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Selectmen pondering ways to keep Belmont Village cleaned up

BELMONT — The sidewalks are painted, the road is fresh, the Veteran's Memorial with its gardens are in bloom in front of the library, and, aside from a few last-minute touches, the village district has never looked so good — and selectmen want to keep it that way.

For them, keeping the area free of garbage and unregistered cars is a top priority and Monday night they discussed with Town Planner Candace Daigle the possibility designating the village area as some kind of "overlay" or historic district to keep it clean.

Selectboard Chair Ron Cormier said "step 1" could be some kind of alteration solid waste ordinance to address the rubbish and how it is handled.

"I'm concerned about garbage not making it to the road," Cormier said.

Town Administrator Jeanne Beaudin said the town already has a solid waste ordinance and enforcement is the key. Daigle noted that any changes to the solid waste ordinance would have to be applied equally throughout town.

"We can't limit to the village," Mooney said.

"Not unless you have issues in the district that are different (from the rest of town), Daigle said.

Selectman Ruth Mooney said she agrees with Cormier that any proposed solution can't be too cumbersome but said the town's goal should be to keep the village center area looking tidy and clean.

What selectmen don't want is any kind of strict overlay historical or village district where the color of the houses are regulated or windows have to be double-paned.

"We just want buildings in an acceptable state of repair," Cormier said.

"We're just trying to clean it up," said Selectman Jon Pike who said he is frustrated by what he sees as people not wanting to keep the village looking neat.

Daigle explained that to create a "village district" there must be something specific to Belmont Village that doesn't necessarily apply to the rest of the town. She said there is such a thing as zoning or an overlay district that could address specific characteristics but the village as it is, is not now a legal designation.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 03:53

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Meredith man charged with 'death resulting' from alleged heroin sale

MEREDITH — Police have charged Andrew W. Currier, 50, whose last known address was 100 Blueberry Hill Road with one count of "sale of heroin with death resulting" for allegedly providing a Moultonborough man with the drug that killed him.

Det. Cpl. John Eichhorn said Jason Dostie, 31, of Moultonborough died on May 29 from what police believed at the time was a drug overdose. Toxicology reports obtained from the N.H. State Lab showed he died of a heroin overdose.

Although Dostie's body was found in Moultonborough, police said they had reason to believe he took the drug while he was in Meredith and were investigating his death as a homicide.

According to his obituary, Dostie was a graduate in Inter-Lakes High School and had been employed as a machinist at Remcon-North Corp. in Meredith.

Eichhorn said yesterday that Currier turned himself into police at the Meredith Police Department and was released on $25,000 personal recognizance bail. He is scheduled to appear in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division on September 19 for arraignment.

This is the first time Meredith Police have charged anyone with sales of a narcotic drug — death resulting. However, in 2008 Edward Costello, now 61, of Laconia was sentenced to serve 15-to-40 years in the New Hampshire State Prison for his role in the methadone overdose of Edward DeLucca. He is still incarcerated.

In a case now pending in the Belknap County Superior Court, Alfredo Gonzales, is charged with sales of heroin, death resulting for his allegedly role in supplying the heroin to 23-year-old Ashley Denty who died on March 31, 2011.

Gonzales trial is scheduled for September.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 03:50

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Boat suddenly sinks on Lake Winnisquam

BELMONT — A lone man was brought to shore from the waters of Lake Winnisquam some 300 yards off Belmont Beach after his boat capsized and sank in more than 60 feet of water shortly after 7 p.m. yesterday.

The man, who did not wish to identified, said "I was tooting right along and all of sudden the back was at the front and back and the front was at the back and the back went down." He said that he was not aware of either hitting the wake of another boat or a piece of floating debris. He had two life jackets and a cell phone, with which he was able to report the incident.

Personnel from Belmont Fire-Rescue on shore directed Lieutenant Chris Shipp of the Laconia Fire Department at the helm of the rescue craft with firefighters Chris Beaudoin and Deb Black aboard, to the scene. They plucked the man, along with a second man who had paddled an inflatable raft to the aid of the first, from the water and brought both to shore. No one required medical attention.

One Belmont firefighter speculated that a steering cable snapped, sending the boat spinning into a circle that could have caused it to sink. Shipp said he noticed debris in the water, which he thought may have been pieces of insulation.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 03:44

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A barn party that grew into 'Duanestock'

GILFORD — The gathering of local musicians at Duane Johnson's barn on Lockes Hill Road used to be called simply ''the Barn Party''.
But as it grew over the years, those taking part decided it needed a more appropriate name and took their clue from Hughes Mayo of Melrose, Mass., who plays a 12-string 1960s Rickenbacker guitar as well as a blues harmonica at the mid-August gathering, and renamed it ''Duanestock'' in honor of it's founder.
Nearly 100 showed up at Johnson's 233-year-old barn starting late Saturday afternoon for the 17th annual event, which featured lots of food brought by the guests and music late into the night by a wide variety of performers.
''This actually got started in 1997 when Jim Makris came over with his guitar and we ate pizza and had a few beers. Jim and I have known each other since we were teenagers at Lakeshore Park. There was just Jim and his girlfriend, my wife Mariiyn and our three kids, who endured our musuc until they decided to get out outside and play in the backyard,'' says Johnson.
Since that time the event has snowballed to the point where the old barn, built by Daniel Locke in 1780, has its own place in local music history, even though Johnson, a retired special education teacher who taught in Ashland and Pittsfield, thinks that Duanestock may sound a little pompous.
Today the barn features seven sofas, as well as rocking chairs and easy chairs to accommodate the audience, and its walls are festooned with all kinds of memorabilia, music-related political posters or simply Americana, collected by Johnson at auctions over the years.
There's even a large aquarium with tropical fish off to one side to add to the ambiance and outside there's a large tent where all the pot luck, a seemingly endless variety, is brought by the musicians,, their spouses and significant others, for guests to feast on.
''This barn has great acoustics,'' says Wayen Kenworthy, who drives all the way up from New Jersey for the event and played Tom Petty's ''Last Dance for Mary Jane'' Saturday, along with some of his own compositions.
He's a friend of Carl DeProspo, sales manager at Cantin Chevrolet, who grew up in New Jersey and has been a regular at Duanestock for years, playing both guitar and bass.
Johnson says his mother, Muriel, showed up for this year's party, arriving with Ray Brogan, a World War II Marine veteran, and celebrated her birthday but wouldn't tell anyone how many candles should be put on her cake.
He said that long-time audience favorite Jimbo Pero, a fiddle player from Epsom, interspersed his songs with jokes and jumped in to accompany other performers while Makris, who also plays a fine harmonica, did some Cat Stevens and James Taylor songs.
Johnson said he was thrilled to have Drew Seneca, ''Mr. Downtown'' (Laconia) back, along with Tom Dunfee, who did Tom Waite's ''Jersey Girl'' and then joined Seneca for some Crosby, Stills and Nash numbers.
Rob and Patsy Tacker, a local couple, dazzled with their Everly Brothers harmonies, while Chuck and Lynn Weston of North Hampton, drew applause for Neil Young's ''Sail Away.''
One of the highlights was the arrival of Arthur Clark, a blind musician who showed up with his chauffeur, Esther, who unpacked her fiddle and provided a lead and backup to songs by Clark and Pero, which included ''Scotland the Brave'' as well as many old country tunes.
''It was nice to see young people in the audience enjoying songs from the 60s. And all of the musicians enjoyed playing for people who are listening to the lyrics and get the song's message,'' said Johnson.
He says that some of those who showed up Saturday will be joining him when he does a concert at the Belknap County House of Corrections, where he is a GED teacher, in September.
His wife, Marilyn, is a special education teacher at Woodland Heights School in Laconia, and at Saturday night's gathering she reconnected with a cousin that she hasn't seen in 30 years.
''It's kind of sad to see Duanestock end each year. With all the friends showing up the time just flies. I wish the day could last forever. But it will happen again next summer. You can count on that,'' says Johnson.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 03:41

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