Lakes Region

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Former employees of New Hampshire dog breeder Christina Fay say her home's floors were covered in dog urine and feces, and an officer says the property was such a mess it looked like it had been burglarized when 84 Great Danes were seized in June.

Fay has pleaded not guilty to 12 misdemeanor animal cruelty charges. She went on trial Monday, four months after the animals were removed from her Wolfeboro mansion.

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The 2017 New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival in Laconia saw big crowds over the weekend, but didn't see a world record.

The president of the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce said it was a record-breaking crowd, with estimates of more than 40,000 coming to the downtown event on Friday and Saturday.

Meredith Lee/Humane Society of the U.S.

A Wolfeboro woman accused of animal cruelty will not get her dogs back before trial.

In a story that garnered national attention, 75 European Great Danes were removed from the home of Christina Fay in June.

Todd Bookman/NHPR

A Wolfeboro woman accused of animal cruelty says she treated her 75 European Great Danes like they were her own children, and deserves to have them returned to her.

 Ed Engler, mayor of Laconia since 2013, is taking a leave of absence following a diagnosis of colon cancer.

Engler notified city employees late last week that he’s seeking medical treatment in California, where his daughter lives, and is likely to be away for at least a month. Laconia City Manager Scott Myers says Engle was in good spirits when they last spoke.

Sean Hurley

Every Sunday morning throughout the summer, a bell rings out three times from an island in the middle of Squam Lake.

It's a signal that boaters, kayakers,  and even swimmers, should begin to make their way to the island - because church is about to start. 

With a granite boulder serving as an altar and music from a hand cranked organ, Chocurua Island has hosted religious services of all kinds for more than a hundred years.  In this final installment of our summer series Surrounded, Sean Hurley visits the island, with one of its most devoted caretakers.

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The iconic Weirs Drive-in Theatre will played its movies Monday night, ending a remarkable run for this slice of Americana in Laconia, N.H.

Opening with a single screen in 1949, the Drive-in, after being purchased by the Baldi family in 1974, added three more screens. Today, its 13 acres look a little tired, but every night through the Lakes Region summer, cars and vans and pickup trucks piled with mattresses and blankets fill its parking lot.

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Time moves differently—and is counted differently—on Three Mile Island.

The summer camp on Lake Winnipesaukee, which is owned and operated by the Appalachian Mountain Club, hasn’t changed much since its opening in 1900. And many of the campers, some of whom have been returning annually for more than half-a-century, are more likely to tell you when they first started coming to Three Mile, rather than admit their age.

Courtesy of the Town of New Hampton

A 191-year-old building in New Hampton could be torn down as early as next month. That's after residents voted last week against paying to save it.

USGS website

Cyanobacteria advisories are in place at Elm Brook Park beach in Hopkinton and Silver Lake State Park Beach in Hollis. 

State officials are urging visitors to stay out of the water if they observe blue-green scum or clumps suspended in the water column. Cyanobacteria can be toxic to both humans and dogs. 

In Search of New Hampshire's Biggest Trees

Jan 27, 2017
NHPR

New Hampshire is a state known for its trees. In fact, the Granite State is the second most forested state in the country. Some trees are green, some are white; some are small, and others are . . . mighty. An organization of tree enthusiasts has been finding and documenting New Hampshire’s biggest trees since the 1950’s. 

David P. Whelan / Morguefile

It’s easy enough to check the weather before you head out for a hike. Maybe you click on the weather app on your smartphone, scan for thunderstorms, and plan accordingly. But when it comes to going for a swim, real-time information on water conditions is not just a click away.

Golden View Health Care Center via Google Photos

The New Hampshire attorney general's office says a female nursing home resident who died had been attacked by a male resident suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Attorney General Joseph Foster said 82-year-old Barbara Whittier died on March 16, after authorities responded to the Golden View Health Care Center in Meredith.

Emily Corwin for NHPR

A Gilford woman facing a $25 dollar fine for going topless at a beach in her hometown is heading to trial to fight it. She says her goal is to prove that ordinances banning female toplessness violate women’s civil rights.

And this isn’t the first time Heidi Lilley has gone topless on the beach.

The pilot of a small, ultralight plane that crashed near the Weirs Beach Channel in New Hampshire's lakes region has died.

The plane went down Saturday afternoon on a lawn next to the channel.

The Laconia Police Department said Sunday that the pilot, 69-year-old William Panuski of Sanbornton, died of injuries he suffered in the crash. He was the only person in the plane.

The circumstances surrounding the crash are still under investigation. It occurred at the edge of Lake Winnipesaukee's western shore near Laconia.

Karen Kardoza via Flickr CC

With the forecast calling for sunny skies, and millions of out-of-state visitors expected, this Labor Day weekend should be a busy one on New Hampshire's lakes.

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Every community has an issue which an outsider might look at and say, ‘That? You’re fighting about that?’

In Gilmanton, that’s the Year-Round Library.

The library is a private non-profit, but is open to the public. It’s in a gorgeous refurbished timber-frame barn; two stories tall with old rough-hewn beams surrounded by a modern shell. It was built through private fundraising, and fundraising helps pay operating costs too.  

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Most people in New Hampshire associate Laconia with the annual summer Motorcycle Week Rally.

But another event, equally important to the city’s history, takes place this weekend.

The 83rd Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Derby has been around almost as long at Bike Week.

Trail Boss Jim Lyman, whose grandfather helped start the local sled dog derby in 1929, says Laconia’s sled dog event is one of the oldest in the country with ties back to the modern origin of the sport.

Courtesy Northeastern Ballet Theatre

Wolfeboro ballet instructor Edra Toth knows what it feels like to be misunderstood.

On Saturday night, her nonprofit Northeast Ballet Theater will present Dracula, a ballet written by Toth. In it, Toth’s dance ensemble will illustrate the truth about Dracula – or, more accurately, the original historical figure he’s based on, a militant ruler named Vlad Tepes.

Three beaches in Laconia that tested positive for bacteria last week are now in the clear.

The Parks and Recreation Department says Opechee Cove, Opechee Point and Weirs Beach posted advisories for high E. coli levels between Aug. 19 and Aug. 21.

Director Kevin Dunleavy tells The Citizen the beaches now all have clearance after further testing.

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Every kid knows there’s something magical about being in a tree house.

Sure, you can play “house” anywhere and pretend to be living out the joys and jobs of adulthood. But in a tree house, you’re 10, 15, or 20 feet up in the air, far above any adults telling you how do to things. It’s like playing house and being a superhero, all the same time.

And that feeling is one you can never forget, Laconia’s Randy Bartlett discovered.

Kayakers and canoeists are hoping to break two world records in Laconia, New Hampshire, this weekend.

LakeFest 2014: Raft-a-Palooza takes place Sunday at Weirs Beach on Lake Winnipesaukee. Following a "Blessing of the Fleet" in the morning, paddlers will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest raft of canoes and kayaks. The current record was set in Michigan with 2,099 boats.

The group also hopes to beat the record for the number of kayaks and canoes launched simultaneously. A group in Tasmania set the record with 308 boats last year.

Courtesy Joe Del Russo

Someone in your family probably remembers a time when receiving a letter was unusual. The message was typically handwritten and personal, and it told you that someone in another part of the world thought enough about you to sit down, organize their thoughts and craft a message, just for you.

There are still places in New Hampshire where getting mail is just as special, mostly because of how it's delivered.

The "Red Raider" logo is staying put at a New Hampshire high school for now.

The student council at Belmont High School held a community forum last month taking comment on whether they should change or retire the black and red graphic of a Native American.

On Tuesday, the Shaker Regional School Board voted down the council's request to change the logo, but encouraged a public vote on the matter at next year's District Meeting.

The idea of changing the name came up after a discussion in a social studies class.

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New Hampshire officials are getting hit with calls, emails and tweets reacting to racist comments made by a town police commissioner.

Jim Bouley, mayor of the capital city of Concord, said the reaction from as far away as California included threats to cancel vacations in New Hampshire. The calls started Thursday after news reports detailed comments by Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Robert Copeland, who admitted using the N-word to describe President Barack Obama.

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As summer approaches, boaters who enjoy spending time on Lake Winnipesaukee have their eyes focused on two things: the weather and the lake level.

Most lakes have natural high and low seasonal water points caused by the whims of nature. But the state’s largest lakes are too important to New Hampshire’s tourism economy to be left to chance.

Via WeirsBeach.com

The Lakeport Dam is only about 222-feet wide and more than 60 years old, but it stands at a unique New Hampshire crossroads.

Upstream is Lake Winnipesaukee, the state’s largest lake covering more than 44½ thousands of acres of surface area and plunging to a depth of up to 212 feet.

Downstream is  the Winnipesaukee River, which travels through downtown Laconia (“The City of Lakes”) and then into Lake Winnisquam, the fourth-largest lake in New Hampshire.

Belmont Students Aim To Change 'Red Raider' Mascot

Apr 17, 2014

Three Belmont High School students are taking on an issue few adults would tackle these days.

Student Council members Andre Bragg, Taylor Becker and Ashley Fenimore led a forum Wednesday night where they asked the community to consider whether the school’s mascot – “Red Raider” – was offensive to Native Americans.

The issue came up recently in a Social Studies class and the Council thought the question was significant enough to begin a public dialog.

Courtesy Iona College

It’s like Mickey Mantle’s grandson announcing he’ll be hitting home runs for the Dartmouth College baseball team. Or Julia Ruth Stevens, the daughter of New York Yankee icon Babe Ruth, agreeing to pay for a new baseball park in Derry.

Historic Ice-Out Of Winnipesaukee Expected

Apr 4, 2014
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The man who officially declares the annual ice-out of Lake Winnipesaukee says this year’s announcement could be a record-setter.

Dave Emerson of Emerson Aviation in Gilford said this winter’s cold and snow may mean it’s early May before he can declare what some consider the official start of the New Hampshire summer season.

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