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Steve O's Subs

GILFORD — After spending several weeks taking orders for Steve O's Subs, a dozen students in Steve O'Riordan's business class spent the morning yesterday making 430 sandwiches, packaging them with potato chips, condiments, brownies and soft drinks, and delivering the lunches to businesses and schools in Gilford, Laconia, Belmont, Meredith and Tilton. The students are not preparing for jobs at Subway, but instead learning the fundamentals of operating a profitable business, the proceeds from which will be donated to the Got Lunch! program in Gilford.

"We do this every year," O'Riordan said, explaining that each member of the class pursues a practical commercial project while the whole class mounts the grinder operation.

This year, he said, the class smashed the record by selling 430 lunches, easily eclipsing the 305 sold by a class of 20.

Steve O's Subs offers a choice of turkey, ham, salami or roast beef with different cheeses and vegetables on fresh baked bread. The ingredients are purchased from Hannaford Supermarket, which donates the condiments.

O'Riordan said that the production costs amount to $5 or $6 for each sub, depending on the meat, and the entire lunch sells for $8, with roast beef costing an extra dollar. With no labor costs, he projected a profit of between $1,000 and $1,200.

The students began preparing and packaging the lunches at 7 a.m. and making deliveries around 11 a.m.,  and returning to school for classes at 1 p.m.

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The students of the business class at Gilford High School, taught by Steve O'Riordan, arrayed themselves as an assembly line making a record number Steve O's Subs, the centerpiece of lunches sold to schools and businesses in the region to benefit the Got Lunch! program in Gilford. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch)

Great gift - Boys & Girls Club given $100,000 by AutoServ of Tilton and the Gaudet famil

LACONIA — The Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region announced yesterday that AutoServ of Tilton and the Gaudet family have contributed $100,000 toward renovating and converting the former St. James Episcopal Church on Main Street into a safe, efficient and welcoming clubhouse.

In a prepared statement, Paul Gaudet Sr., the president of AutoServ and founder of the Lakes Region Boys & Girls Club Endowment Trust, said that he first became aware of the club many years ago when Barbara Leone, one of his neighbors, visited the dealership and made what he called "an impassioned plea."

"I was so moved and realized the difference she and other of my neighbors were making volunteering and being so hands-on with these kids, kids who really need positive mentors," he continued. He confessed that at the time he could not spare time to be at the club, but instead "started out giving money personally and through our family business." That, he remarked, "grew to hitting up friends and neighbors, our dealership connections, pretty much telling the story Barbara had first told me — that this club truly changes the trajectory of kids who need support."

Chris Emond, executive director of the Boys& Girls Club of the Lakes Region, noted the Gaudet family's longstanding commitment to the club and said tthis transformational gift will make an impact for decades to come." The contribution is the most recent of many that will fund improvements to the club, including construction of a teen center, enhancing space for diverse activities and reconfiguring the foyer to monitor access to the building. In addition, installation of a new industrial kitchen will enable the club to serve hot, nutritious meals to members each evening without charge.

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Jon Clay, Walt Flynn, Paul Gaudet Jr., Scott Knowles, Chris Emond, Barbara Leone, Donna Gaudet Hosmer and Ned Beebe gather for a presentation of $100,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region. (Courtesy Photo)

Belmont bandstand named to state Historical Register


BELMONT — The newly restored bandstand has been named to the New Hampshire State Register of Historical Places by the state Historical Resources Council, and the town is ready to celebrate.

The bandstand was constructed in 1908 near the Belmont Mill, which is also listed on the state register, at the height of the popularity of the outdoor brass band era.

Built in the latter part of the Victorian Era, historian Wallace Rhodes said high level color- and paint-chip imaging determined that its original colors were the rusts and greens as one sees it today. Rhodes speculated that it was likely painted while during the Colonial Revivalist period that followed and in which many houses were painted white.

The roof of the bandstand was reshingled using cedar shingles in the same diamond patterns, as were the originals. Rhodes said part of the restoration was replacing a ball that sat on top and which he thinks blew away in a storm at some point.

Restoring the bandstand was a largely volunteer effort offset with some taxpayer dollars, a Land and Heritage Community Investment Program or L-Chip grant and money raised by the Belmont Heritage Commission for the project.

Before it could be restored, it needed to be relocated to a different spot in the village during the revitalization project and in 2012, Mark Roberts of Leslie E Roberts LLC moved the bandstand in one piece while the foundation was back and returned it one piece.

Once back in place, the bandstand was rehabilitated on site by J.R. Graton, who specializes in historical renovation, beginning in October of 2013.

To celebrate the recent designation, the Belmont Public Library and the Belmont Heritage Commission will celebrate with a Heritage and Preservation Fair on May 21.

Events begin at 10:30 a.m. at the library with a welcoming by Selectmen's Chairman Ruth Mooney. Attendees are invited to stroll through the village and take advantage of the walking trails and the new sites.

During this time, there will be displays, activities and refreshments; and booths by the Belmont Historical Society, Friends of the Bandstand, Bratt/Winni Trail, the Save Our Gale School Committee and others.

The library will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with some special exhibits. Guests will be allowed to see and use the Ancestry Library Edition.

People are encouraged to bring their old Belmont photos and postcards for scanning and adding to the Belmont Historical Society and Library Collections.
People can learn to research their historic homes and family trees. There will be some resources for barn preservation.

05-12 Belmont bandstand 2015The bandstand last year, fresh from renovation.

05-12 Belmont bandstand past colorA 1908 postcard shows the bandstand as a village landmark.

05-12 Belmont bandstand past Another historic postcard shows the bandstand as part of a playground.

05-12 Belmont band from pastOne of the bands that may have played in the bandstand in the past.