Rebecca A. Bailey, 52

09-06 obit Becky Bailey

ROCKLAND, Mass. — Rebecca "Becky" A. Bailey, 52, of Rockland, formerly of southern New Hampshire and Alton, New Hampshire, died unexpectedly Sept. 2, 2016, in Nashua, New Hampshire.
Born May 11, 1964 in Waltham, the daughter of Carolyn J. (DeMeritt) Bailey and Paul E. Bailey Sr. She was raised and lived in Alton for many years, also southern New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
She had worked as a self-employed house cleaner and waitress for many years.
Becky enjoyed camping, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her mother, Carolyn; father, Paul Sr. and his wife Barbara; her husband, Ricky; children Jason, Shawn, Nicole, April, Jason and Jacqueline; brothers and sister Paul Jr., Phillip, David, Mark, Deborah, Joel, Timothy, Barry and Frederick; 13 grandchildren; one aunt; two uncles; and cousins, nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 1 p.m. at Peaslee Funeral Home 24 Central St. Farmington, New Hampshire.
Calling hours are prior to the service from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in Farmington.
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Fire at the Naswa Resort damages guest room


LACONIA — An overheated electrical outlet into which an air conditioner was plugged caused a fire that brought Laconia fire crews to the Naswa Resort Monday around 5 p.m.

A single first-floor unit on the land side of the property sustained serious damage, while the unit above it and the one to its side had some smoke damage.

Chief Ken Erickson said that three of the hotel's employees saw the smoke and opened the door, giving the fire the oxygen it needed to blow out the window. He said the three of the them emptied three full-sized fire extinguishers into the room, knocking down the bulk of the fire.

He said on-duty crews from the Weirs Station arrived by that time and extinguished the rest of the fire and overhauled the room. Crews from Gilford and Belmont covered the Laconia stations.

Erickson said no one was injured and, but for the work of the three employees, the blaze could easily have spread to the upper units.

He said the owner, Cynthia Makris, told him that guests in the two affected rooms would be relocated for the evening.

09-16 Naswa fire

Deputy Fire Chief Kirk Beattie examines the cause of a fire that heavily damaged a room at the Naswa Resort on Monday at 5 p.m. (Gail Ober/Laconia Daily Sun)

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Sanbornton boat owner sued for broken neck


LACONIA — A Charlestown, Massachusetts, man is suing the owner of a boat for negligence and action for a broken neck and paralysis he sustained when he dove off his boat on the Sanbornton sandbar in Lake Winnisquam on Sept. 1, 2013.

Samual Brown contends he was invited to Hugh Shaffer's second home in Sanbornton by Shaffer's daughter, and was told they were going boating at the sandbar where they could go swimming. The sandbar is a low-water spot in Lake Winnisquam in Sanbornton that can be seen from the Mosquito Bridge. It is a popular boating and swimming stop.

The paperwork, obtained from the Belknap County Superior Court, says Brown had never been to the sandbar before.

Once they arrived, Brown said Shaffer asked him for help with the anchor. Brown said he had never set an anchor before and was not shown how to do so by Shaffer.

He said Shaffer told him to jump into the water as Shaffer slowed the boat. When the boat slowed, Brown claims that Shaffer allowed him to dive off the front of the boat, where he struck the sandbar.

Brown said Shaffer was negligent and unlawfully allowed him to dive off a moving boat.

He is asking for full damages as allowed by law for injuries suffered, past and future medical bills, emotional distress, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of opportunity. He is also seeking attorney fees and court costs.

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