To The Daily Sun,
I am writing to tell you some exciting news. Back in 2011, when Hurricane Irene ripped through Campton, it left a lot of damage as it passed. In particular it hit Branch Brook Campground hard. It destroyed many campers and two bridges. One was the only driving bridge into the campground making it impossible for the owners who live on the other side of the bridge to have deliveries of oil and propane which heated the owners homes and getting out and about for groceries and their kids to school. On August 28, Heather Hamel interviewed Herb Davidson one of the owners who had to drive two miles down a snowmobile trail using four wheelers to get out.
Hurricane Irene destroyed the Turkey Jim Covered Bridge, slamming it downstream into the driving bridge entrance of the campground. As a seasonal camper, I can personally tell you how devastating it was watching my neighbors loose so much.
The exciting news is that the driving bridge was replaced that year and this weekend (Sunday around 11) the Turkey Jim Covered Bridge will be put back in it's place. The bridge had actually been destroyed back in the 50s. The person who rebuilt the bridge after Irene destroyed it is the grandson of the man who fixed it back in the 50s. So, this is the second time this bridge has been replaced. The really interesting fact about the rebuild is that all of the wood used to fix the bridge is from trees that were taken down in the campground.
We would love to have you there for the celebration of the bridge going back where it belongs. Last weekend the bridge was brought down the road and is ready to be placed on Sunday. This truly will be a historic day and a celebration for us campers as well as the owners who lost so much.
Last Updated on Saturday, 12 October 2013 12:16
To The Daily Sun,
Not since Foghorn Leghorn quit the Saturday morning cartoon lineup has one witnessed such fine examples of bluster, comic inflection and scratching in the sand as are on display at meetings between the Belknap County Commissioners and the Belknap County Delegation. Democrats are half right when they conclude that this dust-up is about power and not money. Perhaps an odd million dollars or so is inconsequential to the entitlement crew but some delegates do not agree. Accountability of those in power is part of the equation as is wise use of the people's money.
As to the "news" value of the commissioners' lawyers allegedly agreeing with themselves, this startling if somewhat solipsistic assessment caused me to do my own reality check. I inquired of my favorite Bichon Frise as to the state of affairs domestic; he assured me that I am a fine fellow indeed. I should say that settles the issue once and for all.
Rep. Richard B. Burchell
Belknap District 5
Last Updated on Saturday, 12 October 2013 12:13
To The Daily Sun,
New Hampshire's wind power industry is poised to see its biggest period of growth and Newfound Lake is the epicenter of it all. The surge brought on by unprecedented demand for renewable energy by southern states.
Massachusetts has chosen to outsource much of its renewable energy tax credits to New Hampshire — worth an estimated $500 million. Combining the GrotonWind Farm, Wild Meadows Wind Farm, Spruce Ridge Wind Farm and the Alpine Ridge Wind Farm, it will total more the 100 turbines in a 15 mile corridor.
The Wild Meadows project was announced in November 2012 — yet their plans quickly changed late last week. We are not sure as to why their plans changed, because they refuse to openly communicate with anyone at Town Hall meetings. One thing we do know is that developers are under extreme time pressure to start work before the end of the year, when a critical federal tax credit expires.
We also know that New Hampshire is in the middle of a renewable energy construction boom — for electricity it doesn't need. And we know the out-of-state energy contracts being signed won't help New Hampshire's rate payers with their already high electric bills.
N.H. Wind Watch has complained, since the start, that New Hampshire residents will see very few benefits for having destroyed their mountain ridges and erecting 500 foot tall wind turbines. New Hampshire is outsourcing renewable tax credits to serve the needs of southern states.
New Hampshire wind projects will only serve developers and leasing land owners not rate payers in N.H. That's why last week's announcements of power contracts in Massachusetts came as no surprise. While developers kept their details confidential, state officials merely bent over and N.H. rate payers are now held accountable.
"Taller is better" that's the new strategy for N.H. wind developers. Why? Because it's rumored that the Groton Wind Farm is a failure - meaning they're not capturing enough wind to earn high profits - investors are looking for on Wall Street. The taller turbine trend will continue for each additional proposed wind site.
Massachusetts agreed to buy it - no one ever doubted that. Soon EDPR & JEWI Wind will start their own dog & pony show. Opponents have stated many times that the turbines, transmission lines and the transmission stations will increase your monthly electricity invoices - not lower them.
Utilities recognize Newfound Lake as a renewable energy corridor. My personal scare with these industrial projects are - they are gaining traction and soon more wind developers will likely come or current ones will expand or both.
Southern New England's renewable power goals are being outsourced in your backyard - like cheap labor to China. Southern state are in a "win-win-win-win" situation. The first "win" is they don't have to develop their land, the second "win" is they don't have to see them, the third is they don't have to maintain them, the fourth "win" is they don't have to decommission them.
Look for more renewable wind projects to come New Hampshire - it's a "win-win-win-win" for them. Write the Governor now and tell her why you don't want them - before it's too late.
Last Updated on Saturday, 12 October 2013 12:09
To The Daily Sun,
Congratulations to the Gilmanton Cub Scouts Pack 242 who raised nearly 250 nonperishable food items in less than a week for the Gilmanton Community Church's Food Pantry walk on Sunday, October 6. The boys walked more than four miles in the rain and enjoyed a spaghetti dinner courtesy of the church.
Last Updated on Friday, 11 October 2013 11:51
To The Daily Sun,
I'm an average married middle-aged woman who has worked hard since the early age of 14. We pay our bills on time, pay our taxes, raised our sons and live on needs rather than wants. We don't have a lot of money, but what we do have we earn and have managed to stay afloat even in today's economy.
I was fortunate to be able to work full-time for a municipality for the past year and enjoy the benefits that come with that. The benefits were affordable health insurance, life insurance and mandatory contribution to a pension plan maintained by the N.H. Retirement System (NHRS). The mandatory contribution is set at 7 percent of an employee's gross income
Recently I was reduced to part-time hours with the loss of benefits. In defense of this action, I was initially hired part-time and due to circumstances beyond my control I was
returned back to this. I filled out paperwork to get my portion of the contributions to the pension plan controlled by NHRS back. For some people this wouldn't seem like a lot of money but
for me it is a lot of money. My plan was to open an IRA with my local bank and continue to make contributions as I could.
Then I find out that I cannot get my money back! I cannot have my money back until I retire or if I lose my job.
I also cannot make contributions to this pension plan. It'll just sit there being controlled by the NHRS.
Putting money into the pension plan controlled by NHRS is mandatory, having my hours reduced to part-time was not by my choice, I can no longer put money into this pension plan due to being part-time yet I also cannot have my money back. I am only expecting to have the back the 7 percent of my last year's pay returned to me.
I quote: "As you might expect, we have seen an increase in these inquiries as more employers transition full-time workers to part-time status. Our handling of these requests are governed by Internal Revenue Code requirements, RSA 100-A and applicable administrative rules."
Am I wrong? This is money I earned over the past year and now I am being denied the return of it. Yes it will earn interest sitting there. I won't lie about that. But I would prefer to have control over the money I earn.
Last Updated on Friday, 11 October 2013 11:18