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Dasani water-bottle filling station is hot spot at GHS, thanks to Varsity Club

GILFORD — Foot traffic outside the gymnasium at the end of the high school school day is hectic at best, but the one place students seem to ignore is the Dasani water vending machine.

Instead, and thanks to the fund-raising efforts of the Varsity Club, students make beelines for the water-bottle filling machine that since its installation of few months ago has filled 1,592 — and counting — bottles of water.

The GHS Varsity Club has a rich tradition of raising money for sports-related equipment. In the past, the club raised money and funded the public announcement system and bought the scoring table for the gymnasium, purchases some padded chairs, some playground equipment and some items in the weight room.

Most notably, the Varsity Club buys the uniform for the Golden Eagle school mascot, who attends most sporting events.

This year, the four seniors who run the Varsity Club decided to raise money for a water-bottle station — a $1,500 item that is working its way into prepared school administration budgets but one that administrators won't have to worry about at Gilford High School.

The club raised the money at the Homecoming Dance, the Winter Carnival, and selling hotdogs at the December Craft Fair.

Club President Kelsey Buckley and Vice-President Mikaela Mattice said yesterday that they had seen them in other schools and in airports and thought it would be a great way for students to save money on water and to slow down the purchase of plastic bottles which are rapidly becoming an environmental concern.

"I'm surprised at how popular it's become," said Mattice, noting that students will walk half-way around school just to fill their water bottles.

The water bottle cooler is located where the former "old-style" water fountain was and the plumbing was already in place, meaning all the students had to do was pay for the machine and the installation.

Both girls noted that nobody ever used the old water fountain but the water bottle filling station is one of the busiest spots in school now.


CAPTION: Varsity Club President Kelsey Buckley and Vice-President Mikaela Mattice fill their water bottles at the water-bottle cooler paid for through this year's fund-raising efforts. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)

Last Updated on Friday, 04 April 2014 12:57

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Raffle to benefit Got Lunch! Laconia will feature Sea-Doo donated by Irwin Marine

LACONIA —Partnering with Got Lunch! Laconia, Irwin Marine has donated a 2014 Sea-Doo Spark 3up (3 seater) personal watercraft to be used a summer raffle prize to benefit the pioneering non-profit organization. The Sea-Doo features a new, innovative breaking system and the prize includes a singe trailer.

Got Lunch! Laconia is the program that proves summer meal makings to the families of children who qualify for free and reduced-price lunches at school during the school year. The program served 570 Laconia children in 2013 and expects to help feed more than 600 this summer. More than 200 volunteers were involved in the effort.

"Irwin Marine's generous donation of this exciting, state of the art Sea-Doo will certainly provide great fun for the lucky Got Lunch!, Laconia Sea-Doo raffle winner," said Rev. Paula Gile of the Congregational Church of Laconia, UCC, "but more importantly provide funds that enable us to provide much needed healthy lunches to Laconia's school children during the summer. Thank you Bill Irwin and your team for your commitment to feeding the children of Laconia."

Gile said raffle tickets be priced at $10 each (three for $20) and will go on sale in May and the drawing will be held on August 4.

"Got Lunch! Laconia appreciates Irwin Marine's support and participation in this worthwhile and important community effort," added Gile. "Stay tuned for your opportunity to have fun on the water and support Got Lunch! Laconia by purchasing a raffle ticket for this awesome Sea-Doo!"


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Center Harbor house fire believed to have started under room built over no foundation

CENTER HARBOR — A single family home is at least temporarily uninhabitable after an early morning fire gutted a bedroom built on to the back of it.

Fire Chief Leon Manville said the department responded to 311 Daniel Webster Highway at 3:09 a.m. and found the addition to the house engulfed in flames.

He said all three adults who were in the home at the time were outside of the building. Manville said one of the adults was woken by a working smoke alarm.

He said first responders called for a first alarm and began an aggressive interior attack, successfully stopping the fire from spreading to the rest of the home.

Manville said he it appears the fire started underneath the bedroom which was an addition built on posts with no foundation. He said there was a wood stove in the bedroom however he doesn't think that was the origin of the fire.

"At this point in time I believe this is an accidental fire," he said.

Manville said the first alarm brought firefighters from Meredith, Moultonborough, Holderness, Ashland, New Hampton, and Laconia. Firefighters from Sandwich covered the Center Harbor station.

He said the Red Cross is assisting the displaced family.

Manville said the smoke detector likely saved the lives of those in the house and encourages all Center Harbor residents who have question about smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to call the Center Harbor Fire Department.



Firefighters believe the fire that burned at 311 Daniel Webster Highway in Center Harbor yesterday morning started underneath the addition on the rear of the home. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Adam Drapcho)

Last Updated on Friday, 04 April 2014 12:39

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Wall tiles colored by Boys & Girls Club members will be sponsored as fund raiser

LACONIA — To the casual onlooker at the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region yesterday, the two tables of children coloring was just that — kids coloring.

A closer look revealed each was working on his or her own personal work of art that will some day be immortalized into a wall tile and incorporated into a mural that will hang on a wall of the club.

The coloring tile project is one of the fund raisers created by the Boys and Girls club to raise money for their capital campaign, said Laconia Police Chief and Boys and Girls Club Board Chair Chris Adams.

Adams said the drawings will be superimposed on one of three standard tiles and sold to people who wish to make donations. The smaller tiles cost between $250 and $400, the medium tiles cost between $500 and $999, and the larger tiles cost $1,000 to $2,499.

Each one will have the donors name included in the art work done by the children.

Adams said the Club has raised just over $1-million dollars of the $2.4-million capital campaign that will ultimately convert the former St. James Church on North Main Street into a state-of-the art centrally located spot dedicated for the use of the children of the Lakes Region.

To make a donation or volunteer please contact the Boys and Girls Club at www.lakeskids.org or call 527-0198.


CUTLINE: Boys and Girls Club Program Director Amber Royea and Police Chief Chris Adams help some children at the club yesterday afternoon with their coloring tiles. Each will be sold as part of a fund raiser for the clubs capital campaign. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)

Last Updated on Friday, 04 April 2014 12:28

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