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Binnie Media donates $5,000 to Public Access TV

LACONIA — Binnie Media presented a $5,000 check to Lakes Region Public Access TV during the opening day of the the annual NH 1 Children's Auction on Tuesday. The funds will underwrite the production costs for LRPA-TV for this year's auction.
Lee Kinberg, executive vice president of NH 1 News, said ''we thought it was the right thing to do. It costs a lot to provide this coverage of the auction, which is the most wonderful, wonderful cause we've seen.''
From the start known as the WLNH (or just LNH) Children's Auction, the event is now being promoted as the NH 1 Children's Auction. The auction was started on WLNH radio in 1982 by Warren Bailey and has grown over the years, especially after LRPA started covering it live in the late 1990s, to the point where it raised $510,801 last year.
WLNH is now owned by Binnie Media and broadcasts from the NH 1 bureau which is located in the former Laconia police station on Church Street.
''We think it is appropriate for us to underwrite the cost of production for LRPA-TV,'' Kinberg told Shari Small, NH1 news anchor and reporter, as she interviewed him for a live broadcast of the check presentation at the Opechee Conference Center, site of the auction broadcast.
''We're very thankful. As we go forward we'll have an even better partnership,'' said Denise Beauchaine, LRPA-TV station manager, as she accepted the giant check. She had earlier accepted the real check from Kinberg and shown it to members of the LRPA crew who were broadcasting the event and smiled after seeing how much it was for.
The WBIN news operation is headquartered at the former Walker School in Concord, where people will be able to drop off contributions for the auction. Kinberg said the station is running a commercial-free segment from noon to 2 p.m. on each of the first four days of the auction, which runs Dec. 9-13 and is broadcast in its entirety locally by Lakes Region Public Access TV (MetroCast Channel 25).
''Our signal reaches across the state and we'll be introducing the auction to a lot of new viewers by helping with our coverage,'' said Kinberg.
The auction will be carried live on LRPA-TV from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Patrick's Pub will hold it's annual Pub Mania event from 9 a.m. Thursday until 9 a.m. Friday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 01:31

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Messer Street facelift. . . one house at a time

LACONIA — Messer Street has begun to undergo a facelift as a pair of investors have followed in the footsteps of Harry Bean by purchasing and rehabilitating residential properties on the busy thoroughfare.
Bull Fish Investments, LLC, a partnership of Matthew Bull and Ron Haddock, have acquired two older homes, one at 95 Messer Street and the other at 101 Messer Street, which they are in the process of rehabilitating for sale. Two years ago Harry Bean bought and rehabbed the home at 94 Messer Street, which was sold in 2013 for $175,000.
Bull said that work at 101 Messer Street, a one and three-quarter story single-family home built in 1902, is virtually complete. He said that the entire interior of the building was removed and remodeled with new plumbing, electrical and heating systems and a full upper story was added to the building. "It's a brand new home brought back to its old glory," he said. Bull expected to finish the rehabilitation of 95 Messer Street, which currently consists of three rental units in the spring.
Bull, who has also acquired similar properties in Franklin and Ashland, said that the work on Messer Street attracted attention of passersby who were pleased by the improvements to homes in the neighborhood. Bull remarked that because the street serves as a leg of the Winnisquam-Opechee-Winnipesaukee (WOW) Trail, he thought the facelift would be especially welcome.
Bull said that he and his partner intend to focus on properties in Laconia, Gilford and Belmont, adding that the abundance of older single-family homes and multi-family dwellings in the city offered abundant opportunities for acquisition and rehabilitation.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 01:22

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Man alleged to have committed fraud in Laconia arrested in Manchester

LACONIA – Local police, working with Manchester Police and the N.H. Parole and Probation Department, have arrested a man who was allegedly perpetrating high-value frauds throughout the state.

Police said Shawn Cochrane was arrested in a Manchester apartment Friday morning. Laconia Police said they had been looking for Cochrane for about a month. He was being sought for allegedly perpetrating frauds using a closed TD Bank account and ID.

Det. Kevin Butler said yesterday that Laconia Police got a tip Friday morning that Cochrane was squatting in an apartment in Manchester. He said police and parole officers arrested him without incident at 11:30 Friday morning.

Cochrane is being held in the State Prison and will be appearing at an yet undermined date in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 02:00

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Belmont Mill worth saving, contractor tells selectmen

BELMONT – After hearing a presentation from a masonry expert who said the historic Belmont Mill is worth saving, selectmen asked their general contractor to prepare an estimate in time for a vote at annual town meeting in March.

Scott Whitaker of Building Envelope Specialists – a subcontractor for Bonnette, Page & Stone -- told the board last night that with the exception of the interior portion along the wall that burned in 1992, the masonry is in very good condition.

"At the end of the day, this is a solid building. It is a good candidate for keeping, not demolishing," said Whitaker. "This has a lot of life to it."

Whitaker explained the process he used to evaluate the mortar, telling the board "not all mortar is alike." He said the discolorations in the mortar come from different recipes at different times, but that the brick walls are sound.

He said the south side wall, where he believes the fire either started or burned the hottest, is the only problem area. While the exterior-most wythe -- or a continuous vertical section of masonry one unit in thickness -- was replaced during the reconstruction 17-years ago, the interior wall portions of that wall needed some work.

He said much of the damage to that section likely came during the fire. He said bricks are use to being hot, but what stresses them is when they are hot and then rapidly chilled – like in a fire fought with water.

He said they should leave the outside wythe alone and evaluate and replace the bricks and mortar as needed up to the original 24 inches of base on the first floor and 16 inches on the second floor. Above, that, he said the brick looks good.

Resident Mark Mooney asked Whitaker if he had actually taken apart any of the sections along the wall that was exposed to the hottest fire.

Whitaker said he had not, but had drilled some test holes and determined that some of the wall is spongy and would need some work.

Selectmen unanimously supported the project, but only if it was a repair that would last a minimum of 30 to 40 years.

Whitaker said that with regular maintenance, he feels the building is solid for at least 75 years.

Whitaker, working with Bonnette Page & Stone, said they would have a dollar amount for the proposed work by Dec. 29 or 30.

Selectmen said the Budget Committee has to have it in the form of a warrant article before Jan. 6.

Town Administrator Jeanne Beaudin also asked Whitaker to make a presentation to the Budget Committee, the same or similar to the one he made to selectmen. Selectmen also said they would like to host a separate question-and-answer session for the townspeople in addition to the Budget Committee presentation and public hearing.

Selectman Jon Pike said he would like to the session taped and put up on the town Website for those who couldn't attend the question-and-answer session.

Contractors said the final budget estimate would be presented to the Board of Selectmen at 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 29 at the Corner Meeting House.

The date of the question-and-answer session will be set after selectmen get the final estimates.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 01:32

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