A team of four coworkers from the Laconia City Hall claimed their winnings Wednesday at The Laconia Daily Sun office Wednesday. From left are Tax Collector Lindsey Allen (with the prize container) with her sons Trevor, 6, and Jason, 8; and account clerks Mary Huntoon, Lori Gardiner and Cheryl Hebert (with the prize certificate). (Adam Drapcho/Laconia Daily Sun)
LACONIA — The clues were followed faithfully for weeks by many, and when the final clue was publicized early yesterday, it was a team of four coworkers at the City Hall tax office who managed to solve the puzzle and find the certificate good for $1,000 in The Laconia Daily Sun's Grand Prize contest.
Tax Collector Lindsey Allen and account clerks Mary Huntoon, Lori Gardiner and Cheryl Hebert found the tiny black container stuck to a yellow gate on Seibel Road in Gilmanton by 10 a.m. Wednesday. They plan to split the $1,000.
"We thought at first it would be at the WOW Trail," said Allen.
While many looked at the gate, it wasn't until one of the women touched the gate that the container fell off.
Huntoon added that they searched in a cemetery in the dark, looking for the prize everywhere, early in the morning and late at night. They waited at Sanborn's Auto Repair in the morning to get each clue.
The women praised the contest not just for the fun of the search for the prize, but also for the team-building aspects of learning about the area through the clues presented each week.
"We had a map at work," said Allen, on which they mapped out the possible locations of the prize.
Gardiner said they thought for a bit that the hiding spot was a secret room in the Laconia Public Library.
"It was neat," said Huntoon, likening the hunt to the Easter egg hunts she did as a child.
Now that the prize has been claimed, contest originator Mark Brady will reveal the meaning behind the four-line rhyming clues in the coming weeks in The Sun.
The container containing the certificate good to win the grand prize of $1,000 was attached to a gate at Seibel Road in Gilmanton. (Adam Drapcho/Laconia Daily Sun)
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