To The Daily Sun,
I would like to commend the Stand Up Laconia coalition in its third year of community involvement in making a difference in the lives of teens and young adults. Some examples of this would be the recent Chem Free After Prom Party at LHS and the upcoming Muskrats game fundraiser. This group has accomplished so much since its inception and would love to have more community involvement from volunteers.
Please join and "stand up" against substance abuse in Laconia. To learn more about Stand Up Laconia, please visit the website: www.standuplaconia.com or at the email address:
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 10:36
To The Daily Sun,
The Inter-lakes High School class of 2017 would like to thank the community for another successful Renaissance Faire which was held last week at the Inter-lakes Community Auditorium.
The students were issued the task of researching an influential person who has shaped both the Renaissance and our world today. The student's were assigned this project in their Ancient World History and English 9 classes as part of an interdisciplinary unit.
Over the past few months students have used critical thinking skills to research and explain how the world was influenced by an individual and how they still affect us today in 2014. The students used collaboration while working with their peers, and used communication skills to effectively present their information. Students dressed in costumes of the time period, presented three minute speeches to the guests, and show-cased posters and artifacts that they made. The Faire has been going on for over two decades and is a tradition for the freshman class.
The event was a success due to the amazing support of the parents, administrators, school district and community.
We would like to thank the Inter-lakes Middle Tier/High School Theater Company and the Winnipesaukee Playhouse for allowing students to borrow costumes for the event. We would like to thank Chris Wald and his custodial staff for helping us set up and break down the event. We would also like to thank the music and art departments for allowing the students to use their space and materials to enhance the project. Also, Angie Miller and Patti Bogert-the school librarian and librarian assistant for helping the students throughout the research portion, and finally our amazing para educators that helped the students every step of the way.
The event was successful due to you our community. Thank you to all that came to the event, especially grades 5-8 for taking time out of their class day to come support their peers and allow the students to show their knowledge in a fun and creative way.
Laura Brusseau & Sarah Harbrook
9th Grade Social Studies/9th Grade English Educators
Inter-Lakes High School
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 10:34
To The Daily Sun,
The most exciting $22.00 musical evening in years.
Six months ago I attended a concert (including food delectables) by the N.Y. folk rock group "Gathering Time" right here in Laconia. As a senior citizen I will tell you that this remarkable group of artists whisked me through the music from the 60s through today including the music of Simon and Garfunkle, Peter Paul and Mary, Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seger up to Earth Wind and Fire and the Beetles.
They are returning again this Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Historic Belknap Mill Chertok Gallery and are a MUST SEE on this one night show.
Pickup food, cold drinks, home made pastries all for $22.00/pp.! WHAT A WONDERFUL, OUT OF YOUR SEATS EVENING!
Go to www.tbinh.org for tickets as well as "google" "gathering time wcbs" for a sense of the music.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 10:29
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing in response to the article The Laconia Sun published on May 17th about sex crime allegations against Robert Woodbury. I think the article was written in poor taste, is lopsided in it's reporting of the facts and is a shameful piece of supposed "objective" journalism.
Let us remember, he has not been convicted of a crime. He is INNOCENT until proven guilty. That presumption of innocence is one of the core values of our country and our innate sense of justice. If we convict people in our newspapers and our minds before they stand trial in a court of law, then we are destroying the very system that is in place to protect us from trumped up, slanderous charges.
To objectively round out what should have been said, Robert Woodbury is a good citizen, he served his country in the USMC and has helped countless people in the community, he is always willing to help a neighbor in need. Cindy's daycare was absolutely wonderful and only closed because she is very ill with diabetes complications and can no longer take care of children.
The losses they have suffered as a result of this newspaper running such a one sided, condemning article is tragic and unacceptable.
As American citizens, we need to uphold the freedoms we hold so dear in our hearts and in our communities or we will see these freedoms eroded and lost.
And, the fourth establishment, the media has an obligation to serve the citizens objectively. You have a heavy responsibility to make sure you do not ruin reputations with the stroke of a pen. In this particular case, I think The Laconia Sun has failed in their duty to be objective and unbiased. Are you a respectable newspaper or a smut rag just looking for sensationalist tricks? I had always thought the former. Perhaps I was wrong.
(Editor's note: The article in question was the reporting of an indictment handed down by a Belknap County Grand Jury. Ms. Willoughby is correct, Mr. Woodbury has not been convicted of anything and will have his day in court.)
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 10:25
To The Daily Sun,
The June 19 POW/MIA Vigil and Freedom Ride will go on as scheduled. We have made the statement over the years that Faith, Trust, Truth, Responsibility and Accountability are important. Those words are still important. Just discussing the last five years, those who have been involved in vigils and rides can be proud, for doing the right thing.
If an American soldier was being held POW tomorrow, would you not do the same thing? Up until a few days ago most Americans didn't know the name Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Today those that do are ready to call him "deserter" without hearing from him as yet. If what we're hearing is completely true, did at that time, the 23-year-old soldier do what he may have done with desertion on his mind? His country and especially his family? Or perhaps was this a confused, depressed, very ill soldier overlooked on a field of battle. Not an excuse, just fact.
Would anything justify the loss of life of any American serviceman or woman on the battlefield or fill the void in a Gold Star Family? The words "healing" and "closure" are for those of us who have not had to sacrifice what they have.
Writing letters about being upset with "war, direction of the country, consideration of the Afghan people and justice? I remember a person sitting in front of a Senate House Committee discussing an unjust war, direction of the country, loss of American life and atrocities of war while American men and women were still fighting and dying during that War. Today he's Secretary of State.
There will be a time and place for others to judge. Faith, trust, truth, responsibility and accountability are still important.
We can gather together and ride because we are free to do so. We did the right thing and I believe we'd do it together again, so long as we have men and women in harm's way. Some must keep the faith. This could be the most important Vigil and Ride to date.
Bob Jones, VP
Northeast POW/MIA Network
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 10:22