To The Daily Sun,
And now, Hathaway House is gone. After reading the news stories from five or six years ago, Hathaway House should, in fact, still be standing. I find it unreal that the city stands by and says "What can we do?"... That's easy — have developers stand by their word. Other cities and towns around the state and country take pride and honor in their historic buildings for what they stand for in our history.
Hathaway House is now to be replaced by a strip mall. One of Laconia's most beautiful buildings gone due promises not being kept by Dunkin' Donuts and others not doing their job. The entire Planning Board should be replaced and the planning director should be removed.
Is Laconia doomed to become a throw-away community and keep repeating its history's mistakes? A very angry and let-down resident of New Hampshire.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 November 2014 09:51
To The Daily Sun,
As commissioners elect, we would like to state that Belknap County has wasted much time and money on lawsuits. We intend to execute county policy in accordance with state statutes. We do not intend to support an appeal of the Matthew Logue personnel matter to the New Hampshire Supreme Court. It is counter-productive, in our view, to spend time and the public purse on a course of action which has been repudiated by the voters,
Vanity aside, the current county commissioners should respect the wishes of the voters of Belknap County and put an end to expensive legal wrangling.
Richard Burchell & David DeVoy
Belknap County Commissioners Elect
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 November 2014 09:48
To The Daily Sun,
Laconia High School has two great organizations that have offered to assist in a renovation project that will result in new health and wellness facilities at LHS. These rooms will be utilized by not only the students and faculty but also be accessible to members of our community as well.
This project entails moving the existing weight room and relocating it into a revamped strength training room and aerobic/cardio room. The aerobic/cardio room will support programs such as yoga, Zumba and cardiovascular equipment as well. Our goal is to offer state of the art health/wellness opportunities for our students and the community so we can be a healthier Laconia.
Laconia Youth Football is sponsoring one of these fundraising campaigns. This is a raffle involving two packages which include a pair of tickets to the New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills on Dec. 28 at 1 p.m. at Gillette Stadium. These packages also include a night stay on 12/27 at the Courtyard Inn in Norwood, Mass., which is less than 10 miles from the stadium. The first-place prize also includes a $100 gift certificate to Splitsville Luxury Lanes, the newest restaurant located at Patriots Place. The third place prize is a $50 gift certificate to The Local Eatery in Laconia. All proceeds from this raffle go back into the renovation for the studio.
The other event we have is the first annual Turkey Bowl taking place at the Bank of New Hampshire Stadium behind Laconia High school on Nov. 28 and 29. This is being sponsored by Lakes Region Flag Football and will be a two-day flag football tournament. This will be a great event to bring Thanksgiving football to the Lakes Region. Proceeds from this event will go toward purchasing equipment for the health/wellness studio at Laconia High School.
To sign up for the Turkey Bowl you must be over 18 years old and have a team of six to 12 members. Registration can be done at www.lrffl.com and click on register
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 November 2014 09:45
To The Daily Sun,
I would like to congratulate state Rep. Vadney, Mr. Dumais, Mr. Hurt and Mr. Aldrich, the recently elected State Representatives, Belknap 2, Gilford and Meredith.
I would also like to thank Nancy Frost, Dorothy Piquado and Sandy Mucci for stepping up and running for public office. It's not easy to enter the political arena, and I admire their courage.
Mostly, a heartfelt thank you to all that supported my re-election campaign in so many ways. Be it a letter of support, a sign in a yard, a donation, words of encouragement, or a simple smile or hug, it all reinforced what I love so much about our community.
Although I came up short on numbers this time, I feel blessed to have had the honor and privilege to serve as a state representative for the last two years. What a rewarding and challenging experience it has been!
Even though I won't be returning as a state representative, I look forward to seeing our newly elected representatives in Concord at hearings and committee meetings as a voice from the other side of the table as an advocate.
Once again, thank you for the support and the opportunity to serve.
State Rep. Lisa DiMartino
Gilford & Meredith
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 November 2014 09:41
To The Daily Sun,
Although this week marks the one-year anniversary of Executive Councilor Ray Burton's death, today started much like every other day of the past 25 or so years. After my shower I gave a few quick pulls on my blue unbreakable "Vote For Raymond S. Burton" comb and I was on my way. Oh to be sure, 25 years ago I had a lot more hair, it wasn't grey, and the comb may have been red or black, but it was one of Ray's.
I don't recall where I first met Ray, but I remember he handed me a comb, pulled a 3 by 5 card out of his shirt pocket and wrote down my name and town. The next time I saw him he remembered my name. Now I don't care what folks say about Ray having a knack for names. Whatever talent he had for it, it also must have taken a fair amount of effort and concentration. And is there a better way to communicate to someone that they are important than remembering their name? Back then, I didn't hold any position of importance and there was no real reason to remember my name except I lived in his district and that was good enough for Ray.
My town, Tilton, is at the absolute southern end of Ray's district. I always loved seeing him hold up the entire state highway map, tuck one fold up from the bottom and proudly say "that's my district!" I was relieved every time redistricting was over and we were still with Ray. I might live in central New Hampshire, but my heart is in the North Country! It was comforting to know when I called Ray he would promptly return my calls, try to help when asked, or listen and discuss an issue, even when we disagreed. Not all other elected officials over the years were as reliable or courteous.
When my bride first ran for Belknap County Attorney, we transformed our old Volvo 122 into a campaign vehicle and I went to DMV to get an antique plate. When told my first choice "VOTE" was available, I said to the clerk "I can't believe Ray Burton doesn't have it." Ray couldn't believe it either, when we showed up at the first Old Home Day parade of campaign season he exclaimed, "Where did you ever get that plate?" I always felt a little bad about it, given his love of antique cars and always being three votes behind.
Ray enjoyed all forms of transportation. His airplane tour of the regional airports and his annual train ride were legendary. As the longstanding chairman of the Governor's Advisory Commission on Intermodal Transportation, Ray also championed alternative transportation and the now flourishing network of pedestrian and recreational trails throughout our state.
Between the nearly seven terms my wife served as county attorney, and my work in mental health and serving on nonprofit boards, I came into increasing contact with Ray. He was everywhere, at public hearings and community or civic events in his district, and at the Statehouse. He was often accompanied by yet another wide-eyed and wet behind the ears intern — getting a real life education.
But it wasn't just the interns that learned from Ray, he taught me a lot and many others, too. These were valuable lessons about politics, people and life. Ray could work a room like no other, and he treated everyone equally from the perennial presidential candidates that flocked to our state to the plumber down the street. Ray defined what it means to be a public servant. If Ray had a bad day he never showed it. He was always upbeat and moving forward. Even when one of Ray's aides was involved in a scandal and other elected officials called on Ray to resign, he apologized but stayed the course. And while his constituents voted out many who had called for his resignation, we did re-elect Ray. He had done way too much good to be defined by one lapse of judgment which stemmed from believing in the good of people. Ray loved people and we loved him back.
So tomorrow I will again start my day with Ray, and as his comb slides through my thinning hair and over my brain, I'll make a conscious choice and aspire to be positive, to enjoy and respect everyone equally, to promote civil discourse and to be a servant leader.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 November 2014 09:37