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How do you feel about scavenger hunts? They are fun, aren't they? Well, imagine spending a day with your family or with a group of co-workers or friends scouring the city of Laconia finding clues, earning points and fun prizes while you learn some history at the same time! The Second Annual Historic Laconia Scavenger Hunt will be held on Saturday June 2 from 1-3:30 p.m., rain or shine. The cost to pre-register, by May 25th, is $30 per team. If you register after May 25 or on the day of the event it will be $35. All teams must register by visiting the Belknap Mill or through the Belknap Mill website.

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To the taxpayers, residents, business owners, and visitors of the City of Laconia:

The time is now. The fire chief will be presenting the proposed Fire Department budget to the City Council this coming Monday, May 2t. As you all have probably recently read about in several articles and letters to the editor, this budget proposal is very important. Also, there is a decision to be made as to whether the ambulance service that the Fire Department provides will remain municipal or be contracted out to a private ambulance vendor.

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How apropos and so very ironic. As the old adage goes, “Timing is everything”. A picture (I am purposely NOT referring to it as a cartoon) appeared on the editorial page in the May 15 edition of The Daily Sun. When first seen, it gives us pause and a very deep intake of breath. It is a very somber and serious reminder of what’s been happening over this past couple of weeks. It depicts Senator John McCain (R-AZ) dressed in a suit with a troubled expression on his face. On the front of his suit are the medals he was awarded during his long and honorable military service to the United States of America. The picture shows him saying these very poignant words, “OLD SOLDIERS NEVER DIE…” We also are very shocked to see a huge knife in his back. On the hasp of that knife it says the following words: “IT DOESN’T MATTER HE’S DYING ANYWAY” — an unconscionable quote from a low life White House staffer.

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I would like to take this opportunity to commend The Laconia Daily Sun, and Keith Murray for the addition the local sports reporting recently instituted in the paper. This his been a void in the local area and Keith is doing a fantastic job. I know I speak for many players, parents, coaches, grandparents as well as local fans near and far.

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Isn’t it great when the clowns to the left claim to be “stuck in the middle with you”? They use words like “common sense” and “reasonable” as if there’s no doubt they are. The best part is when they claim they are pro Second Amendment because they own a gun and say that the Second Amendment is about protecting your house, like it’s true.

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The farm bill under consideration in Congress eliminates a requirement that requires the EPA under the Endangered Species Act to consult with expert federal wildlife agencies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service, when approving chemicals that can harm threatened and endangered species.

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How do you feel about scavenger hunts? They are fun, aren't they? Well, imagine spending a day with your family or with a group of co-workers or friends scouring the city of Laconia finding clues, earning points and fun prizes while you learn some history at the same time! The Second Annual Historic Laconia Scavenger Hunt will be held on Saturday June 2 from 1-3:30 p.m., rain or shine. The cost to pre-register, by May 25th, is $30 per team. If you register after May 25 or on the day of the event it will be $35. All teams must register by visiting the Belknap Mill or through the Belknap Mill website.

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To the taxpayers, residents, business owners, and visitors of the City of Laconia:

The time is now. The fire chief will be presenting the proposed Fire Department budget to the City Council this coming Monday, May 2t. As you all have probably recently read about in several articles and letters to the editor, this budget proposal is very important. Also, there is a decision to be made as to whether the ambulance service that the Fire Department provides will remain municipal or be contracted out to a private ambulance vendor.

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How apropos and so very ironic. As the old adage goes, “Timing is everything”. A picture (I am purposely NOT referring to it as a cartoon) appeared on the editorial page in the May 15 edition of The Daily Sun. When first seen, it gives us pause and a very deep intake of breath. It is a very somber and serious reminder of what’s been happening over this past couple of weeks. It depicts Senator John McCain (R-AZ) dressed in a suit with a troubled expression on his face. On the front of his suit are the medals he was awarded during his long and honorable military service to the United States of America. The picture shows him saying these very poignant words, “OLD SOLDIERS NEVER DIE…” We also are very shocked to see a huge knife in his back. On the hasp of that knife it says the following words: “IT DOESN’T MATTER HE’S DYING ANYWAY” — an unconscionable quote from a low life White House staffer.

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I would like to take this opportunity to commend The Laconia Daily Sun, and Keith Murray for the addition the local sports reporting recently instituted in the paper. This his been a void in the local area and Keith is doing a fantastic job. I know I speak for many players, parents, coaches, grandparents as well as local fans near and far.

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Isn’t it great when the clowns to the left claim to be “stuck in the middle with you”? They use words like “common sense” and “reasonable” as if there’s no doubt they are. The best part is when they claim they are pro Second Amendment because they own a gun and say that the Second Amendment is about protecting your house, like it’s true.

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The farm bill under consideration in Congress eliminates a requirement that requires the EPA under the Endangered Species Act to consult with expert federal wildlife agencies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service, when approving chemicals that can harm threatened and endangered species.

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Well, President Trump did it. He kept another promise and moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, unlike every former American president who promised to but never did. I like presidents who keep their promises, especially when they defy terrorist threats from groups like Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

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We need to save our bees! Have you noticed that our bee and monarch population is declining? This is of great concern to ​me. Many species of bees have been listed on the endangered species list. We need bees! Our food supply and environment is being compromised. We need monarchs too. Many of us are concerned that the use of ​the pesticide called ​glysophate which has been determined by the World Health Organization as a possible carcinogen.

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The annual election for New Hampshire Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors is underway. This year’s election has four director positions up for election and only one incumbent director running. Three other directors have reached their term limits, meaning that there will be at least three new members joining the board this year. I encourage you to review the candidate statements that accompanied your ballot, reach out to the candidates if you have any questions and VOTE.

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The Town of Bristol is perched on “a precipice of change.” For years now Bristol has been facing a declining population, declining average income, and declining property values; all while the average age of Bristol’s town’s population is increasing and crime has been rising all during the same time frame! FACTS: from the US Census Data; Bristol’s 2016 population was 3,050, and in 2010 the population was 3,054. Quoting from the 2016 "Space Needs Committee" Report: Presentations from Lakes Region Planning Commission, Newfound area Superintendent of Schools and US Census Bureau. "The input suggests that Bristol will experience no substantial residential growth in the next 25 years and may even decline in population. At the same time, demographic studies show that the State of New Hampshire has the second oldest population of any state in the country. Bristol already has a population which is older than the state average. There is general agreement that the average age of the population of Bristol will be even older in 25 years." "The average household income in the State of New Hampshire is approximately $64,000. The average household income in the Town of Bristol is approximately $ 38,000. Bristol is not an affluent community. There is no evidence to show that Bristol's relative financial ability will substantially change in 25 years."

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I am writing to endorse the candidacy of Ed French of Raymond, who is running for a position on the New Hampshire Electric Coop Board of Directors. Having had the pleasure of working with Ed in his capacity on the NHEC Nominating Committee for several years, and most recently working together on the NHEC Foundation he has my complete confidence and unreserved endorsement.

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I am appalled to see that Ms. Fay is getting a slap on the wrist.

A MONTH? Dear God she should do YEARS! What she did to those poor dogs is on par with Charles Manson in my book. Dogs can't defend themselves, can't speak to say I'm hungry or I don't feel good. Oh some would say she could tell by the way they were acting would alert her. BULL, not with that many dogs.

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This is to invite everyone from the community to a StorySlam on Wednesday, May 16, 7:30 p.m. at Pitman’s Freight Room in Laconia to benefit Camp Resilience and the great work they do in helping our veterans bounce back in mind, body and spirit.

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Is it Trump time yet? President Donald Trump’s been running full throttle for almost 16 months now. He keeps delivering on campaign promises like no other president has — foreign policy, immigration, reforms, tax cuts and jobs, to mention a few. His choice of using Twitter was brilliant.

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There is more to Memorial Day Weekend than barbecues, beverages and boats . . . 

What better way to spend Saturday evening of Memorial Day weekend than by having a great time and raising funds for a local group who helps wounded veterans. The Temple B'Nai Israel We Care team has a great night planned with tremendous entertainment, terrific food, and a deserving beneficiary. All the details are below and more information as well as purchasing of tickets can be found at www.tbinh.org.

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Mr. Jones should take a course in reading comprehension.

My letter referred only to the fact that the war in Vietnam, among several others listed, was conducted in part by civilians armed with small arms against conventional military forces, it had nothing to do with who won or lost since in the case of one of the other examples, Syria, that has yet to be determined.

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May 5 was ​the First Annual Cornhole ​Tournament​ to raise money for two very worthy organizations: Laconia Lacrosse Club and the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD). Twenty-seven teams showed up at the Bank of N.H. Stadium to vi​e​​ ​for the title of ​2018 ​Cornhole ​Champion​s​, competing on 24 different custom made, sponsored boards. ​With the four Laconia High School players on the CHaD East/West New Hampshire All Star Football Team on hand to help run the event (Riley Roy, Drew Muzzey, Bradley Weeks, and Ben Beliveau​), the tournament started just after noon under warm sunny skies with great enthusiasm.

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Sorry, minor point but I must point out to Mr. Bogan one thing about his short letter To The Daily Sun. America and the American soldier did not lose in Vietnam to a group of, or because of, a group of civilians armed with small arms against tanks — and the rest of your jive .

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The political cartoon in the May 10 edition of The Daily Sun uses large letters to spell out IRAN but the 'I' is in the shape of a nuclear mushroom cloud. It also contains a depiction of President Trump in the foreground at a podium with a sign reading "Deals Off" and the statement "Wow. That was quick." Like so many others, this cartoon represents a childish imagination and, in only the most superficial sense, comports with reality. Nonetheless, I concluded that this attempt to create nuclear hysteria and anti-Trump theme, in reality, bashed President Obama's "nuclear Iran deal" by proving it a failure, since the letter "I" validates that Iran must possess nuclear weapons.

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National Nurses Week is this week, May 6-12. This is the time to exclaim to all our gratitude to and our thanks to all the staff of the Family Birth Place at Lakes Region General Hospital's OB unit. This includes all the Family Birthplace staff, OB delivery, nursery, post-partum nursing staff, social worker, anesthesia, respiratory, medical imaging, laboratory, the operating room staff and Doctors Tovell and Domin. I’m sure I’m forgetting to include someone, but please know this message of gratitude and immense thanks is for all involved with our granddaughter’s care.

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This coming Saturday, May 19th, we will be hosting the 15th WOW Sweepstakes Ball at Gunstock Mountain Resort. The event, presented by Daniels Electric Corporation, is an important fundraiser, helping to fund the on-going improvements, maintenance and expansion of the trail. The WOW Sweepstakes Ball has raised over $400,000 to date to help fund this exciting project.

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Many of us have hopeful visions for the future of our families, our communities, and our great state. Yet disempowering bureaucracy, privileged management, and petty government officials have worked tirelessly to maintain a status quo of mediocrity. Of course there have always been leaders in our communities who put the service of people above the self-service of power, and some of them have a determination to seek and hold public office.

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I am writing to enthusiastically endorse the candidacy of Ken Colburn, who is running for his fifth term as a director of the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative. Ken has always put member needs first, championing cost savings and lower rates through energy efficiency and renewable energy while relentlessly advocating for increased reliability and speaking out against harmful transmission projects. His parallel work with the board of directors of the NRECA (National Rural Electrical Cooperative Association) and his consulting experience with utility regulators across the U.S. helps NHEC stay in the forefront of new technologies and identify innovative opportunities to reduce member costs.

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I want to invite the public to attend the 4th Annual Pub Mania Gift Certificate Gala at Patrick’s Pub on Sunday, May 6, starting at 4 p.m. Together with volunteers Debbie Frawley-Drake, Adam Drake, Mark Emery and Tammy Emery, we will offer over $3,500 in gift certificates and prizes to our game players. Made possible by gathering donations from dozens of businesses, the biggest winner will be the Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction, as it will receive 100 percent of the proceeds.

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At the end of May, Marla Davis, town clerk and tax collector, will be leaving Sanbornton to embark on life's next journey. Marla has followed in the footsteps of our former, beloved town clerk and tax collector, Ann Ingemundsen, in achieving the same standard of excellence, dedication, and compassion in serving the town and its residents. Marla's office has a wide range of complex responsibilities that keeps the machinery of government working, much like our library has proved a valuable resource to us, the citizens.

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Well, President Trump did it. He kept another promise and moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, unlike every former American president who promised to but never did. I like presidents who keep their promises, especially when they defy terrorist threats from groups like Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

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We need to save our bees! Have you noticed that our bee and monarch population is declining? This is of great concern to ​me. Many species of bees have been listed on the endangered species list. We need bees! Our food supply and environment is being compromised. We need monarchs too. Many of us are concerned that the use of ​the pesticide called ​glysophate which has been determined by the World Health Organization as a possible carcinogen.