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Lakeland School students mark Earth Day by breaking ground on new flower & vegetable gardens

MEREDITH — Students at Lakeland School, a private K-8 school located on the Meredith Center Road, overlooking the southern end of Lake Wicwas, celebrated Earth Day Wednesday by starting work on gardens where they will soon be raising flowers and vegetables.
The garden project has been in the works for nearly a year according to Christina Reynolds, first and second grade teacher at the school, who says that the students have played a big part in planning for the gardens by helping design them and decide what plants to grow.
There will be two 10 foot by 4 foot plots which will be framed with wood and filled with composted soil to create raised beds.
Middle School students from grades 5-8 used shovels, rakes and other garden tools Wednesday morning to clear the ground which will be used for the gardens and are very enthusiastic about the project, according to Reynolds, who notes that the project offers an opportunity for the students to develop their math and science skills.
Students say they are planning to grow pumpkins, cucumbers, watermelons, carrots, tomatoes and sunflowers in the gardens. Tyler Morrissette, 13, of Gilford, says he'd like to grow some potatoes as well.
Reynolds said that there will also be a composting area near the gardens where such items as banana peels, orange rinds and leftover lettuce from salads will be combined with other organic ingredients to provide compost for the gardens.
Some third and fourth graders have already collected some red wriggler worms from the school grounds which they are keeping in containers in their classrooms and which will be placed in the composting area. A worm kit has been ordered and the thousands of worms which it will produce will be busy turning the organic material into compost.
Reynolds said the school has been aided by local Master Gardener Dee Sargent in designing the garden and that the school is very grateful to carpenter Morgan Reynolds for building the frames and to Petal Pushers Farm in Laconia for providing the composted soil which will b.e used to grow the plants.

Lakeland School students Claire Gardner, Michele Loyer, Nicole Turin, Abigail Johnson and Nicole Bahder celebrated Earth Day by clearing ground for a garden project at the school. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 April 2015 01:16

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Alton crash leads to DWI arrest

ALTON – A 21-year-old Wolfeboro man has been charged with felony-level driving while intoxicated charges for allegedly crossing the center line and striking a SUV on Rte. 28 Wednesday at 5:15 p.m.

Police said John-Luke Gauthier was driving a Volkswagen Passat and headed north when he completely crossed the center line and struck head-on a GMC Yukon being driven by Renee Choinard of Middleton who was driving south.

Gauthier's passenger, 37-year-old Kristy Arthur of Barnstead, was seriously injured and, after being taken to Huggins Hospital, was airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

Choinard was transported to an area hospital and treated for minor injuries. As of Wednesday night Gauthier was in Huggins Hospital with what police are calling serious injuries.

Police said preliminary witness reports indicate Gauthier was driving erratically prior to the crash.

Alton Police, assisted by the Belknap Regional Accident Reconstruction Team continue to investigate the crash.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 April 2015 01:00

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Sound of Motor City Magic to fill LHS Auditorium at free Putnam Fund concert

LACONIA — The Laconia Putnam Fund will bring a wall of music to the Laconia High School auditorium Friday night at 7 p.m. when it hosts a Motor City Magic concert.
Admission is free to the event, which is is presented with the support of the Norm and Dot Thibodeau family, with first come, first seated.
Motor City Magic is a 10 to 13-piece show group made up of singers, dancers, musicians and look-a-likes who have actually worked with the big star acts that include Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Gladys Knight, The O'Jays, Aretha Franklin, The Supremes, The Mary Jane Girls, Prince, Madonna, The Taste Of Honey and more.
Specializing in Motown, R&B, Soul and 70s dance music, Motor City Magic has been providing complete entertainment for over 25 years featuring the hit songs from a golden age of American music.
Some of their songs date from the 1950s like Lonely Tear Drops and Good Golly Miss Molly to 60s favorites like Heat Wave, Dancin' in the Streets, Rescue Me, Midnight Train to Georgia, Proud Mary and Tears of a Clown.
The group plays corporate events, special events, parties, award shows and holiday celebrations and can even customize performances for special wedding events/
Audiences are led down that nostalgic road and swept away by wonderful crooning voices of the highest caliber as Motor City Magic brings back the fond memories and the greatest music of our era.
"No one moves a crowd like Motor City Magic," says Wynell Austin of Bell South of the group's performance at a corporate celebration.

Motor City Magic will present a free Putnam Fund concert at Laconia High School Friday night at 7 p.m. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 12:48

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Rooster's owners will appeal, say 'Pecker' is an in-house pet, not 'agriculture'

LACONIA — Cuddling their pet rooster in their arms, Jeffrey and Bridgette Leroux said yesterday that the family will appeal the decision of the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) to deny the variance that would enable "Pecker" to remain in their home on North Street in Lakeport.

In December, when a next door neighbor complained about the rooster crowing, the Planning Department told the Lerouxs that the zoning ordinance prohibited the keeping of poultry in a residential district and advised them that they would either have to give up the rooster or apply for a variance.

Planning Director Shanna Saunders explained that the zoning ordinance defines "agriculture" as "the production, keeping or maintenance for sale, lease or personal use, of plants and animals," including poultry, and forbids agriculture uses of property in residential districts like North Street.

The Lerouxs insist "Pecker" is simply a pet who lives in the house. The zoning ordinance defines as "an animal from which profit may not be generated from the sale, traditionally, of its fur, eggs, flesh, feathers, edible portion or services, with the exception of mating." Jeffrey Leroux confessed that he offered "Pecker" to a neighbor wishing to add to his flock of chickens, but the rooster, intimidated by the sheer size of the hens, begged off.

"He is nothing but a pet," he said, adding that there would be no issue if they were keeping a parrot.

To appeal the ZBA's decision, the Lerouxs must first request a rehearing and if the board denies their request or reaffirms its original decision, they can then appeal for relief to the Belknap County Superior Court.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 12:44

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