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Newfound Lakers: let's not let this happen to our special place

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To the editor,
It's summertime and Newfound Lake is open for business. Its pristine waters are considered the jewel of New Hampshire — just ask any resident about its water and you'll get an earful.
This area is packed with many small adventures. Newfound Lake is also home to the New Hampshire Marathon, it has the largest fresh water beach in N.H., it has miles of bike paths, endless water activities and thousands of miles of hiking trails. You know it's a special place when you find yourself smiling — just by saying the words "Newfound Lake".
We all look forward to coming here in the summer. Do you remember the excitement of driving by Our Lady of Grace Chapel when you were kids and couldn't wait to get a glimpse of the lake! And as you got older that excitement line seemed to have moved to the New Hampton Bridge, then to Exit 23, then to Concord... and finally to that big blue "Welcome to New Hampshire" sign by the border. You know what I am talking about.
That stress somehow lifts off our shoulders as we head to the lake for the weekend or vacation. It's a carefree and tranquility type of attitude — right? Well, let's keep it that way! We're happy to see all of you again, let the summer of 2013 begin and may the summer days be warm and full of sunshine...
A few of you may have noticed the wind turbines being built here last summer at the north end of the lake. Well, since you left we have heard of many, many, many more wind turbines being proposed for this beautiful lake. A dark cloud is hanging over our community casting its shadow over many of the towns around Newfound Lake. This dark cloud is a metaphor for all the confusion surrounding these next three proposals. If approved, Newfound Lake will be the wind turbine capital of New England with as many as 125 turbines, standing 454 feet high (taller than the Groton turbines) with red flashing lights.
From one Laker to another... let's not let this happen to our lake. Let's be extremely vocal in our opposition toward these next three proposals — for they will not be the only thing we will be staring at: more power lines, more substations, wide paths carving up our mountainsides, and extensive deforestation on our mountainous ridge lines.
Please help us in our efforts to protect the lakes beauty and help heal the community by showing your support in these trying times. Residents here are united against these next few proposals — and we want your support! Let's consider it a united effort of both residents and visitors alike.
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Ray Cunningham