Section of Union Ave. closed as man threatens police and himself

LACONIA _ A half-mile section of Union Avenue was closed for a time Tuesday morning while police defused a situation in which a man was posing a threat to himself and officers.

A man called police and said he was going to harm himself, and then threatened officers when they arrived.

Police Chief Matt Canfield said the man was ultimately arrested without incident on a criminal threatening charge.

Officers set up a perimeter while working on the case and closed Union Avenue between Lakeport Square and Mechanic Street. Laurel Street was also closed in the area.

– Rick Green

Sleep in!

I-LHS to start the day an hour later; research shows that kids need more sleep


MEREDITH — When the new academic year begins on Aug. 29, schools in the Inter-Lakes School District will be operating on a later schedule, reflecting recommendations from several studies on adolescent sleep.
Classes at Inter-Lakes Elementary School, I-L Middle Tier, and I-L High School will run from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. under the new schedule. Sandwich Central School will operate from 7:55 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.
The previous schedule had the elementary school operating from 8:25 a.m. to 3 p.m., the middle tier from 8:20 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the high school from 7:20 a.m. to 2:08 p.m. Sandwich Central School ran from 8:05 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.
The American Academy of Pediatrics identified insufficient sleep in adolescents as a public health issue, saying it affects health and safety as well as academic performance.
“Although a number of factors, including biological changes in sleep associated with puberty, lifestyle choices, and academic demands, negatively affect middle and high school students’ ability to obtain sufficient sleep, the evidence strongly implicates earlier school start times (i.e., before 8:30 a.m.) as a key modifiable contributor to insufficient sleep, as well as circadian rhythm disruption, in this population,” the AAP stated. “Furthermore, a substantial body of research has now demonstrated that delaying school start times is an effective countermeasure to chronic sleep loss and has a wide range of potential benefits to students with regard to physical and mental health, safety, and academic achievement.”
The Centers for Disease Control links the lack of sleep with being overweight, not engaging in daily physical activity, suffering from depression, and engaging in unhealthy behavior such as smoking and misuse of drugs.
“A school system start time policy of 8:30 a.m. or later provides teenage students the opportunity to achieve the 8.5-9.5 hours of sleep recommended,” the CDC stated.
Based on those recommendations, the Inter-Lakes School Board voted in June to adjust the start/end times and move to a single-tier bus system for student transport.
Another perceived benefit is providing more opportunities for professional dialogue and learning across grade levels.

St. Francis expands

Rehab and nursing home adding two-story wing


LACONIA — Excavators were working Monday as part of a $3 million project to build a 9,000-square-foot wing at the St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

The two-story addition will include seven private rooms. Another seven will be converted from semi-private to private as part of the project.

Also, a rehabilitation gymnasium will be built with large windows overlooking Lake Winnisquam. The lower level of the addition will feature a training room and a new laundry.
The 51-bed facility serves long-term and short-term patients.

Brenda Buttrick, administrator at St. Francis, said there is increasing demand for private rooms.

“It will benefit our residents because it will give them more privacy,” she said. “It will also enhance the whole experience by providing improved facilities for their rehabilitation needs.”

The project is to be completed by next May. Milestone Engineering & Construction, Inc. of Concord is the contractor. Lavallee Brensinger of Manchester is the architect.

St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is one of seven rehabilitation and nursing centers owned and operated by Catholic Charities New Hampshire. It is the fourth facility to undergo significant renovations in recent years. The others are Mt. Carmel in Manchester, St. Ann in Dover and St. Vincent in Berlin.

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An excavator worked Monday at St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center as part of a $3 million project that will add new private rooms and a rehabilitation gym. (Rick Green/Laconia Daily Sun)