LACONIA — The Main Street Initiative aims to wake up downtown by staging the first ever New Hampshire Coffee Festival sponsored by the Bank of New Hampshire on Saturday, September 14.
John Moriarty, president of the organization, said yesterday that as home to three coffee roasting enterprises, Laconia was the ideal venue to celebrate one of the most popular beverages in the world. Altogether nine coffee roasters will be among the more than two dozen vendors at the event offering coffee in all its many guises as well as "everything coffee," including popcorn, cup cakes, ice cream, gelato and even soap.
Entertainment will feature the music of the Jonathan Lorentz Trio playing their own brand of what Moriarty called "coffee house jazz." The Grace Capital Church will stage the "Java Games," a series of coffee sack races, coffee bean bag tossing and coffee tic-tac-toe capped by a coloring contest. "There is something for ages," Moriarty said.
A symposium, headed by Claudia Barrett of CQ Coffee Roasters of Bedford, New Hampshire, a licensed Q grader accredited by the Coffee Quality Institute who will explain the chemistry and alchemy of coffee while offering advice on how to brew the perfect pot. D Squared Java of Exeter, New Hampshire will present an exhibition and host a competition of "latte arts," or carving decorations to embellish a cup of latte.
Moriarty said that "building community before commerce" is the mantra of the Main Street Initiative and a festival celebrating the most social and convivial of drinks provides an occasion for people to come together and share a common experience. At the same time, he said that the festival is part of the Main Street Initiative's fundraising campaign, which aims to enhance the holiday lighting downtown as well as provide a scholarship to a start-up business.
Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 02:11
BELMONT — Yesterday was a local man's lucky day when he escaped serious injury after colliding with a pickup on Rte. 106 around 11;30 a.m.
Police said the Belmont man, about 30 years of age, was riding his bicycle on the wrong side of the road and struck a pickup that was making a right turn on to the highway from Sleeper's Welding.
Police said the bicyclist hit the side of the truck, flipped over the hood, and landed on his back.
The bicyclist was able to get up a walk around and the investigating officer said he had a few scrapes and bruises but otherwise appeared unharmed. As a precaution, the officer said the injured man was strapped to a board by emergency crews and taken to the hospital for evaluation.
Police said neither the bicycle nor the truck appeared to be overly damaged.
While police are classifying this as an accident, they said technically both drivers share some blame in that the bicyclist should have been in the south-bound lane if he was pedaling south and the driver should have looked both ways before made the right turn heading north onto Rte. 106.
Belmont Police want to remind all bicyclists that traffic ordinances must be obeyed as if riders were operating a car. Police also suggest all bicyclists wear helmets.
Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 01:59
MOULTONBOROUGH — With the updating of property values for 2013 nearly complete, the total assessed valuation of the town appears to have fallen by approximately one-percent.
Vision Government Solutions, the appraisal firm retained by the town, has sent letters to the owners of the some 7,400 parcels of land in town, stating the proposed assessed value of taxable land and buildings as of April 1, 2013. Property owners wishing to question or seeking an explanation of these values should contact Vision as soon as possible to schedule an informal hearing.
Appointments can be scheduled on-line at www.vgsi.com/schedules or by calling 1-888-844-4300 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. any business day before Friday, September 6. Appointments may be conducted by telephone for those unable to meet with a representative in-person.
Property owners are welcome to question their assessment, the information on the property card and the data used to calculate the proposed value. However, representatives of the firm will not be able to discuss or predict the tax bill charged to particular properties.
Hearing by appointment only will be held at the Town Hall between August 29 and September 6, though property owners can schedule their hearing as a telephone conference call if they cannot attend on one of the scheduled days. Property owners wishing to request a review of their assessment and submit written evidence they wish to be considered should make their request and forward their evidence to Vision Government Solutions, c/o Assessor's Office, P.O. Box 139, Moultonborough, NH 03254 no later than September 9.
The proposed values and property data is available on-line at the town's website, www.moultonboroughnh.gov, by clicking on Departments and Boards on the home page then Assessor and Property Values (preliminary 2013). The information is also available at the Town Hall and Public Library.
Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 01:53
Town grants Weirs Road restaurant a live entertainment permit but acts must be limited to 2 people to avoid 'nightclub' designation
GILFORD — Selectmen on Wednesday gave Junior's Crush House restaurant and bar full approval to provide live entertainment, with the caveat that the size of the band be limited to two musicians.
After a discussion with owner Bart Congialose, selectmen also approved a conditional outdoor live entertainment license with the same restriction of no more than two musicians.
"It wouldn't be large scale," Congialose said. "It's to give customers more of a reason to come to my business."
Junior's Crush House is a restaurant and lounge that opened this summer and features drinks made with crushed ice and American-style cuisine. It is on 40 Weirs Road (Rte. 11-B) and was opened in a building that had been unused for more than a decade.
As part of their conditions, selectmen restricted the size of the band to two members instead of the three-member band Congialose had requested.
When he asked why, Fire Chief Steve Carrier said because the law, enacted in the wake of The Station nightclub fire in Providence, Rhode Island in 2003, requires any restaurant or nightclub that seats 100 or more people to have a sprinkler system. One of the things that define nightclubs, said Carrier, is the size of the band.
Congialose also wanted an outside entertainment license and selectmen initially balked, telling him that the most-often made complaints from residents regarding nearly every other live entertainment venue in Gilford was noise.
After Congialose told selectmen the patio area was surrounded on three sides by at least a six-foot wooden fence and is located behind his building, which would block much of the noise from reaching the street.
He also told them his building permit includes outside food service.
Chair Kevin Hayes asked Congialose what time frame he was considering for outside entertainment, to which he replied he would like Thursdays through Sundays. Congialose added that outside entertainment "wouldn't be a big deal" and that he just wants to give people an additional reason to come to his restaurant.
When asked, Congialose said he hadn't even considered a disk jockey because he didn't want to attract a lot of kids who would want to dance.
Hayes suggested giving him a conditional outdoor permit until the end of October and allowing him to have outside music on Fridays and Saturdays only until 11 p.m.
"Whatever happens in the next few months will determine what happens in the future," Hayes said.
"This is huge," said Selectman Gus Benavides.
"You can make this work but be thoughtful, thoughtful thoughtful thoughtful," he added.
Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 01:51
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