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How can a state senator be appointed to a public committee

To The Daily Sun,

Industrial wind developers are accustomed to problem neighbors that wish to keep towering turbines out of their backyards.

Wind promoters have and will continue to mischaracteriz our community as fear mongers and NIMBYs, when in fact our community is the exact opposite — we've embraced five renewable power plants to date. Oh, don't forget, Northern Pass will be cutting though our community as well.

Can one community support nine energy facilities within a 15-mile radius? What will that look like? How will that impact our community? Why are ski resorts not interested in year-round wind revenues? Why don't schools, prisons or state lands have wind turbines?

Developers are accustomed to opponents not being very influential — rather they see opponents as only capable of stirring up local opposition based on fears and lies. Our community does not fit that profile. We continue to ask important questions ... with no answers.

It is rumored that developers fear our community opposition so much — they've lobbied harder with Gov. Maggie Hassan. Last week Gov. Hassan nominated Sen. Bob Odell and state Rep. Amanda Merrill to sit on the first public committee in charge of permitting Northern Pass and any future wind farms projects in the state.

These two nominations tell me that our community has been enormously successful. It was our grass-roots community focus. It was our aggressively unified community voice. It was our community fundraisers and pot luck dinners. It was our voting record. That's what stopped additional wind development in our community.

Our community is full of self-proclaimed environmentalists, and we're all working hard to protect our local environment. Developers are clearly targeting our ridge lines, and we all know there's no recreating our forests in our lifetime.

We are simple folk. We know right from wrong and we know where the power is destined — southern states. Simply put, developers should have just announced from the beginning that they are going to destroy our landscapes, erect 100 500-foot-tall turbines and charge us to connect and ship this electricity to southern states. Why are southern states outsourcing their renewable energy tax credits?

A new question rumbling in our foothills: How can a state senator be appointed to a public committee before officially retiring from his Senate seat? Will Sen. Bob Odell resign his from his Senate seat prior to his Oct. 1 appointment? Or can he hold two seats at the same time? Two paid seats?

With the increased number of renewable energy projects proposed for New Hampshire in the coming years, the SEC finds itself stretched and we see the need for appointing a fair and balanced public committee.

But, there's a chill in the air and it has nothing to do with the temperature outside. There's a chill on our land values, a chill on our home sales and a chill up and down the spines of New Hampshire residents as they consider if anyone is looking out for them.

Are we being represented, or shafted?

Ray Cunningham


Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 11:18

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Deeply disappointed over governor's appointments to site panel

To The Daily Sun,

I have a deep concern over the appointment of state officials to fill the public representation positions on the Site Evaluation Committee, as mandated in SB-245. This is clearly not the intent of the bill in regard to public representation.

Both candidates are legislators, one a career state senator and the other a state representative. Even more concerning, is the past involvement of both legislators in the crafting of state energy bills, the very ones over which they would be providing input and decisions from a public perspective. This is clearly a conflict of interest and ethically wrong.

The three public positions should be filled by laypeople, void of state legislative and political affiliation, who truly represent the public.

Mark Watson


Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 11:06

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Today is last Thursday downtown Laconia market of the season

To The Daily Sun,

The last day of the Thursday outdoor market season is on Thursday, Sept. 25, and we've arranged for a great finale in the Savor the Season tent.

Rachael Burklund of Laconia Village Bakery returns, preparing butternut squash latkes with sage yogurt sauce, and coffee-balsamic brined pulled pork. All the main ingredients come from vendors at the market, including squash and sage from Minglewood Farm, pork roast from Biblical Acres Farm and the coffee from Woodshed Roasting Company. The yogurt is local too, from Swain Farm in Sanbornton. Rachael will be in the tent serving samples and explaining how to make this savory yet simple combo from 3:30-4:30. Be sure to visit the Savor the Season tent and then check out all the great produce still available from our local farmers.

If you miss the Thursday market, you'll have one more chance at the Saturday Farmers' Market, which is from 8 a.m. to noon in the City Hall parking lot. It has been a great market season and all of the vendors at both markets appreciate your patronage.

The Savor the Season events this summer have been sponsored by the Lakes Region Food Network (LRFN), with grant support from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund and support from the Main Street Outdoor Marketplace. For more information about LRFN, visit www.lrfn.org or call Karen at 528-8560.

Karen Barker
Lakes Region Food Network

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 11:01

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Support LHS Senior Class by taking Ford test drive this afternoon

To The Daily Sun

The Laconia Senior Class has various fundraisers lined up for the 2014-2015 school year that will help pay for the senior trip, end of the year gift, the annual Senior-Senior Dance, and other expenses that come up along the way. Today, Thursday, September 25 from 3-7 p.m. the class will be participating in the Irwin Ford Drive 4 UR School event, held outside of Laconia High School on Union Avenue. 

The fundraiser has the potential to be a big money maker for the class, as Irwin Ford has agreed to donate $20 for each person who takes a new car for a short test drive. By the end of the evening the class could raise up to $6,000, which is the ultimate goal. Participation by parents and local community members is greatly appreciated! 

Seniors class members will be in attendance helping promote the event alongside Irwin Ford staff members. A bake sale table will also be set up, featuring an array of goods available for participants in the test-drive event.  

It is our hope that the community will come out and support the Class of 2015 in this fun and easy way, as it requires nothing more than a few minutes of one's time. The senior class would like to thank in advance Irwin Ford of Laconia, for its generosity and constant support of local businesses and organizations. Fundraising possibilities such as Drive 4 UR School have the potential to make a significant difference is the lives of others, especially the youth of the community. 

Anyone over the age of 18 with a valid drivers license is welcome to take part in this event. Thank you to the community for your constant support of Laconia High School and the Senior Class, we truly appreciate all of your support and generosity. 

Alana Persson, President

LHS Class of 2015


Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 10:52

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Let's keep Up With People momentum going through Stand Up Laconia

To The Daily Sun,

Dear friends, local businesses and community members:
Thank you for your incredible support of Up With People the week of September 1st-8th. Because of YOU, the week long event was a truly phenomenal success!! It was telling as we said good bye to the cast on the Monday morning the hugs, smiles, a few tears and promises of lasting friendships that Up With People had left their footprint on the hearts of many ... and the Lakes Region held a special place in the hearts of the 100 plus cast members too. Many cast members that morning, and since leaving, have commented on what a special place the Lakes Region is — the beauty in both it’s landscape and the warmth and generosity of its people!

So many thank yous to be expressed and please forgive me if I should inadvertently leave anyone out. Thank you to the 46 families within the Lakes Region that hosted cast members and advance- team members. Thank you to our financial sponsors — Bank Of New Hampshire $5,000; Aavid Thermalloy $2,500; Meredith Village Savings Bank $1,000; Laconia Police Relief Association, Penny Pitou Foundation, Better Together, Meadowbrook, Taylor Community, Putnum Fund and the Santa Fund each for their $500 donations; Lakes Region Community Services, Autoserv, Melcher & Prescott Insurance, TD Bank and Lakes Region General Health Care for their $250 donations and to anonymous donors that generously gave over $2,500. Thank you to the following local restaurants for providing meals Fratello’s Restaurant Italiano, Local Eatery, Soda Shoppe, Water Street Café, Patrick’s Pub and Eatery, Burrito Me, D’Angelo’s, T-Bones, Dominoes Pizza, Common Man restaurants. Thank you to Shaw’s, Hannaford and Vista for gift card donations to provide water and snacks for the cast members. Our media sponsors, The Laconia Daily Sun and 98.3LNH. Thank you to our other community supporters which include The Laconia School District, Congregational Church, Laconia Police Department, J&J Printing, Gary Drake Electric, Temple B’Nai Isreal, Central NH VNA & Hospice.

There are so many individuals to who I owe thanks but a few in particular I would be remiss in not mentioning, Beth Clay if not for your vision and commitment the event would not have happened! Also a special thanks to Pam and Rylee Littlefield, Jane and Bob Clay, Shannon Robinson Beland and family, Ed Engler and Mike, Alana and Kate Persson.

I have been hearing from people of all ages from our community about how powerful and inspirational the cast members were during their week here in the Lakes Region. Whether they interacted with these young people during volunteer activities, hosting them or attending one of the SOLD OUT shows they made an impact! This is HOW they positively impacted our community: Through their performances, including two mini Up With People shows for Laconia Middle School and High School students in Laconia and at the Multicultural Festival; two full Up With People shows at Laconia Middle School on September 5th and 6th. Sixty-four senior guests were invited from the Taylor Community, N.H. Veteran’s Home and Sunrise Towers. Four days of community service and 13 local organizations were impacted including Laconia Middle and High School, N.H. Veterans Home, Boys and Girls Club, Congregational Church, Taylor Home Community, Elm Street and Pleasant Street Elementary schools, Meredith Elementary school, Laconia Parks & Recreation, Belknap County Jail, Salvation Army Thrift Shop and the Multicultural Festival. Up With People cast attended 35 events reaching more than 17,000 people. 53 local classrooms received Up With People workshops/presentations focusing on relevant issues from bullying to substance abuse. 37 of our local youth applied to travel with Up With People in the future. 2,665 local youth interacted with our international cast and 1,293 hours of community service were completed!

Lakes Region you attended the two evening shows and were the first community in Cast B tour that sold out both shows!! In doing this you allowed us to pay the remainder of the money we were contracted to pay to Up With People AND you raised almost $4,000 which will go to the benefiting organizations — Stand Up Laconia, Got Lunch! Laconia and Gilford Got Lunch! I suppose it is always a good indication when organizations, businesses and individuals ask when will they be back? We are tentatively looking at 18 months from now as Up With People will celebrate their 50th year.

In closing, I have been asked numerous times in the last two weeks “How to we keep this positive message, hope and possibility of change as we move forward?” I am sure there are many ways to do this, however, as chair of Stand Up Laconia I would ask that you consider joining this local grassroots coalition. The essence of Up With People’s VOICES is very much in line with the mission of Stand Up Laconia. To find out more about Stand Up Laconia please visit our website page at www.standuplaconia.com or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Our next Stand Up Laconia meeting will take place this Thursday September 25th from 4-5:30 p.m. at Laconia Middle School. Please join us and keep Laconia and our Lakes Region moving forward!

Clare Persson, Chair

Stand Up Laconia

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 10:49

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