Anderson named head of Public Works


LACONIA — Wesley Anderson, a resident of the city, has been hired as the director of Public Works, succeeding Paul Moynihan, who is retiring this week.

Anderson served in the United States Army for 25 years, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel. During his career, he was public works director at several large military installations, both at home and abroad. Since leaving the Army, he has served as public works director in the village of Lombard Illinois, a town of 44,000, from 2001 to 2007; and in the city of Greenville, North Carolina, with a population of 82,000, from 2007 to 2012. Since 2012, he has been director of central fleet management for the city of Manchester, overseeing department of 27 employees and maintaining a fleet of 500 vehicles.

A registered professional engineer, Anderson earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical and oceanic engineering at the University of Rhode Island and a master's degree in construction at Southern Polytechnic University.

Myers said Anderson brings 35 years of diverse professional experience to the position. He will begin work with the city on Aug. 15.

Firefighters battle brush fire in Gilmanton


GILMANTON — A bolt of lightning from Friday's night's storm struck a large pine tree in the woods off Hattie Smith Road and caused a swamp grass fire that brought firefighters from all over central New Hampshire.

Fire Chief Joe Hempel said the fire was reported around 5:30 p.m. Saturday and that there never were any homes in danger.

"We found the point of origin," said Hempel on Monday who was with crews from Gilmanton, Laconia, Belmont and Alton, who returned to make sure all of the hot spots were completely extinguished. "The pine tree likely smouldered for a while before igniting some grass and brush around it."

Hempel said 1.67 acres burned but it was in a location that was about ¾ of a mile from the road and had to be accessed by foot or all-terrain vehicles.

He said about 50 firefighters were there Sunday night and more were called to cover area fire stations.

"We needed a lot of water," Hempel said, adding that firefighters received some help from a DHART helicopter pilot who was in the area and was able to pinpoint where the fire was burning as well as a stream that was nearby.

"We got all of our water from the stream using floating pumps," he said.

Hempel said he hopes there is some rain on Tuesday as is forecasted.

"It's still very warm. We've a long way to go without getting any rain," he said.

07-25 Gilmanton brush fire

Firefighters take a rest Monday around noon after spending the morning putting out the remains of a brush fire off Hattie Smith Road Sunday night. Piled behind them are axes, shovels, rakes and chainsaws. Hattie Smith Road is just off Route 140 about half way between Gilmanton Center and the Iron Works. (Gail Ober/Laconia Daily Sun Photo)

Gilford police break up loud party

GILFORD — Fourteen people were arrested Saturday night by local police after a complaint of a loud party near Cottonwood Trail at about 6:25 p.m.
Thirteen individuals, ranging in age from 18 to 20 years old, were charged with unlawful possession of alcohol. One 20-year-old was also charged with facilitating a drug or underage alcohol house party. A civil detention for protective custody of an intoxicated person was also undertaken on a 21-year-old.
The arrested people were all from Massachusetts. They had rented a house in Gilford for the weekend.
They were scheduled to appear in Laconia on Sept. 15 at 8:15 a.m.