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Gilford drops underage drinking party charges against local woman because it can't produce the drinkers at trial

LACONIA — A case against a Gilford veterinarian charged with facilitating an under-aged drinking party at her home was dismissed in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday. After attorney Matt Lahey made a motion to dismiss the charge against Dr. Brenda Stowe for lack of prosecution, Gilford Sgt. Prosecutor Eric Bredbury told the court that the state was unable to produce five witnesses who would testify they were at the party and under the age of 21 at the time. "The witnesses are all over the world, including Vietnam," Bredbury said. Stowe was charged with a misdemeanor after police were called to... Read more


Jeanie Forrester - Northern Pass can afford complete burial …

A couple weeks ago the latest version of the Northern Pass route through New Hampshire was announced. It's another step in the right direction. The new proposal, the "NH Forward Plan", proposes to reduce the capacity of the transmission line from 1200 megawatts down to 1000 megawatts. By doing this, Northern Pass will be able to lower tower heights by 10-15 feet for that part of the project that remains on overhead towers. The new plan buries... Read more


Anne Deli - A 5-point plan to revive Motorcycle Week

There has been an outpouring of concern for the direction and future of Laconia Motorcycle Week since I spoke in opposition to new bike week vendor fees at a recent workshop of Meredith selectmen. What has struck me is how much this dialogue, long simmering below the surface, has needed to come to the forefront and be discussed. The facts speak for themselves — attendance is down, traffic is down, and interest is down. We must... Read more


Waukewan Ladies count their putts

The Waukewan Ladies were back on the course for the first sunny day of the season. The ladies cheered as they teed off on the back nine. Teams of 4 and a game of "Count Your Putts" was the plan of attack. Two best putts per hole netted the winning team $10 per player with a total of only 27 putts. Congratulations to the team of: Jan Lefebvre, Ellen Vail, Gloria Ferland, and Karen Bourgeois.... Read more



Mr. and Mrs. Frank Maguire of Laconia, NH, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Lynn, to Kevin Chaff, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Chaff of Hampstead, NH. The future bride graduated from Southern NH University with a masters degree in business. She is employed at EFI in Meredith. The future groom received a bachelors degree in criminal justice from U. Mass Lowell. He is employed by the State of NH 911.... Read more

Calendar of Events

9-1-15 Calendar

Performance of gothic drama "Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde," 7:30 p.m., Winnipesaukee Playhouse, 50 Reservoir Road, Meredith. Info and tickets: (603) 279-0333 or   New Horizons Band performs, 6:30 p.m., Rotary Park Bandstand, Beacon Street East, Laconia. Sponsored by Laconia Parks and Recreation Department.   Events at Gilford Public Library: Social Bridge, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Events at Hall Library, Northfield: Spanish Club, 10 a.m.; Craft Tuesday, 11-3 p.m. ($5 hourly fee); Tech Tuesday, 2-4 p.m; Project Teen, 3 p.m. Story... Read more


Laconia Adult Education offering free basic math and reading…

LACONIA — Laconia Adult Education is offering free Basic Math and Reading Classes starting on Tuesday, Sept. 8, and Thursday, Sept. 10, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., according to Peggy Selig, program director. These courses are designed to help people improve their math and reading skills and eventually work toward a HISET Certificate or High School Diploma. On Tuesday and Thursday nights, the Reading Clinic will cover reading comprehension in the subject areas of science, social studies... Read more


Birth- Preston Lou Ashton

Preston Lou Ashton Born on August 1, 2014 at 4:17pm at Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia, NH to Laura Dunn and Ryan Ashton. Preston weighed 6lbs 14oz and was 19 inches long. His maternal grandparents are Cal and Tammy Dunn, Jr. of Laconia, NH. His maternal great grandparents are Harry and Thelma Bean of Gilford, NH. Paternal grandparents are Jim and Cheryl Barnes of Gilmanton Iron Works, NH. Preston has many aunts and uncles; Cal, Sue,... Read more


Local businesses help support Veterans Count Program

LACONIA — Veterans Count was conceived in 2007 when Easter Seals' board member, Mike Salter, sought to bring comprehensive, emergency aid to veterans and their families whose quality of life was significantly impacted by deployment to war zones. A veteran of the U.S. Army Special Forces, Salter and the Easter Seals NH President and CEO Larry Gammon approached the NH Joint Force Headquarters (NH National Guard), at that time commanded by Laconia native Major General Kenneth... Read more


Patricia (Jameson) Jacobsen Cook, 73

LACONIA — After a battle with cancer, Patricia (Jameson) Jacobsen Cook died peacefully surrounded by family on July 23, 2015 in Laconia, N.H. at the age of 73. She leaves behind her loving husband of 24 years William Cook, her daughter Dara Jacobsen, her sons David Jacobsen and Todd Jacobsen and her sister Phyllis (Jameson) Mulholland. She was predeceased by her former husband, Arthur Jacobsen and their son, Timothy Jacobsen. Patti was born on May 26,... Read more

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