LACONIA — Each latest dilemma was brought to the table at the 405 Restaurant as the LHS '52 Ladies Group met for their monthly luncheon.
There were the most recent surgeries, late night visits to ER, lack of male Mr. Fix-Its, big bucks for small repairs, favorite doctors retiring and woes of many who lost their lights for five days in the last high winds and rain. But the worst had to be Nancy Crutcher’s tale of woe. With the winds howling and noises threatening any quiet passage into sleep, Crutcher moved to a safer zone of her home – the middle, the living room. In little time, she heard the loudest noise as a huge pine tree uprooted at the rear of her house. The top branches arched her front entrance. Boughs were dripping needles and rain through her ceiling where it had fallen . . . across the middle, the living room, her safe comfort zone.
Yet the LHS ’52 Ladies broke bread and smiled, happy to be together. And again this year, they share their thanks with a Thanksgiving donation to the Salvation Army.
Each year, the Salvation Army raises funds with their red-kettle campaign and this year’s 13th annual turkey plunge on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m.
According to Captains Scott and Nora McNeil, all of this money stays in Laconia. Last year, they served more than 16,000 meals; provided more than 9,300 days of transitional housing at its Carey House Shelter - which is the only such facility in all of Belknap County; provided toys to more than 1,600 children during the holidays; filled 6,500 grocery orders; and served more than 1,000 children and teens through camps, clubs and other activities.
Each year, the LHS ’52 Ladies continue their scholarship awards and donations to the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation. Following their Christmas lunch at O Steak & Seafood on December 12th, their annual donation will be presented to St. Vincent de Paul.
Following their monthly luncheon, Mary Walker and Dorothy Duffy of the LHS Class of '52 Ladies Group, present their annual donation to Laconia Salvation Army Captain Nora A. McNeil in time to share Thanksgiving with others. (Courtesy Photo Dorothy Duffy)