Black Ice Causes Several Accidents -Alstead Man Seriously Injured
black iceBlack ice was the blame for several accidents on Sunday. Just before 1:30 pm Shawnette Fowler 17 of South Acworth lost control of her Toyota 4Runner when she hit a patch of ice. Police say Fowler hit a guardrail on Rt. 10 in Gilsum, but Shawnette or her passengers Thomas Fowler 58 and Selina Fowler 19, also of South Acworth, received no injuries.
An Alstead man received serious injuries when he lost control of his car after hitting a patch of ice on Route 12A in Swanzey and hit a tree. Police say Marcus Hansen 71 had to be extracted and was taken to Cheshire Medical Center and later air lifted to the UMass Worcester Hospital. The New Hampshire State Police would like to remind the motoring public to be aware of rapidly changing and possibly unexpected adverse road conditions during winter months.

Kasich Stumps in Claremont
Ohio Governor John Kasich a republican presidential candidate addressed a crowd of about 60 people in Claremont on Saturday morning. The candidate expressed his views on common core, choosing Supreme Court Judges, terrorism, his record in Washington and his expansion of Medicare in Ohio.
George Edson a resident of Cornish asked the governor what he planned to do about campaign financing. Kasich replied that most laws passed on Campaign financing have only created other issues and there is no silver bullet.
Edson a moderate independent went to Lebanon to see Kasich as well as Claremont and said campaign finance is his number one issue.
This was Kasich’s second of three stops in the Dartmouth Lake Sunapee Area this weekend. On Friday night, the Governor spoke at the Connecticut River Run and at Colby Sawyer College on Saturday afternoon.

16 Plunge in the Loony Lunge
Sixteen veterans and newcomers gathered on the shore of Sunapee Harbor Saturday to partake in the annual Looney Lunge. The Lunge has been a part Sunapee’s Magical Christmas celebration since 2008. It was the third year for Lexi Miller a student at Sunapee Middle High School she was happy there was no snow on the ground this year.
After the Looney Lunge, Miller said the water was a little cold.
Fred Heineman of Newport, was a newcomer to the event and said it was just like summer. Fred did confess he takes cold showers each morning, and he plans to participate next year.

Fire Damages Workshop in Chester
A workshop in Chester VT was destroyed in fire just before 7:30 am on Friday morning Chester’s Fire Captain Ben Whalen said firefighters found the workshop and a tractor at 473 Clemons RD fully engulfed upon arrival. In addition to the tractor, other items on fire in the shop included a, pickup, propane tanks, and other machine shop equipment.
Fire fighters from Chester and multiple mutual aid companies kept the blaze from igniting a residence 200 foot from the blaze. The fire was knocked down just before 8:30 am.
The Chester Fire Department extends its thanks to Proctorsville, Springfield, Ludlow, Ascutney , West Weathersfield, Rockingham, Bellows Falls, Westminster, and. Londonderry , and Grafton VT Fire Departments as well as Charlestown NH Fire Department and Hartford Emergency Communications Center for their aid and support.