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Belmont buying covered pedestrian bridge from Dover for $1

BELMONT — A 154-foot long covered pedestrian bridge which once spanned the Cocheco River in Dover is being taken apart and will be brought to this town in three sections, where parts of it will eventually span the Tioga River in two different locations.
The eight-foot wide wooden bridge was sold to the Belmont Conservation Commission for $1 by the Dover City Council last month after efforts by Dover residents to keep in that community and use it as a centerpiece for a park fell short.
Built in 1996 at a cost of $162,845, the bridge was removed with a crane in 2010 and is currently dry-docked, in the way of a waterfront development.
Selectman John Pike said the town's Conservation Commission and Heritage Commission have developed plans for the use of the bridge, whose parts will be stored over the winter in the Public Works garage with an eye toward reconstructing it over the Tioga River next year.
The Conservation Commission discussed the project at its August 7 meeting at which Chairman Ken Knowlton reported that contractor Mark Roberts has checked the bridge and said that it would have to be moved in three sections, including disassembly and actually cutting off the roof which was added after the bridge sections were assembled.
He said that Roberts has also developed a scope of work to move everything to Belmont with a price of $12,600 for moving and about $10,000 for using two cranes to place two sections of the bridge over the river, just upstream from the Belmont Mill, providing the engineers determine that the bridge sections can be used separately.
Another section of the bridge would go in below the mill, where a pedestrian bridge which would have been built with volunteer labor as part of the downtown project was envisaged.
Knowlton said that he and Woody Fogg had taken measurements after brush along the river had been removed earlier this year and were confident that two sections of the bridge would be able to put into place by cranes.
The commission is currently looking for ways to raise funds for the cost of putting the bridges in place, as well as for a trail system which will be built along the right of way of the former Belmont Spur rail corridor, which used to bring trains in from Tilton to the Belmont Village area.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 06:29

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Meredith family displaced by fire

MEREDITH — A local couple, their three children and a house guest were displaced from their manufactured housing unit at 20 True Road, Lot 60 after a kitchen fire left the home dirty and damaged yesterday.

Fire Chief Ken Jones said that the fire was reported at 11:36 a.m., shortly after firefighters returned from an earlier call. "We were at the station and able to respond promptly," he said. Using extinguishers, firefighters quickly quelled the fire. All residents escaped unharmed.

Jones said that the fire started on the stove and, reaching combustible materials nearby, spreading to the extractor fan. Both the stove and fan, he said, were damaged beyond repair. However, he said that there was significant smoke damage throughout the home as well as residue from the chemical agent applied by the fire extinguishers. "The residence will be habitable once it is thoroughly cleaned," Jones said.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 August 2013 02:55

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Ice Arena refusing comment on reports Laconia Leafs will not field team this season

LACONIA — The president of the board of directors of the Laconia Ice Arena refused to comment yesterday on reports that the New Hampshire Lakers, formerly the Laconia Leafs, will not be playing at all this upcoming season.
''I have no comment. I have a practice to run right now,'' said Chuck Yaeger, president of the organization, who was contacted at Waukewan Golf Course, where he is the club professional. He also coaches the Inter-Lakes High School golf team.
The Daily Sun has learned from multiple sources that Lakers plan to take a year off from competing in the newly-formed Eastern Hockey League, which starts play in September, and plan to field a team for the 2014-2015 season.
The Lakers had been looking for a new head coach to replace Joe Cardarelli, who resigned last month, and earlier this month had announced the hiring of Rocky Romanella as an assistant coach who also serve as recruiting coordinator.
The Lakers are members of the Atlantic and Metropolitan Junior Hockey Leagues. Junior hockey is a competitive level of hockey with amateur players who are 20 years or younger. The principle purpose of the program is to prepare, promote, and develop the athletes for future endeavors into a college or professional program.
The Leafs/Lakers have placed over 120 players into college and professional rinks over the last 10 years. Players on the rosters came  to Laconia from many different states, Canada and several European countries. They had been scheduled to play 44 games this upcoming season.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 08:28

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Outgoing LRCC student serving on state board of trustees

LACONIA — "I'm pretty vocal," said Madeline Maoriano of Gilford, who in her second year at Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) was one of two students recently named to the Board of Trustees of the New Hampshire Community College System.

A graduate of Gilford High School, Maoriano earned the award for excellence in French and is pursuing a major in liberal arts at LRCC. She was nominated to the Board of Trustees by Scott Kalicki, the president of LRCC.

"I made myself pretty well known at the college," Maoriano said, noting that she enjoyed an edge since her mother is a member of the faculty who teaches anatomy and physiology. Apart from admitting to being "very talkative," she serves as a student ambassador, offering tours of the college to new and prospective students and visiting high schools to tout the opportunities the college offers.

Maoriano said that the administration and faculty at LRCC are "very student oriented. They do everything they can for students," she continued, explaining that teachers take the time and make the effort to address the specific needs of individual students. As a trustee, she said, that she intends "to bring the students' perspective to the board." She said that the trustees need "to understand how students really feel about the issues."

Meanwhile, Maoriano, who contemplated transferring to the University of New Hampshire to pursue a degree in computer engineering, has chosen to stay at LRCC once she completes her liberal arts degree and turn her hand to pastry arts. "I'm not one for other people telling me what to do," she said, explaining that rather than work for someone else she intends to manage her own business. "I've always loved cooking and baking since I was very young," she said. "I'd love to have a little pastry that grew into a worldwide business."

Although Maoriano studied French for six years in school, twice-planned trips to France were cancelled, once when there was rioting in the streets of Paris and again when priority for traveling abroad fell to the students of Spanish. She is hoping for an opportunity to use her fluent French and sharpen her baking prowess in France, but is equally determined to return to the Lakes Region, where she has spent her life. "It's a beautiful area and I definitely plan on staying around," she said.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 August 2013 02:49

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