Sailboat fulfills dream of 7-year-old with cancer

By ROGER AMSDEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN

GILFORD — Carter Mock, a 7-year-old from Amherst whose parents sold their sailboat last year shortly after he was diagnosed with cancer, received the gift he has been dreaming about Sunday afternoon at Fay's Boat Yard when Make-A-Wish New Hampshire presented him with the 32-foot-long sailboat "Go Cart."
Carter, who has been diagnosed with fibroblastic osteosarcoma, has undergone surgery in which his left leg was removed below his knee and his ankle reattached so that serves as the knee for his prosthetic leg. He uses a cane to help him while he walks and recently completed a chemotherapy session at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
An adventurer at heart, he loves to swim and snorkel, and has played baseball and hockey.
A large crowd of people from Fay's Boat Yard and Make-A-Wish New Hampshire were on hand Sunday afternoon when Carter and his parents, John and Danielle Mock, pulled into he boatyard in the stretch limousine which brought them from Amherst to Gilford.
On the way north, they made stops at Carter's school in Amherst and then at Bass Pro Shop in Hooksett where Carter fed the fish, arriving at Fay's after having stopped for lunch at the Tilt'n Diner.
Carter was all smiles when he saw the sailboat after getting out of the limo. He then and walked up to the boat and went aboard with his parents, where he donned a captain's hat after having toured the boat, which has sleeping berths for six people and has a galley kitchen as well as toilet and shower.
"This is amazing," said his father, John. His mother, Danielle, said that the generosity of the people involved is overwhelming.
Jule Baron, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish NH, who is a resident of Gilford, said that when the organization found out about Carter's wish, they talked to Fay's Boat Yard, which helped find and fix up the sailboat so that it would be given to Carter.
Among those watching Sunday were Jeff Fay, owner of Fay's Boat Yard, whose workers spent many hours getting the boat ready; Al Posnak of the Winnipesaukee Sailing Association, which will provide free sailing instruction for the Mock family, and boat owners Roy and Nancy Carsen, who have owned the sailboat for nearly 30 years.
"We were looking to sell it, but when we heard that Make-A-Wish was looking for a sailboat for a family to grant the wish of a child with cancer, we knew what we should do," said Carsen.

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Carter Mock, 7, of Amherst, shown aboard the 32-foot sailboat Go-Cart which was presented to him Sunday by Make-A-Wish New Hampshire at Fay's Boat Yard in Gilford. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

Packing up - Businesses moving out of Colonial block

By ALANA PERSSON, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — Businesses on the Colonial Theatre side of Canal Street in downtown Laconia are presently in the process of packing their belongings and moving.

Since the purchase of the Colonial Theatre by the Belknap Economic Development Council occurred, businesses on Canal Street have been looking to relocate their businesses. Those asked to relocate include U-Frame We Frame, Frates Creative Arts Center, the Silver Screen Salon, The Downtown Gym and Star Nails. Almost of these businesses have found new locations, and some have already began operating out of their new facilities.

After 20 years of business in the same place, U-Frame We Frame has moved across the street to 50 Canal St. Although Sara Rines, owner of the business, feels fortune that she was able to keep her family business on the same street, she said the time crunch to move was a bit of a challenge. After closing last week to complete the transition between stores, the shop is again open today at its new location. An open house is to be scheduled sometime in the coming weeks.

Silver Screen Salon owned by Jenn Russo will also be moving down the road through a merger with Lori Anna's Hair Affair, located at 58 Canal St. Lori Chandler, owner of Lori Anna's Hair Affair, had been looking to alter her business model for quite a few months, as she still wanted to pursue her passion for hair without being a business owner. Upon hearing of the request for Russo to move from her location, Chandler extended a proposal to Russo that would allow Silver Screen Salon to remain in business and Chandler to step down as a business owner.

After the move is complete Chandler will rent a booth at Silver Screen Salon, which will be owned and operated by Russo after Sept. 1.

"I figured that this was the best way to keep Silver Screen Salon alive, help me pursue my passion of hair without the pressure of owning the business, and also help keep the downtown area alive" said Chandler, who is excited to work alongside Russo within the coming weeks.

The Downtown Gym located at 609-611 Main St., has confirmed that they will be moving from their current location to 171 Fair St., formerly known as the home of The Citizen newspaper. The lease was officially signed last week, and plans for the move are currently under way. More information on when the gym will relocate and open at the new location is to be announced.

Larry Frates will now operate under the title of Frates Creates Art to You, which will bring art classes to the community in various locations. More information about where the art classes will be held is to be released in the coming weeks.
“It’s quite the reversal we have going, where the oldest dance studio in the area and oldest art program have become the newest,” said Larry Frates, with echos from Joan Frates stating that she has a feeling it is going to be a very exciting season for the Frates family.
Additionally, Star Nails is still in the process of confirming its new location and cannot state any solidified plans presently.

 

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Jenn Russo, right, and Lori Chandler have decided to pursue a business merger that will allow Silver Screen Salon to move into the former Lori Anna's Hair Affair salon at the start of September. Jasmaine Kapplain, Russo's daughter, is also pictured. (Alana Persson/Laconia Daily Sun)

Belmont bank building could be new recreation/community center

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

BELMONT — Selectmen gave the go ahead Monday night to have Code Enforcement Officer Steve Paquin continue getting estimates from contractors about how much it would cost to turn the former Northfield Bank Building into a recreation/community center.

So far, Paquin has learned that it would cost between $28,000 and $30,000 to install an ADA-compliant elevator where the curved stairway is, and an additional $12,300 to replace the floors, including one in a recreation area. He also said it would cost just under $6,000 to upgrade the alarm system.

Paquin went to selectmen to get their approval before he brings in electrician(s) to give the town estimates on rewiring and bringing all of the wiring including the panel(s) up to current code.

"It would take a couple of days for (companies) to put together a bid," he said, saying he wanted to be sure the project was viable with the select board before he asked the electricians to do the specifications.

He told the board that it could cost $50,000 to $60,000 to do the electrical work plus another $50,000 to do the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and that he is getting an estimate from Peter Dutile, who is doing some work on the Belmont Fire Station.

"Why do anything (more) without the electrical?" asked board Chairman Ruth Mooney. "If there's going to be kids in there, yeah (we need electrical estimates.)

The former Northway Bank was purchased by the town from William and Carolyn McDonough for $250,000 in 2012 after the town held a special Town Meeting in August. Purchasing the building had failed at Town Meeting twice before, in 2008 and 2009.

Since the town has bought the building, there have been may ideas for using it, as well as tearing it down, as was recommended by a Belmont Village charrette. The town considered using the building for a police department but it was deemed too small and there wasn't enough space for a sally port. Another idea was having LRGHealthcare relocate its offices from the Belmont Mill there.

The town also fought a lengthy court battle with the McDonoughs, who claimed that the town diminished the value of the property by announcing plans to reconfigure the former Mill Street, which would eliminate much of its parking. Ultimately, the town prevailed; however, the case was in the Merrimack County Superior Court for about two years before it was resolved.

Selectman Ron Cormier said that building a new recreation/community center for the town would cost millions and that if they could do one for $150,000 plus the cost of the building it would make complete sense.

Other board members agreed.

Town Administrator Jeanne Beaudin said that if the final estimates are acceptable to the selectmen, the town would use some of the money it has in the capital improvement fund, which has a balance of $480,000.

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