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Don't forget Saturday's annual Holiday Bazaar at Belknap Mill

To The Daily Sun,

What do all of these towns have in common? Barrington, Belmont, Boscawen, Bristol, Canterbury, Gilford, Gilmanton, Goffstown, Harrisville, Laconia, Loudon, Manchester, Moultonboro, Sanbornton, Tilton and Weare. Not sure how they are might be connected? I'm excited to share that all these communities will be represented at the 7th Annual Holiday Bazaar at the Belknap Mill on Saturday, Dec. 12.

New Hampshire crafters and local businesses will treat shoppers to a wonderful variety of handcrafted items and food. Pick up things to fill Christmas stockings, for a Yankee Swap or hostess gift, for that "hard to buy for" person on your list or maybe something just for you.

Here's some items you can take home: truffles, fudge, whoopie pies, zucchini salsa, peanut and cashew brittle, soy candles, fragrance products, goats milk soap, honey, lip balm, beeswax lotion and candles, birch and lichen covered bird, hobbit and fairy houses, jewelry, photography, catnip mice, denim purses, wallets and accessories, fabric and embroidered items, quilted ornaments and wall hangings, quilled ornaments and cards, baby and toddler sewn items, cloth diaper covers, stuffed animals, oven mitts, potholders and pillows, eyeglass cases, handspun yarn, adult and children's aprons, crocheted snowflakes, doilies and table runners, wooden signs, wooden turned bowls, pens, wine bottle stoppers, rocking horse, salt and pepper mills, laser wood ornaments, key and coat racks, napkin holders, cribbage boards, birch wood reindeer, crocheted hats, boot cuffs, cowl and colorful scarves, up-cycled sweater mittens, fingerless gloves, glass block lights, holiday decorations and ornaments, fabric snowmen and Santas, whimsical Santa hats, and much more.

The Mill's Gift Shop offers year round shopping, including greeting and holiday cards, postcards, socks knitted on the Mill's vintage machines, Darn Tough socks made in Vermont, baby and lap quilts, maple syrup products, honey, jewelry, aerial and matted photographs and prints, walking sticks, bird and bat houses, candles, soap, smittens, hand painted wine and beverage glasses, crocheted items, and books by local authors. Just in time for Christmas, added to the Gift Shop is a wide variety of character and holiday ornaments with sports, occupations, hobbies, families, celebration and other themes that can be personalized with names and dates. Young and old alike will enjoy touring the power house, knitting room and Riverside Room where decorated wreaths are offered in a raffle.

We hope to see many friends and new visitors at 25 Beacon Street East in Laconia on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Support local crafters and the Belknap Mill — a historic Laconia building with treasures to explore. Our bake sale and craft raffle supported by local businesses and crafters will benefit the Mill's historical, educational and cultural programs.

Holiday Bazaar crafters have donated dozens of items to the Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction. Be sure to check out those items and more available for bidding starting on December 8 through December 12. Visit www.childrensauction.com for details.

I want to thank the Mill board members, volunteers and staff for their assistance, as well as returning and new crafters joining us this year. Address questions to the Belknap Mill at 524-8813, visit www.belknapmill.org or email Jennifer McLean, Events and Program Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Like the Belknap Mill on Facebook to keep in touch.

Judi Taggart
No Weare Else, Jewelry & Gifts

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Trump may not represent us all but he's a right to his opinion

To The Daily Sun,

Recently, Donald Trump proposed a ban on Islamic immigrants to the U.S.A. A relative firestorm of negative feedback has ensued — especially from the Republican Party.

As a Republican, I am embarrassed by the backlash. Mr. Trump may not necessarily represent all Republicans, but as an American, he has a right to his opinion — as reactionary of it may seem.

Thomas J. Emanuel



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