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Lakeport Association spent $16,000 restoring boxcar, not $80,000

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To The Editor,

The Lakeport Community Association would like to refute the statements of Daylon Brock, made at a public hearing held by the Heritage Commission on Wednesday, January 22. Many of our present and former members of LCA are very interested in preserving the Hathaway House, especially the late Wanda Tibbetts, one of our former members and long-time president. However, our main concern is the continued progress of our museum. The boxcar purchased in 2007 is being used in conjunction with the yard sales necessary to continue the funding of our projects. It is not rusted nor have we invested $80,000 in purchase and restoration; it is more like $16,000.

As for living in the 50s, of course those were the years we became young adults and remembered what the City of Laconia was like before Urban Renewal. As for the statue that sat in front of the Goss Reading Room, that is one of the only things that survived the Great Lakeport fire of 1903, and is revered for its historical value, not it's political view.

Hopefully we will continue our four season decorations of Lakeport Square and adding to our museum. Thanks to all the people who support our efforts.

Robert Fortier, for the

Lakeport Community Association