Next meeting of group planning for Laconia's 125th birthday party set for Tuesday

LACONIA — The committee convened to prepare the festivities to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Laconia will meet on Tuesday, June 21 at the office of The Citizen newspaper on Court Street, behind the Coldwell Banker Real Estate offices, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Pam Clark, who chairs the committee, said that the officers and board of directors will be introduced. She stressed that the committee is still seeking volunteers to staff committees dealing with the fundraising, logistics, history and parade. She said everyone is welcome and urged residents to join together in making the celebration a success.

Anyone with questions may contact Clark at 387-1285.

Fire on Scenic Road leaves manufactured home damaged

LACONIA — After finding a manufactured home afire atop a hill off Scenic Road Thursday, firefighters quickly extinguished it.

Fire Chief Ken Erickson said that around 2:30 p.m. a fire was reported on Roller Coaster Road, but firefighters found no sign of it. Shortly afterwards the warden at the fire tower on Red Hill in Moultonborough reported smoke in the vicinity of Scenic Road.

Three engines were dispatched and a first alarm sounded. Erickson said that before firefighters reached the manufactured home up a steep slope near the corner of Scenic Road and Watson Road, a neighbor had brought the fire under control by dousing it with a garden hose put through the bedroom window. Firefighters extinguished what remained of the fire.

No one was in the manufactured home, which Erickson suffered significant damage.

– Michael Kitch

Toddlers found walking alone in Gilmanton with drug paraphernalia

GILMANTON – WMUR is reporting that two toddlers were spotted walking in the Sawyer Lake area carrying drug paraphernalia.

The report said that two young girls were walking alone and one was carrying a glass pipe.

A woman passing by found the two little girls, ages 2 and 3, and brought them to the police department. The girls were unable to say where they lived but police were able to determine how to find the mother who was found home, sleeping.

WMUR reports that the children are staying with their father and that the state Division of Children, Youth and Families is also involved.