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Norm Silber is a man of principal, with experience & judgement

To The Daily Sun,

I first met Norman Silber in February, at a gathering at his home to watch the first Republican presidential debate. We discovered in conversation that we had graduated from the same law school, although we were there at different times, as he is younger than I am (but not by much).

My next contact with Norm came in the midst of my rather heated primary election contest for county commissioner. In late August, Norm, who had joined with my opponent in a campaign ad, told me that he had been misled by my opponent and that he intended to make a public statement to that effect. He did so in a published letter retracting his support for my opponent and giving my campaign his personal endorsement, one I was proud to receive.

Given his action on my behalf, Norm is in my mind a "stand-up" guy, who is willing to correct the record when he believes he has been mistaken. For that, I am personally thankful. My endorsement of him, however, is based on much more.

Norm has had a highly successful legal career, as reflected in his peer review in the Martindale Hubbell law directory, where his ratings are the highest attainable. Norm has been a permanent resident of Gilford since becoming semi-retired from his law practice in 2012. Much of the energy that was previously expended in his law practice has been channeled into public service. He has been a member of the Gilford Planning Board since 2014. He was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Gilford Budget Committee in 2014, and in 2015, he was elected to a three-year term on the Budget Committee, which he currently chairs.

From my conversations with Norm and some of his writing, I know him to be very knowledgeable regarding regarding our Constitution and to be a fiscal conservative, who favors keeping government at all levels as small as it can be kept, while still fulfilling traditional governmental responsibilities. The fulfillment of these responsibilities should be done as efficiently and economically as possible; what is best done locally should, therefore, be kept local.

With that in mind, we in Belknap County know that we are faced with a drug crisis which must be addressed. I am confident that as a representative in Concord, Norm will support carefully planned programs to address addiction and drug abuse through prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and law enforcement. In the long term, these efforts will achieve both social good and save money.

At home, the representatives have the final word on our county budget. Norm has the budgetary and finance experience to be very helpful in that role. I am also confident that Norm understands the importance of county governmental partnering with private non-profits to most economically and efficiently deliver certain essential services to the community. For example, services for our seniors, such as meals on wheels and senior transportation, are important in allowing seniors to remain in their homes longer, avoiding or at least delaying the need for significantly more expensive nursing home care.

Since the taxpayers of our county pay the non-federal 50 percent of Medicaid for elder care — both in-home and nursing home — of our needy residents (approximately $6 million projected for this year), it makes sense for our county to work with a non-profit in an effort to promote the significantly less expensive in-home care. It is what the seniors prefer and it costs the taxpayers less.

In short, Norm Silber is a man of principle with the values, experience and judgment that I believe are important to our community. He will look at issues from a long term perspective and do what he thinks is right for the common good. If I were a resident of his district, Norman Silber is one candidate who could count on my vote.

Hunter Taylor
Belknap County Commissioner

District 3


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16th Annual Fall Craft Fair met goal set by LRGH Auxiliary. Thanks!

To The Daily Sun,

On behalf of The Lakes Region General Hospital Auxiliary I would like to extend our appreciation to all those who contributed to the success of our 15th Anniversary Fall Craft Fair held at Laconia High School. Once again we were able to raise the necessary amount to continue to provide comfort bags to breast cancer patients in the LRGHealthcare Breast Health Program.

Our goal was attained thanks to the many customers who attended, and the combined efforts of Auxiliary members,
LRGHealthcare, several local businesses, many friends of the Auxiliary, and finally our generous vendors who not only pay a fee to participate but the many that also donate items to our raffle.

We need to acknowledge the wonderful cooperation, and support of the Laconia School Department and Laconia High School staff who assisted us with our preparations.

We would like to thank the following businesses for assisting us with either a raffle donation, advertising, publicity or parking: Northeast Communications Corp., Jeff Levitan, Fred Caruso, Pat Kelly, Binnie Media NH, LRGHealthcare Public Relations and Marketing, Gator Signs, Piche's Ski and Sport Outlet, Kitchen Cravings, Gilford Well, Mark Dickson, Airport Deli and Country Store, Lakes Region Floral Studio, Cormier's Sugar House, Roche Realty, Caldwell Realty, BYSE Agency, The Home Beautiful, The Taylor Community, Trustworthy Hardware, Kitchen Encounters, Proctor's Lakehouse Cottages, Patrick's Pub and Eatery, Cantin Chevrolet, Interlakes Family Medical Practice, The Laconia Clinic, Advanced Orthopedic Specialists, North Country Deli, Wayfarer, Joanne Parsons, Manager, AutoZone, Sacred Heart Church, AutoServ Tilton, Laconia Department of Public Works, Sawyer's Dairy Bar, Meredith Village Savings Bank, The Studio, Trellis Management
Co., Prescott Florist, Hair Excitement, Osborn's Agway, The Canvas Guys, La Sasha, Madeira USA, North End Deli & Petro Mart, New Hampshire Pewter, All My Life Jewelers, Lee's Candy Kitchen, and Pepi Herrmann Crystal.

Special acknowledgement is extended to the volunteers who stood out in the cold for hours to help direct parking. We also need to offer our sincere appreciation to Armand Bolduc and Bob Hamel for their assistance with set-up and clean-up.

Besides the money raised from vendor rental fees, proceeds from the craft raffle and bake sale helped us reach our financial goal. Many thanks to the dozens of people who offered to bake or made a donation in lieu of baking. Thanks again to the vendors, individuals and businesses that donated an item to our raffle.

Also, our heartfelt thanks is extended to the friends of the Auxiliary who handmade many adorable items to donate to our raffle table.

Finally, we wish to thank the volunteers who worked long and hard on the day of the event.

Barbara Tuttle
LRGH Auxiliary
Fall Craft Fair Committee

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