Colonial check - Franklin Savings contributes $100K for theater restoration


LACONIA — Franklin Savings Bank Wednesday carried the capital campaign to finance the renovation and restoration of the Colonial Theatre a step nearer its goal of raising $2 million with a contribution of $100,000.

Ron Magoon, president and chief operating officer of the bank, said "This is a great community project and a great opportunity to restore what was a gem in its time to its original glory." He said that the reopening of the theater would be "very meaningful to the economic development of the city and the region."

Randy Eifert, chairman of the Belknap Economic Development Council, who toured the theater with Magoon, expressed his appreciation to the bank for its generosity. "What helps the communities we serve," Magoon said, "helps us, too."

The Belknap Economic Development Council is undertaking the capital campaign as one element of a $15 million financial package that includes grants and investments from both public and private sources. Although a relatively small share of the entire package, the capital campaign, which seeks $2 million contributions from local and regional business enterprises, civic organizations and private individuals is essential to the success of the project.

By partnering with the Cultural Arts Center of the Lakes Region, which is a registered charitable organization, the Belknap Economic Development Council can ensure that all contributions are deductible against federal taxes. Furthermore, plaques will be mounted in the foyer of the theater commemorate those making contributions of $500 or more.

Justin Slattery, executive director of the council, said the fundraising effort is gathering momentum with a growing number of pledges and donations. He expressed confidence that the campaign will reach its goal by December 1. He said that he expect to announce more major contributions in the coming weeks.

Slattery noted that the Colonial Theatre project has a website — — and by clicking on the "Donate Today" button donors can print a form to make their contribution. For further information contact the Belknap Economic Development Council at 603-524-3057 or email Slattery at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Ron Magoon, president and chief operating officer of Franklin Savings Bank, second from left, presents a $100,000 check toward the restoration of the Colonial Theatre to Randy Eifert, chairman of the Belknap Economic Council, to his right. They were joined, from Magoon's left, by Warren Clement and Laconia Mayor Ed Engler, members of the Colonial Theatre Project Fundraising Committee, and Allan Beetle, a director of the Belknap Economic Development Council. (Michael Kitch/Laconia Daily Sun)

Man arrested for drugs failed recovery program


TILTON —  A former Laconia man who was arrested on a probation violation had approximately 200 grams of heroin/fentanyl and an unknown quantity of methamphetamine in his possession, police said Wednesday.

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Jordan Manning, 25, of 601 Province Road was arrested by Tilton Police who were working with the U.S. Marshal’s Joint Fugitive Task Force was found by on Aug. 2.

He is being held at the Belknap County House of Corrections on $100,000 cash-only bail for the probation violation.

According to a motion to terminate his participation in Recovery Court filed by Belknap County Attorney Melissa Guldbrandsen in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division on Aug. 5, Manning pleaded guilty on March 8 to one count of possession of heroin and was allowed entry to the recovery program.

The recovery team voted to terminate him from Recovery Court after about 10 weeks because he disappeared, he continued his drug use and lied about it, and because he failed to make it past Step 1.

Manning, according to Guldbrandsen, had also been terminated from the Phoenix House Program in Dublin on May 23 and they reported his termination to the Belknap County Corrections Department.

An officer went to pick him up but learned he had fled while they were in route. Guldbrandsen said that at one point he called Horizon's Counseling Center and said he would take a taxi from Dublin, but never arrived.

Manning hid from police for two months until the task force, his probation/parole officer and the Tilton Police found him at the Rodeway Inn last week. The drugs were allegedly found in a toilet bowl in his hotel room.

Gulbrandsen said that during a subsequent interview, Manning allegedly told them “He had been purchasing substantial quantities (of drugs) in Massachusetts and distributing them in the Lakes Region.”

Tilton Police said that any additional charges against Manning regarding the drugs at the Rodeway Inn are being handled by  Guldbrandsen and the county attorney's office.

Fund established to aid M'boro family which lost home in fire


MOULTONBOROUGH — A fund has been established to help a family whose home was destroyed in a two-alarm fire Tuesday afternoon.
Fire Chief David Bengston said the Robert and Maria Street Fund has been established at the Meredith Village Savings Bank branch office in Moultonborough. Donations will also be accepted at the Suissvale Community building at 71 Langdorf St. in the Suissvale community.
Bengston said that fire at 35 St. Moritz St. in the Suissvale community was reported at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and completely destroyed the home, where the Streets live with their 17-year-old son.
Bengston said that the father was at home and sleeping upstairs when the fire broke out, and, after waking, made sure his son was out of the house and then tried to put out the fire with an extinguisher.
He then ran across the street to the home of a neighbor, Chuck Connors, and asked him to call for help.
Bengston said that the 1,200-square-foot, two-and-a-half story home, was a complete loss. Flames were shooting from the home when firefighters first arrived and a second alarm was called due to the hot weather which caused firefighters to become exhausted while trying to put out the fire.
Bengston said the fire was caused by accidental misuse of a hand-held lighter.