To The Daily Sun,
Almost 12 years ago my wife, Brenda, and I moved to Laconia from New Jersey when I accepted the position as senior pastor of the Congregational Church of Laconia, United Church of Christ. To be honest, it took a little bit of time to adjust from life in suburban New Jersey to our new home in the heart of the Lakes Region, but it was a change we were looking for and savored. Now, the time has come for another adjustment, that of retirement and the opportunity to move closer to our children and grandchildren.
As we leave Laconia, I want to express my deep appreciation to the members and friends of the Congregational Church of Laconia, United Church of Christ, who have made these last 12 years so wonderful.
Yet there are many others who need a word of thanks: the leadership of this city as well as the businessmen and women who have brought vitality and potential to the downtown; the dedicated city employees who teach, maintain our streets, provide order, safety and respond to emergencies; and yes, thanks to all the houses of worship and my colleagues in the Lakes Region Ministerial Association as well as the countless agencies and volunteers throughout our city who reach out by sharing their faith and time to make life better for others.
Living in Laconia has been a joy. My golden retriever, Reggie, and I will miss our morning walks along North Main Street but we trust that others will take our place and enjoy strolling the streets of Laconia as much as we have.
Thanks Laconia. It's been great.
The Rev. Dr. Warren H. Bouton
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