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Seaplane crashes into 40° Lake Winnipesaukee

ALTON — A pilot suffered from cold water immersion but escaped without serious injury when his single-engine seaplane crashed and sank on The Broads, north of Rattlesnake Island, on Lake Winnipesaukee at about 12:30 p.m. yesterday.

Vadim Gayshan, 59, of Sudbury, Mass. was found by Marine Patrol officers Joshua Dirth and Philip Carpenter at 12:50 p.m., 20 minutes after the crash was reported, straddling the tail section of the largely submerged plane and waist deep in water. Gaysan was brought aboard the patrol with a throw ring and taken to Glendale, where he was met buy an ambulance from Alton Fire Rescue and transported to Lakes Region General Hospital in Laocnia.

The N.H. Department of Environmental Services (DES) reported the water temperature of the lake was 40 degrees Fahrenheit yesterday.

According to Marine Patrol, Gayshan, a pilot of 13 years whose experience includes two years with seaplanes, told officers he had flown the Cessna T206H from Fitchburg, Mass. He said that he was eying the retreating ice on the lake and flying at a speed of 70 to 80 knots between 300 and 400 feet above the water when he decided to fly "touch and gos," landing on the surface and taking off again without stopping. He said that he misjudged his elevation and the pontoon caught on the water, causing the plane to crash nose first. The plane subsequently sank in 105 feet of water.

Marine Patrol and DES, in partnership with Dive Winnipesaukee of Wolfeboro and Winnipesaukee Marine Construction of Gilford, were working to recover the plane yesterday.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 11:59

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Keys & then car stolen from patron of Belmont fitness club

BELMONT — A woman exercising at a local fitness club had her car stolen Saturday morning, presumably by some one who rifled through her pocketbook while it was in the locker room.

Police said yesterday that a woman called to report her keys were taken from her unlocked gym locker sometime between 9:40 and 11:20 a.m. The victim's pocketbook was not stolen.

When the victim couldn't find her keys, she went into the parking lot and noticed her 2013 Ford Explorer was missing.

The victim had left her cell phone in the car and police were able to trace it to Bellerica, Mass. Belmont Police notified police in both Bellerica and Winchester about the car theft.

During the police response, a second woman reported her keys were stolen from a different unlocked locker at Planet Fitness in the Belknap Mall, however her car was still in the parking lot.

Police again remind people who use public gyms to always put a lock on their locker and to leave valuables at home. They recommended locking any pocketbooks or other valuables in the trunk where they are out of sight of someone walking through the parking lot.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Belmont Police at 603-267-8351.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 01:10

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Tilton officials seek town's oldest resident

TILTON — Seeking to perpetuate a tradition that began more than a century ago, town officials are searching for the town's oldest resident on whom to bestow the Boston Post Cane.

The tradition of the cane originated in 1909 as a promotional gimmick hatched by Edwin Grozier, publisher of the Boston Post newspaper. He sent canes fashioned of ebony from what was then the Belgian Congo and capped in 14 carat gold to the selectmen of 431 towns across New England. Each cane was inscribed "Presented by the Boston Post to the oldest citizen of ________."

The first cane was awarded in Tilton to Joseph L. Thompson, who was born in 1817 during the presidency of James Monroe, in 1909. William Bayley was the last to hold the cane from January 2010 until his passing in October 2013 at 96 years young.

The original Boston Post Cane is on permanent display at the Town Hall and the names of the recipients appear on a plaque on its case. Each recipient receives a replica of the cane, along with a certificate recognizing him or her as the oldest resident.

Nominees must have resided in Tilton for at least ten years, but residency in a nursing home or assisted living facility will not disqualify anyone whose permanent domicile, verified by either voter registration or tax records, remains in Tilton. Should the oldest resident decline to accept the cane, it will be retained by the town until his or her death when a new candidate will be chosen. Candidates or their representative must provide an original or certified copy of their birth certificate and proof of residency.

Nominations, including the name, date of birth, address and telephone number of the nominee as well as the name and contact information of the person making the nomination, should be submitted by letter or e-mail to the Town Clerk at 257 Main Street or to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Nomination must be submitted by May 31.

For further information contact Town Clerk Cindy Reinartz at 286-4425, extension 104.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 April 2014 01:07

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Public hearing scheduled in Belmont for Route 106 and Seavey Road intersection improvements

BELMONT — The N.H. Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing regarding proposed improvements to the intersection of Route 106 and Seavey Road April 29 at 7 p.m. at the Belmont High School.

The costs of improvements to the intersection will come from a federal transportation grant that funds the Highway Safety Improvement Program.

According to DOT Engineer William Dugas, the program provides money to improve intersections that are considered some of the most dangerous in the country.

Selectmen were made aware of the program in spring of 2011 during a meeting held with DOT officials and the local police department.

Dugas said Monday that from the years 2003 through 2012 there have been 16 motor vehicle accidents at the intersection and 15 within 750 feet of it. Fifteen of those crashes resulted in injuries.

During the 2011 meeting, DOT Engineer William Oldenburg reported that one of the problems is that there is no safe place to pass vehicles that have stopped to take a left onto Seavey Road.

Oldenburg also observed that because the high school is on Seavey Road, a number of the drivers on Route 106 and Seavey Road during certain times of day are younger and somewhat inexperienced.

At the public hearing DOT Engineers will present the plans they have made to address the safety issues and take input from the public.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 April 2014 01:06

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