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Thank you Laconia volunteers; 3 great events on one day

To The Daily Sun,

I wanted to say thank you and congratulations to the city of Laconia and all of the businesses and volunteers that made the WOW Fest, Harvest Day at Prescott Farm and the New Hampshire Coffee Festival such great successes. These well organized and well attended events allowed us all to celebrate what makes Laconia special.

Again thank you to the many volunteers and supporters who helped make these events so successful.

Sen. Andrew Hosmer

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 11:26

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Alton community rallying to help photographer Matt Fassett

To The Daily Sun,

Last week Matt Fassett, a local senior citizen and photographer from the town of Alton, was robbed of his lap-top and all back-up drives. These items contained all of Matt's photos, including those already prepared for waiting customers.

Matt is a kind and generous man who lives a life of modest means and not only did not deserve this loss, but will have a very hard time financially trying to replace his equipment.

As outraged citizens, and people who know how much Matt Fassett has given to this community, we want to try to help him recoup a bit of his loss. We have set up a fund at TD Bank in Alton and would like the town and surrounding community members to know how they can help. Contributions can be sent to:

The Matt Fassett Fund
TD Bank
92 Main Street
Alton, NH 03809

Please help us spread the word of this attempt to raise funds for the purchase of equipment Matt will need to continue his livelihood and his contributions to our area. Thank you.

Barbara Bald


Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 11:56

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Sun's report on workforce housing meeting was very accurate

To The Daily Sun,

Last Saturday's Daily Sun published a letter, "Let's hold the press accountable for demonizing the Tea Party," written by Alton's elected State Rep. Jane Cormier. Rep. Cormier ran on a Conservative platform and overwhelming defeated her opponent in the general election, 2035-1054. She has been faithful and consistent in voting the conservative line at the Statehouse. She merits credit for delivering on her campaign promises.

Her being a conservative and me being a liberal of course translates into me almost never agreeing with her political positions. Now I find myself in further disagreement with her characterizing The Daily Sun's reporting of "deliberately misinforming the public." No such thing occurred in Michael Kitch's reporting, "Tea Party takes aim at Alton workforce housing initiative," which ran on September 20's Daily Sun's page one.

I have had a bit of experience in journalism and thus able to judge that Kitch's report was thorough and accurate, and the editor's headline properly summed up the "theme" of the meeting. Yes, Cormier's letter was correct that the event was hosted by the Alton Business Association (as Kitch reported) and was "NOT a Tea Party event." I agree that it was not a Tea Party event -- it's just that a super-majority of the questions and comments from the floor were from persons expressing a Tea Party perspective. Even though the Tea Party did not host or sponsor the meeting, it ended up being a "Tea Party Event" by all those who raised their hands to speak.

I would not say that the media "demonized the Tea Party." The media described what took place at the meeting.

For those readers who would like to judge for themselves, I suggest they view the recorded portion of the meeting which is currently showing on LRPA's Channel 26 and a DVD is available for loan at Alton's Gilman Library.

Bob Longabaugh
Alton Bay

(Editor's Note: The meeting in question was indeed hosted by the Alton Business Association but it was also posted by the Lakes Region Tea Party as a "meeting" of their organization as well. That Tea Party meeting notice was published in The Daily Sun on Sept. 13 (page 22).

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 11:32

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Let's spend time to explore what's best for Briarcrest tenants

To The Daily Sun,

I have just completed 19 years as a tenant at Briarcrest and feel the need to join the fray. After learning about the owner's retirement and plans to sell I felt that everyone deserves time to really enjoy life. Change is usually difficult for all involved. Some can find it an adventure, others too scary to contemplate.

The sale to an Orlando firm saddened me and then the Hometown America firm out of Chicago was even more frightening, with the vastness of their holdings and once the Internet was consulted, most especially Hometown America.com/complaints. It also appeared that they did not have any mobile home park rent less than $500 per month.

I was relieved that we had an alternative and that the State of New Hampshire had an organization that would help us acquire the park. My belief is that organizations governed by people living in close proximity to the area and owners with a vested interest would care more about our well being than anyone else could. If anyone in the park had a problem, large or small, our neighbors would be our first to help. We have many single tenants, some elderly, with a fixed income that find rising costs in every area of life reaching a point that they can no longer keep up. The burdens continue to grow unabated. The caliber of the tenants in Briarcrest is such that it is hard to envision our park in deep decline as some have suggested.

To have the ownership and the governing body in charge made up of intelligent caring individuals working hard for themselves as well as the other tenants at Briarcrest as well as the fact that the monies generated by the park will stay in our park, our city, our county, our state makes a lot of sense to me. Our governing bodies will benefit as well as our schools, city government, stores, businesses, professionals and the environment. Within a few years the monthly rents will level and possibly stay the same for a while. This you will never see with outside ownership. Their only concern is profits.

The owner's organization has been busy gathering information for all the services now provided, estimates have been provided and bids have been received. These officers are doing all this work free of charge on their own time because they are concerned for all of us. We should all be willing to spend a small amount of time to ascertain what is best for all the tenants of Briarcrest. With this much of our lives at stake, a second opinion needs to be researched. An informational meeting is scheduled outlining the many benefits of tenant ownership of the Park and financial viability. We can all respectfully agree or disagree, having the facts should help the process.

Barbara Patterson


Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 11:28

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Incomparable Johnna Davis saying goodbye to Pizza Hut after 32 years

To The Daily Sun,
As of Friday, Johnna Davis is moving on from Pizza Hut with her life with her great smile, laugh and great hard-working but fun personalty. Nearly everyone over the last few decades has gone to Pizza Hut for lunch and has been met with a cheery greeting and great service by this young lady — who did everything with a great work ethic that she handed down to her daughters and shared with her fellow co-workers. Please do not tell her that I have told you but she has been at Pizza Hut for 32 years wow.

So please everyone who has enjoyed her company and service over the last 32 years, go in and let her know that you will miss her as much as I will. Friday will be her last day as she heads out for her next working adventure. She is a great person. I know she will enjoy this time with her family, friends and her drums. LOL and keep drumming, Mrs. Johnna Davis.
Richard Savary

Laconia Pizza Hut

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 11:23

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