Hosmer files for re-election along with other candidates

CONCORD — On the second day of the filing period, Andrew Hosmer, a Democrat from Laconia, filed for re-election to his third term in the New Hampshire Senate, representing District 7, consisting of the cities of Laconia and Franklin and towns of Belmont and Gilford in Belknap County and Andover, Boscawen, Canterbury, Northfield, Salisbury and Webster in Merrimack County.

Harold French, a Republican from Franklin who is serving his first term in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, has also filed as a candidate for the Senate in District 7.

Meanwhile, two of the three incumbent Republicans representing the six wards of the city of Laconia — Don Flanders and Peter Spanos — have filed for re-election to the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Frank Tilton, who holds the third seat, has yet to file.

– Michael Kitch

Route 106 crash in Belmont sends one to hospital (134)

BELMONT — Police at the scene of a car crash around noon yesterday said a woman headed north on Route 106 said she blacked out and woke to find her car careening into the woods at the intersection of Concord Street.

Police said Carolyn Heoker, 69, of Gilford told them she didn't remember what happened or how.

The car struck a number white birch trees, uprooting one through the force of the crash. The car landed about 100 feet off the road and at the bottom of 25 foot embankment. Police said a passerby reported the crash.

Firefighters needed to cut the passenger door off the car to extricate the woman and said it took them about 10 to 15 minutes. She was taken by ambulance with what firefighters said appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries.

Guide wires to a telephone pole were also ripped out in the crash and crews from Eversource came out to repair them.

Police said they are looking into whether driver inattention or a distraction could have been a cause of the crash and the crash remains under investigation.

— Gail Ober

06-03 Belmont crash


Harry Potter exhibit opens Tuesday at Laconia Public Library

LACONIA — The Laconia Public Library will host the grand opening of "Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine," on Tuesday, June 7, at 7 p.m., on the upper level of the library. The first 50 people will receive free giveaways, and everyone will be entered in a raffle to win a complete Harry Potter boxed set.

In 1997, British author J. K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born. Millions of readers have followed Harry to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he discovers his heritage, encounters new plants and animals, and perfects his magical abilities. Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology and natural philosophy. Incorporating the work of several 15th- and 16th-century thinkers, this exhibit examines important ethical topics such as the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice, and the responsibility that comes with power. Using materials from the National Library of Medicine, the exhibition explores Harry Potter's world, its roots in Renaissance science, and the ethical questions that affected not only the wizards of Harry Potter, but also the featured historical thinkers.

In honor of Harry Potter's World grand opening, many Laconia downtown businesses will celebrate with the library on Tuesday. The Local Eatery will be serving Harry Potter-inspired food and drink on Tuesday evening, Wayfarer Coffee Roaster will have a Harry Potter drink special all day, the Laconia Village Bakery will have Harry Potter-themed treats, and Sunflower Natural Foods will have a magical display of herbs, candles, and more necessary items for the budding witch or wizard.

Harry Potter festivities will continue at the library with a Harry Potter Crafternoon for teens on Thursday, June 9, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Adults can join in for a Harry Potter Craft Night on Monday, June 27, at 6 p.m. Make Flying Keys, Felix Felicis, and even Mandrakes! Please be sure to preregister for the adult program by calling the library at 524-4775 ext. 12.

The Laconia Public Library is the first public library in New Hampshire to host this traveling exhibit made possible by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Harry Potter's World will be on display through Friday, July 15.