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Racing & rock at the speedway during Motorcycle Week

LOUDON — Racing and rock fans won't want to miss the Motorcycle Week events at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The 93rd Loudon Classic is the on-track highlight June 17 to 19. This is the longest-running motorcycle event in North America. The competition features racers from the Loudon Road Racing Series, American Sport Bike Racing Association and Sidecar Racers Association. The local Granite State Legends Cards will also run two races in the Moat Mountain Road Course Series. The AMA Supermoto also returns, with practice on June 17 and the race June 18.

The U.S. Classic Racing Association will kick off the week with two days of vintage motorcycle racing June 11 and 12.Jackyl, a band blending heavy metal with southern rock, will perform June 18, providing a 75-minute concern after the Loudon Classic.
See details at http://www.nhms.com/events/motorcycle_week_at_nhms.

Award & anticipation - Motorcycle Week called big boost for state’s economy


LACONIA — Gov. Maggie Hassan said she hopes that visitors to this year's 93rd anniversary of Laconia Motorcycle Week will "check everything New Hampshire has to offer" and return again and again to the Granite State.
Speaking at a press conference, held Thursday morning at the Laconia Roadhouse next to Faro's Italian Grille at Weirs Beach, Hassan said that the week is a great way to start the summer season and helps to advertise and promote "this wonderful New Hampshire experience."
She said the event brings in $100 million in revenue for New Hampshire businesses and 250,000 visitors, has a major impact on the state's economy and is the oldest motorcycle rally in the country.
Hassan was introduced at the press conference by Cynthia Makris, president of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association, who said that bikers who visit during the week are very generous and help support many charitable activities, like the 10th annual Peter Makris Memorial Run, which is named for her late father and kicks off activities this Saturday morning. She said that the cycle ride around the lake has raised over $600,000 for charities since it was first started.
Her sentiments were echoed by Doug Asermely, president of Sick Boy Motorcycles, who sponsors the Mae West Memorial Pet Run which will be held Monday morning. The event, now in its third year, raises funds for the New Hampshire Humane Society and is named for cat that Charlie St. Clair adopted from the Humane Society and was his pet for 12 years.
"You can't just come and take the money and go home," said Asermely, "You need to give back, and that is what my customers do."
David McGrath, the new general manager at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, said the speedway will host 10 straight days of motorcycle events, culminating with the Loudon Classic on Saturday, June 18, which is the oldest motorcycle race in the country.
He said the speedway will also be the site of demo rides by seven different motorcycle manufacturers and will host a concert by a Southern Rock group, Jackyl, on June 18.
Laconia Police Chief Chris Adams said he has seen a marked improvement in the relationships between bikers and law enforcement over the last five years and sees that trend continuing.
Laconia Fire Chief Ken Erickson urged riders to "stay off the yellow line" in order to avoid accidents.
He also said that a former Laconia student firefighter, Kyle Jameson, who had gone to work with Hampton Fire Rescue, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma last year. The sad news was received as Kyle's wife, Christine, was seven months pregnant with their first child. Jameson continued chemotherapy with future plans for a bone marrow transplant but the family, with new baby Liam, has had to move to New York City for treatment at Sloan Kettering Institute.
"Kyle is one of those guys who everyone loves and admires," said Erickson, "We really wanted to help him and his family with the outrageous expenses they are taking on to save his life and we are grateful that the Peter Makris Memorial Fund will include Team Jameson in the proceeds of the 2016 run."
However, the bad news arrived on May 15 that Jameson had passed, despite his valiant fight. Makris, already vested in the family's plight, pledged to keep the effort going, raising money to assist Christine and Liam as they learn to carry on without their husband and father.
The Fritizie Baer award for efforts above and beyond on behalf of Laconia Motorcycle Week was presented to Major Russell Conte of the New Hampshire State Police by St. Clair. The award was established by the Baer family in honor of Fritzie, who brought the first American Motorcycle Association sanctioned motorcycle races to what was then the Belknap Recreation Area in 1938.

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The Fritzie Baer award for efforts above and beyond on behalf of Laconia Motorcycle Week was presented to Major Russell Conte of the New Hampshire State Police at a press conference held at the Laconia Roadhouse at Weirs Beach Thursday morning. Shown with Conte, holding the award, are Jennifer Anderson, director of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association; Gov. Maggie Hassan; Cynthia Makris, president of the association; and behind them Charlie St. Clair, the organization’s executive director. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

Not all speech is protected

Judge tells Meredith museum owner to be careful in comments about Mayhew Funeral Home


OSSIPEE — A Carroll County Superior Court judge warned Douglas Frederick, the owner of the American Police Motorcycle Museum in Meredith, that things he says in public about his neighbor, Mayhew Funeral Home, could potentially get him in trouble.

After a 45-minute hearing, Judge Amy Ignatius did not issue a ruling from the bench about Peter Mayhew's request for a temporary restraining order to make Frederick stop saying bad things in public about his crematorium. She said she would issue a written order shortly.

"The defendants (the Fredericks) need to understand there are consequences to speech," she said cautioning both neighbors to try to become more neighborly.

The public squabble between the two began in earnest this spring when Frederick attended a Meredith selectmen's meeting and publicly complained about what he said are offensive smells and noise coming from the funeral home's crematorium next door to his motorcycle museum. Selectmen told him that the crematorium is a permitted use but Frederick continued attending selectmen's meetings and has said he will continue to do so until something is done about the chimney at the funeral home's building.

Mayhew filed suit last week in Belknap County Superior Court to stop Frederick but the case was moved to Carroll County because of a conflict with Judge James O'Neill and at least on of the parties.

As to the history of Frederick and Mayhew, Frederick's attorney, William Woodbury, said his client purchased the building on Daniel Webster Highway on June 8, 2010, with the intent of opening a museum. He said the town issued a permit for the crematorium on June 9, 2010, so Fredrick had no way of knowing he was going to be next door to a crematorium.

Mayhew is represented by attorney Marc Van Zanten, who said the impact of Frederick's public complaints has been very emotional for Mayhew and has damaged the dignity and respect he needs to conduct a very sensitive and emotional funeral home business.

Van Zanten said the town has told Mayhew he is not in violation of any ordinances, the state Funeral Directors Association has said the crematorium is not in violation of its rules and the state Department of Environmental Services has done an inspection and found nothing amiss.

Woodbury told the court that the DES only did a visual test once a month. He said Frederick says foul odors are a regular events and the noise of the furnace is "like a jet engine," but it has waned over the past few months.

Woodbury presented photographs to the judge of what he said were ashes and debris on the motorcycles in Frederick's museum, which he said are wiped down every evening. He said one of the photos he submitted showed a tarp that is used to cover a motorcycle with small burn holes in it.

A different picture showed that the chimney for the crematorium is lower that the second floor of Fredrick's property. In the past he has suggested it be made taller.

He said the Fredericks are being forced to abandon their dream retirement project because "there is no way they can continue to operate." Woodbury also said that there could be a counter claim that Mayhew's crematorium is causing a public and private nuisance.

When Ignatius asked if there could be a second source of the ashes, Van Zanten said there is another neighbor nearby with something she burns.

As to the request to silence his client, Woodbury cited two high court cases that determined that censuring the right to free speech is unconstitutional and violates the doctrine of prior restraint. He said Frederick never meant for the media to report the story and that he was exercising his rights as a citizen to address a public body, namely the selectmen.

Van Zander said the cases cited by Woodbury were focused on free speech and prior restraint as it pertains to the media and not to an individual.

The doctrine of prior restraint is typically cited when government tries to prevent the media from reporting something. It places an extremely high burden on the petitioner requesting censorship to prove that it is warranted.

Van Zander said that it is his belief that Frederick intended to try this issue in the media all along and knew the media attended the selectmen's meetings.

"Private speech can be restricted," said Van Zander. "The courts have looked at this issue and private speech can have a marked impact."

Woodbury replied that just because Frederick isn't a member of the press it doesn't mean he "can't speak his mind."