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Our town is better for Bill Gage having made choice to live here

To The Daily Sun,

I was saddened to learn recently that Dr. Bill Gage had passed away.

Dr. Gage had already been in practice in Laconia for 25 years when I arrived here in 1985. He was "old school"... a pleasant and kind man to deal with as a colleague, always quick with a joke but professional and an excellent surgeon. He always treated me kindly even though I was a wet-behind-the-ears newbie in town.

Dr. Gage practiced here for nearly 40 years, a span that I have to really admire, having made it to 31 years myself. Many of our friends and neighbors are alive now due to having been under the care of those who have left us — men like Bill Gage and his friend Elliott Hastings.

Our town is much the better for their choice to have lived and worked here in Laconia. I just want us all to remember all the now-retired or passed nurses and doctors and all their sacrifices.

John M. Grobman, M.D.


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Please join us at the 13th WOW Sweepstakes Ball on May 21

To The Daily Sun,

On Saturday, May 21, we will be hosting the 13th WOW Sweepstakes Ball at the Lake Opechee Inn, Spa and Conference Center. This event, presented by Meredith Village Savings Bank, is an important fundraiser, helping to fund the ongoing expansion and maintenance of the trail. The WOW Sweepstakes Ball has raised over $300,000 to date to help fund this exciting project.

What is the WOW Sweepstakes Ball? Well, it's not a ball in the "wear fancy clothes" sort of way. It's a ball in that it is super fun, has great food and entertainment, and the proceeds will support a great cause — the WOW Trail.

In addition, a WOW Ball ticket gives you a chance to win one of 10 cash prizes, including the Grand Prize of $10,000. You do not need to be present to win.

Casual attire is cool. Shorts and flip-flops are fine with us, but you might want to be prepared for dancing. Your $100 ticket includes admission and buffet dinner for two, entertainment with Phil N The Blanks, and one entry into the sweepstakes. Only 300 tickets will be sold.

Please show your support of the WOW Trail by purchasing a ticket. Tickets are available at Patrick's Pub & Eatery or on-line at

For more information about the WOW Trail go to or become a friend of the WOW Trail's Facebook page.

Hope to see you at the ball and out on the trail.

Allan Beetle, and the

WOW Trail Board of Directors

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