Irwin family made sure my parents left marina with a safe boat

To the Daily Sun,

I read the article about the Irwin Family in the Sun.

I have a family story about them that goes back to the 1940s. My parents owned a girls camp on Bow Lake in Northwood, when the surfboard, the kind towed behind a boat, fad came in. They decided that they needed a larger boat than the small outboard they had, so they ended up at Irwin Marine.

They found a Dodge Watercraft, I think that was the name anyway, which was in the budget. When they told Big Jim that it was going to be used for towing the girls around on the new surfboard, he refused to sell it to them as not being a safe boat for that purpose. Instead he pointed them to a suitable boat but it was more money. When the folks said that they could not afford it, he said not to worry as he would sell it to them for the same price as he did not want the girls using the first boat.

Needless to say, when they sold the camp in 1951 and we moved to Alton Bay, the new boat was Chris Craft. Good People.

Jim Shuff


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Crafts, food, music and games at Gilmanton Old Home Day

The the Daily Sun,

Gilmanton's Old Home Day, held on the third Saturday in August in recent years, will be held on the on the second Saturday this year (Aug. 15), from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Located on the Smith Meeting House grounds off Route 140 in Gilmanton, the day offers up a traditional bean­hole bean dinner, including your choice of pea, kidney, southern spicy and vegetarian beans. The beans are deliciously accompanied by ham, coleslaw, brown bread, and home made pies. Seatings will be held at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a cost of $10. Come see how the beans are cooked in the ground for many hours, resulting in perfection! Hamburgs, hotdogs, soda will be sold at the food booth for those who pass up the full dinner.

Entertaining the attendees will be Jody Scalise, the Motion Man. Come see what he has in store for us. At 10:30 and 12:30 puppeteer Lindsay and her Puppet Pals will delight children and adults alike with her unique performances in the schoolhouse, not to be missed. The Parker Hill Road Band will captivate the audience with their bluegrass music from 10­ a.m. to 1 p.m.

A large variety of crafts will be for sale at individual booths including jewelry, living wreaths, floral arrangements, face painting, aprons, afghans, baby blankets, bake sale, soaps, lotions, balms, jams, jellies, soup mixes, syrup, birchbark birdhouses, photographs, furniture, hand-dyed shirts, socks, belts, beachtowels, baseball caps, fresh cut garden flowers, doll clothes, paintings on saws, herbal cooking blends, blends for dips, herbal meat rubs, vintage linens, infant knitted hats, appliqued dishtowels, relishes, pickles, fudge, herb seedlings, herbal tinctures, low/no sugar fruit spreads, paperback books, note cards, garlic bulbs, garlic powder, chips, granules, Raggedy Ann doll raffle, felt food (campfires, mail bags, breakfast, lunch, dinner sets), embroidered items, quilts, pillows, pot holders, eyeglass cases, as well as a baby goat and friendly rabbit for children to pet.

The undercroft of the Meeting House (church) will feature an art show well worth your viewing time. Contributing artists from the area create a display of varied media. Their work will be judged and prizes awarded.

Children's games will be ongoing, as well as crafts for children. Come for the Antique Car Show, beginning after the beanhole bean dinner seatings. For those interested in showing off their summer muscles, tug of war contests will provide the perfect opportunity.

Free admission, free parking, no dogs allowed. All proceeds go to the restoration of the five buildings on the Smith Meetinghouse grounds.

Judy Wilson


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Fun, food and suprises at Gilmanton Old Home Day on Saturday

To the Daily Sun,

Join us this Saturday, Aug. 15, for all of the fun, food and surprises you will find at the Gilmanton Old Home Day Celebration. Visit the American Legion Auxiliary's home-baked goods table and help support local veterans, their families and community.

This year we are offering raffle tickets for a wonderful hand-crafted Raggedy Ann and Andy. Created with their cart by a local artisan this one-of-a-kind, 24-inch high grouping is a beautiful home accent or child's keepsake. The drawing will be Saturday.

Visit for more information.

Join us on Saturday, Aug. 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Smith Meeting House, and enjoy the day!

Candace L Daigle, Secretary

American Legion Auxiliary Ellis-Geddes-Levitt Unit 102


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Too many die by gunfire – It is time to repeal the 2nd Amendment

To the Daily Sun,

I would hope most of us agree that too many people in this country die by gunfire. Because there are so many guns out there, and because the culture and history of individual gun ownership is so strong, it will take a lot of thoughtful conversation to deal with this issue intelligently.

In my opinion, one of the biggest barriers to this conversation is the Second Amendment to the Constitution. Frankly, the opinions of the founding fathers about their smoothbore muskets and local militias have absolutely no relevance to America in the 21st century, and the time we spend trying to parse them is time totally wasted.

I would humbly suggest it is time to repeal the Second Amendment. I know full well that this suggestion won't get very far very soon, but it is an idea that deserves to be considered. Then we can start to deal realistically with the situation we are faced with.

Johan Andersen

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Daily Sun’s front page again proves Donald Trump right

To the Editor:

Do you wonder why Donald Trump is doing so well in the polls? It's not because he would make such a terrific president. It's because for the first time there is a candidate who isn't afraid to say what most everyone is thinking. The American people have been lied to and BSed for so long that we are drawn to the "refreshing honesty" (however tasteless) like moths to a flame.

The fact of the matter is that he is a shrewd businessman who knows his way around the dollars and cents troubles that we are in. He is also a showman who knows that the more noise he makes the more attention he gets, and negative attention is better than no attention. He has, over the years, bought enough politicians to know that every vote cast for him in the primary is a vote taken away from a valid Republican candidate, therefore paving the way for someone else (perhaps someone from his wedding guest list). He is a billionaire — a smart and ruthless money-maker who always has a personal agenda. And, might I add, the Laconia Daily Sun is doing a fine job feeding into him.

First, when reporting on the Trump rally held in The Weirs, it was said that the event opened with Mr. Trump commenting on the subject of his opponents when in actuality the evening opened with him addressing the media. He looked directly at them and told us that they would report exactly what they wanted. That the media had censored and manipulated his comments to sound differently than they were intended. He was right. Not one word was mentioned about the challenge made by a Blue Star mother, or his response to the like. The Sun isn't alone in this as WBIN, WMUR, CNN, as well as the Union Leader, the Citizen and the Boston Herald were all there and all fell short.

Secondly, Mr. Trump repeatedly speaks of how he is not taking donations to his campaign. This way he will not be obligated to any special interest group the way other politicians are, all the way down to local officials.

Now, I'm not saying this is how it all happened ... nor am I accusing anyone of anything ... but ... it sure looks fishy to the average Joe when the very man who cast the deciding vote on the Lakeport Landing sale smears a huge story about the possible "special interest group" all over the front page of his newspaper. Just sayin', in the very narrow eyes of a very narrow-minded New England community it doesn't look good. It looks like the city is taking yet another opportunity to throw salt into a wound ... a wound that they just won't let heal. By having a mayor that plays a dual role as editor of the local free paper what you end up with is the government controlling the media, once again proving Mr. Trump right, allowing him to gain more momentum which in turn serves his agenda to pave the way for a candidate that he probably already owns.

Holly Tetreault


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