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'Empty' propane tank explodes on Northfield man

NORTHFIELD — A Granite Street man suffered severe burns on the top part of his body after a propane tank exploded behind his home Monday night.

Police said Keith Dame was cutting empty propane tanks into scrap metal with a grinding wheel at 9:30 p.m. when one of them exploded.

He was taken by helicopter to a Boston Hospital where as of yesterday morning he was in very serious condition said police.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 01:07

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Homemade bombs found in Barnstead

BARNSTEAD — Police found three homemade bombs in Locke Lake Colony yesterday morning, one of which had been detonated in the middle of a public roadway.

In a written media statement, police said they were called to Halfmoon Bay Drive at 7:16 a.m. for a report of a suspicious device.

When police and fire arrived, they found debris scattered on both sides of the road and determined the home-made bomb had exploded. Police and firefighters shut down the road and called the N.H. State Police who sent a bomb unit.

At the same time, a Barnstead Police officer found a second homemade bomb had been detonated on a beach at the end of Dalton Road, which is near Halfmoon Bay Drive.

Police also learned a third bomb had been detonated in the same area on Monday.

No description was provided as to the exact nature of the devices.

The state bomb squad gathered the remnant of all three and took them into evidence.

The case remains under investigation by both Barnstead Police and the N.H. State Police Bomb Squad.

Anyone with any useful information is asked to call the Barnstead Police at 269-4281. Police also ask that if anyone finds any suspicious deices to call 911 and leave the area immediately.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 01:04

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Request to allow Curtis Hill Road farm home to be used as tax exempt church tabled at Gilford ZBA

GILFORD — The Zoning Board of Adjustment last night tabled a special exception/change of use request from Arbo Ministries to operate a Curtis Road farm house as a church.

The action came at the request of the applicant after two ZBA members recused themselves saying they have friends or have had clients who are abutters and don't believe they could be fair.

With only four members left to hear the application, Arbo Ministries, represented by Laconia attorneyPatrick Wood, said it preferred to wait until there was a full board present, as was their right. A four-member board can hear and decide a case but it would require still require three positive votes to grant the request.

Last night's meeting was packed with abutters and others from the community who have an opinion on whether or not the special exception should be granted. Many had prepared statements but since the matter was tabled, no one spoke and no presentation was given.

Arbo Ministries has its historical roots in Fort Worth, Texas. Barbara and Steve Arbo purchased the former farm at 14 Curtis Road in March of 2013 and said they want to use the property as a place where others in the ministry can go for retreats, prayer, Bible study and contemplation.

The property on Curtis Road was purchased from the Katrina Carye Trust for $450,000. Katrina Carye said she donated a 6.8-acre parcel directly across Cherry Valley Road to the Arbos.

The former farm is in a limited residential use zone where churches are allowed by special exception.

Should the ZBA grant the special exemption, the property would be considered a church and would not be taxable. The two parcels combined pay $12,000 in annual taxes — $10,000 for the farm and $2,000 for the property across the street.

As it stands now, the Gilford ZBA has only six members — five regular members and one alternate. With attorney Steven Nix and realtor Ellen Mulligan recusing themselves, the selectmen will have to appoint at least one person to sit on the ZBA for it to convene a full board of five members.

The special exception request will be heard on August 26. Although the ZBA will meet in July, Chair Scott Davis will not be able to attend,  meaning that the first time the ZBA can convene with five non-conflicted members is August.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 01:01

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Belmont bandstand restored to original colors

BELMONT — The historic bandstand in the village center has been painted rust and moss green, which are the original colors of the 1908 structure that is more than half-way restored.

Heritage Commission Chair Wallace Rhodes said an historic paint analyst examined the bandstand using camera technology as well as scrapings and borings so the town could recreate the original colors.

The bandstand was built in 1908 during the later part of the Victorian architectural era, said Rhodes. He said bright colors were one of the periods characteristics.

While he doesn't know when, he said the bandstand was likely painted white as part of the Colonial Revival period that came shortly after and in which many buildings were painted white.

"I don't think there's anyone alive that remembers it when it wasn't white," Rhodes said, noting the Colonial Revival period caught on sooner in the cities than in the country — as Belmont was in the early and mid 1900s.

He said the last few steps are re-shingling it with cedar shingles that will turn gray over time. He said the original bandstand had a diamond pattern in the shingles that was more than likely the same rust color as the rest of the bandstand.

Rhodes said the restoration project also includes replacing the ball that was on the top of the roof until about 20-years ago when it blew off in a storm.

The restoration of the bandstand is partially funded by taxpayers and partially funded by a LCHIP grant. Rhodes expects it to be completed by the end of September.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 01:01

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