DOT to replace new guardrails obstructing view on Route 106

BELMONT — The state Department of Transportation will be removing “a substantial portion” of the new guardrail installed as part of road improvements on Route 106, after residents of the area complained that they obscure their view of oncoming traffic at the Seavey Road intersection.
Chuck Flanders of the DOT’s Construction Bureau said the department has re-evaluated the new design and expects to remove the guardrail to improve the southern view as early as next week.
“It was built to the project plan,” Flanders said, “but, for whatever reason, in reality, things didn’t just quite work out.”
Eric Grennell, who lives off Seavey Road, said he has vehicles that sit low to the ground, and he found it is impossible to see over the guardrails to know if there is traffic coming along Route 106 when he approaches the intersection, without pulling into the path of oncoming vehicles.
“This intersection is now more dangerous than it has ever been,” Grennell said, “especially considering that Belmont High School is on Seavey Road, and many of the students leaving the school have low cars and travel through this intersection.”
Flanders said the DOT will modify the design of the guardrails, as well as the slopes the guardrails were intended to protect.

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Guardrails newly installed on Route 106 and Seavey Road in Belmont will be removed due to visibility issues. (Adam Drapcho/Laconia Daily Sun)

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City Council approves new police contract


LACONIA — Police officers will receive a 0.6 percent cost-of-living pay increase immediately and another 0.6 percent hike on Jan. 1 under a contract approved by the City Council.

Earlier this year, the council approved contracts with modest increases for firefighters, Public Works employees and administrative and technical employees.

Like the other groups, police officers are going to a new health plan. The co-pay for a doctor's office visit will increase from $20 to $25.

The police contract also includes a $1,000 stipend for officers who receive a master patrolman designation.

Increased costs associated with the new contract are $63,071.

The Police Department has 51 full-time employees, including 10 civilians. Their previous contract ended June 30.

Patrolman pay ranges from about $41,000 to more than $60,000.

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Golf tournament helps fullfill 3-year-old's Disney trip wish


LACONIA — Paugus Bay Marina's 6th annual charity golf tournament at Laconia Country Club raised $17,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire.
Paugus Bay owner Kevin Keenan, Laurie Fox, general manager of the marina, and Kory Keenan, sales manager, presented the check Friday to the foundation and it was accepted by 3-year-old Sofia Wylie, who will enjoy a trip with her family to Disney World in Florida in November with part of the funds.
While there she wants to meet all of the princesses and characters in Disney World.
Nikki Lyon of the Make-A-Wish Foundation said the organization grants wishes for children of New Hampshire facing life-threatening illnesses. In addition to Wylie the funds will also be used to grant the wish of a child from Bristol.
The daughter of Natalia and Jason Wylie, Sofia suffers from spinal muscular atrophy, which is sometimes called a baby version of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. It is caused by a mutation in the survival motor neuron gene 1, which regulates muscles required for locomotion, digestion and respiration.
When Sofia was diagnosed with SMA, she was only 4-and-a-half months old and Natalia Wylie said that doctors told her that her life expectancy was only 13 to 23 months.
The Wylies have been working with a team of SMA experts at Boston Children’s Hospital who enrolled Sofia in a blind clinical trial for the drug Spinraza.
The Wylies said that after Sofia received the third dose of the drug, they saw an improvement in her which led them to believe that she was receiving the drug and not a placebo.
The medical team later confirmed that Sofia had been getting the drug during the 13-month clinical trial. The Food and Drug Administration approved Spinraza as the first drug for the treatment of SMA on Dec. 23, 2016.
“It seems to have stopped the progress of the disease and we're hopeful that she can have a normal life,” said Natalia Wylie.

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Paugus Bay Marina presented a check for $17,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire. Accepting the check was Sofia Wylie, who will be making a trip to Walt Disney World in November. With her are her mother, Natalia; sister, Samantha; and her father, Jacob. Presenting the check are Kevin Keenan, owner of Paugus Bay Marina, which raised the funds at a charity golf tournament; Laurie Fox, general manager of the marina, and Kory Keenan, sales manager. (Roger Amsden/Laconia Daily Sun)

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