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We are so grateful for support shown for college-bound students

To the Daily Sun,

The Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation has been working hard over the past few months preparing for the annual scholarships to be awarded. Each spring the board members review and rate hundreds of applications submitted. Then donors are invited to participate by making recommendations for their awards. Presentations are made to current graduates at local high school award ceremonies and others are notified by mail.

Who would have thought, back in 1956, that this idea, started by a small group of concerned citizens and supported by just eight local civic groups and businesses, would blossom into the remarkable organization we have today. From that small start in 1956, with awards totaling just $2,650 to 16 recipients, we have grown so that this year we awarded in excess of $311,400 to 305 local students from 232 donor funds. A total of $162,750 was awarded to 159 incoming freshman, and $148,650 to 146 upperclassmen.

Our official 60th anniversary will be Feb. 16, 2016. This year marks six decades of scholarships being awarded through the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, bringing the total awards given to more than $5.2 million, helping more than 4,600 students from 1956 through 2015.

All this help and money for our local students comes thanks to the generosity of about 525 donors over the years. We, however, are merely the conduit. It is the generosity of so many local people that makes all of this possible. Many of our scholarship funds are memorials set up by families when a loved one passes or by individuals in advance of their death. Each memorial tells the story of a special person. Someone who is no longer with us, but is still helping those they have left behind.

Other scholarship funds come from civic groups and area businesses, all investing in the youth of our local communities. And then there are the thousands who have contributed to specific memorial funds or special fundraisers.

We are so grateful to all our donors who deserve the credit for this proud record of supporting college-bound students and we congratulate this year's recipients. For a complete list of our 2015 recipients and a donor brochure, please contact us at 527-3533 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "

Paulette Loughlin, President

Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation

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$28,000 has been budgeted for Memorial Field irrigation system

To The Daily Sun,

There has been a lot of conversation lately about Memorial Park and the condition it is in.
As with most things in the city, waiting for the money to be available is the reason some things take longer to get done than others. Prioritizing is always my guide to what we can spend and where we can spend it.
Memorial Park has been waiting for a long time to brought up to speed as was Wyatt Park and all our parks, and I am happy to be able to bring you up to date on what we have done this year and what we are doing this coming year.
This past budget we appropriated $14,000 for bleachers. They have been purchased and we recently signed an agreement to pour the concrete slab to hold same. We should see this taking place within weeks.
This past budge also approved $25,000 for repairing and resurfacing all five of the tennis courts at Memorial. This was done last Fall and completed with minor touch up work this Spring.
This coming week, the council will pass a budget that contains $28,000 for an irrigation system for the baseball field. This should go a long way to bringing the fields back.
All this is good and at the same time some of our other parks have needs similar to these, and we will be addressing them as quickly as possible.
The important thing to remember is: Laconia has 15 parks, 5 beaches, 4 site parks, a Riverwalk, WOW trail and other City owned properties, all needing attention, and in time when funds are available, they will be used to maintain and improve out great park system. The best way to get something done is to keep in touch with your city officials, your councilor. Don't give up. Keep pressing.
Brenda Baer

Ward 4, City Council


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