Superintendent Beitler takes helm at Gilford School District

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

GILFORD — School District Superintendent's Kirk Beitler's first few days have been filled with meeting district staff, visiting the three buildings on the campus, and settling in to his new position.

Beitler, the former assistant superintendent in the Laconia School District, said he is anticipating a busy summer as he familiarizes himself with his district and oversees the mechanical renovation project at the Elementary School.

"Today I met with some elementary students who are at 'camp' at the high school," he said, noting that because of the elementary school construction, the annual school-sponsored summer camp is centered at the high school this year.

Beitler said he has spent his first three days most scheduling meetings with building principals and staff. He also gave a reading at the Historical Society's recent Fourth of July program where there was a performance of the Gilford Community Band.

He said next on his list is setting appointments with the town of Gilford department heads, which he hopes to do next week. He said he plans on attending an upcoming meeting of the Board of Selectman which he will schedule with the town administrator.

"There are great schools here and I am really excited," Beitler said Thursday.

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New Gilford School District Superintendent Kirk Beitler stands in front of the SAU Offices in Gilford Village. (Gail Ober/Laconia Daily Sun)

Condominium association files suit to stop watercraft repair business

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — How many personal watercraft does it take to be too many? That’s the question a Belknap County judge has been asked to decide by three members of a five-unit condominium association on Weirs Boulevard.
The officers of The Last Resort, A Condominium have filed for a temporary and permanent injunction or to put a stop to what they say is some commercial activity allegedly being done by the sons of the owners of the other two condominiums.
According to a pleading filed in late June, L. Scott and Karen Weeks, who own Units 3 and 5, have allowed their three sons to set up a repair, painting and a fabrication shop in the cellar of Unit 5. The officers also say the brothers have built an “elaborate barge” with an electric hoist that takes up more than their allotted space along the common dock.
The filing said the three brothers have set up a Facebook page that promotes their business “Weeks Brothers Motorsports” to attract people to come on to the condominium property for landing and retrieving Jet Ski-type watercraft or water bikes.
The officers say they have constructed ramps and have altered the common or limited area, and have promoted events where people who are off site are allowed to use the waterfront for a fee. The complaint also says the sons have kept the watercraft on the beach, which denies the other owners and their families the opportunity to use it.
According to the pleadings, The Last Resort, A Condominium was formed and recorded at the Belknap County Registry of Deeds on April 11, 1985, and its bylaws specifically state that it cannot be used for any reason except residential.
Section VII -8 of the declaration provides that “no noxious or offensive activities” can be carried on in any of the common or limited areas and nothing can be done which may become an annoyance or nuisance to other owners.
The pleadings state that the officers of the condo association have “demanded” that the brothers stop violating the rules and have asked the court for a temporary injunction because they will not stop.
According to the online city of Laconia assessments, the Weeks have been tenants in the small association the longest and purchased Unit 5 in 1992. A family trust purchased Unit 3 in 2015.
Unit 1 was purchased by the current owner and plaintiff in 2003, Unit 2 was purchased by the current owner and plaintiff in 1996, and Unit 4 was purchased by the current owner and plaintiff in 2012.
According the to New Hampshire Secretary of State’s website, the trademark rights to the name The Last Resort, A Condominium was forfeited in 1993. There is also no record for “Weeks Brothers Watersports” listed as a business.
When reached, Joseph Weeks declined to comment.
The Weeks family have not filed a reply to the request for the injunction.

 

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This photo was posted to the Weeks Brothers Watersports Facebook page, which shows the hoist the brothers use to lift watercraft in and out of the water. (Facebook photo)

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The Weeks Brothers Watersports Facebook page appears to list the business as in Norton, Massachusetts (https://www.facebook.com/Weeksbroswatersports/info/?entry_point=page_nav_about_item&tab=overview). (Facebook photo)

Music in the Mountains - Musicians to perform on trails around the state for hikerS

By ALANA PERSSON, LACONIA DAILY SUN

PLYMOUTH — With hiking bags on their backs and instruments in hand, professional musicians will be making their way up the mountains this summer as part of the Music in the Mountains program, in conjunction with the New Hampshire Music Festival.

Although the Music in the Mountains program is a new feature for the music festival this summer season, the original concept behind the initiative dates back to the 1970s Hut Concerts. The concerts during this time period were put on by a group known as the "hutband," which was comprised of professional musicians who wanted to combine their love of music and the outdoors. This group was known to climb mountains in the New Hampshire region and perform free concerts for hikers, which in turn raised awareness of, and revenue for, the dying Music Festival program. By 1975, the "hutband" had made national news and saved the New Hampshire Music Festival from extinction.

This year's Music in the Mountains program was funded by a grant provided by Lincoln Financial Foundation and Cogswell Benevolent Trust Grants and, like the Hut Concerts, is similarly trying to raise awareness of the New Hampshire Music Festival in an organic way. Working alongside local conservation societies, musicians will be performing on area hiking trails such as West Rattleshake in Holderness and Whittney Trail in Ashland, as well as additional trails in Bristol and Newfound.

"We hope that these performances will widen our reach to new people, especially to kids, and create a combined interest in conservation, music, and culture all in one," said Deborah Kosits, executive director of the New Hampshire Music Festival.

Due to the organic nature of the program and a dependence on weather conditions, upcoming performance times and locations will be periodically posted online at www.nhmf.org.

In addition to the trailside performances, Kosits was excited to share that there will be a Family Concert Day on Saturday, July 23, at 10 a.m. at the Silver Center for the Arts, Hanaway Theatre, at Plymouth State University. This free one-hour concert will be followed immediately by the Make Music Plymouth festival in downtown Plymouth, which will feature over 70 bands from around the New England region.

"We are looking forward to a full day of music that is able to bring the community together in a relaxed and affordable way," said Kosits, who went on to say she hopes there will be a good turnout for the events.

Tickets for the summer performances at the Silver Center for the Arts are free for individuals 25 years of age and under, as part of the Cogswell Benevolent Trust, and can be acquired by calling the Silver Center Box office at 535-2787.