To The Daily Sun,
My heartfelt appreciation to everyone who contributed to making this year's pooch parade the best one yet. I'm proud to report that total receipts exceeded my $3,000 goal, with donations still coming in.
These dollars will be split with Laconia, Gilford and Belmont Police Department K-9s for their ongoing needs.
Thanks begin with my employer Melcher & Prescott, along with the Board of Directors of the WOW Trail, for giving me this special opportunity to be involved in my hometown in a way I could have never predicted.
This event runs smoothly thanks not only to my great committee: Ann Saltmarsh of Public Works, Cristy Martel of Four Paws Inn, Cathy Dumais and Lisa Green-Barber but to Janet Brough from SAU 30; Kevin Dunleavy, director of Laconia's Parks and Recreation; the two best parking directors, Tim Cavanaugh and Steve Smith; and the 54 volunteers on site who assist in innumerable ways.
It would be difficult to get the word out if it weren't for six amazing reporters: Michael Kitch, Roger Amsden and Karen Bobotas (Laconia Daily Sun); Tim Camerato and Bob Martin (Citizen); Erin Plummer (Gilford Steamer); Angie Sykeny (Hippo); and last but no way least, John Koziol (Union Leader). Great coverage! And for four great schools — Holy Trinity, Woodland Heights, Gilford Elementary and Lakeland — for their art work.
Our business sponsors: "Top of the Heap" five years in a row: Eptam Plastics. Gold Sponsors: Lake Opechee Inn & Spa, Inns at Mill Falls, AKA Tool, Patrick's Pub, Steve Smith Associates, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Tilton Veterinary Hospital, Stealth. Silver Sponsors: Franklin Savings Bank, Fratello's, Noreast Veterinary Associates, Colonial Craftsmen, Body Covers, and long-time BW supporter, Gil – big thank you.
Our vendors: Brendon, My Coffee House who donates half his proceeds to the K-9s, Kelly, Doggone-It-Training; Alix Marcoux, Homeward Bound; Ginny of Happy Tails Dog Park; Marilee of NHHS; Cristy & Danielle of Four Paws Inn; Beth, Meredith Emergency Vet Hosp; Peter of Handmade Pet; Katie of Vet Tech Club; and of course, Aaron Bassett of Burrito Me for much-needed water stations. Woof!
Special thanks to our emcees Nazzy and Mya of Binnie Media, who kept things organized and all of us in stitches with Javier; the Very Rev Marc B. Drouin, V.F., from St. Andre Bessette for his blessings; our photographers Bonnie Carnivale and Joanne DeCesare; our judges: State Sen. Jeanie Forrester, Mayor Ed Engler and Governor's Councilor Joe Kenney with Patrick & Kyle Gandini; our face painters, Jade, Lilly and Amber; Haley of Big Cat Coffee and Lois of Franklin Savings Bank for their giveaway pouches; Meredith Village Savings Bank, Interlakes Animal Hospital and the Insurance Outlet for their sign support; Gator Signs for our new banner and directional signs; our Dalmatian twins, Allie & Lauren, who had way too much fun!; and last but not least, Brett and Bethany of Laconia Pet Center for their generosity in promoting the event as well as providing our contest prizes and more.
Raffles were a new addition this year and over $700 in prizes were received. Several friends contributed an array of gifts in addition to local businesses — Opechee Inn & Spa and Sunflower Natural Foods — as well as our vendors.
Of course, BOW WOW 5 may not have achieved the same level of popularity without our "Star" Hulk. Seeing him sit patiently for pictures with small children, big and little dogs in full sun was nothing short of remarkable. A huge thank-you to his owners, Marlon and Lisa Grennan, for this opportunity.
To all of you (and any I may have missed) a great big thank-you woof for your support, your enthusiasm and your dedication to helping our K-9 officers, our very own unsung heroes, continue to thrive in our community.
Claire L. Hebert-Dow
Community Relation Associate
Melcher & Prescott Insurance
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 May 2015 11:21
To The Daily Sun,
It is so rewarding to know that our community loves our students at Laconia High School.
On behalf of the Laconia Sachems Band Boosters, we would like to thank all who supported our annual Sweet Walk on March 17 at the District Band Concert.
Thank you to the following businesses which donated sweet goods: Hart's Turkey Farm, Fratello's, Patrick's, Goody Good Donuts, Wicked Sweet New England Treats, Annie's Café, Water Street Café, Vista Foods, as well as from other private supporters of the booster group . All monies raised go directly to help fund the Laconia High School Band , Chorus and Color Guard.
The booster group's monthly meetings are the first Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in the LHS Music Room.
Thank you all again, so very much.
Co-President, Laconia Sachems Band Boosters
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 May 2015 11:04
To The Daily Sun,
I would like to tell you about a great local gem you should look into. My wife and I go there the three days, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, they are open from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Winnipesaukee Wellness Center (WWC) is located at 78 Whittier Highway (Rte. 25) in Moultonborough (next to Dunkin' Donuts). They are a nonprofit facility under LRGHealthcare, but are self-sustaining.
There are many different exercise machines as well as weight strengthening classes, as well as a mind challenging word game on the board.
All are supervised by a health professional. If you have a particular problem they will set you up with a program designed to help get you going. We are a great group and have fun while getting fit.
We are grateful that we have the WWC to enjoy a much more active lifestyle. Come and check us out.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 May 2015 10:54
To The Daily Sun,
I read with interest a letter in today's papers saying how wonderful the old mill building is in downtown Belmont. The suggestion that the taxpayers would even consider spending money on the old building is foolish. Perhaps, had the town maintained it over the years and not allowed it to become such a mess then, perhaps, we could do something with it.
What don't the selectmen understand — we simply can't afford it — period; end of story. We are already overtaxed beyond our means and the school (department) has seen to that recently. If you want to buy the mill you will need to first give taxpayers a huge break as of now they can't afford it period. Sell it. Rent it. But do not buy it under any circumstances. The building is not worth the estimated costs to renovate, etc.
If the building is owned by the town and thus by the taxpayers then we should say no to this foolish idea. Many of us would love to own waterfront property or drive a Lincoln, but no we really can't afford them, and the taxpayers of Belmont can't afford this either.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 May 2015 09:30
To The Daily Sun,
Besides being wrong about the Indiana RLRA, Don Ewing is wrong about the foundation of our nation. The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land. Judeo-Christian values do not underlie this supremacy in any way, shape or form. There is no mention of God, Jesus or Christianity. They ignored God in writing the Constitution. It is a godless and secular document.
Article 6 not only states that the Constitution is the supreme law, it bans religious test-oaths for public service which clearly places the Constitution in neutral territory regarding religion. It is not Judeo-Christian in the slightest. Don Ewing is part of that Christian reconstructionist crowd that keeps trying to revise history so they can use the government as a policy tool. Also mentioned in Article 6 is that treaties made in pursuant to the Constitution are part of this supreme law. The Treat of Tripoli stated unequivocally in Article 11 that"the government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion..." See treaty image here. I highly recommend the book, LIARS FOR JESUS by Chris Rodda which delves into all the ways the revisionists lie about our founding era.
We all know about Thomas Jefferson's letter that declared the First Amendment to be a wall of separation. Jefferson meant both ways, but Liars for Jesus say he just meant keeping the state from interfering with the church. This is more nonsense which tries to keep alive the ancient and medieval relationship where the church could dictate religious matters to the state. Destroying the one-way wall of the fundamentalists is a letter written by one of the main architects of the Constitution.
On March 2, 1819, more than 30 years after leading the way in drafting and framing the United States Constitution, James Madison's wrote to Robert Walsh, "The civil government, though bereft of everything like an associated hierarchy, possesses the requisite stability, and performs its functions with complete success, whilst the number, the industry, and the morality of the priesthood, and the devotion of the people, have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the Church from the State." See letter here.
Read it again. TOTAL separation FROM the State, Don.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 May 2015 09:28