To The Daily Sun,
I am writing this letter for many reasons. First, our outreach: Faces of Hope would like to share to all those interested to come to a community-wide prayer meeting monthly. We will be meeting the second Saturday of each month at 11 a.m. starting April 11, at the Rotary Park gazebo in Laconia. We want to meet as a community of believers and pray for our neighbors in all surrounding areas who have been touched by the addiction issues. We ask the local churches to please join us. If you are not a believer please feel free to come and listen. If you are in need of prayer we would be honored to do that for you, with you, or whatever you are comfortable with. We desire to bring hope and love and unity in our community.
Second and most important, I would like to share with you regarding the loss of one of our own dear friend's son. She has asked to add to this letter the words she wished her son could have heard. Many times words of love are said but the noise and prison of the addiction is far too loud to hear. These are her words for her son and her hope for those reading:
To my son: I miss you so much my beautiful son. It wasn't supposed to be this way. Drug addiction has taken you from us but it will NEVER EVER define who God created you to be and every memory I have of you is happy, pleasant and beautiful. You would ask me in your dark moments after being revived from overdosing, "why am I here" and I told you that God has a purpose for your life and even though drug addiction tried it's hardest to steal that purpose from you it failed miserably because you did turn to the Lord in your last days. The very thing that tried to pull you away from God's love is exactly the thing that drew you to Him. You are alive in heaven surrounded by pure love and you are free, honey. We will be together again. So with your purpose, son, I am reaching out to anybody who is an addict and anybody affected by addiction to let you know that you are truly loved and being prayed for everyday by me and many others. The Lord has answered everyone of my prayers and I know the battle with drug addiction will be conquered. Please know that their is a mighty and loving God who knows your pain and who wants to help you. All you have to do is ask Him for the help you need and He will never disappoint you. He loves you so much.
God's word promises in Psalm 71:20-21, "Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up, you will increase my honor and comfort me once again"
I love you my son and I send my love to all who are affected by drug addiction. Ma
The Bible says in John 10:10, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy." Is this not what we are seeing in the workings of the recent spike in addictions and deaths? Not only is the person destroyed who is using but it destroys everyone connected to them. The second part of that verse is the good news, "I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."
The Lord has put it on my heart to share with you all 2 Chronicles 7:14, "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
Even if you don't believe in God, do you not see how desperately we need a healing in our land? For those who do believe, are we ready to get on our knees and be obedient to the Lord, repent and pray? I pray we will open our doors to our churches & truly love people even when we don't agree or understand. I pray that we will stop being so loud about what we are against and be known for what we are for, for what and who we love. I ask you brothers and sisters to join us. Let us join together in love and in agreement that only the Lord can bring us out of this pit. We need to seek answers as to what we need to be doing for these folks and their families to support them and love them not just today, but tomorrow.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 March 2015 11:56
To The Daily Sun,
I wish to give the voters of Moultonborough my heartfelt thanks for the support that I received at the polls last week.
Now that the recount has confirmed my election to the Board of Selectman, I look forward to working with those currently serving in office in our town and offer my thanks to all who have served.
I also give my promise to all the citizens of our town that I will be faithful to my principles of open and fair government. I will work to make our town government as open as it can legally be, and to make sure the rules are the same for everyone.
Now the real work begins.
Thank you for the opportunity.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 March 2015 11:51
To The Daily Sun,
I reside at 485 Meeting House Road in Gilmanton. We thought we won our battle with the Historic District to have our house removed from it, but because of three neighboring land owners, the majority votes were not enough. So our fight continues.
I'm a LNA, a recently enrolled student, and a mother of two who spent eight months of 2014 in and out of the hospital battling with cancer. I am now in remission and trying to fix this house up for my family. Our income is very limited and because I was out of work for eight months we had to spend all of our savings.
My boyfriend and father are on SSI and can only help out very little themselves. This is the reason why we have been trying to use more durable cost-effective materials instead of the more expensive wood material that will require more upkeep and money over the years. We are willing to do it correctly, but do not have the funds.
For the people who want to hold us at such higher standards or anyone else who would like to donate to our cause please go to my gofundme account gofundme.com/Meetinghouse. I had started when I was fighting for my life. Now I'm changing it to fight for freedom.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 March 2015 11:44
To The Daily Sun,
It is with great sadness that I announce that the Gilmanton Corner Store, located at the intersection commonly called 4 Corners, will be closing its doors after Sunday, March 22.
I realize that a store like this is more than just a store. It has become a meeting hall, a lounge, an information booth and a bus stop where people can wait for rides to pick them up. As much as closing the store will leave a hole in my life, I know it will affect many of you as well. It has been an honor to get to know the customers and citizens around town. I will miss all of you, and wish you all the best.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my loyal customers and the townsfolk of Gilmanton who made me feel welcome and a part of this vibrant community. Further, I want to make special mention of my great staff, without whom, I would have probably closed long ago. Mary and Kevin especially put their hearts and souls into the store, and I can never thank them enough for their hard work. All of my staff was great, from top to bottom, and I will miss each of them.
Goodbye Gilmanton. Thanks for the memories.
Owner, Gilmanton Corner Store
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 March 2015 11:41
To The Daily Sun,
This letter is my attempt to thank every one on behalf of me, Suzanne Taggett, my husband, Mike, and our sons Charles, Andrew, Joshua, Arron and their families for the kindness shown to me by the many people who attended a Lakes Region Ice Racing Club Race on Feb. 15, and a ham and bean dinner, silent auction and raffle hosted by the Wicwas Lake Grange on Feb. 21.
I am very grateful for the caring and support shown to me, and was just floored by the number of people who came to the benefit dinner, many of whom I had never met before.
I would also like to express my gratitude to the many individuals and businesses who willingly donated items that were auctioned or raffled during the dinner that helped raise $3,128. Thanks also goes to members of the Lakes Region Ice Racing Club, the drivers, their fans and race co-sponsor Lou's Custom Exhaust for donating all the proceeds from the race, plus presenting me a check for $2,000.
A special thanks goes out to Garden Island Cleaners who was inadvertently left out of a listing of donors that was previously recognized in a thank you letter published on behalf of the Wicwas Lake Grange 292.
In the days following the race and dinner, we received many cards and notes with more generous donations. The combined proceeds of the benefits and other donations have allowed us to pay off our bills and given Mike and me the chance to enjoy a week-long Caribbean cruise.
I just wanted to let people known that the kindness they have shown have put a smile on my face and taken a financial burden off our backs.
Suzanne Taggett & family
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 March 2015 11:38