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Fatal crash - Head-on collision claims Northfield man’s life in Tilton near country club

By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN

TILTON — A Northfield man died when the car he was driving collided with an oncoming vehicle on the crest of a hill on Laconia Road, US Route 3/NH Route 11, in front of the Lochmere County Club around 6:15 p.m. on Sunday.

ArteagaROBERT112116Robert Arteaga, 29, was traveling eastbound along the windy, hilly stretch of the road when he his Mazda sedan collided head-on with a SUV traveling westbound driven by Dorothy Lebrecque, 51, of Belmont just as the two vehicles crested the hill. Although there were reports that Arteaga was attempting to overtake another vehicle in the no-passing zone on the blind hill, Tilton Police Chief Robert Cormier said Monday that he was awaiting the report of the Belknap County Accident Reconstruction Team before commenting on the cause of the accident.

Lebrecque was taken to Franklin Regional Hospital and subsequently transferred to Lakes Regional General Hospital where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. She was wearing a seat belt and her vehicle was fitted with dual air bags, which together spared her more severe injuries.

The reconstruction team, headed by Lt. Al Graton of the Laconia Police Department, was at the scene of the collision until 3 a.m. Cormier said that the investigation, including blood tests of both drivers, is ongoing.

Cormier said this section of the heavily traveled road, which is marked by two blind hills and a sharp bend, is especially dangerous and should be driven with caution. There was a fatal accident at virtually the same spot in 2005.

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This is the general location of the accident, near the Lochmere Country Club in Tilton. Robert Arteaga, 29, of Northfield, did not survive the head-on collision. (Google Maps)

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Engler and Clarenbach honored as Good Scouts at annual luncheon

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Good Scout award winners Ed Engler and Scott Clarenbach at the 25th annual Lakes Region Good Scout Award luncheon. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

 

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Rosemarie Therrien describes the impact of scouting on her decision to pursue a career in the fire service. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

By ROGER AMSDEN, for THE LACONIA DAILY SUN

SANBORNTON — Laconia Mayor Ed Engler and LRGHealthcare Board Chairman Scott Clarenbach were honored as Good Scouts at the 25th annual Lakes Region Good Scout award luncheon held Nov. 17 at the Steele Hill Resort.
Mark Primeau, president and CEO the Bank of New Hampshire, who was the recipient of the Good Scout Award in 2010, welcomed the audience of over 100 people, and said that the Daniel Webster Council of the Boy Scouts of America, has a proud record of producing community leaders.
Dan Shepard, Daniel Webster Council scout executive and CEO, said that the event raised $57,300 for support of the programs offered by the council and pointed out that scouts has collected over 300,000 food items for 84 local food pantries over the last year.
Guest speaker Rosemarie Therrien, who is in the Explorer program working with the Gilmanton and Barnstead fire departments, said she feels fortunate to be able to get a first-hand look at her future career thanks to scouting.
Engler said he was introduced to scouting while growing up in South Dakota and it played an important part in is life, relating how he had used his father's Scout handbook from the 1920s to memorize the Morse Code and win a communications competition. He said that Scouting was very important to his mother, as his father had left the family when he was very young, and the scout leaders provided him with male role models as he was growing up.
Engler founded The Laconia Daily Sun in 2000 and was editor from 2002 to 2015, when he retired from full-time work. He has been active in the civic life of the Lakes Region as a director of the Belknap Economic Development Council, the Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction and the Laconia WOW Trail. He was elected as mayor in 2013 and re-elected in 2015 and has been a leader in the effort to redevelop the Colonial Theatre as an active center of community life.
Clarenbach, former Franklin fire chief, said his experience as a Fire Explorer in 1975 "changed my life and put me on a different path."
After graduating from Franklin High School, he served as a call firefighter in Franklin in 1981, earned a degree in Fire Protection at NH Vocational Technical College in 1983 and joined the Franklin Fire Department, where he advanced to chief in 1993 and served until he retired in 2009.
He has been a member of the LRGHealthcare board of trustees since 2009, and then as board chairman during a crucial period of change for the organization.
He has been a youth sports coach, a member of the Franklin Outing Club and is currently a director at Franklin Savings Bank as well as an instructor in the fire programs at Lakes Region Community College.

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Woman hurt in crash on Cherry Valley Road

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Gilford Fire and Rescue crews carry an unknown victim of a single-vehicle crash on Cherry Valley Road to an awaiting ambulance Monday afternoon. The crash was reported around 3:30 p.m. and traffic was slowed through the road while police and fire personnel worked to free the victims who was charged with driving while intoxicated. Police said the accident is still under investigation but believe speed may have also played a role. The 28-year-old woman is expected to survive. Police said the car traveled off the road, brushed off a number of trees and was tilting on its side. Passerby's, including an off-duty police officer, helped hold the vehicle upright until firefighters arrives. (Gail Ober/Laconia Daily Sun.)

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