To The Daily Sun,
The second annual Marshmallow Man Sprint Triathlon will be held on Saturday, Aug. 2, at Opechee Park in Laconia. Pre-registration begins at 6:30 a.m. at Laconia Middle School and the race will begin at 8 a.m.
The 0.25 mile swim will take racers into Opechee Lake through Opechee Point and back. A 14 mile bike ride north on Route 106 into Meredith and back. And a 5k run along beautiful Shore Drive in Laconia. Have you been wanting to try a triathlon, but been too scared? This is the perfect sprint triathlon for "newbies," to the advanced.
During and following the race there will be free children's activities hosted by students from Gilford High School, balloon animals and face painting, and a barbecue for all to enjoy. Generous sponsors of the event include the Laconia Altrusa Club, the Laconia Police Department, the Gilford Police Department and Explorers, the Meredith Police Department, the Belmont Police Department and Explorers, the Tilton Police Department and Explorers, the Alton Police Department and Explorers, Laconia Restorative Justice, Gilford High School, Laconia Middle School, Body Covers, Lakes Region Triathlon Club, Bank of NH, Meredith Village Savings Bank, MC Cycle, MetroCast, Awakening Chiropractic, Crystal Rock Water, Hart's Slush, T&A Gunnery, Art Escape and Vista Foods.
All proceeds will benefit the Greater Lakes Child Advocacy Center. A local non-profit serving children between the ages of 2-18 living in Belknap County who have been suspected victims of child abuse. The center provides a safe, neutral environment for children, coordinates child abuse investigations, and offers community outreach and trainings and community referrals for children and families.
Registration is $50 per person or $60 on race day/ team of three is $100, or $120 on race day. To register visit our website www.marshmallowman.org or call 524-5497 for more information.
Hope to see you there.
Program Director, Greater Lakes CAC
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 09:38
To The Daily Sun,
It may seem like a long way away, but new things are happening in the Middle East which will have an impact on the whole world. The Middle East includes the Levant, which is all the land in the eastern Mediterranean area, including Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, and part of southern Turkey. Egypt and the Sinai can be part of the Levant.
The United States is very special, in that we are able to keep a democracy, which many countries cannot do. The role of a dictator, though usually oppressive, is to keep order in a country that otherwise would fold to tribal disarray, as is apparent in so many Muslim countries.
In 2006, a group of active Sunni jihadist militants in Iraq and Syria, used the Syrian civil war to expand their control against Shi'a Muslims and Christians and to further the name of Allah and restore Islam to glory and to eliminate all modern borders between Islamic Middle Eastern countries. Presently, they are a force to be reckoned with, as they have now formed a state which they call the Islamic State (formerly Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant - ISIL, or Iraq and Syria- ISIS).
In June this year, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was elected caliph or Islamic leader of the Ummah, by the Sunni leadership of the group. A Caliphate claims religious authority over all Muslims and aspires to bring much of the Muslim-inhabited regions of the world under its direct political control, beginning in the war-torn Middle East. Muslims around the world are now required to pledge allegiance to the new caliph, though Muslim scholars do not agree.
According to the Koran, Muslims must exact jizra, or a tax on all non-Muslims under their control, which is what ISIS is doing now, in order to provide funds for all their military. They seized funds from Mosul's central bank when they took over that city, they routinely practice extortion, by demanding money from truck drivers and threatening to blow up businesses, and by robbing banks and gold shops. They also have private donors in Gulf states. They have commandeered oil fields and smuggled out raw materials, and sold electric power in northern Syria. They have assets worth $2 billion, making it the richest jihadist group in the world.
ISIS has captured and currently uses American weapons, vehicles, and uniforms. They have over 20,000 fighters in Iraq and Syria, and now, rather than being seen as a terrorist organization, they are being seen as an army on the move, taking terrain. On July 2, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi said that Muslims should unite to capture Rome in order to "own the world."
Do you still believe there is nothing to worry about in America? Think about it, and do your own research. This is not something that's "over there." There are many Muslims in America. If they are required to pledge allegiance to the Caliph, where is their allegiance to America? True, not all Muslims in America will cater to the Caliph, but when the time comes, and they are called to action, they will have to act, or be considered apostates which are the first to be killed.
People, we need to hold firmly onto our republic, pray for our leaders, and keep out the forces that would overthrow our culture. Check out what's happening in Marseilles, France, and what Holland is doing about multiculturalism, or the changes occurring in Great Britain. No, we do not want to be like Europe right now. The United States is special, it is good, and free. Let's keep it that way.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 09:32
To The Daily Sun,
On July 1 I went to the DMV to obtain a Veteran's ID card. The DMV informed me that I was the first to apply. After completing the forms and showing my discharge papers and DD-214, they gave me a temporary license that shows that I am a veteran. The process cost me $3.
To the best of my knowledge, the state of New Hampshire has not announced this benefit for veterans.
Stores, restaurants, motels and services offer discounts to veterans with photo IDs. The only veterans who can obtain a photo ID are those retired from the military or who qualify for veteran health insurance. This leaves millions of veterans who are not being recognized for their service. The New Hampshire law recognizes all veterans.
I want to thank Selectmen Pat Consentino of Tilton and State Sen. Jeanie Forrester for their help.
FYI, the federal government veteran's ID card is still in committee.
Veterans, take advantage of this benefit. Yesterday, Home Depot in Tilton accepted my temporary card and gave me a discount.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 09:24
To The Daily Sun,
Dear Laconia Community:
Now that the rush of the end of the school year has passed, I wanted to take this moment to offer a humble thank you to the community for its support as we at Laconia High School went through a difficult situation as the school year ended.
At LHS, it is our constant desire to create, maintain and improve our school's learning culture. Over the past few years, we have evidence that this is happening. Student performance, based on multiple measures of evaluation, has improved. Attendance and student disciplinary issues are also moving in a clear, data-supported positive direction. However, when a threat against the school is made, the data goes out the window and we must make decisions that ensure safety above all else.
Because of the strong community support we received during the final week of school, we were safe and maintained a strong learning environment throughout final exams. I could not be more thankful for the very real work provided by the Laconia Police Department. Their commitment to our students ensured strong supervision of the building. Throughout this difficult time, they were positive, confident and supportive of the plan that was developed to ensure our school community's safety throughout the week.
I would also like to both recognize and thank Superintendent Forsten and Assistant Superintendent Bietler for providing a constant presence and support each day during the final week of school, while also supporting the continued work of each school in the district.
I further want to recognize the administrative team and teachers at LHS. The day that violence was threatened against the school, every teacher and administrator was at work. Teachers worked to make sure our students were ready for testing while also supporting young people through the difficulties associated with the unusual circumstances.
I am truly privileged to work in a community that is so caring. I am humbled by the strong, consistent support that so many in this community safeguarded throughout the final week of school. I am thankful to the parents who supported us and offered to help in any way they could. Finally, I am thankful to our students, who came to school, focused on their academics and their future and completed their school year in a successful manner.
With confidence, we look forward to the 2014 – 2015 school year. We do so because Laconia High School and so many in our community are able and willing to stand up for what is right.
Jim McCollum, Principal
Laconia High School
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 09:14
To The Daily Sun,
Since 1863, The New Hampton Village Cemetery located on Shingle Camp Hill has served as the primary burial ground for the town. Acquired through generous donations from landowners over several decades, the site consists of approximately nine acres.
The care and maintenance of the cemetery is entrusted to an association of volunteers. Funds are provided through a small stipend from the town, income from modest investments, and the sale of lots.
Through frugal management the association has managed to provide water and general maintenance such as seasonal mowing, leaf and tree removal, pruning, and some modest upgrades. As the cemetery has aged and use has increased, the roadways of the cemetery are in dire need of some repairs, however the cemetery funds simply cannot manage such a project.
We are seeking the help of the public to raise money to provide for some upgrades to the roadways in order to provide better access within the cemetery.
If you would like to help with this endeavor or other approved projects, donations (Please make checks payable to New Hampton Village Cemetery) may be sent to: New Hampton Village Cemetery, PO Box 363, New Hampton, NH 03256.
If you prefer to contribute time or materials, please contact Joel Powers, Sexton of the Cemetery at 603-744-8356.
Thank you for your support.
New Hampton Village Cemetery Overseers
Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 08:58