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L. Michael Hatch (11-30) 168 VETERANS

To The Daily Sun,

Along with many other veterans, I would like to thank the owners of Fratello's and Homestead Restaurants for their complimentary prime rib dinner for veterans on Nov. 14th. I was able to bring my best friend, Edgar Powell, a retired Air Force
lt. colonel pilot. Ed is from Moultonboro and is best known as "Apple Ed." As always the food was excellent and service the best.

At a time we have million dollar NFL quarterbacks who refuse to honor Our National Anthem and kneel instead, colleges that take down our American flag and ban it from being on campus, and, last but not least, a Veterans Administration that cares more about itself than the deserving veteran, It is so nice to see there are people who do respect the veteran and prove it by their actions.
I want you to know all of U.S. veterans want to let you know how much we appreciate your generosity.
L. Michael Hatch
U.S. Navy, Hospital Corpsman

Meredith

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Thank you so much! We're already planning next year's Santa Shuffle

To The Daily Sun,

On Sunday, the 1st Annual Santa Shuffle to benefit the Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region was held. Despite the cold temperature, we had over 75 people show up to participate! Needless to say we were ecstatic about the turnout. There was no registration fee but donations were gladly accepted. We also held a raffle, organized by Lisa Green Barber and her husband Mitch, with several prizes. Prizes were donated by Jennifer's Color Bar, All My Life Jewelers, Local Eatery, The Downtown Gym, Happy Cow Ice Cream, Let Them Eat Cake, Laconia Village Bakery and Wayfarer. Donuts were donated by Goody Good Donuts and Water Street Care donated hot chocolate and muffin tops for participants. Special thanks to Lakes Region Tri Club, Tritanium Sports, Boulia Gorrell, Laconia Police Department and Alan and Jennifer Beetle for all the extras needed to pull this event off.

Special thanks to those folks who rolled up their sleeves to help out including Marnell DiLorenzo, Sharon Trombley and friends, Lisa and Mitch Green-Barber, Trish, Mark, Ella and Jake Tryon, Janine and Bob Page, Katie Pierson, Chris and Janelle McCarthy, Lisa and Anna Cochran, Brandee Loughlin, Cricket Basha and Karen Bobotas. The Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region could not have pulled this event off without the help of The Downtown Gym. With all this help we were able to raise $1,248 for the Santa Fund which will be used to continue our effort to make sure no children in the Lakes Region are cold this winter. We have help over 650 children so far this winter and the cold weather has just begun.

Thanks again to all the folks who showed up to make this event such a success. We are already planning next year's event so mark your calendar and tell your friends. Let the holidays begin!

Janet Brough
Board member
Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region

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