Owner withdraws request to use former Weirs church as storage facility

LACONIA — Peter Morrissette, the principal of PEM Real Estate, LLC, the owner of the former St. Helena Mission Church at the Weirs, has withdrawn his request to the Zoning Board of Adjustment for a variance entitling him to use the building as a storage facility, leaving the future of the property in limbo. .
Morrissette said yesterday that there were "political reasons" for his decision, adding only that "some people have said things they should not have said." As for the future of the property, he said "I don't know what I'm going to do with it. I'm just in a holding pattern."
Morrissette acquired the 3.38-acre property, which is in the shorefront residential zoning district, last December for $185,000. At the time, he said that he had no specific plans for the property, but intended to explore its residential development. The zoning ordinance would permit six single-family homes or 20 condominium units to be built on the lot.
However, in February Morrissette asked the City Council to change the city's zoning ordinance to allow boat and watercraft storage in the shorefront residential district. The council refused. In June, Morrissette applied to the ZBA for a variance from the ordinance prohibiting both "indoor storage" and "warehousing" in the shorefront residential district.
When the ZBA held a public hearing on the request for the variance in July a number of residents of the adjacent Pendleton Beach neighborhood strongly urged the ZBA to deny it, claiming that using the abandoned church as a storage facility would have adverse impacts on the character of their neighborhood and the value of their properties. The matter was continued until September and in the interim Morrissette withdrew his request.

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Busy Corner building being renovated by Smokers Haven

LACONIA — The Lefebrve Building at 245 Union Avenue will soon become the fourth outlet of Smokers Haven, a group of stores with an extensive inventory catering to the diverse tastes of those who smoke or vape.

The 3,129-square-foot building at the corner of Winter Street, with an unfinished upper story of 2,340-square-feet, was constructed in 1935 and was last home to Rent-A-Cente, which moved downtown four years ago. It was recently purchased by Brett Scott, a 22 year old entrepreneur, for $130,000 and is undergoing a thorough renovation and remodeling in anticipation of the business opening in November. The store will join outlets in Manchester, Nashua and Epsom, all owned an operated by Scott, who also in the principal of Excel Realty Investments, LLC. .

The inventory of what might be described as a "head shop" will range from the conventional to the exotic to include tobacco, cigarettes, rolling papers, pipes, water pipes, vaporizers, electric cigarettes, incense and various other accessories. The store will also house a hookah lounge, or shisha bar, where patrons can enjoy as many as 100 flavors of mu'assel or shisha, a syrupy tobacco mix laced with molasses and flavored with fruits, herbs an even gummy bears.

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VNA & Hospice is latest beneficiary of Paugus Bzay Marina golf tournaments

LACONIA — Paugus Bay Marina's 4th annual charity golf tournament, which was held at Laconia Country Club on August 31, raised $16,000 for Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice.
It brought the total raised in golf tournaments sponsored by the business over the last four years to $56,000.
"We decided to hold our first tournament in 2012 as a way of thanking the Laconia Fire Department for the great job they did in putting out a fire on Memorial Day that year that could have destroyed the entire marina,'' says Paugus Bay owner Kevin Keenan.
That tournament was held at Lochmere Country Club and raised $10,000, according to Laurie Fox, general manager of the marina.
Since then the Paugus Bay Marina tournaments have been held at Laconia Country Club and raised $15,000 for the Laconia Police Department in 2013 and $15,000 for Lakes Region Disabled Sports last year.
This year it was the loss of their mothers by both Keenan and Fox that led to the decision to support Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice.
''We both lost our mothers around the same time and both them were taken care of by hospice workers in the final stages. The hospice volunteers were such a big help to our families that we wanted to show our support for this great organization,'' said Keenan.
He expressed special gratitude to Fox, whom he said goes above and beyond to help make the golf tournaments successful.
Fox said that there is a core group of supporters who help her with the tournaments and thanked Linda Knott and Kendra Deal of LPL Financial for their support.
The Bank of New Hampshire and Meredith Village Savings Bank are major sponsors for the tournament, according to Fox.

CAPTION for cut slugged hospice check

Paugus Bay Marina's 4th annual charity golf tournament which was held at Laconia Country Club on August 31 raised $16,000 for Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice. Shown at check presentation are Kevin Keenan, Paugus Bay Marine owner; Kory Keenan, marina manager; Laurie Fox, general manger of the marina; Kendra Deal of LPL Financial, a sponsor of the tournament; Margaret Franckhauser, executive director of Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice; Linda Knott, owner of LPL Financial; and Rita Pascoe and Bill Schwidder, members of the the board of directors of Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

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