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'Smokey's' fire danger rating signs stolen in Belmont

BELMONT — For a reason no one can fathom, someone stole the changeable signs that get posted in front of the fire station to report the fire danger on any particular day.

Lt. Ryan Brown said the signs were all stored inside the Smokey Bear sign at the end of the BFD driveway. Each day the danger of forest fires is rated from low to extreme.

He said one went missing about two days ago and the rest of them disappeared  Thursday night into Friday morning, sometime after 11:30 p.m. and before 6:15 a.m.

Brown said each rating had two signs — meaning two that say "low", two that say "medium" all the way up through "extreme". All totaled, there are 10 individual sign pieces.

At first, he said, he and the other supervisors thought it was a pranks pulled on them by one of the call firefighters or members of the duty crew.

"We interviewed the usual pranksters," he said, noting that none of them knew anything about the thefts.

He said the Belmont Police have been notified but all the fire department really wants is to get their signs returned.

Brown said the signs must be ordered through the N.H. Division of Forestry and are made especially for the state for redistribution to individual fire departments.

"All Smokey want is to inform people about the fire danger," Brown said.

He is also asking that if any parents see any of the signs in their childrens' rooms to return them to the department.

"That's really all we want," he said.

 

CAPTION: Smokey Bear in Belmont is missing his warning signs. The message board on the left is asking for them to be returned so Smokey can continue his warnings. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 June 2015 12:17

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Gilmanton town administrator to leave post

GILMANTON — Town Administrator Arthur Capello will be leaving Gilmanton in the end of July to assume the same position in his home town of Farmington.

Capello has been with the town for two years and saw it through the sprinkler pipe leak that shut down town hall in the Academy Building for three months earlier this year.

Capello was a selectman in Farmington but was defeated in his most recent bid for re-election.

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 June 2015 12:07

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Shaker community in midst of 3-days devoted to determining 'vision'

BELMONT — A three-day event being facilitated here by education author Bea McGarvey started yesterday afternoon with an introduction to the parents, students, teachers, school board members, administrators and community members from N.H. Commissioner of Education Virgina Berry.

According to McGarvey, the author of "Inevitable: Mass Customized Learning" is in Belmont to help facilitate developing the vision the Shaker Regional School District has for the future.

Pointing to the individual artworks on each table she noted that "all kids have stuff like that in them, but a good teacher really draws them out."

McGarvey said the participants will be doing the work. She is only there as a facilitator.

"They'll come up with a mission that defines their core values that included measurable outcomes for the students, " she said.

The visioning sessions have been planned for months and will continue through today at the Belmont High School.

 

CUTLINE: Shaker Regional School Board Vice Chair Bob Reed, Belmont High School senior Jen Hamilton, and McGarvey sit at a table decorated by students with paper sneakers, Behind them stand Maria Dreyer and N.H Education Commissioner Virginia Berry. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 June 2015 01:39

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Winni Sailing School receives donation of classic Alberg 30

GILFORD — The sailing school operated by Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association LWSA) has weighed anchor for its 27th season with the anonymous donation of a classic 30-foot sailboat.

Since 1988 the association has introduced thousands of children and adolescents to the thrill of sailing thanks to the generosity of those who have not only donated money but also sailboats and motorboats, which are either added to the LWSA's fleet or sold to fund its programs.

Generally the association receives smaller boats, which though usually seaworthy need repair. But, this most recent gift is special. The Alberg 30 is counted among the most famous and popular designs of Carl Alberg, the celebrated Swedish born yacht designer. Built by the Whitby Boatworks of Whitby, Ontario, the sloop had a record breaking production run of 750 boats between 1962 and 1984 and quickly earned a reputation as a spirited class racer and hardy ocean cruiser.

The donated boat was owned by the same family for the last 33 years and, after spending most of its life on the ocean has plied the waters of Lake Winnipesaukee for the past decade. It is fully equipped with everything its owner left on board, including binoculars, flashlights and even magazines. The boat is ready to launch and sail.

Al Posnack, a director of the LWSA, said the boar will be sold to support the sailing school and provide scholarships to aspiring sailors. Anyone interested in purchasing the Alberg 30 or donating a boat of their own should e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ,

Anthony Sperazzo said the sailing school will begin its eight week season on Monday, June 22 with one-week classes for eight to 10 year olds and two-week classes for 11 to 16 year olds. There will also be half-day programs for seven year olds.

The school sails a fleet of 28 boats — eighteen 8-foot Optimists for the youngest sailors, eight 13-foot, nine inch Collegiate 420s, crewed by pairs, for older sailors and two Sonars for adults. Sperazzo said 85 percent of each day is spent on the water.

It's amazing to watch a seven or eight year old get into a boat and sail away independently," said Sperazzo, who will be the next principal of Gilford High School, "Sailing teaches self-reliance and self confidence. It's about problem solving, teamwork, communication, concentration, responsibility and sportsmanship." He said that the youngest sailors spend their time in Smith Cove, but for the others the lake is their oyster.

The instructors, both certified and junior, consist of high school and college students who have completed the program themselves. They work as a team, setting goals for the season and for themselves. "They're all enthusiastic sailors who enjoy seeing students take the experience of sailing for their own," Sperazzo said.

For more information visit the website at lwsa.org or call (603) 589-1177.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 June 2015 12:54

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