Committee formed to choose a city flag


LACONIA — The City Council this week appointed what Mayor Ed Engler called "the flagship committee," which is charged with the challenge of recommending a new city flag.

The committee conssts of City Councilor David Bownes (Ward 2), Larry Frates of Frates Creative Art Center, Karmen Gifford, executive director of the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, Pat Tierney, executive director of the Laconia Historical and Museum Society, Steve Tucker, head of the Humanities Department at Laconia High School, and Breanna Henderson of Polished & Proper Barber Shop, who first suggested designing and flying a new flag in November.

Henderson told the council that a new flag would enhance the identity of the city. She said that the existing flag dates from 1965, when it was designed by a high school student from Gilford. Apart from the facsimile hung on the wall of the city council chamber and the flag hanging in a seldom used mayor's office, she said that the standard of the city is all but invisible.

Henderson proposed convening a committee to establish some guidelines and outlining a process for designing and adopting a new flag. She suggested consulting a website — "Good Flag, Bad Flag" — which offers five principles for designing a flag: keep it simple, use meaningful symbolism, limit the colors to three, omit lettering or seals and be distinctive.

Butcher and seafood shop selling local goods to open in downtown Laconia


LACONIA — After three years of serving locally sourced ingredients at The Local Eatery, Kevin Halligan has broken ground on his next project, also aimed at putting local food in front of local people. Renovations have begun on the 700-square-foot space at 622 Main St., which will become Local Provisions, a butcher and seafood shop stocked predominantly, if not exclusively, with meat and raised by New Hampshire farmers, and fish caught by New England fishermen.

Halligan will operate Local Provisions with help from chef and butcher Tom Rendall, a Gilmanton native who has been working at The Local Eatery for about a year, who moved back to the Lakes Region after living in Colorado.

"This is going to be a chef-owned, chef-operated butcher shop. We're focused on giving you different cuts, recipes, know-how, expertise, and a fantastic product," said Halligan, who is targeting July 1 as the date Local Provisions will open for business.

"It's something I've been wanting to do since I opened (The Local Eatery)," Halligan said. Local Provisions, located next door to Wayfarer Coffee Roasters, will also sell some prepared items, such as stuffed fish, stuffed pork chops and marinated meats. He and Rendall also plan to add cured and dry-aged meats.

Halligan plans to utilize Local Provisions to help stock his restaurant's pantry, and isn't sure how well the offering will be received by the general public.

"I don't know what to expect," he said. "I think it's going to be busier than I think it's going to be."

Busy Corner lot offered to city for $1

LACONIA — CVS Pharmacy, which purchased the property at the junction of Union Avenue and Church Street, has offered to sell the tiny lot to the city for $1 and make a donation toward its landscaping.

City Manager Scott Myers told the City Council of the offer this week. He said that the building, which has stood on the lot since 1917 and was topped by the sign proclaiming "Busy Corner," will be demolished shortly.

The lot, a mere 0.058 of an acre, is nearly a perfect isosceles triangle with two sides of 94.12 feet and 94.85 feet and a third of 55.81 feet. Originally, CVS planned to develop it and submitted a sketch showing a paved doughnut with a planted center in the middle of the triangle bounded on three sides by perennial grasses and shrubs.

Myers said that the city will likely develop a fresh design, which will not contain elements that would obscure the view of the CVS pharmacy itself.

– Michael Kitch