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Environmental clean-up underway at former oil depot site

LACONIA — Work has begun to remove abandoned fuel tanks and contaminated soils from the property at 55 Bay Street, which lies between the railroad track and Winnisquam Avenue, owned by the Fred Fuller Oil Co, Inc.

Cheryl Bentley of Aries Engineering, Inc. of Concord, which is partnering with TMC Environmental of Portsmouth on the project, anticipated that about a month will be required to removed approximately 4,800 cubic yards of soil and 60,000 gallons of groundwater from the site. In addition, A 1,628-square-foot office building on the site will be demolished. However, a garage backing on to Winnisquam Avenue will remain on the site.

There are six underground storage tanks on the site, five 20,000 gallon tanks, four of which contained home heating oil and a fifth holding kerosene. The six tank, containing gasoline, was only found this week, after work was underway. Bentley said that there was fuel in the tank, which would be pumped empty and removed.

Bentley said that after testing indicated relatively low levels of contamination in the soil the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) determined it could be safely transported to a landfill in Bethlehem.

Monitoring wells on the site and in the neighborhood have measured the level and extent of contamination for more than a decade. The clean up operation, which is budgeted to cost almost $300,000, is underwritten by the "Oil Discharge and Disposal Cleanup Fund" established in 1988, which itself is funded by a fee levied on all oil imported into the state. Michael Donahue, principal engineer at Aries Engineering, said that the fund has facilitated the clean up, transfer and redevelopment of compliant facilities by eliminating the prolonged, expensive and often contentious process of seeking to assign liability. particularly when a site has had a series of owners.

Donahue said that the site will continue to be monitored and if necessary further excavation of contaminated material will be undertaken.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 11:54

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Donor will pay for disc golf course in Laconia

LACONIA — A woman, whose late brother was very fond of frisbee golf , has offered to outfit a course for the city if the Parks and Recreation Commission can find an appropriate location.

Kevin Dunleavy, director of Parks of Recreation, said the woman told the commission this week that she would donate the necessary equipment as well as lead a fundraising effort to underwrite the facility.

In frisbee golf, also called Frolf or disc golf, individual players toss a disc, usually eight or nine inches, at a series of targets, most often a ring hung with chains mounted above a shallow basket on a pole. A player "holes out" by placing the disc in the basket. The game originated in the early 1960s, began to be formalized a decade later and has grown rapidly since 2000, with the number of courses in the U.S. doubling to more than 3,000 by 2008.

Dunleavy said that the commission will consider if there is a suitable site for a course either in one of the city parks or some other city property and schedule a second discussion of the proposal, most likely in November.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 11:48

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6 new members elected to LHS Athletic Hall of Fame; first additions since 1989

LACONIA — For the first time in 25 years, new members will be inducted this fall into the Laconia High School Athletic Hall of Fame. The Class of 2014 will consist of Mickey Donovan ('99) football/baseball, Jim Fitzgerald ('70-'01) football coach/athletic director, Nick Ford ('05) track/football, Chris Phelps ('87), basketball/football/track, Jim Swormstedt ('87) basketball/football, and Alan Wool ('68) winter track/baseball/football.

Formal induction will occur during homecoming weekend, on Saturday, Sept. 20. There will be a cocktail hour from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Meredith Village Savings Band Culinary Arts Dining Room of the Huot Technical Center and a ceremony will follow at 6 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Long-time voice of the Sachems David Rea will serve as Master of Ceremonies. The evening will conclude with dessert back in the dining room. Tickets for the event are priced at $15 and are available at the LHS Student Activity Office.

The last class inducted into the school's Hall of Fame was in 1989. Athletic Director Craig Kozens led a group that has spent two years doing research and re-defining a mission for the hall. "Through intensive study, we found that the Laconia Citizen's sports reporters were the trailblazers of the original hall," said Kozens. "Now the Laconia Coaches Council has embraced this task and it amassed a committee to bring the tradition back to the City of Laconia. It is with great pride that this committee will, once again, recognize outstanding contributions to the legacy of Laconia athletics."

Candidates for the Class of 2014 were nominated in the spring. (The criteria for selection may be found on the Laconia High School Athletic Department webpage.) The committee met several times and elected the six new inductees at the end of the July.

The Class of 2014 will be joining the Class of 1983, which includes Penny Pitou ('56), Kathy O'Neil ('77), Richard Tilton ('27), Bernie LaCroix ('49), Doug Housell ('51), Doug DeVarney'(61), Steve Stetson ('69), Mike Giguere ('69), Kent Yale ('72), and Chip Veazey ('72); the Class of 1984, which includes Jack Irwin ('50), Jeep Munzey ('49), and Guy Hamel ('68); the Class of 1985, which includes Beau Lessard ('49), Bidge Clement ('27), and Bobby Conway ('41); and the Class of 1989, which included John McGonigle ('59) and Phil Estes ('76).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 11:45

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Laconia man being held on $20,000 cash bail

CIRCUIT COURT — A Fair Street man is being held on $20,000 cash bail for three separate incidents, including a charge that he hit a woman in the nose with a closed fist after he had been ordered by the court to stay away from her.

Police said Thomas Manley, 50, of 96 Fair St, is charged with one count of simple assault, one count of criminal mischief, and four counts of breach of bail.

According to three separate affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, on July 31 police responded to Fair Street around 5 p.m. for a disturbance. When the officer arrived he saw Manley riding away from the home on his bicycle.

He said he had gone to the Fair Street house to drop off some milk and that he and the woman inside had not been fighting. When the officer spoke to the woman she also said they hadn't been fighting. Both told him that the bail conditions preventing the two from seeing each other were old and "no longer in effect."

The next day, the officer checked with the court and learned Manley's no contact bail provisions were in place and requested an arrest warrant for breach of bail.

Earlier in the day, police responded to an area of the downtown Riverwalk known as "the cobblestones" for a report of a man, later identified as Manley, allegedly trying to rip a city-owned sign off of the railing.

The responding officer said the people reporting the vandalism noted that two people walking by Manley joined him in trying to remove the sign.

The officer learned Manley was on bail and requested a warrant be issued for him for breach of bail and criminal mischief.

On Monday, police went to the same Fair Street home at 9:30 p.m. for a report of a fight involving five or six people. When the officer arrived, he found Manley who he described as "very upset."

Manley told him that a woman had yelled at him and left in a car. The officer learned from dispatch that Manley had a number of warrants outstanding and detained him.

The officer spoke to the woman who was the original subject of the no-contact order and she told him Manley allegedly hit her in the face with a closed fist.

Manley was charged with one count of simple assault and two counts of breach of bail for Monday's allegedly assault — one for the alleged assault and one for allegedly violating the no contact order.

Judge Edward "Ned" Gordon ordered Manley be held on $20,000 cash-only bail, that should he post bail he provide a source of funds, and that he stay away from the woman and not leave New Hampshire.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 01:54

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