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Junction of Elm Street and Union Avenue, Lakeport Square, NH

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Wanda Tibbetts, "Queen of Lakeport"

Posted by lakeportcommunityassociation on February 7, 2012 at 12:00 AM

February 3, 2012

Dear Editor,

Lakeport lost its greatest cheerleader, its Queen of Lakeport, that lady with a commanding stance, booming voice and a quick smile. Wanda Tibbetts passed away on Thursday, February 2 at Dartmouth/Hitchcock Medical Center.

The heart that she gave to her Lakeport community gave out but her spirit will continue to inspire those that she lead to complete her goals, the most important being the grand opening of the Lakeport Freighthouse Museum and Community Center for railroad and Lakeport memorabilia.

Because she had a hearing problem, her voice was strong but her ways were soft. She had leadership qualities that encouraged the most humble to advance from the negative to the positive to tackle the task on hand and get the job done. Generations to come must respect Wanda's role in saving Lakeport historic sites like the last Boston & Maine Railroad building, the "Hathaway House", the Goss Reading Room while planning for its growth with the TIF District, WOW Trail, Leavitt Park and the Elm Street Bridge and preserving the old oak tree in Torrey Park, cleaning up Bond Beach and beautifying Lakeport Square with flowers, flags and holiday decorations with Santa and scarecrows to greet all.

Her customers will miss their kind hair dresser that picked them up to give them their "do" in her shop. Hail to the Queen! We will miss our dear leader, Wanda Tibbetts, and we hope you will remember her and share her dream of preserving Lakeport history as a railroad hub established by the wealth of blue collar citizens that put it on the map . . . between Laconia and the Weirs.

Dorothy Duffy

Lakeport Community Association

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