Airport Commons renovation this spring to include $500K movie improvements


GILFORD — The project to renovate and eventually add a second entrance to Airport Commons is moving forward and owner Jeffrey Gilbert of WJP Development said he expects to start renovations this spring.

The plans are to initially update the existing building by turning it into a "state of the art" building with modern aesthetic qualities.

He also said that Cinemas 8, which is a tenant of Airport Commons, has signed a long-term lease with him and is planning a renovation of the theater and is spending nearly $500,000 in improvements.

"This is a terrific location and the town and local community has been very helpful and supportive," he said.

While keeping his cards close to his vest, Gilbert said he is working with various retailers including restaurants that will complement each other at the Airport Commons.

Gilbert said his engineers have completed a traffic study and is working with the New Hampshire Department of Transportation to finalize plans for a second entrance into the commons from Route 11 across from the bypass.

"We're at a stage where we're working diligently to update our plan," he said.

Shaker Board will seek interim superintendent

BELMONT — The Shaker Regional School Board voted Wednesday night to hire an interim superintendent for the 2016-17 school year rather than push to have a permanent superintendent on board by July 1 of his year.
The decision came after the board met that night with representatives of the New England School Development Council and the New Hampshire School Boards Association.
Shaker School Board Chairman Sean Embree said "the board had originally hoped to to enter into the superintendent search process now in order to have a permanent superintendent on board by July 1. After a meeting with representatives from both organizations it became clear that trying to fast track h process would be a disservice to our district."
He said that the board will now concentrate on finding an interim superintendent and start its search for a permanent superintendent in the fall of 2016 with the goal of "attracting the best possible candidates."
School District Superintendent Maria Dreyer will retire at the end of this school year, although she has a contract through June 30, 2017.

— Roger Amsden

Easter Services

Churches in the Greater Laconia area have scheduled Easter services as follows:


Ecumenical Sunrise Service, 6:30 a.m.., Weirs Docks, followed by breakfast at Weirs United Methodist Church, 35 Tower St., Weirs Beach. If weather is bad service will be held at Weirs Community Center.

Calvary Assembly of God Church, 100 Academy St., 10:30 a.m.

Evangelical Baptist Church, 50 Washington St., Lakeport, 10 a.m.

Faith Alive Christian Fellowship, 72 Primrose Drive South, 10 a.m.

Faith Pointe United Pentecostal Church, 1206 Old North Main St., 10 a.m., 6 p.m.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2238 Parade Road (Route 106), 7:45 and 10:30 a.m.

Grace Capital Church, 14 Beacon Street East, 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Grace Presbyterian Church, 174 Province St., 10:15 a.m., 6 p.m. (Communion).

Heritage Free Will Baptist Church, 349 Meredith Center Road, 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m.

Laconia Christian Fellowship, 1386 Meredith Center Road, 9:30 a.m.

Laconia Congregational Church, 18 Veterans Square, 9:30 a.m.

Lakes Region Vineyard Church, 175 Mechanic St., Lakeport, 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Life Quest Church (Christian and Missionary Alliance), 115 Court St., 10:30 a.m.

Saint Andre Bessette Parish: Easter Vigil Liturgy (Saturday, 8 p.m.), Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Ave. Easter Masses (Sunday), 7 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, 30 Church St., 9 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church.

Saint James Episcopal Church, 2238 Parade Road (Route 106), 8:45 a.m.

South Baptist Church, 85 Court St., 10:30 a.m.

Unitarian Universalist Society, 172 Pleasant St., 10 a.m. (Jazz Easter Service).

United Baptist Church, 23 Park St., Lakeport, 10 a.m.

Weirs United Methodist Church, 35 Tower St., Weirs Beach, 10 a.m.



First Baptist Church, 49 Church St., 7 a.m. (Sunrise service, followed by breakfast), 10 a.m.

Saint Joseph Church, 96 Main St.: Easter Vigil Liturgy, Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Easter Masses (Sunday), 8 and 10:30 a.m.



First United Methodist Church of Laconia-Gilford, 18 Wesley Way, 10:30 a.m.

Gilford Community Church, 19 Potter Hill Road, 10 a.m.



Calvary Bible Church, 6 St. James St., 6:30 a.m. (Sunrise service at Hesky Park, followed by breakfast), 10:30 a.m.

First Baptist Church, 89 Main St., 6:30 a.m. (Sunrise service at 145 Daniel Webster Highway, followed by breakfast), 10:45 a.m. (Easter Cantata).

First Congregational Church, 4 Highland St., 6:30 a.m. (Sunrise service, followed by breakfast), 10 a.m.

Saint Charles Borromeo Church, 300 Route 25: Easter Vigil Liturgy, Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Easter Masses (Sunday), 8 and 10:30 a.m.

Trinity Episcopal Church, Route 25: Easter Vigil Liturgy, Saturday, 8 p.m. Easter Masses (Sunday), 8 and 10 a.m.



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