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Drew Morin of Laconia is propelled high above the water using a hydro-jetovator on Lake Winnipesaukee. (Courtesy photo)

LACONIA — At first glance, it may appear that people are completing an unnatural feat as they fly a few feet above the water. Yet, upon a closer look it becomes clear that the people are being propelled by a hydro-jetovator, an up-and-coming water toy that has hit the lakes this season.

The hydro-jetovator is a unique water toy, as it requires a water propulsion system that comes from a jet ski and puts the water under the board people stand on. This differs from water skis or wakeboards that merely require the wake of a boat to keep them afloat.

“It’s like nothing I have ever done in the water before,” said Drew Morin, an avid boater from Laconia.

Using the hydro-jetovator came naturally for Morin, who said that the watercraft is much easier to master than wakeboarding or water skiing.

“It’s not actually that difficult to do; most people get up on the first try,” said Morin. “All you need to do is get the feeling of water pressure under your feet and then you just need to just a little bit of balance to stay floating around.” 

Tower Hill Tavern lets you bring the party ashore


The Tower Hill Tavern is a local restaurant, night club and bar that hosts a variety of tribute bands and other musical performances throughout the summer season. The venue is schedule to remain open through the end of October.



LACONIA  ­— Those who are looking to take the party from the boat to the shore are invited to dock at the Weirs Beach Pier and walk over to the Tower Hill Tavern, located at 264 Lakeside Ave.

Open daily from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m., the Tower Hill Tavern provides guests with the opportunity to savor a meal and enjoy a drink, while listening to one of the live performances taking place within the newly renovated venue.

“We’ve done a lot this past year to make the place even nicer than it was before,” said Anthony Santagate, owner of the tavern. Since purchasing the facility, Santagate has transformed the strip from small shops into an expansive two story venue. Additions have included an upstairs music hall, pool tables and dart boards, a full bar and a small stage downstairs. However, these renovations have not prevented Santagate from further improving the facility.

Opening up the 2017 with a newly finished roof and floors, an updated kitchen, and the implementation of an expansive new menu by chef Cary Williams, Tower Hill Tavern has many exciting things to offer.

This year there have been more entrees ordered than in the years past, which Santagate attests to bringing Williams on as chef. Some of the more popular items include steak tips, seafood stuffed mushrooms, bruschetta, and fish and chips, according to Williams. The main menu includes a children’s alternate selection and a complimentary beverage list, featuring both alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks to choose from.

The open bar offers various specialty cocktails, as well as a large selection of craft beers that are on draft, according to Santagate.

“Between the food, the drinks, live music and karaoke, we draw in a lot of people both young and old,” said Santagate. “A lot of people come out to listen to the tribute bands that we bring in throughout the summer season.”

On Saturday, Aug. 19, the Tower Hill Tavern will host Terrafunk, a band known for its funk, soul, and rock and roll style. The show will begin at 9 p.m. For more information or tickets, people can visit 366-9100.


Worker hurt when machine rolls down hill

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The driver of a small earth-moving skidder was injured Friday afternoon when the machine he was operating slid down an embankment on Route 3 across the highway from Northeast Tire in Belmont. The 70-year-old man from Gilford was taken by ambulance to Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia for a minor head injury, according to Belmont Police. The tractor stopped just short of rolling into heavy traffic, and vehicles were backed up for nearly an hour while rescuers pulled the man from the machine. The skidder was heavily damaged, said police, but coworkers were able to drive it to a storage area. Heavy rain is considered a contributing factor in this accident. Police say loose soil affected the traction when he got too close to the slope. Police ask anyone with information on the incident to call them at 267-8351. (Roger Amsden/Laconia Daily Sun)