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25th Taste of the Lakes Region to be held March 22

MEREDITH — The 25th annual Taste of the Lakes Region will be held from 4-7 p.m. at Church Landing in Meredith on Sunday, March 22, and will feature 20 of the Lakes Region finest restaurants serving up samples of their culinary specialties for the benefit of the Laconia Altrusa Club's community projects.

The event has raised nearly $300,000 for the Altrusa Club's efforts in promoting literacy and scholarships over the years and has raised the awareness of folks in the Lakes Region of the fine quality and variety of offerings of the area's restaurants.

''We're looking forward to fine weather and a big turnout at what has become the most popular culinary event in the Lakes Region,'' says Deanne Murphy, president of the Laconia Altrusa Club.

Taking part in this year's event are Contiagiani's Catering Service, Fratello's Italian Grille, the Homestead, Hermit Woods Winery, Camp, T-Bones, Cactus Jack's, the Hilltop Restaurant at the Steele Hill Resort, Patrick's Pub and Eatery, Ellacoya Barn & Grille, Holy Grail Food and Spirits, Lago, the Lakehouse Grille, Giuseppe's Pizzeria & Ristorante, Canoe, O Steaks and Seafood, Hart's Turkey Farm Restaurant, Annie's Cafe and Catering, Lavinia's, the Local Eatery, Hector's Fine Food & Spirits and the Woodlands Tavern.

Tickets cost $25 per person and can be purchased at Hart's Turkey Farm in Meredith or in Laconia at Hector's or at the Coldwell-Banker Residential Brokerage. Because there is a cash bar at the event, no one younger than 21 will be admitted.

Altrusa's Taste of Lakes Region cookbook will also be for sale for $15 at the event. This 176 page hardcover book that was published in 2012 featuring recipes from local restaurants and community members. It can also be purchased online from Altrusa of Laconia's website www.altrusalaconia.com

Sponsors include the Laconia Altrusa Club, radio stations 93.3 the Wolf, 98.3 LNH, WEMJ AM 1490 and the Laconia Daily Sun.

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Gilford School Board honors retiring 3-term member Kurt Webber

GILFORD — Veteran School Board member Kurt Webber has been honored as he steps down after serving on the board for the past nine years.

During Monday's board meeting — the last meeting before next Tuesday's election, when Webber's current term ends — School Board Vice Chairman Karen Thurston commended Webber for his service, which has included serving as chairman and was very active in helping to formulate many of the district's policies. He also helped coach football and was instrumental in setting up Rotary Club-sponsored programs at the Elementary and Middle schools.

During her remarks, Thurston said that in recognition of Webber's service to the board funds were being collected among the board and School District staff members which will be donated to the Patriot Resilient Leader Institute which Webber has recently helped to establish.

Webber, a retired Army officer, started PRLI with a West Point classmate to help wounded military veterans in Northern New England.

In a recent news article Webber described the PRLI's goal as to "use the natural beauty of the Lakes Region with all its amenities and recreational activities, to bolster the spirits of veterans and help these dedicated individuals as they recover their physical, mental and emotional well-being."



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Falling ice causes gas leak, apartment evacuation in Sanbornton

SANBORNTON — A gas leak, caused when ice fell from the edge of the roof and struck a regulator attached to the building, prompted the evacuation of the Sanbornton General Store and its residential units at 1:05 a.m. yesterday.

Fire Chief Paul Dexter Jr. said that the first company to reach the scene confirmed the odor of liquid propane gas in one of the apartments and ordered evacuation of the building. Firefighters using gas detection meters found 6 percent — or "lower explosive limit" — readings at a heating vent in the ceiling of one unit and 16 percent readings in the furnace room. The propane supply tank was closed and the building was ventilated.

By 3:30 a.m. no propane fumes were detected and the occupants were allowed to return to the building. The propane supplier was informed and a serviceman came to the scene to repair the regulator.

Dexter said investigators found that ice striking the regulator caused a leak into the furnace room, which was drawn into the apartment through the forced hot-air duct. He reminded homeowners to clear snow and ice from gas service units and vents and to contact the Fire Department immediately upon smelling the odor of gas.

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Vast majority of local representatives favored constitutional amendment scuttled by state legislature

CONCORD — Just three members of the 18 member Belknap County Delegation voted with the majority yesterday when the House scuttled a constitutional amendment (CACR 1) to require a supermajority of three-fifths to levy any new tax or fee or to raise any existing tax or fee.

The delegation consists of the county's 18 representatives in the state House. All are Republicans.

The House rejected the proposal by a vote of 226 to 128. Of the 14 members of the county delegation who voted, only Reps. Dennis Fields of Sanbornton, George Hurt of Gilford and Frank Tilton of Laconia voted with the majority in favor of the motion "inexpedient to legislate."

The House Ways and Means Committee reported the bill "inexpedient to legislate" by a vote of 18 to 1.

Reps. Glen Aldrich and Russell Dumais of Gilford, Valerie Fraser of New Hampton, Brian Gallagher of Sanbornton, Ray Howard, and Peter Varney of Alton, Shari LaBreche and Michael Sylvia of Belmont, Bob Luther and Peter Spanos of Laconia, and Herb Vadney of Meredith voted with the minority against the motion.

Representatives Guy Comtois of Barnstead, Robert Fisher and Don Flanders of Laconia and Dave Russell of Gilmanton were excused and did not vote.

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