First overdose in city this year discovered

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — City police said yesterday that they responded to their first fatal overdose early yesterday afternoon, at an apartment building at 736 Union Ave.

Canfield said so far this year, city police and emergency crews have responded to 10 overdoses of some kind, averaging 3.4 per day.

Capt. Matt Canfield said the identity of the 42-year-old man is being withheld pending notification of his family members. He said the cause of death appeared to be opioid-related and an autopsy is scheduled for today.

According to The Union Leader, there were 399 confirmed fatal opioid overdoses in New Hampshire in 2015, leading state, local and federal officials and even presidential candidates to rail against the crisis and demand action.

Locally, the City Council approved an additional police position two years ago to work with heroin users and help them to get what treatments is available to them though local and state private and not-for-profit agencies.

IN addition, the Police Department in conjunction with the School District has had DARE programs for years in the elementary schools and is working to expand the DARE program to the middle school.

Voters add $250,000 to budget at Alton School District Meeting

By ROGER AMSDEN - LACONIA DAILY SUN

ALTON — Voters added $250,000 to the Alton school district's operating budget at the deliberative session of School District Meeting at the Alton Central School Saturday.
The proposed amendment, which supporters said is needed to preserve teaching staff levels at the school, passed by a vote of 45-26 after more than a half hour of discussion.
Voters increased the proposed operating budget, which will go on the ballot on March 8, to $15,174,547. If the budget article is defeated, a default budget of $15,020,238 will take effect.
The budget reflects $4,637,339 towards the operating budget of Prospect Mountain High School, which is jointly operated by Alton and Barnstead.
Voters will also decide the fate proposed one-year contract with the Alton Education Association, which will add $104,521 to the school budget,
Also on the ballot will be a warrant article seeking a $479,500 appropriation for roof repairs at Prospect Mountain High School. The sum represents half of the $959,000 roof repair project and will require a similar amount from the Barnstead school district.
School Board Chairman Steve Miller said that the two school districts made a major mistake in 2003-04 in their choice of a contractor and subcontractor for the high school, and that the roof is still leaking despite piecemeal repairs. He said that a structural roof engineer has been hired to oversee the project, which will see a metal roof installed at the high school.

Thanks to the Children's Auction

LACONIA — Representatives of a baker's dozen local organizations gathered in the lobby of Lakes Region General Hospital this week to share contributions totaling $170,200 from the Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction. The organizations, all of which work to eliminate or mitigate the need for extended services to children, benefitting from this year's auction are: Lakes Region Child Care Services, Stand Up Laconia, Lakes Region Community Services, New Beginnings, Voice Against Violence, Central NH VNA & Hospice, Granite UW Whole Village, Greater Lakes Child Advocacy, Laconia Area Community Land Trust, Appalachian Mountain Teen Project, Northfield-Tilton Congregational Church, Ossipee Concerned Citizens and Tiny Twisters. "Enjoy the money," Warren Bailey, who began the auction 33 years ago, told the recipients.. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch).

Representatives of a baker's dozen local organizations gathered in the lobby of Lakes Region General Hospital this week to share contributions totaling $170,200 from the Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction. The organizations, all of which work to eliminate or mitigate the need for extended services to children, benefiting from this year's auction are: Lakes Region Child Care Services, Stand Up Laconia, Lakes Region Community Services, New Beginnings, Voice Against Violence, Central NH VNA & Hospice, Granite UW Whole Village, Greater Lakes Child Advocacy, Laconia Area Community Land Trust, Appalachian Mountain Teen Project, Northfield-Tilton Congregational Church, Ossipee Concerned Citizens and Tiny Twisters. "Enjoy the money," Warren Bailey, who began the auction 33 years ago, told the recipients.. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch).