Dog alerts owner to morning fire in Northfield

NORTHFIELD — A man was able to escape a two-alarm fire in his home early Sunday morning thanks to being awakened by his dog.

Tilton-Northfield Fire Department was notified of a fire at 50 Mount Tugg Road, in Northfield, at 2:10 a.m. on Sept. 25. Responding fire crews found a two-story, single-family home with smoke and fire coming from the second floor. Firefighters were able to knock back the fire and contain the damage to a single room on the second floor. The cause of the fire is thought to be from electrical wiring.

Chief Michael Sitar Jr. said there was one resident of the home, a man who was sleeping on a couch at the time that the fire started. Although smoke detectors were sounding, it was his dog that was able to rouse him.

"The dog licked him in the face and woke him up – if the dog didn't do that, he probably wouldn't have got out," said Sitar. "He saw that the situation was pretty bad, so he went to the neighbor's house and called 911."

The dog also escaped the fire.

Sitar said the room where the fire started was heavily damaged, but he thought the building would be salvageable as the rest of the structure was intact. He did not know whether the resident had found a place to stay.

The address of the home is listed as the location of J.S. Logging, owned by Jonathan Stankatis. Attempts to reach Stankatis were unsuccessful.

– Adam Drapcho

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Calling for a coup - State rep. candidate McCoole wants military to take Obama into custody


LACONIA — A Republican candidate for one of the four seats in the New Hampshire House of Representatives representing the city of Laconia has called for a small cabal of high-ranking military officers to take President Obama into custody and prosecute him for treason.

Jim McCoole, in a letter to The Laconia Daily Sun published last week, wrote "since his re-election in 2012, I have been hoping that out of the thousands of generals and admirals in our military, that just a small handful would emerge with enough and conviction, to take him into custody and make him stand trial for treason."

McCoole addresses the president's repeated "lies" about Obamacare, about ISIS, about the nuclear accord with Iran, about Obama's travel as a teenager, academic record and above all about what he characterizes as "the untraceable cash ransom" paid to Iran in return for four hostages. Describing Obama as "a domestic enemy," he charges that "this presidency has been administered by a mafia-like criminal enterprise" and that the president is "an inside man" for radical Islamic terrorists.

Asked about his remarks on Monday, McCoole said that his advocacy of what would amount to a military coup d'etat was "totally rhetorical." He said, "I would definitely want some way or other for Obama to be removed from office, but I would not support a coup. I'm not suggesting we take over the government by force."

But McCoole called Obama "the very worst president in our history" and said "We've got to do something sooner or later. I'm sorry, but he doesn't have the best interests of the United States at heart. He lied to us from the very beginning and never has been truthful to the American people."

McCoole said, "I realize I'm raising a real risk of being presented as a nut case," but insisted "I'm not a nut case, but I'm very outspoken. I am speaking out and I will continue to speak out whether I'm in the Legislature or not," he continued, and "hopefully I can change a mind or two."

State Rep. Frank Tilton, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and one of McCoole's running mates on the Republican ticket, said that calling on military officer to arrest the president is "off base," quipping that "the military is supposed to stay on base." He said there are constitutional means of addressing the situation, namely litigation and elections.

However, Tilton also noted that much of McCoole's letter was devoted to "lies told by the president," some documented and some admitted. "People say some outrageous things," he said. "It's what they do that worries me." He discounted McCoole's letter as "obviously campaign rhetoric," said that that his stiffest challenge as a candidate is lack of name recognition. "He may get some recognition now," he remarked.

As one of four candidates for the four House seats on the general election ballot, McCoole was unopposed in the GOP primary. However, he said that on the advice of his physician he is not actively campaigning, but added "if I'm elected, I will serve."

Alan Glassman, chairman of the Belknap County Republican Committee, was abroad and declined to comment on the letter, which he had not read, and Jennifer Horne, who chairs the New Hampshire Republican Party, did not return a telephone call.

Running for the four seats in District 3 are McCoole, Tilton, Donald Flanders and Peter Spanos on the Republican side, and Charlie St. Clair, Tom Dawson, David Huot and Liz Merry on the Democratic side.

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Lakes Region is going gray


CONCORD — Projections of the of state, county and municipal population at five-year intervals between 2010 and the state 2040 released by the New Hampshire Office of Energy Planning last week echo the trends of rapid aging and sluggish growth reported by the New Hampshire Center for Public policy Studies as "the silver tsunami" in 2011.

The projections were prepared in partnership with Robert Scardamalia of RLS Demographics and bear the caveat that projections are not predictions. The projections are based on current rates fertility, mortality and migration and is described as "a likely scenario" liable to many factors that could affect the future. The greater the length of the forecast, the greater the chance of error.

The population of the state is projected to grow from the 1,316,470 counted in the 2010 Census to 1,432,730, an increase of 116,260, or 8.8 percent. The number of births is projected to decline at each five-year interval until 2035-2040 from about 66,000 in 2010-2015 to about 65,000 in 2035-2040. Meanwhile, during the same period as the Baby Boom generation ages the number of deaths is projected to climb steeply from 56,500 to almost 96,000. Deaths are projected to outnumber births in all 10 counties.

The population aged 65 and older is projected to more than double, rising from 178,268 in 2010 to 408,522 in 2040, an increase of 129 percent, while during the same period the population aged 85 and older is projected to rise more than threefold, from 24,761 to 85,121, an increase of 243 percent. Those 65 and older, who represented 13.5 of the total population in 2010, are projected to to more than double their share of the population to 28.5 percent by 2040. At the same time, the numbers of those 15 and younger are projected to decline from 232,182 to 214,819 while their share of the total population shrinks from 17.6 to 15 percent.

Four counties — Rockingham, Hillsborough, Merrimack and Strafford — are projected to account for 100,965, or 87 percent, of the total increase of 116,260 in the state population. The population of Coos County is projected to shrink by 5,299, or 16 percent, and the population of Sullivan County is projected t grow by 814, or 1.8 percent.

Belknap County is projected to add 5,273 people by 2040, an increase of 8.7 percent on pace with the state average. Births in the county are projected to decline in each of the first four five intervals before rising by 60, from 2566 to 2626 in 2040. Deaths, on the other hand, are projected to rise throughout the period, climbing from 3,345 in 2010 to 5,339 in 2040. By contrast the net number of migrants coming to the county is projected to increase throughout the period, from 771 in 2010-2015 to 3,739 in 2035-2040.
The population of the city of Laconia is projected to grow by 650, from an estimated population of 16,193 in 2015 to 16,843 by 2040, an increase of 4 percent. Between 2015 and 2040, Alton is projected to grow from 5,264 to 5,5923, Barnstead from 4,604 to 5,210, Belmont from 7,294 to 7,886, Center Harbor from 1,078 to 1,159, Gilford from 7,137 to7,621, Gilmanton from 3,737 to 4,257, Meredith from 6,291 to 6,771, New Hampton from 2,212 to 2,478, Sanbornton from 2,976 to 3,329 and Tilton from 3,624 to 3,885.

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