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Gilford Police van involved in minor accident in Laconia

LACONIA — A Gilford Police transport van was involved in a minor accident at about 11 p.m. Sunday night after it was cut off on North Main Street in Laconia by a car that was coming out of Right Way Path.

The officer who was driving the van, that had just transported someone to the Belknap County House of Corrections, was able to avoid the collision but lost control of the van and went down an embankment.

Right Way Path leads into the former Laconia School Property and Ahern State Park.

The officer was unharmed and Laconia Police continue to investigate.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 September 2014 10:26

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Laconia Police go without phones for 5 hours

LACONIA — City police were without telephone service from about 7 p.m. Sunday until shortly after midnight Monday morning.

Capt. Bill Clary said yesterday that, for reasons that haven't been completely explained to him, many customers other the same Portsmouth-based service provider (BayRing) were without telephone services, including the Fire Department.

Clary said a Twitter feed went to all Laconia Twitter subscribers informing them about the problem and telling them if they needed any police services at all to call 9-1-1.

He said 9-1-1 calls were forward to the Gilford Police Department – that does not use BayRing – and those calls were directed to Laconia via Gilford's phone system to a cell phone used by a Laconia dispatcher.

Since the dispatch center was working, Clary said the city was able to direct officers to where they were needed.

He said police responded to a few car accidents however the night was generally not busier than they would have expected.

Laconia Fire Captain Bob Landry said he was only in the fire station briefly Sunday night on a station coverage emergency call back but said the dispatch center at the Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid was not affected.

He said the the telephone system within the two fire houses was not working property and the department was unable to get a faxes.

The systems was restored just after midnight on Monday but Clary said he wants to know more about why it when down and how future episodes like this can be eliminated.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 September 2014 10:21

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2,000 students settle into PSU campus on Labor Day

PLYMOUTH —  "My parents have always spoken so highly of Plymouth State, so I am so excited to be here," said Beau Dykstra of Lebanon, who was one nearly 2,000 Plymouth State University students to move into the school's seven residence halls on Monday.

Move-In is the busiest day of the year for the campus and surrounding communities, with nearly half the student body and their families converging on campus for the annual event. Dykstra's parents, Mark and Laura Dykstra of Lebanon, are Plymouth State alumni and they are thrilled to see their son attending their alma mater.

"We've always believed in the school, and this is a wonderful next step for Beau," said Laura Dykstra '89, '00G.

"I think Plymouth State is a gem, there's so much to do here and explore," said Mark Dykstra '89. "There is an immediate sense of community right out of the gate when you get here. . .  it is amazing,"

PSU President Sara Jayne Steen said it is heartening to see a legacy student with their family arriving on campus.

"It's a great thing when people who have had an education here trust us with the most precious thing in their lives," said Steen. "That's a huge statement about the quality of the education they received and their faith in this institution and what it will mean in the life of their child."

President Steen has personally welcomed students and parents each year during her nine-year tenure. She noted this year's move-in went like clockwork.

"Beautiful day, so much excitement and energy and it's such a wonderful time to see the campus, said Steen. "This has gone incredibly smooth."

PSU move-in allows students to quickly and efficiently fill the university's seven residence halls with the help of staff, students and families. PSU's athletic teams, including the entire football and wrestling teams, as well as sororities like Delta Zeta, help incoming students park, unload and move their belongings. By Labor Day evening, more than 90 percent of the students are moved in to their on-campus residences.

First-year student Samuel Millard of Kingston, N.H., said he was happy to be on campus. "Lots of changes, a new environment, I love the campus and the location," said Millard.

Sophomore Eva Daniels of Westfield, Mass., said she was thrilled with how easy the moving process was. "I'm so excited–it's great to be back," Daniels said. "I made a lot of friends here, it's a great place. I just love the feeling of a new school year."

Having move-in on Labor Day allows more parents to join their students and offers students a seamless transition to the start of the academic year. Convocation and a final orientation for first-year students occur on Tuesday, September 2. Classes begin Tuesday at 5 p.m. and the first full day of classes is Wednesday, September 3. PSU has more than 7,000 students, including approximately 4,200 undergraduate students.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Boat strikes Winnisquam shore; pilot arrested for DWI

LACONIA — A Massachusetts man was arrested and charged with boating while intoxicated after his pontoon boat struck a tree along the shore of Lake Winniqsquam late Saturday night.

Richard Degregory, 51, of Tyngsborough, Mass. was cruising with two adult passengers aboard at approximate 20 miles per hour around 11:30 p.m. when the collision occurred. Sergeant Joshua Dirth and Officers Scott McClain and Thomas Reneau of the New Hampshire Marine Patrol, together with firefighters from the Laconia Fire Department and officers of the Laconia Police Department, responded to the scene of the accident, which left the vessel heavily damaged.

The passengers suffered only minor injuries and refused treatment.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 September 2014 10:04

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