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November 17, 2012

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Daughters Risa and Andria are role models of their own when it comes to the world of education and community endeavor. Fred, humble as he was, passed off the credit to his wife, Millie, and their 60 years of marriage. As the saying goes, it takes two to tango.

Fred was the ultimate Rotarian, given his 48 years, always “service above self,” and kept the ambers glowing with his proud Italian ancestry and his efforts with the Bradford Swim Club.

Rest in peace Fred. You’re in good company upstairs.

Tom Vartabedian

Haverhill

Together, we’ll build

New Hampshire’s future

To the editor:

Thank you to the people of New Hampshire for the trust you have placed in me. I am truly grateful. I will work as hard as I can to serve you and to continue to earn that trust. Together, we can build a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire where our businesses can grow, flourish and create good jobs for our people.

I have always known that New Hampshire is a special place, with a community of people who come together to solve our common challenges. My husband, Tom, and I have experienced that first-hand while raising our son, Ben. Ben is a smart, funny Exeter High School graduate who happens to have severe physical disabilities.

Because of advocates who came before us, Ben was able to remain at home and attend public schools in Exeter, where he made friends and grew up to be the wonderful young man he is today. It was the sense of community that we felt in our home town while raising Ben and our daughter, Meg, that helped inspire me to enter public service more than a decade ago.

And it is that same sense of community and coming-together that I intend to bring with me to the Statehouse. New Hampshire faces great challenges in the coming years to ensure we are building a strong and vibrant economic future, and I know that, most of all, the people of our state expect their government to work in order to keep us moving forward.

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