To The Daily Sun,
My name is Bev Lapham and I am a candidate for selectman in our Meredith town election on March 10.
For those who don't know me, my family and I moved to Meredith 27 years ago. Until 2008, I owned my own local business, Village Canvas. When I retired my son, Bev III, took over. I have been a member of the Meredith Rotary Club for 25 years and served as its president from 2012-13. I am treasurer and trustee of the Union Church on Meredith Neck and a board member of the Greater Meredith Program.
Before coming to Meredith, I had a 23-year career in banking, starting with Citicorp in New York and serving as executive vice-president at banks in Connecticut and upstate New York. During this time my family and I were also "homesteaders" raising our own meat and food, living a self-sufficient lifestyle — one that has kept me grounded and appreciative to this day.
In Meredith, my involvement in many civic projects, such as the construction of the lakeside walkway connecting Scenic and Hesky Parks, the Community Center Garden, co-chairman of the creation of the pocket park, Courtyard on Main Street, and currently the chairman of the GMP Meredith Sculpture Walk Committee, has given me a chance to work with dedicated town employees, business owners and residents.
I love the town of Meredith and am proud of what our town government, service organizations, non-profit organizations and our superb volunteer force have accomplished. I want to continue to contribute to Meredith's positive momentum. I can promise that I will bring my integrity, plus a respectful and cooperative attitude, to the office of selectman and would like to ask for your vote on March 10.
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