Gunstock shoots for Dec. 4 opening

GILFORD — "We're still shooting to open on Friday, Dec. 4," said Greg Goddard, general manager of Gunstock Mountain Resort. "We'll open the first day we're able,"

"We've made a fair amount of snow already," Goddard remarked. "We started last Sunday night and made snow Monday and Tuesday and at least got something then shut down when it turned warm. We've been through this before," he continued, explaining "that's why we've invested so much in our snowmaking capacity. We never plan on the natural stuff."

Goddard said that with colder temperatures forecast this weekend, snowmaking will resume Sunday with an eye to having some trails open by the end of the week.

Meanwhile, a half-dozen ski areas — Bretton Woods, Cranmore Mountain, Loon Mountan, Waterville Valley, Wildcat Mountain and Mount Sunapee — had some trails open during the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Shoppers seek holiday bargains on Black Friday

GILFORD — Holiday shoppers were out looking for Black Friday bargains around the Lakes Region yesterday, even though many of them, like Susan St. Pierre of Laconia, who shopped at Wal-Mart in Gilford, have already done a lot of their shopping online.
St. Pierre said she was looking for gifts for her 16-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter, and for the special Black Friday items which can only be bought in stores.
''I've already done most of my shopping online,'' said St. Pierre, who works at Fluett Engineering in Laconia.
Also looking for bargains at Wal-Mart was Nicole Doherty of Laconia, who was looking for computers and iPads for her kids. She said she had also gone shopping late Thanksgiving afternoon at the Steeplegate Mall in Concord after having had a turkey dinner.
At Tanger Outlets in Tilton, Amanda Avery of Center Harbor was shopping along with her mother. Crystal, and sister, Jessica, for Christmas presents with a lot of the shopping focused on her month-old daughter, Vera.
''We found some cute clothes for her,'' said Amanda, who was also looking for gifts for her boyfriend.
Also shopping at the Tilton mall was Joan Fedan of Moultonborough, who was there with several people, includinhg her son, Joe, and Chanel Brown of Massachusetts.
Fedan said shopping at the mall is a family tradition on Back Friday after a celebration of the holiday held at her home on Moultonborough Neck on Thanksgiving Day.
That same tradition holds true for Rich and Carol Walter of Quincy, Massachusetts, who were shopping along with Cynthia Demos of Watertown Massachusetts, Melissa Walter of Quincy and her boyfriend, George Demos of Watertown.
Rich Walter said the group had spent the holiday at the Mills Falls in Meredith and enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal at Hart's Turkey Farm in Meredith.
''We come here to get away from our relatives,'' joked Melissa Walter, who said the holiday shopping at the mall was a family tradition.
In downtown Laconia, Reggie and Sherryl Caldwell of Belmont were doing their shopping with locally owned businesses, and chose All My Life Jewelers on Main Street as one of their destinations. Local businesses promoted the day as Plaid Friday, encouraging shoppers to buy local.

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Two saved from heroin OD at Belmont fire station

BELMONT – Fire and rescue personnel saved the lives of two opiate overdose victims Friday afternoon when they sought assistance at the fire station.

Lt. Tom Murphy said a man drove into the parking lot and told crews that a woman in the back seat of his car was overdosing on heroin. He said the woman had an extremely low pulse rate and crews removed her from the car and put her in an ambulance where they administered nasal Narcan – an anti-opiate drug.

Murphy noted that the people the woman had been with had apparently put her into a nearby lake in an effort to revive her, so her clothing was wet and she was chilled but not yet hypothermic.

While transporting the woman to the hospital, Murphy said the man who drove her there began to suffer the same symptoms of an opiate overdose, growing pale and having his blood pressure begin to drop.

Murphy said it was fortunate the town's second ambulance had just returned from a previous call, so the man was administered nasal Narcan as well and was also taken to Lakes Region General Hospital.

Murphy noted that dousing or immersing someone in cold water to revive them during an opiate overdose can have the opposite of the intended effect and will further reduce body temperature and blood pressure.

Police are looking the matter.

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