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Shoveling out Fire Hydrants Big Help to Firefighters

LACONIA — Laconia Fire Chief Ken Erickson is asking city residents to help themselves and their neighbors by shoveling out fire hydrants.

There are more than 500 fire hydrants in Laconia. It can take City firefighters several days to shovel all the hydrants. In addition to shoveling the hydrants, the crews must respond to emergency calls.

''We are averaging 12 calls per day. So it can take several days to shovel every hydrant. These devices are very important to help protect your home. Take a moment and shovel or snow blow the fire hydrant in your neighborhood. The home that may be saved may be your own,'' says Erickson.

He also points out that is against the law to push snow against a fire hydrant.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013 10:15

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Fish & Game offers ice fishing seminars

LACONIA — On Wednesday, January 15 Adrian Lavoie of YOAdrien Charters will present a seminar on ice-fishing for lake trout and white perch by jigging and tip-up fishing. The talk begins at 7 p.m. at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord. 

Lavoie is entering his tenth year of professional guiding on New Hampshire lakes. He will de-mystify the new gear that's available to make ice fishing more comfortable and productive. His business, YOAdrien Charters, is a year-round guide service for anglers on lakes throughout New Hampshire, concentrating on the waters of Lake Winnipesaukee. During the winter months, Lavoie targets lake trout and white perch by jigging and tip-up fishing. He catches lots of other species through the ice, too, including rainbow trout, pickerel, crappie and bass. At this talk, you'll learn what a guided ice fishing trip is all about, plus get tips for your own winter ice fishing adventures.

On Wednesday, January 22, Tim Moore, a licensed NH fishing guide and owner of Tim Moore Outdoors, will talk about the tools, tactics, and techniques that he uses to pull hundreds of fish through the ice every winter. Moore has ice fished in New Hampshire for more than thirty years and has been featured on NH's Wildside TV and NH Chronicle. He is an Ice Team Pro, as well as a member of Clam Outdoors, Vexilar, Maki Plastics and Oozie Jig Pro Staffs.

At his seminar, Moore will discuss why having the right gear can increase the number of fish you catch. Learn how to choose the portable shelter that best fits your style of fishing; discover tactics for catching fish all day; and explore some of the tackle you can use to catch everything from panfish to lake trout. Moore spends much of his ice fishing time on Lake Winnipesaukee.

"It's a big lake with a ton of diversity. I can spend the morning fishing for lake trout, then switch to chasing crappie, sunfish or perch in minutes," Moore says. "If you are new to ice fishing, or new to the big lake, this talk is for you."

For more information on the winter outdoor adventure talks, contact Mark Beauchesne, marketing and promotions coordinator for N.H. Fish and Game, at 603-271-6355.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013 10:11

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Happy Tails Dog Park group Meeting tonight

LACONIA - Happy Tails Dog Park of the Lakes Region will be having another open meeting at Tardiff Park tonight at 7 p.m.

The board meeting will be focused on 2014 planning for the fundraising to complete the next stage in approval for the city owned location at 55 Growtth Road. This next stage will require a full scale permit acceptable design drawing which includes the completion of a land survey, wetlands survey, and the official engineered plan before going back before returning to request final approval from the city of Laconia and finally breaking ground.

Happy Tails Dog Park of the Lakes Region is a 501(c) 3 non- profit organization founded in 2008 with the objective of serving as a resource for pet families to build strong, whole-family foundations.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013 10:02

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Homeless Person's Memorial Day Vigil December 21

LACONIA — December 21, 2013, The longest night of this year – officially, the first day of winter, will begin with a "candlelight" vigil in Veteran's Square, Laconia, NH at 5:30 p.m.

The vigil is coordinated by New Hampshire Catholic Charities and the Belknap County Continuum of Care. Individuals will be remembered who died in New Hampshire while homeless or recently housed over the past year.

The annual memorial observation is now a tradition among Laconia area faith communities and community service providers and is held in conjunction with the National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day traditionally held on December 21—the longest night of the year. Laconia is one of more than 175 cities nationwide to observe the memorial.

Those attending are asked to come with a candle of some sort – a flashlight or other instrument.

To learn more about the face of homelessness or to make a difference, contact Leonard Campbell, Parish and Community Services coordinator, 528-3035 or www.nh-cc.org.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013 09:58

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