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3rd Annual ‘Water, Wings and Wheels’ brings crowd to Laconia Airport

GILFORD — A good turnout was on hand Saturday as Laconia Airport hosted its third annual Wings, Water and Wheels Open House Saturday.
The event, held on Flag Day, had as its theme , "Honoring Our Heroes" and also marked the 70th anniversary of Civil Air Patrol's Wing Maneuvers, which have ben held at the airport since July of 1944.
One of the highlights of the day was the presentation of a program for the very first Wing Maneuvers event was presented by Col. Bill Moran, NH Civil Air Patrol Wing Commander and a member of the Laconia Airport Authority, to Dr. Henry Munroe, president emeritus of the New Hampshire College and University Council, who was a 17-year-old cadet when the first event was held in 1944.
Munroe said the Laconia Airport was a very different place with only one runway when the first maneuvers took place.
Munroe will receive the Congressional Gold Medal this fall for his CAP volunteer service during WWII.
"We are honored to have Henry join us for this memorable occasion and are proud to have a Congressional Gold Medal winner in the state of New Hampshire." said Moran.
Many static displays greeted open house visitors, including aircraft from the airport's fixed-based operators Sky Bright Aviation and Emerson Aviation, who raffled off a free scenic flight. Members from the NH Pilots Association pilots from around the state had their airplanes on display, including a unique ER Coupe 415C, owned by Alan Tripp and Jetta Morrison. The aircraft, built in 1946, weighed only 1300 pounds, two seats and had an 85 horsepower engine and could cruise at 90 miles per hour.
Airplanes weren't the only things attracting attention.
A replica of a 1939 Jaguar owned by Donna Boettcher of Weirs Beach was on display. Her husband, Peter, said that convertible used a 1985 Mustang frame and body and is powered by modern six cylinder V-6 engine and was built by a North Dakota form which specializes in making classic roadsters which come in kit form.
Boettcher is retired from the Manchester Water Works while his wife is a retired teacher who taught for 35 years in Candia.
''It's a fun car, a play car. We like to take it around Lake Winnipesaukee for weekend rides,'' he said.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 01:01

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Social workers name Hosmer 'Legislator of the Year'

LACONIA — The New Hampshire chapter of the National Association of Social Workers has named state Sen. Andrew Hosmer of Laconia as "Legislator of the Year" in recognition of his commitment to pursuing public policies to improve the lives of all citizens.

Steve Gorin, executive director of the state chapter of NASW, described Hosmer, who is serving his first term in the New Hampshire Senate, as "a natural choice for the award."

In a formal statement Hosmer, a Democrat, said he was honored to have been chosen. "Social workers are vitally important to the strengthening of our families, our communities and our economy." Later he suggested that his contributions to using Medicaid funds to extend health insurance to a needy population, seeking to increase the state minimum wage, and providing increased funding for mental health services factored in his selection.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 01:06

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6th floor stove fire empties Sunrise Towers in Laconia

LACONIA — A stove fire on the seventh floor of the Sunrise Towers last night spread to some cabinets and, though it was quickly extinguished, the smoke damage to the apartment has left its male resident temporarily homeless.

Sixth floor resident Alan Benoit said he thought he smelled something like a ballast burning when the alarms sounded a little after 7 p.m. He said he and a friend from his floor walked down the six flights of stairs.

Sunrise Towers, located just off the corner of South Main Street and Union Avenue, is owned and operated by the Laconia Housing Authority and is home to a number of elderly and disabled residents.

Resident Gary Sitka said he was watching television when the first alarm sounded. He said when the second alarm went off he left the building.

Sitka said there are multiple alarms in the building and when one sounds and if the Fire Department or building maintenance staff doesn't get to it, or if there is a fire, a second sounds and everyone knows to leave the building.

In this case, the smoke alarm in the apartment sounded and triggered the alarms for the rest of the building.

Fire Chief Ken Erickson said any alarm at Sunrise Towers automatically brings Laconia, Gilford, and Belmont firefighters to the tallest building in the immediate Lakes Region.

He said when Capt. Bob Landry came down Main Street and saw smoke pouring from a seventh floor balcony he automatically called for a second alarm which brings firefighters from all over the Lakes Region.

He said Landry's team ran up the seven floors and extinguished the fire.

Erickson said had first resonders not been able to extinguish it immediately, Landry would have gone to a third alarm, which would have brought additional manpower to the fire and coverage to other area departments.

Landry said the resident of the apartment knew not to try and put it out himself and immediately left the building. He is unharmed and building maintenance was working to find him a place to stay until his apartment can be repaired.

Landry said the stove is destroyed, the cabinets are damaged and the rest of the apartment has some smoke damage.

Erickson said that extra manpower is always needed in those situations in the event a fire spreads and people need help getting out of the building.

Police blocked off the entire area and rerouted traffic for about an hour.
Just before 8 p.m. firefighters allowed the residents of the bottom six floors to return to their apartments. He said firefighters checked on many of the residents of the tops floors to make sure they weren't having anxiety or other issues that could affect them physically.

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 June 2014 01:11

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Republican Fraser to challenge Gulick for New Hampton & C. Harbor seat in N.H. House

NEW HAMPTON — Valerie Fraser, who is serving her first term on the Board of Selectmen, has filed to run for the seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives from New Hampton and Center Harbor.

The seat is currently held by Democrat Ruth Gulick, a retired attorney, who filed for re-election to a second term yesterday.

A Republican, Fraser said that she entered the race as advocate of public banking, believing that the state and counties should be authorized to establish banks that would hold public revenues from taxes and fees as deposits and fund investments in local commercial enterprises and infrastructure projects. North Dakota has successfully operated a public bank for almost a century, Fraser said. She said that no matter what the issue, "it always comes down to money" and public banking could provide some.

Fraser is a registered nurse and veterinarian, who recently sold her veterinary practice in Tilton and now operates from her home, where she raises dairy goats and keeps horses. Apart from public banking, she said "I've always been curious about what goes on in Concord."

Last Updated on Friday, 13 June 2014 12:58

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