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Abandoning the Meredith Library is a terrible idea

To The Daily Sun,

I opened the paper (Thursday) and found a letter from Mr. Richard Juve, and I was thrilled. It has been a long time since I've seen correspondence to the paper from him, and I didn't know how much I missed him until I saw his latest missive.

Mr. Juve wrote about the situation surrounding the Meredith Public Library, and as usual, I agreed with him 100 percent. I'm not sure just how much "extra space" is needed at the library, but I do know that moving it from its current location would be a huge mistake.

The library is part of our downtown. It's easily accessible to everyone. The building is beautiful and it's on the National Historic Register. Why would anyone want to abandon that beautiful building for some one-story, sterile, cement box, located miles from downtown? That's totally ridiculous.

I would really like to see truthful, accurate details, explaining the "need" for expansion of the library. If it truly does need to be expanded, then why not add on to the current building, as was done the last time additional space was needed?

There are several options to consider in order to keep our library where it is and more importantly, what it is. Mr. Juve was correct when he stated that there have been many, many changes to the town of Meredith in recent years. And not all of them have been good. I've been a resident of Meredith for my entire life, and it saddens me to see the changes made, and how they've affected the town. I think abandoning our library is a terrible idea and I hope like heck it doesn't happen.

And by the way, welcome back Mr. Juve!

Pam Finer
Meredith

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‘Almost Heaven’ folks again celebrating West Virginia’s statehood

To The Daily Sun,

Oh, the West Virginia hills! How majestic and how grand,
With their summits bathed in glory, Like our Prince Immanuel's Land!
Is it any wonder then, that my heart with rapture thrills,
As I stand once more with loved ones on those West Virginia hills?

Oh, the hills, beautiful hills, how I love those West Virginia hills!
If by sea o'er land I roam, still I'll think of happy home,
And my friends among those West Virginia hills.

Oh, the West Virginia hills! Where my childhood hours were passed,
Where I often wandered lonely, And the future tried to cast;
Many are our visions bright, Which the future ne'er fulfills;
But how sunny were my daydreams on those West Virginia hills!

Oh, the hills, beautiful hills, how I love those West Virginia hills!
If by sea o'er land I roam, still I'll think of happy home,
And my friends among those West Virginia hills.

Oh, the West Virginia hills! How unchang'd they seem to stand,
With their summits pointed skyward to the Great Almighty's Land!
Many changes I can see, which my heart with sadness fills;
But no changes can be noticed in those West Virginia hills.

Oh, the hills, beautiful hills, how I love those West Virginia hills!
If by sea o'er land I roam, still I'll think of happy home,
And my friends among the West Virginia hills.

Oh, the West Virginia hills! I must bid you now adieu.
In my home beyond the mountains I shall ever dream of you;
In the evening time of life, If my Father only wills,
I shall still behold the vision of those West Virginia hills.
Oh, the hills, beautiful hills, how I love those West Virginia hills!
If by sea o'er land I roam, still I'll think of happy home,
And my friends among the West Virginia hills.

— by Mrs. Ellen King

These are the words which tug at the heartstrings of transplanted West Virginians up here among the granite of New Hampshire. They fill us with a warmth of nostalgia and pride for our birth state. And, while we are forever loyal Mountaineers, we are equally grateful and proud of our adopted home here in New Hampshire.

So, if you're now living in New Hampshire with roots running through those West Virginia hills, you are cordially invited to celebrate the 153rd anniversary of our statehood on Monday, June 20. We'd love to have you. Please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Montani Semper Liberi,
Catherine Reitz Tokarz

Laconia

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