Big Turnout for veterans assembly at Inter-Lakes Elementary

MEREDITH — Students and guests at the Inter-Lakes Elementary School Veterans Assembly got to see first hand how an American flag is folded, heard patriotic songs performed by the elementary school band and chorus and saw video presentations prepared by students honoring veterans Tuesday morning.
Julie Krisak, the school's music teacher, who has organized the gathering every other year for the last decade, said there were so many guests this year, more than 100, that the assembly was shifted from the multipurpose room to the school's gymnasium.
''It was the biggest one we've ever had,'' said Krisak, adding that breakfast, which is normally served in the library, was shifted to the cafeteria in the multipurpose room so that there would be enough room for all of the guests.
PTO mothers helped prepare the continental style breakfast, which included muffins, breads, doughnuts, danish and fresh fruit. There was also a pancake station, manned by fourth-graders, who made the pancakes as part of a school math project.
Former Griggs-Wyatt Post American Legion Commander Robert Kennelly and Master Sgt. Elliott Finn, both of whom served in the Korean War, demonstrated how to fold an American flag with assistance from veteran Dennis Bickford of Meredith.
Finn observed that when the 13 folds are completed, the flag resembles a tri-corner hat, the type worn by soldiers in the American Revolution.
Members of the school's Leadership Project, which has been selling patriotic double U.S.A. flag pins and patriotic wrist bands, presented the proceeds from the project to representatives of the New Hampshire Soldiers Home in Tilton. Several veterans from the home attended the assembly.
Among the veterans attending were three World War II veterans who currently live at the Forest View Manor in Meredith; Marjorie Gilman who served in the Waves for three years; Harold Buker, a Marine who served in the Pacific Theater and Frank Banks, who was with the U.S. Coast Guard for two years.
Gilman said that she was based at the Chelsea, Massachusetts, Naval Hospital and rose to the rank of Pharmacist Mate Second Class.
Banks, who grew up on Wakefield, Massachusetts, said he served in the North Atlantic ''chasing German submarines'' at the end of the war.
Buker, a native of Everett, Massachusetts, said that he was at Guadalcanal during 1942 and remembers losing his German shepherd watchdog to a Japanese sniper. He was also wounded himself later in the war and spent over a year in a military hospital.
''They patched me up pretty good. I served with a bunch of good men,'' said Buker, who refers to himself as ''war dog'' when describing his experience in the military.
Krisak said the experience of meeting with the veterans is an important part of learning about history for the elementary school students.

''They know why they are off from school on Veterans Day and understand how important veterans are in our history and why we honor them,'' said Krisak.


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man charged with reckless conduct for discharging muzzleloader on Warren Street (131 w/cut slugged patrick manley)

LACONIA — A Laconia man was arrested late Friday after discharging a gun into the ground behind his home.
On Friday Nov. 7, the Laconia Police Department responded to the area of 44 Warren St. shortly after 11 Friday night for what neighbors believed to be a gun shot being fired.
Sgt. Chris Noyes said that while investigating, officers made contact with Patrick Manley, 53, of 44 Warren St. It was discovered that while allegedly under the influence of alcohol, Manley had discharged a muzzleloader into the ground behind his home. The shot was fired in close proximity to other homes in the neighborhood.
Manley was taken into custody and charged with reckless conduct. He was released on personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to stand trial on Jan. 14 at the Laconia District Court.
Police are asking anyone who has information regarding this incident to contact the Laconia Police Department.


Bystanders, police pull woman from Paugus Bay (109))

LACONIA — The Laconia Fire Department transported a woman to Lakes Region General Hospital Sunday night after responding to a 911 call of someone in the water at Paugus Bay who needed help.
Fire Chief Ken Erickson said that when the department arrived at the scene of the 10:37 p.m. call in the vicinity of the Lakeport Dam, they found that the woman had already been pulled from the water by bystanders and Laconia Police.
He said that the woman was a status 2 patient, which means the patient is unstable and requires IV fluids.