Laconia Mayor Engler hopes to be back on the job in January


LACONIA — Mayor Ed Engler, who has been in California since September for treatment of colon cancer, says he hopes to return in early January in time for the first City Council meeting of the year.

Ed Engler HS April 2016Newly elected councilors Mark Haynes and Bruce Cheney will be seated at the meeting on Jan. 8.

Engler has been undergoing chemotherapy following surgery for colon cancer on Sept. 29 at the University of California-Irvine Medical Center. Surgeons removed a malignant tumor.

He plans to continue his six-month course of chemotherapy when he returns to New Hampshire.

Under the city charter, the City Council may fill vacancies in the office of councilor or mayor, when necessary.

No vacancy has been declared in this case. Engler has remained in contact with city officials while in California.

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Woman rams DPW truck, injures Wolfeboro employee


WOLFEBORO — Police are investigating a crash that sent a Public Works employee to Maine Medical Center with serious injuries yesterday.
Police say Wesley Smallidge, 36, had parked his town truck in a private driveway off Beach Pond Road and was placing equipment in the cargo area of the truck around 10:15 a.m. when a 2007 Honda Accord operated by Jeanne Watson, 67, of Wolfeboro, crashed into him.
Police Chief Dean Rondeau said Watson was uninjured in the crash, but Smallidge was taken to Huggins Hospital and later was flown to the Maine Medical Center. The extent of his injuries is unknown.
Both vehicles had to be towed away, with Watson’s car having major damage and the Department of Public Works pickup truck having rear-end damage.
Rondeau said there was no indication of a mechanical problem that might have caused the car to veer off the road and strike Smallidge. While the investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing, Rondeau said the DPW truck was marked with its warning lights activated, the work area was signed and marked, and Smallidge was wearing reflective clothing. The chief expects to file criminal charges against Watson once the investigation has been completed.
The Wolfeboro Fire-Rescue Department, Wolfeboro Public Works Department, Stewart’s Ambulance Service, and Crowley Towing Service assisted at the accident scene.


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Fire in Church Landing mechanical room knocked down quickly


MEREDITH — An employee had mostly knocked down a fire yesterday that started in a mechanical room used to store housekeeping supplies on the fourth floor of Church Landing before firefighters arrived at the scene.

Meredith Fire Chief Ken Jones said that the 10:21 a.m. fire was rapidly extinguished once firefighters arrived at the scene, but produced a large amount of smoke which crews vented out of the building, located almost directly across the highway from the fire department.

He said one housekeeping employee of Church Landing suffered from smoke inhalation and was taken by ambulance to Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia.

Cause of the fire appeared to have been an extension cord according to Jones, who said that the fire caused about $5,000 in damage.

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A fire, which started in a mechanical room where housekeeping supplies were stored at Church Landing in Meredith, caused about $5,000 in damage yesterday. (Roger Amsden/Laconia Daily Sun)



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