Laconia neighborhood building on tradition of holding its own 4th of July parade

LACONIA — What started out as a small spin by around the neighborhood by a bunch of children on their decorated bicycles to celebrate the Fourth of July has become an major holiday event for the Windmill Shores Community Association.

Windmill Shores is a neighborhood located between Old North Main Street and Lake Opechee.

"It was about six or seven years ago. The kids wanted to do something special on the holiday so we told them just go ahead and have a parade . .  ...

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17th annual HK Powersports Land & Lake Poker Run is July 8

LACONIA — The 17th annual HK Powersports Land and Lake Poker Run will be held Saturday, July 8, and offers $20,000 in prizes and giveaways to those taking part.
The event has been a  major fundraiser for Easterseals NH since it began and will offer a fun day for those taking part, whether by boat, car, truck, motorcycle or personal watercraft. Participants will start the day with registration at the NASWA resort getting underway a 9 a.m.
The run starts at 10:30 a.m. with participants traveling by land or lake and stopping at four checkpoints to pick up poker cards sealed in envelopes and then returning to the NASWA Resort to get their final card and play their poker hand.
A buffet with live music, raffles, a live auction and fun activities and beach games for all ages gets underway at 1 p.m. at the NASWA. Deadline for turning in poker hands is 2 p.m..
Registration is $45 pre-event and $50 on event day and includes a buffet pass, an event shirt, a raffle ticket and a chance to participant in the poker run.
For an extra $100 participants can join the High Roller’s Club, sponsored by Pederson Flooring & Refinishing. The high roller with the best hand will walk away with the $1,000 sponsored prize. This club is exclusive and there are a limited number of entries to help increase the chances of winning, in addition to other “high roller perks.”
The grand raffle has four prizes that include the grand prize of a Sea-Doo GTi 90 with trainer ($9,798 value), an Old Town Saranac 146 Canoe ($807 value), an Old Heron 9XT Kayak ($608 value) and a BBQ Grill ($300 value). Participants do not have to be present to win. The grand prize raffle is sponsored by HK Powersports, Sea-Doo, BRP, Irwin Marine and Winnipesaukee Marine Construction.
In addition to presenting sponsor HK Powersports, other major sponsors include: The NASWA Resort, Mix 94.1, Metrocast, Irwin Marine, Lakes Region Casino, Brady Sullivan, Bank of New Hampshire, Sysco of Northern New England, Pederson Flooring and Refinishing, The Cohen Family, Manchester Harley Davidson, Belknap Subaru, Pepsi, Oldies 92.9, Baron’s Appliances, Samuel Adams, Coors Light, Corona, Optical Design Manufacturing Inc., Plastic Distributors and Fabricators Inc., Zero Waste and Recycling Services Inc., Planet 100.1fm, The Laconia Daily Sun, South End Media LLC, Crown Special Events, Silver Image Photography, and WSCY 106.9fm.
For more information call 1.888.368.8880 or register online at and click on “Get Involved.” Group discounts available.
For more than 80 years, Easterseals NH has provided exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. Easterseals services include autism services, inclusive child care, early intervention, special education, medical rehabilitation, camping and recreation, vocational services, senior services, substance abuse services, adult day programs, community based services, individual service options, transportation services, residential service options, dental services and veteran services.
As a leader in health care services for individuals with disabilities and special needs, ESNH employs more than 1,400 individuals who serve more than 26,900 children, adults and seniors in over 90 programs throughout the state. To learn more about Easterseals NH, visit

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Sand trap

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A boundary line between the Gilford Transfer Station and the Laconia Municipal Airport runs across the top of a decades old, man-made sand hill. Gilford would like to remove the entire hill, at its own expense, in order to make way for an expansion of the facility but needs Laconia's permission to do so. Laconia's City Council wants to know what is going to happen to the sand that is now on city property and how the new boundary will be marked before granting that permission. The picture above shows the Gilford side of the hill, which has already been substantially mined. (Laconia Daily Sun photo)


Gilford wants to remove sand hill on edge of Laconia Airport but city says not so fast


GILFORD — For anyone who thinks local government officials don't occasionally get in the weeds when parsing minor issues, Exhibit A is a 50-foot sand hill sitting on the border of the Laconia Municipal Airport and the Gilford Transfer Station.

The Laconia City Council had a lengthy discussion about the sand Monday before tabling the matter for further consideration.

Gilford is expanding its transfer station near the Laconia Airport and wants to build a new roadway near the sand, which is apparently left over from an old construction project. The pile has been there long enough for mature trees to grow atop it. Rather than build a retaining wall to protect the road from shifting sand, Gilford would like to truck it away.

Not so fast, say Laconia officials. If Gilford were to haul off the sand, Laconia could be losing out because the sand has potential value. Gilford told Laconia it can keep the sand it wants.

Still, city councilors had questions for Mayor Ed Engler when he presented the matter for consideration Monday. How valuable is the sand? Who would move it to Laconia if the city wants it? Isn't there a gun range near there?

The airport itself is wholly contained within the boundaries of Gilford but Laconia owns the land.

Public Works Director Wesley Anderson is now investigating the quality of the sand. He is awaiting a report from Gilford on the quality of the material and how it might be put to use.

“Gilford is using the sand, but it doesn't meet specifications for road building unless you add something to it,” he said. “They tend to use it when they don't need high-quality sand.”

It turns out not all sand is alike. Some holds up well to compaction and can be used as a road bed. Others have a lot of fine material, and are best used as a bed for pipes.

As for who would move the sand should Laconia want it, Anderson doesn't think that is a big problem.

Heavy equipment would scoop it into huge trucks. It's not like men would deploy with shovels. The work could be assigned on days when workers were between jobs, or when bad weather idles other projects.

It's not unusual for public works departments to collaborate on projects.

In any case, Anderson said he would only want some of the sand.

“I only use five trucks of sand a year,” he said. “Maybe I'd take 20 truck loads. I'm not going to stock a hundred years worth of sand.”

Meanwhile, Gilford Town Administrator Scott Dunn awaits word from Laconia officials on whether they want the material and how they will get it. Potentially, Gilford could move the sand to a new location until the matter is resolved.

“The wheels of government move slowly,” he noted.

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