Tri Festival attracts 106 participants, will return next year


LACONIA — The City on the Lakes Tri Festival drew 106 competitors Sunday, even though it was shortened to a one-day sprint-only event, and was deemed a success by organizer Jan Buitendag.
Buitendag, chief executive officer of Tritanium Sports of Gilford, said he was pleased by the turnout and is looking forward to bringing it back next year as a two-day event which will feature a sprint event on Saturday and 70.3-mile Half Ironman format on Sunday.
The Half Iron Man part of the event, a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run, had originally been scheduled for Sunday but was postponed until 2018.
“We lost two or three months this year while trying to find a venue, which cost us many competitors who might otherwise have shown up “ he said.
Buitendag said the local event is designed to fill the void left when organizers of the Timberman Triathlon, traditionally held in Ellacoya Park in Gilford, moved that event to Old Orchard Beach, Maine.
He said local authorities were very helpful in support for the event, which was approved in March by the Laconia City Council, and said hat he was grateful for all the volunteers who showed up for Sunday's event, many of whom are involved with the Lakes Region Triathlon Club.
Janet Brough, volunteer coordinator for the event, also thanked the Laconia Parks and Recreation Department and the Meredith and Laconia police departments and the Laconia Fire Department for helping make it a safe event.
Sunday's sprint event featured a 350-yard swim, 17-mile bike ride and 5-kilometer run and saw some good performances by local athletes.
Doug Levens, 47, of Cheshire, Connecticut, who posted the day's best times in both the swimming and running events, was first with a time of 1 hour, 18 minutes and 39.5 seconds. He was followed by Brad Mitchell, 41, of Concord, Thomas Motta, 29, of Manchester and Anthony Scigliano, 15, of Mansfield, Connecticut.
Doug McLelland, 51, of Belmont was sixth and Andrew Grieainger, 62 of Meredith, was seventh,
Top woman finisher was Nora Jones, 30, of Dover, followed by Morgan Ainsworth, 18, of Gilford. Kimberly Ainsworth, 47, of Gilford, was fourth.

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Police arrest Tilton man for possession of heroin in Gilford

GILFORD — Police have charged a Tilton man with possession of heroin.
Deputy Chief Kris Kelley said police were called to the area of the Big Apple on Friday night on a report of a potentially intoxicated person. The investigation led them to a man identified as Anthony R. LeRoux, 31, of 197 West Main St., Tilton, whom they concluded had used heroin, leading to the Class B felony charge. LeRoux was released on $5,000 personal recognizance.
• Gilford police also reported that a brawl at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion led to the arrest of Michael J. Rogan, 45, of 40 Maple Leaf Lane, Harmon, Maine, on charges of simple assault and disorderly conduct.
• Police on Saturday arrested Joseph Fournier, 56, a transient, with driving while intoxicated-subsequent offense and a violation of the open container law. He also was arrested on a bench warrant with additional charges of violating a protective order and breach of bail conditions.
• On Sunday, police arrested several people on criminal trespass charges after they were found at Kimball Castle. Arrested were Jory L. Hersey, 22, of 18 South Fuchsia Drive, Rochester; Tianna Fermino, 18, of 12 Evergreen Lane, Lebanon; Luis Bates, 20, of 16B North Line Road, Wolfeboro; Austin Downs, 22, of 229 Elm St., Farmington; Daniel Green, 20, of 11 Worcester St., Farmington; and Daniel Green 20, of 11 Worcester St., Farmington.
• Other arrests include:
Thursday, Aug. 10: Brooke R. Johnson, 19, of 8 Chelsea Drive, Bow, was charged with unlawful possession of alcohol.
Ryan M. Duby, 23, of 211 Intervale Road, Gilford, was charged with reckless operation.
Friday, Aug. 11: Timothy Converse, 56, of 24 Arlene Drive, Belmont, was charged with driving after revocation/suspension-second offense.
Brennan J. Salo, 39, of 21 Elizabeth Drive, Millbury, Massachusetts, was charged with driving while intoxicated.
Sunday, Aug. 13: Asia Bixby, 22, of 466 Loudon Ridge Road, Loudon, was charged with driving while intoxicated.

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Laconia Fire Department warns of fundraising scam by phone calls

LACONIA — The public is being warned about a scam in which someone is using the name of the Laconia Fire Department in a fake fundraising call.

The department is not conducting any type of fundraising through telephone calls.

“If someone calls you and identifies themselves as a member of the fire department, and requests that you leave a donation to be picked up, this is a scam,” Assistant Fire Chief Kirk Beattie said.

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