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Perfect weather, a record breaking number of cars and a large crowd of spectators lead to another successful Rotary Club Car Show at Faro’s Italian Grille on Saturday.  (Alan MacRae/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

Rotary Car Show draws 177 entries, raises over $10,000 to help children


LACONIA — The 5th Annual Lakes Region Rotary Car Show drew 177 entries and more than 900 visitors Saturday at Faro Italian Grille in Weirs Beach.
It also raised over $10,000 for charities supported by the club with the Greater Lakes Child Advocacy Center being the mahor beneficiary. The Greater Lakes Child Advocacy Center is a program of the Granite State Children’s Alliance, and serves children throughout Belknap County by providing support for abused children in the early stages of a criminal investigation and connect them to needed community resources.
Presented by Graham & Graham along with Foley Oil & Propane, the showis a family-friendly event featuring top-of-the-line classic, vintage and modern cars.
Best in Show award went to Tom Dawson with a 1916 Type 53 Cadillac.
People's Choice Award wnt to Dalton Avery with a custom 1957 Chevrolet.
Featured model this year was the Chevy Camaro with Ernie Gagne winning in that category with a 1986 Camaron IROCZ.
Best-in -Show
1.Tom Dawson, 1916 Cadillac Type 53 2. Dalton Avery, 1957 Chevy; . 3. Don Wilson, 1970 Chevy Chevelle.
Best Camaro
1. Ernie Gagne, 1986 Camaro IROCZ 2. Jerry Lind, 1969 Camaro 3. Joe Dudek, 1968 Camaro SS
People's Choice
1. Dalton Avery, 1957 Chevy 2. Kelvin Cross, 1933 Ford Model 40 5-Window Deluxe Coupe 3. Bill Kosmas, 1959 Ford Skyliner.
Owner Ballot Categories
Pre-WWII: Tom Dawson, 1916 Cadillac
Mustang: Ernie Hudziec 1967 Mustang
Corvette: Phillip Ferrell, 1963 Corvette Coupe
Muscle Car: Phil Bonafide, 1970 Dodge Challenger
Truck: Tom Joslin, 1952 Ford F1
Street Rod: Norman Lambert, 1932 Ford 3-window Coupe
Specialty: Jim Drouin, 1965 Shelby
Custom: Dalton Avery, 1957 Chevy
Original: Don Haddock, 1941 Plymouth P12 Woody Station Wagon
Sports Car: David Cox, 1976 Lancia Scorpion

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This is an REO Speedwagon, expertly restored by Peter Eliis of Gilford. (Alan MacRae/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

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A peek under the hood of a 1956 Chevy Model 210, owned by Wally Koziarjky of Moultonborough at the annual Rotary Club Car Show Saturday.  (Alan MacRae/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

Massachusetts man, 23, kills himself at Belmont firing range

BELMONT — Police have determined that a 23-year-old Massachusetts man intentionally shot himself in the head on Saturday at Belmont Firearms and Range.
Belmont Police Lt. Richard Mann said video surveillance and testimony from witnesses at the range left no doubt that the victim, whom police declined to identify, purposely fired the single round that took his life on July 29 at 12:45 p.m.
“There were seven people in the immediate area, including the victim,” said Mann.
The suicide weapon was a high-capacity handgun owned by the range, Mann said, but he declined to give the specific model of the gun.
Following an established protocol for handling firearms incidents, the staff of the facility immediately closed the premises, ushering out the other customers and closing the doors, while administering medical aid to the victim and calling 911 for assistance. The man was transported to Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia where he was pronounced dead.
The victim’s mother was on a cruise and it took some time for authorities to reach her and inform her of what had happened, Mann said.
Belmont Firearms and Range “is the premiere firearms place,” Mann said, noting that the Belmont Police Department practices and holds firearms qualifications for officers there. “They are exceptionally safe, their record is stellar, and they’re very well-trained. But if somebody has the formulation to do it, they’re going to do it.”
He added that the investigation was in the final stages on Monday afternoon and had determined that there was no wrongdoing on anybody’s part, inside or outside the facility. “Nobody else was involved,” he said.
Police have found no motivation for the man’s decision to end his life, and Mann said they were in the process of wrapping things up with the investigation.
Mann said he could remember no other incident at the Belmont range, but Laconia Daily Sun archives show that a 72-year-old Moultonborough man had sustained a gunshot wound the leg there in July 2013.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.

New Hampton Grange Hall has a date with the wrecking ball


NEW HAMPTON — Residents have voted against saving the old, unused Grange Hall.
The church that owns the 191-year-old building plans to demolish it as soon as next month.

A total of 134 people cast ballots last week against allowing the town to take ownership of the building and move it, while 97 were in favor of the proposal.

The town was to raise $150,000 for the project through property tax at a rate of 46 cents per $1,000 assessed valuation, or $92 for a $200,000 home.

An additional $80,000 would have eventually been required for plumbing, electrical, heating and other work after the building was moved two miles to sit alongside the seldom-used 228-year-old New Hampton Town House at the corner of Town House Road and Dana Hill Road.

The town had planned to offset some of the costs through grants and donations.

Advocates of the proposal said the building is an important part of New Hampton's history and worth preserving for a new life as a community multi-purpose building.

Opponents said it was unlikely the building would get much use after the move, and they objected to initial and ongoing costs.

The New Hampton Community Church owns the Grange Hall and plans to demolish it to make way for more parking or a possible building addition.

The Grange Hall comprises 3,600 square feet in two-and-a-half stories.

It has been in three different locations. It was first built and used as a chapel next to the Town House, then was used for classrooms for the Institute in the Village and then it was brought to its present location on Main Street, where it was used for about 85 years as a Grange Hall.

The New Hampton Community Church acquired the building in 1995.

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The New Hampton Grange Hall will be demolished in the next month. (File photo)