By ROGER AMSDEN, for THE LACONIA DAILY SUN
GILMANTON — Local police are now accepting signups for the Good Morning Gilmanton program, a special outreach designed to assist community residents who live alone or who have special needs.
Police Chief Matt Currier said the program allows residents to make daily contact with the police department to ensure that they are OK, and further allows for their independence and ability to stay in their homes.
"We're asking those who sign up for the program to call us between 9 and 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. If we don't hear from them, we''ll try an emergency contact number they have provided us with. If there's no answer, we will send an officer to their home to check on their well being."
He said the program allows family, friends or neighbors the security of knowing that the individual is having regular daily contact.
Those signing up will be asked to provide a key to their home, which will be kept in safe location at the police department in the event it is needed in an emergency.
The first person to sign up for the program this week was 88-year-old Mary MacMillan, a resident of the town for 25 years who has no close relatives in the area. She lives with her 85-year-old husband, Don, who has Alzheimer's, and said it will be a comforting feeling for her to know that in she will have daily contact with the police.
MacMillan said her husband was recently recognized for his contributions by the Gilmanton Snowmobile Club and was very pleased that people showed up.
She said the closest thing she has to a relative in town is Police Chief Currier, whom she has known since he was born, which made it natural for her to be the first person to sign up for the Good Morning Gilmanton program.
For more information on the program, contact the Gilmanton Police Department at 603-267-7401.
Mary MacMillan, 88, became the first person to sign up for the Good Morning Gilmanton program which will keep people in touch with police on a daily basis. She is shown with Police Chief Matt Currier. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)
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