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Young Gilford man survives heroin overdose

LACONIA — A 21-year-old Gilford man was ordered held on $5,000 cash bail for one count of possession of heroin after he accidentally overdosed while in his parents home on Oxbow Lane Wednesday night.

Police affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division said Kelsey Hron's, parents found him at 11:45 p.m. laying on his bed. They told police he wasn't breathing and was purple and called 911.

Hron's father pounded on his chest and was able to bring him around. Affidavits said when police and fire responders arrived Hron was standing up. They said his eyes were bloodshot and he appeared disoriented.

Police recovered a spoon with liquid and gauze, a syringe, and a small plastic bag containing a white powdered substance.

After he was seen at Lakes Region General Hospital, Hron was charged with one count of possession of heroin.

During his video arraignment, Gilford's prosecutor Eric Bredbury argued for $5,000 cash only bail saying that he thought Hron was a danger to the community but more importantly, a danger to himself.

He noted that Hron was already on bail for charges of identity fraud and receiving stolen property after being indicted by a Belknap County grand jury on April 24. He said that as part of Hron's bail conditions, he was not to possess any illegal substances.

"(Hron) acknowledges his substance abuse issues," said Bredbury.

Judge Jim Carroll ordered that Hron be held on $5,000 cash only however the bail could be reduced to personal recognizance should he be accepted in a residential treatment program.

Should he post bail, he is ordered to live with his parents on Oxbow Lane.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 May 2014 10:44

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Lou's last (Hands Across the Table) supper

LACONIA — Last evening Lou Gaynor, the chef for Hands Across the Table since the popular program began in June 2011, prepared his last meal — beef over noodles topped off with tiramisu for desert — for more than 150 diners at the parish hall at St. Andre Bessette Parish.

Sandy Morey said that apart from the six weeks Gaynor has been spending in Florida each year, "he has cooked every single meal from day one and done all the shopping. He's done everything from soup to nuts." Now he is going to be a full-time resident of the Sunshine State.

Deacon Russ Morey said that Gaynor planned the menus, which were never "hum-drum," but always "well-balanced with lots of variety and super tasty. We never wonder if we we're going to eat and eat well," he added, "and there's always enough, no matter how many people show up."

Gaynor said that he has enjoyed his part in the popularity of the program, which he believes will continue to grow as his successor, Tammy Fontaine, takes his place in the kitchen.


CAPTION: Lou Gaynor, who for past three years has planned and prepared the meals for Hands Across the Table, with his successor, Tammy Fontaine. The Florida-bound Gaynor served his last meal yesterday. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch)

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:51

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Hart's Turkey Farm restaurant marks 60th year with sumptuous open house buffet

MEREDITH — About 600 people from the Lakes Region tourism industry turned out Wednesday for Hart's Turkey Farm Restaurant's annual invitation-only open house.
The waiting line for the 500-seat restaurant, the largest in the Lakes Region, extended out the front door, just as it does on busy weekends at Hart's, which this year marks its 60th anniversary.
Owner Russ Hart and Sim Willey, general manager, greeted guests as they arrived at the restaurant, which on a busy day serves more than one ton of turkey, 40 gallons of gravy, 1,000 pounds of fresh potatoes, 4,000 dinner rolls, and more than 100 pies.
Because it's Thanksgiving every day at Hart's, the restaurant has become a real icon, having been selected by Boston's Phantom Gourmet as a ''Cult Classic'' due to its famously loyal customers who return year after year from all parts of the country.
Hart says that his family, originally from New Jersey, had been vacationing in the Lakes Region since the 1920s and that his father, Russ, and uncle, Larry, moved to the area in 1946 along with their wives, Helen and Gerda, and started farming, growing vegetables and apples and selling chickens, eggs and turkeys from a delivery truck.
In 1953, they raised turkeys exclusively and, in 1954, they opened a 12-seat restaurant specializing in turkey sandwiches and dinners and many of the early customers still remember hearing the gobbling of the turkeys as they drove by on Ladd Hill Road.
Russ became the sole owner when his brother Larry passed away in 1960. In 1965, he phased out raising his own turkeys, discovering that he could equal the quality of the home-grown birds by selectively purchasing them from turkey farms that met his standards.
Hart says his father's point of view was always "If you want it done right, do it yourself," so practically everything served at the restaurant is made right on the premises, including relishes, salad dressings, fresh whipped potatoes, gravies, soups and chowders (made from simmered rich stocks), pies, dinner rolls, puddings, and even Hart's own premium ice cream.
Over the years the restaurant continued to expand and in 1986, Russ and Helen's children, Lynn, Dale, Russell T., and Glenn, purchased the restaurant and continued their active involvement in its daily operations. In February 1998, the family lost Glenn and is still grateful to the community for the support which was forthcoming following his death.
Hart's also operates a catering service which is capable of serving thousands of people at single events and caters all over northern New England.
Hart says that restaurant's web site features a memories section in which customers are invited to share their memories of Hart's and that he always gets a good feeling when he reads their comments.
''We've been fortunate to have such loyal customers and have a next generation here led by Sim which is making sure that the customers get the same quality food and service that we've always prided ourselves on.''
He says that Hart's has always been a strong supporter of the community and promote Lakes Region events such as Laconia Bike Week, Soulfest, and the Great Rotary Fishing Derby, as well as supporting local nonprofit groups.


Russ Hart of Hart's Turkey Farm greets invited guests at the restaurant's annual open house held for members of the area tourist industry Wednesday. About 600 people attended the event. Hart's marks its 60th anniversary season this year. (Roger Amsdenfor The Laconia Daily Sun)

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:44

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State school bill blows up at Senate/House conference

CONCORD — Differences among House and Senate lawmakers over how to deal with the site of the former Laconia State School property, which the city has sought to acquire, prompted Representative Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) to declare publicly yesterday that he would do all he could to see that Laconia never owned the property.

"Sometimes things get a little overheated," Chandler, a former speaker of the House, said later, "but I can't say I didn't say it."

Chandler's frustration arose over legislation to repeal a provision of the 2012-2013 state budget stipulating that the former State School property off North Main Street be offered for sale. The bill carried the House by a voice vote, but the Senate amended it to delay the effective date until June 30, 2015. The House refused to concur and requested a committee of conference, which met yesterday but failed to reach agreement, effectively scuttling the bill.

By repealing the current law any sale would become subject to the statute (RSA 4:40) governing the disposal of state-owned real estate. That law stipulates that before any sale the Long Range Capital Planning and Utilization Committee, composed of four senators, four representatives and a representative of the governor's office, must first declare the property surplus before proceeding with any sale. Further, it requires that the property must first be offered to the municipality where it is located and cannot be sold for less than its "current market value."

When the conferees met, Chandler, who has consistently opposed the sale of the property, proposed the repeal become effective on January 1, 2015, but the Senate conferees refused. Senator Andrew Hosmer (D-Laconia) said that he and fellow conferees — Senators Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) and Peter Bragdon (R-Milford) — agreed not to retreat from the Senate's position.

Chandler said that he sought to explain that under the law as it stands any private party could make a reasonable offer for the property. Consequently, he insisted that repealing the current would be "in the best interests of the city (Laconia)." When the Senate stood their ground, he confessed he grew "frustrated."

In 2011, the Legislature directed the New Hampshire Department of Administrative Services to offer the entire site to the city for "not less than $10 million" and if the city failed to accept the offer, to offer it to Belknap County "at fair market value." If neither the city nor the county purchased the property, it would be put on the open market for no less than its fair market value.

That same year the state appraised the property for $2.16 million. The next year the City Council offered to purchase it for that amount, but the offer was not considered. The county expressed no interest in the property. Since then interest on the part of city officials in purchasing the property has waned.
When Mayor Ed Engler was inaugurated he said that the property represents a "tremendous economic development opportunity," not only for the city but also for the state. Ownership of the property, which rests with the state, he suggested is less important than the use of the site. "No other use of that beautiful piece of property should be considered until the state, in cooperation with Laconia, has exhausted every reasonable possibility that it could be used to site hundreds, if not thousands, of high-paying, professional-level jobs," Engler declared, vowing to pursue that goal as a "top priority."

The property consists of four tax parcels. The largest, some 200-acres, is bounded by North Main Street to the east, Meredith Center Road and Eastman Road to the north and Ahern State Park to the west and south and divided roughly in half by Right Way Path. This parcel includes some 60 acres adjacent to the Robbie Mills Sports Complex bounded by Eastman Road and Green Street known as Risley Field, which the city leases on a short-term basis to provide parking for the sports complex. There are also two smaller parcels. An undeveloped 10.4-acre lot at the junction of Old North Main Street and North Main Street and an unimproved wooded lot of 7.5-acres at the corner of Lane Road and Meredith Center Road.The state also leased both smaller parcels to the city in 2000 for 99 years at $1 a year.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:35

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