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Public hearing on Gilford fireworks change to be Sept. 10

GILFORD — Selectmen have schedule a public hearing for September 10 at 7 p.m. on a proposed fireworks ordinance that would lift a ban on them that has been in place since 1988.

If approved by selectmen, the ordinance will allow fireworks between the hours of noon and 10 p.m.

On New Year's Eve and on July 3 through 5, fireworks will be allowed from noon until 12:15 a.m.

The amended ordinance will clarify that, while it is not unlawful to possess fireworks or transport fireworks permissible by non-professionals in New Hampshire, it will only be unlawful to discharge them unless it is between specified hours.

Any person who discharges fireworks during the prohibited hours will be subject to a $100 fine for the first offense, a $250 fine for the second offense, and a $500 fine for the third or subsequent offense.

The ordinance doesn't not apply to people who are licensed under New Hampshire law to professional display fireworks.

The proposed ordinance has been about a year in the making. The previous Board of Selectmen decided in a two-to one-vote last year to keep the ordinance in place.

With the retirement of former Selectman Kevin Hayes and the election of Selectman Richard A. Grenier, it appears the pro-fireworks votes will be in the majority.

Selectman John O'Brien has always supported the ban while Selectman Gus Benevides has never supported prohibition.

The public hearing will be in the Gilford Town Offices meeting room on the first floor.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 September 2014 10:29

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Gilford Police van involved in minor accident in Laconia

LACONIA — A Gilford Police transport van was involved in a minor accident at about 11 p.m. Sunday night after it was cut off on North Main Street in Laconia by a car that was coming out of Right Way Path.

The officer who was driving the van, that had just transported someone to the Belknap County House of Corrections, was able to avoid the collision but lost control of the van and went down an embankment.

Right Way Path leads into the former Laconia School Property and Ahern State Park.

The officer was unharmed and Laconia Police continue to investigate.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 September 2014 10:26

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Laconia Police go without phones for 5 hours

LACONIA — City police were without telephone service from about 7 p.m. Sunday until shortly after midnight Monday morning.

Capt. Bill Clary said yesterday that, for reasons that haven't been completely explained to him, many customers other the same Portsmouth-based service provider (BayRing) were without telephone services, including the Fire Department.

Clary said a Twitter feed went to all Laconia Twitter subscribers informing them about the problem and telling them if they needed any police services at all to call 9-1-1.

He said 9-1-1 calls were forward to the Gilford Police Department – that does not use BayRing – and those calls were directed to Laconia via Gilford's phone system to a cell phone used by a Laconia dispatcher.

Since the dispatch center was working, Clary said the city was able to direct officers to where they were needed.

He said police responded to a few car accidents however the night was generally not busier than they would have expected.

Laconia Fire Captain Bob Landry said he was only in the fire station briefly Sunday night on a station coverage emergency call back but said the dispatch center at the Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid was not affected.

He said the the telephone system within the two fire houses was not working property and the department was unable to get a faxes.

The systems was restored just after midnight on Monday but Clary said he wants to know more about why it when down and how future episodes like this can be eliminated.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 September 2014 10:21

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2,000 students settle into PSU campus on Labor Day

PLYMOUTH —  "My parents have always spoken so highly of Plymouth State, so I am so excited to be here," said Beau Dykstra of Lebanon, who was one nearly 2,000 Plymouth State University students to move into the school's seven residence halls on Monday.

Move-In is the busiest day of the year for the campus and surrounding communities, with nearly half the student body and their families converging on campus for the annual event. Dykstra's parents, Mark and Laura Dykstra of Lebanon, are Plymouth State alumni and they are thrilled to see their son attending their alma mater.

"We've always believed in the school, and this is a wonderful next step for Beau," said Laura Dykstra '89, '00G.

"I think Plymouth State is a gem, there's so much to do here and explore," said Mark Dykstra '89. "There is an immediate sense of community right out of the gate when you get here. . .  it is amazing,"

PSU President Sara Jayne Steen said it is heartening to see a legacy student with their family arriving on campus.

"It's a great thing when people who have had an education here trust us with the most precious thing in their lives," said Steen. "That's a huge statement about the quality of the education they received and their faith in this institution and what it will mean in the life of their child."

President Steen has personally welcomed students and parents each year during her nine-year tenure. She noted this year's move-in went like clockwork.

"Beautiful day, so much excitement and energy and it's such a wonderful time to see the campus, said Steen. "This has gone incredibly smooth."

PSU move-in allows students to quickly and efficiently fill the university's seven residence halls with the help of staff, students and families. PSU's athletic teams, including the entire football and wrestling teams, as well as sororities like Delta Zeta, help incoming students park, unload and move their belongings. By Labor Day evening, more than 90 percent of the students are moved in to their on-campus residences.

First-year student Samuel Millard of Kingston, N.H., said he was happy to be on campus. "Lots of changes, a new environment, I love the campus and the location," said Millard.

Sophomore Eva Daniels of Westfield, Mass., said she was thrilled with how easy the moving process was. "I'm so excited–it's great to be back," Daniels said. "I made a lot of friends here, it's a great place. I just love the feeling of a new school year."

Having move-in on Labor Day allows more parents to join their students and offers students a seamless transition to the start of the academic year. Convocation and a final orientation for first-year students occur on Tuesday, September 2. Classes begin Tuesday at 5 p.m. and the first full day of classes is Wednesday, September 3. PSU has more than 7,000 students, including approximately 4,200 undergraduate students.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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