Proud new owners of Gilford Village Store

GILFORD — For David Fraser and Marlene Minemier purchasing the Gilford Village Store was like coming home to their roots.

The couple, who were successful in real estate and building, wanted to start something different than before, but be involved in something familiar to them — family and community.

"We want to bring this back to be the focal point of the village," Fraser said.

The Gilford Village Store was built in 1936 by Jeremiah Thing, Albert Chase and Benjamin Jewett Jr. according to a Gilford Village Walking Tour published online. Most recently, it's been owned by Norm Soucy who sold a variety of sandwiches, homemade soup and salads.

Fraser and Minemier plan on continuing with most of the above, including pizza, but said they want to add some local touches — like N.H. native wine, local micro-brewery beer and other local products like maple syrup, sauces, marinades jellies and the like.

"We have already had some vendors reach out to us," said Fraser.

The couple plans on staying open and make some small changes as the summer and fall come. During the winter months, they will close and give the store a "100-year face-lift" said Minemier.

She said they'll keep a little bit of the convenience portion but expand their product lines.

"We'll be rolling it out in phases and getting feedback from the local people," she said, noting she wants it to be a "destination" place where people can come in, enjoy a cup of coffee and visit.

"We are not corporate," said Minemier. "We're like Mom and Pop and want to offer a little bit of something for everybody."

The parents of a young daughter, the both said there will be a "Leah's Candy Corner" where she will select items of particular interest to her and other children.

"We've always been entrepreneurial and we wanted our daughter to have a small role in our business.

Both have worked in Concord for a number of years while living in Meredith, but wanted to get back to working in a small town like Gilford.

"We're able to do this because we've been so successful," said Minemier.

"And we want to be part of a community," said Fraser.


CUTLINE: New Gilford Village Store owners David Fraser and Marlene Minemier stand in the eating area of the nearly 200-year-old business. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)

Laconia Police deal with fake bomb on Academy Street

LACONIA — City police, working with an explosives technician from the N.H. State Police, determined a device found smoking near the intersection of Academy and Pearl streets on Saturday at 9 p.m. was not a bomb.

The device appeared to be a crude, homemade device made from three cylindrical objects duct-taped together.

It was viewed by a robot with a camera and later destroyed.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Laconia Police at 524-5252.


Doorbell ringing altered neighbors & police to underage drinking party

GILFORD — Police broke up an under-aged drinking party Sunday morning at 1 Doris Drive 3:54 a.m. after neighbors reported kids were ringing their doorbells.

Police found eight youths at the home and two of the 17-year-old were charged with internal possession of alcohol. The homeowners were away and it was their son who was holding the party. He is charged with one count of facilitating an under-aged party.

Police said this is the second under-aged party they have stopped in as many weeks, however this party was being attended by local students and local school resource officers have been notified and are working with all high school students.

Kelley said that as graduation nears, students are more likely to have parties and he said it's illegal for minors to to have alcohol and, most importantly, the police really don't want to see anyone get hurt.

McCormack is pick to lead Laconia schools during interim year

LACONIA — The School Board last night voted unanimously to offer Dr. Philip McCormack the position of interim superintendent.

It also voted unanimously to give Chair Joe Cormier the right to negotiate a one-year contract that will be brought back to the full board for possible approval in two weeks.

The decision came after a 45-minute non-public session and following an hour-long interview with McCormack last week by a board subcommittee named to review candidates recommended by the N.H. School Boards Association.  McCormack was the only one interviewed.

McCormack served as the Inter-Lakes School District superintendent for eight years before his retirement in 2012. Before that he served as the superintendent of the Keene School District for 14 years.

Earlier in his career, he was the principal of the Inter-lakes High School and also the principal of Plymouth High School.

In 2003 he was named the New Hampshire Superintendent of the Year.

Most recently, McCormack served as interim superintendent in the Newfound Regional School District in Bristol during the illness and after the subsequent death of Dr. Marie Ross.

Should contract negotiations with McCormack be successful, he will guide the Laconia School District during the next year while the board searches for a permanent replacement for Superintendent Terri Forsten, who will assume the helm of the Concord School District on July 1.