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Marshamallow Man Triathlon will benefit Child Advocacy Center

To the editor,
On your mark, get set, go — the Marshmallow Triathlon is coming to town!
Spring is here and plans are underway for the 1st annual Marshmallow Man Tri scheduled for Sunday, August 4 at Opechee Park in Laconia. The Marshmallow Man sprint triathlon is designed for the frequent marathoner, to the "newbie," athletes! The atmosphere will be festive with cheering volunteers, children's activities, music and food. The community is coming together to offer a quality event for athletes and their families while raising much needed funds for children affected by abuse in our community.
We are currently seeking sponsors, who will receive excellent advertising opportunities; vendors for the day of the event; food vendors; music; and children's activities for attendees. To participate in the triathlon visit www.active.com. Space is still available for individuals and/or teams of three! Cost is $50 per individual or $100 per team.
The Greater Lakes Child Advocacy Center (GLCAC) provides services free of charge to all children ages 2 to 18, living in Belknap County, who are victims of child sexual abuse, physical abuse or who are witnesses to violent crimes, such as homicide or domestic violence. In addition, the GLCAC provides community outreach and awareness through workshops/trainings.
For further information, please visit our website: www.cac-nh.org or contact us directly at 603-524-5497 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Meghan Noyes
Program Director
Greater Lakes Child Advocacy Center

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 May 2013 11:53

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Many dogs out there who aren't so lucky and need a good home

To the editor,
Today's thought for an editorial: An editorial is thoughts of one's self with words of pinpointed views that others should or could consider? Maybe it is a process that one gets to in life that wants others to understand what we are writing about that is important to them. As a writer, I have many thoughts that I myself cannot keep up with and at times drive my husband crazy. Today's view is one that I believe touches many lives and hearts of I know of. I like to discuss how animals affect our lives in ways that we sometimes just don't know at the time.
I, being an animal love my, spent my entire life growing up with dogs and later on having cats. The ideal animal in apartment life is a cat, since most landlords don't appreciate dogs owners not cleaning up after them. Yes, we responsible pet owners pay for those who don't take care of their animals. In later years, when we bought our house, we knew we would soon have a dog. There is a funny story, too, with viewing our house at the time. Our very dear friends who had their dog with them to see our future house and she is the real estate agent. Of course we loved their dog and the dog sat for them when they went on vacation and I must say that we loved "Bosco" right from the beginning. My husband says "come Bosco see your new house" — little did we know. He is loved and cherished as our other dog is and his name is "Buddy". Bosco came into our lives to dog sit and we were happy to do but we knew our time was coming to close. We could not be without a dog so; Buddy came into our lives as we adopted him from the shelter and those two became the best of friends and stole our hearts. We now have our "boys" and they are a part of our lives that we could not see without.
If we could have more dogs we would and we do what we can to donate, volunteer, and show our compassion with fellow canines alike. I share my story because many readers like us have stories of their own to share but those who hesitate to give their home to an animals without realizing how much love they give that is unconditional but, just happy to have a home where they are loved and feel safe. Buddy is a rescue dog and, unlike Bosco he did not know the love of people that could love him until he came into our home. I put the truth out there that there are many dogs that are not so lucky and in need of a good home. Here so here is the caption of what goes on in the dog mind that is looking for a loving home:
Rescue me please
I am abandon canine who been lost and had several homes
I am hungry for love and companionship
My last owner hurt me when all I wanted was to play ball :
Please rescue me
When no one wanted me they sent me to the shelter
And I was trying to be so good
It's scary at the shelter and although they all try to help us there is too many to care for
So many of my friends are feeling sad too because we all wish we were the one going "home" today
I wonder why people walk pass me as I gingerly wag my tail
And wonder why I get sometimes overlooked
I want the warmth of human a touch to nurture me
The shelter survives on donations but we need more
I try to put on a good show for those who seek to take me home
But I am not myself
I am smart and learn quickly
I like to chase and sniff and help my fellow hunters
I like soft playful toys and warm bed
I like kisses and will greet so happily when come home
If you had a bad day I will make you feel better
You might have to train me for a while because I have been so confused for so long
I will protect you and be your best friend
I will make you proud
Please rescue me
Lee E. DeNauw
Gilford

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 May 2013 11:49

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All kids with bikes should know about rodeo on Sat. at Opechee

To the editor,
Lakes Region readers, if you have a child with a bike, please take advantage of this Saturday's Bicycle Rodeo at Opechee Park in Laconia, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. There will be complimentary food for the children, free safety checks of the bicycles, and bike helmets will be fitted and given away to any child who needs one. Look for the large Kiwanis sign and tent in the Opechee parking lot, and stop by. There will also be a drawing which will earn a lucky child a free NEW bicycle, donated by Napa Auto Parts of Laconia. We will see you there.
John Walker
Laconia

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 May 2013 11:44

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Fire station should be much bigger priority than State School

To the editor,
First, I want to say how grateful I am to The Daily Sun and The Citizen for giving the public and its officials the opportunity to present their opinions, and the opportunity to inform the public of facts others may not be aware of. Without this input for anyone to express their views the public doesn't always have the facts.
My position today is to look at the purchase of the State Prison property, formerly known as the State School.
This has been on the back burner for several years and still many questions are unanswered and reasons for the city to spend tax dollars for the property are few and indefinite. I will not at this time enumerate the steps taken, deadlines, etc. I will just make a few observations.
Monday night at the council meeting, the last item to come up was a request to reinstate a bid to the state for this property. No new facts or plans were presented and it was decided to wait until the next meeting when we might have more information on just what it will cost to not only buy this property, but to get EPA funds to clean it up and then maintain the grounds, etc. At this time the Parks Department is overworked and undermanned taking care of all our new facilities and on the budget this year is money for a park at the Weirs. This too will demand maintenance and we have a $300,000 bond coming up to repair the Smith Track and this will require more attention. The additional acreage of the Prison Property will be another huge challenge or the addition of manpower and more money for maintenance.
Let's look at the EPA clean up. We received a memo from the planning director last night with the latest report from Enviro Vantage addressing the projected costs of removing hazards and contamination from this site. It is estimated that before demolition of buildings, the cost to clean up would be anywhere from $175,000 to $295,000.00 for one building. There are 25 buildings and they averaged it to be $200,000 per building. This comes to FIVE MILLION DOLLARS.
Further, there is NO guarantee we would get EPA funds. They allow up to $200,000 per site — no more than five sites per applicant. Supporters feel they can divide the property into five sites. Questionable. The city would have to be responsible for 20 percent of the cost.
You cannot even apply for EPA funds until you own the land.
In a non-public council meeting on January 23,2012 (minutes sealed for one year), it was decided to first protect the city, legally, from contaminants exposure, and second, in the event the city decided to go through with it, we needed this information to help us structure the offer.
If we bought the property and didn't receive EPA funds, we would have no such protection.
Lastly, we are in the midst of budget deliberations and have received an excellent review from the auditors as to our financial stability. We were given a flow sheet which shows our bond indebtedness and included is room for new fire station and/or purchasing this property.
The fire station is a priority necessary to our safety and has been on the list for several years. If we are willing to spend millions, should it be for our safety or for some unknown want.
Councilor Brenda Baer
Ward 4 - Laconia

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 May 2013 11:38

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Amazing: U.S. women have right to terminate pregnancy at will

To the editor,
Quite interesting that Ariel Castro will be charged with aggravated murder for terminating the pregnancies of the three captives in the Ohio kidnapping case. Even more amazing is the fact that women have the right in this country to terminate pregnancies at will. Abortions are committed routinely in clinics and hospitals every day. How is this even remotely acceptable. The killing of a baby is, the killing of a baby, murder.
Life is precious.
Harry Mitchell
Laconia

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 May 2013 11:35

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