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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Naloxone kits, information to be available at event on Jan. 11

LACONIA — For friends and family members of someone with an opioid addiction, fear of losing that person to an overdose is something they live with every day. There is hope for recovery, though. An event is planned for Monday, Jan. 11, to provide information about treatment and recovery, and to make available Naloxone kits, also known as Narcan, which can save the live of someone in the midst of an overdose.

"We think this is an opportunity to to not only give out the kits, but there are resources available to get help," said Lisa Leary, director of substance use disorder systems integration at the Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health.

The LRPPH, one of several agencies partnering with the state's Department of Health and Human Services, is hosting the Jan. 11 event, which will be held at the Beane Conference Center in Laconia, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

The Partnership for Public Health will also be hosting a similar event at the Bessie Rowell Community Center in Franklin, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 11.

"We hope that anyone at risk of overdose or knows someone at risk of overdose will come," said Leary.

At the event, organizers will have 100 Naloxone kits available, each of which will contain two doses as well as the equipment to nasally administer the life-saving drug. Paramedics will be on hand to provide training for administering the drug. Also at the event will be representatives of groups and agencies, such as peer support groups, health care and health insurance professionals, Stand Up Laconia, recovery counselors and people who are in recovery.

She cautions that Naloxone alone is not enough to save someone from an overdose. The drug is only effective for minutes, and it's possible for the overdose to recur after the Naloxone has worn off. That's why and important part of the training is to call 9-1-1 first, then administer the Naloxone while paramedics are on the way.

Leary acknowledges that there are some who think the availability of a drug like Naloxone, which can reverse the effects of an otherwise-fatal overdose, might encourage users of heroin, since it mitigates the risk of death. But, she thinks that's a common misperception.

"I don't believe people who are addicted to heroin are going to change their behavior based on the availability of Naloxone," she said.

"I would ask, what if it was your son, or your granddaughter, would you not want to have the drug available? This is a chronic disease. Think of someone who has heart disease. Would you not give someone CPR because they didn't follow their diet?" She knows of many people who were administered Naloxone several times before they sought treatment, and have since been in recovery for many years.

For more information on resources for recovery from opiod misuse, visit

Naloxone kits are now also available through Rite Aid pharmacies. A representative of the Rite Aid in Laconia said that kits can be had without a prescription and that most health care plans cover the cost of the drug, though there may be a $7.75 charge for the atomizer, which allows the drug to be administered nasally.


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