Learn about plans to improve Weirs Beach water quality and Lakeside Avenue Friday

LACONIA — City officials will explain plans to improve water quality at Weirs Beach as well as plans for the reconstruction of Lakeside Avenue at two meetings on Sept. 1 at the Weirs Community Center.

• With funding from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, the city will address the drainage in the parking lot and grassy swales at Endicott Rock Park as well as along Lakeside Avenue to treat storm water to reduce the sediment, nutrients and pathogens entering the lake. The meeting offers an opportunity for residents and business owners to learn more about the project and share ideas about how they can contribute to safeguarding and improving water quality for years to come. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Kevin Dunleavy, director of recreation and facilities at 524-5046 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,nh.us.

• At 7 p.m., immediately following the presentation on water quality, members of the Department of Public Works and the engineering team will present an overview of the project to reconstruct and improve Lakeside Avenue which will begin this fall. The plan to bury the overhead utilities, improve the drainage system and remake the streetscape will be presented. City staff will be on hand to field questions and comments from the public. For more information, contact Luke Powell, assistant director of Public Works, at 528-6379 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

– Michael Kitch

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NASCAR pace car and mascot visit winner of essay contest at Gilford Middle School

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

GILFORD — New Hampshire Motor Speedway mascot Milo and the Toyota Camry pace car greeted students on the first day of Middle School Wednesday.

The team from the speedway were there courtesy of eighth-grade student Jacob Guay, who was one of hundreds who wrote an essay over the summer about what the American flag means to him, but was one of just a handful in the state whose essay was a winner.

Jacob, whose father served in the Marine Corps, also plans on serving as a Marine. His favorite subjects are social studies and science.

NHMS spokesman Bill Quigley said the essay contest was part of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway Children's Charities which, according to its website, has donated $250,000 to New Hampshire children since its inception in 2009.

As part of being named a winner in the essay contest, Jacob and his family will get tickets to the Sept. 25 NASCAR New England 300, which is the second chase race for the championship.

Quigley said the essay contest is part of the speedway's commitment to kids and the beginning of a program to provide $10 tickets for children 12 and younger.

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Eighth-grade American flag essay winner Jacob Guay and New Hampshire Motor Speedway mascot Milo stand outside of the Gilford Middle School following an opening-day assembly. (Gail Ober/Laconia Daily Sun)

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Water craft needs tow in Lake Winnisquam

LACONIA — Firefighters responded Tuesday afternoon to a call for help from a man operating a personal watercraft off Shore Drive-in Lake Winnisquam at 12:42 p.m.

Fire Chief Ken Erickson said the pump broke on the craft and it was beginning to sink and take on water. He said the driver called for help.

When firefighters arrived, they commandeered at boat that was along the water but Erickson said a different boater reached the man was was able to pull him aboard his boat and tow the watercraft to the shore.

He said no one was injured and personnel from other communities called to help were returned home.

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