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Once Gale School is gone there is not going back; vote 'yes'

To The Daily Sun,

On March 4, Belmont and Canterbury Residents will be asked to vote on three warrant articles concerning the historic Gale School.

1. To move the building to the Concord Street location, which could allow it to be used by the school district or a private entity.

2. To keep it in the current location behind the Belmont Middle School to be used solely by the school district.

3. To raze the structure.

This building is in sound condition, and needs a new foundation. This building was the first primary school in our district, and has great nostalgic potential within both communities. The destruction of the Gale School would not only mean a lost link to our history, but we would also lose a touchstone for Belmont and Canterbury alumni.

It takes us back to a time when our local mills were thriving, when employees took a train into work each day, and finally deciding to live in the surrounding communities to raise their families. Many of whom, wanted to give their children a better life, a better life than they had as do we all, enrolling them at the Gale School, and giving them an education that they themselves did not have.

Once the Gale is gone, there is no going back. Please vote "Yes" to save it on March 4 at 7 p.m. in the Belmont High School Gymnasium.

Diane Marden

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I certainly would not use biosolids if it put my family in danger

To The Daily Sun,

I have been a Gilmanton resident for almost 50 years and I have been the closest to the biosolid operation. I am very surprised that my husband and I were overlooked and unaware of the underhanded and secretive petition brought around against the biosolid operation without any questions being asked of those in the know about its uses and any possible dangers. The people who spoke against and signed the petitions are not backed up by facts, but only personal opinions.

The biosolid trucks come and go across our driveway and as a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother of family right here in the area, I am insulted to think that anyone would even think that my husband and I would put our most prized possessions in any kind of danger.

As to the smell, we live in the country and have accepted neighboring manure smells (not endorsed by Avon), helping to round up pigs, horses, cows wandering on our property as well as early morning roosters, chickens, and more noises. The biosolid smell only lasts a short time.

I suggest that those ignorant of biosolid values for the preservation of beautiful fields, and its non-harmful effects, to read up more closely on the issues and perhaps they will better understand its necessities and be able to vote intelligently for its non-interrupted continuance in the coming election voting. Please support our local farmers.

Janice McWhinnie

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