Crane collapses, operator injured

LACONIA — A crane operator suffered severe lower body injuries Thursday morning on Province Street after the boom of his crane collapsed during the setup at 9:21 a.m.

Laconia Fire Chief Ken Erickson said the man was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital and later airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. Two other employees escaped injury.

City Police Officer Lindsey Legere was on patrol in the area and saw the boom collapse and immediately responded to assist, notifying the fire department that there were injuries, said Erickson.

Erickson said all three men were on the ground blocking the tracks when the boom, which was vertical, appeared to fall forward. It struck the victim on the way down but didn't land on him.

"The boom formed a triangle as it fell and he was under it," said Erickson. "Something caused it to break."

Erickson said the area is sealed off while the New Hampshire State Police and OSHA investigate.

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City Police Officer Lindsey Legere stands by as city firefighters take away a man who was seriously injured when the boom of a crane collapsed Thursday morning. (Photo courtesy Laconia Fire Department)

Steve O's Subs

GILFORD — After spending several weeks taking orders for Steve O's Subs, a dozen students in Steve O'Riordan's business class spent the morning yesterday making 430 sandwiches, packaging them with potato chips, condiments, brownies and soft drinks, and delivering the lunches to businesses and schools in Gilford, Laconia, Belmont, Meredith and Tilton. The students are not preparing for jobs at Subway, but instead learning the fundamentals of operating a profitable business, the proceeds from which will be donated to the Got Lunch! program in Gilford.

"We do this every year," O'Riordan said, explaining that each member of the class pursues a practical commercial project while the whole class mounts the grinder operation.

This year, he said, the class smashed the record by selling 430 lunches, easily eclipsing the 305 sold by a class of 20.

Steve O's Subs offers a choice of turkey, ham, salami or roast beef with different cheeses and vegetables on fresh baked bread. The ingredients are purchased from Hannaford Supermarket, which donates the condiments.

O'Riordan said that the production costs amount to $5 or $6 for each sub, depending on the meat, and the entire lunch sells for $8, with roast beef costing an extra dollar. With no labor costs, he projected a profit of between $1,000 and $1,200.

The students began preparing and packaging the lunches at 7 a.m. and making deliveries around 11 a.m.,  and returning to school for classes at 1 p.m.

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The students of the business class at Gilford High School, taught by Steve O'Riordan, arrayed themselves as an assembly line making a record number Steve O's Subs, the centerpiece of lunches sold to schools and businesses in the region to benefit the Got Lunch! program in Gilford. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch)

Great gift - Boys & Girls Club given $100,000 by AutoServ of Tilton and the Gaudet famil

LACONIA — The Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region announced yesterday that AutoServ of Tilton and the Gaudet family have contributed $100,000 toward renovating and converting the former St. James Episcopal Church on Main Street into a safe, efficient and welcoming clubhouse.

In a prepared statement, Paul Gaudet Sr., the president of AutoServ and founder of the Lakes Region Boys & Girls Club Endowment Trust, said that he first became aware of the club many years ago when Barbara Leone, one of his neighbors, visited the dealership and made what he called "an impassioned plea."

"I was so moved and realized the difference she and other of my neighbors were making volunteering and being so hands-on with these kids, kids who really need positive mentors," he continued. He confessed that at the time he could not spare time to be at the club, but instead "started out giving money personally and through our family business." That, he remarked, "grew to hitting up friends and neighbors, our dealership connections, pretty much telling the story Barbara had first told me — that this club truly changes the trajectory of kids who need support."

Chris Emond, executive director of the Boys& Girls Club of the Lakes Region, noted the Gaudet family's longstanding commitment to the club and said tthis transformational gift will make an impact for decades to come." The contribution is the most recent of many that will fund improvements to the club, including construction of a teen center, enhancing space for diverse activities and reconfiguring the foyer to monitor access to the building. In addition, installation of a new industrial kitchen will enable the club to serve hot, nutritious meals to members each evening without charge.

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Jon Clay, Walt Flynn, Paul Gaudet Jr., Scott Knowles, Chris Emond, Barbara Leone, Donna Gaudet Hosmer and Ned Beebe gather for a presentation of $100,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region. (Courtesy Photo)