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People used into from non-public to try & influence chief search

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing this letter to clarify several recent articles in the Laconia papers regarding information leaks in the town of Gilmanton.

I would first like to say that I was never contacted by either reporter to get my side of the story. I was not at all upset about the news of my retirement being publicized as I have been considering retirement for over a year now and have discussed it with many people. In fact, the selectmen released an e-mail on July 1st announcing my retirement.

What I was upset about was people using the information learned in a non-public meeting to try and influence the chief search to advance a personal agenda.

There was another meeting on June 30th where all parties said their piece and everything was resolved. There is no lingering dissension among departments or the Board of Selectmen. I wanted to clear the air because the articles were written after things had been settled and everyone involved had already moved forward.

Thank you and have a safe summer!

Joe Collins
Gilmanton Police Chief

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Mark your calendar & bring the family to Sanbornton Old Home Day

To The Daily Sun,

Sanbornton has a fun time coming up. Old Home Day will be Saturday, July 25, starting with an 8:30 pancake breakfast at Lane Tavern (Historical Society's building). Demonstrations in Currier Field will include horseshoeing, portable saw mill, chainsaw carving, custom cars on display, blacksmithing and fresh cider pressing.

In front of Lane Tavern will be a Concord coach, as well as veggies stand by KREBS Farm. Ice cream by Cashew Creamery will be "roving". Old Town Hall will see Sue Hankard's Country Store, with crafts for sale. (Crafters, we can still use more. Call Sue at 520-1098.)

Children's games will be by the library — and in the library at 11 a.m. Odds Bodkin story-teller will perform his delightful art. At 1 p.m. is Wildlife Encounter behind the library. Vendors there, too, as well as Cow Pat Bingo starring Lila-the-cow. Elementary school principal Bonnie Kuras will workshop bubble-blowing pipes. Open house at Town Garage, our newest town building. Life/Safety building will offer demos by police and fire, also Balloon Burst Booth with volunteer officials getting wet.

Thanks to Franklin Savings Bank for the loan of the fun construction. N.H. Fish and Game's Chris Bryson will demo pelt identification. Boy scouts and girl scouts will be a presence near the pond, as will Laconia Indian Historical Association.

Tasty barbecue lunch will be served out of the UCC building, lower door entry, by Mountain View Church (former Second Baptist); also Mohawk Trail Riders will offer hot dogs/buns at the Life/Safety complex. Nineteen cakes served out as free slices with ice cream at 2 p.m. in Old Town Hall, while in the gazebo New Horizons Band will be enlivening the air. Parade line-up is at 3 p.m., walkers and floats and horses wanted. Moulton's Band will play. The parade is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.

We can't omit that it's the 50th year Lane Tavern has been owned by the Sanbornton Historical Society, and tours will be conducted there, as well as an art show happening on the second floor. Our T-shirts for sale ($5 each) feature the tavern and list the names of our many, many sponsors who helped make this all possible and to whom we can't enough say, "thank you."

Please put it on your calendar and bring the family. More is happening than is mentioned here. We have vendors galore. Parking in the school lot, with overflow at Town Garage. Sant Bani School's mini bus will shuttle people from site to site. Thank you to Sant Bani School. Contact Lynn at 934-6486 or Dave at 286-9590 for more info.

 Lynn Chong, Dave Witham

Event co-chairs

Sanbornton Old Home Day

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