May 19, 2008 - Vol.19, No. 34


 News That Concerns Kiwanians and Their Families



Dick Metz

Senior Members:
Ed Merski, Roger Webster, Paul Normandin, Warren Mitchell, Peter Karagianis, Howard Bacon, and Ed Chertok

You should see Mickey in his Roger Webster sweatshirt!
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin


Larry Guild

Fund Raising Update

The ATV Raffle will make its first appearance this weekend at Gunstock at the Laconia Nationals Car Show. So far signed up to sell tickets are:

Saturday, May 24th
8am-12:30: Denise Dow, Lori Dickson, and Larry Murphy
12:30-5pm: Warren Mitchell and Roger and Pam Landry

Sunday, May 25th
8am-11am: Kathy Calvin and Phil Bonafide
11am-2pm: Kathy Calvin and Joe and Makena Collie


Tuesday next week…

Because of the Memorial Day Holiday next Monday, we will be meeting on Tuesday next week. Our guest speaker will be Tom Oetinger, the former Laconia Police Chief.
Same time, same place, different day. See you then.


Safety First…
Kathy Calvin addressed the club in search of who received the phone call saying that there was someone out there who had helmets for us to buy. Kathy pulled the order form from KPTI and we will be ordering a variety of sizes to have on hand.

was taken and the trip wascut. The ATV raffle was accepted
$28 to the winner. And the winner is….Howard Bacon. So this week, Howard brings home the bacon.

Howard Bacon says "this week it's my turn, Metz!"
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Happy Dollars:

Howard Bacon gave 3 happy dollars for winning the 50/50.
Dianne Roberts gave $5, one because her oldest son is home and the other 4 for Dick Metz, Warren Mitchell, Roger Landry, and Dick Breton for their participation in the Car Show at the Nursing Home. Dick Metz gave three happy dollars because Ron Penn is getting married on July 4th. In all, $11 was collected.

Warren appears to be happy as he hits the big seven-oh.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin


Lori, Warren, and Howard were pinless. Charlie St. Clair was late and one dollar was collected.

Guest Speaker:

Larry Guild was introduced as someone who has collected Fire Department memorabilia for more than 30 years and, at one time or another, has owned some 23 fire engines! He told us that organized fire departments did not start until about 1750. Before that, residents had their own fire buckets with their name on them and, when there was a fire, it was law that they residents came to a fire with their buckets in an attempt to put it out. The first pumper trucks required 20 men to pump it. There were 10 on each side and each side could pump for about 10 minutes and then another crew had to come in. This would mean, to sustain a fire department, you would need some 40 men on hand at a fire scene.

Early fire companies were run by insurance companies or social clubs. He showed off an early helmet, and two versions of the speaking trussle, one that was tin and one that was brass with a tassel. In addition to these mechanisms, Larry also showed off lanterns that the early fire companies would use, most of which were fueled by kerosene. One of the helmets displayed was from Manchester and dates back to 1860. This time period was also the time that steam engines were coming into play. The most world-renowned steamers were made by the Amoskeag Company in Manchester.

Larry showed off a copy of the annual report of the Laconia Fire Department from 1879. The fire station was valued at $1,000 and the steamer was valued at $1,200. The department was called out 12 times in 1879…the first call was not until March 30! Total expense that year $2,318. Hoses back then were made of leather and riveted together…not the one piece rubber hoses that we see today. Almost everything was volunteer and the brotherhood of firemen was very strong. There are still several volunteer, privately owned fire companies in Pennsylvania and upstate New York.

Larry Guild's antique collection has survived a fire or two.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Larry Guild shows off his impressive helmet balancing routine.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Larry Guild shows off one of his prized possessions.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin

Larry Guild lights the way with this antique lantern.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin


Roger Landry and guest Larry Guild.
Photo by W. Stephen Loughlin




............................Charlie St.
The Laconia Daily Sun, on Wednesday May 21st, featured an article on the future best seller Laconia Motorcycle Week co-authored by Charlie St. Clair and Jennifer Anderson. To read the full story "click" here.


Laconia Motorcycle Week co-authored by Charlie St. Clair and Jennifer Anderson


Upcoming Schedule:


Tuesday, May 27th
We meet Tuesday for Memorial Day.
Thomas Oetinger, former Laconia Police Chief

Monday, June 2nd
Boards Meet and Food Pantry money collected.

Monday, June 9th
Richard Grenier, Superintendent of the Belknap County Dept. of Corrections

Monday, June 16th

Monday, June 23th
Jason Stickney, chronic diseases


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Joe Collie

Kiwanis Kronikle is a weekly publication of the Kiwanis Club of Laconia, N.H., P.O. Box 757, Laconia, N.H. 03247-0757. We meet Mondays at 6:15 p.m. at the Pheasant Ridge Country Club, Country Club Rd., Gilford, N.H. Please call your President or Secretary about any Member or family member in case of illness. Email: Joe Collie or Steve Loughlin

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