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Sled dog club has many to thank for success of annual auction

To The Daily Sun,
On December 3, the Lakes Region Sled Dog Club held its 16th annual auction to raise funds for the World Championship Sled Dog Derby, scheduled for February 12, 13, 14, 2016. This derby holds the distinction of being the longest running sled dog race in the world. It is with the generous support of the citizens of the Lakes Region and patrons of our auction that we are able to keep sled dog racing alive in Laconia.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who made our auction such a great event and we appreciate your help in keeping the "Greatest Show on Snow" running.

Contributors were: Shea Concrete, Stamping Technologies, Inn Season Resorts, Devin Jewelers, Inc., Curt's Caterers, Norvik Kennels, Del R. Gilbert & Son Block Co., John H. Lyman and Sons, Inc., Lahey Landscaping, Ambrose Bros., Fashion Forward Salon, Greg Miner, Belknap Tire & Auto Repair, Bank of NH, Watermark Marine Systems, Amoskeag Beverages, Jackie's Boutique, Fisher Auto Parts-Laconia, MB Tractor & Equipment, Cybertron, Water Industries, Sanel Auto Parts-Laconia, George's Diner, Airport Country Store & Deli, Jordan Equipment, Pheasant Ridge Golf Club, Eileen & David Burnell, Mill Falls at the Lake, Gunstock Mountain Resort, Winnipesaukee Truck, Repair Service of New England, Lowes Home Improvement, Fairfield Inn by Marriot-Concord, Christmas Island Steakhouse, Sidney Frank Importing Co., All Brite Cleaning & Restoration, E.J Prescott-NH, The Local Eatery, Piche's Ski & Sport, Smoke N' Barley, Mill Street Meat Market, Gilford Hills Tennis & Fitness Club, Granite State Glass, Fratello's Italian Grille-Laconia, Michie Corp, Nutter Enterprises, Inc., Center Harbor Diner, Patrick's Pub & Eatery, Terry Wilson USPTA, Boulia Gorrell Lumber Co., HK Powersports, His & Her Hair Company, LLC, Laconia Car Wash, Stafford Oil Company, Trustworthy Hardware, Back Bay Clothing, Hart's Turkey Farm Restaurant, Winni Paw Station, Winni Girl, King Of Klean, J.P. China Restaurant, No Weare Else Jewelry, Water Street Café, Auctioneer: Jessie Thompson, Runners/Volunteers: Ashley Conrad, Alicia Lyman, Abigail Lyman, Chrissy Green, Heather Mather, Libby Winn, LuAnn Walsh, Gem Parsons, Katt Stewart, Peter Colbath, Mona Hafner, & Sue Magnuson.

Thank you to ALL the volunteer members of LRSDC.

Jennifer Hollows

Lakes Region Sled Dog Club

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Off season, Wolfeboro reaches into very abyss of 'podunkville'

To The Daily Sun,

In response to Mr. Wibel's recent letter, I would point out that it is fine to take pot shots at the writers of letters to the editor and quite another thing to cast aspersions on the towns where they reside. While his Podunk town of Wolfeboro may be able to call themselves during the Summer months, "The Oldest ('White') Summer Resort in America", we are now in a season where it reaches into the very abyss of podunkville. "RURAL Gilford," on the other hand, has the liability of, in the same current season, hosting one of the most vulnerable and target rich venues for a terrorist inspired-attack in all of central New Hampshire.

New Hampshire is for tax advantages hosting large contingents of airline pilots and flight attendants. I am sure there are near as many of those residing in Wolfeboro as here in the greater community of "rural" Gilford/Laconia/Belmont/Gilmanton, where we have the advantages of near access to the interstate corridor, a nationally ranked concert venue, and many diverse choices for our shopping and entertainment. That concert venue yet another target rich location for terror in the Summer months. It is only by luck of the draw that we did not lose one of those local airline workers on 9-11.

If you are ever in Gilford, I would invite you to stop at Dr Garfinkle's on Houndsel Ave. and pause to contemplate the 9-11 memorial in the building's entranceway. Among those names are Stephen Gordon Ward, of Cantor Fitzgerald. Gordon Ward his father, was one of my college professors. Also find John "Jay" Corcoran, who was one of my professional colleagues. There is hardly a town in New England where we do not find people who were personally effected by the loss of a friend, colleagues and or their close relatives on 9-11, in addition to some who just had close calls. So much for implying that there is some safety advantage from terror in "rural Gilford.

As far as endorsements of Mr. Albushie's apparent political affiliations, I would point out a further geographical advantage for Belknap County vs. Carroll County. Carrol has four members of its legislative delegation being registered Democrats. Belknap county does not, to Mr Albushie's consternation, have any Democrats in our state representative delegation.

Tim Sullivan

Gilford

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