Hundreds take part in annual POW-MIA Freedom Ride


GILFORD — Hundred of motorcyclists gathered in the parking lot at Lowe's late Thursday afternoon to take part in the 23rd anniversary of the Northeast POW/MIA Network 's Freedom Ride.
Among those taking part was Dave Haskell of South Tamworth, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps reserves and as a heavy equipment operator with the U.S. Army. Haskell said it was his 14th year taking part in the Freedom Ride and that he makes the ride in order to raise awareness that there are still prisoners of war and service members missing in action "who haven't come home and are not accounted for."
Karen Thurston of Gilford, president of the Blue Star Mothers of New Hampshire, said that organizers were hoping to top the 1,000 mark in riders taking part in the event. "It brings to light the fact that a lot of bikers are veterans and have the same goals."
She said that one of her sons, Sgt. Alexander Thurston, is currently serving in Jordan with his National Guard unit and that she is appreciative of the support shown by motorcyclists for military families.
She said that the Rolling Thunder is playing a major role in organizing the Freedom Ride and over 60 of its members were taking part in this year's ride, which takes cyclists to Hesky Park in Meredith, site of the state's original POW-MIA Memorial for the 28th anniversary of the vigil held by the Griggs-Wyatt Post American Legion for POWs and MIAs.
Dan Pendleton of Brookline, who is president of New Hampshire Chapter One of Rolling Thunder, which is based in Epping, says that he and his wife met while they were serving in the Air Force in the late 1980s and that they feel a deep commitment o the families of those in the military.
Another rider was Stephen Cantelli of Rochester, who spent two years in Vietnam as a combat engineer. Now employed as a home inspector, he says that it is important to keep faith with those who have served their country.
Richard Downes, executive director of the Coalition of Families of Korean and Cold War POW/MIAs, was the guest speaker at last night's vigil. In Meredith. His father is still listed as an MIA from the Korean War.
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Hundreds of motorcyclists took part in the 23rd annual POW-MIA Freedom Ride which left the Lowe's parking lot in Gilford for a ride to the POW-MIA Memorial at Hesky Park in Meredith late Thursday afternoon. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

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Retired Chief Petty Officer Bill Rohr of Gilford salutes riders taking part in the 23rd annual POW-MIA Freedom Ride. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

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Vietnam veteran Stephen Cantelli of Rochester took part in the 23rd annual POW-MIA Freedom Ride. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

New Hampton firefighter dies after overexertion

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NEW HAMPTON — The town of New Hampton is mourning the in-the-line-of-duty death of firefighter A/EMT Douglas Clement who died in the early morning hours of June 14.

Fire Chief Michael Drake said Clement was on call at the time of his death and had participated in a rescue drill on June 13.

The fire department was called to his home at 5:24 a.m. for a medical emergency and Clement was taken to Speare Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy performed Wednesday morning determined the 43-year-old died from a cardiac arrest. The U.S. Fire Administration determined the cause of death was stress and overexertion.

Clement has been a member of the New Hampton Fire Department since 1997. He leaves behind four children.

— Gail Ober

Sanborn — Garage shopping

When motorcycle week comes rolling around most guys' testosterone levels increase four fold. Guys start thinking about manly things like all kinds of machinery, touring bikes, choppers, big trucks and hot cars. The smell of burning rubber and barbecue smoke fill the air. It's a glorious time of year for the man of the house and the man of the house needs a place to call his own. That's why I always highlight some of the nicer garages in the area that are for sale this time of the year. The houses that come with the garages are pretty nice, too, but garages come first.

First up is a nice 1,850 square-foot, two bedroom ranch set on a private five-acre lot at 774 Straits Road in New Hampton. This house is just minutes to the Harley shop in Meredith or the Looney Bin, depending on which way you turn at the light at the end of Route 104. There's a two car garage under and an additional two car detached garage/workshop that is heated so there's plenty of space for putting your toys under cover and performing the required maintenance and special tuning. There's also a pretty cool enclosed porch heated by a wood stove that is decked out with all kinds of 50s memorabilia and a big screen TV. I suspect the new owner will try to replicate the feel. And, just so you know, the house is pretty nice as well. There's a country kitchen and adjoining dining room with new hardwood floors, a 21' x 14' living room with wood-burning fireplace, and large master bedroom. This property is pretty cool and is offered at a really cool $220,000. Check it out!

Over in Tilton, there are a couple of properties on Calef Hill Road that garage lovers should know about. Up at the Sanbornton end at 370 Calef Hill Road is an attached three-car garage and a detached 24' x 38' two-car garage/workshop you might find useful and a great hideaway from your daily problems. The garages and the house sit back off the road on a 6.3-acre lot so you've got some privacy. And some great views! The 1960s vintage house is charming and has five bedrooms, two and a half baths, a recently renovated kitchen, sitting area with fieldstone fireplace, and a formal living room with a pellet stove. You won't go cold here. There's a first floor master, formal dining room and guest bedroom on the lower level and a family room and two more bedrooms up. It has a newer roof, vinyl shakes and a large deck overlooking the side yard. This home started out at $345,000, was relisted at $299,900, and is now at $279,000. That's only about $56,000 per garage stall...

Down toward town, at 34 Calef Hill Road, is a very nice heated 1.5 story 36' x 32' garage/workshop which provides plenty of room for your latest restoration project. It is heated by a wood boiler that also heats the house. Pretty neat! And, there's an attached garage (to the house that is) for your daily drivers. The colonial home that goes with these iron horse stables was built in 1998 and has 3,000-plus square feet, four bedrooms and two and a half baths. It is pretty darn nice, too! The spacious kitchen features a center island, Brazilian cherry floors, and a brick heath with woodstove. The living room has cathedral ceilings and the same flooring which is also in the formal dining room. A three-season room leads out to a deck with a hot tub and you'll also find a den/music room on the first level. Upstairs are four bedrooms including the master and an oversize guest room with its own deck. In the lower level is a craft room with a special dance floor in case you are so happy you bought this place that you want to do a jig. This home was listed at $375,000 and has been reduced to $359,900. There's a lot more to see here so make an appointment, get on your hog, and ride over to take a look.

If you want all the toys and a place to put them, check out 78 Needle Eye Road in Meredith. This property has a three-bay, 30' x 38' toy barn with a huge unfinished room above plus a heated attached two car garage and a heated 15.5' x 19' workshop perfect for building your new ride... ok, so you can do woodworking in there if you want. You're gonna need a boat to put in the garage as this is gorgeous Winni waterfront. This 4,400 square-foot, five-bedroom home has all the features you'd expect and some you don't. High quality exotic hardwoods were used throughout for flooring and decking throughout along with beautiful marble and granite choices. A two-story great room with a stone fireplace flows into a gourmet kitchen with Viking appliances and Italian granite countertops. A den/music room, guest room, pantry, and a formal dining room round out the main level. Walls of glass overlook a simply stunning back yard with lawns and gardens plus a lakeside patio with a fire pit. The sumptuous second floor master suite is accessed by its own stairway and features a morning kitchen, walk in closets, laundry, tiled bath, and private balcony overlooking the lake. There are two additional guest rooms accessed by a second stairway.

The lower level walkout family room was designed with a Harley Davidson flair, utilizing diamond plate cabinets and wet bar, a pool table with a Harley light above, and a ¾ bath with stainless steel vanity and black granite. There's a lounge area to watch TV, an exercise room, plus a bedroom if you are too beat to make it back upstairs. A waterside deck leads down to a large U-shaped dock so you can take your high-performance boat down to the Weirs and avoid the traffic jam during Bike week. Pretty sweet! This property is listed at $1.595 million. You are worth it, right?

There were 121 single family residential home sales in May in the twelve communities covered by this report. The average sales price came in at $305,161 and the median price point was $212,000. That was a pretty strong month and up 25 percent over the 96 sales last June. Must mean people are out shopping for garages...

P​ease feel free to visit to learn more about the Lakes Region real estate market and comment on this article and others. Data compiled using the NNEREN MLS system as of 6/14/16. ​Roy Sanborn is a sales associate at Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty and can be reached at 603-677-7012