18-year-old survives Rte. 106 rollover

BELMONT — An 18-year-old woman was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia yesterday with what fire officials said were serious but non life-threatening injuries after rolling her car on Rte. 106 near Concord Road.

Fire Chief Dave Parenti said the 2007 Chevy minivan appeared to have rolled over at least once before coming to a rest on it's side.

He said the driver was initially headed south but her vehicle landed in the northbound lane.

"She was in the air for a while, but I don't know how often she rolled," said Parenti.

Parenti said she had injuries to her leg, he head and possibly a broken wrist.

Firefighters had to cut the roof off the minivan to get her out of it. Parenti said it took them nine minutes to cut it open and get her out, which he said was a excellent job.

Police said Route 106 was closed completely for a short time and later reopened to one lane while police continued to investigate and the van was towed from the scene.

Police said it's too early to know what caused the crash and the investigation continues.

Belmont Village trees said be in need of TLC

BELMONT — Conservation Commission member and professional forester Scott Rolfe told selectmen Monday night that some of the trees in the village are distressed and possibly dying.

Rolfe took an inventory of the trees in the village and realized that the English oaks newly planted behind the library were poorly placed in the ground, with at least one planted with its roots still encased by the canvas bag.

He said one of the three is doing well.

Rolfe also noted that the town should look seriously at hiring an arborist to trim some of the dead branches and crowns of some of the older maples.

He also suggested that the Public Works Committee get some "Gator bags" which are bags that look like donuts that are place around the base of the tree and holds 15 gallons of water that gradually seeps into the soil. Selectmen agreed this was a good plan.

Rolfe also noted the harsh winter and very dry spring with creating additional stress on all of the trees but especially those planted as part of the Belmont Village revitalization project.

"The first three years you have to baby them," he said.

Rolfe also said that adding fertilizer to the new trees is not a good idea because nitrogen will stimulate the trees to produce more leaves but will not enable them to grow a root structure that they need in their early years.

Selectman Ron Cormier expressed his irritation about the poor planting practices. Rolfe told him he contacted the company and the employee who planted many of the new trees was no longer employed by them.

Rolfe said the company indicated it would stand by its product.

In other business, selectmen unanimously agreed to put letters of commendation in the files of town firefighters who spent three days last week extinguishing a grass fire that burned 100 acres and, at one point, threatening a housing development called Gardner's Grove. Many of them worked 18 hours days consecutively in hot conditions and dangerous terrain.

They also asked Town Administrator Jeanne Beaudin to send a letter of appreciation to the multiple departments from as far away as Concord, Clairmont and Woodstock who assisted Belmont and Tilton-Northfield fire crews.

Holy Grail restaurant & pub opens in downtown Laconia on Tuesday

LACONIA — After more than a year of renovation, the building at Veteran's Square that formerly housed the Evangelical Baptist Church is re-opening today as the Irish restaurant and pub, Holy Grail of the Lakes. Dave Kennedy, one of the owners, said the restaurant will open its doors at 11:30 a.m. and will be open for lunch and dinner every day of the week until Labor Day.

"We're having a grand opening all week with entertainment every night," said Kennedy. The restaurant will kick things off with a curtailed "starter menu" and will add new menu items each week as the staff gains experience. There will be no dearth of beverage choices, though, as Kennedy said the restaurant boasts 32 beers on tap.

The Holy Grail of the Lakes is the second venture for Dave and Maureen Kennedy, who since 2008 have operated the Holy Grail in Epping, also located in a former church. The Kennedys, along with business partner Khalid Farid, completed the purchase of the former Evangelical Church in February of 2014 and have been renovating the 1835 structure since.