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German shepherd 'Max' joins Franklin Police Department

FRANKLIN — The City of Franklin recently welcomed a new member to its police force on February 24, when Max, a 16-month-old black German shepherd, was officially assigned to the City of Franklin by the NH Police K9 Academy in Portsmouth.

The Franklin Police Department has been in line to receive a K9 for some time now, visiting the K9 Academy each week, patiently waiting for a dog that would pass muster and then be assigned to them.
Max passed all the required tests and has been partnered with Officer Adam Donnelly of the Franklin Police Department. Max and Officer Donnelly will continue to attend trainings at the Portsmouth K9 Academy every Monday to hone their skills. Max brings a variety of capabilities to the Police Department as K9 teams are trained in agility, to search for contraband, track suspects, find articles and assist with apprehensions. The K9 team will work closely with the SRO and DARE program to coordinate efforts both in terms of enforcement and education as well as the preventing drugs from coming on to school campuses.
"The addition of a K9 unit to the Franklin Police Department is a very positive move," says Franklin Police Chief David Goldstein. "Most criminals would rather submit to arrest than to risk being taken down or bitten by the Police K9. Having a K9 present helps lessen aggression levels, keeping situations from escalating and protecting our officers from harm."
Bringing Max to Franklin has been a community effort, a mission accomplished through a combination of fundraising, donations, and grant acquisitions. The Franklin Mayor's Drug Task Force raised more than $4,000 by hosting a retirement event for Councilor Bob Sharon. This included a sizeable donation from the Hope Community Chapel. Councilor Sharon was one of the original members of the Franklin Mayor's Drug Task Force. As a tribute to his many contributions the event proceeds were donated to the K9 program in Councilor Sharon's honor. An additional raffle for an iPad Air by the Task Force raised another $2,000. The Working Dog Foundation provided a $7,000 grant, and various other donations to the City on behalf of the K9 program have been instrumental in bringing Max to Franklin. Dr. Barry Taylor of the Franklin Veterinary Clinic has pledged full support for routine and emergency care of Max, another key component to making this project happen.
The Franklin Mayor's Drug Task Force will continue to fundraise to sustain the K9 Program and residents can look forward to the Annual "Bow-Wow Ball" as a fun community event. Additional grant dollars are also actively being sought.
Members of the community are invited to attend the next open meeting of the Franklin Mayor's Drug Task Force for an opportunity to meet Max and Officer Donnelly. The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 13 at 5 p.m.at the Franklin Opera House and light refreshments will be served.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 07:40

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Gilford Youth Center hosting 30+ Adult Pick-Up Basketball

GILFORD — The Gilford Youth Center is hosting 30+ Adult Pick-Up basketball on Friday nights, at 7 p.m. Cost is only $3, and is for anyone, 30 years or older, looking to play friendly and competitive basketball. Games will be organized by participants.

This is also an opportunity for anyone (30+) just looking to "shoot around". There is no sign-up required to participate, and you do not have to live in Gilford to attend. Questions? Contact Scott at 524-6978.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 06:59

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Belmont High School Students Filmed Candidates Night

BELMONT — A Candidates Night organized by the Belmont High School (BHS) National Honor Society and Student Council, with candidates for Shaker Regional School Board and the Town of Belmont aired over the weekend on MetroCast channel 26.  The 75-minute program can also be seen as video on demand (VOD) on the LRPA-TV website at www.lrpa.org.

Student volunteers have organized the forum as a community service activity for nearly 10 years. "These are our future leaders and we are proud of their participation in Belmont and Canterbury," said BHS Principal Dan Clary.

Along with Dexter Hecita, LRPA-TV taping was aided by Shane Selling, who provides technology support to the nonprofit, independent community television. Executive director Denise Beauchaine said, "The initiative of students and staff and Shaker School District – combined with our pilot video on demand capability – means that the informative evening will reach any citizen with internet access, at their convenience."

Comments are welcomed from all viewers by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 11:59

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Digital Archiving Seminar held March 13

WOLFEBORO — Keith Simpson of YourArchivist.com will present a Digital Archiving Seminar at the Wolfeboro Public Library on Thursday, March 13 at 7 p.m.  The program, sponsored by the Lakes Region Genealogy Interest Group and the library, is free and open to all.

Technological advances in the last ten years have made it possible for anyone to rescue and share priceless photographic, printed, and written family records at little expense. This seminar will include information on the technology and various methods that can be used to preserve their family documents and photos.

Simpson has been a software specialist for over thirty years and for more than ten years has specialized in web applications. He started YourArchivist.com, a digital archiving service, a year ago.

Deborah Shagoury, Dee Ide and Virginia Burke began the Lakes Region Genealogy Interest Group in 2011. Currently the group presents free workshops at the Wolfeboro Public Library on a monthly basis.

For more information please call Cindy Scott at the Wolfeboro Public Library at 569-2428.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 11:40

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