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Motorcycle museum to close, mve - Owner complained crematory next door created intolerable conditions


MEREDITH — Doug Frederick, the owner of the American Police Motorcycle Museum on Daniel Webster Highway (US Route 3) , has announced that the museum will close on July 18, but expressed the hope of reopening at a new location for the start of the motorcycle season next year.

Frederick could not be reached for comment on his decision.

For the past several months, Frederick has complained to local and state officials that ash and odor, which he alleges are carried by emissions from the crematorium at the Mayhew Funeral Home abutting his property, have cast a blight over his property.

In May, Peter Mayhew, who owns and operates the crematorium, filed suit, claiming that Frederick and his wife "maliciously published false and misleading statements, which falsely accuse the Plaintiffs of business conduct that is abhorrent to a civilized society, with ill will, evil motive, intent to injure and wanton disregard for Plaintiffs' rights and the consequences that were likely to follow." He asked the court to forbid the Fredericks from making any statements that are published in a public medium that bear on the character, credibility and reputation of Mayhew, his wife or his funeral home, or that reflect directly or indirectly on the operation of the crematory at the funeral home.

Last month, Frederick brought a counter-claim, asking the court to curtail operation of the crematorium until it can be determined if the alleged nuisance can be abated or alternatively to prohibit cremations between the 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. In addition, Frederick's attorney has charged Mayhew with bringing a "strategic lawsuit against public participation," or SLAPP suit, intended to censor, intimidate and silence a defendant by burdening with the expense of litigation and causing undue aggravation.

Initially filed in Belknap County Superior Court, the litigation was transferred to Carroll County Superior Court when Justice James D. O'Neill, III recused himself. Justice Amy Ignatius has yet to schedule a hearing in the case.

Man stabbed at Tilton inn

TILTON — Police are actively searching for a Laconia man who allegedly stabbed someone in the head twice at the Rodeway Inn Saturday night.

Police were called to the motel just before 10 p.m. by a woman who said her brother, Jason Ford, 31, of 103 Messer St. had just stabbed her boyfriend twice and had fled.

Police said the victim was taken by ambulance to Lakes Regional General Hospital by ambulance where he was treated and released.

Tilton Police have secured an arrest warrant for first-degree assault and ask that if anyone has any information regard Ford's whereabouts to call 286-4442 or reach the Detective Buruea at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

– Gail Ober

Addiction recovery program comes to Belmont


BELMONT — The SMART Recovery Program, as an alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, will be hosting weekly meetings in the basement of the Belmont Mill on Mondays beginning in August.

SMART is different from AA or NA in that it employs known psychological reinforcements for drug and alcohol recovery that do not including accepting a higher power.

"It is recognizing that some people do not believe in a higher power," said Welfare Director Donna Cilley who said she has had a number of requests for NA meetings somewhere in Belmont.

Cilley took the point position for doing the research on SMART after a local man who has volunteered to mentor the meetings brought it to her attention and requested the town try to provide a space.

She said the two spaces that are available included the mill and the Corner Meeting House, but stakeholders collectively felt the Corner Meeting House was not a good place for people who seek anonymity.

Cilley told selectmen the facilitator of the meetings will be there about one-half hour earlier that the designated time and will take responsibility for opening and closing the building and making sure that people who want to talk together after the meeting do so in another location.

She said he would provide the tables and chairs.

SMART Recovery uses a four-point program that calls for building and maintaining motivation, coping with urges, managing thoughts, feelings and behaviors and living a balanced life.

The program also uses a seven-step model to help change drug using behavior.

The steps are pre-contemplation of life without drugs or alcohol; contemplation by weighing the pros and cons of drugs versus a life without them; determining and preparing for recovery; and taking action by seeking a program and/or professional therapy, maintenance, relapse and termination.

Conversely, AA and NA call for accepting a higher power in their step programs, which Cilley said can often cause people without religious beliefs to feel hypocritical about joining them. According to a 2015 Gallup poll, New Hampshire is the least religious state in the U.S., with 55 percent claiming to be nonreligious.

Cilley said that NA and AA are both very valuable programs that have helped hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world and said she still supports them for the people who use them.

Selectmen voiced no opposition and said that if a program works for drug and alcohol addiction the town should help make it possible.