LOCALS OF LACONIA
How long have you lived in Laconia?
5 1/2 years
What brought you to the area?
Work, family, and I've always wanted to live at the lake!
Are you a native, boomerang or transplant? If boomerang/transplant - what brought you (back) to Laconia?
I'm a transplant, but I grew up coming up year-round to "the lake" for my entire life. It had always been a
goal of mine to live here. Who doesn't want to live where everyone else comes to vacation?!
Use one word or sentence to describe Laconia.
The Laconia community is ALWAYS there for each other.
What is your favorite Laconia restaurant and what do you order when you go?
Impossible to pick just one! We are so lucky to have so many awesome options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
Tell us your favorite movie.
The Princess Bride.
Tell us your favorite band or musician.
I'm not-so-secretly a huge Kesha fan. It's just fun music!
What are you up to these days (i.e. professionally, personally, projects, etc.)
Professionally, I have been having a great time settling in to my new position as National Register and Tax Credit Programs Coordinator at the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources. Personally, I have been continuing to participate as a board member for Fusion, co-captaining our Pub Mania team, trying to get more practice in on my motorcycle, and in general take advantage of living in NH.
Any advice you would give to your younger self?
Don't rush things! You'll always be in a different place than those around you - because everyone is always in a different place. It's ok, your time will come.
In your opinion, what is Laconia's hidden gem?
Our people. It sounds a little corny, but it's true. I have lived in a lot of different places (moved 9 times in 12 years!) and I have never come across a community that supports and cares for each other like Laconia. It's incredible to witness and a humbling privilege to become a part of, especially as a transplant (from Mass!).
If anything, what do you find is missing in Laconia?
I'd really love to see Laconia recognize and harness its amazing assets. I feel like I hear and read a lot of negative things about what truly is a lovely place to live, and its very frustrating. I think that Celebrate Laconia is doing an amazing job of helping people see our community through a different lens - one of positivity and celebration. I want to see more pride and promotion of our awesome community!
Tell us something that most people don't know about you.
I'm obsessed with brunch buffets. If I have to choose between a breakfast item or a lunch item, it's not brunch!
Weirs Beach, Transplant