To The Daily Sun,
I write to thank David Huot for his kind words — all true — regarding a very good man — Rep. Bob Kingsbury. We need to let people know while we are breathing that we find something that should be said now, not later. So Dave Huot, let me say: "You come from good stock" (Mom and Dad). And then, there is your humor!
I wanted to just let it go, but the letter on Tuesday from Joe Adrignola (another good guy) gives me reason to speak out in support of his letter. The new facility for football and other sports is a wonderful addition to our community. Not the school board, not the coaches, and not a youth football team. The new facility belongs to all Laconians, and especially those who pay property taxes in Laconia.
I believe a wrong has taken place regarding who has the concession stand at Sachem games.
Can't we all remember the "shack" with members of Key Club and Kiwanis Club working to make a half-time snack available to all fans.
I will be direct. Why the secrecy of who would be operating the concession at high school football games? Where is the loyalty to the Key/Kiwanis Clubs? Kiwanians do a lot for our community, such as sponsor youth teams in different sports. I invite you to Google Laconia Kiwanis charity work. You will find it is a story of the Roger Ballantyne Memorial MC Ride for charity.Roger was a member of Kiwanis for 30 years. I know he and Jim Fortier were always in the shack. When you read the number of charities Kiwanis is involved in, you, with a heart, will ask, why were they kicked out of the shack for LHS home games? Is this truly about money? School gets $10,000 from the Laconia youth football group that has that kind of money laying around, and that gets them the Friday night concession, and to heck with the Kiwanis and their good work?
By the way, as president of Lou Athanas Youth Basketball League for 10 years, we kept just enough money in bank to begin the following season with new basketballs. How does any league amass $10,000 dollars in the bank to donate? That money came from people who donated to the league. Next year I will not purchase two Sachems cards with great deals from local businesses, and instead donate the money to the Kiwanis Club, with a little extra.