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47 beautifully decorated trees highlighted our annual festival

To The Daily Sun,

Altrusa International of Meredith is so grateful to the community for the many ways our friends and neighbors helped to make our 21st annual Festival of Trees a success. Thanks to the Noe family for hosting the Festival at the Waukewan Golf Course and to Kim and Craig Hale for helping to prepare the venue. Special thanks also go to our event sponsors Lovering Volvo and Aubuchon Hardware of Moultonborough. We also appreciate donations from Friends of the Festival, Circle Dental, Carter Mountain Flooring, Verani Realty, and Chuck and Karen Thorndike.

Everyone knew about the festival due to the support we received from area newspapers and the many businesses and organizations who displayed our posters and flyers. Thanks also go to the Mills Falls Marketplace and Lago for displaying our banners which were printed by EFI/Vutek. We also appreciate Verani Realty, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Dr. DeTolla, Griddle in the Middle, the Greater Meredith Program, and the Town of Meredith for promoting the Festival on their signs. We appreciate Hampshire Hospitality for promoting us on their blogs.

Outdoor lighting at the festival was set up John Law. The beautiful outdoor decorations which greeted our visitors were provided by Cackleberries. We could all enjoy the beautiful indoor setting because of the wiring done by Mike Stanford and John Skilling.

Visitors to the festival were delighted by the 47 beautifully decorated trees, created by area businesses, nonprofits, individuals and families. Thirty-five of these were donated to local families selected by area Christmas outreach organizations following the Festival! Special thanks to Scott Burns Landscaping and Meredith Fire Dept. Auxiliary who sponsored the trees decorated by the Altrusa Club and the ASTRA club. The beauty of the setting was also enhanced by the lovely mantle decoration provided by Linda French and Bob Sherman.

Guests at the preview party enjoyed delicious hors d'oeuvres generously provided by area restaurants and caterers. For these we are grateful to Bay Gulls, Bob House, Canoe, Center Harbor Provisions, Contigiani's Catering Service, Crazy Gringo, Faro Italian Grille, Frog Rock, George's Diner, Giuseppes, Hannaford's, Hart's Turkey Farm, E.M. Heath Supermarket, Local Eatery, McDonalds, Moulton Farm, Phu Jee, Piccolo, Picnic Rock Farms, Rossi's, Rustic Gourmet Catering, Sub Crazy, Tavern 27, The Mug, and Walter's Basin.

Linens at the preview party were graciously provided by Mill Falls at the Lake. Guests' coats were checked by members of the ASTRA Club, a teen service organization sponsored by Altrusa.

Our sincere gratitude goes to the one hundred plus local businesses and friends that donated wonderful items for the silent auction and raffle baskets. Their amazing generosity demonstrated true caring, commitment and community spirit.

When the Festival ended, and the delighted area families had received decorated trees to brighten their holidays, we were grateful to the husbands who helped Altrusa members return the decorations to the storage area generously provided by the Ballard House.

To paraphrase a popular book title, it takes a village (or several villages) to host a successful festival. The entire membership of the Altrusa International Club of Meredith, Leaders in Service, is extremely proud to be part of such generous, supportive and outstanding communities! We promise to continue partnering with local organizations to build better communities.

The Altrusa International Club of Meredith

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Trumps conflicts of interest affecting his presidential transition

To The Daily Sun,

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office on Nov. 23, in part which states: "To what extent have Mr. Trump's conflict of interest affected his presidential transition?" In addition they further ask, "What is the impact and potential impact of his refusal to set up a qualified blind trust to prevent conflicts of interest?....Have his conflicts potentially affected the policy positions of his new administration?"

A Government Accountability Office spokesperson has confirmed that as of Nov. 30 the agency has received emails related to Senator Warren's and Rep. Cummings request. At this point in time the GAO does not have a total count of how many emails it has received, but the GAO says it plans to respond to each email.

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Dear Ms. Siggerud and Mr. Minnelli,
I'm writing in support of Senator Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Cummings request for answers to the very real possibility of a conflict of interest.

Bernadette Loesch


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