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Thanks to the many thousands who passed through our doors

To The Daily Sun,

We had a great and humbling run.

Lori and I wanted to take this last opportunity to thank the thousands of members, staff and the community at large for the honor of serving you for the last 24 years. Although we would have loved to have ended our "tour of duty" with a different outcome, it doesn't take away from the wonderful memories and good works we shared for almost a quarter of a century.

It's amazing and sometimes overwhelming to think of all of the people, events, accomplishments and the challenges that have occurred, and how they have all enriched our lives forever. We refuse to let the recent events diminish our record of service and gratitude. As many have stated, Laconia Athletic & Swim Club was more than a business. It was a vibrant, living community asset. And there were literally thousands of people, along with our family, that can claim a stake in this beautiful adventure.

We would like to thank the tens of thousands of members and guests who passed through our doors with hope, laughter and kindness in their hearts. You all have collectively reinforced to us that goodness will always prevail over darkness. Together we shared the belief that caring for others with dignity and respect is not only honorable but simply the right thing to do.

Lori and I were just two players from an amazing team of thousands of your neighbors who we fondly called Team LASC. Obviously, we could never have reached the heights of success and the "positively fun Mojo spirit" without our wonderful staff. You guys not only helped us realize our dream, but touched us deeply with your dedication, professionalism and loving heart.

The negatives of life, namely selfishness, greed, carelessness and indifference are always in some way present in our lives, but they have no value. Bitterness has no place here. We can easily discard them when we search for worth and meaning in our lives. What truly endures, what sustains us as we take stock in our personal treasures, are the gifts of love and kindness that we have been blessed to receive. This will always be our choice.

We look forward to the reopening of 827 North Main St. and all of the possibilities it will have to offer you. We truly wish the new owners and the management team of the Executive Health Sports Center much success with their new endeavor. We are hopeful that with all of their resources, partnering with this wonderful community, the birth of a new and vibrant community asset can be realized again.

Lori and I are moving on to new adventures with excitement, mixed in with a little bit of apprehension, by the way . . . actively looking for employment, just saying.

Lori & "Young" Tom Oakley


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Pine Gardens tenants' association to meet again on April 23

To The Daily Sun,

Tenants of Pine Gardens Uniting Neighbors (TOPGUN) Association will be having a meeting on April 23 at 10 a.m. at the Belknap County Complex, at 34 County Drive in Laconia.

This meeting is for those residents living within the Pine Gardens Mobile Home Park in Belmont, who are already members of the TOPGUN Association. If you are not a member, but are interested in joining our tenants' organization, please contact us and we will get a Membership Application to you.

We will also be accepting membership applications the morning of the meeting from 9:30 a.m. until the meeting starts. Pine Gardens management and/or employees are not welcome to attend these meetings.

For additional information, please email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to seeing you all again.

David Estes, President

David Thomson, Vice President

Simone Henderson, Treasurer

Judy Estes, Secretary

Julie Woodbury, Tenant Representative

Pine Gardens Uniting Neighbors Assoc.

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