Kennett tiny house takes second; Laconia wins with pro help

By Lloyd Jones

tiny-houses-manchesterCrowds line up to see the tiny houses in Manchester. Kennett's is on the left, Laconia's on the right. (DAVE WARRENDER PHOTO)CONWAY — One hundred percent student-built.

That's the claim the advanced building trades students in the Mount Washington Valley Career and Technical Center at Kennett High School can proudly make about their tiny house, which finished second in a five-school competition at the 50th N.H. State Home Show at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester over the weekend.

The same cannot be said of the winning school, Huot Career and Technical Center of Laconia, which utilized a professional architect, a landscape architect and members of the Lakes Region Home Builders Association to complete its project on time.

In fact, according to an association press release, builders were at the school minus the students.

"Blizzard or not work continues on the Lakes Region Tiny House," it said. "Ray Boelig from Ponders Hollow Custom Wood Flooring & Millwork says, 'We are so close. We are working desperately to get the final steps done.' ... The kids couldn't make it in today but our builders and associates are not wasting time and continue the work even with this snowstorm."

The homes were judged by Gov. Chris Sununu and Sen. Maggie Hassan on Saturday.

Happy Hour at White Birch Books to celebrate National Women's Month

CONWAY — March is National Women's Month and this month's Happy Hour at White Birch Books features any book in the store that is authored by a woman.

Stop by the bookstore Thursday, March 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. for happy hour specials, munchies, beer, wine and specific help on finding that perfect book. People will aso receive 15 percent off any book in the store that was written by a woman.

Got goats? Carroll County farm wants you

By Daymond Steer

County-FieldCarroll County Commissioners will lease this landfree to a farmer to graze goats, sheep or maybe even cows. (DAYMOND STEER PHOTO)OSSIPEE — Goats or sheep or maybe even cows may be roaming county farmland in the near future, as Carroll County commissioners will be offering a free lease of several acres to anyone who needs someplace to let their animals graze.

The county farm totals 894 acres, of which 120 acres are hay fields and the rest mainly forest.

Over the past two budget cycles, there has been considerable debate about what to do with the county farm. The farm can produce hay, cord wood and campfire wood, along with blueberries and vegetables. Inmate labor is used. The delegation members who voted to cut the farm's budget claimed it competes with local growers and firewood producers.

A group of 15 state representatives called the delegation met last month to try and finish the Carroll County's 2017 budget. They removed $10,000 from the Department of Public Works and placed it in a contingency fund for the purposes of funding a feasibility study to see how the land can best be used. The delegation has to approve any expenditure to be paid for from that $10,000 fund.

The land that the commissioners are seeking to lease consists of about 4 acres located across the street from Sunset Mattress Factory at 85 County Farm Road in Ossipee.

Propane leak causes evacuations at county complex

By Daymond Steer

firefighters-propane-leak-CountyFirefighters respons Tuesday to a propane gas leak at the Carroll County complex in Ossipee. (KEN ROBICHAUD PHOTO)OSSIPEE — A propane leak at the Carroll County complex on Tuesday afternoon forced an evacuation of the county's administration building as well as a partial evacuation of the adjacent Mountain View Community nursing home.

The situation was resolved without injury in under two hours.

The leak was discovered by County Administrator Ken Robichaud at around 12:20 p.m.

Robichaud said about 50 residents from the Shaw and Whittier sections of Mountain View Community, on the north side of the nursing home, as well as about 35 workers were evacuated from the administration building.

The administration building houses the county attorney's office, sheriff's office, registry of deeds and administration staff.

Although most of the administration building had to be evacuated, sheriff's dispatchers couldn't leave their posts.

Robichaud said the other workers got the all-clear to re-enter the building at about 1:40 p.m.

He said Ossipee Corner Fire Department responded.

Robichaud discovered the leak as he was heading from the administration building to the nursing home to get some lunch.