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Belknap Mountain Road to be closed for Trick or Treating on Thursday evening

GILFORD — To ensure the safety of pedestrians during Trick or Treating activities, Belknap Mountain Road will be closed to vehicular traffic, between Potter Hill Road and the Gilford Elementary School, police announced on Monday.  The street will be closed between the hours of 4:30and 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 31st.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 03:29

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Laconia candidates for mayor to debate on Wednesday night

LACONIA — Mayoral candidates Kailief Mitchell and Ed Engler will meet for an hour and one-half long debate at the Belknap Mill on Wednesday night. The event will be held in the third floor Rose Chertok Gallery and will be open to the public.

Voters will have an opportunity to ask their own questions of the two candidates.

The Laconia general election is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 03:27

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Ashland police think store bandits may be same 2 men who robbed Circle K in Gilford on Sat. night

ASHLAND — Police are investigating the attempted robbery of the Circle K on West Street convenience store that occurred Sunday morning at 6 a.m.

Lt. Don Marin said two people wearing masks went into the store but the lone clerk was in a back office.

He said the two apparently got scared and ran off.

Marin said he has been in contact with the Gilford Police because the description of the masks used in Ashland's attempted robbery were similar to those used in the armed robbery at midnight Sunday of the Big Apple Convenience Store on Country Club Road.

In the Gilford case, police said two masked people entered the store and pointed a handgun at the clerk who gave them all of the money. The clerk called 9-1-1 immediately after the bandits left and was unharmed.

Police in both communities said the clerks were working alone during the Gilford robbery and the Ashland attempted robbery.

Marin said the video cameras showed the two who intended to rob the Circle K may have been driving a gray 2000 to 2005 Volkswagen Passat.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Ashland Police at 968-4000 or the Gilford Police at 527-4737.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 03:24

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Tilton brush fire reaches home on Sanborn Road

TILTON — Firefighters extinguished a brush fire on Sanborn Road that had started to spread to a home Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

Tilton-Northfield Fire Chief Mike Robinson said the fire began in the wooded area next to the home. When firefighters got notified that the fire had started burning the side of the house, he said the supervisor called for a first alarm.

Firefighters from Gilford, Belmont, Franklin, and Sanbornton responded, however Tilton-Northfield Firefighters were able to stop it from doing a lot of a damage to the exterior of the house.

Robinson said there was some minor charring.

Robinson said he doesn't know what started the blaze but noted that it has been unusually dry and windy. He said people should use extra caution until the area gets some rain or snow.

Late afternoon yesterday Gilford firefighters put out a grass fire that burned between two homes on Salt Marsh Pond Road.

A neighbor said one of the homeowners appeared to have put a bucket of ashes outside and the wind picked up the sparks and started some leaves on fire. He said the charred area was about the size of half of a football field.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 04:14

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