To The Daily Sun,
Lakes Region Better Together Steering Committee wishes to thank the many hands that made our Annual Celebration such a wonderful event! Lakes Region Food Network collaborated with us to coordinate many local farmers who donated fresh, local produce and poultry for a variety of delicious soups for dinner. Karen & Tom Barker and Aaron Lichtenberg were the master soup chefs that donated their time and talent. They created homemade Chicken, Squash Bisque, White Bean & Kale, and Minestrone Soups. Kevin Halligan donated the use of the kitchen at Laconia Village Bakery and also provided fresh salad and rolls for the event. The farm(ers) who contributed included: Krebs Farm (Sanbornton), Winnipesaukee Woods Farm (Alton Bay/Gilford), Minglewood Farm (Laconia), Evandale Farm (Pittsfield), Beans & Greens (Gilford), Big Banana (Laconia) and Shephard's Hut (Gilford). This effort is a fine example of how local communities can work together to create healthy food choices from area farmers.
This year's celebration highlighted Stand Up Laconia, a Better Together action group. They offered an insightful and inspiring message on the importance of the issues surrounding drugs and alcohol in our schools and our communities and what we can do to make a change. Contributions from the N.H. Charitable Foundation (Tym Rourke) and Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health, were included, as well. We are also grateful for Lakes Region Community Services who provided the space for us to share these stories.
Additionally, Lakes Region Child Care Services were very creative with the centerpieces. Children individually hand wrote the words "Together" and filled glass jars with stones, celebrating how "together, we can make a difference".
We welcome your presence and wish all of you a healthy Holiday season!
Lakes Region Better Together Steering Committee