Gilford police break up loud party

GILFORD — Fourteen people were arrested Saturday night by local police after a complaint of a loud party near Cottonwood Trail at about 6:25 p.m.
Thirteen individuals, ranging in age from 18 to 20 years old, were charged with unlawful possession of alcohol. One 20-year-old was also charged with facilitating a drug or underage alcohol house party. A civil detention for protective custody of an intoxicated person was also undertaken on a 21-year-old.
The arrested people were all from Massachusetts. They had rented a house in Gilford for the weekend.
They were scheduled to appear in Laconia on Sept. 15 at 8:15 a.m.

Competition and camaraderie - Gunstock hosts Craft Beer Relay

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Team Beer Crew II with Becca, Mary and Betsy watching as Gailyn tries to persuade her shot during the "Tire Bowling" event in the Craft Beer Relay at Gunstock Mountain Resort on Saturday.  (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)


GILFORD — The Craft Beer Relay at Gunstock this past Saturday marked only the second time the group that got its start in the wilds of Western Montana has brought their race to the Eastern United States. The race involved participants drinking samples of craft beer as they made their way through their leg of the relay, which also involved other small challenges like a keg pulling or knocking a beer over with a Frisbee. Having done this event all across the country, those who've worked several of the relays highlighted two things that separated this event from others in the past: competition and camaraderie.
"I've never had so many people come up to me before the race and ask exactly what it is they're going to have to do," said event MC Rob Dewbre, "because they're competing."

The start of the race made this evident, with all four members of each team running as hard as they could to complete a slip-and-slide before handing it off to the person running the first leg. Even more prominent, a characteristic of the event was the widespread cheering-on of all people involved.

"It's more of a beer festival with a race attached to it," said Chase Averill, a partner with the Craft Beer Relay organization. "What was cool about this event was the camaraderie. I don't know if that's a New England thing or a New Hampshire thing," he said, demonstrating the difference between this and other Craft Beer Relay events.
Averill also called this race "the most difficult we've done," as it had participants running up and down the ski slopes. People would come down the mountain, laughing, and jokingly saying 'You said this was going to be fun' to their teammates before going on to drink more beer. There were few real complaints about the course, but one caveat was the selection of beer. Yes, Harpoon and Sam Adams are great craft breweries with New England roots, but there are many smaller breweries in the state and New England that would have probably gained more from their involvement in an event like the Craft Beer Relay, not to mention the fact that some participants would get to try beers they'd never had before.
Gunstock's liquor license made it much simpler to host the event, as did the area they recently cleared to host events like this.

"We made the festival field/base training area for exactly this type of event," said Pat McGonagle, mountain operations manager at Gunstock.

The field makes crowds of a few thousand an easy possibility, as they do not conflict with the events going on around the rest of the mountain. Events like this area handled well by Gunstock, as they have the capacity and staff to make them a reality without stretching the limits of their campground or parking areas – rather, helping to fill them. The Tough Mudder is an example of an event of this kind that Gunstock hosted in the summer in the past, and they are hoping for more of them in the future. Certainly, all those involved are hoping that the Craft Beer Relay will return. Those gathered for the event were excited and it did not disappoint.

'Miss Meredith' triple cockpit runabout has strong ties to big lake's history (732 w/cuts).


MEREDITH — The EKAL Activity Center, which opened its doors in 2012 next to Church Landing, offers visitors to the Lakes Region a variety of ways to enjoy Lake Winnipesaukee in the summertime, from stand-up paddle boards to canoes and kayaks, an Aqua Cycle, as well as charter boat rides in a 26-foot pontoon boat which holds up to 10 passengers.
Founded by Scott Crowder, organizer of the New England Pond Hockey Classic, which has brought thousands of hockey players from all over the Northeast to Meredith in recent winters, the activity center is offering something new this year, antique boat rides on a 28-foot 1931 triple cockpit Chris Craft runabout "Miss Meredith."
"We wanted to being back the thrill of boat rides like those offered by the Miss Winnipesaukee boats at Weirs Beach back to the lake," said Crowder.
The antique speedboat departs hourly from the docks at the center, which is located between Church Landing and the Town Docks Restaurant on Meredith Bay, for 45-minute rides around the lake, bringing back the age old thrills of a riding in a powerful boat around the lake and taking in the scenic beauty of Lake Winnipesaukee.
The impeccably restored Chris Craft has an exciting history of its own, having once been owned by Madame Chiang Kai-shek and her relatives when they spent time in the 1950s at a place known as Spruce Acres on Wolfeboro Neck. That was after the Chinese Communists, led by Mao Zedong, defeated the Nationalist Chinese in 1949.
Madame Chiang, the wife of Nationalist Chinese President Chiang Kai-shek, was at one time one of the most powerful women in the world, having been featured along with her husband as Time Magazine's "Man and Woman of the Year" in 1938. She was born in 1898 and lived to 105 when she died in 2003.
She was the the youngest daughter of an American-educated Methodist minister, Charlie Song, who made a fortune in banking and printing and sent all six of his children, three daughters and three sons, to be educated in America.
Soong Mei-Ling, as she was originally known, had actually attended a summer camp and school in Meredith around 1912, which was located just across Meredith Bay from the place where Miss Meredith is now docked. Another sister, Ching-ling also attended the same school with her.
The school was run by Harriet Moses, better known as "Aunt Hattie Moses", and was established on Meredith Bay in 1905.
The school for girls was located on Pleasant Street between what is now Meredith Mooring Condominiums and property stretching up the hill across from Gould Street according to an article written by Dean Dexter, former Belknap County Commissioner, which appeared in the Union Leader in November of 2003.
Speaking at a 1962 meeting of the Meredith Historical Society, Joseph Smith, who later became a prominent lumber dealer and owner of the Wicwas Lodge at Meredith Center, said he had taken a job at Fred Beede's store on Meredith's Main Street and delivered groceries by horse and wagon to customers around town.

Smith said he would often give rides on the delivery wagon to girls enrolled at the school as they walked to and from the village. Mei-Ling and her sister were among them. They were very pretty and quite a curiosity for a sleepy little village like Meredith at the turn of the century, he said.
The article says "Joe, with his brother Frederick Smith, longtime headmaster of New Hampton School, and their wives were at a movie in Laconia , when, during the Pathe newsreel a clip was shown featuring China's President Chiang Kai-shek and his beautiful young wife.

"Hey, that's Mei-Ling," Fred said, elbowing Joe in the next seat.

"By gory. I can't believe it. How could you forget her?" Joe said.
So those who choose to take a ride on the Miss Meredith will not only be getting a nice ride around the lake, they will also be taking that ride in a classic wooden runabout which has long-standing ties to the history of Lake Winnipesaukee.


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Scott Crowder stands next to Miss Meredith, a 28-foot 1931 triple cockpit Chris Craft runabout, which provides rides on Lake Winnipesaukee from the EKAL activity center in Meredith Bay. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

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Stand-up paddlebaords are popular at the EKAL activity center in Meredith Bay, where lessons are provided for beginners. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)