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Santa Fund is partnering to form a Pub Mania team for 2016

To The Daily Sun,

As recipients of funds from the Children's Auction of the Lakes Region we feel that it is important to support Patrick's Pub Pub Mania, an event that raises so much money for the auction in our community.

The Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region is partnering with Real Life Training and The Downtown Gym to form "Real Downtown Santas" — a Pub Mania team for the 2016 Pub Mania event.

The Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region operates year-round to help children and families. Last year we provided warm clothes, coats, boots and snow pants during the winter months to more than 600 children. We have provided food gift certificates and gas cards to families who have children with medical conditions. We have provided sports items for youth and teens so that they could be a part of a team or go to a dance class. We have sponsored children with special needs to be able to attend summer camp as well as awarded over 40 scholarships annually to students to attend Shooter's Gold Basketball Camp. We have supplied school supplies for children. We have been able to do all these things and more with generous donations. Our program is non-profit and funded fully by donations and funds received by the Children's Auction.

The Downtown Gym is a newly opened wellness center in downtown Laconia that provides a community-based environment that has something to offer for all levels of health and wellness. Their mission statement reflects their intent on engaging the individual as a whole, while encouraging and setting by example, the importance of family, education and community service.

Our other partner is Real Life Training, providing personal and small group training and coaching. Owner Trish Tryon's goal is to provide a comprehensive and detail oriented personal health and fitness program to her clients.

We have begun our fundraising efforts for the Pub Mania event by participating in the weekly Patrick's Shuffle. We are working on other ideas for fundraising events over the course of the next few months leading up to the actual Pub Mania event which is scheduled for Dec. 8-9.

We would love to have T-shirts to wear at different events including Pub Mania with sponsors/supporters logos. Would your business be interested in being a sponsor for our team? The cost would be $200 which would have your business name on our team shirts as well as your business name included in all publicity. We would also like to provide a poster that you can place in your window so that the community can see your support. If you are interested please contact Janet Brough at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you in advance for considering our request. Funds raised by this will go directly to our Pub Mania team funds.

Janet Brough
Board Member
Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region

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Legislature needs to support the Community Rights Amendment

To The Daily Sun,

New Hampshire was the very first state to adopt a form of government separate from the British Empire. New Hampshire's first constitution — only 911 words long — was adopted by the state Legislature on January 5, 1776, six months before the Declaration of Independence was signed. The current New Hampshire Constitution was adopted on June 2, 1784, replacing the original state constitution with a two-part document. The first part enumerates some of the unalienable rights which are the birthright of everyone, and the second part lays out the form of government for the state.

The Bill of Rights that constitutes the first part of the New Hampshire Constitution is unique and remarkable when compared to most other modern state constitutions. It retains much of the fervor for self-governing rights that was expressed in Thomas Paine's world-changing "Common Sense," as well as the inspirational and powerful words of the Declaration Independence.

Article 1 declares: All men are born equally free and independent; therefore, all government of right originates from the people, is founded in consent, and instituted for the general good.

Article 2 declares: All men have certain natural, essential, and inherent rights among which are, the enjoying and defending life and liberty; acquiring, possessing, and protecting, property; and, in a word, of seeking and obtaining happiness.

Article 8 declares: All power residing originally in, and being derived from the people, all the magistrates and officers of government are their substitutes and agents, and at all times accountable to them.

And Article 10 declares: Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security, of the whole community, and not for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government. The doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.

Article 14 declares: Every subject of this state is entitled to a certain remedy, by having recourse to the laws, for all injuries he may receive in his person, property or character, to obtain right and justice freely, without being obliged to purchase it; completely, and without any denial; promptly, and without delay, conformably to the laws.

As we can see, there should be no shyness about the right and authority of the people of New Hampshire to change their Constitution and style of government when the living generation finds that old ways and new wrongs have the effect of depriving them of their unalienable rights and their ability to govern their own communities.

Systemic errors in our current state and national governments result in violations of the right of local community self-government. It is beyond argument that these violations are real, constant, and have gone without remedy by elected representatives and the court system of the state. It has been left to the people to take corrective action, by demanding constitutional change that will guarantee in specific, unassailable terms that it is the people who govern, that they have the authority, power and right to enact and enforce laws in their own communities that prevent the state from empowering corporations to violate community rights under color of state law.

In the name of the people, the state creates corporations by issuing charters. Corporations are therefore creatures of the state, and governable in their existence and in their actions by the people. But a long train of abuses and usurpations, in which courts and legislatures have elevated corporate power over general community rights suggests an unspoken plan to reduce our democratic rights to proportions manageable by a corporate minority. It is, as our state constitution enumerates, the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government. The doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.

The peaceful remedy for these wrongs is for our state Legislature to support the New Hampshire Community Rights Amendment and allow the people of the state to decide whether or not to adopt it as part of our Constitution. This amendment has been drafted and proposed by the New Hampshire Community Rights Network (NHCRN). Contact NHCRN at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Michelle Sanborn
NHCRN Coordinator
Alexandria

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