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Allow me to outline my vision for educating Laconia's students

To The Daily Sun,

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, Ward 3 will elect a representative for the Laconia School Board. My name is Aaron Hayward and, aside from my two children who attend Pleasant Street School, education has been my greatest passion. I am running for School Board to support our students and contribute to our school communities.

As an 18-year teacher of math and science at Belmont High School, I have enjoyed finding ways to challenge every one of my students. Celebrating their successes fills me with energy on a daily basis. Over my career I have participated in a number of leadership opportunities, involved myself in building and district planning, and continued to seek avenues from which to learn and grow.

My vision for Laconia education includes:

— Challenging all students appropriately regardless of their backgrounds or needs.

— Following the strategic plan that is in place, while seeking input of administrators, educators, parents, students, and citizens of the community.

— Celebrating and promoting the success of our schools and students. At PSS, my children have been blessed with wonderful teachers and environments that foster academic growth, creativity, and individuality. We need to keep these amazing qualities at the forefront of our educational decisions.

— Providing every student the opportunity for a first class education that prepares them for the evolving world around them. We need to make responsible, well thought out budget decisions that include, not alienate, taxpayers. We are all in this together. After all, a school district that overspends or slashes budgets will ultimately lose the community's faith.

Let's continue to build on our community based model, continue to revise our curriculum, and support our schools that ensure our children get the best education possible. I appreciate your vote on Nov. 8.

Aaron Hayward
Ward 3

Laconia

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Need to give this little gem of a mountain the protection it deserves

To The Daily Sun,

Are you someone who enjoys hiking in the Belknap Mountains, or do you just enjoy the views of it? Either way, we all have a stake in preserving this beautiful mountain range which makes a significant impact on the character of our town and the Lakes Region.

In recent years, there was a great and successful effort to preserve property on Mount Major. Now, we have an opportunity to preserve land at the summit of Piper Mountain, another picturesque mountain in the Belknap Range. Piper is a favorite of many, for a short hike to beautiful views, feasting on blueberries in season, or connecting with other mountains in the range. It is a great way to introduce young children to mountain climbing. There are wonderful flat rock ledges near the summit to climb on, and rocks at the top to sit on while enjoying lunch or a snack. Also, it is a manageable hike for seniors! We know quite a few people, who have named a child or dog after the mountain because it is a favorite place for them to climb.

Right now, the Gilford Conservation Commission is committed to raising $120,000 in a combined effort with the Lakes Region Conservation Trust. They are hoping citizens in our community and beyond will rise to the challenge and contribute to this opportunity to ensure permanent continued access to the summit as well as trail maintenance. If the money can be raised in time, the purchase of Piper's summit will take place on Jan. 17, 2017.

Please, if you can, give this little gem of a mountain the protection it needs, as soon as possible! Donations are tax deductible. Make your check out to the Town of Gilford Conservation Fund with a note in the memo section for Piper Mountain. You can send it by mail to the Gilford Conservation Commission at 47 Cherry Valley Road, Gilford, NH 03249.

Jack & Shirley Woodward

Gilford

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