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On June 5 we will be saying thank you and farewell to patrons of our East Alton Store

To The Daily Sun,

As our journey at the East Alton General Store comes to an end, we would like to thank the Alton community for the wonderful experience and absolute pleasure it has been serving such great people. From winning the "Best Convenience Store in the Lakes Region" (due to your votes sent in to The Citizen after we had only been open three months), through a hard winter with little snow or ice that normally brings much needed business, all of you kept us going — making us bigger and better!

Your passion and support for us running the store is humbling and so very much appreciated. We took a big leap leaving a large corporate job of 25 years, selling our home, and taking on a business that had been seasonal only for the past 10 years. With three tough competitors that had key high traffic locations in town, we wanted to set our store apart from the others. Our goal was to combine the love of an old-fashioned general store providing quality, local home-made goods at reasonable prices with the newer interests of specialty markets providing organic produce, grass-fed meats, fine cheeses and craft brews. Your continued patronage made our goal a successful reality which proved to be a worthwhile and rewarding venture.

Please join us on Sunday, June 5, for a customer appreciation day as our way of saying thank you and farewell. We will have food, drinks and prize giveaways (that we had been saving for our grand opening) and special sale prices to clear out any remaining inventory.

Douglas Vincent

Donna Goulden


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New Beginnings thanks you for support of our carnation sale

To The Daily Sun,

On behalf of New Beginnings-Without Violence and Abuse, we want to thank our generous sponsors of our Mother's Day Carnation Sale in 2016.

With their support, the event raised funds for victim services, which ensures that victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence and stalking in Belknap County receive assistance. Their participation allows us to fund new initiatives, enhance existing support programs, recruit passionate volunteers and maintain our shelter.

New Beginnings, the only domestic violence and sexual assault crisis center in Belknap County, has spent the last 25 years advocating and supporting victims and their families. We are proud to provide thoughtful and trauma-informed services to all our clients. Without the funds raised from our Mother's Day Carnation Sale our organization would not be able to continue our services to the community. Services, which are confidential and free of charge, include crisis intervention, support and advocacy, in-person response to victims and survivors at medical facilities, law enforcement agencies and schools, court, systems and social service advocacy, shelter for those fleeing violence and support groups for all ages.

As New Beginnings enters its 25th year of serving the Lakes Region community, the organization renews its commitment to its mission: Ending sexual, domestic, and stalking violence through the provision of safe and effective services, including emergency refuge and support; and works toward social change by promoting an effective community response to violence.

Our sponsors' contributions are not just a charitable contribution, but is also an opportunity to raise awareness of these issues and the services we provide. Without the support of people like them, we would not be able to reach our goals.

We give a heartfelt thank you to all those who purchased and the following businesses:

Laconia House of Pizza, Hannaford in Gilford, Shaws in Gilford and Belmont, Hector's Fine Food and Spirits, 99 Restaurant in Tilton, The Home Depot in Tilton, Laconia Village Bakery, Upper Crust Pizzeria in Tilton, Meredith Mobil Station, Meredith Village Savings Bank, SunDay's Salon & Spa, Sunflower Natural Foods, J Jill, and Bank of New Hampshire.

Aileen Castillo, and the

New Beginnings Staff


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