LACONIA — “I haven’t run the grader and I don’t think I want to,” confessed Lucas Lamos, who during his 17 years with the Department of Public of Works has done just about everything else and yesterday his efforts and skills were recognized at the holiday luncheon for city employees and volunteers yesterday.
Lamos was chosen from among seven deserving nominees submitted by city departments. The citation described as “a team player with a can do attitude who has strengthened the image of the Department of Public Works. He works under the radar and does not seek the limelight, but serves as a shining example to us all.”
“Lucas is a carpenter, electrician, plumber,” one colleague said. “He’s just incredibly talented, equally humble and always willing to do what needs doing.”
Lamos was left near speechless by the recognition, but noted that unlike police officers and firefighters, the employees at the Department of Public Works who maintain, sweep and plow the streets, clear, repair and upgrade the drains, and keep the street lights lit and the traffic lights working are often overlooked. “Except when we’re plowing,” he smiled, “just after they’ve shoveled their driveway. I tell them I’ve been waiting around the corner until I see they’re finished,” he laughed.
Dozens of other city employees and volunteers were also noted for their years of service: Heidi Beaulac, Jason Griffin, Dwayne Mann, Stacy Anders, Rodney Roy, Holly Callanan, Gary Allen, Malcolm Murray, David Stamps, Collen Richardson, Karmen Gifford, Craig Borgeson, Kevin Dunleavy, Ames Sorrell, Diane Lynch, Deborah Derrick, William Contardo, Christopher Beaudoin, Marnie Blaisdell Schultz, Diane Wood, Phil Sylvia, Stacey Pate, John Paul Hobby, Kevin Butler, Ann Schofield, Richard Farrell, Chad Vaillancourt, Cindy Welch, Armand Maheux, Jeffery Desrosiers, Christopher Shipp, Gail Drucker, Mary Ellen Gallant and Drew McKeen. McKeen was the longest-serving employee, having spent 30 years at the Laconia Water Works.
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