Celebrate Laconia asks for money

LACONIA — Pat Clark, who chairs "Celebrate Laconia," the committee organizing the festivities to mark the 125th anniversary of the city in 2018, asked the City Council Tuesday for an appropriation of $40,000 in the 2016-2017 municipal budget. She explained that the funds would be applied to developing a website, designing a logo and preparing a fundraising campaign.

"We've not had time to explore all the complexities," said committee member David Stamps. "We're really asking on a wing and a prayer, but we're not trying to take the piggy bank run."

City Manager Scott Myers assured Clark that the request would be incorporated in to the budget process, which is already underway.

– Michael Kitch

Competition will decide city flag

LACONIA — Councilor David Bownes (Ward 2), who chairs the committee appointed to oversee the design of a new city flag, told the City Council this week that the committee has decided to hold a competition.

"We have an ambitious schedule," Bownes said, explaining that he anticipates the competition will run from August 1 until Labor Day then the committee will winnow the entries and present an unspecified number of finalists to the City Council, which will choose the winner. Bownes said that the committee hopes the council will agree to award $1,000 to the winner of the competition.

Correction: Ride to Mt. Washington Auto Road departs from Laconia H-D (2)

MEREDITH — A list of details for rides during Motorcycle Week, published on Tuesday, included incorrect information regarding the location for the start of a ride ending at the Mount Washington Auto Road.

The Winnipesaukee HOG Group will escort riders to the Mount Washington Auto Road on Thursday, June 16, and will depart from the Laconia Harley-Davidson dealership in Meredith. Registration will begin at 7 a.m., and the ride will start at 9 a.m. The cost of the ride is $5 per person.