LACONIA — District 2 state Senate candidates Jeanie Forrester, R-Meredith, and Carolyn Mello, D-Holderness, will meet in a forum at 7 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 24, at Lakes Region Community College. The forum will be in the Center for Arts and Technology auditorium, and the doors will open at 6:30 p.m. to allow all Lakes Region candidates to meet and mingle with the public.
This candidate forum is co-sponsored by Scholarly People Educating and Encouraging Knowledge in Society (S.P.E.E.K.S.), a student group at Lakes Region Community College, and the League of Women Voters NH.
"We're very pleased to be able to work with a group of such actively engaged students on this forum," said Liz Tentarelli, co-president of the League who will act as the moderator for the forum. "Citizens have important decisions to make in this election, and this event will help them to learn about the candidates and hear how they view the issues they will be faced with in the next two years."
S.P.E.E.K.S. is a student-run group at LRCC which works to spread information and knowledge throughout the community by creating and sponsoring speaker-based events meant to incite conversation and interest on a variety of informational and creative topics.
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization dedicated to making democracy work through voter education, issue advocacy and citizen participation. The League of Women Voters regularly hosts events that allow the public to get to know candidates for office. The organization never supports or opposes any candidates for office or any political parties.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 08:46
CONCORD — New Hampshire’s youth deer weekend, Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26, provides young people age 15 and younger the opportunity to go deer hunting with an adult mentor, without the pressure of competing with thousands of adult hunters.
Accompanying adults must be licensed hunters and are not allowed to carry a firearm; the idea is to concentrate one's time and attention on coaching the young companion. Prospects for this year’s youth season are good, according to Dan Bergeron, Deer Project Leader for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. New Hampshire’s deer population is healthy and will provide excellent opportunities. In 2013, young hunters took 483 deer during the youth weekend.
“The weekend presents a great opportunity to introduce your son or daughter, grandchild, or even a young friend to the joys, excitement, and rewards of deer hunting; all under the careful guidance of an experienced adult” said Bergeron. “You can help teach them about the sights and sounds of the forest, how to interpret wildlife sign, and how to use this knowledge to track and harvest a white-tailed deer. It’s a great excuse to get young people and yourself, out in the fresh air, have some fun, and enjoy some beautiful fall foliage. Teaching a young person how to hunt and seeing their excitement can help even the most avid hunter remember why they love the sport so much. This shared experience can build bonds that last a lifetime. We hope hunters will spend the weekend teaching the state’s youth what hunting is all about."
Bergeron notes that hunting can also help youngsters learn about the environment, conservation, tradition and ethics, and it can build a deep and abiding appreciation for the wildlife and wild places that many of our citizens and visitors cherish. New Hampshire has offered a special youth deer hunt since 1999. Nonresident youth may participate in New Hampshire’s youth deer weekend only if their state of residence allows New Hampshire youth to participate in its youth deer hunt.
For more about New Hampshire’s youth deer hunting weekend, visit http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Youth_deer_wknd.htm.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 08:21
BRISTOL — RSVP & The Volunteer Center is working with Newfound Area Senior Services and the Bristol UCC to bring Bone Builders to the Newfound Region. The group meets every Tuesday and Friday from 9:30-10:30 at the Bristol UCC on Church Street. Trained co-leaders for the group are Rebecca Herr, Phyllis Schofield, Ginny Arsenault, and Carleen Stickney. Weights are provided; participants need only come in comfortable clothes and closed toed shoes.
RSVP Bone Builders is no-impact weight training program geared to older adults to improve bone density and balance. Bone Builders helps to prevent osteoporosis in both men and women and for those already diagnosed with osteopenia, the program can help to build new bone mass.
Bone Builders will help people get the required permission from their physician so they can get started. There is no fee; a daily donation of 50 cents is requested to cover administrative costs, but no one is turned away. WFor more information call Rebecca Herr 744-6526.
Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 10:36
LACONIA -- With the arrival of fall and its colder temperatures, the Laconia Fire Department is reminding the public about certain safety measures.
With more people starting up their furnaces, and stoking the fireplaces and wood stoves, there is a greater chance for carbon monoxide (CO) problems and chimney fires.
Carbon monoxide, also known as CO, is called the "Invisible Killer" because it's a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas, the Fire Department points out. More than 150 people in the Unites States die every year from accidental nonfire-related CO poisoning associated with consumer products, including generators. Other products include faulty, improperly-used or incorrectly-vented fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fireplaces.
Because CO is odorless, colorless, and otherwise undetectable to the human senses, people may not know that they are being exposed. The initial symptoms of low to moderate CO poisoning are similar to the flu (but without the fever). These include headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, and dizziness. High level CO poisoning results in progressively more severe symptoms, including mental confusion, vomiting, loss of muscular coordination, loss of consciousness, and in some cases ultimately death.
To guard against the dangers of CO the Fire Department urges people to install CO alarms outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of your home, use portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from all doors, windows and vents, make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove and fireplace are clear of snow and other debris, drive vehicles out of the garage immediately after starting, and replace CO and smoke detectors according to manufacturer's recommendations.
If a CO detector goes off the department advises that homeowners first determine if anyone in the home is experiencing any symptoms of CO poisoning. If any symptoms are present, or the detector instructs you to, they should evacuate the home immediately and stay out until the Fire Department checks the residence and deems it safe to re-enter. They should call 9-1-1 and advise that the detector is activating and if anyone is experiencing symptoms.
It is also important to take safety precautions regarding wood stoves, fireplaces and chimneys.
Chimneys or wood stoves should be inspected and cleaned annually by a competent and qualified chimney specialist. The area around the hearth should be cleared of debris, decorations, and flammable materials. Glass doors should be left open while the fire is burning. Leaving the doors open ensures that the fire receives enough air to ensure complete combustion and keeps creosote from building up in the chimney.
Those with fireplaces should always use a metal mesh screen whenever a fire is burning. It is also important to install stovepipe thermometers to help monitor flue temperatures. In addition air inlets on wood stoves should be kept open and supply to fireplaces should not be restricted. Failing to do this can cause creosote buildup that could lead to a chimney fire. Also, the department urges using fire-resistant materials on walls around wood stoves, and that garbage or piles of piles of paper or Christmas trees should never be burned in woodstoves or fireplaces.
More information is available by calling the Laconia Fire Department Fire Prevention Office or picking up informational brochures at the Laconia Fire Stations at 848 North Main St., (Business phone: (603)-524-6881), or 7 Lucerne Ave. in Weirs Beach.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 08:00
- Enterprise Center workshop on intellectual property on October 21
- Paint Night on Tuesday to benefit Inter-Lakes band
- Dr. Sax’s Dixie Band playing at Taylor Community on Sunday
- Bruins legends in town for event to benefit injured boy
- Comedy at Pitman’s Freight Room on Sat.
- Play with food at Moulton Farm’s Pumpkin Festival Saturday & Sunday