Tom Volpe in 'satisfactory' condition at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

LACONIA —Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center media officials said yesterday that insurance executive Tom Volpe is in "satisfactory condition"  and remains in the Lebanon hospital.

He is reported to have facial injuries, a back injury, and a punctured lung.

Volpe's plane crashed at 8:30 a.m. Thursday shortly after he took off from the private airstrip he has on his Hadley Road property. The plane, a Piper Tri-Pacer, crashed in a field about 500 feet southwest of the airstrip.

Volpe, 80, is an avid plane enthusiast who served on the Laconia Airport Authority and who owns two planes. He is the president of Melcher & Prescott Insurance Agency in Laconia and has been the principal owner of the company since 1959.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) removed the plane from Volpe's field late Thursday and is investigating the crash.

‘Smokey’ signs find their way back to Belmont FD

BELMONT — Smokey Bear's signs were recovered or returned to the Fire Department over the past weekend,  Chief David Parenti said yesterday.

He said all but two of them were recovered Saturday after someone left a tip with the Belmont Police. The other two were returned to them Sunday in person by a teenage girl.

"All I was told was that her mother found them in the house and told the teen to return them," Parenti said. "She gave them to one of the younger guys."

But, said Parenti, not only does Smokey have his signs, he said he is very grateful for the support show by the community over the seeming loss of the signs.

"One man even stopped by and offered to make us a new set," he said, noting the department's Facebook page lit up with responses and offers of help.

"Unfortunately, we had to put a lock on Smokey's signs but I guess that's what we have to do," he said.


Barnstead man killed, two others injured when motorcycles collide head-on in Gilmanton

GILMANTON – A Barnstead man died Saturday afternoon after he was involved in a head-on collision at 5:24 p.m. with another motorcyclist on Route 107 or Province Road near Gardener Cove Road.

Sgt. Matt Currier said the investigation shows that the late Matt Kendall, 48, of Province Road was traveling north with his wife Virginia Kendall, 43, who was a passenger.

Kendall entered a corner and drifted over the double yellow lines and collided with Daniel Roy, 52, of Quebec, Canada, who was traveling south. Roy's wife, who was riding ahead of him on her own motorcycle said she was able to swerve around the Kendalls but her husband could not. She told police she heard the crash.

Police said Matt Kendall was pronounced dead at the scene. Virginia Kendall was airlifted from the Gilmanton Public Safety building to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon with severe injuries. Daniel Roy was taken by ambulance to Concord Hospital with serious but non life-threatening injuries.

That section of Province Road was closed for several hours. The motorcycles were removed by Rusty's Towing.

Gilmanton Police and Fire Departments were assisted by Belmont Police and Fire Departments and Barnstead Police and Fire Departments.