Back to Brooklyn: Placing large order to go from Jewish Food Festival returns Walter & Gloria Borchert back to their old neighborhood

LACONIA — Gloria Borchert has lived in the Lakes Region since 1977 and still remembers the first Jewish Food Festival 18 years ago.

Seated in a chair by the window in her home at Briarcrest, the 90-year-old said she was living in Meredith with her husband Walter when they read about the festival in a local newspaper.

"We were thrilled," she said. "We had to be first in line and we waited in the car an hour until it opened."

She said she stood in line for the latkes while Walter stood in line for the brisket. She also remembered a table filled with cakes and pastries and buying an apple cake.

"The woman, I've forgotten her name, got to know us," she said. "We got an apple cake every year."

Walter and Gloria grew up in Brooklyn and spent their lives surrounded by Jewish delicatessens and butcher shops. She said her husband's father was a German immigrant. After they married 69-years-ago, she said, they bought  a good deal of their food from the Jewish delis and shops in the area, though they themselves were not Jewish. When they retired and moved to Meredith she said the one thing they could never find was any good Jewish food.

Since then they have either been attending the annual food festival or, as they became less mobile, placing bulk orders with master cook Irene Gordon, who would deliver them in person. This year, Gloria placed the order and will bring some to Walter who lives at the N.H. Veteran's Home in Tilton.

She said their standard order included three pounds of brisket and three pounds of tongue, chopped liver, Jewish half-dill pickles, latkes (potato pancakes", blintzes, kugel, and "a good Jewish rye bread".

"Three pounds of tongue is a lot of tongue and not one iota was wasted," she said adding tongue freezes well and makes wonderful sandwiches and a main meat course.

"You can get tongue anywhere in New York (City)," she said, adding that when she went to central New Hampshire butchers they just looked at her like she didn't know what she was talking about.
Gloria said it would usually take about two weeks for them to eat all of the food procured from the event.

"Walter would eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner," she said, noting that with Walter now living in Tilton her order this year will last a little bit longer.

Karen Lukeman and Irene Gordon said they would deliver Gloria's food sometime on Saturday to which Gloria replied, "the sooner the better."

"It means everything to us although I wish it would happen more often during the year," she said.

The 18th Annual Jewish Food is Sunday beginning at 11 a.m at the Temple B'nai Israel on Court Street. Closing time is 2 p.m. As part of the annual festival, there will be a yard sale and the Nearly New Boutique.

About 50 volunteers have been preparing the food and freezing it since March but the bulk of the work, said Lukeman, will take place on Friday, Saturday and early Sunday.

City water supply intake complicates milfoil eradification effort on Paugus Bay

LACONIA — Infestations of milfoil at Pickerel Cove and Moulton (or Chattle) Cove at the northwest end of Paugus Bay will be treated with a chemical herbicide this summer, but a proposal to treat colonies in other parts of the bay was shelved for fear it would adversely effect the municipal water supply .

Dean Anson, who chairs the Conservation Commission, said that earlier this year Amy Smagula, who heads the exotic species program at the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) recommended treating infestations of milfoil around the shore of the bay with the chemical herbicide 2,4-D. He said that he, together with Seth Nuttelman, superintendent of the Laconia Water Works, and Planning Director Shanna Saunders, met with Smagula to assess the impact of the herbicide on the city's water intake near the foot of the bay.

Anson said they requested information about the flow of water in the bay only to learn that charting the flows would require a very expensive study.

Anson said after reviewing the information about 2,4-D, particularly its risks to human health, the Conservation Commission, Planning Department and Water Works, agreed to limit the application of 2,4-D to Pickerel Cove and Moulton Cove and not pursue Smagula's proposal to treat other areas of the bay with the herbicide.

Nuttelman said that the department questioned the recommendation to treat colonies of milfoil beyond the two coves and closer to the intake pipe. He said that the DES acknowledged that there was insufficient data to ensure that water quality would not be impaired by applying herbicides over a wider area of the bay.

Nuttleman explained that the two coves are three miles from the intake pipe, which is located off shore from the headquarters of the Water Works on Union Avenue in Lakeport. A steady current carries water from Lake Winnipesaukee through Paugus Bay, which turns over relatively quickly. But, water lingers longer in the protected coves. Nuttelman said that calculations indicated that the herbicides applied in the two coves would be sufficiently diluted to pose no risk to the quality of the city's drinking water.

Aquatic Control Technology of Sutton, Massachusetts, a firm that has worked in the city and region for a number of years , including on Lake Opechee last year, will undertake the treatment. Restrictions on swimming and using water from the treated areas will be posted, but Nuttelman stressed that there will be no restrictions on the use of city water.

Anson said that the Conservation Commission will convene a sub-committee of some of its members and other interested parties to address the issue of milfoil. He said that Suzanne Perley, who for a number of years, has managed the effort to control milfoil in Lake Opechee, would serve on the sub-committee.

Perley said yesterday that since Lake Opechee is downstream of Paugus Bay, the investment in treating and managing milfoil there is compromised by milfoil reaching the lake from Paugus Bay.

Anson said that a primary task of the sub-committee will be to develop a plan for managing milfoil in Paugus Bay, which will include mapping and monitoring the infestations and applying appropriate measures to eradicate or control them without posing unreasonable risks to the quality of the municipal water supply.

Irrigation system at Memorial Park baseball field included in FY '16 budget

LACONIA — Kevin Dunleavy, director of Parks, Recreation and Facilities, yesterday described Memorial Field in the South End as "a rising priority", in response to a letter in The Daily Sun from Earl Beale, adjutant of Wilkins-Smith Post 1 of the American Legion charging that the baseball diamond at the park "used to be the jewel of parks in Laconia, but is being let fall apart."

"It's not in great condition," Dunleavy conceded.

He went on to explain that the park has lacked an automated irrigation system, without which it has been both costly and difficult to maintain the playing field. However, while the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Committee ranked Dunleavy's request for an irrigation system 37th among its priorities last fall, City Manager Scott Myers has included an appropriation of $28,000 for purchasing and installing the system in the 2015-2016 budget that the City Council is expected to adopt next week. 

Last year $14,000 was appropriated to replace the bleachers at the baseball field. Dunleavy said that new bleachers will be installed in the coming weeks. The bleachers themselves have arrived and a contractor has been engaged to pour the concrete pad.

In addition, another $25,000 was spent last year resurfacing and relining the five tennis courts at Memorial Park. Although the city has no plans to rebuild the old press box that was taken down, Dunleavy said that he has been approached by representatives of both the American Legion Baseball and Armand J. Laramie Babe Ruth League about having volunteers construct a new press box.

The diamond at Memorial Park is home to the Laconia Middle School baseball team in the spring and American Legion and Babe Ruth teams in the summer. In August Laconia Youth Football practices in the outfield of the baseball field. The high school varsity plays its game at Robbie Mills Field, which also home to the Laconia Muskrats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League.

Dunleavy said that Memorial Field has a special character and appealing atmosphere because it is with walking and cycling distance of so many of the players and their families. The Parks and Recreation Commission, he continued, recognizes the significance of the playing field and considers its improvement a priority.