Please let the Alton Selectboard know your converns & suggestions

To The Daily Sun,

I would like to thank the citizens of Alton who voted for me in my recent run for selectman, particularly my supporters who helped in many ways with my campaign.

I will serve all of the citizens of Alton as your selectman and sincerely hope you will make an effort to attend meetings and let the Selectboard know of your concerns and suggestions. It's all about you, the citizens, and your input is important.

Phil Wittmann


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If it's death that concerns the governor, she should look at cigarettes

To The Daily Sun,

The annual deaths from heroin use in New Hampshire are attracting attention so out of proportion with reality that it exhibits epidemic irrationality; we're witnessing hysteria over 70 heroin deaths in New Hampshire in 2013, and 65 through Oct. 26, 2014.

Tobacco on the other hand is 55.6 times more deadly according to state Department of Health and Human Services data.

Let's keep things in perspective and not waste time listening to Maggie Hassan's self important New Hampshire drug czar, Jack Wozmak, implying that heroin is creating a non-viable workforce in New Hampshire while tobacco, endorsed by our government for retail sales at thousands of sources, is relegated to being ignored. Nonsense!

If it is death that concerns the government (rather than a few tragic human interest stories) then the government ought to do nothing other than focus on heart disease and cancer which by themselves kill more than all other ailments combined.

Please, let's try to be rational. The addiction that is "dragging the state's economy down" is not heroin. It is perfectly legal tobacco aided by the liquor sold at state stores. Wake up, Maggie! Oops, sorry, I almost forgot. You get lots of revenue from selling these things and you don't get your cut from heroin, do you? The hypocrisy of politicians is infuriating.

David Zebuhr


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There's more to think about when it comes to economic development

To The Daily Sun,

At the Selectboard meet-the-candidates forum on March 5 in Meredith, Mark Billings asked the candidates about economic development. The responses focused on affordable housing, the types of jobs that might be appropriate and the balancing act of managing growth.

I feel that there are a few crucial keys to economic development in Meredith and other Lakes Region communities that were not addressed.

First of all, clean waters and the natural beauty of our lakes is a crucial driver of economic vitality in all seasons. We need the highest standards for enhancing and protecting our lakes and rivers. Working in collaboration with national, state and local officials, the Lake Winnipesaukee Watershed Association, the NH Lakes Association and, for property owners in the five towns in the Lake Waukewan watershed, the Windy Waters Conservancy, are making a difference. Your support and membership can ensure continuation of their good work.

Second, a robust data and utility infrastructure is key to enabling people to stay, live and work in town. At the top of the list is building out and building up the latest, state of the art, reliable Internet system. The revolving fund for cable infrastructure was discussed at the Meredith Town Meeting. The town needs to continue to invest with vision to create and sustain a high capacity internet system.

The infrastructure for reliable electric service is also important. The New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC) has made significant capital and operational investments in Meredith and across its service areas to that end. NHEC is embracing member-sited renewable generation and is exploring community-based solar generation as well and has deployed the latest technology to help reliability and energy efficiency.

Telecommunications is also a crucial foundation for economic growth and sustainability. This includes land lines, mobile radio as well as cellular service.

Finally, the sewer and water infrastructure needs to be reliable, well maintained, and able to support growth. The water quality in Lake Waukewan, the town's supply is essential and that brings us back to the first point.

Chuck Braxton


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Plans in the works to celebrate extraordinary life of Bert Southwick

To The Daily Sun,

On Feb. 1, 2015, we lost our town icon and agricultural superhero, Mr. Bert Southwick. We feel very privileged that we were able to get to know this dear sweet man, and work alongside him this past summer at his farm. He sure was hard to keep up with.

We organized three very successful workdays at his farm, and many, many thanks to those who came and worked hard. Some of the jobs were dusty, dirty, and often times were done in the sweltering heat and humidity of summer. Looking back, it was meant to be, that we were able to rally and organize the community to come and give a helping hand to this dear man who had helped so many, before he passed away. It meant so much to Bert to know that the community hadn't forgotten him.

We convinced him to be in the T-N Old Home Day Parade, what a beautiful day that was. He was met with so many cheers and love and applause along the parade route as he pulled the big old decorated hay wagon with his old Massey-Ferguson tractor. All of us who were on that float got choked up as we saw the reception that Bert got along the way. And who would have known that it would end up being his last time in the parade.

He was very blessed by each and every one of you who came to the workdays to help, you all made him smile, especially all you teenagers who took the time to come to the farm and work hard, unloading the hay wagons and stacking those bales in the hay barn, stacking 10 cords of wood in his basement, and working with him out back on that old PTO wood splitter of his.

Bert was as strong as an ox, and as sharp as a tack, at 91 years old. He was one hard working man, right up until the time he fell ill and passed. His work ethic was second to none. We are very thankful that we had the opportunity to learn many wonderful life lessons from Bert at the farm ... listen more, talk less, work hard, help those in need, have a good sense of humor, be generous — not selfish, enjoy your favorite foods, share what you have, live simply, spend time in nature, and pay attention to nature, to name a few.

Being the private man that he was, he did not want an obituary or a funeral. There are plans in the works to honor him with a beautiful celebration of life at his beloved Southwick School this summer. Details will be announced when plans are confirmed. There are also wonderful opportunities that have come about to honor his legacy of agriculture and caring for his community.

There is a Bert Southwick Memorial Scholarship fund being established at Franklin Savings Bank. We have had an anonymous donor come forward and offer to match contributions for this, up to $10,000 to honor Bert's legacy. That is wonderful.

We are also working on a book about Bert's amazing life, in partnership with the Historical Society. Your stories and photos are welcome — thank you to all who have sent things in. If you have old photos or old articles on Bert, and would like to submit them for consideration for this book, please stop by and see Cindy at the Northfield Town Hall to have them scanned. If you have stories you would like to submit for this tribute, please send them to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also find us on Facebook, as Friends of Bert Southwick.

We are deeply grateful for the times we spent with this dear humble kind old farmer, and we are proud to continue to honor his legacy with these efforts.

Carolee & Cheyenne Longley

Neighbors and Friends of Bert


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