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So Delighted & Relieved That Andrew Hosmer, A Great Person, Will Be The Mayor Of Laconia, N.H.

by Anura Guruge


From WMUR.com (N.H. local TV). Click to ENLARGE and marvel.


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This is great news. I was waiting for the results, on tenterhooks, all day. I kind of knew he would win, but you can never be sure.

Andrew Hosmer will be a GREAT MAYOR. Just what the doctor ordered for Laconia. Laconia will enjoy a renaissance under Andrew’s benevolent leadership.

I don’t live in Laconia, but I am sure glad for those that do. Life will be better with Andrew Hosmer.

Rejoice. A great day for Laconia.

He is genuinely good man.

Did I already mention that I was happy?

SMILE.


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by Anura Guruge

Andrew Hosmer, Hopefully The Next Mayor Of Laconia, Is A Very Decent, Honorable Human Being That Transcends Petty Party Politics.

by Anura Guruge


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I have known Andrew Hosmer for 8-years. He is a very good friend of a very good friend of mine. I got to know Andrew through her. Yes, we campaigned for Andrew in 2012 & 2016. So, he is someone I have interacted with — in person, both socially and ‘officially’.

I can tell you, with total conviction & conscience, that he is a very genuine, decent and honorable human being. Andrew Hosmer truly is ‘salt of the earth’. You can rely on him to do the right thing. You can trust him.

He is genuinely good man.

You can’t, and you shouldn’t, try to typecast him by party politics. Andrew Hosmer transcends politics.

Judge him as a man and you will be amply pleased and rewarded.

He will make one heck of a Mayor for Laconia. Of that I have no doubt.

Some of you may know that I have known the current Major, Ed Engler, for close to 20-years. Interestingly they are similar men! Ed is a good guy. So, is Andrew. Ed Engler to Andrew Hosmer is the perfect, logical and only sensible transition.

Andrew Hosmer reminds me of a New Hampshire legend — Ray Burton. I also knew Ray Burton. Ray also transcended politics. Ray always did the right thing — as will Andrew.

So, please make sure Andrew Hosmer is the next Mayor of Laconia. He will be a GREAT Major. He will make Laconia Great Again.

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Laconia, N.H., Pumpkin Festival, Sat. October 24, 2015 — Map, Schedule & Activities.

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>> Keene Pumpkin Festival 2013.

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I don’t see any mention of a presence by the indefatigable “Free the Female Nipple” New Hampshire movement.
They probably are planning just to quietly mingle with the crowds. That would be good.

25th Pumpkin Festival (Ex-Keene) In Laconia, Sat. October 24, 2015 — Déjà vu Stirred & Shaken?

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Click to access, mostly disabled, ‘official’ Website — which still mentions Keene.

After I wrote my initial post yesterday I picked up a copy of “The Laconia Daily Sun” and got to read about all the details — and they would know given that their Editor/Publisher, Ed Engler (of ‘University of Whales‘ fame) is, of course, the most honorable mayor of Laconia.

I guess I hadn’t really thought about it BUT I had not realized that the Laconia event would be organized and run by the SAME FOLKS that have been doing the Keene festival. Hhhmm!

I had just assumed, maybe hoped, that the Laconia festival was a fresh start and that it was being run, entirely, by Laconia folks.

I had some mixed feelings yesterday about it being in Laconia and now I am even more disquieted. I don’t know. Yes, of course, they have the experience, the contacts, the contracts and the know-how. But, from what I know they also have some baggage. Weren’t there some serious unpaid bills?

I had not realized that the N.H. Festival is essentially a franchise — owned by a group of people, who can SHOP it to various cities for the best offer. It is also now clear that Laconia is just getting ‘it’, initially, just for 2015 on a ‘suck it and see’ trial basis. I do not know. Doesn’t sit well with me. I was hoping that the whole event, say like the Laconia “Multicultural Festival“, would be organized and managed by a conglomerate of Laconia entities, e.g., Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce and say Laconia Rotary.

And that it is being billed, categorically, as “Downtown, Laconia“, also makes me uneasy. I do not think Downtown Laconia has the ‘expanse’ required to stage this festival like it was in Keene. Keene is blessed with a wide and long Main Street with bustling businesses and eateries. Laconia — not as much. [SMILE!] I do not know. [Have I said that before.] There is also the unsaid message. Laconia, these days, alas, has issues. Bike Week is one thing, Pumpkin Festival is another. Hhhmmmm. I will TRY to keep a close eye on this.

The most ironic thing (so far) — Deanna told me, as soon as we started talked about this “I don’t want you to go and volunteer us to volunteer in Laconia. I don’t want to volunteer in Laconia”! Wow. And I had already said that I was planning to volunteer. That is the problem with Laconia. Some people, like Deanna, are extremely leery of Laconia.


Ed Engler, Mayor-Elect Of Laconia, N.H., Appears To Be Already Distracted.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to go to ‘past issues’. This is what I got at 1:15 pm Saturday, December 7, 2013. Nothing for December 2013 and no December issues incorrectly filed under November 2013 or December 2012.


Well I was going to cite one example of his distraction from yesterday’s [i.e., Friday, December 6, 2013] ‘Laconia Daily Sun‘ but now I have to cite two.

I went to access the ‘past issues’ so I could get a screenshot of pages 2 and 3 and discovered to my chagrin that they have yet to get around to archiving the December issues.

Mr. Ed, it is December 7. Maybe you should get around to putting the December issues in the archive. I know you must be busy and distracted BUT isn’t that why you have a bevvy of grovelling assistants. Now as Mayor maybe you should also get some young female interns to help you out. With all this added responsibility you might need some help.

Well, go check pages 2 and 3 of the December 6 issue.

Same story, from AP, about the missing Conway teenager, twice — under two different titles.

Yes, that definitely helps fill pages 2 and 3 and Ed, no doubt, is hoping that 96% of his reader’s will not have the mental acuity to realize that they had just read that same story a minute ago. I understand. My concern is whether Ed forgot that he edited that same story 2 minutes earlier.

I will never forget Ed and his ‘University of Whales‘, so I try to stay on my toes when it comes to Mr. Ed.

Devanee As A Part Of The Alton Central School (ACS) Team Takes Part In Her First Cross Country Meet.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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This was Devanee’s very first sporting event at Alton (not counting the skiing).

She had been avoiding sports but this year, now that she is back at ACS, I insisted that she did something. Though I have tried she refuses to run with me. So she is still getting into the swing of things with this running. IF she can build up her endurance she should do quite well because she has the build for long distance running.

Yesterday was brutally hot.

The meet was at the Laconia Middle School which is right by Opechee Park — and some of the run (which was twice around the same 1 mile course) was on the banks of the lake. That was pretty nice. To my amazement none of the kids, despite the heat, hit the water. I would have, on the second lap.

A lot of teams participated: Laconia, Inter-Lakes, Winnisquam, Belmont, Plymouth, Barnstead, Gilford etc. The total field counting both the boys and the girls had to have been close to 200. It was impressive. It was well organized.

They walked the course to begin with — which I gather is the norm for all meets. So in that heat, 80F, they first had to walk 1 mile before running it twice.

Though I was dressed to go out to dinner, with Laconia mayoral hopeful Ed Engler, I walked the course — because I can’t stand around doing nothing. I had run 2.25 miles earlier in the day, so I would end up covering the same distance as the kids (though I ran up Prospect Mountain Road, with the elevation).

Devanee, given that she has only been running for less than 2 weeks, didn’t do that great. But she finished. That alone was good.

One of the Alton girls, an 8th grader, whose name I do not know, came in 2nd. She was impressive. She even led the field (for the girls) at one point. She has a good action. She will do well. IF she got some personal, scientific coaching she could win some of these events.

The Alton coach, Alan Barrett, who is a marathon runner (and ran in this years famous Boston Marathon), is very good and committed. He is not a teacher at the school. He comes in just to do cross-country. I have talked to him a few times now. Very nice person. I am glad. Very supportive of the kids.

They have track meets every week now. It is unlikely that it will ever be as hot as it was yesterday. I assume it will be more or less these same teams every week. Will be interesting to see how the kids progress.

Stay tuned. Next week is in Gilford. 

Ed Engler, Hopefully The Next Mayor Of Laconia, Romps Home With 66% Of The Vote In The Mayoral Primary.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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As I have said before I am sure Ed will be a good Mayor. He is a good person who always tried to be fair.

As it happened we met Ed for dinner, at Cactus Jacks (in Laconia), the day after the Primary (i.e., September 11). Since we had missed him at this year’s Laconia Multicultural Day we hadn’t seen him in a long time. We were going to be in Laconia since Devanee had a cross-country meet at the Middle School. So it kind of worked out. It was good to sit down and have a chat with Ed. We know so many people in common.

Ed, as ever sensible and reasonable, is NOT counting his eggs ahead of the November 5 election. [I have already volunteered Devanee to hold up a sign for him at a polling station, given the fun she had at the 2012 election.]

I am, however, fairly certain that he will be the next Mayor.

That is good. I know Ed will make a difference. He genuinely cares.

We chatted about the Multicultural Day and how Laconia should be proud of what they have succeeded in achieving. I know that Ed will be a huge supporter.

So this is good.

Well done Mr. Engler.

 

Ed Engler, Editor of ‘Laconia Daily Sun’ Running For Laconia (NH) Mayor.

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I have known Ed since the Summer of 2001 when I joined Laconia Rotary and he was the official scribe-in-chief. See my Ed & ‘University of  ‘Whales’ story.

Ed is a good guy. I know that he always tries to do the right thing. So I am glad he is running for Laconia Mayor. I wish him the best of luck.

As he correctly states in the above piece there is a lot of homework he has to do. Not sure whether he will be a Matthew Lahey (1996 – 2003 as Mayor) but I think he will try.

Given the conflicts of interests we have suffered, of late, with ‘The Braysider‘ I will be curious to see how Ed handles the ‘presses’ in the coming months. Knowing Ed I am sure he will publish a few letters that promote his opponents, BUT it will be interesting to see where he draws the line. Not sure whether there is another press outlet for his opponents. But I guess Bloomberg with his publishing empire ran for NYC Mayor, so Ed is following in good footsteps, and like Bloomberg he too can use all of his resources to make sure that he is elected.

Well this should be fun. Best of luck Ed. I guess you will now be too busy to have lunch with us.