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Bike Week at Weirs Beach is for old leather and new friends
06-12-2024 5:09 PM

By SOPHIE LEVENSON

Nothing can keep Jim Peyser away from his motorcycle, not even a crash.He doesn’t remember the accident, but he can piece it together: A nighttime ride, a run-in with the curb and $23,000 worth of repairs.“He almost died,” said Diane Kline, Peyser’s...

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‘Starting off a new century’: Laconia Bike Week motors into 101st year
06-06-2024 4:36 PM

By SOPHIE LEVENSON

“First in the nation” is a meaningful phrase in New Hampshire. For the leather-clad owners of Harley Davidsons, the Granite State makes its mark as the first-ever host of a motorcycle rally in the United States.For the last 101 years, Laconia has...


The largest arcade in the world marches on
05-25-2024 9:04 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Classic arcade games, pinball, bowling, birthday parties, skee ball, mini golf. You name it, Funspot has it.Located in Weirs Beach in Laconia, it was recognized as the world’s largest arcade by Guinness World Records in 2008. The 60,000-square foot...


Fewer blooms in these lakes
08-09-2023 4:00 PM

By JON DECKER

LACONIA — Despite a near record-breaking number of cyanobacteria blooms in New Hampshire this year, the Lakes Region has been largely spared.“We broke the record every month for the number of advisories issued,” said Kate Hastings, cyanobacteria...


Junior hockey team in Laconia looking for housing for players
07-07-2023 3:31 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

The New England Wolves, part of the Eastern Hockey League, are looking for host families for some of their out-of-state players. Located in Laconia, the Wolves are a junior hockey program for young adults hoping to play hockey at the NCAA level.The...


Supreme Court rules lewd, threatening posts amount to stalking, not free speech 
07-01-2023 6:43 PM

By JAMIE L. COSTA

A man who said the First Amendment protected his online comments about his sexual interest in a woman and his hope that she’d be raped and shot, including posting digital images depicting her being violently assaulted, was guilty of stalking her, the...


No arrest, no comment: The 5-year-old homicide victim the state’s not talking about
03-08-2023 6:16 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Judy Anderson had grown impatient by the time she marched into the Laconia mayor’s office in October with a photo of 5-year-old Dennis Vaughan Jr. to remind him that the boy’s 2019 homicide in his grandmother’s Laconia apartment remains...


Difficulty getting volunteers and the pandemic shut Laconia Hospital auxiliary after 129 years
01-30-2023 5:13 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

Difficulty getting volunteers and the pandemic shutdown have delivered a one-two punch to Laconia Hospital’s auxiliary, closing a group that was founded in 1893.“It was a hard, hard decision to make,” said Paulette Adams, president of the auxiliary,...


Everyone likes grander vision for WOW Trail at Lakeport Square, but who will pay for it?
01-26-2023 5:48 PM

By ADAM DRAPCHO

LACONIA — There are plans well underway to work on the Lakeport end of the WOW Trail. Those plans call for a new trail, known as the Opechee Loop, to spur from Lakeport Square, follow Elm Street and ultimately circle Lake Opechee to rejoin the WOW...


From ball fields to a farming hub, proposals for Lakes Region property varied widely
01-20-2023 4:09 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

The four offers the state received for the 220-acre former Laconia State School property ranged widely, from a request for the state to donate the site for community sports fields to proposals of multi-use developments, each with a unique focus. One...


Receding tide of labor pool leaves beaches understaffed or unguarded
06-29-2022 5:06 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

For a second consecutive summer, there will be no lifeguards on duty at Weirs Beach.Though there will be on-duty guards at Bond Beach, the city Parks and Recreation Department was unable to sufficiently staff Weirs Beach, which requires a larger team...


AG: Couple died after seeking shelter
12-21-2021 5:24 PM

By MICHAEL MORTENSEN

BELMONT — A local couple whose bodies were found in separate solid waste facilities three months ago climbed into a garbage dumpster to seek shelter from a storm, the state Attorney General’s Office has reported.The deaths of both Jessica Lurvey, 28,...


As Motorcycle Week in Laconia gets older, so does its bikers
06-07-2018 11:40 PM

By JACOB DAWSON

It’s pretty obvious who is participating in Laconia Motorcycle Week. It’s no longer the rough-and-tumble riders of yesteryear.“We tend to get older people,” said Charlie St. Clair, executive director for the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association.Bike...


Alleged Hells Angel among four arrested on drug charges
06-10-2017 12:07 AM

By CAITLIN ANDREWS

Two alleged motorcycle club members, including a Hells Angels member, are among four New Hampshire men arrested recently on federal drug trafficking charges following an investigation officials say spanned several years.James Cunningham, 60, of...


Laconia officers make 17 arrests with help of Granite Hammer funds
12-13-2016 9:56 PM

By CAITLIN ANDREWS

Early Tuesday morning, 17 Laconia police officers fanned out across several towns, including Concord, to arrest 12 individuals wanted for drug possession and distribution charges.The operation began at 6 a.m. with officers executing warrants on the...


Fecal bacteria drives swimmers away from Weirs Beach in Laconia
08-04-2016 12:33 AM

By NICK STOICO

Dirty water made for a quiet weekend at Weirs Beach to the dismay of tourists and business owners.The state Department of Environmental Services posted an advisory last week for the beach located in Laconia’s hub of summer activity warning swimmers...

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