To The Daily Sun,
Linda Frawley told me the other day that Peter Karagianis, Laconia's most persistent booster, will turn 100 years of age this coming June. I know of no one who has given more time and energy to the benefit of their community than Peter.
I first met Peter, in 1949 or 1950, when I was a little boy peddling summer vegetables with my grandfather, Henry LeBlanc, a local shop owner in his own right. My grandfather was escorting me from store-to-store to teach me a small life lesson about initiative and reward. Peter's downtown store was one of those places where we stopped. Peter's warm and encouraging smile was what I remember most from that event.
By chance, 20 years later, I had the privilege of working with Peter on the saving of the Busiel and Belknap mills, and then as the architect for the preservation and adaptive use of the Belknap Mill. The level of personal and financial commitment that Peter made to that project has been unmatched by any person on any project that I worked on since.
But Peter committed to many, many, more community betterment projects over the years, including the hard-fought effort to improve the water quality of the region's lakes.
I sincerely hope the City of Laconia makes the effort to recognize and honor Peter on his 100th birthday for the all the love he's given the city over these many years.
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