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Gilford Historical thanks those who volunteered for Candlelight Stroll

To The Daily Sun,

The third annual Gilford Candlelight Stroll has come and gone. Many thanks go to all the many, many volunteers who made it a success. The Gilford Historical Society would like to thank those who volunteered so that our three buildings could be open to welcome visitors.

I will start with those who were in the Rowe House, since that is the building that often seems like my "second home" and where I was. We thank Alexandra Breed and Lauren Siboski for donating their doll houses (I lent mine), Dr. Kelly White for donating her American Girl Doll, and Cindie Graham for lending her dolls so we could have a special exhibit showcasing doll houses and dolls.

It was interesting as many shared stories about their childhood doll houses and dolls. We are already thinking about what we could have for a special exhibit at the Rowe House next year, (perhaps even at the Meetinghouse also). If any readers have a collection that they would like to share during the stroll next year, please contact Kathy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We are grateful to Carmel Lancia for creating the beautiful green centerpieces that were on the mantels, to Carol Anderson who helped the children make a candy cane decoration and to Jerry Murphy for playing his guitar and leading us in holiday singing. We thank the members of the Senior Momentum group who diligently worked to string the popcorn (no easy task) and the cranberries that decorated our country-themed tree. They are Joanne Blais, Ginny Brake, Carleen Cornelison, Diana Dufault, Bev Fortson Carol Graves and Kristin Jarvi and Sue King from Parks and Recreation. We also thank Carmel and Tony Lancia, Ann Montminy, Helen Murphy and Rosemary Shannon for welcoming our guests.

At the Meetinghouse, Diane Mitton was aided by Terri Bobseine, Jim Colby, Carolyn Brown, Nan Fay, Anita Hewitt, and Ashley Hewitt. Thanks go to Jane Rollins for decorating the inside of the building with greens and to Bill and Sally Bickford for decorating the outside. Thanks also go to Denise Sanborn and her High School Carolers who came inside to sing. It was gratifying to see so many people/families who came inside to view the historical items that were on display.

The aroma of gingerbread cookies was enticing to many at the Grange, thanks go to Patti Herrick (who lives in Meredith) for making the dough for us and to Kathy Dahll and Jesse Lacombe for baking the cookies in the kitchen. Thanks go to Karin Landry and Rusty Davis who enjoyed greeting our visitors, while Carole Johnson in the Homestead Room and Walt and Shirley Stockwell and Pete and Sue Allen in the Store shared their knowledge with visitors.

It is with a sense of gratitude that we can say that Gilford is a great place to live and we are thankful to all who were willing to work and volunteer their time to help make the Candlelight Stroll so enjoyable.

Kathy Lacroix

Gilford Historical Society

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I will not be seeking a fourth term on Meredith Board of Selectmen

To The Daily Sun,

An open letter to Meredith residents:

After much consideration I have decided not to seek re-election to a fourth term as a member of the Meredith Selectboard in the upcoming 2015 Town Elections. With nearly 30 years of service to the residents of Meredith and Inter-Lakes School District it is time to turn "the reins over" to other interested Meredith residents committed to public service and guidance of the future of our wonderful town.

My stewardship as your selectman has been challenging at times but totally overwhelmed by the many opportunities to have served with the most capable administrative team headed by Town Manager Phil Warren and our department leaders team, and of course with the continuous support of all our town employees! Meredith is also very fortunate to have so many capable and dedicated volunteers carrying out the duties of the many boards, committees and positions lending support and guidance to ensuring that Meredith remains such a wonderful place to call home.

A reminder to those who may wish to answer the call to running for office that the filing period begins shortly with specific information available at the Town Hall. It would be my pleasure to answer any questions or discuss the Selectboard's duties and responsibilities with potential candidates. I can be reached at 603-270-5126 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

I what to thank the Meredith residents for having placed their faith and support in me and to ensure them that it has been an honor and a privilege to have served the Town of Meredith. Without the support of my wife, Laurie, and my family this experience would have not been possible.

Peter F. Brothers

Meredith Board of Selectmen

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