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Real Downtown Santas ready for 2017 Pubmania at Patrick’s Pub

To The Daily Sun,

The Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region partnered last year with Real Life Training and The Downtown Gym to form "Real Downtown Santas" — a Pub Mania team for the 2016 Pub Mania event. We feel that it is important to support Patrick’s Pub Pubmania, an event that raises so much money for the children’s auction in our community. We are looking to continue this for 2017.

The Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region operates year round to help children and families. This year we have already provided warm clothes, coats, boots and snow pants to more than 675 children. We have provided food gift certificates and gas cards to families who have children with medical conditions. We have provided sports items for youth and teens so that they could be a part of a team or go to a dance class. We have sponsored children with special needs to be able to attend summer camp. We have supplied school supplies for children. We have been able to do all these things and more with generous donations. Our program is nonprofit and funded fully by donations and funds received from the Children’s Auction.

The Downtown Gym is a wellness center on Fair Street in Laconia that provides a community based environment that has something to offer for all levels of health and wellness. Their mission statement reflects their intent on engaging the individual as a whole, while encouraging and setting by example, the importance of family, education and community service. They also have the Rock Steady Boxing program with is open to people with Parkinson’s disease to help them maintain their strength.

Our other partner is Real Life Training, providing personal and small group training and coaching. Owner Trish Tryon’s goal is to provide a comprehensive and detail oriented personal health and fitness program to her clients.

We have been continuing our fundraising efforts for the Pub Mania event by having a November prize calendar which has come to a close. We would like to thank the following donors for their generous gift certificates to make our calendar a success: Highland Mountain Bike Park, Elizabeth Brothers, Patrick’s Pub, Kathy Crane, Lady Like Aesthetics, Union Avenue Automotive, Chris McCarthy, Meredith Whole Living, Seven Senses, Kim Lacasse, Jamie Caldwell, Katie and Jeff Pierson, BodyHealth Massage and Wellness, Amy Brown, Christine Blouin, Hinesight Imagery, Jennifer’s Color Bar, Real Life Training, Cricket Basha Photography, All My Life Jewelers, and The Escape Room.

We would also like to thank our team sponsors for their support. They are Foley Oil & Propane, The Insurance Outlet, GC Engineering, Melcher & Prescott, Bootlegger’s Footwear Center, Pike Industries, Sanel Auto Parts, and LDR Productions. Without their support we would not have the awesome shirts we will wear at Pubmania as well as their monetary donation to Pubmania.

We are excited for Pub Mania 2017 to happen .... Game on!

Lisa Cornish, Trish Tryon & Janet Brough


Real Downtown Santas Pub Mania Team

  • Written by Mike Mortensen
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'Made in America doesn't mean what it used to' is naive conclusion (643).

To The Daily Sun,

As a Business Management major in college, one of my first and most adored professors asked the class to respond to the statement: “Made in America doesn’t mean what it used to.” While this is a very thought-provoking statement, our professor was looking for more than just the typical response of “nothing is made here anymore, China and Mexico stole all of our manufacturing and all of their stuff is crap.” As a man in my forties, my perspective was more than likely much different from the majority of my 18- to 25-year-old classmates.

The statement “Made in America doesn’t mean what it used to” evokes a number of different thoughts for me. I work for a large multinational manufacturing company, so my perspective may be different than some. I see the influence of the global market and how fluctuations in it affect jobs here in the United States. The knee-jerk response is to immediately jump to the idea that jobs move to Mexico and Brazil because the cost of labor can be much less. While there is some truth to that, the stigma of moving these processes and jobs out of the country would mean that perhaps the quality of the products produced would be of a lesser grade than the same product that was made here. That is no longer an accurate statement, because of the amount of global competition; manufacturers must have something special to set them apart. For a lot of companies, that is the quality of the product and the quality control over the process. Being able to produce a product competitively but also have excellent quality control could mean the difference in getting that new contract.

Another aspect of the statement that I see is the amount of U.S. based companies that now have global partnerships. All of the big three auto manufacturers are multinational companies now. Not only do they make and sell vehicles globally, but they source parts and components for their products from all over the world. These companies have also greatly benefited from partnered R&D to develop new lines and models.

Let's look at Harley-Davidson as an example. They are the poster child for generations of enthusiasts who pride themselves on buying products and riding motorcycles that are made here. This icon of freedom and the motorcycle culture now sources components for its motorcycles form Europe and Japan. They even had a German partner in designing one of their most innovative engines. Does this devalue the motor company? No, it just means things are different.

As American companies move into the global marketplace, are they still truly “American?” Does having global facilities and partners make a company less “American?” I work within an global division; our gobal headquarters is in Bristol, New Hampshire. We however, answer to a management board in Germany. Are we an “American” company? No, we are a German company that happens to be headquartered in the U.S. In the same aspect though, companies like GM and Ford are “American” companies that have global partners.

To make the assumption that “Made in America doesn’t mean what it used to” is about the quality of a product or a process is a naive conclusion. This statement transcends just quality and takes on a more positive tone. “Made in America doesn’t mean what it used to”is now truly a statement of how the manufacturer produces the product. Rubber made in Japan may be molded with metal case made in Germany and Teflon inserts made in Ohio with a spring made in Bristol, NH, to produce a seal that is then shipped to Canada to be assembled into a transmission to then later be put into a car produced in Detroit. Global partners working together to produce a product that was “made in the U.S.A.”

Scott Desmond

New Hampton


  • Written by Edward Engler
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