New Marine Patrol HQ building in Glendale named for Dave Barrett

GILFORD — The David T. Barrett Marine Patrol headquarters on Lake Winnipesaukee was officially opened and dedicated Tuesday to man who was the director of the Division of Safety with the New Hampshire Department of Safety from 1993 to 2011. Barrett, a town resident, died in 2011.

About 200 people, including members of Barrett's family, joined Gov. Maggie Hassan, N.H. Commissioner of Public Safety John Barthelmes, State Police Colonel Christopher Wagner and Lieutenant Crystal McLain for the opening of the $9.38-million project at the Glendale docks that took two years to plan and build.

"The naming of the beautiful building is a fitting tribute to a man who dedicated his life to serving his country and its citizens," said Barthelmes in his opening remarks.

"He was successful because of his ability to work collaboratively with multiple groups and agencies to promote the lakes and waterways, while protecting the boating public," he said.

The inside of the building contains office space for the ranking officers who work there, two brand-new classrooms for the Marine Patrol to offer its many boating safety classes, a boat storage room with space for evidence, and a counter where people can get boating registrations and information about the Marine Patrol.

Hassan said she was "incredibly proud of all the people who worked across party lines in both branches of government" to get the new facility built.

She said New Hampshire is one of the safest states in the country and its largely because of the men and women like the Marine Patrol who keep our lakes and ocean front safe.

Colonial Christopher Wagner, the new director of Public Safety, recalled the old building on the same site and how it was sinking into the lake. He said the improvements will allow the Marine Patrol, other law enforcement and first responders to better serve the general public.

He said the "Marine Patrol has a very important safety mission both on and off the water. Enforcing boater safety, speed enforcement, accident investigations, water rescues, impaired enforcement, boater education and mooring permitting are some of their responsibilities."

McLain was the project manager who shepherded it from beginning to end and during which time she was promoted from sergeant to lieutenant.

For her efforts and continued excellent work for the Marine Patrol, McLain was given the Distinguished Service Award.

During her brief remarks, she credited Barrett with recognizing the need for a new building and for planting the initial seeds in the minds of the people who could make it happen.

She lauded his promotion of boating safety and his service to his county and the people of New Hampshire.

The David T. Barrett Marine Patrol Headquarters officially opened on Oct. 31 and the storage facility in Belmont and the temporary headquarters in on the old State School property in Laconia are now officially closed.

 

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Cement truck involved in 3-vehicle crash on Rte. 106 in Belmont

BELMONT — Early morning ice on Route 106 led to a collision of three vehicles, including a fully loaded cement truck, and left the three drivers with non-life threatening injuries yesterday.

According to the Belmont Police, the driver of the cement truck lost control while traveling northbound and drifted into the southbound lane just past the Lakes Region Casino. The truck struck a 2013 Chevy Equinox then left the road, slid down an embankment and rolled over as a 1999 Mercury Sable hit the Equinox. The drivers of the truck and the Equinox were both trapped in their vehicles and removed by police officers and firefighters from Belmont and Laconia.

Michael John, 62, who was driving the cement truck, was transported to Concord Hospital. Deborah Valliere, 60, the driver of the Equinox, and James Dupont, 79, the driver of the Sable, were both taken to Lakes Region General Hospital.

The Equinox and Sable were taken from the scene to the Lakes Region Casino while crews from Rusty's Towing worked throughout the morning first to right then to remove the cement truck, which was severely damaged in the crash. The mixer came apart from the truck and emptied some of its seven yards of cement at the foot of the embankment. The road was closed for a spell and after it was reopened traffic was confined to the northbound lane during much of the morning.

Police believe that neither speed nor alcohol contributed to the collisions, which were primarily caused by the icy conditions. The incident remains under investigation and police urge anyone with information about to contact the Belmont Police Department at (603) 267-8350.

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Volunteers prepare new room at Carey House

LACONIA — With the smell of homemade lasagna wafting up the stairs, volunteers from the Mountainview Church in Sanbornton painted a new room at the Carey House homeless shelter, which will now be able to house an additional family.

According to former deacon Wayne Blackey, church members do volunteer work year long but recently decided to do another program and called it "40 Days of Community."

"Amanda (Lewis) is part of our small group and our service project was to redo this room," Blackey said.

Other "40 Days of Community" projects included cleaning a recent widow's yard in Sanbornton, providing meals for a woman who recently had surgery and hosting a baby shower for a woman with no family.

Lewis is the Carey House director. She works with various local social service programs and provides temporary housing for the homeless. With the additional family room, Lewis said they can now house four families, 14 individual men, and six women.

The new room can house a small family of three and used to be Lewis's office. She said she moved downstairs and the Mountainview Church redid all of the electricity and communications systems with Monday's night's painting and homemade dinner being the final chapter.

She said one of the former tenants donated some bedroom furniture and the house will be working with Ippolito's Furniture of Meredith with getting mattresses.

"They have helped us in the past and we are very grateful to them," Lewis said.

Owned and operation by the Salvation Army, the Carey House is the only year-round homeless shelter for people in the Lakes Region, although the new, seasonal Belknap House is scheduled to open sometime this winter.

Carey House is a sober and drug free home and it's mission is to provide temporary housing for people while they get back on their feet.

"Unless they're coming back to say "hello," we hope they don't ever have to come back," she said.

"Recently, one of our men was able to get his own apartment," Lewis said, noting how proud everyone was of him.

Lewis said that with the cold weather, the demand for Carey House services increases and they have recently had to turn away a lot of people.

"I imagine that this new room will be filled within a few days of us finishing it," Lewis said.

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