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Lots of people contributed to success of Dancing with the Stars

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To the editor,

The Main Street Initiative of Laconia, Inc. would like to thank everyone who participated in and came to enjoy the fun of the Dancing with the Community Stars event on March 31't. It was a wonderful event providing some exciting dancing and a great deal of fun and enthusiasm for the crowd and all of the participants. Specifically, we would like to extend our thanks to the custodial staff at the Laconia Middle School, who were efficient, courteous, and extremely ...

To the editor,

The Main Street Initiative of Laconia, Inc. would like to thank everyone who participated in and came to enjoy the fun of the Dancing with the Community Stars event on March 31't. It was a wonderful event providing some exciting dancing and a great deal of fun and enthusiasm for the crowd and all of the participants. Specifically, we would like to extend our thanks to the custodial staff at the Laconia Middle School, who were efficient, courteous, and extremely helpful. Secondly, we would like to thank the dance studios and their directors: Artfest-Erin Lovett Sherman and Oriana Filiault, Stages Dance Academy-Erica Gilbert, Broadway North-Robin Barnes, Frates Creative Arts Center-Amber Greenlaw, and Starry Night Dance Studio-Paul Langley, along with the people who danced: Myles Chase, Ray Feola, Liana Gilbert, Janice Jenkett, Evan Kreitzer, Bill McLane, and Gudron Stanton. Without their commitment and enthusiasm, there would be no dancing, and we thank them all very much!

We also want to thank the Laconia High School Cheerleaders and the children from the Community Center for the great additional entertainment they provided. There is excitement — and then there is excitement — and the cheerleaders provided that to the utmost degree. The special flavor of the children's dancing added to the community character of the whole evening. We also want to thank the following: Pat Kelly and Larry Frates for their wonderful job of announcing the event, Ed Darling for his support with the sound system, Ian Jameson, Melissa McCarthy, and Drew Seneca, our three fantastic judges, Diane Cooper and Ana Gourley, two dancers from last year whose enthusiasm and excitement helped all of us have a wonderful time, Shelly Batchelder, whose decorations added a really nice ambiance to the entire event, and Gail Beane for the posters and tickets.

We would also like to thank All My Life Jewelers, Greenlaw's Music, and all of the dance studios for selling tickets, Sunflower Natural Foods and Ana Gourlay for selling tickets and for the gifts presented to all of the dancers, Prescott Florists for the flowers, Engraving & Awards for the award trophies, the Belknap Mill and Pheasant Ridge Country Club for the pencils, the Galleria Salon & Day Spa, Greenlaw's Music, Hackett & Hill Jewelers, Melcher & Prescott Insurance, My Coffee House, Nassau Broadcasting, Summit Health, the local newspapers, The Citizen, The Daily Sun, and The Weirs Times, and radio stations, WEMJ and WLNH for helping publicize this event, and Dan Darling and Taylor Rental for their efforts in getting the dance floor. We would also like to especially thank all those who helped put this event together — Warren Clement, Bob Harrington, Dave Greenlaw, Jack Batchelder, John Moriarty, Randy Bullerwell, Sue Bullerwell, Charlie Bullerwell, Ana Gourlay and Diane Cooper.

This was a wonderful event that provides absolute certain evidence that this community is an exciting and wonderful place to be. Thanks to everyone for all that you did, and we look forward to next year and another exciting session of Dancing with the Community Stars!

Patrick H. Wood, President

Main Street Initiative of Laconia, Inc.