To The Daily Sun,
The third annual Gilford Candlelight Stroll has come and gone. Many thanks go to all the many, many volunteers who made it a success. The Gilford Historical Society would like to thank those who volunteered so that our three buildings could be open to welcome visitors.
I will start with those who were in the Rowe House, since that is the building that often seems like my "second home" and where I was. We thank Alexandra Breed and Lauren Siboski for donating their doll houses (I lent mine), Dr. Kelly White for donating her American Girl Doll, and Cindie Graham for lending her dolls so we could have a special exhibit showcasing doll houses and dolls.
We are grateful to Carmel Lancia for creating the beautiful green centerpieces that were on the mantels, to Carol Anderson who helped the children make a candy cane decoration and to Jerry Murphy for playing his guitar and leading us in holiday singing. We thank the members of the Senior Momentum group who diligently worked to string the popcorn (no easy task) and the cranberries that decorated our country-themed tree. They are Joanne Blais, Ginny Brake, Carleen Cornelison, Diana Dufault, Bev Fortson Carol Graves and Kristin Jarvi and Sue King from Parks and Recreation. We also thank Carmel and Tony Lancia, Ann Montminy, Helen Murphy and Rosemary Shannon for welcoming our guests.
At the Meetinghouse, Diane Mitton was aided by Terri Bobseine, Jim Colby, Carolyn Brown, Nan Fay, Anita Hewitt, and Ashley Hewitt. Thanks go to Jane Rollins for decorating the inside of the building with greens and to Bill and Sally Bickford for decorating the outside. Thanks also go to Denise Sanborn and her High School Carolers who came inside to sing. It was gratifying to see so many people/families who came inside to view the historical items that were on display.
The aroma of gingerbread cookies was enticing to many at the Grange, thanks go to Patti Herrick (who lives in Meredith) for making the dough for us and to Kathy Dahll and Jesse Lacombe for baking the cookies in the kitchen. Thanks go to Karin Landry and Rusty Davis who enjoyed greeting our visitors, while Carole Johnson in the Homestead Room and Walt and Shirley Stockwell and Pete and Sue Allen in the Store shared their knowledge with visitors.
It is with a sense of gratitude that we can say that Gilford is a great place to live and we are thankful to all who were willing to work and volunteer their time to help make the Candlelight Stroll so enjoyable.
Gilford Historical Society
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 11:16
To The Daily Sun,
An open letter to Meredith residents:
After much consideration I have decided not to seek re-election to a fourth term as a member of the Meredith Selectboard in the upcoming 2015 Town Elections. With nearly 30 years of service to the residents of Meredith and Inter-Lakes School District it is time to turn "the reins over" to other interested Meredith residents committed to public service and guidance of the future of our wonderful town.
My stewardship as your selectman has been challenging at times but totally overwhelmed by the many opportunities to have served with the most capable administrative team headed by Town Manager Phil Warren and our department leaders team, and of course with the continuous support of all our town employees! Meredith is also very fortunate to have so many capable and dedicated volunteers carrying out the duties of the many boards, committees and positions lending support and guidance to ensuring that Meredith remains such a wonderful place to call home.
I what to thank the Meredith residents for having placed their faith and support in me and to ensure them that it has been an honor and a privilege to have served the Town of Meredith. Without the support of my wife, Laurie, and my family this experience would have not been possible.
Peter F. Brothers
Meredith Board of Selectmen
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 11:13
To The Daily Sun,
I recently read state Sen. Forrester's newsletter about the upcoming budget cycle. Certainly the last budget was a great improvement over the one before that. Sen. Forrester rightly touts its support for higher education, for example. (Yet she must realize constituents do remember her party was in power when all the cuts were made!) The bi-partisan budget corrected some of the worst effects of the prior one and it will likely close in balance. That is all good.
This spring the Legislature must create a new budget to meet the needs of New Hampshire's citizens and businesses. Sen. Forrester, chair of the Senate Budget Committee, has a big role to play. Over the past 14 years our population has grown by 7 percent while revenues have decreased 5 percent.
But New Hampshire's needs have not decreased. Over a third of our roads are in poor condition, as are our bridges. Waits are longer than ever in the courts and state offices. More and more state costs have been transferred to the town or county level, increasing our property taxes tremendously. The future requires investing now!
Sen. Forrester disagreed with my concern expressed at the Meredith forum last fall that New Hampshire has a structural deficit, that there's not enough revenue to meet New Hampshire's needs. She says no, we have a spending problem. Lately she stated lawmakers should not raid the designated funds, fees collected from citizens and set aside for specific purposes. I agree. She must know, however, that so many past legislatures raided them because otherwise there simply was not enough revenue to balance the budget. So where will Sen. Forrester and the Legislature find the revenue to close the gap this time?
Rep. Ames and Sen. Feltes have proposed that the Legislature close some inadvertent tax loopholes. Businesses are converting from corporations to limited liability companies because LLC profits are not currently taxed. Wealthy citizens are creating trusts whose interest and dividends are not subject to tax.
Closing those two loopholes would bring our revenues up without imposing new taxes.
Senator Forrester, please support this proposal.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 11:10
To The Daily Sun,
Poor James Veverka.
"In God We Trust" was put first on the two-cent piece in 1864.
The only coins in the 1950s with "In God We Trust" were commemorative coins.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 11:07
To The Daily Sun,
In roundabouts, vehicles travel counterclockwise around a raised center island, with entering traffic yielding the right-of-way to circulating traffic. In urban settings, entering vehicles negotiate a curve sharp enough to slow speeds. The McFarland Johnson presenter at the Meredith Selectboard workshop specified that speed to be 15-18 mph in the Meredith application. Within the roundabout and as vehicles exit, slow speeds are maintained by the deflection of traffic around the center island and the relatively tight radius of the roundabout and exit lanes.
Modern roundabouts are much smaller than older traffic circles or rotaries and require vehicles to negotiate a sharper curve to enter than their older counterparts did. These two differences are what make travel speeds in roundabouts slower than speeds in traffic circles. The lower speeds mean reduced severity of accidents when they occur.
Roundabouts promote safety in several ways. The most common types of intersection crashes are right-angle, left-turn, and head-on collisions. The severity of collisions increases with vehicle speed. These types of crashes are mitigated in roundabouts because vehicles travel in the same direction at speeds less than 20 mph. Replacement of traffic signals with roundabouts can reduce the likelihood of rear-end crashes and their severity by removing the incentive for drivers to speed up as they approach traffic signals and by reducing abrupt stops at red lights. Do we have issues with the number of crashes in downtown or their severity?
Relative to other age groups, senior drivers are over-involved in intersection crashes. Older drivers' intersection crashes often are due to their failure to yield the right-of-way. Traffic flow at roundabouts is both slower and uni-directional, making the consequence for failing to yield is less severe. Particular problems for older drivers at traditional intersections include left turns and entering busy thoroughfares from cross streets. Roundabouts eliminate these situations entirely.
With that said, roundabouts themselves can be confusing. Extra signage and street marking is recommended as part of their use. When multiple roundabouts are placed in close proximity it amplifies driver uncertainty. Uncertainty is not an aid to traffic safety. Making combination two lane- one lane-roundabouts has very limited data available for review. Placing a combination two lane- one lane-roundabout sandwiched between two smaller single-lane roundabouts is likewise a lightly studied application.
To the extent that you agree with lowering the speed limit on Interstate 93 down to 55 mph you probably agree that roundabouts are a safety aid. With that said there is very limited information available on the effect of placing multiple roundabouts in a relatively concentrated area as is being proposed in Meredith. There is a reason why McFarland Johnson and NHDOT do not want to own the recommendation for placing three roundabouts in downtown Meredith. Sometimes balance between safety and other considerations is struck ... that's one reason the speed limit on Interstate 93 is 70 not 55.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 11:02