Jennie D. Blake School plans first robotics event

By THOMAS P. CALDWELL, LACONIA DAILY SUN

HILL — The Jennie D. Blake School will play host to at least 16 elementary and middle school robotics teams from throughout New Hampshire in the first JDB Robotics event on Saturday, Jan. 20.

Principal Brian Connelly said the event came about through David Kelly, a retired Pembroke Academy science teacher who lives in Hill and has been involved in robotics activities around the state for several years.

“I got an email from Mr. Kelly in the fall, introducing himself and wondering if I’d be open to him doing a robotics rollout here. I said, ‘Well, sure!’ and he explained that there are grants to get robots, and now we have three robots for the school.”

That allowed the school to put up three teams from grades 4, 5, and 6, and Connelly said two boys and two girls participate from each grade level. To make it more interesting, they will pair a fourth-grader with a sixth-grader, he said.

The students meet every Tuesday, and last Tuesday was especially important, Connelly said, because they got into programming for the first time. “They were so excited,” he said. “The hour flies by for them.”

The school already entered one competition and one team qualified for the state championships.

For a competition to qualify as a preliminary event to the state championships, it must have at least 16 teams participating, Connelly said. The Jennie D. Blake School reached that “magic number” on Thursday, and Connelly said they may reach their maximum of 20 teams by the time the registration period ends on Wednesday.

“It’s an exciting opportunity for these kids and the teachers,” Connelly said.

The Jan. 20 event will begin with qualification matches for the teams between 9 a.m. and noon, with a lunch and skills period from noon to 12:30. Qualification matches will continue from 12:30 to 1:30, followed by the final matches and awards.

The competition is open to the public with free admission, making it a great family event.

The Jennie D. Blake School is located at 32 Crescent St. in Hill.

Belmont police log, Jan. 5-11, 2018

BELMONT — Police arrested Kimberly A. Bartenstein, 28, of 36 Church St., Belmont, on a warrant from the Laconia Police Department on Jan. 5.
Police on Jan. 6 arrested Brittany Johnson, 27, of 43 Silkwood Avenue, Belmont, on a bench warrant from Laconia for failure to appear on a charge of default or breach of bail conditions.
On Jan. 7, police charged Benjamin Corriveau, 24, of 368 Meadow Pond Road, Gilmanton, with possession of marijuana.
On Jan. 8, police charged Clint R. Griffin, 33, of 41 Howard Avenue, Northfield, with driving while intoxicated.
On Jan. 9, police arrested Thomas Michael McNeil, 30, of 15 Johnson St., Belmont, on warrants from Merrimack County and Laconia courts.
On Jan. 11, police arrested Andrew James Decormier, 25, of 33 Sunshine Drive, Belmont, on a warrant from Belknap County Superior Court.
Police arrested Mathew Goupil, 34, of 356 Laconia Road on a warrant from the Gilford Police Department.
Police charged Daniel A. Bishop, 60, of 184 Fellows Hill Road, Northfield, with driving while intoxicated.

Gilford town offices up for election

GILFORD — The filing period for town offices opens on Jan. 24 and continues through the end of the day on Feb. 2.
Open positions include a three-year selectman’s seat; three three-year terms and one two-year term on the Gilford Budget Committee; moderator for two years; supervisor of the checklist for six years; trustee of trust funds for three years; two library trustees for three years; cemetery trustee for three years; and fire engineer for three years.
To file as a candidate, residents must be registered voters in Gilford. Hours for filing with the town clerk are Monday through Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. On the last day for filing, Friday, Feb. 2, the hours are extended to 5 p.m.
For more information, call Town Clerk Denise Gonyer at 527-4713.

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