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Laconia MS Walk hosted 75 participants and raised over $10,000

To The Daily Sun,

On behalf of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater New England Chapter, we would like to thank the following local businesses for their generous support of the Laconia MS Walk 2016: Annie's Cafe & Catering, Laconia; Domino's Pizza, Laconia; Hannaford's Supermarket, Gilford; Market Basket, Tilton; Snyder's Lance, Laconia; Sal's Pizza, Laconia; and The 99, Tilton.

These local businesses helped provide food and beverage items for all participants in the Laconia MS Walk 2016.

The Laconia MS Walk 2016 hosted about 75 walkers and raised over $10,000. Thank you to all of you who walked and/or donated to this event.

Funds from this event will support research into the cause and cure of multiple sclerosis. The money raised will also fund community-based education, support and advocacy within Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. The NMSS Greater New England Chapter responds to the needs of the nearly 19,000 individuals and their families who are confronted every day by the many challenges of living with multiple sclerosis, empowering them with the resources to maintain independence and to live their lives as fully as possible.

Thank you for joining the movement to create a world free of MS. We appreciate all of the help that these local businesses have provided.

Colleen Akerman
Laconia MS Walk 2016 Committee Member

Belmont

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I'm running for state rep for Belmont; please help me right this ship

To The Daily Sun,

In recent years we have been watching the people who represent us in Concord and Washington care more about political parties and agendas than us. Not all leaders are like that, but it has become clear we need ordinary people to represent our interests. It's time we start focusing on what's important to our families, our communities and our way of life because if we don't, something else will be the priority.

I was born and raised in New Hampshire. My adult life, including raising my family and enjoying my grandchildren, has been spent here in the Lakes Region. My home in Belmont is my eighth in town and I am proud to say that I was involved in our school system and helped fight for our wonderful new high school, our renovated middle school, and I did my fair share of volunteering throughout my children's school years in Belmont.

I'm also proud to say that I've served you for more than two decades in my professional capacity and I can say with confidence that our most serious issues are far more complex than your average politician wants to admit when they're looking for your vote. Unlike another candidate running for state representative in Belknap District 6, I didn't move here to change our politics or follow my own political agenda. I'm here because this is my home and I love this state more than I could possibly tell you.

We're better than the representation we've been getting. We deserve people who work across political parties and ideology to make good things happen. I support healthy communities, laws that help move the state forward so that we all have a decent chance of thriving throughout life and retiring with dignity and independence. I support checks and balances that are as reasonable and responsible as what we would do within our own families or businesses.

I still have a good many years in the workforce and I have family members from infants to seniors. You can bet that if you give me the honor of serving you, I'll never forget that representing you is about us together, not about politics.

Please help me right our political ship. Please stand with me to put a stop to the shenanigans and extremist views that have taken over public policy-making. Most of us live our lives, raise our families, and conduct our business somewhere in the middle — in our great community and without some tether to a political agenda. Let's help ratchet down the rhetoric, restore sanity, and get into productive mode for our future. We are worth it.

Diana Lacey

Candidate for State Representative, Belknap 6

Belmont

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