Adopt-A-Spot seeking ‘foster parents’ to beautify public spaces in Laconia

LACONIA — Each year the Parks and Recreation Departments tends 56,000 square feet — an acre-and-a-quarter — of flower and shrubbery beds and borders scattered all across the city, some of which have been adopted by individuals, clubs and businesses while others remain in the foster care of the department.

"We want to encourage more people to take ownership of their beautiful city by participating in our Adopt-a-Spot program," said Amy Lovisek.

She said that a sign placed on each spot designates those — the person or firm — who have contributed their time, energy and resources to caring for it. At the end of the growing season, the finest spots in different categories are honored with awards.

There are almost three dozen spots open for adoption around the city, including beds in city parks, traffic islands and at municipal buildings, which can be found on the Parks and Recreation Department's website.

Spots need planting, watering, fertilizing, mulching, pruning, deadheading and weeding. Some but not all have access to water. Lovisek stressed that those adopting a spot should be prepared to garden throughout the season and, if they wish, to plant mums in the fall.

"We want the city to look beautiful," she said, "not neglected."

For more information call 524-5046 or click complete and submit the form on the department's website at http://www.city.laconia.nh.us/index.php/departments/parks-inside.

– Michael Kitch

County delegation lacks quorum, fails to make decision on pay raises

By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — With only four of its 17 members present and three participating by telephone, the Belknap County Delegation recessed its scheduled meeting last and will reconvene on Wednesday, April 6, at 6 p.m.

With 17 members of delegation, the seven present fell two short of the nine required for a quorum to conduct business. A quorum of nine was required.

The delegation was slated to consider ratification of the collective bargaining agreement that would provide employees of the Belknap County House of Corrections with their first pay raise in four years. The contract was negotiated between the Belknap County Commissioners and representatives State Employees Association representing the employees. The terms of the agreement mirror those of the agreement between the county and the Teamsters Local 633, which the delegation approved by a vote of 10 to 5 last August.

Rep. Frank Tilton, who chairs the delegation, and representatives Glen Aldrich of Gilford, Dennis Fields of Sanbornton and Don Flanders of Laconia, were present while representatives Russ Dumais of Gilford, Dave Russell of Gilmanton, and Peter Spanos of Laconia participated by telephone.

All 17 members of the delegation are Republicans.

Fugitive arrested while riding bicycle downtown

LACONIA — A posse of deputy sheriffs from four counties — Belknap, Hillsborough, Rockingham and Starfford — including officers of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force, arrested Michael Brown of Laconia on Thursday.

Brown, 31, was indicted in October for three drug charges, all felonies. When he failed to appear at court on March 29, the Belknap County Superior Court issued a warrant for his arrest. While deputies searched for Brown he was spotted around 1 p.m. on Thursday riding a bicycle on Beacon Street West; he was corralled by deputies and taken into custody without incident. He will be held without bail at the Belknap County Jail waiting a court hearing.

Brown stands charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled drug, heroin, as well as two counts of possession of a controlled drug, heroin and suboxone.