MeredithMay2017

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The Democracy Corps could grow a new generaion of leaders

To The Daily Sun,

This presidential election has divided Americans.
The next president will need to bring us together. I propose that our next president launch a program to renew and restore our democracy. That could include:
1. Legislation to reform campaign finance.

2. Legislation and federal collaboration with the 50 states to reform and standardize voting rights.

3. The Democracy Corps, a two-year master's degree program for young Americans. Fully funded by Congress, the Corps would call on students to study American history and government, to intern in government, to engage in weekly discussions with each other and American leaders, and to run for office.

The Democracy Corps could grow a new generation of leaders from every political perspective, from every community in America.

This three-part program will need swift action from Congress. That branch of our government has been paralyzed for the past eight years, stubbornly opposed to any compromise with the current president. We cannot sustain another four years of an intransigent Congress.

I urge citizens to vote the Democratic ticket this year. Maggie Hassan in the U.S. Senate and Carol Shea-Porter in the House of Representatives would help President Hillary Clinton to bring this country together.

Martha Carlson
Sandwich

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You're welcome at county conservation district's annual meeting

To The Daily Sun,

The Belknap County Conservation District (BCCD) celebrated its 70th year helping landowners, communities and other organizations conserve soil and water resources. We have a lot of folks to thank for our success and also want to invite the public to attend our annual meeting Oct. 15.

2016 accomplishments include:
— Meeting with Belknap County communities to identify future projects and conservation priorities.

— Assisting Laconia, and Gilford with Jewett and Gunstock brooks, and Meredith with a wetlands project.

— Hosting conservation workshops and recent public information meetings on protecting groundwater and aquifers in Alton and Belmont-Tilton-Northfield area.

— Working with schools on conservation projects, providing soil and water talks, and staff for N.H. Envirothon.

— Spring and Fall Conservation Plant and Bulb Sales.

— Partnering with Small and Beginning Farmers of New Hampshire on the Opechee Hayfield and seeking grants to improve a community garden there.

— Continuing coordination on Belknap County's Seasonal High Tunnel and pollinator garden donated by BCCD.

— Receiving grant for conservation demonstration projects at Gunstock Recreation Area including forest plan revision and habitat planning, and renewing Wetlands Boardwalk where we hosted three volunteer work days this summer.

— Drafting conservation grant applications for Barnsted, Belmont, Gilford and Belknap County focused on stream restoration, improving fish and wildlife habitat and pollinators.

— Expanding countywide New Hampshire Gleans and Plant Extra for Hunger Program, harvesting excess local crops for area food pantries. We've surpassed donation of one ton of fresh fruit and vegetables already. If you have excess produce, contact Russ Bailey, our NH Gleans Coordinator at 603-387-5690 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

All of these BCCD efforts rely heavily on volunteers and cooperation with local communities, landowners, Belknap County and partnering with other organizations. So whether you helped pack shrubs for the plant sale, helped on a Wetlands Walk work day, participated in a meeting or workshop, planted seeds for Pumpkin Fest, donated produce from your garden or contributed funds to our annual campaign, we just want to express our thanks for a successful year. There were requests we could not meet due to our reduced budget in 2016. We'll work hard to address these needs in the future. Your support for the Belknap County Conservation District matters.

The Belknap County Conservation District invites you to join us for our Annual Meeting on Saturday, Oct. 15. We are hosting this meeting jointly with the Carroll County Conservation District aboard the SS Mount Washington leaving from The Weirs dock in Laconia at 12:30 p.m. The lunch meeting and discussion on conservation priorities and still allows time to enjoy the fall color and view. The cost is $30 per person and covers the cruise and lunch. Make a reservation by contacting BCCD at 527-5880 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or for Carroll County, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 447-2771 Checks need to reach BCCD at 64 Court Street, Laconia, NH 03246 by noon Oct. 14.

We invite anyone who is interested in natural resource conservation to participate in our programs and to learn more about what we do. Our website is www.belknapccd.org.

Belknap County Conservation District Board of Supervisors
Donna Hepp, Chair – Belmont
Dean Anson – Laconia, Ken Kettenring – New Hampton
Earl Chase – Barnstead, Aaron Litchfield – Alton – Associate Supervisor
John Hodsdon - Meredith

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