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$7 million county jail budget may not have room for much in the way of brickwork

LACONIA — The exterior of a proposed Belknap County community corrections facility will likely have some brick work near the entryway but how much more brick will be used remains up in the air.
''Brick would look better,'' County Administrator Deb Shackett said in response to a question about exterior materials from Project Manager Anthony Mento of SMP Architecture, the architectural firm which is designing the facility.
Shackett said at yesterday afternoon's meeting of the facility's planning committee that having brick would show that the new structure was ''not just another part of the old jail.''
The committee will have to wait until cost estimates are available for other parts of the plan before determining how much brick it will be able to afford and still stay within the $7 million limit advocated by County Commission Chairman Dave DeVoy.
There was also some discussion of removing an old barn near the driveway which provides access to the current House of Corrections. The barn, which was once a part of the farming operations at the county facility and is now used for storage, has been described as an ''eyesore".'
County Corrections Interim Superintendent Keith Gray says he has discussed the old barn with County Sheriff Craig Wiggin, who has no objection to its removal.
A final determination on the barn's fate will await cost estimates as the structure is not in the way of the footprint of the proposed 17,025-square-foot, 64-bed facility, which will be built as a one-story wood-frame structure.
SMP President Eric Palson displayed an updated plan for the facility, which he said had made it ''longer and skinnier'' and tightened up the configuration.
The plan shows gabled roofs for the entryways with clerestory ceilings allowing natural light to enter the hallways.
Public access to the corrections facility would be through a south-facing, covered entry which would be reached from a parking lot located off from the current driveway to the Belknap County complex. The proposed site plan also contains a separate entry road into the county complex for service vehicles only, near Lexington Drive, which would separate public traffic from service vehicles for a better traffic flow.
A sallyport (secure drive-through) will be connect the proposed new facility with the current jail.
The committee will hold a video conference meeting on the proposal on July 21 at 9 a.m. and will present the plan to the Belknap County Commissioners at 10 a.m. on July 22.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 July 2015 12:58

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Belmont police file charges against 2 more people who were guests at birthday party

BELMONT — Additional charges have been filed by police against two other people who attended a party that police said got out of hand at Forest Drive on the evening of June 27.

Frederick Scheffer, 44, of Forest Drive has been charged with a Class A misdemeanor crime of resisting arrest, for allegedly getting between Sgt. Steve Akerstrom and Jeremy Cole, 37, while Akerstrom was trying to arrested Cole.

Daureen Harding, 57, of Brook Road in Sanbornton was charged with one Class A misdemeanor crime of hindering apprehension for allegedly grabbing Erika Cole's, 34, arm and pulling her away from K-9 Officer Evan Boulanger while he was trying to arrest Cole.

The arrests stem from a police response to a large yard party where a neighbor reported to police that there was an argument and possibly a fight. Upon arrival, police said K-9 Officer Evan Boulanger saw a man and a woman arguing but after he separated them, he was surrounded by a group of intoxicated adults who objected to his presence. Boulanger said he was pushed by Jeremy Cole, who also allegedly assaulted Akerstrom. Jeremy Cole was previously charged with two counts of assault on a police officer and one count of resisting arrest.

Police said Erika Cole got between her husband and Akerstrom during the arrest. She was previously charged with one count of hindering apprehension.

The woman who is the primary renter of the home says there was a verbal argument between two men just before police arrived but it was over. Jennifer Winfrey said both during an interview and in a letter to the editor to local newspapers that in her opinion the police were the instigators and they overreacted to the situation. Winfrey is challenging the police version of what happened that night as being wildly inaccurate.

All of those charged are free on personal recognizance bail and are scheduled to appear in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division on August 20.

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Back to Brooklyn: Placing large order to go from Jewish Food Festival returns Walter & Gloria Borchert back to their old neighborhood

LACONIA — Gloria Borchert has lived in the Lakes Region since 1977 and still remembers the first Jewish Food Festival 18 years ago.

Seated in a chair by the window in her home at Briarcrest, the 90-year-old said she was living in Meredith with her husband Walter when they read about the festival in a local newspaper.

"We were thrilled," she said. "We had to be first in line and we waited in the car an hour until it opened."

She said she stood in line for the latkes while Walter stood in line for the brisket. She also remembered a table filled with cakes and pastries and buying an apple cake.

"The woman, I've forgotten her name, got to know us," she said. "We got an apple cake every year."

Walter and Gloria grew up in Brooklyn and spent their lives surrounded by Jewish delicatessens and butcher shops. She said her husband's father was a German immigrant. After they married 69-years-ago, she said, they bought  a good deal of their food from the Jewish delis and shops in the area, though they themselves were not Jewish. When they retired and moved to Meredith she said the one thing they could never find was any good Jewish food.

Since then they have either been attending the annual food festival or, as they became less mobile, placing bulk orders with master cook Irene Gordon, who would deliver them in person. This year, Gloria placed the order and will bring some to Walter who lives at the N.H. Veteran's Home in Tilton.

She said their standard order included three pounds of brisket and three pounds of tongue, chopped liver, Jewish half-dill pickles, latkes (potato pancakes", blintzes, kugel, and "a good Jewish rye bread".

"Three pounds of tongue is a lot of tongue and not one iota was wasted," she said adding tongue freezes well and makes wonderful sandwiches and a main meat course.

"You can get tongue anywhere in New York (City)," she said, adding that when she went to central New Hampshire butchers they just looked at her like she didn't know what she was talking about.
Gloria said it would usually take about two weeks for them to eat all of the food procured from the event.

"Walter would eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner," she said, noting that with Walter now living in Tilton her order this year will last a little bit longer.

Karen Lukeman and Irene Gordon said they would deliver Gloria's food sometime on Saturday to which Gloria replied, "the sooner the better."

"It means everything to us although I wish it would happen more often during the year," she said.

The 18th Annual Jewish Food is Sunday beginning at 11 a.m at the Temple B'nai Israel on Court Street. Closing time is 2 p.m. As part of the annual festival, there will be a yard sale and the Nearly New Boutique.

About 50 volunteers have been preparing the food and freezing it since March but the bulk of the work, said Lukeman, will take place on Friday, Saturday and early Sunday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 July 2015 12:29

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City water supply intake complicates milfoil eradification effort on Paugus Bay

LACONIA — Infestations of milfoil at Pickerel Cove and Moulton (or Chattle) Cove at the northwest end of Paugus Bay will be treated with a chemical herbicide this summer, but a proposal to treat colonies in other parts of the bay was shelved for fear it would adversely effect the municipal water supply .

Dean Anson, who chairs the Conservation Commission, said that earlier this year Amy Smagula, who heads the exotic species program at the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) recommended treating infestations of milfoil around the shore of the bay with the chemical herbicide 2,4-D. He said that he, together with Seth Nuttelman, superintendent of the Laconia Water Works, and Planning Director Shanna Saunders, met with Smagula to assess the impact of the herbicide on the city's water intake near the foot of the bay.

Anson said they requested information about the flow of water in the bay only to learn that charting the flows would require a very expensive study.

Anson said after reviewing the information about 2,4-D, particularly its risks to human health, the Conservation Commission, Planning Department and Water Works, agreed to limit the application of 2,4-D to Pickerel Cove and Moulton Cove and not pursue Smagula's proposal to treat other areas of the bay with the herbicide.

Nuttelman said that the department questioned the recommendation to treat colonies of milfoil beyond the two coves and closer to the intake pipe. He said that the DES acknowledged that there was insufficient data to ensure that water quality would not be impaired by applying herbicides over a wider area of the bay.

Nuttleman explained that the two coves are three miles from the intake pipe, which is located off shore from the headquarters of the Water Works on Union Avenue in Lakeport. A steady current carries water from Lake Winnipesaukee through Paugus Bay, which turns over relatively quickly. But, water lingers longer in the protected coves. Nuttelman said that calculations indicated that the herbicides applied in the two coves would be sufficiently diluted to pose no risk to the quality of the city's drinking water.

Aquatic Control Technology of Sutton, Massachusetts, a firm that has worked in the city and region for a number of years , including on Lake Opechee last year, will undertake the treatment. Restrictions on swimming and using water from the treated areas will be posted, but Nuttelman stressed that there will be no restrictions on the use of city water.

Anson said that the Conservation Commission will convene a sub-committee of some of its members and other interested parties to address the issue of milfoil. He said that Suzanne Perley, who for a number of years, has managed the effort to control milfoil in Lake Opechee, would serve on the sub-committee.

Perley said yesterday that since Lake Opechee is downstream of Paugus Bay, the investment in treating and managing milfoil there is compromised by milfoil reaching the lake from Paugus Bay.

Anson said that a primary task of the sub-committee will be to develop a plan for managing milfoil in Paugus Bay, which will include mapping and monitoring the infestations and applying appropriate measures to eradicate or control them without posing unreasonable risks to the quality of the municipal water supply.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 July 2015 11:58

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