LACONIA — Fishing was slow on the opening day of the 33rd annual Winni Derby but is expected to pick up today with an overcast sky and rain predicted.
That's the opinion of veteran derby watcher Don Miller. New Hampshire Fish and Game Department fisheries biologist who is helping man the weigh-in station at Weirs Beach for the 30th straight year.
''There was hardly a ripple on the (Lake Winnipesaukee) water this morning but the wind is shifting slightly to the south. The breeze should put a little chop on the water and with the rain coming it should be a really good day Saturday,'' said Miller.
The annual landlocked salmon fishing derby, hosted by the Laconia Rotary Club, runs through noon on Sunday and as many as 1,300 anglers are expected to take part according to Diane LaBrie, chairman of the derby.
Some $50,000 in prizes will be awarded in the derby, $12,000 to the fisherman who lands the largest salmon, $5,000 for the largest Lake Trout and $3,000 to the Junior Salmon division winner.
Among those taking part in the derby and the first woman to bring a salmon into the weigh station was Kelly Martin of Concord, who landed a 2.82 pound, 21 inch long fish near Black Cat Island in Meredith shortly after six Friday morning.
Martin, who won both the junior division and women's division prizes when she was 12 years old in 1989, was fishing with her mother, Marilyn Dennison, who said winning prizes in the derby is a family tradition.
She was fishing with her husband, Dave, when he won the grand prize in the derby in 1994. The whole family, including Dennison's other daughter, was fishing from the same boat on Friday and planned to be out on Winnipesaukee all weekend.
''We've been fishing in the derby since it started and wouldn't miss it for the world,'' says Marilyn.
Martin, who works at Bass Pro in Hooksett, says that one of most enjoyable parts of her job is fishing for different species to fill the fish aquarium at the Bass Pro store.
''We have all kinds of fish in there, walleye, stripers, yellow perch, pickerel and rainbow trout. We don't yet have a lake trout and before the weekend is over I hop to land one,'' says Martin, who has a special license which allows her to transport live fish.
Dave Silva of Concord, who was fishing with his buddies Ed Nedeau of Loudon and Bll Champney of Concord, landed a three and a half pound salmon and said he was hoping to get another over the weekend which will outweigh the 4.14 pounder which topped the leader board Friday afternoon.
''We''ve been fishing here for years. We've never won a prize but we always have a good time,'' says Silva.
Greg Maxwell of Laconia brought in a 2.32 pound, 20 inch salmon, and said that he was pleased to be able to weigh in a fish. ''It's the first time I've ever caught one which was long enough to enter,'' he said.
Prizes for winners will be presented Sunday afternoon at 1:30 at the Laconia Ice Arena.
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All kinds of boats, including a pontoon boat, are being used by anglers in the 33rd annual Winni Derby, which opened Friday on Lake Winnipesaukee. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)
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Kelly Martin of Concord landed a 2.82 pound, 21 inch long salmon shortly after six Friday morning on the opening day of the 33rd annual Winni Derby. She won the junior division and the women's championship in the derby in 1989. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)
Last Updated on Saturday, 16 May 2015 01:41
LACONIA — Police arrested a local man for allegedly burglarizing a home at 103 Blueberry Lane in May of 2014.
After his Thursday appearance in 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division Joshua Pike of Oak Street was held on $100 cash bail and ordered to attend Recovery Court if bail was posted.
Affidavits obtained from the court said Pike allegedly entered the apartment through a front sliding-glass window.
The victim reported that jewelry, DVD's, her boyfriend's clothing and some cologne and perfume were missing.
Police found footprints in the mulch and some latent fingerprints on the outside of the sliding glass door.
When the victim was asked if she knew who could have burglarized her home, she allegedly told them Pike had stolen from her before.
Police verified from the primary renter that Pike was not allowed in the home.
Police sent the fingerprint to the state lab and asked that it be cross-checked against Pike's and in March of 2015 one of the prints came back as a positive match.
Police used the above information to apply for an arrest warrant.
Last Updated on Friday, 15 May 2015 12:58
LACONIA — City police honored some of their own Wednesday night in a ceremony at Pitman's Freight Room that was not open to the general public.
According to statements released to the media on Thursday, the recognized Officer of the Year was Master Patrol Officer Benjamin C. Black.
The lifesaving award went to Officer Richard Bassett for performing CPR on a man who overdosed on heroin until a fire/rescue crew arrived on the scene.
The volunteer of the year award went to Officer Richard Bassett for his work in Special Olympics and reading to school children.
Honorable Service awards went to DARE Officer Michelle Cardinal, Master Patrol Officer Jonathan R. Howe, for his work in training and for being well-rounded, and Master Patrol Officer Kevin Shortt for growth in his job performance.
The first distinguished unit award went for Black, Officer Austin Schilling and Officer Richard Carlson for a traffic stop that led to a drug arrest.
The second distinguished unit action award went to Master Patrol Officers Joseph R. Marquis and Robert E. Sedgley, Jr. Officer Holly Callanan, Officer Kyle Jepsen, Officer Richard Bassett, Officer Bryan Moynihan, Officer Austin C. Schilling, Det. Kendra Neri, Dispatcher Marnel A. Dilorenzo, Dispatcher Timothy M. Brunelle, Dispatcher Wayne W. Swearingin for their actions in the Thanksgiving snowstorm.
Meritorious service awards went to Holly Callanan for her work in investigating a fatal accident, Sgt. Christopher R.A. Noyes for his previous work in narcotics, Det. Kevin Butler for the arrest of a flasher, and Officer Joseph Tucker for finding two young people who were stealing from cars in Lakeport.
Rewarded for time in service were Commissioner Armand Maheux (20 years), Det. Kevin Butler (15 years), and Officers Gary Allen and Holly Callanan (5 years). Administrative Secretary Colleen J. Richardson was also recognized for five years of service.
Officers who didn't use their alloted sick time were Chief Christopher Adams, Officer Tyler Babineau, Det. Kevin Butler, Capt. Matthew Canfield, Capt. William Clary, Officer Megan Denutte, Sgt. Michael Finogle, Dispatcher Amanda H.D. Mountford, Officer Austin Schilling, Det. Sgt. Thomas Swett and Det. Jeff Wholley.
Commissioners Warren Clement and Doug Whittum did not attend the awards ceremony so the gathering did not constitute an official meeting of the Police Commission.
Last Updated on Friday, 15 May 2015 12:45
GILFORD — Selectmen tacitly approved an agreement with the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook in which the outdoor music venue will contribute 40 percent of the construction costs of the access road on Kimball Road in 10 separate annual payments of $3,900.
At the time of Meadowbrook's most recent expansion — approved by the Planning Board in 2012 for the 2013 season — there was a condition that there be a second egress and that the venue would contribute to its cost.
"It (the Planning Board approval) said we were to share but it wasn't really defined then," said Chief Operating Officer Mike Seymour who attended Wednesday's meeting.
Seymour went on to explain that it would be "challenging" for Meadowbrook to pay the entire $39,000 in one year but if it was done over 10 years it "would be more palatable."
Selectman Chan Eddy was on the Planning Board at the time and said Meadowbrook representatives said they were "perfectly willing" to contribute.
Seymour said some of the people in the Meadowbrook organization thought that they would be expected to contribute to the upkeep of the road after it was built.
However, Seymour said the second egress has worked very well and has considerably eased the congestion during concerts.
Both Dunn and Seymour described the 10-year arrangement as a "satisfactory resolution".
Selectmen did not officially accept the arrangement on Wednesday because Dunn advised them they should have a written contract before the vote. Dunn said he expects to have the contract ready for the next meeting.
In other business, Selectman Chan Eddy suggested to the board that the town offer its assistance to the City of Laconia as it prepares to host the New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival in October.
Eddy asked Police Lt. Jim Leach to contact the Laconia Police to see if there was any detail assignments Gilford could help with and asked Dunn to reach out to organizers to see if the town could assist with parking.
Last Updated on Friday, 15 May 2015 12:29
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