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Indoor yard sale will benefit Meredith Emergency Food Pantry

To The Daily Sun,

It's that time of year again. The Meredith Emergency Food pantry uses its own funds to fill the shelves in preparation for the holidays. It can be a monthly bill of around $3,000 for the food pantry. The pantry cannot survive on the account funds alone; it needs donations.

There are many, many families in need of assistance and part of being a community is to reach out and support in any way we can. With that being said, the caring educational people of the Inter-Lakes school system would like to assist.

The Inter-Lakes Education Association (ILEA) and the Inter-Lakes Support Staff Association (ILSSA) are now planning the sixth annual Indoor Yard Sale. These associations are the teachers and para-educators of the Inter-Lakes School District.

The food pantry is in need of help. Therefore, 100 percent of the money from the yard sale will be donated to the food pantry.

In addition to many donated items there will also be baked goods and specialty baskets for sale.

Please support this yard sale to help families in need as the holidays approach. Let's all chip in to make this event a successful one. Last year we raised $2,600 for the pantry. Over the past five years we have raised in excess of $11,000.

The indoor yard sale will be Sunday, Oct. 18. This event will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Inter-Lakes Elementary School in the multi-purpose room. The elementary school is located behind Inter-Lakes High School (Laker Lane) off Route 25 in Meredith.

Donations for the yard sale may be dropped off at Inter-Lakes Elementary School on Friday, Oct. 16, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. or on the morning of the yard sale Sunday, Oct. 18, from 7 to 8 a.m. (no electronics).

If anyone would like to bring a non-perishable item, we will have a collection box that will go to the food pantry after the event. Any questions, feel free to contact Alesia Parks at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Meredith Emergency Food Pantry is located at 147 Main St. and is open for donations Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please call 279-1115 for any other information.

Alesia Parks

ILEA Member

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We need lawmakers committed to fighting our addication problem

To The Daily Sun,

Laconia set a shining example last week as its leaders — Police Chief Chris Adams, Officer Eric Adams, Horizons Counseling's Jacqui Abikoff, Stand Up Laconia's many representatives, and state Sen. Andrew Hosmer — described the city's innovative leadership in combating addiction to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin. The city is a model that others follow in reforming policing, offering peer mentoring and providing a supportive recovery community.

Those assembled at the Boys and Girls Club also heard two stories of a system that has failed, resulting in heartbreaking loss for two families. All of us in the room were moved by these parents' bravery and huge losses.

Hillary Clinton described to those in attendance her plan to combat drug and alcohol addiction and meet mental health needs, a plan developed in response to the needs she heard outlined in her first visits to New Hampshire on the campaign trail. All the speakers outlined the same needs: recovery centers, mental health beds, school partnerships.

The requirement that all these proposals have in common is one thing: adequate funding. We must keep in mind that our legislature's Republican leadership routinely rejects federal funding — even when it is free as in the case of Medicaid expansion — or presents budgets that cut the very services every single speaker cited as critical in the fight against addiction. When school budgets are cut, drug counselors get cut. When the state budget stalemate was on hold, 10 mental health beds at New Hampshire Hospital were on hold.

Hillary Clinton's laudable plan to fight addiction in New Hampshire and beyond will not get far here unless we elect legislators all the way down the ticket who want to fight this problem where it starts: in our schools, on our streets and through our health care delivery system. In a presidential election year, please remember that your candidate cannot get her agenda implemented without support from your representatives in Congress, at the statehouse and at the county level. It is up to New Hampshire voters to make sure her plan has a chance to succeed.

Kate Miller


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