Laconia celebrates Earth Day

By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — The city celebrated Earth Day at the transfer station, where the Conservation Commission, Department of Public Works, Waste Management Inc. and the community have partnered to foster a natural environment that not only earned certification from the National Wildlife Habitat Council.

This year, Girl Scouts and Brownies, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts spent the day removing invasive species and replacing them with trees shrubs and flowers that provide shelter and sustenance for diverse birds, animals and insects. There are homes for bluebirds and bats and even bees, the hardworking pollinators who bring life and color to other species.

Many of the Scouts went home with cherry tomato plants, rooted in pots fashioned from newspapers and filled with compost brewed by Al St. Cyr, who manages the transfer station for Waste Mangement Inc.

Since the program began several years ago the transfer station has become a popular spot for all sorts of critters. Bluebirds next in a row specially designed homes. A turtle has taken up residence alongside fish in the pond. Deer are regular visitors while bobcats are rare ones.

With abandoned landfills reclaimed as green fields amidst budding bushes and flowering stems, the transfer station, once a dump has become a garden — an ideal spot to celebrate Earth Day.

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Children and adolescents from around the community joined employees of the Department of Public Works, Planning Department and Waste Management as well as members of the Conservation Commission to celebrate Earth Day by clearing invasive species and planting native trees and shrubs at the Transfer Station, which has been recognized by the National Wildlife Habitat Council. (Courtesy photograph/ Laconia Department of Public Works).

Ashland man badly beaten in brawl at Funky Monkey

LACONIA — An Ashland man who was badly beaten when a fight broke out at the Funky Monkey early Sunday morning remained in critical condition at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Monday as detectives continued the investigate the incident.

Police were called to nightspot at 1:20 a.m where they found the 30-year-old man unconscious and suffering from a head injury. He was transported to Lakes Region General Hospital and subsequently flown to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. Police have not disclosed the name of the victim.

Shortly after the incident, police said they were able to identify a suspect. Lt. Tom Swett said Monday that detectives are conducting an aggressive investigation and pursuing what he called "a lot of leads," adding "we've got a lot of interviews to do."

Swett urged anyone who witnessed the incident or has information about it to contact the Laconia Police Department at 524-5252.

– Michael Kitch

Wolfeboro home saved from fast-moving fire

WOLFEBORO — Firefighters were able to save a Timber Lane home from a fast-moving woods fire which burned one-and-a-half acres Sunday afternoon.
"The crews did a superb job protecting the residence in the path of the flames," said Wolfeboro Fire-Rescue Deputy Chief Tom Zotti. "The building sustained no damage and no one was injured."
Zotti said that the fire was reported at 4:52 p.m. and that a forestry response brought around 30 firefighters from Tuftonboro Fire-Rescue, Ossipee Corner Fire-Rescue, New Durham Fire-Rescue and Alton Fire-Rescue.
Wakefield Fire-Rescue covered Wolfeboro Central Station.
Wolfeboro Fire-Rescue was also assisted at the scene by Stewart's Ambulance and the Wolfeboro Police Department.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
"It is extremely dry and the potential for fires is significant, said Zotti. "We ask everyone to use extreme caution with barbecue grills and other outside fires."
The fire was declared under control at 6:15 p.m. and the last Wolfeboro Fire-rescue units returned to quarters at 8:13 p.m.

– Roger Amsden