Laconia Athletic and Swim Club could open soon as help is offered

LACONIA — While the doors to the Laconia Athletic and Swim Club have been closed since Thanksgiving Day, owner Tom Oakley is not only feeling relief over getting the weight of his financial issues out in the open, he is grateful for the community's response and hopeful the club will open again soon.

"It's been overwhelming," he said Monday of the outpouring of support since the news broke."We have a few leads, a few possibilities (of help), but it's going to take a few days."

In an email to members, Oakley said no one will be charged for membership, physical therapy or swim services until they can reopen. He asks for patience as they sort things out, but also notes that there is a $50,000 bond with the state of New Hampshire that will cover refunds if they need to be issued.

"What's exciting is that people are coming forward with contacts and ideas," said Oakley. "We're trying to look at the blessings."

Anyone who has questions or would like to help may contact Oakley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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St. Vincent de Paul burglarized over weekend

LACONIA – Police are investigating a burglary at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul that was reported to them at 10:03 a.m. on Saturday.

Police Capt. Matt Canfield said somebody or some people broke into the building through a window and were able to access the safe. He said a "significant amount of money" was stolen.

"This is pretty much a cheap shot against an agency that does so much to help the people of Laconia and the surrounding communities," Canfield said, noting that this time of the year is when many people depend on St. Vincent's and other charitable agencies to help during the holidays.

He said that anyone with any information is urged to call the Laconia Police at 524-5252 or the Laconia Crime Line, which is anonymous, at 524-1717.

The Christian organization works to provide assistance to those in need in the Lakes Region through its thrift store, food pantry, The Children's Foundation and other programs.

The Daily Sun was unable to reach anyone affiliated with St. Vincent de Paul yesterday.

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Woman charged with burglary at Penguin Mart

BELMONT – Police arrested a local woman at 2:42 a.m. Sunday morning after a police were dispatched to Penguin Mart at 916 Laconia Road.

Kelly Ellis, 34, of Laconia Road is charged with one count of burglary and three counts of criminal mischief.

The call came from a newspaper delivery person who saw that one of the windows in the front door was broken and there was at least one person inside.

Responding officers from Belmont, Sanbornton, Tilton and Northfield found Ellis inside the store and she was taken into custody without further incident.

Ellis was scheduled to appear in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday morning, however, for reasons unknown to The Laconia Daily Sun, she was unable to appear. As of 2 p.m. Monda,y she was scheduled to appear by video at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Ellis is being held on $5,000 cash-only bail.

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