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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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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...


Too warm for mushers: World Championship Sled Dog Derby cancelled
02-11-2024 11:11 AM

By ADAM DRAPCHO

The 95th World Championship Sled Dog Derby will have to wait until next year, as the Lakes Region Sled Dog Club has announced that conditions are not suitable for a race this year.The event, which draws mushers and sled dog teams from across the U.S....


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...


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...


Dogs, horses, drones join search for missing Barnstead woman
01-12-2024 10:44 AM

By ADAM DRAPCHO

BARNSTEAD — It’s now been a week since Ashley Turcotte was last seen. That seven days has included cold nights and a winter storm. Meanwhile, efforts to find her have only accelerated. On Thursday, a search including multiple agencies and volunteers...


Franklin counters Kovacs’s complaint with claim for legal fees
01-10-2024 11:11 AM

By ADAM DRAPCHO

FRANKLIN — Filings from both sides in the lawsuit between the city and a downtown business owner suggest the case is headed for a jury trial.The case, brought by Miriam Kovacs against the city of Franklin, the Franklin Police Department and several...


Restaurant owner again prods city toward reforms
12-23-2023 2:43 PM

By ADAM DRAPCHO

FRANKLIN — The two sides of a lawsuit over Franklin’s handling of a civil rights complaint are continuing to negotiate, with a second settlement offer currently being considered by the defendants.The plaintiff, business owner Miriam Kovacs, brought...


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,...


Bus service connecting Laconia to Concord to start next month
11-16-2023 11:36 AM

By ADAM DRAPCHO

LACONIA — A commuter bus, designed to connect Laconia to Concord, with several stops in between, is set to debut as early as December.The bus line is organized by the Community Action Program of Belknap-Merrimack Counties, which already operates a...


Laconia's real estate eclipses $4 billion mark
11-15-2023 3:43 PM

By ADAM DRAPCHO

LACONIA — The city’s annual revaluation of properties is complete, and property owners who check the city’s website will likely find that their property is now assessed for more than it was last year. However, just because an individual property is...


Laconia organizes vigil Oct. 8 in response to antisemitic graffiti
09-29-2023 12:48 PM

By ADAM DRAPCHO

The recent appearance of antisemitic graffiti suggests there are some in the region who harbor hostility toward Jewish people and other groups. A vigil, planned for Sunday, Oct. 8, is an opportunity for the community to show support for a vision of a...


Transfer station workers fired for policy breeches
05-15-2023 7:19 PM

By ADAM DRAPCHO

A town employee brought allegations against two co-workers, apparently in the hope they would be fired and he would get promoted. Instead, a resulting investigation revealed a long list of workplace violations, both by the two accused as well as the...


The tourists are coming! Where are the workers?
04-24-2023 5:08 PM

By ADAM DRAPCHO

New Hampshire’s tourism industry didn’t just rebound from the disruption of the pandemic in 2020, it set new record highs for both the number of visitors and the amount of money they left behind in 2021 and 2022. Visitor spending in NH plummeted from...


Sled dog derby called off due to conditions
02-15-2023 7:16 PM

By ADAM DRAPCHO

LACONIA — The snow came before the deep cold, and the cold didn’t last long enough. After holding out hope for as long as possible, the leaders of the Lakes Region Sled Dog Club had to cancel the World Championship Sled Dog Derby planned for this...


Former prosecutor explains how AG looks at fatal police interactions
02-06-2023 5:07 PM

By ADAM DRAPCHO

GILFORD — In the wake of the New Year’s Day shooting that left a teenager dead, one of the many yet-unanswered questions is whether the police officer who used deadly force will face any charges.A spokesperson for the state Attorney General’s Office...


Gilford residents balk at $1 million price tag to renovate aging beach facilities
01-23-2023 4:46 PM

By ADAM DRAPCHO

Gilford Town Hall is taking a fresh look at the town beach, after a proposal to rebuild the bathhouse drew strong public reaction on several fronts.Town Administrator Scott Dunn said the selectboard has “pulled” a proposed warrant article, which would...


Moultonborough teacher, under investigation, resigns
10-08-2021 6:16 PM

By ADAM DRAPCHO

 A teacher at Moultonborough Academy has resigned amid an investigation into alleged misconduct.The School Board accepted the resignation of Lindsay Bliznik, a Spanish teacher, during a nonpublic meeting on Oct. 4, said Superintendent Patrick...

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