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Alton Food Pantry trying to reach more families; donations needed

To The Daily Sun,

The Alton Community Services/Food Pantry owes its success to its donors, Board of Directors, its dedicated staff and the many volunteers. They have been so generous with their time and donations.

We have had a very successful winter and spring. I am asking again for donations, especially of non-perishable items. We are trying to reach more families, especially those whose children are participating in the 68 Hours of Hunger Program through the Alton Central School. If you know any of these families, please refer them to the Food Pantry. I cannot see any of our children — or any child — go hungry. You may call 875-6396 or contact us at our e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are also on the town's web page. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 43, Alton 03809.

The new federal guideline, published July 2015, is $419 for a family of four. Or participation in one of the following: fuel assistance (it is not easy to apply — call 524-5512), WIC, commodity supplemental food program, temporary assistance to needy families, aid to permanently and totally disabled, homeless, food stamps, Medicaid, aid to the needy blind, old age assistance, supplemental security income, subsidized housing, county, city or town welfare.

We are still sponsored by the churches of Alton: The Be Free Church, Community Church and St. Katherines. You may drop off your donations to any of the following: Alton Home & Lumber (aka Reuben's), Maxfield's Realty or Profile Bank. The churches collect weekly.

We are recognized as a non-profit organization and your donation is tax deductible.

Dorothye S. Wentworth, Director

Alton Community Services/Food Pantry

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Mr. Jean is showing that he is the adult in the selectmen's room

To The Daily Sun,

The Gilmanton selectmen seem to be having a difficult time attempting to do their duty in appointing a third selectman.

The idea that a precedent or a tradition has been set, thus indicating that Mr. Currier is the appropriate choice is not convincing. Circumstances change and even the thought that those who supported him as a write-in candidate would still support him is tenuous.

Mr. Jean makes valid points that 623 voters opposed Mr. Currier in the election and, that if there is, in fact, a precedent to be followed, it would be that Jim Barnes would be the logical choice now.

Additionally Mr. Guarino's comment to and about Rachel Hatch was totally inappropriate and he should apologize. This and other remarks show that his mind is already closed on this topic.

If Mr. Currier is chosen for the position there is the potential of creating difficulties for his own son and the Police Department. For him to simply recuse himself when police matters arise is more complicated now.

Perhaps those 623 voters who did not support Mr. Currier will contact Mr. Jean and thank him for following their wishes. It is interesting that Mr. Jean has said that he would support Brian Forst or Rachel Hatch. Surely there is a compromise here if Mr. Guarino chooses to recognize it.

By focusing on experience, Mr. Jean has also shown that he is the adult in the room.

Joanne Gianni
Gilmanton Iron Works

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