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Please join us at the 13th WOW Sweepstakes Ball on May 21

To The Daily Sun,

On Saturday, May 21, we will be hosting the 13th WOW Sweepstakes Ball at the Lake Opechee Inn, Spa and Conference Center. This event, presented by Meredith Village Savings Bank, is an important fundraiser, helping to fund the ongoing expansion and maintenance of the trail. The WOW Sweepstakes Ball has raised over $300,000 to date to help fund this exciting project.

What is the WOW Sweepstakes Ball? Well, it's not a ball in the "wear fancy clothes" sort of way. It's a ball in that it is super fun, has great food and entertainment, and the proceeds will support a great cause — the WOW Trail.

In addition, a WOW Ball ticket gives you a chance to win one of 10 cash prizes, including the Grand Prize of $10,000. You do not need to be present to win.

Casual attire is cool. Shorts and flip-flops are fine with us, but you might want to be prepared for dancing. Your $100 ticket includes admission and buffet dinner for two, entertainment with Phil N The Blanks, and one entry into the sweepstakes. Only 300 tickets will be sold.

Please show your support of the WOW Trail by purchasing a ticket. Tickets are available at Patrick's Pub & Eatery or on-line at www.banknhpavilion.com.

For more information about the WOW Trail go to www.wowtrail.org or become a friend of the WOW Trail's Facebook page.

Hope to see you at the ball and out on the trail.

Allan Beetle, and the

WOW Trail Board of Directors

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Answer to substance abuse problem isn't to build fancy hotels

To The Daily Sun,

Substance abuse centers work. I have witnessed it personally. Where lives are turned around and truly rehabilitated. Not just in a sense, cured of a disease, but being enabled to live a lifetime of fulfillment. People, given hope, and led out of a dark hole. And why? Because they were first given a chance. And the chance began within the walls of a substance abuse program not unlike what Alex Ray proposed to establish on the State School property in Laconia.

Laconia, along with many other cities and towns in this state, has found itself in the midst of a crisis. A substance abuse epidemic. Governments, local and in Washington, continue to throw more and more money at the problem but little, if anything, has changed. Now, when one man steps forward, a man who could quite frankly spend a lot less time and aggravation opening another profitable restaurant, proposes to establish a rehabilitation center, he is turned
away by both citizens, driven by suspicions and fears, and a local governance, seemingly out of touch with a social cancer, which is continuing to grow.

Honestly, I wasn't sure whether to laugh or be angry when I read of one former councilman's proposal to market the property as a potential location for a five-star resort. Yes, I thought: "That's the ticket"! The answer to our substance abuse problem in New Hampshire is to build more five-star resorts. Of course, why didn't we think of that before.

Al Blake


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