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Harry Bean X 4 at work restoring Gilford Outing Club Warming Hut

Four generations of Harry Beans have volunteered to help finish restoration of the former Gilford Outing Club warming hut off Cherry Valley Road.  From left to right are Harry Bean II, Harry Bean III, Harry Bean IV and Harry Bean V. Louis Sousa (far right) is one of Harry III's and IV's employees. In front is Sarah Anderson, the teenager who began fundraising for the historic restoration when she was 10-years-old. (Laconia Daily Sun Photo - Gail Ober)

Last Updated on Friday, 02 August 2013 03:13

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County Attorney doesn't believe Diamond Morrill fired shots at police

LACONIA — Belknap County Attorney Melissa Guldbrandsen said yesterday her office didn't prosecute the young woman charged with firing three shots from a Belmont home in the direction of three separate police officers because doesn't think the woman did it.

Guldbrandsen said Diamond Morrill, now 23, was likely under the influence of an male adult in the home who was tried in 2011for criminal restraint and unlawful possession of a gun.

Morrill pleaded no contest in court Monday to one count of endangering the welfare of a child for firing a gun while a child was in the house and one count of resisting arrest. Judge Kenneth McHugh found her guilty.

"I know she said she did (fire a gun)," Guldbransen said, adding Morrill also said she slept through the whole incident, which involved police talking on bullhorns and emergency lights flashing for hours. "Who could sleep through that?"

Morrill was given two 2-to-4 year sentences in prison all suspended on good behavior. The charges can be brought forward within seven years and she is on probation for two years.

Morrill was one of three adults inside a home on 697 Union Road on September 3, 2010 when members of the Joint Belknap County U.S. Marshall's Team came to arrest Christopher Kelly on a outstanding warrant just before 11 p.m.

He was convicted of resisting arrest however a judge refused to allow the most serious charges — criminal restraint and being a felon in possession of a handgun — to go forward.

The ensuing standoff lasted about seven hours and around 3 a.m. three shots were fired from a handgun. The three rounds came close to three separate police officers who were members of the Belknap County Special Operations Group who had surrounded the home to see if they could convince Kelly and Morrill, who had Kelly's girlfriend's daughter in the home with them, to surrender.

Each of the three officers testified at Kelly's trial that they heard the bullets come through the leaves. Two testified the bullets narrowly missed them and they had heard the rounds go past them. None of them could say who fired the gun.

Once daylight broke, Kelly and the little girl came out of the house and Morrill was found wrapped in a blanket and asleep on a mattress in a barricaded back bedroom. The gun was found next to her in the bedroom but no ever testified that they say who fired it.

Although Guldbrandsen didn't mention them yesterday, court records said Morrill also had some mental and emotional issues and the court at one point had determined she was unfit to stand trial. This past April, she was deemed capable of understanding the charges and assisting her attorney.

At her sentencing on Monday, Morrill told McHugh she was taking her medication as prescribed and understood what was happening in court.


Last Updated on Friday, 02 August 2013 02:10

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College moving culinary programs to Shaker Village

LACONIA — Lakes Region Community College has signed a contract to house its Culinary Arts,Restaurant Management/Pastry Arts programs at the historic Canterbury Shaker Village. The Canterbury facility is expected to be fully operational in time for the start of the college's fall semester.

For many years the Culinary Arts program and student-staffed Food For Thought Cafe was housed on the fourth floor of the historic Belmont Mill, about five miles south of campus, but issues with safety of the flooring at that level made it necessary for the school to leave that space during the spring term. Temporary quarters were found at the Huot Regional Technical Education Center Laconia High School and at Concord High School.

LRCC announced yesterday that it will take over the restaurant and banquet areas on four floors at Shaker Village, adding significantly to the space needed to run the hospitality programs that have been so successful over the past few years.

Canterbury Shaker Village Executive Director Funi Burdick said she is elated to be working with the college. "Canterbury Shaker Village and LRCC have a shared educational mission," she said. "Starting this fall, we are looking forward to integrating the Culinary Arts programs, faculty and students into the village's onsite events, workshops and visitor experience."

LRCC's Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Dr. Larissa Baia, was equally enthusiastic. "With the additional space, our hospitality programs can continue expanding exponentially," she said. "The time is right in both organizations evolution and growth for a collaborative partnership like this and we are looking forward to realizing its potential."


CAPTION: LRCC Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Dr. Larissa Baia (left) converses with Canterbury Shaker Village Executive Director Funi Burdick during a tour of the historic Shaker Village property on July 25. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Friday, 02 August 2013 02:05

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Investors rescue Alton spring water bottling company

ALTON — It's been an uphill battle for a small spring water bottling company here which three years ago was named New Hampshire's Best Drink of Water, only to spiral into a near foreclosure in 2012, which was only averted when friends and loyal customers ponied up some $53,000 to keep the business afloat.
''We were so close to closing our doors forever. But people read about our situation in The Daily Sun and rallied around us,'' says Deanna O'Shaughnessy, who along with her husband, Timothy Morgan, and sister, Fae Kontje-Gibbs , founded Chamberlain Springs on the 300-acre Sunny Slope Farm some nine years ago.
She said that the outpouring of support was heartwarming and included a visit from a friend, who brought with her a bottle of wine, a four-leaf clover and a check for $530 and encouragement to continue the effort to keep the company alive.
''I guess everything happens for a reason,'' says O'Shaughnessy, who said that the company, newly renamed as Nh2o, recently received an infusion of a capital from a Boston man who has an interest in seeing small, start-up companies succeed.
''One of the persons who read the story in The Daily Sun was Arthur Casey of Bristol, a retired businessman who told us that he was pretty good with numbers and could help us. He said that he loved old family farms and liked what we were doing to make ours survive,'' she says.
She said that Casey was able to contact the Boston businessman who eventually provided the funding last fall but it wasn't until March of this year that he was able to visit the company and see it's operations.
''He told us 'this is good' and said he would help us. That gave us some breathing space and let us take out another loan on the farm,'' said O'Shaughnessy, who said that she and her partners are now in partnership with Newfound Business Associates, which is run by Casey's wife, Cheryl.
''It's been an interesting spring. We're reaching out to our old customers and have gone back to self-delivery. And we're improving our product with new waterproof labels and have got a new capper. And our new summer labels arrived just the day before we were scheduled to deliver 80 cases of glass bottles to the Heron Pond Farmer's Market in Kingston. So we've got new labels and lots of water and things are really looking up for us,'' she says.
She said that the initial plan for the company, which drilled a 585 foot well in 2004 to tap into its water, was to market the water as a bulk product. That plan was dropped after it became apparent that the construction costs of a new building and necessary infrastructure was just too steep.
''We decided to bottle it ourselves, which was probably not the best decision, but it seemed like the only alternative we had.'' she says.
In 2009, Profile Bank and the Belknap Economic Development Council provided a funding package to create Nh2o, a company that put the water in 750 milliliter bottles and distributes them through restaurants, grocery stores and at outdoor markets. Profile Bank's loans included $177,000 for start-up costs and an additional line of credit. However, O'Shaughnessy said that getting the business off the ground took more than they had estimated. "We were seriously under-capitalized. It cost a lot more to do everything than we anticipated."
She said that she is extremely grateful to Profile Bank for all the help that it extended to the company during it's financial problems and is looking to see the company move ahead on a firm financial footing and build itself into a profitable venture, which will help keep Sunny Slope Farm, which currently rents space to vacationers and for weddings, intact and thriving.


Deanna O'Shaughnessy of Nh2o holds two bottles of water which earned accolades as New Hampshire's Best Drink of Water in 2010. The reconstituted and renamed water bottling company has received an infusion of capital and is now recreating its former distribution network. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)


Last Updated on Thursday, 01 August 2013 03:25

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