Death at Golden View under investigation

By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN

MEREDITH — The death of a patient at Golden View Health Care Center on Wednesday night, which was reported to authorities, is being investigated by the New Hampshire Attorney General.

Although a senior assistant Attorney General has confirmed an investigation is underway, the office has not disclosed any specific information about the incident.

In a prepared statement, Robert Carey, an attorney representing Golden View, said that "The Golden View nursing home is cooperating fully with the Attorney General's investigation. The residents in its care are safe. Out of respect for its residents and the investigation, Golden View has no further comment at this time."

Officials of Golden View declined to respond to inquiries Friday.

WMUR-TV has reported that the family of the patient who died contacted the station, but declined to speak about the situation. The station also reported that the New Hampshire Medical Examiner confirmed that an autopsy is being conducted.

Golden View Health Care Center opened in 1974 and offers a continuum of care, including transitional care, assisted living, long-term care, memory support and respite care. The facility is overseen by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.

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03-15 Roffo gets plaque

Laconia Fire Chief Ken Erickson presents a plaque to Deputy Fire Chief Charlie Roffo, thanking him for his six years of dedicated work on the renovated and enlarged fire station. Building and Lands Committee Chairman Bob Hamel, left, and Mayor Ed Engler look on from behind at the dedication ceremony held Tuesday. (Ginger Kozlowski Photo/Laconia Daily Sun)

Earliest ever big lake ice-out: 11:30 a.m., March 18

03-18 ice out almost

Several areas of open water on Lake Winnipesaukee warned of an early ice-out on Feb. 17. (Bob Hemmel Photo)

By ROGER AMSDEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN

GILFORD — The earliest ice-out in history of Lake Winnipesaukee was recorded Friday morning.
Dave Emerson of Emerson Aviation, the lake's official ice-out observer since 2001, declared ice-out at 11:30 a.m.
"When I went up at 10:30 there was still some ice in Center Harbor around Mile Island First Neck but you could see it wasn't going to last long. I went up with Bill Hemmell at 11:15, and when we reached Center Harbor it was gone," said Emerson.
He said that there was still some white ice in parts of the lake on Wednesday, but strong winds on Thursday helped break it up.
The March 18 date eclipses the earliest ever previous ice-out, which took place on March 23, 2012, and is the first time it has ever been recorded while it was still winter.
"It's been the weirdest winter I've seen," said Emerson, who notes that it is ironic that the weather forecast for Sunday night and Monday, the first day of spring, sees the possibility of as much as 12 inches of snow for New Hampshire.
Emerson, who declared "Ice-In" on Feb. 15, said that the lake was iced over completely for only three days before it opened up again. He said that he has been keeping ice-in records since 2003 due to popular demand for ice coverage information from events such as the Great Rotary Fishing Derby.
The new ice-out record means that the three earliest ice-outs in history have taken place in the last seven years, March 18 this year, March 23 in 2012 and March 24 in 2010. Prior to that, the earliest was March 28, 1921.
Last year ice-out was recorded on April 24, and in 2014 it was April 23.
Ice-out records have been kept ever since 1888, when the ice went out on May 12, the latest date ever.
The most frequent ice-out date is April 20, which has happened 11 times. It has gone out 10 times on April 24, nine times on April 23 and seven times on April 25.
In the 1970s, the late William Widger of Biospheric Consultants International, which was then based in Meredith, calculated that the average ice out date up until that decade was April 22.
Ice-out traditionally marks the start of the boating season on Lake Winnipesaukee. It is declared when the M/S Mount Washington cruise ship can reach all of its ports of call on the lake: Wolfeboro, Alton Bay, Weirs Beach, Center Harbor and Meredith.