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School who continues to serve as the coach for the cheerleading squad, and her professional part- ner Samantha Barnsley. Sam is 16 years old and, like Keelei, has been dancing for much of her life. She was also the pro dancer for the team that won the Peo- ple’s Choice Award last year.
The duo surprised the audi- ence by beginning their routine with a run through the crowd, wearing raincoats. Then, taking the stage, they grabbed umbrellas and began a lively dance to the song “It’s Raining Men.”
“I give you (a score of) 72 um- brellas. That was a lot of fun,” said Judge Jones.
The other judges also com- mended them on the level of energy they brought to the stage that night and had light-hearted comments about photos of the celebrity men that dropped from their umbrellas at the end.
Rounding out the compe- tition were Stephanie Ander- son and her husband, Jeffery LaPlante. The couple live in
Bridgewater and were just mar- ried at Newfound Lake on July 4, 2021. Stephanie is a professional dancer, while Dancing Under the Stars was Jeffery’s first real attempt at dancing. At the end of their energetic Mexican-style routine, where Jeffrey started it off with a solo dance, Stepha- nie revealed that her husband is actually deaf. The crowd was stunned and impressed to learn that he had moved so precisely to the music he could not hear.
“That was such a pleasure! The pure joy that emanated from you as you were dancing is amazing,” praised Judge Dion. Judge Rosendahl said she could feel the love in their dance, and Judge Jones thought their dance was “smoking hot!”
At the end of the perfor- mances, votes were cast by plac- ing dollar bills in a jug for one or more of the couples people liked best, and as they were tallied, the crowd was treated to a special performance by the young danc- ers of Synergy Dance School. Stephanie Anderson then came back out to teach some salsa
moves to the audience before everyone was invited on stage to dance to the fun tunes “Cha Cha Slide,” “YMCA,” “Macarena,” and “Cotton Eye Joe.”
When the winners were fi- nally introduced, it was Julia Silvia, and Sam Barnsley, whose “It’s Raining Men” performance earned them the Judges Award. Winning the People’s Choice Award as a crowd favorite were Amanda Hutchins and Keelei Adams, while it was the “Smooth Operators,” Denice DeStefano and Jeff Brode, who raised the most money through overall vot- ing and were presented with the Voices Award trophies as well as the coveted Disco Ball trophy.
Voices Against Violence welcomes community support throughout the year, and infor- mation about their organization or how to make donations can be found on their Web site, voic- Anyone in a crisis situation can also con- tact them 24/7 at their hotline, 1-877-221-6167.
 Pasquaney Garden Club
We hope you are enjoying the beautiful plants and flow- ers around town thanks to the volunteers of the Pasquaney Garden Club and the Down- town Decorating Committee. It’s so nice to see the displays of the area businesses as well. Together, we make Bristol a lovely site!
The garden club is planning a visit and tour of Kirkwood Gardens in Holderness in Au- gust pending confirmation of the date/time. If you have never been there it is a lovely garden and is adjacent to The Squam Lakes Science Center. We plan to offer Spring Bulbs beginning in August for Fall planting. This a club fund- raiser through Three Rivers Wreath and Plant Company in Franklin, NH. Look for more information coming soon!
Pasquaney Garden Club would like to thank Nor- mand Pinette, a Blacksmith
from New Hampton, for the donation of two iron carts with holders for planter bar- rels. They are lovely. One has already found a home at the Butterfly Garden located behind the Minot-Sleeper Library. Mr. Pinette makes numerous items from various metals having expanded his skills over forty-five years. See his website at www.nhblack- For more infor- mation about the Pasquaney Garden Club contact Jane White at jewhitenh@gmail. com
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