LACONIA — Law enforcement officials say that the 92nd anniversary Laconia Motorcycle Week has been uneventful and quiet so far but that there will be an increased police presence in the Lakes Region in the days ahead in expectation that he crowds will grow as the weekend approaches.
''There have been no incidents. We've had a quiet few days'' said Sgt. Charles Johnson of the New Hampshire State Police at the daily Laconia Motorcycle Week Association press conference held Tuesday morning at the Naswa Resort.
Captain William Clary of the Laconia Police Department agreed. ''Monday was an uneventful day, probably due to the bad weather,'' he said. Clary said that the department had its normal amount of downtown activity Monday and will also be increasing its presence in the Weirs area in the days ahead.
Kirk Beattie, assistant chef of the Laconia Fie Department, said that the department will be ''appropriately staffed'' in the coming days and observed that the cyclists who have shown up at the event so far ''are doing well and behaving themselves.''
Laconia Motorcycle Week executive director Charlie St. Clair said that about 80 riders had shown up Tuesday morning for a Gypsy Tour ride which left rally headquarters on the Weirs Beach boardwalk for a scenic ride to Bentley's Saloon in Arundel, Maine.
He said that despite Monday's rain which cut the turnout for he second annual Mae West Memorial Run, which benefits the New Hampshire Humane Society, he expects that proceeds from this year's event will exceed the $5,700 raised last year.
He said that a couple of hundred people took part in the annual MC Week cruise on the M/S Mt. Washington Monday and that many were intrigued by the summer homes they saw on islands in Lake Winnipesaukee.
''They wondered how police and firefighters responded when there were situations on the islands,'' said St. Clair.
Beattie observed that the annual Peter Makris Memorial Run which was held Saturday helps support the efforts of the Laconia Fire Department to provide services to the island dwellers.
Wednesday will see a covered bridge Gypsy Tour leaving rally headquarters at 10:30 a.m. for a 200 mile scenic ride which will take in at least 10 covered bridges in New Hampshire.
On Thursday there will the annual ''Ride to the Sky'' up the Mt. Washington Auto Road, which is open only to motorcycles and the 22nd annual POW/MIA Freedom Ride from Lowe's parking lot in Gilford to the POW/MIA monument at Hesky Park in Meredith. The ride gets underway at 6 p.m.
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