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Occupants pull over & escape burning car

LACONIA — Two young people lost their car Saturday morning after it burned in the parking lot at Jon's Roast Beef on upper Union Avenue.

City Fire Department Lt. Jeff Desrosiers said firefighters were at the Winni Dip at the nearby Margate Resort at 11:49 a.m. and were able to respond within minutes, however the car was engulfed in flames and couldn't be saved.

He said the owner of the car told him that he and a friend had just finished lunch at the China Bistro and were driving on Union Avenue when they smelled something burning.

Desrosiers said the two pulled over and opened the hood and something in the engine compartments was afire.

Descrosiers said the man told him he had just purchased the 2003 Saab and he didn't have insurance.

No one was injured and police and fire remained on the scene for about 45 minutes.


CAPTION: A Laconia Police officer captured this image of a car burning in the Jon's Road Beef on Union Avenue Saturday morning. (Photo courtesy of the Laconia Professional Firefighters)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 01:26

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Meredith Selectboard will pick 2 new members from applicants on April 13

MEREDITH — The two newly elected selectmen — Ray Moritz and Bev Lapham — were sworn in yesterday, joining incumber Nate Torr to fill three of the five seats on the board.

The three selectmen will fill the two remaining seats, which were opened by the recent resignations of Hillary Seeger and Lou Kahn, by appointment. The appointees will serve until the next election in March 2016.

Yesterday the board agreed to accept applications until 4 p.m. on Monday April 6. Applications should be sent to the town manager using the form to volunteer for boards, commissions and committees posted on the town website, and accompanied by a letter of interest outlining the experience and qualifications of the applicant.

On the following Monday, April 13 the three elected members of the board will meet and interview the candidates then appoint two of them to the board. The full board of five will hold its first regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, May 4.

At least two of the six unsuccessful candidates at last week's election — Rosemary Landry and Jonathan James. who finished fourth and fifth respectively — have indicated they will apply to join the board via appointment.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 01:20

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Meredith Public Works actually spent more money keeping up with winter of 2013-2014

MEREDITH — Despite the heavy snows and lingering cold, the Department of Public Works has spent less to date on winter maintenance this season than last.

This year the DPW has spent more on overtime wages and sand purchases than a year ago, but less on vehicle maintenance, salt purchases, snow removal and fuel supplies.

In 2014-2015 overtime expenses were $64,797 compared to $61,827 last winter, a difference of $2,969 while the $69,841 spent on sand was $9,783 more than the $60,058 expended a year ago.

Last year sand purchases cost $154,886, or $23,140 more than the $131,746 spent this year. Vehicle maintenance cost $41,476 in 2013-2014, but $34,009, or $23,140 less, this year. Fuel supplies, which cost $66,105 a year ago, cost $46,020, or $320,085 less, this year. And DPW spent only $5,292 removing snow this winter compared to $6,216 last, a difference of $923.

Altogether the department has spent $38,862 less than last year and about the same amount less than was budgeted for this year. Town Manager Phil Warren told the Board of Selectmen yesterday that the lower costs reflected the difference between the two winters. A year ago warmer temperatures enabled the DPW to apply more salt while this year colder temperatures required the use of more — and less expensive — sand. He also said that the department experienced fewer break downs this winter.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 01:17

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'Right-to-work' enjoys strong support on delegation

CONCORD — Only one member of the Belknap County Delegation — all of whom are Republicans — voted against the so-called "right-to-work" bill which carried the New Hampshire House of Representatives this week by a vote of 149 to 146.

Representative Dennis Fields of Sanbornton alone voted against the measure, which was endorsed by 13 of his colleagues — Representatives Glen Aldrich, Russ Dumais and George Hurt of Gilford, Robert Fisher, Bob Luther, Peter Spanos and Frank Tilton of Laconia, Valerie Fraser of New Hampton, Ray Howard and Peter Varney of Alton, Shari LeBreche and Michael Sylvia of Belmont, and Herb Vadney of Meredith.

Representatives Don Flanders of Laconia, Brian Gallagher of Sanbornton and David Ruseell of Gilmanton did not vote.

Earlier in the session a similar bill failed in the New Hampshire Senate when its 24 members deadlocked 12 to 12.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 01:06

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