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Silt carried to mouth of Black Brook to be subject of joint Laconia/Gilford study

GILFORD — After hearing from Conservation Commission members Carole Hall and Everett McLaughlin during last week's meeting, selectmen suggested they add $4,000 to their operating budget next year to contribute toward a study of Black Brook.

The study, which is being proposed jointly with the Laconia Conservation Commission, is to evaluate the silt and fluvial erosion the empties into Spinaker Cove on Paugus Bay.

The cove, said John Jude, a member of the Gilford Conservation Commission, is filled not only with milfoil — an invasive species that has long plagued area waters — but garbage as well.

Black Book has its headwaters in Lily Pond and winds a short way through the heavily commercial corridor bordering Lake Share Drive (Rte. 11) before discharging into Spinaker Cover

Jude said the study and a clean up of Black Brook has been spearheaded by the Laconia Conservation Commission.

The City of Laconia received two bids for the first phase of the study/action plan and successfully negotiated with DuBois & King to do the study.

To date, the city of Laconia has raised $17,000 for the geo-morphic study (Phase 1) that will help develop and intimate understanding of the physical condition or the existing stream corridor and the nature of the problem.

Walmart and Hutter Construction contributed $10,000 to assist with Phase I and the Lacona Conservation Commission added $7,000 of funds not expended from the 2014-2015 budget.

Additional donations have been received or are anticipated by private land owners along Black Brook.

With the $4,000 contribution from Gilford in the next budget year, Jude said they will have enough money to complete the geo-morphic study.

Both conservation commissions will continue to raise money for the second and third phases of the study — the total of which will be $35,000. After Phase I is the Hydrological and Hydraulic Culvert Analysis and the Watershed Plan.

The goals of the study and eventual work that will likely be done through a federal grant, is to reduce to need for ongoing dredging at Spinaker Cove; reduce the milfoil by eliminating some of the sediments that accumulate in the stagnate areas by the Union Avenue Road; decrease the turbidity and reduce the water temperature; control the debris; improve flows from the brook and replace some of the culverts to better control vegetative buffers; and to protect Paugus Bay — the drinking water supply for Laconia.

Jude said ideally and initially, he would like to get a work group together and pick up some of the garbage that has flowed down Black Brook. He said Black Brook is short and, for the most part, they already know what the stress factors are.

There is a meeting of the Joint Gilford-Laconia Subcommittee on Black Brook scheduled to meet tonight at 6 p.m. in Laconia.

CUTLINE: ( Black Brook) Black Brook as it appears just before the Union Avenue Bridge. A quiet sanctuary just feet from a busy avenue, this area is home to blue herons, turtles, ducks and other aquatic wildlife. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 01:04

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100 strong, Up With People arrives in Laconia

LACONIA — An international cast of 100 young performers who will present two Up With People concerts here this coming weekend arrived in Laconia yesterday and hooked-up with their host families early last evening at the Middle School.
Host families identified themselves to cast members who would be staying with them by carrying signs or symbols of New Hampshire attractions, such as Weirs Beach.
Clyde Foxhall of Cleveland, Ohio and Adolfo Larra of Correon, Mexico, were asking people ''what's a Fishercat?'' and were able to locate their host after being told that it was the name of a minor league baseball team in Manchester.
''Oh, we saw a baseball right over there. That must be the place,'' said Foxhall, who was soon linked up Valerie Cummings of Gilford, who will host he and Larra this week.
Cummings said that her 10-year-old daughter is looking forward to the experience and that she had been persuaded to host the young people by her friend Sarah Fox of Sanbornton. who had told her it would be a great experience.
Fox, who grew up in Franklin, was with Up With People Cast B Class of 93-94, and was waiting with Cummings to greet the cast members. ''They're going to love it here,'' she said.
Members of the Hosmer family of Laconia carried a N.H. Science Center sign and dressed as outdoors adventurers to greet Manuel Schwizer of Switzerland and Connor Raymond of Billings, Montana.
''We're going to show them Lake Winnipesaukee and take them hiking on Mount Major,'' said Donna Hosmer, who was there along with husband, Andrew, and daughter, Brigid, to pick up their guests for the coming week. They also plan a stop at Funspot, the world's largest arcade.

The cast had arrived earlier in the day from Cumberland, Rhode Island, and entertained themselves with what cast member Tristan MacLean of Albuquerque, New Mexico, described as an ''internal cultural fair'' at the Middle School.
Laconia is the third stop on the Cast B tour, which began in July, but Monse Serrano of Guadalajara, Mexico, has been on the tour since January and is already in her second semester, has already visited nearly 20 communities.
Serrano, who is 18, says that she loves theater and being able to take part in musical productions with so many young and talented people from all over the world.
MacLean says that his home city is famed for being the site of the Emmy award winning ''Breaking Bad'' television series. He said that he has no definite plans for the future. "I'm going with the flow and letting the wind take me where it will. The opportunity to get connected with so many amazing people while I'm so young is just a wonderful experience.''
Rebecca Brisson of British Columbia, Canada, says that she's been on the tour since the middle of July and that so far ''it's just fantastic.'' She's already earned a bachelors degree in chemistry,math and biology and plans to return to college after the tour to earn a teaching degree.
On both Friday and Saturday nights (Sept. 5 and 6) at 7 p.m., Up With People will perform in concert at the Laconia Middle School. Their spectacular, 2-hour "Voices" show will feature both original and popular music and is dynamic blend of feature soloists, full-cast production numbers, fast-moving choreography and colorful costumes.
Tickets are priced at $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens and are on sale at all Meredith Village Savings Bank locations. Additionally, tickets may be purchased online at www.upwithpeople.com/Laconia.
Net proceeds from the concerts will benefit three local not-for-profit organizations: Stand Up Laconia, Gilford Got Lunch and Got Lunch! Laconia.
An Up With People ensemble will also perform a special, free 20-minute show in Rotary Park at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning  as part of the opening ceremony for the city's annual Multicultural Festival.

During the week, performers will be working on various community service projects and rehearsing, as well as spending time with their host families.
Based in Denver, Up With People casts have performed in 38 countries around the world over the last 48 years. Performers vary in age from 17 to 29.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 12:48

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CORRECTION: Mr. Arbo's name is Stephen

CORRECTION: Stephen Arbo is the husband of Barbara Arbo, the founder of Arbo Ministries of Gilford. His name was incorrectly reported in an article that ran on the front page of Thursday's Daily Sun.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 September 2014 10:43

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Motorcycle stuck by car at top of Tower Street at Weirs Beach

LACONIA — A Massachusetts man suffered minor injuries Saturday afternoon when the motorcycle he was riding was struck by a truck on the top-end of  Tower Street at The Weirs.

Lawrence T. Stanley, 55 of Newton, Mass. was riding eastbound  on Tower Street shortly before 3 p.m. when a truck driven northbound on Warner Avenue by Robert Cox, 28, of Windham, N.H. struck the right side of his bike. Stanley was thrown from the motorcycle and landed on his back.

Emergency medical technicians from the Fire Department transported him to Lakes Region General Hospital where he was treated for injuries to his back, right leg and ribs. He was swearing a helmet when the accident occurred. Cox was not injured in the collision.

The front end of Cox's truck was slightly damaged, but driven from the scene while Stanley's motorcycle was extensively damaged.

The accident remains under investigation.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 September 2014 10:38

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