LACONIA — Begun in Laconia nearly 50 years ago, Aavid Thermalloy corporation recently announced that it has returned its corporate headquarters and design center to the City on the Lakes from Concord. Aavid provides thermal management solutions to the electronics industry for a wide range of applications.
Appearing before the City Council last night, Norm Soucy, vice-president and general manager of the global transportation and industrial systems division, told the councilors "we are proud to call Laconia home." he said that the firm has invested renovating space at its 200,000-square foot facility at the O'Shea Industrial Park to bring its design team alongside its manufacturing operations as well as provide a home for its executive , administrative and sales offices.
Soucy said that the firm is working with both the Huot Regional Technical Education Center at Laconia High School and Lakes Region Community College to foster opportunities for young men and women for in advanced manufacturing. "We are investing in Laconia," he said.
Brian Byrne, chief financial officer, echoed "we are a member of your community."
The City Council welcomed the move and those attending the meeting openly applauded the announcement.
Last December Aavid was acquired by Audax Private Equity of Boston from Nautic Partners, LLC of Providence, Rhode Island, another private equity firm which a year earlier backed the management buyout of Aavid. The terms of the transactions were not disclosed.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 02:59
Man who died in bicycle accident on treacherous Mechanic Street hill recalled as guy who liked to make people laugh
LACONIA — A bicycle crash on Mechanic Street killed a local man just before midnight Saturday near Sanborn Park said Police Chief Christopher Adams
He said it appeared Anthony White, 27, was headed down the hill toward Clinton Street when he apparently lost control of his bicycle and crash landed.
He said a woman called police and responding officers found White lying in the street. He was taken by ambulance to Lakes Region General Hospital by ambulance and flown to Maine Medical Center with severe injuries. He died at 4:32 a.m.
Adams said police investigated and determined it was accidental. He said alcohol may have been a contributing factor.
Little is known about White but some posthumous postings on his friends' Facebook pages indicate he was a person who was fun to be around and who loved to laugh and make others laugh.
He had worked security at Benders 3-ring Saloon (the tent next to Heat restaurant at the Weirs) during the past two motorcycle weeks and his supervisor said he was "just a really good kid."
She said he could be "goofy and silly" at times but would go out of his way to make somebody laugh if the thought they down.
"He was known to go off on tangents just to make people smile," she said.
Mechanic Street runs parallel to Union Avenue and is noted for a steep decline when headed from Stark Street toward Clinton Street. Adams said it appeared White was at the bottom of the hill when he crashed.
While the actual cause of White's crash may never be known, he was alone at the time and his friends said he lived nearby.
"It's in terrible shape," said Public Works Director Paul Moynahan noting Mechanic it one of two streets, the other is Belvedere Street, in the city that will be completely redone this summer. "It's been on our schedule for a number of years."
Moynihan said construction will begin in mid-August and is expected to last two months. He said the pavement will be reclaimed after some sewer and water upgrades in the stretch that runs from Stark Street to Clinton Street.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 02:57
LACONIA — Records from the city Planning Department show the wooden deck that collapsed at 17 Simpson Ave. Saturday afternoon with about a dozen people on board was built in late 2003.
The permit was issued for the 10-foot by 22-foot deck on December 8,2003 after a December 4 approval by the code enforcement officer. The deck plans included a sliding glass door to the main portion of the house and a set of stairs to access it. The house, according to tax records, was built in 1880.
Deputy Fire Chief Deb Pendergast said yesterday the wooden deck appeared to have separated from the building and collapsed in the middle, sending people crashing into each other as the structure fell. She said it was about eight feet off the ground.
Seven were taken by ambulance to Lakes Region General Hospital, including one child.
Ambulances from Laconia, Gilford, and Meredith EMS responded to the collapse. Injuries varied from compound fractures to bruising and at least one head injury however Pendergast said none of the injuries appear life-threatening.
According to Pendergast there were about 12 people on the deck when it collapsed at 5:37 p.m. Saturday. She said there was a grill and people were on the deck cooking but she was unsure if any of the victims were burned.
She said one of the people who was at the home is a firefighter/paramedic who is employed in Maine and he was able to assist the people who fell and determine who was the most seriously injured while ambulances and local emergency personnel were responding.
Pendergast does not know if the Maine firefighter was among those who were on the deck went it buckled.
She said firefighters needed to back ambulances down Simpson Avenue one at a time in order to load the victims. She said Simpson Avenue is part of the private Methodist Circle portion of the Weirs which is accessible from Centenary Avenue.
She said fire engines were unable to get to the property that is at the end of Simpson Avenue and right on the water.
Tax records indicate the house is owned by Patricia Marchetti of Shirley, Massachusetts who purchased it in 2007. She is the second person to own the home since the deck was added.
She said the city code enforcement officer is investigating the collapse and the N.H. Fire Marshals Office has been notified. She said the fire marshal is told about all partial building collapses.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 02:52
LACONIA — Belknap County Commissioner Ed Philpot of Laconia yesterday stood by his remarks critical of the Republican leadership of the Belknap County Convention made while speaking last week at the annual picnic hosted by the Belknap County Democratic Committee and reported by the local press.
After Philpot referred to members of the convention as "bad people looking to do bad things," Alan Glassman, chairman of the Belknap County Republican Committee, immediately called on him to that he publicly acknowledge that his statements were "unprofessional, inflammatory and inappropriate" and apologize for them. Glassman suggested that the acknowledgement and apology were required for the commission and the convention to improve their strained relationship and "work together on such critical matters as the county budget and a county prison."
Refusing to withdraw his remarks, Philpot replied to Glassman by e-mail yesterday, explaining that "prior to my statement, there was no progress toward any sort of discussion. Since I was not significant enough in the minds of the majority delegation to be even civil towards me," he continued, "I cannot see how now I can stand as the only impediment to progress."
Philpot agreed that cooperation is "an admirable goal," then told Glassman "there has been no indication of any inclination on the part of the majority of the delegation that this is their goal. In fact," he claimed, "the commissioners were repeatedly denied the opportunity to speak with the delegation on critical issues, were subjected to name calling and accusations, and were generally ignored on substantive budget questions during the convention's deliberative process despite repeated offers of additional information, cooperation and input on topics with which we were familiar."
Likewise, Philpot said that while the commission has been working "quite publicly" on planning for the jail for the past four years, there has been "little participation" on the part of members of the delegation. He said that that since the current members of the convention were elected they have been invited to visit the jail "without any takers." He said that "despite this lack of participation or even civil discourse, we, the commissioners, are faced with unfounded accusations and recriminations from delegation members who have never taken the time or effort to speak with us."
Glassman said only that he had received Philpot's e-mail and declined any further comment.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 02:48
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