By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
GILFORD — A few of the neighbors who have been vocal in their objections to Andrew and Martina Howe operating an outdoor wedding venue on their property on Gunstock Hill Road have received notice of trespass letters from the Howe's attorneys.
The letters serves as notice that these particular individuals are not allowed on any of the Howe's property, including but not limited to the Howe property that abuts their own.
What is not clear from the communique is whether these neighbors are barred from Beans and Greens, which is a local farm stand and shopping venue the couple has operated for years on their commercial property on Intervale Road.
When asked, the Howe's attorney, Ethan Wood, said he wasn't able to comment on how they would like him to respond to the question but only that the letters were sent at the request of the Howes.
Much of the property that abuts their neighbors is in a conservation trust managed by the the Society for the Protection of N.H. Forests.
According to Forest Society Director Jack Savage, the Howes donated their land to conservation, meaning there were no public dollars that were allocated toward its purchase.
Savage said that according to the terms of the easement, there is nothing that restricts them from granting public access but also there is nothing that requires them to allow it. In other words, they can restrict access to their property under the terms of the easement.
As to whether there will be agritourism events on Gunstock Hill Road, that decisions lies with the Belknap County Superior Court. In addition to two complaints filed by abutter Monique Twomey against the procedures allowed by the Zoning Board when it refused to uphold a cease-and-desist order, there is a case also filed by Twomey challenging the site plan granted to Timber Hill Farm by the Planning Board. Until that case is adjudicated, there is a hold on activities on Gunstock Hill Road as they relate to weddings and other such events.
In a conversation earlier this month with the Howe's co-attorney Patrick Wood, the Beans and Green farm stand is open and the Howes expect a bumper crop of locally grown produces and other homemade items this year. Wood said the family can and likely will hold weddings and similar events this summer at the pavilion on their commercial property on Intervale Road, which is allowed by right.
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