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Speedway's case for camping & concerts will be heard on Thursday

To The Daily Sun,

This Thursday, August 24, N.H. Motor Speedway will present its request for camping and concerts on non-race days to the Loudon Zoning Board of Adjustment and we invite concerned citizens to attend. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Loudon Elementary School.

Our citizens group, KeepTrackofAgreement.org, is requesting the town enforce the 1989 agreement signed with the speedway, on behalf of its citizens, and not permit a variance to allow 20,000 people to camp and concert on residential property adjacent to Lower Ridge Road. The application is for up to 21 days and nights, not just three, as the speedway has led everyone to believe.

Variances are not to be granted when a proposal is determined to: cause excessive noise, be detrimental to the neighborhood, constitute a hazard, or require additional municipal services. Huge, loud, multi-day concerts fail each of these tests.

Remember, the speedway's owners moved all future September NASCAR races to Las Vegas. Although the speedway plays a role in Loudon's tax base, the concert structures proposed are intended to be temporary, and will not increase the property's assessed value. The number of events they host has no impact on the taxes they pay to Loudon.

Residents who are concerned about the Loudon tax base should encourage more permanent, year-round businesses. Growth is discouraged for new businesses when they realize driveways are shut down and people can't come and go each time the speedway limits use and access to N.H. Route 106.

Please attend the meeting to make your voices heard. You may also drop off a letter to Loudon ZBA referencing the NHMS variance requests 17-6 and 17-7.

Linda Cote


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Another great 4-H experience; let me tell you about the $660 pie

To The Daily Sun,

The story about "the pie" probably slipped by the news because it was late on Sunday, toward the end of the Belknap County 4-H Fair.
It is such good news, it'll be a story told for days to come! Anyone who has been to a fair knows that a lot goes in to making it happen, including the expenses of the fairgrounds, so when the fair has a simple, fundraising "pie auction,"every amount is dire needed.

I attended this years 74th Annual 4-H Fair event on it's last day, and I happened to see this pie auction going on, and I was marveled. I actually heard one pie go for $75 and I thought, "wow!." Yet, I was running out of time to see the exhibits so I just walked past. Later on, as I was heading to my car, I heard an auctioneer yell out, "$300, do I hear $300?" I thought, "gee they must be auctioning off animals." When I reached my car it was parked next to an antique car, and the gentleman was getting in it. I made the comment he had a nice car, and then chatted about the fair. This is when I learned that
it was not animals — it really was for a pie! He said that he was one of the 50 or so people there, explaining that it was an amazing experience. Telling me that the pie truly went for $660!

He said two sides of the room were betting, more for sport than pie, since they knew it was for a real good cause. He said the room was electric, with folks pulling out from their pants and purses any amount that they had to contribute. Finally one side was $330. and the other $320.
He went on to say that the lady who held the $330 announced, that if the other side would come up with ten more, to match the $330, she would give them the pie AND she would also contribute her $330!He said the excitement peaked when they screamed in applauseto have a pie go for $660!

I'm so glad I heard about the now famous pie; thank you to Ralph Jesseman for telling me this story!

I also want to thank Becky Levesque, who introduced my family to 4-H over 20 years ago. 4-H is for both adults and children, you'll get many experiences — and stories — to remember! I feel electric just telling you about it!

Valerie Kimball

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