Gilmanton hires new officer

GILMANTON — Selectmen’s Chairman Rachel Hatch swore in the town’s newest police officer, William Mahoney IV, in a brief ceremony Monday night attended by fellow officers, family and friends.
Mahoney, 19, is a lifelong resident of Gilmanton who said he had always looked up to police officers as role models.
“I like the idea of taking criminals and anything illegal out of town,” Mahoney said.
Mahoney, who begins at the first of the year as a full-time officer with Gilmanton, will graduate with an associate’s degree in criminal justice from New Hampshire Technical Institute in May. While working this spring, he said he will complete his degree by taking both online and in-class instruction.
As part of his degree program, Mahoney completed a 120-hour internship with the Gilmanton Police Department.
Mahoney will attend the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training full-time academy beginning May 5. He said he plans on pursuing his bachelor’s degree and possibly more either at Plymouth State University or Southern New Hampshire University.

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Sachems, Golden Eagles Advance In Holiday Basketball Tournament

GILFORD — The final four teams in both the boys and girls tournament brackets are set in the 42nd annual Holiday Basketball Tournament being played at Gilford High School.
In the boys’ bracket, Winnisquam Regional will face off against Laconia Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and Kingswood plays host Gilford at 8:30 p.m.
The girls’ semis are identical but for one team. The WRHS Bears meet the Sachems at 4 p.m. but it will be the Bears of Newfound Regional against the Golden Eagles of Gilford at 7 p.m.
Tuesday’s action was postponed to Wednesday due to weather and the girls and boys finals have been shifted to Thursday at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. respectively.
The Gilford boys reached the semis with a 88-25 drubbing of Moultonborough on Monday, led by 21 points from Zachary Djaberlarbi and 17 from Ethan Carrier. Laconia had a tougher match against Prospect Mountain but emerged with a 67-60 victory, paced by a 35-point effort by Andre McNeil.
In the other games Monday Winnisquam beat Belmont 66-43 and Kingswood doubled up Newfound 67-31.
In girls’ action,  Cali Swormstedt led the Sachems with 14 points and Helen Tautkus added 12 as Laconia handled Prospect Mountain 54-26. Gilford blew out Moultonborough 72-22. Maddie Harris and Cassidy Bartlett led the Golden Eagles with 14 points.
Winnisquam topped Belmont 35-27 and Newfound had no trouble with Kingswood, winning 64-27.

– Harry Kozlowski, special to The Laconia Daily Sun

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First snow of the winter hits Lakes Region, Gunstock opens

LACONIA — The first storm of the winter brought a mixture of snow and sleet to the Lakes Region and created hazardous driving conditions but resulted in no major accidents through late afternoon on Tuesday according to local officials.
It also allowed Gunstock Mountain Resort to open five lower mountain trails and to go full bore on snowmaking operations further up the mountain.
"We'll have the Pistol chairlift open today and we're making snow on Gunsmoke trail of the top of he mountain so we can open it on Thursday," said General Manager Gregg Goddard. The area had opened briefly earlier this month but was closed over Christmas due to record high December temperatures which prevented snowmaking.
He said that Gunstock had received about 6 inches of snow by Tuesday afternoon with as much as eight inches at higher elevations.
"With all of the natural snow and what we're able to make we're looking at going into the weekend with lots of trails open," said Goddard.
Opening for the first time this winter is Bolduc Park on the Laconia-Gilford town line which will have its cross-country trails open for vacationing students at 11 a.m. today.
Laconia police reported only one minor skidding accident through mid-afternoon on Tuesday and traced that to cautious driving by motorists.
Laconia Public Works Director Paul Moynihan said that the city received 4 to 5 inches of snow and that crews started applying salt shortly after 1:15 a.m. when they received a call from police alerting them to the need for the roads to be treated.
"We had four salt trucks on the road within a half four. It takes them about four hours to cover all 85 miles of roads in the city. They switched over to plowing at 5 a.m. in the morning and have been at it ever since," said Moynihan late yesterday afternoon.
He said that forecasts called for the snow to end by around 7 p.m. last night.

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