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THE WEIRS TIMES & THE COCHECO TIMES, Thursday, April 26, 2012


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CONCORD, NH 03301 Permit No. 177


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VOLUME 21, NO. 17


THE WEIRS, LAKE WINNIPESAUKEE, N.H., THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012


COMPLIMENTARY


Electronic Waste


Collection Day


The Laconia/Gilford Li-


ons Club is hosting an electronic waste collection fund raiser on Saturday, April 28, in the parking lot of the Lowe’s hardware store at 1407 Lakeshore Road in Gilford. The col- lection will run from 9 a.m. to 2pm. For $5 per item, the club


Mike Hashem (right), Wright Museum Board member with Ray McCarthy, Facility Manager, hold the donation helmet in front of 35-ton “Alligator Alice” the ubiquitous World War II tank that the hard working museum volunteers have been refurbishing for the past couple of years. Unfortunately, after much time and expense, the original engine cannot be saved and they are looking to raise the funds needed to purchase a replacement engine.


“ALLIGATOR ALICE” NEEDS A NEW ENGINE Wright Museum Holding Fundraiser For Classic Sherman Tank


by Brendan Smith Weirs Times Editor


It’s been a long, hard


year for old “Alligator Al- ice.”


The World War II M4


Sherman Tank at the Wright Museum in Wolfe- boro, had been undergoing a fascinating transforma- tion over the past years. Its old battered shell has


been refinished to look like it just rolled off the assem- bly line. The Sherman Tank was


the pride and joy of David Wright,” said Board Mem- ber, Mike Hashem about the museum’s founder. “It was the tank that really fought the war.” Wright’s widow, Carol,


wanted to see it running and on display.


“The tank has a 9-cyl-


inder radial Continental engine,” said Hashem. “It was taken out years ago by volunteers and basically left since no one really knew how to fix it.” In the early part of 2011,


the engine was sent to Northeast Military Servic- es in Massachusetts who found, upon inspection, that one of the pistons was


stuck. “They didn’t rebuild the


engine at that time,” said Hashem. “They did resur- rect the oil pump, carbure- tor, magnetos, etc.” Hashem travelled down


to Massachusetts, along with other volunteers to inspect the engine, which was sitting on a block. They also leaned the cor- See TANK on 34


BRENDAN SMITH PHOTO


will accept the following: laptops, CPU, servers, CD/ DVD players, camcorders, audio-visual equipment, VCR, speakers, copiers, faxes, scanners, printers, phones, UPS systems, humidifiers. Computer monitors are $6, mice or keyboards will cost $1. Appliances such as de- humidifiers, microwaves, air conditioners cost $10. each while refrigerators, freezers, water heater, washing machines, dry- ers, stoves or dishwashers are $20.


Televisions with smaller


than a 27 inch diagonal screen will be accepted for a $20 fee; larger or wood- en televisions will cost $30. Any other items with a cord will be accepted for a fee to be determined at the time of drop off.


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