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Many people to thank for success of races to benefit Meredith Library

To The Daily Sun,

On Sept. 5 the Friends of the Meredith Library hosted the fourth annual "Book-It!" 5K, "Bookworm" and "Inchworm" races to benefit our Meredith Public Library. This family event was wonderfully successful due to support from many sponsors, donors, volunteers, runners and walkers.

Our very generous sponsors include: Gold - The Fitness Edge and Meredith Rotary Club; Silver – Meredith Dental, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Tuckernuck Inn B&B, and Christopher P. Williams Architects; Bronze – Boutin & Altieri, PLLC, DES Home Repair & Remodeling, Giuseppe's Italian Restaurant, E.M. Heath Inc., Melcher & Prescott Insurance, NH Electric Coop, Overhead Door Options.

The following donors generously provided prizes, snacks and water for the runners: Adornments Unique Jewelry & Apparel, American Police Motorcycle Museum, Aubuchon-Meredith, BarnZ Meredith Cinema, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, BJ's, Bootleggers Footwear Center, CG Roxane Company, Cider Bellie Doughnuts, Clark's Trading Post, Del's Kitchen, EKAL, Family Affair Salon, Flurries Ice Cream, Gunstock Mountain Resort, Hannaford Market, Hart's Turkey Farm Restaurant, Hermit Woods Winery, Highland House, Innisfree Bookshop, Jon's Roast Beef and Deli, Kellerhaus, Laconia Paintball LLC., Lakes Region Nutrition Center, Lee's Candy Kitchen, Moulton Farm, Omni Signs, Patrick's Pub and Eatery, Pirate Cove Adventure Golf, Premier Nails, Refresh Salon, So Little Thyme, Stonyfield Farms, Squam Lake Natural Science Center, The Country Carriage, and Weir's Beach Go-Kart Track.

We also wish to thank Boy Scout Troop 55 and their parents, Stewart's Ambulance Service, CERT and Lakes Region Ham Radio Operators, Avard Brann, Audrey Decker, Johanna Halperin, Pat Richardson, Anne and Tim Whiting, and Heather Quinn.

A special thank you to the members of the race committee: Tom Allen, Erin Apostolos, Ann Butler, Pam Coburn, Micci Freyenhagen, Judy Hodges, Margie Kreitler, Linda Matson, Joyce Messer, Deb McNeish, Carol Moritz, Liz Rohdenburg, and Cathy Turgeon for their long hours and dedication.

Beverly Heyduk

Barbara Brann

Book-It Co-Chairs

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Idea to have neutral third party study BPD space needs is a sound one

To The Daily Sun,

Over the past several months there has been nothing short of major drama going on in the town of Bristol that pitted two selectmen and police chief against three selectmen and a group of taxpayers over the purposed purchase of a piece of property for a new police station.

The proponents say that we need more space to house an ever busier police department. The police requested a facility with not less than four holding cells a sally-port and other amenities. The opponents say we have an over-sized police department for a town of 3,000 and have numerous options that would be far more economical than purchasing an existing large facility that would require substantial renovation to accommodate the needs of a police department. The proponents negotiated a deal with the owners of the property that would have required a special town meeting to complete the purchase prior to a specified date.

At a tense meeting the selectboard voted down a motion for a special town meeting and voted to commission a study by a third party to see what the actual needs of the town are. I applaud this decision.

I am not opposed to upgrading police facilities, if needed. But to enter into an agreement on such short notice without the recommendations of an objective, professional third party seems to be the height of folly.

This past week the property in question has been sold to a reputable retail chain. This is the best solution possible. The property stays on the tax rolls, the town increases employment opportunities and the taxpayers will eventually get an upgrade in police facilities based on actual needs.

When all is said and done, attracting new business, creating jobs and adding to the tax base is the business of the town.

Paul Simard

Bristol

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