August 22, 2011 - Vol. 22, No. 21


News That Concerns Kiwanians and Their Families



Brian Winslow

City of Laconia Fire Chief Ken Erickson

Ken Erickson
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin













Special Guest of Roger Webster:

Roger shows off his guest of the evening. To see his guest, "click" here.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin


News from the Prez:
President Mike reminds the club that Rogers Ride for a Cure is this weekend and the costs are $25/motorcycle.
 In view of the pending hurricane (Hurricane Irene), the ride is now scheduled for Saturday, August 27th. The event will now begin at the Irwin Zone on Union Ave.
Registration at 9:00am, Ride Starts at 10:00am. For more information, "click" here.

Mike also spoke highly of the meeting on September 8th at the Laconia Water Works.

News from the future Prez:
President Elect Roger Landry alerted the club to a fundraising opportunity coming up in April...more info to come.

News from a past Prez:
Chet Cilley asked members of the club to help with "make Strides for Breast Cancer" taking place this year on October 2nd and made brochures and posters available.


50 50:    
Jack Batchelder won $23

Jack's a winner!
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Happy Dollars:

$5 from Jack Batchelder for several reasons: for winning the 50/50, because he is back from Umpiring in CT, and because Steve Loughlin did such a great job as announcer for the Home Run Derby held the prior day at Opechee Park.
$1 from Brian Winslow because he saw the picture of Lori Dickson’s niece on the cover of the 2012 New England Patriots Cheerleading Calendar!
$1 from Warren Mitchell because he saw the calendar too.

Guest Speaker:
Steve Loughlin introduced tonight’s guest Ken Erickson, Chief of the Laconia Fire Department.  Steve mentioned that Ken last spoke to the club in May 2004.

Chief Erickson has been a firefighter for 32 years, 10 years as Chief of the Laconia Fire Department.  The LFD receives 7,172 calls annually...3,303 are emergency, 5,197 require apparatus responses.  The LFD is the 9th busiest fire department in NH and averages 199 calls for every 1,000 residents.  

What makes Laconia unique?  
* The terrain, specifically the lakes an mountains make response and fire suppression a challenge
* Bike Week
* 48% Residents live in multi family homes
* 18% live in seasonal homes
* Numerous multi floor buildings
* 50% are older homes
* Demographics (fluctuations in population)
* 10,000 new residential homes in Laconia
* US Census says that Laconia only has a population of 16,000.


Below are some of the pictures shown during the presentation.
"Click" on a picture to see a larger image.

Apartment house at corner of Baldwin Street and Union Ave (2011)
Suspected meth lab in vehicle in downtown Laconia (2011)
Wide Open Saloon (f/k/a/ The Smokehouse) in the Weirs (2010)
Lakes Region Linen (2008)
Crossroads (f/k/a Karl's Restaurant) at Weirs Beach
Herbert barn Hoyt Road, Gilford (2010)

Prior to concluding his presentation, Ken had some nice comments about Leo Sasseville, past Laconia Kiwanis Club President (1978-79) . (Editors note: Leo Sasseville served with the Laconia Fire Department for about 20 years. At the time of his retirement in the mid 1970’s he had attained the rank of deputy chief.)

Erickson reported that Leo “had in impact on Laconia Fire (department) that was pretty impressive.” Together with Norm Colburn and Phil Howland, Leo put together a training document of manually typed pages along with documents from other books, "which became a probationary fire fighters’ training book when the Laconia Fire Department hired you." Chief Erickson noted, “What’s amazing about this is…”we took sections of this book on hydraulics and pumps and what he wrote… is just as good today as when he wrote it.” Leo “had quite an impact on the Laconia Fire Department.” He called Leo’s effort on putting the book together “a labor of love.”


Chief Erickson displays the training manual put together by Leo Sasseville,
former president of the Laconia Kiwanis Club (1978-79).

Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

For more information on the Laconia Fire Department, including photos, check out their website by “clicking” here.


Steve Loughlin thanks Chief Erickson for a fine presentation.
Photo by Brian Winslow

Tonight's meeting was adjourned at 8:03 pm.



Tuesday September 6th
Board of Directors Meeting - 5:30 pm at Joe's Place (One Mill Plaza)
All members are welcome to attend. NO DINNER WILL BE SERVED!

Monday September 12th
Club Meeting - guest speaker - Randy Eifert - "Save Grass and Playgrounds"

Monday September 26th
Club Meeting - Scott Hodson with Mike Marsh - Gilford Youth Center

Tuesday October 11th (Monday is Columbus Day)
Club Meeting - guest speaker - TBA

Monday October 24th
Club Meeting - Annual installation of new officers and directors - Beane Conference Center, Blueberry Lane, Laconia

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Kiwanis Kronikle is publication of the Kiwanis Club of Laconia, P.O. Box 757, Laconia, NH 03247-0757.
We meet the second and fourth Monday at 6:15 p.m. at the Pheasant Ridge Country Club, Country Club Road, Gilford
Please call your President or Secretary about any member or family member in case of illness. Email: Joe Collie or Steve Loughlin