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Guys’ Night Out to learn about bank security

GILFORD — Guys' Night Out will take place at Gilford Community Church on Thursday, January 15 at 6:00 p.m. Mr. Shaun M. Sanborn, senior vice-president of the Bank of New Hampshire, will describe and explain the advanced programs that the bank has in place to keep its customers and employees safe and secure. The Bank of New Hampshire has over 20 branches in the state of New Hampshire.

Guys' Night Out is a program of the Gilford Community Church to bring together all men in the Lakes Region for a social time together, as well as a program of value and interest. Dinner is catered by Ellie Murphy.

The cost is $12. Reservations (and payment, if possible) are needed by January 12. Call the church at 524-6057.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 December 2014 10:08

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Fusion to host inaugural Impact Awards in May


LACONIA — Fusion has announced its first annual 'Impact Awards' to be held in May 2015 at the Laconia Country Club. The Impact Awards are intended to recognize members of the community that are leading the way to a brighter future for the Lakes Region and/or supporting the next generation of leaders.

Candidates must live and/or work in the Lakes Region and be actively engaged in supporting the community and development. Nominations are due by February 27, 2015. Nominators can visit www.fusionnh.org to enter their nominees.

Fusion held its second annual 'Fusion Networking' at Patrick's Pub & Eatery in Gilford, NH on Thursday, November 6. The event, sponsored by the Belknap EDC, was attended by over 100 people who enjoyed appetizers from Patrick's and a beer and wine tasting thanks to Woodstock Inn Brewery and Hermit Woods Winery.

Promoting the Lakes Region as a fantastic place to live and work, Fusion and the Belknap EDC share a key initiative to attract and retain young talent to the Lakes Region area. Fusion President Jaimie Sousa was able to continue to share the group's mission to build a multi-generational network of business and community members actively supporting the future success of the Lakes Region.

The purpose of Fusion NH is to develop future leaders, encourage civic involvement and contribute positively in the communities we serve. Fusion is located in Laconia (PO Box 6503, Laconia, NH 03247). If you would like more information about the Fusion organization or how to get involved, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit FusionNH.org.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 December 2014 10:01

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Laconia Lacrosse to host open gym sessions starting Jan. 4

LACONIA — Even though it has been cold the spring Lacrosse season is fast approaching. Laconia Lacrosse will be holding free open gym sessions on Sunday evenings, beginning January 4 . If you are interested in trying Lacrosse for the first time, or getting back into shape for the spring season this is a great opportunity to get moving. Bring a stick, helmet and gloves and be ready to have fun. If you do not have equipment there will be a limited supply of sticks, gloves and helmets available to use for first time players.

Once again these are free sessions with no obligation. Free open gym sessions for the 2015 season. The boys and girls times are:
Open gym, Sunday evenings beginning January 4th
Girls: U9-U15, 6:30-8:00 Laconia Middle School Gym
Boys: U9-U11, Laconia High School Gym 5:00-6:00
U13-U15, Laconia High School Gym 6:00-7:00
Coaches will be on hand to help develop skills and teach the basic fundamentals to new players.
For boys please bring helmets, gloves and a stick. There may be equipment available on a limited basis if you are trying the sport for the first time and do not have any.
All players must be members of US Lacrosse to play during the season. Students age 15 and under can register with US Lacrosse for as little as $25, and the online registration will direct you to US Lacrosse to complete registration before you can register with LLC.
Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the country, and combines the sports of basketball, football and soccer. It is known as the fastest sport on two feet and is the National Sport of Canada.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 December 2014 09:59

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Oil-based materials pose added hazards if a building catches fire

There is an ongoing change in the situations with which firefights have to contend when battle a building fire. Since the 1970s the number of structure fires in the United States has steadily declined in most communities.

Unfortunately, the rate of people dying in fires has not changed. In 1970 the death rate per 1,000 fires was eight. Today it is 7.5. Why is that? A significant concern is the toxicity levels of today's modern fire environment and the speed with which a fire in a home will burn.

The average house fire today produces more than 50 toxic gases. Carbon monoxide is still the most abundant gas and accounts from a large number of fire deaths. But today we see higher levels are hydrogen cyanide, arsenic, hydrogen sulfide, and ammonia. Unfortunately, hydrogen cyanide and carbon monoxide enhance the toxic effects of each other.

What has caused this problem is the shift away from natural materials in construction and in fabrics and materials we use daily. Many of the items in our homes today are synthetic-based and hydrocarbon-based.

In its simplest terms the stuff we bring in our homes is in essence solidified gasoline and fuel oil. These materials burn faster and hotter and produce large quantities of thick black smoke. The black smoke obscures your vision creating a sense of panic, which increases the breathing rate.

The byproducts of the fire process – toxic gases – can be inhaled and absorbed into the body. As the plastic based materials burn they produce the toxins mentioned previously. As a fire grows the temperatures rise dramatically and the oxygen levels decrease. As the oxygen levels decrease the combustion process actually releases greater quantities of toxins and smoke.

How did this become such a serious problem? In the 1970s the average home had a few hundred pounds of plastic materials inside. Think back in time when most clothing was cotton and most construction materials were solid wood. Television sets and stereos were a piece of wood furniture. Telephones were made from metal. No one had computers. Toys were metal.

In today's modern fire environment the average home has 1,500 pounds of plastics inside. This consists of children's toys and furniture, clothing is synthetic, carpets and curtains are synthetic, televisions are plastic and every home has a plastic computer. Shoes are plastic-based. Furniture stuffing is synthetic and plastic based. These plastics heat up in a fire and decompose giving off flammable vapors, which in turn ignite.

If the material does not burn clean due to a lack of oxygen then you get poor combustions and the production of enormous quantities of carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide. These gases will rise in the heat of a fire, which is why we tell people to crawl in a fire. Stay as low as possible where the air is better. The main point to remember is get out and stay out. Never go back into a burning building.

In the 1970s we would use hose streams that would pump 60 gallons of water per minute and water tanks on the fire trucks held 300 to 500 gallons. This is what was needed to extinguish a fire quickly. The fire would not reach flashover for at least 20 minutes, which gave firefighters time to get to the scene and get in and put out the fire. For fires today firefighters need hose streams that put out 180 gallons of water a minute. The water tanks on trucks now carry 1,000 gallons of water. We need to connect to a fire hydrant quickly or risk depleting the water we bring to the scene.

Fires today are getting to extreme temperatures (1,400 degrees) very fast. This is attributed to the heat output of plastics. Flashover can occur today in as little as five minutes, depending on the room size, contents, and air supply. The smaller the room the quicker it is to flashover. A home with an open design concept (big rooms, wide doorways, and high ceilings) has more air for combustion. Insulation and energy efficient windows hold the heat from a fire and then the fire radiates back onto the furnishings and the faster the flashover.

Recent studies by Underwriters Laboratories and the National Institute for Standards and Technology confirmed through hundreds of tests that these opinions by fire service professionals are actually fact. Go on YouTube and enter UL fire studies and you can watch comparisons of fires in modern environment versus older environment.

The lesson from all of this is to have smoke alarms installed in your home – outside of the bedrooms, in each bedroom, and at least one on every level. If the alarm sounds, react, don't delay. If you have a fire call 9-1-1 and get everyone out quickly. Have a meeting place outside your home. If you can't get out, get in a room away from the fire and close the door.

The UL and NIST studies indicate that a closed door will create a safer area of refuge. Once in the room open the window slightly and yell for help. Do not open the window completely as this will allow fresh air into the home and create what we call a flow path for the fire to go to. We are now teaching this to our own firefighters to seek refuge in case they get lost or trapped in a fire.

Most people will never experience a hostile fire in their home. However it does not mean you should not be prepared. Protect your family with smoke detectors.


(This article was submitted by the Laconia Fire Department.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 December 2014 09:02

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