14th annual city chess championship held (103 w/cuts taken over weekend)

LACONIA — The 14th annual City Chess Championship was held Saturday at the Meredith Village Savings Bank Culinary Arts Center at the Huot Technical Center.

Carly DeNauw, 18, a senior at Laconia High School, defeated Savannah Batsis for the high school division title.

Noah Mousseau, 12, topped Dylan Dickey in the middle school division, winning his second consecutive title.

The elementary school division title was won by Finnian Mousseau, 9, a 4th grader at the Pleasant Street Elementary School.

The winners were honored at last night's meeting of the Laconia School Board where they received engraved trophies and $25 gift certificates to Patrick's Pub in Gilford.

Laconia man charged with domestic assault after allegedly tackling family member at Winter Street home

LACONIA — Police arrested a Winter Street man after he allegedly assaulted a male family member Friday evening during an argument.

Police Prosecutor James Sawyer said affidavits he filed in court said Justin Franquie, 23, of 26 Winter Street allegedly slapped a cup from his alleged victim's hand around 3:40 p.m. Friday and then "tackled and body-slammed" him on to the floor, possibly breaking his collar bone.

Sawyer said the two were allegedly fighting about Franquie's new girlfriend.

This is not the first time Franquie is charged with assaulted his family member. In September of 2014, police were called to 12 Winter St. twice in one day for domestic violence.

During those incidents, he allegedly punched the microwave oven and threatened the victim with physical violence.

When police arrived the first time, Franquie had left the home but he allegedly returned an hour later, spit on the family member and told him that he should kill him for calling the police.

In September Franquie was charged with two misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief, one count of criminal threatening, and one count of simple assault. He was also charged with witness tampering – a felony.

According to Sawyer yesterday, Franquie never appeared in court to answer to the felony witness tampering charge and there was an outstanding bench warrant for this when police found him at 26 Winter Street last Friday.

Franquie faces new charges of second degree assault domestic-violence related and second degree assault.

The victim was taken by ambulance to Lakes Region General Hospital for a suspected broken collar bone.

Franquie was ordered held on $2,000 cash-only bail for the felonies (including the old witness tampering charge) and $500 cash-only for the misdemeanors.

Sunday farmer’s market planned for Tioga Pavilion in Belmont

BELMONT — Selectmen were updated Monday about the progress on plans for a Sunday Farmer's Market at the Tioga Pavilion by Gretta Olson-Wilder, the town's special events coordinator.
She told selectmen that she has been developing guidelines for the market based on those in place in other communities around the state and that one of the key issues she is attempting to resolve is whether or not the individual vendors will be required to have their own liability insurance.
The Tioga Pavilion is located next to the Belmont Mill and has a 26 foot by 80 foot covered common area. It was built last year using grant funds from the federal Land & Water Conservation Fund, which also funded a river walk along the Tioga River.
Plans call for a Farmer's Market from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on four Sundays during the growing season, June 28, July 26, August 30 and Sept. 20.
Wilder said that she has discussed the proposed guidelines with a craftsperson who is interested in operating a booth at the market as well as a farmer and that they gave her different opinions about the liability insurance requirement, with the crafter saying that was fine by her but the farmer saying that he would not participate if liability insurance is required.
She said that some farmer's markets have their own liability insurance like Canterbury while some have very strict requirements for vendors, like Concord.
Selectman Ron Cormier said ''if you want to put strict liability rules in, don't bother going any further. You'll have a problem getting participation. If you require it, they won't come,'' said Cormier.
Town Administrator Jeanne Beaudin said that blanket liability insurance would cost the town about $500.
Selectman John Pike said that he wondered whether the Laconia Farmer's Market required vendors to have liability insurance, noting that many vendors there were selling out of the back of their pickup trucks.
''I'd like to know what the other towns close to us do. It would make their lives (the vendors) and ours a lot simpler if we knew,'' said Pike.
Beaudin said that it was not so much an issue for vendors as it was the town and noted that Castleberry Fairs, which runs crafts shows in the area, carries liability insurance for its vendors.
Cormier suggested that if it was standard practice to require liability insurance then the town could charge an extra amount above the $15 farmer's market vendor fee to help pay for it.
Wilder said that she would research what requirements nearby communities have in place on liability insurance for farmer's markets and bring that information back to the board.
Selectmen also discussed a proposed facility use policy for the Corner Meetinghouse and the Tioga Pavilion and agreed that the minimum fee should be $50 and that there should be a requirement for a $250 refundable deposit to ensure that the facilities were cleaned and that there was no damage to them.
Selectmen accepted a proposal from Castagna Consulting to host a meeting on Monday, May 4 at 7 p.m. on ''What's Next for the Belmont Mill?'' and asked Beaudin to approach the Shaker Regional School District with a request to use one of their facilities in case the turnout exceeds the capacity of the Corner Meetinghouse.
Also approved was a payment in lieu of taxes agreement with Belmont Elderly Housing for a payment of $20,039.06 in 2015.

Field of applicants for 2 open Meredith Selectboard seats grows to 6

MEREDITH — Former selectmen Miller Lovett and local activist Rosemary Landry yesterday applied for the two open seats on the Board of Selectmen, increasing the field of applicants to six when the deadline for applications passed yesterday.

The three elected members of the board are expected to interview the candidates and make the appointments when they meet on Monday, April 13.

A retired university teacher and minister, Lovett served two terms on the selectboard from 2006 to 2012 and was a trustee of the trust funds from 2003 to 2006 and has been a member of the Capital Improvements Program (CIP) Committee since 2004. He has been a director of the greater Meredith Program since 2002.

One of eight children of Irish immigrants and a mother of three with 11 grandchildren. Landry believes her experience in the home and on the job, where she served as both a nurse and paralegal has prepared her to manage the business responsibly and efficiently. With 260 votes, Landry finished fourth in the field of eight seeking two seats on the selectboard in March.

Michael Pelczar, Jonathan James and David Bennett, who came third, fifth and seventh respectively in the election in March applied earlier along with Alfio Torrisi, who moved to town last year

A fourth-generation contractor, Pelczar owns and operates Inter-Lakes Builders Inc., which constructs custom homes. Born and raised in Meredith, he described himself as "a regular Joe" who seeks to perpetuate the character of the community.

James, came to Meredith as a 14-year-old. He served in the Coast Guard, worked as a home builder as well as a facilities manager at Freudenberg NOK and the Spaulding Youth Center, and most recently was director of buildings, grounds, housekeeping and security at the Tilton School. In Meredith he has served on the now defunct Water Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment as well as a trustee of the trust funds.

Like Pelczar, Bennett is a longtime resident of Meredith with deep roots in the town. A member of the first graduating class of the vocational technical center in Laconia, he has spent his life building, repairing and racing automobiles and motorcycles. He managed parts departments at local dealerships in the 1970s before opening his own garage and later worked at Meredith (now Laconia) Harley-Davidson. Torrisi, who recently moved to Meredith from Pelham, is an electrical inspector for the state of New Hampshire who applied in order to contribute to the civic life of his new community.