Gilmanton Winery works to bring outdated septic system up to code after expansion

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

GILMANTON — The Gilmanton Winery's expanding business has led to the need for a better septic system plan.

After being challenged publicly by some town constituents, Selectman Marshall Bishop has agreed to prepare a backup septic plan for his winery which will accommodate all of the expansions he has made throughout the past few years.

According to Richard De Seve of the Department of Environmental Services, Division of Water Supply and Pollution Control, the winery's backup septic plan expired in February.

"We find no record of a permit(s) being issued under your name for the work described above," wrote De Seve, informing him he may not be in compliance with state rules and regulations since he expanded his facility from a 24-seat restaurant and a two-bedroom home to a 40-seat restaurant, two function rooms and a 75-seat deck.

In a letter sent to Gilmanton Selectmen's Chairman Michael Jean and copied to the town administrator on Tuesday, De Seve wrote that the state had approved a 24-seat restaurant for the Gilmanton Winery and it has authorization to prepare food on site.

"We will be working with Mr. Bishop to obtain a new septic system that reflects the expansion of use since the last expansion," he said.

Bishop said Tuesday he is aware his four-year septic system plan has expired and said he has employed engineer Matthew Moore to design a new one. He said he has told the state about this and expects the new plan to be ready by the end of next week.

"Our business is getting busier and busier, and most of it is on the winery side," he said.

He said 90 percent of the cooking is done by Chef Sarah Baldwin, who cooks most things at her home and brings them to the winery. He said she keeps it warm at the restaurant and occasionally prepares food that must be cooked just before it is served.

He said when they started cooking and serving breakfast two years ago, they installed a grease trap to protect the existing septic system.

"I want to take care of everything," Bishop said. "I respect everything they do and will comply with everything they ask."

Shaker School Board considers tracking graduates’ success after high school

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

BELMONT — If you could go back to high school, what would you change? That's the question before Shaker School Board members, who are considering tracking how graduates fare in the work world, and determine whether changes to the high school curriculum ought to be made.

As an example, one board member said her children told her that while in college they were expected to make oral presentations and wished they had had some public speaking experience in high school.

Board member Gretta Olsen-Wilder brought up the topic Tuesday night by telling the board that a development plan sent from Shaker Regional School District to the State Department of Education says the school is already tracking graduates.

"I though we had started it more formally in 2014 but there is no evidence of it," Wilder said.

Not all of the board members were supportive of tracking alumni because of privacy concerns. Others, like Chairman Sean Embree and Vice Chairman Bob Reed, wanted to know what kind of information the school would gather and how it would use the information.

Olsen-Wilder said typically the information relates to the kind of jobs graduates have, whether or not they are in college or the military and how the school district helped or didn't help them as they move through early adulthood.

Member Heidi Cheney and Superintendent Michael Tursi said there are things that can be learned about current curriculum from recent graduates, but both insisted that each student should be allowed to opt out of tracking.

Business Administrator Debbie Thompson said companies typically charge between $3.50 to $15 per student, depending on how long the school district wants to track them, and the school district determines the context of the questionnaire. She said a former student can opt not to complete the survey.

Olsen said any tracking could be done internally by the school counselors because there are only 90 to 100 graduates per year and most of them maintain close links to their home communities.

Tursi said his suggestion would be that if some kind of post-high-school tracking was to be used he would first like all of the students to be told about tracking during their senior year so they are "not blindsided."

He added that he would like to see what burdens would be placed on staff if the district decides to evaluate internally. If the district decides it should go to an outside company, he said the staff should be clear on the specific questions.

No decisions were made Tuesday night, but staff will be reporting back to the board at a later date.

Man arrested in Gilford after being found asleep in former friend’s apartment

GILFORD — A Laconia man who entered into an apartment on Woodlawn Drive Tuesday night and passed out on the living room floor has been charged with resisting arrest and simple assault.

Police said they were called to the home by a former friend of Jeffrey Goodale, 33, who found Goodale at her apartment. Once police arrived, they found him sleeping in a different apartment's living room and woke him.

Police said he was quite intoxicated and fought with police before trying to run. He was zapped with a Taser and arrested without further incident.

Goodale was evaluated by ambulance personnel from Laconia and then taken to Belknap County Corrections.

He was held overnight for protective custody and released Wednesday just after 11 a.m.

Gilford Police were assisted at the scene by Laconia Police.

Lt. Kris Kelley said this is not the first time they have arrested Goodale at this location.

– Gail Ober

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