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Developer plans to bring ‘glamping’ to Weirs
02-02-2024 5:02 PM

By ADAM DRAPCHO

LACONIA — In a prior era, Weirs Boulevard was lined with small businesses offering tourists accommodations — a small space to rest at the end of a long day of visiting shops, beaches or other local attractions. These “cottage colonies,” as they were...

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Gilford's novel foam recycling program gets funding boost
04-10-2024 10:30 AM

By GABRIEL PERRY

Congressman Chris Pappas (D-NH) highlighted the importance of supporting sustainable development after touring the state's only polystyrene recycling facility last week. The transfer station recently received a $54,000 grant from the Northern Border...


Funding for Laconia Antique Center purchase undecided
04-02-2024 12:04 PM

By GABRIEL PERRY

Questions regarding the funding of the city’s purchase of a portion of the Laconia Antique Center building at 601 Main St. downtown remain after the original funding mechanism was removed from the resolution at last week’s city council meeting.City...


Laconia votes to move forward with antique center purchase, splitting building with restaurateur
03-27-2024 4:25 PM

By GABRIEL PERRY

Laconia city council approved the purchase of 601 Main St., current site of the Laconia Antique Center, in a 4-2 vote following hours of discussion at their regular meeting Monday night.The city will purchase the back two thirds of the building for...


Pair of loons rescued from Lake Opechee
03-05-2024 6:25 PM

By ADAM DRAPCHO

It’s been a weird winter, with mild and rainy weather confounding people who try to organize traditional winter activities. It turns out that the warmer winters have also led to changes in the behaviors of at least one animal: loons.Biologists at the...


Video game class at Gilford High encourages creativity, technical skills
03-02-2024 11:00 AM

By DANIEL SARCH

GILFORD — By the end of this trimester, 18 students at Gilford High School will have completed the Video Game Development class, where they are learning to program and design a working game. While most games will be fairly simple, or unfinished,...


Franklin ski area faces uncertain future after early closing due to warm weather
03-02-2024 9:00 AM

By DANIEL SARCH

FRANKLIN — Despite a successful opening weekend, the lack of snow this winter season has left the Veterans Memorial Ski Area struggling to stay open. After what was thought to be an unseasonably warm weather anomaly last year, it seems a pattern is...


From sickness to strength: How pickleball helps battle Lyme disease
02-28-2024 11:46 AM

By GABRIEL PERRY

SANDWICH — Nancy Morton knows what it’s like to see her life grind to a screeching halt from 90 miles per hour. She went from working as a personal trainer, running and playing tennis regularly and operating a wood-splitting business to being...


Alton Bay seaplane ice runway grounded
02-24-2024 2:00 PM

By GABRIEL PERRY

The ice runway at the Alton Bay Seaplane Base on Lake Winnipesaukee won’t be open this season due to lack of ice. Base officials made the final decision not to open the runway at all the first weekend of February.The tradition began in 1947 and has...


Lucky catch: Dog walker rescues angler who fell through ice
01-31-2024 11:30 AM

By ADAM DRAPCHO

MEREDITH — An ice fisher who fell through the ice was able to catch the attention of a man out walking his dog, a stroke of fortune that likely saved his life on Tuesday.Meredith Fire Chief Ken Jones said his department was called for an ice rescue...


Gunstock’s Tom Day to retire after 4 years
01-27-2024 2:28 PM

By DANIEL SARCH

GILFORD — After four years as president and general manager of Gunstock Mountain Resort, Tom Day told the Gunstock Area Commission Thursday he is retiring, and this winter season is his final one at the resort, according to a press release.In the...


Pumpkin festival heads to Weirs Beach
01-25-2024 5:12 PM

By ADAM DRAPCHO

LACONIA — When the New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival first came to the city in 2015, downtown was struggling, with about half of the storefronts vacant and the Colonial Theatre closed.Eight years later, downtown is vibrant and the Colonial is hosting...


Fortier found guilty of sex assault on teenager
01-25-2024 1:34 PM

A Belknap County jury concluded on Monday that Brian Fortier, one of the owners of West Alton Marina, sexually assaulted a 16-year-old who was under his employ.The trial, which took place in Superior Court, lasted for four days. The jury found...


Gunstock tackles unseasonably warm winter weather
01-06-2024 11:17 AM

By DANIEL SARCH

GILFORD — Gunstock Mountain Resort has overcome many challenges in its 87 years operating as a ski area, and has responded to the warm start to the season with snow guns blazing.The winter of 2023-24 was predicted at the beginning of December to be...


Business owner suing Franklin over discrimination asks for reform, not money
11-28-2023 11:10 AM

By ADAM DRAPCHO

FRANKLIN — Miriam Kovacs, a Central Street business owner who is suing the town over its response to hateful attacks against her restaurant, has offered a settlement deal that is light on cash but heavy on reforms she wishes the city to make.Kovacs,...


Proposed bill asks for bigger piece of Gunstock Mountain’s income to go to county
11-22-2023 10:41 AM

By CATHERINE MCLAUGHLIN

GILFORD — Gunstock Mountain Resort has been required to pay 1.75% of its gross operating income to Belknap County annually since the passage of a 2020 law. One local lawmaker is working on legislation that would nearly double that rate.Legislation for...


Tensions run hot during Franklin candidate forum
09-28-2023 6:00 PM

By CATHERINE MCLAUGHLIN

FRANKLIN — Filling the Franklin Elks Lodge Monday night, a municipal candidate forum hosted by the civic group Choose Franklin began energetically — three candidates for school board and then seven candidates for city council shared their policy views...


Loon eggs tell a story of forever chemicals in Squam Lake
09-06-2023 2:30 PM

By JON DECKER

SANDWICH — Data collected from dozens of nonviable loon eggs points to high levels of “forever chemicals” and other similar contaminants in Squam Lake, which has been lauded for its pristine water quality. In 2021, the Loon Preservation Committee...


Laconia police track stolen paper delivery car to Connecticut — where alleged thief stole another newspaper delivery vehicle  
08-04-2023 3:08 PM

By CATHERINE MCLAUGHLIN

A delivery vehicle containing approximately 2,000 copies of the Thursday edition of The Laconia Daily Sun was stolen from its drivers in the first hour of Thursday morning. The car made it as far as Fairfield, Connecticut, where police say the thief...


A life-changing moment
06-01-2023 3:47 PM

By ADAM DRAPCHO

If Keith Tuttle could go back to April 11, 2019, he would put his helmet on before heading out for a motorcycle ride. He can’t change his choice on that day, so he’s doing the next best thing: Telling as many other motorcyclists about what happened to...


8,000 years of history unveiled
05-31-2023 8:47 AM

By JON DECKER

LACONIA — An archaeology team from Dartmouth College found thousands of artifacts and artifact fragments this week at Weirs Beach, ranging from nails and glass of the 19th century to arrowheads dating back as far as 8,000 years.In December, the same...

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