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Human angels lightened the pain of my mom’s passing

To The Daily Sun,

On behalf of my family and our dear loved one, Lee Hart, I am writing to express our deep appreciation to all those who have been involved in my mom's care during the last two years.

The long journey from diagnosis to death was helped by the caring, compassion, and honesty of her primary care physician and medical director of hospice, Dr. Carolyn Crosby; Dr. Charles Catcher and the fabulous staff at LRGHealthcare Oncology Department; the kind and respectful employees at the LRGH Emergency Department and senior services program; the staff at Genesis Laconia Rehab; the wonderful nursing staff at Taylor Community, Ledgeview (second floor), and of course, the professionals and volunteers from hospice.

Everyone with whom we interacted was incredibly kind, open, and concerned about not only mom's comfort, but ours as well. I wish I could thank everyone by name, but so much was a blur and my memory doesn't serve well. Just know that you are human angels, lightening the pain and sadness of all who are suffering. A few who stand out are Robin, Holly, Mary Ellen, Liz, Teresa, Alison, and Gayle.

We also wish to convey our gratitude to the many good people in my parents' lives who offered love, prayers and support, especially dear friends from Taylor Community, from their beloved Sanbornton United Church of Christ, as well as friends from our former church in Connecticut. We especially appreciated the essential spiritual support we experienced from their minister, Ruth Martz, who was away during the last few days of mom's life, the ministers who were on call and covering for her, the Rev. Vickie Wood-Parrish, the Rev. Paula Gile, and the Rev. Wanda Lester, as well as the Rev. John Davies, the spiritual director from Hospice, and my own minister, Maresha Ducharme.

Of course, our greatest thankfulness goes to the One who holds us all in great love. We find much comfort in the knowledge that our mother, wife, grandmother, aunt, and sister is now in a place of great joy, expansiveness and healing. And we give thanks.

With deep gratitude and blessings for all,

Carol Hart


For the Hart family: Dave, Bruce and Jill, Ed and Laura, Stephanie and Nate, Megan, Malik Haig, Ron Brown, and our extended family.

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Lots of people contributed to the resounding success of our festival

To The Daily Sun,

The 14th annual Laconia Multicultural Festival was a resounding success! The perfect weather set the stage for a day full of great music, food and celebration of our varied heritage. The thousands of attendees gathering in our downtown for this celebration made for an exciting and rewarding day. The happy faces of the folks gathered at Rotary Park, the kids beating the drums at Kid's Corner, and the toe tapping folk grass music at City Hall made the city come alive.

Great events like this can only happen with the support of many sponsors, advertisers, committee members and volunteers. Our thanks to Larry Frates and the 60 flag bearers led by our Mayor, Ed Engler, for kicking off the day with the colorful Parade of Flags! We are grateful to our major sponsors, Well Sense Health Plan, Ascentria Care Alliance, Laconia Human Relations Committee, Genesis Behavioral Health and the Penny Pitou-Milo Pike Family Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation.

Our LMF Committee works on planning this event year-round. To all our committee members, we give thanks for your tireless efforts. To the volunteers who are there for us each year as well as the many new volunteers that joined us this year, we salute you. Thanks to our media sponsor, Binnie Media and to the Laconia Daily Sun, the Laconia Citizen, Salmon Press and LRPA-TV for the great coverage leading up to the event and the coverage of the event itself. To our sound and electrical experts, the help from the Belknap County House of Corrections, and tables from the Taxiarchai Greek Orthodox Church, we thank you all.

The Laconia Human Relations Committee & the Belknap Mill join together to help sponsor this community celebration. It is the hard work & support of many people, organizations, businesses and agencies in Laconia and the Lakes Region that lay the foundation for this great celebration of culture.

Special thanks to Healthlink for allowing us use of their electricity and parking lot, and the City of Laconia: Police Department, Finance Department and Paul Moynihan at Public Works, as well as City Manager Scott Myers and Mayor Ed Engler. It was wonderful collaborating with our friends from the Farmer's Market to make sure our guests visited them, too.

To produce an event like this requires substantial funding. The Multicultural Festival recognizes with gratitude all of our program advertisers. To our many patrons and supporters of this wonderful event — our heartfelt thanks for your donations.

To all our wonderful performers at Rotary Park, City Hall and the Kid's Corner stages — thank you so much. There wouldn't be a festival without our great vendors and non profit/service agency friends. Thank you all for participating.

And finally and most important — to all of you that attended, we hope you enjoyed the day and we so appreciate your continued support and encouragement of the Laconia Multicultural Festival. Mark your calendars for next year's date of Sept. 10. Again, thank you Lakes Region!

Follow us on Facebook and check our website: laconiamulticulturalfestival.org for some great photos.

Becky Guyer

Multicultural Festival Coordinator

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