Sportsmen's club buys 9 acres from airport


GILFORD — The Belknap County Sportsmen's Association closed on the purchase of nine acres of land from the Laconia Municipal Airport Authority Tuesday at a cost of $176,000.

The association has long leased land near the airport at a nominal cost for its clubhouse and activities.

About 30 years ago the clubhouse was moved from a spot near the end of a runway to its present location on Lily Pond Road.

However, when its lease ran out, federal rules governing airport operations required that the new lease be priced at market value.

The association determined the most cost-effective course of action would be to undertake fundraising activities and purchase the land at its appraised value of $176,000.

Ralph Scribner, the club president, said the organization, which has about 300 members, was able to put $71,000 down on the property and obtained a mortgage loan of $105,000 to complete the purchase.

“It's a huge relief,” Scribner said. “The Board of Directors have been working hard to do this. We've been trying to raise as much as we could. This is a great group of people who want to help the community and educate kids and get them outdoors.”

The club began in 1931. It helps with local scholarship funds and teaches proper hunting, fishing and archery techniques. It has a firearms range and an archery range. It holds an ice fishing derby and a spring fishing derby.

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Union Avenue condos clear Planning Board


LACONIA — A proposal to build four luxury waterfront condominiums in what used to be a Burger King parking lot won support from the Planning Board on Tuesday night.

The board approved a site plan and a conditional use permit for the project at 1212 Union Ave.

The property, which is under an acre, now is paved with weeds growing up through the cracks.

Much of the asphalt will be replaced with grass and other landscaping under the project being developed by LeClair Builders of New Boston. Two buildings will each contain two condominiums.

Each unit will be three-and-a-half stories, with 2,600 square feet on the first three levels and about 600 square feet in a bonus room. There's a small beach on the property and there will be boat slips.

The conditional use permit was needed because a small portion of a home and a parking lot will partially encroach on a 75-foot wetland buffer for Black Brook.

The Burger King restaurant was closed and its building is used by Watermark Marine. Spinnaker Cove Yacht Club is adjacent to the project site.

Another luxury condominium project on Paugus Bay at Christmas Island has met with success. Most of the townhouses have sold, with prices in the neighborhood of $600,000.

Buyers have generally been people who use the residences on weekends or warm weather months.

Also, the Weirs Drive-In property is being acquired by a developer who plans a project that is to include as many as 80 condominiums.

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Joe Wernig named ‘Champion for Children’ in Gilford


GILFORD — The New HampshireSchool Administrators Association has awarded the Champions for Children Award to Joe Wernig.

School Administrative Unit 73 Superintendent Kirk Beitler presented the award during Tuesday’s meeting of the Gilford School Board, praising Wernig for the support he gives to the schools in “many different ways” — including being an active member of Parents of Performing Students.

“You will see Joe at all performing arts events,” Beitler said.

Wernig also serves as a coach for track and field, and he closely follows field hockey.

“He can be seen roaming the sidelines during these activities,” Beitler said. “Joe does what needs to get done for children. Joe is a Gilford School District Champion for Children.”

The Champions for Children award program was established by the NHSAA as a meaningful way to recognize New Hampshire citizens who have given distinguished and voluntary public service to benefit children.

“Winners embody, through action, the guiding principles to champion efforts designed to successfully provide for the needs of all children,” Beitler stated. “Their recognition reflects unique and special services above and beyond their normal duties.”

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SAU 73 Superintendent Kirk Beitler, left, displays a plaque with the names of the Gilford School District Champions for Children after announcing the latest award to Joe Wernig, right. (Tom Caldwell/Laconia Daily Sun)


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