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I have no doubt that what Dave Nickerson said was correct

To The Daily Sun,

I was appalled to read the Sanbornton Selctboard's minutes of March 16 in regards to the Town Meeting discussion.
I was reviewing the selectman's minutes to keep current of their decisions when I read what had been said in paragraph 6.5"
"Ober stated the entire conversation during Town Meeting about the discussion that took place between Selectman Nickerson, County Commissioner Devoy and the fire commissioners was an absolute lie."
The selectman's minutes are historic documents which will be looked back upon for years to come such accusations give a negative light on our selectman's conduct by making statements that slander fellow citizens who serve their community at a sacrifice to their personal time.
As the new chairman, Johnny Van Tassel, I am sad to see you didn't oppose this. John Olmstead, as a new member of the Selectboard and a lay pastor, you should have opposed such statements as inflammatory and degrading to people you have known and respected. And Karen Ober, I guess all those complements you ladled onto Dave Nickerson at Town Meeting were insincere.
I have no doubt that what Dave Nickerson said and Dave Devoy stated was correct. But never mind the exact words, it is common knowledge that the Town of Tilton intends to build a sub fire station near the Sanbornton town line; common sense tells me that if I was a taxpayer of Tilton and I could get another town to help fund the operation it would save Tilton some money.

The timetable for a town to regionalize can be fast or slow, depending on the circumstances. Belmont lost its fire chief and negotiated with Laconia to share Laconia's chief between the two towns. As a taxpayer of Sanbornton, I would very much like the selectman to explore the possibility; why duplicate services when we can buy some services from our neighboring town.
Dave Nickerson served our community for several terms as a selectman. What I observed is he served applying a lot of his personal time to the job, making the best decisions he could with the citizens and taxpayer of Sanbornton in mind; he deserves better.
You three who ran for the office of Selectman and got elected to serve, you must realize your responsibility first and foremost is to serve your community in the best capacity you are capable of, your friendship with your fellow selectman must take second place, you're not there to agree to protect friendship with fellow selectman.

Earl Leighton


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GHS robotics team is graciously accepting donations at this time

To The Daily Sun,

Over the past several weeks, readers have opened their newspapers to find numerous articles highlighting the progress and/or accomplishments of the local Gilford Screaming Eagles, a FIRST Robotics Team that recently won a District Competition in Windham, N.H. and proved their mettle at a second district event at UNH by making it to the semifinals. Our small team of 20 or so students is on track to pursue careers as engineers, doctors, mechanics and scientists but before we can run, we must walk — or hopefully ride a bus — to Hartford, CT from April 13th to the 16th in order to attend the New England Regional Championship so we can bring home the gold once more. Winning at Hartford will mean moving on to the World Championships, which are held in St. Louis.

Please help our team; we have touched many lives in our communities and plan to continue doing so through mentoring FIRST LEGO League teams, running summer camps, inspiring girls to delve deeper into the world of engineering, providing art supplies to sick kids in children's hospitals and hosting walks to raise money and awareness of chronic diseases that affect team members. Our team welcomes high school students from Gilford as well as the surrounding communities to join us. It is an excellent way to learn hands-on skills and offers great potential for students to earn college scholarships. Building a robot and covering expenses to frequent these events gets very expensive. In 2016 our expenses have totaled approximately $23,000. Having nearly exhausted our resources, I am reaching out on behalf of our team, The Gilford Screaming Eagles, to ask for your assistance. We are graciously accepting donations which can be sent to Gilford High School Robotics Team, 88 Alvah Wilson Road, Gilford, New Hampshire, 03249. Any questions can be answered if sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Each and every penny counts, no amount is too small, we are grateful for your contributions. Please pass the word to friends and family.

Brad Parker

FIRST Team 1831 Production Manager

Gilford High School

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