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Keno petition filed in Meredith

Union Leader Correspondent

February 05. 2018 9:11PM

MEREDITH — Keno could be offered in local eating and drinking establishments if a petitioned warrant article is adopted at town meeting next month.

Town Clerk Kerri Parker said a petitioned warrant article asking for a Keno vote was submitted on Monday. It will be voted on at town meeting on March 14 and requires a simple majority to pass, according to Town Manager Phil Warren.

In Meredith, the petitioned warrant article was spearheaded by Peter Muse, who is perhaps best known locally as being the owner of an elaborate 800-pound bob house called “The Lodge,” a fixture on the ice of Meredith Bay that features an Adirondack-style porch and elaborate interior fittings, including a chandelier.

Muse, who is the bartender at Lakeview Tavern in Meredith, and collected about 40 signatures of local registered voters, said Keno would offer customers at the eatery another form of entertainment.

“We get a lot of people in for lunch and Keno is kind of like bingo and is a very popular game,” he said.

In the weeks leading up to town meeting, Muse said the tavern plans to host a Keno Vote Party to generate interest in the issue.

In the Lakes Region, the city of Laconia narrowly approved allowing Keno during the Nov. 7 election by a vote of 713 to 606. Keno was rejected by voters in Concord, Dover, Rochester and Keene. Voters in Manchester, Berlin, Claremont and Nashua, approved it. The city of Franklin approved the game during an earlier special election.

State officials estimate Keno will generate more than $9 million in its first year of operation. Game hosts receive eight percent of the daily handle wagered on Keno each day. Money that is bet in any community on Keno is forwarded to the state to support kindergarten aid.

Meredith’s town meeting will be held March 14 at the Inter-Lakes High School gym at 7 p.m.

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