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13th Annual Multiculural Festival on Saturday was awesome!

To The Daily Sun,

The 13th Annual Multicultural Festival held last Saturday was awesome! It started off with a bang — some 50 people carrying flags from around the world, led by the Laconia Police, accompanied by a group from Up With People, entered Rotary Park with patriotic music playing in the background! Then the huge cast from Up With People put on an amazing, energetic performance. And that was just the beginning! Truly, it was just an incredible festival.
It was a beautiful day to smell the aromas of so many international foods from our vendors and to see the smiles on the faces of thousands of people attending this signature downtown event.

Of course, none of this would be possible without our many, wonderful volunteers, most of whom began work on the Festival back in January. A huge thank you goes out to Kathy James, Mary Jane Hoey, Muff Walker, Deb Frawley Drake, Umija Gusinac, Arlene & Jim Fortier, Bob Harrington, David Stamps, Matt Souza, Janet Simmons, Len Campbell, Carol Pierce, Larry Frates, Elaine Morrison, Rosemary & Larry Murphy. We so appreciate Bob Luther & Wayne Sanborn for all their work with electrical and sound production. A special thank you to our volunteers that pitched in on festival day: Jane MacDonald, Molly Holman, Jack & Diane Terrill, Peter & Becky Wright, Amy Brown, John Walker, Dick Smith, Don Forsberg & John Gaydos. We are so thankful to Bob Luther & Wayne Sanborn for all their work with electrical and sound production. These people all worked tirelessly behind the scenes making sure everything ran smoothly. To the Belknap County House of Corrections that provided the "muscle" for setting up tables, barricades and tents & then assisting with the cleanup — a HUGE thank you, we couldn't have done it without this help!

The Laconia Human Relations Committee, Laconia Main Street & the Belknap Mill join together to sponsor this community celebration. It is the hard work & support of many people, organizations, businesses and agencies in Laconia and the Lakes Region that lay the foundation for this great celebration of culture. We are proud to honor and thank them. Our enormous gratitude goes out to our major sponsors: Bank of NH, Northway Bank, The Penny Pitou-Milo Pike Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation, Genesis Behavioral Health, Well Sense Health Plan, and Lutheran Social Services. We so appreciate you!

Special thanks are given to the Greek Orthodox Church & the Belknap Mill for use of their tables, Healthlink for allowing us use of their electricity and parking lot, and the City of Laconia: Police Department, Sharon Papart & the "girls at the Finance Department and Paul Moynihan at Public Works, Scott Myers & Mayor Ed Engler. Byron's Septic Services and Waste Management provided those "necessary items" needed for our outdoor festival! Thanks go out to Heather Dominick of Dominick Designs of Alton for creating our beautiful posters and to Body Covers for our great volunteer aprons. Beth San Soucie, we so appreciate all your help at the Mill. And we so appreciate the press coverage provided by the Laconia Daily Sun, Laconia Citizen and the many other news media throughout the state, including LRPA.

Congratulations to all our raffle prize winners and our sincere thanks to our prize contributors: Cactus Jacks/T-bones, Dairy Queen, Fratello's Restaurant, Hair Affair, Our Place Family Restaurant, Sawyers Dairy Bar, Country Cookin' at Lakeside, Shang Hai Restaurant, Prescott's Florists and especially Meadowbrook for the grand prize of 2 tickets.

To produce an event like this requires substantial funding. The Multicultural Festival recognizes with gratitude our program advertisers: Christopher Williams Architects, McLaughlin Law Office, Pike Industries, Travel Health, Community Action Programs, Laconia Kiwanis, China Bistro, Water Street Café, Melcher & Prescott, NAPA Auto Care, Patrick's Pub, Bob Merwin State Farm Insurance, Sunflower Natural Foods, Andrew Hosmer, Martin, Lord & Osman P.A., Belknap Tire, Computer Magic, Stafford Oil, Laurent Overhead Doors, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Lahey Law, Decorative Interiors, Laconia Bicycle Exchange, Water Street Café, Unitarian Universalists, Wedbush, R-F-S Engineering, Misiaszek Turpin, Debbie Cotton, Temple B'nai Israel, Irwin Motors, & Franklin Savings Bank. And to our many patrons and supporters of this wonderful event — our heartfelt thanks for your donations.

To all our wonderful performers at Rotary Park & The Children's Corner stage — thank you so much. There wouldn't be a festival without our great vendors and social service agencies. Thank you all for participating. And lastly & just as important — to all of you that attended, we hope you enjoyed the day and we so appreciate your continued support and encouragement of the Laconia Multicultural Festival. Mark your calendars for next year's date of September 12th! Again, thank you Lakes Region! Follow us on Facebook and check our our new website: laconiamulticulturalfestival.org for some great photos!
Becky Guyer

Multicultural Festival Coordinator

Last Updated on Friday, 12 September 2014 11:08

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Here are names of winners of Belmont Football ATV Raffle

To the Laconia Sun,

Friends of Belmont Football would like to thank the community for a very successful annual ATV raffle fundraiser.

Without the support of individuals and businesses, our Belmont athletes who are currently contributing at the junior varsity football level in Gilford would be in great need of additional financial support. We can't thank you enough.

Here are the winners: First prize: Polaris 4-wheeler ATV, Paul Davis, Canton, Mass. This gentleman was so excited. He could not believe that he won. He said that he never wins anything and was just so excited. Second prize: $250, Laurie Harte, Warner. Third prize, $100, Sean Embree, Belmont. Fourth prize, $50, James Dearborn, Laconia. All winners were very happy to support these athletes.

We would like to thank HK Powersports and Tammy for working with us on this promotion and helping us purchase the ATV.

Special thanks goes to area businesses who acted as ticket agents and/or displayed banners, counter displays, posters, etc., and let us display the 4-wheeler outside their businesses to attract raffle sales: D&D Market, Brookside Pizza ll, Belmont, Winnesquam Market and Deli, Airport Country Store, Gilford, Belmont Village Store.

This fundraiser was, by far, our greatest success. We are nearing one year of fundraising and will be looking forward to our Christmas tree sale this coming season around Thanksgiving. We hope to see you there, and thanks again for all of your support.

Friends of Belmont Football


Last Updated on Thursday, 11 September 2014 11:53

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Thanks for voting for me as a write-in candidate in Grafton 8

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing to thank all of the residents of Hebron, Holderness and Plymouth who voted in Tuesday's Primary, and especially to those who voted for me as a write-in candidate to serve as a New Hampshire State Representative for Grafton House District 8. Thanks so much to everyone who held my signs, asked their friends and neighbors to write my name in on the ballot, and who otherwise supported me at the polls Tuesday. With your help, my name will now appear on the ballot as a Democratic candidate for the New Hampshire House for District 8 in the general election on Nov. 4.

I am truly honored to you have your vote and your support. Thank you.

Of course, the upcoming election is not about helping me. It's about helping New Hampshire. It's about improving public education, access to higher education, and services that benefit all families. It's about promoting good jobs, investing in our future, and promoting the sustainable growth of the state's economy. It's about New Hampshire's natural beauty, something we must protect and conserve.

I will be working hard in the coming weeks to meet with as many residents of Hebron, Holderness, and Plymouth as possible, and to listen to your ideas and your concerns. I am committed to doing my utmost to earn your support and your vote on Nov. 4. I also intend to work in a bi-partisan manner to serve all of the citizens in District 8.

If you are interested in my campaign, would like a yard sign, or would simply like to meet to discuss the many issues we are facing in New Hampshire, feel free to visit my campaign FaceBook page, or call me at 686-0625. I look forward to hearing from you.

Travis Bennett

Candidate for State Representative


Last Updated on Thursday, 11 September 2014 11:50

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Where was John McCain during VA scandal in his own state?

To The Daily Sun,

Re: VA Investigations about Phoenix Deaths, Sunday, Aug., 27. 

I would like to know what Arizona U.S. Senator John McCain, himself a veteran and POW, was doing when all of this was going on in his home state.  All I hear about him was that he was wanted an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice. What about his senatorial duty? 

My friend was station at NAS Norfolk, VA, when senator McCain's Navy jets aircraft had mechanical trouble. My friend Mark told me that McCain, so his aircraft would not crash into populated areas, maneuvered his aircraft seaward and, I believe, ejected safely out of the aircraft which entered into the water. 

Fine he did a smart thing, what did he do while Phoenix VA was needing congregant oversight? NB: Politically I am independent. 

Bill Carberry


Last Updated on Thursday, 11 September 2014 11:38

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Andrew Hosmer's commitment to public service is clear

To The Daily Sun,

I voted for Senator Andrew Hosmer in the primary and I will vote for him in the general election on November 4th. It was so nice to see him at the polls in Gilford. His character and commitment to public service is clear as he engages with constituents — even those who may disagree with him. Every time I see him he always wants to know how I'm doing and if there is anything he can do for me.

I'm supporting Senator Hosmer because he's committed, hard working and a friend of senior citizens. I know he'll continue to look out for what's best for his constituents. I hope you'll give him your support as well.

Muriel Middleton

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 September 2014 11:27

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