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Laconia High School football captains Drew Muzzey, Bradley Weeks, Byan McCrea, Ben Beliveau and Riley Roy shopped at Hannaford Supermarket as part of the New Hampshire Takles Hunger effort. Friday night's game between the Laconia Sachems and the Kennett Eagles at 7 p.m. on Oct. 13 will be this year's annual New Hampshire Tackles Hunger game for the local food bank. Any fan attending that brings a non-perishable food item will receive free admission to the game. Over the last few years the Sachems have received thousands of items for local food banks.  (Roger Amsden photo)

State: Snowmobiles can’t cross Weirs Channel


LACONIA — New Hampshire Fish and Game officials aren't pleased with Public Works Director Wes Anderson's idea of putting a floating bridge in the Weirs Channel for snowmobiles.

Snowmobilers have been using a sidewalk on the Route 3 (Endicott Street North) bridge to get across the waterway and access a designated trail along nearby railroad tracks.

However, the sidewalk, the only one on the bridge, is for pedestrians. It's not marked for snowmobile use and it's not legal to use it for that purpose. The issue came to a head because pedestrians want the city to plow the sidewalk, while snowmobilers prefer it unplowed so they can run their machines across it.

As an alternative, Anderson has been researching the possibility of a floating bridge.

In a letter to Belknap Snowmobile Club President Tyson McKenna, Fish and Game Department Conservation Officer Chris Brison expressed concerns with a floating bridge. The department enforces snowmobile laws and rules.

Brison said in the letter that even if the City Council were to designate the Route 3 bridge as a snowmobile crossing, there are no legal snowmobile trails leading to it or to a potential floating bridge.

“We are unaware of any legal trails on the landward easterly side of the Weirs channel,” he said. “Approval to cross any bridge in that location will exacerbate illegal trail and road riding on the land easterly of the channel.”

And there's another problem.

Snowmobilers sometimes illegally skim their machines across the surface of the water in the Weirs Channel. One did so last winter, pulling a barefoot water skier. A video of the stunt went viral.

Someone skimming a snowmobile through the channel could smash into a floating bridge across the waterway.

“From a safety standpoint, the proposal for a floating bridge raises concern for snowmobilers that illegally skim the channel,” Brison stated. “A floating bridge may cause fatalities, and serious bodily injury to snowmobilers that have historically and illegally skimmed the Weirs channel during open water conditions. This structure poses risk for our first responders that are tasked with recovering drowned victims.”

Snowmobilers sometimes proceed north on Route 3 to use a Cumberland Farms gas station in the area. Brison said that is an illegal riding area as well, and that Fish and Game will enforce that restriction.

McKenna, the president of the snowmobile club, said the letter doesn't leave many options.

He said that it's possible the city could find some solution, but he said the city has not been in contact with him.

“Until the city wants to reach out, there's not much we can do,” he said.

McKenna also said that the floating bridge idea never made much sense, anyway, particularly because there's no money to pay for it.

The issue has been placed on the Tuesday City Council agenda, but given the state's position, Anderson, the city's Public Works Director, doesn't think councilors will take action on the matter.

Explosion rattles Bristol


BRISTOL — Attendees at a party near Morrison’s airfield created a flurry of 911 calls and Facebook comments on Saturday evening when they set off two tannerite explosions that were heard up to 50 miles away, rattling windows and shaking up residents.

Lt. Kristopher Bean told news organizations that the Bristol Police Department began receiving calls about 7:30 p.m. from people in New Hampton, Belmont, Alexandria and Plymouth, while Facebook posts said the noise was heard as far north as Lincoln and Monroe.

Some people thought it was an earthquake, while others feared a home invasion or terrorist act. Many complained that it disturbed their children or pets, and said that it could cause a heart attack.

Local residents said it was not the first time they had heard gunfire and explosions in the area.

Bean told the New Hampshire Union Leader that 50 to 60 people were attending the party when someone fired a gun into a tannerite target, causing the explosion.

News that tannerite was involved set off another round of Facebook comments.

“My issue,” posted Keven Preusse, “was with BPD keeping citizens in the dark causing undue worry over an issue they have known about. Plus after tannerite being found in the Vegas gunman’s car it is a pretty dumb time to be playing with it, legal or not. The fact that it was felt and heard so far away is pretty mind-blowing. Famous last words moment there, ‘hey guys check this out, I have an idea’ lol”

Many posts defended the party-goers, calling tannerite “fun” and pointing out that it is a legal substance sold at most gun shops.

Others condemned the explosions as being a public nuisance.

Bean said the Bristol Police Department is investigating the incident and that charges are likely to be filed.

The lieutenant did not return calls on Monday seeking an update on the incident.


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