Tag Archives: Laconia Rotary

Ed Engler, Mayor Of Laconia, Publisher/Editor Of ‘Laconia Daily Sun’ & My Friend At The 2019 ‘Laconia Multicultural Festival’.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE.


That Ed had some health issues is no secret. He, himself, let it be known, in the Press, before taking some time-off.

I was delighted to see him today at the Laconia Multicultural Festival. He was seated on the lawn. He looked good. We spoke. I met him, when we were both in Laconia Rotary nearly 20-years ago. He tells me he is still Mayor for another month. He is not seeking office again, though from what I gather he will win, easily, again.

Well, I happened to take this picture, from afar, and it is SO ‘Ed’ that I wanted to share.


Related posts:
Search ‘Ed Engler’.


by Anura Guruge

Remembering, With Fondness, John P. Kimball II, JP (1948 — 2018).

by Anura Guruge


John P. Kimball II, on Jan. 1, 2003, at our wedding — he, as a JP, was our officiant.


Obituary picture.


In the Nov. 6, 2018, “Laconia Daily Sun”. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Link to original below.


Link to obituary — click.


At our wedding — where he was the JP — and he had a BALL.


December 31, 2012, Wolfeboro — ‘Sea Bird’ Chinese Restaurant — 10-year anniversary of John marrying us.


I do NOT get ‘The Laconia Daily Sun‘ on a regular basis — nor do I read it online. I just happened to pick up a copy this morning, at Hannaford, when I rushed into get some salmon.

When I got home I glanced through it. Saw an obituary for someone I knew and I worked with. That gave me pause. Then this rather strange thought crossed my mind. I have never seen the obituaries of two people I have known on the same. Why that thought crossed my mind I do not know …

Turned the page and there was John’s picture. I did NOT have to look at the name.

Another STRANGE coincidence. Last week I thought about John. That I had not seen him in some time and that I should rectify that. I just don’t go to Tilton much — and that is where we used to meet.

This was sad. I knew he was older than I, but I forget how much older.

It is a shame.

John was a GOOD GUY. Heart of gold. Always ready to help. Always a grin on his face. He will be missed. He was a very generous soul.

I met him, when I joined Laconia Rotary, in 2001. He was irrepressible and was immediately your friend.

In December of 2002 we needed a JP to marry us. I was told, by another friend in Rotary, that John was a JP. I called him. He agreed at once. Later I learnt that he was quite apprehensive — it would be his first wedding and we had some elaborate rituals.

He did GREAT. He did us proud. He took it very seriously. He insisted on going and getting us our certified marriage certificate and hand delivering it.

Over the years we had some memorable dining experiences with John — at our house, Uno’s in Tilton & the ‘Sea Bird‘ in Wolfeboro.

I will miss John. I wish I had spent more time with him.

Not sure what that claim in the obituary is about dying 25-days after being diagnosed with cancer. He had numerous bouts with cancer — mainly skin cancer. I know that. I also think he had prostate cancer. But, that is all now history. A shame. But, John lived the life. Yes, he, alas, had some setbacks but he took them well in his stride. I always admired him for that.

John Kimball II
(1940 — 2018)
R.I.P.


Related posts:
Search ‘John Kimball’.


by Anura Guruge

I Take Umbrage To The Implication That ‘Alida Milham’ Of Gilford Looks Like ‘Ray Burton In Drag’! That Is Insulting To ALL.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

….
by Anura Guruge


It is no secret that we are ardent Democrats (though I was a staunch, to the ‘Right Of Margret Thatcher‘ conservative/republican until my ‘Road to Baghdad‘ epiphany in 2003). You only have to scroll through this blog or check my popes and papacy blog where I rail against the inane Catholic Bishop of Green Bay, Wisconsin, who has stated that those that vote Democrat are going to hell!

We know Alida Milham. Her husband, Peter, has been our lawyer. He was a fellow member at Laconia Rotary. Alida and Peter attended our wedding.

I know Ray Burton. He knows me, but not by name. Irrespective of his orientation, or probably because of it, Ray is a LOVELY man. You cannot take that away from him. Period. For the last 15 years, whether it be Gilford Ol’ Home Day parade, Sandwich Fair or an exclusive ‘Rose Garden‘ tea party in Meredith (organized by the local GOP stalwarts), Ray will come and shake my hand — probably because I stand out, usually being the only non-white for miles. I like Ray. I like his Cadillac too (or is it an Oldsmobile).

So here is the offending post. I am NOT going to give it publicity by stating where it came from. Most of you from around here will figure it out.

Click to ENLARGE … so you can read it. This is WRONG! No need for this kind of base behavior. These two, irrespective of political persuasion, lifestyle choice and looks, are outstanding HUMAN BEINGS.


Alida Milham from 2003 and I think she looks great, as does Peter, the always debonair attorney.



Well I have already said ALL I have to say about
Lisa DeMartino.

If Alida, Lisa and Ray are supposed to be wrong, I don’t want to be RIGHT!