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St. Vincent de Paul Society blessed to be located in the Lakes Region

To The Daily Sun,

The Children's Foundation of the St. Vincent de Paul Society would like to thank the NH 1 Children's Auction and the many fine businesses and individuals in our community for their continued support. With this support, we are able to provide services "all year round" to thousands of children in the Lakes Regions whose families could use a "helping hand".

St. Vincent de Paul Society is a nonprofit organization, with an "all-volunteer staff" that provides valuable services, to the many families and individuals living in the Lakes Region. Some of the services provided include the SVDP Thrift Store which sells and donates new and gently used clothing, furniture, appliances and household items. All items are sold at an affordable price and/or donated to those who cannot pay. The SVDP Food Pantry provides free food to those in need once a month. Hours are Monday from 12 to 2 p.m. and Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m.. The SVDP Financial Assistance program works with families and individuals by supplementing existing programs by providing assistance with rent, medical, child care, transportation and utility payments. A wonderful team of volunteers work to help offer financial, social and spiritual comfort. The Prison Ministry and the Disaster Relief programs are some of the other programs which volunteer members work closely with other organizations such as the Red Cross, and Salvation Army.

St. Vincent de Paul Society is blessed to be located in the Lakes Region, where the people are generous, caring and willing to work together to truly make a difference in the lives of others.

If you would like more information about St. Vincent de Paul, its' programs, services or volunteering, please call 524-5470 or stop by the SVDP Thrift Store Tuesday thru Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sue Page

St Vincent de Paul volunteer

Laconia

Last Updated on Friday, 24 April 2015 10:16

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Don't miss this opportunity to see acclaimed North Shore Acappella

To The Daily Sun,

What an opportunity ..... Residing here in the middle of New Hampshire has its benefits as well as shortcomings. No one could ask for a prettier and a friendlier place to live, but we don't often have the opportunity to see live performances from nationally known artists. Well, on May 2nd one of those rare opportunities will present itself. North Shore Acappella will perform at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse in Meredith. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. with homemade refreshments and soft drinks (a cash bar for beer and wine will also be available). The concert will begin at 7:45 p.m.. Ticket prices are $25 a piece and include the refreshments.
North Shore has won national acclaim after its appearance on NBC's The Sing Off television competition program. The group has been performing for 30 years (a period of time older than most of the TV show's contestants). They have opened for a number of great acts including Roberta Flack, The Temptations, and most recently, Jay Leno. Not only is there an opportunity to have a great evening out at the fabulous Winnipesaukee Playhouse, but all the net proceeds from this event will go to Genesis Behavioral Health — a local nonprofit organization providing mental health services to the Lakes Region.
Tickets are still available at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse box office by calling 603 279-0333. Don't delay. Seating is limited at the intimate theater; so act now.
You don't want to miss this opportunity. May 2nd, 7 p.m., $25/pp includes refreshments and world class entertainment at the new Winnipesaukee Playhouse.

Stu Needleman
Moultonborough

Last Updated on Friday, 24 April 2015 09:58

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How many poor people hired you for any of the jobs you've had

To The Daily Sun,

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, congrats are in order for Henry Osmer. No Judicial Watch FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) needed for our dogged investigative reporter from Hill. He has uncovered a "vast right wing conspiracy" of Laconia Daily Sun letter writers.

Bob Meade has been outed as the headmaster of this "collection of parrots". Why just recently, he apparently commissioned Don Ewing to reply to Henry's letter of inquiry regarding Bob's April 16th letter. Don's letter came out in the April 23rd edition of The Sun.

And now, I have a scoop for Henry. Mr. Meade, exerting his considerable influence over the right wing letter writers, commissioned me, your humble correspondent, and Don Ewing, to respond to Dave Pollak's letter on climate change. I mean, how else to explain the letters appearing on consecutive days. And both letters mentioned Bjorn Lomborg. Coincidence? I think not.

Never mind the Trilateral Commission, The Bilderberg Group, The Rockerfeller Foundation, the One World Order or the blossoming Clinton Foundation scandal, this is really big. The Sun should jump on this before it consumes the entire Lakes Region editorial pages. Gail Ober and Michael Kitch should be given a top priority assignment to interview all the parties involved in this alleged "vast right wing letter writing conspiracy". Those would be the very folks that Henry reminds us, regarding the readers of these letters, "you all insult on a daily basis".

Gosh, I thought I was being respectful and informative with a dash of humor regarding those who take the time to read our letters. I appreciate every one of them and if I have insulted even one reader, then please accept my apology. Any sarcasm or biting wit has always been aimed at the letter writers from the left side of the political aisle. I have never tried to insult a reader and I doubt any of the conservative writers have ever colluded to do so either. That would be harmful and, dare I say, conspiratorial.

All kidding aside, I am worried about Henry Osmer. He has to ask the question: "what jobs were created by the one percent (millionaires)". Here's a question for Henry. How many poor people hired you for all the jobs you have had over your lifetime? Perhaps the next time you run into your favorite Hill neighbor, Steve Earle, you could ask him about the basic tenets of how capitalism works. I'm sure he would be glad to enlighten you. A tutorial by a favored parrot just might turn out to be a real feather in your cap. Awk, Awk.

Russ Wiles
Tilton

Last Updated on Friday, 24 April 2015 09:54

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Voters in Senator Forrester's district know this is all a bunch of bull

To The Daily Sun,

After reading a letter to the Editor by Paula Trombi, my favorite Democrat from Meredith, I said to myself, here we go again. Just as in the past, she goes on and on about Senator Forrester.
In Her opinion the senator is a hypocrite, makes promise she can't keep, avoids making tough decisions, misleads people, is a grandstander, wants to give a pass to big out-of-state cooperations, and the list goes on and on. A couple more things and I would think she was writing a biography of Governor Hassan.
All this because Senator Forrester is calling on Governor Hassan to fund nursing homes, mid-level care and home health care. I can't blame Paula's attempt to cover for her precious governor.
Sorry Paula, the voters in Senator Forrester 's district know that this all a bunch of bull. That's why she keeps getting re-elected no matter who your party runs against her.
Breaking news, did you hear the latest about all the Hollywood bigwigs financing Gov. Hassan's campaign for governor. Surprise, surprise.

Thanks for all you do for us Jeanie. I'm a loyal supporter.
L. Michael Hatch
Meredith

Last Updated on Friday, 24 April 2015 09:51

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Valid lease from was condition of city's approval of caboose

To The Daily Sun,

An open letter to Laconia City Manager Scott Myers:

I'd like to bring your attention to some issues with the placement of a caboose without Laconia Planning Board approval.

As one of the owners of 100A New Salem Street, we have lived with this Caboose since 1999 at our back door. It is within two feet at the closest point of our building. Richard Mitchell (AKA Canterbury Classic, Pitmans Freight Room) of 94 or 100 New Salem Street is the owner of the caboose. The Governor and Council removed Mitchell's request to renew his lease with the State of N.H. on September 8, 2004.

Mitchell went before the Planning Board on August 3, 1998 with a plan to bring in railroad cars on the leased area. The Planning Board on a motion by, "Bob Cunningham moved to table any further action on App. #98-021 TRC until such time as the issue of title is resolved between the relevant objecting parties. Motion carried."

At the next Planning Board meeting on October 18, 1998, the board made some conditions for the next Planning Board meeting to be held on December 7, 1998.
"1. A valid lease with the State of N.H. Bureau of Rail, be submitted for use of the railroad land.
2. A survey performed by a licensed surveyor be submitted showing existing conditions of 100 New Salem Street and any other land that is identified in the State of N.H. railroad lease, to include green space calculations, frontages and lot sizes. the survey plan shall meet City of Laconia zoning requirements.
3. The survey shall also include all rights of ways, easements and restrictions on said properties.
4. The survey plan shall note the railroad lease and the buildings on 100 New Salem Street shall be owned and operated by the same entity so that toilet facilities are always available for the railroad use."

At the January 4, 1999 Planning Board Meeting some conditions that were not met.
"3. The plan indicates that the property is subject to two easements, but the locations of these easements are not shown on the plan.
5. The fire Department's request for an 18-foot-wide access way for emergency access is not on the plan.
Action: R. Cunningham again moved to continue App. #98-021 to 2/1/1999."

Some time in 1999, after the last Planning Board meeting, Mitchell placed the Caboose behind our building on the land he was leasing at the time from the State of N.H. without Planning Board Approval. He hasn't moved the caboose since it was placed in its present location.

In the last lease that was approved by the Governor and Council on May 26, 1999 — and in the lease that wasn't approved by the Governor and Council on September 8, 2004 —  Section 5.01 says, "The tenant shall comply will all laws, ordinances, rules and order of appropriate governmental authorities affecting the cleanliness, occupancy, and preservation of the demises during the the term of this lease. The tenant shall not use the premises in any manner that will disturb a neighbor's peaceful enjoyment of the other property. 5.02 The tenanat shall comply with all applicable laws, rules regulations and orders of any state, county and municipal authority which shall impose any duty or obligation upon the tenant with respect to land use regulations." Section 3.02 of both leases say, "All real or personal property taxes assessed by the City of Laconia as a result of the this lease will not be included in the rent and will be paid by the tenant. Failure of the tenant to pay any assessed real or personal taxes when due will be cause to terminate this lease." The 2000 lease added, "In accordance with RSA 72:23(b)"

At the Laconia Planning Board meeting on April 7, 2015, the WOW Trail presented a plan that says the "Existing railroad tracks and ties to be removed by the contractor". These are the same tracks that this caboose sits on. A fence will be built. When this happens there will be no access to the main line to move this caboose.

Their were arson fires on September 28, 2013 and October 31, 2013 at Pitman's Freight Room, one of which caught our building on fire. This caboose makes a good place to hide and staging area to set fires. Mitchell has placed old wooden debris under the caboose and has run an extension cord from Pitman's to the caboose to an outside light. One set of rear wheels are off the track. Water coming off our roof hits the caboose then hits the corner of our building, water coming off the caboose hits the corner of our building causing damage. Clearly the placement of this caboose does not meet the City of Laconia's setback requirements. This extension cord crosses our Right of Way and will be driven over.

Included is some attachments of pictures showing the wood under the caboose and extension cord which is hooked to a motion light.

Thank you for looking into these issues.

David Gammon

Laconia

Last Updated on Friday, 24 April 2015 09:46

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