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Is this fatal accident still under investigation or just swept away?

To The Daily Sun,

I feel compelled to write this as a concerned citizen. We had a 82-year-old man by the name of John Giuffrida in a wheelchair, who was struck by a car while crossing South Main Street in front of Vista Foods on Saturday, June 7. I was there when this happened.

Usually I don't pay attention to people in wheel chairs to see where they are going, but something told me to watch this person to see if they were crossing on the crosswalk, and sure enough he was. I turned around and got into my car, all of a sudden there was this horrific crash. A customer said to me, "What was that?" I said, "I hope its not what I think it is. I think a man in a wheelchair just got hit." I got out of my car to have a look and sure enough this man was laying in the road groaning. I knew it had to be bad from the sound of the crash. Unfortunately a day later, this man passed away from his injuries. The police asked for eyewitness accounts and I went down to the Laconia Police Dept and filled out a statement.

Now this happened in June, and we are now into September. Is this accident still under investigation or has it been swept under the table? Anyone else wondering the same thing? I do believe the State of New Hampshire has a law that states stop for pedestrians on crosswalks. Why isn't the media on top of this one?

June DeHart


Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 10:22

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Sen. Forrester combies service ideals with volunteer spirit

To The Daily Sun,

We would like to support and recognize state Sen. Jeanie Forrester.

Senator Forrester, in our opinion, is a terrific blend of community service ideals and the volunteer spirit. Additionally, she has the pragmatic skills needed to ensure that she is highly effective in Concord. Her legislative record certainly confirms that she is highly effective representing us in Concord.

Jeanie's long and distinguished record of government service is matched by her lifelong commitment to volunteering and community service across the Lakes Region and the state. Highly visible and always listening to and interacting with her constituents throughout all the towns she represents, Jeanie is always accessible, open and caring.

Jeanie Forrester serves as a Senate Committee member on the Finance, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee where her MBA from Whittemore and her extensive executive and managerial background in both the business and non-profit worlds comes in very handy. Jeanie has the knowledge, the skills and the educational and career background to be an effective steward of our Lakes Region and state economy.

Importantly, Jeanie understands and respects the unique natural resources that make her district so special for residents and tourists alike. Jeanie is committed to sustainable, affordable and reliable energy policies that grow and protect our local economies while preserving our state's natural resources for future generations.

In an era where many people are skeptical about the motives of politicians, Sen. Forrester stands out as a beacon of integrity and principles, principles that represent the best interests and core values of her constituents across our district.

Please join us in supporting state Sen. Forrester by voting for Jeanie on Sept. 9. She is committed to us.

Art & Sylvia Cote


Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 10:16

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Know who your friends were, Market Basket employees

To The Daily Sun,

Glad that the Market Basket situation has been resolved. I for one will now go there and buy anything they have on the shelf to help get them back on their feet.

However, I am disappointed in our elected officials. Not one of the congressional candidates stopped by to offer the workers a box of doughnuts or a jug of coffee. They all yap on their TV ads about how they help small businesses. I guess to them 20 some thousand workers out of work is not small enough for them.

Where was Kuster, Guinta, Shaheen? At least our governor dipped her toe in it. The governor friend from the south of us was too busy. His wife, I understand, works for the law firm that represents Arthur S. So I guess the family pay check meant more to him than his concern for his state's citizens.

Channel 9 needs a wake up call as well. Until the settlement, it was never the lead story, yet the Boston stations often lead with it. BBC reported that Arthur S got married at Castle in the Clouds a week ago and was honeymooning in Italy. Evidently he has a house up here in the lake area. Channel 9 never picked up on it.

Market Basket provides good wages and fair pricing. They have also provided our young teenagers with pocket money for many years. I don't know how many kids cycled through their stores, but it must be in the thousands. The white shirts and the black ties worn by the baggers always impressed me.

Know who your friends are. That gang we last sent to Washington and the retread trying to get his old job back should all go. We need new faces.

Len Economou


Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 10:13

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We could still use more volunteers at the Multicultural Festival

To The Daily Sun,

Only a few days remain until the Laconia Multicultural Festival on Saturday, Sept. 6.

We need a few more people who can volunteer for a two- or three-hour shift between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This year's festival continues to grow with many new vendors and entertainers, and thus the need for a few more willing hands.

Please consider donating a few hours to this great event celebrating our varied cultures — we promise you will enjoy it. Email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know your availability.

Becky Guyer, Coordinator

Laconia Multicultural Festival

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 10:08

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Belmont Library summer reading program was a great success

To The Daily Sun,

The Belmont Public Library just completed a hugely successful summer reading program, and we couldn't have done it without the support of our community and some very generous local businesses. We were able to offer 13 Fizz Boom Read programs for the 134 children who signed up for summer reading.

We'd like to give a big thank you to all the parents, grandparents, and caregivers who brought their kids to the library this summer, to the wonderful performers who put on dynamite shows, and to the following area businesses which donated goods and services to the program: Belmont Parks & Recreation, Big Lots, Brookside Pizza, Canobie Lake Park, Coca-Cola, Funspot, Market Basket, Portland Sea Dogs, Santa's Village, Subway and Water Country.

A special thank you goes to the folks at Brookside Pizza, which sponsored a delightful performance by Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals, gave a free slice of pizza to every child who signed up for summer reading, and then delivered pizza for 50 children and parents at our closing party on Aug. 15.

We were also fortunate to receive a Kids, Books and the Arts grant from the N.H. State Library for our kick-off performer, Peter Boie, who drew a crowd of 100 with his "magic for non-believers." Funding for Kids, Books and the Arts is provided by the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, CHILIS, Cogswell Benevolent Trust, and is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds administered by the N.H. State Library provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Thank you to everyone who helped to make this a very special summer at the Belmont Public Library.

Becky Albert, Director

Belmont Public Library

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 10:05

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