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Laconia skating rinks at Memorial & Leavitt parks now open

LACONIA — The Parks & Recreation Department announced Friday that ice skating rinks at Memorial and Leavitte Parks are now open.

"It has been a difficult year in getting the ice ready, but they are finally ready, said Assistant Director Amy Lovisek. "We had some issues at Leavitt with vandals, but thanks to concerned citizens that has cut back significantly."
The hours for skating are noon to 10 p.m.  There are lights on at both facilities. The rinks are free to use and there are no designated times for free skate and stick and puck time. "We only ask that users be courteous to other users," said Lovisek.

Last Updated on Saturday, 17 January 2015 01:54

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Sled dog race scheduled for Hill this weekend

HILL — Sled dog racing will return to Hill Village this weekend for the first time in several years.
The New England Sled Dog Club will hold Sprint and Skijor races both Saturday and Sunday with a driver's meeting both days at 8:30 a.m. followed by Skijoring at 9 a.m.
The races will be held at the Profile Falls area off from Rte. 3-A at the Hill-Bristol town line and follow a trail which leads into Old Hill Village.
The order of races has the 3-dog and 4-dog junior races taking part after the skijoring followed by the open class which will feature teams of 10 or more sled dogs.
Following the start of the open class, which covers more than 10 miles each day, the one-dog junior class will be held followed by an 8-dog, eight mile event and a six-dog, six mile event.
It will mark the first race of the season for the New England Sled Dog Club which was formed in 1924 and held its first race that season in Tamworth, which will be the site of NESDC Sprint and Skijor races on Jan. 31-Feb. 1.

Last Updated on Saturday, 17 January 2015 01:51

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Kids get day off after small Sandwich School fire

SANDWICH — Sandwich Central School was evacuated and pupils dismissed early on Friday morning when an electrical fire that broke out in the art room filled the building with smoke.

Fire Chief Louis Brunelle said that the class was firing ceramics in the kiln when the plug melted and the outlet caught fire. The principal, John Hansen, doused the flames with a fire extinguisher and the fire did not reach beyond the outlet. However, the chief said that smoke spread throughout much of the building and the chemical residue from the fire extinguisher was strewn in the hallways.

Brunelle said that pupils walked across Quimby Field to the Wentworth Library and dismissed for the day. The school building was opened to adults between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to collect pupils' belongings and the school will resume normal operations on Tuesday, January 20.

Last Updated on Saturday, 17 January 2015 01:49

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Belmont Police investigating 4 home burglaries

BELMONT — Police are investigating four home burglaries that have occurred since the new year.

One of the burglaries was reported on January 3 on Brown Hill Road and another was reported on January 13 on Hunter Court. Two were reported on January 15 on Circle Drive and Meadow Lane.

Police said they have reason to believe that at the Circle Drive home, the perpetrator(s) came from the Route 140 area near the entrance to Pine Gardens Trailer Park.

Sgt. Steve Akerstrom said in one case a television was stolen and in other cases cash and/or jewelry was stolen. He said all of the burglaries were at occupied homes whose owners were not home when entry was made.

Although the most recent three burglaries were reported to police between 8 and 9:15 p.m., he said police do not know what time the burglaries occurred except for the Circle Drive one that happened between 6 and 7:30 p.m.

Police are asking that anyone with any information call the Belmont Police Department at 267-8351. Police are also asking residents to report any unusual motor vehicle and/or pedestrian traffic immediately to them.

Last Updated on Saturday, 17 January 2015 01:44

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