Gilford police to generate firearms storage awareness by providing gun safety kits to residents

GILFORD — The Gilford Police Department (GPD) today announces its involvement in the Own It? Respect It. Secure It. (ORS) Initiative to help raise the public's consciousness on the issue of firearm safety and responsibility through the core message: "Store Your Firearms Responsibly."

To generate awareness around this important message, GPD will be providing free gun safety kits to Gilford residents while supplies last (a maximum of two safety kits per household will be allowed). Kits include a cable-style gun-locking device with accompanying brochure that discusses safe handling and storage in order to help deter access by unauthorized individuals, including at-risk persons. Residents may stop by the police department in order to retrieve kits from police Dispatch personnel.

"Through the ORS Initiative, we want to reach as many people as possible with this message to encourage safe and responsible firearm storage," said GPD Chief of Police Anthony Bean Burpee. Bean Burpee continued by saying, "Our goal is to make proper firearm storage as second nature as keeping medicine in child-resistant containers. With the ORS Initiative, we can have a positive impact in helping to prevent accidents and unauthorized use of firearms."


Civil air patrol open house thursday night at airport

GILFORD — The Hawk Composite Squadron of the New Hampshire Wing Civil Air Patrol will hold its Spring Open House at the Laconia Municipal Airport on April 23 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force, is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to training youth (12-18 years old) in the areas of aerospace education, leadership, character development and emergency services, while instilling the values of integrity, volunteer service, excellence and respect.

Anyone interested in joining the organization as either a cadet member or an adult member is welcome at this meeting.

NH Civil Air Patrol will have several displays, including a Cessna 182 aircraft, emergency service vehicles and equipment to further  demonstrate its search and rescue capabilities. Aerospace  education will display model rockets and aircraft built by CAP members. There will be a recruiting booth for those ages 12 to adult.

For more information on the Open House contact Nick Orgettas, Captain CAP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Steel cage wrestling match at tower hill tavern on May 1

LACONIA — On Friday, May 1 Pro Wrestling Academy North is putting on an event at the Tower Hill Tavern in Weir's Beach which will feature a steel cage match between TNA's Abyss versus Laconia's own Tommy Mack.

Tom McCormack, Jr., who wrestles as ''Heart Attack'' Tommy Mack, is a 1999 Laconia High School graduate and a life-long professional wrestling fan who has been competing as a pro since 2002.
His ring persona is fashioned on a biker and he features tattoos up and down both arms. In some venues he will ride a motorcycle to and from the ring.
Six wrestling matches are scheduled and a portion of the proceeds will benifit Easter Seals.

Also scheduled to appear are Josef Von Schmidt, Ace Romero, the Infamous Justice League, Maverick Wild, ''Good Looks'' Donnie Brooks, Hippie Dicky Moon and the Wrecking Billies.

Also signing autographs will be WWF Legend Jimmy Superfly Snuka

Doors open at 7 p.m. and bell time is 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
Pro Wrestling Academy North is currently looking for a building to open a wrestling training facility in the Lakes Region. For more info visit

Town of belmont penstock gardeners forming

BELMONT — Belmont's Penstock Park welcomes residents and visitors alike to the Belmont Town Center.

In 2011 volunteers created the park with much labor and many donations of materials and plants. A split rail fence, historical signage, seating, and an organic ornamental garden replete with trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs, and seasonal annuals form the park. Most of the plant material is native to New Hampshire. The park faces the Tioga River, overlooking the remains of the historic metal penstock that carried water to the Belmont hosiery mill in the early 1900's.

If you have an interest in gardening and service, consider joining the Penstock Park Gardeners. Gardening twice a month for one to two hours is all that is required. Raking, planting, weeding, cutting back, fertilizing, staking, tying, and deadheading are typical tasks. Meet fellow gardeners and share gardening knowledge. Times and dates will be arranged to fit your schedule. We will begin the week of May11-15.

If interested, sign the volunteer sheet at the Belmont Town Hall or the Belmont Library, or contact Ginger Wells-Kay at 455-2745, by April 30.