Fire at Berry Mill complex in Wolfeboro does minimal damage

WOLFEBORO — No one was injured and the building was minimally damaged during a first-alarm fire at the former Berry Mill complex in Wolfeboro on Friday, June 9.

Wolfeboro Fire-Rescue was alerted to the blaze at 10:08 a.m. First arriving units found smoke showing from the structure. A first alarm assignment brought assistance to the scene from Tuftonboro Fire-Rescue, Ossipee Corner Fire-Rescue, and Wakefield Fire-Rescue.

“The first arriving crews were able to make a quick knockdown. The fire was confined to some equipment in the old mill building,” said Wolfeboro Fire-Rescue Chief Jim Pineo. “Access was a concern as the water in Back Bay is high and the structure can only be access by ladders.”

The fire was declared under control at 10:45 a.m.

The building, one of the last of the structures at the former excelsior mill, is owned by the Robert J. Reich Revocable Trust, with a mailing address of Montana, according to town records.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by Wolfeboro Fire-Rescue and the Wolfeboro Police Department. Wolfeboro Fire-Rescue was also assisted at the scene by Stewarts Ambulance, the Wolfeboro Police Department, and the Wolfeboro Water Division.

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Special election set to fill Fischer’s NH House seat


LACONIA — Gov. Chris Sununu and his Executive Council have approved a special election to fill the New Hampshire House seat left vacant by the resignation of Republican Rep. Robert Fisher.

Fisher represented Belknap District 9, which takes in Laconia and Belmont. He resigned in a scandal over his creation of a website critical of women.

The governor and his council have approved the City Council's request for an election that coincides with municipal elections, with a primary on Sept. 12 and a general election on Nov. 7.

The candidate filing period will be Monday and Tuesday in Laconia City Hall. An extended period for filing at the Secretary of State's office in Concord will continue through June 16.

Rep. Frank Tilton, R-Laconia, was re-elected last fall, but has been ill and was never sworn in. He is making a recovery and intends to serve in the next legislative session, which begins in January.

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Giuseppe's - Dining by boat

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One of the most popular appetizers includes the spinach rolls, which is filled with fresh spinach and feta cheese wrapped in a pastry.


MEREDITH — Boaters craving a pizza, live music and a family-friendly atmosphere are invited to dock off the shores of Meredith and walk over to Giuseppe's Pizzeria in the Mill Fall’s Plaza, according to manager Bethany Lamprey.

Giuseppe’s welcomes all guests, from the lake or from land. When at the restaurant people can enjoy a wide variety of food, such as the popular spinach and feta appetizer followed by, Giuseppe’s pizza with an assortment of meat and vegetables sprinkled on top. The menu has everything from salads, to meat and pasta, and a large assortment of drinks. A kids menu is available for children.

Unlike some other boat friendly restaurants in the area, Giuseppe's offers live entertainment every night of the week. Performers take the stage on Monday through Saturday at 6 p.m. in the upstairs dining room, and on Sunday at 7 p.m.

Those who want to sit outside and continue enjoying the weather they had experienced on the boat, can eat a meal at the outdoor patio, located right next to the Mill Fall’s waterfall. Or, customers can relax with a cold drink are invited to take a seat at one of the restaurant's two full bars.

No matter the seat of choice, Guiseppe’s ensures customers they will be receiving a table for the evening if a reservation is a called in ahead of time. During the busy summer months, boaters are encouraged to make a reservation ahead of time, as the many dining spaces fill up fast.

When asked whether boaters do in fact visit Guiseppe’s during the summer, Lamprey said that there was no doubt many of the summer customers came directly from the lake. In fact, she had evidence to prove it.

“We find a lot of keys of boats and jetskis left on tables during the summer, so we know that a lot of people come here directly from the lake,” said Lamprey.

Boaters can park at the docks on the Meredith waterline and walk across the street to the restaurant. Giuseppes is located on the first and second floors of the Mill Falls Marketplace. It is open daily starting at 11 a.m. For more information or to make a reservation, call 279-3313.


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