Correction: Maheux connected to LPD for 33 years

 CORRECTION - Laconia Police Commissioner Armand Maheux has been affiliated with the Laconia Police Department for 33 years, serving five years as a part-time officer, eight-years as a full-time officer and 20 years as a commissioner. A caption below his picture that ran on Page 7 in last Friday's paper incorrectly reported the number.

Correction: Gilford looking to make synthetic pot illegal

CORRECTION: In an article about Gilford Police looking to ban synthetic drugs and their analogues that ran on page 10 of the Jan. 15 edition, the first sentence of the 10th paragraph should have read that police and selectmen are looking to make them illegal. Additionally, the proposed ordinance has the support of Judge Jim Carroll of the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division.

Exchange eyes bikes for youth program

LACONIA — The Laconia Area Bicycle Exchange is looking to coordinate a bikes for youth program with Got Lunch! Laconia this year according to its founder, John P. Rogers.
He says that currently the exchange has a good inventory of youth bikes available and is looking for volunteers to help refurbish bikes and coordinate with community service agencies
Rogers says that he is still looking for volunteers to join the advisory board of the exchange, which will meet this Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Laconia Middle School as part of the monthly Better Together meeting. The exchange was formed earlier this year as an initiative of Better Together.
Since it was formed, the organization has received 101 donated bicycles and currently has an inventory of 80 in stock according to Rogers. The exchange, originally located near the Big Banana store on Messer Street, moved to a new location during the fall at 343 Court Street, located in part of the Eased Edges building owned by Brian Flanders.
The exchange has received a $5,000 donation from generous donors from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation which Rogers says was arranged by Peter Benson.
The purpose of the Laconia Area Bicycle Exchange (LABE) is to provide a means of inexpensive alternative transportation in the form of refurbished used bicycles, made available to people who would benefit with greater mobility as it relates to work, family and personal living. The focus of the exchange is for people who have no means to afford an automobile or who have no valid drivers license.
For more information on the program call Rogers at 603-630-7571 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lakeport Opera House Block on Heritage Commission's radar screen as owner seeks buyer

LACONIA — On learning that large the white, frame building at the corner of Union Avenue and Clinton Street in Lakeport, which houses a small theater, would be offered for sale, the Heritage Commission, fearing it might be demolished, recently toured the site.

Gerry Horn, the longtime owner of the Lakeport Opera House Block building, last week confirmed that he intends to sell it, but said that he has yet to contact a real estate broker. "I would love to see someone restore it," he said. "Demolition is the last option."

Horn recalled that "20 or 30 years ago" members of the Streetcar Company approached him about acquiring the building and restoring the theater. but abandoned the project on discovering that the cost of renovating the theater alone was $1 million."I've shown it to hundreds of people over the years," he said.

The building sits on a small, 0.2-acre lot and was originally constructed in 1885. It was known as the Opera House Block and for a time was home to the International Order of Odd Fellows. The first floor consists of 4,552-square-feet of retail space, most recently leased to a pawnbroker but now vacant. The theater is on the upper story where there is 9,240-square-feet of space. The property has an assessed value of $224,800.

Astride a busy intersection with limited on-street and off-street parking, the location has posed a challenge for commercial enterprises. The single story brick building next stood empty for several years before a restaurant opened more than a year ago only to close in less than three months.