Newfound Lake community will be aglow in remembrance of Zoe

Union Leader Correspondent
September 01. 2017 12:49AM
State Marine Patrol Sgt. Joshua Dirth talks on his cell phone as he looks at a bowrider-style Colbalt boat at the scene where a 12-year-old Colorado girl died in a boating accident in July. (Bea Lewis/Correspondent)

BRIDGEWATER — At dusk today, residents and visitors of the Newfound Lake area are invited to step outside and light a “glow stick” in remembrance of Zoe Anderson, a young girl who died in a boating accident in July.

Garlyn Manganiello, owner of Basic Ingredients Bakery in Bristol, and Becca Boudreau, thought up the event and have made glow sticks available at many area businesses for people to purchase by donation. The proceeds will go to the New Hampton Community Church to help children in many different ways including summer camp scholarships and mission trips.

“Zoe would ‘high five’ that!,” said her paternal grandmother Marcia Anderson. Both she and her husband, Jerry, regularly attend the New Hampton Church and credit the congregation with helping their family and the community cope with the July 17 tragedy.

Several local photographers who own drones have agreed to fly them around the area, capturing the groups of people who are encouraged to gather and offer warm thoughts and prayers for Zoe’s parents in Colorado, and loved ones in their own families who are no longer here.

To date, more than 2,000 glow sticks have been purchased and boaters have decorated their vessels. Mrs. Anderson said she plans to decorate her lakeside deck. The event is scheduled to run from 8 to 11 p.m.

Zoe, 12, was fatally injured when she was struck at slow speed by the boat that her father Sherwood Anderson was piloting. He had circled back to bring her the tow rope after she had fallen while waterskiing when he was momentarily distracted when a gust of wind blew his hat off.

The girl’s mother and older sister were also aboard the boat at the time of the accident, according to officials. The family visiting Anderson’s parents were able to get Zoe out of the water and called 911. A medical helicopter rushed to the scene, but she died before she could be transported.

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