Burglar(s) attempt to gain access to Belmont Firearms store & range

BELMONT — Local police are investigating an attempted burglary at the Belmont Firearms and Range on Route 106.

A person or people broke the glass in the front door but were unable to get past the common hallway. There are three doors at the Belmont range, the front door, a door about half-way down the hall and a third door that leads into the business itself.

Police said they are reviewing video surveillance to see if any suspects or cars can be identified.

Owner Bob Gillespie said yesterday that he thinks they walked to the second door and saw there was a light on in the range portion of the building and may have thought someone was inside.

"Nobody got into the gun shop," Gillespie said.

The business is closed on Mondays and Gillespie said he will occasionally hold special classes and events but that he didn't this past Monday.

He said the attempted break in occurred at 1:05 a.m. yesterday.

Gillespie said it appears as though the person or people tried to go around the back but were unsuccessful.

He said one of the neighboring shop owners in the building came to work yesterday morning at 8 a.m. and saw the broken glass. He said his neighbor called police immediately and they thoroughly examined the hallway area.

Gillespie said that breaking into or attempting to break into a firearms store is a federal offense and he believes the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has been notified.

Anyone with any information is urged to call the Belmont Police at 267-8350. Callers can remain anonymous.


CUTLINE: (Belmont Firearms) Workers from Granite State Glass replace the window in the front door of the Belmont Firearms and Range yesterday. Someone or some people attempted to break in to the firearms store and range at 1:05 a.m. but were unsuccessful in getting beyond the common door.

Children's Auction distributes $493K

LACONIA —The final NH1 Children's Auction, staged in December of last year, has disbursed $493,729 to 49 charitable organizations, civic groups and social services throughout the region. Beginning this December, the event, which began as the WLNH Children's Auction, will be run independent of a media organization and will be called the Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction.

Funds raised by the auction were distributed among four categories —A,B, C and D — designating nonprofit organizations that provide the essential needs of children and seek to eliminate the need for essential and extended services to children, as well as capital projects that enrich the lives of children or strengthen the agencies that serve them and agencies offering educational and recreational opportunities that children may not be able to afford.

In the first category the Salvation Army was awarded $8,000. Got Lunch-Laconia $30,000, Gilford Police Relief Association $5,000, Mrs. Santa Fund $6,500, Laconia Police Family Fun $10,000, St. Vincent dePaul Children's Foundation $20,000, Christmas Village $5,000, Greater Lakes Region Santa Fund $22,500, Inter-Lakes Christmas Fund $5,000, Got Lunch-Lincoln and Woodstock $2,000, Got Lunch-Gilford $5,000, Got Lunch-Inter-Lakes $6,000, Got Lunch-Ashland-$1,000, Tilton-Northfield Christmas Fund $19,500, Tilton-Northfield Fire-Operation Warm $1,750, P.I.C.K $1,500, Belmont Police Explorers $3,750, 68 Hours of Hunger $5,000 and Hands Across the Table $1,500.

In the second category the Appalachian Mountain teen Project received $20,000, the Central New Hampshire Visiting Nurse Association Pediatric Program $35,000, Health First Family Center $15,000, Lakes Region Community Services $20,000, Lakes Region Child Care Services $30,000, Ossipee Child Care $5,000, New Beginnings $15,000, Greater Lakes Region Child Advocacy Center $15,000, Hunter School $10,000, and Parkview Preschool $14,000.

In the third category Genesis Behavioral Health was awarded $5,000, Inter-lakes day Care abd Nursery School $3,729, Elks Lodge 876 Children's Programs $3,000, Eastern Adaptive Sports $20,000, LRGHealthcare Hugs & Kisses Program $22,500, Dover Children's Home $2,500, WOW Trail $10,000 and Rochester Salvation Army $2,500.

In the final category the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region received $10,000, Tapply Thompson Community Center $7,500, Tilton-Northfield Recreational Council $5,000, Gilford Youth Center Drop-In Program $5,000, Pittsfield Youth Workshop $2,000, Project Extra $7,000, Circle Program $10,000, Tiny Twisters $5,000, Boys and Girls Club-Bradley Street Unit $10,000, Boys and Girls Club of Franklin $10,000, Spaulding Youth Center, $10,000 and Laocal Family Fire Relief $5,000.

Shaker forced to accept shorter term for debt financing of energy upgrade project

BELMONT — The Shaker Regional School Board approved changing the terms of an energy equipment lease for $2,533,000 from an 18-year bond to a 15-year bond at its June 9 meeting last week, following a public hearing.

Superintendent Maria Dreyer said the company managing the energy upgrade project that will be for all four schools told them it was unable to get an 18-year-lease because of declining enrollments in New Hampshire schools. The project was approved at the March District Meeting.

Mike Davey, from Energy Equipment Investments, Inc. told the board that national bond investors are reluctant to buy school bonds for greater than 15-year terms for fear of school closings because of declining enrollments.

The project will upgrade all of the energy systems in all four Shaker Regional School District buildings. Wood pellet boilers will be added to all four and the Canterbury Elementary School will remove an old oil system and its tanks and replace it with a propane system.

Dreyer said that by shortening the term of the bond, the overall interest paid by the district will likely be less than the longer term note. The issue at hand, she said, is the annual payments on a 15-year bond will be higher than they would be for an 18-year bond.

She said Davey shopped the 18-year bond at a number of banks but was unable to get one to finance it for the whole term.

Dreyer explained yesterday that there are still some unknowns that Davey has yet to provide, including at what interest rate the bond can be financed. In addition, because of the conversion to alternative energy, the school is eligible for utility company Renewable Energy Certificate and Dreyer said the amount of energy savings credits can't be predicted because nobody knows what kind of winters the area will see over the 10 years the school is eligible for them.

She said it is possible the energy credits could compensate for the higher annual payments but again she had no idea how much the credits will be as it will depend on the severity of the winter.

The School District also received $212,000 in energy grants to offset some of the costs of the wood pellets boiler installation.

The school board also voted on June 9, following a public hearing, to use $45,891.75 from the Conservation Upgrades Expendable Trust Fund for some of the lead costs once the financing in the project is completed and is approved by the board.