Belmont selectmen’s meetings now stream live online


BELMONT — Selectmen moved into the brave new world of technology Monday when their first meeting was streamed live over the internet.

Live streaming allows people at home and/or with computer access and a free live streaming account to be able to watch and listen to the selectman's meetings as they are happening.

Beaudin said that for a long time the town has had the physical means to record their meetings, transfer them to a DVD, and bring them to Lakes Region Public Access Television for replay. The hold up was finding a volunteer to record the meetings and convert them to a form LRPA could use. For lack of a volunteer, this hasn't been done in a few years.

Beaudin told selectmen Monday night that the town is able to purchase the live streaming subscription from Lakes Region Public Access for $49 a month, which will be paid from a nearly $1,400 technology grant given annually by Metrocast as part of Belmont's annual agreement with them.

She said that the stream will also be broadcast on Channel 25 as part of a loop that includes other subscribing communities public meetings.

Beaudin said she watched the stream Monday evening and said both the audio and visual quality were good. One of the issues with the old system of recording to DVD was that often the sound quality wasn't that good.

For those wishing to view the live stream for Belmont, go to and follow the directions to establish an account. Meetings are also available on demand at the site if one wishes to watch at a later time.

In other Belmont business, former Selectmen Brian Watterson was named as an alternate to the Heritage Committee.

Sachem girls seek to repeat as Division III lacrosse champs

LACONIA — The defending Division III champion Laconia High School girls lacrosse team will play tonight against third-ranked Kearsarge for the division title in a 5 p.m. game at Bedford. The Sachems broke open a close game Saturday night in Bedford to post an 18-11 win over Derryfield to earn a shot at the title.
Helen Tautkus scored seven goals to lead the way for the Sachems, while Gabby Smith and Mackenzie Howe each scored four.
In Division III softball second-ranked Franklin will face sixth-ranked Berlin in a 5 p.m. semifinal game at Plymouth State University today. The Golden Tornadoes rallied to beat Conant 7-4 Monday afternoon in a game played at Odell Park in Franklin.
In a 7 p.m. game at PSU tonight, top-ranked White Mountains will face fourth-ranked Mascenic. White Mountains beat Belmont 4-1 Monday afternoon. Berlin beat third-ranked Prospect Mountain 5-1 Monday to advance to tonight's game against Franklin.

The Laconia boys lacrosse game was rained out last night and will be played tonight at 5 p.m.

– Roger Amsden

Small gas explosion burns Weirs man

LACONIA — A man was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital Tuesday after being burned when a small gas explosion happened at 7:58 a.m. while he was trying to ignite the pilot light at a 21 Weeks St. in the Weirs.

Fire officials said the man was treated by ambulance crews and taken to the hospital for evaluation.

Officials said the fire had been extinguished by the time they arrived but there was about $10,000 in damage to the building. The occupants were able to shut off the gas before fire crews arrived.

— Gail Ober