A report from the Belknap Mill Society special meeting of members

To The Daily Sun,

A special meeting of the members of the Belknap Mill Society was held at 7:30 a.m. on January 14. The purpose of the meeting was to update the members regarding the current status of the mill and to take the pulse of the membership with regard to the future of the ownership of the building. 40 members were in attendance.

The board's President, Christine Santaniello, opened the meeting, and after introductions, explained that the mill has been in a difficult financial situation for decades and is down to bare bones staffing. The Society requires revenue of $150,000 annually to operate the buildings and programming. She explained that the board is exploring long term solutions for sustainability of the Society and stressed that the mill building should remain in the hands of the public. She explained that the first option is to explore a relationship with the city, but if this is unattainable, there may be a future with the Belknap Economic Development Council, as the mill is essential to the revitalization of downtown.

Following Santaniello's opening comments, Vice-President Allison Ambrose led a membership input session on possible long-term, sustainable solutions. The members of the Society provided valuable input and suggestions for alternative long-term sustainability. Constructive thoughts came from many passionate members, including attorney Patrick Wood, Tom Tardif, Marcia Cotter, Al Posnack, Hazel Zimmer, Deb Drake, John Pounds and George Roberts. Discussion was had relative to capital campaigns, membership drives, fundraising, working with schools and finding commercial tenants to occupy the vacant second floor space. After a tally, 23 of the present 40 members felt that the Belknap Mill Society should retain ownership of the building. Eighteen of the present members graciously offered to help the Society during this difficult time.

Following the member discussion, Managing Director Beth San Soucie offered an overview of the Society's 2015 goals. Preservation of the building was top on the list, followed by programming. The boiler for the building's heating system needs updating, an expensive undertaking. In addition to the heating system, the Society is working to restore the finial and cupola this spring, and with any remaining funds and grants, will continue to pursue the window project, roof repairs and other necessary building needs. Ms. San Soucie demonstrated thanks for those who offered to volunteer or assist with pro bono work referrals.
The meeting concluded with the board's pledge to consider all matters discussed at the Special Member Meeting. The Belknap Mill Society's Annual Meeting will occur in February 2015, at which time the issue of the building ownership will be presented to the membership for a vote. The date will be made known to the membership and posted on the Belknap Mill Society Website.

Board of Trustees

Belknap Mill Society


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People who make excuses for Muslim terrorists are not liberals

To The Daily Sun,

Wednesday morning I was pleased to see my letter to the editor expressing my anger at liberal media and predicting they and phony liberals would be writing excuse after excuse for the Muslim terrorist massacre in France.

Right on cue, immediately below my letter, was another doing exactly what I predicted. The writer of this letter blamed the victims, made excuses for the Muslim terrorists and this person says he's a liberal. He is not. He is as far from a liberal as a person can get. He does not stand up for liberal values only hides behind them for convenience when it suits him.

I'll refrain from labeling him but say only, he is not a liberal.

Steve Earle


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Practice your camera skills & do something for your community

To The Daily Sun,

Lakes Region Public Access wants you.

LRPA is sponsored by Laconia, Gilford, Belmont, Meredith, and Northwood. LRPA provides broadcasting of public meetings and other community business. However, hours are left open to be filled by the public — that's you, young and old.

It's your show. You direct, film, edit, and submit to LRPA. In other words, you present your work, and we'll put it on local TV channels.

Are you a regular at yard sales? Bring a camera and let others experience the thrill of a great find.

Is there a local event coming up? Be ready with your camera and capture it for everyone.

Do you have a hobby? Do a "how to" video and inspire others to take an interest.

Does your favorite restaurant feature an eight-pound omelet? Capture the culinary adventure on film.

Are you a hiker? Take your community on a hike with you.

Do you love animals? Arrange a tour of a local shelter or farm and share that love with others.

Do you have a talent? Don't wait to be discovered — discover yourself.

Are you a fireman who belongs on master chef? Prove it and film your creation, followed by a critique by your own handpicked judges.

Are you a local group of scouts? Film your jamboree or hike so those at home can enjoy it, too.

Are you a group that provides free meals? Share the experience and inspire others to join in.

Are you a musician or singer? Let everyone enjoy your gift.

Did a miracle happen to you? Have the courage to proclaim it.

Do you have a favorite book that you want to share? Film your own story hour.

Do you attend local games? Be the official Lakes Region self-appointed sports commentator.

Are you a regular at local restaurants? Present a tour on how to eat your way across the Lakes Region.

Did you write a book that no one will read? Read it to them.

Do you frequent a coffee shop filled with local characters? Interview them and record their philosophy of life.

Do you have an exciting or dangerous job? Let the 9 to 5er's experience the thrill.

Do you have the inside scoop on new technology? Let us in on it so that we're a cutting edge community.

Have you been a teacher for 45 years and have good advice for parents to inspire children to be their best? Share your secrets with us.

We live in a wonderful area filled with beautiful scenery, great activities, and interesting people. Let's use our public access television to build our community and promote our local

treasures. Let's make public access vital and fun. Let's make it work.

This is on a volunteer basis. It will give you an opportunity to practice your camera skills and do something for your community.

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Are you interested in being a volunteer at LRPA? Email us.

The staff of Lakes Region Public Access television


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Sanbornton residents: look for 6 question survey in your mail

To The Daily Sun,

The Sanbornton Budget Committee meets every month to discuss both ongoing town finances and the upcoming FY16 budget. However, very few if any residents bother to come to the committee meetings to make their concerns known.
In an effort to encourage resident input to the upcoming FY16 budget, four members of the committee have produced a survey that will be mailed to all Sanbornton residents the week January 19th. The survey is being paid for by committee members and is not funded in any way with town money. However, due to the cost of postage, we were not able to include a postage paid response envelope with the survey.
I want to encourage all Sanbornton residents to look for the survey in the mail, take the time to answer the six simple questions, and then return the survey.
Answering the questions should take no more the 60 seconds i.e. how do you feel about property taxes — too low ___, about right____, too high? etc. The bottom part of the survey provides directions on how to return your answers; e-mail or snail mail. For the cost of a 1st class stamp or the effort necessary to push a computer button you can make your views known during the Sanbornton budget process.

Roger Grey

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Mr. Abear's further questions can be dealt with at Jan. 26 hearing

To The Daily Sun,

Since Mr. Abear has already sent to the newspapers his e-mail asking questions about the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there is little point in my trying to answer his questions with an e-mail to him. There are answers, some of them obvious, but Mr. Abear really doesn't want them, only to publicize his objections.

The other day, Mr. Carter posed a number of questions to me and the other Selectboard members by e-mail which I answered for him in detail. Nonetheless, Mr. Abear put Mr. Carter's same exact questions in another letter to the editor and Mr. Carter has raised some of the same subjects in yet another letter to the editor, in each case without my answers to their questions.

In my opinion, Mr. Abear's further questions can best be dealt with at the public hearing on the 26th.

Louis Kahn
Meredith Selectman

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