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The day violence was threatened, every teacher was at work

To The Daily Sun,

Dear Laconia Community:

Now that the rush of the end of the school year has passed, I wanted to take this moment to offer a humble thank you to the community for its support as we at Laconia High School went through a difficult situation as the school year ended.

At LHS, it is our constant desire to create, maintain and improve our school's learning culture. Over the past few years, we have evidence that this is happening. Student performance, based on multiple measures of evaluation, has improved. Attendance and student disciplinary issues are also moving in a clear, data-supported positive direction. However, when a threat against the school is made, the data goes out the window and we must make decisions that ensure safety above all else.

Because of the strong community support we received during the final week of school, we were safe and maintained a strong learning environment throughout final exams. I could not be more thankful for the very real work provided by the Laconia Police Department. Their commitment to our students ensured strong supervision of the building. Throughout this difficult time, they were positive, confident and supportive of the plan that was developed to ensure our school community's safety throughout the week.

I would also like to both recognize and thank Superintendent Forsten and Assistant Superintendent Bietler for providing a constant presence and support each day during the final week of school, while also supporting the continued work of each school in the district.

I further want to recognize the administrative team and teachers at LHS. The day that violence was threatened against the school, every teacher and administrator was at work. Teachers worked to make sure our students were ready for testing while also supporting young people through the difficulties associated with the unusual circumstances.

I am truly privileged to work in a community that is so caring. I am humbled by the strong, consistent support that so many in this community safeguarded throughout the final week of school. I am thankful to the parents who supported us and offered to help in any way they could. Finally, I am thankful to our students, who came to school, focused on their academics and their future and completed their school year in a successful manner.

With confidence, we look forward to the 2014 – 2015 school year. We do so because Laconia High School and so many in our community are able and willing to stand up for what is right.

Jim McCollum, Principal

Laconia High School

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 09:14

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Volunteers looking after New Hampton Village Cemetery need help

To The Daily Sun,

Since 1863, The New Hampton Village Cemetery located on Shingle Camp Hill has served as the primary burial ground for the town. Acquired through generous donations from landowners over several decades, the site consists of approximately nine acres.

The care and maintenance of the cemetery is entrusted to an association of volunteers. Funds are provided through a small stipend from the town, income from modest investments, and the sale of lots.

Through frugal management the association has managed to provide water and general maintenance such as seasonal mowing, leaf and tree removal, pruning, and some modest upgrades. As the cemetery has aged and use has increased, the roadways of the cemetery are in dire need of some repairs, however the cemetery funds simply cannot manage such a project.

We are seeking the help of the public to raise money to provide for some upgrades to the roadways in order to provide better access within the cemetery.

If you would like to help with this endeavor or other approved projects, donations (Please make checks payable to New Hampton Village Cemetery) may be sent to: New Hampton Village Cemetery, PO Box 363, New Hampton, NH 03256.

If you prefer to contribute time or materials, please contact Joel Powers, Sexton of the Cemetery at 603-744-8356.

Thank you for your support.

New Hampton Village Cemetery Overseers

New Hampton

Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 08:58

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Either Mr. Havenstein supports women's issues or he doesn't

To The Daily Sun,

Would the women of New Hampshire be able to trust Walt Havenstein to look after their interests if he were elected governor? With every new thing we learn about the Republican candidate, it seems clearer and clearer that we cannot rely on what he claims about supporting women, but have to look at what he actually does.

Recently he cheered the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision, which gives corporations the right to deny coverage for some kinds of contraception coverage, basic preventative care for a woman, because of the owners' religious beliefs. The company doesn't even have to sign the form that would exempt it from the mandate. No matter that some women require expensive medication or IUDs to control medical conditions. Walt Havenstein saying he supports women's rights while applauding the Supreme Court's discriminatory decision is a complete contradiction.

Havenstein also came out against women's rights by opposing the buffer zone measure that the New Hampshire Legislature passed to guarantee safety and privacy for women seeking reproductive medical care. Either Mr. Havenstein supports women's issues or he doesn't. He can't have it both ways.

I, for one, don't believe that he has the interests of every-day Granite Staters at heart, especially if they happen to be women. I trust and support the current governor, Maggie Hassan, instead.

Anne Rogers


Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 08:54

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Where to hide money from a Republican? Try in a science book?

To The Daily Sun,

Where is the best place to hide money from a Republican? In a science book. That is the view of the Center for the Study of Absurdity as we bring you a special "Candid Candidates" edition of Tea Party Potty Tricks. Keeping our promise to always keep 'the stupid in the news, our opening act is top shelf stupid.

While defending coal and denying climate change last week GOP, Kentucky Sen. Brandon Smith visited the Outer Limits in a discussion in the Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Environment. Here is more proof that you can hide your money in science books if there are Republicans nearby.

Mr. Smith reduced himself to smithereens with this precious gem astounding nonsense, "I won't get into the debate about climate change. But I'll simply point out that I think in academia we all agree that the temperature on Mars is exactly as it is here. Nobody will dispute that. Yet there are no coal mines on Mars. There's no factories on Mars that I'm aware of."

That beats last month's congressman without brains who claimed that global warming is a hoax because the dinosaurs went extinct without global warming. No, really!

Going from jaw-dropping to eye-rolling syncope, Republican Bob Frey, a candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives informed us "AIDS was caused by sperm enzymes entering the anus of another male." Frey's junk science of sperm is at the base of his economic policy addressing the costly gay agenda its financial impact. You read that right. He also worked with Michele Bachmann to defeat a "profiles in learning" education program in Minnesota. (Well, that's working!)

Our biggest laughs this week were provided by Jordan Haskins, GOP candidate for the Michigan House. Mr. Haskins is presently a parolee after convictions for breaking into cars and rubbing it out while touching the ignition wires together. He calls it "cranking." Mr. Haskins now want everyone to forget his Adventures in Wankerland because he is now the self-anointed "stool of conservativism." He said that.

In a North Carolina State Senate race, Steve Wiles is trying to explain away some things. In the past he was the drag queen Miss Mona Sinclair at the Miss Gay America Pageant. We here at the Center, love the arts and we are sorely disappointed that our favorite drag queen is now running on an anti-gay marriage platform.

Our Ayn Rand Super Sociopath Award goes to John Johnston, a Republican running for the 10th Indiana House seat. Mr. Johnson boldly went where no moral or sane man goes. While speaking of those in poverty, he said, "No one has the guts to just let them wither and die." I imagine the Democrat candidate just got a poll bump.

Moving on to more mayhem and death, candidate Scott Esk of the Oklahoma Tea Party wins July's Christian Taliban Award. In a Facebook conversation about stoning gays to death, he has stated, "(stoning gays) goes against some parts of libertarianism, I realize, and I'm largely libertarian, but ignoring as a nation things that are worthy of death is very remiss." Asked to clarify, Esk continued, "I never said I would author legislation to put homosexuals to death, but I didn't have a problem with it." Not a problem in the world!

Close on Esk's theocratic heels is Jody Hice of Alabama, a Baptist minister and a talk radio host. Mr. Hice, who is running for a U.S. House seat from Georgia, is running on a religious liberty platform. Except for Islam, of course. Islam isn't a religion and First Amendment rights don't protect Muslims because Islam is political. Mr. Hice has also voiced some extreme religious notions about women that are remarkably similar to Muslim gender politics that the Christian right pretends to hate. According to Hice, it's okay for a woman to run for office as long as she is running under the authority of her husband. Christian Sharia is okay, I guess.

Since the gay marriage ban in Wisconsin was recently struck down, Karen Mueller, candidate for the 3rd District seat has some words of wisdom for the fearful and crazy. Mueller wants you to know that marriage equality will lead to incestuous marriages.

Its "Face-palm for Absurdity" time. Who can forget Answers in Genesis' (AIG) Ken Hamm? Mr. Hamm has consulted his crystal ball about space, time, matter, and energy in AIG's website section for kids section on star distances. Hamm sprinkles his fairy dust, saying, "We know from the dates God gives us in the Bible that He did create the whole universe about 6,000 years ago. When we hear the term light-year, we need to realize it is not a measure of time but a measure of distance, telling us how far away something is. Distant stars and galaxies might be millions of light-years away, but that doesn't mean that it took millions of years for the light to get here, it just means it is really far away!" BUT! millions of young Earth creationist heads have recently exploded throughout the nation as Pat Roberston told a viewer that "he had to be deaf, dumb, and blind, to think the Earth is only 6,000 years old." We agree!

Psst....Hide it in the science book.

James Veverka,

Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 08:48

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Quantities of all menu items being increased for Jewish Food Festival

To The Daily Sun,

Have you always wondered what good Jewish Food tastes like? Well, here is your opportunity to taste some of those delicious homemade delicacies from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 20 at Temple B'nai Israel at 210 Court St. in Laconia.

Seventeen years ago, the first Jewish Food Festival in Laconia took place with only a few simple dishes. Now, there are dozens of foods made from authentic homemade recipes handed down from generation to generation.

This year, there will be meat and potato knishes (flaky dough filled with a combination of meat and potato), stuffed cabbage (cabbage leaves filled with rice, onions and ground beef, then baked in a savory tomato-based sweet and sour sauce), matzo ball soup (rich homemade chicken broth and topped with fluffy matzo balls and carrots), noodle kugel (medium width noodles cooked in a sweet cream baked custard, topped with cinnamon frosted flake crumbs.), cheese blintzes (lightly fried crepes filled with a mixture of farmers and cream cheese), potato latkes (grated potatoes and onions made into pancakes and fried), deli sandwiches stuffed with your choice of corned beef, pastrami, tongue, or beef brisket, and cold specialties such as chopped herring, chopped liver, or Israeli salad, plus a whole lot more. And to top it all off, there will be dozens of desserts, all homemade, and featuring such items as rugelach (triangles of a light cream cheese based dough filled with pecans, raisins and cinnamon, rolled into crescents and lightly baked) and both raspberry and apricot strudel.

Because of unprecedented demand last year, all quantities have been increased to try to ensure that no one is disappointed, but come early anyway... you never know how big the crowd will be this year. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and there will be a large tent set up for your dining pleasure. You can even shop at the Nearly New Boutique which is set up for the occasion on the temple's front lawn where you will find many treasures. All major credit cards are accepted. For more details, visit the temple website www.tbinh.org or direct your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stu Needleman


Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 08:43

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