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We urge you to vote for Bev Lapham for Meredith selectman

To The Daily Sun,

After vacationing in Meredith for more than 50 years, we moved here permanently several years ago. The town has changed in many ways over those years, but our love for it has not. It is important to us that Meredith continues to be the great vacation destination and place to live that it is.

Bev Lapham is the man to guide our town into the future. He, too, loves Meredith. This can be seen in the way he has participated as first a business owner and now as a volunteer.

Bev moved to Meredith in 1988. He bought Village Canvas which is now run by his son. Prior to that he had a successful career in banking.

As a volunteer Bev is a member of Rotary, recently having served as president. He is a Trustee and the Treasurer of the Union Church of Meredith Neck. Additionally, he is a Board member of the Greater Meredith Program. Through this organization he has been involved in creating the lakeside walkway that connects Scenic and Hesky Parks, the Courtyard on Main Street and the Community Center garden. Currently he is chairman of the Meredith Sculpture Walk Committee, a town asset that has garnered recognition from far and wide.

All this involvement has given Bev the opportunity to interact with residents, business owners and town employees. As a selectman he will continue to move Meredith forward while maintaining what makes our town so great.

We urge you to vote for him for Meredith Selectman on Tuesday, March 10.

Rick & Lissa Goodby


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I have served Gilford community on School Board for 22 years

To The Daily Sun,

My name is Susan Allen, and I am running for re-election of a three-year seat on the Gilford School Board. I have been honored to serve the Gilford community for the past 22 years, as well as serve in different capacities on the New Hampshire School Board Association. I do not take this responsibility lightly and I believe my experience is a valuable asset to the School District and community.

Professionally, I have been a real estate paralegal for the past 30 years and continuously have heard buyers and current residents of Gilford echo the words, "We moved to Gilford because of the schools." Those words speak volumes. I have been a resident of this wonderful community for 35 years, and I, too, moved to Gilford because of the schools.

The Gilford School District has so much to be proud of. Our school district focuses on individualized learning — meeting the needs of every student. I have been fortunate to volunteer at the elementary school in my granddaughter's class and witnessed first-hand how our exemplary staff is differentiating instruction to meet the needs of our learners, utilizing modern forms of technology and best practices. This continues to be a focus and is something I believe very strongly in because every student learns at a different pace.

In addition to supporting the growth of our students, continued effort to provide valuable professional development for our staff is crucial. Gilford continues to be in the forefront of transitioning instruction to align with new initiatives, balancing mastery with rigor and depth. I am proud of the effort our staff and administration has displayed, as well as the vision established to continue work in this area.

Community service has become an important part in all our schools. Giving back to the community is a message that we hope to instill in all our students. I have and will continue to endorse making this a crucial part of our students' education.

We are so fortunate to have a dedicated staff and supportive community that play a vital role in nurturing our students.

I would appreciate your vote on March 10 so I can continue the work we have started.

Susan D. Allen


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