Just follow the pumpkin-brick road

10-18 paintsidewalk

Elizabeth Toce and Ash Gomez, Laconia High School students who are members of the Freedom Found program, were among volunteers painting the sidewalk in front of the Soda Shoppe in downtown Laconia orange Tuesday evening in preparation for Saturday’s New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival. The sidewalk will be repainted with a red brick color following the festival. Rain that evening shows up in the photo as white spots. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

Sanbornton woman found safe after getting lost in woods with dog

SANBORNTON — An elderly woman who became disoriented in the dark while walking her dog on Sunday was found safe and sound on Monday after spending the night in the woods.

Officials of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department said that Linda Tate, 75, and her dog Maisie left home together around 2 p.m. on Sunday. When she had not returned by 8:30 p.m. her family reported her missing and a search for her was mounted. Officers of the Fish and Game Department, Sanbornton Police Department were assisted by the New Hampshire State Police, who deployed a K-9 unit and helicopter.

Tate was found shortly after 8:30 a.m. on Monday. She told her rescuers that while walking in the woods she became disoriented, and when darkness fell was unable to make her way home. She said that she kept warm through the night by keeping close to her dog.

Motorcyclist hurt

10-17 accident

Gilford Fire Department rescue workers wheel Paul Hilson, 62, of Laconia, to an ambulance following an accident Monday at 12:49 p.m. on Hounsell Avenue in which Hilson's motorcycle was involved in a collision with a vehicle driven by Mark Middleton, 28, of Center Barnstead, which was making a right-hand turn into Laconia Eye Associates. Hilton suffered shoulder and rib injuries in the accident according to Gilford Police, who said that no charges were filed in the incident. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)