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Turn Up The Heat fundraiser met $10,000 goal. Thanks for your help

To The Daily Sun,

When the reduction of federal funds for fuel assistance was announced in the fall of 2010, six friends discussed how they might lend a helping hand to their neighbors. A fundraising committee was formed and included members from Meredith, Center Harbor, and Moultonborough. Today the committee has expanded to 14 members. Thus, the Turn Up the Heat fuel fundraiser originated.

Raising $10,000 was the goal set to be divided evenly among the towns of Meredith, Center Harbor, and Moultonborough. Through the generosity of local businesses, civic and community organizations, donations from individuals, and those who attended the thank you event that goal became a reality. That same goal was set for the next annual events with even more support from the local community and beyond.

On Monday, Feb. 6, the sixth annual February Fuel Raiser thank you event will be held in the Oval Room at Church Landing, Meredith. Musical entertainment will be donated by Geoff Cunningham. Committee members include Sandy Condojani, Jeanie Forrester, Carol Gerken, Julie Gnerre-Bourgeois, Tuffy Hamblet, Jodie Herbert, Bonnie Hunt, Terry Jutton, Diane Lane, Barbara Lauterbach, Renee Speltz, Sandy Sullivan, Jacki Taylor, and Cyndi Troop.

Major sponsors include Altrusa International Club of Meredith, Bank of New Hampshire, The Common Man, Bob and Sharon Cormier, DAK Financial, E.M. Heath Inc., Giuseppe's Pizzeria & Ristorante, Chip and Wendy Harris, Inns & Spa at Mill Falls, Lovering Volvo, Melcher & Prescott Insurance, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Meredith Rotary Club, Miracle Farms Landscaping, Municipal Resources, Inc., New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, Pemi Glass, The Shamrock Companies, and Justin and Courtney Van Etten.

For those wishing to make a donation, please make checks payable to: Latchkey Charities, (a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization), and mail to P O Box 176, Meredith, NH 03253. Donations are tax-deductible.

The committee is already planning next year's event and hopes to increase the goal for our neighbors in need for 2018.

Carol F. Gerken, Volunteer

Turn Up the Heat Planning Committee

Meredith

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From inflamed rehetoric, I wouldn't have guessed Alan's a happy man

To The Daily Sun,

Alan Vervaeke, a frequent contributor to The Daily Sun, suggested sometime back he was an "independent." Others before him have used the same ruse. The purpose is to trick readers into thinking they posses the intellect and IQ to see both sides of every issue always having the right answer. Let me say if Alan is an independent, Obama is a white, conservative and Trump eats lunch every day under the golden arches.

Alan just doesn't get it. In the final analysis, the voting booth is the sorting machine for competing ideas. Alan's ideas can be seem dependably on the wrong side of that booth. Alan is as sorehead, sour-grapes loser as any person that writes to this paper. For a man who suggests he is a "happy family man living in Gilford" one wouldn't recognize it from his inflamed rhetoric — even more bitter since Nov. 7, continually blathering, bitching, blaming, (always Republicans) complaining and demonizing others even after the voters have spoken. If that's a "happy man" who would Alan be unhappy? Hitler, Castro? My best guess, Putin, always threatening his neighbors with his views of the world.

Alan is now sputtering a new vendetta with a new vengeance, wanting to know how Trump is going to make good on all his promises while reducing debt. Where was Alan's Vervaeke's concern when Obama promised to put a "turkey in every oven," create prosperity, and heal a divided nation. Obama left office stuffing a $20 trillion mortgage note in our kids Christmas stockings to pay off. Obama screws our kids with the fiscal austerity pain to buy our country back.

Obama did accomplish one feat. He turned every multimillionaire into a billionaire. Obama's out-of-control spending even managed to get our pristine credit rating downgraded for the first in our 200 year history. Where was Alan's outrage for those economic fiascos and injustices?

That's is Obama's economic legacy to America. The rich, richer, the poor, poorer. A world far more dangerous and a country far more violent, desperate, disgusted, depressed, hate-filled and divided, while Alan does all he can to exacerbate that hate and division.

Trump isn't even in office, all of a sudden Alan "grows a brain," demanding Trump be held fully accountable out 10 decimal points. The man is laughable. There is no wondering why Democrats are as "out of office" across this entire country as they have been in a century. Vindictive, claptrap sputtering machines like Alan assures that outcome.

Tony Boutin
Gilford

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