Lakeport Community Association

Junction of Elm Street and Union Avenue, Lakeport Square, NH

Blog

view:  full / summary

New England foliage

Posted by lakeportcommunityassociation on October 3, 2009 at 11:08 AM Comments comments (110)

Hello Lakeport Fans,

 

The lush rains we had this year have served our trees well.  They are healthy, full and ready to burst into the bright autumn colors for all to enjoy before they are blanketed with that cold, white stuff that makes everything look so clean and to the delight of skiers and snowmobilers. 

 

LCA has had more yard sales to help defray the cost of painting the boxcar.  It looks so good with the maroon color.  The paint is so rich and  thick; it should last many years.  The next procedure is to stencil the car in gold lettering. 

 

Stop and take a look at Lakeport.  It's greatly improved.  Stop in at Wanda's Beauty Shop on Elm Street and she will delight in telling you about Lakeport.  

DD

Lakes are higher in Lakeport

Posted by lakeportcommunityassociation on August 1, 2009 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (1)

Hi Lakeport Fans,

     Two months of nearly constant rain, don't know where it's all coming from but it's sure going into our lakes. 

I'm on Facebook now, family snagged me.  I've discovered this site  "I Love Lakeport" designed by Jay Goodwin and enjoyed reading many comments of others growing up in Lakeport.  I hope they visit this site and add to it.

      We've decided to hire a painter to paint the boxcar and hopefully it will be done soon.  It's not one of our better sights in Lakeport at the moment ~ like some of our members, a little rusty looking.  But I tell you, folks like the idea of shopping in a boxcar during our yard sales.  It's the yard sales, donations and grants that pay for everything.

       LCA has been receiving some wonderful items to add to our museum collections.  The Richardson family just donated over two dozen clothing items from the late 1800s, early 1900s.  One that we especially enjoyed was a very petite lady's mourning outfit; we had just heard a presentation at the Laconia Historical & Museum Society on mourning customs.

      Come visit Lakeport -home of 4 of the best restaurants in town - Avery's, Fratello's, O's Steak & Seafood and T-Bones, 3 lakes -  Winnisquam, Opechee, Winnipesaukee WOW, 2 sites on the National Registry of Historic Buildings - Untied Baptist church and the Goss Reading Room and 1 remaining B & M building in the once railroad hub -our Lakeport Freighthouse.

     And speaking of the Goss Reading Room. If we don't use it, we may lose it.  We have to convince others that we do not want to see it sold or closed.  Please, become a "Friend of the Goss Reading Room" and use the library or donate to keep it open.  Write me at [email protected]

      Carl and Sandy Lendl invited LCA members for a splendid evening of cocktails, dinner and grand tour of the former G.A.R. building.  It was located on the other side of the footbridge on Gold Street and housed our famous Old Niagara No. 1 fire engine.  The Lendls live in California and restored the inside as their summer home.  They collect and  treasure antiques and fire station history.  This building was put to such wonderful reuse.   

       The Leavitt Park Carnival may have be reduced in size and time, but everyone enjoyed it.  They need more volunteers to help with the community center.  YOU?

      Live for today, plan for the future, but treasure your past.

DD ~ 8/1/09

What's buzzin' in Lakeport?

Posted by lakeportcommunityassociation on June 14, 2009 at 2:06 PM Comments comments (0)

     Things are buzzing here and it's not just the bees.  We are in the midst on the annual Laconia Bike Week and bikers are arriving by the thousands. 

It appears that we are to be enamored to the Anns among us.  The Lakeport Community Association  had just received many Boston & Maine items from Ann Oehschlaeger, when at our last meeting, a special guest, Anne Richardson, endowed us with two dozen clothing items mostly c. 1880 for our museum. With each item, lace bibs, infants gowns, mourning clothes, Anne narrated how they related to her mother, Alice and her aunt Grace's Richardson family from the days of running a boarding house in Tamworth to Valley Street in Lakeport where their father was working in the mills when the Great Lakeport Fire of 1903 wiped out most of the buildings on the other side of the Elm Street bridge. Dear Reader, you do remember the Richardson Barbershop on Elm Street and the Richardsons in the Barbershop Quartet, don't you?

     Does that inspire you to donate items that you know we will treasure for our museum? Hope so.

      Visit our ongoing yard sales this summer or visit us in beautiful Lakeport when you vacation  here. We'll leave the light on for you.

 

DD ~ June 14, 2009

 

Spring in Lakeport

Posted by lakeportcommunityassociation on April 29, 2009 at 7:51 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello Dear Reader,

     It's the most beautiful spring morning.  The sun is shining, the grass is growing greener and the squirrels are eating my tulips!

     Meanwhile at the freighthouse, the crew has repaired and refinished the old floor keeping it intact. The shelves are starting to line the walls and are being filled with donations.  One big donor is Anne Oehlschlaeger who was employed at the Boston & Maine and has filled an entire showcase with her railroad memorabilia.

     The merry month of May starts our summer series of yard sales for fund-raising.  Unique this year, many sales will be conducted from our boxcar.  Also in May, LCA members will continue with their spring cleanup around Torrey Park and the freighthouse.  They will continue to feed the chestnut tree, plant flowers in the park and Adopt-A-Spot.  Last fall, LCA was awarded the Landscape Recognition Award at Laconia City Council. 

     Once again our very own Wanda Tibbetts was recognized as First Lady of Lakeport.

     Stop and visit us or at least jot us a little note at this site. Love heaaring from you.

 

DD ~ 4/29/09

Posted by lakeportcommunityassociation on February 17, 2009 at 11:51 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Visitor,

You might be interested to know that many Lakeport Community Associations members serve their community in other ways.  Armand Bolduc is the Ward 6 City Coucilman.  Robert Fortier, Wanda Tibbetts, Mary Jane Hoey and Dorothy Duffy serve on the Board of the Laconia Historical Society, others are members.  Wanda Tibbetts, Mary Jane Hoey and Dorothy Duffy serve on the Laconia Heritage Commission.  Robert Fortier serves on the Leavitt Park Community Center Board of Directors.  Most of the members are very active participants in other organizations as well as the Lakeport Community Association. And many are LHS '52 classmates!

Recently an owner of a lovely old barn on Union Avenue in Lakeport sought a demolition permit.  The Laconia Heritage Commission met with the owner and granted permission after the owner agreed to attempt to have the barn dismantled and relocated.  We are so pleased to announce that this did happen.  The owner saved thousands of dollars and the barn was moved and rebuilt in Belmont.  A win-win ending.

DD 2-17-09

Posted by lakeportcommunityassociation on December 9, 2008 at 4:54 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello Visitors,

It's bitter cold in the Lakeport area with just a light dusting of snow to date - December 9, 2008.

While this website hasn't been updated in a while, it doesn't mean were weren't busy; we were and that's why we didn't get to the site!  We have done so much. 

We are working on the boxcar that we recently acquired and set on the sidetrack.  The "guys" have cleaned it up and painted the inside and are installing shelves, lighting (very generously donated by Gigure Electric).  We use it for storage and additional space for our yard sales.  Our customers were quite enchanted to be able to shop in a boxcar!   We have been seeking funds through our labor, donations and grant writing to do the expensive historically-correct  painting of the boxcar exterior.   And we have added a wonderfully restored B&M caboose to our wish list.  It is just a stone's throw up the tracks by the old roundhouse at the bae of Sheridan Street and Paugus Bay Marina are.  It's so within range for easy transport.  Need $$$$$.

We have joined the NH Boston & Maine Railroad Society, a great group that offers much support. 

W.O.W. the great Rails to Trails program of the northeast is commencing work on the first phase from the Laconia Public Library to Elm Street. 

Three LCA members are on the Laconia Heritage Commission assigned to review demolition permits and inventory any buildings over 100 years old.  One great success story here is the very old barn at a Union Avenue in Lakeport site is being dismantled and moved to a new site.  The building is saved and the homeowner saves a big demolition expense.  A win-win situation.  We also took a tour of the railroad tracks that are part of the W.O.W. trail and made very promising discoveries of nice shoreline and park areas the City of Laconia owns.  Looks so hopeful for future plans for Lakeport. 

By the way, did I ever tell you that four of our members are aso on the board of the Laconia Historical Society?  Ayup!

We're continued our successful yard sales and Christmas sales, calendar sales, afghans and other Lakeport items for sale (our very own senior girl, Helen Pisano, is our Numero Uno Saleslady!). And we have added three puzzles for sale.  They are old postcard collage images of Laconia, Lakeport and the Weirs - so timely for purchase by history buffs and natives of the area to present as gifts.  They are only $20 each and are selling very well.  Contact us for more information. Call the Wanda at 524-5473.

As always, Santa found his way to the Lakeport Freighthouse where he greeted the good little boys and girls of Lakeport and surrounding areas while his elves passed out little gifts and goodies.  Then LCA threw the switch to light up Torrey Park and other areas with lights and holiday decor that keeps getting bigger each year - thanks to the Lakeport Elves.

Check out The Citizen feature of our very own "Queen of Lakeport" that was featured as a V. I. P. recently.  We are very proud of our Lakeport Community Association President, Wanda Tibbetts! 

Let us know how we might help you.  We'd love to hear from you.  Perhaps you even have stories or photos you'd like to share with us.  Please do.  Give us a call if you'd like to see what we are doing when you are in the neighborhood.

And in the meantime, enjoy the holidays and look forward to your new year in good health!

DD

Action in August

Posted by lakeportcommunityassociation on August 31, 2008 at 12:12 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi Reader,

Seems like we had 40 days and 40 nights of rain this summer.  It's a good thing we have a lot of boats here in the City on the Lakes.

We have purchased our boxcar and it's on the sidetrack.  Watch our smoke!  We are now researching the colors with the help of the Boston & Maine Historic Railroad Society.  We are in the process of fundraising to cover the expense.

Typical of our summers, we are having many yard sales, one of our most successful ways of raising money to continue our rehabilitation of the Freighthouse.  We expect to be having a grand opening any day now of our Lakeport Freighthouse Museum and Community Center. 

And check our the puzzles we are selling.  They are great, historical,and just in time for the holiday gift giving.  Just $20 for 300 pieces of fun for the whole family! 

And while you're at it, we have our newest 2009 Lakeport Community Association calendar for sale for just $6.  It's another perfect gift for Lakeport fans. 

Call 603-524-5473 for more information.

Hope to hear from you,

DD

August 30, 2008

Action in August

Posted by lakeportcommunityassociation on August 31, 2008 at 12:12 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi Reader,

Seems like we had 40 days and 40 nights of rain this summer.  It's a good thing we have a lot of boats here in the City on the Lakes.

We have purchased our boxcar and it's on the sidetrack.  Watch our smoke!  We are now researching the colors with the help of the Boston & Maine Historic Railroad Society.  We are in the process of fundraising to cover the expense.

Typical of our summers, we are having many yard sales, one of our most successful ways of raising money to continue our rehabilitation of the Freighthouse.  We expect to be having a grand opening any day now of our Lakeport Freighthouse Museum and Community Center. 

And check our the puzzles we are selling.  They are great, historical,and just in time for the holiday gift giving.  Just $20 for 300 pieces of fun for the whole family! 

And while you're at it, we have our newest 2009 Lakeport Community Association calendar for sale for just $6.  It's another perfect gift for Lakeport fans. 

Call 603-524-5473 for more information.

Hope to hear from you,

DD 8/30/08

This from the Lakeport Community Assoiciation

Posted by lakeportcommunityassociation on March 8, 2008 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (1)

Hi Reader,

Let us know how this website is going.  Any good suggestions? 

LCA had a meeting and  enlarged the Tax Implement Finance (TIF) distrtict of Lakeport.  There are wonderful plans in the offering from studies like Smart Growth and Laconia Master Plan for long-term growth which will surely perserve and enhance the community.  TIF will help us to share the tax revenues generated from any new growth.

Laconia/Lakeport/Weirs was one of only five communities in the United States chosen for  Smart Growth initiative.
The Laconia Smart Growth Report is on this website too http://www.epa.gov/dced/pdf/laconia.pdf   The Smart Growth report and the Laconia Master Plan and other important studies and planned projects for Laconia could work with citizen participation.  Anyone who participated in any of these studies knows what a great task was undertaken and how we, in Lakeport,  would love to live up to it. 

Our Holiday Yard Sales and 50/50 raffle were successful.  Thank you for your support!  New funds will be used to repair the floor of the Lakeport Freighthouse.  Anyone care to help Bob, Jerry, Dick and others with these fix up tasks?

Santa visited the Lakeport Community greeting youngsters at the Lakeport Fire Department where LCA members passed out goody bags and took photographs.

Our guys purchased a 50' boxcar and if all goes well, it will be in place on the side track by the Lakeport Freighthouse come spring.  This would be the right time for volunteering help in restoring the railcar with in-kind service or materials or financial support. We welcome help doing this.  We welcome new members to the Lakeport Community Association and we invite you to share with us.

DD

P.S .The New Hampshire advantage (no sales or income taxes) has another advantage ~ having the first Presidential Primary since 1952 when Ike, Estes, Adlai and others campaigned.  While we delighted at greeting all of the candidates at our doors, we are happy to retreat behind the door to watch The Patriots on the tube.

Hi Reader,

Things are looking good at the Lakeport Freighthouse.  Our guys have finished the wall paneling and are ready to retile the ceiling while the ladies are making it cozy in the office and preparing exhibits along the walls and free standing display cases.  It's beginning to look like a museum.

Our boxcar will be transported come spring with the help of the Hobo Railroad and we will need a crane to hoist it onto the side track.

We are already starting plans for our popular 2009 Lakeport Community Association calendar and request any reader to share any vintage photographs of the Lakeport area they wish with us.  Be sure to include a little background  information for photo captions. We aren't prepared for sales on this website yet but we have many years of Lakeport calendars available for purchase as well as current ones.  Contact Wanda Tibbetts at 603-514-5473 for more information.

It's been a brutal winter with many injuries from falling on snow and ice and roofs caving in.  Unfortunately, one of our friendly appraisers, Ken Barrett, had that just happen to his antique business. Barrett Auction Service (formerly Achber's Department Store)  in Tilton when the roof caved in February 18.  A benefit auction was held at the Leavitt Park Community Center on March 1 by Ken's friends.

DD

We, of the Lakeport Community Association, regret the death of one of our members, Louise F. Harper, 83,  on March 6, 2008.  Louise worked for 50 years in the payroll department of Scott & Williams.  She was predeceased by brothers, Forrest, Donald and William Harper and sister, Arlene Neal.  She leaves a brother, Robert A. Harper.

DD

We have broken the Lakeport record for snow this winter and it will only take a few more inches to break the state record.  All you snow bunnies missed some spectacular winter scenes.  If you want to stay in touch with Lakeport, pass on your messages, queries, opinions, greetings to us.

Four of our members were just appointed to the Laconia Heritage Commission where we will assist in inventories of historic buildings and advise on use, reuse or demolition of such buildings. 

Four of our members also serve on the Laconia Historical & Museum Society Board of Directors.  Our next events will help to Celebrate Quebec 400. Pork Pie (Tourtiere) Cook-Off was held on April 12 in the Sacred Heart Parish Hall, Je t'aime Laconia exhibit in the Laconia Public Library begins in May and a Josee Vachon performance on Friday, September 5 in the Belknap Mill precede the opening of the Laconia Multiculturial Market Day on Saturday, September 6 in Rotary Park.  Fun for all and especially our French Canadian friends and families who settled in "Little Canada".

Thank you to all the wonderful donors for your support and funds for the seasonal decorations in Torrey Park! 

LCA Antique Appraisal Day on Saturday, April 12, 10-2 was very successful. Many thanks to local appraisers  Greg Peverly and David Cross with offer their appraisls.

Our guys expect to move our latest purchase from Peter Dearness of New England Southern Railroad Co., a boxcar onto the sidetrack in May and will begin restoration on it.  They are looking for the service of two cranes and help restoring the boxcar. If this is of interest to you, Dear Reader, come on board and help.

DD 4/19/08

 

 

This from the Lakeport Community Assoiciation

Posted by lakeportcommunityassociation on March 8, 2008 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (1)

Hi Reader,

Let us know how this website is going.  Any good suggestions? 

LCA had a meeting and  enlarged the Tax Implement Finance (TIF) distrtict of Lakeport.  There are wonderful plans in the offering from studies like Smart Growth and Laconia Master Plan for long-term growth which will surely perserve and enhance the community.  TIF will help us to share the tax revenues generated from any new growth.

Laconia/Lakeport/Weirs was one of only five communities in the United States chosen for  Smart Growth initiative.
The Laconia Smart Growth Report is on this website too http://www.epa.gov/dced/pdf/laconia.pdf   The Smart Growth report and the Laconia Master Plan and other important studies and planned projects for Laconia could work with citizen participation.  Anyone who participated in any of these studies knows what a great task was undertaken and how we, in Lakeport,  would love to live up to it. 

Our Holiday Yard Sales and 50/50 raffle were successful.  Thank you for your support!  New funds will be used to repair the floor of the Lakeport Freighthouse.  Anyone care to help Bob, Jerry, Dick and others with these fix up tasks?

Santa visited the Lakeport Community greeting youngsters at the Lakeport Fire Department where LCA members passed out goody bags and took photographs.

Our guys purchased a 50' boxcar and if all goes well, it will be in place on the side track by the Lakeport Freighthouse come spring.  This would be the right time for volunteering help in restoring the railcar with in-kind service or materials or financial support. We welcome help doing this.  We welcome new members to the Lakeport Community Association and we invite you to share with us.

DD

P.S .The New Hampshire advantage (no sales or income taxes) has another advantage ~ having the first Presidential Primary since 1952 when Ike, Estes, Adlai and others campaigned.  While we delighted at greeting all of the candidates at our doors, we are happy to retreat behind the door to watch The Patriots on the tube.

Hi Reader,

Things are looking good at the Lakeport Freighthouse.  Our guys have finished the wall paneling and are ready to retile the ceiling while the ladies are making it cozy in the office and preparing exhibits along the walls and free standing display cases.  It's beginning to look like a museum.

Our boxcar will be transported come spring with the help of the Hobo Railroad and we will need a crane to hoist it onto the side track.

We are already starting plans for our popular 2009 Lakeport Community Association calendar and request any reader to share any vintage photographs of the Lakeport area they wish with us.  Be sure to include a little background  information for photo captions. We aren't prepared for sales on this website yet but we have many years of Lakeport calendars available for purchase as well as current ones.  Contact Wanda Tibbetts at 603-514-5473 for more information.

It's been a brutal winter with many injuries from falling on snow and ice and roofs caving in.  Unfortunately, one of our friendly appraisers, Ken Barrett, had that just happen to his antique business. Barrett Auction Service (formerly Achber's Department Store)  in Tilton when the roof caved in February 18.  A benefit auction was held at the Leavitt Park Community Center on March 1 by Ken's friends.

DD

We, of the Lakeport Community Association, regret the death of one of our members, Louise F. Harper, 83,  on March 6, 2008.  Louise worked for 50 years in the payroll department of Scott & Williams.  She was predeceased by brothers, Forrest, Donald and William Harper and sister, Arlene Neal.  She leaves a brother, Robert A. Harper.

DD

We have broken the Lakeport record for snow this winter and it will only take a few more inches to break the state record.  All you snow bunnies missed some spectacular winter scenes.  If you want to stay in touch with Lakeport, pass on your messages, queries, opinions, greetings to us.

Four of our members were just appointed to the Laconia Heritage Commission where we will assist in inventories of historic buildings and advise on use, reuse or demolition of such buildings. 

Four of our members also serve on the Laconia Historical & Museum Society Board of Directors.  Our next events will help to Celebrate Quebec 400. Pork Pie (Tourtiere) Cook-Off was held on April 12 in the Sacred Heart Parish Hall, Je t'aime Laconia exhibit in the Laconia Public Library begins in May and a Josee Vachon performance on Friday, September 5 in the Belknap Mill precede the opening of the Laconia Multiculturial Market Day on Saturday, September 6 in Rotary Park.  Fun for all and especially our French Canadian friends and families who settled in "Little Canada".

Thank you to all the wonderful donors for your support and funds for the seasonal decorations in Torrey Park! 

LCA Antique Appraisal Day on Saturday, April 12, 10-2 was very successful. Many thanks to local appraisers  Greg Peverly and David Cross with offer their appraisls.

Our guys expect to move our latest purchase from Peter Dearness of New England Southern Railroad Co., a boxcar onto the sidetrack in May and will begin restoration on it.  They are looking for the service of two cranes and help restoring the boxcar. If this is of interest to you, Dear Reader, come on board and help.

DD 4/19/08

 

 


Rss_feed