GILFORD — The town, in its capacity as trustee, has asked a judge in the Belknap County Superior Court, for permission to release deed restrictions and give the town permission to allow the current owner to tear down Kimball Castle.
According to the pleadings, the town sold a portion of the Kimball Castle in 1999 to Historic Inns of New England with the approval of the court in order to get money to preserve the remaining portion of the property as a de facto wildlife preserve.
Historic Inns of New England was empowered to develop the castle and its immediate surrounding property on 59 Lockes Hill Road as a restaurant and lounge. The current owner is part of the initial company that purchased the castle.
The pleadings state that his effort and those of the previous owners to raise the capital to restore the castle and build a restaurant failed and because of deterioration and vandalism the building is no longer viable.
The town building inspector condemned the property about three months ago.
The newest owner, Kimball Castle Properties, LLC prefers to remove the castle and the building inspector has extended the order to tear it down to give the court the time to rule on the proposed order.
Should the court agree to allow the owner to tear down the castle and remove the debris the proposed new trustee agreement states that the property may not be subdivided unless the town of Gilford — in its capacity as trustee of the Kimble Castle — agrees as must the Director of Charitable Trusts of the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office and the Belknap County Superior Court.
The Office of the State of New Hampshire Attorney General has approved the stipulations provided in what the town and the property owner hope to be the newest easements and rights decree.
Should the property be used as a single family home, it will be limited by zoning to owner-occupied only and any other uses will be consistent with applicable land laws and zoning regulations.
Easement to the Kimball Castle property held for wildlife that include the right to use the property for grooming, utilities, a roadway and the use and groom ski trails are part of the newest proposed trust .
Any artifacts removed before the castle is demolished will be donated to the Thompson-Ames Historical Society in Gilford.
There will be a public hearing on August 14 at the Gilford Town Hall.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 02:58
LACONIA — The Lakes Region Rotary Club's first-ever car show proved a bigger hit than it's members anticipated, with 150 cars, pickup trucks and street rods showing up at the parking lot above the Weirs Beach Lobster Pound on Saturday.
''We were surprised. We only had 40 cars registered before Saturday and it was a really good turnout for us,'' said Jeff Graham, a club member who helped organize the show.
The event featured all kinds of classic cars and street rods and could have been characterized as a being something like a gathering of the good, the bad and the ugly.
The good were well-represented with the Best in Show award going to a 1957 Chevy Cameo pickup truck owned by John Noyes of Holderness and the People's Choice award going to a 1956 fiesta red 1956 Ford Thunderbird owned by Bill and Lois Porter of Franklin.
Both vehicles have been award winners in other car shows around the state. The Porters have owned the car for 18 years and spent five and a half years restoring it. Bill found the car in a field in Wilton where it had been rotting away for 20 years and, even though he had no experience in restoring cars, was able to bring it back to life, including even the original paint job.
The couple take it to cruise nights around the state and the T-Bird won an award at the Bow Rotary Car Show earlier this year.
Noyes said that he bought the Chevy Cameo in Kansas City 15 years ago.
''I drove it for a little bit and it handled like an old pickup truck, so I started to modify it some,'' said Noyes, who at one time owned Noyes Fiber in Belmont until he retired 12 years ago.
He said that he worked with John Barton of John's Corvette to modify the truck, putting in a new engine and new suspension.
The pickup truck has won numerous awards at car shows in recent years. He has two other cars, a 1967 Corvette and a 1965 Pontiac Boneville convertible, which he also takes to car shows.
''I always like older cars. Now I have more time to play with them,'' says Noyes.
The bad at the show was well represented as well, with one outstanding example being Tim Bartlett's ''Rat Rod'', a composite of many vehicle parts with a rustic and well-rusted International Harvest pickup truck front end and a Chevy S-10 frame.
''I shortened the body and pit a 383 Stroker engine and a 631 bower with twin 750 cube carburetors in it. It has a two-speed power glide transmission out of a Chevy Nova,'' says Bartlett.
Bartlett, who lives in Belmont and is the supervisor of buildings and grounds for the Gilford School District, said that he's always wanted to have a hot rod ever since he was at Laconia High School, where he graduated in 1972, and Tom Smithers had a 1932 Ford pickup which he drove to school.
''I wanted one, but couldn't afford it. Now I'm able to have one,'' said Bartlett, who says the ''Rat Rod'', designed to mimic hot rods from the 1940s but with an exaggerated style, is his second hot rod. The first one was built from an International Harvester pickup and he used the leftover parts for his second one.
''There are no rules. Just make them safe so you can drive them on the highway,'' said Bartlett.
The ugly at the car show was represented by a 1977 AMC Pacer Wagon owned by Peter Waugh of Center Ossipee, who is that town's recreation director.
''It's so ugly that my sons won't ride in it,'' says Waugh, who says that he had toyed with the idea of changing the Pacer's license plate, ''Ugly-1'' to ''Butt-Ugly.''
He said that he bought the Pacer, the second one that he owns, in 2009 and that is 100 percent original. ''It had 40,379 miles on it when I bought it,'' said noting that it is one of 60,000 Pacers built between 1977 and 1980.
Among the unusual features of the Pacer is a passenger side door which is four inches longer than the driver's side door.
But if Waugh likes ugly cars, you can say that his dad really loves them. After all, he owns not two, but eight of them.
The Good: People's Choice award went to a 1956 Fiesta Red 1956 Ford Thunderbird owned by Bill and Lois Porter of Franklin. (Ed Engler photo)
The Bad: Tim Bartlett of Belmont with his Rat Rod, which he fabricated with parts left over from a street rod he built several years ago. He used a Chevy S-10 frame, which he shortened, and the front end of an International Harvester pickup truck before adding a powerful 383 Stroker engine. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)
The Ugly: Peter Waugh of Center Ossipee with his 1977 AMC Pacer Wagon, which sports an apt license plate ''Ugly-1''. He owns two Pacers and his father owns eight of he odd-looking vehicles. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 03:17
nHOLDERNESS — No one was injured yesterday when five young men ended up in the Little Squam Lake and a boat ended up circling at a relatively high rate of speed with no one in it.
According to the New Hampshire Marine Patrol and Fire Chief Eleanor Marden, three young men and a dog were in a 14-foot Boston Whaler with a 90-horsepower outboard motor that was pulling two other men on an inner tube at 12:29 p.m.
Marden said it appeared the three men were going in circles at about 25 miles per hour and apparently hit one of their own wakes that pitched them and the dog into the water.
The boat continued in circles with the two men on the inner tube still being pulled behind it.
Marden said one of the tubers told her he didn't know whether it was safer to jump off the tube and risk being in hit by the circling boat or to hang on.
While one of them made the decision to jump after a short time, the second one road it out until the boat started to head toward a gangway.
Marden said the unmanned boat motored through the gangway that led from the shore to a dock. She said the last man on the tube jumped just before the boat plowed through it.
"I can't believe the boat didn't explode when it hit that thing," she said.
The boat continued on and landed on shore. Marden said firefighters had to search the surrounding trees to find it. The stern was snapped in two and the motor had apparently stalled.
The two tubers swam to shore. She said the men who were tossed from the boat hollered for help and, although they had begun to swim to shore, were out pretty far.
She said the man whose gangway was destroyed was the man who was trying to get to his boat to rescue the three. She said when he saw the unmanned boat heading for his gangway he retreated to shore.
Gangway destroyed, he waded to his boat and rescued the three men who were still swimming to shore.
"They were pretty shaken up, but otherwise unharmed," Marden said.
She said the two men on the tube were wearing life preservers but the three men in the boat were not.
Marden said the dog swam to shore and went home.
Marine Patrol and Marden recommend wearing life preservers at all time while boating and that a boat's driver wear the lanyard the connects the boat to the driver. A lanyard causes the motor to disengage should the driver be dislodged from a boat.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 03:31
GILFORD – A culvert collapse on Cumberland Road could cost the town as much as $75,000 to $100,000 to repair said Public Works Director Sheldon Morgan yesterday.
Morgan said the culvert, which is part of the drainage system for that part of Gunstock Acres that is closest to the Alton line, is the deepest in the town and transverses the lower part of the road about 100 yards in from Route 11.
He said the collapse created water build up on the southeast side of the road that "was dangerously close to spilling over and washing out the entire road."
"We're afraid to let it get any higher," he said.
Morgan described the water back-up as at the depth of a small lake - at it's inlet point it was 25-feet deep after the culvert collapse and at the outlet side it was 50 feet-deep.
He said culvert run through a ravine ran that was filled in the 1960s during some construction at Gunstock.
He said his department is using its pump plus two pumps borrowed from the city of Laconia to lower the pond level so they can accurately assess the problem. He was optimistic the pond would be low enough by the end of yesterday however he spoke to the Daily Sun before it rained all afternoon.
He said crews will likely fill in the existing culvert and build a slightly bigger one that will run over the old one.
"We're not going to take the old one out. It's too deep," he said.
He said construction should begin within a week and he is hopeful Cumberland Road is closed for no more than a week.
"Unfortunately, traffic will have to be diverted," he said.
He said the department has done about half of the road projects scheduled for this summer's construction season and said some of those left on this year's schedule may have to be postponed.
"We'll reevaluate everything and include our information in the next 10-year road improvement plan," he said.
This year, Wolcott paving and Busby Construction are the two companies the town chose for its subcontracting. Morgan said the scope of the project is beyond the equipment capabilities of Gilford's Public Works Department.
CAPTION: Rain continues to fall in the deep lake created by a collapsed culvert on Cumberland Road. Town crews are using three separate pumps and a series of hoses to channel the water under Cumberland Road through the ravine to prevent a road collapse.
Last Updated on Saturday, 27 July 2013 02:41
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