Clarification of 'it was my fault' statement by Andrew Currier

In an article that was published on July 4 on page 9, Andrew Currier's statement saying "it was my fault" was related to his drug and alcohol addiction and the negative results it brought to his life and family. It was not said in any context related to the death of Jason Dostie. Currier pleaded guilty in March to one count of conspiracy to commit sales of a controlled drug for going to the bank and lending Dostie money. Additionally, Riverbank House was wrongly identified as Riverbend House.

Belmont Mill eligible for state registry but selectmen wary

BELMONT — Town Administrator Jeanne Beaudin told selectmen last night that the town received notice that the Belmont Mill was eligible for the state historic registry.

She said the decision came as the result of an inventory of the mill submitted to the state by the town's Heritage Commission.

"Would the board like to agree to list it or not?" she asked.

The mill has been a bit of a sore spot for selectmen since the voters overwhelmingly rejected a $3.1-million restoration project last March that would have relocated the town offices and put the edifice in good shape for the next 50 years.

Unable to restore it without town meeting approval and with the fourth floor unusable in its current condition, the town is stuck. In order to fix the fourth floor, the third floor would have to be vacated. Right now, the Belknap Family Care Center — an arm of LRGHealthcare of Laconia– occupies the third floor. LRGH has told the town it won't move temporarily, meaning fixing the fourth floor means loosing the highest paying tenant.

The ground floor hosts the senior center and a day care which is moving to bigger quarters in a different part of Belmont. The Department of Parks and Recreation has its offices on the second floor.

Selectman Ron Cormier said that it's a state historic registry and "really doesn't mean that much." He explained that if there was a change to the mill that was significant the consequences would be to remove it from the registry.

Selectman Jon Pike said he was in favor of listing it but Selectman's Chair Ruth Mooney and Cormier said they wanted more information before agreeing to add it to the registry.

Beaudin said that if the town still owns it and remains a landlord, being on the registry could benefit it in getting federal or state grants.

Meredith chief says few fireworks displays are properly permitted

MEREDITH — Speaking to the Board of Selectmen at a workshop yesterday, Fire Chief Ken Jones expressed concern that despite a town ordinance requiring a permit to display fireworks, the number of applications filed and permits granted fall far short of the number of fireworks displays.

Town Manager Phil Warren added that persons displaying fireworks without a permit are liable to a charge of disorderly conduct, which carries a fine of not less than $50 or more than $1,000 depending on the nature of the offense.

Jones said that most residents, including what he estimated to be about a third of his department's firefighters, were unaware that permits are required. He explained that applications should be filed 15 days before the display, but conceded "this rarely occurs". Jones estimated the department receives between 20 and 30 applications.

Both Jones and Warren noted that because the state permits the purchase and possession of fireworks while cities and towns may prohibit or regulate their use, it is not surprising that people, particularly visitors, assume that what can be bought can also be displayed. Fireworks dealers, Jones pointed out, are obliged to inform customers of municipalities that either prohibit or regulate fireworks, but doubted this requirement is effective.

Although the application is is somewhat perfunctory, Jones said that he asks applicants to sketch a map of the property indicating tree lines, public utilities and nearby structures as well as the exact location where the fireworks will be displayed. Jones said that in some cases he visits the property to ensure that fireworks can be displayed safely. "We've had some complaints over the past several years," Jones said, adding that many of them were raised by people lighting fireworks "later than they should." He said that he was especially concerned about the use of fireworks in the densely developed parts of town.

Jones said "I have no recommendation at this time" and Warren added that "our goal here is education."