To The Daily Sun,
On behalf of 'Spot 2' (name given to co-coordinator Ann Saltmarsh in Dalmation garb) and myself, we extend a shout-out to the community for supporting our beloved pooch parade.
Beginning with my employer Melcher & Prescott Insurance, Ann's employer, Laconia Public Works, and the WOW Trail Board, right on down to every volunteer who managed the approximate 200 attendees, we express our sincere appreciation.
Special thanks to the ladies of the Opechee Inn: Michelle Dupont and Annie Boissoneault for once again loaning us their property, and to the Laconia Fire Department for loaning us their newest ladder truck.
This year's recipients, Laconia PD K-9 Unit and Gilford PD K-9 Unit, were supported with the registrations and donations. I am proud to report that each unit received $675 toward their canine expenses.
This event runs smoothly, thanks not only to Ann but to Janet Brough from SAU 30, and Kevin Dunleavy, director of Laconia's Parks and Recreation.
It would be difficult to get the word out if it weren't for four amazing editors: Krista Marrs (Citizen), Ed Engler (Laconia Daily Sun), Erin Plummer (Gilford Steamer), and Meghan Siegler (Hippo) and their reporters who gave us great coverage. And for three great schools: Holy Trinity, Woodland Heights, Gilford Elementary, for their art work.
Our business sponsors: "Top of the Heap" four years in a row: Hali Dearborn, Eptam Plastics. Gold Sponsors: Lake Opechee Inn & Spa; Jodie Herbert, Inns at Mill Falls; Steve & Nanci Jorgenson, AKA Tool; the Beetle family, Patrick's Pub; Steve Smith Associates; Cindy Hemeon-Plessner of MVSB; Dave and Yvette of 405 Pub & Grill; Bill & Paul of Stealth. Silver Sponsors: Ken & Lois, Franklin Savings Bank; Mike, Tilton Vet; Chris, Fratello's; Sarah, Body Covers; and long-time BW supporter, Gil — big thank you.
Our devoted vendors: Brendon, My Coffee House; Jill Baron Trimble Illustrator; Kelly, Doggone-It-Training; Alix Marcoux, Homeward Bound; Suzi, the Basket Lady; Ginny of Happy Tails Dog Park; Marilee of NHHS with Lisa of VCA; Dottie of Animal Vibe. New vendors: Cristy and Danielle of Four Paws Inn; Beth, Meredith Emergency Vet Hosp; Ken Hassan, Casey Jones Bones; Dr. Valerie Lunnon, DC; Elaine Morrison; and of course, Aaron Bassett of Burrito Me for much-needed water stations (Woof!).
Special thanks to: our emcee Pat Kelly of Binnie Media, who kept things organized and on track; Father Alan from St. Andre Bessette Parish for his blessings; our photographers Rodney and Bonnie; our judges: Jeanie Forrester, Ed Engler, Mike Seymour, Patrick & Kyle Gandini; our face painters, Bonnie and her girls; and Diane and Andrea for introducing our newest event, Wag-It Games. Thanks also to Big Cat Coffee. Deep appreciation to Caroline Drouin for her faithful support in distributing posters; Ryan and Tony from LHS Band for leading our parade; Interlakes Animal Hospital and the Insurance Outlet for their sign support; Troop 13140 for "poo patrol;"; and to Brett and Bethany of Laconia Pet Center for their generosity in providing our contest prizes and more.
Last but not least: Our Balloon Ladies, Holly and Gail.
See you next year.
Community Relations Coordinator
Melcher & Prescott
(a/k/a 'Spot 1')