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Reward offered; Tilton man determined to find home burglar(s)

TILTON — A local business man whose home was burglarized while he and his family were vacationing over labor Day weekend has offered a $1,500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the intruder(s).

Charles "Chuck" Drew the owner of Camaro Heaven said he wants to feel as though he did everything he could to stop the person who burglarized his home.

"You just don't live you life the same way," Drew said yesterday.

According to Detective Cpl. Matt Dawson, the Drew's reported the burglary when the returned to their Tilton home.

He said a change jar holding thousands of dollars was removed from the home. More significantly, he said whoever stole the jar ransacked the home and went through his family's personal space.

"I'd like to catch the guy that went through by wife's and child's bureaus," Drew said.

He said he has posted information on his Facebook page about the burglary but has changed the way he and his wife use the popular Internet social network sight.

Dawson said Tilton Police are pursuing a number of leads and ask anyone with any information about the Drew burglary to call the the Tilton Police at 286-4442.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 03:38

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Walkers invited to meet mayoral candidates on WOW Trail

LACONIA — With less than two weeks until the election, the time is now to get to know the candidates for mayor of Laconia. On Saturday, the WOW Trail will host a "Walk with the Candidates" event on the trail. Beginning at 10a.m. at the Lakeport Square trail entrance, candidates Ed Engler and Kaileif Mitchell will be walking the trail and fielding questions from voters.
"We're thrilled that the candidates chose to take a walk on the trail," said WOW Trail Executive Director Gretchen Gandini. "It's a great, informal way for folks to meet the future mayor of Laconia and at the same time get a little fresh air and exercise with their friends, families, and neighbors."
Presently 1.3 miles long, the WOW Trail spans from Elm Street in Lakeport to North Main Street near Downtown Laconia. Design and fundraising is currently underway to extend the trail another 1.1 miles from North Main Street to the Belmont town line. After the second section of trail is completed, the plan is to expand the trail in the other direction, from Elm Street in Lakeport to Weirs Beach — connecting Weirs Beach and Lakeport with Downtown Laconia via a safe and convenient passageway.
The WOW Trail is a not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to the promoting, designing, building and maintaining a nine-mile recreational path through the City of Laconia as a part of the regional trail network that will connect Meredith to Franklin.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 03:34

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Harvey Beetle honored for 50 years of barbershop quartet singing & promotion

GILFORD — It's been a good year for Harvey Beetle, who was honored Monday night at a Barbershop Open House at the Gilford Community Church where he was presented with a 50-year pin for having sung with barbershop quartets for most of hisadult life.
Beetle, who is the go-to-guy in organizing and recruiting new members of the Lakes Region Chordsmen, who practice every Monday night at the church, was presented with the award by Alan Lamson of Manchester, Conn., immediate past president of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
The presentation took place after Beetle had wrapped up two songs that he sang with the group ''Rewind'', a close-harmony vocal quartet that features pre-70's vocal music, from doo-wop to pop to spirituals and patriotic standards.
Beetle sings in ''Rewind'' along with Joe Hayden of Candia, Jay Lachance of Manchester and Bob Farnham of Alton Bay. He traces his love of barbershop quartet singing back to the 1960s when he was working with an insurance company in the Bay State and he started a quartet in Walpole, Mass.
"I heard a barbershop quartet, I liked that and wanted to do that sort of singing," he says.
He's been an enthusiastic participant ever since and after he retired and moved to the Lakes Region in 1990 one of the very first things he did was to joined the Lakes Region Chordsmen.
A big booster of barbershop quartet singing, Beetle is the contact person for the local group and has organized performances at places like Patrick's Pub in Gilford and is always available for singing songs on Valentine's Day.
Earlier this year Harvey was honored along with his entire family when the Beetle family was presented with the Irwin Award at the annual Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce HERO awards.
Harvey and his wife Evelyn were honored along with their sons Jeff and Allan, owners of Patrick's Pub & Eatery, as well as Jeff's wife, Wendy, and Allan's wife, Jennifer.
The Gilford restaurant is known for hosting charitable events large and small, as well as founding Pub Mania, which raised $160,000 last year for the WLNH Children's Auction.


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Harvey Beetle of the Lakes Region Chordsmen (left) is congratulated by Alan Lamson of Manchester, Conn., immediate past president of the Barbershop Harmony Society, after he was presented with a pin for his 50 years of singing with barbershop quartets. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 03:10

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Youth Center to start Gilford Got Lunch! program for hungry kids in summer of '14

GILFORD — Got Lunch! — the successful Laconia program that provides lunches to less-fortunate school children in the summer — is coming to Gilford.

Tom Francouer, who sits on the board of the Gilford Youth Center told selectmen last night that in coordination with the Gilford School District, he and his board realized the need in Gilford was much greater than initially thought.

"People forget that not all families live in middle-to upper-class homes," said Selectman Gus Benavides who offered to help deliver the lunch bags when the program begins.

According to Francoeur and citing statistics given to him from the school district, 26 percent of the school district's children qualify for the federal free or reduced-price lunch program and in total that's 313 at-risk children.

He said the cost per child per summer is estimated to be about $110 and he expects that at least 150 Gilford children will take advantage of it 2014. Grocery bags typically include bread, canned meats, peanut butter and other non-perishables and a diary product voucher that can be spent at local grocery stores.

Benavides said that number continues to grow, noting that it wasn't all that long ago when the number of free and reduced-price lunch children was at 20 percent.

Francouer said the Got Lunch! program in Gilford aims to provide one meal a day for five days during the summer months, when the schools are closed. He said the program's goal is to someday provide enough food for one meal seven days a week.

He said the Gilford program will be designed like the original Laconia Got Lunch! program. Each Monday during the summer, volunteers bring a grocery bag of food to each family with enough lunch items for all of the eligible children in the family.

"When I went to volunteer in Laconia they said, 'where have you been?'" he said, noting the Laconia organization then pointed out that some Gilford children have similar needs.

Francoeur said donations of food or money can be made at the Gilford Youth Center.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 03:01

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