To the editor:
The Lake Attitash Fun Day held on Sept. 10 was a big success,and a true tribute to the power that lies in a community joining together for a wonderful cause.
The weather was perfect, and volunteers were aplenty; Camp Bauercrest and its director, Rob Brockman, provided a beautiful site for the event, and some of their terrific staff members, Carolyn Constantino and Liz Shorter, were also on hand to help. Michael Ruggelo of Jumpstreet Band brought all of the bands together for the afternoon. The Jumpstreet Band (http://www.jumpstreet-band.com), White Lightnin (www.white-lightnin.com) and Green Vynal Spaceship (www.YouTube.com/greenvynalspaceship1) provided awesome music throughout the day. Sal's Pizza donated 25 pizzas; Mr. and Mrs. Peter Ackerman donated watermelon and bottled water; Monstah Dawgs and Maggie Sundae offered lunch and snacks and made a contribution to the Lake Attitash Association; and the Coca Cola Company provided the banners and sodas.
Lifeguards Nathan Ireland and Alex Losh volunteered their time so that the pool was safe and refreshing. Merideth Benjamin and Doug Williams kept the Sal's pizza's fresh and available; they certainly didn't expect to be manning the table the entire day. Clare Ostrander and Lori Steinel made sure that every interested child had his or her face painted, and Amanda Terry coordinated the popular Lake Attitash painted-rocks activity for children. Many other dedicated volunteers — Darrah Ostrander, Gail Tatro, Christine and Matthew Merline, Ben Jackson and Roger Roberts — entertained the children for nearly two hours in the Kids Zone, and Two Shine clowns Jeanine Perley (Kuddles) and Eva Belanger (Dimples) delighted the children with their performance and shared handmade puppets and other toys.
Scott Desroche and Dan O'Neill snapped some great photos of the bands, guests and, of course, the lake view. Gail and Walter Iwanicki sold some of their beautiful prints and donated all of their profits to the cause. Stephen Nichols from ArcSource in Seabrook generously donated the helium for all of the balloons, and Mike Vedrani's thermometer showed off the progress that we're making in reaching our $90,000 goal, and the Lake Attitash Board members, Pam Shaw, Sally Benjamin, Linda Perrott, Ron Klodenski, Jack and Lorraine Sanborn, and Bowen and Anne Jackson, all joined in the efforts to create a fantastic day for all.
Finally, Jed Ostrander put in a considerable amount of time and effort to make sure that the 2011 Lake Attitash Fun Day went off without a hitch. It wouldn't have happened without his energy and perseverance.
The Lake Attitash Family Fun Day raised more than $4,000 to help fund our efforts in preventing the invasive weeds from destroying our lake. I want to thank all of you for making this community event a wonderful success. It was a pleasure working with everyone. Again, thank you for helping to make the 2011 Family Fun Day successful, enjoyable and memorable.
Vice President of the Lake Attitash Association