Newhall promoted in Belmont

08 10 Belmont FD promotion Alan MacRae

Belmont Town Clerk Cynthia DeRoy swears in Michael Newhall as Deputy Chief of the Belmont Fire Department as Fire Chief Ken Erickson looks on during a ceremony at the Corner Meeting House on Wednesday, Aug. 9.  (Laconia FD courtesy photo/Alan MacRae)

Bownes becomes fifth councilor to file for re-election

LACONIA — Veteran City Councilor David Bownes has filed his candidacy papers, leaving Ava Doyle as the only council member not seeking re-election.
With the candidate filing period ending on Friday, no opposition has yet surfaced for Mayor Ed Engler and three of the incumbent councilors.
Bownes, 68, a Laconia native, said he expects concerns over downtown parking and a state commission being formed to investigate redevelopment options for the State School property to be the two issues that will dominate the upcoming term.
Bownes has been outspoken that the city should not invest money in the 1970s-era city garage, which has become something of a downtown eyesore. Repairs have been made over the years, but there are steel beams with obvious corrosion and the top deck is closed to vehicles because of ramp problems.
However, his proposal to tear it down and build a new one near City Hall failed to gain support on the council. His plan called for utilizing tax credits available through a project to refurbish the Colonial Theatre. Once the theater is operational, there will be increased demand for parking.
He acknowledges that funding for a new parking structure would be difficult.
“I don’t know how to solve the problem,” he said. “I have to think that through. But the solution involves getting rid of the remaining elephant downtown. The downtown parking garage needs to go.”
No candidate has filed to oppose Bownes, an attorney.
A primary will be held Sept. 12 if any race has more than two candidates. If there are two candidates or fewer for any of these positions, the race will be decided in the Nov. 7 general election.
Laconia candidates
Mayor: Ed Engler (incumbent)
City Council Ward 1: Bruce Cheney and Michael Foote.
City Council Ward 2: David Bownes (Incumbent)
City Council Ward 3: Henry Lipman (Incumbent)
City Council Ward 4: Brenda Baer (Incumbent), Mark Haynes and Breanna Henderson.
City Council Ward 5: Robert Hamel (Incumbent)
City Council Ward 6: Armand Bolduc (Incumbent) and Reuben Bassett
Laconia School Board, Ward 5: Stacie Sirois (Incumbent) and Rodney Roy.

Preview County 4-H Fair entertainment tomorrow


BELMONT — The 74th annual Belknap County 4-H Fair, which will be held Saturday and Sunday Aug. 12-13 at the fairgrounds on Mile Hill Road, will offer a special entertainment preview in Friday, Aug. 11, starting at 6 p.m.
Entangled Strings, a local bluegrass band, will take to the entertainment stage at 6 p.m. with the performance showcase, a challenge talent competition, getting underway at 7 p.m.
Entangled Strings features Steve Macdonald, Liz Kantz, David Greenwood, and Nick and Sharon Pangaro, made their world premier performance last year.  Together they emphasize tight harmonies and play folk, country and Americana songs. Each player is a veteran of the local acoustic music scene, having played in prior string bands and community events. Their songs reflect the times and trials of everyday people navigating the paths and choices of life on earth.
The Fair begins Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and will run through Sunday at 5 p.m. There is free admission for children under 10 and active military and veterans with ID. General admission is $7.
The Belknap County 4H Fair has been providing fairgoers with great animal exhibits like ox pulls, draft horse demonstrations, and 4-H youth animal displays. The historic Colonial Barn is full of the craft and educational projects done by area youth with the 4-H program.
New this year is a car show on Saturday and a tractor show featuring old-time “doodlebugs” on Sunday. There will also be demonstrations of old time engines, a blacksmith, and yarn spinning and monster trucks will be on display both days.
Both Saturday and Sunday feature traditional free kids' games like bubble gum blowing, pie eating contests, jello eating and water balloon throwing.
Visitors can browse the exhibits, crafts and entertainment, check out the pulls and all those delicious traditional fair foods like Italian sausage subs, fries, onion rings, ice cream, fried dough and great grilling items.

pig kiss

Perhaps you, too, will get to kiss a pig at the Belknap County 4-H Fair this weekend. (Courtesy photo)