Thanks for assistance with LHS Alumni Reunion; see you in '15

To The Daily Sun,

The Committee for the Laconia High School Alumni Reunion would like to express its gratitude to Laconia School Department administration, staff and, most importantly, the alumni who gave so wholeheartedly to ensure that the fourth annual Alumni Reunion was a success.

Specifically, we thank the Laconia School Board whose endorsement was so important, LHS Facilities Manager Steve Dalzell, Jack Aldrich and his students of the Meredith Village Savings Bank Culinary Arts Center, Jennifer Mitchell and Jeff Twombly – IT Department and the LHS janitorial staff for their support during the day and night of the event. Special thanks to Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation for setting up a great raffle and raising extra funds for the alumni scholarship that two LHS seniors receive each year.

We would also like to especially thank Krista Marrs from The Citizen, who was the driving force in making our third alumni publication a reality. We hope to build on this in the years to come to make it a wonderful keepsake of the event.

We thank the generations of alumni who came to Laconia High School to renew friendships, to exchange memories, especially the Class of 1954, and to show that we still remain Sachems in the most respected sense of unity for the blessings of our public education. Special thanks to Warren Mitchell, who organized the amazing parade of classic cars that seems to grow each year for our alumni to ride in. Gert Gilman, Class of 1933, was our senior alumni and we were thrilled to have her join us again this year in the celebration. We look forward to her attending next year when she will celebrate her 100th birthday. We think that alumni who attended had a great time reconnecting.

On behalf of the alumni, we thank our parents for their insight in supporting us when in school, thank our teachers who challenged us, taught us, and set out dreams and goals to be sought. We know full well that those buildings at 345 Union Avenue have long brought forth a group of citizens who, for some, gave the ultimate commitment so that public education would be available for generations to come, brought forth citizens who made a difference in their nation, their states, their communities, and in the neighbors, in their families, and, yes, in their school systems.

As an alumni committee, grateful and committed to public education, we thank you and hope that next year we can meet again.

Laconia High School Alumni Committee
James Carroll
Chris Guilmett
Joan Cormier
Dave Levesque
Stacie Sirois
Mandy Sliver
Janet Brough

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Combining business acumen with old-fashioned N.E. values

To The Daily Sun,
On Saturday, Sept. 13, I had the opportunity to attend the grand opening open house at Top Notch Auto in Gilmanton. Upon my arrival, I was immediately greeted by a sincere young man, Michael Hancock, the new owner. After enjoying a delicious homemade lunch compliments of the Top Notch Crew, I had a detailed tour of the business. I came away from this experience smiling.

Mr. Hancock has successfully combined business acumen with some of the good old-fashioned New England values that we all love. He has taken not much and has turned it into something — a vacant business is now a lovely property full of promise. Michael also invested in giving back to the community where he works. He explained that he is committed to supporting local charitable endeavors that improve our area. To that end, he offered that his business would happily volunteer to provide a venue for a fund-raising car wash.

Finally, he gives value and service the highest priority. Michael plans are being part of this community for a long time and speaks with pride about this.

I welcome Michael Hancock to our community — stop by to meet this industrious young man and do the same.

June Garen

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They're waging a fight against something they don't believe exists

To The Daily Sun,

This is in response to Mr. Valengavich's most recent letter in which he asks for a clarification of my statement about making an argument and not an enemy. In my view, speech is only "free" when it is not abridged, censored, or limited. Free speech can be good, bad, or ugly. My request for people to try and make an argument and not an enemy simply means that, while we may not agree, we should each try to respectfully challenge another's opinion . . . be that opinion good, bad, or ugly.

In his following paragraph, Mr. Valengavich asks for an example of "... how anyone is trying to deny others their religious beliefs?" I find it hard to believe that he is not aware of the ever-increasing attacks against Christianity but, since he asked, I will offer this website link, It will bring him to the Freedom From Religion Foundation's (FFRF) website where, on its opening page, it lists a number of court challenges it has made, all intended to remove religion from the public eye. The FFRF proudly claims it, "Has brought nearly 30 First Amendment lawsuits since 1977, and keeps several Establishment law challenges in the courts at all times."

On a personal note regarding the FFRF and its challenges, isn't it odd that some of those who deny the existence of God, willingly wage a fight against something they don't believe exists?

Bob Meade


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They're waging a fight against something they don't believe exists

To The Daily Sun,

In society there are those who feel our government is running well and even efficiently. So, they want to add additional areas of control to it, so we all live better lives through central planning, regulations and guidance. Recent examples are Affordable Care Act, school lunch program mandates, etc.

Just recently, I had an example of our prompt efficient government performance, the Social Security Administration. On Dec. 3, 2013 I sent a letter to the SSA asking for a paper copy of my current Social Security statement. The reason I asked for it is that I was unable to create an on-line account via their website, because the website would not accept my 10 digit phone number.

Numerous attempts all failed. Thus, a snail-mail letter was sent with all the necessary information to identify me, for a simple paper copy.

I just received the reply, Sept. 20th, 2014. The letter says, we no longer mail paper statements, so please create an on-line account to view your projected benefits. Over nine months to send a letter that ignores the original issue.

Great! I've since been able to get the data, but just wanted to share this example of government performance for those who are in doubt.

Gene Ronikier


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Join us on Saturday for WOW Fest '14 at the Laconia Swim Club

To The Daily Sun,

WOW Fest '14 is this Saturday, Sept. 27, bringing a fun and exciting event to our community. Presented by Bank of New Hampshire, WOW Fest '14 has something for everyone and all proceeds go to help construct Phase 2 of the WOW Trail.

Events include a three-mile walk out on the WOW Trail, a 5K and 10K road race along Lake Opechee and a 15-mile (Paugus Bay) and a 67 mile (Lake Winnipesaukee) bicycle challenge all starting and ending at the Laconia Athletic & Swim Club. Following the events there is a festival with great food from our friends at Fratello's, T-Bones, Common Man and Patrick's. We'll have live music with Justin Jaymes, a beer garden with Contigiani's Catering and more.

Businesses and organizations are invited to participate with our team contests for most participants (Awakening Chiropractic 2013 winner), most money raised (Patrick's Pub & Eatery 2013 winner) best dressed (Laconia Fire Department 2013 winners) and fastest team (Awakening Chiropractic 2013 winners). Let's see some new challengers this year.

Take the Lake Bicycle Challenge: (67m) 7 a.m. start.

Take the Bay Bicycle Challenge: (15m) 10 a.m. start.

Take Opechee 5K Road Race: 9 a.m. start.

Take Opechee 10K Road Race: 9am start

Take the Trail Fun Walk: 10:30 a.m. start.

Food & Music: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pre-registration and complete event information is available at Allow extra time for event day registration.

Help us raise the money we need to build Phase 2 and double the length of the WOW Trail next year by participating at WOW Fest '14.

We hope to see you there.

Allan Beetle and the

WOW Trail Board of Directors

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