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Airplanes flying around LHS library at culimination of summer program

LACONIA — Students in a Laconia High School summer school program flew airplanes they had designed yesterday as part of the Electric Powered Cargo Plane Challenge.
The aircraft, powered by a small electric motor with a plastic propeller, were tethered to a power pole which supplied electrical power to the airplanes, which were controlled in the library by the students through a remote controller as they attempted to take off and land.
''It's a hands-on activity but the students have to use math in building the planes and calculating how much cargo they can carry,'' said Amanda Stefanik, educational coordinator for LHS summer school, which is a Project EXTRA! funded activity designed to afford after school and summer school educational opportunities.
Students design and construct an electrically powered model aircraft which must complete at least one flight lap without cargo and then they add weights and see if the aircraft can complete a lap with the added cargo.
Students were provided with a ready made fuselage as well as motor and landing gear, but had to design and build the wings and tail structure of the aircraft.
''It was pretty complicated,'' said Ryan Garneau, who chose an elliptical wing design for his aircraft which seemed to have problems providing enough lift to consistently circle around the power pole.
Noah Ford had more success with his aircraft, which had a trapezoidal wing design and was able to carry as many as nine of the half-ounce weights on a full lap around the power pole.
Stefanik said the cargo plane challenge will become a part of the school's learning activities and that students will be able to take part in regional and national competitions.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 August 2013 02:30

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Opechee Point beach closed to swimming on Saturday

LACONIA — The Opechee Point Beach will be closed to public swimming on Saturday, August 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. due to the Lakes Region Water Ski Boat Classic that will he held at that location. The Point beach is located directly behind Colby Field and the Middle School.

In making the announcement, the Parks and Recreation Department thanked residents for their anticipated cooperation.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 August 2013 02:13

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Ashland voters to get 2nd chance to OK teachers' contract

ASHLAND — The School Board has scheduled a special School District Meeting to seek voter approval of a three year collective bargaining agreement with teachers at the Elementary School. The official ballot (SB-2) vote will be held on October 1. A deliberative session will be held on September 3 at 7 p.m. in the William J. Tirone Gymnasium.

The proposed contract would provide teachers with a 5.5 percent increase in salaries over the term of the contract, according to the School Board.

In a statement sent to local media outlets, the School Board noted that many of its teachers have been with the district over 20 years and the board believes the teachers "make Ashland Elementary School a greet school for your children".

"We thank you for your overwhelming support of the School District's budget for 2013-2014 and once again we ask for your support," the board wrote. "Vote yes on the October 1 on the proposed teachers' contract."

 

Last Updated on Friday, 09 August 2013 02:06

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19-year-old charged with reckless driving after crash

BELMONT — Three young people were taken by ambulance to Lakes Region General Hospital after the car they were in left the road yesterday morning and hit a stone wall.

Police said Trevor M. Partridge, 19, no address given, of Belmont was driving along Province Road (Route 107) at an alleged high rate of speed when his car struck the stone wall at Dow Cemetery near the intersection of Hoadley Road. He was charged with one count of reckless driving and one count of driving without a valid license.

Partridge, passenger Scott Coburn, 21, no address given, and a second juvenile passenger were all taken by Belmont Fire and Rescue by ambulance to Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia with what fire officials described as non life-threatening injuries.

Police said the front end of the small 4-door sedan was heavily damaged.

Fire officials said two of the men needed to be helped from the car while one was able to get out on his own. They said they didn't need to use extrication tools.

Partridge was given a court date of September 19 in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 August 2013 02:02

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