Colonial Theatre will open for tours in August

LACONIA — The Belknap Economic Development Council has invited the general public to visit the Colonial Theatre, where the demolition work begun in the spring has been completed, offering unobstructed views of the foyer, lobby, auditorium and stage.

Justin Slattery, executive director of the council, said Friday that the theater will be open to the public during the lunch hour from noon to 1 p.m. on the first four Wednesdays coming up: Aug. 3, 10, 17 and 24.

Slattery said that the project is still in the design and engineering phase, working on fitting the theater with modern lighting, plumbing, heating, and cooling systems that comply with contemporary building codes as a major priority. In the meantime, the partitions that divided the auditorium into five motion-picture theaters, along with most of the seating, have been removed, exposing the expanse and decor of the auditorium.

"This is an opportunity for the public to view the theater, which will not be accessible once the renovation process begins," he said.

Woman arrested after drug death

WOLFEBORO — Local police working with members of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration arrested Tanya McCormack, 26, of Effingham and charged her with selling fentanyl to a man who died from it.

Police said Cole McMahon, no age given, died from an overdose on Sept. 1, 2015.

Police said the charge carries a possible maximum sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole.

MaCormack was arraigned in the Third Circuit Court, Ossipee Division. Her bail conditions are unknown at press time.

Dairy queens

07-29 Dairy queens

Participating in a national Dairy Queen fundraising event, the ice cream and food shop on Union Avenue in Laconia celebrated "Miracle Treat Day," which raises funds for children's hospitals. Shown here, helping to draw attention to the event, are Miss Winnipesaukee Jana El-Sayed, from Hudson, store owner Mike Merrill and Miss Winnipesaukee Outstanding Teen Emily Jenkins from Nashua. Funds raised locally will be donated to Boston Children's Hospital, which has a special meaning for El-Sayed. She was born with persistent pulmonary hypertension and was rushed to Boston Children's, where she underwent life-saving surgery. Many local children benefit from the hospital's services, according to a poster at the event. Last year, 56 Gilford children visited Boston Children's Hospital, as well as 33 from Meredith and 84 from Laconia. As of midday, the Union Avenue store had collected at least $2,500 for the hospital. (Adam Drapcho/Laconia Daily Sun)