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Many thanks to 'angels' associated with the shelter at LMS

To The Daily Sun,

This year's Thanksgiving will be long remembered by many of us, I'm sure. After losing power late Wednesday afternoon, I was one of the three people in the Laconia Middle School Shelter from Thanksgiving evening to Friday afternoon, when my power was restored.

I am truly grateful to the CERT volunteers for their kind and cheerful welcome, as well as companionship. My cat, Galileo, and I were very thankful to sleep in a warm environment after experiencing a cold Wednesday night. All of that trumps a turkey dinner any day.

On Thanksgiving Day, I went to the Gilford Police Station to inquire about a shelter and was very kindly referred to the Gilford Fire Department. There, Tim Johnson, a very nice young firefighter took my information and later called me to let me know about the Laconia Middle School Shelter.

Many thanks to both the police and fire departments. Without their help, I would not have learned of the opening of the shelter. God Bless all of you who made the experience a pleasant one.

Perhaps notification, before the storm occurs, of what to do and whom to contact would be helpful to others in a similar situation. This could be done via radio, TV and newspapers. I'm sure there were many other people out there who could have benefited from the care that I personally received.

Again, many thanks to those "angels" who were there, when I was in need.

Hilary Kelley

Gilford

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The Gilmanton Holiday Craft Fair is a wonderful community event

To The Daily Sun,

Gilmanton Ellis-Geddes-Levitt Unit 102 of the American Legion Auxiliary extends it appreciation to the Gilmanton PTA for hosting the recent Gilmanton Holiday Craft Fair. It was great to see all the crafters and guests who made it out in spite of the recent weather and power outages.

Thank you also to our many friends and supporters who purchased great home-baked items from the auxiliary along with raffle tickets for a chance to win a wonderful holiday/winter themed gift-basket. Ms. Ouellette was the winner of the raffle and was presented with a beautiful basket full of decorations, linen, holiday treats, gifts and home-good items.

As part of our Holiday Fair participation, members also donated and collected non-perishable food items which were donated to the Gilmanton Food Pantry. Fresh home-baked items were donated to the Dump Run Café for their weekly community gatherings.

The Mission of the American Legion Auxiliary is to further Americanism and to support veterans, military, their families and community. Fund-raising is essential to the support we are able to provide during the year. The Gilmanton Holiday Craft Fair is a wonderful community event and we were able to raise over $300 to support our local veteran projects.

Please be sure to join us in Gilmanton next year at both the Gilmanton Old Home Day and Holiday Fair. For further information on the American Legion Auxiliary, our Veterans Projects, membership or donation opportunities, contact us at ALA102@ metrocast.net. Wishing you a great holiday season.

Raelyn Cottrell, President

Gilmanton Ellis-Geddes-Levitt Unit 102

American Legion Auxiliary

Gilmanton

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