Published DateLACONIA – The family of Lily Johnson will host calling hours on Saturday afternoon at the St. James Episcopal Church from 3 to 6 p.m. The 8th grader at Laconia Middle School died last Friday after she and a second girl, Alyssa Minor, were hit by a passing vehicle while walking on the sidewalk on the Messer Street Bridge.
There will be no funeral service. (See obituary on page 11.)
Superintendent Bob Champlin said yesterday that Alyssa is recovering from surgery and she appears to be on her way to a long, and hopefully complete, recovery.
In conjunction with the non-religious calling hours, Champlin said the Middle School cafeteria and multi-purpose room will be open during the same hours for mourners to assemble from 3 to 6:30 p.m.
Champlin said the Laconia Police Department will create a safe passage between St. James, located on North Main Street and the nearby middle school and he said people can park at the school, Opeeche Cove or the Smith Track. For those who can't walk, Huot Technical Center vans will be available to shuttle people to and from the parking area. He also said First Student bus company will provide a handicap-accessible buses for those mourners who need it.
There is overflow parking for community volunteers at the Pleasant Street School with a shuttle being provided to take people back and forth to the Middle School.
Champlin said he decided to close the middle school yesterday and today so staff who have given up much of their week of school vacation can get a couple of days to rest. They will return to school Friday in preparation for school to restart Monday.
He said this has been a very traumatic time for the students, the staff and the community. He said the love and support shown to the Johnson and Minor families and school district employees by members of the community has been overwhelming and he personally wanted to thank them of behalf of the School District for their kindness and resilience in helping the Middle School children resume a sense of normality.