the heroin Currier sold him was the heroin that killed him.

The difference in sentences between the proving one element (the sale) as opposed to proving both elements (sale and death resulting) is the difference between a sentence for a Class B felony and life in prison for Currier.

Mirkin said any lack of ability to prepare for a trial that could result in a life sentence would be prejudicial and he said he would need at least 60 days to review the new data.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 12:53

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Cider Bellies Doughnuts opens second location, this one at Sawyer's in Gilford

GILFORD — For four years, Cider Bellies Doughnuts at Moulton Farm has been one of the worst-kept secrets in the Moultonborough, Meredith and Center Harbor. In fact, people come from miles around to get a warm Cider Bellie and a cup of coffee.

Yesterday, Jessica Stephens brought her secret recipe to Gilford with a brand new stand in the parking lot of Sawyer's Dairy Bar.

Open from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m., Thursday through Sunday, Stephens and Sawyer's owner Larry Litchfield both thinks Cider Bellies will be a welcome addition for early morning commuters and visitors to the area.

"Larry approached me last year while I was at Moulton Farm," said Stephens yesterday. "He told me he thought I had great potential at his location."

Stephens said she had been looking for a second location after training and manager and employees for her Moulton Farm stand but hadn't considered Gilford until she saw the spot.

"It's perfect," she said, noting that the traffic count is high and in the summer there are a number of local businesses, especially the boaters who will stop by for some Cider Bellies.

For those who want them to go, that's great. For those who want to stick around and enjoy a Cider Bellie and a cup of coffee, Litchfield has given her the use of all of his outside picnic tables and the inside of his restaurant for rainy days and bathroom facilities.

Stephens said that while Cider Bellies Doughnuts is a trademarked name, the recipe is not. "It's just a secret," she said.

Stephens said the recipe is all hers. "We pre-mix the dry ingredients and that's where the secret comes in," she said.

She said they always use the same cider which is pressed year-round in Maine. Stephens said very few of the New Hampshire orchards press year round and fresh cider is one of the tricks.

A native of upper-state New York, Stephens said she grew up eating cider donuts and when she married her husband and moved to the Lakes Region, she told him she wouldn't stay unless there were cider donuts.

Cider Bellies Doughnuts was born and has been growing in popularity and notoriety every since.

"The key," said one long time customer, "is getting them while they're warm."

Stephens agrees. She doesn't sell day-old doughnuts and the trailer Litchfield set up for her allows her to make them fresh for the five hours she is open.

Cider Bellies Doughnuts also has a thriving delivery business.

Mike Lancor is Stephens's father and her delivery driver. "I retired so I could work for my daughter," he said yesterday,

"She's had tremendous success at Moulton Farms and I think she's going to do fine here also," Lancor said.

Any business, said Lancor, can call Cider Bellies Doughnuts for a takeout delivery. The phone is 707-0657. General e-mail can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and deliveries emails can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

He said they deliver on Thursdays to Gilford and Laconia, and on Fridays delivers can be made in Moultonborough, Center Harbor and Meredith.

For large takeout orders, Stephens and Lancor ask that people call ahead.

CAPTION: (CiderBelliesDoughnuts) Jessica Stephens and Mark Lancor on their first day at Cider Bellies Doughnuts newest location at Sawyer's Dairy Bar. Their food trailer is open Thursday through Sunday from 6 to 11 a.m. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)

Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 12:49

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