Shoppers seek holiday bargains on Black Friday

GILFORD — Holiday shoppers were out looking for Black Friday bargains around the Lakes Region yesterday, even though many of them, like Susan St. Pierre of Laconia, who shopped at Wal-Mart in Gilford, have already done a lot of their shopping online.
St. Pierre said she was looking for gifts for her 16-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter, and for the special Black Friday items which can only be bought in stores.
''I've already done most of my shopping online,'' said St. Pierre, who works at Fluett Engineering in Laconia.
Also looking for bargains at Wal-Mart was Nicole Doherty of Laconia, who was looking for computers and iPads for her kids. She said she had also gone shopping late Thanksgiving afternoon at the Steeplegate Mall in Concord after having had a turkey dinner.
At Tanger Outlets in Tilton, Amanda Avery of Center Harbor was shopping along with her mother. Crystal, and sister, Jessica, for Christmas presents with a lot of the shopping focused on her month-old daughter, Vera.
''We found some cute clothes for her,'' said Amanda, who was also looking for gifts for her boyfriend.
Also shopping at the Tilton mall was Joan Fedan of Moultonborough, who was there with several people, includinhg her son, Joe, and Chanel Brown of Massachusetts.
Fedan said shopping at the mall is a family tradition on Back Friday after a celebration of the holiday held at her home on Moultonborough Neck on Thanksgiving Day.
That same tradition holds true for Rich and Carol Walter of Quincy, Massachusetts, who were shopping along with Cynthia Demos of Watertown Massachusetts, Melissa Walter of Quincy and her boyfriend, George Demos of Watertown.
Rich Walter said the group had spent the holiday at the Mills Falls in Meredith and enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal at Hart's Turkey Farm in Meredith.
''We come here to get away from our relatives,'' joked Melissa Walter, who said the holiday shopping at the mall was a family tradition.
In downtown Laconia, Reggie and Sherryl Caldwell of Belmont were doing their shopping with locally owned businesses, and chose All My Life Jewelers on Main Street as one of their destinations. Local businesses promoted the day as Plaid Friday, encouraging shoppers to buy local.

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Two saved from heroin OD at Belmont fire station

BELMONT – Fire and rescue personnel saved the lives of two opiate overdose victims Friday afternoon when they sought assistance at the fire station.

Lt. Tom Murphy said a man drove into the parking lot and told crews that a woman in the back seat of his car was overdosing on heroin. He said the woman had an extremely low pulse rate and crews removed her from the car and put her in an ambulance where they administered nasal Narcan – an anti-opiate drug.

Murphy noted that the people the woman had been with had apparently put her into a nearby lake in an effort to revive her, so her clothing was wet and she was chilled but not yet hypothermic.

While transporting the woman to the hospital, Murphy said the man who drove her there began to suffer the same symptoms of an opiate overdose, growing pale and having his blood pressure begin to drop.

Murphy said it was fortunate the town's second ambulance had just returned from a previous call, so the man was administered nasal Narcan as well and was also taken to Lakes Region General Hospital.

Murphy noted that dousing or immersing someone in cold water to revive them during an opiate overdose can have the opposite of the intended effect and will further reduce body temperature and blood pressure.

Police are looking the matter.

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Two dozen dogs adopted just in time for holidays at Adopt-athon

LACONIA — Black Friday was a good day for two dozen dogs who will now be spending the holidays in a loving environment with families which adopted them during the 12th annual New Hampshire Humane Society Adopt-athon held at the Belknap Mall.
For many of the dogs like Pumpkin, a 9-week-old Spaniel mix from Austin, Texas, it was literally a matter of life and death to get to New Hampshire and find a new home.
As a shelter animal in the Lone Star state, she was a candidate for euthanasia, according to MaryLee Gorham-Waterman, executive director of the society, who says that her new family “saved her life.’’
Pumpkin was adopted by Nancy Porosky of Gilford and was given a ringing endorsement prior to the paperwork being signed her new companion, Ebby,’ a long-haired Dachshund who was adopted two years ago from another animal shelter, and was brought to the Adopt-athon to help choose her new companion.
Jim Zimmermann of Gilford adopted Josie, a 2-month old Lab mix, entirely white, whom he plans to rename Snowball. He said it was his first-ever adopted pet and that his 23-year-old son, Tim, will be glad to have an animal in the house.
Nat Hoyt and Corey McKeon of Laconia adopted Sebastian, a 15-month-old Great Pyrenees.
‘’He’ll be a great addition to the family. We’re both animal lovers’’ said Hoyt.
‘’We just bought a house with a big yard that will be a perfect place for him,’’ said McKeon, who added that he and Hoyt are avid hikers and expect to have lots of fun taking Sebastian with them on hikes.
Gorham-Watterman said that the society has the adoption process down pat in order to make same-day adoptions easier. Those hoping to take advantage of the adopt-athon were urged to bring proof of home ownership or a lease agreement that shows that pets are permitted, and vaccination records for other pets in the home. All family members, including other dogs, were invited to meet the prospective pet.
She said that the process runs smoothly thanks to the dedicated volunteers like Ed Peck, formerly of Belmont and now of Wolfeboro, who showed up Thursday night to help set up space for the adopt-athon in the former Blockbuster video store.
Peck said that he was working hard to make sure any accidents on the store’s carpet were cleaned immediately. He has volunteered for over 10 years but hasn’t been as active lately due to his move to Wolfeboro where he is renovating his new home.
‘’But I couldn’t miss this, so I’m back here to help out.’’ said Peck.
‘’Being a volunteer for the Humane Society is like being a member of the Mafia,’’ said Gorham-Watterman. “Once you’re a member of the family, you can’t get out.’’
The Humane Society is hosting “Caturday’’ tomorrow at its headquarters on Meredith Center Road, where cats will be up for adoption.

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