Rain leaves 1 ft. of water at LRGH ER door

LACONIA — Fire Chief Ken Erickson said Tuesday night's downpour caused street flooding in the downtown and Union Avenue areas of the city so severe that manhole covers were floating on Union Avenue and nearly 1 foot of water flooded the entrance to the emergency room of the Lakes Region General Hospital.

Spokeswoman Sandy Marshall said the emergency room itself was not flooded but the area around the ambulance entrance was and ambulances were redirected to a nearby door for the duration of the storm. She said there was no permanent damage.

Erickson said Lakeport Dam records showed the city received 3.6-inches of rain, and the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, confirmed Laconia received 2.5-inches of rain between 6 and 8 p.m.

"It was pretty amazing to drive through the Main Street area and see one- to two-feet of water on all the streets," he said.

He said there were vehicles stranded on Court Street and city police logs indicate that during that two-hour period there were a few calls in the Academy, Fair and Court Street section of the city for road hazards and stranded vehicles.

It appeared that the areas of the city most affected were downtown to the Gilford town line along Union Avenue. While much of the rest of the state received heavy rain, the particular storm cell that dumped on Laconia seemed centered only on Laconia. Erickson said there was almost no rain in the Weirs Beach section of the city.

Public Works crews had the drains cleared, and by 9 p.m. most of the rain had stopped and most of the storm drains had cleared.

 

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(Erosion on Avery Hill) Torrential rains tore through the partially constructed sidewalk on Avery Street Tuesday night during a two-hour deluge that dumped 3.6 inches of water on the city. The street is being reconstructed as part of one of the city's summer road construction plan. The work is being performed by Busby Construction.

Recycling bins disrupt mail delivery at Glendale docks

GILFORD — Selectmen are considering solutions to a new trash problem at the Glendale Docks that became known during the past week, Town Administrator Scott Dunn has reported.

Dunn said that for years the town has had three trash receptacles inside a three-sided fence and one recycling receptacle outside the fence. As an experiment, the town put an additional recycling bin in the area but it apparently "interfered with postal operations services."

"I learned from a resident this week that the post office stopped delivering the mail," said Dunn.

He said the town removed both recycling containers from the Glendale Docks for two reasons: The receptacles' location was preventing the Post Service from delivering mail and that the recycling receptacles were continually being contaminated by regular house hold trash and occasional construction debris.

"Part of the problem were having in Glendale is illegal dumping," he said, noting the dumpster area is open and he feels that other people are dumping their trash there when the attendants are gone for the evening.

He also said that with no recycling receptacle, the three dumpsters are over-flowing despite the fact that Waste Management empties them three times a week.

Dunn also noted that for Gilford recycling is every expensive. He said that the town pays a hauler by the yard not by weight for shipping recyclables and without a compactor, they are shipping air.

He said all of the options would be presented to selectmen at last night's meeting and some of the solutions he would recommend are better security of the area and whether or not they will continue with the recycling bins at Glendale.

Class of young tennis players graduates in Franklin

FRANKLIN — It was graduation night for the Lakes Region Tennis Association students at Odell Park last night and just after the big moment, about 15 young students took their donated racquets and demonstrated just how much they learned.

When one of the 8-year-old boys executed the perfect lob and sent the state's number one ranked high school boys tennis player Aaron Diamond of Moultonborough into a fruitless back-pedal, the short demonstration for parents ended with a victory for the young ones.

"OK. That's it for tonight," said coach Kamal Gosine, who was ready to serve potato chips and soda to his budding stars as they ended their first season in Franklin.

The Lakes Region Tennis Association is a three-year old program started by Gilmanton resident Dr. Robert Ronstadt and Phil Eisenmann, who wanted to give young people, especially from disadvantaged communities, an opportunity to learn the sport they have spent a lifetime playing and loving.

Ronstadt said he started it as the result of his 70th birthday when his friends asked what they could get him and he said to contribute to a tennis association for children. He also noted that this year someone donated $10,000 to the program.

"Some of the best friends I've met have been through tennis," Ronstadt said.

With classes established by LRTA in Belmont for Gilmanton and Belmont children the first year, the program has now spread to several different communities including Alton, Laconia, Meredith, Gilford, Franklin and Tilton. The LRTA is an official Community Tennis Association (CTA) of the United States Tennis Association and its primary mission is to act as a clearing house for youth tennis in the area and to teach children under 10 how to play the game and provide scholarships for those who need them.

Gosine – a tennis instructor and member of the U.S. Tennis Association and the U.S. Professional Tennis Association – coaches the teams with help from area tennis players, most of whom are associated with Gilford Hills Racquet and Fitness Club.

A natural teacher, Gosine commands the rapt attention of his young tennis players. He typically gives his students a tennis-related homework assignment. This week it was to research some famous tennis players and report to the class.

Gosine's favorite, Roger Federer, who he said is not only the best tennis player to play the game but someone who is a class-act that gives back to the sport.

This year's most improved tennis-related was an 8-year-old name Noah who said he was now "a very good tennis player." Gosine noted that his hand-eye coordination was considerably improved and that some day Noah may be a "very good tennis player."

As final graduation presents, each parent was given a $100 gift certificate per child to attend a workshop a Gilford Hill. Ronstadt said Gilford Hills contributed one-half of the money while the LRTA contributed the rest.

He said it was so the students could get some tennis played during the winter months and be ready for the LRTA programs next spring.

For more information or to make a donation please go to www.lakesregiontennis.org.