Recycling bins disrupt mail delivery at Glendale docks

GILFORD — Selectmen are considering solutions to a new trash problem at the Glendale Docks that became known during the past week, Town Administrator Scott Dunn has reported.

Dunn said that for years the town has had three trash receptacles inside a three-sided fence and one recycling receptacle outside the fence. As an experiment, the town put an additional recycling bin in the area but it apparently "interfered with postal operations services."

"I learned from a resident this week that the post office stopped delivering the mail," said Dunn.

He said the town removed both recycling containers from the Glendale Docks for two reasons: The receptacles' location was preventing the Post Service from delivering mail and that the recycling receptacles were continually being contaminated by regular house hold trash and occasional construction debris.

"Part of the problem were having in Glendale is illegal dumping," he said, noting the dumpster area is open and he feels that other people are dumping their trash there when the attendants are gone for the evening.

He also said that with no recycling receptacle, the three dumpsters are over-flowing despite the fact that Waste Management empties them three times a week.

Dunn also noted that for Gilford recycling is every expensive. He said that the town pays a hauler by the yard not by weight for shipping recyclables and without a compactor, they are shipping air.

He said all of the options would be presented to selectmen at last night's meeting and some of the solutions he would recommend are better security of the area and whether or not they will continue with the recycling bins at Glendale.

Class of young tennis players graduates in Franklin

FRANKLIN — It was graduation night for the Lakes Region Tennis Association students at Odell Park last night and just after the big moment, about 15 young students took their donated racquets and demonstrated just how much they learned.

When one of the 8-year-old boys executed the perfect lob and sent the state's number one ranked high school boys tennis player Aaron Diamond of Moultonborough into a fruitless back-pedal, the short demonstration for parents ended with a victory for the young ones.

"OK. That's it for tonight," said coach Kamal Gosine, who was ready to serve potato chips and soda to his budding stars as they ended their first season in Franklin.

The Lakes Region Tennis Association is a three-year old program started by Gilmanton resident Dr. Robert Ronstadt and Phil Eisenmann, who wanted to give young people, especially from disadvantaged communities, an opportunity to learn the sport they have spent a lifetime playing and loving.

Ronstadt said he started it as the result of his 70th birthday when his friends asked what they could get him and he said to contribute to a tennis association for children. He also noted that this year someone donated $10,000 to the program.

"Some of the best friends I've met have been through tennis," Ronstadt said.

With classes established by LRTA in Belmont for Gilmanton and Belmont children the first year, the program has now spread to several different communities including Alton, Laconia, Meredith, Gilford, Franklin and Tilton. The LRTA is an official Community Tennis Association (CTA) of the United States Tennis Association and its primary mission is to act as a clearing house for youth tennis in the area and to teach children under 10 how to play the game and provide scholarships for those who need them.

Gosine – a tennis instructor and member of the U.S. Tennis Association and the U.S. Professional Tennis Association – coaches the teams with help from area tennis players, most of whom are associated with Gilford Hills Racquet and Fitness Club.

A natural teacher, Gosine commands the rapt attention of his young tennis players. He typically gives his students a tennis-related homework assignment. This week it was to research some famous tennis players and report to the class.

Gosine's favorite, Roger Federer, who he said is not only the best tennis player to play the game but someone who is a class-act that gives back to the sport.

This year's most improved tennis-related was an 8-year-old name Noah who said he was now "a very good tennis player." Gosine noted that his hand-eye coordination was considerably improved and that some day Noah may be a "very good tennis player."

As final graduation presents, each parent was given a $100 gift certificate per child to attend a workshop a Gilford Hill. Ronstadt said Gilford Hills contributed one-half of the money while the LRTA contributed the rest.

He said it was so the students could get some tennis played during the winter months and be ready for the LRTA programs next spring.

For more information or to make a donation please go to www.lakesregiontennis.org.

Low bid for building Belmont recreation trail would still put project 9% over budget

BELMONT — Three sealed bids for the construction portion of Phase 1 of the Belmont recreational trail were opened yesterday afternoon and all three were above the $690,000 allotted.

An additional $99,000 is set aside for engineering and oversight, meaning the town has $780,000 to spend on the project.

The bids were opened by Belmont Land Use Technician Rick Ball and recorded by Timothy Higginson, an engineer with the Louis Berger Group Inc. which designed and is overseeing the project.

Bids were submitted from John Lyman Co. for $1,297,295, from Busby Construction for $872,872, and from Nelson Companies of Center Conway for $726,278.

Ball said the Nelson bid plus the engineering means the project is about 9 percent over budget.

Ron Mitchell, who has been leading the fund-raising for the trail for 12 years said the next step is to submit the bids to the N.H. Department of Transportation and to evaluate them for accuracy.

Mitchell said he thinks that construction companies have plenty of work these days and are having trouble finding employees, which could be why they had so few bids.

"It's not like it was two years ago when (construction companies) were screaming for work," he said.

The trail has been being planned for about 12 years and is part of a Transportation Enhancement Program funded through state and federal highway money. The phase 1 pathway will mostly run in the railway right-of-way between the Belmont-Laconia line and the Mosquito Bridge, along the shore of Lake Winnisquam.