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Laconia High School community really helped us recover from fire

To The Daily Sun,

We would like to take a moment to express our family's thanks to the many generous people in our community.

On January 5, our family suffered a devastating loss when our home was lost to fire, along with two of our beloved pets. The generous outpouring of support that we were quickly given, within hours of the fire, was amazing. This generosity continued for days after and our family would just like to say thank you to each and every person who helped during this tragic time. Because of the pure acts of kindness and generosity, our family got through a difficult time a little easier.

While we are extremely thankful to ALL of the people involved, we would like to give an extra special thanks to Laconia High School for all the wonderful things they did to help raise money for our family, and for the way they came together to see what they could do to help — from giving proceeds from the basketball and hockey games to students, faculty and parents bringing in items such as toiletries, blankets, pillow, gift cards and money to help our family. And thanks to Coach Kozens for reaching out by giving us clothing from LHS to help us get through the first few days.

The DeForge Family

Laconia

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Sanbornton Planning Board hearing on senior housing is Monday

To The Daily Sun,

First, I need to tell everyone that although I am chair of the Sanbornton Planning Board, I am not representing the board in this letter. Although they may agree, I did not get their permission to speak for them. I speak as Evelyn Auger, who happens to serve on the board.

On Monday, Feb. 1, the Sanbornton Planning Board will be holding a public hearing on senior housing. Although folks in our town have expressed their support for senior housing for years, two failed attempts of projects to create this housing failed. After the last loss, a past Planning Board put an article in the warrant to remove senior housing from the town's zoning ordinances. The need, desire and support continued however, so the current Planning Board has prepared a new policy and we want to present it and answer your questions.

As the Planning Board is a "land use" board, we can work on many of the uses, sizes, etc. of the land and plan for senior housing. Unfortunately, the issue of financing always comes up in discussions of senior housing. The Planning Board can't tell someone buying land and building a house who or what financing they may or must use and we cannot do so with those building senior housing. It cannot put financial regulations in our zoning ordinances. So please read what we propose, question how and why we got there, for although we understand why everyone wants to control the financing it is not allowed.

Hope to see you Monday.

Evelyn Auger

Sanbornton

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