MeredithMay2017

Drone to fly over Belmont sports teams

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

BELMONT — High school senior Devin Poslusny couldn’t be happier.
With the final passage of the Shaker Regional School District drone use policy, he will be able to fulfill one of his high school dreams, which is to record from the air sports teams practices so the coaches can use them to improve the programs.
“I’m not just showing up and flying for no reason,” he said Friday.
Poslusny first approached the school administration and later the School Board for permission to use his drone when the high school boys soccer coach saw some of his video and liked it.
The problem was that there was no policy within the district for drone use and without one, he wasn’t going to be able to use his on school property.
After the policy passed on Tuesday night, Devin said retired Superintendent Maria Dreyer prepared an application form that he has since filled out and returned to the school district.
Poslusny said he’d also like to do other education and sports projects and said that as the school year progresses, he’d like to see if other teachers and coaches would like to use his drone services.
“I’m excited. Obviously this is some uncharted waters,” he said.
“I’ll be very cautious,” Poslusny continued. “I don’t want to do anything that would cause them to lose their trust in me.”

A bittersweet farewell

Business Administrator Ed Emond retires after 19 years with the Laconia School District

By ALANA PERSSON, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — It was a teary goodbye for Ed Emond, Business Administrator of the Laconia School District at SAU 30, as he closed out his 19 years with the district this past Thursday.
Working within the Laconia School District was never a regret for Emond, yet he will admit that when he graduated from college working for a school district was not what he expected from his future.
As a young man, Emond graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a degree in accounting and computer science, which provided him with the "nuts and bolts" of budgeting and accounting systems. Using the skills he had attained in college, Emond worked for various different businesses, including the New Hampshire Municipal Association, and a state sand and gravel company. Additionally, Emond became involved in his local community, Allenstown, where he was on the budget committee and Board of Selectmen. Within these jobs and local positions Emond expanded his skill set, gaining knowledge of risk management, administration within a government entity, and legislation, which later would help him thrive as a district administrator.
After a period of time establishing himself in the workforce, Emond decided to further his education, by returning to Southern New Hampshire University in 1995 to receive his Master of Business Administration. Following this scholastic achievement, Emond accepted his first administrative position within the Woodsvillle School District. After a few years of groundwork in Woodsville, Emond left the district to accept a position in Laconia, where he has stayed ever since.
Emond's started off his career with a bang, as on his first day within the Laconia School District he opened the bids at Woodland Heights School for switching the school's heating system from electric to natural gas. This bold move would be the first of many, as one by one he embarked on projects to restore all of the schools within the district.
Beginning with the elementary schools, Emond learned the ins and outs of how to best conduct school restoration projects, which helped make the larger projects a success. Looking back at the improvements made within the district, Emond shared he was most proud of the Laconia Middle School renovation.
"Tackling the middle school renovation was a challenge" said Emond. "There were so many proposals and we were working with a big budget, so it was rewarding watching the school district officials, school board members, and taxpayers all rally behind the renovation to make it a reality."
Leaving the Laconia School District with so much accomplished, Emond tributes much of his success to his ability to keep credibility in the budget regardless of the project or situation. For Emond there were always new solutions waiting to be found, and alternative ways to manage the budget so that new things could be implemented to better the educational experience. Sometimes it was a struggle to achieve all financial goals, and in some ways Laconia fell short in keeping up with surrounding districts, however, Emond never felt that the limited resources stinted the district's success.
"The special thing about Laconia schools is that the people who work here do it because of compassion and a desire to empower students," said Emond. "Here, it's never about the money."
Looking ahead to the future, Emond's No. 1 priority is to spend time caring for his brother with Down syndrome. In addition to spending time with his family, Emond has received his real-estate license with Keller Williams Lakes and Mountains, where he will be working real-estate primarily in the Lakes Region, with four months a year selling real-estate in Naples, Florida.
Although Emond has officially left the school district, he is still planning on staying connected with the school and local community. Recently, he has joined the Board of Directors with Lakes Region Community Services, and looks forward to helping continue make the community a better place for people to live in.
When asked if Emond would alter anything during his time as Business Administrator, he said no.
"I have never regretted working for the school sector," said Emond. "I am proud of my time here and my accomplishments. It's a great city and a school district, and I wouldn't change any of it."

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Ed Emond, Business Administrator of Laconia School District, proudly stands in front of the school photos that represent the many projects he has worked on over his career. (Alana Persson/Laconia Daily Sun)

 

Police rescue baby accidentally locked in a car as well as a dog in a car at Petco

GILFORD — Two police officers rescued a 14-month-old toddler from the back seat of a car at Sawyer's Dairy Bar Friday after his grandmother accidentally locked herself out of the car while he was in his car seat.

Motorcycle Officer James Callahan and Patrol Officer Alyssa Raxter said police were called to restaurant by AAA after the grandmother called them to open the car door.

"The baby will be fine," said Callahan, after EMTs checked on him as a precaution. "He's just mad."

Callahan said both tried unlocking the car but couldn't get it open, so he used a tool Raxter had for breaking car windows.

While doing so, he got numerous scratches and small cuts on his arms. Because of his motorcycle duty, he was wearing gloves.

"I used the tool to punch out the window, but my hand went in, too," he said. He was able to unlock the door after breaking through the driver's side window.

The glass fell both inside and outside of the Toyota Rav 4, but none fell on the baby. Sawyer's employees swept up the glass in the parking lot. The car could still be driven.

Earlier that day, the two responded to Petco to investigate an incident where someone knocked out the window of a car that had a dog in it.

State laws state that only a police officer or an agent of a animal humane or rescue society can lawfully break into a car for animal rescue purposes.

Callahan said the Petco incident was still being investigated.

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