Gunstock meets goal of Friday opening for 80th anniversary ski season

By RICK GREEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN

GILFORD — As promised, the Gunstock ski area opened Friday for its 80th anniversary ski season.

Three lifts and 13 trails were open in 40 degree weather. The surface was machine-groomed and the base varied from 8 to 14 inches.

All told, the area has 54 trails and seven lifts. Open Friday were the Penny Pitou Silver Medal Quad, the Pistol Triple and the Ramrod Quad. No night skiing was planned.

The area has not received much snowfall yet this season, but snowmaking machines have been used as much as possible, including upgraded, energy-efficient units intended to save operational costs for the county-owned ski area.

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Rod & Gun Club donation

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The Laconia Rod & Gun Club donated a check for $3,310 to the Belknap-Merrimack County Community Action Program. Taking part in the presentation were Nick Hanks, entertainment director at the club; Stacey Witham; Lynn Tonkin, director of the CAP's Laconia Center; and Patrick Patten, president of the Rod & Gun Club. Tonkin said the money was used last year to provide heating fuel assistance for those who had applied to CAP for assistance but were slightly above the income limits. (Roger Amsden/Laconia Daily Sun)

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Suspect sought in Happy Cow Ice Cream robbery


By RICK GREEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Police were looking for leads Friday one day after a man robbed the Happy Cow Ice Cream Shop.
The man told a shop employee he had a gun under his shirt. He got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.
A police dog picked up the track of the suspect as it led down Union Avenue and the WOW trail, but the scent ended just before Elm Street.
The suspect was described as being in his 20s, with tan or light brown skin, about 5-foot-6 and wearing a green hooded sweatshirt. A white cloth covered his face, and he was wearing gloves and carrying a drawstring sports bag.
Police Chief Matt Canfield said the city averages only about a dozen robberies a year in which force or a weapon is involved.
Such a shop would not likely have a lot of cash on hand, particularly this time of year.
“It was an odd place to rob,” Canfield said.
Police are asking for a call at 603-524-5252 from anyone who has information about the robbery or thinks they may have seen the suspect.

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