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East Alton General Store is not closing; former owner is back

To The Daily Sun,

Thank you for printing our letter in your weekend edition. We did not realize until reading it in your paper, that those who do not know why we are having the customer appreciation event to say farewell may not understand the letter. We should have mentioned that the reason for the title "out with the with the old" is to signify that the former owners of the store are taking it back over.

We have been running the store for the past 13 months, but the property is up for sale and our lease expires on June 14. So the store itself is not closing due to lack of business. It actually has been increasing in business since we took over, but it is going back to what it once was.

Our apologies that the letter did not mention this. We are so used to our customer base here knowing the reason behind our farewell, that it took an outsider coming in to wish us well after reading the article for us to realize that we should have communicated the story more clearly.

Douglas Vincent

Donna Goulden


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Please join me in supporting our Gilmanton town government

To The Daily Sun,

Local government is surprisingly complex and its smooth functioning is essential to the ongoing well-being of our community. Citizens who step forward, either for election to office or as volunteers on various boards, deserve our respect. They give of their time and energy to make our town work. For new members there is a steep learning curve. Many decisions are governed by statute, some issues have a complex history, and the best route is not always clear. Few decisions will please all constituents.

But when we disagree, we are called upon to do so respectfully and thoughtfully. Personal attacks have no place in the process.

In Gilmanton we have elected three selectmen willing to undertake the rigors of leadership in town government. They have advice from a qualified town administrator. But ultimately they must learn the complexity of the process and make decisions with the best information available to them. Please join me in supporting our town government, including our elected and appointed board members.

Town residents should be part of the solution. Check the agenda and attend a board meeting when an issue of concern to you arises or should be addressed. Learn about the duties and responsibilities of appointed boards — the Planning Board, Conservation Commission, Historic District Commission. Residents can volunteer to serve on one that interests them, or run for a place on the Budget Committee or one of the several trustee posts. Town government is important to all citizens of Gilmanton. And all of us need to help make it work.

Carolyn Baldwin


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