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Need to give this little gem of a mountain the protection it deserves

To The Daily Sun,

Are you someone who enjoys hiking in the Belknap Mountains, or do you just enjoy the views of it? Either way, we all have a stake in preserving this beautiful mountain range which makes a significant impact on the character of our town and the Lakes Region.

In recent years, there was a great and successful effort to preserve property on Mount Major. Now, we have an opportunity to preserve land at the summit of Piper Mountain, another picturesque mountain in the Belknap Range. Piper is a favorite of many, for a short hike to beautiful views, feasting on blueberries in season, or connecting with other mountains in the range. It is a great way to introduce young children to mountain climbing. There are wonderful flat rock ledges near the summit to climb on, and rocks at the top to sit on while enjoying lunch or a snack. Also, it is a manageable hike for seniors! We know quite a few people, who have named a child or dog after the mountain because it is a favorite place for them to climb.

Right now, the Gilford Conservation Commission is committed to raising $120,000 in a combined effort with the Lakes Region Conservation Trust. They are hoping citizens in our community and beyond will rise to the challenge and contribute to this opportunity to ensure permanent continued access to the summit as well as trail maintenance. If the money can be raised in time, the purchase of Piper's summit will take place on Jan. 17, 2017.

Please, if you can, give this little gem of a mountain the protection it needs, as soon as possible! Donations are tax deductible. Make your check out to the Town of Gilford Conservation Fund with a note in the memo section for Piper Mountain. You can send it by mail to the Gilford Conservation Commission at 47 Cherry Valley Road, Gilford, NH 03249.

Jack & Shirley Woodward


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The approval was for a 'cheese & cracker' & wine tasting room

To The Daily Sun,

In a recent article in the Daily Sun (Oct. 15), Gilmanton Selectman Marshall Bishop continues to suggest that the town of Gilmanton is entirely to blame for his restaurant's lack of permits. His mantra has now become: "This dysfunctional town never told me what to do."

Well, in fact, they did. They even wrote it down. It was a simple request, on a single, easy-to-read document, which read: amend your site-plan according to required conditions, resubmit the plan, and the Planning Board, after reviewing the plan, may sign off on your request, to operate, essentially, from what many believe was the understanding of the board at the time, a "cheese and cracker" and wine-tasting function room.

It's been pointed out many times, that the word "restaurant," was never used. So yes, they told him what to do, and he simply did not do it. I personally am tired of hearing Selectman Bishop continually state that past town governments were "dysfunctional." The fact of the matter is that he is now part of a governing body that has brought an entirely new meaning to "dysfunction."

His claim, which he suggests in the article, that by becoming a selectman he has somehow ridden into town on a white horse to save the town from itself, is honestly, with all due respect to Mr. Bishop, the most ridiculous and laughable statement I have read in a long time. I have closely watched this town's government for well over 15 years, and town minutes, both past and present, will support me when I say that the majority of this current board, voted in for the sole purpose of forcing the town to pay for the private Year-Round Library, hasn't become an example of what to do in town government, but a perfect example of what not to do.

It's time, then, that Selectman Bishop stop trying to place the blame for his problems, by pointing the finger. Unless of course ... he's looking in the mirror.

Al Blake

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