DWI charges brought when man kicked officers

GILFORD — A Laconia man who allegedly fought with two police officers who tried to arrest him during a traffic stop on June 24 is being charged with one count of driving while intoxicated – second offense, one count of resisting arrest, and one count of assault on a police officer.
Police said Mario Troiano, 59, of 9 Isabella St. was straddling the yellow line and driving well below the speed limit at 1:29 p.m. while he was on the Laconia Bypass.
Police said once they determined Troiano was under the influence, he refused to get out of the car and resisted efforts to be handcuffed by kicking at the officers. Police used a Taser to subdue him.
He was evaluated by Gilford Fire and Rescue and taken to the Belknap County House of Corrections until his release later that day.

– Gail Ober

Garden and Farm Tour highlights Sanbornton's beauty July 17 (678+pics)


SANBORNTON — For a town filled with a wide variety of gardens and farms, neither Kris Rathjen of KREBS Farm on Upper Bay Road nor Faith Tobin of Tobin's Woodland Garden wonder now why they never thought of a garden tour before this year.

And for the first time "ever," said Tobin, there is a chance for people to tours five of Sanbornton's gardens and farms and support The Grange and the town library.

"These are not professionally landscaped," said Tobin, who is known throughout town for selling varieties of her lilies to the annual plant sale for the Sanbornton Historical Society. "These are some of our town's backyard gardens."

The five stops on the July 17 tour are Tobin's Woodland Gardens, which is the home of the Tobins on Knox Mountain Road; The Back Door Farm, which is the home of Steve and Karen Ober at 149 March Road; Seller's Glads, which is the home of Ralph and Darlene Sellers of 299 Sanborn Road; KREBS Farm, which is the home of the Rathjens; and Presby's Gardens, which is the home of Bob and Linda Presby at 569 Lower Bay Road.

Each stop is just a little bit different, said Tobin.

While her gardens are carved from a craggy mountain top, Rathjen's Farm is a more traditional farm with spectacular views of Lake Winnisquam.

Tobin's farm also has goat cliffs, a small pasture with horses and a donkey, ducks and a bunny house. They have built a woodland creature garden and a children's garden that will be on display.

Rathjen said her and her husband, Ralph, bought the former Cataldo Farm in 2010, which had been lying fallow for a number of years, and planted vegetables and a variety of fruit bushes, including 1,000 blueberry bushes and black raspberry and raspberry bushes. They do a pick-your-own berry season, and she said the blueberries should be ripe for the tour.

There is a piggery at KREBS Farm and well as food ducks.

"This is a chance for all of us to show off some of the great gardens and farms that are right here in our neighbors' back yards," said Rathjen.

The Rathjens sell most of their produce to local restaurants and at the farm stand. They occasionally go to local farmer's markets.

The Obers' farm sits on a 1765 Land Grant lot and Tobin said a visit shows some of the challenges of Colonial Era farming.

The original barn blew down in the Hurricane of 1938 and the remaining stone foundation is home to at least nine varieties of invasive plants that they work tireless to remove and replant with herbs and perennials.

Seller's Glads was founded when Ralph found a bag of about 60 gladiola bulbs that had belonged to his mother-in-law and planted them out of respect for her. In the 20 years since then, the bulbs have multiplied to between 8,000 to 15,000 annually, depending on the weather, the insects, fungus, and winter kills.

Presby Gardens is a quarter of an acre of wildflowers, ferns and perennial gardens. Statues and garden art dot the landscape and the Presby's dedication to composting has benefits for both the shade and sun flowers.

Tobin said all of the stops will serve complimentary snacks and beverages and each stop will have a door prize. She said there may be plants and/or vegetables for sale at each stop.

At Tobin's home, there will be special handmade garden benches for sale and each is decorated with different motifs and colors.

Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased ahead of time at the Sanbornton Public Library or at each individual stop on the day of the tour, which begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. There will be a restroom stop at the Old Town Hall.

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Yellow lilies in one of the many gardens at the home of Bill and Faith Tobin of Knox Mountain Road.(Gail Ober/Laconia Daily Sun)

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Kris Rathjen of KREBS Farm shows off some untie blueberries growing on her Sanbornton Farm. The blueberries should be ripe for the Sanbornton Garden Tour on July 17. (Gail Ober/Laconia Daily Sun)

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Children will love the bunny house at Tobins Woodland Gardens (Gail Ober/Laconia Daily Sun)

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Kris Rathjen in her blueberry patch. (Gail Ober/Laconia Daily Sun)

Drone to fly over Belmont sports teams


BELMONT — High school senior Devin Poslusny couldn’t be happier.
With the final passage of the Shaker Regional School District drone use policy, he will be able to fulfill one of his high school dreams, which is to record from the air sports teams practices so the coaches can use them to improve the programs.
“I’m not just showing up and flying for no reason,” he said Friday.
Poslusny first approached the school administration and later the School Board for permission to use his drone when the high school boys soccer coach saw some of his video and liked it.
The problem was that there was no policy within the district for drone use and without one, he wasn’t going to be able to use his on school property.
After the policy passed on Tuesday night, Devin said retired Superintendent Maria Dreyer prepared an application form that he has since filled out and returned to the school district.
Poslusny said he’d also like to do other education and sports projects and said that as the school year progresses, he’d like to see if other teachers and coaches would like to use his drone services.
“I’m excited. Obviously this is some uncharted waters,” he said.
“I’ll be very cautious,” Poslusny continued. “I don’t want to do anything that would cause them to lose their trust in me.”